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Ho‘oha‘aheo Newsletter, Nov. 30https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Hoohaaheo/Pages/November-30-2022.aspxHo‘oha‘aheo Newsletter, Nov. 30Our monthly online publication to highlight bright spots from across the public school system. This week's issue includes a message about the eruption from Superintendent Hayashi and an aloha and mahalo from Gov. David Ige and First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige.
HIDOE awarded nearly $5 million to begin electrifying school bus fleethttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/electric-school-buses.aspxHIDOE awarded nearly $5 million to begin electrifying school bus fleetHIDOE has received a $4.99 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin electrifying school bus fleets across the islands, replacing traditional diesel-powered models over the next two years.
HIDOE awarded $5M in DoDEA grants to support military-connected studentshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DoDEA-grants.aspxHIDOE awarded $5M in DoDEA grants to support military-connected studentsHIDOE has received three grants from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) partnership that will focus on enhancing college and career skills in the Campbell, Kapolei and Radford complexes and world language learning opportunities in the Kalāheo complex for military-dependent students at select schools over the next five years.
Kūlanihākoʻi High announces school mascot and colorshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kūlanihākoʻi-High-mascot-colors.aspxKūlanihākoʻi High announces school mascot and colorsKūlanihāko‘i High School has selected its mascot — the manta ray — and school colors of silver and black. Its student body and extracurricular teams will be the Kūlanihāko‘i Rays.
2022 ‘Nation’s Report Card’: Hawai‘i fourth-graders outperform peers in reading and math amid national pandemic learning declineshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2022-Nation's-Report-Card.aspx2022 ‘Nation’s Report Card’: Hawai‘i fourth-graders outperform peers in reading and math amid national pandemic learning declinesKnown as "The Nation’s Report Card," the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is an assessment program of the National Center for Education Statistics that provides comparable results across states on select subjects.
Kalani High’s Michael Ida named 2023 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the Yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2023-HSTOY.aspxKalani High’s Michael Ida named 2023 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the YearVeteran Kalani High School math and computer science teacher Michael Ida was named the 2023 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the Year in recognition of his dedication to improving student learning and uplifting the teaching profession through advocacy and collaboration.
HIDOE and the Hiroshima Prefectural Board of Education Japan sign education collaboration agreementhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-and-the-Hiroshima-Prefectural-Board-of-Education-Japan-sign-education-collaboration-agreement.aspxHIDOE and the Hiroshima Prefectural Board of Education Japan sign education collaboration agreementThe new agreement comes as Hiroshima and Hawaii celebrate the 25th anniversary of their sister state relationship.
2021-22 Strive HI performance data reflect positive progress in HIDOE student academic recovery and accelerationhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2021-22-Strive-HI-performance-data-reflect-positive-progress-in-HIDOE-student-academic-recovery-and-acceleration.aspx2021-22 Strive HI performance data reflect positive progress in HIDOE student academic recovery and accelerationThe data — reflecting the first full school year of in-person learning following the pandemic — show gains in academic performance across core subject areas and improvements in student success indicators.
Niu Valley Middle School opens new World Language Centerhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Niu-Valley-Middle-School-opens-new-World-Language-Center.aspxNiu Valley Middle School opens new World Language CenterNiu Valley Middle School (NVMS) celebrated the opening of their new World Language Center in front of students, staff, community members and government partners.
HIDOE recognizes 2020 and 2021 Employee and Team of the Yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-recognizes-2020-and-2021-Employee-and-Team-of-the-Year.aspxHIDOE recognizes 2020 and 2021 Employee and Team of the Year​The Department named its 2020 and 2021 Employee and Team of the Year award winners, recognizing employees for their outstanding and continued contributions to education and the students of Hawai‘i.
State Board of Education letter to families to provide inputhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/BOE-Letter-to-families-september-22-2022.aspxState Board of Education letter to families to provide inputThe State Board of Education invites parents and families to provide input on the priority areas the Board must focus to improve the state's public education system.
Hōkūlani, Kahala, Nuʻuanu Elementary schools named 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools for high-performing academicshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hōkūlani,-Kahala,-Nuʻuanu-Elementary-schools-named-2022-National-Blue-Ribbon-Schools-for-high-performing-academics.aspxHōkūlani, Kahala, Nuʻuanu Elementary schools named 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools for high-performing academicsHōkūlani, Kahala and Nuʻuanu Elementary schools have been named 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education in recognition of the Oahu schools’ academic performance.
Public invited to pedestrian crossing study open house for Kūlanihākoʻi High Schoolhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kihei-open-house.aspxPublic invited to pedestrian crossing study open house for Kūlanihākoʻi High SchoolKīhei area parents and community members are invited to an open house to share the results of a pedestrian crossing study for Kūlanihāko‘i High School on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, at the Lokelani Intermediate School cafeteria from 4-7 p.m.
EXPRESS pilot will expand student ridership options with county bus passeshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/EXPRESS.aspxEXPRESS pilot will expand student ridership options with county bus passesHIDOE is launching a pilot program with the four counties to expand subsidized county bus passes for high schoolers in grades 9-12. The pilot program — called EXPRESS, which stands for Expanding Ridership to Educate Students in Schools — aims to help mitigate the impacts of the national school bus driver shortage.
Hawaii State Board of Education launches Strategic Planning Engagement Surveyhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/BOE-strategic-plan-engagement-survey.aspxHawaii State Board of Education launches Strategic Planning Engagement SurveyThe public is invited to take the online survey by Oct. 11.
Community input on pedestrian crossing study for Kūlanihāko‘i High School in Kīhei requested via surveyhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kihei-Crossing-Survey.aspxCommunity input on pedestrian crossing study for Kūlanihāko‘i High School in Kīhei requested via surveyCommunity input is sought for an alternatives study for a grade-separated pedestrian crossing at Pi‘ilani Highway, serving the new Kūlanihāko‘i High School being built in Kīhei. The online survey takes approximately five minutes to complete.
Department announces 2022-23 enrollment figures for public and charter schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2022-23-Enrollment.aspxDepartment announces 2022-23 enrollment figures for public and charter schoolsEnrollment at Hawaiʻi's public and charter schools for the 2022-23 school year decreased to 168,634 students, compared with enrollment of 171,600 students at the start of last school year — a difference of 1.7%.
HIDOE, UH and Amazon Web Services announce new collaboration to increase access to cloud computing educationhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-UH-AWS.aspxHIDOE, UH and Amazon Web Services announce new collaboration to increase access to cloud computing educationEducators at participating institutions will have access to instructor training. Students can also access self-paced online training courses and labs from AWS. This collaborative effort aims to establish a workforce talent pipeline from high school through higher education, with a short-term goal of training and certifying 150 learners by 2025.
Superintendent Hayashi appoints deputy superintendents to lead strategy and operationshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/deputy-superintendent-appointments.aspxSuperintendent Hayashi appoints deputy superintendents to lead strategy and operationsSuperintendent Keith Hayashi has appointed two veteran leaders to help strengthen the Department's capacity to deliver on its priorities and goals and mitigate the negative impacts of the pandemic on students and schools.
Superintendent Hayashi parent letter regarding updated COVID-19 health and safety guidelineshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Supt-Parent-Letter-Aug-2022-Updated-COVID-Guidance.aspxSuperintendent Hayashi parent letter regarding updated COVID-19 health and safety guidelinesThe Department's recently updated COVID-19 health and safety guidance, which incorporates the latest recommendations from DOH and the CDC, will go into effect on August 23, 2022.
Kūlanihākoʻi High School approved as new Kīhei campus namehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kulanihakoi-High-name-approved.aspxKūlanihākoʻi High School approved as new Kīhei campus nameKūlanihākoʻi High School is now the official name of the campus currently under construction in Kīhei, Maui, following today’s approval by the Hawaiʻi State Board of Education.
HIDOE celebrates school supply subsidy program that benefits 8,000 students across 20 schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-celebrates-school-supply-subsidy-program-that-benefits-8,000-students-across-20-schools.aspxHIDOE celebrates school supply subsidy program that benefits 8,000 students across 20 schoolsNa‘alehu Elementary is one of 20 public schools included in a newly enacted pilot program that provides families of schools composed entirely of students eligible for Title I funding with free school supplies to help ensure educational success.
HIDOE names finalists for the 2023 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the Yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-names-finalists-for-the-2023-Hawaiʻi-State-Teacher-of-the-Year.aspxHIDOE names finalists for the 2023 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the YearThe Hawaiʻi State Department of Education today named 15 complex area teachers of the year and one charter school teacher of the year as finalists for the 2023 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the Year recognition.
15 public school educators selected for Hawai‘i State Teacher Fellows programhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/15-public-school-educators-selected-for-Hawaii-State-Teacher-Fellows-program.aspx15 public school educators selected for Hawai‘i State Teacher Fellows programThe Hawai‘i State Department of Education Leadership Institute announced its 2022-24 Hawai‘i State Teacher Fellows cohort.
HIDOE assessing classroom airflow quality at 7 O‘ahu schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-assessing-classroom-airflow-quality-at-7-Oahu-schools.aspxHIDOE assessing classroom airflow quality at 7 O‘ahu schoolsOf the 12,000 classrooms in public schools statewide, approximately 10% — 1,261 classrooms — have limited access to outside air due to central air conditioning.
HIDOE seeking community input on Kīhei pedestrian crossing studyhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kihei-Community-Input.aspxHIDOE seeking community input on Kīhei pedestrian crossing study"Talk Story" sessions are planned to gather community input on a pedestrian crossing study for the new high school in Kīhei.
Superintendent Hayashi parent letter regarding updated COVID-19 health and safety guidelineshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Supt-Parent-Letter-July-2022-Updated-COVID-Guidance.aspxSuperintendent Hayashi parent letter regarding updated COVID-19 health and safety guidelinesThe Department's recently updated COVID-19 health and safety guidance, which incorporates the latest recommendations from DOH and the CDC, will go into effect on July 26, 2022.
Pedestrian crossing study launched for new high school in Kīheihttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kīhei-Crossing-Study.aspxPedestrian crossing study launched for new high school in KīheiA study has been launched to evaluate alternatives for a grade-separated pedestrian crossing at Pi‘ilani Highway to serve the new high school being built in Kīhei.
HIDOE families eligible for free and reduced-price school meals encouraged to apply https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/income-eligibility-2022-23.aspxHIDOE families eligible for free and reduced-price school meals encouraged to apply For the 2022-23 school year, school meal operations will return to the normal National School Lunch Program, where only eligible children will receive meals at a free or reduced price.
Pearl City Cultural Center renamed for renowned band director Michael D. Nakasonehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Nakasone-Performing-Arts-Center.aspxPearl City Cultural Center renamed for renowned band director Michael D. NakasoneThe Pearl City Cultural Center was renamed as the Michael D. Nakasone Performing Arts Center in recognition of the renowned band master's contributions to music education and band programs across the state.

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