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Welcome to School Year 2019-20!http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/080519.aspxWelcome to School Year 2019-20!Message from Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: As we welcome back students to our schools this week, I invite you to view this "Kick Off Your Year" video to build on the positive momentum we've seen in the last year and get grounded in the exciting work to come with our next strategic plan.
Aloha to School Year 2018-19http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/0605.aspxAloha to School Year 2018-19From Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: We wrapped up the majority of our public school graduations this past week and I have thoroughly enjoyed attending ceremonies statewide with my leadership team. Our schools have great personalities! I’d like to congratulate our educators on a successful year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
​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.
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.
Student voices echo through the Capitol as the 2019 legislative session kicks into high gearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/012819.aspxStudent voices echo through the Capitol as the 2019 legislative session kicks into high gearFrom Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: Students have had a noticeable presence at the Capitol since opening day, learning from state leaders and participating in this important democratic process. We can draw inspiration from their passion and must continue to foster their desire to have their voices heard.
Moving toward a 10-year action planhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/0119-10year.aspxMoving toward a 10-year action planFrom Supt. Kishimoto: The DOE/BOE Strategic Plan will sunset in 2020. A new action plan will focus our priorities for the next decade. We will develop a forward-facing Statewide Strategic Plan focused on three key questions: 1) What is student success? 2) How do we measure what we really value? 3) How do we support each child to experience success?
Holiday wishes for our entire HIDOE 'ohanahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/Supt-holiday-18.aspxHoliday wishes for our entire HIDOE 'ohanaFrom Supt. Kishimoto: I want to wish all of you and your loved ones the happiest of holidays. We've made great strides together towards elevating our students that we can all be very proud of and I appreciate your hard work tremendously.
Save the date for the Innovative Teachers Engage and Collaborate - Hawaii Conferencehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/120318.aspxSave the date for the Innovative Teachers Engage and Collaborate - Hawaii ConferenceFrom Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: The Department’s Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design is creating an opportunity and space for teacher leaders to come together to collaborate and share best practices in the spirit of advancing Computer Science curriculum — a great way to celebrate the start of Computer Science Education Week. Save the date for the conference: June 13, 2019.
Lunalilo El students share what they're thankful forhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/1121.aspxLunalilo El students share what they're thankful forFrom Supt. Kishimoto: We asked some of our students at Lunalilo Elementary what they are grateful for, and here’s what they had to say. I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
A day in the life of a principalhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/110518-principals.aspxA day in the life of a principalOctober was National Principals Month, and I hope you all took the time to celebrate your school leaders. Being a principal is tough — the hours are long, the work is challenging. Yet it is one of the most rewarding jobs, one where we can see the results that lead to impacts on young people’s futures. Three principals share what a typical school day looks like for them.
A culture of kindness, acceptance and alohahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/101618.aspxA culture of kindness, acceptance and alohaEnding bullying is key to having safe, nurturing learning environments. We are updating the student misconduct and discipline code known as Chapter 19 to elevate bullying and cyberbullying at the secondary levels to a Class A offense, the most serious category. We invite all schools, offices and communities to join us in Unity Day — wear orange on Wednesday, Oct. 24 as a statement of support for kindness, acceptance and aloha.
Let's help more students tap into federal and private dollars for collegehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/091718.aspxLet's help more students tap into federal and private dollars for collegeA critical measure that serves as one predictor for college access is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. This year, the Hawaii DOE has set a goal to have 70 percent of our seniors complete the FAFSA, and 90 percent in 2020. We all play a role in meeting this goal.
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.
Supt's Corner: Attendance Awareness Monthhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/1018.aspxSupt's Corner: Attendance Awareness MonthSeptember is Attendance Awareness Month and we all know that attendance has a huge impact on students’ academic success. Students who are chronically absent, those missing 15 or more days in a school year, miss out on meaningful academic growth.
Supt's Corner: Coming together during Hurricane Lanehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/0918.aspxSupt's Corner: Coming together during Hurricane LaneThe past few months have been filled with challenges for our school communities, from the Kīlauea eruption to the flooding in Hanalei to multiple brush fires. And then, Hurricane Lane. Through all of these disasters, I am grateful for the HIDOE ‘ohana and our numerous supporters throughout the state who came together.
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.
Revamping our approach to employmenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/0718.aspxRevamping our approach to employmentAs the largest employer among Hawaii state government departments, we have a tremendous responsibility to develop and protect our greatest asset — our employees, who each play a role in our mission to support and advance student success. This requires a strategic and thoughtful approach that focuses on the lifetime experience of an employee while in the organization.
Supt's Corner: June 2018http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/0618.aspxSupt's Corner: June 2018From Supt. Christina Kishimoto: State offices have been planning for next school year for the past several weeks. Here are some key areas of focus based on developments this year.
Supt's Corner: May 2018http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/0518.aspxSupt's Corner: May 2018The HIDOE will continue to track our college and career readiness progress annually through various indicators, some of which were discussed at our April 5 Board meeting with our Hawai‘i P-20 partners, who shared results from the Class of 2017. Here is the great news — more HIDOE students are graduating from high school on time and taking advanced coursework.
October 2017 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/1017.aspxOctober 2017 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Double-digit gains achieved by Hawai'i's public school students on Advanced Placement exams, Strive HI results show steady school performance, talking to our principals and teachers about why leadership matters during National Principals Month, Supt. Kishimoto's column on college readiness reflecting on our strong AP results.
Welcome to the 2017-18 school yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/2017-18-welcome.aspxWelcome to the 2017-18 school yearWith the start of the new school year, watch this welcome back message from Supt. Christina Kishimoto. "I look forward to working together on behalf of all students in the state of Hawai'i."
June 2017 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0617.aspxJune 2017 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: A new superintendent is chosen, the Hawai‘i DOE wins a national award for education system innovation, Bright Spot profile of Radford High's strong college readiness results, new facility on way for Searider Productions, final Supt's Corner column from Kathryn Matayoshi.
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."
March 2017 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/Mar-2017.aspxMarch 2017 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Farrington High opens 'Skippa' Diaz Stadium at Kusunoki Field, the Campbell-Kapolei HĀ Design Team works through what Nā Hopena A‘o looks like for them, Middle School Career Fair with Hawaii P-20, Ewa Makai student named top volunteer, Supt. Matayoshi talks about Hawaii's No. 1 national ranking in broadband delivery, more.
Board recognizes positive gains in Superintendent performance evaluationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2016-Superintendent-Evaluation.aspxBoard recognizes positive gains in Superintendent performance evaluationFor the third consecutive year, the Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) gave Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi an overall rating of ‘Exceeds Expectations’ in her annual job performance evaluation.
Superintendent's performance rating 'exceeds expectations' for second consecutive year http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2015SuptEval.aspxSuperintendent's performance rating 'exceeds expectations' for second consecutive year Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi notes that student achievement is a top priority as her annual evaluation is released.
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.
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."

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