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Scholastic News Selects 5th grader as a Kid Reporter!

Posted on November 23, 2014

by Dr. Edna Hussey on November 23, 2014

Weʻre proud and honored to announce that fifth grader Julian Ibarra has been selected as a student reporter for Scholastic News, one of the oldest and widely read news magazine around the world! Hereʻs an excerpt from

New York, NY - November 5, 2014 - The award-winning Scholastic News Kids Press Corps™ today welcomed 32 new Kid Reporters, ages 10 to 14, to the country's oldest and largest student reporting program. The young journalists will report "news for kids, by kids" with coverage of current events, breaking news, entertainment stories, and sports events from their hometowns and on the national stage. The 32 Kid Reporters hail from 20 states across the United States, with international correspondents in Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Thailand. The new reporters were chosen by the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps editors from more than 200 student applications, which required students to submit a news report about their local community, ideas for future stories, and a personal essay explaining why they would like to be a Kid Reporter.

We acknowledged Julianʻs selection at the November assembly. Faculty and students were so impressed! Julian has already submitted his first article on technology integration at Mid-Pacific. Hereʻs Julian next to a page from the Scholastic News website with a brief bio on Julian. Weʻll follow Julian, Scholastic News journalist, in all his publications. Congratulations, Julian!

Chef Sven.jpgAlso at the assembly, a high-energy presentation by Executive Chef Sven Ullrich from the Hyatt Regency SHOR to launch the second year of the healthy recipe contest. (Matilda C., who was a second grader last year, won the statewide contest for her green-taro smoothie recipe.) Chef Sven brought in the most unusual fruits, asked students to name the fruit, and then to predict if each fruit would sink or float when placed into a large glass container filled with water. The ingredient that must be in each healthy recipe (either a snack, entree, or beverage) is honey!

Beekeeper.jpgChef Sven brought honeykeeper Dr. Kliks who shared some of the most fascinating facts about bees. He described the luxurious life of the drones who are treated like royalty or how bees die after they lose their stinger (yes, when you get stung!).

Chef and beekeeper.jpgFifth grader Eli S. asked an insightful question about the demise of bee populations around the world due to invasive species, even here in Hawaiʻi. Eliʻs capstone inquiry project is on this very same topic about bees. Perhaps parent and child can experiment with a healthy recipe using honey -- the grand prize is that the recipe will be offered on the Hyatt menu during the spring semester for three months! Information about the contest went home with students.

Documentation in classroom.jpgThis past Saturday over 30 educators spent their morning learning about the documentation of early learning. Pedagogista Leslie Gleim of our Reggio-inspired preschool, with support from the preschool faculty, led the workshop. Teachers studied a variety of documentation in the classroom and worked together on the documentation process to create a documentation panel. The richest part of these workshops is always the conversation among teachers. Mid-Pacific is honored to share our learning about high quality teaching practices with other early learning educators. We believe that all children deserve the best learning experiences in all learning environments.

E Kūlia Kākou! Together we strive and aspire!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.