Weekly Updates, April 20

20-Apr-2022

Our monthly Ho‘oha‘aheo newsletter will temporarily transition to a weekly edition. With COVID conditions continuing to improve, we have shifted away from the weekly COVID updates and will provide a wider range of HIDOE stories and announcements in this space as we adapt to the broader needs of our school communities.

April 20

Editorial Mission: Our monthly Hoʻohaʻaheo newsletter will temporarily transition to a weekly edition. With COVID conditions continuing to improve, we have shifted away from the weekly COVID updates and will provide a wider range of HIDOE stories and announcements in this space as we adapt to the broader needs of our school communities.

Updates from Interim Superintendent Hayashi

Aloha, HIDOE Community!

  • 2022 CTE Summer Internship Program
  • » We’re excited to once again provide summer internships for 2022 HIDOE graduates and upcoming seniors through the 2022 CTE Summer Internship program. The program will offer a variety of positions in our state and complex area offices that range from video production and graphic design to communications, marketing management and policy.
  • » For six weeks, from June 13-July 22, interns will have the paid opportunity to apply their academic and technical knowledge in a workplace setting, while strengthening their employability skills and learning more about the Department of Education.
  • » Applicants are required to have access to a computer and internet to receive and submit work assignments and be available for a phone, virtual or face-to-face interview.
  • » The deadline to apply for an internship is April 29 at 4:30 p.m. For more information and an application, click here.
  • Sign the Pledge to Our Keiki for Volunteer Week
  • » The Department is pleased to partner with Kanu Hawaiʻi for the Pledge to Our Keiki initiative, a commitment created by students to respect and care for the places that we call home.
  • » The Department and Kanu Hawaiʻi are looking to achieve a shared goal of securing 10,000 pledge signatures from students, families, and educators, as well as at least one act of community service from 100 schools or classrooms during Volunteer Week Hawai‘i, April 18-23.
  • » We encourage members of our HIDOE community to help reach this goal by signing the pledge at pledgetoourkeiki.org and perform at least one act of service this week. For inspiration or to sign up for a project, click here.

#PublicSchoolProud  |  By Vangie Casinas

I am #PublicSchoolProud to see former students and my own children thrive in college and in their careers— from humble roots to being as competitive as their Ivy League counterparts. That’s satisfying!
» Vangie Casinas is an Educational Specialist for CTE. She is a proud graduate of Waipahu High, Leeward CC, UH Mānoa and National University. Vangie is a National Board Certified Teacher in CTE, former Assistant Principal and Program Manager for Title I, Part D and Foster Care.

Question of the Week

Q: Where can I find a list of this year’s HIDOE graduation ceremonies and what are the guidelines regarding lei-giving at the ceremonies?

A: This list of this year’s Hawai‘i public high school graduation ceremonies can be found here.

The Department's latest guidance on safety protocols for commencement ceremonies, issued April 1, was designed to provide schools with flexibility as we continue to monitor COVID conditions. While the guidance does not specifically prohibit lei giving, it does state that ceremonies must balance the desire to honor graduates with the need for ensuring schools do not create an added risk to exposure. We encourage families to be patient through this process as we all value the importance of celebrating this momentous occasion with family and friends. The Department will continue to monitor the latest data and will issue updated guidance as appropriate.

HIDOE Case Counts

A total of 174 confirmed or probable cases were reported across Hawai‘i’s 257 public schools from April 11-14, excluding the Good Friday holiday, for a daily average of 40 cases (as of April 17). For the latest case count information, visit bit.ly/HIDOECOVID-19Updates.

April 11-14


News Feed  |  #HI4PublicEd

A roundup of announcements, resources and shoutouts.

» Don’t miss the Joyous and Just Education in the Classroom webinar tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. with 2021 National Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey, NBCT and 2022 National Teacher of the Year Finalist Whitney Aragaki, NBCT! Register at: bit.ly/3EqBVLE.

» All educators are invited to check out the virtual statewide Hawai‘i Educators W-rite session on Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Learn to compose, reflect and bring an idea to life. Sign up today at bit.ly/hawaiiwrite.

» Watch Kaua‘i High’s Kate Nakamura co-host PBS NewsHour special Our new normal - How teens are redefining school life. From mask mandates to book bans, students are seeking a new normal amid the ongoing chaos created by the pandemic.

HAWAI‘I STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Keith Hayashi

Interim Superintendent

Phyllis Unebasami
Deputy Superintendent

ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENTS

Heidi Armstrong
Student Support Services
Sean Bacon
Interim
Talent Management
Brian Hallett
Fiscal 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

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Nanea Kalani

Executive Editor

Chanel Honda

Managing Editor

Sara Miyazono
Creative Director

Derek Inoshita

Contributing Writer

Krislyn Yano

Contributing Writer

Cara Phillips
Contributing Writer

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