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Moanalua Middle School teacher named Milken Educators of Hawai‘i’s 2024 Teacher of Promisehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2024TeacherofPromise.aspxMoanalua Middle School teacher named Milken Educators of Hawai‘i’s 2024 Teacher of PromiseMoanalua Middle social studies teacher Kimberly Kim honored with 2024 Teacher of Promise award and $2,000 cash prize.
Students advocate for more locally sourced foods in school cafeteriashttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/waikiki-elementary-farm-to-school.aspxStudents advocate for more locally sourced foods in school cafeteriasStudents studied their school lunches, learned how to find the menus online and then set up interviews with the school’s cafeteria manager to learn more about where their food comes from.
21 teachers honored for earning National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certificationhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2024-NBCT.aspx21 teachers honored for earning National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certificationHIDOE is celebrating 21 teachers statewide who have earned their National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification – a recognition for meeting the highest standards for teaching.
DOH and HIDOE launch website to monitor progress of repairs to school drinking water fixtureshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOH-and-HIDOE-launch-website-to-monitor-progress-of-repairs-to-school-drinking-water-fixtures.aspxDOH and HIDOE launch website to monitor progress of repairs to school drinking water fixturesOf the 1,500 water fixtures scheduled for replacement at 170 elementary schools, more than 600 fixtures have already been replaced. The new website will allow the public to track the progress of the ongoing fixture replacements, and to view lab results of the confirmatory testing.
Sponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SFSP-2024.aspxSponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakThe Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is seeking sponsor organizations on all islands to help provide children in low-income communities with free meals during the summer months.
Nearly 1,700 Hawai‘i students showcase industry skills at statewide CTSO competitionshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2024-CTSO-Conference.aspxNearly 1,700 Hawai‘i students showcase industry skills at statewide CTSO competitions​Approximately 1,700 students representing 45 Hawai‘i public, private and postsecondary schools competed at the 2024 State CTSO Conference from Jan. 29 to 31 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.
Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and Super Bowl Champion Jesse Sapolu visit Linapuni Elementary for read aloudhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kristi-Yamaguchi-and-Jesse-Sapolu-Visit-Linapuni-Elementary.aspxOlympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and Super Bowl Champion Jesse Sapolu visit Linapuni Elementary for read aloudLinapuni Elementary is a partner school of Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream, a nonprofit organization committed to ensuring that children have access to high-quality books and extensive family engagement support.
School Closures, Tuesday, Jan 9https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/maui-school-closures-january-2024.aspxSchool Closures, Tuesday, Jan 9Please check here for updates on school closures for Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024. As of 7 a.m., only Hāna High & Elementary and Lāna‘i High & Elementary remain open on Maui. Molokai schools are closed.
HIDOE recognizes 2 schools for excellence in civic education and prioritizing student agencyhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-recognizes-2-schools-for-excellence-in-civic-education-and-prioritizing-student-agency.aspxHIDOE recognizes 2 schools for excellence in civic education and prioritizing student agencyThe Hawaiʻi State Department of Education is proud to announce and celebrate two high schools — Mililani and Maui High — that have been recognized as the first-ever Hawaiʻi Schools of Democracy.
Purple Star NORBERT Hawai'i Award presented to 12 schools by Joint Venture Education Forumhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/JVEF-2023.aspxPurple Star NORBERT Hawai'i Award presented to 12 schools by Joint Venture Education ForumTwelve O‘ahu public schools have been recognized for creating a welcoming and safe environment for incoming military-dependent and transitioning students enrolling at their campuses.
Waipahu High School celebrates the opening of new Integrated Academy Learning Centerhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Waipahu-High-School-celebrates-the-opening-of-new-Integrated-Academy-Learning-Center.aspxWaipahu High School celebrates the opening of new Integrated Academy Learning CenterWaipahu High is a nationally recognized wall-to-wall academy high school, holding the highest level of national recognition for its six career academies. The facility aims to connect the school’s Academy of Natural Resources with the culinary pathway, putting systems in place to promote sustainable farm-to-table practices.
Ho‘oha‘aheo Newsletter, Nov. 22https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Hoohaaheo/Pages/November-22-2023.aspxHo‘oha‘aheo Newsletter, Nov. 22Our weekly online publication to highlight bright spots from across the public school system. This week's issue includes warm wishes to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
HIDOE seeks feedback and product information in effort to increase locally sourced food in schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-seeks-feedback-and-product-information-in-effort-to-increase-locally-sourced-food-in-schools.aspxHIDOE seeks feedback and product information in effort to increase locally sourced food in schoolsThe Department’s Farm and School Program aims to enhance food sustainability in Hawai‘i and aligns with Act 175, which focuses on improving the health of students while supporting local farmers.
Artwork by Lāhaināluna students, teacher featured in auction fundraiser for Lāhainā schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/aloha-for-lahaina-art-auction.aspxArtwork by Lāhaināluna students, teacher featured in auction fundraiser for Lāhainā schoolsDozens of one-of-a-kind art pieces created by local artists, including eight Lāhaināluna students and a Lāhaināluna teacher, will be featured in an art auction fundraiser organized to support the schools impacted by the Aug. 8 wildfires.
Nearly 60 Hawai‘i public schools offer local ‘uala for National Farm to School Monthhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Nearly-60-Hawai‘i-public-schools-offer-local-‘uala-for-National-Farm-to-School-Month.aspxNearly 60 Hawai‘i public schools offer local ‘uala for National Farm to School MonthThe Department purchased approximately 2,500 lbs. of ‘uala from several local farmers, including Jian Jun Zhang and Kendall Van located in Hāmākua on Hawai‘i island, and Robert Mata’s Oby's Farm in Waikapū, Maui.
Hawai‘i sees improvement in math scores, maintains previous gains in language arts, sciencehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2022-23-Strive-HI-performance-data-reflect-stable-HIDOE-student-academic-performance-in-core-subjects,-slight-increase-in-m.aspxHawai‘i sees improvement in math scores, maintains previous gains in language arts, scienceHawai‘i public schools saw an overall uptick in mathematics performance in the second full academic year following the pandemic, according to statewide assessment results released as part of its annual Strive HI Performance System report. In language arts and science, Hawai‘i scores held steady, maintaining gains from the year prior.
HIDOE awarded $6M in DoDEA grants to support military-connected studentshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2023-DoDEA-grants.aspxHIDOE awarded $6M in DoDEA grants to support military-connected studentsHIDOE has received three grants from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) partnership to fund STEM initatives at public schools with high populations of military-dependent students.
Kūlanihāko‘i High pedestrian overpass design and plans presented to South Maui communityhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kūlanihāko‘i-High-pedestrian-overpass-update.aspxKūlanihāko‘i High pedestrian overpass design and plans presented to South Maui communityThe designs — which are 30% completed — feature an open-air design to minimize visual obstructions while providing safety for pedestrians.
Public comment for a 2022-23 waiver request under Section 8401(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended, due the Maui Island wildfireshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/october-2023-public-comments-esea-waiver-request.aspxPublic comment for a 2022-23 waiver request under Section 8401(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended, due the Maui Island wildfiresGiven the extraordinary impact on the Maui community, the Hawaii Department of Education (Department) is requesting a one-year waiver from accountability determinations and reporting for the 2023-2024 school year.
Two schools, one community: King Kamehameha III and Princess Nāhi‘ena‘ena Elementary reopen on shared campushttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Two-schools,-one-community-King-Kamehameha-III-and-Princess-Nahienaena-Elementary-reopen-on-shared-campus.aspxTwo schools, one community: King Kamehameha III and Princess Nāhi‘ena‘ena Elementary reopen on shared campusApproximately 300 students from Princess Nāhi‘ena‘ena returned to campus alongside more than 200 students from King Kamehameha III.
‘A long time coming’: Lāhainā Intermediate students return to campus for first time since fireshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Lāhainā-Intermediate-welcomes-students-to-campus-for-the-first-time-in-the-2023-24-school-year.aspx‘A long time coming’: Lāhainā Intermediate students return to campus for first time since firesLāhainā Intermediate School faculty and staff cheered and waved signs as they welcomed approximately 400 students back to their West Maui campus for the first time this academic year.
Lāhainā school evacuation route ready for emergency usehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Lāhainā-school-evacuation-route-ready-for-emergency-use.aspxLāhainā school evacuation route ready for emergency useThe emergency access route is approximately 2.5 miles and runs from the Lāhaināluna fire lane to the Lāhainā Bypass.
Public invited to open house and presentation on Kūlanihāko‘i High School overpasshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Public-Invited-to-Open-House-and-Presentation-on-Kūlanihāko‘i-High-School-Overpass.aspxPublic invited to open house and presentation on Kūlanihāko‘i High School overpassHIDOE is inviting interested community members and parents to an open house and presentation to provide an update on the Kūlanihāko‘i High School pedestrian overpass across Piʻilani Highway at Kūlanihāko‘i Street that will serve the community and the school.
Public comments sought for U.S. DOE ESEA Regional Advisory Committeehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/october-2023-public-comment-esea-rac.aspxPublic comments sought for U.S. DOE ESEA Regional Advisory CommitteeMembers of the public are invited to submit written comments to the Regional Advisory Committees for consideration as they conduct needs-sensing activities and determine priorities for their region.
Former Waiʻanae High School principal appointed to oversee schools in the Nānākuli-Waiʻanae Complex Areahttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Former-Waiʻanae-High-School-Principal-appointed-to-oversee-schools-in-the-Nānākuli-Waiʻanae-Complex-Area.aspxFormer Waiʻanae High School principal appointed to oversee schools in the Nānākuli-Waiʻanae Complex AreaThe Hawai‘i State Board of Education approved the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education’s (HIDOE) recommendation to appoint Disa Hauge as complex area superintendent to oversee the schools in the Nānākuli-Waiʻanae Complex Area.
Leilehua High School’s Jackie Freitas named 2024 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the Yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Leilehua-High-School’s-Jackie-Freitas-named-2024-Hawaiʻi-State-Teacher-of-the-Year.aspxLeilehua High School’s Jackie Freitas named 2024 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the YearThe honor is presented annually to a classroom teacher selected from more than 13,000 HIDOE educators. Freitas received the state's top teaching award from Gov. Josh Green and Superintendent Keith Hayashi during an awards ceremony at Washington Place.
Lāhainā schools to welcome students back to campuses in phased reopening planhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/lahaina-schools-to-welcome-students-back-to-campuses-in-phased-reopening-plan.aspxLāhainā schools to welcome students back to campuses in phased reopening planHIDOE is set to bring students back to the Princess Nāhiʻenaʻena Elementary, Lāhainā Intermediate and Lāhaināluna High campuses as part of a phased reopening plan starting Oct. 16.
Department announces 2023-24 enrollment figures for public and charter schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2023-24-Enrollment.aspxDepartment announces 2023-24 enrollment figures for public and charter schoolsEnrollment at Hawaiʻi's public schools is 167,649 at the beginning of the school year, remaining relatively steady with a 0.6% decrease.
HIDOE distance learning hub opens in West Maui with over 250 K-8 studentshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-distance-learning-hub-opens-in-West-Maui-with-over-250-K-8-students.aspxHIDOE distance learning hub opens in West Maui with over 250 K-8 studentsOver 250 Lāhainā students from King Kamehameha III Elementary, Princess Nāhiʻenaʻena Elementary and Lāhainā Intermediate attended the opening of the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education’s distance learning hub.
Kaʻelepulu and Maunawili elementary schools receive prestigious Blue Ribbon award by US DOE, an elite designation for top 1% of schools nationwidehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2023-NBRS-Award.aspxKaʻelepulu and Maunawili elementary schools receive prestigious Blue Ribbon award by US DOE, an elite designation for top 1% of schools nationwideKaʻelepulu and Maunawili Elementary schools in Kailua, Oʻahu, have been named 2023 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the US Department of Education in recognition of their high academic achievement.

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