La Gazette

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  • Summerfest!

    By Genna Robertson-Hall, Summerfest Coordinator
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    Summer's here! Are you a Gilkey parent looking for engaging, educational summer experiences for your student? Summerfest, our in-house summer camp program, offers an exciting six-week schedule with a variety of unique camps and trips to suit any interest. We welcome students entering grades 6—10. We offer full-day and 1/2-day camps, including options for early arrival and after care. Some camps have already filled, and remaining spots are filling quickly. Register today to secure your spot before it's too late!

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    Summer's here! Are you a Gilkey parent looking for engaging, educational summer experiences for your student? Summerfest, our in-house summer camp program, offers an exciting six-week schedule with a variety of unique camps and trips to suit any interest. We welcome students entering grades 6—10, and offer full-day and 1/2-day camps, including options for early arrival and after care. Some camps have already filled, and remaining spots are filling quickly. Register today to secure your spot before it's too late!

    Looking for an outdoor adventure?

    • Kayak on the Nehalem River, ride beach bikes and go tide-pooling on the Oregon Coast, and cruise down alpine slides on Mt. Hood with "From Hood to Coast." Week 3: July 28 - August 1.
    • Go white-water rafting for a day on the Deschutes with "Adventure à la Carte." Week 1: Thursday, July 17.

    Want to work on your fitness?

    • Go bouldering at the Circuit Gym, get personalized training with ADAPT, or play in an Ahhh! Tournament with your friends. Week 5: August 11 - 15.
    • After all of that World Cup inspiration, get ready for the fall Gilkey Athletic season with Soccer Pre-Season Training. Week 4: August 4 - 8.
    • Discover your inner strength, practice Zumba® and choreograph your own dance with "Healthy Body, Healthy Mind." Week 2: July 21 - 25.

    Itching to be creative or musical?

    • Find your voice and record your talent with a professional musician in "Rock Band: Jam, Perform, Record." Week 2: July 21 - 25 / Week 6: August 18 - 22.
    • Improve your photocomposition and post-production skills with a real professional in "Digital Photography." Week 4: August 4 - 8.

    Need a suggestion based on your student's interests? We're happy to help. Email Genna Robertson-Hall, SummerFest coordinator at summerfest@faispdx.org. For full camp descriptions, policies, waivers and other registration info, please visit the SummerFest webpage.

  • Year Ends on a Musical Note

    By Helen Townes, Director of Development and David Olson, Music Teacher
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    Our Gilkey musicians ventured beyond the FAIS campus to see real-world studio venues in Portland during May.

    The 7th grade students visited the performance venue Mississippi Studios, where they got a tour of the performance space and learned about the music business, what happens behind the scenes at a live show, and how an audio engineer works with a band to help get a great sound. Students' bands then took the stage, ran a sound check, and performed. Their polished acts will be featured at Fête de la Musique on June 18.

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    Our Gilkey musicians ventured beyond the FAIS campus to see real-world studio venues in Portland during May.

    The 7th grade students visited the performance venue Mississippi Studios, where they got a tour of the performance space and learned about the music business, what happens behind the scenes at a live show, and how an audio engineer works with a band to help get a great sound. Students' bands then took the stage, ran a sound check, and performed. Their polished acts will be featured at Fête de la Musique on June 18.

    The 8th grade students visited Type Foundry studios as the culminating project of their three years at Gilkey. They have formed bands and prepared songs, working with Type Foundry studios for the last several years on the project.

    Back on campus, the 7th and 8th grade musicians held the third annual Battle of the Bands, with eight bands competing for the top three spots. Auxiliary One (8th grade band) was the winner for the second year in a row. Also competing were "A Secret" (8th) and "One Up" (7th). The grand prize is studio time with a recording engineer at Type Foundry Studio. View Auxiliary One's music video below:

  • Creativity vs. Function

    By Julie Duffield, Gilkey Math Department Head Teacher
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    This semester, for one of the middle school elective IDD classes, seventh and eighth graders used the design cycle to create milk carton boats. Originally we planned to race in the Rose Festival’s milk carton boat race, but it was cancelled due to construction at the site. So instead we packed up our creations and thanks to the Levine family we tested them in the Lake Oswego canal.

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    This semester, for one of the middle school elective IDD classes, seventh and eighth graders used the design cycle to create milk carton boats. Originally we planned to race in the Rose Festival’s milk carton boat race, but it was cancelled due to construction at the site. So instead we packed up our creations and thanks to the Levine family we tested them in the Lake Oswego canal.

    Students began the semester determining how to use milk cartons to help them float. They researched both what designs would look good, along with what would help them to move fast through the water. After creating a few different designs they picked the one that met all of their design specifications. The create aspect then began. Students collected milk cartons, learned how to use a drill, and went through a lot of tape. With some concern of floatability, our boats were then ready to be tested.

    Last Wednesday afternoon we loaded the boats up into trucks and headed out. Each group went one at a time to see first if their boat would float . . . success! After everyone was able to test his or her group’s boat, we set up a race. There was a definite winning group: seventh graders Otto P., Jalen J., and Aidan P. Good work!

    We had a great time testing our boats and learned a lot about construction and maneuverability. Next time there will be a few more aspects to consider for overall improved performance.

  • A Night at the Library

    By Helen Townes, Director of Development
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    When one thinks of a library, the first things that might come to mind are books, quiet, reflection . . . but for one night during May, the FAIS Library was the scene of sleeping bags, popcorn, giggling, and ghost stories, when teachers Jennifer Reineck and Stéphanie Martin Sewall hosted a group of eight LS students for a sleepover. The event was among the popular silent items at this year’s Gala Auction in April, and culminated in a breakfast of (apropros!) French faire.

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    When one thinks of a library, the first things that might come to mind are books, quiet, reflection . . . but for one night during May, the FAIS Library was the scene of sleeping bags, popcorn, giggling, and ghost stories, when teachers Jennifer Reineck and Stéphanie Martin Sewall hosted a group of eight LS students for a sleepover. The event was among the popular silent items at this year’s Gala Auction in April, and culminated in a breakfast of (apropros!) French faire.

  • Community Service at the Eighth Grade Level

    By Natalia Poida, Gilkey Language Department Head Teacher
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    This year community service in eighth grade was guided by not only advisors but by the eighth graders themselves. At the beginning of the year, our meetings consisted of research and exploration of possibilities that were of interest to the group. In the fall we kicked off the first service with a fundraiser to save endangered sea turtles; this tied well with our MYP unit “My role in the community.” Students chose to hold a bake sale, which raised 300 dollars in one week. The eighth graders were recognized by the SEEtheWILD and SEE Turtles organizations for their great efforts raising the most money per student within schools across the country

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    This year community service in eighth grade was guided by not only advisors but by the eighth graders themselves. At the beginning of the year, our meetings consisted of research and exploration of possibilities that were of interest to the group. In the fall we kicked off the first service with a fundraiser to save endangered sea turtles; this tied well with our MYP unit “My role in the community.” Students chose to hold a bake sale, which raised 300 dollars in one week. The eighth graders were recognized by the SEEtheWILD and SEE Turtles organizations for their great efforts raising the most money per student within schools across the country. We were fortunate to have the director from the organization visit to talk about the importance of awareness and preservation, and to present our students with small prizes.

    Our efforts to reach out to the community continued when we had an opportunity to create a relationship with Floyd Light Middle School in SE Portland. Gilkey students were paired up with FLoyd Light Middle Schoolers with the purpose of creating a pen pal. In December we had the chance to go to Floyd Light, where Gilkey students finally got to meet their pen pals. Some of the students also visited a Reading Intervention class where they got to observe and help sixth graders read. Our students learned that many Floyd students have diverse backgrounds and speak multiple languages, some even four or five. For some students, this multilingualism came about due to extremely difficult circumstances. It was a powerful connection where many similarities as well as differences came together.

    We finalized our last service in the spring with a visit to Mary’s Woods Retirement Home. Gilkey students planned lessons to teach to the elderly in both French and German. This was a very rewarding opportunity for not only our students but also the pupils, who were very impressed with the language ability and the open and kind demeanor that our students demonstrated. In the end we hope to be able to continue looking for opportunities that will be authentic experiences tied to the learning environment that Gilkey offers.

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  • Class of 2010 Alumni Reunion

    By Cris Gilman, Development and Events Coordinator
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    Our college-bound alumni from the Class of 2010 gathered on the FAIS campus this past week to reunite with classmates and FAIS faculty members in the Rose Préau Commons. The annual “Class of” reunion is always a great opportunity for seniors to celebrate the end of finals and revisit their FAIS roots. Nearly 30 recent high school graduates gathered this year to take full advantage -- catching up over pizza and cake on college acceptances, summer plans, and other news. Bridget Chapman was the lucky winner of the door prize, an iHome Bluetooth portable speaker and $30 in iTunes gift cards.

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rethink

    By Helen Townes, Director of Development
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    Jennifer Reineck’s third graders enjoyed a visit from Portland non-profit SCRAP, whose mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior. Students took unlikely items like old CD discs and bottle caps and created their own art pieces, inspiring them to think in new ways about the 4 R’s. Some were so interested they took it a step further, finding things in the recycling bin at home to embellish and later share with the class.

Upcoming Events

27August

New Parent Orientation (click here for details)

5:30pm - 8:00pm
2September

Opening Day: Middle School full day, Lower School Welcome day.

10September

Board of Trustees Meeting

The Rose Préau Commons 5:00pm - 8:30pm
8October

Board of Trustees Meeting

The Rose Préau Commons 5:00pm - 8:30pm