Enter the Lions - Mid-Pacific Institute

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Enter the Lions

Posted on February 22, 2015

by Dr. Edna Hussey on February 22, 2015

lions in office.jpgLook who came to visit on Friday! The Chinese lions from Gee Yung Society entered through the main office, walked through every classroom and office to chase away any lurking ghosts and evil spirits. Clashing cymbals, a gong, and drum announced the arrival of the lion dancers. As soon as the musicians began the steady, heart-pounding rhythm, the children ran to their classroom doors with lisee (red envelopes) in hand. The campus was awash in a sea of auspicious red, the color many students wore to school to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Ram. It was heartwarming to see the lions interact playfully with the children, nibbling at childrenʻs shoes or the lionʻs head gently nudging its way through knots of children. Iʻm sure many of your children came home with new year treats and stories of their adventures with the lions. Our appreciation to the Long family for arranging the memorable experience. Gung Hee Fat Choy!

Lews.jpgSeveral classrooms welcomed parents who shared some of their favorite traditional customs symbolic of the new year -- eating gau or char siu, coconut and melon candies, or making paper dragons. One family, Mr. and Mrs. Lew, showed us a most clever way to mimic the sound of firecrackers. Twist, twist, twist rolled up bundles of bubble wrap, and believe me, twenty children doing the same twisting really does sound like small firecrackers. Fun! No lingering smoke and fire hazard.

More visitors of the human species on campus. We welcomed the kindergarten and first grade teachers from Kamehameha Schools on the Kāpalama campus. Teachers visited preschool through second grade to better understand how the practice of inquiry begins in the preschool and continues into the elementary.

Science consultant.jpgThe elementary faculty and teachers of science in the middle school and high school met on Wednesday to take "learning walks" through an elementary, middle, and high school class during science instruction, followed by a discussion of their observations. In the afternoon, a small group of elementary teachers met with science consultant Dr. Lori Fulton from the Curriculum Research Development Group (CRDG) affiliated with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, while the middle and high school science faculty met with two other science consultants. We are beginning to develop a vision for our educational vision of students in science and some serious work on curriculum alignment schoolwide, with a critical emphasis on instructional approaches.

This is just a teaser: Ask your children if they can recall the faculty presentation at last weekʻs assembly. Flying creatures.

Looking forward to seeing our grandparents and family members this Friday for Grandparentsʻ Day! I wonder whoʻll be the oldest and will have traveled the farthest?

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.