Congratulations to Reece and Kalukalani for consistently demonstrating A’o! These girls are true learners who are constantly trying to gain knowledge and share their knowledge with others. Way to go!
Many students from 3B were recognized for their outstanding achievements in the 1st Trimester. We are so product of them for their perseverance and dedication to school! Ho’omaika’i.
Congratulations to Nylessia and Niau for being selected as our Hāweo Awardees for the month of October! We are proud of them for showing mālama to everyone and everything around them. Mahalo to your ‘ohana for joining in on the celebration. I mua!
This morning brought the first snowfall in Boston for this Winter Season (not sure if winter officially started yet though. Unfortunately, the snow didn’t stay snow for long and by the time I looked outside, the ground was basically wet. The air is a lot colder than earlier in the week. Tomorrow morning is supposed to be about 29°. I guess I’ll feel how that feels because I’ll be headed to the airport by 6 a.m.
I’ve had a fabulous week in Boston learning about this great city as well as ideas for teaching with digital media. Attending the iPad Summit affirms that our school is definitely headed in the right direction with iPads and that we are blessed to have what we have. Mahalo nui loa, Ke Ali’i Pauahi, for providing for me this wonderful learning experience.
The first day of the iPad Summit was a long one. I attended five sessions in all in which presenters shared their work with iPads in the classroom. Many teachers are taking advantage of the iPad because it is a great tool that engages learners and allows them to seek out there curiositities as well as challenge their creativity.
In the afternoon, Miss Everett and I visied Fanueil Hall and Quincy Market again. I was able to eat some delicious Boston Chowder for the second time on this trip. We also took a walk to Little Italy for more cannolies from a second pastry shop that was recommended to us by several Bostonians. Yes, it was yummy!
We ended the night at a cool ice room. It was about 20 degrees and we had to wear these puffy ponchos to keep warm. Well, at least try to keep warm. It was FREEZING in there. But there was an ice sculpture of Olaf, a mermaid and even a swan. Totally awesome place to hangout for a short while.
Itʻs nice to be back in our warm, comfy hotel room. But itʻs almost midnight and I need to get some sleep. Thereʻs another long day ahead tomorrow. Until then… aloha!
Today was the Preconference for the Boston iPad Summit. All day long I was challenged to complete projects on my iPad using more than one app at a time, which is called “app smashing”. I worked with educators from as far as Istanbul, Dominican Republic and Canada. Boy did I have to work my brain to keep up with all the techies in my class who were so fast to do challenge after challenge. Get ready kids, I’m going to challenge you, too, when I get back.
But the day was not all about work. After “school”, my KS colleagues and I took a walk down the street to the Museum of Fine Arts. Tonight they offered a free admission to the museum, so we were excited to take advantage of this. Look at this piece of work called the Chihuly Glass Tree. It is totally made out of glass and towers way above my head. Isn’t it beautiful?!
To end the night I had a delicious meal at a restaurant called Soncie. I had baked oysters, gnocchi (soft dough dumplings) and a rich, chocolatey bread pudding. What a delightful way to end a splendid day!
Day 2 of my trip to Boston. Ms. Everett and I got a quick lesson on riding the public transportation in this wonderful city of Boston. We traveled by boat, subway, train and private car (Uber). Just getting from one place to another was a great life lesson for us. We learned that it is so important to know how to read signs, maps, and apps on our phones.
We started our day off at the Museum of Science where we hopped on an amphibian “DUCK” vehicle. These “Ducks” were previously used as trucks in the U.S. military during WWII. It drove us through the streets of Boston, and then took us for a ride down the Charles River. Our tour guide gave us lots of facts about Boston and other surrounding places, such as Cambridge. It was informative, interesting and amusing.
After our ride on the “Duck” boats, we jumped on a commuter train bound for Salem. Here we visited Salem Witch Museum and The Witch Dungeon. I didn’t know the history behind the Witch Trials in 1692, but now I do. Many people, mostly women, were wrongly accused of practicing witchcraft and were unfortunately condemned and several killed. The tours explained how it all started and ended. We even toured a recreated dungeon that showed what inhumane treatment was casted against innocent people.
Whew, living in the past sure wasn’t any easier than it is today. I’m glad that we became an independent country from Britain and that we have the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights to protect us from such unjust treatment. Lucky we are Americans! Proud to be an American!
I made it to Boston! After flying over 5,000 miles in about 15 1/2 hours, I am finally getting a chance to rest in my comfy hotel room. Though totally fatigued from missing out on one night’s sleep, Miss Everett and I took a tour this afternoon called The Freedom Trail. It was interesting to learn more about the topics we discussed in class: The Revolutionary War, 13 colonies, and events that led up to separation of the colonies from Britain.
Some highlights on the tour included visiting a huge gravesite of many important individuals that took part in signing the Declaration of Independence, like John Hancock and Samuael Adams. We didn’t talk much about them in school, but they were still very important people. In addition, I learned about other key events in our country’s history, like the Boston Massacre and The Boston Tea Party. It was like me going to school again. So interesting and fun!
I hope you all had a fabulous Monday! Until tomorrow… Ta, ta!
Mahalo nui loa to Kerry Kamisato for these beautiful pictures from the Princess Ball that was held last week at Nani Mau Gardens. They keiki look so awesome!
What a fun week it has been! We’ve been showing our school spirit for I mua week by wearing our athletic wear and school logo wear. Tomorrow is Blue and White Day, so remind your keiki to wear our school colors.
Kula Ha’aha’a will be celebrating Halloween with a parade on Thursday, October 30th at 12:25 p.m. starting at Ha’aeamahi. Students should wear their SCHOOL UNIFORMS to school that morning and will be allowed to change after their specials class. Send your child to school with a canned good to donate to the Hawaii Island Foodbank.
Papa ‘Ekolu will be having a pilina activity following the Halloween Parade from 1:15-2:15 p.m. We invite family and friends to join us for an hour of fun, games, laughter and treats in Kina’u Pod. This will be a great way to end the first trimester of this school year. Hope to see you on Thursday!