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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.
Public comment sought on proposed waiver for SY 2020-21 accountability and school identification requirements in ESEAhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Public-comment-sought-on-Proposed-Waiver-for-SY-2020-21-Accountability-and-School-Identification-Requirements-in-Elementary.aspxPublic comment sought on proposed waiver for SY 2020-21 accountability and school identification requirements in ESEAPublic feedback is sought for HIDOE’s proposed accountability waiver and its assurances. The deadline for comments is Wednesday, May 12, 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.
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 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.
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.
Kihei High School virtual community update scheduled for Jan. 12https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kihei-High-School-community-update-1.aspxKihei High School virtual community update scheduled for Jan. 12A virtual community meeting is scheduled to provide an update on the Kihei High School construction project.
Kanoelani Elementary principal receives National 'LifeChanger of the Year' awardhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kanoelani-Elementary-principal-receives-National-LifeChanger-of-the-Year-award.aspxKanoelani Elementary principal receives National 'LifeChanger of the Year' awardPrincipal Stacie Kunihisa has been selected as the 2020-21 LifeChanger of the Year Spotlight Award winner. Kunihisa is recognized for her leadership and ability to inspire others.
Data dashboard tracks reopening metrics for 2020-21 school yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/dashboard-tracks-reopening-metrics.aspxData dashboard tracks reopening metrics for 2020-21 school yearThe dashboard displays Board-approved, COVID-related metric gap data. This information will be used to guide and monitor 2020-21 school year reopening plans.
HIDOE partners with ClimbHI to connect students with career opportunities with new online platformhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-partners-with-ClimbHI-to-connect-students-with-career-opportunities-with-new-online-platform.aspxHIDOE partners with ClimbHI to connect students with career opportunities with new online platformUnder a new partnership between the HIDOE and Hawai‘i workforce development nonprofit ClimbHI, students at public high schools across the state are connecting with career opportunities through a state-of-the-art online portal.
3 elementary schools connected to positive COVID case involving Maui HIDOE employeehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2020-12-5-Maui-District-covid-case.aspx3 elementary schools connected to positive COVID case involving Maui HIDOE employeeWhile it is not standard practice for HIDOE to publicly disclose individual cases, broader notification is made under certain situations, including when multiple campuses are impacted by a single case, such as this one.
Annual Strive HI performance data impacted by pandemichttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Strive-HI-2020.aspxAnnual Strive HI performance data impacted by pandemicDue to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, all states sought and received waivers from federally required standardized testing as well as associated accountability, school identification, and reporting requirements for the 2019-20 school year.
Department releases comprehensive instructional review of Acellushttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/acellus-comprehensive-report.aspxDepartment releases comprehensive instructional review of AcellusThe Department's final report reviewing the instructional content of the Acellus program is available.
Hawaii public school students continue to make progress on AP examshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-public-school-students-continue-to-make-progress-on-AP-Exams.aspxHawaii public school students continue to make progress on AP examsThe percentage of HIDOE students receiving an AP Scholar Award increased by 2 percentage points. Additionally, the total number of students receiving the AP Capstone Diploma increased 82% from 15 to 36 students.
Oahu high school reports 3 COVID cases in the past week, will temporarily close campus facilitieshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Oahu-temporarily-close-campus-facilities.aspxOahu high school reports 3 COVID cases in the past week, will temporarily close campus facilitiesKapolei High School is transitioning to a full distance learning model for all students and teleworking for all staff, effective Wednesday, Nov. 4 through Wednesday, Nov. 11, with school facilities expected to reopen Nov. 12.
Ala Wai Elementary School's Lori Kwee named 2021 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the Yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2021-Hawaii-State-Teacher-of-the-Year.aspxAla Wai Elementary School's Lori Kwee named 2021 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the YearAla Wai Elementary teacher Lori Kwee was named the 2021 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the Year. Kwee received the state's top teaching award from Gov. David Ige and Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto during a virtual awards ceremony this afternoon.
Waipahu High School academies receive national recognitionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Waipahu-High-School-academies-receive-national-recognition.aspxWaipahu High School academies receive national recognitionWaipahu High School obtains national recognition from the National Career Academy Coalition for three more of their academies. The first in the state to obtain this prestigious honor.
HIDOE finalizing transition plan for Acellus users based on curriculum review findingshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-finalizing-transition-plan-for-Acellus-users-based-on-curriculum-review-findings.aspxHIDOE finalizing transition plan for Acellus users based on curriculum review findingsThe HIDOE is working with complex area and school leaders to finalize a transition plan for Acellus users, with the goal of moving forward in a manner that supports students in the least disruptive manner possible.

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