Staff Bulletin - Nov. 1, 2012

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


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.



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.    




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.   



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



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: or call Sherman Warner (885-1725).    



·         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  

·         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:

·         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:


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: