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Kalihi Waena Elementary dedicates new Alanui ‘Ohana ‘Ālani learning space and walkwayhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kalihi-Waena.aspxKalihi Waena Elementary dedicates new Alanui ‘Ohana ‘Ālani learning space and walkwayProud Kalihi Waena Elementary students and staff held a special tree-planting ceremony to dedicate its new new Alanui ‘Ohana ‘Ālani learning space and walkway.
Parent letter from Supt. Kishimoto regarding in-person learning for school year 2021-22 https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/supt-kishimoto-parent-letter-SY2020-21.aspxParent letter from Supt. Kishimoto regarding in-person learning for school year 2021-22 Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto issued a letter to parents to provide an update on plans for the upcoming school year.
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.
‘Yes, let’s do it’ is the mantra at Kea‘au Elementaryhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/Keaau-El-mantra.aspx‘Yes, let’s do it’ is the mantra at Kea‘au ElementaryMore than halfway through the first school year of an updated Strategic Plan and a state plan for federal funding under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) law, there’s a lot of discussion about putting more control of education into the hands of teachers, schools and communities. Kea‘au Elementary is testing what that looks like, one idea at a time.
Moanalua Complex schools receive grant for K-12 Korean Language Learning Program from the Republic of Koreahttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Moanalua-Complex-Korean-Grant.aspxMoanalua Complex schools receive grant for K-12 Korean Language Learning Program from the Republic of KoreaMoanalua High, Moanalua Middle, Moanalua Elem. and Salt Lake Elem. were presented a generous grant of $32,000 to help continue their innovative K-12 Korean Language Learning Program for the 2017-18 school year from the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Honolulu.
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.
Santa makes an early stop in Hawai’i to meet with more than 100 deaf and hard-of-hearing studentshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Santa-stops-in-Hawaii.aspxSanta makes an early stop in Hawai’i to meet with more than 100 deaf and hard-of-hearing studentsSanta Claus greeted more than 100 students from across the state during the 25th annual Deaf Santa program at Pearlridge Elementary. Participants were able to communicate their holiday wishes with Santa without an interpreter.
New assessment scores show promise for public school achievementhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/sba-scores.aspxNew assessment scores show promise for public school achievementIn its first year of administering a new, more rigorous test, Hawaii’s students continue to move in the right direction in meeting higher expectations for college and career readiness. HIDOE today released statewide Smarter Balanced Assessments test scores in mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy.
Waiahole El dives into Future Ready program expansionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/waiahole-future-ready.aspxWaiahole El dives into Future Ready program expansionBuilding upon lessons learned from the 1:1 device and digital learning pilot, Future Ready Hawaii has expanded to more than three dozen schools statewide in 2015-16. Checking in with students and teachers at Waiahole Elementary in Windward Oahu, one of the schools that hopes to qualify for the program's "fast track."
Welcome back! Parent letter from Supt. Kathryn Matayoshihttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Welcome-Back-2015.aspxWelcome back! Parent letter from Supt. Kathryn MatayoshiWe are proud to serve Hawai‘i’s children, and we hope you’re proud of your public schools. Follow our journey this year on our website and via social media — #ProudtoServeKeiki.
Keaau Elementary students become citizen scientists at BioBlitzhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/bioblitz.aspxKeaau Elementary students become citizen scientists at BioBlitzKeaau Elementary 5th graders joined hundreds of other public and private school students and thousands more citizen scientists at the 2015 National Geographic BioBlitz at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The goal: Document and inventory the flora and fauna of its unique ecosystem. But the kids had their own goal — find a happy face spider.
Future Ready Learning presentation to Legislaturehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/Pages/FRLHILeg.aspxFuture Ready Learning presentation to LegislatureTo scale the Department's digital learning pilot statewide, funds are being sought in the 2015-17 fiscal biennium budget and other sources. The Department briefed a joint session of the education committees of the State Legislature on February 20 to review results of the 1-to-1 digital device pilot program.
The serious work behind playtimehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/playground-update.aspxThe serious work behind playtimeA school playground is much more than monkey bars and jungle gyms in an open field. It’s a platform for physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. Play builds synapses just as much as muscle fibers. Which is why the Department takes playgrounds seriously. (And, notably, set policy for students to get at least 20 minutes’ physical exercise daily.)
Parents informed of higher learning expectationshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Parents-informed-of-higher-learning-expectations.aspxParents informed of higher learning expectationsHigher standards and better assessments will measure how well students can apply their knowledge to real-life situations, Superintendent Matayoshi tells parents.
Want better schools? Better standards are the first step.https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/ccteachers.aspxWant better schools? Better standards are the first step.This piece about new standards and assessments in Hawaii's public schools was written by teachers Yuuko Arikawa (Hawaii’s 2010 Milken Award Winner), Mary Carlson (Kapaa High School) and Gwen Lee (Niu Valley Middle School). A new assessment, aligned with Hawaii Common Core, is rolling out this spring.
Video: Schools respond to Puna Lava Flowhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/punalava.aspxVideo: Schools respond to Puna Lava FlowThe June 27th lava flow — named for the day it began erupting from a vent on Kilauea’s Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater — moved steadily northeast through forests toward populated areas. By late summer, U.S. Geological Survey updates made it clear that lower Puna, including Pahoa town, could be impacted. Video provides snapshots of how schools, staff and students adapted during a state of emergency.
Educator, public input sought on new student assessmentshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Educator,-public-input-sought-on-new-student-assessments.aspxEducator, public input sought on new student assessmentsInterested participants must register online by Sept. 19 to provide input on the new Hawaii Common Core-aligned assessments. The Smarter Balanced assesssments will measure student understanding of essential English language arts and math skills needed for college and career success.
Teacher fellows program to advance public educationhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-teacher-fellows-program-to-advance-public-education.aspxTeacher fellows program to advance public educationOutstanding teacher fellows will voice teacher input on the Hawaii Common Core and implementation of other key initiatives meant to elevate the teaching profession and increase student achievement.
Schools travel virtually to Kilauea for lessons in science, culturehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/volcanovft.aspxSchools travel virtually to Kilauea for lessons in science, cultureScenes from the Virtual Field Trip to Kilauea Crater, hosted by Keaau Elementary staff and students, facilitated by University Lab School, and broadcast to schools and viewers via Google Hangout.
Hawaii partners with national nonprofit to engage teachershttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-partners-with-national-nonprofit-to-engage-teachers.aspxHawaii partners with national nonprofit to engage teachersExceptional teacher leaders selected by Hope Street Group will be trained in peer and community engagement, data collection and media strategies –all with the intent of sharing information with the community about the Hawaii Common Core standards.
DOE Digital Curriculum expands learning, teaching opportunitieshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-Digital-Curriculum-expands-learning,-teaching-opportunities.aspxDOE Digital Curriculum expands learning, teaching opportunitiesTeachers piloting the program, known as Access Learning, widely agree the technology holds tremendous potential to help them save time, organize lessons, collaborate with peers and expand learning opportunities.
Digital devices help accelerate love of learninghttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/CommonCoreStateStandards/Pages/Access-Learning-Nagamine.aspxDigital devices help accelerate love of learningThis piece was penned by Moanalua Middle Principal Lisa Nagamine and ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's Editorial Section on National Digital Learning Day.
Governor recognizes Keaau schools’ progress with digital curriculumhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/Governor-recognizes-Keaau-schools’-progress-with-digital-curriculum.aspxGovernor recognizes Keaau schools’ progress with digital curriculumFrom the Keaau Elementary school cafeteria, Gov. Neil Abercrombie proclaimed Feb. 6 “Digital Learning Day” in Hawaii and commended Keaau students, faculty and staff for leading the state’s progress in the adoption of a common core digital curriculum.
8 schools selected for Digital Common Core Pilothttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Eight-Hawaii-public-schools-selected-for-Digital-Common-Core-Pilot.aspx8 schools selected for Digital Common Core PilotThe pilot aims to support schools’ implementation of new digital curricula aligned with the Common Core State Standards, which are new learning standards for English language arts and math.

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