Elementary School Principal's Blog

Hands On, Minds On

Posted on February 13, 2022

by Dr. Edna Hussey on February 13, 2022

Two upcoming happenings are keeping our students engaged in "hands on/minds onʻʻ learning. Heart Challenge Week raises awareness about ways to keep healthy while supporting the American Heart Association. Several years ago the focus was entirely on rope jumping but has since expanded to include other gross motor skills such as throwing, skipping, and running. Leave it to the ingenuity of Mr. Pires! Ask your children about how they did in the Heart Challenge aerobic exercises this week. When was the last time you did any rope jumping?

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International Baccalaureate (IB) students from Ms. Roleyʻs IB Physics class are preparing lessons to teach several elementary classes a few engineering principles on February 22-25, our observance of Engineersʻ Week. The week at Mid-Pacific is part of an annual national initiative to raise awareness about careers in science, math, and technology. Engineering begins with childrenʻs natural curiosity, their propensity for testing ideas through play, and team work -- and our students are primed for a deeper experience using these skills. A group of high schools met "their students" while observing students at work in order to better understand how the children learn. Iʻm excited to see what kinds of learning experiences the high school students are creating for the hour-long encounters. Thanks to Brian Grantham, Ed Tech Specialists and faculty working together to deepen learning.

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As much as we prefer meeting others face to face, virtual meetings, while not ideal, really help to get the job done. I chaired a visiting committee for Maui school undergoing their accreditation process earlier this week. (Note: Mid-Pacific is curently undergoing our own self-study process. A visiting committee will be on campus November 6-9.) Iʻve served on visiting committees for many years, but this was the first all-virtual visit for me. I was on Zoom from early morning to late evenings in meetings with school community members who focused on different aspects of their operations, from mission to school program to faciltities to governance. I was able to observe teachers and students from preschool through high school with the help of a staff person who carried me into classrooms on their phone or iPad. Quite an amazing experience of using technology to enable accreditation processes to continue. I am really hoping that the visiting committee for Mid-Pacific will actually be on campus in November.

Leaving you with this image of children who, among them, might be a future engineer. This kind of problem-solving, working together, and exploring is what young minds need to be flexible, innovative, creative thinkers. We see the potential of each child.

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E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.

Principal