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Happy Easter! Student Journals: from the (pencils) of babes

Because of the upcoming holiday, we’ve dedicated our reading comprehension time this week to the story of Easter. On Monday, their journal topic was simply “What is Easter?” (Before you start thinking “I can’t believe she’s teaching them about that … Continue reading

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National Park of American Samoa Field Trip

Last Tuesday, the whole school went on a field trip to the National Park. The Paka o Amerika Samoa encompasses nearly the whole island of Ta’u (technically, it includes the village of Faleasao, where I live and teach). The NPS … Continue reading

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Spring (Fall?) (Rainy Season?) Break!

Well, school’s out and you know what that means: one glorious week of the Big Island, internet, and restaurants! Yay! Wes flew in to Tutuila on Wednesday to attend the island-wide Science Fair with his students. (One of his kids … Continue reading

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Warning: This post not for the faint of heart

Happy Valentine’s Day from AmSam! I’m sure my day of cutting out hundreds of construction paper hearts and cleaning glue off of every surface of my classroom beats your fancy restaurant date and flowers, so I won’t brag too much … Continue reading

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New Zealand: Huka Falls, Faerie Land, and Hobbiton

Scroll to the end for more photos. Click on photos to see larger images. Well, we’re back from Middle Earth. Our trip to NZ was incredible. It’s hard to pick what my favorite part of the trip was (okay, it … Continue reading

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing, NZ

Click on the photos in the gallery at the bottom of the page to view larger images. After two lovely days gallivanting around Wellington, we picked up our car and headed north on Highway 1. Driving on the wrong opposite … Continue reading

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Christmas in New Zealand

Well, we made it to New Zealand! We left Pago Pago, American Samoa at 9am on the 22nd for Auckland, New Zealand via Apia, Samoa, where we had a short layover before our 1pm flight to Auckland, NZ. We arrived … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving in the South Pacific

Our Thanksgiving was a lot like it would’ve been at home, but with more beaches, sunshine, snorkeling, and puppies. (Okay so nothing like home.) It was strange being away from family, but we ended up having a great time with … Continue reading

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Ofu and Olesega

Right after school ended on Thursday we hopped on a little boat and headed to the neighboring islands of Ofu (O-foo) and Olesega (O-luh-sang-uh) for the long weekend. It was only about a 45 minute ride and the water was … Continue reading

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A busy week on a tiny island

The dentist came to our school on Wednesday. Apparently the dentist comes to Ta’u once a year; if you need to see him any other time then you have to fly to Tutuila. Since there’s only a small health clinic … Continue reading

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