Posted on February 1, 2015
Just this past weekend, at an admission session for parents applying their children to Mid-Pacific, I was describing physical education when I was in elementary school. This may date me, but physical education consisted of running several laps around the perimeter of a large asphalt area, only to return to do cycles of jumping jacks, arm rotations, and head-to-toe stretches. Oh, yes, and kickball games. Today, the physical education program has evolved into a more holistic menu of skills, with an emphasis on health and developing heathy attitudes (see PE teacher Bruce Blackʻs blog http://www.midpac.edu/elementary/pe/2015/01/bike-education-.php.) The other morning, fifth graders donned helmets and rode bikes through the campus as part of the Bike Education program, organized by a non-profit that provides bike education to public and private schools on Oʻahu. It was reassuring to know that these students are learning about bike safety. This Friday will be Jump Rope for Heart, so more in next weekʻs blog.
With regard to admissions, I am always humbled by the number of parents who are seeking admission for their children. We will be completing three Saturday play sessions for preschool applicants and have just begun the first of five Saturday sessions for applicants primarily for kindergarten but also for other elementary grades. I have given the admission presentation for over ten years, which focuses on the educational concepts that underpin the elementary program:
There are just so many examples of how these concepts form the foundation of our program! We stand on research-based concepts, all of which continue to strengthen the program, and ultimately, strengthen and support each childʻs learning. If you are a parent of a Mid-Pacific preschool or elementary student, think about one concept from the list and how youʻve seen it applied in your childʻs learning.
E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.