Posted on February 7, 2015
No doubt the highlight this past week was Jump Rope for Heart! As part of the physical education program, students learn about the heart as a very important muscle that keeps oxygenated blood flowing through the body so that it functions efficiently. In addition to good nutrition (ask your children about what 5-2-1-0 means), exercise is critical to maintaining a healthy body and mind. (When I was in elementary school, jumping rope was a common recess activity, everything from single ropes to double ropes and Chinese ropes. My favorite was double Dutch.) Jump Rope for Heart is one of the best programs that serves two important goals -- raising awareness about heart disease and curbing its increase by developing a healthy lifestyle through exercise and diet, and raising funds to support ongoing heart research through the American Heart Association. The preschoolers participated in heart-pumping activities in the morning on the playcourt, followed by the elementary in several afternoon activities with rope-jumping as the main event in the gym. In this photo, a kindergartner has just jumped over a Chinese jump rope. You can see her in the blur of the jump! Several observations about the day: our students are eager to exercise and do it extremely well; older and younger students are kind and considerate to each other, with the older student serving in a supportive mentoring role, and our students (and faculty and parents) know how to have fun! Kudos to faculty organizer and P.E. teacher Bruce Black and the number of parent volunteers who prepped healthy snacks, set up and monitored the activity stations, and cleaned up.
Thereʻs one more health-awareness event this coming Saturday, February 14 -- the Keiki Great Aloha Run in association with the Hawaiʻi 5-2-1-0 program. Itʻs a 2-mile run around Neal Blaisdell Center and McKinley High School. Although registration has closed, I hope many families have registered and will participate in this annual event.
Six Korean teachers in the Center for Asia-Pacific Exchange (CAPE) experienced Mid-Pacific culture this past Tuesday and Wednesday. The high school and elementary teachers are in a master's degree program teaching English in Korea, and the visits to U.S. classrooms are part of their graduate program. They spent an entire day observing teachers and students in nearly all elementary classrooms. On the second day, they shared aspects of their Korean culture with our students by teaching students some games. Our Korean colleagues kept commenting how impressed they were with the children's high level of participation, thinking, motivation, behavior, and sense of natural curiosity, and with the teachers' energy and positive relationships with students. I found the CAPE teachers well spoken, very friendly, and deeply interested in teaching and learning. We have an open invitation to visit the schools of these teachers. Perhaps one day!
If youʻre on campus, stop by these posters with QR codes and use your QR code scanner on your cell phone or iPad to listen to the children explain why they love Mid-Pacific. The fifthe graders worked with their kindergarten buddies to tape student voices and create the QR codes. Amazing!
Coming up this week: The Harvard Graduate School of Education comes to Mid-Pacific! You're invited to attend a special presentation by the Harvard researchers who'll speak about the importance of global education this Thursday, 5:30pm, in Bakken auditorium. The general public is invited. The researchers will observe preschool and elementary classrooms Thursday morning and have a lunch discussion with our faculty.
E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.