Posted on March 11, 2017
Canʻt think of a better way to send our students on their two-week spring break than with Mid-Pacificʻs annual Hoʻolauleʻa! Truly a celebration of our school community! Our preschool and elementary students enjoyed a variety of fun activities, from water slides of all sizes to a rock wall for climbing to bouncers to games and prizes and different carnival-type foods-- Iʻd say the children had already started their spring break with friends and family in high style. Many thanks to the scores of parent volunteers and school staff who helped to organize the event. We couldnʻt control the vog, but thank goodness for no rain. Special thanks to Student Activities Coordinator Bill Wheeler for his oversight of the entire production, so worth the effort!
We have environmental activists in the making. Multiage first and second graders have continued to apply their learning about the inter-relationships between animal species and their habitat and how living things adapt to survive. Second grader WHT had been hearing about "rapid ʻohia death" affecting the iʻiwi, the honeycreeper for which their class building is named. After talking to her classmates about the urgency of this environmental problem, they decided to probe further about rapid ʻohia death. Bird specialists and a specialist in this fungus spreading dangerously across the Big Island shared their expertise. Students explained their mini inquiry at the Thursday assembly. These fired-up students will be initiating a letter-writing campaign and hope to deliver their letters to Governor Ige himself (there is already a bill in process to fund the eradication of rapid ʻohia death). See Donna Revardʻs blog for more details.
Though a busy last week before the interim, the faculty met on the early release day to meet in their respective disciplinary teams to continue our schoolwide efforts on the implementation of the assessment guidelines. These three assessment guidelines are critical to supporting student learning and holding students to high standards of performance: 1) using discipline standards and agreed-upon criteria to determine the quality of student learning; 2) providing opportunities for students to learn over time; and 3) assessing student learning using different kinds of evidence. We have one more early-release day April 13 for teachers to work on implementing the guidelines.
This will be the last blog as we enter into our two-week spring break. My next blog posting will be Sunday, April 2. Many faculty members are traveling or enjoying the interim at home. The school office will be open daily, 7:00am-3:30pm, should you need to contact the office.
I hope you take advantage of some quality time with your children. "Adventures" need not be elaborate (you donʻt need to travel off island!). Sometimes the most memorable moments are in your home, at the beach, or your backyard. Make reading a family experience every day. Cook together. Clean an area of your home together. Play some board games together. Schedule a family talent show evening. Really, the simple pleasures of family are the most cherished and remembered.
E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.