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Hawaii public school educators eligible for up to $1,000 in DonorsChoose project fundinghttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-public-school-educators-eligible-for-up-to-$1,000-in-DonorsChoose-project-funding.aspxHawaii public school educators eligible for up to $1,000 in DonorsChoose project fundingEligible DonorsChoose projects must be submitted before midnight on Aug. 3 to qualify for funding. Donations will be made on Aug. 6 to eligible projects.
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.
Summer P-EBT benefits begin to roll-out in July 2021https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Summer-P-EBT-Benefits-Begin-to-Roll-Out-in-July-2021.aspxSummer P-EBT benefits begin to roll-out in July 2021DHS announced summer P-EBT benefits for children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals, or attend a Community Eligibility Provision school during the COVID-19 pandemic.
HIDOE submits State Plan for the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III)https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-submits-State-Plan-for-ARP-ESSER-III.aspxHIDOE submits State Plan for the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III)The state’s $412.3 million in ESSER III funds was authorized to provide funding to support Hawaii’s schools in safely reopening and to mitigate learning loss.
Waipahu High School principal appointed interim superintendent of Hawai‘i public schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Waipahu-High-School-principal-appointed-interim-superintendent-of-Hawai‘i-public-schools.aspxWaipahu High School principal appointed interim superintendent of Hawai‘i public schoolsThe Hawaiʻi State Board of Education today approved the appointment of Keith Hayashi as interim superintendent of the Hawaii State Department of Education.
Summer Meals Program begins June 4 for all children ages 18 and youngerhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Summer-Meals-Program-begins-June-4-for-all-children-ages-18-and-younger.aspxSummer Meals Program begins June 4 for all children ages 18 and youngerThe summer meals program will begin on June 4 and run until July 19. Meal distribution will be at lunchtime only. All children ages 18 and younger may participate at the approximately 80 distribution sites, regardless of their enrollment status. Parents or guardians who choose to pick up meals without their child(ren) present must provide verification documents daily.
Parent letter from Supt. Kishimoto regarding in-person learning for school year 2021-22 https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/supt-kishimoto-parent-letter-SY2020-21.aspxParent letter from Supt. Kishimoto regarding in-person learning for school year 2021-22 Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto issued a letter to parents to provide an update on plans for the upcoming school year.
2021 National Children's Mental Health Awareness Month and Art Contest Winnershttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2021-National-Children's-Mental-Health-Awareness-Month-and-Art-Contest-Winners.aspx2021 National Children's Mental Health Awareness Month and Art Contest WinnersTo promote open communication about mental health, this year's student art contest theme was "Mental Health Talk," which aimed to raise awareness about resources and to encourage youth and families to connect about mental health.
COVID vaccines to be offered at school-based mobile clinics for students 16+ and eligible household membershttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/COVID-vaccines-to-be-offered-at-school-based-mobile-clinics-for-students-16-and-older-and-eligible-household-members.aspxCOVID vaccines to be offered at school-based mobile clinics for students 16+ and eligible household membersBased on current enrollment and student ages, the population of students ages 16 and older in Hawai‘i public schools is approximately 32,000.
HIDOE announces expanded summer opportunities for student learning and supporthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2021-summer-learning.aspxHIDOE announces expanded summer opportunities for student learning and supportSchools will offer a comprehensive menu of summer programming aimed at addressing the learning needs of students as they transition back to full in-person learning and prepare for the 2021-22 school year.
Class of 2021 graduation celebrations scheduled for Hawaii’s public schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2021 Graduations.aspxClass of 2021 graduation celebrations scheduled for Hawaii’s public schoolsPublic high schools across the state today announced the dates, times and formats of their respective graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021.
Nānākuli Elementary principal named 2021 Hawaii National Distinguished Principalhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2021-Hawaii-National-Distinguished-Principal.aspxNānākuli Elementary principal named 2021 Hawaii National Distinguished PrincipalThe Hawaii Elementary and Middle School Administrators Association (HEMSAA) today named Principal Lisa Ann Higa from Nānākuli Elementary as Hawaii’s 2021 National Distinguished Principal.
40 HIDOE educators earn, renew NBCT certificationhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2021-National-Board-for-Professional-Teaching-Standards-Certification.aspx40 HIDOE educators earn, renew NBCT certificationThis year’s newly certified National Board Certified Teachers class ranks 19th-largest in the nation.
Kanoelani Elementary teacher receives 2021 Teacher of Promise Award from the Milken Educators of Hawaiihttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2021-Milken-Teacher-of-Promise-Award.aspxKanoelani Elementary teacher receives 2021 Teacher of Promise Award from the Milken Educators of HawaiiKanoelani Elementary special education teacher Jenna Oskey was honored today as the state winner of the prestigious Teacher of Promise Award from the Milken Educators of Hawaii.
Keith Hayashi becomes first high school principal to receive Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinctionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Keith-Hayashi-Phi-Theta-Kappa.aspxKeith Hayashi becomes first high school principal to receive Shirley B. Gordon Award of DistinctionThe Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society recognized Waipahu High Principal Hayashi during PTK Catalyst 2021, the society’s annual convention, on April 9.
DHS announces third round of P-EBT benefitshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DHS-Third-Round-of-PEBT-Benefits-April-2021.aspxDHS announces third round of P-EBT benefitsDHS announced that there will be a third round of P-EBT benefits allocated to children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals, or attend a Community Eligibility Provision school during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jarrett Middle School celebrates new mobile health clinichttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Jarrett-middle-school-celebrates-new-mobile-health-clinic.aspxJarrett Middle School celebrates new mobile health clinicWilliam P. Jarrett Middle School expanded on their school health services by partnering with Waikiki Health to offer a new mobile health clinic. The clinic was established to address chronic absenteeism, which is a student success indicator on the Department’s Strive HI Performance System.
Moloka‘i High librarian receives 2021 School Librarian of the Year Awardhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2021-School-Librarian-of-the-Year-Award.aspxMoloka‘i High librarian receives 2021 School Librarian of the Year AwardDiane Mokuau, librarian at Moloka‘i High School, is one of the two distinguished recipients nationwide to receive this award.
HIDOE educators named 2021 Nat Geo Grosvenor Teacher Fellowshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2021-National-Geographic-Grosvenor-Teacher-Fellowship.aspxHIDOE educators named 2021 Nat Geo Grosvenor Teacher FellowsTwo Hawai‘i public school teachers have been chosen to participate in the National Geographic's Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship, a two-year professional development opportunity for pre-K-12 educators supported by a partnership between Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society.
HIDOE to implement revised health and safety protocols aligned to latest DOH guidance for schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Revised-health-and-safety-protocols.aspxHIDOE to implement revised health and safety protocols aligned to latest DOH guidance for schoolsThe Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE), in partnership with the state Department of Health (DOH), worked on ensuring that the health and safety protocols are consistent with the latest DOH guidance for schools.
Moanalua High School opens new Performing Arts Centerhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Moanalua-High-School-opens-new-Performing-Arts-Center.aspxMoanalua High School opens new Performing Arts CenterMoanalua High School celebrated the grand opening of its new Performing Arts Center. Students and staff welcomed Gov. David Ige, lawmakers and community members with tours of the facilities and student performances.
HIDOE releases guidelines to allow athletic workouts and practiceshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-releases-guidelines-to-allow-athletic-workouts-and-practices.aspxHIDOE releases guidelines to allow athletic workouts and practicesThe Hawaiʻi State Department of Education this week released guidelines for safely restarting student athletic programming for high schools beginning Monday. Status of interscholastic competition to be determined by island league associations.
West Maui Elementary School Principal named Complex Area Superintendenthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/West-Maui-Elementary-School-Principal-named-Complex-Area-Superintendent.aspxWest Maui Elementary School Principal named Complex Area SuperintendentThe Hawaiʻi State Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Rebecca Winkie to complex area superintendent for the Hāna-Lahainaluna-Lāna‘i-Moloka‘i Complex Area.
Kaua‘i High School breaks ground on new gymnasiumhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kaua‘i-High-School-breaks-ground-on-new-gymnasium.aspxKaua‘i High School breaks ground on new gymnasiumThe Hawai‘i State Department of Education held a groundbreaking ceremony at Kaua‘i High School on March 1 for it’s new gymnasium. The $21 million project began its initial conception in 2011, with the help of John Hara Associates, Inc., and is estimated to be completed by April 1, 2023.
HIDOE allows for limited, in-person school commencement events https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-allows-for-limited,-in-person-school-commencement-events.aspxHIDOE allows for limited, in-person school commencement events The Hawaii State Department of Education today released guidelines to allow for limited, in-person school commencement and transition ceremonies that ensure the health and safety of students, staff and families.
Kaʻala Elementary School counselor honored nationally as 2021 State School Counselor of the Yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2021-State-School-Counselor-of-the-Year.aspxKaʻala Elementary School counselor honored nationally as 2021 State School Counselor of the YearKaʻala Elementary School Counselor Jon Morikawa was recently recognized as the 2021 American School Counselor Association's (ASCA) Hawaii School Counselor of the Year.
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.
Drinking water at selected Hawai‘i public schools and child care facilities to be tested for lead from May to December 2021https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Drinking-Water-Testing.aspxDrinking water at selected Hawai‘i public schools and child care facilities to be tested for lead from May to December 2021The Hawai‘i State Department of Education has partnered with the Department of Health and Department of Human Serivces to test tap water at selected schools and child care facilities for the presence of lead.
Waipahu High School breaks ground on new Integrated Academy Facilityhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Waipahu-High-School-Integrated-Academy-Facility-Groundbreaking-Event.aspxWaipahu High School breaks ground on new Integrated Academy FacilityThe Hawaii State Department of Education held a groundbreaking ceremony at Waipahu High School on Jan. 14 for its new Integrated Academy Facility.
Large, in-person HIDOE gatherings canceled through June 1, 2021https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Large-in-person-HIDOE-gatherings-canceled-through-June-1-2021.aspxLarge, in-person HIDOE gatherings canceled through June 1, 2021Large, in-person social gatherings including proms, banquets, May Day celebrations, and other school-sanctioned social events with over 20 attendees will be canceled. Guidelines for school commencement events to be made by Feb. 26.

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