Parent/Teacher Conferences, Island of the Blue Dolphins and Veterans Day. This has been a full week in only four days! Most likely, you’ve had a conference with your child’s teacher and reviewed the new report card. Hopefully, the expanded information in the new report card, which is aligned to the Common Core, provides you with a fuller picture of how your child is doing in school. Many teachers expressed that the new report card delineates more specific information and allows them to give students grades that are more reflective of achievement.
This week I had the opportunity to see fourth graders digging into the book Island of the Blue Dolphins. They were finding evidence that supports the themes of survival, loneliness, and nature. The students wrote journal entries from Karana’s (the main character) perspective, illustrated survival, and cited evidence of how nature impacts Karana’s decisions. The students then charted their findings in cooperative groups and discussed the theme. Finally, each group shared their learning with the class. It was powerful for the students to see that even though the groups investigated different aspects of the story, the theme is the universal. It’s been so many years since I read Island of the Blue Dolphins, but after that lesson, it’s on my list for this weekend!
Finally, today we honored nine veterans who are family members of our students and staff at Lanai! The whole school sang songs, saw flags from the 5 branches of service, heard a veteran speak, and learned about the meaning of Veterans Day. There were many pauses for applause (and a few tears) as our students and families showed how much we appreciate their service to our country. A particular highlight for our students was seeing our TA, Isiah Smith, sitting among the veterans. We tip our hat as we show our appreciation to these veterans’ dedication and service.
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