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We Work and Play Together

Posted on September 13, 2015

by Dr. Edna Hussey on September 13, 2015

Today's blog focuses on complementary actions -- work and play -- in the example of the faculty's professional learning and plain ol' fun as a school community.

When I think about the evolution of Mid-Pacific and how the professional community has grown in terms of instructional practice over time (a reflection of the changing economic, political, and social landscape over time), I am gratified by the facultyʻs drive to provide the best learning experiences for our students. Typically, most K-12 schools work in silos when it comes to discussions about how to teach and what to teach. For at least five years, much of our professional learning has been altogether -- preschool through high school teachers. You may have read about these schoolwide gatherings twice each year in my past blogs. We have learned together about the concepts and skills our students must develop to be better prepared to become problem-solvers, innovators, and collaborators.

The Preschool faculty engaged in a webcam session with their Reggio consultant George Forman, PhD, professor emeritus from the University of New Hampshire.

This year the intent of professional learning on early-release days is for faculty to work in K-12 disciplines and address the question What is quality learning? by looking at student work. Since our elementary faculty teach all content areas, 2-3 faculty represent the elementary at these meetings across the campus. Youʻll be hearing periodically about our professional learning from which our students will benefit.

The Welcome BBQ, an annual gathering of all preschool and elementary families, is a must-see and must-experience event. Despite cloudy skies and intermittent rain, nearly 400 -- parents, children, siblings, grandparents, faculty, staff -- braved the weather and filled the elementary campus. Dads grilled burgers and hot dogs (you couldn't pry away Shawn Kelly, Sam Tong, Shannon Oide and his son Coby from the grills!), while a line kept forming for refreshing shaved ice. We usually end the picnic with games on the courtyard lawn where parents and children team together in relays. See for yourself from the photos Iʻve posted just how much fun we had! Kudos to all parents who made the Welcome BBQ possible today -- Eric Koike, ʻOhana president, Mark and Joyce Liberman, Barbara Nakata, Scott Wagner, and so many other wonderful fifth grade parents and their children. I was blown away by todayʻs attendance, considering the weather, and everyoneʻs upbeat spirit. Go, Pueo!

We work and play hard together as a school community. E Kūlia Kākou!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.