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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