Sixth grade at Holy Nativity School is a year of leadership, developing critical thinking, and being organized and responsible with work habits. Students are expected to work both independently and cooperatively. The many leadership opportunities for sixth graders include leading Student Council, mentoring Pre-K Book Buddies, and holding starring roles in annual Christmas and Lei Day pageants.
The year culminates with a week-long class trip to Arizona, which focuses on outdoor education and Native American culture. Incorporating history, geology, astronomy, geography, anthropology, religion, music, and art, the academic focus is balanced with challenging physical activities, like camping, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, and archery.
Principal/6th Grade Teacher
Jyo Bridgewater is the Principal of Holy Nativity School and the lead teacher in the 6th grade classroom. A graduate of Yale and NYU School of Law, she has been involved in child advocacy and education in a number of roles and settings. Her teaching career spans inner city public schools on the East Coast and independent schools in Hawaii, most recently serving as the K-8 principal at Assets School, its mission to serve gifted, dyslexic and twice exceptional students.
“I am looking forward to once again being a part of the Episcopal school tradition that balances high expectations with a deep love for the individual. In a complex and ever-changing landscape, elementary school is more important than ever. It is where we learn to work with others, turn knowledge into experience and experience into a principled life. And, of course, where we have fun! Please stop by so we can get to know each other as we begin this joyful work together.”
Jyo’s work with the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools includes chairing accreditation and licensing visits for other schools in Hawai’i. She was part of the legislative taskforce that published the first comprehensive plan for teaching reading in the state, and has been a workshop and conference presenter on topics including literacy and social emotional skills.