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The Bottom Line

Posted on September 11, 2016

by Dr. Edna Hussey on September 11, 2016

Over the past three years, Mid-Pacific has been on a learning journey with Anne Davies, PhD, and Sandra Herbst, who are researchers, authors, and consultants specializing in educational assessment. Our commitment to improve the quality of student learning began with an inquiry on assessment. Guided by Anne and Sandra, our understanding of assessment for learning has shifted our focus from the teacher's instructional practices to how our students learn and the quality of their learning in relation to standards and expectations. In our fourth year, the faculty will look more carefully at students' learning processes as evidence of learning. Weʻll also connect what we've been learning about co-constructed criteria (students and teachers working together to identify expectations) to their learning processes. The bottom line about assessment for learning?

  • Students become responsible for their learning.
  • Students provide evidence of their learning and articulate the quality of their learning.
  • Students set learning goals and understand how to achieve these goals.

I want to underscore that the ability of our faculty to collaborate across grade levels, while challenging at times, is the reason Mid-Pacific has been able to change in remarkable ways over the years. The days we have calendared for focused professional learning schoolwide provide time for critical learning and conversation as a school. The first one coming up is September 23. (Check the Owl Updates)

You have an opportunity this Monday, September 12, to hear firsthand from consultants Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst about the 21st century view of assessment in place at Mid-Pacific. Please join me, Dr. Dee Priester (middle school principal), and Tom McManus (high school principal), Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst at 6:00-7:30pm in Bakken Auditorium.

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Thank you, parents, for your participation in all Open House events, which began the first week of school and concluded this past Wednesday. You met your child's classroom teacher(s) and specialists and learned briefly about your child's educational program -- what students learn, how they learn, and how we determine the quality of your child's learning over time. There are three ways for you to continue learning about your child's experiences after Open House: 1) Read the weekly blogs posted every Sunday after 7:00pm where you get previews, analyses, and announcements. 2) Use the blogs as ways to talk to your child about what and how they're learning. 3) Communicate with the teacher via email if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. You are co-learners with your child and the school.

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Thanks to parent leadership, especially Lani Corrie (chair) and Janice Choi (co-chair) and Nā ʻOhana Pueo and fifth grade families who organized the annual Welcome BBQ. Under sunny skies and intermittent trades, nearly 400 families dug into some picnic fare, talked story with old and new friends, and participated in classic relay games. Although occurring today on the 15th anniversary of 9/11, the school tradition celebrates the abundant grace and blessings of family, friends, and our children who are a testament to the resolve of a nation.

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.

Principal