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'Tough love' gives direction to a lost studenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Student-cites-2-educators-in-her-triumph.aspx'Tough love' gives direction to a lost studentTwo educators at Washington Middle and Kaimuki High made all the difference for Jowana Lobendahn, whose life was marked by violence and despair. She leapt at the opportunity to thank them for giving her the spark to turn her life around.
Student Health Resourceshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/HealthAndNutrition/StudentHealthResourcesStudent Health ResourcesThe Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs (HCNP) office works with schools and childcare centers statewide to ensure that Hawaii’s children receive nutritious and satisfying meals through federally funded nutrition programs. HCNP provides education and resources, training and technical assistance, and oversight and guidance to our program partners to help them meet federal standards in nutrition and wellness.
Kamehameha Schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Partnerships/KamehamehaSchoolsKamehameha SchoolsThe state’s largest private trust and the Department collaborate on educational improvements on the Waianae Coast.
How to Enrollhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/HowToEnrollHow to EnrollStudents enrolling in our public schools must have documentation proving they are residents of the state, their health records and, if necessary, documents from their previous school and other legal documents. Resources and opt-outs exist for students in exceptional circumstances. The necessary information is detailed here.
Wellness Guidelineshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/HealthAndNutrition/WellnessGuidelinesWellness GuidelinesWellness in Hawaii’s public schools includes a wellness committee, nutritional guidelines, health and nutrition education, physical education and activity, and professional development for staff.
Partnerships for Educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Partnerships/PartnershipsForEducationPartnerships for EducationThe Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education teams the DOE with the state’s Executive Office on Early Learning and the University of Hawaii system to strengthen the educational pipeline from early childhood through higher education, with the goal to help all students achieve college, career and community readiness. P-20 partners share a sense of urgency about the need to improve Hawai‘i's educational outcomes in an increasingly global economy.
Nutritional Guidelineshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/HealthAndNutrition/NutritionStandardsNutritional GuidelinesChildren who eat school lunches are more likely to consume milk, meats, grains and vegetables than students who bring lunch from home. They also tend to have higher nutrient intakes — both at lunch and over the course of an entire day. We make it a priority to ensure students get nutritious meals that fuel learning and physical activities. The Department serves more than 100,000 meals daily during the school year.
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.
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.
Librarians win awards for growing digital resources, school communitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/slj.aspxLibrarians win awards for growing digital resources, school communitiesSchool Library Journal honored two public school librarians in Hawaii this year: Michelle Colte (Hale Kula El) and Denise Sumida (Pearl Harbor El). What do they have in common? Using technology to promote literacy and community, with a focus on student support and learning.
Hawaii expresses concerns over ESSA regulations and implementation timing http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/ESSA-Concerns.aspxHawaii expresses concerns over ESSA regulations and implementation timing In a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Education, Governor David Ige, Hawaii State Board of Education's Chairperson Lance Mizumoto and Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi voiced concerns about the draft regulations and implementation timeline for the Every Students Succeeds Act.
Improved Educator Effectiveness System praisedhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Improved-Educator-Effectiveness-System-Praised.aspxImproved Educator Effectiveness System praisedChanges made to improve the Educator Effectiveness System based on teacher feedback helps increase understanding of the supports in place to help them advance their practice, according to a survey.
Preventing heat-related illnesshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/HealthAndNutrition/WellnessGuidelines/Pages/preventing-heat-related-illness.aspxPreventing heat-related illnessDuring the hottest months of the school year, it's important that all parents and guardians heed these recommendations to help prepare children for warm temperatures.
Construction boom forcing delay in cooling public school classroomshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/Construction-boom-forcing-delay-in-cooling-public-school-classrooms.aspxConstruction boom forcing delay in cooling public school classroomsDann Carlson, Assistant Superintendent for the Office of School Facilities and Support Services, penned this piece for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser to provide an update on HIDOE's heat abatement efforts.
All voices welcome in shaping our education futurehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/All-voices-welcome-in-shaping-our-education-future.aspxAll voices welcome in shaping our education futureSuperintendent Kathryn Matayoshi provided an update to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser about the progress made in receiving community feedback for the HIDOE/BOE Strategic Plan and ESSA State Plan, as well as plans for Phase II outreach.
Leaders get first look at the state’s newest elementary school http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/hookele.aspxLeaders get first look at the state’s newest elementary school Ho'okele Elementary is the 256th HIDOE school and serves Kapolei. It will have an initial enrollment of about 450 with capacity for 750 students.
Hawaii a model for rest of the countryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-a-model-for-rest-of-the-country.aspxHawaii a model for rest of the countryU.S. Department of Education monitoring report praises progress in Hawaii's public school system, from the implementation of high academic standards to supports provided to educators and students.
More contractors show interest in Department cooling projectshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/More-contractors-show-interest-in-HIDOE-cooling-projects-.aspxMore contractors show interest in Department cooling projectsA number of qualified contractors have answered the call to apply for heat abatement work in an effort to cool more classrooms. Since March, the number of prequalified contractors has increased from 18 to 36 as HIDOE prepares to put projects back out to bid.
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.
Welcome back! from Supt. Kathryn Matayoshihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/2016-17-welcome-back.aspxWelcome back! from Supt. Kathryn MatayoshiAs school year 2016-17 gets under way, this letter is being sent home to parents and families with information about the Strategic Plan review and extension, which will help HIDOE build upon successes in schools and identify innovative solutions to support a high quality education for all students.
Community partnerships with public schools thriving in Hawaiihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/Community-Partnerships-Thrive.aspxCommunity partnerships with public schools thriving in HawaiiIn caring for our children, many have heard the saying, “It takes a village.” That saying holds true in public education, where community partners support Hawaii’s commitment to developing young minds through grants and projects that enrich the learning environment.
Board approves policy change in teacher evaluationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/BOE-approves-policy-changes.aspxBoard approves policy change in teacher evaluationThe BOE approved recommendations to revise its policy on Teacher Performance Evaluation. Joint-committee members of the HSTA and HIDOE presented the recommended changes, which were subsequently recommended by Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi to the BOE removing student test scores as required for teacher performance evaluation.
Educator Effectiveness System survey gathers teacher feedbackhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Educator-Effectiveness-System-survey-gathers-teacher-feedback.aspxEducator Effectiveness System survey gathers teacher feedbackThe survey gathered teacher feedback on their experiences and opinions regarding the Educator Effectiveness System to help better understand its strengths and identify areas for improvement.
Strive HI System replaces parts of NCLBhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Strive-HI-Performance-System-replaces-components-of-federal-NCLB-requirements.aspxStrive HI System replaces parts of NCLB​​​​The Department is pleased to announce it has received federal approval for the Strive HI Performance System, designed to ensure all students graduate college- and career-ready. The new school accountability and improvement system granted by the U.S. Department of Education replaces many requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) with multiple measures of success to meet the needs of Hawaii’s students, educators and schools.
Student-centered Strategic Plan approved by Boardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Strategic-Plan-approved.aspxStudent-centered Strategic Plan approved by BoardThe Hawaii State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the update and extension of the Strategic Plan with amendments. The plan will be used to guide the Department and its schools from 2017-20 with implementation starting next year.
Hawaii's school performance system granted full approval for three yearshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/strive-hi-approval-2015.aspxHawaii's school performance system granted full approval for three yearsThe U.S. Department of Education announces the state's Strive HI system for school accountability and improvement is approved without conditions for three years. It allows flexibility from certain provisions of federal education law.
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).
Washington Middle School’s Sung Man Park named Hawaii’s 2017 State Teacher of the Yearhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Teacher-of-the-Year.aspxWashington Middle School’s Sung Man Park named Hawaii’s 2017 State Teacher of the YearWashington Middle School teacher Sung Man Park was named Hawaii's 2017 State Teacher of the Year. The honor is presented annually to a classroom teacher selected from more than 11,000 educators within the Hawaii State Department of Education.
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 ranked No. 1 in nation in school Internet connectivityhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-Schools-Internet-Connectivity.aspxHawaii ranked No. 1 in nation in school Internet connectivityHawaii’s public school system is the top ranked school district in K-12 broadband connectivity according to the 2016 State of the States annual report released by EducationSuperHighway, an advocacy group dedicated to upgrading Internet infrastructure in K-12 public schools.

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