Posted on April 26, 2015
We celebrated a long-time Mid-Pacific tradition that began in the early 1930's -- kite flying on the football field! As in previous years, students in preschool and elementary carried their kites into school this past Friday, with the hope that there'd be enough trade winds to pick up the kites. Middle students, paired with preschool and elementary students, helped their buddies with Kite Flying 101. It was a lesson in patience. The children ran with kites held high, hoping for a mighty gust. About ten minutes before the end of the activity, the Månoa winds suddenly stirred, carrying several kites up to the highest heights!
Kite Day was preceded by an activity to acquaint elementary students with middle school students. On two occasions, students from grades six, seven, and eight squeezed into the elementary classrooms to do a short drawing activity and to talk to one another about their drawings. Their drawings were affixed to the tails of classroom kites, which are displayed in the dining room and Wilcox building.
On the morning of Kite Day, the preschool, elementary, and middle school gathered in Bakken Auditorium for a brief history of Kite Day and some tips on safe kite flying. From there, older and younger students paired with their friends and walked to the football field, excited to begin flying their kites. To end the morning, the middle schoolers formed a tunnel through which the elementary and preschools students ran amid friendly cheers and laughter.
Earlier this week, eight colleagues from Kamehameha School - Maui campus visted the elementary to learn about how iPads are integrated into teaching and student learning. They observed first and second graders creating Keynote presentation slides on their animal inquiry, kindergartners tracing geometric shapes with Skitch (an app) on images they had taken of 2-D and 3-D shapes on campus with their iPads, and third and fourth graders engaged in an online book discussion using Edmodo. Classroom observations are usually followed by lunch with some of our faculty to debrief our visitors' observations. These conversations are based on questions the visiting colleagues pose to the faculty, making us reflect aloud on our successes and challenges using technology.
If you came through autoline on Earth Day, the first and second graders you saw waving hand-drawn signs "Save the Animals" or "Protect Our Earth" had just completed their posters the day prior, inspired by their own passions and heartfelt fervor to raise awareness. In fact, they convinced their teacher, Donna Revard, that it was only right and just to speak up for the animals (they were just finishing up an animal inquiry). Leave it to our future environmentalists!
And here's the best photo to end this week's blog. This student is fired up with school spirit! She has more than a dozen Mid-Pacific pueo tatoos adorning her face, arms, and knees! Now thatʻs school pride. Let's go, Owls!
E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.