Staff Bulletin - Oct. 12, 2012

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



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  


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! 





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. 





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