Open House: The Road Map - Mid-Pacific Institute

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Open House: The Road Map

Posted on August 20, 2016

by Dr. Edna Hussey on August 20, 2016

The faculty has been preparing for one of the most important events in school culture -- Open House. Teachers lay out the road map for the learning journey ahead. At the evening Open House, classroom teachers take center stage as they share the important aspects of their studentsʻ experiences. Our teachers are steeped in educational theory and concepts from the time they were in their degree programs and in the ongoing professional learning that is part of their professional life at Mid-Pacific. What makes them teachers is their ability to transform theory into practice -- and they do this every day, every moment theyʻre with your children in the classroom, on the field, on research trips, or in the atelier.

Although the formal presentation is just an hour, parents always have an opportunity to distill the Open House overview throughout the year. How?

  • Read the classroom teachersʻ and specialistsʻ blogs. Classroom teachers post every Sunday. Specialists post every 3 weeks. Use the blogs as ways to ask your child questions.
  • Read the emails classroom teachers send periodically.
  • If photos are included in blogs, sit beside your child to talk about whatʻs going on in the photos.
  • Call or email the teacher(s) if you have comments or questions.
  • If there are parent meetings on learning or our educational program, please come!
  • Join me for the coffee hours announced in the Owl Updates. (You receive this email every Sunday evening after 7:00pm.)

Expect to be an active participant in Open House. You might be asked to engage in conversation with other parents around some questions the teacher will pose to the group. You might be asked to draw or write or construct something. Thereʻs no Open House at the elementary where parents are passive leaners. This is why we ask you to plan ahead for child care, so that you can focus on your investment -- your childʻs education.

All parents should go to the dining room at 6:00pm. Come earlier (around 5:30pm) so you can enjoy refreshments and talking to other parents. Weʻll begin at 6:00pm with introductions of the classroom teachers, followed by specialists. This is perhaps the only opportunity parents see the specialists altogether, so specialists will speak briefly. Itʻs a very good idea, parents, to read the curriculum overviews posted in the blogs this week for art, music, physical education, and character education so that you have a comprehensive picture of your childʻs program.

Open House this Thursday, August 25, 6:00-7:30pm, is for Kindergarten and Multiage grades 1-2. Open House next week Thursday, September 1, 6:00-7:30pm, is for Multiage grades 3-4 and grade 5. Refreshments and talk story from 5:30pm in the dining room.

Weʻre ready! Looking forward to seeing old and new friends.

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.