Assets School K-8 Principal Blog


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Welcome

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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Alice@Wonderland Is A Smash Hit!

I could tell you my adventures—beginning from this morning,’ said Alice a little timidly: ‘but it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then

Wow! I hope you were one of the lucky people who filled the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum of Art last week for two sold out shows of our school production of Alice@Wonderland. If not, you missed a stunning performance, full of laughs, lively music, great acting, and of course, Jabberwocky. This production of Alice in Wonderland finds its humor and confusion when Alice, from modern day society, cell phone tight-in-hand, encounters our favorite characters from traditional Wonderland. Continue reading


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“Fountains of Creative Activity” – Family Night 2017

I have written about Family Night each year at Assets because the event is so extraordinary that I always feel compelled to talk about it and share it with others. I have seen few events, at any school, that rival Family Night’s ability to celebrate student creativity and brilliance. My favorite part of the evening is that all students have at least one piece of artwork displayed. If you were on campus, you saw how the walls transform into a breathtaking art gallery. It’s beautiful. Core to its beauty is knowing that it’s a constellation of every single student’s imagination, effort and expression displayed at one time.

Truth be told, it’s difficult to capture in words how and why this evening is so special. You have to see the excitement that the children have when they’re dragging their parents and siblings down the hall to find their artwork. And the smiles and pride on their face when they take a picture next to their artwork. For middle schoolers, it’s often the parents who are beaming with pride, as they see their child presenting in front of other students and adults. This is a wonderful moment because it’s often a side of the child that parents don’t see as much in the familiar confines of their home. Continue reading


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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