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Weekly Blog from Kumu Kaulana - November 24, 2020

Aloha parents,

A friendly reminder that a perk of asynchronous classes allows your child to access their assignments from the comfort of home or where there is internet access.  Please continue to live aloha and take care of each other this holiday weekend.  Go Seasiders!

CDC recommendations for this holiday weekend: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html
Weekly Blog from Kumu Kaulana - November 14, 2020

MaHAlo Parents, 

Your support, patience and understanding has allowed our school community to hele imua, move forward.  Administration meets weekly with committees to discuss the status of our programs in Blended Learning: Faculty, Response to Intervention team, your child's teacher(s) meet as a school program, Waipunalei Multi-Tiered Student Supports, Special Education, and Komike Ha to name a few.  Meetings at this time are to communicate direction and clarification and to provide support on what data and resources are showing in student growth and achievement.  There's much to do as we continue on this path toward balance and stability in the best interest of our school community at Laupahoehoe.
Weekly Blog from Kumu Kaulana - November 5, 2020

AloHA Seasiders,

We are approaching the middle of quarter 2, what an accomplishment for our school.  Mid-quarter is a time for progress reporting and evaluation by middle and high school teachers for student learning.  Elementary just completed its reporting and evaluation with parent teacher conferences last week.  In Blended Learning, teachers reflect on their practice on a weekly basis; they review assignments, assessments, student engagement and family participation.  At this point in the academic year, student engagement and family participation is key to student success amidst a pandemic.  We have resources on our school website, on your child's online platform, and here on campus during the Blue/Gold scheduling.  

Finally, We are reinforcing our safety protocolos (hand washing, mask wearing and physical distancing in and out of the classroom).  We have a confirmed case in the Hamakua Community. Common areas we should all be aware of, just to name a few:  our local area Sanitation Drop Off, Minit Stop, Post Office, Church, Point Park...

We can do this, friends, we just need to be diligent in our attempt to protect one another.  Your continued support in preparing your child before they come to campus and when they arrive home on their day that the reminders and enforcement is for the safety of all.  

MaHAlo, 
Kaulana, Po’o Kumu
Weekly Blog from Kumu Kaulana - October 29, 2020

Aloha Parents, 

I hope you are doing well as we approach the holidays and life gets even more different.  There is no school on the following holidays in November, 11/3rd, 11/11th and 11/26 - 27th.  School will be open on 11/4th which is the BLUE-cohort.  As we find some kind of momentum developing here on campus I want to remind Seasiders that we still hold firm to a sense of Belonging and Responsibility in students wearing their school shirt and face mask.  Mahalo for your support in sustaining the mission of LCPCS.

Weekly Blog from Kumu Kaulana - October 20, 2020

Aloha Parents, 

We are in week 2!  It is at this time of the year that you will be receiving grade reports for your child's progress during quarter 1.  Grade reports for students in grades 6 - 12 were put in the mail on Friday.  Reports for students in PreK - 5 will be issued at your parent teacher conference next week.  If you do not have a scheduled conference, go ahead and contact your child's teacher: http://www.lcpcs.org/contact  This year, the middle and high school teachers will be providing a parent informational meeting on October 27th and October 29th at 5pm, details forthcoming.  If you have any questions regarding your child's grades, contact your child's teacher: http://www.lcpcs.org/contact  This week's mana`o nui at LCPCS is on building a sense of Total Well Being and we ask students to  malama i kekahi i kekahi.  On my campus walkthroughs I have been observing that the small ones forget and practice a sense of belonging as they allow their teacher or staff member to remind them to put their mask on, physical distancing and wash their hands.   I see the same with students at the middle and secondary levels.  There are a few in the upper grade levels that are frustrated with the posted rules in our public school and will wait to be told on how to practice a sense of excellence with aloha. In all of these experiences we continue to move forward in providing a safe and nurturing environment for your child at LCPCS.  Mahalo no kou kakoo.
Weekly Blog from Kumu Kaulana - October 15, 2020

Aloha Parents, 

This week's mana`o nui as a HA-based community of practice is Aloha.  Hawai`i is unique in its belief of living Aloha and it holds true especially as you send your child back to campus this week.  We Aloha your child as best as any school community member can with personal protective equipment, routine cleaning, physical distancing, social awareness as well as in their education. Although many would have enjoyed an extended school break, faculty and staff showed up and are here in providing an education that nurtures and thrives in Aloha.  I've asked students this week to Aloha themselves, each other and the faculty and staff.  Aloha with its many meanings comes to the values of AKAHAI, kindness, LOKAHI, unity, OLUOLU, pleasant, HAAHAA, humility and AHONUI, perseverance.

End of Quarter 1 Blog Post from Kumu Kaulana - October 5, 2020

Aloha Parents, 

We close quarter 1 in a new month, a month of awareness.  Reflect on your personal progress made at the start of this pandemic.  What changes were needed in your life?  and were you able to discover something of value in someone or an aspect of your life?  If so, celebrate yourself and those that you have impacted around you with your positive energy and growth mindset.  A brief practice in self-evaluation.  Self-evaluation is a process that faculty and staff will be using to reflect on quarter one and how well we did as a public charter school amidst COVID-19.  It will also ask how we can do better.  The same will be asked of you and your child as we prepare for school conferences and presentations in the third week of this month.  Middle and Secondary grade reports will be sent out the week of October 19th and elementary grade reports will be reviewed at parent teacher conferences, October 26 - 30th.  Finally, today Ocotber 5th is World Teacher’s Day, "which was established by UNESCO in 1994, the day aims to focus on “appreciating, assessing and improving the educators of the world” while simultaneously providing us an appropriate period to reflect on the issues facing the education industry wholesale.  At a time when remote learning has grown exponentially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of the teacher has evolved into a role that none would have foreseen even 12 months ago. Teachers’ Day might simply be a time to reflect on what you may have learned at a period when children are only slowly returning to classes around the planet."  Your child is scheduled to return to campus with LCPCS' Blue/Gold Blended Learning schedule the week of Ocotber 12th, visit the homepage or call the front office at (808) 962-2200 for more details.  Mahalo nui loa a malama pono kakou i kekahi i kekahi, thank you very much and let us all take care of each other.
Weekly Blog from Kumu Kaulana - September 22, 2020

Aloha Parents, 

There are 2 weeks left in this first quarter of a school year that LCPCS has never experienced.  If you haven't done so already, now would be the time to spend 20 - 30 mins this week to review the following:

LCPCS-issued device and charger.
LCPCS email.
Distance Learning platform: Seesaw or Google Class.

These 3 areas should provide you a status check on your child's participation in their classes.  

At the middle and high school level, mid-quarter progress reports were mailed a couple of weeks ago.  It is at this time that your child may be receiving an electronic-nudge from me to check in with their teacher for assignment completion for grading.  The quarter ends next week Friday, October 2nd.

"Ho`okanaka" is the motto of King Kamehameha II, translated as "to be a man" and more expansively to "be someone... not anybody or nobody, be a kanaka."  (Chun, Malcolm. Ka Wana Series: Pono, The Way of Living.)
Weekly Blog from Kumu Kaulana - September 17, 2020

Aloha Parents, LCPCS continues its efforts in promoting HA-values, http://lcpcs.org/education_program/SocialEmotionalLearning/na_hopena_a_o___h_a_.  Last year, we were deemed a "Community of Practice" in partnership with DOE's Office of Hawaiian Education.  This year OHE is asking to continue its promotion of Na Hopena A`o with HA-practices in creating a committee here at LCPCS.  If you are interested as a parent or community member to participate in this Komike HA, HA committee, please email me of your interest at kaulana.smith@lcpcs.org.  The integration of HA is applied in instructional planning as teachers provide opportunities for Belonging, Responsibility, Excellence, Aloha, Total Well-Being and Hawai`i, can you see it's application in your child's lessons?  Ma ka hana ka `ike, in the doing one learns, often in reference for place-based learning now evermore applicable at this time of distance learning.

He ka`u mana`o wale no, Kumu Kaulana

Weekly Blog from Kumu Kaulana - September 8, 2020

Aloha Parents,
Effective communication (verbal and written) requires a willingness to communicate respectfully, listening with mindfulness, and a growth mindset at this time.  Our main source of general communication and resources is the school website.  Other sources are the school’s front office, 1-call system and social media platforms.  Finally, the lcpcs.org email; every school community member has an lcpcs.org email address.  It is imperative to stay in touch with your child’s teacher and practice effective communication.  

In this time of a pandemic and public health awareness there is a need for electronic and virtual communication requiring a working phone number and a functioning email address.  Without this, information may not be current and useful.  If you haven’t done so already, please submit your emergency card for the new school year or contact Loida or Rochelle at the school office on how to update your contact information.  Finally, take the time to navigate the school’s website, we are updating its features as we move forward with distance learning. 

I ka ‘ōlelo nō ke ola, i ka ‘ōlelo nō ka make.  In language there is life, in language there is death.
Mahalo, Kumu Kaulana
 

Weekly Blog from Kumu Kaulana - September 1, 2020

Aloha Parents, 
As a follow-up to my message last night, your child has access to their school email and their google classrooms.  Google can be accessed through your child's school device and smartphone.  Technical troubleshooting is available at a variety of levels, from your child's teacher, school staff, to the "Ohana Help Desk," https://sites.google.com/k12.hi.us/ohana-help-desk-portal/home.

Your child's course of study includes English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science and 3 elective or a graduation requirement course, that makes for seven period classes.  Your child also has a homeroom advisory teacher that can assist you or direct you to the appropriate source of information:
Grade 6 - Kumu Autumn Encinas-Domingcil
Grade 7 - Mr. Trent Silkey
Grade 8 - Kumu Jackie Gomes
Grade 9 - Mr. Bob Zelner
Grade 10 - Mr Dharma Shay
Grade 11 - Mr. Todd Otake
Grade 12: Mr. Sky Stressman

Teachers will be sending out google class invites to your email on file as of last school year, if it has changed, please have your child email their advisory teacher.  The google class invite will allow you to see your child's assignments and submissions and stay in touch with each of your child's teachers.

We are in week 4 of this first quarter and a mid-quarter progress report will be created and sent next week.  Encourage your child to complete and submit all assignments (printed and online) of these first few weeks.  All assignments are tied to instruction whether it be core content-area, value-based, or response survey assingnments.

Finally, we were never meant to be an online school, this pandemic has forced us to pivot in so many different directions that we lose our footing at times.  I ask you to be patient and mindful in the determination that each of our teachers and staff strive to achieve on a daily basis in the best interest of your child.  "He ‘a‘ali‘i ku makani mai au; ‘a‘ohe makani nana e kula‘i. I am a wind-resting ‘a‘ali‘i; no gale can push me over.  A boast meaning "I can hold my own even in the face of difficulties." 
Me ka Ha`aha`a, Kumu Kaulana