This We Believe - Mid-Pacific Institute

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This We Believe

Posted on February 11, 2017

by Dr. Edna Hussey on February 11, 2017

We're more than halfway through admissions, having completed several rounds of assessment sessions for students applying to preschool, kindergarten, and the fifth grade. Remaining sessions are for grades one through four. While children are being assessed, I meet with all parents to explain how our school mission is implemented via the educational program, instructional practices, and assessment of learning. It's a 75-minute explanation of the educational beliefs underpinning our practice, time that I think prospective parents appreciate because it helps them understand the sound rationale for what we practice. What are those fundamental beliefs we hold as a faculty about learning?

• Children's learning is best supported in a well-rounded program that offers children experiences in all areas of growth and development: cognitive, social/emotional, spiritual, and physical.

• Learning should be meaningful and purposeful, providing pathways toward self-discovery.

• We are obligated to teach our students how to read the world as a text.

• Children develop at varying rates -- cognitively, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and physically.

• Learning is a recursive process based on past experiences, prior understanding, and assumptions. Questions, wonderings, curiosity propels learning. Reflection is a critical factor for refining learning.

• An inquiry approach, which stems from learning theory, asks learners to speculate, hypothesize, even theorize, to go about testing the hypothesis or uncovering answers, alternatives, and possibilities, then communicating understanding in different ways.

• The quality of learning is determined through agreed-upon standards of performace and varying assessments.

• Mid-Pacific is a community of learners -- students, parents, teachers, and people as resources.

In your experience as a Mid-Pacific parent, which 2 or 3 beliefs are reflected in your child?

Highlight of the week? You know from your children it was Jump Rope for Heart this past Friday! Or you know yourself because you may have been part of our parent volunteer group who assisted P.E. teacher Preston Pires with setting up, snacks, or turning a jump rope. Mr. Pires did a phenomenal job inspiring our children to create novel routines; they took to daily practice without any nudging. See the website photo gallery for a close look or read some of the faculty's blogs We'll let you know soon what our preschool/elementary families and friends raised for the American Heart Association -- impressive! Thank you, parent co-chairs Nikki Byerlotzer and Heather Salonga, for gathering the trove of parents to support this annual event.

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.