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HIDOE leadership issues parent letter regarding recent Maui school threatshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Maui-Threats-Parent-Letter-Superintendent.aspxHIDOE leadership issues parent letter regarding recent Maui school threats"We understand the fear and concern that such incidents provoke among families and want to assure you that the safety and well-being of our students and staff remain our utmost priority."
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.
Innovation Station makes STEM education accessible for O‘ahu public schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/innovation-station-kalani-high-school-stem-lab.aspxInnovation Station makes STEM education accessible for O‘ahu public schoolsThe Innovation Station is a portable classroom equipped with 3D printers and laser printers designed to deploy to different campuses to make STEM education more accessible to schools.
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.
6 Maui schools eligible to offer free school meals to all studentshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/6-Maui-schools-eligible-to-offer-free-school-meals-to-all-students.aspx6 Maui schools eligible to offer free school meals to all studentsSchool meals will be free for all students for the remainder of the school year at six Maui schools.
Kaimiloa Elementary counselor honored nationally as 2024 Hawai‘i School Counselor of the Yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kaimiloa-Elementary-counselor-honored-nationally-as-2024-hawaii-School-Counselor-of-the-Year.aspxKaimiloa Elementary counselor honored nationally as 2024 Hawai‘i School Counselor of the YearShe was instrumental in developing a School Attendance Review Team (SART) at Kaimiloa Elementary to combat chronic absenteeism.
Kalani High wins 2024 Hawai‘i LifeSmarts State Competitionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kalani-High-Wins-2024-Hawai‘i-LifeSmarts-State-Competition.aspxKalani High wins 2024 Hawai‘i LifeSmarts State CompetitionTeam Kalani 4.2 from Kalani High School has won the 2024 Hawaiʻi LifeSmarts State Competition, organized by the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Business Registration and Insurance Divisions and the Hawaiʻi Credit Union League (HCUL).
HIDOE seeks feedback to revise student journalism policyhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/student-journalism-policy-feedback.aspxHIDOE seeks feedback to revise student journalism policyThe Department is seeking feedback through Feb. 29. A final version of the updated policy will be presented to the Board for approval.
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.
Students with hearing and visual impairments share holiday wishes with Santahttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Students-with-hearing-and-visual-impairments-share-holiday-wishes-with-Santa.aspxStudents with hearing and visual impairments share holiday wishes with SantaOver 150 students from schools statewide participated in the 31st annual “Deaf Santa” event at Pearlridge Center and were able to converse with Santa using American Sign Language.
Art auction fundraiser nets $14,000 for Lāhainā schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Art-auction-fundraiser-nets-14000-for-lahaina-schools.aspxArt auction fundraiser nets $14,000 for Lāhainā schoolsThe auction was a joint effort between the Hawai‘i State Department of Education, the Public Schools of Hawai‘i Foundation, Island Art Galleries and Maui Hands Gallery.
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.
Hawai‘i public schools shine at NCAC conferencehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawai‘i-public-schools-shine-at-NCAC-conference.aspxHawai‘i public schools shine at NCAC conferenceHawai‘i public schools had a proud showing at this years’ National Career Academy Coalition conference held earlier this month in Tucson, Arizona.
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.
Inaugural "Dive into Education" conference draws dozens of aspiring teachershttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Inaugural-Dive-into-Education-conference-draws-dozens-of-aspiring-teachers.aspxInaugural "Dive into Education" conference draws dozens of aspiring teachersAbout 130 high school students came together to mingle with like-minded peers, get inspired about teaching and learn more about what it takes to enter the field.
Superintendent Hayashi recognized with workforce development hero awardhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Superintendent-Hayashi-recognized-with-workforce-development-hero-award.aspxSuperintendent Hayashi recognized with workforce development hero awardHawai‘i State Department of Education Superintendent Keith Hayashi was recognized for his decades-long support and advocacy around strengthening Hawaiʻi’s education pipeline to support workforce needs.
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.
First-of-its-kind Filipino history course to be offered in Hawaii high schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/First-of-its-kind-Filipino-history-course-to-be-offered-in-Hawaii-high-schools.aspxFirst-of-its-kind Filipino history course to be offered in Hawaii high schoolsFarrington and Waipahu High schools will be the first schools to offer the new course, where the current student populations are greater than 50% Filipino.
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.

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