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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.
September 2018 Inspirehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Inspire/Pages/0918.aspxSeptember 2018 InspireInspirational stories from Hawai'i's public schools. In this edition: 9th graders at Wai'anae High excel on "The R.I.D.E.," school-based health center dedicated at Nanakuli High & Intermediate, the HIDOE Team and Employee of the Year are named, new classroom building breaks ground at Waikoloa Elementary & Middle School, more stories.
HIDOE and Dept. of Health work to protect Hawaii Island students from voghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOH--DOE-work-to-protect-Hawaii-Island-students-from-vog-in-preparation-for-new-school-year.aspxHIDOE and Dept. of Health work to protect Hawaii Island students from vogHIDOE and the State Dept. of Health are working together to develop and share volcano response plans for schools on Hawai‘i Island. The partnership has created clearer guidelines on what to do when sulfur dioxide levels in the air exceed safe thresholds.
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.
April 2018 Strive HIhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/StriveHiNewsletter/Pages/0418.aspxApril 2018 Strive HINews and success stories from across Hawaii's public school system. In this edition: Hawai'i's grade 8 reading stands out in biannual "Nation's Report Card," Farm to School gets a new name and look with ‘Aina Pono, public feedback on the Hawai‘i DOE's draft Computer Science Action Plan is sought through April 16, more stories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘Aina Pono Programshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/HealthAndNutrition/f2s‘Aina Pono ProgramsThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is increasing local food in student meals as well as connecting our keiki (children) with the ‘āina (land) through their food, using products from the local agricultural community. Learn more about the 'Aina Pono programs, including Farm to School and Harvest of the Month.
Hawaii public schools receive financial incentives for supporting whole child and well-rounded educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SAWS-2016-17.aspxHawaii public schools receive financial incentives for supporting whole child and well-rounded educationThe Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is working with the department to meet the needs of the whole child and provide a well-rounded education for all public school students. DOH is providing a competitive award up to $5,000 per school to 27 schools statewide.
Alternate lunches provided today at three Mililani schools as safety precaution over detected mumps casehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Alternate-lunches-mumps.aspxAlternate lunches provided today at three Mililani schools as safety precaution over detected mumps caseStudents at Mililani High, Mililani Uka Elementary and Mililani Waena Elementary were provided alternate school lunches today as a safety precaution after a school food service worker at Mililani High was confirmed as having the mumps virus.
Guidance for healthy keikihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/HealthAndNutrition/Pages/healthy-keiki.aspxGuidance for healthy keikiHIDOE and the Hawaii Department of Health teamed up to provide information for parents on three important health issues: heat illness, head lice, and proper hygiene. These are important-to-know subjects at the beginning of the school year (during hotter months) and throughout the school year.
Preventing heat-related illnesshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/HealthAndNutrition/WellnessGuidelines/Pages/preventing-heat-related-illness.aspxPreventing heat-related illnessDuring the hottest months of the school year, it's important that all parents and guardians heed these recommendations to help prepare children for warm temperatures.
Department of Education advises on heat safetyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Heat-Safety.aspxDepartment of Education advises on heat safetyWith the new school year beginning Aug. 1, HIDOE reminds schools and parents about health guidance on preventing heat illness.
Public schools offering summer meals to all children 18 and youngerhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2016SSO.aspxPublic schools offering summer meals to all children 18 and youngerSeamless Summer Option (SSO) is a federal program that supports children with food service when the school system is out for the regular school year. Most schools are serving breakfast and lunch. Call your nearest school for service times.
Department to expand free meal program to 30 schools total on six islandshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/CEP-Expansion.aspxDepartment to expand free meal program to 30 schools total on six islandsHIDOE will expand the USDA Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) free meal program from seven public schools to 30 across the state.
Schools reaching wellness goalshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Schools-reaching-wellness-goals.aspxSchools reaching wellness goalsWellness Guidelines look at nutritional guidelines, health and nutrition education, physical education and activity.
DOE approves revised Pono Choices sexual health curriculumhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-approves-revised-Pono-Choices-sexual-health-curriculum.aspxDOE approves revised Pono Choices sexual health curriculumThe updated Pono Choices curriculum is one of seven sexual health education programs available to DOE middle schools. Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, all parents must sign an opt-in form permitting their children to participate in sexual health education.
Implementing Sexual Health Education at the DOEhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/HealthAndNutrition/sexed/Pages/sex-ed-implementation.aspxImplementing Sexual Health Education at the DOEHighlights of findings following the 2013-14 review of sexual health education, including recommendations and actions to improve internal processes.
Department of Education releases sexual education reporthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/sex-ed-report.aspxDepartment of Education releases sexual education reportThe Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) today released a report that announces actions it is taking based on a panel review of Pono Choices, a middle-school sexual health education curriculum.
Review of sex education policy, curricula includes public feedbackhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/HealthAndNutrition/sexed/Pages/Public-feedback.aspxReview of sex education policy, curricula includes public feedbackRonn Nozoe, Deputy Superintendent and chair of the working group that is reviewing Pono Choices, penned this piece which originally ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Sexual Health Educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/HealthAndNutrition/sexedSexual Health EducationInstruction is based upon the foundation that abstention from sexual intercourse is the surest and most responsible way to prevent unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS, and consequent emotional distress.
DOE convenes working group to review Pono Choiceshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-convenes-working-group-to-review-Pono-Choices.aspxDOE convenes working group to review Pono ChoicesThe group of diverse stakeholders will review Pono Choices and accept public feedback prior to issuing a report.
Athletic Health Care Trainershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/BeyondTheClassroom/ExtracurricularActivities/Athletics/Pages/AHCT.aspxAthletic Health Care TrainersThe Department's Athletic Health Care Trainers (AHCT) program provides injury prevention, recognition, evaluation, injury or illness referral, follow-up evaluation, reconditioning, education and counseling of high school students and student athletes. The program is charged with administering the Department's Concussion Management Program (CMP).
Pono Choices to resume following DOE reviewhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Pono-Choices-to-resume-following-DOE-review.aspxPono Choices to resume following DOE reviewA review of Pono Choices confirmed the curriculum is medically accurate, appropriate and aligned with health education, state law and DOE policy.
Sex Education program Pono Choices to be reviewedhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Sex-Education-program-Pono-Choices-to-be-reviewed.aspxSex Education program Pono Choices to be reviewedFollowing the 2013 fall semester, Pono Choices curriculum implementation will be placed on hold while the Department completes another review process.
Physical Education & Activity Guidelineshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/HealthAndNutrition/WellnessGuidelines/Pages/PAS.aspxPhysical Education & Activity GuidelinesLearn more about the Department's Physical Activity Standards here, including the content of physical education by school level. We foster physical activity for all students, whatever their abilities.
Physical Activity Standards explainedhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/HealthAndNutrition/Pages/Physical-Activity-Standards-explained.aspxPhysical Activity Standards explainedLearn more about the Department's Physical Activity Standards here, including the content of physical education by school level. We foster physical activity for all students, whatever their abilities.
Health & Nutrition Education Guidelineshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/HealthAndNutrition/WellnessGuidelines/Pages/NHS.aspxHealth & Nutrition Education GuidelinesMore detail on the Department's Hawaii Content & Performance Standards for Health can be found here.
Nutrition Standards explainedhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/HealthAndNutrition/NutritionStandards/Pages/ns.aspxNutrition Standards explainedThe Department's Nutrition Standards are in compliance with federal regulations and benchmarks. Provides an explanation of the kind of foods and beverages that are available to children at our public schools.
Free and Reduced Price Lunch Programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/HealthAndNutrition/StudentHealthResources/Pages/FreeReducedLunch.aspxFree and Reduced Price Lunch ProgramThe National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program is administered locally by the Department's School Food Services Branch.
Student Health Resourceshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/HealthAndNutrition/StudentHealthResourcesStudent Health ResourcesThe Hawaii DOE works with partners to extend the reach of its health services to ensure that students are prepared for learning. These include USDA-backed nutrition programs, medical services and more.
Nutritional Guidelineshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/HealthAndNutrition/NutritionStandardsNutritional GuidelinesChildren who eat school lunches are more likely to consume milk, meats, grains and vegetables than students who bring lunch from home. They also tend to have higher nutrient intakes — both at lunch and over the course of an entire day. We make it a priority to ensure students get nutritious meals that fuel learning and physical activities. The Department serves more than 100,000 meals daily during the school year.

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