May 2018 Inspire

14-May-2018

Inspirational stories from Hawai'i's public schools. In this edition: Maui High boosts college and career readiness, East Kapolei Middle School breaks ground, teachers drive improvement via an innovative collaboration model, more stories.

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College, career readiness rising at Maui High
A strong commitment to Career and Technical Education and a robust partnership with UH-Maui College is expanding student horizons. More students are earning honors diplomas, finishing a CTE Program of Study, and enrolling in college courses while in high school. More Sabers are going to and staying in college than ever before. “Kids are taking ownership for their education,” said Principal Jamie Yap. STORY  

EAST KAPOLEI MIDDLE SCHOOL BREAKS GROUND
The $59 million first phase for West Oahu's new middle school, located on Maunakapu Street across from The Kroc Center, includes an administration building, library, cafeteria, classrooms, play courts, and a music building. STORY  

HSDB HOSTS COMMUNITY EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
The Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind welcomed deaf and hard-of-hearing families to a special Earth Day celebration for that included lessons about dolphins and whales, bike rides and a free farm-to-table lunch. STORY  

TEACHERS DRIVE IMPROVEMENT THROUGH HAWAI'I LAB COHORTS
These teacher learning communities within complex areas and schools that offer an effective approach to professional growth for teachers, allowing for continuous improvement. A shining example is in the Kailua-Kalaheo Complex Area. WATCH  

LINELL DILWITH NAMED HAWAI'I'S TOP PRINCIPAL IN 2018
The Stevenson Middle School leader was named the 2018 Hawaii National Distinguished Principal. Cecile LaMar from Makaha Elementary was honored as the 2018 Hawaii Outstanding Vice Principal. STORY  

RELATED: STEVENSON MIDDLE EDUCATORS ARE ON A ROLL
Hawaii News Now profiled the series of top awards granted to Stevenson Middle School educators this year, including the Milken Educator of Promise and the $100,000 Thank America's Teachers grant from Farmers Insurance. WATCH  

CORINNE YOGI WINS $25,000 TOKIOKA LEADERSHIP AWARD
The Island Insurance Foundation presented the principal of Kipapa Elementary in Mililani with its 14th annual Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award at the annual Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation banquet. STORY  

KAPOLEI HIGH STUDENT NAMED U.S. PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR
Mylia Briggs has been selected for the 54th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, one of 161 high school seniors nationwide recognized for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields. STORY  

FOUR HIDOE STUDENTS ARE NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARS
​The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the awardees for this year's $2,500 scholarship winners. They include Travis Afuso (Mililani), Laney Flanagan (Maui), Patrick Leonhardt (Kalaheo) and Chloe Shigeoka (Roosevelt). STORY  

KAPOLEI VALEDICTORIAN A PROMISING CANCER RESEARCHER
Caleb Perez, a 2014 graduate majoring in bioengineering at the University of Washington, is heading to Switzerland on a Fulbright scholarship. He credits his former teachers with challenging him in high school. STORY  

OAHU STUDENTS RALLY TO RAISE FUNDS FOR HANALEI EL
Students from Pearl City High and Lanakila Elementary raised funds for Hanalei Elementary, which was damaged by heavy rains and landslides on Kauai in April. The fundraisers generated $2,000 in donations. STORY  

STUDENTS DEMONSTRATE 'CONFLICT & COMPROMISE' IN HISTORY
More than 300 students from public and private schools across the state participated in Hawai‘i History Day’s State Fair via 214 projects in five categories: essay, display, website, documentary, and performance. STORY  

MAHALO TO SCHOOL, PROGRAM LEADERS FOR RESULTS
The Hawaii DOE's Rewards and Recognition Program acknowledges the contribution of its educational officers based on their performance evaluations and other pertinent data. Congratulations to these honorees for School Year 2016-17! STORY  

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