2019

  • May

    Art Show Features LS Work Inspired by Impressionist, Surrealist, Pop and Modern Glass Artists

    The Spring Art Show boasted amazing works of art created by students in Kindergarten-Grade 6. Mrs. Sheehan guided students through various multi-step projects including hand building with clay; textile weavings; and large-scale projects inspired by various Impressionist, Surrealist, pop and modern glass artists.

    Friends and family, students and faculty enjoyed walking throughout the exhibit, which featured installations in which you could walk around and participate. The Kusama-inspired Obliteration Room created by the second graders was a hit! Everyone enjoyed placing stickers on the stark white room, filling it with color as the show went on. The soft, melting clocks created by the fourth graders were also a crowd favorite. Thank you for your continued support of the visual arts at the Lower School!

    Click here to view the pictures from Mrs. Sheehan, Ms. Martin and photographer Jen Hearn.
  • How Our Toddlers Have Grown

    Mrs. Conforti’s Montessori Toddler Class would like to wish everyone a wonderful summer! We have had a wonderful year watching the youngest Gilmour students grow and develop day by day.
  • Fifth-Grade Immersion Project

    Fifth graders capped off this year with a multi-day immersion project dubbed "The Shape of Things." Students started their journey with a trip to play miniature golf! How do the angles of incidence and reflection come into play? Students observed and sketched geometry in action, then designed and built their own miniature golf course based on their blueprint designs. Each stop along the course depicted a region of the United States where renewable wind energy is utilized. Students created informational placards to teach their fellow classmates about the wind farms. Research skills, collaborative thinking and engineering design transformed the classroom into a "whirlwind" of fun!
  • Final Fiesta

    As a final fiesta for the year, sixth graders had the opportunity to participate in a guacamole class with Spanish teacher Señorita McQuiston and Gilmour parent Mrs. Adriana Mascha. Students learned how to feel and pick avocados and the steps to make guacamole. ¡Qué rico! Students had been learning restaurant vocabulary and how to order food in a restaurant. They had the opportunity to practice it later when all of sixth grade had a Mexican meal together.  
  • First Communion

    May 19 was a glorious Sunday morning as our second graders made their First Holy Communion in Our Lady Chapel. It was a day filled with cherished memories, God’s graces and the children receiving the most beautiful gift, Jesus.
  • Sixth-Grade Immersion Project

    The sixth graders finished their time in the Lower School with one final project. This interdisciplinary immersion project was better known as “Truss Worthy." After learning about the construction and foundation of bridges from an Ohio Department of Transportation engineer, and a field trip to three different bridge construction sites in the city of Cleveland, the students set off to build their very own bridges. In small groups, students were asked to create one of four types of bridges - beam, cable stay, suspension or truss. After creating to-scale blueprints, the students then constructed a bridge made entirely from balsa wood. The final drawings and constructed bridges were truly a sight to see!
  • Board-Breaking Work

    The taekwondo students worked on focus, self-discipline, balance and coordination. They learned the basic forms for taekwondo and broke a board at the end of their belt testing.   
  • After-School Reading Buddies

    At the end of the school day, some of the after-school students have been volunteering to read to the toddlers in the after-school program. They have been a huge hit! Pictured are Megan Flaherty ’30 and Gia DiPierro ’29 reading to the toddlers.
  • Mega Lottery Winners

    Last Friday, there was a lot of excitement at the Lower School as we held our last Lancer Lottery of the school year, coined the "Mega Lottery." Instead of drawing the usual five winners to receive dress-down days, we chose four winners each from Grades 1-6. The 24 lucky students that heard their names called still received a dress-down day, but were also rewarded with a special trip to Sky Zone (it will be on Tuesday, May 21). The Lancer Lottery proved to be a great reinforcement of our mission and culture at Gilmour Academy, and we look forward to continuing and growing this positive reward system next school year.
     
    Congratulations to the following winners:
    1st Grade - Megan Flaherty ’30, Maura Kilkenney ’30, Mia Dinunzio ’30 (not pictured) Isabella Woodhouse ’30 (not pictured)
    2nd Grade - Johnny Barbato ’29, Berkley Kraus ’29, Ashley Johnson ’29, Gia DiPierro ’29
    3rd Grade - Duncan Nakhooda ’28, Hayden Pyle ’28, Marissa Pawlowski ’28, Calla Wilson ’28
    4th Grade - Morgan Pfundstein ’27, Ava Thoreson ’27, Anthony Martin ’27, Nathan Lennon ’27
    5th Grade - Lou Sawyer ’26 (not pictured), Emily Kish ’26, Trevor Bilant ’26, Tyler Mee ’26
    6th Grade - Carter Richmond ’25, David Pfundstein ’25, Jacob Wierup ’25, Nathaniel Dulzer ’25
     
     
  • Mothers’ Day Tea

    Mrs. Russell’s Montessori class began this special day by presenting the play “The Very Lonely Firefly” to their mothers. After, the students and their mothers celebrated by dancing together and having a lovely tea. What a joyous time!
  • Virtual Investment Club

    This spring, a group of Lower School students in Grades 3-6 participated in the Virtual Investment Club. Many thanks to Mr. Azim Nakhooda, father of Casey ’26 and Duncan ’28, who taught the after-school class. Mr. Nakhooda is an experienced investor and a Principal at Cedar Brook Group, one of the region’s largest independent wealth management firms.
    The group met for five Wednesdays after school to learn about investing in the markets. Throughout the sessions, they discovered that the purpose and benefit of investing is to provide capital to develop products and services for society’s gain. They learned that, in return, the investor expects gains adjusted for risk. The students were divided into small groups to research and select investments with virtual money. Each group then gave a short presentation on their chosen investment before having a “team” discussion about which to include in the portfolio.

    The goal of the class was to teach the basic principles of investing and possibly spark an interest in these budding investors!

  • Nature Photographers at the Lower School

    Whether they were on Spring Break,  their trip to Williamsburg, or in their own backyards, fifth-grade students had their cameras in hand looking for moments to capture for Audubon’s Youth Photography Contest. Some photos were naturally beautiful and some were naturally funny.

    Congratulations to finalists
    Lily Lardomita ’26, Emily Kish ’26, Tyler Mee ’26, Robbie MacKinlay ’26 and Will Scott ’26, whose photos will be entered into the worldwide contest. 
  • Plastic Bottle Recycling Challenge

    This fall, sixth-grade students learned about the impact of plastics in the oceans during their study of polymers in science class. Concerned about how animals are affected and how plastic degrades into microplastics, students decided to create an awareness campaign at the Lower School to encourage classmates to reduce, reuse, recycle and refuse! 

    For Earth Day, students challenged the Lower School to see which grade level could collect the most plastic bottles in one week. They collected more than 700 bottles! 

    Congratulations to the fourth grade for bringing in the most bottles per person! These bottles will be upcycled and recycled. What a great way to make a difference for our planet!
  • Principal for a Day

    Trevor Bilant ‘26 enjoyed serving as Principal for a Day today! Part of his duties included an official lunch in Tudor House with Head of School Mrs. Kenny.
  • A Visit to the Big Apple

    Sixth graders kicked off the month of May by taking in the sights of New York City! Lighting candles at St. Patrick’s Cathedral; walking across the Brooklyn Bridge; exploring Rockefeller Center, the New York Public Library and Central Park; and climbing to the top of One World Observatory, students gained a new appreciation for their studies of history, science and technology. They challenged themselves as they toured the 9/11 Memorial, the Intrepid and the American Museum of Natural History, and they were dazzled by the Broadway show, “Aladdin!”
  • Barbie Bungee Jumping

    As an introduction to linear equations, the fifth grade worked in teams to collect data using four rubber bands and a doll. Once the measurements and data tables were completed, students used the averages calculated to determine how many rubber bands would be necessary to have Barbie bungee jump 230 centimeters safely. After some discussion about variables and different ways the teams determined their predictions, we applied what we learned to predict and test how many rubber bands would safely plunge Ken. Everyone enjoyed watching as each Barbie and Ken plunged to test the teams' calculations.
  • Gilmour Academy and Fairmount Center for the Arts Presented Play

    Congratulations to the following students who performed “That’s Happiness, Charlie Brown”!
    Charlie Brown - Johnny Barbato '29
    Lucy- Marissa Pawlowski '28
    Linus- Alex Lacroix '29
    Sally- Berkley Kraus '29
    Snoopy- Jackson Kraus '29
  • Lancer Lottery

    Congratulations to the Lancer Lottery winners from the drawing on Friday, April 26:  Casey Lennon '30, Duncan Nakhooda '28, Will Scott '26, Trevor Bilant '26, and Drew Zelch '25.
  • Living The Gilmour Mission

    The fourth and fifth graders demonstrated their “Courage to Act” as they traveled to Holy Angels in Bainbridge for their service field trip on Monday, April 29. The students attended 9 a.m. Mass; had a special talk with pastor Fr. Max Cole regarding “feeding the hungry;” and then sorted, packed and delivered 10 boxes of canned good to the Chagrin Falls Park food pantry.  
  • SIXTH GRADERS - ARE YOU READY FOR A FAMILY FEUD?

  • April

    EARTH DAY

    Ms. Dawn’s Montessori Toddler class celebrated Earth Day by reusing pinecones to make bird feeders. The children gathered the pinecones while on a walk around the school grounds. Each child will take a bird feeder home to hang outside and wait for the birds to come feast on the seeds.
  • HONDURAS UPDATE

     
    The clothing and monetary donations collected at the Lower School were taken to the children at Nuevo Paraiso, a home for children, and to Santiago, a home for boys, during the spring Gilmour Academy Mission Trip to Honduras. The students and faculty at the homes were also able to buy some uniforms and have a small farewell party with the monetary donations from the Lower School. Thank you so much for your generous donations! They were an incredible blessing across borders. ¡Muchísimas gracias!
  • Lancer Lottery

    The latest drawing took place on Friday, April 12, and our winners were Johnny Barbato '29, Nathan Lennon '27, Carter Richmond '25, Owen Morgan '25 and Ava Thoreson '27.
  • SCRABBLE

    In honor of National Scrabble Day on April 13, the sixth graders enjoyed playing a modified version of the game. Many of the teachers and staff wore Scrabble letters as the students tried to record who wore which letter and the letter’s value. Students then tried to decipher the challenge phrase using the letters and also calculate its point value. The students also tried to create as many words as they could from the letters they discovered around the building and then calculated those values. Triple word score, triple letter score, double word score, and double letter score bonus cards were hidden throughout the building to help with scoring strategy.
  • Columbian Traditions Shared

    During their Spanish classes, the students in Mrs. Russell’s Pre-K class and in Grade 4 enjoyed presentations by Mrs. Adriana Mascha, a native of Colombia, and her son Emmanuel, a kindergartener in Mrs. Russell’s class. They graciously shared some of their cultural traditions, including dance, food and coffee. Fourth graders also enjoyed learning about Columbian traditions as they smelled Columbian coffee beans and tried a Colombian song and game, “El Puente Está Quebrado” (“The Bridge is Broken”). ¡Qué divertido! How fun!  ¡Muchas gracias, Señora Mascha!
  • Invention Convention

    Sixth-grade inventors showcased their problem-solving skills and creativity at the 10th annual Rubber Band Invention Showcase! Students created inventions for the National Rubber Band Contest and presented their prototypes to Lower School classes. The students had such fantastic designs and they marketed their products handily! Pictured is Lauren Ludlow '25, whose Game Bumpers invention was a school-wide favorite and solved the problem of having your dice fly off the table on family board game night!  Kudos to the sixth-grade students on this STEM project.
  • Living the Gilmour Mission

    Last week, the sixth-grade class traveled to Cornerstone of Hope Bereavement Center in Independence for a morning of service. The class toured the beautiful grounds and facilities learning how Cornerstone was founded and how they help grieving families. The group filled Easter eggs and decorated paper bags for their annual Easter Egg Hunt and breakfast for families in need. It was a lovely day of service and prayer rooted in our Holy Cross mission.
     
    The fourth and fifth graders will be joining Holy Angels Parish in Chagrin Falls to assist with their “WE CAN” food drive.WE CAN all help by contributing to this important corporal work of mercy, “feeding the hungry.”  The students will travel to Holy Angels on Monday, April 29 to sort, package and organize all the canned goods collected at the Lower School. Fr. Max, the pastor, will bless the food and lead them in Mass. They will then load the food and deliver it to the Chagrin Falls Park food pantry on their way back to school. We hope you will join us in extending our Gilmour hospitality and Lenten almsgiving. “WE CAN” DONATE AND SERVE OTHERS.  Our drive will run from April 8-April 29.
  • Girl Scouts Exploring Cybersecurity and Robotics at the Lower School

    The Girl Scouts have been meeting at the Lower School on a regular basis and have tackled some exciting topics within the areas of cybersecurity and robotics. Read Mrs. Johnson’s recap of everything they’ve been up to!
     
    The first three Girl Scout meetings focused on earning three badges on cyber security. The first badge was cyber security basics. The troop discussed how to use technology, what technology can do, how to create layers of security, real life safety rules for when online and how messages travel on the Internet. The group learned vocabulary such as the meaning of cyber security.
     
    The next badge was cyber security safeguards. The girls learned that a lot of information passes through computers - names,addresses, etc. - and how to keep information private online. They learned about sharing information, what is safe to share online and the need to be careful about who to trust online. They also tested their knowledge of online safety rules.
     
    The third cyber security badge was the cyber security investigator. The girls learned that computers use codes to send information. They investigated what’s real and fake in certain photos, learned about digital footprints, investigated how computer viruses can spread and explored a cyber attack.
     
    The following three badges were on Brownie robotics. The troop learned the basics about programming robots at the first meeting. They created simple machines, learned about robot senses and learned the basics of programming. Each girl drew their prototype robot and shared with the group what their robots would do. They learned the six ways that robots move and the proper name for each and they learned vocabulary words such as prototype, algorithm, program and debugging.
     
    The next meeting was for designing robots. The girls learned how robots imitate nature and learned about the parts of a robot. They discussed that once engineers create a prototype, they test it to find ways to improve and redesign their new products.
     
    The last badge was called showcasing robots. The troop learned four interesting things that you can do if you’re a robotics engineer. They discussed that when they get to Middle School and Upper School, they can join a robotics team and compete with their very own robots. The highlight of the last meeting was when Mr. Vanek came in and taught the girls how to code on a laptop and then transfer the code to the robot and watch the robot in action. He set out cones and taught them how to program the robots to weave in and out of the cones by including the correct amount of straights and turns by trial and error. All the girls were very excited to watch their robots move based on how they entered the codes.
     
    It was such an exciting time to be able to expose the girls to the wonderful educational opportunities at such an early age. Thank you to everyone at GA who supports us and allows us to meet after school!
  • A Trip to Portugal

    Mrs. Russell’s class “travels“ around the world. The kindergarteners spent an afternoon in Portugal with our tour guide, Olive Hughes ’31. She taught us how to make Pastel De Nata. Yum!
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