February's All School Assembly - Mid-Pacific Institute

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February's All School Assembly

Posted on February 24, 2006

by Scott Yoshinaga on February 24, 2006

February 06 Assembly
We gathered under damp skies for our February assembly on the courtyard yesterday. The Fifth Graders led us in the prayer of thanksgiving that all students say with hand motions in their character-Christian education classes, followed by Kinders through Fifth Graders performing Na Po, a Hawaiian chant about the phases of the moon.

Multiage first and second grade students in the children’s choir impressed us with their ability to sing in German — Bach’s “Bist du bei mir” for his wife Anna Magdalena — a challenging piece for most, but not so for our talented singers who sang confidently. Another group of multiage first and second graders in Ms. Revard’s class recited their class’ `olelo noeau then clearly explained it without hesitation. (I had asked their teacher only that morning to present their `olelo noeau, and Chloe, Grant, Justin, and Malia volunteered happily to take center stage. Amazing.)

Since the preschoolers were unable to participate in the Jump-Rope-for-Heart (it was their nap time), we shared some of the highlights with our young friends. Keila, Jayme, Koji, and Ryne performed their jumprope routine set to original music they composed on Garage Band, a software program. Pam Jenkins, our P.E. teacher, also informed us that the elementary school had raised $6,000 for the American Heart Association!

We closed our assembly by acknowledging students’ and staff birthdays in February, and singing the MPI alma mater.

With this month’s assembly topping all other assemblies to date, we’re already planning the March assembly. What a wonderful sharing of our students’ talents and strengths!

The accreditation team representing the Western Association of Schools and Colleges — Dr. Robert Peters, Hanahauoli. and Mrs. Diane Andersen. Punahou — were introduced at the beginning of the assembly. They toured the classrooms, met with a few teachers, and met with the MPI administration and myself. Their primary inquiry was to assess the transition of the elementary school from Epiphany to becoming Mid-Pacific. Overall, they were impressed by our educational program, our Children First beliefs about how children learn, the pervasive warmth, peace, and calm in the environment, and the spaciousness of the campus and classrooms. Moreover, they felt confident in the strong support from the MPI Board, President, and administration.

In March, another accreditation team will do a mid-term followup visit (of a 6-year accreditation term) to the middle school and high school. The preschool/elementary will participate in the schoolwide accreditation process in 2009, a process of gathering input from all constituents of a school community to assess how well a school is implementing its mission and achieving school goals to support and improve student learning.

Please check your child’s backpack for information on the Ho`olaulea. It’s an annual MPI event celebrating our school community and school spirit. Look for the scrip order form so you can pre-order the scrip for your child(ren). We will be walking the entire elementary school, Kindergarten through Fifth Grade, to the Ho`olaulea and have lunch there at 11:30am. You may also order a t-shirt commemorating Ho`olaulea 2006. Forms and check/cash are due March 3rd to the elementary office.

Finally, many thanks to the Lem Family for providing a pizza lunch for the faculty and staff today! And thank you, parents, for all the surprises we receive now and then — flowers and sweets!

We can hardly wait for a solid day of blue skies and tradewinds.

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey