Happy New Year 2017!!!

Kahu Ka’upu and Kahu Kekoa stand with MS teachers and former keiki kahu Mia Porecca and Laua’e Gouveia; 1.5.17

Ka’iwakīloumoku this morning;1.5.17

Pauahi shines on our morning in the chapel; 1.5.17

We welcome the New Year 2017 and look forward to our work together. Soon you will receive our quarterly newsletter. Special mahalo to our Moloka’i families who met with me and the high school principal, Sheena Alaiasa, in December. It is always wonderful to be with our neighbor island families and to hear from them so that we can continue to bridge the campus program with their homes.

I share my upcoming newsletter message here with you in case you’d like the preview of what I have written. Have a blessed third quarter and know we are always here to support you and your child!

Ke Aku Pū,
Po’o Kumu Ka’ai
From the Second Quarter Newsletter slated to go out by email this week:
The second quarter has flown by quickly….it seems like Back to School Day has just passed. The Fall quarter of school is highlighted by many parent involved activities, with the Halloween Trunk or Treat being once again a huge success. Each year this event becomes more and more elaborate, exciting, and fun for our students and their extended families. Mahalo to all who put much time and energy into this and other events at the school as it is through your generosity of time and energy that we can provide dimension and breadth to the day’s program. The 7th grade team camps, MOYA, field trips, Founder’s Day and the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas brought us closer together as families and friends. The Parent Coffee in November was well attended and once again was full of rich and lively discussion guided by the hopes, dreams, concerns, and feedback from our families. As I have always said, it is through the coffee talk that we are able to gauge and revise our work in alignment with your feedback and our existing program guidelines.

Looking ahead we will host a Spaghetti Dinner on Thursday the 19th of January in Kalama Dining Hall. By now the flyer has been sent to all parents and we hope to have a great turn out. Please RSVP as soon as possible so that we have an accurate count for the evening. The focus of the dinner conversation will be the Kamehameha Schools Educational Tactical Plan (SP2020) and we will have special guest Dr. Holoua Stender, Education Vice President, here to share the plan with us and guide our conversations. The Middle School administrative team will be in attendance to facilitate table discussions.

Please prepare your student for the upcoming Charles Reed Bishop Founder’s Day. As Mr. Bishop was instrumental in the establishment of the Kamehameha preparatory school, grades K-8 set aside January 25th to honor and celebrate his birthday. Founder’s Day attire for this event is identical to Ke Ali’i Pauahi Founder’s Day. The expectation is that all students will be in attendance and in the appropriate attire on January 25th. Here at the Middle School absences on Founders’ Days are closely scrutinized, and unless a student is ill, all absences are considered unexcused on December 19th and January 25th.

Our next Coffee with Administrators will be on February 15, 2017 and will focus on our WASC Self-Study. Our hope is that as many as possible attend this coffee so that we can share the Self-Study with you and have dialogue that will inform the visit later in the spring. The Visiting Team will be on our campus on March 5-9, 2017.

We have some new employees and some shifts in roles that happened this Fall. Please join me in welcoming our new faculty and staff. ‘Olonā team welcomes English teacher Chase Wiggins who joins us from the Charter School system. Chase replaces Gay Murakami who applied for and was chosen to teach the 7th grade exploratory class, Life Skills. Mr. Omo, formerly the Life Skills teacher, has filled the vacancy left by Mr. Ellis in 8th grade boys’ PE. Mr. Ellis applied for and was chosen to teach PE in our high school. Mrs. Nomura, formerly an EA on the Kukui team has become the math teacher on ‘Olonā team after Mr. Bright left to take a position at the elementary school. We have had long-term substitutes in a couple of science classes due to teacher extended leaves, and appreciate the time and commitment the substitutes have given to our program. Three new EAs have joined our staff as well. We welcome Kaleka Harrison on ‘Olonā team, Chandra Luchetti on Koa team, and Sean Tyree on the languages-performing arts team. Kona Keala-Quinabo applied for and was recently selected to become a dorm advisor in the high school. We are presently in the process of finding his replacement in Naeole Hale. Finally, we welcome Heidi Fukumoto as our new attendance clerk in the office. As I shared with our faculty and staff as wee returned today, January 5th, the movement of a few folks right at the start of the school year causes multiple consequential moves in personnel which oftentimes takes months to balance out. I mahalo all our faculty and staff who continue to provide a quality program all the while.

We look forward to continue our work with you and we begin school again on January 9th. The third quarter is customarily challenging with concept elaboration and content richness. Please let us know how we can support your child as we journey together through the remainder of the year. As always, it is important to me that communication with families is expedient with all email and phone calls returned within 24 hours of being sent/placed. Please do not hesitate to call me directly if I can be of assistance to you. I can be reached at my desk: 843-3473.

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