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Welcome to School Year 2019-20!https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/080519.aspxWelcome to School Year 2019-20!Message from Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: As we welcome back students to our schools this week, I invite you to view this "Kick Off Your Year" video to build on the positive momentum we've seen in the last year and get grounded in the exciting work to come with our next strategic plan.
Aloha to School Year 2018-19https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/0605.aspxAloha to School Year 2018-19From Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: We wrapped up the majority of our public school graduations this past week and I have thoroughly enjoyed attending ceremonies statewide with my leadership team. Our schools have great personalities! I’d like to congratulate our educators on a successful year.
Community invited to provide input on Hawai‘i DOE’s next 10 yearshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2030-Promise-Plan-feedback-toolkit.aspxCommunity invited to provide input on Hawai‘i DOE’s next 10 yearsThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is seeking feedback on the first draft of a 2030 Promise Plan, which will guide the Department for the next decade, centered around five promises to students. A step-by-step toolkit for the community to provide feedback is available at HawaiiPublicSchools.org. Feedback will be gathered through August 1, with a first draft of the plan to be delivered in September.
Grade everybody or grade no one, but be fair to public schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/040319.aspxGrade everybody or grade no one, but be fair to public schoolsFrom Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: I want to talk about a double standard in Hawai‘i’s education system. Every year, Honolulu Magazine puts out a “Grading the Public Schools” edition that ranks schools on a bell curve. And every year that same magazine puts out a “Private School Guide” with lovely pictures and narratives and your questions answered about navigating the admission and payment processes. Be fair. Judge us equally.
The Power to Change Hawai'i for the Betterhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/032719.aspxThe Power to Change Hawai'i for the BetterFrom Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: For the next several months, we will be engaging our staff, families, communities and partners in a conversation around our collective will to deliver on the promise of public education via a 10-year action plan.
Student voices echo through the Capitol as the 2019 legislative session kicks into high gearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/012819.aspxStudent voices echo through the Capitol as the 2019 legislative session kicks into high gearFrom Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto: Students have had a noticeable presence at the Capitol since opening day, learning from state leaders and participating in this important democratic process. We can draw inspiration from their passion and must continue to foster their desire to have their voices heard.
Lunalilo El students share what they're thankful forhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/1121.aspxLunalilo El students share what they're thankful forFrom Supt. Kishimoto: We asked some of our students at Lunalilo Elementary what they are grateful for, and here’s what they had to say. I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
A day in the life of a principalhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/110518-principals.aspxA day in the life of a principalOctober was National Principals Month, and I hope you all took the time to celebrate your school leaders. Being a principal is tough — the hours are long, the work is challenging. Yet it is one of the most rewarding jobs, one where we can see the results that lead to impacts on young people’s futures. Three principals share what a typical school day looks like for them.
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.
Supt's Corner: Attendance Awareness Monthhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/1018.aspxSupt's Corner: Attendance Awareness MonthSeptember is Attendance Awareness Month and we all know that attendance has a huge impact on students’ academic success. Students who are chronically absent, those missing 15 or more days in a school year, miss out on meaningful academic growth.
Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/Supt-18-19.aspxWelcome to the 2018-19 school year!Please review the following letter to parents and guardians and watch our welcome back video from Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto. Team HIDOE was also featured each morning on Hawaii News Now Sunrise the week leading up to the start of school — access links below to valuable updates and tips for the new school year.
Revamping our approach to employmenthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-Corner/Pages/0718.aspxRevamping our approach to employmentAs the largest employer among Hawaii state government departments, we have a tremendous responsibility to develop and protect our greatest asset — our employees, who each play a role in our mission to support and advance student success. This requires a strategic and thoughtful approach that focuses on the lifetime experience of an employee while in the organization.
Supt's Cornerhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/Supts-CornerSupt's CornerAn archive of our weekly video series featuring conversations with Supt. Christina M. Kishimoto and special guests on important topics in education.
October 2017 Education Updatehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/1017.aspxOctober 2017 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Double-digit gains achieved by Hawai'i's public school students on Advanced Placement exams, Strive HI results show steady school performance, talking to our principals and teachers about why leadership matters during National Principals Month, Supt. Kishimoto's column on college readiness reflecting on our strong AP results.
Welcome to the 2017-18 school yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/2017-18-welcome.aspxWelcome to the 2017-18 school yearWith the start of the new school year, watch this welcome back message from Supt. Christina Kishimoto. "I look forward to working together on behalf of all students in the state of Hawai'i."
June 2017 Education Updatehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/0617.aspxJune 2017 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: A new superintendent is chosen, the Hawai‘i DOE wins a national award for education system innovation, Bright Spot profile of Radford High's strong college readiness results, new facility on way for Searider Productions, final Supt's Corner column from Kathryn Matayoshi.
Board of Education selects next Superintendenthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/BOE-selects-Supt.aspxBoard of Education selects next SuperintendentChristina Kishimoto, Ed.D., signed a three-year contract and will start on August 1, 2017. "I look forward to working hand in hand with Hawaii’s teachers, leaders, staff, parents, community members, and student leaders to execute on this vision of high quality college, career, and community readiness."
March 2017 Education Updatehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/Mar-2017.aspxMarch 2017 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Farrington High opens 'Skippa' Diaz Stadium at Kusunoki Field, the Campbell-Kapolei HĀ Design Team works through what Nā Hopena A‘o looks like for them, Middle School Career Fair with Hawaii P-20, Ewa Makai student named top volunteer, Supt. Matayoshi talks about Hawaii's No. 1 national ranking in broadband delivery, more.
Board recognizes positive gains in Superintendent performance evaluationhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2016-Superintendent-Evaluation.aspxBoard recognizes positive gains in Superintendent performance evaluationFor the third consecutive year, the Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) gave Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi an overall rating of ‘Exceeds Expectations’ in her annual job performance evaluation.
Superintendent's performance rating 'exceeds expectations' for second consecutive year https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2015SuptEval.aspxSuperintendent's performance rating 'exceeds expectations' for second consecutive year Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi notes that student achievement is a top priority as her annual evaluation is released.
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.
Board rates School Superintendent as 'Exceeds Expectations' in 2014https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Supt-Eval-2014.aspxBoard rates School Superintendent as 'Exceeds Expectations' in 2014Board of Education notes Kathryn Matayoshi "continues to perform well by increasing departmental transparency, accountability and executing our joint strategic plan initiatives."

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