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Staff Bulletin - Nov. 29, 2012

posted Dec 5, 2012, 8:26 AM by Matt Horne

FACULTY-STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

ALL-STAFF CHRISTMAS PARTY – DEC 17:  The Aloha Club is planning our All-Staff Christmas Party for 12:00-2:00 on the Dec. 17 P/C Day after we’re finished with sharing out accreditation in the morning.  The party will be in Kara’s room and will include a potluck and other festivities.  Stay tuned for more information, but save the date!

 

NATIONAL CHARTER SCHOOL CONFERENCE in WASHINGTON, DC – SUMMER, 2013:  I just received an e-mail reminder that the early-bird registration prices for this next summer’s National Charter School Conference in Washington, DC end Dec. 21.  I thought Nau’i, Jade, Mas, and Tisha made a very compelling presentation of their participation last year and I’m inspired and encouraged to have us send representation again.  I’d like to entertain sending a representative from each department, so please discuss during your CTP time and get back to me.  The conference is June 30 – July 3, 2013 in Washington, DC.  More information can be found here: http://publiccharters.org/Conference/2013/About.aspx

 

ACCREDITATION FOCUS GROUP MEETINGS – WED, DEC 5:  Please meet in your Focus Groups on Wednesday.  You will be receiving a hard copy of the first draft as well as reflection sheets.  Your task on Wednesday will be to determine how you will share your chapter on December 17 with the entire staff and to begin to read through the first draft and to complete reflection sheets for each chapter.  Thanks you so much for your continued work. 

 

TODAY IS THE FINAL DAY TODAY FOR MALA'AI FARM STAND:  2:15-4 pm:  Thanks to students who have regularly “worked” the stand and the classes that have helped harvest and prepare for it each week…and special aloha to Charles Oldfather for his expertise as a “real” farmer to help students grow the produce, herbs and flowers that they’ve been selling.  The stand has provided meaningful lessons for students and also has been well-supported by students, faculty-staff, families and the community and Mala'ai hopes to start it back up in the Spring.

 

MORE TEACHERS NEEDED FOR HOMEWORK HELP: Numbers for homework help have jumped and we could use 1 or 2 more teachers to teach on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The classes would start on January 8, 2013.  Teachers would work for a total of 32 days for quarters 3 and 4.  Please see Bernie for more information and to express interest.

 

BELL SCHEDULE FOR FRI., DEC. 14: Please use this latest, approved revision to the final-day bell schedule:

8:00 - 8:10            HR

8:15 - 10:00         Spelling Bee at Kahilu Town Hall

10:00 - 10:15       Recess

10:15 - 10:30       Advisory - drop off bags, walk over to the gym

10:40 - 11:20       Lip Sync in gym

11:20 - Noon      Advisory – time for classroom end-of-semester/holiday celebrations

Noon - 12:45      Lunch

12:50 - 1:00         Homeroom/Move to Activities locations

1:05 - 2:15            Activity Day

RE-POSTING FOR TECH TEACHER/COACH:  The Technology Coach posting has closed and we received less than a few applicants, so we will be extending the application window and advertising the position more, including in local newspapers.  Please help recruit applicants any way we can; we want more than one or two applicants to look at.

 

LAST DAY FOR 2012 PURCHASE ORDERS – DEC. 14: We won’t have two check-signers in the office over break, so if you’ve got anything you need a PO for before January, it needs to be submitted no later than December 14.

 

MALA’AI IS HOSTING AN ONLINE FUNDRAISING AUCTION of “green” holiday gifts on eBay’s “Giving Works” site for non-profits.  Have a look-see – and please consider sharing this with family and friends…using this link: http://www.ebay.com/sch/malaaigarden/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=200&_trksid=p3686

 


KUDOS (this section will never be comprehensive, but definitely representative)

 

·         Congratulations to all for excellent first-quarter attendance.  Our year-to-date attendance looks just as good!  These figures are outstanding.

 


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Again - Congratulations for Student-Led Conference participation – a reflection of both teacher persistence and students encouraging families to attend.  Mahalo!


·         Another Big Win – Encouraging results from the First Round of Language Arts HSA Testing: 

 

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I was lucky enough to be inspired yesterday by the Science Department’s arranging to borrow National Geographic’s Giant Map of the Pacific Ocean – one of only 3 such maps in the USA created in a partnership with Oracle!  All science classes participated in this Pacific Ocean lesson yesterday with the support of Captain Chadd Paishon and Kumu Keala Kahuanui.  The science team used a “Navigation” twist to the old “Simon Says…” game…to help students make many great discoveries about the ocean world we live in.   The kids were 100% engaged and I saw eyes lighting up all over the place as they made connections about their place in the world.

·         Thanks, too, to everyone who assisted with this including Mas and Guy who gave up the gym for the day. 

·         Thanks to all who contributed to the 8th Grade East Coast Travelers’ Imu and Pie Sale.  Wonderful to have families and students working w/ faculty-staff on an event that made Thanksgiving so nice for so many in our community! 

·         Monday’s LAP meeting was one of the better ever according to several of our long time LAP members.  Included good attendance including both OHA Trustee Robert Lindsey and Honoka’a High & Intermediate Principal Glenn Gray and Mala’ai Board Member Sam Murray.  Also excellent discussion as we reviewed and ultimately approved revised LAP Charter (for recommendation to HC Board) and LAP ByLaws.  Also good discussion about identifying the kinds of expertise needed/desired to help fill 4 LAP Community Representative positions – including replacing Dr. Christian Veillet who will be relocating to Utah to become the leader of an exciting astronomy project there.  Christian, who has serve on our LAP for more than 6 years, will be coming to our next LAP meeting – Jan. 7 – to say his “a hui hou.”  If you run into him around town, please express your mahalo for the time he has devoted to our students and school.

·         Also, a big mahalo to all that were involved in last Sunday’s re-enactment of the Ku’e Petition signing play…and to our ‘Ike Hawai’i and Social Studies team for working to create a new cast to share this important piece of Hawaiian history with our students this Tues., Dec. 4. 

·         Thanks to Goodfellow Bros. for a big box of beautiful apples to express their gratitude for our collective patience during extended highway road improvements fronting our joint campuses. 

·         Mahalo, too, to everyone who helped with, contributed to and participated in last Saturday's ‘Ohana Makahiki Festival.  Wish it had been better attended by families but the weather was cold and blustery, and there were many competing events!  For those who came, it was exceptional. 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

WMS-PARKS & REC BOYS BASKETBALL:  Athletics Director/Coach Warren Tamaye will hold a meeting at 12:15 p.m., today - Thursday, Nov. 15 - in the shop with WMS boys interested in playing basketball.  He has required registration forms.   If you missed the meeting, please see Mr. Tamaye.

 

Clinics to assess skills are set for 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mon.-Wed., Dec. 3-4-5 for boys Ages 9/10, and from 4:30-5:30 p.m. the same days for boys ages 11-14.  The practice schedule will be announced after the clinics along with the game schedule.

 

P&R - VOLLEYBALL GAMES: -- FINAL TONIGHT FOR THE SEASON! 

Thurs., Nov. 29 – Thelma Parker Gym/Waimea

4:15 pm – WMS Smack Dat 14U vs. WMS Rajah Dat 14U

5 pm - WMS Da Kine 14U vs. HPA 

 

COLD WAIMEA MORNINGS:  We still have some nice sweatshirts and a few jackets still in the office -- items left by students around campus that have not been claimed from Lost & Found.  They are now available to any student ... just come see Mrs. Bernie Marsh. 

 


COMMUNITY NEWS

 

3rd ANNUAL WAIMEA CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING AT PARKER SCHOOL TO KICK OFF ‘BIG ISLAND GIVING TREE’:  6 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 29.  Launching the in-gathering of donations so that everyone in our community is remembered during this holiday season.  Featuring The Lim Family of Kohala with caroling, plus food and warm beverages available to benefit Parker’s debate team, stories of Waimea Christmases Past and more culminating with the lighting of the giant Norfolk tree fronting historic Barbara Hall.  “Make It A Dozen!” donations to “Giving Tree” welcome.  Bring own chairs and dress warmly.  Free and all invited! 

 

ANNUAL PARKER RANCH CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING:  5-7 p.m., Fri., Nov. 30.  Gathering to light the majestic Cook Island Pine at Parker Ranch Headquarters at Pu’uopelu both to honor the memory of the late Richard Smart and celebrate the season with this magnificent beacon that can be seen for miles.  Free and all invited.  Bring a jacket – can be chilly.  Boy Scout Troop 27 will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items to support a local food pantry.  Entertainment to include HPA Handbell Choir, Halau ‘Opuaikala’I, Kanu o ka ‘Aina Charter School, Waimea Hawaiian Civic Club, and will conclude with tree lighting and hot chocolate and cookies.     

 

THE HOLIDAY SEASON COMES TO WAIMEA: 

·         All-Day “Big Island Giving Tree” Celebration, Craft Fair & Donation In-Gathering: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat., Dec. 1 – KTA’s Waimea Center.  Free entertainment featuring ‘Aoi’a, Beamer-Solomon Halau o Po’ohala, Kevin Haleamau & Friends, Gary Washburn’s Honoka’a Jazz Band, KAPA deejay Darde Gamayo (the funniest ever), and Darlene Ahuna and Duane Yamada with emcee Penny Keli’i Vredenburg.   

·         “Big Island Giving Tree” Store in Parker Ranch Center:  10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat., Dec. 1.  Formally opens on parade day to accept donations throughout December.  Volunteers needed!  Store will be open thru Dec. 21 – if closed when delivering your donations, please leave them at Parker Ranch Store.  “Giving Trees” also will be hosted in shops, restaurants and businesses around town so donations may be delivered to these trusted community partners, too. 

·         A Gathering of Artists:  8 a.m. – noon, Sat., Dec. 1 at Waimea Town Parker at Parker School.  About a dozen of the Big Island’s best known artists will show their latest creations.

·         New Hope Waimea’s ‘Indoor Swap Meet’:  8 a.m. – 2 p.m. New Hope Gym. 

·         Waimea Seniors’ Christmas Bazaar:  9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat., Dec. 1.  Senior Center at the main intersection – next to Firehouse Gallery.  Lots of Christmas gift crafts, baked goods, jams/jellies, pickles, sushi, variety of rummage items.

·         Hawai’i-Made ‘Crafty Hands & Gifts, Too!’:  10 a.m.– 4 p.m.  Thelma Parker Gym.  Featuring locally made items by dozens of island artisans.  Free and includes plate lunches and other food, plus lucky number drawing throughout the day.  Food donations suggested for Annunciation Pantry.  Christmas music too. 

·         Firehouse Gallery’s “Affordable Art” Exhibit & Sale:  9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 1.  All invited.

·         Waimea Christmases Past – Photo Exhibit & Stories:  10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sat., Dec. 1.  Presented by Waimea Preservation Association (WPA) with pictures and stories stretching back to the first parade in 1960.  In WPA’s historic “home,” which is Waimea’s now restored tax office at the main intersection next to the Waimea Senior Center and Firehouse Gallery.  All invited – free.  Info: Pete Hendricks (885-4453) or go to www.WaimeaPreservation.org.

·         52nd Annual Twilight Christmas Parade – 5:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 1.  Theme:  “Make It A Dozen!” to encourage donations of a dozen items to our “Big Island Giving Tree”!  There will be eight narrator stations between historic the east end of Church Row Park and Waimea Park  for the Waimea’s famous Christmas parade (the second oldest in Hawai’i), which includes a “12 Days of Christmas” Santa float, West Hawai’i County Band, many school, scout, church, community and business groups and a brigade of festively lighted trucks! Special this year will be the Grand Marshal unit honoring Vietnam veterans as well as families who have lost loved ones in Vietnam.    Please stand when this unit passes.  Participants are urged to kokua by picking up all trash before leaving and most important, keeping eyes on the keiki for the safety of all! 

·         TRAFFIC ADVISORY - Road Closure: 5:30-6:45 p.m. Expect delays!  Please watch keiki and stay on the curb - emergency vehicles may need to pass.  No candy throwing.  Please respect the ‘aina – don’t park on landscaped areas at hospital & shopping centers, pick up rubbish and no tents on private property.

·         Narrator Stations:  Note – parade to begin on the east (Hamakua) end of historic Church Row Park – not the west end as in the past.  A new narrator station will be located near New Hope Church plus at Keck, Ace, Radio Shack, Waimea Community Education, Bank of Hawaii and on Lindsey Road – at Shell Gas Station and Parker School.

·         Ono Foods Along Parade Route from 4 p.m. – to benefit Waimea educational programs including three connected to WMS:  

o    CHILI FRANK ‘N RICE BOWLS, VEGGIE CHILI ‘N RICE, QUINOA-KALE SALAD, HOT COCOA & HOT TEA at Waimea Community Education, served by WMS 8th Grade East Coast Travelers.

o    FRIED BEEF TACOS & WATER at Bank of Hawaii corner, served by WMS Leadership Students.

o    HOT SAIMIN & HOT COCOA at historic Spencer House (next to McDonalds), served by Kamehameha School’s West Hawai’i Association of Teachers and Parents (Bernie Marsh & other WMS families)

·         2nd “Giving Tree” Bucket Brigade:  Volunteers to walk beginning at 5 p.m. along the parade route – beginning at both ends asking for donations.  Matt Horne to join members of North Hawai’i Rotary, Waimea Community Association, Coqui Free Waimea, etc. to ask for community donations for the “Giving Tree.”  Please kokua. 

·         Luas:  Portaluas will be placed along the parade route.  On parade day, North Hawai’i Community Hospital is unable to provide public restrooms. 

·         Keiki Visits With Santa at Parker Ranch Center:  Immediately after the parade, and from noon-3 p.m., Sun., Dec. 2, and Saturdays, Dec. 8 and 15 in the Fireside Food Court.  Have a free photo taken with santa – charitable donations accepted to benefit Waimea Lions Club and North Hawai’i Hospice.

·         Winter Star Party:  7-10 after parade at Canada-France-Hawai’i Telescope’s Waimea headquarters.  Stargazing with CFHT astronomers and members of the West Hawai’i Astronomy Club, plus keiki activities.  If inclement weather, the public will be invited inside to watch live scientific observations being conducted at the summit from the remote observing room.  Free including coffee and hot chocolate. 

·         Parker Ranch Center Celebrates the “Big Island Giving Tree:” Noon-3 p.m., Sun., Dec. 2 in the Fireside Food Court featuring an HPA Handbell Choir, Aulani’s hula halau and other keiki groups.  Santa there for pictures and also there from noon-3 p.m. the following 3 Saturdays for picture taking!     

 

HPA PRESENTS HONOKA’A JAZZ BAND CONCERT:  3 p.m., Sun., Dec. 2.  Gates Performing Arts Center.  $5/Adults; $3/Students – can be purchased from band members and at HPA Bookstore, Waimea Music Exchange and at Café Il Mondo in Honokaa.  Will feature classic favorites and featured vocalists and instrumental soloists under the direction of Gary Washburn.  Info: 881-4005 or 881-4099.

 

19th ANNUAL CHARITY TREES AT MAUNA LANI BAY:  Dec. 3-19.  WMS Robotics Club students and families to enter a tree in this stunning holiday display in the resort’s lobby that provides local charitable organizations, schools, churches, etc. an opportunity to raise awareness and earn funds for their program.  Community members, resort guests, employees and friends and family are invited to view the entries and vote for their favorite tree ($1 donation per vote) and these funds along with a $3,500 contribution from the resort go to charities.  Mauna Lani awards cash prize to organizations whose trees receive the highest number of votes: $2,000 (1st Place), $1,000 (2nd Place), $500 (3rd Place).  The remainder of donations are divided up among all participants.  Please stop by and vote for our Robotics’ Tree!

 

‘DOUGH RAISING’ DAY AT DOMINO’S PIZZA:  Monday & Wednesday, Dec. 3 and 5.  10% of the day’s sales support WMS student programs.  Designated WMS days are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays and 1st & 4th Mondays. 

 

Staff Bulletin - Nov. 15, 2012

posted Dec 5, 2012, 8:24 AM by Matt Horne

FACULTY-STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

ACCREDITATION UPDATE: On Wed, Nov 21, after a treats and coffee, Focus Groups will spend from 8 am-noon completing the first drafts of their chapters.  Natalie Nimmer, Megan Kawatachi's replacement as the HAIS/KS/WASC linker, will be on campus visiting Focus Groups and will meet with the Steering Committee at 11 am.  We are asking that Focus Group Leaders submit their first drafts electronically to the Steering Committee (Naui_Murphy@notes.k12.hi.us, Mary_Martinson@notes.k12.hi.us, pricekanehoa@gmail.com) no later than noon on Wednesday, November 28.  The Steering Committee will compile all chapters into a First Draft document which will be provided to the Leadership Team on Monday, December 3, and to the Focus Groups on Wednesday, December 5.  Thank you so much for your continued support.

 

NOVEMBER 21 P/C DAY – FRUIT, TREATS, COFFEE, & A HAPPY THANKSGIVING: On Wednesday, we’ll begin the day with fruit, treats, and coffee in the L-Lounge for everyone to enjoy starting at 7 am.  Accreditation work will take place from 8-12 as explained above.  After noon, all we’ll be thinking about is turkey and family, so we’ll not schedule anything for the afternoon.  I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving with your friends and families and look forward to seeing you again on the 26th.

 

CPR & FIRST AID TRAINING FOR CLASSIFIED STAFF (TENTATIVE):  We are working to confirm CPR and FIRST AID training for all office staff and all EAs to take place during conferences on Tuesday, Nov. 20.  This is still pending, but more information will be forthcoming.

 

LRE TRAINING DURING CTP ON NOV. 27:  Tricia Lukzen, District Resource Teacher, will be delivering LRE in-service during each CTP on November 27.  This professional development, related to the Special Education process, should take approximately 30-minutes of CTP time.  Jamie is helping to coordinate scheduling of this training.

 

TOMORROW, NOV 16 - CRAZY OLYMPICS SCHEDULE:  

Period 5                                               8:00 – 9:22

Period 1                                               9:25 – 10:10

Recess                                                  10:10 – 10:25

Period 2                                               10:28 – 11:13

Period 3                                               11:16 – 12:00

Lunch                                                    12:00 – 12:30

Period 4                                               12:33 – 1:15

Crazy Olympics  & BYOB                 1:20 – 2:05

Period 4                                               2:05 -2:15 (Pick up bags)

 


KUDOS (this section will never be comprehensive, but definitely representative)

 

·         Mary, Nau’i, Pat, Spencer, and Tisha deserve big kudos for the deep and meaningful learning and forward-thinking discussions they participated in at the “Using Data for Continuous School Improvement” conference in Hilo this past Monday and Tuesday.  We learned a lot and a lot of the work we’re already doing was strongly validated.

·         Kudos to the 8th Grade Team for their work aligning the assessment of student e-Portfolios to an IKAIR scoring guide.  Making explicit connections and clearly outlining expectations for students in this way fosters meaningful and lasting learning.

·         Please congratulate students for their efforts on the first round of HSA Language Arts Testing – which ended today!  HSA Math testing begins the day students return from Thanksgiving break – Mon., Nov. 26.   

·         STUDENT ENROLLMENT:  Last week’s bulletin reported a helpful increase in per pupil funding, in part due to an increase in WMS enrollment – up to 285 students as of the 10/15/12 Count Day.  Based on statewide data released yesterday by the DOE, WMS’ enrollment went from 273 as of the final official Count Day last year, to 285 this year – a 4.2% increase.   Statewide, regular DOE schools reported a modest 1.1% increase (and an actual drop of 1.6% on Hawai’i Island).  However, public charter schools experienced an increase in student enrollment – up to a total of 9,593 students.  In reviewing our year-to-date enrollment, WMS has had 38 new students enroll since the start of the school year, and 34 leave us, which reflects a significant “revolving door” factor that has a substantial impact on teachers as well as staff.    Thanks to all who do their best to accommodate this. 

·         A special Mahalo to two retired Waimea educators, Merle Tanimoto and Cathy Curtis, who together have well over 40 years of teaching to their credit, and who came to campus this past Saturday to assist Betty Healy in printing and mailing mid-quarter grades to all families.  It is most appreciated. 

·         We thank teachers and staff as well as community friends who are coming to kokua with this weekend’s ‘Ohana Makahiki Festival and also those contributing foods such as the huge load of citrus and lilikoi fruit from a generous local farmer and – from a grandparent -- several rare varieties of banana to plant in Mala’ai garden plus a huge load of banana stalks for the 8th Grade East Coast Trippers imu.  

·         We also thank WES Cafeteria Manager Neil Matsumura for steaming nearly 50 pounds of purple sweet potatoes for Saturday’s ‘Ohana Makahiki Festival to be used as a healthy snack for participants. 

 


STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

WMS-PARKS & REC BOYS BASKETBALL:  Athletics Director/Coach Warren Tamaye will hold a meeting at 12:15 p.m., today - Thursday, Nov. 15 - in the shop with WMS boys interested in playing basketball.  He has required registration forms.   If you missed the meeting, please see Mr. Tamaye.

 

Clinics to assess skills are set for 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mon.-Wed., Dec. 3-4-5 for boys Ages 9/10, and from 4:30-5:30 p.m. the same days for boys ages 11-14.  The practice schedule will be announced after clinics along with the game schedule.

 

REMINDER:  Waimea Middle ‘Ohana Makahiki Festival!  Sat., Nov. 17 - 9 a.m. - Noon - On the Fields & In Mala’ai Garden.  Last minute reminders:

·         7 a.m. – Setup (kokua welcome!)

·         8 a.m. -  Briefing on plan for the day

·         9 a.m. – Noon – Program

·         Noon-1 p.m. – Breakdown/Cleanup

 

PARKING:  Please ask families to park in the gravel area outside of the gate/behind the post office and walk in thru the back entry – a welcome tent there will greet them, give them a Passport and directions to begin.

 

REMINDER:  Next Week’s Student-Led Family Conferences:  (No School)

·    Mon., Nov. 19:  Noon-6 p.m.

·    Tues., Nov. 20:  7 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

 

REMINDER:  Wed., Nov. 21 is the next WMS-Domino’s Pizza ‘Dough Raising’ Day for 8th Grade Exit and Activities.   

 

REMINDER:  8TH GRADE EAST COAST TRIPPERS – THANKSGIVING IMU & PIE SALE FUNDRAISER:  Tickets available for  imu only now – $20/pan - deadline Fri., Nov. 16.  No Walk-Ins.   

o   Imu Food Drop-Off & Pie Pickup:  3-5 p.m., Wed., Nov. 21.  (Pies not picked up by 5 p.m. will be resold).

o   Imu Food Pick-Up:  8-9 a.m., Thurs., Nov. 22.   

 

P&R - VOLLEYBALL GAMES:

Thurs., Nov. 15 – Thelma Parker Gym/Waimea

5 pm – WMS Rajah Dat 14U vs. WMS Da Kine 14U

5:45 pm -  WMS Smack Dat 14U vs. WMS Rajah Dat 14U

 

Tues., Nov. 20 – Thelma Parker Gym/Waimea

5:45 pm - WMS Stingrays 12U vs. HPA 2

 

Tues., Nov. 27 – Thelma Parker Gym/Waimea

4:15 pm – WMS Stingrays 12U vs. HPA 1

5 pm -  WMS Spikas 14U vs. WMS Rajah Dat 14U

 

Wed., Nov. 28 – Thelma Parker Gym/Waimea

5 pm - WMS Stingrays 12U vs. Parker 2

 

Thurs., Nov. 29 – Thelma Parker Gym/Waimea

4:15 pm – WMS Smack Dat 14U vs. WMS Rajah Dat 14U

5 pm - WMS Da Kine 14U vs. HPA 


COMMUNITY NEWS

 

1st ANNUAL ‘CELEBRATE THE BOUNTY’ WAIMEA COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING:  1-4 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 22.  Kuhio Hale.  All invited to bring your family and join this feast sponsored by The Pantry – aka Mama’s House.  Free and open to everyone with a delicious traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings.  (Bring your own plate, fork and cup.)  The Pantry, a collaborative nonprofit believes that the Big Island is a place of abundance and by joining together in thanksgiving, we can create a renaissance of the true meaning of the holiday, sharing food, fellowship and blessings as a community.  Why not start a beautiful new family, neighborhood or church tradition?  Please call to RSVP, volunteer or make a donation: 887.2289.  

 

IMPORTANT - WAIMEA PRESENTS HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT OF KU’E PETITION STORY:  1 p.m., Sun., Nov. 25 at Kuhio Hale, Hawaiian Homes Hall.  This celebrated one-act play recounts a now famous meeting held in Hilo in 1897 regarding the Ku’e Petitions signed by almost every kanaka maoli protesting annexation of the Hawaiian Kingdom.  The play is based on a newspaper article written at that time by Miriam Michelson from San Francisco who attended the auspicious 1897 meeting in Hilo.  The play was written by Didi Lee Kwai and is intended to create an experience of what it was like for kupuna to participate in the signing of the Ku’e Petition.  The actors are also part of the audience.  Also on view will be the Ku’e Petition Sign Display that has just returned from tour that included an exhibition on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. with names of kanaka from all islands who signed the petition.  The program is free and everyone is welcome to attend.  Info:  Pua Case (938-5550). 

Staff Bulletin - Nov. 9, 2012

posted Dec 5, 2012, 8:23 AM by Matt Horne

FACULTY-STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

SCHEDULE CHANGE TODAY – For today’s HSA Round 1 Language Arts testing – we will be changing the Periods as follows:  Per: 5, 2, 1, 3, 4).  No change in the length of periods, just the order…

 

FIRE DRILL TODAY – To finish out our fire inspection, we’ll be having a fire drill at 1:45 today.

 

HSA TESTING STARTS TODAY – Language Arts starts HSA testing today through next week from 8:00 – 9:30 each morning.  Whether or not we like it, HSA results send the strongest message about our performance as a school – please do everything you can to support the students and teachers during this HSA testing time.

 

MID-TERM REPORTS – We’ll be printing reports today to be mailed to families, envelopes will include: 
1. A mid quarter grade report for all students
2. Deficiency reports with all assignments for students earning a D or F.

 

VICE-PRINCIPAL RECRUITING – I sent out the official posting and job description to everyone yesterday.  Please share this with everyone who may be a good fit and please encourage any quality candidates you may know of to apply.  I’ll keep you informed as the process moves forward; please let me know if you have any questions.

 

BLUE SUBSTITUTE TEACHER EVALUATION FORM:  I am asking that all teachers w/ subs please take a few additional minutes to give this full attention and provide thoughtful reflections – we want to provide the best possible sub team to support student learning and I am reviewing these systematically now to be sure every sub is up to our standards.  Please let me know any time you have specific concerns or questions.

 

MATT OUT TUES, WED, & FRI NEXT WEEK – On Tuesday and Wednesday next week, I’ll be with a team of five teachers at a conference in Hilo about using data for continuous school improvement.  I’ll also be out on Friday (Crazy Olympics Day) for some time with my extended family who will be staying with us from out of town.  Please refer to Jamie for all emergency situations.

 

GOOD NEWS - MORE STATE FUNDING FOR WMS – WMS has received an additional $90,000 for this school year as a result of three things:

1) The Governor released the 1.5% retained earlier (equivalent to about $300 per student)

2) CSAO recalculated its student projection for all public charter schools (equivalent to about $30 per student)

3) WMS attendance up to 284 on the “count day” – thanks Betty and office team for expediting these students into our count. 

These additional funds – which increase our per pupil funding this year from about $5,600 to about $5,900 will be used, in part, to cover the cost of the Technology Coach and Vice-Principal that we will soon be recruiting.   


PLEASE SAVE HSA SNACK BOXES!   There’s a “plan” to re-use them so please save and bring to the office.  Mahalo.  

 

REMINDER:  Fri., 11/16 will be a Crazy Olympics Schedule:   

Period 5                                   8:00 – 9:22

Period 1                                   9:25 – 10:10

Recess                                    10:10 – 10:25

Period 2                                   10:28 – 11:13

Period 3                                   11:16 – 12:00

Lunch                                      12:00 – 12:30

Period 4                                   12:33 – 1:15

Crazy Olympics & BYOB       1:20 – 2:05

Period 4                                   2:05 -2:15 (Pick up bags)

 


KUDOS (this section will never be comprehensive, but definitely representative)

·         KTA Kokua I Na Kula Awards – A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to WMS students who captured some of the top prizes in this student art competition that blends “telling a story” with visual imagery:

·         Grand Prize:  WMS 8th grader Romilly Benedict, who has won a field trip for her class!  One of the choices is an excursion to the Sea Horse Farm at OTEC.

·         First Place:  WMS 8th grader Cleo Castillo, who earned 250 points for the school and 250 points to be donated to the Food Basket in her class' name.

·         Second Place:  WMS 6th grader AngelRain Lurendez, who earned 100 points for the school.

·         The value of these prizes is just under $4,000!!!

·         Also, because our Social Studies classes contributed the most posters (234), they earned us 20 points per poster for a total of 4,680! 

As you know, the total points our school has earned – between the above and families and community friends designating our school to receive their points…will earn us a cash donation…and every penny helps us serve students better!   Special thanks to the Social Studies department for making this happen. 

·         Fire Inspection – Thanks to all who prepared for and assisted with this.  It’s nice to hear our community’s emergency responders (which include some of our parents) say such positive things about how we manage and protect the safety of our children and staff. 

·         Kids Voting Hawai’i – Another hat’s off to Social Studies department for involving all of our students in the civics lesson around the privilege and responsibility of voting.  It’s exciting to hear the students discussing the pros and cons of our Electoral College system…and perhaps even educating their families about this!  

 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

LIP SYNC APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED – To Fri., Nov. 9.  Any students with questions or concerns - please see Mrs. Mareko in P-13.

 

REMINDER:  Waimea Middle ‘Ohana Makahiki Festival!  Sat., Nov. 17 - 9 a.m. - Noon - On the Fields & In Mala’ai Garden – Celebrating our schoolwide voyaging theme with hands-on activities for the whole family!  Students will receive extra credit in science for attending and bringing their family.  Dress casually, grab a “passport” and visit each of the discovery stations including:  

·         Makahiki Games:  On the soccer field with Keala Kahuanui.  These “games” are really mental as well as physical challenges!

·         Wa’a Team Games

·         Lupe (Kite) Making For The Whole Family:  Discover how kites have been important to many cultures around the world including our Polynesian voyagers!  Make and take a kite home and plan to join in flying kites together both at the Makahiki Championship Tournament here in Waimea in January 2013...and on the day the Hokule’a voyaging canoe sets sail on its 4-year round-the-world voyage!

·         Taste of Mala’ai - Canoe Foods:  Visit stations in the garden featuring coconut, kalo (taro), sugar cane, u’ala (sweet potato), ulu (breadfruit) and mai’a (banana).  Learn to prepare these foods (or share your expertise) and enjoy samples, too! 

·         Take-Home Something Delicious:  Get your Passport stamped at each station and take home something grown by students in our Mala’ai school garden to share with the family!   

 

REMINDER:  Advisors are still accepting Student-Family Conference confirmations from families.  Conference Dates:   

·    Mon., Nov. 19:  Noon-6 p.m.

·    Tues., Nov. 20:  7 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

 

REMINDER:  Wed., Nov. 14 is the next WMS-Domino’s Pizza ‘Dough Raising’ Day supporting Robotics!  (Special thanks, too, to Dominos for contributing 10 pizzas to the Mental Karate classes, plus award certificates, for completing their Yellow Belt challenge.)

 

REMINDER:  8TH GRADE EAST COAST TRIPPERS – THANKSGIVING IMU & PIE SALE FUNDRAISER:  Tickets available for both the imu and pies.

IMU:  $20 - Deadline to purchase is Nov. 16 – NO WALK INS.  

PIES:  Fresh (Apple, Custard, Pumpkin) $10; Frozen (Coconut, Apple, Peach, Pear) $15 – Deadline to purchase pie tickets  is Nov. 9. 

See Trippers, Miss Laz, or come by the school office for tickets.      

·         Imu Food Drop-Off & Pie Pickup:  3-5 p.m., Wed., Nov. 21.  (Pies not picked up by 5 p.m. will be resold).

·         Imu Food Pick-Up:  8-9 a.m., Thurs., Nov. 22.   

 

P&R - VOLLEYBALL GAMES:

Thurs., Nov. 8 – Thelma Parker Gym/Waimea

5 pm – WMS Spikas 14U vs. WMS Da Kine 14U

5:45 pm -  WMS Rajah Dat 14U vs. Kohala

 

Tues., Nov. 13 – Thelma Parker Gym/Waimea

5 pm – WMS Stingrays 12U vs. Waikoloa

5:45 pm -  WMS Da Kine 14U vs. HPA

 

Thurs., Nov. 15 – Thelma Parker Gym/Waimea

5 pm – WMS Rajah Dat 14U vs. WMS Da Kine 14U

5:45 pm -  WMS Smack Dat 14U vs. WMS Rajah Dat 14U

 

Tues., Nov. 20 – Thelma Parker Gym/Waimea

5:45 pm - WMS Stingrays 12U vs. HPA 2

 

Tues., Nov. 27 – Thelma Parker Gym/Waimea

4:15 pm – WMS Stingrays 12U vs. HPA 1

5 pm -  WMS Spikas 14U vs. WMS Rajah Dat 14U

 

Wed., Nov. 28 – Thelma Parker Gym/Waimea

5 pm - WMS Stingrays 12U vs. Parker 2

 

Thurs., Nov. 29 – Thelma Parker Gym/Waimea

4:15 pm – WMS Smack Dat 14U vs. WMS Rajah Dat 14U

5 pm - WMS Da Kine 14U vs. HPA 

 

 COMMUNITY NEWS

 

DRUG & ALCOHOL PREVENTION EXPERT TO SPEAK AT TUTU’S HOUSE:  6-7:30 p.m., Wed., Nov. 14.  A free workshop on parenting drug free kids in a drug filled world.  Chris Kelly, Founder of Prevention PLUS, will offer a fact filled, informative evening for parents of children ages 10 through 20 – intended for all parents, not just parents whose kids have drug issues.  Teachers and school personnel also invited.  Chris has been a substance abuse prevention specialist for 17 years and is dedicated to prevention education because it works and also he knows how difficult it is to recover from an addiction. Chris has been clean and sober for 22 years and has worked with over 50,000 students and parents worldwide.  As always, calling Tutu’s House ahead of time is preferred to reserve a spot (885-6777), but not essential.  For additional info on Chris Kelly:  www.preventionplus.info

 

18th ANNUAL KAWAIHAE CANOE CLUB LUAU:  5:30-10 p.m., Sat., Nov. 17.  Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor.  Always an extraordinary experience at water’s edge backdropped by sunset and a star-filled sky and surrounded by the club’s multi-generational ‘ohana.  A fundraiser to support club activities and perpetuating the values, practices and hard work involved in Hawaiian canoe paddling.  Begins with amazing pupu selection and superb entertainment plus an exceptional pa’ina.  Casual dress and all welcome.  General seating ticket donation: $40/adults presale, $45 at the door; $15 for 4-10-year-olds.  Reserved seating: $50/presale; $55 at the door.  For tickets, see canoe club member or call Izzy at 987-2819 or Debbie at 937-4700. 

 

1st ANNUAL ‘CELEBRATE THE BOUNTY’ WAIMEA COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING:  1-4 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 22.  Kuhio Hale.  All invited to bring your family and join this feast sponsored by The Pantry – aka Mama’s House.  Free and open to everyone with a delicious traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings.  (Bring your own plate, fork and cup.)  The Pantry, a collaborative nonprofit believes that the Big Island is a place of abundance and by joining together in thanksgiving, we can create a renaissance of the true meaning of the holiday, sharing food, fellowship and blessings as a community.  Why not start a beautiful new family, neighborhood or church tradition?  Please call to RSVP, volunteer or make a donation: 887.2289.  

 

IMPORTANT - WAIMEA PRESENTS HISTORICAL ‘KA LEI MAILE ALI’I – THE QUEEN’S WOMEN’ RE-ENACTMENT:  1 p.m., Sun., Nov. 25 at Kuhio Hale, Hawaiian Homes Hall.  This celebrated one-act play recounts a now famous meeting held in Hilo in 1897 regarding the Ku’e Petitions signed by almost every kanaka maoli protesting annexation of the Hawaiian Kingdom.  The play is based on a newspaper article written at that time by Miriam Michelson from San Francisco who attended the auspicious 1897 meeting in Hilo.  The play was written by Didi Lee Kwai and is intended to create an experience of what it was like for kupuna to participate in the signing of the Ku’e Petition.  The actors are also part of the audience.  Also on view will be the Ku’e Petition Sign Display that has just returned from a tour wherein it was exhibited on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. with names of kanaka from all islands who signed the petition.  The program is free and everyone is welcome to attend.  Info:  Pua Case (938-5550).

 

Staff Bulletin - Nov. 1, 2012

posted Dec 5, 2012, 8:23 AM by Matt Horne

FACULTY-STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS

MATT OUT FRIDAY & MONDAY: I’ll be out of the building tomorrow and Monday.  I’m attending training in Honolulu for Accreditation Self-Study Coordinators so I can gain a better understanding of all the pieces of our process.  Jamie will be available for any emergencies.

 

HSA TESTING STARTS FRIDAY, NOV 9:  There will be a special schedule on Friday, Nov. 9 and we’ll want all-hands-on-deck to make the most test-conducive environment possible while testing is going on.  Please be conscious of walking down corridors and letting groups of students out during the first two periods of the day on testing days.  Whether we like it or not, these assessments are largely where our success is measured in the eyes of many.  Thank you!

 

ELT UPDATE:  I’ve received confirmation on volunteers for the ELT focus group.  I've also been doing quite a bit of research and making contact with a number of companies specialized in this work:

After gathering lots of new information from these conversations about timelines and planning processes, I've asked for more details and specific help before we launch us into any significant work.  I want to make sure our focus is right and we have the support and guidance we need before we take off on our journey.  I'll get back to you in a week or so with more.

 

IMPORTANT NEWS & NOTES FROM THE 10/29/12 LAP MEETING:

1)      Proposed revisions to the WMS LAP Charter & ByLaws were distributed and will be emailed tomorrow to all faculty and staff and are now posted on the “S” Drive in the 2012-2013SY Folder (WMS – LAP’12-‘13SY).   The revisions reflect lengthy discussion at the 9/24/12 LAP meeting (notes about this are included in the LAP meeting minutes posted both on the website and “S” drive) and the work of a LAP subcommittee (Laz, Patti, Pete Hendricks and Matt).  Draft 2 of each document also reflects comments/corrections made at the 10/29 meeting.  Many of the changes simplify the two documents, eliminate duplication and conflicting information,  and address priorities expressed by various stakeholders, ie, expressly stating the WMS intention of working in a “collaborative” manner with all partners.  Please give this a few minutes of your time and provide feedback to me, Laz or Patti or your respective group rep on LAP.   (Note: The current Charter and ByLaws are also posted both on the website and “S” drive.) 

 

2)      All past LAP meeting agendas and approved minutes are now posted on both the website and “S” Drive.  FYI – Meeting minutes are not posted until they’ve been reviewed and approved at the following meeting. 

 

3)      Long time HC Board Chair Keith Vieira has announced his resignation from the Board, effective this month.    

 

4)      HC Board member Guy Kaulukukui attended this week’s LAP meeting and shared that he concurs with LAP and staff discussions that an HC Board member – especially one who does not live in the Waimea community – should not take up a “Community” seat on LAP.  (The new draft ByLaws address this by providing 2 HC Board seats – ex-officio and non-voting - thereby preserving Community seats for residents of this school-community.)

 

5)      Attendance at LAP was disappointing – every member has committed to bring at least one more person to the next meeting.  Please consider attending – 4:30-6:30 p.m., Mon., Nov. 26. 

 


KUDOS (this section will never be comprehensive, but definitely representative)

·         To student members of the Cats and the Dogs who have logged 33,500+ minutes and helped donate 1,600+ books to children in need.  Too cool! 

·         STAFF HALLOWEEN POTLUCK:  Mahalo to all who participated…so many delicious choices, such ethnic diversity and creativity, too.  Special recognition to Jade’s “eyeball” biscuits, which – for embracing the Halloween theme -- were rivaled only by the RIP-Headstone Chocolate Cupcakes!  Thanks, too, to the re-constituted “Aloha Club” for its first joint-venture – especially Betty, Andrea and Warren for the décor, and Sherri for loaning her collection of ghastly giant spiders. 

·         Mahalo to all who once again assisted in recognizing student pa’ahana with end-of-quarter academic awards. 

·         WMS’ Make A Difference Day Volunteers:  Congratulations to students and faculty who made the front page of Sunday’s West Hawai’i Today and today’s North Hawai’i News for volunteering to work in the Kohala watershed!  Thanks, too, to everyone else who helped make Waimea even better…including students who participated in the Hapuna Beach cleanup and picked up about 30 pounds of trash!  Also. to students, families and staff who helped with our own Waimea School campus cleanup and fix up – painting hop scotch, twister and other games on the firelane and lines for the basketball courts!  Research says just adding painted lines like these increases physical “play” by 20% and judging from the number of students using the new painted games, the research is valid!    

·         HSA Testing – Thanks to Kiki and Helene for securing/delivering testing gum and snacks as requested by departments.  Testing begins Fri., 11/9.  REMINDER:  We will flip periods 1 & 2 on Fri., 11/9 so the periods will run:  5, 2, 1, 3, 4.  (Reminder: Gum must be disposed of after the testing periods in that classroom, please.)

·         One more thing – there’s an excellent news feature in today’s North Hawai’i News about our ‘Ike Hawai’i team working with science and social studies teachers to integrate core curriculum, cultural learning and voyaging.  The workshop last week Thursday evening attended by 120+ family and community members was excellent…and this news story helps further tell out community about the good work you are doing together.    

 

 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Waimea Middle ‘Ohana Makahiki Festival!  Sat., Nov. 17 - 9 a.m. - Noon - On the Fields & In Mala’ai Garden

Celebrating our schoolwide voyaging theme with hands-on activities for the whole family!  Students will receive extra credit in science for attending and bringing their family. 

 

Dress casually, grab a “passport” and visit each of the discovery stations including:  

·         Makahiki Games:  On the soccer field with Keala Kahuanui.  These “games” are really mental as well as physical challenges!

·         Wa’a Team Games

·         Lupe (Kite) Making For The Whole Family:  Discover how kites have been important to many cultures around the world including our Polynesian voyagers!  Make and take a kite home and plan to join in flying kites together both at the Makahiki Championship Tournament here in Waimea in January 2013...and on the day the Hokule’a voyaging canoe sets sail on its 4-year round-the-world voyage!

·         Taste of Mala’ai - Canoe Foods:  Visit stations in the garden featuring coconut, kalo (taro), sugar cane, u’ala (sweet potato), ulu (breadfruit) and mai’a (banana).  Learn to prepare these foods (or share your expertise) and enjoy samples, too! 

·         Take-Home Something Delicious:  Get your Passport stamped at each station and take home something grown by students in our Mala’ai school garden to share with the family!   

 

REMINDER:  Tomorrow – Fri., Nov. 2 – is the deadline to return forms to your Advisor to set a time for Student-Family Conferences.  Conference Dates:   

·    Mon., Nov. 19:  Noon-6 p.m.

·    Tues., Nov. 20:  7 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

 

8TH GRADE BUSINESS CLASS ‘MOCK JOB INTERVIEWS’:  This Fri., Nov. 2, and all next week thru Fri., Nov. 9.  Once again, students are allowed to dress out of uniform only if they have a wristband on.  No wristband, they're out of compliance.  Please contact Mrs. Onaka-Winters if you have questions/concerns.  

 

REMINDER:  Mon., Nov. 5 and Wed., Nov. 7 are WMS ‘Dough Raising” Days – Monday for Mental Karate, Wednesday for Student Leadership/Yearbook.

 

REMINDERWed., Nov. 7 is the deadline for submitting an application to participate in the 8th Annual Lip Sync Competition – to be held Fri., Dec. 14.  Questions?  See. Mrs. Mareko.

 

REMINDER:  8TH GRADE EAST COAST TRIPPERS – THANKSGIVING IMU & PIE SALE FUNDRAISER:  Tickets available for both the imu and pies.  IMU:  $20 - Deadline to purchase is Nov. 16 – NO WALK INS.   PIES:  Fresh (Apple, Custard, Pumpkin) $10; Frozen (Coconut, Apple, Peach, Pear) $15 – Pie Order Deadline to purchase is Nov. 9.  See Trippers, Miss Laz, or come by the school office for tickets.      

o   Imu Food Drop-Off & Pie Pickup:  3-5 p.m., Wed., Nov. 21.  (Pies not picked up by 5 p.m. will be resold).

o   Imu Food Pick-Up:  8-9 a.m., Thurs., Nov. 22.   

 

P&R - VOLLEYBALL GAMES:

Thurs., Nov. 1 – Kamehameha Park Gym/North Kohala

4:15 pm – WMS Sting Rays 12U vs. Kohala 1

5 pm -  WMS Sting Rays 12U vs. Kohala 2


COMMUNITY NEWS

 

IMPORTANT - HAWAI’I PUBLIC RADIO 2ND ‘STREAM’ COMING OUR WAY:  5:15 p.m.,Thurs., Nov. 1, Waimea School Cafeteria.  Waimea Community Association’s November Town Meeting will include presentation by HPR President/General Manager Michael Titterton sharing plans to bring their second program stream (HPR-2) to North Hawai’i with a new transmitter that hopefully will be installed before year’s end above Keahole Airport.  All permits are in place and all equipment has been purchased but HPR’s policy is cash-only and they still have fundraising to do to complete the actual installation.  Will also review new programming this will bring to North Hawai’i.  Meeting agenda also includes a legislative discussion by Rep. Cindy Evans, updates on the YMCA by Fred Yamashiro and January’s Waimea Ocean Film Festival, and Waimea Hawaiian Homesteaders new series of place-based workshops, and finally a report on the 52nd Annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade and Big Island Giving Tree Project sponsored by Waimea Community Association and many community partners, which kicks off with a tree lighting at 6 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 29.  Everyone welcome to WCA Town Meetings.  As always, donations welcome for Waimea food pantries.  Hot coffee and snacks provided.  Info:  www.WaimeaTown.org or call Sherman Warner (885-1725).    

 

2012 GENERAL ELECTION REMINDER: 

·         Walk-In Absentee Voting – Now thru Sat., Nov. 3 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Waimea Community Center (adjacent to Waimea Park/Across Kawaihae Road from Saffron Restaurant/Former Thiebauts.)  Photo ID required. 

·         Questions?  Call the Hawai’i County Elections Office: 961-8277.  Absentee Ballot Request Forms are available online at the Hawai’i State Office of Elections’ website http://hawaii.gov/elections  

·         Note: There are several constitutional and charter amendments on the ballot.  There’s a yellow informational flyer on the front desk of the school office – prepared by the League of Women Voters with the pros and cons of each item.  Or go to:  www.lwv-hawaii.com/proscons.pdf

·         REMINDER:  Tues., Nov. 6 – General Election Day – No School!

 

ST. JAMES’ CIRCLE’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR:  9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Sat., Nov. 3.  Free and all invited to enjoy the Christmas store, bake shop, jams, jellies and other preserves, food booths, plant sale, fresh produce, face painting and entertainment.  Plus excellent silent auction featuring family treasures, jewelry, art, and great finds in the Thrift Shop.  Both Small World Preschool and Waimea Country School to join the festivities and fundraising.  Church proceeds to support the food pantry at Annunciation Church, The Kokua Ministry and various outreach ministries.  Everyone invited.  Info or to donate items:  885-4923. 

 

HOLIDAY CULTURAL ARTS MARKET:  9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat., Nov. 3.  At Kanu o ka ‘Āina’s new campus on the south side of Kuhio Village.  Start your holiday shopping early and select from a collection of Hawai’i Island’s outstanding artists and artisans with a wide range of original creations.  Works of art in jewelry, bone and wood carving, weaving, fiber arts, fine arts, fashion and more available along with an opportunity to talk story with all artists.  A fundraiser in partnership with KALO for Waimea Artists’ Guild ‘Ohana in the Arts programs in the school.  No admission.  Directions:  Take Kamamalu St. at the stoplight on Mamalahoa near the police station and Big Island Brewhaus and follow it south toward Mauna Kea – following it when the road swings left (east).  Info: 887-2289. 

WAIMEA ANIMAL SHELTER CAT CARE BENEFIT GARAGE SALE:  9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sat., Nov. 3.  In the Rotary Pavilion in the field behind Parker Ranch Center – next to former Kahilu Town Hall. Community donations welcome for this “turn key rummage sale,” which is being organized by Hawai’i Island Humane Society volunteers.  They are accepting donations of household items, furniture, construction materials, working electronics, kitchen goodies, etc. to be sold to help the Waimea Shelter address North Hawai’i’s homeless cat population with new cat cages and secure structure.  Info: Cheryl Lee Chesnut (333-8308) or email: cchesnut@hawaii.rr.com

 


LEDWARD KA’APANA & FRIENDS BENEFIT WAIMEA CONCERT:  4-6 p.m., Sat., Nov. 3.  At Kanu o ka ‘Aina’s new campus on the south side of Kuhio Village. A fundraiser in partnership with KALO for Waimea Artists’ Guild ‘Ohana in the Arts programs in the school. Tickets: $15/Adults; $9/youth 4-12-years-olds; free for keiki 3 and under.  Includes chili, rice, salad bar, beverages and live concert as a conclusion to the all-day Arts Market.  Purchase tickets in advance at Mama’s House Thrift Store (behind Napa Auto) or call 887-2289.  An alcohol/drug free project of The Pantry dba Waimea Artists’ Guild.  Event will be outdoors under a tent so warm clothing suggested. 

 

IMPORTANT - NA WAHI PANA ‘O WAIMEA – SHARING THE CELEBRATED, FAMED, SACRED & STORIED PLACES OF WAIMEA:  Sundays, Nov. 11 & 18 -- the first two of a series of free workshops open to the entire community sponsored by the Waimea Hawaiian Homesteaders’ Association in partnership with Halau Na Kipu’upu’u, Hawai’i Community Foundation, the Richard Smart Fund and HAPA.  Designed to bring the Waimea community together and learn about the district’s rich history and the relationship of the land and people.  Not to be missed!  The program will continue in December with two more classes – dates to be announced.  First workshop begins by gathering at Kuhio Hale - Hawaiian Homes hall - at 7:30 a.m. and traveling to the workshop site for a visit from 8-11 a.m., then taking a quick lunch break, and returning to Kuhio Hale for a hands-on workshop from Noon-3 p.m.  The first workshop will visit an area known as Mahiki (better known today as Mud Lane), which is storied from the time of Kamehameha The Great, then return to Kuhio Hale to learn about kapa making.  The second will visit Pu’u Hoku’ula and conclude with a workshop at Kuhio Hale on Niho Kupe’e (the dog’s tooth ornamentation worn by male kahiko dancers).  Participants should bring rain gear, warm wrap and sturdy walking shoes and – for the first workshop – a foldable beach chair.  All materials required for the hands-on workshops will be provided.  RSVP suggested.  For info and RSVP: 960-1900 or email: waimeahomestead@gmail.com.    

Staff Bulletin - Oct. 26, 2012

posted Dec 5, 2012, 8:16 AM by Matt Horne

FACULTY-STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

STAFF HALLOWEEN POTLUCK:  The “Aloha Club” would like to invite everyone to participate in a Halloween, fall-theme potluck lunch on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 11:30-12:30 in K-Lounge (we’ll set it up to hold most of us).  Bring your favorite dish and leave it in K-Lounge or the K-Lounge Fridge and we’ll get it set up at 11:30 for everyone to come have a bite.  The “Aloha Club” will take care of plates, forks, napkins, and paper cups.  We’ll need: Main Dishes, Salads, Desserts, and Drinks.

 

REMINDER:  ACCREDITATION FOCUS GROUP MEETINGS:  Wed., Oct. 31 – 2-3 p.m.  

 

OFFICER BRENT FOSTER AVAILABLE TO VISIT CLASSES: Officer Brent Foster, our Waimea area Community Resource Officer, has expressed great interest in getting into classrooms to talk with students about issues such as Drug and Alcohol Resistance, Internet Safety, and whatever else we might need that he might be able to speak to.  If you have any opportunity to invite him into your classroom to present, he would welcome contact from you.  He can be reached at 640-2083 or via e-mail at b.t.foster71@gmail.com    

 

GOOD QUESTION – TECHNOLOGY HELP:  After Wednesday’s Full-Faculty meeting, I was asked for an example of what it might mean to “take something off faculty or staff plates” – and discovered that some of the staff have not heard that at Leadership we recently agreed to move forward with hiring a “Technology Resource Coach.”  As you know, this was recommended at the end of last school year by many of our teachers who recall how much our students and school benefited from having Ellen Cordeiro as our tech resource.  It was not funded but I realize it really is essential to support both students and teachers.  So, we are working on getting everything together to post the position – stay tuned for more detailed information.  Hopefully we can have someone on at the start of the 2nd Semester.  Also, I’m working on a series of technology plans as recommended by the Westermans; I’ve finally identified at least one contractor who may be able to help us address fairly sophisticated, long overdue network issues.  We are prepared to invest in essential new technology “infrastructure” which would dramatically improve our student-teacher-staff tech experience on a daily/hourly basis.  Stay tuned.

 

MON., OCT. 29:  4:30-6:30 p.m. NEXT WMS LAP MEETING – The agenda includes reviewing/discussing proposed revisions of the Ho’okako’o LAP Charter and WMS LAP By-Laws.  Draft documents will be emailed to all faculty/staff to review and comment.   Also on the agenda will be a discussion of the QMark stakeholder survey summary.  Please consider attending the meeting.   (Agenda is posted on website under LAP information.)

 

UPDATED DISCIPLINE FLOW-CHART:  Jamie has graciously agreed to step back into the role of helping with student discipline.  Please see the e-mail from Oct. 25 to all staff with the newly updated discipline flow chart.

 

PD 360: PD360 is an enormous library of professional development videos, articles, and teaching samples as well as a system for collaborating about best teaching practices.  We have access to this resource through a contract negotiated by ODE.  I sent out login information to all teaching staff earlier this week.  Some of the technology (Shockwave & Java) required to effectively use the website may not yet be up-to-date on everyone’s computer.  Still, please feel free to try out the site to see if you’re able to make use of it.  Please hang on to your password and stay-tuned for how we might scale up our use of this great resource.   

 

HSA – Parent Information Booklet – will be sent home in the Tuesday Envelope – Oct. 30. 

 

KA MOKU O KEAWE MAKAHIKI – Free After-School Makahiki Games Training – Open to all WMS students free of charge.  Paperwork sent home in this past Tuesday Envelope.  In Waimea Park by the Community Center.  Kumu Keala Kahuanui is coordinating this.  All practices are in preparation for the Sat., Jan. 12, 2013 Ka Waimea Makahiki.   Advisors who receive signed family waiver for any of their students – please put in Pua Case’ box. 

 


CHANGE IN 2012 GENERAL ELECTION CALENDAR:  

·         Walk-In Absentee Voting – WILL NOT BE AVAILBLE HERE IN WAIMEA THIS SAT., Oct. 27!  This is an unforseen change in the schedule.  Also no voting Sunday, Oct. 28…but every other day, it is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 3 at Waimea Community Center (adjacent to Waimea Park/Across Kawaihae Road from Saffron Restaurant/Former Thiebauts.  Photo ID required. 

·         Last day to request an absentee ballot be mailed to you is Tues., Oct. 30. 

·         Questions?  Call the Hawai’i County Elections Office: 961-8277.  Absentee Ballot Request Forms are available online at the Hawai’i State Office of Elections’ website http://hawaii.gov/elections  

·         Note: There are several constitutional and charter amendments on the ballot.  There’s a yellow informational flyer on the front desk of the school office – prepared by the League of Women Voters with the pros and cons of each item.  Or go to:  www.lwv-hawaii.com/proscons.pdf

·         REMINDER:  Tues., Nov. 6 – General Election Day – No School!

 

STUDENT-LED FAMILY CONFERENCES:   Forms were sent home in the 10/23 Tuesday Envelope to families to schedule a conference time; due back to Advisors by Fri., Nov. 2. 

·    Mon., Nov. 19:  Noon-6 p.m.

·    Tues., Nov. 20:  7 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

 

 

 

KUDOS (this section will never be comprehensive, but definitely representative)

·         Fireweed – Wow!  That’s a huge pile of Fireweed that our students have pulled!  Mahalo, students-faculty-staff!

·         Hokule’a Worldwide Voyage Orientation -- Mahalo to all who helped coordinate and/or attended last evening’s workshop at Kanu.  To everyone’s surprise, more than 130 attended – including educators from throughout our community, members of our island’s voyaging ‘ohana and many community members.  This was an exceptional opportunity to share the good work WMS teachers and staff are doing to integrate cultural lessons and protocols with both core curriculum and use of technology.  The next community workshop will be the evening of Tues., Dec. 11, when our ‘Ike team will share lessons we will be using here in classes on Lupe (kites) -- both how they relate to our Hawaiian cultural tradition, how they connect to the worldwide Hokule’a voyage, and how we are integrating them with science, language arts, etc. 

·         Volleyball – Congratulations again to our student athletes for playing hard and demonstrating great sportsmanship!  Also, we again mahalo our coaches for all that it takes to make this happen and involve so many students!   Also, special thanks to Bernie Marsh for staying very late one evening after a game to be sure a student had a ride home.   And thanks too to Pristeen Perreira and Michelle Kauhi for being sure two stragglers – who missed the van to a game – wee picked up by a family member! 

·         Sleuth Of The Week Award – To Kiki Kihoi working w/ Jamie Altergott for solving the mystery of a missing student iPod. 

·         Hawai’i Island OHA Trustee Robert Lindsey for continuing to encourage OHA to annually contribute to the 17 Hawaiian Focused Public Charter Schools, including WMS ($50,000 a year for the past 2 years).  Thanks also to Patti Cook for attending the Trustees Community Meeting Wednesday night to represent WMS and convey our appreciation.  If you run into Bob, please convey your appreciation too.    No commitment has been made yet for this school year but KALO’s Taffi Wise & Katie Benioni did an excellent presentation yesterday sharing the achievements of the collective schools and how this aligns w/ OHA’s Strategic Plan – important groundwork for continued funding. 

 


STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

                                       

HALLOWEEN  - Wed., Oct. 31 -  Students and faculty-staff may wear costumes but the “Dress Code” applies and no offensive costumes will be allowed.  This is not a Free Dress Day – if students choose not to wear a costume, they must wear their regular uniform shirt. 

 

8TH GRADE EAST COAST TRIPPERS – THANKSGIVING IMU & PIE SALE FUNDRAISER:  Tickets are now available for both the imu and pies.  IMU:  $20 - Deadline to purchase is Nov. 16 – NO WALK INS.   PIES:  Fresh (Apple, Custard, Pumpkin) $10; Frozen (Coconut, Apple, Peach, Pear) $15 – Deadline to purchase is Nov. 9.  See Trippers, Miss Laz, or come by the school office.   See the ‘Ohana News or website for details on how to prep food for the imu.  

o   Imu Food Drop-Off & Pie Pickup:  3-5 p.m., Wed., Nov. 21.  (Pies not picked up by 5 p.m. will be resold).

o   Imu Food Pick-Up:  8-9 a.m., Thurs., Nov. 22.   

 

P&R - VOLLEYBALL GAMES:

Tues., Oct. 30 – Kamehameha Park Gym/North Kohala

4:15 pm – WMS Smack Dat 14U vs. Kohala

5 pm – WMS Da Kine 14U vs Kohala

 

Thurs., Nov. 1 – Kamehameha Park Gym/North Kohala

4:15 pm – WMS Sting Rays 12U vs. Kohala 1

5 pm -  WMS Sting Rays 12U vs. Kohala 2

 

KIDS VOTING HAWAI’I:  WMS students will be voting on in Social Studies classes on Thurs., Nov. 1.  Mahalo to teachers for using this to let students know what a hard fought for privileged and responsibility voting is! 

 

8th ANNUAL LIP SYNC COMPETITION:  Students are receiving application form w/ rules, etc. for this event, which will be held Fri., Dec. 14.  Deadline to submit application is Wed., Nov. 7.  Questions?  See Mrs. Mareko.


Community News:

 

HELP ‘SAVE KAHILU THEATRE’!  - Special Danny Kaniela Akaka & Friends Talk-Story at Kahilu Theatre:  4-8 p.m. Sun, Oct 28.  Tickets $25/adults, $10/keiki 10 and under.  The first Kahilu performance since its "intermission."  A silent auction, musical guests, food and more!  Call 885-6868 for tickets Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. to noon or leave a message.  For those with prior reservations due to date change, theatre volunteers will be transferring your seat selections to the new date.  Proceeds will support the new vision for Kahilu as a community hub for arts, entertainment and education. 

 

IMPORTANT - HAWAI’I PUBLIC RADIO 2ND ‘STREAM’ COMING OUR WAY:  5:15 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 1, Waimea School Cafeteria.  Waimea Community Association’s November Town Meeting will include presentation by HPR President/General Manager Michael Titterton about plans to bring HPR-2 -- their second program stream  -- to North Hawai’i with a new transmitter that hopefully will be installed before years end above Keahole Airport.  Meeting agenda also to include a legislative discussion by Rep. Cindy Evans (hopefully including funding for WMS’ long-dreamed of 9-classroom science-tech building), an update on January’s Waimea Ocean Film Festival and a report on the 52nd Annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade and Big Island Giving Tree Project sponsored by Waimea Community Association and many community partners, which kicks off with a tree lighting at 6 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 29.  All invited.    

Staff Bulletin - Oct. 19, 2012

posted Dec 5, 2012, 8:15 AM by Matt Horne

FACULTY-STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

CHANGE TO MEETING CALENDAR: G.L. MEETING AND FULL-FACULTY NEXT WED., OCT 24:  With the discussion about ELT and after yesterday’s board meeting, I have some budget and strategic planning information I need to share along with providing an opportunity for clarification and questions.  To do this, we’ll modify the meeting calendar so next Wednesday, Oct. 24 will be Grade-Level Meetings until 2:30 and then a Full-Faculty meeting from 2:30-3:00.  The accreditation focus group meetings will be moved to October 31.

 

ELT CONCERNS FOLLOW-UP:  In addition to the memo sent yesterday, I need to emphasize that the newly forming ELT workgroup will be seeking additional staff input and feedback as they move forward with logistics and budget planning.  If there is a particular issue you feel strongly about, please share this with me and the workgroup.  Additionally, we will research and share much more information about ELT models and implementation at other schools, including Kualapu’u.  Once the research, a preliminary plan, and a budget are drafted, they will be shared with everyone for review and discussion in an effort to arrive at consensus as part of the site-based agreement process.   

 

JUPITER GRADES UPDATING: Reminder that tomorrow is the 20th and parents will be expecting grades to be updated.  The 96 parents (34%) who have been checking Jupiter Grades have averaged 1.3 logins per week.  Even in our area, we are leading the way with our communication to parents in this way – you’re doing such a great job and I couldn’t be more proud!

 

REMINDER:  NEXT WEEK IS THELMA PARKER LIBRARY ANNUAL ‘COUNT WEEK’:  Oct. 23-27.  All patrons encouraged to come in and use the library during this week, even if only to sit and read or to check out or return borrowed items.  Each item that is looked at is also counted, so don't put anything back on the shelf.  Collection boxes or areas are placed throughout the library.  Or, call the library and ask a question.  Count Week determines resource allocation (staffing and other funding) so please support our library!  Info:  885-9718 during open hours. 

 

Faculty, Staff, Families & Community Friends – Your Are Invited:  HOKULE’A WORLDWIDE VOYAGE ORIENTATION:  5:30-7:30 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 25.  At Kanu o Ka ‘Aina.  Sponsored by WMS ‘Ike Hawai’i program, Na Kalai Wa’a and Waimea Education Hui.  All educators, families & community members are invited to come find out about the upcoming worldwide sail of Hokule’a and how to become involved in tracking the first leg of the voyage by the Hikianalia, which is the double hulled canoe escort vessel that is on its way now to Hawai’i.  Presentation to include Pwo Navigator Chadd Paishon talking about sailing the Hikianalia from Tahiti to Hilo.  Keala Kahuanui will review the Hikianalia website that includes tracking of the escort vessel.  Also will include an introduction to a community-wide Lupe (kite) Making Project in conjunction with the Hokule’a voyage and Pua Case will review the voyaging chant that is being taught to all students at all Waimea schools as well as the community.  No RSVP – just come! 

 

2012 GENERAL ELECTION CALENDAR:  If you have questions, call the Hawai’i County Elections Office: 961-8277.  Absentee Ballot & Permanent Absentee Ballot Request Forms are available in the school office (see Patti) and can be located online at the Hawai’i State Office of Elections’ website http://hawaii.gov/elections  

·    Now thru Tues., Oct. 30:  You may still request that an absentee ballot be mailed to you. 

·    Tues., Oct. 23-Nov. 3:  Absentee Walk-In Voting – 8 am – 4pm at Waimea Community Center (across from Saffron Restaurant/Formerly Thiebauts/adjacent to Waimea Park).  Must present photo ID card.   (Anyone can also vote absentee during this period of time in Hilo at Aupuni Center Conference Room, and at the West Hawai’I Civic Center.  Same hours including Saturdays. 

 

MON., OCT. 29:  NEXT WMS LAP MEETING – The agenda will include reviewing/discussing proposed revisions of the Ho’okako’o LAP Charter and WMS LAP ByLaws.  We will email the draft documents early next week to ALL STAFF to review and comment.   Also on the agenda will be a discussion of the QMark stakeholder survey summary.  Please consider attending the meeting. 

 

STUDENT-LED FAMILY CONFERENCES:   Leadership confirmed conference times the following windows of time and grade levels will begin the process of scheduling meetings next week. 

·    Mon., Nov. 19:  Noon-6 p.m.

·    Tues., Nov. 20:  7 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

 

INCLUSION FOCUS GROUP (SEPARATE FROM ACCREDITATION):  Jamie announced at Leadership formation of a new focus group to develop an inclusion initiative for WMS.  Focus group to include a representative from every Department and also one for SPED per content area – totaling 9; he will chair the group.  Meetings will be 2:30-4 p.m., Mon., 10/29, Wed., 11/14, Mon., 11/26, and Mon., 12/10.  

 

HALLOWEEN COSTUMES:  Yes, as in the past, students and staff may wear costumes but the “Dress Code” applies and no offensive costumes will be allowed.  This is not a Free Dress Day – if students choose not to wear a costume, they must wear their regular uniform shirt. 

 

 

 

 

KUDOS (this section will never be comprehensive, but definitely representative)

 

·    A GIANT CONGRATULATIONS to 7th grade student Roland Afaga, Jr., who was the TOP SCORER NATIONALLY in TeenBiz3000 for the week of Oct. 1-5!  This is quite a significant achievement!  In addition to having his name posted on the National Weekly Top Scorer Scoreboard on the program website, which is seen by thousands of students and educators across the US, he received a $35 Target gift certificate and pencils from TeenBiz3000.  Roland, you make us all proud! 

 

·    Mahalo to Michelle Kauhi and all faculty-staff who coordinated yesterday’s smooth “Great Shakeout” Earthquake Drill, which involved about 14 million people around the world.  Mahalo to students, too.  Also, special thanks to our Waimea Firemen to came to observe and advise us – including Captain Bill Bergin and firement Kalani Kaleleiki, James Young, Daniel Montgomery and Shawn Ferreira.  We appreciate their support and advice.

 

·    Hats off to all of our volleyball athletes and coaches for doing well – and modeling great sportsmanship – at the first games of the season this week.  Imua! 

 

·    Mahalo to all the students who have participated in the Fireweed removal project.  You ARE making a difference!

 

·    Also thanks to Tanya Malani for coordinating our annual FLU VAX CLINIC that went so smoothly! 

 

·    Yesterday’s Mala’ai School Garden Farm Stand netted an increase in sales -- $117 – up from $108 the first week, and sold out of the kalo and lu’au leaves that were harvested by students as part of this week’s lessons on the mo’olelo and cultural practices of kalo with kalo farmer and cultural practitioner Lanakila Mangauil.   

 


STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

                                       

LOST & FOUND:  Are you missing a jacket?  Glasses?  Basketball?  Shoes?  Come check the Lost & Found rack in the school office! 

 

MON., OCT. 22 - DOMINOS ‘DOUGH RAISING DAY’ FOR WMS – Please encourage families, friends to have Dominos Pizza for lunch or dinner!  10% of the entire day’s sales will be contributed to our East Coast Trippers. 

 

P&R - VOLLEYBALL GAMES:

Tues., Oct. 23 – Honoka’a Gym

4:15 pm – WMS Stingrays 12U vs. Honoka’a 12U (C1)

4:15 pm – WMS Spikas 14U vs Honoka’a 14U (C2)

5 pm – WMS Lil’ Spikas 12U vs Honoka’a 12U (C1)

5 pm – WMS Rajah Dat 14U vs. Honokaa 14U (C2)

 

Thurs., Oct. 25 – Waimea Gym

5:45 pm – WMS Smack Dat 14U vs WMS Da Kine 14U

 

SAT., OCT. 27 - 2012 NATIONAL ‘MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY’

8th Grade SS Classes have an assignment  – tied to their study of Citizenship – that requires every student to participate in “Making A Difference” on Sat., Oct. 27, and then complete a worksheet that requires either a family member or recipient of the community service to sign off.   This worksheet must also accompany an “Intention To Run For May Day Court Form” if student is interested in this.  Suggested projects include:

 

1) Kohala Watershed Partnership work day in The Koai’a Tree Sanctuary.  8:30 am – 4 p.m.  Students & families invited.  Must sign up in advance with your science teacher.    Check with teacher on what to wear and bring – weather can be unpredictable. 

 

2) Waimea Nature Park (Ulu La’au) Work Day – 9 a.m. to noon.  All invited – wear comfortable work clothes and closed shoes and bring drinking water.  Snacks provided when completed.  Info: Carol Hendricks (885-4453).

 

3) Hapuna Beach Cleanup – 7:30-9:30 a.m.  Meet at Lower Pavilion.  Bring work gloves, water and a snack.  Please see Mrs. Robertson with questions.  All invited. 

 

4) Help a Grandparent or Neighbor:  Offer to do something -- clean their yard or windows, wash their cars, etc., or make a lei and go with your family to place it on Manau’a (Waimea’s rain rock), or gather or purchase  flowers to decorate gravesites in Waimea.  

 

5) Waimea Elementary PTSO Work Day – 8 a.m. – noon.  Projects to help make the campus a more fun and inviting place to learn, including:  

·         Cutting and removing the grass overgrowing paved play surfaces

·         Planting native plants around campus under the direction of the school garden teacher

·         Preparing and building raised beds for the school garden program

·         Repainting building skirting, railings and the flagpole

·         Removal of weeds and cleaning of banana trees around campus

·         Concrete preparation for painting basketball court, four square, hopscotch and other activity lines

Questions?  Rebekah Horne (895-3951).    

 

HALLOWEEN  - Wed., Oct. 31 - AT WMS:  Yes, as in the past, students and faculty-staff may wear costumes but the “Dress Code” applies and no offensive costumes will be allowed.  This is not a Free Dress Day – if students choose not to wear a costume, they must wear their regular uniform shirt. 

 

Community News:

 

Sat., Oct. 20:  MAMA’S HOUSE SPOOKTACULAR CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Thelma Parker Gym.  Presented by Mama’s House.  See info below on Community News.  Bargains abound with an amazing array of gently used holiday items and unique island arts and crafts for one-of-a-kind gifts.  PLUS, as a gift to the community, anyone who needs clothing or sends clothes to family off-island is invited to bring a (big) bag and pick from thousands of FREE clothing items for men, women and children.  Help reduce landfill volume, support local business and artists, save money and have some fun.

 

SAT., OCT. 20:  BLESSING CELEBRATION FOR NEW WAIMEA HAWAIIAN HOMES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARK:.  1-3 p.m.  All invited to a Land Blessing Ceremony at Piko o Ka Pulapula – a 160-acre parcel in the center of Waimea Hawaiian Homes designated for an Economic Development Park to promote sustainability and economic vitality for Waimea.   Blessing from noon to 1 p.m., followed by lunch until 3 p.m. at Kuhio Hale.  Hosted by Waimea Hawaiian Homesteaders' Association - Mike Hodson, President * Lili'u Ross, Vice President * Trish Hodson, Secretary Tootsie Weller, Treasurer * Jacy Waiau, At-Large * Kuulei Keakealani, At-Large.  

DIRECTIONS TO THE BACK GATE ENTRANCE. Heading East on Mamalahoa Highway, turn Right on KamamaluStreet.(Police Department, Fire Department) Go straight till you reach a left bend in the road .. Continue past Kanu School to the stop sign. Turn right on Hale Ali'i Street, this turns into Ainahua Alanui Street. Continue till you come to the first road on your right named Uakikumi Alanui Street. Coninue down this raod and pass the first intersection named Pa'eli Alanui Street and continue till you reach the next intersection. Turn Right on Poliahu Street a gate is located at the end of this raod.  If lost, Call: Trish at 960-2648, Lili'u at 333-7703 or Tootsie at 960-1183

 

SAT., OCT. 20:  WAIMEA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COUNTRY FAIR & CONCERT – 1-6 p.m.  Field.   

·    Keiki train and games, crafts, plants for sale, ice cream sundaes and more from 1 p.m.

·    BBQ plates from about 4 p.m.  ($8 presale; $10 at the event – tickets available in school office)

·    Country Western Singer Joni Morris presents a tribute to Patsy Cline – 5-6 p.m. 

·    All invited!  Funds raised will help purchase playground equipment to be used jointly by WES & WMS students.

·    Bring mats or beach chairs. 

 

WED.-THURS., OCT. 24-25:  OHA COMMUNITY FORUM & MEETING IN WAIMEA:  OHA Trustees to hold two meetings – The first:  Wed., 10/24 at 6:30 p.m. will be a community forum for OHA officials to listen to concerns from the community.  The second is a Board meeting at 9 a.m. on Thurs., 10/25.  Both at Kanu o Ka ‘Aina’s Hālau Ho’olako Campus - 64-1043 Hi’iaka Street.  All welcome.  Info:  OHA’s Kona office at (808) 327-9525.

Staff Bulletin - Oct. 12, 2012

posted Oct 11, 2012, 6:29 PM by Matt Horne

FACULTY-STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

ELT WORKGROUP:  Please let Matt know if you’re interested in serving on an ELT & Scheduling workgroup to work outside school hours on research and planning for next year (see separate e-mail).

 

“ALOHA CLUB”:  We’re seeking volunteers for a social committee to plan celebrations and recognize special occasions for staff.  Please submit your name to Matt if you’d like to volunteer (see separate e-mail).

 

GRADE REPORTS:  Quarter grade reports will be mailed home on Monday.  The eSIS printout will be sent along with deficiency reports for students earning a D or an F and login instructions for Jupiter Grades. 

 

JUPITER GRADES:  So far 32.5% of parents (91 total) have logged into Jupiter Grades.  We’ve set up a computer in the office and we’re prepared to help parents log-on to the school website and Jupiter Grades if they come into the office.

 

FIRST ROUND OF HSA TESTING:  Dates are confirmed for Language Arts – Fri., Nov. 9-Fri., Nov. 15 (holiday Mon., Nov. 12).  The schedule for Math testing will be confirmed soon. 

 

ACCREDITATION MEETINGS WED., OCT. 17:  The accreditation meetings next Wednesday (10/17) will be determined by focus group leaders as usual.  Please let Matt and Pat know if you will not be meeting in your regular locations.

 

‘THE GREAT SHAKEOUT” – 10:18 a.m., Thurs., Oct. 18:  Informational materials will be placed in all boxes by Michelle on Monday.   This program involves many national partners in helping the public improve preparedness and practice how to be safe during earthquakes.

 

GOT A SPARE TALL STOOL?  We could use one in the office w/ the computer that Jay set up for families to have easy access to learn how to access and check in on their child’s JupiterGrades.  Please bring it to the office or call and we’ll come get it.  Mahalo

 

STUDENT LEADERSHIP FUNDRAISER – JA FARMS MIXED SALAD GREENS:  Delivery set for Wed., Oct. 17.   Orders need to be in to Mas by Mon., Oct. 15.   Cost $4 per bag.

 

IMPORTANT - THELMA PARKER LIBRARY ANNUAL ‘COUNT WEEK’:  Oct. 23-27.  All patrons encouraged to come in and use the library during this week, even if only to sit and read or to check out or return borrowed items.  Each item that is looked at is also counted, so don't put anything back on the shelf.  Collection boxes or areas are placed throughout the library.  Or, call the library and ask a question.  Count Week determines resource allocation (staffing and other funding) so please support our library!  Info:  885-9718 during open hours. 

 

VOTING IS YOUR RIGHT AND PRIVILEGE:  If you have questions about voting, call the Hawai’i County Elections Office: 961-8277.  Absentee Ballot & Permanent Absentee Ballot Request Forms are available in the school office (see Patti) and can be located online at the Hawai’i State Office of Elections’ website http://hawaii.gov/elections  

 

2012 General Election Calendar:

Mon., Oct. 15:  Absentee Ballots mailed out to Hawai’i Island Voters who have requested them.

·         Now thru Tues., Oct. 30:  You may still request that an absentee ballot  be mailed to you. 

·         Oct. 23-Nov. 3:  Absentee Walk-In Voting – 8 am – 4pm at Waimea Community Center (across from Saffron Restaurant/Formerly Thiebauts/next to Waimea Park).  Must present ID card.   (Anyone can also vote absentee during this period of time in Hilo at Aupuni Center Conference Room, and at the West Hawai’I Civic Center.  Same hours.


KUDOS (this section will never be comprehensive, but definitely representative)

 

·    This is a CONGRATULATIONS, rather than a mahalo!  We are all so excited that Amanda Rieux and Kahea Thronas welcomed a baby boy into their lives early this past Wednesday morning.  The baby was born at home and mother and son are doing well. 

·    Mala’ai school garden staff & all the students and community volunteers who are pulling together to launch an 8-week “Farm Stand” – beginning tomorrow, Fri., Oct. 12 – 2:15 -4 p.m.  Thereafter, the “Farm Stand” will operate on Thursday afternoons, same time – near the garden and back gate.  Everyone welcome to stop by to purchase fresh produce grown, harvested, cleaned and priced/sold by students.  Also, KGMB-TV has asked us to ship a film clip of tomorrow’s “launch” – so tune in for their late news – 10 pm! 

·    One final MAHALO to AD/Coach Warren Tamaye and all who helped with our Cross Country season for student athletes.  The 5th Annual Track Meet was terrific! 

·    Also big MAHALO to all who arranged for our students to participate in Paniolo Preservation Society’s Paniolo Artisans Showcase.  The opportunity for our students to “Nana ka maka, ho’olohe ka pepeiao” – observe, listen and learn – from more than two dozen masters of the paniolo arts and well regarded ranchers/cowboys was memorable and meaningful!

·    One more MAHALO – to science teachers, staff and students who participated in the Waimea Solar Walk last weekend! 

 

 


STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

                                       

2012 NATIONAL ‘MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY’:   The Science Department is organizing a student service learning day with the Kohala Watershed Partnership – 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat., Oct. 27.   Participants will meet at The Kohala Center on Kawaihae Road (next to Parker Sqare) and carpool to The Koai’a Tree Sanctuary – a last remnant of native dry forest on Kohala Mountain.  There, they will assist with a wide variety of jobs to nurture this native ecosystem, including clearing invasive species, planting native plants, upgrading the trail to eliminate areas of erosion, etc.  Participants must come prepared w/ long sleeves and pants, sturdy work shoes (no slippahs!), water bottle and lunch.  KWP will provide gloves, tools, drinking water and snacks.  Interested students, faculty & families - please see/contact science teachers to confirm participation.

 

MORE ‘MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY’:   An introduction/orientation to what is required to participate in the May Day Court will begin tomorrow, Fri., 10/12, in 8th Grade SS classes.  Will cover criteria and contract required to be eligible to run (as detailed in the Student Planner).  This includes assignments which require students to “Make a Difference”.  This could include participating in the above activity, and there are other options.  This ‘Ike Hawai’i lesson is tied to Citizenship standards for 8th grade SS. 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – NEXT WMS “DOUGH-RAISING” DAY AT DOMINOES PIZZA IS WED., OCT. 17!!  For 8th grade Exit & Activities. 

 

P&R - VOLLEYBALL – WMS TEAM NAMES & GAME SCHEDULE:

Team 1:  Smack Dat 14U – Coach Malia Ahloy

Team 2:  Da Kine 12U – Coach Maile Lewi

Team 3:  Rajah Dat 14U – Coaches Bernie Marsh & Andrea Anastacio

Team 4:  Spikas 14U – Coach Warren Tamaye

Team 5:  Stingrays 12U – Coach Cherise Mundon

Team 6:  Lil’ Spikas 14U – Coach Warren Tamaye

 

Tues., Oct. 16 – Kohala Gym

4:15 pm – WMS Lil’ Spikas 12U vs Kohala 1

5 pm - WMS Lil’ Spikas 12U vs. Kohala 2

5:45 pm – WMS Spikas 14U vs Kohala

 

Tues., Oct. 16 – Honoka’a Gym

4:15 pm – WMS Smack Dat 14U vs Honoka’a

5 pm – WMS Da Kine 14U vs Honoka’a

 

Tues., Oct. 16 – Waimea Gym

5:45 pm – WMS Rajah Dat 14U vs HPA

 

Tues., Oct. 23 – Honoka’a Gym

4:15 pm – WMS Stingrays 12U vs. Honoka’a 12U (C1)

4:15 pm – WMS Spikas 14U vs Honoka’a 14U (C2)

5 pm – WMS Lil’ Spikas 12U vs Honoka’a 12U (C1)

5 pm – WMS Rajah Dat 14U vs. Honokaa 14U (C2)

 

Thurs., Oct. 25 – Waimea Gym

5:45 pm – WMS Smack Dat 14U vs WMS Da Kine 14U

Staff Bulletin - Sept. 28, 2012

posted Sep 28, 2012, 11:57 AM by Matt Horne

FACULTY-STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

NEW DISCIPLINE FLOW-CHART

Please refer to the new discipline flow chart effective October 8, 2012.  Jamie will be stepping out of his student discipline role to focus more on student support.

 

STRATEGIC PLANNING WORKING DRAFT

This morning, I e-mailed a latest version of a working draft of a strategic planning document for WMS.  A clear, easy to communicate plan will not only help us all paddle together in the same direction, but will also align and streamline reporting to HC, KS, Title 1, other charter school and federal programs, etc.   Faculty, staff, community, and other input is essential to align priorities during the accreditation process.

 

QUARTER GRADE REPORTING

Please refer to an e-mail I sent out this morning with a detailed explanation of why we’re going with eSIS reports, exclusively.  We'll continue to use Jupiter Grades for online reporting and mid-terms, but quarter and semester grades (because more final) warrant the use of eSIS printouts exclusively.  The timeline hasn't changed:

  1. Jupiter Grades should be completed and "locked' by the 10/11.

  2. Final quarter grades should be entered and verified in eSIS as they have in the past by 10/11.

  3. Betty will print out eSIS verification as in the past.

  4. On the week of October 15 the office will mail the following:

    a. eSIS report card

    b. ELL narrative (if appropriate)

    c. Jupiter Grades deficiency reports for students earning Ds or Fs

 

ACCREDITATION PROCESS AND TIMELINE

Please refer to the Sept. 24 memo to all staff outlining the Accreditation process moving forward.   The two important points are: 1) the Oct. 17 full-faculty meeting has been changed to an accreditation workgroup meeting, and 2) the final reporting out from workgroups will not happen until the Dec. 17 P/C Day.

 

 

KUDOS (this section will never be comprehensive, but definitely representative)

·    A big THANK YOU to everyone involved in planning/executing today’s End-Of-1st Quarter Activity Day!

·    Kudos to Helene, Patti, Nancy, and Nau’i for helping with Wednesday night’s ELL-MEP Family Night.  Modest attendance but quality time spent with families/students who attended including helping the adults learn about JupiterGrades, TeenBiz, ALEKS. 

·    All who participated in this month’s LAP meeting, which included meeting Ho’okako’o Corp’s new Board Chair Pauline Lo Bailey and discussing, in particular, LAP ByLaws/Charter and school-LSB relationships/communications.  A very good discussion.  Also good to have Mrs. Bailey attend an Accreditation Focus Group meeting to discuss governance issues/opportunities.   A subcommittee was formed to prepare a revised draft of the WMS LAP Charter and LAP ByLaws for further review/discussion by faculty-staff and LAP.  Committee includes Pete Hendricks, Laz, Patti Cook, Matt Horne.   Next LAP meeting:  Mon., Oct. 29.


STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

                                

REMINDERS:  Fall Break is Oct. 1-5 – No School

                           Classes Resume Mon., Oct. 8

                           WMS Teacher Institute Day – No School – Thurs., Oct. 11

 

REMINDERS:  Lots of exciting learning opportunities this weekend for students & families:

·    5th Annual WMS Cross Country Meet – 9 a.m.  Everyone invited to support our student athletes – and/or help!  If you’d like to kokua, please see Mr. Tamaye. 

·    Kohala Watershed Service Learning Day – Our WMS Science Department is organizing work day – 8 am – 3 pm.  See science teacher if interested in participating.

·    Makahiki Training – 10 am – 2 pm in North Kohala.  Free transportation available from Parker Ranch Center but it is now very late to sign up – if interested, call Tiffnie Kakalia (974-7678) or see Kumu Keala Kahuanui ASAP. 

·    Waimea ‘Solar Walk’ – A casual walk from Keck Observatory Headquarters to Canada-France-Hawai’I Telescope to visit our sun, moon and all the planets and other heavenly bodies in our solar system.  Free and all invited to participate.

 

DURING FALL BREAK:  Robotics and Volleyball teams will be meeting.

·    Robotics:  8-Noon., Mon-Tues., 10/1 & 2.

·    Volleyball:  (Full schedule will be posted on website as soon as confirmed)

o   Team 3:  10 am – Noon, Wed., Oct. 3 – Gym.

 

 “DOUGH-RAISING” FUNDRAISER W/ NEW DOMINO’S PIZZA IN PRC:   Various WMS groups are now earning 10% of the proceeds for the day’s sales on the following days – so please encourage family, friends, students, community to support this fundraiser.  Special pricing too - 1 Large/2-topping pizza is $8:  

·         1st Wednesdays - Student Leadership/Yearbook  (Oct. 3)

·         2nd Wednesdays – Robotics (Oct. 10)

·         3rd Wednesdays - 8th Grade Exit and activities (Oct. 17)

·         1st Mondays – Mawi/Mental Karate (Oct. 1)

·         4th Mondays - East Coast Trippers (Oct. 22)

 

VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE SCHEDULE:  (Does not apply during Fall Break)

Mon., 9/24:  Teams 5 & 6 – 2:30-3:45 pm

Tues., 9/25:  Team 2 – 2:30-3:30 pm

Wed., 9/26:  Teams 1 & 2 – 1:30-2:30 pm

                        Teams 3 & 4 – 2:30-3:30 pm

Thurs., 9/27: Team 4 – 2:30-3:30 pm

                          Team 1 – 3:30-4:30 pm

Fri., 9/28:       Teams 5 & 6 – 2:30-3:30 pm

                         Team 3 – 3:30-4:30 pm

 

Coaches: 

Team 1:  Malia Ahloy

Team 2:  Maile Lewi

Team 3:  Bernie Marsh & Andrea Anastacio – “Rajah Dat!” (team name)

Team 4:  Warren Tamaye

Team 5:  Cherise Mundon

Team 6:  Warren Tamaye

 


WMS Faculty-Staff Calendar At A Glance (9/27/12-10/12/12)

Subject to change – To check for updates, go to Google Calendars or WMS website/Staff Portal

 

Sat Sep 29 

8:00am – 3:00pm - Kohala Watershed Community Service Project 

9:00am – 12:00pm – 5th Annual WMS Cross-Country Meet  (setup from 8 a.m. – kokua welcome!)

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Makahiki Training Session – North Kohala – free – must preregister

10:00am – 2:00pm – Waimea Solar Walk - Waimea - CFHT & Keck - From Keck to CFHT & Back - Free

 

Mon Oct 1-Fri., Oct. 5 - No School - Fall Break

Matt Horne in Honolulu Mon-Tues for HC/Charter School meetings

8:00am – 12:00pm - Robotics Practice - K-01

 

Sat Oct 6 

All day - Cross Country Meet - Kamehameha Schools, Kea'au Campus

 

Mon Oct 8 

WMS Classes Resume - 2nd Quarter Begins

WES No School - DOE LWOP Day  

8:30am – 9:30am - CSSS & PBiS Meeting - Matt's Office

2:30pm – 3:30pm – IEP SST; cottage; Altergott & Owens

2:30pm – 3:30pm - Cross Country Practice

2:30pm – 3:45pm - Volleyball Practice - Gym

2:30pm – 4:00pm - Leadership Meeting – K-06

 

Tue Oct 9 

9:00am – 9:30am - Office Staff Meeting - Matt's Office

10am – Noon – Hawaii Community Foundation/Waimea Principals’ Meeting – Anna Ranch (Matt to attend)

2:15pm – 3:30pm - Robotics - K-01

2:25pm – 3:25pm - Homework Help+

2:30pm – 3:30pm - Volleyball Practice - Gym

 

Wed Oct 10 

1:30pm – 2:30pm - Cross Country Practice

1:30pm – 3:00pm - Quarter Report Card Preparation

2:30pm – 3:30pm - Volleyball - Gym

5:00pm – 8:00pm - Waimea Cmty Assn Candidate Forum – Cafeteria (US Senate, State Senate, Mayor, Council Dist. 9)

 

Thu Oct 11 

WMS No School - HSTA Teacher Institute Day - Certificated Staff Meeting at Laupahoehoe School

 

Fri Oct 12

2:30pm – 3:30pm - Cross Country Practice

2:30pm – 3:30pm - 2:30-3:30 pm

3:30pm – 4:30pm - Volleyball Practice – Gym

 

Sat Oct 13

All Day – Ironman Triathlon – Reminder – road closures

 

Staff Bulletin - Sept. 21, 2012

posted Sep 21, 2012, 5:50 PM by Matt Horne

Waimea Middle School Staff Bulletin – Sept. 21, 2012

 

 

FACULTY-STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

SUBSTITUTES & STIPENDS FOR ADDITIONAL WORK

This announcement is a repeat from last week just to clarify: there are funds set-aside for substitute pay and/or additional salary in order to complete accreditation work.  If your accreditation focus group decides there is a need for additional planning time, please send me an e-mail request in advance including 1) who will be participating, 2) what you’ll be working on, 3) the date and approximate times for the work, 4) substitutes or approximate hours needed.  I’ll give you the green light and we’ll either set up substitutes or you will complete the attached stipend sheet (also on the S-Drive under “forms”) when the work is completed.  Your rate for additional salary, in this case, will be your average hourly rate calculated based on your annual salary; Tanya or I have a chart and can show you your hourly rate if you’d like to know.  I’m currently having a difficult time figuring out how to pay for classified staff to work over 40-hours per week, but I’m investigating options.

 

ACTIVITY DAY – FRIDAY, SEPT 28

Special Schedule

 

JUPTIER GRADES UPDATE (INCLUDING STUDENT PICTURES)

In case you haven’t already noticed, I uploaded all of the student pictures to Jupiter Grades last week.  You can now use the seating chart feature to make a photo seating chart for your classes.  The students’ pictures also show up on the student information page of your interface.

 

We’re up to 30% of parents who have logged in (83 total).  Additionally, teachers have been working with students and 91% of students have now logged in (255 total).  This is GREAT!

Subtotals

Parents

Students

Combined

6th grade

26

28%

85

91%

90

97%

7th grade

29

32%

81

90%

81

90%

8th grade

28

27%

89

86%

90

87%

Other

0

0%

0

0%

0

0%

Total

83

30%

255

91%

261

93%

 

Great work getting grades updated yesterday!  Parents and students are checking and that’s a very encouraging thing.  Thank you!

 

MID-TERM REPORTING PROCEDURES

Next Friday is the end of first quarter.  Because DOE is not allowing us to upload information into the eSIS system, we’ll need each teacher to perform the extra step of entering quarter, letter-grades into eSIS once they are finalized in Jupiter Grades (I’m sorry for the extra step, I tried).  Please plan to finalize your grades before going home on Thursday, October 11.

 

When your first-quarter grades are complete in Jupiter Grades, please ”LOCK” the grades by clicking on the “Report Cards” button in the top-right corner of the “Class” page and then clicking the “Lock/Unlock” button to lock first-quarter grades.  Once we see everyone’s grades locked, we’ll run quarter reports from Jupiter Grades to be sent home.

 

LUNCH COUNTS UP SLIGHTLY

This was a much better week than last week for lunch counts – please keep encouraging students.  The September counts affect funding for a number of different programs we offer for our kids.

·         Mon, 9/17 – 147

·         Tues, 9/18 – 182

·         Wed, 9/19 – 177

·         Thurs, 9/20 – 168

 

CHERRYDALE CATALOG FUNDRAISER – MONDAY, SEPT 24 DEADLINE

Payment for orders must be turned in Monday.  Orders must be written in blue or black ink, please.  Checks payable to Waimea Middle School.  Items available to take home at Student-Led Conferences in November.  Questions?  Call or see Mrs. Onaka-Winters. 

 

LAP MEETING MONDAY, SEPT 24 – 4:30 to 6:00 in K-04

Agenda includes discussion about revising the current WMS LAP ByLaws.  Special guest:  Ho’okako’o Corp.’s new Board Chair (and long time board member) Pauline Lo Bailey.  This is her first visit to WMS.  All invited to attend all LAP meetings.  Agenda was emailed out via LOTUS to All Staff and is posted on the WMS website. 

 

PICTURE RETAKE DAY – WEDNESDAY, SEPT 26 (NOT A FREE-DRESS DAY)

Students re-taking their picture may change into an appropriate change of clothing immediately before taking their picture during the first half of Period 3 in L-04, then change back into uniform before heading back to class.  If students are re-taking pictures, the entire, uncut package of the first round of pictures must be returned on Retake Day.  For those who will be taking for the first time, they should have received a picture order envelope in this week’s Tuesday Envelope.  Questions?  Please speak to your Advisory Teacher or Mrs. Onaka-Winters. 

 

 

KUDOS (This section will never be comprehensive, but definitely representative)

               To everyone who has helped get STAR reading and math assessment rolling.  It will be a valuable additional tool for everyone. 

               To our WMS Cross Country students who really out-did themselves at last Saturday’s first track meet of the season!  Congratulations to all and mahalo to our coaches and families who supported them including providing transportation to the Hilo meet.

               To the coaches of our 6 volleyball teams:  Cherise Mundon, Bernie Marsh, Andrea Anastacio, Malia Ahloy and Maile Lewi – and of course, Warren Tamaye!

               Great blogpost featuring WMS-Na Kalai Wa’a-sponsored teacher voyaging workshop several weekends back:  http://pacificvoyagers.org/wisdom-words-from-a-hawaiian-perspective

               Mahalo again to students, community resources and teachers-staff for the now annual Pa’u Horse Lei Making Project.  In all, our students created 4 horse lei, 4 neck lei and also lei for the Ikua Purdy monument and Manau’a (rain rock).  Mahalo, too, to faculty and resource practitioners for integrating this with a history lesson on the art of pa’u, and also to a math lesson related to pa’u budgeting. 

               To North Hawai’i Rotary for inviting Matt Horne to speak at this past Wednesday’s meeting.  He used this opportunity to thank them for past support and ask for continued support for our students.

               Mahalo Starbucks for donating flavored coffees to WMS Leadership as a fundraiser.  Bags of coffees are available for a $5 donation in the office or please see Mas. 

               To The Kohala Center, especially Betsy Cole, for helping our community continue to explore the possibility of a high school here in Waimea.  It’s still “early in conversation” but involves some interesting potential partners. 

 

 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

                                       

NEWLY ELECTED 6TH GRADE LAP STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES

Congratulations to Serenidty “DeeDee” Delos Santos, Representative and Hailey Witchcraft, Alternate Representative.

 

WEDNESDAY ‘UKULELE CLASS

We apologize to students who didn’t get the word about the class being re-located this past Wednesday, and we thank WES teacher Sean McNealy for making his room available on short notice and to Diane Kimura Sugiyama for keeping the program going in Iris Thompson’s absence.  There will definitely be a class this coming Wed., Sept. 26 from 1:30-2 p.m. but we don’t know yet if it will be in P12A (Mrs. Iris Thompson’s room) or Mr. McNealy’s (X105).  We will let faculty/staff know soonest. 

 

 

 

ELL & MEP FAMILY NIGHT – WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26 from 5:00-6:30 in P-03

RSVP forms sent home but not essential – Advisory teachers, please encourage your ELL/MEP students to attend.  Questions?  See/email Helene McTavish please. 

 

WMS CROSS COUNTRY MEET – SATURDAY, SEPT. 29

Everyone is invited to support our student athletes – and/or help!  If you’d like to kokua, please see Mr. Tamaye. 

 

WMS SCIENCE DEPARTMENT COMMUNITY SERVICE LEARNING DAY

WMS Science department is organizing another community service learning day w/ the Kohala Watershed Partnership – 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sat., Sept. 29.  Please see science teacher for details. 

 

CLUB/ATHLETIC SHIRT FRIDAYS

In order to promote pride and participation in our clubs and athletics, please announce to students that they may wear their Waimea Middle School club and athletic shirts on Fridays in lieu of their regular uniform shirts.  (We’re not opening this up to any club or athletic shirts, just WMS clubs and athletics.)

 

SAVE-FIRST PROGRAM DEADLINE – FRIDAY, SEPT 29

Students urged to participate and become eligible to earn $20 just for participating!  See Mrs. Onaka-Winters w/ questions. 

 

 “DOUGH-RAISING” FUNDRAISER W/ NEW DOMINO’S PIZZA IN PRC

Various WMS groups are now earning 10% of the proceeds for the day’s sales on the following days – please encourage family, friends, students, community to support this fundraiser.  Special pricing too - 1 Large/2-topping pizza is $8:  

·         1st Wednesdays - Student Leadership/Yearbook

·         2nd Wednesdays - Robotics

·         3rd Wednesdays - 8th Grade Exit and activities

·         1st Mondays – Mawi/Mental Karate

·         4th Mondays - East Coast Trippers

 

VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Mon., 9/24:      Teams 5 & 6 – 2:30-3:45 pm

Tues., 9/25:     Team 2 – 2:30-3:30 pm

Wed., 9/26:      Teams 1 & 2 – 1:30-2:30 pm

Teams 3 & 4 – 2:30-3:30 pm

Thurs., 9/27:    Team 4 – 2:30-3:30 pm

Team 1 – 3:30-4:30 pm

Fri., 9/28:         Teams 5 & 6 – 2:30-3:30 pm

Team 3 – 3:30-4:30 pm

 

Coaches: 

Team 1:  Malia Ahloy

Team 2:  Maile Lewi

Team 3:  Bernie Marsh & Andrea Anastacio

Team 4:  Warren Tamaye

Team 5:  Cherise Mundon

Team 6:  Warren Tamaye

 

Staff Bulletin - Sept. 14, 2012

posted Sep 21, 2012, 8:56 AM by Matt Horne

FACULTY-STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

SUBSTITUTES & STIPENDS FOR ADDITIONAL WORK

To validate the importance and the volume of the planning work being done for accreditation, there are funds set-aside for substitute pay and/or additional salary in order to complete this work.  If your accreditation focus group decides there is a need for additional planning time, please send me an e-mail request in advance including 1) who will be participating, 2) what you’ll be working on, 3) the date and approximate times for the work, 4) substitutes or approximate hours needed.  I’ll give you the green light and we’ll either set up substitutes or you will complete the attached stipend sheet (also on the S-Drive under “forms”) when the work is completed.  Your rate for additional salary, in this case, will be your average hourly rate calculated based on your annual salary; Tanya or I have a chart and can show you your hourly rate if you’d like to know.

 

JUPITER GRADES

FAMILY USAGE UPDATE: We’re up to 25% of parents who have logged in (75 total).  Additionally, teachers have been working with students and 50% of students have now logged in (149 total).

Subtotals

Enrolled

Parents

Students

Combined

6th grade

93

21

23%

3

3%

23

25%

7th grade

90

27

30%

73

81%

74

82%

8th grade

104

27

26%

73

70%

77

74%

Other

13

0

0%

0

0%

0

0%

Total

300

75

25%

149

50%

174

58%

 

UPDATE SCHEDULE: Your grades may be offline during this week (as of the 12th) in preparation for having them updated again on September 20.  If you have students who are at risk of failure and you haven’t been able to make contact with parents, please reach out in addition to Jupiter Grades.  Let the office know if you need help.

 

LONGITUDINAL DATA SYSTEM

Thank you everyone for your patience and willingness to learn about this new system.  If you haven’t been able to get access yet, please do try calling the Centralized Service Desk at 8-1-808-377-8320.

·         New site: https://staff.hawaiidoe.net/lds  (preferred interface)

·         Legacy site: http://employees.hidoe.k12.hi.us  (necessary for certain features still not working on the new site)

I’ll be excited to hear and share stories of what you find (or what issues you run into) with this new system.

 

SEPTEMBER LUNCH COUNT

Please help direct students the cafeteria to eat lunch; our numbers are not as high as we would like them.  The September counts affect funding for a number of different programs we offer for our kids.

·         Mon, 9/10 – 149

·         Tues, 9/11 – 152

·         Wed, 9/12 – 143

·         Thurs, 9/13 – 158

 

CLUB/ATHLETIC SHIRT FRIDAYS

In order to promote pride and participation in our clubs and athletics, please announce to students that they may wear their Waimea Middle School club and athletic shirts on Fridays in lieu of their regular uniform shirts.  (We’re not opening this up to any club or athletic shirts, just WMS clubs and athletics.)

 


 

STAR ASSESSMENTS

The Social Studies department has already met with Helene to plan for the administration of the reading STAR and the Extended Core department, along with Mary are meeting with Helene on Monday to plan for the administration of the math STAR.  Helene or I will also be around the Language Arts and Math departments once there is data in the system to go through how we access and analyze the data.  This promises to be a powerful progress monitoring and universal screening tool to drive our instruction and interventions.  Thank you to everyone who is helping make it possible.

 

SENIORITY LIST

As is done every year, we’ve finished updating the seniority list.  If needed, a copy can be obtained by contacting Michelle or Matt.

 

BELL SCHEDULE DISCUSSION

There is much discussion surrounding the current bell schedule.  At the last leadership meeting and again in many individual conversations, I am encouraging everyone to study the data and study the research around what is best for middle school students and more specifically our students.  The discussion is worth continuing as we move from conversations focused on “I think,” “I feel,” and “That’s what we agreed on,” to data and research driven conversations about what has the highest positive impact on student achievement.

 

 

KUDOS  (This section will never be comprehensive, but definitely representative.)

 

·         Pristeen Perreira has been working extremely hard the last month leading up to the recent audit site-visit and the transition to the new Charter School Management Corporation budgeting system.  The new system will provide a great deal of transparency and rapid communication about budget and actual expenditures.

·         Shelby Loo has been doing an outstanding job as Grade Level Chair.  She consistently releases agendas ahead of meetings and posts minutes the same day meetings are completed.  The discussions being had in the 6th grade level under her leadership are rich and student centered.

·         Kathy Foster, Tisha Gusman, Makana Liwai, and Cathy Shafer came in over the weekend to finish up the vision and the belief statements in order to be ready to share them out at the recent faculty meeting.  This is the extra work that will make long-term impacts on the success of Waimea Middle School.  Thank you.

·         Jennifer Fisher has adopted a new, intensive, direct-instruction language development program for the students in her classes.  Typically, the training for implementing the program is 6 full-days with follow-up mentoring – Ms. Fisher implemented the program after one day of training and is in continual communication with the Big Island’s DOE Curriculum Director in charge of the roll-out to find ways to make it work for her kids.  Way to dive in and tackle this big project.

 

 


 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

                                       

CLUB/ATHLETIC SHIRT FRIDAYS

In order to promote pride and participation in our clubs and athletics, please announce to students that they may wear their Waimea Middle School club and athletic shirts on Fridays in lieu of their regular uniform shirts.  (We’re not opening this up to any club or athletic shirts, just WMS clubs and athletics.)

 

BUS STOP SAFETY

The Waimea police are concerned that students have been seen pushing, shoving, and playing too close to traffic at bus stops on the main highways.  Please remind students to stand at least 8’ away from the white line and to be careful of their own safety and the safety of those younger students waiting with them.

 

STUDENT SAVINGS PROGRAM - $20 REWARD

Mrs. Onaka is helping to coordinate the Hawai’i First FCU program in which students make 6 deposits during the year of at least $30 total and if they do, the bank will give them a $20 reward at the end of the year.  See Mrs. Onaka for details.

 

 “DOUGH-RAISING” FUNDRAISER W/ NEW DOMINO’S PIZZA IN PRC

Various WMS groups are now earning 10% of the proceeds for the day’s sales on the following days – please encourage family, friends, students, community to support this fundraiser.  Special pricing too - 1 Large/2-topping pizza is $8:  

·         1st Wednesdays - Student Leadership/Yearbook

·         2nd Wednesdays - Robotics

·         3rd Wednesdays - 8th Grade Exit and activities

·         1st Mondays – Mawi/Mental Karate

·         4th Mondays - East Coast Trippers 

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