Summer + School = X - Mid-Pacific Institute

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Summer + School = X

Posted on July 15, 2017

by Dr. Edna Hussey on July 15, 2017

Thinking "summer" evokes images of the sun, surf, beach, and feelings of relaxation, adventure, stressless days. School, on the other hand, might conjure up images of books, schedules, deadlines, and feelings of stress, worry, constraint. "Summer school" seems like a misnomer with "summer" and "school" as incongruous concepts. Not so at Mid-Pacific as the images in the accompanying photo gallery reveal. The "X" is the sum experience of friend-making, creativity, challenge, wonder, surprise, adventure, fun, fun, and more fun. There are just too many moments to describe in my final summer blog and not enough photos to capture the really wonderful experiences of summer learning. But Iʻll try.

The last week began with "Market City" where everyone in preschool and elementary was gifted with paper money to purchase handmade products and foods made by entrepeneurs in Money Doesnʻt Grow on Trees. We were impressed by the Childrenʻs Theatre production of Alice in Wonderland, Jr. At the final assemblies of curriculum sharing, students proudly shared their math learning, robotic constructions, art work, the invention of hydraulics, command of Mandarin, physical prowess, Bollywood dancing, and creativity with simple handmade toys. Then there was the premiere of original student-produced videos complete with awards and acceptance speeches. The Keiki Hula performances were impressive, exceeding expectations. In the spirit of continuity and our relationship with the ʻaina, hula students planted native species as gift to the school.

We acknowledge the faculty for bringing out the best in every student. Their passion for the content they taught inspired many of their students. At Mid-Pacific, Summer + School = Xtraordinary and Xceptional experiences of learning with others.

A two-week extended summer "camp" will continue July 17 through July 26. We will begin preparing the campus for the first day of school when students return on August 14. The school office is open 7:00am-3:30pm daily.

Enjoy the remaining days of summer with your children. We have so enjoyed their energy, thinking, playing, and wondering. Still time for the beach and shaved ice!

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.