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'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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.

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