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HIDOE celebrates school supply subsidy program that benefits 8,000 students across 20 schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-celebrates-school-supply-subsidy-program-that-benefits-8,000-students-across-20-schools.aspxHIDOE celebrates school supply subsidy program that benefits 8,000 students across 20 schoolsNa‘alehu Elementary is one of 20 public schools included in a newly enacted pilot program that provides families of schools composed entirely of students eligible for Title I funding with free school supplies to help ensure educational success.
HIDOE names finalists for the 2023 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the Yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-names-finalists-for-the-2023-Hawaiʻi-State-Teacher-of-the-Year.aspxHIDOE names finalists for the 2023 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the YearThe Hawaiʻi State Department of Education today named 15 complex area teachers of the year and one charter school teacher of the year as finalists for the 2023 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the Year recognition.
15 public school educators selected for Hawai‘i State Teacher Fellows programhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/15-public-school-educators-selected-for-Hawaii-State-Teacher-Fellows-program.aspx15 public school educators selected for Hawai‘i State Teacher Fellows programThe Hawai‘i State Department of Education Leadership Institute announced its 2022-24 Hawai‘i State Teacher Fellows cohort.
HIDOE assessing classroom airflow quality at 7 O‘ahu schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-assessing-classroom-airflow-quality-at-7-Oahu-schools.aspxHIDOE assessing classroom airflow quality at 7 O‘ahu schoolsOf the 12,000 classrooms in public schools statewide, approximately 10% — 1,261 classrooms — have limited access to outside air due to central air conditioning.
HIDOE seeking community input on Kīhei pedestrian crossing studyhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kihei-Community-Input.aspxHIDOE seeking community input on Kīhei pedestrian crossing study"Talk Story" sessions are planned to gather community input on a pedestrian crossing study for the new high school in Kīhei.
Superintendent Hayashi parent letter regarding updated COVID-19 health and safety guidelineshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Supt-Parent-Letter-July-2022-Updated-COVID-Guidance.aspxSuperintendent Hayashi parent letter regarding updated COVID-19 health and safety guidelinesThe Department's recently updated COVID-19 health and safety guidance, which incorporates the latest recommendations from DOH and the CDC, will go into effect on July 26, 2022.
Pedestrian crossing study launched for new high school in Kīheihttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kīhei-Crossing-Study.aspxPedestrian crossing study launched for new high school in KīheiA study has been launched to evaluate alternatives for a grade-separated pedestrian crossing at Pi‘ilani Highway to serve the new high school being built in Kīhei.
HIDOE families eligible for free and reduced-price school meals encouraged to apply https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/income-eligibility-2022-23.aspxHIDOE families eligible for free and reduced-price school meals encouraged to apply For the 2022-23 school year, school meal operations will return to the normal National School Lunch Program, where only eligible children will receive meals at a free or reduced price.
Pearl City Cultural Center renamed for renowned band director Michael D. Nakasonehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Nakasone-Performing-Arts-Center.aspxPearl City Cultural Center renamed for renowned band director Michael D. NakasoneThe Pearl City Cultural Center was renamed as the Michael D. Nakasone Performing Arts Center in recognition of the renowned band master's contributions to music education and band programs across the state.
[Updated 6/14] 82 public schools to offer summer meals to children ages 18 and youngerhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2022-Summer-Meals.aspx[Updated 6/14] 82 public schools to offer summer meals to children ages 18 and youngerBeginning in early June, the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) program will serve meals at select schools Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays, to ensure that children continue to receive balanced nutrition during the summer break.
Research-grade space observatory installed at Waipahu High School https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/space-observatory-installed-at-Waipahu-High-school.aspxResearch-grade space observatory installed at Waipahu High School Waipahu High School dedicated a new, research-grade space observatory to encourage the pursuit of STEM and be used by Early College astronomy students.
Hawaii BOE selects Keith Hayashi as superintendenthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Board-hires-keith-hayashi-as-superintendent.aspxHawaii BOE selects Keith Hayashi as superintendent​The Hawaii State Board of Education voted to hire Keith Hayashi to lead Hawai‘i's public schools as superintendent.
Roman de Peralta of Kolohe Kai visits schools for Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Monthhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kolohe-Kai-visits-schools.aspxRoman de Peralta of Kolohe Kai visits schools for Children’s Mental Health Acceptance MonthRoman de Peralta of Kolohe Kai was welcomed at a few select schools where he addressed the realities of bullying as well as youth mental health for Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Month.
Niu Valley Middle School’s principal named 2022 Principal of the Yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2022-Principal-of-the-Year.aspxNiu Valley Middle School’s principal named 2022 Principal of the YearNiu Valley Middle School’s Principal Laura Ahn was celebrated for her recent recognition as the state’s 2022 Principal of the Year by the Hawai‘i Association of Secondary School Administrators.
Mililani Middle School celebrates new classroom building and upcoming switch to single-track school yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Mililani-Middle-Building-Dedication.aspxMililani Middle School celebrates new classroom building and upcoming switch to single-track school yearMililani Middle School's new three-story Building J houses 15 classrooms to serve its 1,660 students and provides the expanded capacity needed to allow the school to adopt a single-track calendar in the upcoming 2022-23 school year.
Kealakehe High student named 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholarhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kealakehe-High-student-named-2022-U.S.-Presidential-Scholar.aspxKealakehe High student named 2022 U.S. Presidential ScholarKealakehe High School senior Kea E. Kahoilua-Clebsch was announced as one of two Hawaii scholars in the 58th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars.
Pearl City High School band director inducted into national hall of famehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/PCHS-Bandmaster-hall-of-fame.aspxPearl City High School band director inducted into national hall of famePearl City High School’s Bandmaster Chadwick Kamei was recognized for his induction into the Hall of Fame, exclusive to only 65 bandmasters since 1982.
Second phase of lead testing to assess drinking water at 72 public elementary schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Lead-Testing-Phase-II.aspxSecond phase of lead testing to assess drinking water at 72 public elementary schoolsIn cooperation with the Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH), HIDOE will begin testing drinking water sources for lead at 72 public elementary schools beginning in late May of 2022. This work is a continuation of an existing project which tested drinking water at 106 schools and child care facilities from May to December of 2021.
Waipahu Elementary principal named 2022 Hawai‘i National Distinguished Principalhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Waipahu-Elementary-principal-named-2022-Hawaii-National-Distinguished-Principal.aspxWaipahu Elementary principal named 2022 Hawai‘i National Distinguished PrincipalThe Hawai‘i Elementary and Middle School Administrators Association named Principal Aaron Tominaga of Waipahu Elementary as Hawai‘i’s 2022 National Distinguished Principal.
Kalani High School teacher named Milken Educators of Hawaii’s 2022 Teacher of Promisehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kalani-High-School-teacher-named-Milken-Educators-of-Hawaii’s-2022-Teacher-of-Promise.aspxKalani High School teacher named Milken Educators of Hawaii’s 2022 Teacher of PromiseKalani High School math teacher Tristan Nguyen was honored with the 2022 Teacher of Promise award and a $2,000 cash prize.
Interim Superintendent Hayashi parent letter regarding indoor masking at schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Interim-Superintendent-Hayashi-parent-letter-regarding-indoor-masking-at-schools.aspxInterim Superintendent Hayashi parent letter regarding indoor masking at schoolsThank you for your continuous support and cooperation throughout this challenging year. Keeping our schools open and safe has been a collective effort and I am grateful for all that our families have done for our school communities. Here are the latest indoor masking in schools updates.
Waikele Elementary leader honored as a 2022 National Outstanding Assistant Principalhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Waikele-Elementary-leader-honored-as-a-2022-National-Outstanding-Assistant-Principal.aspxWaikele Elementary leader honored as a 2022 National Outstanding Assistant Principal​The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) announced Waikele Elementary’s Stacy Kawamura as a 2022 National Outstanding Assistant Principal.
Class of 2022 high school graduation ceremonies scheduledhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2022-graduations.aspxClass of 2022 high school graduation ceremonies scheduledPublic high school graduation ceremonies have been scheduled for the Class of 2022. Ceremony guidelines are being eased to reflect less restrictive COVID-19 health and safety requirements across the state, but certain restrictions will still apply to attendees.
2022 National Children's Mental Health Awareness Month Design Contest Winnerhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2022-National-Children's-Mental-Health-Awareness-Month-Design-Contest-Winner.aspx2022 National Children's Mental Health Awareness Month Design Contest WinnerTo highlight the importance of mental health and overall student well-being, the Hawai‘i State Department of Education School-Based Behavioral Health Program sponsored a “Here to Help” Movement T-Shirt Design Contest.
72 HIDOE educators recognized for National Board Certificationhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/71-Hawai‘i-state-educators-recognized-for-National-Board-Certification.aspx72 HIDOE educators recognized for National Board CertificationSeventy-one public and charter school teachers were recognized for receiving or renewing their National Board Certification – the highest and most respected qualification for teachers in K-12 schools.
High school Class of 2021 college enrollment recovering from pandemichttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2021-college-enrollment.aspxHigh school Class of 2021 college enrollment recovering from pandemicHawaiʻi graduating high school seniors saw a small recovery of college-bound enrollment compared to the previous year, however the second year of the pandemic continued to hamper efforts to attend a post-secondary campus.
Interim Superintendent Hayashi parent letter regarding updated COVID-19 health and safety guidelineshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Supt-Parent-Letter-March-2022-Updated-COVID-Guidance.aspxInterim Superintendent Hayashi parent letter regarding updated COVID-19 health and safety guidelinesThe Department's recently updated COVID-19 health and safety guidance, which incorporates the latest recommendations from DOH and the CDC, will go into effect on March 21, 2022.
Outdoor masking to be optional at HIDOE schools and officeshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Outdoor-Masking-Changes.aspxOutdoor masking to be optional at HIDOE schools and officesOutdoor masking at public school campuses and HIDOE facilities will be optional for students, faculty and staff, effective on Wednesday, Mar. 9.
Lunalilo Elementary welcomes special guests for Read Across America Dayhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Lunalilo-El-Read-Across-America.aspxLunalilo Elementary welcomes special guests for Read Across America DayStudents of Lunalilo Elementary School were joined by community leaders to read together and talk about the importance of reading.
Kalihi Kai Elementary’s Michelle Iwasaki receives prestigious Milken Educator Award and $25,000 Prizehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2022-Milken-Award.aspxKalihi Kai Elementary’s Michelle Iwasaki receives prestigious Milken Educator Award and $25,000 PrizeMichelle Le Iwasaki, an academic coach at Kalihi Kai Elementary School has become the latest recipient of the prestigious Milken Educator Award. Regarded as the "Oscar Award of Teaching," the award honors outstanding excellence in education and comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize.

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