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Mala'ai Seeds & VermiComposting Teacher Workshop November 10, 2018, WMS Volleyball Team Wins Silver Runner Up Award In Middle School Tournament! and WMS Recruiting for a STEAM Program Coordinator & STEAM IT Services 11-10-2018

posted Mar 15, 2019, 3:03 PM by Steven Smith   [ updated May 9, 2019, 2:35 PM ]
We're Building and Sharing Foundational Knowledge and Skills November 10, 2018

Once again, Mala'ai leaders brought together experts and teachers from all around the island this weekend to learn some of the foundational skills needed to successfully support school and community gardens.  We are proud of Mala'ai's work and the impact it's having on our own students and school-community and in supporting hands-on outdoor environmental education integrated with core curriculum and cultural practices for students and communities islandwide!


On Nov. 10, 2018, 12 teachers from 7 schools around the island came to Māla’ai here at WMS to learn about seeds, seed saving and vermicomposting.  

Ilana Stout from the Hawai'i Academy of Arts and Sciences (HAAS) charter school in Puna, shared the history of seed in the US as well as the biology of flowers and basic techniques of seed saving - this included a presentation in WMS' new STEAM Learning Center Demonstration Lab.

Then, pictured below, Donna Mitts with the Hawai'i Island School Garden Network introduced African blue worms, demonstrated building a worm bin, harvesting worm castings, and making worm tea as an amendment for soil.  

It's science.  It's math.  It incorporates data gathering and technology and reading, problem solving and reaping rewards for your pa'ahana - hard, industrious work!  Mahalo, Mala'ai!  




WMS Volleyball Team Wins Silver Runner Up Award In Middle School Tournament! 

Our Traveling WMS Volleyball Team captured the SILVER DIVISION RUNNER UP Award at the Nov. 3, 2018 "Finish Strong" Middle School Volleyball Tournament hosted by Kamehameha Schools at their high school gym in Kea'au! This was their first real tournament and they played very well!  A warm mahalo to Coaches Warren, Mel and Ray...and to all of the families who drove to Kea'au to support our students! A great day for kids!! Thanks too to Kamehameha Schools and to the Neilan Foundation, which supports our WMS athletics program and has done so now for five years!



So Proud of our WMS Volleyball Teams! 

WMS Recruiting for a STEAM Program Coordinator & STEAM IT Services

“Full STEAM Ahead!” said the 2018 Hawai’i State Legislature as they authorized a substantial $298,000 Grant In Aid (GIA) to help Waimea Middle School (WMS) more fully embrace 21st century teaching and learning in its new $15 million, 9-classroom Keaoakea STEAM Learning Center. 

Now, Gov. David Ige has released this GIA funding to the State Department of Education and a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is in place with WMS, so the school is recruiting a STEAM Program Coordinator to collaborate closely with teachers and staff to more fully meet the needs of students and the wider community including educators from throughout the region.

Position filled


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