Posted on February 2, 2006
I had some time yesterday to visit a few classrooms, and I was impressed with the kinds of learning I observed. Some snapshots:
• a 5th grade class explores the different ways that Americans during the 1800-1900s expressed their beliefs and opinions as citizens of a new, growing nation through different “voices” — writing, speech, music, the arts, and science Their culminating project will be presentations about these individuals in similar communication modes (e.g, speech, writing, music, etc.).
• a multiage 1st-2nd grade class draws self-portraits about what they might look like at age 100 (in celebration of our hundredth day of school).
• another 5th grade class discusses the revisions a published writer has made in her poetry.
• students in a multiage 1st-2nd grade class demonstrate their understanding about using dialogue by writing their own stories and incorporating effective dialogue, while next door another multiage class selects a piece from their writing journals to publish.
• one preschool class participate in an imaginative discussion about how waves are made, through large detailed drawings and a dramatization of sea creatures caught in wave movements.
• the art teacher assists a multiage 1st-2nd grade class by examining a large mural the class has drawn representing their understanding about basic human needs in ancient Egyptian culture.
Imagine what you’d find in the entire school! I look forward to continuing my visits to classrooms tomorrow.
Mid-Pacific Institute has teamed up with the National Football League (NFL) and the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii to make a difference in the lives of children this Pro Bowl season. We are taking part in a Pro Bowl project that gives books and sports equipment to children in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hawaii.
Beginning today through February 9, please help by bringing gently used books and sports equipment — basketballs, bats, rollerblades, tennis rackets, etc. — to Wilcox (main office).
Discuss this project with your children and explain that somewhere on our island, there is a child who would love to have a book to read or a basketball to play with. We’ll have several large boxes at the autoline to hold your donations.
Thanks for encouraging your child to show his/her school spirit by sharing their gifts with others.
The February schoolwide assembly will be on the 23rd, not the 16th as indicated on last week’s monthly calendar. The visiting team that’s checking the status of the elementary school with regard to its merger with Mid-Pacific will be on campus February 23.
This Saturday, we begin a busy month of preschool and kindergarten admission assessment sessions — three preschool sessions and two kindergarten sessions the next three upcoming Saturdays. Lots of exciting energy and strong interest in our Children First program. Thank you, parents, for being our most effective spokespersons, much more powerful than the most expensive magazine or newspaper ad.
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey