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Hawaii secures grant to develop bold plan to improve career preparation systems for young people http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Career-Prep-Grant.aspxHawaii secures grant to develop bold plan to improve career preparation systems for young people HIDOE has secured a $100,000 grant to develop a detailed career readiness action plan, an essential step to expanding economic opportunity for young people across our state.
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.
Future Ready Learning presentation to Legislaturehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/Pages/FRLHILeg.aspxFuture Ready Learning presentation to LegislatureTo scale the Department's digital learning pilot statewide, funds are being sought in the 2015-17 fiscal biennium budget and other sources. The Department briefed a joint session of the education committees of the State Legislature on February 20 to review results of the 1-to-1 digital device pilot program.
Schools travel virtually to Kilauea for lessons in science, culturehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/volcanovft.aspxSchools travel virtually to Kilauea for lessons in science, cultureScenes from the Virtual Field Trip to Kilauea Crater, hosted by Keaau Elementary staff and students, facilitated by University Lab School, and broadcast to schools and viewers via Google Hangout.
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.
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.
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.
Waiahole El dives into Future Ready program expansionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/waiahole-future-ready.aspxWaiahole El dives into Future Ready program expansionBuilding upon lessons learned from the 1:1 device and digital learning pilot, Future Ready Hawaii has expanded to more than three dozen schools statewide in 2015-16. Checking in with students and teachers at Waiahole Elementary in Windward Oahu, one of the schools that hopes to qualify for the program's "fast track."
'Celebrating Hawaii' comes easy for Student Art Exhibition participantshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2015-student-art-exhibit.aspx'Celebrating Hawaii' comes easy for Student Art Exhibition participantsWith dreams of ocean and beach firmly in mind, 96 students grades K-6 from across the Islands were selected for the annual juried exhibition at the Hawaii Convention Center.
Teacher fellows program to advance public educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-teacher-fellows-program-to-advance-public-education.aspxTeacher fellows program to advance public educationOutstanding teacher fellows will voice teacher input on the Hawaii Common Core and implementation of other key initiatives meant to elevate the teaching profession and increase student achievement.
Department advances Hawaiian Educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaiian-Ed.aspxDepartment advances Hawaiian EducationVia Board Policies 2104 and 2105, the Department moves forward with Office of Hawaiian Education and a new director position. The Department also updated the Board and public on a field test of a Hawaiian-language assessment for the Kaiapuni program.
Leilehua High students make their mark in national Scholastic Art Awards programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2016-scholastic-arts-national.aspxLeilehua High students make their mark in national Scholastic Art Awards programNine HIDOE students who earned top recognition in the Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards have gone on to earn medals in the national competition — and they're all from Leilehua High School. The Scholastic Art Awards is the longest-running, largest and most prestigious student recognition program in the United States.
Keaau Elementary students become citizen scientists at BioBlitzhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/bioblitz.aspxKeaau Elementary students become citizen scientists at BioBlitzKeaau Elementary 5th graders joined hundreds of other public and private school students and thousands more citizen scientists at the 2015 National Geographic BioBlitz at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The goal: Document and inventory the flora and fauna of its unique ecosystem. But the kids had their own goal — find a happy face spider.
Dispatches from the 2015 Hour of Code: 'Anyone can do this'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/2015-HOC.aspxDispatches from the 2015 Hour of Code: 'Anyone can do this'Participation in Hour of Code, now in its third year, is growing exponentially in Hawaii. More than 130 schools on six islands participated during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 6-13.
Department pursues expansion of Hawaiian education assessmentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaiian-education-assessments.aspxDepartment pursues expansion of Hawaiian education assessmentsHIDOE has taken another step towards advancing Hawaiian language assessments for Hawaiian immersion students. In a collaborative effort with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Hawaiian language stakeholders, HIDOE is seeking federal approval for the expansion of the Kaiapuni Assessment of Educational Outcomes (KAEO) to Grades 5-8.
Four schools qualify for 2016 SeaPerch National Challengehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SeaPerch.aspxFour schools qualify for 2016 SeaPerch National ChallengeCongratulations to Ewa Elementary, Highlands Intermediate, Ewa Makai Middle and Radford High for their first-place finishes in the 2016 SeaPerch Oahu Regional Qualifying Competition for underwater robotics.
Highlights: Hawaii's 2014 Hour of Codehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/HOC-2014-wrap-up.aspxHighlights: Hawaii's 2014 Hour of CodeA look at what some of our schools did as part of Computer Science Education Week (CSED) Dec. 8-14, and global Hour of Code events. More than 40 Hawaii public schools and charter schools participated this year with coding exercises. Here are some highlights.
8 schools selected for Digital Common Core Pilothttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Eight-Hawaii-public-schools-selected-for-Digital-Common-Core-Pilot.aspx8 schools selected for Digital Common Core PilotThe pilot aims to support schools’ implementation of new digital curricula aligned with the Common Core State Standards, which are new learning standards for English language arts and math.
Students compete for honors, awards at CTE eventshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/CTE-2015-events.aspxStudents compete for honors, awards at CTE eventsThe Career and Technical Education (CTE) program hosted its two signature events of the year with students displaying their knowledge and skills in the various pathways and programs of study. Here are the results.
Red Raider rhythm nation raises its voicehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/KHIS-vocal-motion.aspxRed Raider rhythm nation raises its voiceKahuku High & Intermediate School saw its student enrollment in the choir program jump by 49 percent in a year. New KHIS teacher Jacosa Limutau-Ainuu's goal to connect with students, meeting them "wherever they are," is working.
Ewa Makai Middle School recognized nationally for innovative Tech P.E. programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Ewa-Makai-Tech-PE.aspxEwa Makai Middle School recognized nationally for innovative Tech P.E. programEwa Makai Middle School is one of 41 schools selected by Noodle for its inaugural “Innovative Schools” list. The school’s unique approach to physical education through its Tech P.E. program helped earn them a spot on the list out of 140,000 schools.
Hawaii Board of Education approves Science for the Next Generation http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/NGSS.aspxHawaii Board of Education approves Science for the Next Generation The Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) earlier this week, approved the adoption of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which brings a more engaging and enjoyable approach to learning science.
MoonRIDERS kick off field tests for lunar experimenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/moon-ride-test.aspxMoonRIDERS kick off field tests for lunar experimentIolani and Kealakehe High students in the MoonRIDERS project (a partnership with NASA and PISCES) are spending their Spring Break readying dust shields to see if they can withstand conditions of a lunar landing. They'll be testing on the slopes of Mauna Kea at the PISCES Planetary Analogue Test Site.
Strive HI Profile: Pomaikai Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Strive-HI-Pomaikai.aspxStrive HI Profile: Pomaikai ElementaryOne in an occasional series spotlighting the Department's Recognition schools for 2013-14 in the Strive HI Performance System, and getting the principal's insight into what they're doing right. What makes a great school tick? Read on!
Energy efficiency project opens Harvard-bound student’s eyes to possibilityhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Energy-efficiency-project-.aspxEnergy efficiency project opens Harvard-bound student’s eyes to possibilityAiea High School Class of 2016 graduate Perry Arrasmith focused on the photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roofs of Aiea High for his senior capstone project. His project has inspired change at his school that HIDOE's Office of School Facilities and Support Services helped to make a reality.
The Moment: Michelle Kay named 2014 Milken Educatorhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Michelle-Kay.aspxThe Moment: Michelle Kay named 2014 Milken EducatorCapturing the moment when a teacher is honored with the prestigious Milken Educator Award is all part of the fun. Michelle Kay, a Kalakaua Middle science teacher, won the national award for outstanding excellence in education and a $25,000 cash prize.
Waimanalo students build 'Car of the Future' in Alternative Energy Labhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Waimanalo-Science-Lab.aspxWaimanalo students build 'Car of the Future' in Alternative Energy LabBlade Shepherd-Jones, a middle school science teacher at Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate, shares the project-based learning from his Alternative Energy lesson. Equipment loaned from the University of Hawaii's STEM Pre-Academy enabled his science class to build electric, solar, and hydrogen fuel cell cars, as well as measure the output and cost of electricity.
DOE Digital Curriculum expands learning, teaching opportunitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-Digital-Curriculum-expands-learning,-teaching-opportunities.aspxDOE Digital Curriculum expands learning, teaching opportunitiesTeachers piloting the program, known as Access Learning, widely agree the technology holds tremendous potential to help them save time, organize lessons, collaborate with peers and expand learning opportunities.
Public schools sweep HMSA video contesthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/Public-schools-sweep-HMSA-video-contest.aspxPublic schools sweep HMSA video contestThirty-three public and independent middle and high schools statewide submitted 157 public service announcements addressing addiction prevention, healthy living, mental health and teen safety.
Roosevelt High Symphony duo chosen for prestigious Carnegie Hall programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Roosevelt-High-Symphony-duo-chosen-for-prestegious-Carnegie-Hall-program.aspxRoosevelt High Symphony duo chosen for prestigious Carnegie Hall programHONOLULU – A pair of violinists with the Roosevelt High Roughrider Symphony Orchestra will represent the 50th State in early February at Carnegie Hall’s prestigious Honors Performance Series.
Molokai High's Kilo Gonzales accustomed to blazing trailshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Molokai-High's-Kilo-Gonzales.aspxMolokai High's Kilo Gonzales accustomed to blazing trailsMolokai High Senior Kiloaulani Kaawa-Gonzales is one in 7 billion. The only person on this planet with such first and last name combination, Kilo, as he’s called, is used to being a trailblazer.
Dec. 2014 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/Dec-2014.aspxDec. 2014 Education UpdateRoundup of stories from our public schools, teacher/school opportunities, upcoming events and Supt's Corner column. Includes upcoming Hour of Code activities in schools, Supt. Matayoshi's reflections on "ConnectED to the Future" in Washington D.C. and Hawaii's own Future Ready Learning push, and new leadership in human resources and facilities.
Molokai High dedicates new science building to accelerate STEM learninghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Molokai-High-Science.aspxMolokai High dedicates new science building to accelerate STEM learningMolokai High School dedicated its new science building in a ceremony earlier today before dozens of excited students, teachers, parents and community members. The new facility at the island’s only high school will provide state-of-the-art teaching tools for Molokai’s ninth through twelfth-graders and includes two science labs and a teacher prep room for Physics, Biology and Chemistry classes.
Ilima Intermediate holds Career Day, giving students a window into the futurehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/ilimacareerday.aspxIlima Intermediate holds Career Day, giving students a window into the futureIlima Intermediate held a Career Day today to give students guidance on the wide variety of careers available. 27 guest speakers visited classes and spoke about their work in detail.
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.
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.
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.
'How did you spend your winter break?' Momilani kids STEAMed.http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/momi-stem.aspx'How did you spend your winter break?' Momilani kids STEAMed.Teachers at Momilani Elementary teamed with Navy SPAWAR (Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command) engineers to create a three-day camp for students, with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) games and projects. Here's a breakdown of what they did.
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.
Students explore career and college options at Hawaii P-20 Middle School Career Industry Fairhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Middle-School-Career-Industry-Fair.aspxStudents explore career and college options at Hawaii P-20 Middle School Career Industry FairStudents from eight middle schools on Oahu were able to explore career and post-secondary education options at the Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education’s Middle School Career Industry Fair. Exhibitors representing nine Career and Technical Education pathways were on hand to speak with students
Hawaii public schools score big in national TV competitionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2016-STN.aspxHawaii public schools score big in national TV competitionHawaii public schools took home 34 awards from the annual Student Television Network competition in Atlanta. Close to 3,000 middle and high school students from across the U.S. gathered to compete in on-site, time-restricted contests in video journalism, television production, filmmaking, music videos, commercials, and public service announcements.
Department partners with UH-Manoa College of Engineering to create academic pathway to engineering majorhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/UHM-engineering-pathway.aspxDepartment partners with UH-Manoa College of Engineering to create academic pathway to engineering majorHIDOE and the College of Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa have entered into a formal partnership to create a college-focused pathway for public high school students seeking engineering majors.
A revolution in science educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/Stem/Pages/NGSS.aspxA revolution in science educationIt is a priority for the Department to prepare students for the evolving field of science and ensure that they are equipped to tackle global problems. This is why, earlier this month, the BOE approved the adoption of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Leilehua High School JROTC students advance as finalists in National Cyber Defense Competitionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Leilehua-High-JROTC-.aspxLeilehua High School JROTC students advance as finalists in National Cyber Defense CompetitionStudents from Leilehua High School are headed to Baltimore in April as finalists in the national championship round of CyberPatriot IX—The National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The team is one of 13 finalists for the competition’s All Service Division.
Boosting teacher, student STEM learning while upgrading campuseshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Ka-Hei-Feb-2015-update.aspxBoosting teacher, student STEM learning while upgrading campusesThis update on the Department's Ka Hei program, in partnership with OpTerra Energy Services, was penned by Dann Carlson, assistant superintendent for school facilities. It ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Feb. 8, 2015.
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.
Real-life skills taste great at Marauder Cafehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Marauder-Cafe.aspxReal-life skills taste great at Marauder CafeWaipahu High School has developed a series of academies along career pathways that are designed to better prepare students for specialized education and jobs in the future. Here, we look at one, The Culinary Arts Academy, with a trip to Marauder Cafe.
Annual Science Fairs on Oahu showcase students tackling major issueshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/District-Fairs.aspxAnnual Science Fairs on Oahu showcase students tackling major issuesStudents showcased their science, technology, engineering and math projects at their district science and engineering fairs on Friday, Feb. 10 in Windward Oahu and Saturday, Feb. 11 in Honolulu. The winners will go on to compete at the 2017 Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair April 10-12.
Grants will help students prepare for successhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/Grants-will-help-students.aspxGrants will help students prepare for successHeidi Armstrong, complex area superintendent for Campbell and Kapolei, wrote the following piece that was published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. "I have firsthand experience with exemplary educational opportunities made possible through grant funding and community partnerships. One program in particular — Project Lead The Way (PLTW) — has breathed new life into our complex area schools."
Sustainability takes off at Jefferson Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Sustainability-takes-off-at-Jefferson-Elementary.aspxSustainability takes off at Jefferson ElementaryBoasting a Hawaiian garden, hydroponics and solar panels, the Honolulu school has emerged as a model of sustainable practices, thanks to committed educators, students and the community.
Leilehua High CyberPatriots repeat as national champshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Leilehua-High-CyberPatriots-repeat-as-national-army-service-champions.aspxLeilehua High CyberPatriots repeat as national champsWASHINGTON, D.C. – Five Leilehua High Army JROTC students defeated more than 800 teams to win the Top U.S. Army Service Award at CyberPatriot V – the nation’s premier cyber defense competition held March 14-15 in Washington, D.C. This marked the second straight year the “Mighty Mules” captured the Army Service Division Championship.
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.
T-minus one day until Waimea High students launch Hawaii’s first live-streamed rocket flighthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Waimea-High-Launch.aspxT-minus one day until Waimea High students launch Hawaii’s first live-streamed rocket flightStudents in Waimea High School’s VidRoc class will live stream the launch of their Arcas rocket on Friday, March 11 at 8:30 a.m. The goal of the launch is to successfully establish a connection between the rocket, a satellite in orbit and a ground control station to create the live stream transmission. It will be Hawaii’s first live-streamed rocket flight.
Teaching computer science in Hawaii is vital to our futurehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/Future-Ready/Pages/HourofCode.aspxTeaching computer science in Hawaii is vital to our futureFor Hour of Code week, Momilani Elementary School teacher and Code.org affiliate, Shane Asselstine wrote the following piece that was published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. "The evolution of technology is inevitable and will only become further integrated in our home and work life. By teaching literacy in computer science and technology to our keiki now, we are preparing them for the future and careers that don’t yet exist."
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.
Digital devices help accelerate love of learninghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/CommonCoreStateStandards/Pages/Access-Learning-Nagamine.aspxDigital devices help accelerate love of learningThis piece was penned by Moanalua Middle Principal Lisa Nagamine and ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's Editorial Section on National Digital Learning Day.
Leilehua, Baldwin, Kalani top robotics competitionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Leilehua,-Baldwin,-Kalani-finish-FIRST-in-State-Robotics-Competition.aspxLeilehua, Baldwin, Kalani top robotics competitionHONOLULU - In only its second year of robotics competition, Leilehua High School spearheaded a public school triumvirate to victory at the FIRST Robotics Competition at the University of Hawaii recently.
Sneak Peek: Hour of Code at Hawaii's public schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/2014-HOC.aspxSneak Peek: Hour of Code at Hawaii's public schoolsMore public and charter schools are jumping in with student coding exercises for this year's Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 8-14. Here's a sneak peek at what six of our schools are up to.
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.”
Ewa Elementary receives $10,000 from Code.org for digital deviceshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Ewa-Elementary-award.aspxEwa Elementary receives $10,000 from Code.org for digital devicesEwa Elementary received a $10,000 award from Code.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding access to computer science learning. The school plans to purchase more than two dozen laptop computers for students to use in its digital learning programs.
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.
Farrington High students gain career skills working with surf industry professionalshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/FarringtonWSLCTE.aspxFarrington High students gain career skills working with surf industry professionalsThe World Surf League teams up with Farrington High School students to provide mentoring and hands-on learning.
Maui High leads strong public school showing in sciencehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Maui-High-leads-strong-public-schools-showing-at-science-competitions.aspxMaui High leads strong public school showing in scienceHONOLULU – Maui High School is once again No Ka Oi in the Hawaii Regional Science Bowl. In capturing their fifth state title since 2002, the Sabers also led an unprecedented effort by Hawaii’s public schools in the January 26 competition.
BOE sets firm support of Hawaiian Education http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/BOE-sets-firm-support-of-Hawaiian-Education.aspxBOE sets firm support of Hawaiian Education The Board spent nearly one year working with stakeholders to craft policy revisions aimed at advancing Hawaiian language, culture and history in Hawaii's public schools.
E Hoʻomaikaʻi ʻia ʻo Pēpēluali ʻo ia ka Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaiian-Language-Month-Hawaiian.aspxE Hoʻomaikaʻi ʻia ʻo Pēpēluali ʻo ia ka Mahina ʻŌlelo HawaiʻiE paipai ana ka ʻOihana Hoʻonaʻauao o Hawaiʻi i nā kula a pau o ka mokuʻāina e hoʻomaikaʻi pū kākou iā Pēpēluali ʻo ia ka Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.
Kailua High opens the doors to new Natural Science Lab Building and Early College courseshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kailua-Science-Lab.aspxKailua High opens the doors to new Natural Science Lab Building and Early College coursesKailua High School will welcome students, parents, and guests to its new, state of the art Natural Science Lab Building. Dedicated to the study of Microbiology and Life Sciences, the building boasts four classrooms, two computer labs and an aquaculture multiuse area.
Students see career options in the construction fieldhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-CCD.aspxStudents see career options in the construction field1,400 students from 13 public high schools and one charter school got a chance to participate in the state Department of Transportation’s 10th annual Hawaii Construction Career Days event at the Aloha Stadium recently to get a first-hand glimpse into these productive construction professions.
Making IT happen at Momilani Elementary School earns teacher top awardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/MakingITHappen.aspxMaking IT happen at Momilani Elementary School earns teacher top awardISTE awarded its prestigious Making IT Happen award to Momilani Elementary School teacher Shane Asselstine. He is one of two teachers who received this award at the 2015 Schools of the Future Conference in November.
HIDOE receives $1.5 million grant for STEM education at eight West Oahu schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DODEA-Grant.aspxHIDOE receives $1.5 million grant for STEM education at eight West Oahu schoolsHIDOE has received a $1.5 million grant to provide Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning opportunities to K-8 students at eight military-impacted schools in West Oahu over the next five years.
Hawaii to administer Hawaiian assessments to immersion studentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-to-administer-Hawaiian-assessments-to-immersion-students.aspxHawaii to administer Hawaiian assessments to immersion studentsThe U.S. Department of Education has granted Hawaii a one-year waiver allowing immersion students to take assessments in Hawaiian, which is their primary language of instruction.
Astronaut Kjell Lindgren shares his space experience with Kaimiloa El studentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Astronaut-Kjell-Lindgren.aspxAstronaut Kjell Lindgren shares his space experience with Kaimiloa El studentsStudents from Kaimiloa Elementary were treated to a visit from Astronaut Kjell Lindgren at Challenger Center Hawaii. This is the 15th year that an astronaut has visited the Center to meet with students in honor of Ellison Onizuka and the Challenger Space Shuttle Crew.
Top student research showcased at 2016 state science fairhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/HSSEF-2016.aspxTop student research showcased at 2016 state science fairThe 2016 Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair featured the best research projects from the state's district fairs. Top work will represent the Islands at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Phoenix, AZ, May 8-13.
Mililani High senior takes 1st in national science symposiumhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Viola-Mocz.aspxMililani High senior takes 1st in national science symposiumViola Mocz of Mililani High won first place in the physical science category in the 52nd National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (NJSHS) for her research on the internal structure of elementary particles. For her winning entry, Viola formulated a semi-classical wave-particle model to describe the fundamental properties of leptons, quarks, and hadrons within the framework of mathematical knots.
Meet Kupuna Minerva Panghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Meet-Kupuna-Minerva-Pang.aspxMeet Kupuna Minerva PangMomilani Elementary's kupuna has taught Hawaiian values, history and culture — including free hula classes — to countless students since joining the school in 1986. Kupuna collaborate with the Hawaiian Studies program staff to bring cultural and place-based learning into the public schools.
HIDOE awarded grant to launch pilot of culturally accurate student assessmentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/ALP-Grant.aspxHIDOE awarded grant to launch pilot of culturally accurate student assessmentsThe Office of Hawaiian Education is one of 12 recipients to receive a portion of $2 million in grants from the Assessment for Learning Project (ALP) and its partners. The winning proposal looks at designing an assessment that can support a broader and culturally accurate definition of student success in Hawaii.
Stevenson Middle dedicates new Science & Technology Center to kick off new school yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Stevenson-Middle-Dedication.aspxStevenson Middle dedicates new Science & Technology Center to kick off new school yearStevenson Middle School dedicated its new Science & Technology Center. The new facility will provide state-of-the-art teaching tools and includes five labs for STEM, Physics, Biology and Earth & Space science classes.
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.
Determination leads Pauoa Elementary all-girl robotics team to advance in competitionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/PauoaRoboticsGirls.aspxDetermination leads Pauoa Elementary all-girl robotics team to advance in competitionA team of five girls from Pauoa Elementary show their dedication to learning through robotics.
Kapolei Middle librarian breaking down walls with technologyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/KapoleiLibrarianAward.aspxKapolei Middle librarian breaking down walls with technologyKapolei Middle librarian Carolyn Kirio earns a prestigious national award for her innovative use of technology, along with $1,000 and a $500 gift to the library, which will be used to expand "flipped classroom instruction."
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.
Students create heavenly views using Gemini datahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/kapolei-gemini.aspxStudents create heavenly views using Gemini dataAn innovative program offered by the Gemini Observatory enables high school science students to participate in virtual field trips with working astronomers and delve into treasure troves of data. One outcome — beautiful illustrations of the known universe.
Kailua El teacher one of 58 selected for national pioneer programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Greg-Kent-Ultimaker.aspxKailua El teacher one of 58 selected for national pioneer programKailua Elementary teacher and Technology Coordinator Greg Kent is one of 58 teachers selected nationwide for the Ultimaker Education Pioneers program.
Hawaii partners with national nonprofit to engage teachershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-partners-with-national-nonprofit-to-engage-teachers.aspxHawaii partners with national nonprofit to engage teachersExceptional teacher leaders selected by Hope Street Group will be trained in peer and community engagement, data collection and media strategies –all with the intent of sharing information with the community about the Hawaii Common Core standards.
Waikele Elementary partnership produces green learning environmenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/WaikeleRaingarden.aspxWaikele Elementary partnership produces green learning environmentA private landscaping architectural and planning firm helps Waikele Elementary School design and build a rain garden that will be used to teach as well as help with drainage issues.
Career-ready students demo skills at annual CTSO eventshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2015-CTSO.aspxCareer-ready students demo skills at annual CTSO eventsTwo conventions for Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) allowed students from around the state to show off their skills and talents in a variety of fields and specialties. Top finishers qualify for national competitions this year.
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.
Building a bridge between two readiness initiativeshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/CK-HA-Day.aspxBuilding a bridge between two readiness initiativesSixteen regional school-community teams are hosting HĀ Community Days. The goal is to bring schools and communities together to contextualize and actualize HIDOE’s HĀ policy to strengthen outcomes in the system that reflect Hawai‘i’s unique context and honor Hawaiian culture. Here, we profile the work of the Campbell-Kapolei team.
Maui High's science team No Ka Oihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Maui-High's-science-team-No-Ka-Oi.aspxMaui High's science team No Ka OiIn 2013, the Maui High Sabers’ Science Team proved once again that Maui is truly no ka oi, capturing their fifth state title since 2002 in the Hawaii Regional Science Bowl. The Sabers returned to the champion’s circle going undefeated throughout the January competition at Honolulu Community College.
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.
STEM carts donation to boost Hawaii's Race to the Top initiativeshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/STEM-carts-donation-to-boost-Hawaii's-Race-to-the-Top-initiatives---.aspxSTEM carts donation to boost Hawaii's Race to the Top initiativesThe Department has received a $50,000 donation to boost student achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi announced.
Common curricular resources do not prescribe how teachers must teachhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/standards-vs-curriculum.aspxCommon curricular resources do not prescribe how teachers must teachThe author is Alyson Doherty, teacher at Stevenson Middle School. It was written to help dispel confusion between Common Core standards (goals for student learning) and curricular resources, which are aligned with standards and made available to support teachers. It originally ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Collaboration with computation: Hawai‘i's Hour of Code 2016http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/hour-of-code-2016.aspxCollaboration with computation: Hawai‘i's Hour of Code 2016A roundup from our schools participating in Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week, which kicked off on Dec. 5. The event challenges students and schools to teach one hour of computer coding during the week, using various open-source platforms or via unplugged sequencing exercises. Computer Science is a high-demand, high-pay field for which American schools aren't producing enough graduates.
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.
Public schools have strong showing at national TV awardshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-schools-have-strong-showing-at-national-student-TV-awards.aspxPublic schools have strong showing at national TV awardsHONOLULU – Led by five awards from Waianae High School, public schools captured 16 of 17 awards won by Hawaii schools this month at the 10th Annual Student Television Network (STN) Convention in Los Angeles, Calif.
Public school students view new Kilauea lavahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/lava-field-trip.aspxPublic school students view new Kilauea lavaStudents from Pahoa and Keonepoko Elementary schools this week are touring areas closed by the June 27 Kilauea lava flow, and learning about the event that uprooted many of them from their home schools. "Hopefully they can walk away feeling more comfortable about the disruption in their lives," said Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira.
DOE breaks ground on first Ka Hei Photovoltaic Projectshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/KaHeiGround.aspxDOE breaks ground on first Ka Hei Photovoltaic ProjectsThe Department begins the energy-generation phase of the Ka Hei program, a multi-year initiative to integrate innovative energy technology with meaningful learning experiences, all while reducing energy costs.
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.
Student wins national award for 'Curiously Conforming'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Skyler-wins-national-award-for-'Curiously-Conforming'.aspxStudent wins national award for 'Curiously Conforming'Moanalua High School’s Skyler Lawendowski earned a huge honor in the 2012-13 school year, becoming the only Hawaii public school student to be recognized nationally in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for 2013. More than 230,000 works of art and writing from young artists across the country were submitted; only one percent was recognized with national awards.
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.
We want students to be thinkers, rather than answer-gettershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/yoshida-math.aspxWe want students to be thinkers, rather than answer-gettersHow is teaching mathematics evolving in Hawaii's public schools? More collaborative learning environments that emphasize habits of mind including perseverance, reasoning, constructing arguments, and more. The author is Eliza Akana Yoshida, who has taught in Valley Isle schools for 12 years. Next year, she will serve as the math/science curriculum coordinator at Pu‘u Kukui Elementary.
Curriculum is key in sustainability planshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/KaHeiCurriculum.aspxCurriculum is key in sustainability plansThe Department's energy sustainability project, Ka Hei, is helping teachers give students hands-on experiences in the classroom. Teachers now have tools that give STEM exposure around energy generation and efficiency.
Maui schools join national program, granting 24/7 internet access, tablets to every studenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/verizon-digital-promise.aspxMaui schools join national program, granting 24/7 internet access, tablets to every studentKalama, Lokelani intermediate schools are the first to participate in the two-year mobile and digital learning program that includes ongoing professional development for teachers to integrate technology across all subjects.
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.
Waianae High senior wins Seal of Biliteracy logo design contesthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Seal-of-Biliteracy-logo-winner.aspxWaianae High senior wins Seal of Biliteracy logo design contestWaianae High senior Javen Towne was named the winner of the HIDOE Seal of Biliteracy logo design contest in front of his fellow graphic design students. As the winner, Towne was awarded an honorary Seal of Biliteracy medallion of his own design and monetary prize. Towne’s classroom, home to Waianae High’s Searider Digital Media Program, will also receive a new graphics arts computer.

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