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Quality, Evidence, Opportunity

Posted on September 24, 2016

by Dr. Edna Hussey on September 24, 2016

Faculty schoolwide began the first of several calendared days of professional learning to deepen our understanding of assessment. The focus this year is to look at

  • the quality of learning and criteria for quality in relation to agreed-upon standards in disciplines,
  • evidence of learning in relation to standards, and
  • viewing learning as providing many opportunities over time.

Teachers have been meeting in disciplinary groups since last year to better understand what assessment means and beginning this year the best ways to teach the content and process skills in their content areas. In group meetings across campus on Friday, K-12 teachers looked at national standards (e.g. National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Council of Social Studies) and discussed how they were addressing these standards in their teaching. Conversations like these heighten the discussion on quality so that teachers can assure students and parents quality learning is happening and being assessed appropriately.

I look forward to seeing you at the Coffee Hours this week to talk more about this important work that directly impacts teaching and learning at Mid-Pacific.

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Another highlight of the week was the September Assembly this past Thursday. We begin every assembly with birthdays of the month (the photo in the slideshow accompanying this blog shows the faculty and preschoolers celebrating a September birthday). The fifth graders planned a "fashion show" of clothing that may be worn on regular school days, Fridays, and assemblies. Iʻve never seen such an attentive audience and students who asked so many "what if . . ." questions. If you have any questions about what day free dress is allowed, footwear, caps, length of shorts, or anything about clothing, ask the students because they listened very carefully to the fifth graders. You can also check out the fifth grade teachersʻ blog for a summary (second half of the blog): http://www.midpac.edu/elementary/5F/2016/09/meeting-buddies.php

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I happened to be walking through the dining room one morning this week on a rainy day and took in some of the cup-stacking action. Did you know there are cup-stacking competitions akin to the Olympics? Cup-stacking is an actual sport to help students develop hand-eye coordination, agility, and responsiveness. Fifth graders were practicing a 3-3-3 routine. Three sets of cups must be stacked going from left-to-right or right-to-left, and then down-stacked into their original positions in the same order as the up-stack. Shall we try this with adults?

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.

Principal