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Team On!

Posted on September 9, 2017

by Dr. Edna Hussey on September 9, 2017

Open House was the same as and different from previous Open Houses. Whatʻs the same? Parents met all grade-level teachers and visited classrooms as they usually do. Whatʻs different? This year the specialistsʻ introductions were captured on video and program presentations were delivered by the team of teachers for the same grade level. If the medium is the message, we hoped to communicate these important ideas through the team presentations at the preschool and elementary:

  • Consistency across the grade levels in terms of instructional approach, content, and emphasis on skills;
  • Collaboration among teachers as key to deepening student and professional learning; we do not teach in isolation;
  • Cultivation of a school culture based on shared beliefs and values about the nature of learning (e.g. process, learning over time);
  • Emphasis on pedagogy (an educational term) that refers to the relationship between the theory and practice of teaching and learning. Pedagogy is the art and science of teaching. Teachers think about their practice by looking carefully at how students learn, adjusting what they do, working from well-established theories and beliefs about learning.

And I hope we communicated the idea that we -- teachers with teachers and students with their teachers -- do have fun learning together! We really mean it when we say that each day is another opportunity for exploration, discovery, and challenge.

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The Welcome BBQ is another example of a community that works and plays together. The annual event (nearly 20 years), scheduled close to the beginning of the school year, brings our families together to enjoy typical picnic fare, play games, and renew and create family friendships. About 350 community members of all ages participated in the Welcome BBQ. Abundant thanks to Nā ʻOhana Pueo leaders Heather Salonga, Holly Iwasaki, Eric Koike, Melanie and Charlie Long, Alison and Keith Kawamoto, Kimberly and Tyler Miyoshi, and the fifth grade families for organizing and taking charge of the Welcome BBQ.

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Weʻre really off to a great start of 2017-2018, and weʻre happy to have you on this learning adventure.

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.

Principal