Elementary School Principal's Blog

The Mid-Pacific Way!

Posted on May 26, 2023

by Dr. Edna Hussey on May 26, 2023

Endings become new beginnings. We completed school year 2022-2023 with celebrations of learning and community. Iʻm sharing a few select images from my photo album that capture the excitement and joy of these four amazing days. Take a peek and see how we end our school year the Mid-Pacific way!


Parents of multiage third-fourth graders joined us for presentations of learning on inquiries that developed from kapa-making. One class made puppets to share their learning, and another class set up stations where parents could learn about making and dyeing kapa.




Preschoolers planned an evening for their parents to experience an extension of the Scribbles project work into snails! At their last visit to Bishop Museum, they encountered a display on the snail dilemma--snails facing the threat of extinction due to warming ocean waters. Inspired and so moved by their learning, they organized an evening for parents to learn about these tiny ocean snails.


What a lovely evening under the setting sun and a simple pasta dinner for families to enjoy the good company of one another.


One of our cherished traditions is the 5th grade Leavetaking, marking the end of their elementary years. Students in the preschool and elementary and 5th gradersʻ families gather in Bakken auditorium for the ceremony followed by a lunch celebration at the elementary dining room.


Among the many fine symbolic aspects of Leavetaking is when each students comes to the microphone and shares a character trait that they can develop and share as their gift to the community -- social intelligence, patience, humor, creativity, among many other talents.


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At our last assembly, we bid aloha to Ms. Donna who will be retiring after 28 years of service to the Mid-Pacific community. 13 years in Advancement as the Special Events Coordinator and 5 wonderful years at the preschool/elementary as the office assistant. Students queued up in a long line to present lei, gifts, cards, and drawings to express their gratitude and appreciation. A hui hou, Ms. Donna!


Such a fitting way to end the school year in a full morning of water activities, shave ice, and laughter! Swimming in foam, tossing water balloons, relays of all kinds, fun with water blasters, and more. And what beautiful sunny morning!





Here are the concluding images -- all students dancing their May Day finale song, Piʻi Mai Kanalu, on the field! Amazing! A pizza lunch with friends before autoline. And the hard-working parents, representative of all of you whoʻve made this school year a truly joyous year of learning!




Until August 14, the first day of school year 2023-2024, the faculty, staff, and I wish you fun and safe summer adventures with your children. A hui hou!

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.