November 27th, 2013 by kyatabay
Aloha e ka ‘ohana KMS,
I cannot believe that we are at this point in the school year. After an eventful end to the month of October, it seems that November has flown by and here we are at Thanksgiving break. Earlier this month I had the opportunity to travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota to attend the annual conference for AMLE (Association of Middle Level Education). It was great to be reminded of the importance of what we do here in middle school.
It is my hope that you all have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday and a joyful celebration of all the gifts that we have in our lives.
Upon return to school next week, I have reminded the students that it will be a short and quick two and a half weeks until the close of the quarter – which means grades! Please help your child manage the end of the quarter so that they will end successfully. We have also been in heavy preparation for our annual Founder’s Day, the day celebrating Ke Ali’i Pauahi’s birthday and the Kamehameha Schools. Please review with your child the Founder’s Day attire that can be found in our handbook on page 24. You can also find the description in our daily bulletin that comes via KS Connect. The set attire helps to remind us that this is a special day to honor our Founder.
The photo below is of the Thankful Tree (The Giving Tree-inspired) that our Counseling Department introduced at our wehena (school opening) this past Monday. The tree was created for our students to focus on that which they are thankful and was just a trunk with branches at the beginning of the week. Each flower represents a student and that thing for which they are grateful.
The Thanksgiving season sets us up perfectly for Founder’s Day.
November 1st, 2013 by kyatabay
This was quite an exciting week at middle school. On Tuesday morning we welcomed 8th grade parents to Kalama Dining Hall as the counselors shared information about the transition to high school. By parent request, this meeting was held to help prepare parents to assist their children when high school registration starts next January. The next parent meeting pertaining to high school registration will be held on January 16, 2014. You can visit the counselor’s blog at http://blogs.ksbe.edu/kmscounseling/khs-registration/.
On Wednesday morning the official blessing of our new dormitories, Nae’ole and Kaha’opulani Hale, was held. Our boarders will be moving into their new dorm rooms this Sunday. To celebrate Halloween, we held our first Trunk-or-Treat where we treated about 150 students and their families to a fun night of candy, music, games, and an all-around good time! Mahalo to all the parents and families who participated and/or provided candy for our students.
On Thursday students got into the Halloween spirit by wearing black, white, or orange t-shirts. Some of our faculty and staff got into the spirit by dressing up in costumes. At the end of the day, we held our makahiki finals on the field and the winners will participate in the Makahiki games held on Moloka’i in January.
Friday provided the opportunity for our teams to get out of the classroom and go on a field trip. And finally, on Saturday we will participate in the national Make-a-Difference day when we will perform service on our campus as well as out in the community.
The fall season is always a busy one and the holidays are right around the corner. It’s also a time when we are preparing for the annual Founder’s Day celebration that marks Pauahi’s birthday as well as the start of our winter break. Please continue to monitor your child’s grades and progress in school as this is a busy time with many things going on in a short amount of time.
October 3rd, 2013 by kyatabay
Aloha 8th grade parents,
In the past, we’ve provided an annual parent informational meeting in January to inform 8th grade parents of the registration process for high school. Although this will still happen, by parent request at our September “Coffee with Administration,” we are now planning for a pre-registration meeting on October 29 to help parents better understand the transition from middle school to high school. To help us to be better prepared, we’d like to offer you the opportunity to provide us with questions before hand.
Pre-registration Informational Meeting/Transition to High School
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Kalama Dining Hall
Parking at the new parking structure outside of Kekuhaupi’o Gymnasium, Hale Ho’oku Ka’a
Please let us know if you require handicapped parking or any other kind of accommodations.
Questions regarding transition to high school can be provided:
By email to: email@example.com
Please provide us your questions by October 18, 2013
September 27th, 2013 by kyatabay
The picture shows our school community being serenaded by our Hawaiian ensemble at our Panina at the end of a great week. Our weekly Panina closes off our school week and we reflect on all the good things that have happened as well as give thanks for all that we have received. We are at an exciting part of the year – the end of September and the close of our first quarter!
Some of the events this week include a visit from Trustee Robert Nobriga and the celebration of our 8th grade picnic. Next week we look forward to the arrival of parents and other important people in our students’ lives as you attend our annual Back-to-School Day! Please remember that you attend only one of the two days, your designated day (October 2 or 3) - the other is a holiday for your child. We will also be moving into our Fall Break from October 4 through October 8, returning to school on October 9.
Our quarter ends on October 14 and second quarter begins the next day on October 15. Please speak with your child and also view KS Connect to check on your child’s academic progress. We look forward to seeing those of you who will be joining us next week!
Have a great weekend!
September 13th, 2013 by kyatabay
We ended our week with a presentation from the Hawaii Meth Project – an important project with an even more important message. The main objective is prevention and this is why they enjoy presenting to students of this age group. You can find out more information at http://hawaii.methproject.org/. At the end of the assembly I congratulated all of the students for successfully making it to the mid-point of this first quarter. Only four weeks remain and a lot can happen in that time. Please encourage your child to keep on working hard and doing his/her best.
This week we had the privilege of meeting with about 50 parents for our quarterly Coffee with Administration. As always, it is an open conversation of whatever topics/issues/concerns are brought forward by those in attendance. It went so well that we went far longer than our scheduled hour, right into our first lunch period. It is always great to hear from parents as you provide a great perspective to us that is truly helpful in making improvements to our middle school program. Our next coffee is scheduled for November 13 at 7:30 a.m. Please contact our main office to register – it’s always good to know how many parents to expect.
Next week Wednesday (9/18) we have early release at 12:30 p.m. Please make sure to expect your child home earlier or to arrange earlier transportation home. Additionally, next Friday (9/20) is a field trip day that will take all of our teams to their respective field trip destinations.
Have a great weekend!
August 30th, 2013 by kyatabay
Happy Friday! I’m sure all of the students (and adults) are ready for a three-day weekend! Everyone certainly has been busy in these first three weeks of school. We just completed a week of MAP testing and have one more week to go. Next week we look forward to our first dance, the Welcome Dance! Also, next week Friday will be our first Aloha Friday for which students have the option of wearing aloha wear. Please see the handbook, page 24, for the Aloha Friday attire guidelines. Students are encouraged to also bring a full school uniform – just in case they didn’t follow the guidelines and have to change into their school uniform.
Just a reminder: we have been encouraging students to utilize their locker, especially to secure their laptop. To do so, they need a MASTER dial combination lock. We’ve found these to be the most reliable.
In addition to Labor Day, Monday celebrates the birth of the Hawaiian Kingdom’s last queen and reigning monarch, Lili’uokalani. Lili’uokalani is especially honored by the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana as Pauahi’s hanai sister. Perhaps you are already planning to participate in the ‘Onipa’a celebration on Sunday at the ‘Iolani Palace. More information can be found at http://www.iolanipalace.org/events/tabid/88/ctl/viewdetail/mid/594/itemid/15/d/20130901/Kamaaina-Sunday.aspx.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the extra day!
August 23rd, 2013 by kyatabay
We have had a wonderful opening to the new school year. Everyone has received a laptop and most have the privilege of bringing it home. IDs were distributed and can now be worn proudly as part of the school uniform. The 2013-14 school year has definitely begun!
The image is of our piko, Kaiona, in the evening hour. We are blessed to have the opportunity to start and end our school week here as a whole school community. Today we also ended our week with our Club Fair – an opportunity for your child to participate in a special-interest club which will occupy the Activity Period hour at the end of every school week. Teachers are also beginning to provide grades in KS Connect so please make sure to regularly check your child’s progress via this online tool. If you need assistance with this, please don’t hesitate to call us for help.
As your child begins to get used to our bell schedule, please know that in the next three weeks our daily schedule will change to accommodate MAP testing as well as teacher planning time. Please have your child review the different types of schedules so that they are aware of the various schedules that we utilize. I think by now they’ve gotten used to the rotation of their individual schedules which will help them adjust when we are using a schedule other than the usual letter days schedule.
Mahalo again for the opportunity to share in your child’s life!
August 16th, 2013 by kyatabay
I’m happy to say that we have successfully made it through the first week of school. As the school year progresses, I wanted to remind you of a few things that will help your child.
1) Uniform – shirts must always be tucked in. I’ve only had to remind a few students this week but the non-tucking seems to increase over time. Very soon, your child will also receive their school ID which is a part of their school uniform and will need to be worn regularly (clipped to their collar, opposite the school logo).
2) Laptops – as a good majority of our students already have the ability to bring their laptops home, please help remind your children about the kuleana they have to malama their laptop, in and out of school.
3) After-school study hall – on all “regular” schedule days (typically M-Th), we end the day with a study hall that all students attend – mostly with their core teachers. This is an opportunity for them to do homework and get extra help from their teachers.
Mahalo for your support!
June 17th, 2013 by kyatabay
If you do not already know, I have assumed the role of Vice Prinicipal as of March 2013. I now reside in the main office on the top floor of Ka’oleioku and my new phone number is 842-8447. I still can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. My former role as a grade level counselor was filled by James “Kimo” Saito and he will handle the alpha H- M – he will be officially joining us in August.
Like Mrs. Ka’ai, I hope to regularly utilize this blog to inform, communicate, and share. I am officially “offline” in the month of July, however, I am often in my office and or checking my email so please do not hesitate to stop by, call, or email.