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Principal's Message

Falcon of the Quarter 2 Principal Message

delivered on December 20, 2019

 

Good Morning, Hickam Falcons. (wait for greeting back from students)

 

Parents, families, special guests, faculty and staff, and Hickam students.

 

The X-wing fighter has sunk, and only the tip of its nose shows above the lake's surface.

LUKE: Oh, no. We'll never get it out now.

Yoda stamps his foot in irritation.

YODA: So certain are you. Always with you it cannot be done. Hear you nothing that I say?

Luke looks uncertainly out at the ship.

LUKE: Master, moving stones around is one thing. This is totally different.

YODA: No! No different! Only different in your mind. You must unlearn what you have learned.

LUKE: (focusing, quietly) All right, I'll give it a try.

YODA: No! Try not. Do. Or do not!! There is no try....

From the movie, Star Wars: Empire Strikes back, In terms of the literal meaning, Yoda's saying you do something or you do not do something, there's no in between called “try” where you're simultaneously doing a task and not doing it. By extension, he's saying that if you're going to be doing something, commit. Commit, or do not do it at all.

 

Today, we celebrate those who have committed to do. And what did they do?

 

The six General Learner Outcomes, our over-arching educational goals.

 

Today, we celebrate students who go beyond academic achievement, go beyond meeting the standards. Students who show or demonstrate the six GLOs. The GLOs are:

 

GLO #1, students, what is GLO #1: (students’ shout out) A Self-Directed Learner, someone with the ability to be responsible for one’s own learning, sets priorities, plans and manages their time and monitors their progress and learning experiences.

 

GLO #2, students what is GLO #2 (students’ shout out) A Community Contributor, someone who understands that it is essential for human beings to work together, someone who respects people’s feelings, ideas, abilities and culture, cooperates, understands and follows rules, responsible and ethical behavior in decision making, responsibly implements a solution, analyzes conflict and applies ways of cooperative resolutions.

 

GLO #3, students, what is GLO #3 (students’ shout out) A Complex Thinker, your ability to demonstrate or show critical thinking and problem solving. Your ability to apply what you learned to new situations, considering more than one perspective, generating new and creative ideas, evaluates the effectiveness and ethical considerations to a solution and able to make adjustments.

 

GLO #4, students, what is GLO #4, (students’ shout out) A Quality Producer, or having the ability to recognize and produce quality performances and quality products.

 

GLO #5, students, what is GLO #5 (students’ shout out) An Effective Communicator, which includes listening, speaking, writing, observing for variety of purposes, and being effective or successful at communicating.

 

Finally, GLO #6, what is GLO #6, (students’ shout out) An Effective user of technology, or ability to use a variety of technologies effectively and ethically.

 

These are our GLOs or General Learner Outcomes. And today, this is what abilities we celebrate!

 

Yesterday, the movie, Rise of the Skywalker opened in theaters. We have been using the Star Wars movie as a metaphor of our own belief that we will rise as Hickam Falcons and find our greatness. We hope to fulfill the Hickam Vision of inspiring you to become a leader for tomorrow.

 

At this time, I want to recognize the Master Jedi of our GLOs, instructional leaders and inspirational educators of today, our teachers and staff. Please give them, our teachers and staff, a big hand.

 

Students, we believe you will rise. We believe you will embody our General Learner Outcomes and 8 Leadership Habits. How many habits, Students? Eight.

 

Students, we believe you will hold yourself up to our Code of Conduct, our 4 Key Bs. Our Bs are: Be Safe, Be Responsible and Be Respectful and Be a Leader.

 

At the end of the scene with Luke and Yoda, Luke tells Yoda, You want the impossible. But the patient teacher, Yoda shows the error of Luke’s thinking by delivering the ship out of the swamp lake on to land with the wave of one tridactyl hand.

 

“I don’t believe it,” said Luke. And Yoda delivers what Kristen Baver said would be the original mic drop for future generations:

 

Luke says, I don’t believe it, and Yoda says, That is why you fail.

 

So Students, not only do we believe in you, we want you to believe in yourself and find your greatness.

 

I am also sharing with you, my news, I’ve been asked by the Hawaii Department of Education State Superintendent to become an Assistant State Superintendent for the spring semester. What this means is: I will not see you everyday, another Principal will be here when you come back from Winter Break, AND you will still have all of our great teachers and staff. I believe you will continue to learn and become our leaders for tomorrow with or without me here daily because of the great teachers and staff.

 

Once again, congratulations to those of you who are celebrated today. We are proud of you.

 

Please enjoy your upcoming Winter Break by being with family and friends, not video games and tv, and know that I love you all and will miss you. Happy Holidays! Happy New Year 2020! And one last thing, May the Force Be with You!