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Celebrating Learners -- Our Students and Faculty

Posted on May 16, 2015

by Dr. Edna Hussey on May 16, 2015

conference.jpgHow important is assessment for us? Important enough to set aside two days each semester so parents, students, and teachers can meet to have a focused conversation on the learning progress of each student! In the 3-way conferences where the student takes center stage, the student's goals, strengths, opportunities for improvement, and plans for continued growth are discussed with input from parents and the teacher. The student's performance continua and progress electronic portfolio are accessible prior to the conference so that parents can be prepared. We expect that the electronic portfolio will be re-visited by the student and parents after the conference when more time can be spent for family discussion around the portfolio documentation. We have scheduled 3-way conferences using the continua and portfolio for nearly 20 years! The face-to-face time with student, parents, and teacher altogether to acknowledge the child's effort and growth over time is good reason to celebrate! Parents, the conference summary will be emailed home as a pdf by May 30.

Lots to celebrate as we near the end of the school year. We realize that faculty have something to do with the success and accomplishments of each student. :ʻ-) This past Wednesday, all Mid-Pacific faculty and staff gathered in Bakken for the annual Aloha Awards when retiring and departing employees are recognized. In addition, special awards are given to an outstanding teacher and "unsung hero" from the preschool/elementary, middle school, and high school.

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The outstanding elementary teacher for 2014-2015 is Chris Bailie! Chris came to Epiphany School in 1997 with several years of Montessori experience and taught in a multiage first and second grade classroom. Chris has continued to teach in Mid-Pacific's multiage first and second grade classroom. All combined, it has been 18 years in a multiage first and second grade classroom. Her colleagues lauded her for her devotion to each child, her compassionate, caring disposition, and her high standards of excellence.

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Laura Adams, assistant kindergarten teacher to Jen Matsumoto, was recognized as the Unsung Hero from the elementary. Laura arrives to school early and often stays beyond work hours to ensure that everything is ready for her kindergartners the next day. Her gentle and caring regard for every child, her ready smile, and her ability to understand these early learners do not go unnoticed!

At the preschool/elementary, we bid aloha to Gitti Janku-Pierce (below, left), assistant preschool teacher, who is retiring from our Reggio-inspired preschool after 8 years of service. Ms. Gitti, as the children have called her, has been a most loving, patient, and understanding member of the preschool team. We also bid aloha to Maggie Embick (below, right), who joined us this year in the preschool as an assistant teacher. She will continue her learning in early childhood education, taking the concepts and principles of our unique Reggio-inspired program with her.

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It is unbelievable to me that the last week of the school year is already upon us! The theme for the approaching week is -- Celebration! Our children have worked hard all year, and the faculty and I are proud of their progress and efforts. I'll recap this final week, which includes an assembly, the Fifth Grade Leavetaking, and Field Day, in next week's blog. Here we are (above), the entire student body, preschool through high school, over 1500 students, together for the end-of-year Convocation. Did you know that our preschoolers are Mid-Pacificʻs Class of 2029?

We celebrate your child!

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.