Assets School K-8 Principal Blog

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Aloha and thank you for visiting my blog!  I have created this space to share some of the incredible learning that occurs here at Assets School, along with how we support the academic, social, and emotional lives of our students.

Most of my posts will be specific to the Assets School community but I hope to also occasionally share thoughts and observations related to the broader field of education.

I invite you to join me here and to share your thoughts, questions, and recommendations.

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To Infinity and Beyond!

Our middle school students have been studying the second half of the 20th century this year. One topic they have studied in-depth recently has been the development and science of the space program. Since our curriculum is comprised of integrated thematic units, when students explore space and the space program, they are doing so via a social studies lens, math and science and the arts. I would like to share just a few examples of how our students have gained a greater understanding of such an important historical and modern aspect of our society. Continue reading

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Happy Holidays 2016

Assets has been in the holiday and winter spirit lately!  Thanks to Student Senate, we had a week full of wintery themed dress-up days. Over the past couple days, we’ve had one of our middle school PBL groups (Style Aisle) organize a winter fashion show for students and faculty. Ms. King’s homeroom conducted a Candygram sale to raise money for the middle school dance. They sold over 800 Candygrams! That’s a lot of aloha. Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving 2016

For the past two years, our Student Senate has organized a school activity for Thanksgiving that is focused on appreciation or gratitude. This year, we have an Appreciation Tree display where students and faculty could write on leaves or apples what they are thankful for. Continue reading

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How Much Screen Time is Too Much?

I’m not that old. I grew up in what I thought were the not-so-distant 1980s and 90s. But as I was reading the new recommendations for children’s media use that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released two weeks ago, I couldn’t help but reflect on how different my childhood was from our current students’.  When I think about what children and parents have to manage now regarding media, my childhood memories practically look like they should be played in black & white while set to an old-timey music soundtrack. Continue reading