Staff Bulletin - Oct. 26, 2012

posted Dec 5, 2012, 8:16 AM by Matt Horne



STAFF HALLOWEEN POTLUCK:  The “Aloha Club” would like to invite everyone to participate in a Halloween, fall-theme potluck lunch on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 11:30-12:30 in K-Lounge (we’ll set it up to hold most of us).  Bring your favorite dish and leave it in K-Lounge or the K-Lounge Fridge and we’ll get it set up at 11:30 for everyone to come have a bite.  The “Aloha Club” will take care of plates, forks, napkins, and paper cups.  We’ll need: Main Dishes, Salads, Desserts, and Drinks.




OFFICER BRENT FOSTER AVAILABLE TO VISIT CLASSES: Officer Brent Foster, our Waimea area Community Resource Officer, has expressed great interest in getting into classrooms to talk with students about issues such as Drug and Alcohol Resistance, Internet Safety, and whatever else we might need that he might be able to speak to.  If you have any opportunity to invite him into your classroom to present, he would welcome contact from you.  He can be reached at 640-2083 or via e-mail at    


GOOD QUESTION – TECHNOLOGY HELP:  After Wednesday’s Full-Faculty meeting, I was asked for an example of what it might mean to “take something off faculty or staff plates” – and discovered that some of the staff have not heard that at Leadership we recently agreed to move forward with hiring a “Technology Resource Coach.”  As you know, this was recommended at the end of last school year by many of our teachers who recall how much our students and school benefited from having Ellen Cordeiro as our tech resource.  It was not funded but I realize it really is essential to support both students and teachers.  So, we are working on getting everything together to post the position – stay tuned for more detailed information.  Hopefully we can have someone on at the start of the 2nd Semester.  Also, I’m working on a series of technology plans as recommended by the Westermans; I’ve finally identified at least one contractor who may be able to help us address fairly sophisticated, long overdue network issues.  We are prepared to invest in essential new technology “infrastructure” which would dramatically improve our student-teacher-staff tech experience on a daily/hourly basis.  Stay tuned.


MON., OCT. 29:  4:30-6:30 p.m. NEXT WMS LAP MEETING – The agenda includes reviewing/discussing proposed revisions of the Ho’okako’o LAP Charter and WMS LAP By-Laws.  Draft documents will be emailed to all faculty/staff to review and comment.   Also on the agenda will be a discussion of the QMark stakeholder survey summary.  Please consider attending the meeting.   (Agenda is posted on website under LAP information.)


UPDATED DISCIPLINE FLOW-CHART:  Jamie has graciously agreed to step back into the role of helping with student discipline.  Please see the e-mail from Oct. 25 to all staff with the newly updated discipline flow chart.


PD 360: PD360 is an enormous library of professional development videos, articles, and teaching samples as well as a system for collaborating about best teaching practices.  We have access to this resource through a contract negotiated by ODE.  I sent out login information to all teaching staff earlier this week.  Some of the technology (Shockwave & Java) required to effectively use the website may not yet be up-to-date on everyone’s computer.  Still, please feel free to try out the site to see if you’re able to make use of it.  Please hang on to your password and stay-tuned for how we might scale up our use of this great resource.   


HSA – Parent Information Booklet – will be sent home in the Tuesday Envelope – Oct. 30. 


KA MOKU O KEAWE MAKAHIKI – Free After-School Makahiki Games Training – Open to all WMS students free of charge.  Paperwork sent home in this past Tuesday Envelope.  In Waimea Park by the Community Center.  Kumu Keala Kahuanui is coordinating this.  All practices are in preparation for the Sat., Jan. 12, 2013 Ka Waimea Makahiki.   Advisors who receive signed family waiver for any of their students – please put in Pua Case’ box. 



·         Walk-In Absentee Voting – WILL NOT BE AVAILBLE HERE IN WAIMEA THIS SAT., Oct. 27!  This is an unforseen change in the schedule.  Also no voting Sunday, Oct. 28…but every other day, it is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 3 at Waimea Community Center (adjacent to Waimea Park/Across Kawaihae Road from Saffron Restaurant/Former Thiebauts.  Photo ID required. 

·         Last day to request an absentee ballot be mailed to you is Tues., Oct. 30. 

·         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!


STUDENT-LED FAMILY CONFERENCES:   Forms were sent home in the 10/23 Tuesday Envelope to families to schedule a conference time; due back to Advisors by Fri., Nov. 2. 

·    Mon., Nov. 19:  Noon-6 p.m.

·    Tues., Nov. 20:  7 a.m. – 1 p.m. 




KUDOS (this section will never be comprehensive, but definitely representative)

·         Fireweed – Wow!  That’s a huge pile of Fireweed that our students have pulled!  Mahalo, students-faculty-staff!

·         Hokule’a Worldwide Voyage Orientation -- Mahalo to all who helped coordinate and/or attended last evening’s workshop at Kanu.  To everyone’s surprise, more than 130 attended – including educators from throughout our community, members of our island’s voyaging ‘ohana and many community members.  This was an exceptional opportunity to share the good work WMS teachers and staff are doing to integrate cultural lessons and protocols with both core curriculum and use of technology.  The next community workshop will be the evening of Tues., Dec. 11, when our ‘Ike team will share lessons we will be using here in classes on Lupe (kites) -- both how they relate to our Hawaiian cultural tradition, how they connect to the worldwide Hokule’a voyage, and how we are integrating them with science, language arts, etc. 

·         Volleyball – Congratulations again to our student athletes for playing hard and demonstrating great sportsmanship!  Also, we again mahalo our coaches for all that it takes to make this happen and involve so many students!   Also, special thanks to Bernie Marsh for staying very late one evening after a game to be sure a student had a ride home.   And thanks too to Pristeen Perreira and Michelle Kauhi for being sure two stragglers – who missed the van to a game – wee picked up by a family member! 

·         Sleuth Of The Week Award – To Kiki Kihoi working w/ Jamie Altergott for solving the mystery of a missing student iPod. 

·         Hawai’i Island OHA Trustee Robert Lindsey for continuing to encourage OHA to annually contribute to the 17 Hawaiian Focused Public Charter Schools, including WMS ($50,000 a year for the past 2 years).  Thanks also to Patti Cook for attending the Trustees Community Meeting Wednesday night to represent WMS and convey our appreciation.  If you run into Bob, please convey your appreciation too.    No commitment has been made yet for this school year but KALO’s Taffi Wise & Katie Benioni did an excellent presentation yesterday sharing the achievements of the collective schools and how this aligns w/ OHA’s Strategic Plan – important groundwork for continued funding. 




HALLOWEEN  - Wed., Oct. 31 -  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. 


8TH GRADE EAST COAST TRIPPERS – THANKSGIVING IMU & PIE SALE FUNDRAISER:  Tickets are now 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 – Deadline to purchase is Nov. 9.  See Trippers, Miss Laz, or come by the school office.   See the ‘Ohana News or website for details on how to prep food for the imu.  

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.   



Tues., Oct. 30 – Kamehameha Park Gym/North Kohala

4:15 pm – WMS Smack Dat 14U vs. Kohala

5 pm – WMS Da Kine 14U vs Kohala


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


KIDS VOTING HAWAI’I:  WMS students will be voting on in Social Studies classes on Thurs., Nov. 1.  Mahalo to teachers for using this to let students know what a hard fought for privileged and responsibility voting is! 


8th ANNUAL LIP SYNC COMPETITION:  Students are receiving application form w/ rules, etc. for this event, which will be held Fri., Dec. 14.  Deadline to submit application is Wed., Nov. 7.  Questions?  See Mrs. Mareko.

Community News:


HELP ‘SAVE KAHILU THEATRE’!  - Special Danny Kaniela Akaka & Friends Talk-Story at Kahilu Theatre:  4-8 p.m. Sun, Oct 28.  Tickets $25/adults, $10/keiki 10 and under.  The first Kahilu performance since its "intermission."  A silent auction, musical guests, food and more!  Call 885-6868 for tickets Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. to noon or leave a message.  For those with prior reservations due to date change, theatre volunteers will be transferring your seat selections to the new date.  Proceeds will support the new vision for Kahilu as a community hub for arts, entertainment and education. 


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 about plans to bring HPR-2 -- their second program stream  -- to North Hawai’i with a new transmitter that hopefully will be installed before years end above Keahole Airport.  Meeting agenda also to include a legislative discussion by Rep. Cindy Evans (hopefully including funding for WMS’ long-dreamed of 9-classroom science-tech building), an update on January’s Waimea Ocean Film Festival and 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.  All invited.