Ho‘oha‘aheo Newsletter, Dec. 14

14-Dec-2022

Our monthly online publication to highlight bright spots from across the public school system. This week's issue includes a message from Superintendent Hayashi.

Dec.14

Editorial Mission: As the Department's primary publication, we aim to live up to the meaning of ha‘aheo – to cherish with pride – by bolstering and sustaining pride in public education and touting the successes happening across our system.

Editor’s Note: 
We’ll be taking a quick recess over winter break and resume weekly editions on Jan. 4, 2023. Happy Holidays!


I want to take a moment to recognize and express my gratitude for the hard work and dedication of our entire Department in keeping students at the forefront of our efforts as we mark the mid-way point of the school year. We are making great strides that, if we continue working together, I know we can strengthen in the new year. See below for a video message wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

#PublicSchoolProud

 

The Department helped bring holiday cheer to nearly 200 students from across the islands. This special signing Santa event for deaf children included festive performances by the Hawai‘i School for the Deaf and the Blind, Campbell High School and other special guests. This year marked the 30th anniversary of one of the largest events for the deaf community. Mahalo to the Deaf Santa event partners that helped make one of the largest events for the deaf community extra special.

Family Focus

Need some ideas for last minute holiday gifts? The Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation encourages families to simplify their holidays with upcycled crafts, homemade treats and creative ways to avoid wasteful packaging. Check out their green holiday educator guide and their edible gift guide for ideas and recipes on handmade holiday crafts and treats!

Important Dates and
Upcoming Events

  • Dec. 15 - Board of Education: Special MeetingGeneral Business Meeting
  • Dec. 16 - 2nd Quarter/1st Semester Ends
  • Dec. 19-30 - Winter Break
  • Dec. 25 - Christmas
  • Dec. 26 - Holiday: Christmas (observed)
  • Jan. 1 - Holiday: New Year’s Day
  • Jan. 2 - Holiday: New Year’s Day (observed)
  • Jan. 3 - Teacher Workday
 

Community Query

We asked on Twitter and Instagram...

The holiday villain(s) you love to hate?

CDC COVID-19 Community Levels

CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels is a tool to help guide decision making on mitigation strategies based on community classification levels of low, medium or high. When the level is at medium or high, additional layered strategies such as masking are recommended.
 
Weekly CDC COVID Community Levels by Hawaii DOH

HIDOE Headlines

A roundup of announcements, resources and shoutouts.

» The HIDOE announced an $18 million partnership with the nonprofit Hawaii 3R's to repair, replace or add approximately 100 public school playground equipment across the state.

 
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» Festive hand-drawn Christmas tree ornament designs by Campbell High students are representing Hawai‘i in the 100th National Tree display in Washington, D.C.

 

» Career academies were highlighted on the front page of today’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Academies aim to give students a more engaging school experience that gets them excited about learning and builds work and life skills.

HAWAI‘I STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Keith Hayashi

Superintendent

Heidi Armstrong

Deputy Superintendent

 

Curt Otaguro

Deputy Superintendent

 
Tammi Oyadomari-Chun
Deputy Superintendent

ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENTS

Sean Bacon
Interim
Talent Management
 
Brian Hallett
Fiscal Services
 
Annie Kalama
Interim
Student Support Services
 
Randall Tanaka
Facilities and Operations
 

Christine Shaw

Interim
Information Technology Services
 

Cara Tanimura

Interim
Strategy, Innovation and Performance
 

Teri Ushijima

Interim
Curriculum and Instructional Design
 

Ho‘oha‘aheo

PUBLIC SCHOOL PROUD

Nanea Kalani

Executive Editor

 

Chanel Honda

Managing Editor

 

Sara Miyazono
Creative Director

 

Derek Inoshita

Contributing Writer

 

Krislyn Yano

Contributing Writer

 

 
 

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