Posted on April 24, 2016
I begin this week's blog with the moments that brought me the most joy. On April 21, Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day, the kindergartners streamed into the office ready to share a favorite poem. "May I share my poem with you?" each began, and how could I refuse? Some queued outside my office, and when they got to my desk, each asked permission to read, then unfolded the poem in their pockets. If you look through the slides attached to my blog, look for the student who created a clever holder for her poem. I heard a variety of poems --beans, dinosaurs, chicks, and clouds -- just the kinds of things that I love just as much as my kindergarten friends. Even President Turnbull, just as he entered the elementary office on his way to see me, was stopped by eager readers. And with such confidence and expression they read to us!
At the recent professional learning day, the faculty was welcomed into the auditorium by students who presented each teacher with a lei, a symbol of appreciation for the faculty. With students gathered at the foot of the stage, a high school student acknowledged the faculty for their commitment and dedication to all students, preschool through high school. Following the students, the three principals explained a new set of guidelines for assessment that we have been discussing for the past two years with assessment consultants Anne Davies, Ph.D. and Sandra Herbst. These assessment guidelines will be the focus of professional learning for the next two years with the goal of improving the quality of student learning and teaching. The faculty has been working in discplinary groups across grade levels to focus attention on the skills and knowledge in content areas. Next year's program of professional learning will deepen the faculty's understanding of assessment in the service for learning (feedback intended to improve learning and teaching).
The annual May Day children's performance is just two weeks away on May 6 at 12:30pm in the gym. I hear the singing practices from the music room, and every day that I pass the Tech Lab, a small group of volunteer parents have been sewing costumes for the Disney-themed program. Many thanks to parents who have been sewing in school and taking home costumes to sew as well. As you might expect every year, this program will be sight to behold!
I thought I'd share some photos of gifts made from recycled paper that I received from many creative children. These unique, one-of-a-kind items are displayed in my office. A gown and crown, bouquets of flowers, animals of several varieties, cakes, shopping bags, fruits, and hand-written letters with well wishes for my 21st birthday. I wish.
E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.