Elementary School Principal's Blog

Vantage Points

Posted on May 13, 2023

by Dr. Edna Hussey on May 13, 2023

The last two weeks of school are marked with special celebrations of learning that highlight our inquiry-based approach. These authentic, student-inspired, and teacher-guided inquiry journeys have arrived at this point in the school year where itʻs time for the students to share their findings, from preschool through elementary. Each journey for each classroom began with a starting point --an essential question--and you will be amazed by the processes that each class has undertaken to arrive at different vantage points before continuing their year-long inquiries. The inquiries are living landscapes of deeper learning across all grade levels from preschool through elementary! It will be great to welcome parents again on campus this week and next week as they spend time with their children to understand the evolution of inquiry learning.


As part of the inquiry journey, a high school dance class created a short dance routine for multiage 1-2 classes to demonstrate the importance of balance. The essential question -- What is balance?


Modeling the dance steps . . .


. . . followed by the first and second graders


Fifth graders have been practicing their Capstone presentations with different classes. These multiage 3-4 students provided excellent, critical feedback on content and delivery. More practice sessions this week in preparation for May 18, Capstone Evening.


On behalf of the faculty and staff, I extend our warmest appreciation for the daily treats during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week -- flowers, cards, lunches, desserts, lei, smiles, and hugs. We feel loved and are loved, feel appreciated and are appreciated. We also know, as faculty and staff, that raising and educating a child takes a community. We are indeed grateful for the incredible support from our families and friends of Mid-Pacific!

We also wish all of our Mothers a very Happy Motherʻs Day! Students composed poetry and designed handmade cards for their mothers. Moms, hope thereʻs breakfast in bed, a day at the beach, or quiet time for yourselves to celebrate your day. Maybe a nap?

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D., Principal

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