Posted on August 26, 2017
It was picture-taking week, culminating with the annual school photo. That event in itself is a sight to behold. The process has been perfected over the years, and I do mean a process. The maintenance crew sets up the risers on the outdoor stage and arranges mats on the grass. Fifth graders emerge from their classrooms and take their places on the risers. Students in grades 1-4 walk out with their chairs, and the kindergartners and preschoolers are the last to settle on the mats. Add the high-pitched voices, the jostling and wiggling little bodies, the teachersʻ occasional reminders to sit still, and the rising humidity under the morning sun, itʻs amazing that the photographer can capture in less than 2 minutes the image of 292 children and 30 faculty and staff holding their pose and smiling -- click!
These are moments of great pride for me when the entire school gathers together. I can see the school events unfolding in the split seconds weʻre together -- the welcome barbecue, Spooktivity, conferences, the Christmas performance, all the way to the fifth grade Leavetaking and Field Day -- traditions that bring families together, centered on children. Itʻs not that I want the school year to end; weʻve only just concluded the second of many weeks of school. Itʻs because I know that there will be rich experiences of discovery and accomplishment, as well as disappointment and struggle for every child. Itʻs in the challenges our students encounter in the classroom, on the playground, in their relationships and how they respond to each situation that learning happens.
The same day of the school photo, a recent 2017 alumnus from Mid-Pacificʻs first class of Ka Ulu Pueo (students with 13+ years at Mid-Pacific) stopped by my office to say goodbye before heading that night for Humboldt University in New York. He came to say thank you and to tell me how excited he was to begin college. I thought of the school photo excitement that morning and watching this recent graduate walk slowly down the hallway. A poignant juxtaposition of beginnings -- the start of a new school year and the beginning of a college career. Hold that image. Click!
Shirley Rivera, the preschool/elementary counselor, has posted her blog for parents. Think of her blogs as parenting guidance and tips.
E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.