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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.
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.
'Waiting for You,' an intersection of work and play, nets top art awardhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/2019-HRSAA.aspx'Waiting for You,' an intersection of work and play, nets top art awardEmma Park, an 8th grader at Wahiawa Middle School, has been named an American Visions nominee in the Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards. Her photograph, "Waiting for You," and two other works will be considered for national recognition. A selection of works statewide will be exhibited at the Hawaii State Art Museum. “I always saw something in my work, and it makes me really happy that other people see something in it, too.”
Waianae High School counselor honored in Washington D.C. during National Counselor of the Year ceremonyhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Waianae-High-Counselor-Named-2018-Hawaii-Counselor-of-the-Year.aspxWaianae High School counselor honored in Washington D.C. during National Counselor of the Year ceremonyWaianae High School Counselor Desiré DeSoto was named the 2018 Hawaii School Counselor of the Year and recognized as a 2019 American School Counselor of the Year Finalist.
Hawaii public school students continue to make strides on AP Examshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/AP-Scores.aspxHawaii public school students continue to make strides on AP ExamsMore HIDOE students are both taking and passing Advanced Placement Exams.
Public review of revisions to Chapter 19 and new Chapter 89 codeshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Chap-19-and-89-outreach.aspxPublic review of revisions to Chapter 19 and new Chapter 89 codesOn Oct. 4, the Board of Education approved for public review the Hawai‘i DOE updates to the student misconduct and discipline code known as Chapter 19, as well as a new section titled Chapter 89 Civil Rights Policy and Complaint Procedures for Student(s) Complaints against Adult(s). Public review sessions are scheduled on O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island through November.
HIDOE updates to student misconduct and discipline code approved for public hearinghttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/chapter-19-revisions.aspxHIDOE updates to student misconduct and discipline code approved for public hearingThe Hawaii State Board of Education unanimously voted to send the revisions out for a public hearing.
September 2018 Inspirehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Inspire/Pages/0918.aspxSeptember 2018 InspireInspirational stories from Hawai'i's public schools. In this edition: 9th graders at Wai'anae High excel on "The R.I.D.E.," school-based health center dedicated at Nanakuli High & Intermediate, the HIDOE Team and Employee of the Year are named, new classroom building breaks ground at Waikoloa Elementary & Middle School, more stories.
Bullying is not acceptable in Hawai‘i's public school systemhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/Offices/Pages/Supt-Kishimoto-091918.aspxBullying is not acceptable in Hawai‘i's public school systemFrom Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: It should go without saying that bullying is not tolerated in an organization or in communities dedicated to educating healthy and joyful lifelong learners who contribute meaningfully to our communities. But to be explicitly clear: Bullying of any kind is not acceptable in Hawai‘i public schools. This piece ran on Sept. 19, 2018 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
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.
Culture of accountability results in academic successes at Kamehameha III Elementaryhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Kamehameha-III.aspxCulture of accountability results in academic successes at Kamehameha III ElementaryWith a mission of “Empowering students to improve the future,” King Kamehameha III Elementary has seen its achievement steadily climb in all subjects while maintaining high levels of growth. Principal Steve Franz says the school promotes a culture that values growth and teachers take ownership of all students.
Hands-on learning flourishes under Farrington partnership with World Surf Leaguehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Farrington-WSL-partnership.aspxHands-on learning flourishes under Farrington partnership with World Surf LeagueFarrington Engineering Academy students are gaining real-world experience and hands-on learning thanks to a productive partnership with the World Surf League. Students spent the past school year designing plans and model-sized versions of a merchandise trailer for the company.
Kapolei High valedictorian now a promising cancer researcherhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Caleb-Perez.aspxKapolei High valedictorian now a promising cancer researcherA 2014 Kapolei High valedictorian majoring in bioengineering at the University of Washington is heading to Switzerland on a Fulbright scholarship to conduct a year of cancer research. Caleb Perez credits his former teachers with challenging him in high school.
Kapolei High student selected for 54th class of U.S. Presidential Scholarshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-US-Presidential-Scholar.aspxKapolei High student selected for 54th class of U.S. Presidential ScholarsKapolei High student Mylia Briggs has been selected for the 54th class of US Presidential Scholars. She is one of 161 high school seniors nationwide being recognized for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields.
Four Hawai‘i public school students selected as National Merit Scholarship winnershttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-National-Merit-Scholarship.aspxFour Hawai‘i public school students selected as National Merit Scholarship winnersThe National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the awardees for this year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners. Students from four Hawai'i public schools were selected for this honor out of 15,000 national finalists.
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.
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!
Nanakuli and Waianae students to benefit from new GEAR UP partnership granthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Nanakuli-and-Waianae-students-to-benefit-from-new-GEAR-UP-partnership-grant.aspxNanakuli and Waianae students to benefit from new GEAR UP partnership grantThe Nānākuli-Wai‘anae Complex Area is ramping up its college and career readiness supports thanks to a $2.7 million federal GEAR UP partnership grant. The grant establishes a partnership with the University of Hawaiʻi-West Oahu, GEAR UP match partner Kamehameha Schools, and Hawaii State Department of Education schools.
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.
Hawaii Island senior selected for United States Senate Youth Programhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-Island-senior-selected-for-United-States-Senate-Youth-Program.aspxHawaii Island senior selected for United States Senate Youth ProgramThe United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) announced the selection of Kealakehe High School senior Maya Kiana Gee as one of two students who will represent the state at the 56th annual USSYP Washington Week from March 3-10, 2018.
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.
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.
Public school students see double-digit gains on AP Examshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Public-school-students-see-double-digit-gains-on-AP-Exams.aspxPublic school students see double-digit gains on AP ExamsHawaii’s public school students continue to show growth on the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) Exams. In a report released today, Hawaii State Department of Education students who were tested last May show double-digit increases in the number of exam takers, exams taken and scores of 3 or higher.
School Every Day is life changinghttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StriveHIPerformanceSystem/Pages/chronic-absence.aspxSchool Every Day is life changingDid you know that one of the strongest predictors of student success or failure is, on the surface, one that seems easy to do? Chronic Absenteeism — missing 15 or more days in a school year, just two or three days a month — leads to a host of academic ailments. Here's how you can help.
Anti-bullying campaign marks its 10th yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Anti-bullying-campaign-marks-its-10th-year-.aspxAnti-bullying campaign marks its 10th year​The E Ola Pono campaign celebrated its 10th year, and was created as a cultural response to bullying in the schools. Student groups are encouraged to actively Grow Pono - to foster respect and harmony. Six schools in three divisions received recognition and monetary awards for their campaigns.
Leeward high schoolers use the summer to earn college creditshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Early-College-Summer-Scholars.aspxLeeward high schoolers use the summer to earn college creditsA group of 62 rising 11th graders from Wai'anae High and Nānākuli High & Intermediate took classes at the University of Hawai'i-West O'ahu as part of a new, intensive six-week program — the Early College Summer Scholars Program — earning college and high school credits along the way.
Waianae High’s Searider Productions will get a new home for its growing needshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Searider-Productions-Building.aspxWaianae High’s Searider Productions will get a new home for its growing needs​A new facility will be built for Waianae High's Searider Productions thanks in part to legislative appropriations totaling $10.7 million. The 8,500-square-foot facility will include a new lobby, "makery space," three new classrooms, a flexible multi-purpose open courtyard that will be used for outdoor classrooms and to host gatherings, and more.
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.
Waianae High senior wins Seal of Biliteracy logo design contesthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Seal-of-Biliteracy-logo-winner.aspxWaianae High senior wins Seal of Biliteracy logo design contestWaianae High senior Javen Towne was named the winner of the HIDOE Seal of Biliteracy logo design contest in front of his fellow graphic design students. As the winner, Towne was awarded an honorary Seal of Biliteracy medallion of his own design and monetary prize. Towne’s classroom, home to Waianae High’s Searider Digital Media Program, will also receive a new graphics arts computer.
Hawaii public school seniors selected as semifinalists for US Presidential Scholars Programhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2017-semifinalists-US-Presidential-Scholars.aspxHawaii public school seniors selected as semifinalists for US Presidential Scholars ProgramThree Hawaii public school students have been selected out of 5,100 candidates as semifinalists for the US Presidential Scholars Program. The seniors are from Mililani High School, Waipahu High School and Kalani High School.
Students from Kalani High School Power Ahead to 20th Annual National Ocean Sciences Competitionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/National-Ocean-Sciences-Competition.aspxStudents from Kalani High School Power Ahead to 20th Annual National Ocean Sciences CompetitionKalani High School students will be competing for the first time in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. The 20th annual Nationals Finals Competition will take place April 22-23 at Oregon State University. The team joins 24 other regional winners out of a total of 392 competing teams.
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.
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.
Hundreds turn out for first annual Lanakila El Leadership Dayhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Lanakila-Leadership-Day.aspxHundreds turn out for first annual Lanakila El Leadership DayMore than 400 students from pre-school through fifth grade showcased projects they have been working on throughout the year at Lanakila El's first Leadership Day. The festivities included student performances, interactive presentations, a wax museum, and more.
Ewa Makai student recognized as top youth volunteerhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Ewa-Makai-student-recognized-as-top-youth-volunteer.aspxEwa Makai student recognized as top youth volunteerEmma Tandara, an eighth grader at Ewa Makai Middle School, was selected as the Middle Level State Honoree for Hawaii for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. She received the award because of her efforts to promote recycling at her school and in the community.
Mililani High student and teacher selected for prestigious Normandy Scholar programhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Normandy-Scholar.aspxMililani High student and teacher selected for prestigious Normandy Scholar programMililani High student Travis Afuso and teacher Amy Boehning are one of 14 teams accepted into the Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Albert H. Small Student & Teacher Institute. They will learn about D-Day and World War II, and will travel to Washington D.C. and Normandy, France as part of the program.
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.
Energy efficiency project opens Harvard-bound student’s eyes to possibilityhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Energy-efficiency-project-.aspxEnergy efficiency project opens Harvard-bound student’s eyes to possibilityAiea High School Class of 2016 graduate Perry Arrasmith focused on the photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roofs of Aiea High for his senior capstone project. His project has inspired change at his school that HIDOE's Office of School Facilities and Support Services helped to make a reality.
Mililani High School senior selected for 52nd class of US Presidential Scholars https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Presidential-Scholar.aspxMililani High School senior selected for 52nd class of US Presidential Scholars Mililani High School student Joseph Fujinami has been selected for the 52nd class of US Presidential Scholars. He is one of 160 high school seniors nationwide selected from 4,700 candidates, and part of the program’s inaugural group of 20 Career and Technical Education (CTE) students.
Student voices rise at 2016 ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange video awardshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2016-Olelo.aspxStudent voices rise at 2016 ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange video awardsWaianae public schools sweep the expert division and public schools win most top prizes in the annual event that aims to cultivate student voice, perspective, and storytelling.
Students spread pono through campuses, communitieshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/pono-2016.aspxStudents spread pono through campuses, communitiesThe annual E Ola Pono campaign rewards student-led efforts to increase peace, kindness and belonging. As a cultural response to bullying and other negative behaviors in schools, student groups are encouraged to actively “Grow Pono” to create a more welcoming and safe environment for everyone at their school.​ For 2016, six schools were selected and will receive cash awards.
Bullying — what it is, what it isn'thttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/Leila-Hayashida.aspxBullying — what it is, what it isn'tThis piece from Maui Complex Area Superintendent (CAS) Leila Hayashida discusses the impacts of bullying and steps students can take when they witness someone being mistreated. It was published in The Maui News.
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.
Two high school seniors get ready to shake hands with top officials in Washington D.C.https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/USSYP.aspxTwo high school seniors get ready to shake hands with top officials in Washington D.C.Students from Aiea and Kailua High School were selected to represent the state at the 54th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) in Washington D.C. this March. Zachary Espino and Perry Arrasmith are the Hawaii delegates that will participate in the annual program.
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."
A bright future in science for first recipient of Dorothy Ono Scholarshiphttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Nina-Bean.aspxA bright future in science for first recipient of Dorothy Ono ScholarshipNamed for a popular but tough math teacher at Kaimuki High, the Stephen Ching Family Foundation bestows the inaugural scholarship on Nina Bean, who is attending UH-Manoa in the fall to study marine biology.
Higher education is the key to a living wage in Hawaiihttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/P20.aspxHigher education is the key to a living wage in HawaiiThe author is Karen Lee, executive director of Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education. P-20 is a multiagency approach to strengthen the educational pipeline from early education through college. P-20 partners share a sense of urgency about the need to improve Hawaii's educational outcomes in an increasingly global economy. This piece ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
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.
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.
Student inspires through dance, leadership, academicshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/jacob-ly.aspxStudent inspires through dance, leadership, academicsHawaii students in both public and private schools take the ACT college-entrance exam early in the school year. A perfect score is 36. And that’s exactly what Kalani High senior Jacob Ly achieved — all while balancing a 4.0 GPA, student activities and being one of the state’s top young dancers trained in classical ballet.
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.
Mahalo! James Campbell Company donates $250,000 to Kapolei, West Oahu schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/JCC2014.aspxMahalo! James Campbell Company donates $250,000 to Kapolei, West Oahu schoolsPrincipals from nine Kapolei and West Oahu were presented checks from $15,000 to $45,000 to fund critical areas for student achievement.
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.
Inspire E-news: July 2014https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Inspire/Pages/July-2014.aspxInspire E-news: July 2014Get inspired with good news stories about our students, educators, schools and more. In this issue: Hawaii impresses at the 2014 international science fair, CAS Ruth Silberstein is honored, Waianae cleans up at regional high school Emmys, more.
Winners of the 2014 Student Television Awards for Excellence namedhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2014-high-school-emmys.aspxWinners of the 2014 Student Television Awards for Excellence namedA hearty congratulations to Waianae High, Maui High and the Hawaii Student Television outreach program, who were honored for their excellent work by the regional chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences last month.
Schools impress at Olelo Youth XChange video competitionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2014yxc.aspxSchools impress at Olelo Youth XChange video competitionThe 11th Annual 2014 Youth Xchange Student Video Competition, hosted by ‘Ōlelo Community Media, garnered more than 800 student entries from schools across the Islands. Winners were announced in categories including Animation, Public Service Announcement, News, Mini-Documentary, Short, and Expert.
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.
Mililani High senior takes 1st in national science symposiumhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Viola-Mocz.aspxMililani High senior takes 1st in national science symposiumViola Mocz of Mililani High won first place in the physical science category in the 52nd National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (NJSHS) for her research on the internal structure of elementary particles. For her winning entry, Viola formulated a semi-classical wave-particle model to describe the fundamental properties of leptons, quarks, and hadrons within the framework of mathematical knots.
Trio of public school seniors named semifinalists for U.S. Presidential Scholars Programhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/USPSP2014.aspxTrio of public school seniors named semifinalists for U.S. Presidential Scholars ProgramThe Department is pleased to announce that public school seniors make up half of the Hawaii semifinalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Nicole Fernandez of Radford High, Trent Hori of Maui High, and Viola Mocz of Mililani High are among 565 students chosen nationally on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character, and involvement in community and school activities.
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.
Three Hawaii public schools earn National Blue Ribbon awardhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Three-Hawaii-public-schools-earn-National-Blue-Ribbon-award.aspxThree Hawaii public schools earn National Blue Ribbon awardBlanche Pope Elementary, Nuuanu Elementary and Waikiki Elementary schools today were named 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools for their outstanding performance and improvement efforts.
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.
Community-based partnership helps Waianae students attend collegehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/Community-based-partnership-helps-Waianae-students-attend-college.aspxCommunity-based partnership helps Waianae students attend collegeKauhale O Waianae, a school-community partnership between MAO Organic Farms, Waianae High School’s Searider Productions, and Makaha Studios, is helping 75 young adults from Waianae attend community colleges.
Public schools have strong showing at national TV awardshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-schools-have-strong-showing-at-national-student-TV-awards.aspxPublic schools have strong showing at national TV awardsHONOLULU – Led by five awards from Waianae High School, public schools captured 16 of 17 awards won by Hawaii schools this month at the 10th Annual Student Television Network (STN) Convention in Los Angeles, Calif.

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