Posted on June 16, 2012
Although the regular school year ended just ten days ago, we're already swinging past the first week of summer school, a collection of fun experiences for many students hailing from many Hawaii schools. We welcome new and returning summer school faculty from several neighboring schools. Nearly 30 MPI students from the middle and high school are teaching assistants, including several alumni. The program offerings are intellectually stimulating and engaging, from theatre, moviemaking, and LegoRobotics to reading, writing, and math adventures, to name a few choices.
On the very first day of summer school, we gathered in the dining room to meet one another as a community. Every faculty member introduced themselves, who, in turn, introduced their student aides. There will be two other assemblies during the five-week program for curriculum sharing when our students will take center stage.
A first-day routine in the classroom calls upon every student to consider the rules that they will follow in order to function as a community of learners. If you look carefully at this image, notice how the students' rules leave no stone unturned.
In the art cottage, students explore the properties of clay in order to create pieces that will withstand high temperatures when placed in the kiln. This student inserts holes with a bamboo skewer into cubes of clay she has carefully formed and which will eventually be fastened together to form an abstract sculpture.
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey