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Learning About the Writing Process with Authors Shari Harpaz and Karina Yan Glaser

This week we welcomed authors Shari Harpaz and Karina Yan Glaser to visit Gaynor and speak about the books they’ve written, what the writing process is like, and answer student questions.

Author and Journalist Sarah Maslin Nir Visits Gaynor

On Thursday, November 30, author and New York Times journalist Sarah Maslin Nir visited the Red, Orange, Yellow, Silver, Green, and Blue Clusters in two assemblies to speak to the students, read from one of her books, and take questions from the audiences. Each year the Parents’ Association Book Fair Committee, chaired by Sam Regan and Katy Williamson, works to bring in authors for each of the Educational Divisions at Gaynor. Ms. Nir’s visit was the first author visit of the year. 

As We Welcome the Science of Reading, Let’s Not Forget the Art of Teaching

In this article, Head of School Dr. Scott Gaynor writes about the importance of emphasizing the art of teaching as we embrace the science of reading.

Unearthing History in the Green Cluster

Over the past few weeks, Room 701 has been busy learning, creating, and collaborating on various history projects. They’ve learned geographic terms, created 3-D maps of Ancient Greece, made timelines, and excavated gems out of clay tablets.

Making Sentences “Pop”!

In the Red Cluster, students are working to solidify and demonstrate their grasp of sentence-level writing concepts. Ms. Macedo and Ms. Ellis decided to help their students visualize these ideas by using a Writing (a.k.a. Popcorn) Machine. 

Students Take a Journey in Dance and Culture in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, on Wednesday, October 11 Stephen Gaynor School’s neighbors from Ballet Hispánico held an assembly for the entire school. Dancers performed three pieces that took students on a journey from Mexico to Brazil and countries in between, highlighting different music, styles, and costumes.

How Do You Cook Rice?: PA DEI Breakfast

On October 6, the first DEI Coffee was held in the North Cafeteria, with the theme, “All Are Welcome!” Sponsored by the Parents’ Association and hosted by Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Stella Mulatu, Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement Tia Murkison, and PA DEI Chair Adey Fisseha, the coffee focused on having conversations centered around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at Gaynor. 

A Doggone Great Reading Partner is Back at Gaynor!

Students at Gaynor are having a tail-wagging good time reading to a very willing listener in Arrow, a therapy dog. Arrow and her owner Susan participate in the Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program, and have been visiting Gaynor since 2017.

Celebrating Neurodiversity During LD Awareness Month

LD Awareness Month is a time to recognize and support the 1 in 5 people in our country who have learning or attentional challenges. Click to read a letter from Head of School Dr. Scott Gaynor to our community!

Apple Picking is Back!

On September 21, Stephen Gaynor School revived a cherished tradition, and returned to Demarest Farms for apple picking!