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Strategic Planhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StrategicPlanStrategic PlanThe governing document for the public education system in Hawai‘i provides a common foundation of expectations and supports for public education, centering on closing the achievement gap to ensure equity and excellence for each student. An Implementation Plan is now available for review. This joint project of the Department of Education (DOE) and Board of Education (BOE) covers the years 2017-2020.
Support for Parentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/SupportForParentsSupport for ParentsThe Department has developed parent support opportunities through its Community Children’s Councils (for special needs children) and its Student Support Branch (providing socio-emotional supports and training for staff in schools). Several nonprofit family service agencies in Hawaii also provide needed outreach to low-income families.
Preparing for Collegehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/CollegeAndCareerReadiness/PreparingForCollegePreparing for CollegeGoing to college is more than a decision — it's a process. Here are helpful resources to guide students and parents as they prepare for college applications, acceptance and success.
High Schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/GradeLevelOverview/HighSchoolHigh SchoolApproaching graduation, emphasis is placed on ensuring students have the skills and knowledge to succeed in college and career. Counselors are there to guide students with college prep and guidance. Opportunities in extracurricular activites, Learning Centers, student organizations and others greatly expand involvement.
Kindergartenhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/GradeLevelOverview/KindergartenKindergartenKindergarten provides young students with positive experiences that are important in establishing the foundation for future school attitudes and success. Kindergarten is mandatory in the state of Hawaii.
Middle Schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/GradeLevelOverview/MiddleSchoolMiddle SchoolWhat the average middle school student and their parents can expect: A continuation of the eduational pipeline, expanded testing designed to identify post-school skills and aspirations, more student life opportunities.
Elementary Schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/GradeLevelOverview/ElementarySchoolElementary SchoolAs students move through grades 1-6, teachers observe their academic, social and emotional development and apply supports as needed. Assessments begin in grade 3.
Behavioral Supportshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/SupportsBehavioral SupportsSchools use the Comprehensive Student Support System to provide proactive, positive, customized and timely interventions, services and support — compassionately — so all students will succeed to their greatest potential.
How to Enrollhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/HowToEnrollHow to EnrollStudents enrolling in our public schools must have documentation proving they are residents of the state, their health records and, if necessary, documents from their previous school and other legal documents. Resources and opt-outs exist for students in exceptional circumstances. The necessary information is detailed here.
Special Educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/SpecialEducationSpecial EducationSpecial education is specially designed instruction and services to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities, and can include academic services, speech-language services, psychological services, physical and occupational therapy, and counseling services. The Department provides these services at no cost to families to anyone aged 3 to 22 who demonstrates a need for specially designed instruction, after an eligibility determination.
Multilingualismhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/MultilingualismMultilingualismThe vision of the Multilingualism for Equitable Education Policy is that all Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE) schools embrace, promote, and perpetuate multilingualism and multiculturalism to support and advance learners, families, and communities.
Strategic Plan Update: May 6, 2016http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StrategicPlan/Pages/050616.aspxStrategic Plan Update: May 6, 2016One in a series of email updates on the Strategic Plan review and extension process. Click the subscribe link below to get these updates sent to your inbox.
Strategic Plan Update, May 24, 2016http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StrategicPlan/Pages/052416.aspxStrategic Plan Update, May 24, 2016One in a series of updates about the Strategic Plan review and extension process taking place in 2016. Please click the link below to have these updates sent to your inbox.
Strategic Plan update: May 16, 2016http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StrategicPlan/Pages/051616.aspxStrategic Plan update: May 16, 2016Third in a series of email updates on the DOE/BOE Strategic Plan review and extension process. Click the subscribe link below to get these updates sent to your inbox.
Community Children's Councilshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/SupportForParents/Pages/CCC.aspxCommunity Children's CouncilsThe Community Children’s Councils serve children and families including those with disabilities and mental health needs through collaborative partnerships. Fully supported collaborative partnerships require equal participation and shared responsibilities of families, local providers, community stakeholders and representatives.
Parent Projecthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/SupportForParents/Pages/ParentProject.aspxParent ProjectParents dealing with challenging behavior from their children may want to enroll with this program, with solutions for problems including failing grades, suspensions, drug use and more.
Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/Pages/Student-Bill.aspxStudent Bill of Rights and ResponsibilitiesThis document outlines rights and responsibilities for all students who attend Hawaii DOE schools. It was adopted on March 7, 1974. A copy is distributed annually to staff and a copy shall be kept in every school office. In addition, students and families should also review the Student Code of Conduct, BOE Policy 101-1.
Geographic exception process FAQshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/Pages/GE-FAQs.aspxGeographic exception process FAQsCommon questions about the geographic exception process at our schools. Updated February 2015.
Geographic exceptionshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/Pages/Geographic-exceptions.aspxGeographic exceptionsUnder Hawaii laws, all persons attending public school are required to attend the school in the geographic area in which they reside. However, permission to attend another school may be granted by the Department. The attached flowchart explains the process for parents and guardians to follow. A review of a denied application can be requested with the attached form.
Family resources for Hawaii Common Core standards, assessmentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/CommonCoreStateStandards/Pages/parent-resources.aspxFamily resources for Hawaii Common Core standards, assessmentsFamilies are key in student preparedness. New standards (Hawaii Common Core) and assessments (Smarter Balanced) are creating shifts in the classroom that involve more dynamic, evidence- and technology-based learning than what classes used to look like a generation ago. We encourage families to dig in to these resources to help students be ready to learn.
Smarter Balanced Family Reporthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/Testing/StateAssessment/Pages/Family-Report.aspxSmarter Balanced Family ReportThe family report contains a student's official score on the Smarter Balanced summative assessment (SBA), as well as the achievement level obtained with that score — 1, 2, 3 or 4. Scoring 3 or 4 means a student is on track for success in college and/or careers, a 1 or 2 means additional supports and instruction are needed. Common questions for parents also answered here.
2017 Year in Reviewhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Pages/2017.aspx2017 Year in ReviewHappy New Year! Enjoy this roundup of 2017 in pictures, videos and stories from the Hawai'i DOE and our schools.
School Psychology Awareness Week 2017http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/Pages/School-Psychology-Awareness-Week-2017.aspxSchool Psychology Awareness Week 2017In celebration of School Psychology Awareness Week, we sat down with school psychologist Leslie Baunach to discuss the role of school psychologists and how they help to enhance the educational experience for students and parents.
Parents encouraged to provide feedback on their child’s public schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SQS.aspxParents encouraged to provide feedback on their child’s public schoolHIDOE begins its annual School Quality Survey (SQS) this week to gather important feedback from students, parents/guardians and staff about our public schools. The deadline to complete and return the SQS is March 15, 2016.
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.
Resolving differences means working with people, not just platformshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/social-media.aspxResolving differences means working with people, not just platformsLeila Hayashida, the Complex Area Superintendent for Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui, penned this piece for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. She is a longtime teacher and educator, including a former principal and assistant superintendent of curriculum and student support.
New assessment scores show promise for public school achievementhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/sba-scores.aspxNew assessment scores show promise for public school achievementIn its first year of administering a new, more rigorous test, Hawaii’s students continue to move in the right direction in meeting higher expectations for college and career readiness. HIDOE today released statewide Smarter Balanced Assessments test scores in mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy.
Department announces 2014 graduation dateshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2014-grad.aspxDepartment announces 2014 graduation datesThe Hawaii State Department of Education is announcing its 2014 graduation dates for more than 60 schools, including public high schools and charter schools. In all, there will be approximately 11,000 students graduating from public schools this year. Graduation dates begin in late May with the ceremonies for Pahoa on Hawaii Island on Sunday, May 18.
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.
Parents asked to provide feedback on their child’s public schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/School-Quality-Survey.aspxParents asked to provide feedback on their child’s public schoolHIDOE begins its annual School Quality Survey (SQS) this week to gather important feedback from students, parents/guardians and staff about our public schools. The deadline to complete and return the SQS is March 17, 2017. All responses will remain anonymous.
Aloha, Class of 2016!http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Class-of-2016.aspxAloha, Class of 2016!Is there anything better than a Hawaii graduation? About 10,800 students got piled head high with lei and more at ceremonies across the Islands. Congratulations, Class of 2016, and to the families and educators who helped along the way. We are proud! Cheeeee hooooo! Enjoy this Storify collection of social media posts from HIDOE and families across Hawaii.
Education Update: November 2013http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/Education-Update-112013.aspxEducation Update: November 2013Top stories: 2014 State Teacher of the Year named, Maui High Band invited to Rose Parade, safety drills enacted with Honolulu Police.
STEM Night attracts hundreds to Mililani Middle Schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/STEM-Night-MMS.aspxSTEM Night attracts hundreds to Mililani Middle SchoolParents and their children flock to a growing event at Mililani Middle School dedicated to hands-on learning for STEM.
McKinley High School to celebrate 150 years of Black & Gold traditionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/McKinley-150th.aspxMcKinley High School to celebrate 150 years of Black & Gold traditionMcKinley High will be celebrating 150 years of Tiger pride and tradition with anniversary events throughout this school year beginning with a Homecoming Week Luau on Friday, Sept. 25.
Public school parents encouraged to complete federal survey cardshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Public-school-parents-encouraged-to-complete-federal-survey-cards.aspxPublic school parents encouraged to complete federal survey cardsParents of Hawaii public school students are encouraged to complete and return to their school a federal census survey card that was sent home on Sept. 4. The annual survey determines the number of federally connected students in the public school system for whom the state receives impact aid funds.
School staffs work hard to make campuses safe and positive placeshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/positive-places.aspxSchool staffs work hard to make campuses safe and positive placesLeila Hayashida, the Complex Area Superintendent for Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui, penned this piece for the Maui News. She is a longtime teacher and educator, including a former principal and assistant superintendent of curriculum and student support.
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.

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