Posted on November 14, 2015
I wrote my first complete story when I was 6. It was Cinderella retold. I remember sitting at a table in a corner of my parents' room, not wanting to leave it until I had finished the last sentence. In elementary (we went up to eighth grade), I wrote for the school newspaper. In high school, I went on writing retreats as a sophomore and junior with other high school students led by a talented teacher Marie Hara (she has written for over 30 years with Hawaiʻi's best known literary magazine Bamboo Ridge, co-edited by Darryl Lum and Eric Chock). In my college years I was an English major and (no surprise) completed my master's in composition and rhetoric. I had fancied myself to be a professional writer, perhaps an author of literary merit! Instead, my writing for the past 15 years as an administrator has been all expository -- giving information. Reports, memos, letters, email, email, email, and blogs! Our Director of Technology, perhaps sensing my disappointment in not having become an author of best-sellers, said to me, "Hey, you're a blogger!" A blogger?
In my first year as head of school back in my Epiphany days, I was inspired by another head of school who wrote monthly letters in a hard-copy bulletin that was mailed home. I began writing weekly letters to parents, first as hard copies placed in a back-and-forth packet sent home every Friday. Once we figured out the technology, my letters became emails. When the tech director recommended a user-friendly platform, blogs were easier to post. Having found a convenient way to communicate with parents, the tech director introduced blogs to the faculty in 2004, and since then, classroom teachers write a weekly blog and the specialists once every three weeks. They, too, are bloggers!
If youʻre a frequent Mid-Pacific blog reader, you have uncovered the wealth of information about the rich learning in each of our classrooms! If you ever wanted to know what was going on in any classroom any week, just click on Parents on the website
or go to this page on the website (under Academics, then pull down menu to click on preschool & elementary).
I am always struck by the diverse learning experiences across the grade levels and the innovation of our faculty. The blogs might describe highlights of the week, focus on a content area or learning experience, examine student work samples, or explain a teaching strategy. Over the course of the school year, you can see the patterns of teaching and learning that characterize the preschool and elementary.
I may yet write my novel. For now, I have stories to tell about Mid-Pacfic, this special community of learners, in a 21st century genre called "blogs." Read on!
E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.