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Ewa Makai Middle dedicates new $24 million classroom winghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Ewa-Makai-Middle-dedicates-new-campus-wing.aspxEwa Makai Middle dedicates new $24 million classroom wingEwa Makai Middle celebrated the dedication of a new 24-room, two-story campus wing to accommodate approximately 450 new sixth-graders.
Niu Valley Middle School breaks ground on new World Language Centerhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Niu-Valley-Middle-School-World-Language-Center.aspxNiu Valley Middle School breaks ground on new World Language CenterThe Hawaii State Department of Education held a groundbreaking ceremony at Niu Valley Middle School on Thursday, Oct. 10 for its new World Language Center.
School Directed AC program empowers schools and communities to take the lead on cooling classroomshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Schools-Directed-AC.aspxSchool Directed AC program empowers schools and communities to take the lead on cooling classroomsHIDOE is empowering schools to lead the charge on cooling classrooms using a new process designed to more quickly deploy AC in buildings that can accommodate the increased energy use.
Kohala High dedicates new facility to boost STEM learning and achievementhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kohala-High-dedicates-new-facility-to-boost-STEM-learning-and-achievement.aspxKohala High dedicates new facility to boost STEM learning and achievementThe new state-of-the-art facility is comprised of four single-story classroom buildings connected by a covered walkway that provides a new physical science lab, biochemistry lab, natural resources lab, two general classrooms and additional office space.
Farrington students take pride in ‘legacy’ project for World Surf Leaguehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/farringtonWSLpartnership.aspxFarrington students take pride in ‘legacy’ project for World Surf League“This is our legacy. No other school can say they did something like this.”
Kalani High dedicates new Girls’ Locker Room and athletics facilitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kalani-High-Dedication.aspxKalani High dedicates new Girls’ Locker Room and athletics facilitiesKalani High celebrated the dedication of several new athletics facilities including a new Girls’ Locker Room, an Athletics Trainers’ Facility, a Judo and Wrestling room, and other improvements.
To the Rescue: Facilities Maintenance Branch creates 300 sandbags and delivers nearly 900http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/FMB-to-the-rescue.aspxTo the Rescue: Facilities Maintenance Branch creates 300 sandbags and delivers nearly 900The Facilities Maintenance Branch (FMB) at the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) helps Hawaii's public schools with a variety of services, including minor repairs and maintenance on school campuses. FMB also played a significant role in helping schools prepare during Hawaii's annual hurricane season, which officially ended last month.
December 2018 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/1218.aspxDecember 2018 Education UpdateMonthly print newsletter featuring the top stories from across Hawaii's public schools, distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Congratulations to Hawai'i's Teacher of the Year, Future School Now facilities management program launched, Hawai'i public school students achieve year-over-year gains on the AP exam, more stories.
Waikoloa Elementary and Middle School breaks ground for new constructionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Waikoloa-El-Middle-School-groundbreaking.aspxWaikoloa Elementary and Middle School breaks ground for new constructionThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) held a groundbreaking ceremony at Waikoloa Elementary and Middle School on Monday, Sept. 10 for its new construction project.
Kalihi-to-Ala Moana School Impact Fees to begin Oct. 1http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/kalihi-ala-moana-impact-fees.aspxKalihi-to-Ala Moana School Impact Fees to begin Oct. 1Beginning Oct. 1, 2018, homebuilders and residential developers in the urban corridor from Kalihi to Ala Moana will be subject to a school impact fee when applying for building permits for new residential construction.
Honowai Elementary selected as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Honowai-El-ED-GRS-awardee.aspxHonowai Elementary selected as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon SchoolHonowai Elementary School, located in the heart of Waipahu, is among the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) that was selected for its innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.
East Kapolei Middle School breaks ground for its first phasehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/East-Kapolei-Middle-School-breaks-ground.aspxEast Kapolei Middle School breaks ground for its first phaseThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) broke ground on May 10 for the first phase of its new East Kapolei Middle School located on Maunakapu Street across from The Salvation Army Kroc Center Hawaii. The $59 million first phase for West Oahu’s new middle school includes an administration building, library, cafeteria, classrooms, covered and open play courts, and a music building.
Hawaii public schools to open satellite classes at Hanalei Colony Resort for Waikoko, Wainiha and Haena studentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hanalei-satellite-classes.aspxHawaii public schools to open satellite classes at Hanalei Colony Resort for Waikoko, Wainiha and Haena studentsThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is opening a temporary educational site on April 26 at the Hanalei Colony Resort to serve 51 students residing in Waikoko, Wainiha and Haena, who were impacted after heavy rains and landslides closed Kuhio Highway on Kauai.
Hanalei Elementary to reopen Monday, April 23http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hanalei-El-Reopens.aspxHanalei Elementary to reopen Monday, April 23Hanalei Elementary will reopen for all students, teachers and staff on Monday, April 23. The school was closed for four days following heavy rains that flooded areas of the campus.
Hanalei Elementary to remain closed through the weekhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hanalei-El-Closure.aspxHanalei Elementary to remain closed through the weekHanalei Elementary will remain closed for all students, teachers and staff tomorrow and Friday, April 19-20. The campus continues to undergo cleanup of damaged areas from recent heavy rains.
Campbell High kicks off construction of multi-classroom projecthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-Campbell-High-new-classroom-building.aspxCampbell High kicks off construction of multi-classroom projectJames Campbell High School (JCHS) kicks off the start of construction on its new 27-classroom building today with a dedication ceremony. The project includes science labs, culinary arts lab, Hawaiian studies classroom, faculty centers, an outdoor performing space, herb garden and more.
Stars align for school leaders who return to alma matershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/Stars-align-for-HIDOE-leaders-who-return-to-alma-maters.aspxStars align for school leaders who return to alma matersIn celebration of National Principals Month, HIDOE is highlighting a special group of Hawaii public school grads that have returned to their alma maters to lead – as principals. It’s driven by a sense of school pride.
September 2017 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0917.aspxSeptember 2017 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: The Beginning Teacher Summer Academy helps connect new teachers with training and resources they need to run their classrooms, profile of the Teacher Leadership Cadre at Farrington High, and it's Attendance Awareness Month!
August 2017 Strive HIhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/StriveHiNewsletter/Pages/0817.aspxAugust 2017 Strive HINews and success stories from across Hawaii's public school system. In this edition: The Teacher Leadership Cadre takes the reins of instruction at Farrington High, Leeward high schoolers earn college credit over the summer, new teachers prepped thanks to the Beginning Teacher Summer Academy, two Hawai'i teachers join Hope Street Group's national Teacher Advisory Council, more stories.
Making 'shift' happen at Farrington Highhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/making-shift-happen.aspxMaking 'shift' happen at Farrington HighThere’s a lot of talk about empowering teachers to lead in and beyond the classroom, working with each other to boost student success. At Farrington High, administrators and teachers are two years into a focused effort to make teacher leadership a reality. As the administrators loosened the reins, trust has increased and, with that, a greater willingness among teachers to team up and take risks.
Banyan trees infected by gall wasp infestation to be removed at McKinley High campushttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/McKinley-Banyans.aspxBanyan trees infected by gall wasp infestation to be removed at McKinley High campusMcKinley High School will begin work on Friday, July 7, 2017, to remove six Banyan trees on its front lawn that have been significantly damaged by an island-wide infestation of gall wasps. All removed Banyan trees will be replaced with Golden Trumpet trees.
Department makes progress with energy efficient strategies for cooling schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/cooling-schools.aspxDepartment makes progress with energy efficient strategies for cooling schoolsHIDOE has been working to fast track heat-relief initiatives through its Heat Abatement Program. During the last three years, schools across the state were evaluated for various cooling options including air conditioning (AC), ceiling fans, nighttime heat flushing fans, solar light, trees, heat reflective paint, and more.
Waianae High’s Searider Productions will get a new home for its growing needshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Searider-Productions-Building.aspxWaianae High’s Searider Productions will get a new home for its growing needs​A new facility will be built for Waianae High's Searider Productions thanks in part to legislative appropriations totaling $10.7 million. The 8,500-square-foot facility will include a new lobby, "makery space," three new classrooms, a flexible multi-purpose open courtyard that will be used for outdoor classrooms and to host gatherings, and more.
March 2017 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/Mar-2017.aspxMarch 2017 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Farrington High opens 'Skippa' Diaz Stadium at Kusunoki Field, the Campbell-Kapolei HĀ Design Team works through what Nā Hopena A‘o looks like for them, Middle School Career Fair with Hawaii P-20, Ewa Makai student named top volunteer, Supt. Matayoshi talks about Hawaii's No. 1 national ranking in broadband delivery, more.
Kawananakoa Middle celebrates 90th anniversary with the re-opening of its historic auditoriumhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Kawananakoa-Middle-celebrates.aspxKawananakoa Middle celebrates 90th anniversary with the re-opening of its historic auditoriumKawananakoa Middle had a lot to celebrate with the opening of its newly renovated Princess Kawananakoa Auditorium and its 90th anniversary. Hundreds of community members, dignitaries, staff and students, and alumni were on-hand to experience the $15 million state of the art upgrades.
Farrington High celebrates the opening of the Edward ‘Skippa’ Diaz Stadium at Kusunoki Fieldhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Edward-Skippa-Diaz-Stadium-at-Kusunoki-Field.aspxFarrington High celebrates the opening of the Edward ‘Skippa’ Diaz Stadium at Kusunoki FieldFarrington High School kicked off its 80 years of Governor pride celebrations with the official dedication and opening of its Edward 'Skippa' Diaz Stadium at Kusunoki Field. The $19.5 million stadium includes a new locker room, laundry and equipment rooms and athletic training room.
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.
Farrington High School auditorium renovations completehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/FarringtonAuditoriumReopen.aspxFarrington High School auditorium renovations completeNearly four years after the roof collapsed, Farrington High School's auditorium is back open.
Department of Education moves forward on energy efficiency goalshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/honowaiefficiency.aspxDepartment of Education moves forward on energy efficiency goalsHonowai Elementary in Waipahu is the first HIDOE campus to complete a school retrofit with campus-wide energy efficiencies and energy generation. These efforts are part of the Department's Ka Hei program that integrates innovative energy technology with meaningful learning experiences, all while reducing energy costs.
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.
Rotted monkey pod tree in Hilo to be removedhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Monkeypodtreeremove.aspxRotted monkey pod tree in Hilo to be removedThe tree’s limbs are hollow from rot and estimated to weigh 15 to 20 tons.​ The removal will take place sometime before the school year begins on Aug. 1.
Additional contractors sought for heat abatement workhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/MoreContractorsHeat.aspxAdditional contractors sought for heat abatement workContractors will have the chance to qualify to work on heat abatement projects at Hawaii public schools.
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.
Kalani High School students visited by alumnus & NFL great Roy Gerela, three-time Super Bowl championhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kalani-Roy-Gerela.aspxKalani High School students visited by alumnus & NFL great Roy Gerela, three-time Super Bowl championKalani High School students received a visit today from Kalani alumnus Roy Gerela, former National Football League (NFL) Pittsburgh Steeler kicker and three-time Super Bowl champion.
Mililani does it right with HHSAA football titlehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/mililani-champions.aspxMililani does it right with HHSAA football titleThe great Vince Lombardi once said, "Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all-the-time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while… you do them right all the time." For the Mililani High Trojans football team, 2014 will be remembered as the year they did things right all the time.
Farrington High students visited by alumnus and NFL great Jesse Sapoluhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/NFL-Great-Jesse-Sapolu.aspxFarrington High students visited by alumnus and NFL great Jesse SapoluJesse Sapolu, the former Farrington High School all-star who went on to win four Super Bowl titles with the San Francisco 49ers, returned to his alma mater today to recognize the school for its positive contributions to athletics, American Football, and Super Bowl history.
Fund to cool classrooms gets $25,000 boosthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Cool-Classrooms-Donation.aspxFund to cool classrooms gets $25,000 boostHawaii 3R's received a generous $25,000 donation from the Central Pacific Bank Foundation to help cool classrooms following a call to action by the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii.
Hawaii 3R’s to assist Department of Education with donations to cool schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/CoolDonations.aspxHawaii 3R’s to assist Department of Education with donations to cool schoolsHawaii 3R’s to raise funds towards cooling schools. Hawaii 3R’s is a local nonprofit organization aimed to Repair, Remodel, Restore Hawaii’s public schools.
Temporary fix for space issues at Campbell, Kealakehe high schools foundhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/CampbellKealakehePortables.aspxTemporary fix for space issues at Campbell, Kealakehe high schools foundThe portable classrooms used to set up the emergency "Keonepoko North" campus during the Puna lava flow last year will be used to offset classroom overcrowding at two high schools.
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.
Spotlight: Farrington High — 'We really believe our kids can learn'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/CCRI15-Farrington-High.aspxSpotlight: Farrington High — 'We really believe our kids can learn'Taking a closer look at some of the standout schools in the 2015 College & Career Readiness Indicators (CCRI) report, which looks at the performance of the Class of 2014 across a variety of key measurements, including proficiency, graduation, college-going and dual enrollment rates. Here we profile Farrington High School.
Futuristic design grows out of need for savingshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/Offices/FacilitiesandOperations/FutureSchoolsNow/Pages/Futuristic-design.aspxFuturistic design grows out of need for savingsThe Department of Education is testing a new portable building design in hopes of giving students and teachers more creative and flexible space while saving money on utility bills.
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.
The serious work behind playtimehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/playground-update.aspxThe serious work behind playtimeA school playground is much more than monkey bars and jungle gyms in an open field. It’s a platform for physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. Play builds synapses just as much as muscle fibers. Which is why the Department takes playgrounds seriously. (And, notably, set policy for students to get at least 20 minutes’ physical exercise daily.)
Keeping schools running behind the sceneshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/FacilitiesManager.aspxKeeping schools running behind the scenesIt takes a lot of hard-working people to keep aging schools operating, including many you never see. Here we bid a fond aloha to Jeff Davis, who did whatever it took to keep schools running over a 30-year career.
DOE announces historic sustainable energy programhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-announces-historic-sustainable-energy-program.aspxDOE announces historic sustainable energy programThe program, called Ka Hei, will include the installation of sustainable energy generation equipment in all public schools statewide, positioning the DOE among the state’s foremost environmental stewards while expanding real-world educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Farrington High unveils first Small Learning Communities facilitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Farrington-High-unveils-first-Small-Learning-Communities-facilities.aspxFarrington High unveils first Small Learning Communities facilitiesThe redesigned wing at Farrington High will house its Law and Justice Academy, Sports Industry Academy, and Business Academy. "Small Learning Communities are highly focused on providing personalized education as well as college and career preparation for students," says Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi.
Department announces free sports physicals on the Leeward coasthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-DOE-announces-free-sports-physicals-on-the-leeward-coast.aspxDepartment announces free sports physicals on the Leeward coastThe exam given on Sports Physical Day provides the clearance necessary to participate in competitive school sports. This screening should not replace the student’s annual visit to their doctor.
Intermediate athletics program broadens opportunitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Intermediate-athletics-program-broadens-opportunities.aspxIntermediate athletics program broadens opportunitiesHONOLULU – Today, Governor Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii State Board of Education Member Keith Amemiya, Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe, and community partners announced a new Intermediate Athletics initiative aimed at increasing learning opportunities for seventh- and eighth-grade students.
Farrington High wins national LGBT awardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Farrington-High-wins-national-LGBT-award.aspxFarrington High wins national LGBT awardStudents at Farrington High are drawing national praise for bringing visibility to their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) classmates.

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