As 2016 begins, we would like to reflect on some of our best Grandview moments from last year. Here are our Top Grandview Moments of 2015– in no particular order:
GRANDVIEW ROBOTICS SPARKS TECH-LEARNING AT GPS
In January 2015, our Grandview Robotics Team participated in the FIRST LEGO League World Class Challenges. The addition of Robotics to the Grandview curriculum has sparked an interest amongst the student body in programming and game design, and we are excited to announce that we will be adding courses in video production and editing this spring. At Grandview, we’re in the business of inspiring and cultivating passion in our students. What makes kids passionate? More often than not, it’s when they are doing, thinking and creating— when they are engaged and invested in the learning process. Students in our new Programming and Robotics courses are doing, thinking, creating, and more.
INNOVATION PROGRAM PAVES THE WAY FOR BIG THINKING
Under the direction of Director of Program Innovation Samuel Berey, Grandview launched the Innovation Program in January 2015. The program allows students to learn academics while applying knowledge and skills to bigger world, enrolling students in a blended-learning flex model where they can complete high level collegiate curriculum, experience in-depth project based initiatives, and produce visible demonstrations of learning. The Innovation Program’s course of study is customized based on the skills and interests of the individual student, but is also aligned with the Grandview Preparatory School curriculum, state and national standards. Beginning in fall of 2015, Innovation Track offerings became available to students who qualify in Grades 1 – 12.
GRANDVIEW ATHLETICS REMAINS ON TOP
Grandview is consistently ranked one of the top athletic programs in its class, and 2015 was no exception. The girls basketball and girls softball teams both ended their 2015 seasons as state runners-up. These finishes were not flukes; girls basketball has competed in the FHSAA Class 2A State Finals Series for 4 consecutive years, and girls softball has made an appearance at the state tournament for 5 out of the last 6 years.
PERFORMING ARTS SHOWCASED IN 2015
2015 featured amazing student performances in the Dance Concert (March), Spring Musical (April) and Winter Concert (December). The 2015 Dance Concert featured a father/daughter dance that had the entire audience reaching for the tissues! And if you have ever wondered what it takes to produce a school musical, check out our behind-the-scenes video detailing the making of last year’s performance of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
INNOVATION STUDENTS BUILD ENDANGERED SPECIES GREENHOUSE
For students in Grandview Preparatory School’s Innovation Program, learning literally takes place outside of the classroom, especially during the completion of a completely student-run, in-depth research project using student passions to enhance innovation and connect students to the community.
Dubbed the “Passion Project,” students in the program collaborate to use each member’s strengths and interests to decide on a topic, assign roles and execute the project. The project for the 2015 cohort? A student-constructed greenhouse designed to house and rehabilitate local endangered species– more specifically, butterflies. Students planned, designed, built and outfitted the greenhouse, and even created lesson plans for lower school teachers to guide class visits.
The Endangered Species Greenhouse is a unique and useful addition to the Grandview campus, providing hands-on learning experiences to students and inspiration for future passion projects.
CLASS OF 2015
The top Grandview moments of 2015 would be incomplete without mention of our Class of 2015! Click here for a peek at our graduation traditions at Grandview.
GRANDVIEW STUDENT DESIGNS AND BUILDS OUTDOOR LEARNING SPACE
In an overgrown and under-utilized part of campus, junior Ricky Rose saw the potential of an outdoor learning and gathering space to benefit Grandview students for years to come. After viewing the site as a potential for the Innovation Program’s Endangered Species Greenhouse, Ricky noticed an opportunity and has been working since June to create an aesthetically-pleasing, comfortable and functional space. The Outdoor Learning Space is utilized by classes, club meetings and special events. It was used for the first time during the annual Career Day, serving as an additional location for presenters (and a nice outdoor break for our students).
GRANDVIEW COMMUNITY SUPPORTS THE 2015 GRANDVIEW GALA
Grandview community members came together in November to celebrate the school and support scholarships and program enhancements through auction purchases and donations during the 2015 Grandview Gala. Thanks to the generosity of item donors and attendees, we raised over $100,000 toward our annual giving program– enough to fund a traveling class set of Google Chrome Books and a 3D printer for our school makerspace. To find out more about supporting Grandview through annual giving, please click here.
STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN CROSS-DIVISIONAL FIELD TRIP
One of the many benefits of a small school is the ability for students to interact across divisions. The latest Innovation Program field trip took advantage of this; at the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) in Ft. Lauderdale, middle and upper school students collaborated with lower school buddies to complete a scavenger hunt throughout the museum.Middle and upper school students had the task of helping the lower schoolers to prioritize and complete the activities. In addition to using their knowledge and wherewithal to assist the little ones, the older buddies gained valuable experience with teaching methods and learning styles for primary students.
GRANDVIEW GIVES BACK
Grandview students plan and execute several community service projects throughout the year. Projects in 2015 included a food drive for Boca Helping Hands, collecting basics needs and holiday gifts for underprivileged children through the Back to Basics Angels Program, and the 18th annual Celebration of Life event, welcoming forty special-needs students from J.C. Mitchell Elementary School in Boca Raton for an annual holiday party.
Of course we had many more Grandview moments in 2015– fun house activities, meaningful days of service, engaging projects and successful sports seasons. To relive our 2015 Grandview moments, we invite you to peruse our blog, check out our Facebook page, and search #GPSmoment on Instagram (and follow us– @GrandviewPrepFL).
Thanks for being a part of our year at GPS, and we wish you a very happy 2016!