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Department celebrates School Bus Safety Week with proclamation ceremonyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-School-Bus-Safety-Week-Proclamation.aspxDepartment celebrates School Bus Safety Week with proclamation ceremonyGovernor David Y. Ige and the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) kicked off School Bus Safety Week with a proclamation ceremony on Oct. 22. The weeklong celebration is part of a national initiative to highlight the importance of school bus safety.
Hawai‘i public schools seek more local farmers and vendors to supply fresh produce for student mealshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-produce-solicitation-pre-bid-meetings.aspxHawai‘i public schools seek more local farmers and vendors to supply fresh produce for student mealsThe Hawai'i State Department of Education (HIDOE) is seeking more local farmers and vendors to supply fresh produce for student meals on their island, with an emphasis on locally grown fruits and vegetables. From Oct. 22-30, HIDOE will be hosting produce solicitation pre-bid meetings across the state. RSVP by Oct. 19.
Public review of revisions to Chapter 19 and new Chapter 89 codeshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Chap-19-and-89-outreach.aspxPublic review of revisions to Chapter 19 and new Chapter 89 codesOn Oct. 4, the Board of Education approved for public review the Hawai‘i DOE updates to the student misconduct and discipline code known as Chapter 19, as well as a new section titled Chapter 89 Civil Rights Policy and Complaint Procedures for Student(s) Complaints against Adult(s). Public review sessions are scheduled on O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island through November.
October’s Harvest of the Month features ‘Ulu Beef Stew in student mealshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-10-Aina-Pono-HOTM-breadfruit.aspxOctober’s Harvest of the Month features ‘Ulu Beef Stew in student mealsThe Hawaii State Department of Education is continuing its ‘Aina Pono: Harvest of the Month program for a second year. This October, participating public schools statewide will be serving ‘Ulu Beef Stew. Create this delicious meal at home by following our recipe.
Three Hawaii elementary schools named 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-National-Blue-Ribbon-Schools.aspxThree Hawaii elementary schools named 2018 National Blue Ribbon SchoolsKalihi Uka, Mililani Uka and Pauoa elementary schools have been named 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program award winners by the US Department of Education. The program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools based on academic performance and progress closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
Nanakuli High & Intermediate dedicates new School-Based Health Center and beautiful muralhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Nanakuli-High-Inter-SBHC.aspxNanakuli High & Intermediate dedicates new School-Based Health Center and beautiful muralNanakuli High & Intermediate and the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center dedicated their new School-Based Health Center. The center was created to address chronic absenteeism, which is one of the most powerful predictors of student success.
Annual Strive HI performance update shows significant progress in language arts at Hawaii schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Strive-HI-2018.aspxAnnual Strive HI performance update shows significant progress in language arts at Hawaii schools2017-18 Strive HI Performance System results were released today. Smarter Balanced test scores showed English Language Arts/Literacy performance gains in all grade levels tested and Math score increases in four of seven grades tested.
All HIDOE schools and offices will be open Thursday with exception of Kilohana Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Olivia-Advisory-04.aspxAll HIDOE schools and offices will be open Thursday with exception of Kilohana ElementaryAll public schools and Hawaii State Department of Education offices will be open tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 13 except for Kilohana Elementary. All afterschool activities will resume statewide. As of 5 p.m. this evening, Olivia continues to weaken and move away from the state.
HIDOE schools and offices in Maui County to close Wednesday, Sept. 12http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Olivia-Advisory-03.aspxHIDOE schools and offices in Maui County to close Wednesday, Sept. 12All public schools and Hawaii State Department of Education offices in Maui County will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 12, and afterschool activities remain canceled for Maui, Molokai and Lanai as the state prepares for impacts from Tropical Storm Olivia. All other schools statewide will be open Wednesday.
Afterschool activities to resume for Hawaii Island on Sept. 11, schools statewide to remain open except Hana High & Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Tropical-Storm-Olivia-Update-2.aspxAfterschool activities to resume for Hawaii Island on Sept. 11, schools statewide to remain open except Hana High & ElementaryAfterschool activities to resume for Hawaii Island on Sept. 11, Hana High & Elementary closed Tues. Maui County after school programs canceled Tues. All other schools statewide to remain open.
Afterschool activities for Big Island, Maui County canceled Tuesday due to potential storm impactshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hurricane-Olivia-Update-01.aspxAfterschool activities for Big Island, Maui County canceled Tuesday due to potential storm impactsHIDOE advises parents and guardians that public school schedules and afterschool programming may be modified across the islands this week as Hurricane Olivia approaches the state.
HIDOE names 2018 Employee and Team of the Yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-Employee-Awards.aspxHIDOE names 2018 Employee and Team of the YearHIDOE named its 2018 Employee and Team of the Year award winners, recognizing employees for their outstanding and continued contributions to education and the students of Hawaii.
Parents urged to complete federal Impact Aid survey card, funding benefits all public schools statewidehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-Impact-Aid.aspxParents urged to complete federal Impact Aid survey card, funding benefits all public schools statewideHIDOE will be sending a U.S. Dept. of Education Federal Survey Card home with public school students for parents to complete on Wed., Sept. 5, 2018. Completed Impact Aid Program survey cards allow HIDOE to qualify for federal funds that can be used to hire teachers, purchase textbooks and computers, pay for utilities and more. Parents are strongly urged to complete the surveys and return them to their schools as soon as possible.
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.
Department announces 2018-19 enrollment figures for public and charter schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SY2018-19-Enrollment.aspxDepartment announces 2018-19 enrollment figures for public and charter schoolsHawaii's public and charter schools saw a slight increase in enrollment for a total of 179,698 for school year 2018-19, compared to 179,255 last year. This year, HIDOE schools enrolled 168,152 students and charter schools enrolled 11,546 students.
Public schools and HIDOE offices statewide to resume normal operations tomorrowhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-School-Closures-Monday-Aug-27.aspxPublic schools and HIDOE offices statewide to resume normal operations tomorrow​Hawaii State Department of Education public schools and offices statewide will resume normal operations tomorrow, Aug. 27, with the exception of four schools in Lahaina that will be closed for students. Superintendent Dr. Kishimoto urges school communities to remain vigilant and prepared through the rest of hurricane season.
HIDOE working through the weekend to prepare schools and offices to open on Mondayhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-working-through-the-weekend-to-prepare-schools-and-offices-to-open-on-Monday.aspxHIDOE working through the weekend to prepare schools and offices to open on MondayDue to damage from the storm and brush fires, a handful of Maui campuses will be closed for students on Monday, Aug. 27. Hawaii State Department of Education staff who helped operate public shelters at schools statewide will conduct formal walk-throughs of facilities over the weekend to ensure safety and readiness for students and staff.
HIDOE working closely with Maui County to assess shelter needs in response to brush fireshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/hurricane-update-3-brushfire.aspxHIDOE working closely with Maui County to assess shelter needs in response to brush firesHIDOE is working with Maui County officials in response to brush fires that broke out Friday in West Maui. An emergency shelter for hurricane evacuees at Lahaina Intermediate had to be closed and evacuees were relocated.
All public schools and HIDOE offices to close Thursday and Friday statewidehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hurricane-Lane-update-2.aspxAll public schools and HIDOE offices to close Thursday and Friday statewideHawaii public schools and Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) offices statewide will be closed Thursday and Friday as Hurricane Lane approaches the islands as a powerful Category 4 storm. This will give our school communities time to prepare — the storm is anticipated to impact Oahu Thursday evening and Kauai on Friday — and allow counties to stand up emergency shelters.
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.
HIDOE and Dept. of Health work to protect Hawaii Island students from voghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOH--DOE-work-to-protect-Hawaii-Island-students-from-vog-in-preparation-for-new-school-year.aspxHIDOE and Dept. of Health work to protect Hawaii Island students from vogHIDOE and the State Dept. of Health are working together to develop and share volcano response plans for schools on Hawai‘i Island. The partnership has created clearer guidelines on what to do when sulfur dioxide levels in the air exceed safe thresholds.
‘Infofinder i’ web app provides school bus transportation informationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Infofinder-i.aspx‘Infofinder i’ web app provides school bus transportation informationAs part of the Hawaii State Department of Education's ongoing effort to modernize Hawaii's pupil transportation system, the Student Transportation Services Branch has launched a bus stop locator/bus schedule information web application called, "Infofinder i."
Satellite school to continue to serve North Kauai communities, modified bus schedule in effecthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hanalei-Colony-Bus.aspxSatellite school to continue to serve North Kauai communities, modified bus schedule in effectThe Hawaii State Department of Education, Kauai District Office and their partners will continue to operate a satellite school at the Hanalei Colony Resort to support families in the communities of Wainiha and Haena who are still recovering from damaging floods in the spring. A modified bus service schedule for three schools is also in effect to accommodate ongoing infrastructure work in these communities.
Review window for draft elementary social studies standards openhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/elementary-ss-standards-review.aspxReview window for draft elementary social studies standards open​The Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design's Social Studies Program is seeking broad input from educators and the public on the draft Elementary (grades K-5) Social Studies Standards. The feedback window is open Monday, July 23, 2018 through Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018.
Hawai‘i's federal special education profile updatedhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/OSEP-2018-update.aspxHawai‘i's federal special education profile updatedThe U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has created a profile for Hawaii that provides a resource for state-specific information related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, or IDEA.
Joint team from South Korea and USA takes top prize at 8th e-ICON World Contesthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/8th-e-ICON-winners.aspxJoint team from South Korea and USA takes top prize at 8th e-ICON World ContestA joint South Korea-USA team takes top prize at 8th e-ICON World Contest for the development of a brilliant augmented reality app.The e-ICON contest brought teams together from all over the world to participate, challenging students to create educational mobile apps as tools to achieve United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.
Hawai'i public school teachers honored with Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teachinghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/PAEMST-18.aspxHawai'i public school teachers honored with Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science TeachingAkeyo Garcia of Ewa Elementary and Masaru Uchino of Momilani Elementary have been awarded the Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST. It is the highest award K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers can receive from the U.S. government. Recipients receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation and will engage in education discussions in Washington, D.C.
Department awarded grant to recruit transitioning and retired military members for teaching positionshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-Troops-to-Teachers-Grant.aspxDepartment awarded grant to recruit transitioning and retired military members for teaching positionsHIDOE was recently awarded a Hawaii Troops to Teachers (HTTT) grant. The federal funds totaling $600,932 over five years, will help align the Defense Department’s Troops to Teachers goals with HIDOE’s diversified teacher recruiting and retention plan.
School's out for summer, but eruption vigilance continueshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/CAS-Farias-Kilauea-eruption.aspxSchool's out for summer, but eruption vigilance continuesComplex Area Superintendent Chad Keone Farias of the Ka'u-Kea'au-Pahoa Complex Area authored this piece about the ongoing eruption at Kīlauea and preparing for the upcoming school year. It ran in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald and West Hawaii Today.
Public schools offering summer meals to all children 18 and youngerhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-SSO.aspxPublic schools offering summer meals to all children 18 and youngerBeginning in early June, the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) program will be available at 69 public schools around the state free of charge to all children 18 years and under. Breakfast and lunch meals will be served at select locations Monday through Friday, except June 11 (King Kamehameha Day) and July 4 (Independence Day).

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