Posted on September 24, 2022
Living and working as a community has been top of mind for us at Mid-Pacific, especially after more than two years of visible reminders that separation due to Covid-19 was necessary for safety and health. While the safety and health of everyone on campus remains a priority, we are mindful that maintaining a sense of community will help all of us overcome the impact of Covid. The faculty and staff have been fully attentive to strengthening classroom communities daily. It is undoubtedly one of the most important goals of the teacher. Singing the oli altogether at Noio firelane facing Mānoa Valley every Monday morning is community made visible.
We also know that functioning as a school community among all employees is as important as caring for our students. The theory is simple: A positive school culture where all the employees live and work effectively together creates an optimal environment that supports and cares for its students who will stand a better chance of succeeding in school. The notion of "one school" goes beyond academic continuity and cohesion from preschool to elementary to middle school to high school. This aspect of "one school" is what all responsible schools should be striving to achieve. What we do uniquely at Mid-Pacific was captured in the recent Community Day. It did so much to rekindle relationships and friendships across school divisions and offices and to heighten our awareness of mission, purpose, culture, history, and future.
A committee of 35 faculty and staff planned and organized Community Day with opportunities for learning, team work, conversation, and play. We talked and played in mixed groups of teachers, specialists, security personnel, office staff, facilities and maintenance, administrators, trustees. We discovered experts among us who shared their learning from making the perfect pizza to contemporary dancing to learning how to use an app to professional photography tips. And much more. Where working daily on campus is busy and full to the brim, the gift for all us was the time to reconnect the community. Unlike the upcoming Professional Learning day on October 6 for all faculty and support staff to work on academic matters, the Community Day calls attention to all the personnel who support the well being of students.
We are still basking in the afterglow of Community Day and feeling a deeper appreciation for all the employees across the campus whose responsibilties ultimately support our students. We are the Mid-Pacific Campus Community.
E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.