OhanaA longstanding tradition at Arts & Communication Magnet Academy, “Ohana” is a weekly opportunity for students to gather together for community building, activities, and building a school culture that aspires to the Hawaiian word for family.
Students stay with the same group of peers from year to year in Ohana, usually with the same teacher, who gets to know them when they are young and traditionally reads their names at graduation. They meet for 40 minutes every Wednesday in their Ohana teacher’s room. These are the same groups they gather in when we do a fire drill.
Counselors will use Ohana time to visit with classes and provide instruction on career and college planning, student government works through Ohana and the “Ohana Reps” who gather every month to share their voices with elected school officers, and at the end of the year Ohanas create games for our year end celebration, including elaborate putt-putt golf courses.
More than just a homeroom, Ohana means family.