January 2017 Inspire

12-Jan-2017

Inspirational stories from public schools. In this edition: Jarrett Middle defies conventional wisdom of how a school with a high-needs student population performs, Kalani High students win research time at Maunakea Observatories, Kapunahala El counselor Ramona Kahawaii honored in D.C., encouraging students to join the teaching profession, pathway to college engineering major to be created, more.

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JANUARY 2017

Jarrett Middle delivers extraordinary results
Jarrett Middle's ohana delivering extraordinary results
Conventional wisdom would say that Jarrett Middle should not be doing as well as it is, given the size of its high-needs student population. But it's bucking expectations with a commitment to "Everyone Being Extraordinary." A calm atmosphere and engaging instruction are boosting students beyond a year of learning. “These kids have farther to go. They can’t afford to be ordinary,” said Principal Reid Kuba. STORY  

KALANI HIGH STUDENTS WIN RESEARCH TIME AT OBSERVATORIES
​Three ambitious Kalani High students will conduct sophisticated research using some of the world's most powerful telescopes atop Maunakea as part of the Maunakea Scholars program. STORY  

KAPUNAHALA ELEMENTARY COUNSELOR HONORED IN D.C.
School Counselor Ramona Kahawaii is Hawaii's 2017 Counselor of the Year and represented the state at the America School Counselor Association's recognition ceremony in Washington D.C. with First Lady Michelle Obama. STORY  

ENCOURAGING STUDENTS TO JOIN TEACHING PROFESSION
2017 Central District Teacher of the Year Tracey Idica shared with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser what can be done to address the teacher shortage and help motivate the next generation of educators. STORY  

PATHWAY TO COLLEGE ENGINEERING MAJOR TO BE CREATED
HIDOE 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.​ STORY  

TEACHING KIDS THE IMPORTANCE OF DENTAL HYGIENE
HIDOE and the Hawaii Dental Association are joining forces to provide oral health services for students who need it. The agencies have established a Memorandum of Agreement to promote oral health in 1st and 2nd grade classes.​ STORY  

WHAT A YEAR IT'S BEEN! READ OUR 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW
Mahalo to all of our administrators, teachers, staff and students for their efforts throughout the year — 2016 was a year filled with continued hard work, growth, innovation and bright spots. ​ STORY  
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