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MPX to the rescue!

Posted on February 21, 2016

by Dr. Edna Hussey on February 21, 2016

Collaborations of learning between the elementary/preschool and middle and high school classrooms are an ongoing development each year, and how exciting it is! The most recent to which I devote this weekʻs blog has been a project undertaken by high school teacher Laura Davisʻ sophomores in the Mid-Pacific Exploratory program (MPX), which began over five years ago. Informal conversations between Director of the Library Dave Wee and myself about student access to Kawaiahaʻo Library led to another conversation with Laura Davis.

The problem: The school library services the upper elementary grades 3-5, middle school, and high school, and though the goal is to provide the library experience to students in kindergarten through second grade, there are space issues. So how can we provide high quality books to our early learners in spite of the space issues? This opportunity was presented to the MPX tenth graders who met with me last semester. Combining their engineering and math skills, the students came up with several original designs based on a budget for materials. They created prototypes, received feedback on their designs, then constructed these one-of-a-kind bookshelves on wheels so that the carts could rotate through classrooms. These high schools learned some carpentry and welding skills, testing their ability to integrate math and engineering.

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This past Wednesday, one group of first and second graders met with the MPXers in Kawaiahaʻo Library to hear their design process. The children listened with rapt attention, then MPXers sat beside them to read the newly-purchased library books. At the Thursday assembly, a group representing the MPX class presented a sample cart to the audience and explained the purpose of the design. One second grader was quick to point out a problem with the design --books falling out one end of the slanted shelves -- and the high school students explained the cart was not completed but appreciated Dʻs keen observation! We are looking forward to using the the book carts before the end of the school year.

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Weʻre gearing up for the annual Grandparentsʻ Day celebration this Friday, 8:00-10:30am. Parent volunteers have prepared the special keepsake the children will be giving their guests. From 8:00-8:30, guests will have refreshments in the dining room. 8:30-9:00 are classroom visits. 9:30-10:15 is the curriculum sharing in Bakken auditorium. I explained to the children that if there are no grandparents, family members are welcome to participate, but please call in the rsvp to the office at 441-3800 before Friday.

See you at Grandparentsʻ Day!

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.

Principal