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Final chapter: Inspiring learners

Posted on July 26, 2008

by Dr. Edna Hussey on July 26, 2008

In our final chapter highlighting the last week of summer school, we begin with gratitude to many of our parents who supported their children’s learning by reading the weekly updates on the website or in the Friday information packets. Heartiest appreciation to our talented faculty who truly inspired your child’s enthusiasm and interest in reading, writing, visual artistry, computer graphics, mathematics, science, theater, Lego robotics, nature, or entrepreneurship.  Our student aides — all Mid-Pacific students or alumni — were excellent assistants in the classroom.  It was a full six weeks of fun learning for all, including the faculty!  

Our students were so earnest in sharing what they had been learning that the 30-minute assembly stretched to 50 minutes! (Click on the photo and visit the photo gallery for more images of the assembly.) Students in Mr. Larsen’s Adventures-in-Math classes shared buildings they made with paper geometric shapes, math “sentences,” various ways to represent numbers, and measurement activities (growing a variety of plants). Our preschoolers sang a delightful rhyme about five little frogs having a most delicious time eating flies (!). Some students in one of the Art Camp sessions talked about various art activities — jewelry making, perspective painting, clay work — while their teacher Ms. Uchida ran the slide presentation. 

The Ocean Expeditions’ students narrated a PowerPoint presentation of their four-week adventures hiking, sailing, swimming and learning in-depth about Hawaii’s rich landscape.  The Money-Doesn’t-Grow-on-Trees class raised $700 through their one-day sale of handcrafted items and foods. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross for survivors of the Iowa floods and earthquakes in China. We ended the assembly with the Lego Robotics class demonstrating two obstacle courses the students created and tested the durability and engineering of their robotic cars.  The entire assembly cheered the students whose cars successfully completed the obstacle courses.  

Earlier this week, several classes hosted “open house” events for parents and friends to visit their classrooms and take a more careful look at students’ learning. This past Wednesday, we held another Afternoon Camp assembly to showcase more of the skills students had learned with respect to sports, computers, and science.  

During the next two weeks, we prepare for the first day of the regular school year, August 11.  The faculty will participate in weeklong meetings and classroom preparations beginning August 4.  The school office is open daily, 7:00am – 3:30pm.  

Summer School 2008 closes with fond memories of our children immersed in fun learning experiences.  We look forward to seeing all of our students and families in Summer School 2009!  A hui hou!