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STEAM Family Night December 12, 2018, WMS Earns Blue Zones Project Approval! and Patricia Rice Honored as Grand Marshall In 58th Annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade

posted Mar 15, 2019, 4:14 PM by Steven Smith   [ updated May 9, 2019, 2:32 PM ]
STEAM Family Night - Mahalo To All Who Participated!  

STEAMy Family Fun...

Discovering the 'Art' and Science of Prototyping - STEAM Family Night - December 12, 2018
Makani energy kite's Project Manager-Engineer Kate Stirr came to campus recently to work with 8th grade science students, bringing along three tall mini wind tunnels and baskets of interesting objects which she challenged teams of students to use to develop a prototype that achieved a specific kite-like objective.  This prototyping process is similar to what Makani's engineers have done to design the kites they are now refining to generate electricity from Hawai'i Island's strong wind resource!   Mahalo Miss Stirr for a fun and surprising science lesson!  

Waimea Middle School Earns Blue Zones Project Approval! 

WMS achieved Blue Zones Project school approval
Feb. 4, 2019

CONGRATULATIONS to Principal Janice English and her team at Waimea Middle School on being the FIRST school on the Big Island to become a BZP School approved in the 2018-19 school year! So many good things happening at WMS!!

 -- Megan Yarberry | BZP Project Manager - Hawai'i Island       Friday, November 9, 2018 

We thank our teachers and staff - and also our Mala'ai School Garden for supporting student-family-community health and wellness! 

WMS' Dedicated Educator Patricia Rice Honored as Grand Marshall In 58th Annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade! 

December 1, 2018

Some of our favorite moments with Mrs. Rice - 43+ year teacher, counselor, curriculum coordinator, VP and Principal (4x!) and now Grant Coordinator. Immediately above the school's faculty-staff gather to celebrate WASC Accreditation renewal in May 2017 - an ongoing "continuous improvement process" that Mrs. Rice has facilitated.

Also pictured above is Mrs. Rice dancing with students at a Christmas Crazy Olympics, sitting in the initial hay bale 
outdoor classroom of the Mala'ai Garden, which she helped start, and pulling kalo with students in Waipi'o Valley to harvest small corms to be shipped to the East Coast to become part of a sounding rocket's payload.  It was an experiment dreamed up by WMS students to see what the impact of a launch and space travel -- with all the g-forces -- would be on the growth of kalo. The question students were studying in a partnership with NASA was: Could kalo be taken into space and cultivated to help feed astronauts on the long journey to mars?  As an educator, Mrs. Rice is a big believer in educating the "whole child" and integrating place-based, hands-on learning with the cultural traditions of Hawai'i and core curriculum. MAHALO Mrs. Rice for nurturing generations of our community's children!