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No Ordinary Summer Here at MPI

Posted on July 10, 2009

by Dr. Edna Hussey on July 10, 2009

The final day of summer school was full of celebration! The end-of-summer-school assembly began with the preschoolers and their discovery experiences in the dirt, rich in creepy crawlers and honest-to-goodness bugs. They even ate "mud" (chocolate pudding) mixed with gummy worms and insects. Their curiosity about bugs led to drawing large-scale critters for closer observation.  One class of soon-to-be Kindergartners taught us how to do the Hawaiian Pokey by naming parts of the body in the Hawaiian language.  Another group of Jump-Start Kinders shared their journey of maps and map-making of all kinds -- the MPI campus map, a bus route map, a world map, a city map, to name a few.  They showed us how they developed a keen understanding of map symbols, distances, direction, and dimension.

The Beginning and Advanced Lego Robotics groups amazed us with their incredible robots moving on voice command and trekking over challenging landscapes and bridges.  A touching moment during the assembly was the presentation by students in Money Doesn't Grow on Trees.  They presented the proceeds -- $688 -- from their Thursday sale to a representative of Ronald McDonald's House.  She explained how their generosity would go a long way in taking care of very ill children temporarily housed at the center.  Many of us watched the final production by students in Camera! Lights! Action! -- very clever filmmaking! They also hosted an impressive Red Carpet Premiere for parents and family friends.

I invite you to a visual experience of the festive Thursday sale and today's assembly by checking our the photo gallery. We hope to see many of our students return to summer school 2010 at Mid-Pacific.  Warm mahalo to our outstanding faculty and the best teaching aides with whom we have ever worked. A hui hou!