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Grab-and-Go school meals to be extended at over 35 schools by four days during transition to summer feeding programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Grab-and-Go-meals-transitions-to-SSO.aspxGrab-and-Go school meals to be extended at over 35 schools by four days during transition to summer feeding programThe Grab-and-Go school meals program will be extended at over 35 meal sites for an extra four days beyond the end of the school year on May 28 during the transition to the summer feeding program.
School facilities closed to students through April 30 with the exception of grab-and-go meal siteshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/School-facilities-closed-to-students-through-April-30.aspxSchool facilities closed to students through April 30 with the exception of grab-and-go meal sitesSchool facilities will remain closed to students through April 30, based on the latest guidance and information from health officials and elected leaders. Traditional, in-school instruction is on hold until schools reopen. Tips and tools gathered by HIDOE’s Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design are also available for the public at bit.ly/HIDOEVirtualLearningParentResource.
HIDOE recruiting for Assistant Superintendenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/Pages/AS-Recruitment.aspxHIDOE recruiting for Assistant SuperintendentThe Department seeks a visionary leader for the position of Assistant Superintendent of the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design.
Sponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Sponsors-Summer-Food-Service-Program--to-provide-meals-for-children-during-summer-break.aspxSponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakThe USDA’s Summer Food Service Program is seeking sponsor organizations on all islands to help provide children in low-income communities with free meals during the summer months when many schools are not in session.
More Hawaii teachers obtain highest certification in professionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Celebrating-2019-National-Board-Certified-Teachers.aspxMore Hawaii teachers obtain highest certification in professionThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is celebrating 54 of its teachers statewide who have earned or renewed their National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification – a recognition for meeting the highest standards for teaching. 
Randall Tanaka appointed as Assistant Superintendent for Office of Facilities and Operationshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Randall-Tanaka-appointed-as-Assistant-Superintendent-for-OFO.aspxRandall Tanaka appointed as Assistant Superintendent for Office of Facilities and OperationsRandall Tanaka has been named assistant superintendent for the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education’s Office of Facilities and Operations. He will oversee construction and maintenance of school facilities and operations of food services, transportation and security.
Ewa Makai Middle dedicates new $24 million classroom winghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Ewa-Makai-Middle-dedicates-new-campus-wing.aspxEwa Makai Middle dedicates new $24 million classroom wingEwa Makai Middle celebrated the dedication of a new 24-room, two-story campus wing to accommodate approximately 450 new sixth-graders.
Niu Valley Middle School breaks ground on new World Language Centerhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Niu-Valley-Middle-School-World-Language-Center.aspxNiu Valley Middle School breaks ground on new World Language CenterThe Hawaii State Department of Education held a groundbreaking ceremony at Niu Valley Middle School on Thursday, Oct. 10 for its new World Language Center.
School Directed AC program empowers schools and communities to take the lead on cooling classroomshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Schools-Directed-AC.aspxSchool Directed AC program empowers schools and communities to take the lead on cooling classroomsHIDOE is empowering schools to lead the charge on cooling classrooms using a new process designed to more quickly deploy AC in buildings that can accommodate the increased energy use.
New 'Aina Pono food delivery truck serving free meals to children on summer break from Waianae to Makahahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Aina-Pono-summer-food-truck.aspxNew 'Aina Pono food delivery truck serving free meals to children on summer break from Waianae to MakahaOn the Waianae Coast, the new ʻAina Pono food delivery truck is bringing free meals to children as part of the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) program, manned by volunteers from the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center.
Record number of public schools offering free meals to children this summerhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-2019-Seamless-Summer-Option.aspxRecord number of public schools offering free meals to children this summerThis year, 71 public schools will serve meals through the Hawaii State Department of Education's summer food service program, Seamless Summer Option.
Kohala High dedicates new facility to boost STEM learning and achievementhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kohala-High-dedicates-new-facility-to-boost-STEM-learning-and-achievement.aspxKohala High dedicates new facility to boost STEM learning and achievementThe new state-of-the-art facility is comprised of four single-story classroom buildings connected by a covered walkway that provides a new physical science lab, biochemistry lab, natural resources lab, two general classrooms and additional office space.
HIDOE completing school roof repairs more quickly under new contracting methodhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/school-roof-repairs.aspxHIDOE completing school roof repairs more quickly under new contracting methodThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is more quickly working through backlogged roof repair projects at schools utilizing a new contracting method to expedite common repairs.
Kalani High dedicates new Girls’ Locker Room and athletics facilitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kalani-High-Dedication.aspxKalani High dedicates new Girls’ Locker Room and athletics facilitiesKalani High celebrated the dedication of several new athletics facilities including a new Girls’ Locker Room, an Athletics Trainers’ Facility, a Judo and Wrestling room, and other improvements.
Sponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Sponsors-sought-for-Summer-Food-Service-Program-to-provide-meals-for-children-during-summer-break.aspxSponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is seeking sponsor organizations on all islands to help provide children in low-income communities with reduced-price meals during the summer months. The SFSP provides nutritious meals that help children to learn, play and grow during the summer break when many schools are not in session.
What it means to 'fix the system'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/what-it-means-to-fix-the-system.aspxWhat it means to 'fix the system'Assistant Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer Amy Kunz writes about her drive to increase fiscal transparency in Hawaii's public school system. "We all want a world-class public education system. Let’s keep working — together — to give our kids, educators, staff and communities the schools they deserve." This piece ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Jan. 14, 2019.
To the Rescue: Facilities Maintenance Branch creates 300 sandbags and delivers nearly 900http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/FMB-to-the-rescue.aspxTo the Rescue: Facilities Maintenance Branch creates 300 sandbags and delivers nearly 900The Facilities Maintenance Branch (FMB) at the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) helps Hawaii's public schools with a variety of services, including minor repairs and maintenance on school campuses. FMB also played a significant role in helping schools prepare during Hawaii's annual hurricane season, which officially ended last month.
December 2018 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/1218.aspxDecember 2018 Education UpdateMonthly print newsletter featuring the top stories from across Hawaii's public schools, distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Congratulations to Hawai'i's Teacher of the Year, Future School Now facilities management program launched, Hawai'i public school students achieve year-over-year gains on the AP exam, more stories.
Department seeks to increase breakfast participation with No Kid Hungry granthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Central-Middle-School-Breakfast-Expansion.aspxDepartment seeks to increase breakfast participation with No Kid Hungry grantThis morning, the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) celebrated a new pilot program at Central Middle School designed to increase student access and incorporate breakfast into the school day.
Future Schools Now: Superintendent Kishimoto launches modernized facilities maintenance programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Future-Schools-Now.aspxFuture Schools Now: Superintendent Kishimoto launches modernized facilities maintenance programThe initiative involves streamlining how HIDOE contracts repair services to fast-track priority projects, increasing the community’s access to project details with an online database under development, and implementing a data-driven analysis to plan for future school needs.
Hawai‘i public schools celebrate Thanksgiving with local Okinawan Sweet Potato Piehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-11-Aina-Pono-HOTM-Sweet-Potato.aspxHawai‘i public schools celebrate Thanksgiving with local Okinawan Sweet Potato PieHawai'i public schools will celebrate the upcoming holiday season with an Okinawan Sweet Potato Pie as part of November's 'Aina Pono: Harvest of the Month program. The pie will be served on a day selected by participating schools, which includes more than 200 cafeterias statewide. Bake this delicious dessert at home for your family and friends.
Statement on the outage of the Department's financial management system (FMS)http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Vendors/Pages/FMS-outage.aspxStatement on the outage of the Department's financial management system (FMS)A message from Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto on the Department's system for vendor payments, which has been down since Oct. 6.
Hawai‘i public schools seek more local farmers and vendors to supply fresh produce for student mealshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-produce-solicitation-pre-bid-meetings.aspxHawai‘i public schools seek more local farmers and vendors to supply fresh produce for student mealsThe Hawai'i State Department of Education (HIDOE) is seeking more local farmers and vendors to supply fresh produce for student meals on their island, with an emphasis on locally grown fruits and vegetables. From Oct. 22-30, HIDOE will be hosting produce solicitation pre-bid meetings across the state. RSVP by Oct. 19.
October’s Harvest of the Month features ‘Ulu Beef Stew in student mealshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-10-Aina-Pono-HOTM-breadfruit.aspxOctober’s Harvest of the Month features ‘Ulu Beef Stew in student mealsThe Hawaii State Department of Education is continuing its ‘Aina Pono: Harvest of the Month program for a second year. This October, participating public schools statewide will be serving ‘Ulu Beef Stew. Create this delicious meal at home by following our recipe.
Bullying is not acceptable in Hawai‘i's public school systemhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/Offices/Pages/Supt-Kishimoto-091918.aspxBullying is not acceptable in Hawai‘i's public school systemFrom Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: It should go without saying that bullying is not tolerated in an organization or in communities dedicated to educating healthy and joyful lifelong learners who contribute meaningfully to our communities. But to be explicitly clear: Bullying of any kind is not acceptable in Hawai‘i public schools. This piece ran on Sept. 19, 2018 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Waikoloa Elementary and Middle School breaks ground for new constructionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Waikoloa-El-Middle-School-groundbreaking.aspxWaikoloa Elementary and Middle School breaks ground for new constructionThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) held a groundbreaking ceremony at Waikoloa Elementary and Middle School on Monday, Sept. 10 for its new construction project.
Kalihi-to-Ala Moana School Impact Fees to begin Oct. 1http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/kalihi-ala-moana-impact-fees.aspxKalihi-to-Ala Moana School Impact Fees to begin Oct. 1Beginning Oct. 1, 2018, homebuilders and residential developers in the urban corridor from Kalihi to Ala Moana will be subject to a school impact fee when applying for building permits for new residential construction.
Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/Supt-18-19.aspxWelcome to the 2018-19 school year!Please review the following letter to parents and guardians and watch our welcome back video from Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto. Team HIDOE was also featured each morning on Hawaii News Now Sunrise the week leading up to the start of school — access links below to valuable updates and tips for the new school year.
Board of Education approves new state and complex area leadership appointmentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Board-of-Education-approves-new-state-and-complex-area-leadership-appointments.aspxBoard of Education approves new state and complex area leadership appointments​The Hawaii State Board of Education today approved appointments to several Hawaii State Department of Education leadership positions as recommended by Superintendent Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto.
School's out for summer, but eruption vigilance continueshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/CAS-Farias-Kilauea-eruption.aspxSchool's out for summer, but eruption vigilance continuesComplex Area Superintendent Chad Keone Farias of the Ka'u-Kea'au-Pahoa Complex Area authored this piece about the ongoing eruption at Kīlauea and preparing for the upcoming school year. It ran in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald and West Hawaii Today.
Department announces 2014 summer food service programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2014-summer-food-service.aspxDepartment announces 2014 summer food service programThe Department is announcing its locations for the summer food service program, Seamless Summer Option (SSO). Beginning in early June, the SSO will be available at 59 public schools without charge to all children 18 years and under. Meals will be served at select locations Monday through Friday (except June 11 and July 4).
Keaau High's Cevallos wins $25,000 leadership awardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2015-tokioka-award.aspxKeaau High's Cevallos wins $25,000 leadership awardThe Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award from the Island Insurance Foundation is given annually to a public school principal who is visionary, community-minded, and has an entrepreneurial spirit.
Income qualifications for free/reduced lunch updated for SY 2015-16http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2015-16FreeReducedLunch.aspxIncome qualifications for free/reduced lunch updated for SY 2015-16The Department releases the list of income qualifications for the 2015-16 school year free/reduced meal program.
Waimea High Principal Mahina Anguay wins $25,000 leadership awardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2016-tokioka-award.aspxWaimea High Principal Mahina Anguay wins $25,000 leadership awardThe Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award from the Island Insurance Foundation is given annually to a public school principal who is visionary, community-minded, and has an entrepreneurial spirit.
Leading with the state’s vision for education, public input sought on Strategic Planhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Strategic-Plan.aspxLeading with the state’s vision for education, public input sought on Strategic PlanThe Department of Education (DOE) and Board of Education (BOE) are seeking critical public input on a review and extension of its joint Strategic Plan.
Energy efficiency project opens Harvard-bound student’s eyes to possibilityhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Energy-efficiency-project-.aspxEnergy efficiency project opens Harvard-bound student’s eyes to possibilityAiea High School Class of 2016 graduate Perry Arrasmith focused on the photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roofs of Aiea High for his senior capstone project. His project has inspired change at his school that HIDOE's Office of School Facilities and Support Services helped to make a reality.
Income qualifications for free/reduced lunch updated for SY 2016-17http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/USDAfreelunch2016.aspxIncome qualifications for free/reduced lunch updated for SY 2016-17The Hawaii State Department of Education releases the annual income requirements for families to apply for free or reduced meal prices.
2016 Year in Reviewhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2016-Year-in-Review.aspx2016 Year in ReviewThere is much work to be done, but there is much to celebrate now! Here’s a rundown of impressive achievements in 2016 by our schools, educators and keiki.
May 2017 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0517.aspxMay 2017 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: C2C launches, keeping the promise as the Worldwide Voyage of the Hōkūle‘a comes to a close, opportunity to provide feedback on the state's plan for federal funding, great leaders in our schools and programs acknowledged, study ranks Hawaii 2nd nationwide for the right conditions for College & Career Readiness, more.
Barbara Krieg appointed to Department of Education posthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Barbara-Krieg-appointed-to-Department-of-Education-post.aspxBarbara Krieg appointed to Department of Education postKrieg brings to the DOE a wealth of managerial and legal expertise gained in the public and private sectors, along with a track record of modernizing the delivery of personnel services.
Department offers meals to all children 18 and younger at select schools throughout summer monthshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2017-SSO.aspxDepartment offers meals to all children 18 and younger at select schools throughout summer months63 public schools will serve meals through HIDOE's Seamless Summer Option program. Meals will be served at select locations Monday through Friday at public schools around the state free of charge to all children 18 years and under. Most schools will serve breakfast and lunch.
Board of Education selects next Superintendenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/BOE-selects-Supt.aspxBoard of Education selects next SuperintendentChristina Kishimoto, Ed.D., signed a three-year contract and will start on August 1, 2017. "I look forward to working hand in hand with Hawaii’s teachers, leaders, staff, parents, community members, and student leaders to execute on this vision of high quality college, career, and community readiness."
Temporary fix for space issues at Campbell, Kealakehe high schools foundhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/CampbellKealakehePortables.aspxTemporary fix for space issues at Campbell, Kealakehe high schools foundThe portable classrooms used to set up the emergency "Keonepoko North" campus during the Puna lava flow last year will be used to offset classroom overcrowding at two high schools.
Learning code through a technology strategyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/Learning-code-through-a-technology-strategy.aspxLearning code through a technology strategyBrook Conner was appointed to oversee the department's information and telecommunication systems, facilities, and services of the public school system and department-wide operations. He shares the importance of computer science education and how it impacts the work in his office.
Fund to cool classrooms gets $25,000 boosthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Cool-Classrooms-Donation.aspxFund to cool classrooms gets $25,000 boostHawaii 3R's received a generous $25,000 donation from the Central Pacific Bank Foundation to help cool classrooms following a call to action by the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii.
Hawaii 3R’s to assist Department of Education with donations to cool schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/CoolDonations.aspxHawaii 3R’s to assist Department of Education with donations to cool schoolsHawaii 3R’s to raise funds towards cooling schools. Hawaii 3R’s is a local nonprofit organization aimed to Repair, Remodel, Restore Hawaii’s public schools.
Department makes progress with energy efficient strategies for cooling schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/cooling-schools.aspxDepartment makes progress with energy efficient strategies for cooling schoolsHIDOE has been working to fast track heat-relief initiatives through its Heat Abatement Program. During the last three years, schools across the state were evaluated for various cooling options including air conditioning (AC), ceiling fans, nighttime heat flushing fans, solar light, trees, heat reflective paint, and more.
DOE announces historic sustainable energy programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-announces-historic-sustainable-energy-program.aspxDOE announces historic sustainable energy programThe program, called Ka Hei, will include the installation of sustainable energy generation equipment in all public schools statewide, positioning the DOE among the state’s foremost environmental stewards while expanding real-world educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Conversation on improving public education continues, meetings set through Septemberhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-BOE-Conversation-Meetings.aspxConversation on improving public education continues, meetings set through SeptemberThe Hawaii DOE and Board of Education have scheduled a series of community meetings to provide updates on plans to better public education. These meetings are part of the ongoing outreach effort in the updating of the Strategic Plan.
Hawaii public schools serve local beef in Decemberhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2017-12-Aina-Pono-local-beef.aspxHawaii public schools serve local beef in DecemberThis month, Hawaii public schools are serving locally raised, grass-fed beef in its hamburger patties. Elementary and middle school students will be served teri hamburger steak, while high school students will enjoy teri loco moco lunches.
Farrington High celebrates the opening of the Edward ‘Skippa’ Diaz Stadium at Kusunoki Fieldhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Edward-Skippa-Diaz-Stadium-at-Kusunoki-Field.aspxFarrington High celebrates the opening of the Edward ‘Skippa’ Diaz Stadium at Kusunoki FieldFarrington High School kicked off its 80 years of Governor pride celebrations with the official dedication and opening of its Edward 'Skippa' Diaz Stadium at Kusunoki Field. The $19.5 million stadium includes a new locker room, laundry and equipment rooms and athletic training room.
Board unanimously approves Hawaii ESSA Plan for submissionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/ESSA-Plan-Submission-Approval.aspx Board unanimously approves Hawaii ESSA Plan for submissionThe Board of Education unanimously approved the submission of the Hawaii Consolidated State Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act to the U.S. Department of Education. The plan serves as Hawaii’s application for federal funds, providing resources for public schools to support students in achieving equity and excellence.
Farrington High School auditorium renovations completehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/FarringtonAuditoriumReopen.aspxFarrington High School auditorium renovations completeNearly four years after the roof collapsed, Farrington High School's auditorium is back open.
Farrington High unveils first Small Learning Communities facilitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Farrington-High-unveils-first-Small-Learning-Communities-facilities.aspxFarrington High unveils first Small Learning Communities facilitiesThe redesigned wing at Farrington High will house its Law and Justice Academy, Sports Industry Academy, and Business Academy. "Small Learning Communities are highly focused on providing personalized education as well as college and career preparation for students," says Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi.
Proposed DOE biennium budget preserves school funds, boosts technologyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/FB-2015-17.aspxProposed DOE biennium budget preserves school funds, boosts technologyInvestments in strategic reforms and school-level funding remain priority areas to support educators and accelerate student achievement.
Kalani High students enjoy loco moco made from locally grown beefhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2017-Kalani-High-locally-grown-beef-lunch.aspxKalani High students enjoy loco moco made from locally grown beefToday at Kalani High School, students, teachers and faculty enjoyed eating the locally grown beef in their teri loco moco lunch. There was a special connection to this school since the Kalani High staff created the Paniolo Beef Patty recipe.
Former US Navy Commander tapped to lead department’s Human Resources Officehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Former-US-Navy-Commander-tapped-to-lead-department’s-Human-Resources-Office.aspxFormer US Navy Commander tapped to lead department’s Human Resources OfficeThe BOE approved the appointment of Cynthia Covell as the new Assistant Superintendent of Talent Management for HIDOE’s Office of Human Resources. Covell is a retired two star Rear Admiral with the United States Navy with more than 30 years of leadership and human resources experience.
Seven Hawaii schools to offer free meals as part of USDA programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/FreeMealPilot.aspxSeven Hawaii schools to offer free meals as part of USDA programThe Department is piloting the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program to expand free meal service to students.
Student meals feature another local food sourcehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-01-Aina-Pono-local-banana.aspxStudent meals feature another local food sourceThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) continues its efforts to include local agriculture in student meals through its ‘Aina Pono Harvest of the Month program. This month, fresh bananas will be served in a Banana Pie or a Banana Crumble at all public school cafeterias.
Guidelines set for third-person promotions in schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Guidelines-set-for-third-person-materials-in-schools.aspxGuidelines set for third-person promotions in schoolsHONOLULU – The growing number of promotional brochures and flyers being issued and distributed on public school campuses has prompted a new set of guidelines by the Department.
Hale Kula breaks ground on historic improvementshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hale-Kula-Elementary-School-Breaks-Ground-on-Historic-Improvements.aspxHale Kula breaks ground on historic improvementsHONOLULU – Hale Kula Elementary, a Department school located on the U.S. Army’s Wheeler/Schofield Barracks property, broke ground today for the first upgrades in the campus’ 53-year history.
Transitioning to new school lunch online payment systemhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-eTrition_Transition.aspxTransitioning to new school lunch online payment systemThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is in the process of transitioning to Harris School Solutions (eTrition) – a new school lunch online payment system. Families are instructed to make all meal deposits directly to the school until further notice. Online payments will resume at a later date.
Public schools at forefront of innovationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/Public-schools-at-forefront-of-innovation.aspxPublic schools at forefront of innovationSuperintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto penned this piece for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser to share the work being done with regard to the department's Strategic Plan and innovation taking place in Hawaii's public schools.
February is all about the freshly baked papaya breadhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-02-Aina-Pono-local-papaya.aspxFebruary is all about the freshly baked papaya breadThis month, locally grown papayas will be incorporated into student meals across the state as part of the Hawaii State Department of Education's (HIDOE) 'Aina Pono Harvest of the Month program. Check out "Uncle Jeff's Papaya Bread" recipe.
Department to request waiver for School Improvement Granthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-DOE-to-request-waiver-for-FY-2012-SIG-Grant.aspxDepartment to request waiver for School Improvement GrantThe Department intends to request a waiver to Section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. § 1225(b) to extend the period of availability of school fiscal year 2012 School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds for the State Education Agency and all of its complexes to September 30, 2016.
Hawaii teachers ratify historic agreementhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-Teachers-Ratify-Historic-Agreement.aspxHawaii teachers ratify historic agreementHONOLULU – Hawaii’s public school teachers last night ratified a progressive contract that ties tenure and all pay increases to annual performance evaluations and professional development. The contract provides teachers with preparation time and necessary supports to achieve success.
Department announces appointments for top leadership positionshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-announces-appointments-for-top-leadership-positions.aspxDepartment announces appointments for top leadership positions​The BOE approved the appointment of three HIDOE leadership positions as recommended by Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto - Phyllis Unebasami, deputy superintendent; David Brookshire "Brook" Conner, assistant superintendent for the Office of Information Technology Services; and Kathleen Dimino, complex area superintendent for the Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui Complex Area.
Department announces new leadership appointmentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-Announces-New-Leadership-Appointments.aspxDepartment announces new leadership appointmentsHIDOE continues to fill top leadership positions with the following interim and permanent appointments: Rodney Luke, interim assistant superintendent and Clayton Kaninau, acting complex area superintendent.
Department of Education moves forward on energy efficiency goalshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/honowaiefficiency.aspxDepartment of Education moves forward on energy efficiency goalsHonowai Elementary in Waipahu is the first HIDOE campus to complete a school retrofit with campus-wide energy efficiencies and energy generation. These efforts are part of the Department's Ka Hei program that integrates innovative energy technology with meaningful learning experiences, all while reducing energy costs.
March 2018 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0318.aspxMarch 2018 Education UpdateMonthly print newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Aiea High's Ken Kang wins the Milken Educator Award and Keolu El's Bianca Yanuaria is named Hawaii's School Counselor of the Year, Jack Johnson and friends celebrate the ‘Aina Pono program at Mililani High, new student learning approaches at Kea‘au Elementary, Supt. Christina Kishimoto addresses safety on school campuses, more stories.
Leaders get first look at the state’s newest elementary school http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/hookele.aspxLeaders get first look at the state’s newest elementary school Ho'okele Elementary is the 256th HIDOE school and serves Kapolei. It will have an initial enrollment of about 450 with capacity for 750 students.
Superintendent Matayoshi names Keith Hayashi as interim deputyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/interim-deputy.aspxSuperintendent Matayoshi names Keith Hayashi as interim deputySchools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi today announced Keith Hayashi has accepted the offer to serve as deputy superintendent through the remainder of her term. Hayashi has served as principal at Waipahu High School since 2009.
Board of Education names interim education leadershiphttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/interim-education-leadership.aspxBoard of Education names interim education leadershipThe Hawaii State Board of Education announced its appointment of Keith Hayashi as interim superintendent. Hayashi is currently the deputy superintendent until the end of June 30, 2017. The interim deputy superintendent during this transition period will be current senior assistant superintendent, Amy Kunz.
Campbell High kicks off construction of multi-classroom projecthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-Campbell-High-new-classroom-building.aspxCampbell High kicks off construction of multi-classroom projectJames Campbell High School (JCHS) kicks off the start of construction on its new 27-classroom building today with a dedication ceremony. The project includes science labs, culinary arts lab, Hawaiian studies classroom, faculty centers, an outdoor performing space, herb garden and more.
DOE breaks ground on first Ka Hei Photovoltaic Projectshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/KaHeiGround.aspxDOE breaks ground on first Ka Hei Photovoltaic ProjectsThe Department begins the energy-generation phase of the Ka Hei program, a multi-year initiative to integrate innovative energy technology with meaningful learning experiences, all while reducing energy costs.
Kailua High opens the doors to new Natural Science Lab Building and Early College courseshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kailua-Science-Lab.aspxKailua High opens the doors to new Natural Science Lab Building and Early College coursesKailua High School will welcome students, parents, and guests to its new, state of the art Natural Science Lab Building. Dedicated to the study of Microbiology and Life Sciences, the building boasts four classrooms, two computer labs and an aquaculture multiuse area.
It’s ‘Ulu-licious! Hawaii public schools serve breadfruithttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-03-Aina-Pono-local-breadfruit.aspxIt’s ‘Ulu-licious! Hawaii public schools serve breadfruitThis March and April, Hawaii public schools will welcome a new local product in student meals – 'ulu, otherwise known as breadfruit. Check out our 'Ulu-licious Wraps recipe, as featured in the 'Aina Pono Harvest of the Month program.
Public hearing to take place on proposed School Impact District from Kalihi to Ala Moanahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/KalihiImpactDistrictHearings.aspxPublic hearing to take place on proposed School Impact District from Kalihi to Ala MoanaThe Hawaii State Department of Education will hear testimony on a proposed School Impact District spanning Kalihi to Ala Moana.
Hawaii’s Farm to School program gets new name and lookhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-Aina-Pono-program-updates-logo.aspxHawaii’s Farm to School program gets new name and lookThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor unveiled a new logo and name for the Farm to School Initiative on March 29 at Mililani High School in the presence of students, teachers, HIDOE staff, state lawmakers and community supporters.
Education leadership appointments move forwardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Leadership-appointments-061615.aspxEducation leadership appointments move forwardThe Department bids aloha to longtime educators Lea Albert and Valerie Takata as new leaders are appointed to key state offices and the Castle-Kahuku and Hilo-Waiakea Complex Areas.
Hayashida named Complex Area Superintendenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Leila-Hayashida.aspxHayashida named Complex Area SuperintendentLeila Hayashida has been named complex area superintendent (CAS) for Central Maui. She will oversee 20 elementary, middle and high schools in the Baldwin, Kekaulike and Maui complexes.
More isle students meeting benchmarks for college-readiness is reason to cheerhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/More-isle-students-meeting-benchmarks.aspxMore isle students meeting benchmarks for college-readiness is reason to cheerSuperintendent Kathryn Matayoshi shares with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser the importance of celebrating the success of public school students and what sets them apart from their peers locally and nationally when it comes to college and career opportunities.
Banyan trees infected by gall wasp infestation to be removed at McKinley High campushttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/McKinley-Banyans.aspxBanyan trees infected by gall wasp infestation to be removed at McKinley High campusMcKinley High School will begin work on Friday, July 7, 2017, to remove six Banyan trees on its front lawn that have been significantly damaged by an island-wide infestation of gall wasps. All removed Banyan trees will be replaced with Golden Trumpet trees.
Mililani High selected as next Farm to School sitehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Mililani-High-next-Farm-to-School-site.aspxMililani High selected as next Farm to School siteMililani High School will be the next participant in the 'Aina Pono Farm to School program. Mililani High is HIDOE's second largest food production site. It provides about 2,500 school lunches daily for approximately 1,000 high school students and an additional 1,500 students at Mililani Uka Elementary and Mililani Waena Elementary.
Education leaders formalize Maunakea Scholars programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/MKMOU.aspxEducation leaders formalize Maunakea Scholars programThe collaborative agreement between the Hawaii DOE, the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy, and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, will develop more opportunities for local high school students to use Maunakea Observatories for their innovative research projects.
Rotted monkey pod tree in Hilo to be removedhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Monkeypodtreeremove.aspxRotted monkey pod tree in Hilo to be removedThe tree’s limbs are hollow from rot and estimated to weigh 15 to 20 tons.​ The removal will take place sometime before the school year begins on Aug. 1.
Additional contractors sought for heat abatement workhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/MoreContractorsHeat.aspxAdditional contractors sought for heat abatement workContractors will have the chance to qualify to work on heat abatement projects at Hawaii public schools.
Public school principals recognized for service by Board of Educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/principals.aspxPublic school principals recognized for service by Board of EducationThe Hawaii State Board of Education last night commended Hawaii public school principals and vice-principals for their education service coinciding with National Principals Month.
Board rates School Superintendent as 'Exceeds Expectations' in 2014http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Supt-Eval-2014.aspxBoard rates School Superintendent as 'Exceeds Expectations' in 2014Board of Education notes Kathryn Matayoshi "continues to perform well by increasing departmental transparency, accountability and executing our joint strategic plan initiatives."
Department announces 2015 summer free food service locationshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SummerMeals2015.aspxDepartment announces 2015 summer free food service locationsThe Department of Education provides free meals for the summer at select schools around the state.
Superintendent Matayoshi rated 'Exceptional' by Board of Educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Superintendent-Matayoshi-rated-'Exceptional'-by-Board-of-Education.aspxSuperintendent Matayoshi rated 'Exceptional' by Board of EducationSuperintendent Kathryn Matayoshi has earned the top rating of “exceptional” from the Hawaii State Board of Education in her annual job performance evaluation. Members praised the DOE's progress on a host of initiatives to improve student outcomes.
Clyde Sonobe to lead DOE’s Information Technology Serviceshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Sonobe-to-lead-DOE's-Information-Technology.aspxClyde Sonobe to lead DOE’s Information Technology ServicesSonobe, who brings to the DOE technical and management experience in a wide range of areas, will lead the integration and expansion of information technology services in Hawaii's public schools and offices.
Hawaii State Board of Education welcomes new student memberhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Danson-Honda.aspxHawaii State Board of Education welcomes new student memberThe Board welcomes Danson Honda, incoming senior at Pearl City High School, as its student representative for the 2014-15 school year.
2014 Year in Reviewhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2014-Year-in-Review.aspx2014 Year in ReviewThere is much work to be done, but there is much to celebrate now! Here’s a rundown of impressive achievements in 2014 by our schools, educators and keiki.
With effective leadership, real ownership, we move forwardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/leader-reflect.aspxWith effective leadership, real ownership, we move forwardTwo leaders of the Department joined a contingent of 27 school and community leaders who visited three school districts in North America. Reflecting on the trip, they were reinvigorated in their focus on leadership, and inspired by ground-up ownership of public education.
The serious work behind playtimehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/playground-update.aspxThe serious work behind playtimeA school playground is much more than monkey bars and jungle gyms in an open field. It’s a platform for physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. Play builds synapses just as much as muscle fibers. Which is why the Department takes playgrounds seriously. (And, notably, set policy for students to get at least 20 minutes’ physical exercise daily.)
Video: Schools respond to Puna Lava Flowhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/punalava.aspxVideo: Schools respond to Puna Lava FlowThe June 27th lava flow — named for the day it began erupting from a vent on Kilauea’s Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater — moved steadily northeast through forests toward populated areas. By late summer, U.S. Geological Survey updates made it clear that lower Puna, including Pahoa town, could be impacted. Video provides snapshots of how schools, staff and students adapted during a state of emergency.
Boosting teacher, student STEM learning while upgrading campuseshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Ka-Hei-Feb-2015-update.aspxBoosting teacher, student STEM learning while upgrading campusesThis update on the Department's Ka Hei program, in partnership with OpTerra Energy Services, was penned by Dann Carlson, assistant superintendent for school facilities. It ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Feb. 8, 2015.
Waianae High’s Searider Productions will get a new home for its growing needshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Searider-Productions-Building.aspxWaianae High’s Searider Productions will get a new home for its growing needs​A new facility will be built for Waianae High's Searider Productions thanks in part to legislative appropriations totaling $10.7 million. The 8,500-square-foot facility will include a new lobby, "makery space," three new classrooms, a flexible multi-purpose open courtyard that will be used for outdoor classrooms and to host gatherings, and more.
Hanalei Elementary to remain closed through the weekhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hanalei-El-Closure.aspxHanalei Elementary to remain closed through the weekHanalei Elementary will remain closed for all students, teachers and staff tomorrow and Friday, April 19-20. The campus continues to undergo cleanup of damaged areas from recent heavy rains.
HIDOE encourages school breakfast participationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SchoolBreakfast2015.aspxHIDOE encourages school breakfast participationBreakfast is the most important meal of the day and students can take advantage of eating at school before classes start to be better prepared for a day of learning.
Sponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Summer-Food-Service-Program.aspxSponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is seeking sponsor organizations on all islands to help provide children in low-income communities with free meals during the summer months.
July 2017 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0717.aspxJuly 2017 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Hawai‘i's ESSA Plan is approved by the Board of Education, interim leadership named, heat abatement and air conditioning update, high-quality transition centers initiative launched and named for the late Mark Takai, design unveiled for Hawai‘i DOE's first vertical school, update from interim superintendent Keith Hayashi.
Hanalei Elementary to reopen Monday, April 23http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hanalei-El-Reopens.aspxHanalei Elementary to reopen Monday, April 23Hanalei Elementary will reopen for all students, teachers and staff on Monday, April 23. The school was closed for four days following heavy rains that flooded areas of the campus.
Sponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Summer-Food-Service.aspxSponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is seeking sponsor organizations on all islands to help provide children in low-income communities with reduced-price meals during the summer months. The SFSP provides nutritious meals that help children to learn, play and grow during the summer break when many schools are not in session.
Summer food service program helps fill hunger gaphttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/summerfoodprogram2016.aspxSummer food service program helps fill hunger gapSchools, nonprofit groups and agencies can apply to serve summer meals. ​The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers the Summer Food Service Program to help feed students over the summer break.
Hawaii public schools to open satellite classes at Hanalei Colony Resort for Waikoko, Wainiha and Haena studentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hanalei-satellite-classes.aspxHawaii public schools to open satellite classes at Hanalei Colony Resort for Waikoko, Wainiha and Haena studentsThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is opening a temporary educational site on April 26 at the Hanalei Colony Resort to serve 51 students residing in Waikoko, Wainiha and Haena, who were impacted after heavy rains and landslides closed Kuhio Highway on Kauai.
Scratch-cooked student meals to feature Maui-grown pineapples in Mayhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-05-Aina-Pono-local-pineapple.aspxScratch-cooked student meals to feature Maui-grown pineapples in MayThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is incorporating Maui-grown pineapples in student meals statewide as part of the ‘Aina Pono Hawai‘i State Harvest of the Month program this month. Recreate this delicious meal at home by following our Sweet and Sour Pineapple Pork recipe.
Hawaii public schools to launch new online lunch payment systemhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-eTrition-online-payments.aspxHawaii public schools to launch new online lunch payment systemParents and guardians of public school students will now be able to conveniently manage, monitor and pay for their child’s school meal account online and through a mobile app. The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) will launch the online school lunch payment system, EZSchoolPay, on Monday, May 7.
Futuristic design grows out of need for savingshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/Offices/FacilitiesandOperations/FutureSchoolsNow/Pages/Futuristic-design.aspxFuturistic design grows out of need for savingsThe Department of Education is testing a new portable building design in hopes of giving students and teachers more creative and flexible space while saving money on utility bills.
Keeping schools running behind the sceneshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/FacilitiesManager.aspxKeeping schools running behind the scenesIt takes a lot of hard-working people to keep aging schools operating, including many you never see. Here we bid a fond aloha to Jeff Davis, who did whatever it took to keep schools running over a 30-year career.
2015 Year in Reviewhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2015-Year-in-Review.aspx2015 Year in ReviewThere is much work to be done, but there is much to celebrate now! Here’s a rundown of impressive achievements in 2015 by our schools, educators and keiki.
Resolving differences means working with people, not just platformshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/social-media.aspxResolving differences means working with people, not just platformsLeila Hayashida, the Complex Area Superintendent for Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui, penned this piece for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. She is a longtime teacher and educator, including a former principal and assistant superintendent of curriculum and student support.
January 2018 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0118.aspxJanuary 2018 Education UpdateMonthly print newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Mentoring new special education teachers, 2017 Year in Review, Waipahu High student first to earn AA before diploma, Keaukaha Elementary's engaging literacy approach, working more local food into school meals, more stories.
'All students are our kuleana'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/AEW2015.aspx'All students are our kuleana'For American Education Week, Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi wrote the following piece that was published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. "It is up to all of us — the DOE, our schools, parents and our community — to put forth our best efforts to empower our students to reach their highest dreams."
East Kapolei Middle School breaks ground for its first phasehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/East-Kapolei-Middle-School-breaks-ground.aspxEast Kapolei Middle School breaks ground for its first phaseThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) broke ground on May 10 for the first phase of its new East Kapolei Middle School located on Maunakapu Street across from The Salvation Army Kroc Center Hawaii. The $59 million first phase for West Oahu’s new middle school includes an administration building, library, cafeteria, classrooms, covered and open play courts, and a music building.
Honowai Elementary selected as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Honowai-El-ED-GRS-awardee.aspxHonowai Elementary selected as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon SchoolHonowai Elementary School, located in the heart of Waipahu, is among the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) that was selected for its innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.
Software upgrade for Department food services results in streamlined experience for parents and schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/School-Cafe-Launch.aspxSoftware upgrade for Department food services results in streamlined experience for parents and schoolsHIDOE is rolling out a new program called SchoolCafé that will make it easier for parents to monitor and pay for their child’s school meals online and through a mobile application. The new system provides a number of features including online payments, creating auto-payments, checking account balances and setting up low balance alerts.
Kawananakoa Middle celebrates 90th anniversary with the re-opening of its historic auditoriumhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Kawananakoa-Middle-celebrates.aspxKawananakoa Middle celebrates 90th anniversary with the re-opening of its historic auditoriumKawananakoa Middle had a lot to celebrate with the opening of its newly renovated Princess Kawananakoa Auditorium and its 90th anniversary. Hundreds of community members, dignitaries, staff and students, and alumni were on-hand to experience the $15 million state of the art upgrades.
Nurturing a lifelong passion for arthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Larry-Taguba.aspxNurturing a lifelong passion for artWith 51 student works earning awards in the Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards program, and nine medaling at the national level, all eyes are on Leilehua High's art department and its head, 38-year fine arts teacher Larry Taguba. "Winning is not the goal, but improvement is."
Educators take team approach to building leadership skillshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/Educators-take-team-approach-to-building-leadership-skills.aspxEducators take team approach to building leadership skillsDeputy Superintendent Stephen Schatz and Teri Ushijima, who heads up HIDOE's Leadership Institute, share with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser how the Department is scaling its success through innovative programs.
Public schools offering summer meals to all children 18 and youngerhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-SSO.aspxPublic schools offering summer meals to all children 18 and youngerBeginning in early June, the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) program will be available at 69 public schools around the state free of charge to all children 18 years and under. Breakfast and lunch meals will be served at select locations Monday through Friday, except June 11 (King Kamehameha Day) and July 4 (Independence Day).

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