At the Open House sessions these past two weeks, teachers prepared PowerPoint slide presentations about what and how their students will be learning (curriculum and instruction), a typical school day from 7:40am to 2:30pm, how student learning is assessed, special activities and events, and even types of homework assignments. All of these factors contribute to the business of learning and are the kinds of information you would expect to hear at an Open House. Our teachers did a thorough job explaining the program and even provided written information.
Now that parents have had some time to digest the information and file the handouts, let's consider for a few moments what I call the "real" curriculum -- beyond reading, spelling, writing, mathematics, and beyond learning about science and social studies through an inquiry approach.
Consider the real curriculum: learning to be passionate about learning, being ready to take risks, being mindful learners, thinking critically, having multiple strategies to problem-solve, working independently and collaboratively, persevering, caring for and being of service to the community.
These aspects of the Mid-Pacific Institute program must be the heart of
curriculum because these are the skills, attitudes, and dispositions
most important for success in the classroom, beyond school, and in
life. If we live to be 80 years old, each of us spends only about 10
percent of our lives in school. If ninety percent of our life is spent
out there in the "real" world, the most important thing any education
should do is help every child become a lifelong learner and really
enjoy the process of learning. W.B. Yeats put it this way: Education
is not the filling of the pail but the lighting of a fire. Parents
and teachers alike need to understand the big picture about education
and to keep at the forefront what matters the most about learning -- how
Many thanks to our Parent `Ohana who provided the refreshments for both
Open House evenings. These parents, many of you who are reading this
webpage, provide invaluable support in sharing your time, talent, and
treasure. Many thanks to the parents who've been volunteering as lunch
supervisors in Wilcox Dining Room and as nap supervisors in the
preschool on Friday afternoons.
The 2009 Yearbook Staff (high school) and the MPI Recycling Club are
sponsoring a recycling-awareness event on September 26, 27, and 28.
MPI will receive the 5-cent value for each beverage container collected
in the bin based on a weight to volume conversion. All proceeds will
benefit MPI student projects throughout the year. You may drop off your
empty HI-5 aluminum cans, glass bottles, and plastic containers in the
elementary school morning and afternoon autoline on Friday, September
26. Here's the drop-off schedule for September 27 and 28: Saturday,
9:00am-4:00pm, and Sunday, 9:00am-4:00pm. Look for the big blue bin
just as you take the right turn toward the elementary campus from the
guard gate. It will be parked on the right side in front of the palm
If your child is interested in attending the varsity regular season
football games at Aloha Stadium where Pac-Five is a participant (MPI is
part of Pac-Five), please call the office at 441-3800 for football
coupons. MPI students may enter the varsity football games at Aloha
Stadium free with their MPI student I.D. card and the designated
Pac-Five coupon for each game.
Please note that Maile Way exit will be closed on September 12 after
the morning drop-offs (closed after 8:15am). After the morning
drop-offs, all cars will be routed to exit through the main gate on
Ka`ala St. The middle and high school students will be off-campus for a
school spirit picnic and are not returning to campus, so Maile Way exit
will be closed in the afternoon.
By today, all afterschool classes will have begun (Chinese, Japanese,
ballet, tennis, choir, piano, ukulele, guitar, and preschool music).
Please remember to send your child to school with the necessary
accoutrements such tennis racket, water bottle, music book, etc. Better
yet, make this your child's responsibility to remember, not yours.
Perhaps mark all the dates on a calendar at home and have your
child check the calendar each week.
The Christian Schools Athletic League games begin the following week.
The League consists of nearly 20 private, independent schools on O`ahu.
All parents have received a hard copy of the September calendar and a
downloadable copy is posted on the website. Note the dates for the
CSAL games, which all begin at 3:30pm. Boys' basketball begins this
coming Monday, September 8, at Mid-Pacific. Our 5th and 6th grade team
will play Kamehameha School. If you have time, come and cheer them on!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey