As we were considering moving across the country for jobs in Utah, an important priority for us was finding a school that would nurture and support our children and would provide a community for us as a family. Our visit day at McGillis sealed the deal, and we have not looked back. We are so grateful to McGillis for welcoming us into the fold.
When you enter the hallways of McGillis, you know it is different. There is a celebration of each child as a unique individual and an investment in each child to be their very best selves. Just as importantly, there is a prioritization of the community, which teaches our children to think beyond themselves. As we have pivoted to COVID, the value of McGillis has never been clearer. Our children have benefited greatly from in-person education, and we felt incredibly confident with the safety measures and the transparent communication during this time. We are new to The McGillis School, but we already consider ourselves Forever Magpies!"
Melissa & Kevin Watt, parents of Jonah '22 & Sarah '26
McGillis 6th Graders teamed up with six artists from the Phillips Gallery to create a unique experience: an exploration of the intersection between art and math.
Often children turn to the adults in their lives to help them to make sense of these world events.
In partnership with TreeUtah, over 550 members of The McGillis School community, including 386 students, 50 teachers, and 120 volunteers, gathered for TREEkun Olam. This inaugural day of community service was a hands-on experience of planting trees that will immediately impact our local climate and community.
In this Community Conversation we discussed how to build a lifelong love of reading and how books can be used as windows and mirrors.
McGillis Third Graders wrote a letter to U.S. President Biden to thank him for his focus on the environment and to ask him to do even more. Students emailed their letter to the President with requests to speak to more Americans, especially young people, about what they can do to improve the climate.
Natalie Kaplan is a 3rd Grade Teacher, joining McGillis in 2017. Watch the video below for a peek into her classroom.
When we talk about belonging versus fitting in, let’s remember:
- Inclusive spaces means creating a space where more people have the opportunity to feel like they belong.
- Fitting in takes a lot of energy from the individual. Belonging may take special effort from the community, but it requires a lot less energy from the individual.
- The people who create the norms of a group/environment have the responsibility to consider who feels they belong & who is simply fitting in.