Summer Update: Week Two - Mid-Pacific Institute

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Summer Update: Week Two

Posted on June 30, 2006

by Scott Yoshinaga on June 30, 2006

Dear Parents of MPI Summer School,

End of Week Two, and it appears that the children are having fun, and sometimes challenging, learning experiences. We have an excellent faculty who have been planning age-appropriate activities and providing quality instruction. From 8:00am to 12:00pm, it’s constant activity.

Quick updates and highlights of the week —
• Reading & Writing: Students have completed their reading of E.L. Konigsburg’s The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and have done story mapping (plot, character, genre, setting, etc.). Now they’ve been inspired to visit an art museum!
• Math Workshop: The students are enjoying “problems of the day ” and computer math games. Mr. Williamson’s daily reward is just seeing the enthusiasm the children have for mathematics.
• Preschool Summer & Sun: A bus ride to Manoa Park to feed the fish and turtles in the stream. The children also walked to the fishpond on our campus and love Wednesday and Friday water play!
• Camera! Lights! Action!: Just completing the filming of two productions. The children are learning that even filmwork requires revision and editing. They are wearing many hats as performer-producer-director-and-editor. Whew!
• Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees: The children have decided on products to sell and even visited the Hartley Tech Center to learn how to design their advertisements. Next week: production! The grand opening of their one-day business will be in the fourth week of summer school.
• Jumpstart Kindergarten: Ms. Oshiro’s class created their own fruit smoothies and have been writing and drawing daily in their journals. Ms. Vitarelli’s students are learning about how to care for the stuffed animals they brought to school. Plus a visit from a guide dog from Eye of the Pacific and Mari’s 8-week old puppy.
• Ocean Explorations: Canoe sailing off Waikiki! Love those waves!

We are enjoying the easy-going nature of summer school, blessed by mostly sunny weather and cool tradewinds. We are grateful for the teaching assistants who have been helping with the morning autoline and in several classrooms — Tiana Reed (MPI alum attending college); Nathan Rice (MPI alum attending college); Leanna Agcaoili (MPI senior); Donovan Goto, (MPI junior); Lyle Shimata, (MPI junior); Jackie Carpenter (UH student); Dezarae Miyahira (MPI alum attending UH); Jenna Yoshimura (Iolani alum attending college); Cori Hiraki (Punahou alum attending college); Valerie Gee (UH grad); Emily Cheung (MPI junior).

Reminder: No school July 3 and 4, in observation of Independence Day. Only the school office will be open on July 3, 7:00am – 3:30pm. Have a safe and fun holiday!

For our children,

Edna Hussey