Strive HI — January 2015

26-Jan-2015

Roundup of news from the public school system. Stories include parent letter sent home to explain new standards and assessments, Hawaii has a National Teacher of the Year finalist, Momilani El students get STEAMed during winter break, the 2014 Year in Review, Chad Farias named to Kau-Keaau-Pahoa leadership post and more.

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JANUARY 2015

PARENTS INFORMED OF HIGHER LEARNING EXPECTATIONS
Higher standards and better assessments will measure how well students can apply their knowledge to real-life situations, Supt. Matayoshi tells parents in a letter sent home with students at the beginning of the 2nd term. STORY  


CAINE NAMED NATIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR FINALIST
Hawaii's 2015 State Teacher of the Year, Catherine Caine of Waikiki Elementary, is one of four finalists for the national award. The honor identifies exceptional teachers in the country and recognizes their effective work in the classroom. STORY  


WANT BETTER SCHOOLS? BETTER STANDARDS FIRST STEP
Teachers Yuuko Arikawa, Mary Carlson and Gwen Lee team on this piece to spotlight how new standards and the aligned assessments are strengthening education. The Smarter Balanced statewide assessments arrive this spring. STORY  


'STEAM'-ING AT MOMILANI ELEMENTARY DURING WINTER BREAK
Teachers at Momilani Elementary teamed with Navy SPAWAR engineers to create a three-day camp for students, with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) games and projects. Here's what they were up to. STORY  


WHAT A YEAR IT HAS BEEN!
There is much work to be done, but there is much to celebrate now! Here’s a rundown of impressive achievements in 2014 by our schools, educators and keiki. And a heartfelt mahalo to all who support our public schools. STORY  


FARIAS APPOINTED TO HAWAII ISLAND LEADERSHIP POST
Chad Farias, a career educator who has elevated digital learning as Keaau Elementary principal, has been named superintendent for the Kau-Keaau-Pahoa complex on Hawaii Island, effective January 1, 2015. STORY  


FAMILY RESOURCES FOR NEW STANDARDS, ASSESSMENTS
New standards (Hawaii Common Core) and assessments (Smarter Balanced) involve more dynamic, evidence- and technology-based learning than what classes used to look like a generation ago. We encourage families to dig in to these resources to help students be ready for learning — and demonstrating learning. LEARN MORE  


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