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HIDOE receives donation of 50,000 N95 masks from Hawaiʻi Pacific Healthhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HPH-mask-donation.aspxHIDOE receives donation of 50,000 N95 masks from Hawaiʻi Pacific HealthHIDOE today received a donation of 50,000 N95 face masks from Hawaiʻi Pacific Health to help protect students, teachers and staff during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Department announces 2020-21 enrollment figures for public and charter schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2020-21-enrollment.aspxDepartment announces 2020-21 enrollment figures for public and charter schoolsHawaii's public and charter schools combined enrollment for school year 2020-21 totals 174,704 students, compared to 179,331 last year, a difference of 2.6 percent.
Teacher Voice: A voice for the voicelesshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Hoohaaheo/Pages/teachervoiceFeb2020.aspxTeacher Voice: A voice for the voicelessRoosevelt High special education teacher Derek Govin strives to help his students develop authentic voice.
HIDOE Launches Campaign to Increase FAFSA Completionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/FAFSA2019.aspxHIDOE Launches Campaign to Increase FAFSA CompletionHIDOE is launching a campaign to boost the number of students completing the FAFSA.
Kapolei High students give back during fall break and gain valuable building industry experiencehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kapolei-High-GCA-building-project.aspxKapolei High students give back during fall break and gain valuable building industry experienceUnder mentoring by industry professionals, Kapolei High students built a brand-new stage for Makakilo Elementary’s cafeteria.
School bells ring, but why?https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/school-bell.aspxSchool bells ring, but why?School communities are being asked to "think out of the box" about how to deliver upon five student promises by 2030 as part of the public school system's next 10 years of strategic planning. What do schools need to do to advance equity, excellence and innovation for all, and what current procedures, policies, infrastructure and other elements should be reconsidered? State Office Teacher Bobby Widhalm shares his thoughts about the school bell.
Hawaii ranked second nationwide in Advanced Placement Exam one-year performance growthhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/AP-Exam-Growth.aspxHawaii ranked second nationwide in Advanced Placement Exam one-year performance growthHawaii's public school students continue to make gains in Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The number of students in the graduating class of 2018 scoring 3 or higher jumped 1.9 percentage points for the second-highest one-year gain nationwide.
'Waiting for You,' an intersection of work and play, nets top art awardhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/2019-HRSAA.aspx'Waiting for You,' an intersection of work and play, nets top art awardEmma Park, an 8th grader at Wahiawa Middle School, has been named an American Visions nominee in the Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards. Her photograph, "Waiting for You," and two other works will be considered for national recognition. A selection of works statewide will be exhibited at the Hawaii State Art Museum. “I always saw something in my work, and it makes me really happy that other people see something in it, too.”
Waianae High School counselor honored in Washington D.C. during National Counselor of the Year ceremonyhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Waianae-High-Counselor-Named-2018-Hawaii-Counselor-of-the-Year.aspxWaianae High School counselor honored in Washington D.C. during National Counselor of the Year ceremonyWaianae High School Counselor Desiré DeSoto was named the 2018 Hawaii School Counselor of the Year and recognized as a 2019 American School Counselor of the Year Finalist.
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.
Roosevelt student athlete headed to 2019 Special Olympics World Gameshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Tyler-Special-Olympics-World-Games.aspxRoosevelt student athlete headed to 2019 Special Olympics World GamesRoosevelt High junior Tyler Morimoto has been selected to represent Hawaii on Team USA at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.
Inaugural Campbell-Kapolei Student Career Expo opens 1,200 freshmen to future job opportunitieshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-Campbell-Kapolei-Student-Career-Expo.aspxInaugural Campbell-Kapolei Student Career Expo opens 1,200 freshmen to future job opportunitiesThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) held its inaugural Campbell-Kapolei Student Career Expo on Friday, Oct. 26, at Kapolei High School for 1,200 freshmen from Campbell and Kapolei high schools.
Hawaii public school students continue to make strides on AP Examshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/AP-Scores.aspxHawaii public school students continue to make strides on AP ExamsMore HIDOE students are both taking and passing Advanced Placement Exams.
Let's help more students tap into federal and private dollars for collegehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/091718.aspxLet's help more students tap into federal and private dollars for collegeA critical measure that serves as one predictor for college access is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. This year, the Hawaii DOE has set a goal to have 70 percent of our seniors complete the FAFSA, and 90 percent in 2020. We all play a role in meeting this goal.
Bullying is not acceptable in Hawai‘i's public school systemhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/Offices/Pages/Supt-Kishimoto-091918.aspxBullying is not acceptable in Hawai‘i's public school systemFrom Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: It should go without saying that bullying is not tolerated in an organization or in communities dedicated to educating healthy and joyful lifelong learners who contribute meaningfully to our communities. But to be explicitly clear: Bullying of any kind is not acceptable in Hawai‘i public schools. This piece ran on Sept. 19, 2018 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Rovi Porter: My public school journeyhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/rovi-porter.aspxRovi Porter: My public school journeyWhen I was asked to reflect on my public school journey, my immediate thought was to highlight the people who have supported me throughout the years. However, I believe the best form of gratitude is not just thanking them, but demonstrating how I’m using what they’ve taught me to be the best person I can be. Here’s my story.
Waipahu alum creates STEM summer camp for students to build muscle-powered robotshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/waipahu-muscle-cars.aspxWaipahu alum creates STEM summer camp for students to build muscle-powered robotsWaipahu High students designed and built little cars that are propelled using muscle movements, a technology that has real-world applications for prosthetic devices. The GEAR UP Waipahu-funded program exposed students to the mechanical, electrical and biomedical engineering fields.
May 2018 Inspirehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Inspire/Pages/0518.aspxMay 2018 InspireInspirational stories from Hawai'i's public schools. In this edition: Maui High boosts college and career readiness, East Kapolei Middle School breaks ground, teachers drive improvement via an innovative collaboration model, more stories.
Four Hawai‘i public school students selected as National Merit Scholarship winnershttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2018-National-Merit-Scholarship.aspxFour Hawai‘i public school students selected as National Merit Scholarship winnersThe National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the awardees for this year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners. Students from four Hawai'i public schools were selected for this honor out of 15,000 national finalists.
Supt's Corner: May 2018https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/0518.aspxSupt's Corner: May 2018The HIDOE will continue to track our college and career readiness progress annually through various indicators, some of which were discussed at our April 5 Board meeting with our Hawai‘i P-20 partners, who shared results from the Class of 2017. Here is the great news — more HIDOE students are graduating from high school on time and taking advanced coursework.
Student achievement continues to trend upward, according to the College and Career Readiness Indicators Report for Hawai‘i’s Class of 2017https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Class-of-2017-CCRI.aspxStudent achievement continues to trend upward, according to the College and Career Readiness Indicators Report for Hawai‘i’s Class of 2017Programs and policies designed to boost student achievement and strengthen successful transitions between high school, college and career are continuing to prove effective, according to the latest College and Career Readiness Indicators Report released by Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education.
April 2018 Education Updatehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0418.aspxApril 2018 Education UpdateMonthly print newsletter featuring the top stories from across Hawaii's public schools, distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Stevenson Middle science teacher earns the Milken Teacher of Promise award, Leilehua's JROTC team is returning to the CyberPatriot national competition, Roosevelt High students design and organize a schoolwide college and career fair, more stories.
Students test their workplace skills at CTSO conventionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/ctso-2018.aspxStudents test their workplace skills at CTSO conventionStudent members of four Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) representing schools statewide competed in performance tasks at the 2018 CTSO Convention on Feb. 22-23. The Future Farmers of America (FFA) held its statewide convention March 27-29 on Hawaii Island. Congratulations to the top finishers!
College and career readiness is a student affair at Roosevelt Highhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/roosevelt-college-career-fair-18.aspxCollege and career readiness is a student affair at Roosevelt HighStudents belonging to Roosevelt High's College & Career Committee wanted to host a fair on campus in which the whole school would participate. The event held today included representatives from nearly 40 local colleges and organizations, and nearly 100 speakers who provided career insights and advice.
Middle school students explore career pathways at annual industry fairhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Middle-school-students-explore-career-pathways-at-annual-industry-fair.aspxMiddle school students explore career pathways at annual industry fairMiddle school students from across Oahu attended the third annual Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education’s Middle School Career Industry Fair at the Hawaii Convention Center. The goal of the event was to introduce students to high skill, in-demand careers so they could start planning for their future.
February 2018 Inspirehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Inspire/Pages/0218.aspxFebruary 2018 InspireInspirational stories from Hawai'i's public schools. In this edition: King Kekaulike High goes all-in with interventions and co-teaching with promising results for student outcomes, Mililani High selected as next Farm to School site, more Hawai'i teachers earn National Board Certification, and many more stories.
January 2018 Education Updatehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0118.aspxJanuary 2018 Education UpdateMonthly print newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Mentoring new special education teachers, 2017 Year in Review, Waipahu High student first to earn AA before diploma, Keaukaha Elementary's engaging literacy approach, working more local food into school meals, more stories.
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.
Waipahu student earns degree from Leeward CC before graduating from high schoolhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Waipahu-student-earns-degree-from-Leeward-CC-before-graduating-from-high-school.aspxWaipahu student earns degree from Leeward CC before graduating from high schoolA senior at Waipahu High School is the first Early College High School student in the state to earn her college degree before graduating from high school. Rovy Anne Dipaysa earned her associate of arts degree from Leeward Community College five months ahead of her high school graduation.
Hawaii Pacific University and Honokaa High Launch Virtual Classroomhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Virtual-Classroom.aspxHawaii Pacific University and Honokaa High Launch Virtual ClassroomHawaii Pacific University and Honokaa High kicked off their new partnership that gives Honokaa students access to the college's new, virtual college-credit program. The 17 Honoka‘a students who are enrolled in the program will connect with HPU professors using video technology that allows for real-time learning.
School Every Day is life changinghttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StriveHIPerformanceSystem/Pages/chronic-absence.aspxSchool Every Day is life changingDid you know that one of the strongest predictors of student success or failure is, on the surface, one that seems easy to do? Chronic Absenteeism — missing 15 or more days in a school year, just two or three days a month — leads to a host of academic ailments. Here's how you can help.
Roosevelt High Director of Music inducted into Legion of Honorhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Legion-of-Honor.aspxRoosevelt High Director of Music inducted into Legion of Honor​Roosevelt High School's Director of Music Gregg Abe has been inducted into the prestigious Bandworld Legion of Honor along with six other band directors from across the U.S. this year. He is the eighth band director from Hawaii to receive the award since its inception in 1989.
Congratulations, Class of 2017!https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/2017-graduation-ceremonies.aspxCongratulations, Class of 2017!Congratulations to all the seniors who graduated from our schools this year. Across the Islands, graduates were showered with love and suffocated with lei from friends and family. Enjoy this video roundup of the celebrations.
Students in transition find pathways to success at Radford Highhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/2017-Radford-CCRI.aspxStudents in transition find pathways to success at Radford HighRadford High is a standout in this year's College and Career Readiness Indicators report. Its students take and pass Advanced Placement (AP) exams, graduate high school and enroll in college at higher rates than the state. A strong team dynamic among staff and outreach with families are catapulting students to new heights. “The students themselves are promoting and compete in a college-going atmosphere on campus,” said Principal James Sunday.
Industry-led coalition launched to prepare next generation of Hawaii workforcehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/C2C-Launch.aspxIndustry-led coalition launched to prepare next generation of Hawaii workforce​The Hawaii State Department of Education announced its Connect to Careers (C2C) coalition today alongside business and education partners. The initiative is designed to collaboratively prepare students for success in high-skill, in-demand career pathways.
April 2017 Education Updatehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0417.aspxApril 2017 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Annual report shows college and career readiness up strongly in early college and reduced remediation, celebrating leadership at Lanakila El, Bright Spot story on the Hilo-Waiakea Complex Area's strong results, Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi writes about Month of the Military Child.
Hilo-Waiakea: ‘We’re a K-12 entity, not 13 different schools’https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/CCRI-2016-HW.aspxHilo-Waiakea: ‘We’re a K-12 entity, not 13 different schools’The Hilo-Waiakea Complex Area is a standout in this year's College and Career Readiness Indicators (CCRI) report. Two-year data trends show both high schools among the leaders in boosting readiness through early college, CTE concentrators and major remediation declines. Educational leaders point to a K-12 construct that's beginning to deliver results.
Report on college readiness for the Class of 2016 shows increases in post-high school preparationhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2016-CCRI.aspxReport on college readiness for the Class of 2016 shows increases in post-high school preparationThe College and Career Readiness Indicators Report for the Class of 2016, released by Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education, show that Hawaii students continue to reach higher levels of achievement, with more students taking college-level courses while in high school and graduating with college credits.
Hundreds turn out for first annual Lanakila El Leadership Dayhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Lanakila-Leadership-Day.aspxHundreds turn out for first annual Lanakila El Leadership DayMore than 400 students from pre-school through fifth grade showcased projects they have been working on throughout the year at Lanakila El's first Leadership Day. The festivities included student performances, interactive presentations, a wax museum, and more.
Students explore career and college options at Hawaii P-20 Middle School Career Industry Fairhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Middle-School-Career-Industry-Fair.aspxStudents explore career and college options at Hawaii P-20 Middle School Career Industry FairStudents from eight middle schools on Oahu were able to explore career and post-secondary education options at the Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education’s Middle School Career Industry Fair. Exhibitors representing nine Career and Technical Education pathways were on hand to speak with students
Maunakea Scholars Awards New Student Astronomers at Nanakuli and Kapoleihttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Astronomers-at-Nanakuli-and-Kapolei.aspxMaunakea Scholars Awards New Student Astronomers at Nanakuli and KapoleiStudents from Nanakuli High School and Kapolei High School have been awarded Maunakea Observatories telescope time. The winning proposals were selected based on technical viability, creativity, and scientific merit.
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.
Students see career options in the construction fieldhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-CCD.aspxStudents see career options in the construction field1,400 students from 13 public high schools and one charter school got a chance to participate in the state Department of Transportation’s 10th annual Hawaii Construction Career Days event at the Aloha Stadium recently to get a first-hand glimpse into these productive construction professions.
Farrington High students gain career skills working with surf industry professionalshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/FarringtonWSLCTE.aspxFarrington High students gain career skills working with surf industry professionalsThe World Surf League teams up with Farrington High School students to provide mentoring and hands-on learning.
Results of more rigorous test show progress in academic achievement and college pathwayshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Smarter-Balanced.aspxResults of more rigorous test show progress in academic achievement and college pathwaysIn its second year of administering a new, more rigorous testing standard, Hawaii’s students continue to move in the right direction in meeting higher expectations for college and career readiness. An historic assessment baseline is set for Hawaiian immersion students.
More isle students meeting benchmarks for college-readiness is reason to cheerhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/More-isle-students-meeting-benchmarks.aspxMore isle students meeting benchmarks for college-readiness is reason to cheerSuperintendent Kathryn Matayoshi shares with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser the importance of celebrating the success of public school students and what sets them apart from their peers locally and nationally when it comes to college and career opportunities.
Hawaii's public high school graduates improve in ACT college preparedness test scoreshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/ACT-test-improvements.aspxHawaii's public high school graduates improve in ACT college preparedness test scoresHawaii public school 2016 graduates who took the ACT college preparation test and who met college readiness benchmarks showed a two-percent improvement in Mathematics and one-percent improvements in English and Science, while Reading scores remained unchanged.
Students take passion for percussion to a national levelhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/HYPE.aspxStudents take passion for percussion to a national levelAn ensemble of dedicated percussionists and their director share a passion for music in a unique opportunity for Hawaii students.
Superintendent to bring the voice of students to New York to share messages of Mālama Honua https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/World-Oceans-Day.aspxSuperintendent to bring the voice of students to New York to share messages of Mālama Honua In preparation for the upcoming World Oceans Day gathering in New York, Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and apprentice navigator Jenna Ishii this morning met with students and educators who presented messages of Mālama Honua, which she will take to Nainoa Thompson on June 8.
A heartfelt mahalo from Maunakea Scholarshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/CFHT-mahalo.aspxA heartfelt mahalo from Maunakea ScholarsStudents in the first cohort of Maunakea Scholars offer thanks to the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope staff and University of Hawaii mentors for assisting with their research of the stars. The program, the first of its kind in the world, grants telescope time to public high school students for independent research.
Aloha, Class of 2016!https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Class-of-2016.aspxAloha, Class of 2016!Is there anything better than a Hawaii graduation? About 10,800 students got piled head high with lei and more at ceremonies across the Islands. Congratulations, Class of 2016, and to the families and educators who helped along the way. We are proud! Cheeeee hooooo! Enjoy this Storify collection of social media posts from HIDOE and families across Hawaii.
Student voices rise at 2016 ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange video awardshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2016-Olelo.aspxStudent voices rise at 2016 ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange video awardsWaianae public schools sweep the expert division and public schools win most top prizes in the annual event that aims to cultivate student voice, perspective, and storytelling.
Mural at Blanche Pope El serves as an Earth Day reminder to ho’omalu Waimanalohttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Blanche-Pope-Mural.aspxMural at Blanche Pope El serves as an Earth Day reminder to ho’omalu WaimanaloStudents at Blanche Pope Elementary celebrated Earth Day by unveiling their Mele Mural during the school’s ho’olaule’a today. The 55-foot mural took two weeks to complete with students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade contributing to the brainstorming process and painting.
Top student research showcased at 2016 state science fairhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/HSSEF-2016.aspxTop student research showcased at 2016 state science fairThe 2016 Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair featured the best research projects from the state's district fairs. Top work will represent the Islands at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Phoenix, AZ, May 8-13.
Molokai student leader attracts NextEra Energy support to cool schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Molokai-Cool-Schools.aspxMolokai student leader attracts NextEra Energy support to cool schoolsA celebration assembly was held at Kaunakakai Elementary to mark the completion of a hybrid solar air conditioning installation project — 33 units were installed in 18 classrooms. Sixth-grader and Student Council President Leonahemaikekaimalie Crivello was commended for helping the project become a reality.
Hawaii secures grant to develop bold plan to improve career preparation systems for young people https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Career-Prep-Grant.aspxHawaii secures grant to develop bold plan to improve career preparation systems for young people HIDOE has secured a $100,000 grant to develop a detailed career readiness action plan, an essential step to expanding economic opportunity for young people across our state.
More Hawaii high school seniors earning college-level credits https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/CCRI-2015.aspxMore Hawaii high school seniors earning college-level credits According to the College and Career Readiness Report (CCRI), released by Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education, a growing number of Hawai‘i’s public high school students are taking college-level courses and earning dual credits – for both high school and college – before they graduate.
Cultivating the next generation of astronomershttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Next-generation-astronomers.aspxCultivating the next generation of astronomersStudents from Kapolei High School were selected to receive observation time at one of the world's most powerful telescopes for their scientific research, thanks to the new Maunakea Scholars program. The program grew from a discussion about leveraging educational and community partnerships to infuse schools with opportunity.
Four Kapolei High students selected to use a Maunakea observatory to study the starshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Maunakea-Scholars.aspxFour Kapolei High students selected to use a Maunakea observatory to study the starsThe first four students to get observatory time at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) under the new Maunakea Scholars program are from Kapolei High School. Congratulations to Ashley Cobbs, Nevyn Tyau, Jamie Valdez and David Zerba.
Students spread pono through campuses, communitieshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/pono-2016.aspxStudents spread pono through campuses, communitiesThe annual E Ola Pono campaign rewards student-led efforts to increase peace, kindness and belonging. As a cultural response to bullying and other negative behaviors in schools, student groups are encouraged to actively “Grow Pono” to create a more welcoming and safe environment for everyone at their school.​ For 2016, six schools were selected and will receive cash awards.
Keaau students to unveil space shuttle replica on the 30th anniversary of the Challenger missionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Shuttle-Reconstruction.aspxKeaau students to unveil space shuttle replica on the 30th anniversary of the Challenger missionAfter overcoming adversity, the Keaau High School Cougars are soaring to new heights with a reconstruction of a space shuttle replica, which will be unveiled to the public on Jan. 28, 2016 at 4 p.m. The event marks the 30th anniversary of the NASA Space Shuttle Orbiter Challenger mission and will honor NASA astronaut, hero, and Big Island native Ellison Onizuka.
Dispatches from the 2015 Hour of Code: 'Anyone can do this'https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/2015-HOC.aspxDispatches from the 2015 Hour of Code: 'Anyone can do this'Participation in Hour of Code, now in its third year, is growing exponentially in Hawaii. More than 130 schools on six islands participated during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 6-13.
More public high school students rise in Advanced Placement examshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/APProgress.aspxMore public high school students rise in Advanced Placement examsStudents at 37 Hawaii public high schools have earned College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) Scholar Awards in recognition of exceptional achievement in AP Exams.
Mililani High students share love of STEM, robotics during breakhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/MililaniSTEMCamp.aspxMililani High students share love of STEM, robotics during breakMililani High School students become teachers during Fall Break to instruct elementary school students on robotics and STEM.
Using math, software to spark spatial reasoning, teamworkhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/3D-modeling.aspxUsing math, software to spark spatial reasoning, teamworkMath teacher Minna Chanhboury at Kalakaua Middle is using the STEM Pre-Academy’s 3D modeling resources to create an engaging performance task for her 6th grade math students — understanding the net of common household boxes.
Hawaii educators work to advance career pathways for studentshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/advancing-career-pathways.aspxHawaii educators work to advance career pathways for studentsHawaii is among a group of 17 states announcing a commitment to develop and execute a detailed plan to make career readiness a higher priority.
Hawaii students did well on challenging examshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/2015-SBA-results.aspxHawaii students did well on challenging exams"Here is the bottom line — public school students in Hawaii did better than experts expected on a test that measures far more complex knowledge than the old test did." This piece was penned by Terrence R. George and Harry Saunders, co-chairs of the Hawaii Business Roundtable Education Task Force.
Hawaii Educational agencies awarded $6.6 million to improve the use of data and informationhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Data-Analysis-Grant.aspxHawaii Educational agencies awarded $6.6 million to improve the use of data and informationHIDOE has received a $6.6 million four-year grant from the US Dept. of Education to increase the use of data to support college and career readiness for Hawaii's students.
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.
Hawaii public high school graduates show improvements in ACT examhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/ACT2015Scores.aspxHawaii public high school graduates show improvements in ACT examMore students in the Class of 2015 hit college-ready benchmarks in all four areas of the prominent college entrance exam — English, Math, Reading and Science — than in the year before. Hawaii tests all of its juniors in the ACT. Class of 2015 represents juniors who took the exam in spring 2014.
1st place essay about kalo evokes passion for land, peoplehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/aalii.aspx1st place essay about kalo evokes passion for land, peopleʻAʻaliʻikumakani Dukelow, a 2015 graduate of Ke Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Kekaulike on Maui, earns a $2,500 scholarship and summer learning and cultural exchange in Washington, D.C., with his winning essay about cultivating taro.
A bright future in science for first recipient of Dorothy Ono Scholarshiphttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Nina-Bean.aspxA bright future in science for first recipient of Dorothy Ono ScholarshipNamed for a popular but tough math teacher at Kaimuki High, the Stephen Ching Family Foundation bestows the inaugural scholarship on Nina Bean, who is attending UH-Manoa in the fall to study marine biology.
How did Kisa Uradomo get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, online practice.https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Uradomo.aspxHow did Kisa Uradomo get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, online practice.The Kula violinist who just graduated from King Kekaulike High is the only student from Hawaii selected to join the 2015 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. The prestigious musical program embarks on a nine-city tour in July with several stops in China.
Partnering for a shared goal of student successhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/Partnering-for-student-success.aspxPartnering for a shared goal of student successIn classrooms across the state, our partners enrich the public school experience by sharing their expertise, knowledge, and passion for student success. New laws passed by the 2015 state Legislature will strengthen ongoing, successful partnerships addressing children's health needs, school readiness, and college access, writes Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi.
'Senior Luau' connects McKinley High students, new friendshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/mckinley-senior-luau.aspx'Senior Luau' connects McKinley High students, new friendsStudent leaders in the Ambassadors program, who have been volunteering at nearby senior housing, find a new way to battle loneliness and depression among our kupuna.
Higher education is the key to a living wage in Hawaiihttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/P20.aspxHigher education is the key to a living wage in HawaiiThe author is Karen Lee, executive director of Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education. P-20 is a multiagency approach to strengthen the educational pipeline from early education through college. P-20 partners share a sense of urgency about the need to improve Hawaii's educational outcomes in an increasingly global economy. This piece ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Keaau High's Cevallos wins $25,000 leadership awardhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2015-tokioka-award.aspxKeaau High's Cevallos wins $25,000 leadership awardThe Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award from the Island Insurance Foundation is given annually to a public school principal who is visionary, community-minded, and has an entrepreneurial spirit.
3 Maui students among inaugural PBS NewsHour student academyhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/PBS-SRL-cohort.aspx3 Maui students among inaugural PBS NewsHour student academyGiel Marie Tolentino and Zoe Whitney, both grade 11 from Maui High, and John Fabella, grade 8 from Maui Waena Intermediate, are among 18 students selected from around the country for the first Student Reporting Labs Academy in Washington D.C. this summer.
Students compete for honors, awards at CTE eventshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/CTE-2015-events.aspxStudents compete for honors, awards at CTE eventsThe Career and Technical Education (CTE) program hosted its two signature events of the year with students displaying their knowledge and skills in the various pathways and programs of study. Here are the results.
Career-ready students demo skills at annual CTSO eventshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2015-CTSO.aspxCareer-ready students demo skills at annual CTSO eventsTwo conventions for Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) allowed students from around the state to show off their skills and talents in a variety of fields and specialties. Top finishers qualify for national competitions this year.
Passion to help people fuels Kauai graduate's successhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Passion-to-help-people-fuels-Kauai-graduate's-success.aspxPassion to help people fuels Kauai graduate's successKapaa High graduate Cassidy Yatsko lives by her words of advice, “Don’t just let opportunities come to you – you should go to them or you’ll miss out on a lot of cool ways to grow as a person.”
2015 Graduation Dateshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2015-Graduation-Dates.aspx2015 Graduation DatesSome 10,500 students are expected to graduate from more than 50 public schools in ceremonies happening across the state in late May and early June 2015.
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.
Spotlight: Waianae High — 'We're going to do better, and you're going to work at it'https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/CCRI15-Waianae-High.aspxSpotlight: Waianae High — 'We're going to do better, and you're going to work at it'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 Waianae High School.
STEM Night attracts hundreds to Mililani Middle Schoolhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/STEM-Night-MMS.aspxSTEM Night attracts hundreds to Mililani Middle SchoolParents and their children flock to a growing event at Mililani Middle School dedicated to hands-on learning for STEM.
More public school students are college and career readyhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/More-public-school-students-are-college-and-career-ready.aspxMore public school students are college and career readyCollege and Career Readiness Indicators Report (CCRI) shows significant improvements in key metrics for Hawaii's public schools, including higher reading and math achievement, college enrollment and early credit attainment.
What Malama Honua looks like at the school levelhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Lunalilo-Malama-Honua.aspxWhat Malama Honua looks like at the school levelLunalilo Elementary aligned its project-based curriculum, cultural education and community outreach to the Worldwide Voyage of the Hōkule‘ā and Hikianalia. Master navigator Nainoa Thompson: “I know that if we have 10,000 Lunalilos, the voyage is worth it.”
Campbell High's saltwater-powered fan takes students to Samsung nationalshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/campbell-samsung.aspxCampbell High's saltwater-powered fan takes students to Samsung nationalsJCHS is one of 15 public schools named national finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, which aims to encourage innovation while addressing the technology gap in classrooms across the country. They've won a $35,000 technology grant, and will present their project to a live panel of judges on March 18 in New York City. If named to the Top 5, they'll win a $120,000 grant.
Two public school students selected as top youth volunteershttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2015-prudential.aspxTwo public school students selected as top youth volunteersAlexandra Skrocki, 17, of Radford High and Kaytlen Akau, 13, of Kamakahelei Middle have been selected as 2015 Hawaii state winners by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The program honors students who devote time to service projects.
Student inspires through dance, leadership, academicshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/jacob-ly.aspxStudent inspires through dance, leadership, academicsHawaii students in both public and private schools take the ACT college-entrance exam early in the school year. A perfect score is 36. And that’s exactly what Kalani High senior Jacob Ly achieved — all while balancing a 4.0 GPA, student activities and being one of the state’s top young dancers trained in classical ballet.
12 high schools selected for innovative early college programhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/early-college.aspx12 high schools selected for innovative early college programTwelve high schools statewide have been selected to participate in the Early College High School Program, a coordinated initiative designed to allow more high school students to earn six or more college credits before they graduate from high school.
Kahuku High student's photo selected for national displayhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Makoa-Ho.aspxKahuku High student's photo selected for national displayA spontaneous photo taken by teen Makoa Ho, a 2014 Kahuku High and Intermediate School graduate, is one of only 56 national award-winning works chosen for display at Washington, D.C.’s U.S. Department of Education Building on Sept. 19.
Profile: Jump Starthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/Profile-Jump-Start.aspxProfile: Jump StartOne of the ways in which public schools help support motivated students toward their career goals is through partnerships with the University of Hawaii system. One such program, Jump Start, was profiled in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. That report follows.
Hawaii public school students continue to increase readiness for college and careershttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2014CCRI.aspxHawaii public school students continue to increase readiness for college and careersThe report, released today by Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education and the Hawaii State Department of Education, indicates improvements by public school students at every step of the college-readiness pipeline.
Trio of public school seniors named semifinalists for U.S. Presidential Scholars Programhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/USPSP2014.aspxTrio of public school seniors named semifinalists for U.S. Presidential Scholars ProgramThe Department is pleased to announce that public school seniors make up half of the Hawaii semifinalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Nicole Fernandez of Radford High, Trent Hori of Maui High, and Viola Mocz of Mililani High are among 565 students chosen nationally on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character, and involvement in community and school activities.
Department announces 2014 graduation dateshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2014-grad.aspxDepartment announces 2014 graduation datesThe Hawaii State Department of Education is announcing its 2014 graduation dates for more than 60 schools, including public high schools and charter schools. In all, there will be approximately 11,000 students graduating from public schools this year. Graduation dates begin in late May with the ceremonies for Pahoa on Hawaii Island on Sunday, May 18.
Real-life skills taste great at Marauder Cafehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Marauder-Cafe.aspxReal-life skills taste great at Marauder CafeWaipahu High School has developed a series of academies along career pathways that are designed to better prepare students for specialized education and jobs in the future. Here, we look at one, The Culinary Arts Academy, with a trip to Marauder Cafe.
DOE reports on school year and instructional timehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-reports-on-school-year-and-instructional-time.aspxDOE reports on school year and instructional timeHONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) this afternoon provided its 2014 report on School Year and Instructional Time before a joint legislative education committee hearing.
Molokai High's Kilo Gonzales accustomed to blazing trailshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Molokai-High's-Kilo-Gonzales.aspxMolokai High's Kilo Gonzales accustomed to blazing trailsMolokai High Senior Kiloaulani Kaawa-Gonzales is one in 7 billion. The only person on this planet with such first and last name combination, Kilo, as he’s called, is used to being a trailblazer.
Hale Kula Elementary marks 'Hour of Code'https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hale-Kula-Elementary-marks-'Hour-of-Code'.aspxHale Kula Elementary marks 'Hour of Code'The students joined Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and some 3 million children from 163 countries who participated in the "Hour of Code," a global event designed to boost public awareness about the industry of computer programming and coding.
Hawaii’s college-and career-readiness efforts recognizedhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii’s-college-and-career-readiness-efforts-recognized.aspxHawaii’s college-and career-readiness efforts recognizedAchieve’s 8th annual “Closing the Expectations Gap” report praises Hawaii in several categories that detail progress in elevating student achievement and success.
Public school parents encouraged to complete federal survey cardshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Public-school-parents-encouraged-to-complete-federal-survey-cards.aspxPublic school parents encouraged to complete federal survey cardsParents of Hawaii public school students are encouraged to complete and return to their school a federal census survey card that was sent home on Sept. 4. The annual survey determines the number of federally connected students in the public school system for whom the state receives impact aid funds.
Waipahu High's Early College program nets $256,000 gifthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Waipahu-High's-Early-College-program-nets-$256,000-gift.aspxWaipahu High's Early College program nets $256,000 giftWaipahu High School today received $256,000 from McInerny Foundation (Bank of Hawaii, Trustee) for the school’s Early College Program.
Achievement gap narrows as Hawaii pushes college and career readinesshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Achievement-gap-narrows-as-Hawaii-public-schools-push-college-and-career-readiness,-new-report-card-shows.aspxAchievement gap narrows as Hawaii pushes college and career readinessMore Hawaii public school students are graduating on time and enrolling in college, according to the first annual Strive HI Performance System report. The new accountability system, which replaces outdated aspects of the No Child Left Behind Act, provides a comprehensive picture of the health of the islands’ schools.
Roosevelt High senior achieves rare perfectionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Roosevelt-High-senior-achieves-rare-perfection.aspxRoosevelt High senior achieves rare perfectionGillian M. Desmond of Roosevelt High is the only Hawaii student to post a perfect 36 score on the ACT test this past year. For the first time in 2013, the Department administered the test to all middle and high school students statewide in grades 8, 9, 10 and 11.
Reports show greater college readinesshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/CCRI.aspxReports show greater college readinessThe annual College and Career Readiness Indicators report point to greater college-going rates, and greater success for students once there.
More public school students take College Board SAThttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/More-public-school-students-take-College-Board-SAT.aspxMore public school students take College Board SATHawaii and national scores held steady for Class of 2012 College Board SAT participants.
Department propels students toward college, careershttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-driving-students-toward-college,-career-readiness.aspxDepartment propels students toward college, careersHONOLULU - The Department today announced it will administer college and career readiness assessments to all middle and high school students statewide in grades 8, 9, 10 and 11 beginning next spring.
50,000 public high school students to take ACThttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/50,000-public-high-school-students-to-take-ACT.aspx50,000 public high school students to take ACTHONOLULU – The Department this month is initiating an unprecedented move designed to better prepare students for post-high school success. Approximately 50,000 students in grades 8 through 11 will take the ACT College and Career Readiness assessment.
More Hawaii public school students college-readyhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/More-Hawaii-Public-School-Students-Ready-for-College.aspxMore Hawaii public school students college-readyHONOLULU - More Hawaii public school students from the Class of 2012 enrolled in college compared to the previous year’s graduates, and they were better prepared for mathematics and English courses, new figures show.

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