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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.
Statement from Supt. Kishimoto on the proposed Aug. 17 start date for studentshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-Conditional-Agreement.aspxStatement from Supt. Kishimoto on the proposed Aug. 17 start date for studentsHIDOE leadership has been working with the unions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure our students get the education they deserve and our employees have a safe work environment. A proposed start date of Aug. 17 for students will be brought to the Board of Education on Thursday.
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.
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.
2019 Graduation Dateshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2019-Graduation-Dates.aspx2019 Graduation DatesApproximately 10,000 students are expected to walk in graduation ceremonies across the Islands at the locations, dates and times below.
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.
9th graders at Wai‘anae High know 'We've got your back'https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/WHS-9th-grade.aspx9th graders at Wai‘anae High know 'We've got your back'A few years ago, about a third of 9th graders at Wai‘anae High weren’t getting promoted to the 10th grade. Staff designed a framework of supports called “The R.I.D.E.” that tackled academics, behavior, and culture. Grade 9 misconduct incidents plummeted and the grade point average is now above the state average. Downstream, rising enrollment in early college, career pathway completion, and graduation rates show the strategy is working.
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.
SchoolMessenger invites parents to opt in to text message alertshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SchoolMessenger.aspxSchoolMessenger invites parents to opt in to text message alertsMost Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) schools began formally transitioning this week to a SchoolMessenger text-messaging system. As part of this transition, SchoolMessenger sent an automated text message Monday morning from 67587 to HIDOE parents.
Kalihi-to-Ala Moana School Impact Fees to begin Oct. 1https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/kalihi-ala-moana-impact-fees.aspxKalihi-to-Ala Moana School Impact Fees to begin Oct. 1Beginning Oct. 1, 2018, homebuilders and residential developers in the urban corridor from Kalihi to Ala Moana will be subject to a school impact fee when applying for building permits for new residential construction.
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.
College, career readiness strengthens at Maui Highhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Maui-High-2018-CCRI.aspxCollege, career readiness strengthens at Maui HighA strong commitment to Career and Technical Education and a robust partnership with UH-Maui College is expanding student horizons at Maui High School. More students are earning honors diplomas, finishing a CTE Program of Study, and enrolling in college courses while in high school. More Sabers are going to and staying in college than ever before. “Kids are taking ownership for their education,” said Principal Jamie Yap.
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!
Climbing a mountain in Upcountry Maui paying off at King Kekaulikehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/KKHS-17-StriveHI.aspxClimbing a mountain in Upcountry Maui paying off at King KekaulikeJust two years ago, the student readiness picture at King Kekaulike High was murky, as students struggled to demonstrate deep understanding of core subjects and the on-time graduation rate was running 11 points below the state’s. But what a difference two years makes. An all-in approach with interventions and co-teaching, among other efforts, is improving student outcomes.
Student voice ignites new literacy push at Keaukaha Elementaryhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Keaukaha-literacy.aspxStudent voice ignites new literacy push at Keaukaha ElementaryHow do you ignite the spark to start a lifelong love of reading? It's a key question, because literacy is a key building block in preparing students for life, and the more you read, the better you become. A yearlong effort at Keaukaha Elementary in Hilo is yielding a passionate response from students.
Pauoa Elementary: The little school that didhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/StriveHI17-Pauoa.aspxPauoa Elementary: The little school that didThis small Title I school is at the epicenter of an academic earthquake. With high achievement results in language arts, mathematics and science, and a low achievement gap between students with high-needs and their peers, more students are getting what they need to learn at the highest levels at this school. Here's what they're doing.
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."
Public hearing to take place on proposed School Impact District from Kalihi to Ala Moanahttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/KalihiImpactDistrictHearings.aspxPublic hearing to take place on proposed School Impact District from Kalihi to Ala MoanaThe Hawaii State Department of Education will hear testimony on a proposed School Impact District spanning Kalihi to Ala Moana.
Maui Waena, Chiefess Kamakahelei dominate at 2017 Student Television Network Conventionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/2017-STN.aspxMaui Waena, Chiefess Kamakahelei dominate at 2017 Student Television Network ConventionHawaii's public middle and high schools took home 30 awards at the Student Television Network's 2017 Convention in Anaheim, Calif., with the bulk of prizes going to Maui Waena Intermediate and Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle, at seven each. Hawaii's public schools won four 1st place prizes in the national competition.
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.
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.
2016 Year in Reviewhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2016-Year-in-Review.aspx2016 Year in ReviewThere is much work to be done, but there is much to celebrate now! Here’s a rundown of impressive achievements in 2016 by our schools, educators and keiki.
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.
Stevenson Middle School dedicates stunning new mural with message of hopehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Stevenson-Mural.aspxStevenson Middle School dedicates stunning new mural with message of hopeStudents at Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School dedicated a beautiful new campus mural depicting a message of hope, covering an outer wall of its new Science & Technology Center, spanning two stories and over 1,000 square feet.
The Kapa‘a Way delivershttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Strive-HI-Kapaa.aspxThe Kapa‘a Way deliversPrincipal Daniel Hamada started leading Kapa‘a High in 2010-11, and right out of the gate faced some big challenges, particularly with his freshmen. He put in place a student learning pipeline and supports structure known as The Kapa‘a Way, and encouraged his educators to lead in curriculum and instruction. The effort resulted in a major turnaround for the school. First in a series profiling Strive HI System success stories.
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.
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.
Kauai, Waimea lead charge in slashing literacy remediationhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/literacy.aspxKauai, Waimea lead charge in slashing literacy remediationWith little fanfare and a strong commitment to boosting student literacy, Kauai and Waimea high schools are leading the state in reducing English remediation in college. The Garden Island schools have different approaches but a shared goal of "Literacy in all subjects." They'll share what they've learned and what's working for them at a state literacy conference in December.
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.
Recruiting high-quality teachers is a top priorityhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/Pages/krieg.aspxRecruiting high-quality teachers is a top priorityThis piece ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's editorial section on Sept. 6, 2016. It was written by Barbara Krieg, assistant superintendent of Human Resources. Students are at the center of thinking, year-round, in the DOE's efforts to vet qualified teachers.
Creating a safe space for incoming freshmenhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/McKinley-Ignition.aspxCreating a safe space for incoming freshmenInitiatives like McKinley High's Ignition Program provide peer mentoring and support to ensure students succeed in 9th grade, which can be a challenging transition. These efforts statewide are paying off, with numbers of student misconduct offenses and suspensions dropping.
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.
Parents encouraged to provide feedback on their child’s public schoolhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SQS.aspxParents encouraged to provide feedback on their child’s public schoolHIDOE begins its annual School Quality Survey (SQS) this week to gather important feedback from students, parents/guardians and staff about our public schools. The deadline to complete and return the SQS is March 15, 2016.
2015 Year in Reviewhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2015-Year-in-Review.aspx2015 Year in ReviewThere is much work to be done, but there is much to celebrate now! Here’s a rundown of impressive achievements in 2015 by our schools, educators and keiki.
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.
Waikele Elementary partnership produces green learning environmenthttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/WaikeleRaingarden.aspxWaikele Elementary partnership produces green learning environmentA private landscaping architectural and planning firm helps Waikele Elementary School design and build a rain garden that will be used to teach as well as help with drainage issues.
Kaimuki High unveils dazzling mural inspired by Malama Honuahttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Kaimuki-mural.aspxKaimuki High unveils dazzling mural inspired by Malama HonuaStudents in the Hospitality Academy researched themes and connected to cultural values to bring "Ho‘o Kahewai, Ho‘oulu ‘Aina" to life. The Worldwide Voyage of the Hōkūle‘ā is represented as a reminder of the courage of that journey, and to inspire Mālama Honua — care for Island Earth.
HIDOE encourages school breakfast participationhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SchoolBreakfast2015.aspxHIDOE encourages school breakfast participationBreakfast is the most important meal of the day and students can take advantage of eating at school before classes start to be better prepared for a day of learning.
Earthquake preparedness starts with educationhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/hawaii-shake-out.aspxEarthquake preparedness starts with educationThe Great Hawaii ShakeOut is part of an international event to boost earthquake readiness. HIDOE schools and offices participated by practicing "Drop, Cover and Hold On."
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.
Board of Education approves additional supports for English Language Learners https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/COW-IX.aspxBoard of Education approves additional supports for English Language Learners The unanimous support of recommendations by the ninth Committee on Weights "sends a clear message that all students deserve necessary resources to excel in school.”
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.
Students discover career options at the bottom of petri disheshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Waipahu-High-Science-Symposium.aspxStudents discover career options at the bottom of petri dishesWaipahu High students showcased their summertime research at the school's first annual Science Scholars Program Symposium. Using distance learning tools, they collaborated with Rutgers University scientists who reviewed student data and provided immediate feedback. Teacher Michael Sana, who secured funding for the program, hopes to see more schools join. "It truly engages the student's natural curiosity to solve the unknown."
For Honokaa Jazz Band, music 'is a language itself' https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Honokaa-Jazz-Band-at-HSDB.aspxFor Honokaa Jazz Band, music 'is a language itself' Honoka'a High student musicians transcend hearing barriers with a performance at the Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind as part of its 2015 Big City Tour from April 16-19.
Hawaii schools dominate national television competitionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/2015-STN.aspxHawaii schools dominate national television competitionLocal public and private schools take home 28 awards at the 12th Annual Student Television Network Convention in San Diego April 1-4. Waianae High and Maui Waena Intermediate were top winners with six awards each.
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.
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.
Boosting teacher, student STEM learning while upgrading campuseshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Ka-Hei-Feb-2015-update.aspxBoosting teacher, student STEM learning while upgrading campusesThis update on the Department's Ka Hei program, in partnership with OpTerra Energy Services, was penned by Dann Carlson, assistant superintendent for school facilities. It ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Feb. 8, 2015.
Strive HI Profile: Mokapu Elementaryhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/strive-hi-mokapu.aspxStrive HI Profile: Mokapu ElementaryOne in an occasional series spotlighting the Department's Recognition schools for 2013-14 in the Strive HI Performance System, and getting the principal's insight into what they're doing right. What makes a great school tick? Read on!
Hawaii educators trained on new student assessmentshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/test-training.aspxHawaii educators trained on new student assessmentsThe Smarter Balanced assessments will have its first full run in schools this spring. Here's a peek inside the training sessions held for all districts across the state to help prepare school administrators and staff.
'How did you spend your winter break?' Momilani kids STEAMed.https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/momi-stem.aspx'How did you spend your winter break?' Momilani kids STEAMed.Teachers at Momilani Elementary teamed with Navy SPAWAR (Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command) engineers to create a three-day camp for students, with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) games and projects. Here's a breakdown of what they did.
At Lanakila El, parents get first hand look at new testhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/SBpreview.aspxAt Lanakila El, parents get first hand look at new testThe Smarter Balanced assessment, aligned with our higher learning standards, debuts this spring. At Lanakila Elementary, teachers and staff organized a parent night to help families see what their children will be doing.
2014 Year in Reviewhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Awards/Pages/2014-Year-in-Review.aspx2014 Year in ReviewThere is much work to be done, but there is much to celebrate now! Here’s a rundown of impressive achievements in 2014 by our schools, educators and keiki.
Mililani does it right with HHSAA football titlehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/mililani-champions.aspxMililani does it right with HHSAA football titleThe great Vince Lombardi once said, "Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all-the-time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while… you do them right all the time." For the Mililani High Trojans football team, 2014 will be remembered as the year they did things right all the time.
Highlights: Hawaii's 2014 Hour of Codehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/HOC-2014-wrap-up.aspxHighlights: Hawaii's 2014 Hour of CodeA look at what some of our schools did as part of Computer Science Education Week (CSED) Dec. 8-14, and global Hour of Code events. More than 40 Hawaii public schools and charter schools participated this year with coding exercises. Here are some highlights.
Strive HI Profile: Pomaikai Elementaryhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Strive-HI-Pomaikai.aspxStrive HI Profile: Pomaikai ElementaryOne in an occasional series spotlighting the Department's Recognition schools for 2013-14 in the Strive HI Performance System, and getting the principal's insight into what they're doing right. What makes a great school tick? Read on!
With effective leadership, real ownership, we move forwardhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/leader-reflect.aspxWith effective leadership, real ownership, we move forwardTwo leaders of the Department joined a contingent of 27 school and community leaders who visited three school districts in North America. Reflecting on the trip, they were reinvigorated in their focus on leadership, and inspired by ground-up ownership of public education.
Sneak Peek: Hour of Code at Hawaii's public schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/2014-HOC.aspxSneak Peek: Hour of Code at Hawaii's public schoolsMore public and charter schools are jumping in with student coding exercises for this year's Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 8-14. Here's a sneak peek at what six of our schools are up to.
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.
Strive HI Profile: Noelani Elementaryhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Strive-HI-Noelani.aspxStrive HI Profile: Noelani ElementaryOne in an occasional series spotlighting the Department's Recognition schools for 2013-14 in the Strive HI Performance System, and getting the principal's insight into what they're doing right. What makes a great school tick? Read on!
Iroquois Point Elementary unveils 'Ocean of Aloha'https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/ocean-of-aloha.aspxIroquois Point Elementary unveils 'Ocean of Aloha'Anti-bullying, the arts and environmental sustainability converge in an inspirational student-led exhibit on the Ewa Beach campus. Mahalo to the PTA, Re-use Hawaii and Iroquois Point Elementary staff for making it possible.
Strive HI Profile: Helemano Elementaryhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Strive-HI-Helemano.aspxStrive HI Profile: Helemano ElementaryOne in an occasional series spotlighting the Department's Recognition schools for 2013-14 in the Strive HI Performance System, and getting the principal's insight into what they're doing right. What makes a great school tick? Read on!
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."
Leadership in the face of the stormhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/disaster-response.aspxLeadership in the face of the stormMany DOE schools are designated shelters for communities during disasters such as the recent hurricane strike of Hawaii Island. A look at how administrators organize and lead their school communities through these efforts, and a special shout-out to the staff who went above and beyond the call of duty last week.
Another achievement at Washington Middle — chess champshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Chess.aspxAnother achievement at Washington Middle — chess champsWashington Middle School, which made a name for itself with its dominating performance in the statewide MATHCOUNTS competition, now can add another title to its mantle — National Chess Champions.
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.
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.
Math gaming engages August Ahrens studentshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Math-gaming-engaging-August-Ahrens-students.aspxMath gaming engages August Ahrens studentsIn the last few years, video gaming has become a fun and successful way to engage more and more kids in math. And while that sounds like the equivalent of delivering vegetables via dessert, gaming has been shown to sharpen the students’ academic and strategic skills.
Kaimuki principal turning things aroundhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Kaimuki-principal-turning-things-around.aspxKaimuki principal turning things aroundKaimuki High is experiencing an inspirational turnaround thanks to hardworking teachers and new leadership under Principal Wade Araki, who is implementing innovative school structures to better support students and staff.
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.

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