Staff Bulletin - September 7, 2012

posted Sep 11, 2012, 2:53 PM by Matt Horne
FACULTY-STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS

ACCREDITATION WORK
I want to acknowledge the hard work each of you are investing in this formidable task.  The accreditation process is raising some challenging and very meaningful questions about how we do business.  I know this is difficult work on top of your already full plate and I commend you for your perseverance.  Some groups have already reached out for support with substitute time and additional paid time (at per-diem, hourly rate); please feel free to ask for help where you need it – this is the important, hard work of examining our practice and planning for improvement.  Thank you.

JUPITER GRADES
FAMILY USAGE: So far, 52 students’ families (18%) have logged-in to Jupiter Grades (see chart below).
Enrolled Families
6th grade 92 14 15%
7th grade 89 17 19%
8th grade 101 21 21%
Total 282 52 18%

STUDENT PASSWORDS: We’re at a point when it would be good to get students in and using the system.  You’ll also need student passwords if you’re interested in using the online quiz tool, Juno (more info: http://jupitergrades.com/help/juno.html).  To get student passwords: 1) Click the “Print” tab, 2) Click the “Passwords” icon, 3) Un-check the “Parents/Contacts” box so only the “Students” box is checked, 4) Click “Preview”, 5) Select which classes/students you’d like to print passwords for from the drop-down menu, 6) Click “Print.”

GRADES UPDATING TIMELINE:  We agreed to leave grades up through Sept. 12.  You may take your grades offline on Sept. 12 if you’d like to work on them offline to prepare for having them updated again on Sept. 20.  The updated grades will be left online from Sept. 20-27 at which time you may take them offline to prepare for having them updated again by Oct. 5.  -  For now, grades should be online from the 5th-12th and the 20th-27th.  Thank you for your commitment.

SEPTEMBER LUNCH COUNT
This is the month that our lunch counts are averaged are averaged for federal funding.  It is extremely important to us that we get as many students eating lunch as possible, particularly in September.  We’ve discontinued snack sales during the day and the cafeteria has begun serving Loco Moco on Tuesdays and Thursdays.   Our counts for this week have been: Tues: 164, Wed: 148, Thurs: 142.  We’ve had days as high as 187 in August.  Please do whatever you can to encourage students to eat in the cafeteria. 

STUDENT ROUND-TABLE
I’m still seeking recommendations for students to sit on a principal advisory group.  Ideally, I’m looking for a variety of individuals from different social groups within the school.  Any names you could shoot my way would be helpful.

EMERGENCY SUPPLIES – SHELTER-IN-PLACE and FIRE-DRILL, SEPT 24
In safety committee we have begun planning to ensure that each room is equipped with basic emergency supplies for a lock-down or shelter-in-place emergency: stay tuned for more details on that.  

Monday, Sept. 24, we’ll have a shelter-in-place drill at 8:20 followed by an evacuation/fire-drill at 8:30.  Please review the protocols for shelter-in-place and prepare your students for a mock walkthrough on the 24th. 

FULL FACULTY MEETING & INSERVICE – WED, SEPT 12 – 2:00-3:30
I know how busy you all are and how difficult it is to find time to meet as a grade-level to discuss the many irons in the fire right now.  To give you some more time, we’ll wait until 2:00 to begin this next staff meeting; we’ll still plan to stay until 3:30.  See attached inservice agenda.

VOLLEYBALL COACHES STILL NEEDED
We’re still short volleyball coaches: if interested, of if you know of anyone who might be interested, please contact Warren.

SENIORITY LIST
As is done every year, we’ve finished updating the seniority list.  If needed, a copy can be obtained by contacting Michelle.

NHQT LETTERS SENT HOME – TUES, SEPT 11
Letters will be sent home with students via Advisory for the Tuesday Envelope on Sept. 11.  This only involves a small number of teachers and students this year.  

MIXED SALAD GREENS FROM J.A. FARMS
The Miche family/JA Farms has again graciously offered their MIXED SALAD GREENS to our staff this year as a fundraiser for Student Leadership.  The first delivery will be on Wed., Sept. 12.  Each bag is $4 and can be paid for upon delivery.  If you’d like to order one or several bags, please let Mas know by Mon., Sept. 10 - 12:30pm.   The next delivery will be Wed., Oct. 17.  If it makes it easier to do standing orders, Mas can do that too.  

FLU VACCINATION CLINIC DEADLINE - TODAY
Today (9/7) is deadline for consent forms to be turned in for the WMS clinic.  This includes forms from all participating students, faculty and staff.  Faculty and staff – still time to sign up – must complete consent forms online at the following website: https://vaxonlinereg.doh.hawaii.gov  All completed online consent forms must be printed, signed and turned in to Tanya today (9/7).

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

Much appreciation goes out to Pua and Keala for coordinating the Kwaihae Teacher Workshop this last weekend.  Also major kudos to Barbara, Cherise, Jade, Leesa, Nau’I and  Spencer for their hours and hours of participation and learning to help make those connections for our kids.
Congratulations to the entire team at Kanu o ka ‘Aina for the dedication ceremony which took place on Tuesday for their beautiful new facilities.
A big shout-out to Niel and the cafeteria staff for their innovation, designing menus that appeal to our students.
The general manager of the Fairmont Orchid, Chris Leudi, Chefs Hubert & Stephen and Jaisy Jardine delivered about 40 Adidas goodie bags Wednesday for Cross Country student athletes, and whipped up fresh smoothies for the students to enjoy after their practice run.  It was a wonderful gesture.
Ace Hardware donated 15 pairs of garden gloves to WMS for Leadership Students to use when they launch their Fireweed removal project along Ala ‘Ohia (Parker Ranch Connector Road).  Thank you Ace!
Domino’s Pizza delivered the first check to WMS for their “Dough Raising” Waimea Wednesdays fundraisers – just over $200 – which reflects 10% of the day’s entire sales.  Pretty cool.  Please see below and encourage students,  families and friends to consider Domino’s on the days our school benefits from sales.  (PS: We understand that one Waimea community group who really “worked it” on their benefit day received a $600+ check for their percentage of one day’s sales.)

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS: 
                                       
 “DOUGH-RAISING” FUNDRAISER W/ NEW DOMINO’S PIZZA IN PRC
Various WMS groups are now earning 10% of the proceeds for the day’s sales on the following days – please encourage family, friends, students, community to support this fundraiser.  Special pricing too - 1 Large/2-topping pizza is $8:  
1st Wednesdays - Student Leadership/Yearbook
2nd Wednesdays - Robotics
3rd Wednesdays - 8th Grade Exit and activities
1st Mondays – Mawi/Mental Karate
4th Mondays - East Coast Trippers 

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