Everyone knows that we broke ground last week on our new K-4 Village, which is very exciting. What you might not have noticed is that we already added a new classroom to our campus over the summer – a roughly 850 square foot school garden! Though this classroom doesn’t have a roof or any walls, some of our deepest and most meaningful learning can occur in this type of natural educational setting. Our new garden area is located near the Assembly Area and features garden beds, a wash sink, benches, toolbox storage, compost bins, vermicompost bins and aquaponics. The school has always had classrooms that cultivated their own smaller gardens but this is the first time we’ve had a coordinated, campus-wide garden space. Continue reading
Welcome everyone to the 2017-2018 school year! It was wonderful to see all the parents and students this morning. It’s always amazing how much students can grow since the last time we saw them! Continue reading
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
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
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