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The Pauses that Refresh

Posted on January 6, 2018

by Dr. Edna Hussey on January 6, 2018

Happy New Year! While the holiday heralds the notion of "beginning," itʻs also symbolic of the act of reflection -- taking stock of where we are on our life journey, what weʻve experienced alone and with others, and looking ahead to the next milestone. All of my professional life has been marked by clear beginnings and endings, as in the beginning and end of a school year. These points along a time continuum -- pauses in cycles of school life that refresh us -- are needed in order to continue the learning journey with a sense of purpose and accomplishment.

The two days I spent with the faculty this past week provided some time to reflect together on the past semester in order to understand how we chart the rest of the school year. The teachers and I analyzed samples of studentsʻ progress portfolios organized via the Learner Profile traits, types of artifacts students selected, and the quality of student reflections. Each grade level also shared their developing class inquiries and projects, quite amazing actually to see the curricular and instructional threads running through this tapestry of learning from preschool through fifth grade! All faculty and staff also completed CPR and First Aid training and prepped classrooms.

Re-energized, rested, and renewed. The faculty and I look forward to seeing our students back in the classroom and on the playground. Welcome 2018!

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.