Staff Bulletin - Oct. 19, 2012

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



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  

·    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.   




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. 



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



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



·    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.