April Assembly Experience: from beginning to end - Mid-Pacific Institute

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April Assembly Experience: from beginning to end

Posted on April 22, 2012

by Dr. Edna Hussey on April 22, 2012

Wish you could have been here on Kite Day!

Under blue skies and tradewinds skimming through Manoa Valley, kites of all shapes and colors took off into the air! Our students, some assisted by parents and teachers, worked earnestly to catch a wind wave so that their kites could take flight. Although the inevitable string tangles occurred, the children patiently rewound string and tried again. With middle schoolers sitting among us having lunch and high schoolers just across the way prepping their kites, the community "feel" was alive and well. It's an amazing sight when an entire student body and faculty -- over 1500 strong -- gather in one location to experience the joy, excitement, and pure fun of kite flying and community presence. I'm sure the originators of this MPI tradition over 70 years ago would be grateful to learn of this tradition's far-reaching benefits as we experienced this past Friday. The tradewinds are still swirling about -- let's go fly a kite!

Yes, wish you could have been here on Thursday morning.

Our recent school assembly was such a heartwarming experience from beginning to end. Students in Tiffany Byrne's multiage third and fourth grade impressed us with their understanding of word formation using prefixes, roots, and suffixes. After a general explanation of parts of words, the audience was invited to form words. The visual effect of students each holding different prefixes, suffixes, and root words and moving forward when a prefix or suffix called out by someone in the audience was quite entertaining. Here's a video clip of the presentation. http://www.midpac.edu/elementary/3_4B/2012/04/assembly-stars.php

First and second place winners from kindergarten through fifth grade in the International Peace Poem Project, a statewide competition honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., read their poems at the assembly. The faculty and I were taken by the vivid imagery and poetic language of even our youngest writers. Their poems evoked strong emotional response. Go to Ms. Rivera' recent posting at
http://www.midpac.edu/elementary/ce/2012/04/international-p-2.php to read the poems
written by fifth graders. Students who were first and second place winners are:
Kindergartners Alissa Jow, Michael Jones, Skye Choi, and Dylan Hey; First and Second Graders Waverly Coronel, Vincent Nasrallah, Julian Ibarra, Dakota Bow, Ian Jones, Justin Fukuroda, Lauren Hayashi, Kalena O'Connell, and Fifth Graders Maiana Cataldo, Gianna Kubo, Ruby Faber, and Kiana Jung. We'll display their poems around the campus.

Immigration Attorney Maile Hirota presented certificates of recognition to several MPI fifth graders whose essays about the importance of U.S. immigration were recognized as honorable mention winners in the state contest. The esteemed judges were Senator Daniel Inouye, Brian Clay, M.R.C.Greenwood, and Norman Chow. Of the final eleven students' essays selected statewide, eight were written by our very own fifth graders! They are Kaitlyn Kim, Logan Wong, Madison Honda, Olivia Sakaguchi, Sammie Saruwatari, Nyah Juliano, and Ruby Faber. I am pleased to announce that the Hawaii state winner is fifth grader Emily Montes, whose essay will be entered in the national competition. She received a cash award for her winning entry. If selected the national winner, Emily and her proud parents, Ed and Torry Montes, will be flown to Tennessee this summer to receive her award. We wish Emily our best.

Our assembly concluded with high-stepping Irish dancing performed by sisters Ayden and Devynne Greene, accompanied by their teacher. The audience clapped enthusiastically to the rhythmic beat of the music while Ayden and Devynne took center stage. Such composure and confidence!

Our monthly assemblies are always wonderful surprises as students share their learning or special talents. From birthday recognitions (every student, faculty or staff member celebrating a birthday that month) to curriculum sharing to the singing at the conclusion of all assemblies, the preschool and elementary community takes pride in the accomplishments of each student.

A reminder that the annual May Day Performance is May 4, 12:30 - 1:45pm, in the gymnasium. Seating is first come, first served. All families and friends are welcome to attend the performance, which highlights the songs and dances during the period of Hawaiian Monarchy. Our parent volunteers have been working on costumes nearly every day in the Tech Lab. Another spectacular May Day not to be missed!

Our students are very aware of their responsibilities to the larger community. We're encouraging all families to contribute canned foods to our food drive for the food pantry of Olivet Baptist Church. During a unit of study in the fifth grade on immigration issues, the students were so moved by what they had learned about how Catholic Charities of Hawaii helps immigrants that they decided on a fundraiser. All proceeds from their $1 shaved ice cones will go to this non-profit organization to support their work with immigrants to Hawaii. Shaved ice will be sold during first recess this week.

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey