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Please Support WMS When Shopping At Foodland During September!

posted Sep 9, 2019, 10:16 PM by Patti Cook   [ updated Sep 10, 2019, 10:32 AM ]

To kokua, you must have a Foodland Maika'i Card (most of us do - no charge and it earns points and rewards year-round).  Ask the cashier to add a donation to your bill at checkout -- crediting it to Waimea Middle School (cashiers know the number.) The cashier will give you a printed receipt -- save it!  It will have your name, the school name as recipient of the donation, and the amount. This is your record for tax purposes so save and include when filing your taxes.  You might want to ask the cashier for 2 copies of the receipt - they are happy to do this and then give the copy to the school office OR make a copy of the receipt and give to the office to formally recognize your gift. Foodland gives the school the money they collect lump sum - they do not tell us who the donors are...so we only know if you tell us.  The receipt you receive is the only record you will get from Foodland of the donation so it's really important to save it.  MAHALO for supporting our students! 

Please Support Waimea Middle School When Shopping At KTA!

posted Aug 13, 2019, 11:43 AM by Steven Smith

We Need You to Become A Mentor!

posted Aug 9, 2019, 2:49 PM by Patti Cook   [ updated Aug 13, 2019, 2:23 PM ]


Mentoring a student is one of the most meaningful ways that you can contribute to our school!  Please call us to talk about what's involved and why it's a win-win for students and mentors!    

Free Vision Screening & Follow Up Services (As Needed)

posted Aug 8, 2019, 2:00 PM by Patti Cook   [ updated Aug 8, 2019, 2:06 PM ]

At not cost to WMS families, Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) has announced a new partnership with nonprofit providers Project Vision Hawai`i (PVH) and Vision To Learn (VTL) for free vision services at select Title I Schools in the 2019-20 school year - this includes WMS!  Your child may be eligible to receive free eyeglasses, as needed. Student Vision Services Vision screenings (using an eye chart and autorefractor) will take place at WMS on Tues., Aug. 13, 2019.  This will be coordinated by a trained PVH or VTL staff member. If your child does not pass the screening, she/he will be referred to the VTL mobile clinic to receive a basic vision exam and glasses prescription (as needed) by a trained, licensed, and independent optometrist who may also identify and refer students in need of more vision care. Vision To Learn’s vision exam is designed to prescribe glasses to children who need them; it is not a replacement for a comprehensive eye exam. The exam is noninvasive; no eye drops will be administered, the child’s eye will not be touched. You will be informed if your child may need follow-up care.  A letter is being sent home to families with an "opt out" slip if preferred.  Questions? 

If you have VTL program questions, please contact Andrew Aguirre at (760)500-2578. If you have PVH program questions, please contact Dianne Bowen-Coleman at (808)291-0166.  

DISCOVERING, SHARING, AMPLIFYING, CELEBRATING 'STUDENT VOICE'!

posted Aug 8, 2019, 12:12 PM by Patti Cook


This is our theme for the 2019-20 School Year. We began the year with a schoolwide assembly featuring WMS Alumni Hunter Kalahiki Arnbrister, now a Parker School Senior. He talked about his time at WMS -- it was all about finding his "voice" and thanking WMS teachers and staff for supporting him through thick and thin. Hunter said his success at Parker began with realizing he had to work hard - harder than he ev
er had before and harder many others in his class - and then he acknowledged having learned to "do research" at WMS, and gain confidence as a public speaker. This he said has helped him become a member of the Parker School Debate Team, which has traveled to 6 other states for competitions where they consistently placed! MAHALO Hunter for sharing your thoughts and encouraging us to make the most of every day.

Please Support Waimea Middle School When Shopping At KTA!

posted Aug 6, 2019, 7:08 PM by Patti Cook


Invitation To Participate In WMS Athletics

posted Aug 6, 2019, 2:07 PM by Patti Cook   [ updated Aug 6, 2019, 2:12 PM ]


TO WMS Families:  We are proud of our Athletics Program, we are grateful for our program partners, and we hope that you would encourage your child to participate in one or more of our sports.   

A DAY OF LEARNING & SHARING ABOUT THIS SPECIAL PLACE - AND GIVING BACK!

posted Aug 5, 2019, 8:34 PM by Steven Smith

This is Waimea Middle Schoolʻs full faculty-staff on their first day back - a little muddy and sweaty after a couple of hours of learning to weed and care for a loʻi in historic Waipiʻo Valley - led by fellow teacher and kalo farmer Nauʻi Murphy. They began with a chant...and concluded the visit with Oli Mahalo...better prepared to give students their all - help them find their voice - grow and thrive! MAHALO to all who made this huakaʻi possible! Photo courtesy of Tina Yohon

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