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Maʻemaʻe Elementary, Mānoa Elementary, Wheeler Middle schools named 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2021-National-Blue-Ribbon-Schools.aspxMaʻemaʻe Elementary, Mānoa Elementary, Wheeler Middle schools named 2021 National Blue Ribbon SchoolsMaʻemaʻe Elementary, Mānoa Elementary and Wheeler Middle schools have been named 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the US Department of Education.
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.
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.
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.
Ewa Makai Middle School Teacher Receives Prestigious $25,000 Milken Educator Awardhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Ewa-Makai-Middle-School-Teacher-Receives-Prestigious-$25,000-Milken-Educator-Award.aspxEwa Makai Middle School Teacher Receives Prestigious $25,000 Milken Educator AwardMiki Cacace, a teacher at Ewa Makai Middle known for her coding classes, has become the latest recipient of the coveted Milken Educator Award.
Mililani High and Waipahu High leaders honored as Principal and Vice Principal of the Yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Mililani-High-and-Waipahu-High-leaders-honored-as-Principal-and-Vice-Principal-of-the-Year.aspxMililani High and Waipahu High leaders honored as Principal and Vice Principal of the YearThe Hawaii Association of Secondary School Administrators honored Fred Murphy from Mililani High School as the state’s National Distinguished Principal of the Year and Meryl Matsumura from Waipahu High School as the Vice Principal of the Year.
Hickam, Lāʻie & Waialua elementary schools named 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2019-NBRS.aspxHickam, Lāʻie & Waialua elementary schools named 2019 National Blue Ribbon SchoolsHickam, Lāʻie and Waialua elementary schools have been named 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the US Department of Education.
HIDOE names 2019 Employee, Manager and Team of the Yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-names-2019-Employee-Manager-and-Team-of-the-Year.aspxHIDOE names 2019 Employee, Manager and Team of the YearHIDOE named its 2019 Employee, Manager and Team of the Year award winners, recognizing employees for their outstanding and continued contributions to education and the students of Hawai‘i.
Hawai'i public school teachers named finalists for Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teachinghttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2019-PAEMST.aspxHawai'i public school teachers named finalists for Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science TeachingHawaii public school teachers Daniel Taira (Lehua Elementary), Laura Cummings (Sunset Beach Elementary), Richard Brian Ogawa (Kanoelani Elementary) and Stacie Tateyama (Kipapa Elementary) have been selected as state finalists for one of the nation's most prestigious honors bestowed upon teachers — the Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST.
Ala Wai Elementary teacher selected as a National ‘LifeChanger of the Year’ Grand Prize Finalisthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Ala-Wai-Elementary-Teacher-Named-LifeChanger-of-the-Year-Finalist.aspxAla Wai Elementary teacher selected as a National ‘LifeChanger of the Year’ Grand Prize FinalistAla Wai Elementary School teacher Lori Kwee was surprised during school assembly with a $5,000 award.
Ala Wai Elementary teacher receives prestigious Milken Educator Awardhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2019-Milken-Award.aspxAla Wai Elementary teacher receives prestigious Milken Educator AwardSara King, a Title I Coordinator at Ala Wai Elementary, 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. King is the only Hawaii Milken Educator in 2019, and is among 33 teachers nationwide selected for the honor this season.
Kealakehe Intermediate’s Mathieu Williams named 2019 Hawaii State Teacher of the Yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2019-HSTOY.aspxKealakehe Intermediate’s Mathieu Williams named 2019 Hawaii State Teacher of the YearKealakehe Intermediate teacher Mathieu Williams was named the 2019 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year. Williams was selected among seven other District Teachers of the Year and received the state's top teaching award from Governor David Ige and Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto during a ceremony held at Washington Place.
A culture of kindness, acceptance and alohahttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/101618.aspxA culture of kindness, acceptance and alohaEnding bullying is key to having safe, nurturing learning environments. We are updating the student misconduct and discipline code known as Chapter 19 to elevate bullying and cyberbullying at the secondary levels to a Class A offense, the most serious category. We invite all schools, offices and communities to join us in Unity Day — wear orange on Wednesday, Oct. 24 as a statement of support for kindness, acceptance and aloha.
Three Hawaii elementary schools named 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-National-Blue-Ribbon-Schools.aspxThree Hawaii elementary schools named 2018 National Blue Ribbon SchoolsKalihi Uka, Mililani Uka and Pauoa elementary schools have been named 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program award winners by the US Department of Education. The program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools based on academic performance and progress closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
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.
Public schools and HIDOE offices statewide to resume normal operations tomorrowhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-School-Closures-Monday-Aug-27.aspxPublic schools and HIDOE offices statewide to resume normal operations tomorrow​Hawaii State Department of Education public schools and offices statewide will resume normal operations tomorrow, Aug. 27, with the exception of four schools in Lahaina that will be closed for students. Superintendent Dr. Kishimoto urges school communities to remain vigilant and prepared through the rest of hurricane season.
HIDOE working through the weekend to prepare schools and offices to open on Mondayhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-working-through-the-weekend-to-prepare-schools-and-offices-to-open-on-Monday.aspxHIDOE working through the weekend to prepare schools and offices to open on MondayDue to damage from the storm and brush fires, a handful of Maui campuses will be closed for students on Monday, Aug. 27. Hawaii State Department of Education staff who helped operate public shelters at schools statewide will conduct formal walk-throughs of facilities over the weekend to ensure safety and readiness for students and staff.
HIDOE working closely with Maui County to assess shelter needs in response to brush fireshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/hurricane-update-3-brushfire.aspxHIDOE working closely with Maui County to assess shelter needs in response to brush firesHIDOE is working with Maui County officials in response to brush fires that broke out Friday in West Maui. An emergency shelter for hurricane evacuees at Lahaina Intermediate had to be closed and evacuees were relocated.
All public schools and HIDOE offices to close Thursday and Friday statewidehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hurricane-Lane-update-2.aspxAll public schools and HIDOE offices to close Thursday and Friday statewideHawaii public schools and Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) offices statewide will be closed Thursday and Friday as Hurricane Lane approaches the islands as a powerful Category 4 storm. This will give our school communities time to prepare — the storm is anticipated to impact Oahu Thursday evening and Kauai on Friday — and allow counties to stand up emergency shelters.
HIDOE closing all Hawaii Island, Maui County schools and offices ahead of impacts from Hurricane Lanehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/hurricane-lane-update.aspxHIDOE closing all Hawaii Island, Maui County schools and offices ahead of impacts from Hurricane LaneAll public schools and Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) offices on Hawaii Island and in Maui County will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 22, until further notice, in anticipation of dangerous storm conditions from Hurricane Lane.
Hawaii Island schools addressing air quality issues from Kilauea eruptionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/cas-farias-kilauea-update.aspxHawaii Island schools addressing air quality issues from Kilauea eruptionComplex Area Superintendent Chad Keone Farias of the Ka'u-Kea'au-Pahoa Complex Area authored this update on how Big Island schools have worked to ensure campuses can provide safe learning environments amid the Kilauea eruption.
School's out for summer, but eruption vigilance continueshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/CAS-Farias-Kilauea-eruption.aspxSchool's out for summer, but eruption vigilance continuesComplex Area Superintendent Chad Keone Farias of the Ka'u-Kea'au-Pahoa Complex Area authored this piece about the ongoing eruption at Kīlauea and preparing for the upcoming school year. It ran in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald and West Hawaii Today.
E Ola Pono winners cultivate positive school culturehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/E-Ola-Pono-2018.aspxE Ola Pono winners cultivate positive school cultureThe 11th annual E Ola Pono campaign honors student- and teacher-led support programs that foster and promote belonging, care for each other and the environment, and positive school culture. Eight schools earned recognition and monetary awards.
Honowai Elementary selected as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schoolhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Honowai-El-ED-GRS-awardee.aspxHonowai Elementary selected as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon SchoolHonowai Elementary School, located in the heart of Waipahu, is among the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) that was selected for its innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.
HIDOE public schools on the Big Island to proceed with normal schedules until further noticehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Big-Island-public-schools.aspxHIDOE public schools on the Big Island to proceed with normal schedules until further noticeAll HIDOE public schools on the Big Island will be open on Monday, May 7, and operate on normal schedules. All school bus transportation will also be in operation. Hawaii State Department of Education structural engineers performed site inspections at all public schools in the Hilo-Waiakea and Kau-Keaau-Pahoa Complex Areas over the weekend and found no significant structural damage from recent earthquake activity.
Big Island eruptions and earthquakes result in public school closures and early releaseshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Big-Island-school-closures.aspxBig Island eruptions and earthquakes result in public school closures and early releasesHIDOE closed three Pahoa area schools early Friday morning due to volcanic activity in the area. HIDOE will be assessing damage to school facilities in response to earthquake activity in the East Hawaii region.
Mahalo to school, program leaders for hard work, resultshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2018-RRP.aspxMahalo to school, program leaders for hard work, resultsThe Hawaii DOE's Rewards and Recognition Program acknowledges the contribution of its educational officers based on their performance evaluations and other pertinent data and information. Congratulations to these honorees for School Year 2016-17!
Hawai'i public schools earn top spots at national media competitionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/STN-2018.aspxHawai'i public schools earn top spots at national media competitionThe 15th annual Student Television Network (STN) national convention was held in Nashville, TN March 15-18, and featured student media teams from middle and high schools across the country competiting in several categories. Hawaii's public school contingent, a perennial powerhouse, earned several top prizes.
Ken Kakesako named a Milken Teacher of Promisehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Ken-Kakesako-Milken.aspxKen Kakesako named a Milken Teacher of PromiseThe Stevenson Middle School science educator earned the prestigious award from the National Milken Educators of Hawaii. He has launched after-school STEM and wrestling programs, raised money to support them, and "exemplifies aloha."
March 2018 Education Updatehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0318.aspxMarch 2018 Education UpdateMonthly print newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Aiea High's Ken Kang wins the Milken Educator Award and Keolu El's Bianca Yanuaria is named Hawaii's School Counselor of the Year, Jack Johnson and friends celebrate the ‘Aina Pono program at Mililani High, new student learning approaches at Kea‘au Elementary, Supt. Christina Kishimoto addresses safety on school campuses, more stories.
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.
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.
A reminder about emergency preparedness at schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/Offices/FacilitiesandOperations/SafetySecurityEmergency/Emergencies/Pages/false-alarm-event.aspxA reminder about emergency preparedness at schoolsRelating to the events of the statewide false alarm on the morning of Jan. 13, 2018, a letter to parents and guardians is being sent about emergency preparedness at our schools. Helpful guidance from the Hawaii Association of School Psychologists is also provided.
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.
Ewa Makai Middle School’s Vanessa Ching named 2018 Hawaii State Teacher of the Yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-TOY.aspxEwa Makai Middle School’s Vanessa Ching named 2018 Hawaii State Teacher of the YearEwa Makai Middle School teacher Vanessa Ching was named the 2018 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year. The honor is presented annually to a classroom teacher selected from more than 11,000 educators within the Hawaii State Department of Education. Ching was among seven District Teachers of the Year and one Charter School Teacher of the Year recognized.
Parents encouraged to remind children about “Stranger Danger” and reinforce tips to stay safehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Stranger-Danger-tips.aspxParents encouraged to remind children about “Stranger Danger” and reinforce tips to stay safeHIDOE encourages parents to talk to their children about “stranger danger” and highlight measures that students can take to stay safe.
Department names 2017 Employee and Team of the Yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2017-Employee-Team-Awards.aspxDepartment names 2017 Employee and Team of the YearHIDOE named its 2017 Employee and Team of the Year award winners, recognizing employees for their special and continued contributions to education and the students of Hawaii.
Superintendent Matayoshi ends tenure celebrating Hawaii’s national innovation awardhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Frank-Newman-Award.aspxSuperintendent Matayoshi ends tenure celebrating Hawaii’s national innovation award​The Education Commission of the States presented HIDOE with the 2017 Frank Newman Award for State Innovation today during its National Forum on Education Policy in San Diego. Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi was on-hand to receive the award presented with a Hawaii contingent also in attendance.
Department receives national innovation award from Education Commission of the Stateshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/National-Innovation-Award-.aspxDepartment receives national innovation award from Education Commission of the StatesThe Education Commission of the States announced today that the Hawaii State Department of Education is the 2017 recipient of the Frank Newman Award for State Innovation. The award recognizes a state for education improvement efforts that are replicable and hold valuable lessons for other states, as well as bold and courageous policies.
Student storytellers celebrated at 2017 ‘Ōlelo Youth XChangehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2017-Olelo-YXC.aspxStudent storytellers celebrated at 2017 ‘Ōlelo Youth XChange‘Ōlelo Community Media hosted the 14th annual Youth XChange student video competition celebrating the digital storytelling of Hawai‘i's children in elementary, middle and high schools. Maui High won the top acknowledgement — the Expert Award. More than 900 entries were submitted for the competition this year.
Awardees help keep schools, programs humminghttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2016-17RRP.aspxAwardees help keep schools, programs hummingThe purpose of the Rewards and Recognition Program is to acknowledge the contribution of the Hawaii DOE's educational officers based on their ratings on their respective performance evaluation systems and other pertinent data and information. Congratulations to these honorees for School Year 2015-16!
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."
Kaʻala Elementary teacher receives Teacher of Promise Award from National Milken Educators of Hawaiihttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2017-Milken-TOP.aspxKaʻala Elementary teacher receives Teacher of Promise Award from National Milken Educators of HawaiiIn only her third semester of teaching, Kaʻala Elementary fourth grade teacher Kaitlyn Huff was honored as the state winner of the prestigious Teacher of Promise Award from the National Milken Educators of Hawaii. The award annually recognizes a teacher who demonstrates excellence in the field and the highest qualities of a professional educator during their first four semesters in the classroom.
Two teachers awarded education 'Oscars'https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2017-Milken-Awards.aspxTwo teachers awarded education 'Oscars'Third grade teacher Masaru Uchino from Momilani Elementary and fourth grade teacher Kelly Sutcliffe from Jefferson Elementary became the latest recipients 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.
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.
Washington Middle School’s Sung Man Park named Hawaii’s 2017 State Teacher of the Yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Teacher-of-the-Year.aspxWashington Middle School’s Sung Man Park named Hawaii’s 2017 State Teacher of the YearWashington Middle School teacher Sung Man Park was named Hawaii's 2017 State Teacher of the Year. The honor is presented annually to a classroom teacher selected from more than 11,000 educators within the Hawaii State Department of Education.
Noelani, Helemano elementary schools named National Blue Ribbon Schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Blue-Ribbon-Schools.aspxNoelani, Helemano elementary schools named National Blue Ribbon SchoolsNoelani and Helemano elementary schools are recipients of the 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, which honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools based on academic excellence and progress closing the achievement gap. The two Hawaii schools were among 329 nationwide winners announced today by U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr.
Kaiser High teacher receives Teacher of Promise Award from National Milken Educators of Hawaiihttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Teacher-of-Promise.aspxKaiser High teacher receives Teacher of Promise Award from National Milken Educators of HawaiiKaiser High teacher Paul Balazs, who teaches Leadership, English Language-Arts and International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge courses in grades 10 through 12, was honored with the prestigious Teacher of Promise Award from the National Milken Educators of Hawaii.
‘Safety First’ priority earns Mililani Uka Elementary safety awardhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/MililaniUkaSafety.aspx‘Safety First’ priority earns Mililani Uka Elementary safety awardThe American Society of Safety Engineers honor Mililani Uka Elementary for the school's dedication to its students, staff and visitors.
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.
Kapolei Middle leader named 2016 National Distinguished Principalhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2016-NDP.aspxKapolei Middle leader named 2016 National Distinguished PrincipalThe Hawaii Elementary and Middle Schools Administrators Association (HEMSAA) named Principal Bruce Naguwa from Kapolei Middle School as the 2016 National Distinguished Principal. Naguwa will join the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) of 2016 later this year in Washington, D.C.
Kapolei Middle School librarian to be honored at White House ceremonyhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kapolei-Middle-librarian.aspxKapolei Middle School librarian to be honored at White House ceremonyKapolei Middle School librarian Carolyn Kirio has been selected by The White House as a great educator and will be recognized at a White House ceremony.
Waimea High Principal Mahina Anguay wins $25,000 leadership awardhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2016-tokioka-award.aspxWaimea High Principal Mahina Anguay wins $25,000 leadership awardThe Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award from the Island Insurance Foundation is given annually to a public school principal who is visionary, community-minded, and has an entrepreneurial spirit.
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.
Jefferson Elementary kicks off Tsunami Awareness Month with evacuation drillhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Jefferson-Drill.aspxJefferson Elementary kicks off Tsunami Awareness Month with evacuation drillStudents at Jefferson Elementary School took part in a campus wide tsunami evacuation drill today to help the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) kick off Tsunami Awareness Month.
Leilehua High students make their mark in national Scholastic Art Awards programhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2016-scholastic-arts-national.aspxLeilehua High students make their mark in national Scholastic Art Awards programNine HIDOE students who earned top recognition in the Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards have gone on to earn medals in the national competition — and they're all from Leilehua High School. The Scholastic Art Awards is the longest-running, largest and most prestigious student recognition program in the United States.
Farrington High School evacuation drill to temporarily close North King Street section on Wednesdayhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Farrington-evacuation-drill.aspxFarrington High School evacuation drill to temporarily close North King Street section on WednesdayNorth King Street will be temporarily closed in both directions between Kalihi St. and Houghtailing St./Waiakamilo Rd. on Wed., Mar. 9, between 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. for an emergency evacuation drill at Farrington High School. Motorists are asked to use alternate routes to avoid traffic.
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.
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.
Hawaii student advocates call for end to dangerous, distracted drivinghttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Dole-Middle-Traffic-Safety.aspxHawaii student advocates call for end to dangerous, distracted drivingDozens of Dole Middle School students were sign-waving today to implore drivers and passengers to reduce risky behaviors while on the road with the “Stop If You Love Me” campaign.
Waipahu High science teacher wins Milken Award and $25,000https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Michael-Sana.aspxWaipahu High science teacher wins Milken Award and $25,000Waipahu High School science teacher Michael Sana was presented the prestigious 2015-16 Milken Educator Award at a schoolwide assembly to the applause of his students and fellow teachers. Regarded as the "Oscar Award of Teaching," it honors outstanding excellence in education and comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize.
2015 Year in Reviewhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2015-Year-in-Review.aspx2015 Year in ReviewThere is much work to be done, but there is much to celebrate now! Here’s a rundown of impressive achievements in 2015 by our schools, educators and keiki.
Stephanie Mew named Hawaii’s 2016 State Teacher of the Yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2016TOY.aspxStephanie Mew named Hawaii’s 2016 State Teacher of the YearKapunahala Elementary teacher Stephanie Mew was named Hawaii's 2016 State Teacher of the Year. She was selected from seven District Teachers of the Year, representing more than 11,000 educators in HIDOE statewide.
Earthquake preparedness starts with educationhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/hawaii-shake-out.aspxEarthquake preparedness starts with educationThe Great Hawaii ShakeOut is part of an international event to boost earthquake readiness. HIDOE schools and offices participated by practicing "Drop, Cover and Hold On."
​​Hawaii clubs win top awards at National Student Safety Conferencehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/nssp-2015.aspx​​Hawaii clubs win top awards at National Student Safety ConferenceThe annual conference focuses on student-led safety solutions to provide ideas for safety program implementation at schools nationwide. This year's theme was, “Driving Toward Excellence."
Kapolei Middle librarian breaking down walls with technologyhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/KapoleiLibrarianAward.aspxKapolei Middle librarian breaking down walls with technologyKapolei Middle librarian Carolyn Kirio earns a prestigious national award for her innovative use of technology, along with $1,000 and a $500 gift to the library, which will be used to expand "flipped classroom instruction."
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.
Students compete for honors, awards at CTE eventshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/CTE-2015-events.aspxStudents compete for honors, awards at CTE eventsThe Career and Technical Education (CTE) program hosted its two signature events of the year with students displaying their knowledge and skills in the various pathways and programs of study. Here are the results.
'Celebrating Hawaii' comes easy for Student Art Exhibition participantshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2015-student-art-exhibit.aspx'Celebrating Hawaii' comes easy for Student Art Exhibition participantsWith dreams of ocean and beach firmly in mind, 96 students grades K-6 from across the Islands were selected for the annual juried exhibition at the Hawaii Convention Center.
'Happy to be back' at Keonepoko Elementaryhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/principal-eisenhour.aspx'Happy to be back' at Keonepoko ElementaryAfter several months shuttered due to the lava flow that threatened Pahoa town, and the relocation of students and staff to other campuses, Keonepoko reopened for School Year 2015-16. New Principal Kasey Eisenhour reports that despite significant work involved in reopening, everyone's happy to be back. "It's like being back at home."
Gaming and academics converge at Math Gameshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2015-math-games.aspxGaming and academics converge at Math GamesStudents from eleven schools in the Nanakuli-Waianae, Pearl City-Waipahu, and Aiea-Moanalua-Radford Complex Areas competed in a multiplayer gaming tournament that requires demonstration of math skills to advance. Then the teachers took a swing.
Career-ready students demo skills at annual CTSO eventshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2015-CTSO.aspxCareer-ready students demo skills at annual CTSO eventsTwo conventions for Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) allowed students from around the state to show off their skills and talents in a variety of fields and specialties. Top finishers qualify for national competitions this year.
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.”
Department announces it will reopen Keonepoko Elementary for next school yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/keonepoko-open.aspxDepartment announces it will reopen Keonepoko Elementary for next school yearThe status of the Puna Lava Flow that threatened Pahoa town has been downgraded from "warning" to "watch." The Department will work with unions and other organizations to reopen Keonepoko Elementary, which was closed in October 2014 due to the lava threat.
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.
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.
17 schools vie for "Be Pono" video contest awardshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/be-pono-2nd-annual.aspx17 schools vie for "Be Pono" video contest awardsWindward District's 2nd annual "Be Pono — Be in School" contest is designed to promote school attendance, a component of the Department's Strive HI Performance System. Decreasing chronic absenteeism, defined as missing 15 or more days of school per year, is correlated with greater student and school success. Students and schools vie for prizes while learning about the value of getting to school every day.
2014 Year in Reviewhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2014-Year-in-Review.aspx2014 Year in ReviewThere is much work to be done, but there is much to celebrate now! Here’s a rundown of impressive achievements in 2014 by our schools, educators and keiki.
Iroquois Point Elementary unveils 'Ocean of Aloha'https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/ocean-of-aloha.aspxIroquois Point Elementary unveils 'Ocean of Aloha'Anti-bullying, the arts and environmental sustainability converge in an inspirational student-led exhibit on the Ewa Beach campus. Mahalo to the PTA, Re-use Hawaii and Iroquois Point Elementary staff for making it possible.
Department of Education announces contingency plans for lava flowhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/lava-update-102714.aspxDepartment of Education announces contingency plans for lava flowThe DOE is closing some schools ahead of the rapidly advancing Kilauea lava flow on Hawaii Island to help staff and students prepare for displacement. Keonepoko Elementary will close indefinitely as it is in the projected path of the lava flow.
Winners of the 2014 Student Television Awards for Excellence namedhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2014-high-school-emmys.aspxWinners of the 2014 Student Television Awards for Excellence namedA hearty congratulations to Waianae High, Maui High and the Hawaii Student Television outreach program, who were honored for their excellent work by the regional chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences last month.
Hawaii students impress at 2014 Intel ISEFhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2014-Intel-ISEF.aspxHawaii students impress at 2014 Intel ISEFTwenty-five students who were selected statewide to represent Hawaii at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) returned home with 18 awards. An estimated 1,750 participants from over 70 countries, regions and territories were in attendance at the annual competition.
Schools impress at Olelo Youth XChange video competitionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2014yxc.aspxSchools impress at Olelo Youth XChange video competitionThe 11th Annual 2014 Youth Xchange Student Video Competition, hosted by ‘Ōlelo Community Media, garnered more than 800 student entries from schools across the Islands. Winners were announced in categories including Animation, Public Service Announcement, News, Mini-Documentary, Short, and Expert.
"Be Pono" video contest winners inspire attendancehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/BePono.aspx"Be Pono" video contest winners inspire attendanceWindward District schools and students participated in the "Be Pono — Be in School" video campaign to encourage student attendance and on-time arrivals, which are key factors in student achievement and graduation rates. Categories included best videos by individuals, groups and schools, and included Windward schools from Waimanalo to Sunset Beach. Sixty videos were submitted; here are the winners.
Matthew Lawrence named Hawaii's 2014 State Teacher of the Yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Matthew-Lawrence-named-Hawaii's-2014-State-Teacher-of-the-Year.aspxMatthew Lawrence named Hawaii's 2014 State Teacher of the YearHawaii's 2014 State Teacher of the Year is a 12-year veteran educator who inspires his students through creative hands-on projects. Honolulu District Teacher of the Year Matthew Lawrence of Waikiki Elementary was named the 2014 State Teacher of the Year this afternoon at a ceremony attended by Governor Neil Abercrombie and Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi at Washington Place.
Department to begin school safety drillshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Department-to-begin-school-safety-drills.aspxDepartment to begin school safety drillsThe Department is ramping up its school safety drills in partnership with the Honolulu Police Department (HPD). Beginning this week, the Department and HPD will conduct safety drills at several high schools on Oahu.
2012 Year in Reviewhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2012-Year-in-Review.aspx2012 Year in ReviewAn overview of the awards and accomplishments of the Department and its public schools, students, educators, leaders and staff in 2012.
All Department schools have emergency measures sethttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/All-DOE-schools-have-security-and-emergency-measures.aspxAll Department schools have emergency measures setHONOLULU – The Department's Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness Branch this morning met with Honolulu Police Department officials to review security procedures for the state’s public schools.
Public schools sweep HMSA video contesthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/Public-schools-sweep-HMSA-video-contest.aspxPublic schools sweep HMSA video contestThirty-three public and independent middle and high schools statewide submitted 157 public service announcements addressing addiction prevention, healthy living, mental health and teen safety.

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