Assets School K-8 Principal Blog


Leave a comment

The Start of a New Tradition

I enjoy writing about the Thanksgiving season at Assets. The focus on community and gratitude is heartwarming. Of course, our goal is to find ways to extend and make these efforts part of our typical school day, across the whole year. For example, if you attend one of our weekly assemblies, you’ll hear students publicly read notes of thanks from our Good Vibrations Station. These messages recognize good friends, kind deeds, supportive teachers, excellent colleagues and many others who make our school such a wonderful place. This is a tradition that students started three years ago and one we’ve held dear since. I am thankful for this since we know that gratitude not only has wide-ranging personal benefits but it can be cultivated through practice. Continue reading


1 Comment

Coming To America

Yesterday was one of my favorite days at Assets School.  What makes it even more special is that it doesn’t come around every year.  Because we have multi-age homerooms, our curriculum is presented in cycles, as opposed to repeating each year.  Yesterday was the day our 5th/6th graders participated in the immigration simulation! Continue reading


Leave a comment

On PBL Night, you could attend a concert, a food tasting, go geocaching, design a library…

Mahalo to everyone who was able to come out to campus last Wednesday to attend our Middle School Project-Based Learning (PBL) Expo! It was a wonderful evening. A real celebration of our students, their talents, interests and learning. Continue reading


Leave a comment

Why We Play with Blocks

“The wonderful ideas that I refer to need not necessarily look wonderful to the outside world. I see no difference in kind between wonderful ideas that many other people have already had, and wonderful ideas that nobody has yet happened upon. That is, the nature of creative intellectual acts remains the same, whether it is an infant who for the first time makes the connection between seeing things and reaching for them…or a musician who invents a harmonic sequence, or an astronomer who develops a new theory of the creation of the universe. In each case, new connections are being made among things already mastered. The more we help children to have their wonderful ideas and to feel good about themselves for having them, the more likely it is that they will some day happen upon wonderful ideas that no one else has happened upon before.”  — Eleanor Duckworth  Continue reading