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Second phase of lead testing to assess drinking water at 72 public elementary schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Lead-Testing-Phase-II.aspxSecond phase of lead testing to assess drinking water at 72 public elementary schoolsIn cooperation with the Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH), HIDOE will begin testing drinking water sources for lead at 72 public elementary schools beginning in late May of 2022. This work is a continuation of an existing project which tested drinking water at 106 schools and child care facilities from May to December of 2021.
Sponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SFSP2022.aspxSponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakThe Summer Food Service Program is seeking sponsor organizations on all islands to help provide children in low-income communities with free meals during the summer months. The nutritious meals that help children to learn, play, and grow during the summer break when many schools are not in session.
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.
Sponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SFSP-2021.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.
Grab-and-Go school meals program wraps up with over 1.3 million meals servedhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Grab-and-Go-wraps-up.aspxGrab-and-Go school meals program wraps up with over 1.3 million meals servedHIDOE's Grab-and-Go school meals program wrapped up today after its final lunch service. Over 17 weeks of operation, the program provided over 1.3 million school meals for breakfast and lunch to children ages 18 or younger at nearly 80 public schools and community locations.
Grab-and-Go school meals to be extended at select schools during transition to summer feeding programhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Grab-and-Go-meals-summer.aspxGrab-and-Go school meals to be extended at select schools during transition to summer feeding programThe Grab-and-Go school meals program will be extended at select meal sites beyond the end of the school year on May 28 during the transition to the summer feeding program.
Maunakea Scholars program launches scholarship, online dual credit coursehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/maunakea-scholarship.aspxMaunakea Scholars program launches scholarship, online dual credit courseHonoka‘a High senior Keilani Steele is the inaugural recipient of the Hōkūala Scholarship — $10,000 to attend the college of her choice in pursuit of an astronomy degree. It was made possible by the Maunakea Scholars program, which also announced a dual credit opportunity for Hawaii Island partner schools to participate in a free online astronomy class starting this school year.
Education leaders formalize Maunakea Scholars programhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/MKMOU.aspxEducation leaders formalize Maunakea Scholars programThe collaborative agreement between the Hawaii DOE, the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy, and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, will develop more opportunities for local high school students to use Maunakea Observatories for their innovative research projects.
Free meal program to expand to 52 public schools total on six islandshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-to-expand-free-meal-program.aspxFree meal program to expand to 52 public schools total on six islandsThis upcoming school year, HIDOE will expand a USDA free meal program, called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), from 30 public schools to a total of 52 across the state. The CEP program allows a school district, a group of schools or a single school to serve free meals to all students even if they do not qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch reimbursements.
Building a bridge between two readiness initiativeshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/CK-HA-Day.aspxBuilding a bridge between two readiness initiativesSixteen regional school-community teams are hosting HĀ Community Days. The goal is to bring schools and communities together to contextualize and actualize HIDOE’s HĀ policy to strengthen outcomes in the system that reflect Hawai‘i’s unique context and honor Hawaiian culture. Here, we profile the work of the Campbell-Kapolei team.
Partnership aims to teach kids importance of dental hygienehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Partnership-aims-to-teach-kids-importance-of-dental-hygiene.aspxPartnership aims to teach kids importance of dental hygieneHIDOE and the Hawaii Dental Association are joining forces in an effort to provide oral health services for students who need it. The agencies have established a Memorandum of Agreement to promote oral health in first and second grade classes across the state.
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.
Joint Venture Education Forum highlights education partnerships with Hawaii’s military communityhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/JVEF-2016.aspxJoint Venture Education Forum highlights education partnerships with Hawaii’s military communityJVEF, a cooperative partnership between Hawaii’s military community, HIDOE and other community organizations, highlighted success stories of Hawaii’s military students and their families at its 15th Annual Meeting today at the Hawaii Convention Center.
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.
Connecting educators to malama honua via Wa‘a Talkshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/waa-3rd-year.aspxConnecting educators to malama honua via Wa‘a TalksThe gatherings, aligned to the worldwide voyage of the Hōkūle'a and designed to catalyze learning and issues around the theme of Mālama Honua (to care for the Earth), are entering their third year. Two more will be held this school year.
Income qualifications for free/reduced lunch updated for SY 2016-17https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/USDAfreelunch2016.aspxIncome qualifications for free/reduced lunch updated for SY 2016-17The Hawaii State Department of Education releases the annual income requirements for families to apply for free or reduced meal prices.
Department of Education advises on heat safetyhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Heat-Safety.aspxDepartment of Education advises on heat safetyWith the new school year beginning Aug. 1, HIDOE reminds schools and parents about health guidance on preventing heat illness.
Public schools offering summer meals to all children 18 and youngerhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2016SSO.aspxPublic schools offering summer meals to all children 18 and youngerSeamless Summer Option (SSO) is a federal program that supports children with food service when the school system is out for the regular school year. Most schools are serving breakfast and lunch. Call your nearest school for service times.
Summer food service program helps fill hunger gaphttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/summerfoodprogram2016.aspxSummer food service program helps fill hunger gapSchools, nonprofit groups and agencies can apply to serve summer meals. ​The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers the Summer Food Service Program to help feed students over the summer break.
Grants will help students prepare for successhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/Grants-will-help-students.aspxGrants will help students prepare for successHeidi Armstrong, complex area superintendent for Campbell and Kapolei, wrote the following piece that was published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. "I have firsthand experience with exemplary educational opportunities made possible through grant funding and community partnerships. One program in particular — Project Lead The Way (PLTW) — has breathed new life into our complex area schools."
Maui schools join national program, granting 24/7 internet access, tablets to every studenthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/verizon-digital-promise.aspxMaui schools join national program, granting 24/7 internet access, tablets to every studentKalama, Lokelani intermediate schools are the first to participate in the two-year mobile and digital learning program that includes ongoing professional development for teachers to integrate technology across all subjects.
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.
Community partnerships with public schools thriving in Hawaiihttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/Community-Partnerships-Thrive.aspxCommunity partnerships with public schools thriving in HawaiiIn caring for our children, many have heard the saying, “It takes a village.” That saying holds true in public education, where community partners support Hawaii’s commitment to developing young minds through grants and projects that enrich the learning environment.
Students create heavenly views using Gemini datahttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/kapolei-gemini.aspxStudents create heavenly views using Gemini dataAn innovative program offered by the Gemini Observatory enables high school science students to participate in virtual field trips with working astronomers and delve into treasure troves of data. One outcome — beautiful illustrations of the known universe.
Hawaii teachers and principals participate in New Zealand study tourhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/PAAC-HIDOE.aspxHawaii teachers and principals participate in New Zealand study tourMālama Honua is catalyzing international understanding, connecting people across borders, and inspiring students and educators to create positive change for themselves, their communities, and the world.
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.
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.
Education Board approves school meal price increasehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Education-Board-approves-school-meal-price-increase.aspxEducation Board approves school meal price increaseThe new meal prices mark the first increase since 2011 and help account for inflation and labor costs.
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.
Momilani El's 'Fit Factory' team finishes Great Aloha Runhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/fit-factory.aspxMomilani El's 'Fit Factory' team finishes Great Aloha RunA dozen 3rd and 4th grade students from the school completed the GAR, while 24 students from the school's fitness squad completed the Keiki Run on Valentine's Day.
Curriculum is key in sustainability planshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/KaHeiCurriculum.aspxCurriculum is key in sustainability plansThe Department's energy sustainability project, Ka Hei, is helping teachers give students hands-on experiences in the classroom. Teachers now have tools that give STEM exposure around energy generation and efficiency.
Arts, Common Core, and a first-year Department teacher meet at Honolulu Museumhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/museum-day.aspxArts, Common Core, and a first-year Department teacher meet at Honolulu MuseumWhen the Department offered “A Day at the Museum,” a professional development course on integrating art with Hawaii Common Core standards, first-year DOE teacher Sheldon Konno jumped at the chance to participate. He wasn’t the only one — about 50 teachers spent a day rotating through different sessions with staff at the Honolulu Museum of Art.
Insight: Public schools need flexibility, but be clear about what kindhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/school-flexibility.aspxInsight: Public schools need flexibility, but be clear about what kindThis op-ed, which ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, was authored by organizational partners Bill Reeves of The Learning Coalition and Terry George of The Harold K.L. Castle Foundation.
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.
Mahalo! James Campbell Company donates $250,000 to Kapolei, West Oahu schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/JCC2014.aspxMahalo! James Campbell Company donates $250,000 to Kapolei, West Oahu schoolsPrincipals from nine Kapolei and West Oahu were presented checks from $15,000 to $45,000 to fund critical areas for student achievement.
Chamber of Commerce: Preparing students, state for bright futurehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/CCH.aspxChamber of Commerce: Preparing students, state for bright futureSherry Menor-McNamara, President and CEO of Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, authored this piece about higher standards for students for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
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.
Kindergartners today have a bright futurehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/CF-kindergarten.aspxKindergartners today have a bright futureWhat can the Class of 2027 expect? Educational transformation means good news for parents and children — graduates can have rewarding careers and grow into true citizens of Hawaii.
Maui Arts & Cultural Center connects students to a legend https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/MACC.aspxMaui Arts & Cultural Center connects students to a legend Thanks to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center's Artists in the Community program, students at Baldwin High's Performing Arts Learning Center got to spend some time with legendary singer Al Jarreau.
Department announces 2014 summer food service programhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2014-summer-food-service.aspxDepartment announces 2014 summer food service programThe Department is announcing its locations for the summer food service program, Seamless Summer Option (SSO). Beginning in early June, the SSO will be available at 59 public schools without charge to all children 18 years and under. Meals will be served at select locations Monday through Friday (except June 11 and July 4).
Esri giveaway announcement features Hawaii STEMworks projectshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/ESRI.aspxEsri giveaway announcement features Hawaii STEMworks projectsHawaii's involvement with an innovative Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program in local K-12 schools garnered national attention last week when geotech giant Esri announced a $1 billion giveaway of its software to all public schools.
Students bid ‘aloha’ to Hōkūle‘a crew membershttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/alohahokulea.aspxStudents bid ‘aloha’ to Hōkūle‘a crew membersNoelani Kamalu and Maui Tauotaha are having the experience of a lifetime aboard the voyaging canoes Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia, as members of the crew for the Worldwide Voyage. While Kamalu and Tauotaha had different paths to joining the trip, they both enjoyed send offs from public school children.
Honolulu District Speech Festival celebrates 26 years stronghttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2014HDOspeech.aspxHonolulu District Speech Festival celebrates 26 years strongThe event helps students in grades 3 through 6 develop and showcase their verbal communication skills and techniques. This Saturday, the festival celebrates its 26th year.
Private Schools with Public Purposehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/PubPriBridge.aspxPrivate Schools with Public PurposeParticipation in a robust summer learning program substantially reduces the achievement gap and keeps students on track toward graduation and beyond. With the support of community organizations and private foundations, the DOE has worked successfully with private schools to support a community of students from both rural and urban areas.
GEAR UP closing achievement gap among isle studentshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/GEAR-UP-closing-achievement-gap-among-isle-students.aspxGEAR UP closing achievement gap among isle studentsVince Lombardi once said, "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence." When it comes to public education in Hawaii, we're on the right path, and we continue to pursue excellence each and every day. Along that path, we are changing stereotypes. We are changing the way young people in this community are perceived.
STEM carts donation to boost Hawaii's Race to the Top initiativeshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/STEM-carts-donation-to-boost-Hawaii's-Race-to-the-Top-initiatives---.aspxSTEM carts donation to boost Hawaii's Race to the Top initiativesThe Department has received a $50,000 donation to boost student achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi announced.
Community-based partnership helps Waianae students attend collegehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/Community-based-partnership-helps-Waianae-students-attend-college.aspxCommunity-based partnership helps Waianae students attend collegeKauhale O Waianae, a school-community partnership between MAO Organic Farms, Waianae High School’s Searider Productions, and Makaha Studios, is helping 75 young adults from Waianae attend community colleges.
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.
State launches teen-focused obesity prevention campaignhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/State-launches-teen-focused-obesity-prevention-campaign.aspxState launches teen-focused obesity prevention campaignDuring a special premiere at the State Capitol, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) on Feb. 14 launched a new teen-focused multimedia campaign to combat obesity. The campaign is part of a comprehensive set of interventions being implemented by the DOH to address obesity prevention.
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.

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