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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.
Hickam Elementary dedicates new Media Center and Makerspace facilities to boost STEM achievementhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hickam-Elementary-new-building.aspxHickam Elementary dedicates new Media Center and Makerspace facilities to boost STEM achievementHickam Elementary dedicated a new facility dedicated to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in a ceremony with excited students, parents and staff. The new two-story building houses a media center, makerspaces, student support services and the administration office.
4 public school educators honored with Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teachinghttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2019PAEMSTwinners.aspx4 public school educators honored with Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching​Four Hawai‘i public school teachers were awarded one of the nation's most prestigious honors for teachers.
Professional string musicians inspire Niu Valley Middle students with performances and advicehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Niu-Valley-Middle-music.aspxProfessional string musicians inspire Niu Valley Middle students with performances and adviceStudents were treated to performances and words of wisdom from classically trained string musicians.
Kohala High dedicates new facility to boost STEM learning and achievementhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kohala-High-dedicates-new-facility-to-boost-STEM-learning-and-achievement.aspxKohala High dedicates new facility to boost STEM learning and achievementThe new state-of-the-art facility is comprised of four single-story classroom buildings connected by a covered walkway that provides a new physical science lab, biochemistry lab, natural resources lab, two general classrooms and additional office space.
Farrington students take pride in ‘legacy’ project for World Surf Leaguehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/farringtonWSLpartnership.aspxFarrington students take pride in ‘legacy’ project for World Surf League“This is our legacy. No other school can say they did something like this.”
Stevenson Middle STEM students donate 3D-printed games and toys to children’s hospitalhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Stevenson-Shriners-Gifts.aspxStevenson Middle STEM students donate 3D-printed games and toys to children’s hospitalStudents bring holiday cheer to Shriners Children Hospitals with the delivery of interactive toys designed and 3D-printed in their STEM classes.
Niu Valley Middle music teacher Zachary Morita awarded $100,000 grant from Farmers Insurancehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Niu-Valley-Farmers.aspxNiu Valley Middle music teacher Zachary Morita awarded $100,000 grant from Farmers InsuranceMusic teacher's winning proposal will establish Niu Valley Music Olympic Invitational for students to compete in classical music setting.
HIDOE receives $1 million grant for STEM education at eight West Oahu schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-DODEA-Grant.aspxHIDOE receives $1 million grant for STEM education at eight West Oahu schoolsHIDOE has received a $1 million grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Partnership for STEM education for K-8 students at eight military-impacted schools in the Campbell-Kapolei Complex Area over five years.
Jake Shimabukuro and Music for Life Foundation dedicate Jake’s Clubhouse at Ala Wai Elementaryhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Jakes-Clubhouse-Ala-Wai.aspxJake Shimabukuro and Music for Life Foundation dedicate Jake’s Clubhouse at Ala Wai ElementaryThe new music education learning space is outfitted with more than 100 instruments, a recording studio, performance stage and more for students of Shimabukuro's alma mater.
Three Hawaii public school teachers each vying for $100,000 'Dream Big' grants in national competitionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Farmers-Dream-Big-Finalists.aspxThree Hawaii public school teachers each vying for $100,000 'Dream Big' grants in national competitionOnline votes through Nov. 3 will determine five winners from among 15 finalists nationwide. Hawaii has three teachers in the running for the grant.
Waipahu alum creates STEM summer camp for students to build muscle-powered robotshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/waipahu-muscle-cars.aspxWaipahu alum creates STEM summer camp for students to build muscle-powered robotsWaipahu High students designed and built little cars that are propelled using muscle movements, a technology that has real-world applications for prosthetic devices. The GEAR UP Waipahu-funded program exposed students to the mechanical, electrical and biomedical engineering fields.
Hawai‘i science teachers named Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-Einstein-Fellows.aspxHawai‘i science teachers named Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator FellowsTwo accomplished Hawai‘i Department of Education science teachers have been awarded prestigious fellowships that include one-year federal research appointments in Washington, D.C.
Maunakea Scholars program launches scholarship, online dual credit coursehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/maunakea-scholarship.aspxMaunakea Scholars program launches scholarship, online dual credit courseHonoka‘a High senior Keilani Steele is the inaugural recipient of the Hōkūala Scholarship — $10,000 to attend the college of her choice in pursuit of an astronomy degree. It was made possible by the Maunakea Scholars program, which also announced a dual credit opportunity for Hawaii Island partner schools to participate in a free online astronomy class starting this school year.
Hawai'i public school teachers honored with Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teachinghttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/PAEMST-18.aspxHawai'i public school teachers honored with Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science TeachingAkeyo Garcia of Ewa Elementary and Masaru Uchino of Momilani Elementary have been awarded the Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST. It is the highest award K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers can receive from the U.S. government. Recipients receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation and will engage in education discussions in Washington, D.C.
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.
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.
Celebrating 2018 ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘ihttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/HawaiianEducation/Pages/2018-Olelo-Hawaii.aspxCelebrating 2018 ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘iFebruary is Hawaiian Language Month! The Islands are celebrating with events to elevate and honor the indigenous language and help raise funds for Hawaiian Language Immersion Program schools.
Aiea High technology coordinator receives prestigious Milken Educator Awardhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-Milken-Award.aspxAiea High technology coordinator receives prestigious Milken Educator AwardKen Kang, a proud graduate of Aiea High School who returned as a teacher to give back to the students and community has become the latest recipient of the coveted 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.
Vibrant otherworld captured by Moanalua High 'Creator' earns top art awardhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/Arianne-Javier-HRSAA-2018.aspxVibrant otherworld captured by Moanalua High 'Creator' earns top art awardFreshman Arianne Javier is an American Visions nominee in this year's Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards program. The honor is given to the "best in show" works among the 233 selected this year from across the state. Nominated works are eligible for national awards and scholarships in the spring.
Stevenson Middle STEM teacher Patricia Morgan awarded $100,000 grant from Farmers Insurancehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Stevenson-Middle-grant.aspxStevenson Middle STEM teacher Patricia Morgan awarded $100,000 grant from Farmers InsuranceStevenson Middle School STEM teacher Patricia Morgan received a $100,000 grant from Farmers Insurance in a surprise award ceremony to the cheers of a school-wide student assembly. Morgan is one of five teachers nationwide, and the first ever from Hawaii, to win the generous grant from Farmers Insurance in its annual Thank America’s Teachers Dream Big Teacher Challenge.
Kailua school receives $250,000 to enhance STEM opportunitieshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kailua-Inter-DODEA.aspxKailua school receives $250,000 to enhance STEM opportunitiesThe Department of Defense Education Activities has awarded $250,000 to Kailua Intermediate for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) opportunities and college readiness initiatives. The grant will help Kailua Intermediate support efforts towards STEM achievement, which will include in-class supports, tutoring and extracurricular STEM activities.
Roosevelt High Director of Music inducted into Legion of Honorhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Legion-of-Honor.aspxRoosevelt High Director of Music inducted into Legion of Honor​Roosevelt High School's Director of Music Gregg Abe has been inducted into the prestigious Bandworld Legion of Honor along with six other band directors from across the U.S. this year. He is the eighth band director from Hawaii to receive the award since its inception in 1989.
Department addresses growing technology demands through IT initiativehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-IT-initiative.aspxDepartment addresses growing technology demands through IT initiativeAfter seven years of progress towards upgrading its technology infrastructure, HIDOE opened its second data center at Hoʻokele Elementary School earlier this month.
Ewa Elementary students treated to special back to school performancehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Ewa-El-HSO.aspxEwa Elementary students treated to special back to school performanceStudents from third through sixth grade gathered in the cafeteria at Ewa El for a special performance from the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra’s string ensembles as part of the organization’s education and outreach initiative.
10 Hawaii public school students medal at national art programhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2017-scholastic-nationals.aspx10 Hawaii public school students medal at national art programEighteen artworks from Hawaii were honored at the national Scholastic Art Awards, including 10 from public schools (nine DOE and one charter). Kathleen Acasio, a senior at Leilehua High, was honored with the prestigious American Visions Medal for her photograph, "Halloween."
March 2017 Education Updatehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/Mar-2017.aspxMarch 2017 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Farrington High opens 'Skippa' Diaz Stadium at Kusunoki Field, the Campbell-Kapolei HĀ Design Team works through what Nā Hopena A‘o looks like for them, Middle School Career Fair with Hawaii P-20, Ewa Makai student named top volunteer, Supt. Matayoshi talks about Hawaii's No. 1 national ranking in broadband delivery, more.
Hawaii ranked No. 1 in nation in school Internet connectivityhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-Schools-Internet-Connectivity.aspxHawaii ranked No. 1 in nation in school Internet connectivityHawaii’s public school system is the top ranked school district in K-12 broadband connectivity according to the 2016 State of the States annual report released by Education Superhighway, an advocacy group dedicated to upgrading Internet infrastructure in K-12 public schools.
Annual Science Fairs on Oahu showcase students tackling major issueshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/District-Fairs.aspxAnnual Science Fairs on Oahu showcase students tackling major issuesStudents showcased their science, technology, engineering and math projects at their district science and engineering fairs on Friday, Feb. 10 in Windward Oahu and Saturday, Feb. 11 in Honolulu. The winners will go on to compete at the 2017 Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair April 10-12.
Ala Wai Elementary receives 40 donated ukuleles from local artist Jake Shimabukuro and Music For Life Foundationhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Ala-Wai-Ukuleles.aspxAla Wai Elementary receives 40 donated ukuleles from local artist Jake Shimabukuro and Music For Life FoundationHelping to rekindle Ala Wai Elementary’s music program, ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro and the Music For Life Foundation generously donated 40 ukuleles to the school’s students and restored 22 of its Kamaka ukuleles.
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.
Astronaut Kjell Lindgren shares his space experience with Kaimiloa El studentshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Astronaut-Kjell-Lindgren.aspxAstronaut Kjell Lindgren shares his space experience with Kaimiloa El studentsStudents from Kaimiloa Elementary were treated to a visit from Astronaut Kjell Lindgren at Challenger Center Hawaii. This is the 15th year that an astronaut has visited the Center to meet with students in honor of Ellison Onizuka and the Challenger Space Shuttle Crew.
Molokai High dedicates new science building to accelerate STEM learninghttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Molokai-High-Science.aspxMolokai High dedicates new science building to accelerate STEM learningMolokai High School dedicated its new science building in a ceremony earlier today before dozens of excited students, teachers, parents and community members. The new facility at the island’s only high school will provide state-of-the-art teaching tools for Molokai’s ninth through twelfth-graders and includes two science labs and a teacher prep room for Physics, Biology and Chemistry classes.
Local viewpoint on display among powerful regional art program nomineeshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2017-HI-Regional-SAA.aspxLocal viewpoint on display among powerful regional art program nomineesCongratulations to the extraordinary student artists nominated for this year's Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards program. Their works will be exhibited at the Hawaii State Art Museum this spring. Gold Key and American Visions nominees are eligible for the prestigious national competition and scholarships, to be announced in March.
Determination leads Pauoa Elementary all-girl robotics team to advance in competitionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/PauoaRoboticsGirls.aspxDetermination leads Pauoa Elementary all-girl robotics team to advance in competitionA team of five girls from Pauoa Elementary show their dedication to learning through robotics.
Parents reminded to take precautions against theft in school parking lotshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Parking-precautions.aspxParents reminded to take precautions against theft in school parking lotsParents are reminded to always secure and remove valuables from their vehicles in school parking lots to prevent thefts.
Stevenson Middle dedicates new Science & Technology Center to kick off new school yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Stevenson-Middle-Dedication.aspxStevenson Middle dedicates new Science & Technology Center to kick off new school yearStevenson Middle School dedicated its new Science & Technology Center. The new facility will provide state-of-the-art teaching tools and includes five labs for STEM, Physics, Biology and Earth & Space science classes.
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.
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.
Top student research showcased at 2016 state science fairhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/HSSEF-2016.aspxTop student research showcased at 2016 state science fairThe 2016 Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair featured the best research projects from the state's district fairs. Top work will represent the Islands at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Phoenix, AZ, May 8-13.
Kailua High opens the doors to new Natural Science Lab Building and Early College courseshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kailua-Science-Lab.aspxKailua High opens the doors to new Natural Science Lab Building and Early College coursesKailua High School will welcome students, parents, and guests to its new, state of the art Natural Science Lab Building. Dedicated to the study of Microbiology and Life Sciences, the building boasts four classrooms, two computer labs and an aquaculture multiuse area.
Pearl City band director continues to impress with his music achievementshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Chad-Kamei.aspxPearl City band director continues to impress with his music achievementsPearl City band director Chad Kamei continues to receive accolades for his musical talents in the classroom. After being awarded the Bandworld Legion of Honor, earlier this year, the American Bandmasters Association announced it selected Kamei as one of its newest members during its 82nd convention.
Nurturing a lifelong passion for arthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Larry-Taguba.aspxNurturing a lifelong passion for artWith 51 student works earning awards in the Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards program, and nine medaling at the national level, all eyes are on Leilehua High's art department and its head, 38-year fine arts teacher Larry Taguba. "Winning is not the goal, but improvement is."
T-minus one day until Waimea High students launch Hawaii’s first live-streamed rocket flighthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Waimea-High-Launch.aspxT-minus one day until Waimea High students launch Hawaii’s first live-streamed rocket flightStudents in Waimea High School’s VidRoc class will live stream the launch of their Arcas rocket on Friday, March 11 at 8:30 a.m. The goal of the launch is to successfully establish a connection between the rocket, a satellite in orbit and a ground control station to create the live stream transmission. It will be Hawaii’s first live-streamed rocket flight.
Four schools qualify for 2016 SeaPerch National Challengehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SeaPerch.aspxFour schools qualify for 2016 SeaPerch National ChallengeCongratulations to Ewa Elementary, Highlands Intermediate, Ewa Makai Middle and Radford High for their first-place finishes in the 2016 SeaPerch Oahu Regional Qualifying Competition for underwater robotics.
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.
A revolution in science educationhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/Stem/Pages/NGSS.aspxA revolution in science educationIt is a priority for the Department to prepare students for the evolving field of science and ensure that they are equipped to tackle global problems. This is why, earlier this month, the BOE approved the adoption of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Students square off in a game-based battle of math skillshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2016-math-games.aspxStudents square off in a game-based battle of math skillsThe 3rd annual DimensionU Math Games was held at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu. Student teams competed for prizes on a multiplayer gaming platform in which math knowledge helps move the teams forward. Congratulations to Honowai El, Nanakuli Intermediate and Waianae High, winners in their divisions.
Grants will help students prepare for successhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/Grants-will-help-students.aspxGrants will help students prepare for successHeidi Armstrong, complex area superintendent for Campbell and Kapolei, wrote the following piece that was published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. "I have firsthand experience with exemplary educational opportunities made possible through grant funding and community partnerships. One program in particular — Project Lead The Way (PLTW) — has breathed new life into our complex area schools."
Dispatches from the 2015 Hour of Code: 'Anyone can do this'https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/2015-HOC.aspxDispatches from the 2015 Hour of Code: 'Anyone can do this'Participation in Hour of Code, now in its third year, is growing exponentially in Hawaii. More than 130 schools on six islands participated during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 6-13.
Keaau Elementary students become citizen scientists at BioBlitzhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/bioblitz.aspxKeaau Elementary students become citizen scientists at BioBlitzKeaau Elementary 5th graders joined hundreds of other public and private school students and thousands more citizen scientists at the 2015 National Geographic BioBlitz at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The goal: Document and inventory the flora and fauna of its unique ecosystem. But the kids had their own goal — find a happy face spider.
Ewa Elementary receives $10,000 from Code.org for digital deviceshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Ewa-Elementary-award.aspxEwa Elementary receives $10,000 from Code.org for digital devicesEwa Elementary received a $10,000 award from Code.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding access to computer science learning. The school plans to purchase more than two dozen laptop computers for students to use in its digital learning programs.
Arts, Common Core, and a first-year Department teacher meet at Honolulu Museumhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/museum-day.aspxArts, Common Core, and a first-year Department teacher meet at Honolulu MuseumWhen the Department offered “A Day at the Museum,” a professional development course on integrating art with Hawaii Common Core standards, first-year DOE teacher Sheldon Konno jumped at the chance to participate. He wasn’t the only one — about 50 teachers spent a day rotating through different sessions with staff at the Honolulu Museum of Art.
Red Raider rhythm nation raises its voicehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/KHIS-vocal-motion.aspxRed Raider rhythm nation raises its voiceKahuku High & Intermediate School saw its student enrollment in the choir program jump by 49 percent in a year. New KHIS teacher Jacosa Limutau-Ainuu's goal to connect with students, meeting them "wherever they are," is working.
Maui schools join national program, granting 24/7 internet access, tablets to every studenthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/verizon-digital-promise.aspxMaui schools join national program, granting 24/7 internet access, tablets to every studentKalama, Lokelani intermediate schools are the first to participate in the two-year mobile and digital learning program that includes ongoing professional development for teachers to integrate technology across all subjects.
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.
HIDOE receives $1.5 million grant for STEM education at eight West Oahu schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DODEA-Grant.aspxHIDOE receives $1.5 million grant for STEM education at eight West Oahu schoolsHIDOE has received a $1.5 million grant to provide Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning opportunities to K-8 students at eight military-impacted schools in West Oahu over the next five years.
Waiahole El dives into Future Ready program expansionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/waiahole-future-ready.aspxWaiahole El dives into Future Ready program expansionBuilding upon lessons learned from the 1:1 device and digital learning pilot, Future Ready Hawaii has expanded to more than three dozen schools statewide in 2015-16. Checking in with students and teachers at Waiahole Elementary in Windward Oahu, one of the schools that hopes to qualify for the program's "fast track."
Three Hawaii schools to spend next two years working with celebrity artistshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Turnaround-Arts-Hawaii.aspxThree Hawaii schools to spend next two years working with celebrity artistsCelebrity artists Alfre Woodard, Jack Johnson and Jake Shimabukuro helped to launch the Turnaround Arts Hawaii in musical fashion at Kalihi Kai Elementary. Each spent time with students showing them some musical skills before performing at the student assembly. Kamaile Academy and Waianae Elementary School were also selected for the presidential program.
Waimanalo students build 'Car of the Future' in Alternative Energy Labhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Waimanalo-Science-Lab.aspxWaimanalo students build 'Car of the Future' in Alternative Energy LabBlade Shepherd-Jones, a middle school science teacher at Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate, shares the project-based learning from his Alternative Energy lesson. Equipment loaned from the University of Hawaii's STEM Pre-Academy enabled his science class to build electric, solar, and hydrogen fuel cell cars, as well as measure the output and cost of electricity.
Welcome back! Parent letter from Supt. Kathryn Matayoshihttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Welcome-Back-2015.aspxWelcome back! Parent letter from Supt. Kathryn MatayoshiWe are proud to serve Hawai‘i’s children, and we hope you’re proud of your public schools. Follow our journey this year on our website and via social media — #ProudtoServeKeiki.
Statement: Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi on the passing of Ronald E. Brighthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Ron_Bright.aspxStatement: Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi on the passing of Ronald E. BrightA legendary educator, "Mr. B" taught the performing arts at Castle High School for 41 years; the school's theater is named for him. But his signature achievement is teaching kids to believe in themselves.
Students create heavenly views using Gemini datahttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/kapolei-gemini.aspxStudents create heavenly views using Gemini dataAn innovative program offered by the Gemini Observatory enables high school science students to participate in virtual field trips with working astronomers and delve into treasure troves of data. One outcome — beautiful illustrations of the known universe.
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.
The serious work behind playtimehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/playground-update.aspxThe serious work behind playtimeA school playground is much more than monkey bars and jungle gyms in an open field. It’s a platform for physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. Play builds synapses just as much as muscle fibers. Which is why the Department takes playgrounds seriously. (And, notably, set policy for students to get at least 20 minutes’ physical exercise daily.)
DOE breaks ground on first Ka Hei Photovoltaic Projectshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/KaHeiGround.aspxDOE breaks ground on first Ka Hei Photovoltaic ProjectsThe Department begins the energy-generation phase of the Ka Hei program, a multi-year initiative to integrate innovative energy technology with meaningful learning experiences, all while reducing energy costs.
For Honokaa Jazz Band, music 'is a language itself' https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Honokaa-Jazz-Band-at-HSDB.aspxFor Honokaa Jazz Band, music 'is a language itself' Honoka'a High student musicians transcend hearing barriers with a performance at the Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind as part of its 2015 Big City Tour from April 16-19.
Sustainability takes off at Jefferson Elementaryhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Sustainability-takes-off-at-Jefferson-Elementary.aspxSustainability takes off at Jefferson ElementaryBoasting a Hawaiian garden, hydroponics and solar panels, the Honolulu school has emerged as a model of sustainable practices, thanks to committed educators, students and the community.
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.
MoonRIDERS kick off field tests for lunar experimenthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/moon-ride-test.aspxMoonRIDERS kick off field tests for lunar experimentIolani and Kealakehe High students in the MoonRIDERS project (a partnership with NASA and PISCES) are spending their Spring Break readying dust shields to see if they can withstand conditions of a lunar landing. They'll be testing on the slopes of Mauna Kea at the PISCES Planetary Analogue Test Site.
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.
Curriculum is key in sustainability planshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/KaHeiCurriculum.aspxCurriculum is key in sustainability plansThe Department's energy sustainability project, Ka Hei, is helping teachers give students hands-on experiences in the classroom. Teachers now have tools that give STEM exposure around energy generation and efficiency.
Students shine in Scholastic Art Awards regional competitionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2015-scholastic-art.aspxStudents shine in Scholastic Art Awards regional competitionDozens of public school students' art works, from painting to photography to mixed media, meet criteria for prestigious Scholastic Art Awards national review. Works will be exhibited at the Hawaii State Art Museum Feb. 20 through April 10.
Boosting teacher, student STEM learning while upgrading campuseshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Ka-Hei-Feb-2015-update.aspxBoosting teacher, student STEM learning while upgrading campusesThis update on the Department's Ka Hei program, in partnership with OpTerra Energy Services, was penned by Dann Carlson, assistant superintendent for school facilities. It ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Feb. 8, 2015.
Waikele Elementary partnership produces green learning environmenthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/WaikeleRaingarden.aspxWaikele Elementary partnership produces green learning environmentA private landscaping architectural and planning firm helps Waikele Elementary School design and build a rain garden that will be used to teach as well as help with drainage issues.
Teaching computer science in Hawaii is vital to our futurehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/Future-Ready/Pages/HourofCode.aspxTeaching computer science in Hawaii is vital to our futureFor Hour of Code week, Momilani Elementary School teacher and Code.org affiliate, Shane Asselstine wrote the following piece that was published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. "The evolution of technology is inevitable and will only become further integrated in our home and work life. By teaching literacy in computer science and technology to our keiki now, we are preparing them for the future and careers that don’t yet exist."
'How did you spend your winter break?' Momilani kids STEAMed.https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/momi-stem.aspx'How did you spend your winter break?' Momilani kids STEAMed.Teachers at Momilani Elementary teamed with Navy SPAWAR (Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command) engineers to create a three-day camp for students, with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) games and projects. Here's a breakdown of what they did.
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.
Highlights: Hawaii's 2014 Hour of Codehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/HOC-2014-wrap-up.aspxHighlights: Hawaii's 2014 Hour of CodeA look at what some of our schools did as part of Computer Science Education Week (CSED) Dec. 8-14, and global Hour of Code events. More than 40 Hawaii public schools and charter schools participated this year with coding exercises. Here are some highlights.
Strive HI Profile: Pomaikai Elementaryhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Strive-HI-Pomaikai.aspxStrive HI Profile: Pomaikai ElementaryOne in an occasional series spotlighting the Department's Recognition schools for 2013-14 in the Strive HI Performance System, and getting the principal's insight into what they're doing right. What makes a great school tick? Read on!
Sneak Peek: Hour of Code at Hawaii's public schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/2014-HOC.aspxSneak Peek: Hour of Code at Hawaii's public schoolsMore public and charter schools are jumping in with student coding exercises for this year's Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 8-14. Here's a sneak peek at what six of our schools are up to.
Report shows Access Learning pilot enhances teaching, learninghttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Access-Learning-Year-1-report.aspxReport shows Access Learning pilot enhances teaching, learningA first-year report on the Department's Access Learning pilot shows the initiative is helping to reduce burden on teachers, increase student engagement and responsibility, and improve parents’ support of public schools.
Maui Arts & Cultural Center connects students to a legend https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/MACC.aspxMaui Arts & Cultural Center connects students to a legend Thanks to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center's Artists in the Community program, students at Baldwin High's Performing Arts Learning Center got to spend some time with legendary singer Al Jarreau.
Esri giveaway announcement features Hawaii STEMworks projectshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/ESRI.aspxEsri giveaway announcement features Hawaii STEMworks projectsHawaii's involvement with an innovative Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program in local K-12 schools garnered national attention last week when geotech giant Esri announced a $1 billion giveaway of its software to all public schools.
Education Update: May 2014https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/May-2014.aspxEducation Update: May 2014Stories in this issue: Virtual field trip to Kilauea includes schools from Oahu and Mexico, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan praises Hawaii progress as potential model for the nation, launch of Malama Honua educational platform, notable achievements of public school students and principals.
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.
Schools travel virtually to Kilauea for lessons in science, culturehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/volcanovft.aspxSchools travel virtually to Kilauea for lessons in science, cultureScenes from the Virtual Field Trip to Kilauea Crater, hosted by Keaau Elementary staff and students, facilitated by University Lab School, and broadcast to schools and viewers via Google Hangout.
Nanakuli High and Intermediate Performing Arts Center students visit White Househttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/Nanakuli-PAC-students.aspxNanakuli High and Intermediate Performing Arts Center students visit White HouseFive students from the Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center were among 124 students from around the country who participated in the GRAMMY Museum “I’m Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul,” educational workshop on March 6 at the White House.
The Moment: Michelle Kay named 2014 Milken Educatorhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Michelle-Kay.aspxThe Moment: Michelle Kay named 2014 Milken EducatorCapturing the moment when a teacher is honored with the prestigious Milken Educator Award is all part of the fun. Michelle Kay, a Kalakaua Middle science teacher, won the national award for outstanding excellence in education and a $25,000 cash prize.
Digital devices help accelerate love of learninghttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/CommonCoreStateStandards/Pages/Access-Learning-Nagamine.aspxDigital devices help accelerate love of learningThis piece was penned by Moanalua Middle Principal Lisa Nagamine and ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's Editorial Section on National Digital Learning Day.
Maui High band invited to 2015 Rose Parade®https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Maui-High-band-invited-to-2015-Rose-Parade.aspxMaui High band invited to 2015 Rose Parade®Maui High School’s Saber Marching Band & Color Guard has been invited by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Association to appear in the 126th Annual Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2015 in Pasadena, Calif. It will mark the first appearance by a Hawaii public school band since Pearl City in 2006. Maui High is also just the second neighbor island school selected for the prestigious, nationally televised parade.
STEM carts donation to boost Hawaii's Race to the Top initiativeshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/STEM-carts-donation-to-boost-Hawaii's-Race-to-the-Top-initiatives---.aspxSTEM carts donation to boost Hawaii's Race to the Top initiativesThe Department has received a $50,000 donation to boost student achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi announced.
Governor recognizes Keaau schools’ progress with digital curriculumhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/Governor-recognizes-Keaau-schools’-progress-with-digital-curriculum.aspxGovernor recognizes Keaau schools’ progress with digital curriculumFrom the Keaau Elementary school cafeteria, Gov. Neil Abercrombie proclaimed Feb. 6 “Digital Learning Day” in Hawaii and commended Keaau students, faculty and staff for leading the state’s progress in the adoption of a common core digital curriculum.
Maui High's science team No Ka Oihttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Maui-High's-science-team-No-Ka-Oi.aspxMaui High's science team No Ka OiIn 2013, the Maui High Sabers’ Science Team proved once again that Maui is truly no ka oi, capturing their fifth state title since 2002 in the Hawaii Regional Science Bowl. The Sabers returned to the champion’s circle going undefeated throughout the January competition at Honolulu Community College.
Maui High leads strong public school showing in sciencehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Maui-High-leads-strong-public-schools-showing-at-science-competitions.aspxMaui High leads strong public school showing in scienceHONOLULU – Maui High School is once again No Ka Oi in the Hawaii Regional Science Bowl. In capturing their fifth state title since 2002, the Sabers also led an unprecedented effort by Hawaii’s public schools in the January 26 competition.
Leilehua High CyberPatriots repeat as national champshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Leilehua-High-CyberPatriots-repeat-as-national-army-service-champions.aspxLeilehua High CyberPatriots repeat as national champsWASHINGTON, D.C. – Five Leilehua High Army JROTC students defeated more than 800 teams to win the Top U.S. Army Service Award at CyberPatriot V – the nation’s premier cyber defense competition held March 14-15 in Washington, D.C. This marked the second straight year the “Mighty Mules” captured the Army Service Division Championship.
Leilehua, Baldwin, Kalani top robotics competitionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Leilehua,-Baldwin,-Kalani-finish-FIRST-in-State-Robotics-Competition.aspxLeilehua, Baldwin, Kalani top robotics competitionHONOLULU - In only its second year of robotics competition, Leilehua High School spearheaded a public school triumvirate to victory at the FIRST Robotics Competition at the University of Hawaii recently.

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