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HIDOE & Hawaii Teacher Standards Board applaud Governor’s signing of House Bill 1070 in support of new teachershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-HTSB-Joint-Statement.aspxHIDOE & Hawaii Teacher Standards Board applaud Governor’s signing of House Bill 1070 in support of new teachersHIDOE and the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board applaud Governor David Ige’s signing of House Bill 1070 into law. Act 116 will provide $600,000 in both fiscal years 2019-20 and 2020-21 for teacher stipends for the “Grow Our Own Teachers” initiative to cover annual licensing fees for new and untenured teachers.
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.
HIDOE names Hilo-Waiakea Complex Area Superintendenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hilo-Waiakea-CAS.aspxHIDOE names Hilo-Waiakea Complex Area SuperintendentEsther Kanehailua named Complex Area Superintendent to oversee East Hawaii Island schools.
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.
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.
School bells ring, but why?http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/school-bell.aspxSchool bells ring, but why?School communities are being asked to "think out of the box" about how to deliver upon five student promises by 2030 as part of the public school system's next 10 years of strategic planning. What do schools need to do to advance equity, excellence and innovation for all, and what current procedures, policies, infrastructure and other elements should be reconsidered? State Office Teacher Bobby Widhalm shares his thoughts about the school bell.
Hawai'i public school teachers named finalists for Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teachinghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2019-PAEMST.aspxHawai'i public school teachers named finalists for Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science TeachingHawaii public school teachers Daniel Taira (Lehua Elementary), Laura Cummings (Sunset Beach Elementary), Richard Brian Ogawa (Kanoelani Elementary) and Stacie Tateyama (Kipapa Elementary) have been selected as state finalists for one of the nation's most prestigious honors bestowed upon teachers — the Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST.
2019 Hawaii National Distinguished Principal http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2019-Hawaii-National-Distinguished-Principal-.aspx2019 Hawaii National Distinguished Principal The Hawaii Elementary and Middle School Administrators Association named Principal Stacie Kunihisa from Kanoelani Elementary School as the 2019 Hawaii National Distinguished Principal. Kunihisa will join the National Association of Elementary School Principals awardees from the other 49 states in Washington D.C. in October.
Farrington students take pride in ‘legacy’ project for World Surf Leaguehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/farringtonWSLpartnership.aspxFarrington students take pride in ‘legacy’ project for World Surf League“This is our legacy. No other school can say they did something like this.”
Mililani Middle breaks ground on New Classroom Building project, will allow single-track school year when completedhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Mililani-Middle-Groundbreaking.aspxMililani Middle breaks ground on New Classroom Building project, will allow single-track school year when completedMililani Middle's New Classroom Building project was launched to construct a new three-story structure that will house 15 classrooms to serve the school's nearly 1,900 students. When complete, it will provide the expanded classroom capacity needed to allow the school to adopt a single-track school year to replace its current multi-track calendar.
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.
Office of Hawaiian Education seeks teachers for Kaiapuni and Hawaiian Knowledge classroomshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/OHE-seeks-Kaiapuni-teachers.aspxOffice of Hawaiian Education seeks teachers for Kaiapuni and Hawaiian Knowledge classroomsNow in its third year, the Hawaiian Special Permit, known as Palapala A‘o Kūikawā, was launched by the Office of Hawaiian Education to help address critical shortages for certified teachers in the areas of Kaia‘ōlelo-Kaiapuni Hawai‘i, Hawaiian Language Immersion, and Hawaiian Studies/Knowledge.
Kaneohe Elementary teacher receives Teacher of Promise Award from National Milken Educators of Hawaiihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Milken-Teacher-of-Promise.aspxKaneohe Elementary teacher receives Teacher of Promise Award from National Milken Educators of HawaiiIn just her third year of teaching, Kaneohe Elementary special education teacher Bella Finau-Faumuina earned the prestigious award from the National Milken Educators of Hawaii.
2019 Graduation Dateshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2019-Graduation-Dates.aspx2019 Graduation DatesApproximately 10,000 students are expected to walk in graduation ceremonies across the Islands at the locations, dates and times below.
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.
Kaua‘i educators team up to advance student voicehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/ktf.aspxKaua‘i educators team up to advance student voiceA team of Garden Isle educators is gearing up to collect student voice on how the Hawai‘i DOE informs Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) across its schools. They belong to an innovative collaborative, the Kauai Teacher Fellowship, which aims to bring teacher and student voice into administrative decision-making across the island and, potentially, the state. The data gathering effort will launch March 1.
Latest round of revisions to student misconduct and discipline code approved for public hearinghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Chapter-19-updates.aspxLatest round of revisions to student misconduct and discipline code approved for public hearingThe Board of Education has cleared the way for the Department to proceed to a public hearing with updates to Chapter 19.
Ala Wai Elementary teacher receives prestigious Milken Educator Awardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2019-Milken-Award.aspxAla Wai Elementary teacher receives prestigious Milken Educator AwardSara King, a Title I Coordinator at Ala Wai Elementary, has become the latest recipient of the coveted Milken Educator Award. Regarded as the "Oscar Award of Teaching," the award honors outstanding excellence in education and comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize. King is the only Hawaii Milken Educator in 2019, and is among 33 teachers nationwide selected for the honor this season.
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.
Waianae High School counselor honored in Washington D.C. during National Counselor of the Year ceremonyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Waianae-High-Counselor-Named-2018-Hawaii-Counselor-of-the-Year.aspxWaianae High School counselor honored in Washington D.C. during National Counselor of the Year ceremonyWaianae High School Counselor Desiré DeSoto was named the 2018 Hawaii School Counselor of the Year and recognized as a 2019 American School Counselor of the Year Finalist.
Hawaiʻi’s FAFSA Data Dashboard launched to track progress in college financial aid applicationshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/FAFSA-Hawaii.aspxHawaiʻi’s FAFSA Data Dashboard launched to track progress in college financial aid applicationsHawaii’s FAFSA Data Dashboard is a new online tool to track completion rates for FAFSA submittals at high schools statewide and illustrates schools’ progress individually, comparatively to other schools in the same complex area or across the state, and over time.
Social Emotional Learning: Grooming Peace Ambassadors at Manoa Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/peace-project.aspxSocial Emotional Learning: Grooming Peace Ambassadors at Manoa ElementaryChelsey Villamin, who is in her seventh year of teaching at Manoa Elementary School, started off exposing students to literature and books that encouraged the young students to reflect on times when they experienced peace.
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.
Parents and guardians of special needs students asked to help facilitate Medicaid reimbursements to HIDOEhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Medicaid.aspxParents and guardians of special needs students asked to help facilitate Medicaid reimbursements to HIDOEHIDOE is pursuing Medicaid reimbursement opportunities for support services offered to eligible students during school hours. If a child is Medicaid-eligible and all other requirements are met, Medicaid may provide a partial reimbursement for medically and educationally necessary, health-related services when required for a student through his or her Individualized Education Plan.
2018 Year in Reviewhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Pages/2018.aspx2018 Year in ReviewHappy New Year! Enjoy this roundup of 2018 in pictures, videos and stories from the Hawai'i DOE and our schools.
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.
Niu Valley Middle music teacher Zachary Morita awarded $100,000 grant from Farmers Insurancehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Niu-Valley-Farmers.aspxNiu Valley Middle music teacher Zachary Morita awarded $100,000 grant from Farmers InsuranceMusic teacher's winning proposal will establish Niu Valley Music Olympic Invitational for students to compete in classical music setting.
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.

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