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posted Jul 14, 2019, 1:24 PM by Patti Cook   [ updated Jul 15, 2019, 7:53 PM ]

Win Door Prizes Including an iPad Pro & First 50 Families To Register Take Home A Used Chromebook Laptop, too!   

Friday, Sept. 6, 2019

Ø 4 p.m.      – Register to participate & receive door prize & Chromebook rewards.

                        Also Bingo & Silent Auction – School Cafeteria

Ø 5 p.m.      – Run/Walk – School Field near STEAM Learning Center & Silent Auction


Ø 6 p.m.      – Blue Zone Friendly Dinner in Cafeteria, Silent Auction Continues, Pick   

                       Up Used Chromebook Laptop (must be present to receive this)  

Ø 6:30 p.m. – Silent Auction Closes & Door Prize Drawing! 

Ø 6:50 p.m. -  Pick Up Auction Items   

Cost:  $10/Family Donation – First 50 families signing up prior to Sept. 6 or that day will  receive a used Chromebook laptop to take home to keep as a mahalo gift. 

Event to benefit WMS’ K(Arts) after-school program.  Now in its 13th year in partnership with Kahilu Theatre, K(Arts) provides exciting after-school visual and performance art classes – from hula, taiko and ‘ukulele to photography, graphics, African drumming and choral singing. 

Tempting auction items include gift baskets, staycations and gift certificates for everything from KTA and Tropical Dreams Ice Cream to artisanal bakery pleasures and archery.   

All funds raised support WMS K(Arts).  

2019-20 SY Calendar

posted Jul 11, 2019, 6:41 PM by Patti Cook

Families will want to download and print this -- or pick up a copy at our July 29, 2019 Family "Gear Up!" to keep posted on the refrigerator or family bulletin board - important opportunities to support student learning and progress...and know when there are days off, too!  

Back-To-School Gear Up! & School Supplies List

posted Jun 25, 2019, 7:50 PM by Patti Cook   [ updated Jul 9, 2019, 4:11 PM ]

All WMS Families are required to attend Gear Up! - Mon., July 29, 2019 at a time convenient for them, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. (closed noon-1 p.m.) in K-Courtyard.  
This gives families an opportunity to get their student ready for the first day of school, which will be Mon., August 5, 2019 @ 7:55 a.m!

At Gear Up! families can:

         Homeroom Teacher Assignment 
         Purchase Required School Uniforms - $45 package of 6 or $8 each - purchase only if needed.   

    Pay Class Dues ($3) and Student Activities Fee ($7) (required)

    Purchase Yearbook $25 (optional)

    Apply for Busing - $25 per month per family (optional) 

    Put money into school account to purchase second meals (breakfast and lunch are free to all daily; 

    this is only needed if students wants a second meal) 

    Payment only with Cash or Credit Card (Credit Card Transaction Fee $3)

For families with an incoming 6th grader, please bring the student for a 30-minute reading test for our new Reading Workshop support program.  

See school supply list below.  

Questions?  Please call the school office: 887-6090 Ext. 222.  Mahalo!  

5 WMS 8th Graders Earn 'College Pathway Scholarship'

posted Jun 10, 2019, 5:06 PM by Patti Cook

Five Waimea Middle School (WMS) exiting 8th graders were awarded $1,000 “College Pathway Scholarships” to encourage them to complete high school and pursue college and career goals. 

Recipients of the scholarships include Jade “Ulu” Kaiawe-Masuda, Taylor-Lynn Reyes and Ruby Stevenson, all of whom have been accepted into Parker School for 9th grade for fall 2019, and also Shane Beeder and Amber Berry, who have been accepted into Hawaii Preparatory Academy.  The awards were presented during 8th grade Exit ceremonies Friday, May 31. 

The scholarships are sponsored by Dr. Roger Gremminger, an active community volunteer at WMS for a number of years.  Dr. Gremminger grew up in Wisconsin with seven brothers and sisters on a small family farm in a family of meager means.  He attended seminary for nine years which introduced him early to community service.  Four years before completing seminary, he shifted focus to medicine, and, thanks to hard work and the support of his parents and older sister, he was able to go to medical school and achieve his goal of becoming an emergency room physician.

The support he received from his family to pursue higher education, and his early years of involvement in helping others, inspired him to continue giving back to his community even while working as an ER doc.  For many years, he dedicated hundreds of volunteer hours to assist as a physician at free clinics to ensure that quality health care was available to many.  His “giving back” continues even after retiring to Waimea.  From personal experience, he knows that completing high school and pursuing further education in college can open many doors   He therefore decided four years ago to commit personal funds to establish annual scholarships for exiting WMS 8th graders.   

“Our students earn this scholarship through their own pa’ahana (hard, industrious work) and “living” our school’s IKAIR core values.  As important is the support they have received from their family and our schoiol’s dedicated teachers and staff,” said WMS Principal Janice English.

"We are indebted to Dr. Gremminger, both for his time and his financial contribution to making 28 scholarships available over the past 4 years.  We are a community school; we need and welcome community involvement in the lives of our students. This is a little out of the box thinking for middle school but definitely appreciated, especially by students’ families, and we hope it motivates others to work hard and make the most of their middle school years, said English. 

Dr. Gremminger plans to initiate more college or career scholarships next school year for WMS alumni who will then be graduating from Honoka’a High School. 

WAIMEA MIDDLE SCHOOL’S 2019 COLLEGE PATHWAY SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS:  Exiting 8th graders receiving “College Pathway Scholarships” for 2019 from Dr. Roger Gremminger (right) are (L-R) Taylor-Lynn Reyes, Ruby Stevenson, Amber Berry, Jade “Ulu” Kaiawe-Masuda, and Shane Beeder.  

Free 'Seamless Summer' Breakfasts & Lunches for Waimea Youth

posted May 31, 2019, 4:47 PM by Patti Cook

Beginning Mon., June 10, 2019, youth 18 and under in Waimea may enjoy a free breakfast and lunch any and every weekday through Friday, July 19 in Waimea School Cafeteria. The cafeteria will not be serving meals on Tues., June 11 – Kamehameha Day, a Hawai’i State holiday, or Thurs., July 4 – US. Independence Day, a federal holiday.    

This is part of the USDA’s free Seamless Summer food service program to help keep children eating healthy while school is out.  There is no cost to attend nor required registration, just come from 7:45-8:15 a.m. for breakfast, and from 10:30-11:30 a.m. for lunch in the cafeteria.  No ID is necessary and this is available to all youth 18 and under regardless of what school they attend or if they are homeschooled. Special needs youth over 18 may be accommodated.  Food must be enjoyed in the cafeteria; no take-outs. 

For more information about the national Summer Food Service Program, visit  

For more information about the Waimea free meals program, call Waimea Elementary School at 887-6736 Ext. 221.  

WMS 8th Grade Exit Celebration!

posted May 9, 2019, 1:27 PM by Steven Smith   [ updated May 9, 2019, 2:13 PM ]

Friday, May 31, 2019 at The Westin Hapuna Beach Hotel - Grand Ballroom!  A ho'ike celebrating three years of learning and growing as a pathway to college, career and life!  

WMS 2019 May Day Ho'ike

posted May 9, 2019, 1:06 PM by Patti Cook   [ updated May 9, 2019, 2:13 PM by Steven Smith ]

Please join us - Friday, May 17, 2019 in historic Thelma Parker Gym for one of Waimea's longest standing traditions featuring a May Day Court and all students chanting, singing and dancing!  This year's theme, "Waimea, Kau I Ka Hano - Waimea, Placed On High" will celebrate our school-community's connection to this place, its history and traditions!  Doors open at 9:20 a.m.; Performance at 9:30 a.m.  Free.  No RSVP - just come.  Please wear a lei!  

100% Attendance Awards for 4th Quarter

posted May 9, 2019, 12:50 PM by Patti Cook   [ updated May 9, 2019, 2:12 PM by Steven Smith ]

Attendance - every day on time - is critical to academic progress and success, and we will again reward students and families for 100% attendance during 4th Quarter! It's absolutely a KAIZEN MOMENT - even if you have not had perfect attendance earlier this year, now's the time to give it a try - and become eligible to win a NutriBullet!

Girls' Basketball Sign-Ups & Season

posted Apr 5, 2019, 1:35 PM by Steven Smith   [ updated May 9, 2019, 1:41 PM ]

Sign-Ups: Thursday Mar. 28, thru Apr. 12, 2019 .

Location: L Bldg. Court Yard

Times: First recess & lunch recess (Please have your lunch first)

Season: April 16 - May 23, 2019

Game Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays - 4 - 6:30 pm

Practice: Starts Mon., Apr. 1, 2019 (Mon., Tues., Thurs.) 2:30-4p - Thelma Parker Gym

Questions? See Coach Tamaye

ALL INVITED – ‘WE ARE COMMUNITY’: 5-6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 28

posted Apr 1, 2019, 5:30 PM by Steven Smith   [ updated May 9, 2019, 2:11 PM ]

STEAM Learning Center. Called “Caring Supports For Students, Families and Community,” the entire community is invited! Please see flyer attached. It’s very casual affair to help connect families with valuable community partners that provide food supports, health and dental care, after-school and summer programs, and lots more. We’re especially excited to welcome The Food Basket to give away free bags of food (while supplies last)! AARP volunteers will schedule appointments for free tax preparation. And there will be light snacks. No RSVP, just come!

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