Posted on May 18, 2006
It’s been amazing to see the children prepare their progress portfolios for the upcoming conferences on Monday and Tuesday for kindergarten through grade five. The process entails students selecting pieces they’ve worked on from various curricular areas (e.g., reading, writing, math), either with teacher assistance or independently. Students compare their performance from the beginning to the end of the second semester. They think about what and how they’ve achieved and learned and assess their progress based on class-developed criteria. Then they write down their reflections. Having observed your children engaged in this process, I’m impressed by their seriousness and regard for learning.
Some important reminders regarding our assessment reporting:
• Students in kindergarten through grade five are expected to attend the conference with their parents. As in the first semester, these are called “three-way” conferences — student, parent, and teacher are engaged in meaningful discussion about the child’s strengths and needs as a developing learner. Parents and teacher are there to support plans for continued improvement.
• Come a few minutes before your conference so that you can get from your parking space to the classroom in time for the conference.
• All the specialists are available for conferences. Call them directly to schedule a conference either on May 22 or May 23.
Art (Jill Brooks): 441-3837
Physical Education (Pam Jenkins):
Character/Christian Education/Counselor, grades 3-5 (Shirley Rivera): 441-3839
Character/Christian Education,preschool-grade 2 (Loriann Yukihiro): 441-3838
Music (Diane Koshi): 441-3812
Atelierista, preschool & kindergarten (Jordan Hasley): 441-3837
• All performance continua will be mailed to each family after June 9.
• You may take home your child’s progress portfolio after the conference. Keep it in a safe place. If your child is returning to MPI, h/she will be asked to bring back the portfolio to school at the beginning of the school year.
P.E. teacher Pam Jenkins and our parent ‘Ohana representatives have been planning Field Day, which will be on the baseball field on June 2. All families are invited to Field Day, which goes from 9:00 to 11:00am. All students on the school lunch program will have a pizza lunch. The `Ohana will provide a pizza lunch for all other students who usually bring a home lunch. Since it is the last day of school, you may take your child home after field day activities, if you wish. It’s a regular school day, with school ending at 2:30pm, and afterschool care until 6:00pm for K-5 and 5:30pm for the preschool afterschool program.
Still many exciting events ahead —
Na Pueo Flying Up Day is June 1, the same day as the Leavetaking for 5th graders who’ll be moving on to middle school! Students from preschool through 4th grade will be visiting the next grade level for a glimpse of the teacher and classroom. The classroom they’ll be “flying up” to only represents the next grade level, not the teacher your child will be having next year.
And still more ahead, not including any special activities your child’s teacher may be planning:
• May school assembly, 8:00am, May 24
• Molokai trip for 5th grade, May 25-27
• MPI High School Commencement, May 27, 5:00pm
• Student recognition assembly, K-5,
May 31, 9:00am, June 1, 10:00am
• Field Day, June 2, 9:00am
Take a deep breath!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey