Staff Bulletin - Nov. 15, 2012

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



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 (,, 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.



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. 




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.   



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 



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).