Joyful Anticipation . . . - Mid-Pacific Institute

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Joyful Anticipation . . .

Posted on August 7, 2016

by Dr. Edna Hussey on August 7, 2016

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In a few hours, the Mid-Pacific campus will be bustling with back-to-school excitement! All faculty schoolwide were in meetings this past week to continue discussions on program initiatives and plans of action. The preschool and elementary faculty began academic year 2016-2017 at our annual retreat in Kaneʻohe, the majestic Koʻolau backdrop reminding us about the importance of sense of place. The days following the retreat were spent on campus for opening convocation at Wailele spring, division meetings, and professional learning. The gathering at Wailele is a powerful community experience when all employees-- about 250 -- meet to reflect on the responsibilties we share to teach, nurture, and support every student in our care. The faculty spent most of this past Friday and weekend preparing their classrooms.

Mid-Pacific welcomes new elementary/preschool faculty and staff:

Abbey Day, Visual Arts Specialist. Jill Johnson has moved to the high school visual arts department where she will share many of the inquiry practices and perspective of art as one of many "languages" for thinking and expressing ideas. Ms. Abbey has a master's degree in art education and several years of teaching experience through museum education.

Preston Pires, Physical Education Specialist. Bruce Black decided to retire from teaching mid-July and will focus his energies on his passion -- the work of the Polynesian Voyaging Society to Mālama Hōnua (care for the earth) through the Hokuleʻa global voyage. Mr. Pires holds a master's degree in kineseology and has several years of elementary teaching experience in physical education.

Eric Royo, Multiage First and Second Grade Teacher. Mr. Royo steps in after Ms. Bailie's retirement in May 2016 after nearly 30 years in early learning. Mr. Royo left Manhattan, New York where he taught in several public schools. He has a master's degree in elementary education.

Kathleen Hassler, Learning Specialist (half-time). Ms. Hassler will assist teachers with students having learning differences and provide professional learning. She will be part of a schoolwide team -- Student Well-Being-- composed of school staff, including a psychologist-consultant team, Dr. Jana Ortiz, PhD and Behavioral Therapeutic Services Hawaii. Together they will support students' social, emotional, and academic growth.

Over the next few weeks, you will learn more about our new faculty.

Please review autoline procedures notes in the most recent Owl Updates email. In anticipation of morning traffic, no parking will be allowed by the elementary (except the Visitor stalls). Only parents of preschoolers are permitted to park in the turnaround beginning at 7:40am. I know your children's bedtimes will be early tonight so they're ready for the first day of school.

We are ready to receive your children! Our journey with them begins.

E Kūlia Kākou! Let's strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.