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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.
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.
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.
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.
Hotline available for HIDOE student-related health questions and telehealth visitshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hotline-available-for-HIDOE-student-related-health-questions-and-telehealth-visits.aspxHotline available for HIDOE student-related health questions and telehealth visitsHIDOE students and families will have access to a new health hotline and telehealth services provided by the Hawai‘i Keiki: Healthy and Ready to Learn Program to deliver equitable access to health resources and care for HIDOE students using mobile devices and interactive technology. The health hotline can be reached at (844) 436-3888 (toll free) Monday through Friday, excluding holidays & breaks.
School bells ring, but why?https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/school-bell.aspxSchool bells ring, but why?School communities are being asked to "think out of the box" about how to deliver upon five student promises by 2030 as part of the public school system's next 10 years of strategic planning. What do schools need to do to advance equity, excellence and innovation for all, and what current procedures, policies, infrastructure and other elements should be reconsidered? State Office Teacher Bobby Widhalm shares his thoughts about the school bell.
'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.”
2018 Year in Reviewhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Pages/2018.aspx2018 Year in ReviewHappy New Year! Enjoy this roundup of 2018 in pictures, videos and stories from the Hawai'i DOE and our schools.
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.
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.
Let's help more students tap into federal and private dollars for collegehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/091718.aspxLet's help more students tap into federal and private dollars for collegeA critical measure that serves as one predictor for college access is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. This year, the Hawaii DOE has set a goal to have 70 percent of our seniors complete the FAFSA, and 90 percent in 2020. We all play a role in meeting this goal.
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.
Rovi Porter: My public school journeyhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/rovi-porter.aspxRovi Porter: My public school journeyWhen I was asked to reflect on my public school journey, my immediate thought was to highlight the people who have supported me throughout the years. However, I believe the best form of gratitude is not just thanking them, but demonstrating how I’m using what they’ve taught me to be the best person I can be. Here’s my story.
HIDOE and Dept. of Health work to protect Hawaii Island students from voghttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOH--DOE-work-to-protect-Hawaii-Island-students-from-vog-in-preparation-for-new-school-year.aspxHIDOE and Dept. of Health work to protect Hawaii Island students from vogHIDOE and the State Dept. of Health are working together to develop and share volcano response plans for schools on Hawai‘i Island. The partnership has created clearer guidelines on what to do when sulfur dioxide levels in the air exceed safe thresholds.
May 2018 Inspirehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Inspire/Pages/0518.aspxMay 2018 InspireInspirational stories from Hawai'i's public schools. In this edition: Maui High boosts college and career readiness, East Kapolei Middle School breaks ground, teachers drive improvement via an innovative collaboration model, more stories.
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.
April 2018 Strive HIhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/StriveHiNewsletter/Pages/0418.aspxApril 2018 Strive HINews and success stories from across Hawaii's public school system. In this edition: Hawai'i's grade 8 reading stands out in biannual "Nation's Report Card," Farm to School gets a new name and look with ‘Aina Pono, public feedback on the Hawai‘i DOE's draft Computer Science Action Plan is sought through April 16, more stories.
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!
College and career readiness is a student affair at Roosevelt Highhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/roosevelt-college-career-fair-18.aspxCollege and career readiness is a student affair at Roosevelt HighStudents belonging to Roosevelt High's College & Career Committee wanted to host a fair on campus in which the whole school would participate. The event held today included representatives from nearly 40 local colleges and organizations, and nearly 100 speakers who provided career insights and advice.
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.
February 2018 Inspirehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Inspire/Pages/0218.aspxFebruary 2018 InspireInspirational stories from Hawai'i's public schools. In this edition: King Kekaulike High goes all-in with interventions and co-teaching with promising results for student outcomes, Mililani High selected as next Farm to School site, more Hawai'i teachers earn National Board Certification, and many 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.
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.
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.
2017 Year in Reviewhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Pages/2017.aspx2017 Year in ReviewHappy New Year! Enjoy this roundup of 2017 in pictures, videos and stories from the Hawai'i DOE and our schools.
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.
Hawaii public schools receive financial incentives for supporting whole child and well-rounded educationhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SAWS-2016-17.aspxHawaii public schools receive financial incentives for supporting whole child and well-rounded educationThe Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is working with the department to meet the needs of the whole child and provide a well-rounded education for all public school students. DOH is providing a competitive award up to $5,000 per school to 27 schools statewide.
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.
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.
Congratulations, Class of 2017!https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/2017-graduation-ceremonies.aspxCongratulations, Class of 2017!Congratulations to all the seniors who graduated from our schools this year. Across the Islands, graduates were showered with love and suffocated with lei from friends and family. Enjoy this video roundup of the celebrations.
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.
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.
Maunakea Scholars Awards New Student Astronomers at Nanakuli and Kapoleihttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Astronomers-at-Nanakuli-and-Kapolei.aspxMaunakea Scholars Awards New Student Astronomers at Nanakuli and KapoleiStudents from Nanakuli High School and Kapolei High School have been awarded Maunakea Observatories telescope time. The winning proposals were selected based on technical viability, creativity, and scientific merit.
Partnership aims to teach kids importance of dental hygienehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Partnership-aims-to-teach-kids-importance-of-dental-hygiene.aspxPartnership aims to teach kids importance of dental hygieneHIDOE and the Hawaii Dental Association are joining forces in an effort to provide oral health services for students who need it. The agencies have established a Memorandum of Agreement to promote oral health in first and second grade classes across the state.
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.
More isle students meeting benchmarks for college-readiness is reason to cheerhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/More-isle-students-meeting-benchmarks.aspxMore isle students meeting benchmarks for college-readiness is reason to cheerSuperintendent Kathryn Matayoshi shares with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser the importance of celebrating the success of public school students and what sets them apart from their peers locally and nationally when it comes to college and career opportunities.
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.
Department of Education advises on heat safetyhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Heat-Safety.aspxDepartment of Education advises on heat safetyWith the new school year beginning Aug. 1, HIDOE reminds schools and parents about health guidance on preventing heat illness.
Students take passion for percussion to a national levelhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/HYPE.aspxStudents take passion for percussion to a national levelAn ensemble of dedicated percussionists and their director share a passion for music in a unique opportunity for Hawaii students.
Superintendent to bring the voice of students to New York to share messages of Mālama Honua https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/World-Oceans-Day.aspxSuperintendent to bring the voice of students to New York to share messages of Mālama Honua In preparation for the upcoming World Oceans Day gathering in New York, Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and apprentice navigator Jenna Ishii this morning met with students and educators who presented messages of Mālama Honua, which she will take to Nainoa Thompson on June 8.
A heartfelt mahalo from Maunakea Scholarshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/CFHT-mahalo.aspxA heartfelt mahalo from Maunakea ScholarsStudents in the first cohort of Maunakea Scholars offer thanks to the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope staff and University of Hawaii mentors for assisting with their research of the stars. The program, the first of its kind in the world, grants telescope time to public high school students for independent research.
Aloha, Class of 2016!https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Class-of-2016.aspxAloha, Class of 2016!Is there anything better than a Hawaii graduation? About 10,800 students got piled head high with lei and more at ceremonies across the Islands. Congratulations, Class of 2016, and to the families and educators who helped along the way. We are proud! Cheeeee hooooo! Enjoy this Storify collection of social media posts from HIDOE and families across Hawaii.
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.
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.
Mural at Blanche Pope El serves as an Earth Day reminder to ho’omalu Waimanalohttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Blanche-Pope-Mural.aspxMural at Blanche Pope El serves as an Earth Day reminder to ho’omalu WaimanaloStudents at Blanche Pope Elementary celebrated Earth Day by unveiling their Mele Mural during the school’s ho’olaule’a today. The 55-foot mural took two weeks to complete with students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade contributing to the brainstorming process and painting.
Molokai student leader attracts NextEra Energy support to cool schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Molokai-Cool-Schools.aspxMolokai student leader attracts NextEra Energy support to cool schoolsA celebration assembly was held at Kaunakakai Elementary to mark the completion of a hybrid solar air conditioning installation project — 33 units were installed in 18 classrooms. Sixth-grader and Student Council President Leonahemaikekaimalie Crivello was commended for helping the project become a reality.
Cultivating the next generation of astronomershttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Next-generation-astronomers.aspxCultivating the next generation of astronomersStudents from Kapolei High School were selected to receive observation time at one of the world's most powerful telescopes for their scientific research, thanks to the new Maunakea Scholars program. The program grew from a discussion about leveraging educational and community partnerships to infuse schools with opportunity.
Four Kapolei High students selected to use a Maunakea observatory to study the starshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Maunakea-Scholars.aspxFour Kapolei High students selected to use a Maunakea observatory to study the starsThe first four students to get observatory time at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) under the new Maunakea Scholars program are from Kapolei High School. Congratulations to Ashley Cobbs, Nevyn Tyau, Jamie Valdez and David Zerba.
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.
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.
Keaau students to unveil space shuttle replica on the 30th anniversary of the Challenger missionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Shuttle-Reconstruction.aspxKeaau students to unveil space shuttle replica on the 30th anniversary of the Challenger missionAfter overcoming adversity, the Keaau High School Cougars are soaring to new heights with a reconstruction of a space shuttle replica, which will be unveiled to the public on Jan. 28, 2016 at 4 p.m. The event marks the 30th anniversary of the NASA Space Shuttle Orbiter Challenger mission and will honor NASA astronaut, hero, and Big Island native Ellison Onizuka.
Mililani High students share love of STEM, robotics during breakhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/MililaniSTEMCamp.aspxMililani High students share love of STEM, robotics during breakMililani High School students become teachers during Fall Break to instruct elementary school students on robotics and STEM.
Using math, software to spark spatial reasoning, teamworkhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/3D-modeling.aspxUsing math, software to spark spatial reasoning, teamworkMath teacher Minna Chanhboury at Kalakaua Middle is using the STEM Pre-Academy’s 3D modeling resources to create an engaging performance task for her 6th grade math students — understanding the net of common household boxes.
Hawaii educators work to advance career pathways for studentshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/advancing-career-pathways.aspxHawaii educators work to advance career pathways for studentsHawaii is among a group of 17 states announcing a commitment to develop and execute a detailed plan to make career readiness a higher priority.
New assessment scores show promise for public school achievementhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/sba-scores.aspxNew assessment scores show promise for public school achievementIn its first year of administering a new, more rigorous test, Hawaii’s students continue to move in the right direction in meeting higher expectations for college and career readiness. HIDOE today released statewide Smarter Balanced Assessments test scores in mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy.
1st place essay about kalo evokes passion for land, peoplehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/aalii.aspx1st place essay about kalo evokes passion for land, peopleʻAʻaliʻikumakani Dukelow, a 2015 graduate of Ke Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Kekaulike on Maui, earns a $2,500 scholarship and summer learning and cultural exchange in Washington, D.C., with his winning essay about cultivating taro.
How did Kisa Uradomo get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, online practice.https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Uradomo.aspxHow did Kisa Uradomo get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, online practice.The Kula violinist who just graduated from King Kekaulike High is the only student from Hawaii selected to join the 2015 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. The prestigious musical program embarks on a nine-city tour in July with several stops in China.
'Senior Luau' connects McKinley High students, new friendshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/mckinley-senior-luau.aspx'Senior Luau' connects McKinley High students, new friendsStudent leaders in the Ambassadors program, who have been volunteering at nearby senior housing, find a new way to battle loneliness and depression among our kupuna.
3 Maui students among inaugural PBS NewsHour student academyhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/PBS-SRL-cohort.aspx3 Maui students among inaugural PBS NewsHour student academyGiel Marie Tolentino and Zoe Whitney, both grade 11 from Maui High, and John Fabella, grade 8 from Maui Waena Intermediate, are among 18 students selected from around the country for the first Student Reporting Labs Academy in Washington D.C. this summer.
Schools reaching wellness goalshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Schools-reaching-wellness-goals.aspxSchools reaching wellness goalsWellness Guidelines look at nutritional guidelines, health and nutrition education, physical education and activity.
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.
Passion to help people fuels Kauai graduate's successhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Passion-to-help-people-fuels-Kauai-graduate's-success.aspxPassion to help people fuels Kauai graduate's successKapaa High graduate Cassidy Yatsko lives by her words of advice, “Don’t just let opportunities come to you – you should go to them or you’ll miss out on a lot of cool ways to grow as a person.”
STEM Night attracts hundreds to Mililani Middle Schoolhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/STEM-Night-MMS.aspxSTEM Night attracts hundreds to Mililani Middle SchoolParents and their children flock to a growing event at Mililani Middle School dedicated to hands-on learning for STEM.
What Malama Honua looks like at the school levelhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Lunalilo-Malama-Honua.aspxWhat Malama Honua looks like at the school levelLunalilo Elementary aligned its project-based curriculum, cultural education and community outreach to the Worldwide Voyage of the Hōkule‘ā and Hikianalia. Master navigator Nainoa Thompson: “I know that if we have 10,000 Lunalilos, the voyage is worth it.”
Campbell High's saltwater-powered fan takes students to Samsung nationalshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/campbell-samsung.aspxCampbell High's saltwater-powered fan takes students to Samsung nationalsJCHS is one of 15 public schools named national finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, which aims to encourage innovation while addressing the technology gap in classrooms across the country. They've won a $35,000 technology grant, and will present their project to a live panel of judges on March 18 in New York City. If named to the Top 5, they'll win a $120,000 grant.
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.
Two public school students selected as top youth volunteershttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2015-prudential.aspxTwo public school students selected as top youth volunteersAlexandra Skrocki, 17, of Radford High and Kaytlen Akau, 13, of Kamakahelei Middle have been selected as 2015 Hawaii state winners by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The program honors students who devote time to service projects.
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.
DOE approves revised Pono Choices sexual health curriculumhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-approves-revised-Pono-Choices-sexual-health-curriculum.aspxDOE approves revised Pono Choices sexual health curriculumThe updated Pono Choices curriculum is one of seven sexual health education programs available to DOE middle schools. Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, all parents must sign an opt-in form permitting their children to participate in sexual health education.
Kahuku High student's photo selected for national displayhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Makoa-Ho.aspxKahuku High student's photo selected for national displayA spontaneous photo taken by teen Makoa Ho, a 2014 Kahuku High and Intermediate School graduate, is one of only 56 national award-winning works chosen for display at Washington, D.C.’s U.S. Department of Education Building on Sept. 19.
Department of Education releases sexual education reporthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/sex-ed-report.aspxDepartment of Education releases sexual education reportThe Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) today released a report that announces actions it is taking based on a panel review of Pono Choices, a middle-school sexual health education curriculum.
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).
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.
DOE convenes working group to review Pono Choiceshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-convenes-working-group-to-review-Pono-Choices.aspxDOE convenes working group to review Pono ChoicesThe group of diverse stakeholders will review Pono Choices and accept public feedback prior to issuing a report.
DOE reports on school year and instructional timehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-reports-on-school-year-and-instructional-time.aspxDOE reports on school year and instructional timeHONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) this afternoon provided its 2014 report on School Year and Instructional Time before a joint legislative education committee hearing.
Pono Choices to resume following DOE reviewhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Pono-Choices-to-resume-following-DOE-review.aspxPono Choices to resume following DOE reviewA review of Pono Choices confirmed the curriculum is medically accurate, appropriate and aligned with health education, state law and DOE policy.
Sex Education program Pono Choices to be reviewedhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Sex-Education-program-Pono-Choices-to-be-reviewed.aspxSex Education program Pono Choices to be reviewedFollowing the 2013 fall semester, Pono Choices curriculum implementation will be placed on hold while the Department completes another review process.
Public school parents encouraged to complete federal survey cardshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Public-school-parents-encouraged-to-complete-federal-survey-cards.aspxPublic school parents encouraged to complete federal survey cardsParents of Hawaii public school students are encouraged to complete and return to their school a federal census survey card that was sent home on Sept. 4. The annual survey determines the number of federally connected students in the public school system for whom the state receives impact aid funds.
State launches teen-focused obesity prevention campaignhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/State-launches-teen-focused-obesity-prevention-campaign.aspxState launches teen-focused obesity prevention campaignDuring a special premiere at the State Capitol, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) on Feb. 14 launched a new teen-focused multimedia campaign to combat obesity. The campaign is part of a comprehensive set of interventions being implemented by the DOH to address obesity prevention.

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