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Statement from Supt. Kishimoto on the proposed Aug. 17 start date for studentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-Conditional-Agreement.aspxStatement from Supt. Kishimoto on the proposed Aug. 17 start date for studentsHIDOE leadership has been working with the unions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure our students get the education they deserve and our employees have a safe work environment. A proposed start date of Aug. 17 for students will be brought to the Board of Education on Thursday.
Free and reduced-price school meal applications to be sent home for upcoming school yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Free-and-Reduced-Price-School-Meal-Eligibility.aspxFree and reduced-price school meal applications to be sent home for upcoming school yearApplication forms for free and reduced-price school meals served under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program will be sent home with a letter to parents or guardians for School Year (SY) 2020-21. To apply, households should fill out the application and return it to their child's school.
HIDOE launches new online student bus pass application and payment optionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Online-Bus-Pass-Application.aspxHIDOE launches new online student bus pass application and payment optionHIDOE has launched an online bus pass application and payment feature for parents and guardians. Parents who have an email address in their student’s profile will receive an automated email message today with instructions to apply.
Hawaii’s ELL students show progress on Nation’s Report Cardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Nations-Report-Card.aspxHawaii’s ELL students show progress on Nation’s Report CardResults released today by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) show double-digit gains for Hawaii’s fourth grade English Language Learners (ELL). State average scaled scores for fourth grade ELL students increased by 26 points for reading and 13 points for mathematics compared to 2017 results, outpacing the nation’s growth (+2 reading; +2 mathematics).
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.
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.
'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.”
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.
Hawaii public school students continue to make strides on AP Examshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/AP-Scores.aspxHawaii public school students continue to make strides on AP ExamsMore HIDOE students are both taking and passing Advanced Placement Exams.
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.
SchoolMessenger invites parents to opt in to text message alertshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SchoolMessenger.aspxSchoolMessenger invites parents to opt in to text message alertsMost Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) schools began formally transitioning this week to a SchoolMessenger text-messaging system. As part of this transition, SchoolMessenger sent an automated text message Monday morning from 67587 to HIDOE parents.
HIDOE closing all Hawaii Island, Maui County schools and offices ahead of impacts from Hurricane Lanehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/hurricane-lane-update.aspxHIDOE closing all Hawaii Island, Maui County schools and offices ahead of impacts from Hurricane LaneAll public schools and Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) offices on Hawaii Island and in Maui County will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 22, until further notice, in anticipation of dangerous storm conditions from Hurricane Lane.
Rovi Porter: My public school journeyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/rovi-porter.aspxRovi Porter: My public school journeyWhen I was asked to reflect on my public school journey, my immediate thought was to highlight the people who have supported me throughout the years. However, I believe the best form of gratitude is not just thanking them, but demonstrating how I’m using what they’ve taught me to be the best person I can be. Here’s my story.
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.
May 2018 Inspirehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Inspire/Pages/0518.aspxMay 2018 InspireInspirational stories from Hawai'i's public schools. In this edition: Maui High boosts college and career readiness, East Kapolei Middle School breaks ground, teachers drive improvement via an innovative collaboration model, more stories.
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.
Students test their workplace skills at CTSO conventionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/ctso-2018.aspxStudents test their workplace skills at CTSO conventionStudent members of four Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) representing schools statewide competed in performance tasks at the 2018 CTSO Convention on Feb. 22-23. The Future Farmers of America (FFA) held its statewide convention March 27-29 on Hawaii Island. Congratulations to the top finishers!
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.
February 2018 Inspirehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Inspire/Pages/0218.aspxFebruary 2018 InspireInspirational stories from Hawai'i's public schools. In this edition: King Kekaulike High goes all-in with interventions and co-teaching with promising results for student outcomes, Mililani High selected as next Farm to School site, more Hawai'i teachers earn National Board Certification, and many more stories.
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.
Public school students see double-digit gains on AP Examshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Public-school-students-see-double-digit-gains-on-AP-Exams.aspxPublic school students see double-digit gains on AP ExamsHawaii’s public school students continue to show growth on the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) Exams. In a report released today, Hawaii State Department of Education students who were tested last May show double-digit increases in the number of exam takers, exams taken and scores of 3 or higher.
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.
School Every Day is life changinghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StriveHIPerformanceSystem/Pages/chronic-absence.aspxSchool Every Day is life changingDid you know that one of the strongest predictors of student success or failure is, on the surface, one that seems easy to do? Chronic Absenteeism — missing 15 or more days in a school year, just two or three days a month — leads to a host of academic ailments. Here's how you can help.
Congratulations, Class of 2017!http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/2017-graduation-ceremonies.aspxCongratulations, Class of 2017!Congratulations to all the seniors who graduated from our schools this year. Across the Islands, graduates were showered with love and suffocated with lei from friends and family. Enjoy this video roundup of the celebrations.
Hundreds turn out for first annual Lanakila El Leadership Dayhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Lanakila-Leadership-Day.aspxHundreds turn out for first annual Lanakila El Leadership DayMore than 400 students from pre-school through fifth grade showcased projects they have been working on throughout the year at Lanakila El's first Leadership Day. The festivities included student performances, interactive presentations, a wax museum, and more.
Maunakea Scholars Awards New Student Astronomers at Nanakuli and Kapoleihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Astronomers-at-Nanakuli-and-Kapolei.aspxMaunakea Scholars Awards New Student Astronomers at Nanakuli and KapoleiStudents from Nanakuli High School and Kapolei High School have been awarded Maunakea Observatories telescope time. The winning proposals were selected based on technical viability, creativity, and scientific merit.
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.
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.
Hawaii fourth and eighth graders show improvement in science in national assessmenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/NAEP-Science.aspxHawaii fourth and eighth graders show improvement in science in national assessmentThe Nation’s Report Card: 2015 Science assessment by the National Assessment Governing Board and the National Center for Education Statistics shows Hawaii’s fourth and eighth graders are making progress.
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.
October 2016 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/October-2016.aspxOctober 2016 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Hawaii public schools outpacing nation in gains on Advanced Placement exams, Board recognizes positive gains in Superintendent's evaluation, Campbell High hits milestone with AVID program, celebrating our employees of the year, and a guest column from King Kekaulike Principal Mark Elliott on the importance of supporting & cultivating leadership.
More isle students meeting benchmarks for college-readiness is reason to cheerhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/More-isle-students-meeting-benchmarks.aspxMore isle students meeting benchmarks for college-readiness is reason to cheerSuperintendent Kathryn Matayoshi shares with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser the importance of celebrating the success of public school students and what sets them apart from their peers locally and nationally when it comes to college and career opportunities.
Hawaii's public high school graduates improve in ACT college preparedness test scoreshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/ACT-test-improvements.aspxHawaii's public high school graduates improve in ACT college preparedness test scoresHawaii public school 2016 graduates who took the ACT college preparation test and who met college readiness benchmarks showed a two-percent improvement in Mathematics and one-percent improvements in English and Science, while Reading scores remained unchanged.
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.
Students take passion for percussion to a national levelhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/HYPE.aspxStudents take passion for percussion to a national levelAn ensemble of dedicated percussionists and their director share a passion for music in a unique opportunity for Hawaii students.
Superintendent to bring the voice of students to New York to share messages of Mālama Honua http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/World-Oceans-Day.aspxSuperintendent to bring the voice of students to New York to share messages of Mālama Honua In preparation for the upcoming World Oceans Day gathering in New York, Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and apprentice navigator Jenna Ishii this morning met with students and educators who presented messages of Mālama Honua, which she will take to Nainoa Thompson on June 8.
A heartfelt mahalo from Maunakea Scholarshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/CFHT-mahalo.aspxA heartfelt mahalo from Maunakea ScholarsStudents in the first cohort of Maunakea Scholars offer thanks to the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope staff and University of Hawaii mentors for assisting with their research of the stars. The program, the first of its kind in the world, grants telescope time to public high school students for independent research.
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.
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.
Student voices rise at 2016 ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange video awardshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2016-Olelo.aspxStudent voices rise at 2016 ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange video awardsWaianae public schools sweep the expert division and public schools win most top prizes in the annual event that aims to cultivate student voice, perspective, and storytelling.
Mural at Blanche Pope El serves as an Earth Day reminder to ho’omalu Waimanalohttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Blanche-Pope-Mural.aspxMural at Blanche Pope El serves as an Earth Day reminder to ho’omalu WaimanaloStudents at Blanche Pope Elementary celebrated Earth Day by unveiling their Mele Mural during the school’s ho’olaule’a today. The 55-foot mural took two weeks to complete with students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade contributing to the brainstorming process and painting.
Molokai student leader attracts NextEra Energy support to cool schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Molokai-Cool-Schools.aspxMolokai student leader attracts NextEra Energy support to cool schoolsA celebration assembly was held at Kaunakakai Elementary to mark the completion of a hybrid solar air conditioning installation project — 33 units were installed in 18 classrooms. Sixth-grader and Student Council President Leonahemaikekaimalie Crivello was commended for helping the project become a reality.
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.
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.
Cultivating the next generation of astronomershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Next-generation-astronomers.aspxCultivating the next generation of astronomersStudents from Kapolei High School were selected to receive observation time at one of the world's most powerful telescopes for their scientific research, thanks to the new Maunakea Scholars program. The program grew from a discussion about leveraging educational and community partnerships to infuse schools with opportunity.
Four Kapolei High students selected to use a Maunakea observatory to study the starshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Maunakea-Scholars.aspxFour Kapolei High students selected to use a Maunakea observatory to study the starsThe first four students to get observatory time at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) under the new Maunakea Scholars program are from Kapolei High School. Congratulations to Ashley Cobbs, Nevyn Tyau, Jamie Valdez and David Zerba.
Students spread pono through campuses, communitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/pono-2016.aspxStudents spread pono through campuses, communitiesThe annual E Ola Pono campaign rewards student-led efforts to increase peace, kindness and belonging. As a cultural response to bullying and other negative behaviors in schools, student groups are encouraged to actively “Grow Pono” to create a more welcoming and safe environment for everyone at their school.​ For 2016, six schools were selected and will receive cash awards.
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.
Keaau students to unveil space shuttle replica on the 30th anniversary of the Challenger missionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Shuttle-Reconstruction.aspxKeaau students to unveil space shuttle replica on the 30th anniversary of the Challenger missionAfter overcoming adversity, the Keaau High School Cougars are soaring to new heights with a reconstruction of a space shuttle replica, which will be unveiled to the public on Jan. 28, 2016 at 4 p.m. The event marks the 30th anniversary of the NASA Space Shuttle Orbiter Challenger mission and will honor NASA astronaut, hero, and Big Island native Ellison Onizuka.
'All students are our kuleana'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/AEW2015.aspx'All students are our kuleana'For American Education Week, Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi wrote the following piece that was published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. "It is up to all of us — the DOE, our schools, parents and our community — to put forth our best efforts to empower our students to reach their highest dreams."
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.
Hawaii’s scores on 2015 'Nation’s Report Card' follow national drophttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-scores.aspxHawaii’s scores on 2015 'Nation’s Report Card' follow national dropThe National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released its 2015 results Wednesday showing a national decline in scores. Hawaii’s results followed the same pattern. Hawaii maintains above-average scoring over the past ten years, however, in both math and reading.
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.
Mililani High students share love of STEM, robotics during breakhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/MililaniSTEMCamp.aspxMililani High students share love of STEM, robotics during breakMililani High School students become teachers during Fall Break to instruct elementary school students on robotics and STEM.
Using math, software to spark spatial reasoning, teamworkhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/3D-modeling.aspxUsing math, software to spark spatial reasoning, teamworkMath teacher Minna Chanhboury at Kalakaua Middle is using the STEM Pre-Academy’s 3D modeling resources to create an engaging performance task for her 6th grade math students — understanding the net of common household boxes.
Hawaii educators work to advance career pathways for studentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/advancing-career-pathways.aspxHawaii educators work to advance career pathways for studentsHawaii is among a group of 17 states announcing a commitment to develop and execute a detailed plan to make career readiness a higher priority.
Hawaii students did well on challenging examshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/2015-SBA-results.aspxHawaii students did well on challenging exams"Here is the bottom line — public school students in Hawaii did better than experts expected on a test that measures far more complex knowledge than the old test did." This piece was penned by Terrence R. George and Harry Saunders, co-chairs of the Hawaii Business Roundtable Education Task Force.
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.
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.
Hawaii public high school graduates show improvements in ACT examhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/ACT2015Scores.aspxHawaii public high school graduates show improvements in ACT examMore students in the Class of 2015 hit college-ready benchmarks in all four areas of the prominent college entrance exam — English, Math, Reading and Science — than in the year before. Hawaii tests all of its juniors in the ACT. Class of 2015 represents juniors who took the exam in spring 2014.
1st place essay about kalo evokes passion for land, peoplehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/aalii.aspx1st place essay about kalo evokes passion for land, peopleʻAʻaliʻikumakani Dukelow, a 2015 graduate of Ke Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Kekaulike on Maui, earns a $2,500 scholarship and summer learning and cultural exchange in Washington, D.C., with his winning essay about cultivating taro.
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.
How did Kisa Uradomo get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, online practice.http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Uradomo.aspxHow did Kisa Uradomo get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, online practice.The Kula violinist who just graduated from King Kekaulike High is the only student from Hawaii selected to join the 2015 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. The prestigious musical program embarks on a nine-city tour in July with several stops in China.
'Senior Luau' connects McKinley High students, new friendshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/mckinley-senior-luau.aspx'Senior Luau' connects McKinley High students, new friendsStudent leaders in the Ambassadors program, who have been volunteering at nearby senior housing, find a new way to battle loneliness and depression among our kupuna.
3 Maui students among inaugural PBS NewsHour student academyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/PBS-SRL-cohort.aspx3 Maui students among inaugural PBS NewsHour student academyGiel Marie Tolentino and Zoe Whitney, both grade 11 from Maui High, and John Fabella, grade 8 from Maui Waena Intermediate, are among 18 students selected from around the country for the first Student Reporting Labs Academy in Washington D.C. this summer.
Passion to help people fuels Kauai graduate's successhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Passion-to-help-people-fuels-Kauai-graduate's-success.aspxPassion to help people fuels Kauai graduate's successKapaa High graduate Cassidy Yatsko lives by her words of advice, “Don’t just let opportunities come to you – you should go to them or you’ll miss out on a lot of cool ways to grow as a person.”
Campbell High's saltwater-powered fan takes students to Samsung nationalshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/campbell-samsung.aspxCampbell High's saltwater-powered fan takes students to Samsung nationalsJCHS is one of 15 public schools named national finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, which aims to encourage innovation while addressing the technology gap in classrooms across the country. They've won a $35,000 technology grant, and will present their project to a live panel of judges on March 18 in New York City. If named to the Top 5, they'll win a $120,000 grant.
What Malama Honua looks like at the school levelhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Lunalilo-Malama-Honua.aspxWhat Malama Honua looks like at the school levelLunalilo Elementary aligned its project-based curriculum, cultural education and community outreach to the Worldwide Voyage of the Hōkule‘ā and Hikianalia. Master navigator Nainoa Thompson: “I know that if we have 10,000 Lunalilos, the voyage is worth it.”
New student assessments to set new baseline for Hawaiihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/New-student-assessments-to-set-new-baseline-for-Hawaii.aspxNew student assessments to set new baseline for HawaiiSmarter Balanced asessments in English language arts and math are aligned to higher expectations of the Hawaii Common Core standards. Results will help educators address student needs and ensure they are on track to graduate prepared for college and careers.
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.
Two public school students selected as top youth volunteershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2015-prudential.aspxTwo public school students selected as top youth volunteersAlexandra Skrocki, 17, of Radford High and Kaytlen Akau, 13, of Kamakahelei Middle have been selected as 2015 Hawaii state winners by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The program honors students who devote time to service projects.
Hawaii educators trained on new student assessmentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/test-training.aspxHawaii educators trained on new student assessmentsThe Smarter Balanced assessments will have its first full run in schools this spring. Here's a peek inside the training sessions held for all districts across the state to help prepare school administrators and staff.
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.
Parents informed of higher learning expectationshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Parents-informed-of-higher-learning-expectations.aspxParents informed of higher learning expectationsHigher standards and better assessments will measure how well students can apply their knowledge to real-life situations, Superintendent Matayoshi tells parents.
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.
Want better schools? Better standards are the first step.http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/ccteachers.aspxWant better schools? Better standards are the first step.This piece about new standards and assessments in Hawaii's public schools was written by teachers Yuuko Arikawa (Hawaii’s 2010 Milken Award Winner), Mary Carlson (Kapaa High School) and Gwen Lee (Niu Valley Middle School). A new assessment, aligned with Hawaii Common Core, is rolling out this spring.
Student inspires through dance, leadership, academicshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/jacob-ly.aspxStudent inspires through dance, leadership, academicsHawaii students in both public and private schools take the ACT college-entrance exam early in the school year. A perfect score is 36. And that’s exactly what Kalani High senior Jacob Ly achieved — all while balancing a 4.0 GPA, student activities and being one of the state’s top young dancers trained in classical ballet.
Chamber of Commerce: Preparing students, state for bright futurehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/CCH.aspxChamber of Commerce: Preparing students, state for bright futureSherry Menor-McNamara, President and CEO of Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, authored this piece about higher standards for students for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Public school students earning AP honors at all-time highhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Public-school-students-earning-AP-honors-at-all-time-high.aspxPublic school students earning AP honors at all-time highHawaii's AP test-taking rate and passing rate has significantly increased in recent years. The number of students receiving AP honors has steadily risen since 2012, when 385 students were named scholars.
Kahuku High student's photo selected for national displayhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Makoa-Ho.aspxKahuku High student's photo selected for national displayA spontaneous photo taken by teen Makoa Ho, a 2014 Kahuku High and Intermediate School graduate, is one of only 56 national award-winning works chosen for display at Washington, D.C.’s U.S. Department of Education Building on Sept. 19.
Educator, public input sought on new student assessmentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Educator,-public-input-sought-on-new-student-assessments.aspxEducator, public input sought on new student assessmentsInterested participants must register online by Sept. 19 to provide input on the new Hawaii Common Core-aligned assessments. The Smarter Balanced assesssments will measure student understanding of essential English language arts and math skills needed for college and career success.
Trio of public school seniors named semifinalists for U.S. Presidential Scholars Programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/USPSP2014.aspxTrio of public school seniors named semifinalists for U.S. Presidential Scholars ProgramThe Department is pleased to announce that public school seniors make up half of the Hawaii semifinalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Nicole Fernandez of Radford High, Trent Hori of Maui High, and Viola Mocz of Mililani High are among 565 students chosen nationally on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character, and involvement in community and school activities.
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.
New Reading and Math Tests to Get 'Test Run'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Smarter-Balanced-test-run.aspxNew Reading and Math Tests to Get 'Test Run'Approximately 25,000 Hawaii public school students will practice taking improved and more engaging annual state tests meant to better gauge their progress toward college and career readiness.
Hawaii's Race to the Top progress shows extraordinary growthhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/RTTT-Year-3.aspxHawaii's Race to the Top progress shows extraordinary growthThe Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is receiving high praise from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) for its efforts in implementing key reforms such as the Educator Effectiveness System, professional development on the Hawaii Common Core and work to support its most needy schools. This comes with the Year 3 Race to the Top (RTTT) report released this evening.
Kalaheo High joins National Math & Science Initiativehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kalaheo-High-joins-National-Math--Science-initiative.aspxKalaheo High joins National Math & Science InitiativeHONOLULU – A national program aimed at college-and career-readiness kicked off another phase today at Kalaheo High School. The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) encourages high school students to enroll in Advanced Placement (AP) classes and take AP exams.
DOE reports on school year and instructional timehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-reports-on-school-year-and-instructional-time.aspxDOE reports on school year and instructional timeHONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) this afternoon provided its 2014 report on School Year and Instructional Time before a joint legislative education committee hearing.
Education Update: December 2013http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/Education-Update-December-2013.aspxEducation Update: December 2013Stories include Hawaii's strong growth on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, pledging to participate in curriculum with Malama Honua — the Worldwide Voyage of the Hokulea and Hikianalia, new resources for staff and upcoming events.
Hawaii fourth-graders outperform nation in mathematics, 2013 'Nation’s Report Card' showshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2013-NAEP.aspxHawaii fourth-graders outperform nation in mathematics, 2013 'Nation’s Report Card' showsHawaii’s fourth- and eighth-graders continue to progress in mathematics and reading; and for the first time, the state’s fourth graders have scored above the national average in math. This is according to the “The Nation’s Report Card” released today by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) spring 2013 state-by-state results.
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.
ACT results reinforce need for college- and career-readiness focushttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/ACT-Results-Reinforce-Need-for-College-and-Career-Readiness-Focus.aspxACT results reinforce need for college- and career-readiness focusThe 5,345 Hawaii students, most of whom took the ACT as juniors in 2012 and graduated this past spring, represent about 40 percent of the Class of 2013 – the biggest group of students ever to take the ACT in Hawaii.
Roosevelt High senior achieves rare perfectionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Roosevelt-High-senior-achieves-rare-perfection.aspxRoosevelt High senior achieves rare perfectionGillian M. Desmond of Roosevelt High is the only Hawaii student to post a perfect 36 score on the ACT test this past year. For the first time in 2013, the Department administered the test to all middle and high school students statewide in grades 8, 9, 10 and 11.
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.
Pilot of next-generation student assessments beginshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Pilot-of-next-Ggeneration-student-assessments-begins.aspxPilot of next-generation student assessments beginsHONOLULU - Dozens of Hawaii public schools will be piloting a new online assessment aimed at providing a window into whether students are on track to graduate high school, be ready for college and the workplace.
Smarter Balanced releases online practice testshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Smarter-Balanced-releases-online-practice-tests.aspxSmarter Balanced releases online practice testsSmarter Balanced Practice Tests will help schools prepare for the implementation of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System in the 2014-15 school year.

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