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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 history students need help telling WWII Silent Hero storieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-history-students-need-help-telling-WWII-Silent-Hero-stories.aspxHawaii history students need help telling WWII Silent Hero storiesFive student-educator teams from Hawaii public schools will participate this Memorial Day in the telling of untold stories of American service members buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific as part of Sacrifice for Freedom: World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute, a student-teacher cooperative learning program.
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.
Community invited to provide input on Hawai‘i DOE’s next 10 yearshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2030-Promise-Plan-feedback-toolkit.aspxCommunity invited to provide input on Hawai‘i DOE’s next 10 yearsThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is seeking feedback on the first draft of a 2030 Promise Plan, which will guide the Department for the next decade, centered around five promises to students. A step-by-step toolkit for the community to provide feedback is available at HawaiiPublicSchools.org. Feedback will be gathered through August 1, with a first draft of the plan to be delivered in September.
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.
May 2019 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0519.aspxMay 2019 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: New contracting method is expediting repairs, Ala Wai El's Kwee named national LifeChanger of the Year, Mililani Middle breaks ground on new classroom, more stories.
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.
April 2019 Strive HIhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/StriveHiNewsletter/Pages/0419.aspxApril 2019 Strive HINews and success stories from across Hawai‘i's public school system. In this edition: More students graduate with honors, Farrington students build a legacy project, More roof repairs with a new contracting method, more stories.
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.
Grade everybody or grade no one, but be fair to public schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/040319.aspxGrade everybody or grade no one, but be fair to public schoolsFrom Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: I want to talk about a double standard in Hawai‘i’s education system. Every year, Honolulu Magazine puts out a “Grading the Public Schools” edition that ranks schools on a bell curve. And every year that same magazine puts out a “Private School Guide” with lovely pictures and narratives and your questions answered about navigating the admission and payment processes. Be fair. Judge us equally.
More students graduate with honors, according to the College and Career Readiness Indicators Reporthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/More-students-graduate-with-honors-according-to-the-College-and-Career-Readiness-Indicators-Report.aspxMore students graduate with honors, according to the College and Career Readiness Indicators ReportThe recently published College and Careers Readiness Indicators Report released by Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education shows a steady increase in the number of students who have earned the DOE’s Honors Recognition Certificate. The Class of 2018 also included more students who took the Advanced Placement exam.
April 2019 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0419.aspxApril 2019 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: Kaneohe El's Kumu Bella earns Milken Teacher of Promise award, Class of 2018 shows strong growth nationally in AP exam performance, Inouye Elementary teacher Esther Park finds out what her 5th graders have to say on the issue of student voice, more stories.
The Power to Change Hawai'i for the Betterhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/032719.aspxThe Power to Change Hawai'i for the BetterFrom Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: For the next several months, we will be engaging our staff, families, communities and partners in a conversation around our collective will to deliver on the promise of public education via a 10-year action plan.
Ala Wai Elementary teacher selected as a National ‘LifeChanger of the Year’ Grand Prize Finalisthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Ala-Wai-Elementary-Teacher-Named-LifeChanger-of-the-Year-Finalist.aspxAla Wai Elementary teacher selected as a National ‘LifeChanger of the Year’ Grand Prize FinalistAla Wai Elementary School teacher Lori Kwee was surprised during school assembly with a $5,000 award.
March 2019 Inspirehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Inspire/Pages/0319.aspxMarch 2019 InspireInspirational stories from Hawai'i's public schools. In this edition: A 19,300 square-foot girls athletics facility opens at Kalani High, special education teacher Bella Finau-Faumuina named a Milken Educator of Promise, watch how the arts ignite learning in our special video series on the Artists in the Schools program, more stories.
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.
State agencies collaborate to resolve soil contamination issues and build awareness to prevent exposurehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/State-agencies-collaborate-to-resolve-soil-contamination-issues-and-build-awareness-to-prevent-exposure.aspxState agencies collaborate to resolve soil contamination issues and build awareness to prevent exposure​After completing a soil study at 23 schools on Hawai'i Island, HIDOE, with the support of the Hawai'i Department of Health (DOH), is implementing tailored environmental hazard management plans where results from the study indicated contamination present in the soil. According to DOH, the issue of lead, arsenic and organochlorine pesticide contamination is not unique to schools and could persist around any older home or building.
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.
March 2019 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0319.aspxMarch 2019 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: Ala Wai El's Sara King named a Milken Educator, Speak Now HIDOE anti-bullying app launches for middle schools in first phase of rollout, Kauai teachers collaborate to unleash student voice, Wahiawa Middle student impresses in statewide art showcase, more.
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.
February 2019 Strive HIhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/StriveHiNewsletter/Pages/0219.aspxFebruary 2019 Strive HINews and success stories from across Hawai‘i's public school system. In this edition: FAFSA Dashboard launches, teacher Sara King and counselor Desire DeSoto win prestigious awards for excellence, Kauai teachers prepare for student survey of social-emotional learning and school culture, Na Ali'i video series launches, more stories.
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.
​O ka Lono o ka Pule: E Hoʻolauleʻa i ka Mahina ʻOlelo Hawaiʻihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/021319.aspx​O ka Lono o ka Pule: E Hoʻolauleʻa i ka Mahina ʻOlelo HawaiʻiFrom Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: I’m excited to announce the launch of a new video series produced by the Communications Branch that aims to highlight the Hawaiian ali‘i whose names grace many of our school campuses.
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.
'Waiting for You,' an intersection of work and play, nets top art awardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/2019-HRSAA.aspx'Waiting for You,' an intersection of work and play, nets top art awardEmma Park, an 8th grader at Wahiawa Middle School, has been named an American Visions nominee in the Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards. Her photograph, "Waiting for You," and two other works will be considered for national recognition. A selection of works statewide will be exhibited at the Hawaii State Art Museum. “I always saw something in my work, and it makes me really happy that other people see something in it, too.”
Celebrating diversity and empowering multilingual student voicehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/020419.aspxCelebrating diversity and empowering multilingual student voiceFrom Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: When students’ identities, histories, cultures, and languages are woven into their educational experience, they build a stronger connection to the curriculum, engage on a new level and contribute to the learning environment.

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