October 2014 Inspire Enews

28-Oct-2014

Inspirational stories from around the Department. In this edition: Strive HI Recognition School profile of Helemano Elementary, National Librarian of the Year, teacher wins national Unsung Heroes award, the Chamber of Commerce weighs in on educational reform, more. Be Inspired! — get this and DOE newsletters delivered to your inbox by hitting the "Subscribe" button in the footer of this website.

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OCTOBER 2014

Strive HI Profile: Helemano Elementary School
One 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's working. STORY  

MILILANI HIGH SCHOOL TEEN WINS AT FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
Mililani High School’s Hunter Gentry took his wonton recipe straight to the top of the 2014 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival’s Keiki in the Kitchen contest. Gentry, who is in the CTE culinary pathway, took first place in age 13-17 division. STORY  

KAHUKU STUDENT'S PHOTO SELECTED FOR NATIONAL DISPLAY
A spontaneous photo taken by teen Makoa Ho, a 2014 Kahuku High and Intermediate School graduate, is one of only 56 national award-winning works chosen for display at Washington, D.C.’s U.S. Department of Education Building. STORY  

COLTE NAMED NATIONAL SCHOOL LIBRARIAN OF THE YEAR
The School Library Journal's award, granted to Hale Kula's Michelle Colte, recognizes an accomplished K–12 library professional who is using 21st-century tools to engage students and promote multiple literacies. STORY  

KAIULANI ELEMENTARY TEACHER WINS UNSUNG HEROES AWARD
Third-grade teacher Jason Pavia, one of 100 national winners, said grant funds will help expand a vermicast system students use to study food decomposition as part of the school's STEM curriculum. STORY  

HIGA HITS 25-YEAR MILESTONE AT MOMILANI ELEMENTARY
Principal Doreen Higa celebrated 25 years at the helm of Momilani Elementary. She is believed to be the longest serving principal at one elementary school at the Department. STORY  

PREPARING STUDENTS — AND HAWAII — FOR THE FUTURE
Sherry Menor-McNamara, President and CEO of Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, on supporting schools, principals, teachers and most importantly, our students, so they will be equipped to innovate and compete for jobs. STORY  

STUDENTS SAMPLE COLLEGE LIFE, START CAREER TRAINING
Nine Oahu public high school seniors will be attending Leeward Community College full-time this fall as part of a pilot program that helps give students a jump-start on career-focused degrees. STORY  

KINDERGARTNERS TODAY HAVE A BRIGHT FUTURE
From the Castle Foundation: What can the Class of 2027 expect? Educational transformation means good news for parents and children — graduates can have rewarding careers and grow into true citizens of Hawaii. STORY  

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