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The HAIS/WASC Self-Study: Total Team Effort

Posted on October 26, 2014

by Dr. Edna Hussey on October 26, 2014

IMG_5068a.jpgSince last January, the school has been in the process of self-reflection called "accreditation." Following a new process created by school leaders of Hawaiʻi independent schools, representatives of Mid-Pacificʻs constituencies have been meeting to determine to what extent we have been achieving the standards for educational institutions. These standards have been endorsed through the collaboration of the Hawaiʻi Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This has been no easy task, especially because a school, by its very nature, is a complex organization with many different levels of inter-relationships and functions, and whose purpose is to effectively implement the mission of the school. Add the schoolʻs history, culture, environment, and the complexity increases exponentially! The self-study process has enlisted the participation of the entire school community in many different ways -- from surveys to observations to interviews to an examination of data to meetings. We are nearing completion of the report, which will be in early December. I will write more about Mid-Pacificʻs accreditation process in upcoming blogs now through February 2015 when a visiting team of educators will be on campus. We truly appreciate the faculty leadership of Tiffany Byrne (multiage 3-4) and Jen Swanson (6th grade) whose organizational sixth sense have guided us through the process. We also recognize the efforts of the faculty Steering Committee and sixteen other committees of faculty, staff, parents, trustees, and administrators who have contributed immensely to the self-study. It is a total team effort.

Screenshot 2014-10-26 17.48.38.jpgPlease check these faculty blogs about the recent UNICEF fundraiser led entirely by the students in the multiage third-fourth grades and overseen by Character Education specialist Lori Abe.

In the spirit of entrepreneurialism, students came up with their own ideas about what they could sell -- a product or service -- to raise funds for UNICEF. The original name was the United Nations International Childrenʻs Emergency Fund (UNICEF), created by the United Nations General Assembly in 1946. This same international organization was renamed the United Nations Childrenʻs Fund but is still called UNICEF. This United Nations organization has been providing health and education benefits to millions of children and championing the rights of children. What little we can do here at Mid-Pacific is still worth our efforts, and our students know that their participation, added to the efforts of others, adds up not only in monetary donations but also in raising awareness. I picked up some hand-painted magic stones, a bag of "flubber," and some Pokemon cards. My own small contribution, added to your childrenʻs purchases of good and services in the sale, will mean fresh water and medicine for another group of children not so far away. Many thanks to Lori Abe and the third and fourth graders and to Tiffany Byrne for the photo from her blog.

IMG_5164.jpgA group of high school students from our International Baccalaureate (IB) Program attended the school assembly this past Thursday to talk about the profile of an IB student. All of the learner outcomes of an IB student are precisely what we endeavor in preschool and elementary! For example, an IB student is an inquirer, an effective communicator, is knowledgeable, is caring and compassionate. When students were asked if they think they ask lots of questions or know quite a bit about the world, you can imagine that all hands shot up! The faculty and I are confident that we are constantly providing the instructional approaches that prepare our children for the high expectations not only of the IB program, but moreover for Mid-Pacific.

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.