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Ewa Makai Middle dedicates new $24 million classroom winghttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Ewa-Makai-Middle-dedicates-new-campus-wing.aspxEwa Makai Middle dedicates new $24 million classroom wingEwa Makai Middle celebrated the dedication of a new 24-room, two-story campus wing to accommodate approximately 450 new sixth-graders.
2019 Hawaii National Distinguished Principal https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2019-Hawaii-National-Distinguished-Principal-.aspx2019 Hawaii National Distinguished Principal The Hawaii Elementary and Middle School Administrators Association named Principal Stacie Kunihisa from Kanoelani Elementary School as the 2019 Hawaii National Distinguished Principal. Kunihisa will join the National Association of Elementary School Principals awardees from the other 49 states in Washington D.C. in October.
2018 Year in Reviewhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Pages/2018.aspx2018 Year in ReviewHappy New Year! Enjoy this roundup of 2018 in pictures, videos and stories from the Hawai'i DOE and our schools.
HIDOE names 2018 Employee and Team of the Yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-Employee-Awards.aspxHIDOE names 2018 Employee and Team of the YearHIDOE named its 2018 Employee and Team of the Year award winners, recognizing employees for their outstanding and continued contributions to education and the students of Hawaii.
Stevenson Middle leader named 2018 Hawaii National Distinguished Principalhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Stevenson-Middle-leader-named-2018-Hawaii-National-Distinguished-Principal.aspxStevenson Middle leader named 2018 Hawaii National Distinguished PrincipalThe Hawaii Elementary and Middle School Administrators Association today named Principal Linell Dilwith from Stevenson Middle School as the 2018 Hawaii National Distinguished Principal. Cecile LaMar from Makaha Elementary was honored as the 2018 Hawaii Outstanding Vice Principal.
2017 Year in Reviewhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Pages/2017.aspx2017 Year in ReviewHappy New Year! Enjoy this roundup of 2017 in pictures, videos and stories from the Hawai'i DOE and our schools.
November 2017 Inspirehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Inspire/Pages/1117.aspxNovember 2017 InspireInspirational stories from public schools. In this edition: Pauoa Elementary is slashing its achievement gap while still hitting high achievement marks, students take a virtual field trip with Army Nature team, Ewa Makai Middle's Vanessa Ching named 2018 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year, principals who lead their alma maters, more stories.
Stars align for school leaders who return to alma matershttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/Stars-align-for-HIDOE-leaders-who-return-to-alma-maters.aspxStars align for school leaders who return to alma matersIn celebration of National Principals Month, HIDOE is highlighting a special group of Hawaii public school grads that have returned to their alma maters to lead – as principals. It’s driven by a sense of school pride.
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.
Olomana and Ewa Makai leaders honored as Principal & Vice Principal of the Yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-NDP.aspxOlomana and Ewa Makai leaders honored as Principal & Vice Principal of the YearThe Hawaii Association of Secondary School Administrators honored Stacey Oshio from Olomana School as the state’s National Distinguished Principal of the Year and Geri Martin from Ewa Makai Middle as the Vice Principal of the Year. The celebration also kicked off National Principals Month.
Leadership mattershttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/NPM-2017.aspxLeadership mattersThe key to student success is a great school, and the key to a great school is a great principal. This is the motto of National Principals Month, celebrated every October to help shine a light on this crucial leader. Here, we do a deeper dive on the principal’s role with some of our award-winning principals and Hope Street Group teachers to get their insight on what effective leadership of a school looks like.
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.
Leeward Oahu administrator named Hawaii's 2017 National Distinguished Principalhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2017-NDP-Nelson.aspxLeeward Oahu administrator named Hawaii's 2017 National Distinguished PrincipalVeteran educator and school leader from Makaha Elementary, Nelson Shigeta, named 2017 Hawaii National Distinguished Principal. He will join awardees from the other 49 states in Washington D.C. in October.
Ewa Makai student recognized as top youth volunteerhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Ewa-Makai-student-recognized-as-top-youth-volunteer.aspxEwa Makai student recognized as top youth volunteerEmma Tandara, an eighth grader at Ewa Makai Middle School, was selected as the Middle Level State Honoree for Hawaii for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. She received the award because of her efforts to promote recycling at her school and in the community.
Jarrett Middle`s ohana delivers extraordinary resultshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/jarrett-strive-HI.aspxJarrett Middle`s ohana delivers extraordinary resultsConventional wisdom would say that Jarrett Middle School should not be doing as well as it is, given the size of its high-needs student population. But it's bucking expectations with a commitment to "Everyone Being Extraordinary." A calm atmosphere and engaging instruction are boosting students to go beyond a year of learning.
Educators take team approach to building leadership skillshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/Educators-take-team-approach-to-building-leadership-skills.aspxEducators take team approach to building leadership skillsDeputy Superintendent Stephen Schatz and Teri Ushijima, who heads up HIDOE's Leadership Institute, share with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser how the Department is scaling its success through innovative programs.
October 2016 Education Updatehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/October-2016.aspxOctober 2016 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Hawaii public schools outpacing nation in gains on Advanced Placement exams, Board recognizes positive gains in Superintendent's evaluation, Campbell High hits milestone with AVID program, celebrating our employees of the year, and a guest column from King Kekaulike Principal Mark Elliott on the importance of supporting & cultivating leadership.
Washington Middle leader honored as 2017 National Distinguished Principalhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Washington-Middle-leader-honored-as-2017-National-Distinguished-Principal.aspxWashington Middle leader honored as 2017 National Distinguished PrincipalThe Hawaii Association of Secondary School Administrators (HASSA) named Principal Michael Harano from Washington Middle School the 2017 National Distinguished Principal. He was honored at a luncheon today, which also kicked off National Principals Month.
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.
Ewa Makai Middle School teacher wins $2,500 educational granthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Ewa-Makai-Grant.aspxEwa Makai Middle School teacher wins $2,500 educational grantEwa Makai Middle School Student Activities Coordinator Vanessa Ching was awarded a $2,500 educational grant as part of the Thank America’s Teachers 2016 initiative, sponsored by Farmers Insurance.
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.
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.
Public school principals recognized for service by Board of Educationhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/principals.aspxPublic school principals recognized for service by Board of EducationThe Hawaii State Board of Education last night commended Hawaii public school principals and vice-principals for their education service coinciding with National Principals Month.
'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."
Malaea Wetzel named Hawaii's 2015 National Distinguished Principalhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2015-NDP.aspxMalaea Wetzel named Hawaii's 2015 National Distinguished PrincipalThe Haleiwa Elementary leader is named the 2015 Hawaii National Distinguished Principal. The annual award honors outstanding elementary and middle-level school leaders who ensure that children acquire a sound foundation for lifelong learning and achievement. She will be honored in the nation's capital with fellow state winners Oct. 15 and 16.
Spotlight: Farrington High — 'We really believe our kids can learn'https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/CCRI15-Farrington-High.aspxSpotlight: Farrington High — 'We really believe our kids can learn'Taking a closer look at some of the standout schools in the 2015 College & Career Readiness Indicators (CCRI) report, which looks at the performance of the Class of 2014 across a variety of key measurements, including proficiency, graduation, college-going and dual enrollment rates. Here we profile Farrington High School.
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.
New leadership principal group will help shape education prioritieshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Principal-group.aspxNew leadership principal group will help shape education prioritiesAfter a recruitment and selection process of nearly two months, the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is announcing a new Deputy Superintendent’s Principal Roundtable for the upcoming 2014-15 school year.
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.
New Kahuku H/I principal dedicated to academics, communityhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/New-Kahuku-HI-principal-dedicated-to-academics,-community.aspxNew Kahuku H/I principal dedicated to academics, communityOahu-born Pauline Masaniai has lived in South Carolina, Virginia, Nevada and Utah. Yet decades ago, she chose the Koolauloa community to permanently reside, raise her family, and equip students for bright futures and the best career opportunities. She will have her best opportunity yet to fulfill this by taking the helm at Kahuku High and Intermediate.
'Tough love' gives direction to a lost studenthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Student-cites-2-educators-in-her-triumph.aspx'Tough love' gives direction to a lost studentTwo educators at Washington Middle and Kaimuki High made all the difference for Jowana Lobendahn, whose life was marked by violence and despair. She leapt at the opportunity to thank them for giving her the spark to turn her life around.
Sheena Alaiasa's string of successes continueshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Sheena-Alaiasa.aspxSheena Alaiasa's string of successes continuesSheena Alaiasa is having a year to remember. In the spring, her school, Samuel Wilder King Intermediate School, was named a Department of Education Strive HI winner for making one of the biggest turnarounds in recent years.
Alaiasa a U.S. Principal of the Year finalisthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/King-Intermediate-leader-named-U-S--Principal-of-the-Year-finalist.aspxAlaiasa a U.S. Principal of the Year finalistHONOLULU – King Intermediate Principal Sheena Alaiasa has been named one of three educators in the nation who will compete for the title of 2014 Middle Level Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Waipahu's Hayashi honored for leadershiphttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Waipahu's-Hayashi-honored-for-leadership.aspxWaipahu's Hayashi honored for leadershipWaipahu High Principal Keith Hayashi has won The Island Insurance Foundation's ninth annual Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award of $25,000.
Department announces new evaluation and support system for school principalshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-Announces-New-Evaluation-and-Support-System-for-School-Principals.aspxDepartment announces new evaluation and support system for school principalsHONOLULU - All Hawaii public school principals will receive enhanced supports and evaluations beginning in the current school year under an agreement between the Department and the Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA) on a new Comprehensive Evaluation System for School Administrators (CESSA).
Naomi Matsuzaki wins national distinguished principal awardhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Naomi-Matsuzaki-wins-national-distinguished-principal-award.aspxNaomi Matsuzaki wins national distinguished principal awardHONOLULU - Kahaluu Elementary Principal Naomi Matsuzaki today was named the 2013 National Distinguished Principal for the State of Hawaii.

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