Aloha Kākou to Our KMS ʻOhana,
Our first quarter successes have ushered us well into the second quarter and the upcoming holidays. Students worked hard engaging in their new school year, they completed their NWEA MAP testing, and continue to do well in all of the activities they participate in outside of school hours. I was able to attend the intermediate football games this past season and was privileged to be down in the field area to watch your sons play their hearts out, and your daughters lift up the crowd as they cheered the team on to victory. This brings me to a thought about athletics and school culture… It is always hard to be a parent as our children compete in their sports of choice. Supporting our children through the rigor of practice and play; caring for them when they are injured; waiting for them after practices and games; and even watching when they may not get a chance to get in the game on a given day can wear on children and their parents emotionally. As they say at many events, let’s continue to support all of the students, coaches, staff and referees with positive feedback and support. My hope is to make it to other sports events over the year, and share this commitment with all of my administrative team who attend events as they are able as well.
I want to communicate with all of you that there have been some personnel moves in our middle school. We have a new 8th grade boys’ PE teacher: Mr. Koy Omo. After a long tenure as the 7th grade health teacher, he began his new position on October 24th. We thus have a new 7th grade health teacher: Ms. Gay Murakami. She began her new position on November 7th. We are presently in the process of filling Ms. Murakami’s 7th grade Olonā English position. The hope is that they interview and hiring process will be done by the end of this month. Mahalo for your understanding as we fill these vacancies brought about by folks seeking to grow professionally.
I am excited to also share with all of you that our KMS VEX Robotics team, newly formed, placed well in their two events so far this year. Our team placed 4th and 8th in their first meet, and received the Judges’ Award for their ambassadorship. Mahalo to the teacher advisor, Nozomi Ozaki, and student team members who have made this possible!
Our math team is doing very well too! Mahalo to Sensei Burton who is the middle school math coach. The ‘Iolani Math Meet was a great success with our team placing third overall.
The next Coffee with Administrators is on Wednesday, November 9th. Additionally, in the near future you will receive information about a Parent Meeting on January 19th. The middle school will provide dinner at this event and a meeting will follow wherein we discuss and share two important things: the Kamehameha Schools Education Tactical Plan, and our WASC Self-Study. We hope to see all of you at this meeting. We will be sending that flyer for the January meeting after the holidays, but please save the date of: Thursday, January 19th from 4:45-7:00 p.m.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving and a joyful holiday season.
Ke Akua pü,
Poʻo Kumu Kaʻai