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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.
Teacher Voice: A voice for the voicelesshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Hoohaaheo/Pages/teachervoiceFeb2020.aspxTeacher Voice: A voice for the voicelessRoosevelt High special education teacher Derek Govin strives to help his students develop authentic voice.
Kapolei High students give back during fall break and gain valuable building industry experiencehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kapolei-High-GCA-building-project.aspxKapolei High students give back during fall break and gain valuable building industry experienceUnder mentoring by industry professionals, Kapolei High students built a brand-new stage for Makakilo Elementary’s cafeteria.
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.
Teacher collaboration unleashing innovation, best practiceshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/051619.aspxTeacher collaboration unleashing innovation, best practicesFrom Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: We will see a transformation in our special education programs as a result of the renewed commitment to collaboration by our schools and teachers, creating equitable learning experiences for our most vulnerable students. Here are some school-level examples of best practices around collaboration that are contributing to advancements in equity.
Hawaii ranked second nationwide in Advanced Placement Exam one-year performance growthhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/AP-Exam-Growth.aspxHawaii ranked second nationwide in Advanced Placement Exam one-year performance growthHawaii's public school students continue to make gains in Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The number of students in the graduating class of 2018 scoring 3 or higher jumped 1.9 percentage points for the second-highest one-year gain nationwide.
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.
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.
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.
Inaugural Campbell-Kapolei Student Career Expo opens 1,200 freshmen to future job opportunitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-Campbell-Kapolei-Student-Career-Expo.aspxInaugural Campbell-Kapolei Student Career Expo opens 1,200 freshmen to future job opportunitiesThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) held its inaugural Campbell-Kapolei Student Career Expo on Friday, Oct. 26, at Kapolei High School for 1,200 freshmen from Campbell and Kapolei high schools.
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.
Hawai‘i's federal special education profile updatedhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/OSEP-2018-update.aspxHawai‘i's federal special education profile updatedThe U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has created a profile for Hawaii that provides a resource for state-specific information related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, or IDEA.
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.
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 8th grade progress in reading stands out in 2017 “Nation’s Report Card”http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2017-NAEP-Results.aspxHawaii’s 8th grade progress in reading stands out in 2017 “Nation’s Report Card”The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has released its 2017 results in “The Nation’s Report Card.” Hawaii is one of only ten states to show an increase in grade 8 reading scores in 2017, with an increase of four scaled score points.
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.
College and career readiness is a student affair at Roosevelt Highhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/roosevelt-college-career-fair-18.aspxCollege and career readiness is a student affair at Roosevelt HighStudents belonging to Roosevelt High's College & Career Committee wanted to host a fair on campus in which the whole school would participate. The event held today included representatives from nearly 40 local colleges and organizations, and nearly 100 speakers who provided career insights and advice.
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.
Middle school students explore career pathways at annual industry fairhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Middle-school-students-explore-career-pathways-at-annual-industry-fair.aspxMiddle school students explore career pathways at annual industry fairMiddle school students from across Oahu attended the third annual Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education’s Middle School Career Industry Fair at the Hawaii Convention Center. The goal of the event was to introduce students to high skill, in-demand careers so they could start planning for their future.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Student voice ignites new literacy push at Keaukaha Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Keaukaha-literacy.aspxStudent voice ignites new literacy push at Keaukaha ElementaryHow do you ignite the spark to start a lifelong love of reading? It's a key question, because literacy is a key building block in preparing students for life, and the more you read, the better you become. A yearlong effort at Keaukaha Elementary in Hilo is yielding a passionate response from students.
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.
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.
Hawaii ranks among top 20 states for percentage of graduates taking ACT college prep testhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2017-ACT-Results.aspxHawaii ranks among top 20 states for percentage of graduates taking ACT college prep testThis was the fourth year that HIDOE 11th graders were required to take the ACT, which landed Hawaii in the top 20 states for the percentage of graduates taking the college prep test according to the ACT's Condition of College & Career Readiness 2017 report.
Ka 'Umeke Ka'eo PCS awarded $1 million School Improvement Granthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/sig-ka-umeke-kaeo.aspxKa 'Umeke Ka'eo PCS awarded $1 million School Improvement GrantThe Hawai'i Island public charter school will receive the funds for school years 2017-18 and 2018-19 to boost student achievement. School Improvement Grants (SIGs) are awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to states to create competitive subgrants.
Department pursues expansion of Hawaiian education assessmentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaiian-education-assessments.aspxDepartment pursues expansion of Hawaiian education assessmentsHIDOE has taken another step towards advancing Hawaiian language assessments for Hawaiian immersion students. In a collaborative effort with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Hawaiian language stakeholders, HIDOE is seeking federal approval for the expansion of the Kaiapuni Assessment of Educational Outcomes (KAEO) to Grades 5-8.
Waianae High senior wins Seal of Biliteracy logo design contesthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Seal-of-Biliteracy-logo-winner.aspxWaianae High senior wins Seal of Biliteracy logo design contestWaianae High senior Javen Towne was named the winner of the HIDOE Seal of Biliteracy logo design contest in front of his fellow graphic design students. As the winner, Towne was awarded an honorary Seal of Biliteracy medallion of his own design and monetary prize. Towne’s classroom, home to Waianae High’s Searider Digital Media Program, will also receive a new graphics arts computer.
Free meal program to expand to 52 public schools total on six islandshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-to-expand-free-meal-program.aspxFree meal program to expand to 52 public schools total on six islandsThis upcoming school year, HIDOE will expand a USDA free meal program, called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), from 30 public schools to a total of 52 across the state. The CEP program allows a school district, a group of schools or a single school to serve free meals to all students even if they do not qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch reimbursements.
Student storytellers celebrated at 2017 ‘Ōlelo Youth XChangehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2017-Olelo-YXC.aspxStudent storytellers celebrated at 2017 ‘Ōlelo Youth XChange‘Ōlelo Community Media hosted the 14th annual Youth XChange student video competition celebrating the digital storytelling of Hawai‘i's children in elementary, middle and high schools. Maui High won the top acknowledgement — the Expert Award. More than 900 entries were submitted for the competition this year.
Industry-led coalition launched to prepare next generation of Hawaii workforcehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/C2C-Launch.aspxIndustry-led coalition launched to prepare next generation of Hawaii workforce​The Hawaii State Department of Education announced its Connect to Careers (C2C) coalition today alongside business and education partners. The initiative is designed to collaboratively prepare students for success in high-skill, in-demand career pathways.
Hawaii ranked No. 1 in nation in school Internet connectivityhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-Schools-Internet-Connectivity.aspxHawaii ranked No. 1 in nation in school Internet connectivityHawaii’s public school system is the top ranked school district in K-12 broadband connectivity according to the 2016 State of the States annual report released by Education Superhighway, an advocacy group dedicated to upgrading Internet infrastructure in K-12 public schools.
Annual Science Fairs on Oahu showcase students tackling major issueshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/District-Fairs.aspxAnnual Science Fairs on Oahu showcase students tackling major issuesStudents showcased their science, technology, engineering and math projects at their district science and engineering fairs on Friday, Feb. 10 in Windward Oahu and Saturday, Feb. 11 in Honolulu. The winners will go on to compete at the 2017 Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair April 10-12.
Jarrett Middle`s ohana delivers extraordinary resultshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/jarrett-strive-HI.aspxJarrett Middle`s ohana delivers extraordinary resultsConventional wisdom would say that Jarrett Middle School should not be doing as well as it is, given the size of its high-needs student population. But it's bucking expectations with a commitment to "Everyone Being Extraordinary." A calm atmosphere and engaging instruction are boosting students to go beyond a year of learning.
Students see career options in the construction fieldhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-CCD.aspxStudents see career options in the construction field1,400 students from 13 public high schools and one charter school got a chance to participate in the state Department of Transportation’s 10th annual Hawaii Construction Career Days event at the Aloha Stadium recently to get a first-hand glimpse into these productive construction professions.
Farrington High students gain career skills working with surf industry professionalshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/FarringtonWSLCTE.aspxFarrington High students gain career skills working with surf industry professionalsThe World Surf League teams up with Farrington High School students to provide mentoring and hands-on learning.
Results of more rigorous test show progress in academic achievement and college pathwayshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Smarter-Balanced.aspxResults of more rigorous test show progress in academic achievement and college pathwaysIn its second year of administering a new, more rigorous testing standard, Hawaii’s students continue to move in the right direction in meeting higher expectations for college and career readiness. An historic assessment baseline is set for Hawaiian immersion students.
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.
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.
Waiver sought for School Improvement Grants for Fiscal Years 2015, 2016http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SIG-2016.aspxWaiver sought for School Improvement Grants for Fiscal Years 2015, 2016School Improvement Grants (SIG) enable eligible schools to improve the quality of instruction and increase the academic achievement of students. The waiver will extend the use of funds to 2018.
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.
USDOE grants waiver extension to Hawaiian Language testhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaiian-Testing-Waiver.aspxUSDOE grants waiver extension to Hawaiian Language testFor the second consecutive year, HIDOE will issue a specialized assessment to Hawaiian immersion students. The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) granted HIDOE’s request for an extended waiver that allows Hawaiian Language Immersion Program (HLIP) students to take a specialized assessment in lieu of the state’s English language arts and math student assessments.
Hawaii requesting waiver from assessing speaking & listening in ELA assessmentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-requesting-waiver-from-assessing-speaking-in-ELA-assessments.aspxHawaii requesting waiver from assessing speaking & listening in ELA assessmentsHawaii is requesting a waiver from the US Dept. of Education to delay implementation of assessments of speaking and listening in English Language Arts assessments until the 2017-18 school year at the earliest.
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.
Teaching computer science in Hawaii is vital to our futurehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/Future-Ready/Pages/HourofCode.aspxTeaching computer science in Hawaii is vital to our futureFor Hour of Code week, Momilani Elementary School teacher and Code.org affiliate, Shane Asselstine wrote the following piece that was published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. "The evolution of technology is inevitable and will only become further integrated in our home and work life. By teaching literacy in computer science and technology to our keiki now, we are preparing them for the future and careers that don’t yet exist."
Ewa Elementary receives $10,000 from Code.org for digital deviceshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Ewa-Elementary-award.aspxEwa Elementary receives $10,000 from Code.org for digital devicesEwa Elementary received a $10,000 award from Code.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding access to computer science learning. The school plans to purchase more than two dozen laptop computers for students to use in its digital learning programs.
Honoka‘a High's heartfelt mahalo for the Thanksgiving kahiauhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Volunteers/Pages/Honokaa-thanks.aspxHonoka‘a High's heartfelt mahalo for the Thanksgiving kahiauThe students of the Leadership Training Program at Honoka‘a High School wrote this thank you letter to the community for helping them organize and fund a Thanksgiving outreach effort that included turkey dinners served at the school and delivered to folks in need in the community. It is one of several projects planned to practice kahiau: doing without expecting anything in return.
Department seeks feedback on waiver for 21st Century Community Learning Centers granthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/tydings-waiver.aspxDepartment seeks feedback on waiver for 21st Century Community Learning Centers grantResponses on whether to support the waiver must be received by November 14, by 3 p.m. HST. Funds would support afterschool programs that deliver high-quality services to support student learning and development.
Hawaii is ahead of President’s call to reduce testing in schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/reduce-testing.aspxHawaii is ahead of President’s call to reduce testing in schoolsLast school year, the HIDOE performed a review of all of the assessments required by the state. Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi and Deputy Stephen Schatz listened to concerns from the field. As a result, HIDOE streamlined the state requirements for testing students for this school year.
Rallying to cool Laie El’s hottest classroomshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Volunteers/Pages/cool-laie.aspxRallying to cool Laie El’s hottest classroomsFrom students to parents to BYU engineers to energy efficiency experts, a community unites to solve the problem of trapped heat in classrooms at their local school.
Maui schools join national program, granting 24/7 internet access, tablets to every studenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/verizon-digital-promise.aspxMaui schools join national program, granting 24/7 internet access, tablets to every studentKalama, Lokelani intermediate schools are the first to participate in the two-year mobile and digital learning program that includes ongoing professional development for teachers to integrate technology across all subjects.
More public high school students rise in Advanced Placement examshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/APProgress.aspxMore public high school students rise in Advanced Placement examsStudents at 37 Hawaii public high schools have earned College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) Scholar Awards in recognition of exceptional achievement in AP Exams.
Waiahole El dives into Future Ready program expansionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/waiahole-future-ready.aspxWaiahole El dives into Future Ready program expansionBuilding upon lessons learned from the 1:1 device and digital learning pilot, Future Ready Hawaii has expanded to more than three dozen schools statewide in 2015-16. Checking in with students and teachers at Waiahole Elementary in Windward Oahu, one of the schools that hopes to qualify for the program's "fast track."
Joint Venture Education Forum highlights state partnerships with Hawaii’s military communityhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/JVEF2015.aspxJoint Venture Education Forum highlights state partnerships with Hawaii’s military communityHIDOE's Joint Venture Education Forum showcased the military volunteers helping our schools succeed.
Welcome back! Parent letter from Supt. Kathryn Matayoshihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Welcome-Back-2015.aspxWelcome back! Parent letter from Supt. Kathryn MatayoshiWe are proud to serve Hawai‘i’s children, and we hope you’re proud of your public schools. Follow our journey this year on our website and via social media — #ProudtoServeKeiki.
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.
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.
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.
Students compete for honors, awards at CTE eventshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/CTE-2015-events.aspxStudents compete for honors, awards at CTE eventsThe Career and Technical Education (CTE) program hosted its two signature events of the year with students displaying their knowledge and skills in the various pathways and programs of study. Here are the results.
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.
Career-ready students demo skills at annual CTSO eventshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2015-CTSO.aspxCareer-ready students demo skills at annual CTSO eventsTwo conventions for Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) allowed students from around the state to show off their skills and talents in a variety of fields and specialties. Top finishers qualify for national competitions this year.
Education Board approves school meal price increasehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Education-Board-approves-school-meal-price-increase.aspxEducation Board approves school meal price increaseThe new meal prices mark the first increase since 2011 and help account for inflation and labor costs.
Strive HI — January 2015http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/StriveHiNewsletter/Pages/Jan-2015.aspxStrive HI — January 2015Roundup of news from the public school system. Stories include parent letter sent home to explain new standards and assessments, Hawaii has a National Teacher of the Year finalist, Momilani El students get STEAMed during winter break, the 2014 Year in Review, Chad Farias named to Kau-Keaau-Pahoa leadership post and more.
At Lanakila El, parents get first hand look at new testhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/SBpreview.aspxAt Lanakila El, parents get first hand look at new testThe Smarter Balanced assessment, aligned with our higher learning standards, debuts this spring. At Lanakila Elementary, teachers and staff organized a parent night to help families see what their children will be doing.
Mililani does it right with HHSAA football titlehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/mililani-champions.aspxMililani does it right with HHSAA football titleThe great Vince Lombardi once said, "Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all-the-time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while… you do them right all the time." For the Mililani High Trojans football team, 2014 will be remembered as the year they did things right all the time.
Profile: Jump Starthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/Profile-Jump-Start.aspxProfile: Jump StartOne of the ways in which public schools help support motivated students toward their career goals is through partnerships with the University of Hawaii system. One such program, Jump Start, was profiled in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. That report follows.
Volunteer Profile: Herb Lee, Jr.http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Volunteers/Pages/Herb-Lee.aspxVolunteer Profile: Herb Lee, Jr.Passion and perseverance describe Herb Lee, Jr., a former King Intermediate student who develops curriculum that perpetuates ancient Hawaiian culture while aligning with modern education. He's taught some 3,500 teachers and touched the lives of 75,000 students statewide during the past several years.
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).
Real-life skills taste great at Marauder Cafehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Marauder-Cafe.aspxReal-life skills taste great at Marauder CafeWaipahu High School has developed a series of academies along career pathways that are designed to better prepare students for specialized education and jobs in the future. Here, we look at one, The Culinary Arts Academy, with a trip to Marauder Cafe.
Molokai High's Kilo Gonzales accustomed to blazing trailshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Molokai-High's-Kilo-Gonzales.aspxMolokai High's Kilo Gonzales accustomed to blazing trailsMolokai High Senior Kiloaulani Kaawa-Gonzales is one in 7 billion. The only person on this planet with such first and last name combination, Kilo, as he’s called, is used to being a trailblazer.
Kahaluu Elementary goes 'holiday green'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Volunteers/Pages/Kahaluu-Elementary-goes-'holiday-green'.aspxKahaluu Elementary goes 'holiday green'Santa’s elves delivered early gifts to Kahaluu Elementary’s 304 students, who came to school and found 12 replanted sustainability gardens with taro, five stone benches, one huge lanai between the cafeteria and library, and newly laid pavers.
Dental outreach on Hawaii Islandhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Volunteers/Pages/Dental-outreach-on-Hawaii-Island.aspxDental outreach on Hawaii IslandMahalo to Xerox for its "Making Smiles Brighter" Dental Outreach Initiative — networking with dental associations across the country to combat childhood tooth decay. The team screened kids on Hawaii Island this week at Kealakehe Elementary and Kahakai Elementary.
Repainting Farrington Highhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Volunteers/Pages/Repainting-Farrington-High.aspxRepainting Farrington HighMore than 50 volunteers from First Insurance Co. of Hawaii, the Hawaii Ski Club and the community helped paint part of Farrington High this weekend.
Intermediate athletics program broadens opportunitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Intermediate-athletics-program-broadens-opportunities.aspxIntermediate athletics program broadens opportunitiesHONOLULU – Today, Governor Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii State Board of Education Member Keith Amemiya, Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe, and community partners announced a new Intermediate Athletics initiative aimed at increasing learning opportunities for seventh- and eighth-grade students.
Department propels students toward college, careershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-driving-students-toward-college,-career-readiness.aspxDepartment propels students toward college, careersHONOLULU - The Department today announced it will administer college and career readiness assessments to all middle and high school students statewide in grades 8, 9, 10 and 11 beginning next spring.
Kalani boys soccer topples Punahou for titlehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Kalani-boys-soccer-topples-Punahou-for-its-first-title.aspxKalani boys soccer topples Punahou for titleEn route to its first boys’ soccer title, the Kalani Falcons needed every kick to beat perennial soccer power Punahou, 3-2 in penalty kicks, in the Division I boys’ soccer championship game.
Kalaheo boys basketball team makes history in title matchhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Kalaheo-boys-basketball-team-makes-history-in-title-match.aspxKalaheo boys basketball team makes history in title matchLed by its alumnus head coach Alika Smith, the Kalaheo Boys’ Basketball Team made history this year, becoming the first team in Hawaii to win Division II and Division I titles in consecutive seasons.
Kahuku Red Raiders win 2nd consecutive football crownhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Kahuku-Red-Raiders-Claim-Second-Consecutive-Division-I-Football-Crown.aspxKahuku Red Raiders win 2nd consecutive football crown​​​​The Kahuku Red Raiders capped a perfect 12-0 season in 2012 with a 42-20 thrashing of Punahou in the 2012 Division I football championship game. It was the second time in as many years the Red Raiders beat Punahou in the title game.

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