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Learning Goes On!

Posted on May 17, 2009

by Dr. Edna Hussey on May 17, 2009

The end of the school year is nearly upon us, just nine school days ahead, of which two are parent-student-teacher conferences on May 21-22. Last Friday the faculty spent a full day and over the weekend analyzing student work and completing the student performance continua that parents will be reviewing at the conferences. I explained in the previous website posting the reflection process that the K-5 students have been experiencing for various content area learning. In the next few days, students will be putting the finishing touches on their progress portfolios and rehearsing the brief presentations they will be making with their parents about the selected pieces. And there are several upcoming final presentations on May 26. The 3- and 4-year-olds will meet with their parents at Bakken auditorium to reveal their year-long "lines" project, a fascinating journey of children's explorations of lines evident in drawing, writing, music, and dance. The 4- and 5-year-olds meet in the evening in their classroom to share their nearly two-year journey through storytelling. And the entire multiage 3-4 classes will share their inquiries on science-related topics about the environment of Hawaii. Talk about the excitement of learning right down to the wire!

One of my responsibilities as principal is to review every student performance continua (and there are six for every student, Kindergarten through Grade 5), every conference summary, every curriculum summary, and every preschooler's learning story (of which there are 2-3 for every preschooler). This intensive period of review helps me to see up close and then more broadly the breadth and depth of learning from preschool through the fifth grade. This process for me occurs at the end of each semester so that I can say with confidence that I know what's going on in every classroom and with every student. Since I'm steeped in this process right now, I have a deep appreciation for the quality teaching, learning, and assessment occurring in each classroom.

In preparation for conferences this coming week, take some time to jot down specific questions to ask the teachers about your child's learning. Although parents have scheduled appointments with the classroom teacher, please remember that every specialist for art, character education, music, and physical education will be available for a conference. Contact the specialists you intend to meet with through the school office at 441-3800 by this Wednesday, May 20.

A packet will be sent home via your child this Wednesday. The packet includes the 2008-2009 preschool and elementary yearbook. Your child may return to school the following week with the yearbook to get it signed by their peers and faculty, one of the popular end-of-year traditions.

Hang on to your slippers for an exciting end to the school year just around the corner!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey