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All public school students to receive free meals throughout school year 2021-22https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SY2021-Free-School-Meals.aspxAll public school students to receive free meals throughout school year 2021-22All students at Hawaiʻi’s 257 public schools will receive free breakfast and lunch meals for the entirety of the 2021-22 school year, thanks to a nationwide waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Federal funds will reimburse state education departments for meal costs.
Sponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SFSP-2021.aspxSponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakThe Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is seeking sponsor organizations on all islands to help provide children in low-income communities with free meals during the summer months.
Department announces 2020-21 enrollment figures for public and charter schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2020-21-enrollment.aspxDepartment announces 2020-21 enrollment figures for public and charter schoolsHawaii's public and charter schools combined enrollment for school year 2020-21 totals 174,704 students, compared to 179,331 last year, a difference of 2.6 percent.
Statement from Supt. Kishimoto on the proposed Aug. 17 start date for studentshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-Conditional-Agreement.aspxStatement from Supt. Kishimoto on the proposed Aug. 17 start date for studentsHIDOE leadership has been working with the unions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure our students get the education they deserve and our employees have a safe work environment. A proposed start date of Aug. 17 for students will be brought to the Board of Education on Thursday.
Grab-and-Go school meals program wraps up with over 1.3 million meals servedhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Grab-and-Go-wraps-up.aspxGrab-and-Go school meals program wraps up with over 1.3 million meals servedHIDOE's Grab-and-Go school meals program wrapped up today after its final lunch service. Over 17 weeks of operation, the program provided over 1.3 million school meals for breakfast and lunch to children ages 18 or younger at nearly 80 public schools and community locations.
Free and reduced-price school meal applications to be sent home for upcoming school yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Free-and-Reduced-Price-School-Meal-Eligibility.aspxFree and reduced-price school meal applications to be sent home for upcoming school yearApplication forms for free and reduced-price school meals served under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program will be sent home with a letter to parents or guardians for School Year (SY) 2020-21. To apply, households should fill out the application and return it to their child's school.
Grab-and-Go school meals to be extended at select schools during transition to summer feeding programhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Grab-and-Go-meals-summer.aspxGrab-and-Go school meals to be extended at select schools during transition to summer feeding programThe Grab-and-Go school meals program will be extended at select meal sites beyond the end of the school year on May 28 during the transition to the summer feeding program.
School facilities closed to students through April 30 with the exception of grab-and-go meal siteshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/School-facilities-closed-to-students-through-April-30.aspxSchool facilities closed to students through April 30 with the exception of grab-and-go meal sitesSchool facilities will remain closed to students through April 30, based on the latest guidance and information from health officials and elected leaders. Traditional, in-school instruction is on hold until schools reopen. Tips and tools gathered by HIDOE’s Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design are also available for the public at bit.ly/HIDOEVirtualLearningParentResource.
Sponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Sponsors-Summer-Food-Service-Program--to-provide-meals-for-children-during-summer-break.aspxSponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakThe USDA’s Summer Food Service Program is seeking sponsor organizations on all islands to help provide children in low-income communities with free meals during the summer months when many schools are not in session.
New 'Aina Pono food delivery truck serving free meals to children on summer break from Waianae to Makahahttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Aina-Pono-summer-food-truck.aspxNew 'Aina Pono food delivery truck serving free meals to children on summer break from Waianae to MakahaOn the Waianae Coast, the new ʻAina Pono food delivery truck is bringing free meals to children as part of the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) program, manned by volunteers from the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center.
Record number of public schools offering free meals to children this summerhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-2019-Seamless-Summer-Option.aspxRecord number of public schools offering free meals to children this summerThis year, 71 public schools will serve meals through the Hawaii State Department of Education's summer food service program, Seamless Summer Option.
2019 Graduation Dateshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2019-Graduation-Dates.aspx2019 Graduation DatesApproximately 10,000 students are expected to walk in graduation ceremonies across the Islands at the locations, dates and times below.
Sponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Sponsors-sought-for-Summer-Food-Service-Program-to-provide-meals-for-children-during-summer-break.aspxSponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is seeking sponsor organizations on all islands to help provide children in low-income communities with reduced-price meals during the summer months. The SFSP provides nutritious meals that help children to learn, play and grow during the summer break when many schools are not in session.
Department seeks to increase breakfast participation with No Kid Hungry granthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Central-Middle-School-Breakfast-Expansion.aspxDepartment seeks to increase breakfast participation with No Kid Hungry grantThis morning, the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) celebrated a new pilot program at Central Middle School designed to increase student access and incorporate breakfast into the school day.
Hawai‘i public schools celebrate Thanksgiving with local Okinawan Sweet Potato Piehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-11-Aina-Pono-HOTM-Sweet-Potato.aspxHawai‘i public schools celebrate Thanksgiving with local Okinawan Sweet Potato PieHawai'i public schools will celebrate the upcoming holiday season with an Okinawan Sweet Potato Pie as part of November's 'Aina Pono: Harvest of the Month program. The pie will be served on a day selected by participating schools, which includes more than 200 cafeterias statewide. Bake this delicious dessert at home for your family and friends.
Hawai‘i public schools seek more local farmers and vendors to supply fresh produce for student mealshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-produce-solicitation-pre-bid-meetings.aspxHawai‘i public schools seek more local farmers and vendors to supply fresh produce for student mealsThe Hawai'i State Department of Education (HIDOE) is seeking more local farmers and vendors to supply fresh produce for student meals on their island, with an emphasis on locally grown fruits and vegetables. From Oct. 22-30, HIDOE will be hosting produce solicitation pre-bid meetings across the state. RSVP by Oct. 19.
October’s Harvest of the Month features ‘Ulu Beef Stew in student mealshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-10-Aina-Pono-HOTM-breadfruit.aspxOctober’s Harvest of the Month features ‘Ulu Beef Stew in student mealsThe Hawaii State Department of Education is continuing its ‘Aina Pono: Harvest of the Month program for a second year. This October, participating public schools statewide will be serving ‘Ulu Beef Stew. Create this delicious meal at home by following our recipe.
9th graders at Wai‘anae High know 'We've got your back'https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/WHS-9th-grade.aspx9th graders at Wai‘anae High know 'We've got your back'A few years ago, about a third of 9th graders at Wai‘anae High weren’t getting promoted to the 10th grade. Staff designed a framework of supports called “The R.I.D.E.” that tackled academics, behavior, and culture. Grade 9 misconduct incidents plummeted and the grade point average is now above the state average. Downstream, rising enrollment in early college, career pathway completion, and graduation rates show the strategy is working.
SchoolMessenger invites parents to opt in to text message alertshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SchoolMessenger.aspxSchoolMessenger invites parents to opt in to text message alertsMost Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) schools began formally transitioning this week to a SchoolMessenger text-messaging system. As part of this transition, SchoolMessenger sent an automated text message Monday morning from 67587 to HIDOE parents.
Kalihi-to-Ala Moana School Impact Fees to begin Oct. 1https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/kalihi-ala-moana-impact-fees.aspxKalihi-to-Ala Moana School Impact Fees to begin Oct. 1Beginning Oct. 1, 2018, homebuilders and residential developers in the urban corridor from Kalihi to Ala Moana will be subject to a school impact fee when applying for building permits for new residential construction.
Public schools offering summer meals to all children 18 and youngerhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-SSO.aspxPublic schools offering summer meals to all children 18 and youngerBeginning in early June, the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) program will be available at 69 public schools around the state free of charge to all children 18 years and under. Breakfast and lunch meals will be served at select locations Monday through Friday, except June 11 (King Kamehameha Day) and July 4 (Independence Day).
Hawaii public schools to launch new online lunch payment systemhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-eTrition-online-payments.aspxHawaii public schools to launch new online lunch payment systemParents and guardians of public school students will now be able to conveniently manage, monitor and pay for their child’s school meal account online and through a mobile app. The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) will launch the online school lunch payment system, EZSchoolPay, on Monday, May 7.
Scratch-cooked student meals to feature Maui-grown pineapples in Mayhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-05-Aina-Pono-local-pineapple.aspxScratch-cooked student meals to feature Maui-grown pineapples in MayThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is incorporating Maui-grown pineapples in student meals statewide as part of the ‘Aina Pono Hawai‘i State Harvest of the Month program this month. Recreate this delicious meal at home by following our Sweet and Sour Pineapple Pork recipe.
College, career readiness strengthens at Maui Highhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Maui-High-2018-CCRI.aspxCollege, career readiness strengthens at Maui HighA strong commitment to Career and Technical Education and a robust partnership with UH-Maui College is expanding student horizons at Maui High School. 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.
Hawaii’s Farm to School program gets new name and lookhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-Aina-Pono-program-updates-logo.aspxHawaii’s Farm to School program gets new name and lookThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor unveiled a new logo and name for the Farm to School Initiative on March 29 at Mililani High School in the presence of students, teachers, HIDOE staff, state lawmakers and community supporters.
Students test their workplace skills at CTSO conventionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/ctso-2018.aspxStudents test their workplace skills at CTSO conventionStudent members of four Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) representing schools statewide competed in performance tasks at the 2018 CTSO Convention on Feb. 22-23. The Future Farmers of America (FFA) held its statewide convention March 27-29 on Hawaii Island. Congratulations to the top finishers!
It’s ‘Ulu-licious! Hawaii public schools serve breadfruithttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-03-Aina-Pono-local-breadfruit.aspxIt’s ‘Ulu-licious! Hawaii public schools serve breadfruitThis March and April, Hawaii public schools will welcome a new local product in student meals – 'ulu, otherwise known as breadfruit. Check out our 'Ulu-licious Wraps recipe, as featured in the 'Aina Pono Harvest of the Month program.
March 2018 Education Updatehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0318.aspxMarch 2018 Education UpdateMonthly print newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Aiea High's Ken Kang wins the Milken Educator Award and Keolu El's Bianca Yanuaria is named Hawaii's School Counselor of the Year, Jack Johnson and friends celebrate the ‘Aina Pono program at Mililani High, new student learning approaches at Kea‘au Elementary, Supt. Christina Kishimoto addresses safety on school campuses, more stories.
February is all about the freshly baked papaya breadhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-02-Aina-Pono-local-papaya.aspxFebruary is all about the freshly baked papaya breadThis month, locally grown papayas will be incorporated into student meals across the state as part of the Hawaii State Department of Education's (HIDOE) 'Aina Pono Harvest of the Month program. Check out "Uncle Jeff's Papaya Bread" recipe.
Sponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Summer-Food-Service-Program.aspxSponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is seeking sponsor organizations on all islands to help provide children in low-income communities with free meals during the summer months.
Mililani High selected as next Farm to School sitehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Mililani-High-next-Farm-to-School-site.aspxMililani High selected as next Farm to School siteMililani High School will be the next participant in the 'Aina Pono Farm to School program. Mililani High is HIDOE's second largest food production site. It provides about 2,500 school lunches daily for approximately 1,000 high school students and an additional 1,500 students at Mililani Uka Elementary and Mililani Waena Elementary.
Transitioning to new school lunch online payment systemhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-eTrition_Transition.aspxTransitioning to new school lunch online payment systemThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is in the process of transitioning to Harris School Solutions (eTrition) – a new school lunch online payment system. Families are instructed to make all meal deposits directly to the school until further notice. Online payments will resume at a later date.
Climbing a mountain in Upcountry Maui paying off at King Kekaulikehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/KKHS-17-StriveHI.aspxClimbing a mountain in Upcountry Maui paying off at King KekaulikeJust two years ago, the student readiness picture at King Kekaulike High was murky, as students struggled to demonstrate deep understanding of core subjects and the on-time graduation rate was running 11 points below the state’s. But what a difference two years makes. An all-in approach with interventions and co-teaching, among other efforts, is improving student outcomes.
Student meals feature another local food sourcehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-01-Aina-Pono-local-banana.aspxStudent meals feature another local food sourceThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) continues its efforts to include local agriculture in student meals through its ‘Aina Pono Harvest of the Month program. This month, fresh bananas will be served in a Banana Pie or a Banana Crumble at all public school cafeterias.
January 2018 Education Updatehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0118.aspxJanuary 2018 Education UpdateMonthly print newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Mentoring new special education teachers, 2017 Year in Review, Waipahu High student first to earn AA before diploma, Keaukaha Elementary's engaging literacy approach, working more local food into school meals, more stories.
Student voice ignites new literacy push at Keaukaha Elementaryhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Keaukaha-literacy.aspxStudent voice ignites new literacy push at Keaukaha ElementaryHow do you ignite the spark to start a lifelong love of reading? It's a key question, because literacy is a key building block in preparing students for life, and the more you read, the better you become. A yearlong effort at Keaukaha Elementary in Hilo is yielding a passionate response from students.
Kalani High students enjoy loco moco made from locally grown beefhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2017-Kalani-High-locally-grown-beef-lunch.aspxKalani High students enjoy loco moco made from locally grown beefToday at Kalani High School, students, teachers and faculty enjoyed eating the locally grown beef in their teri loco moco lunch. There was a special connection to this school since the Kalani High staff created the Paniolo Beef Patty recipe.
Hawaii public schools serve local beef in Decemberhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2017-12-Aina-Pono-local-beef.aspxHawaii public schools serve local beef in DecemberThis month, Hawaii public schools are serving locally raised, grass-fed beef in its hamburger patties. Elementary and middle school students will be served teri hamburger steak, while high school students will enjoy teri loco moco lunches.
Pauoa Elementary: The little school that didhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/StriveHI17-Pauoa.aspxPauoa Elementary: The little school that didThis small Title I school is at the epicenter of an academic earthquake. With high achievement results in language arts, mathematics and science, and a low achievement gap between students with high-needs and their peers, more students are getting what they need to learn at the highest levels at this school. Here's what they're doing.
Alternate lunches provided today at three Mililani schools as safety precaution over detected mumps casehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Alternate-lunches-mumps.aspxAlternate lunches provided today at three Mililani schools as safety precaution over detected mumps caseStudents at Mililani High, Mililani Uka Elementary and Mililani Waena Elementary were provided alternate school lunches today as a safety precaution after a school food service worker at Mililani High was confirmed as having the mumps virus.
Department offers meals to all children 18 and younger at select schools throughout summer monthshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2017-SSO.aspxDepartment offers meals to all children 18 and younger at select schools throughout summer months63 public schools will serve meals through HIDOE's Seamless Summer Option program. Meals will be served at select locations Monday through Friday at public schools around the state free of charge to all children 18 years and under. Most schools will serve breakfast and lunch.
Students in transition find pathways to success at Radford Highhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/2017-Radford-CCRI.aspxStudents in transition find pathways to success at Radford HighRadford High is a standout in this year's College and Career Readiness Indicators report. Its students take and pass Advanced Placement (AP) exams, graduate high school and enroll in college at higher rates than the state. A strong team dynamic among staff and outreach with families are catapulting students to new heights. “The students themselves are promoting and compete in a college-going atmosphere on campus,” said Principal James Sunday.
Free meal program to expand to 52 public schools total on six islandshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-to-expand-free-meal-program.aspxFree meal program to expand to 52 public schools total on six islandsThis upcoming school year, HIDOE will expand a USDA free meal program, called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), from 30 public schools to a total of 52 across the state. The CEP program allows a school district, a group of schools or a single school to serve free meals to all students even if they do not qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch reimbursements.
Maui Waena, Chiefess Kamakahelei dominate at 2017 Student Television Network Conventionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/2017-STN.aspxMaui Waena, Chiefess Kamakahelei dominate at 2017 Student Television Network ConventionHawaii's public middle and high schools took home 30 awards at the Student Television Network's 2017 Convention in Anaheim, Calif., with the bulk of prizes going to Maui Waena Intermediate and Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle, at seven each. Hawaii's public schools won four 1st place prizes in the national competition.
Software upgrade for Department food services results in streamlined experience for parents and schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/School-Cafe-Launch.aspxSoftware upgrade for Department food services results in streamlined experience for parents and schoolsHIDOE is rolling out a new program called SchoolCafé that will make it easier for parents to monitor and pay for their child’s school meals online and through a mobile application. The new system provides a number of features including online payments, creating auto-payments, checking account balances and setting up low balance alerts.
Hilo-Waiakea: ‘We’re a K-12 entity, not 13 different schools’https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/CCRI-2016-HW.aspxHilo-Waiakea: ‘We’re a K-12 entity, not 13 different schools’The Hilo-Waiakea Complex Area is a standout in this year's College and Career Readiness Indicators (CCRI) report. Two-year data trends show both high schools among the leaders in boosting readiness through early college, CTE concentrators and major remediation declines. Educational leaders point to a K-12 construct that's beginning to deliver results.
Sponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Summer-Food-Service.aspxSponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is seeking sponsor organizations on all islands to help provide children in low-income communities with reduced-price meals during the summer months. The SFSP provides nutritious meals that help children to learn, play and grow during the summer break when many schools are not in session.
2016 Year in Reviewhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2016-Year-in-Review.aspx2016 Year in ReviewThere is much work to be done, but there is much to celebrate now! Here’s a rundown of impressive achievements in 2016 by our schools, educators and keiki.
Jarrett Middle`s ohana delivers extraordinary resultshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/jarrett-strive-HI.aspxJarrett Middle`s ohana delivers extraordinary resultsConventional wisdom would say that Jarrett Middle School 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 to go beyond a year of learning.
Stevenson Middle School dedicates stunning new mural with message of hopehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Stevenson-Mural.aspxStevenson Middle School dedicates stunning new mural with message of hopeStudents at Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School dedicated a beautiful new campus mural depicting a message of hope, covering an outer wall of its new Science & Technology Center, spanning two stories and over 1,000 square feet.
The Kapa‘a Way delivershttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Strive-HI-Kapaa.aspxThe Kapa‘a Way deliversPrincipal Daniel Hamada started leading Kapa‘a High in 2010-11, and right out of the gate faced some big challenges, particularly with his freshmen. He put in place a student learning pipeline and supports structure known as The Kapa‘a Way, and encouraged his educators to lead in curriculum and instruction. The effort resulted in a major turnaround for the school. First in a series profiling Strive HI System success stories.
Farrington High students gain career skills working with surf industry professionalshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/FarringtonWSLCTE.aspxFarrington High students gain career skills working with surf industry professionalsThe World Surf League teams up with Farrington High School students to provide mentoring and hands-on learning.
Public hearing to take place on proposed School Impact District from Kalihi to Ala Moanahttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/KalihiImpactDistrictHearings.aspxPublic hearing to take place on proposed School Impact District from Kalihi to Ala MoanaThe Hawaii State Department of Education will hear testimony on a proposed School Impact District spanning Kalihi to Ala Moana.
Kauai, Waimea lead charge in slashing literacy remediationhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/literacy.aspxKauai, Waimea lead charge in slashing literacy remediationWith little fanfare and a strong commitment to boosting student literacy, Kauai and Waimea high schools are leading the state in reducing English remediation in college. The Garden Island schools have different approaches but a shared goal of "Literacy in all subjects." They'll share what they've learned and what's working for them at a state literacy conference in December.
Recruiting high-quality teachers is a top priorityhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/Pages/krieg.aspxRecruiting high-quality teachers is a top priorityThis piece ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's editorial section on Sept. 6, 2016. It was written by Barbara Krieg, assistant superintendent of Human Resources. Students are at the center of thinking, year-round, in the DOE's efforts to vet qualified teachers.
Creating a safe space for incoming freshmenhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/McKinley-Ignition.aspxCreating a safe space for incoming freshmenInitiatives like McKinley High's Ignition Program provide peer mentoring and support to ensure students succeed in 9th grade, which can be a challenging transition. These efforts statewide are paying off, with numbers of student misconduct offenses and suspensions dropping.
Income qualifications for free/reduced lunch updated for SY 2016-17https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/USDAfreelunch2016.aspxIncome qualifications for free/reduced lunch updated for SY 2016-17The Hawaii State Department of Education releases the annual income requirements for families to apply for free or reduced meal prices.
Public schools offering summer meals to all children 18 and youngerhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2016SSO.aspxPublic schools offering summer meals to all children 18 and youngerSeamless Summer Option (SSO) is a federal program that supports children with food service when the school system is out for the regular school year. Most schools are serving breakfast and lunch. Call your nearest school for service times.
Department to expand free meal program to 30 schools total on six islandshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/CEP-Expansion.aspxDepartment to expand free meal program to 30 schools total on six islandsHIDOE will expand the USDA Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) free meal program from seven public schools to 30 across the state.
Parents encouraged to provide feedback on their child’s public schoolhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SQS.aspxParents encouraged to provide feedback on their child’s public schoolHIDOE begins its annual School Quality Survey (SQS) this week to gather important feedback from students, parents/guardians and staff about our public schools. The deadline to complete and return the SQS is March 15, 2016.
Summer food service program helps fill hunger gaphttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/summerfoodprogram2016.aspxSummer food service program helps fill hunger gapSchools, nonprofit groups and agencies can apply to serve summer meals. ​The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers the Summer Food Service Program to help feed students over the summer break.
2015 Year in Reviewhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2015-Year-in-Review.aspx2015 Year in ReviewThere is much work to be done, but there is much to celebrate now! Here’s a rundown of impressive achievements in 2015 by our schools, educators and keiki.
Dispatches from the 2015 Hour of Code: 'Anyone can do this'https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/2015-HOC.aspxDispatches from the 2015 Hour of Code: 'Anyone can do this'Participation in Hour of Code, now in its third year, is growing exponentially in Hawaii. More than 130 schools on six islands participated during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 6-13.
Waikele Elementary partnership produces green learning environmenthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/WaikeleRaingarden.aspxWaikele Elementary partnership produces green learning environmentA private landscaping architectural and planning firm helps Waikele Elementary School design and build a rain garden that will be used to teach as well as help with drainage issues.
Kaimuki High unveils dazzling mural inspired by Malama Honuahttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Kaimuki-mural.aspxKaimuki High unveils dazzling mural inspired by Malama HonuaStudents in the Hospitality Academy researched themes and connected to cultural values to bring "Ho‘o Kahewai, Ho‘oulu ‘Aina" to life. The Worldwide Voyage of the Hōkūle‘ā is represented as a reminder of the courage of that journey, and to inspire Mālama Honua — care for Island Earth.
HIDOE encourages school breakfast participationhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SchoolBreakfast2015.aspxHIDOE encourages school breakfast participationBreakfast is the most important meal of the day and students can take advantage of eating at school before classes start to be better prepared for a day of learning.
Earthquake preparedness starts with educationhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/hawaii-shake-out.aspxEarthquake preparedness starts with educationThe Great Hawaii ShakeOut is part of an international event to boost earthquake readiness. HIDOE schools and offices participated by practicing "Drop, Cover and Hold On."
Superintendent's performance rating 'exceeds expectations' for second consecutive year https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2015SuptEval.aspxSuperintendent's performance rating 'exceeds expectations' for second consecutive year Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi notes that student achievement is a top priority as her annual evaluation is released.
Board of Education approves additional supports for English Language Learners https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/COW-IX.aspxBoard of Education approves additional supports for English Language Learners The unanimous support of recommendations by the ninth Committee on Weights "sends a clear message that all students deserve necessary resources to excel in school.”
Students discover career options at the bottom of petri disheshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Waipahu-High-Science-Symposium.aspxStudents discover career options at the bottom of petri dishesWaipahu High students showcased their summertime research at the school's first annual Science Scholars Program Symposium. Using distance learning tools, they collaborated with Rutgers University scientists who reviewed student data and provided immediate feedback. Teacher Michael Sana, who secured funding for the program, hopes to see more schools join. "It truly engages the student's natural curiosity to solve the unknown."
Seven Hawaii schools to offer free meals as part of USDA programhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/FreeMealPilot.aspxSeven Hawaii schools to offer free meals as part of USDA programThe Department is piloting the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program to expand free meal service to students.
Income qualifications for free/reduced lunch updated for SY 2015-16https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2015-16FreeReducedLunch.aspxIncome qualifications for free/reduced lunch updated for SY 2015-16The Department releases the list of income qualifications for the 2015-16 school year free/reduced meal program.
Department announces 2015 summer free food service locationshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SummerMeals2015.aspxDepartment announces 2015 summer free food service locationsThe Department of Education provides free meals for the summer at select schools around the state.
For Honokaa Jazz Band, music 'is a language itself' https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Honokaa-Jazz-Band-at-HSDB.aspxFor Honokaa Jazz Band, music 'is a language itself' Honoka'a High student musicians transcend hearing barriers with a performance at the Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind as part of its 2015 Big City Tour from April 16-19.
Hawaii schools dominate national television competitionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/2015-STN.aspxHawaii schools dominate national television competitionLocal public and private schools take home 28 awards at the 12th Annual Student Television Network Convention in San Diego April 1-4. Waianae High and Maui Waena Intermediate were top winners with six awards each.
Education Board approves school meal price increasehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Education-Board-approves-school-meal-price-increase.aspxEducation Board approves school meal price increaseThe new meal prices mark the first increase since 2011 and help account for inflation and labor costs.
Spotlight: Farrington High — 'We really believe our kids can learn'https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/CCRI15-Farrington-High.aspxSpotlight: Farrington High — 'We really believe our kids can learn'Taking a closer look at some of the standout schools in the 2015 College & Career Readiness Indicators (CCRI) report, which looks at the performance of the Class of 2014 across a variety of key measurements, including proficiency, graduation, college-going and dual enrollment rates. Here we profile Farrington High School.
Spotlight: Waianae High — 'We're going to do better, and you're going to work at it'https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/CCRI15-Waianae-High.aspxSpotlight: Waianae High — 'We're going to do better, and you're going to work at it'Taking a closer look at some of the standout schools in the 2015 College & Career Readiness Indicators (CCRI) report, which looks at the performance of the Class of 2014 across a variety of key measurements, including proficiency, graduation, college-going and dual enrollment rates. Here we profile Waianae High School.
Momilani El's 'Fit Factory' team finishes Great Aloha Runhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/fit-factory.aspxMomilani El's 'Fit Factory' team finishes Great Aloha RunA dozen 3rd and 4th grade students from the school completed the GAR, while 24 students from the school's fitness squad completed the Keiki Run on Valentine's Day.
Boosting teacher, student STEM learning while upgrading campuseshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Ka-Hei-Feb-2015-update.aspxBoosting teacher, student STEM learning while upgrading campusesThis update on the Department's Ka Hei program, in partnership with OpTerra Energy Services, was penned by Dann Carlson, assistant superintendent for school facilities. It ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Feb. 8, 2015.
Strive HI Profile: Mokapu Elementaryhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/strive-hi-mokapu.aspxStrive HI Profile: Mokapu ElementaryOne 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 they're doing right. What makes a great school tick? Read on!
Hawaii educators trained on new student assessmentshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/test-training.aspxHawaii educators trained on new student assessmentsThe Smarter Balanced assessments will have its first full run in schools this spring. Here's a peek inside the training sessions held for all districts across the state to help prepare school administrators and staff.
'How did you spend your winter break?' Momilani kids STEAMed.https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/momi-stem.aspx'How did you spend your winter break?' Momilani kids STEAMed.Teachers at Momilani Elementary teamed with Navy SPAWAR (Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command) engineers to create a three-day camp for students, with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) games and projects. Here's a breakdown of what they did.
At Lanakila El, parents get first hand look at new testhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/SBpreview.aspxAt Lanakila El, parents get first hand look at new testThe Smarter Balanced assessment, aligned with our higher learning standards, debuts this spring. At Lanakila Elementary, teachers and staff organized a parent night to help families see what their children will be doing.
2014 Year in Reviewhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2014-Year-in-Review.aspx2014 Year in ReviewThere 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.
Mililani does it right with HHSAA football titlehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/mililani-champions.aspxMililani does it right with HHSAA football titleThe great Vince Lombardi once said, "Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all-the-time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while… you do them right all the time." For the Mililani High Trojans football team, 2014 will be remembered as the year they did things right all the time.
Highlights: Hawaii's 2014 Hour of Codehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/HOC-2014-wrap-up.aspxHighlights: Hawaii's 2014 Hour of CodeA look at what some of our schools did as part of Computer Science Education Week (CSED) Dec. 8-14, and global Hour of Code events. More than 40 Hawaii public schools and charter schools participated this year with coding exercises. Here are some highlights.
Strive HI Profile: Pomaikai Elementaryhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Strive-HI-Pomaikai.aspxStrive HI Profile: Pomaikai ElementaryOne 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 they're doing right. What makes a great school tick? Read on!
With effective leadership, real ownership, we move forwardhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/leader-reflect.aspxWith effective leadership, real ownership, we move forwardTwo leaders of the Department joined a contingent of 27 school and community leaders who visited three school districts in North America. Reflecting on the trip, they were reinvigorated in their focus on leadership, and inspired by ground-up ownership of public education.
Sneak Peek: Hour of Code at Hawaii's public schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/2014-HOC.aspxSneak Peek: Hour of Code at Hawaii's public schoolsMore public and charter schools are jumping in with student coding exercises for this year's Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 8-14. Here's a sneak peek at what six of our schools are up to.
Video: Schools respond to Puna Lava Flowhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/punalava.aspxVideo: Schools respond to Puna Lava FlowThe June 27th lava flow — named for the day it began erupting from a vent on Kilauea’s Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater — moved steadily northeast through forests toward populated areas. By late summer, U.S. Geological Survey updates made it clear that lower Puna, including Pahoa town, could be impacted. Video provides snapshots of how schools, staff and students adapted during a state of emergency.
Strive HI Profile: Noelani Elementaryhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Strive-HI-Noelani.aspxStrive HI Profile: Noelani ElementaryOne 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 they're doing right. What makes a great school tick? Read on!
Iroquois Point Elementary unveils 'Ocean of Aloha'https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/ocean-of-aloha.aspxIroquois Point Elementary unveils 'Ocean of Aloha'Anti-bullying, the arts and environmental sustainability converge in an inspirational student-led exhibit on the Ewa Beach campus. Mahalo to the PTA, Re-use Hawaii and Iroquois Point Elementary staff for making it possible.
Strive HI Profile: Helemano Elementaryhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Strive-HI-Helemano.aspxStrive HI Profile: Helemano ElementaryOne 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 they're doing right. What makes a great school tick? Read on!
Leadership in the face of the stormhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/disaster-response.aspxLeadership in the face of the stormMany DOE schools are designated shelters for communities during disasters such as the recent hurricane strike of Hawaii Island. A look at how administrators organize and lead their school communities through these efforts, and a special shout-out to the staff who went above and beyond the call of duty last week.
Department announces 2014 summer food service programhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2014-summer-food-service.aspxDepartment announces 2014 summer food service programThe Department is announcing its locations for the summer food service program, Seamless Summer Option (SSO). Beginning in early June, the SSO will be available at 59 public schools without charge to all children 18 years and under. Meals will be served at select locations Monday through Friday (except June 11 and July 4).
Another achievement at Washington Middle — chess champshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Chess.aspxAnother achievement at Washington Middle — chess champsWashington Middle School, which made a name for itself with its dominating performance in the statewide MATHCOUNTS competition, now can add another title to its mantle — National Chess Champions.
Schools travel virtually to Kilauea for lessons in science, culturehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/volcanovft.aspxSchools travel virtually to Kilauea for lessons in science, cultureScenes from the Virtual Field Trip to Kilauea Crater, hosted by Keaau Elementary staff and students, facilitated by University Lab School, and broadcast to schools and viewers via Google Hangout.
Real-life skills taste great at Marauder Cafehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Marauder-Cafe.aspxReal-life skills taste great at Marauder CafeWaipahu High School has developed a series of academies along career pathways that are designed to better prepare students for specialized education and jobs in the future. Here, we look at one, The Culinary Arts Academy, with a trip to Marauder Cafe.
Math gaming engages August Ahrens studentshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Math-gaming-engaging-August-Ahrens-students.aspxMath gaming engages August Ahrens studentsIn the last few years, video gaming has become a fun and successful way to engage more and more kids in math. And while that sounds like the equivalent of delivering vegetables via dessert, gaming has been shown to sharpen the students’ academic and strategic skills.
Kaimuki principal turning things aroundhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Kaimuki-principal-turning-things-around.aspxKaimuki principal turning things aroundKaimuki High is experiencing an inspirational turnaround thanks to hardworking teachers and new leadership under Principal Wade Araki, who is implementing innovative school structures to better support students and staff.
Waipahu High's Early College program nets $256,000 gifthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Waipahu-High's-Early-College-program-nets-$256,000-gift.aspxWaipahu High's Early College program nets $256,000 giftWaipahu High School today received $256,000 from McInerny Foundation (Bank of Hawaii, Trustee) for the school’s Early College Program.

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