Summer Book Sale 8/9/13, 12pm-7pm

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Register for Waianae Youth Sailing Program – Classes Start on 8/10/13

Waianae Youth Sailing Program - Classes Start on 8/10/13. Meet every Saturday 9am-1pm. Open to youth 13-19. Register now. Call Marcy at 428-4714 or email thomasm026@hawaii.rr.com. Click image to enlarge.

Waianae Youth Sailing Program – Classes Start on 8/10/13. Meet every Saturday 9am-1pm. Open to youth 13-19. Register now. Call Marcy at 428-4714 or email thomasm026@hawaii.rr.com. Click image to enlarge.

Women of Wai`anae Yard Sale – Aug. 3-4, 2013, 8am-2pm

Haiju Mukai (Grandwinner), Patricia Plunkett, Lenore Pascubillo, Lorna Kekahuna, Diana Delima, Florence Eli -Adams, Eleanor Shirley, Carolyn Pule, Shad Rosario.

From top left: Haiju Mukai (Grandwinner), Patricia Plunkett, Lenore Pascubillo, Lorna Kekahuna, Diana Delima, Florence Eli -Adams, Eleanor Shirley, Carolyn Pule, Shad Rosario.

Please come to find great bargains and support Women of Waianae’s (WOW) scholarship fund. The yard sale will take place at 86-024 Glenmonger Street, Waianae, HI 96792 (house on corner of Glenmonger St. & Pokai Bay Street).

Karen Young

Karen Young

Yard sale donations are being accepted. Call 696-4677 if you want to help.

For more information about WOW, a non-profit 501c3 which provides scholarships to non-traditional college students from the Wai`anae Coast, visit  http://wowaianae.blogspot.com or contact Karen Young at 696-4677 or kgsyoung@hotmail.com

Glenmonger Street at Pokai Bay Street (google map) (yahoo map)

Zilkha Biomass

Sen. Shimabukuro met with Zilkha Biomass, which proposes to supply Hawaii with wood-based renewable energy based out of Kalaeloa.

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Hawaii State Department of Education Cleared from High-Risk Status in Race to the Top Grant

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HAWAII   STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

NEWS   RELEASE

NEIL   ABERCROMBIE

KATHRYN   S. MATAYOSHI

GOVERNOR

SUPERINTENDENT

   July 29, 2013

Hawaii State Department of Education Cleared from
High-Risk Status in Race to the Top Grant

The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) this morning received notification from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) that its Race to the Top (RTTT) grant is no longer considered “high-risk” and is in good standing.

“This is great news that validates the good work that’s been done by the teachers, educational leaders and our community partners,” stated Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “The transformation of our public schools is in full swing. We are staying the course in our mission to ensure all students graduate from our public schools prepared for college and careers.”

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sent a letter to Gov. Neil Abercrombie today informing him of the USDOE’s acknowledgement of the major progress that Hawaii has and continues to make.

“The commitment made by the Hawaii State Department of Education to get to where it is today speaks for itself and I congratulate all of those involved for a job well done,” said Gov. Abercrombie. “It is clear that transformation in our education system is taking place at all levels from the Board of Education meeting room to the classroom.”

In August 2010, the USDOE awarded Hawaii with a four-year $75 million RTTT grant. Hawaii was placed on high-risk status in December 2011. The DOE spent two years making significant progress, which later led to the removal of high-risk status in two of its Assurance Areas, including B (Standards and Assessments) and C (Data Systems). Until today, the high-risk status remained in Assurance Areas A (System Alignment and Performance Monitoring), D (Great Teachers, Great Leaders), and E (Turning Around Persistently Low-Achieving Schools).

In February 2013, the DOE received recognition for a number of major accomplishments and was also praised for implementing important reforms, including programs to support educator effectiveness. Today’s announcement of total removal of high-risk allows Hawaii to continue its RTTT reform efforts through September 2014 when the grant officially ends.

Key improvement areas in the DOE’s transformation efforts include:

·        Aligned state, complex area and school planning and monitoring. This allows for a cohesive system at all levels focused on shared goals for students. From the strategic plan to the school’s academic plans and evaluations of educators, administrators and teachers are tracking students to ensure all graduate college and career ready.
·        Worked with union partners to formalize new evaluation systems for teachers and principals.
·        Improved communication both internally and externally. Earlier this month, the DOE launched its new website and is in the process of establishing an intranet service for staff that allows for increased exchange of information. The DOE also provided clarity of roles, responsibilities, and vision both within our system and in the community.

The 2013-14 school year begins Aug. 5. The DOE remains firm in its strategic goals in setting targets for multiple progress indicators that show progress towards student achievement.

For more information about Race to the Top, please visit HawaiiPublicSchools.org.

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Donalyn Dela Cruz
Director of Communications
Phone:  (808) 586-3232
E-mail:  donalyn_dela_cruz@hawaiidoe.org

Kūkulu Ola: Living Hawaiian Culture and Natural Resources grant programs

The Hawai‘i Community Foundation (“HCF”) and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (“HTA”) have partnered to administer the Kūkulu Ola: Living Hawaiian Culture and Natural Resources grant programs. HCF/HTA have launched the 2014 Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for the Hawaiian Culture and Natural Resource grant programs. To view RFPs, click on Hawaiian Culture 2014 RFP and Natural Resources 2014 RFP. Online applications will be accepted after July 30, 2013 on HCF’s Nonprofit Gateway (please register early!). Deadlines to apply are 9/23/2013 for Hawaiian Culture and 10/28/2013 for Natural Resources.

Oahu workshop. Retrieved from HANO on 7/31/13.

Oahu workshop. Retrieved from HANO on 7/31/13.

HCF and HTA staff will be on all islands to answer questions regarding the 2014 Hawaiian Culture and Natural Resource Program RFPs. You are invited to attend a FREE Informational Session followed by a Grant Writing Workshop presented by the Hawai‘i Alliance of Nonprofit Organization (HANO) – a small fee is required for most grant writing workshops. These sessions are coming up in the next few weeks!

All sessions will be held from:
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. – 2014 HTA RFP Informational Session by HCF/HTA – FREE
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – HANO’s Grant Writing Workshop – $20, except for Lāna‘i & Moloka‘i. Lunch to be provided.

To view information and registration on info sessions and grant writing workshops, click on the following:
Kaua‘i – Tuesday, July 30 at Kaua‘i Humane Society
Moloka‘i –Friday, Aug. 2 at Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center (QLCC)
Lāna‘i – Monday, Aug. 5 at TBA
O‘ahu – Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Hawai‘iUSA Federal Credit Union, Diamond Head Room
Maui – Wednesday, Aug. 7 at Maui Family Support Services
Hilo, Hawai‘i Island – Friday, Aug. 9 at ADRC – Kahi Mālama – A Place of Caring, Aging & Disability Resource Center
Kona, Hawai‘i Island – Monday, Aug. 12 at Quilt Passions

To register and view the full list of informational sessions and grant writing workshops, please see HANO’s Event Registration at http://assetshawaii.org/r/E/NzUyNg/MTk5/0/0/c2Vuc2hpbWFidWt1cm9AY2FwaXRvbC5oYXdhaWkuZ292/aHR0cDovL2hhbm8uY2FtcDkub3JnL0RlZmF1bHQuYXNweD9wYWdlSWQ9MTA3MjgzIyEjIQ/123/0. If you have questions on registration, please contact Jennifer Cornish Creed, HANO’s Director of Member & Professional Development, at (808) 529-0453 or jcreed@hano-hawaii.org.

Please feel free to pass along this information to organizations engaged in environmental and cultural perpetuation.

If you have any questions on the HTA grant opportunities, please contact HCF Staff, Larissa Kick at lkick@hcf-hawaii.org.

NHIS Trainer and Students in KHON2 Video on Free Athletic Physicals

Ryan Sargent, Nanakuli High & Intermediate School athletic trainer, Dr. Elizabeth Ignacio, orthopedic surgeon, two 7th graders from NHIS, and KHON2's Ron Mizutani discuss the free physicals for middle and high school students interested in participating in athletics. Physicals are required. Broadcast on 7/24/13 on KHON's Wake Up 2day. Click the image to see the video. Click here to see a related post.

Ryan Sargent, Nanakuli High & Intermediate School athletic trainer, Dr. Elizabeth Ignacio, orthopedic surgeon, two 7th graders from NHIS, and KHON2’s Ron Mizutani discuss the free physicals for middle and high school students interested in participating in athletics. The physicals were scheduled for 7/20/13 and 7/27/13. Physicals are required. This segment was aired on 7/24/13 on KHON’s Wake Up 2day. Click the image to see the video. Click here to see a related post.