Posted on May 20, 2017
Student, parents, teacher. This powerful triad convened this past Thursday and Friday in every elementary classroom for end-of-year conferences, with the child taking center stage. During this three-way conversation, the student's achievements and progress in the second semester, documented in the digital portfolios, are celebrated. We have been finding that students are quite astute when it comes to self-knowledge. They know what they've done well, what they need to improve, and which actions are necessary to keep working toward their learner goals. Parents of preschoolers met with the preschool faculty to examine video documentation of their child engaged in a one-on-one meeting with the pedagogista to discuss the child's drawings in the "daily plans." These digital portfolios, which begin in preschool, provide a visual and aural record of each student's learning process as they matriculate from preschool through elementary.
During conferences, students in the Mid-Pacific Exploratory (MPX) project-based classes shared their final project -- a Comic Con the Mid-Pacific way --with students who stayed for "fun day" on Friday. These high school students created their own super heroes, wrote and illustrated original graphic novels, and even learned to sew costumes for their super-hero characters. I learned that soon after the MPX students returned to their classrooms, several elementary students were so inspired that they took up pen and paper and began drawing their own cartoon strips.
Lemonade Alley! Have a lemonade your way. How many ways can you make lemonade different and appealing to different audiences? Apparently as many ways as you can imagine. Students who remained in school during the early-release days learned how to set up a business to creating a product to marketing to devising a venue to selling the product(s). These young entrepeneurs raised a sweet bundle for the Humane Society.
What a meaningful way to bring closure to the academic year in the Convocation ceremony led by Kahu Davis! The entire school, over 1550 students and all faculty and staff, gathered in the gym for President Turnbull's address and to honor retiring faculty (Ms. Donna Revard among them). Every school division participated in the ceremony. Our preschool and elementary opened the Convocation with the Mānoa oli, middle schoolers raised the roof with a band number, and Kumu Lanakilaʻs hula students acknowledged the seniors whoʻll be graduating next Saturday with the Kawaiahaʻo song. Imagine nearly 1700 strong voices singing Mid-Pacificʻs alma mater in unison! The Convocation always brings to mind the schoolʻs motto -- The honor of my school is mine.
This Monday, May 22, experience Mid-Pacificʻs first all-school presentations of learning in Hoʻokupu 2017. These gifts of learning will showcase about 150 students from 5th grade, middle school, and high school, whoʻll be presenting in small groups of mixed grade levels. Check the Owl Updates for details; thereʻs even a short video from me! (Go to the Owl Update to access video there.)
E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.