Elementary School Principal's Blog

Good Beginnings

Posted on August 6, 2022

by Dr. Edna Hussey on August 6, 2022

The tuahine rain falling gently. The breath of winds brushing against our faces. A brilliant Mānoa morning at the annual Convocation ceremony where the planting of kupukupu by representatives of the community, followed by the weaving of kupukupu into a lei represents the grace and strength of the Mid-Pacific community. Add to this the historic gathering of all faculty from preschool through high school at the foot of the Koʻolau for a group photo during our retreat. We need not look further for confirmation that this academic year, even amid the environmental, social, economic, and political turmoil around us, heralds a New Year. We start anew. We can breathe deeply. Good beginnings.

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By design, the first five faculty work days prior to the arrival of students on campus, sets the tone for the academic year. After three full days of preparation and two more days this coming week, the faculty and I are feeling energized, hopeful, excited, and committed to the educational philosophy and values that underpin our professional practice. You can find these core beliefs about our students and the nature of learning in the parent-student handbook, pages 8-9. Five statements rooted in educational theory and research that we have continued to live deeply for over 25 years. Good beginnings.

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Kahu Wendell Davis, Mid-Pacific chaplain, blesses the preschool and elementary facilities

for the beginning of school year 2022-2023.

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This classroom, one of 14, is ready to receive your child!

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The 2022-2023 preschool and elementary faculty - great beginnings!

I look forward to seeing you and your child on Wednesday morning, August 10th. Be patient with the first-days traffic frenzy -- this too shall pass. Time to set the alarm for early morning wake-up call. Last call for the beach and shave ice!

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, EdD

Principal