Staff Bulletin - Nov. 9, 2012

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



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!  




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.)



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.   



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 




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:


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).