1 Superintendent’s O T A D P U E I T A C U D E N N O I T A C U D E F O T N E M T R A P E D E T A T S I I A W A H 9 1 0 2 Y R A U N A J | Niu Valley music teacher wins $100K grant Niu Valley Middle School mu- sic teacher Zachary Morita was handed a giant ceremonial check Opportunities from Farmers Insurance for $100,000 in a surprise award cer- N E R E N C E S F O C emony last month. The theme of the Hawaii State His winning proposal to estab- on Counselors Conference lish what he envisions as the Niu Feb. 8 is “Hana Kakou Na Keiki Valley Music Olympic Invita- Me Ke Aloha Mau Loa” – Guiding tional edged out hundreds of pro- Children to Their Best with Aloha posals from teachers nationwide in their Heart! Counselors strive competing in Farmers’ annual to prepare students to be college Thank America’s Teachers® and career ready, and also play Dream Big Teacher Challenge®. an integral part in their social Morita said he plans to estab- emotional learning. To be held at “I hope that I can inspire other teachers and other students to pursue lish the music invitational as a the Dole Cannery Pomaikai e 8 . c o m / 3 0 m 6 0 7 6 0 6 . i v o their dreams,” said Morita. Video of the event: Ballrooms. Register by Jan. 23. collaborative competition where $70 for HSCA members, $100 for students can compete in a classi- portunity for our student musi- non-members. cal music setting and be men- G . E 2 L T E D R , P A cians to pursue what they are hawaiisca.org/events tored and adjudicated by mem- passionate about and hopefully Students from Stevenson bers of the local arts community, HIDOE educators are invited to a through that be able to work with Middle, recipient of this one-day inaugural including the Hawaii Symphony professional musicians in our grant last year, gave toys Multilingualism Symposium, and Chamber Music Hawaii. community to inspire them to they built to a children’s “Our Languages, Our Future,” strive for their goals,” Morita “This grant will change our hospital. on March 2 at Farrington High to said. community by providing an op- increase awareness of the linguistic diversity of Hawai‘i’s students to give voice to students and families, and build Parents of special needs students asked to help understanding of instructional practices that structure facilitate Medicaid reimbursements to HIDOE opportunities for students to bring community languages and culture The Hawai‘i DOE is pursuing obtain parental consent to share of Student Support Services. into schools. Register by Jan. 31. Medicaid reimbursement oppor- personally identifiable informa- HIDOE will be distributing in- bit.ly/MLSymposium2019 tunities for support services offered tion included in the IEPs of eligi- formational materials to parents of Registration is now open for the to eligible students during school ble students with Med-QUEST, eligible students, along with a 3rd Annual HĀ Summit , to be hours. If a child is Medicaid-eligi- the state’s Medicaid program. The parental consent form. Parents are held in Waimea, Hawaii Island on ble and all other requirements are information is strictly confidential asked to review all documents and April 5 & 6. Open to education met, Medicaid may provide a par- and will not impact any services return the signed consent form by stakeholders who are committed tial reimbursement for medically a student receives through their Jan. 30, 2019. If parents choose to strengthening BREATH. It will and educationally necessary IEP or their parents’ insurance. provide an opportunity to not to provide consent, they are health-related services when re- “Approximately 9,500 special experience HĀ, build a collective still urged to return the form in the quired for a student through his or needs students statewide may be understanding of the framework, enclosed self-addressed envelope. her Individualized Education Plan eligible for Medicaid reimburse- share knowledge and resources For more information, parents (IEP). By seeking Medicaid re- ments and we ask for their parents’ to support effective use, and and guardians may contact Medi- imbursements, these funds may and guardians’ assistance to help connect to a network of caid Program Specialist Mikeal become available to reinvest in claim these funds for Hawai‘i’s practitioners. Register by Jan. 31. Stansbury at 808-305-9787 or visit hasummit2019.weebly.com Hawai‘i’s public schools. schools,” said Assistant Superin- c e p S - E O D I H n y l . t i o b i t a / . c u d E - l a i As a requirement, HIDOE must tendent Heidi Armstrong, Office CONNECT WITH US! | 808-586-3230 | Email: [email protected] | Social: HawaiiPublicSchools.org
2 › EDUCATION UPDATE PAGE 2 CHOOL DESIGN STUDENT VOICE TEACHER COLLABORATION S Stevenson gives back Stevenson Middle School students brought some holiday cheer to a nearby children’s hospital last month with the delivery of interactive toys the students designed and 3D-printed in their STEM (science, technology, IGH-IMPACT STRATEGIES: H engineering and math) classes. bit.ly/HIDOE-strategies Nearly 50 seventh- and eighth- graders in Stevenson’s STEM and to give back,” Morgan said. Video Art Computer Technology Her grant proposal involved classes took a field trip to Shriners establishing an “Innovative Children Hospitals – Honolulu to Invention Imaginarium” as a space drop off their creations that for service learning and creating included infinity cubes, fidget for students. The classrooms are spinners and puzzles. are outfitted with 3D printers, Eighth-grader Ethan Uehara computers, sewing machines, a T- : Children at Shriners Hospital received 3D-printed toys from P O T said students wanted to design shirt printer and other technology. Stevenson Middle School STEM students last month. The project : W O L E B more than simple figurines and “We wanted to take care of our was made possible by an eduational grant won last year by Stevenson brainstormed to come up with STEM teacher Patricia Morgan. local community such as the ideas for interactive toys. children’s hospital. One of the “Kids at Shriners, if they’re projects is having the students 3D sitting in their bed, they need model and 3D print toys for the kids something to do. This is kind of a that are in Shriners ... so that they fidget toy that they can mess around know that they’re loved during the with and keep them occupied,” holiday season,” Morgan said. Ethan said while holding an infinity Angela Keen, director of cube — a toy made of spinning marketing and communications for cube-shaped cohorts that can be Shriners Hospital in Hawaii and folded around and on top of one the Pacific Basin, said the gifts and another, forming the toy into and other donated items will benefit out of a single cube. hundreds of children. “Although “I felt glad I could be helping 80 percent of our kids are local someone that doesn’t have kids, the other 20 percent come anything,” he said. “Knowing that from the Pacific Basin and they we can help them, I feel really don’t have a lot. So the holidays happy.” Four came to mind and I was like, can be very difficult for them, Stevenson Middle Principal that would be kind of cool if I being away from home, being in Katherine Balatico said she was so made a miniature Connect Four,” an unusual place, having medical impressed by the students’ she said. care, being in pain,” Keen said. ▼ heartwarming gesture. Roza said sharing the gifts with “To have the Stevenson kids “I think the connection that our children at the hospital made her come here and present these gifts students are making between happy. “I feel proud that they like to the kids is a very big deal. But STEM and giving back is them,” she said. what’s even more meaningful is A W T H C phenomenal,” Balatico said. “It The students also delivered that this was a school project — the really touches my heart ... that several big Santa sacks filled with students created these things with Students donate 3D toys to Stevenson students are putting T-shirts they designed and printed their hands and with the 3D printer children’s hospital: other children’s lives and holiday (emblazoned with “Keiki Warrior” and the grant that their teacher 7 0 6 4 1 8 0 3 / 7 m v i m e o . c o season in the forefront of their across the front), holiday-themed received,” Keen said. “That means mind and wanting to give back to fleece blankets they made, and the world to us to know that this is them.” various wish-list items for the handmade and very special from Morgan won last year through the hospital’s recreational area Eighth-grader Roza Makanani the Stevenson students.” annual Thank America’s Teachers including coloring books, art “There’s nothing better than designed and 3D-printed a Dream Big Teacher Challenge, supplies and stickers. receiving a gift at this time of the miniature game that she hopes sponsored by Farmers Insurance. The project was made possible year when they’re going through patients will enjoy. “Since we feel so fortunate for through an educational grant some challenging times in their “I just thought of a game that I getting the $100,000 grant from Stevenson STEM teacher Patricia life,” she said. used to always play, and Connect Farmers, we feel really responsible
3 JANUARY 2019 PAGE 3 ‹ ‘Fixing the system’ Assistant Superintendent and CFO Amy Kunz Briefs MĀNOA EL DEDICATES I came to the Hawai‘i DOE with a drive to “fix the 201921 BUDGET ‘KAHALAOPUNA’ MURAL system.” In 2009, Furlough Fridays were imposed on Mānoa Elementary students Assets for the HIDOE’s fiscal biennium Hawai‘i’s school system due to budget constraints, a budget request for public schools, including dedicated a colorful mural on casualty of the economic downturn that started the the presentation to the Legislature and fact campus with the message of year before. My oldest son was in sheets on budget priorities and major promoting peace throughout public elementary school where I was initiatives, are on the public website: their school and community. an engaged parent, serving on the bit.ly/DOEbudget The mural was inspired in school’s PTA and School Community part by the ‘ōlelo no‘eau, or Council. When schools statewide Hawaiian proverb, E waikahi program categories that can’t be easily updated or cycled were closed for Furlough Fridays, I ka pono i manalo — It is well out of the system because of downstream impacts to was right there with other parents and to be united in thought, that all schools’ cash flow and budgeting that can last years. No Kunz the public calling for more fiscal may have peace. Students in amount of transparency about our numbers can fix the transparency in our school system and an audit of the Chelsey Villamin’s first-grade flaws in the underlying system. A $2 billion enterprise, books. Surely the funds to operate our schools could class and Eileen Carr’s fourth- with loads of complexities, requires an industry-standard be found in this enormous statewide system — it’s the grade class worked with local Financial Management System (FMS). only reason this system exists! What’s the point of the artists with Mele Murals to de- Fortunately, Supt. Christina Kishimoto has taken an system if schools aren’t open? pict the Hawaiian legend of Ka- aggressive stance with modernizing HIDOE’s systems. Two years later, I applied for and was named the halaopuna, the rainbow princess This transformation has included launching the Servi- Chief Financial Officer for the Hawaii DOE. I went of Mānoa Valley, and her ceNow IT management system for easier access to immediately to work to learn its inner workings and ʻaumākua, or family god, the tech support, and partnering with the state to update build greater transparency into its fiscal reporting. pueo. To help spread the mural's bit.ly/HawaiiPay the payroll system ( ), which went live It’s important to note: the public school system al- message, Carr's students de- for HIDOE last month. She has initiated the movement ready had in place strong oversight and input relating signed a presentation to explain off Lotus Notes to Google for Education, starting with to budgeting: its significance to the school email and calendaring functions this summer. And she approves the HIDOE 1)The Board of Education and community partners. announced improved business practices and systems budget for submission to the Governor and Legislature; modernization for facilities management under Future bit.ly/HIDOE- 2) School Community Councils ( HIDOE RECEIVES $1M ); it includes a CIP Schools Now ( bit.ly/HIDOE-FSN SCC ), or SCCs, comprised of school staff, parents, STEM EDUCATION GRANT Project Tracker site, being beta-tested now, which will students and interested community members, guide better track school maintenance projects (estimated The Hawaii DOE has re- the crafting of the Academic Plans and Financial Plans cost and quantity) in the pipeline and establish a “sys- ceived a five-year, $1 million at the school level to document their ongoing work tems of record.” A public version will be released next grant from the Department of (and spending!) to build excellent and equitable learn- school year; imagine being able to search for and pull Defense Education Activity ing environments; up-to-date information on design and construction con- Partnership that will fund Sci- comprised of school 3) The Committee on Weights, tract amounts, the status of projects, and awarded ven- ence, Technology, Engineering and state staff and community representatives from dors for the public schools in your community! and Math (STEM) education across the Islands, meets every other year to collaborate While these upgrades continue to be implemented, for kindergarten through eighth on adjustments to the primary mechanism by which Supt. Kishimoto is gearing up to lead the overdue mod- grade students at eight military- we fund schools — the Weighted Student Formula ernization of our FMS. We will be reaching out to our impacted schools in the Camp- ). The WSF establishes per-student bit.ly/DOEWSF ( Board of Education, the financial committees of the bell-Kapolei Complex Area: funding that is increased according to various charac- Legislature, other State agencies, local banking and Ewa Makai Middle School and teristics that require greater supports for students, as financial leaders, and our School Community Councils seven elementary schools (Ewa well as school-level base funding. for their input around two key questions: Beach, Holomua, Hoʻokele, The Hawaii DOE’s financial statements are audited • What capabilities will help decision makers support Iroquois Point, Keoneʻula, annually by a third party operating under the authority HIDOE’s mission? Makakilo and Mauka Lani). of the state’s Office of the Auditor. Every year, those •How should the accounting system clarify budget These schools will be able audits note that our financial statements are clean. allocations and expenditures? to integrate an online science Each year, our auditors do a deep dive on the results A modern FMS will improve our legacy system by curriculum to support their ex- with the Board, which is public record. Additionally, integrating school-level budgeting, speeding up pro- these audits are available on the HIDOE’s budget isting STEM program, Project curement and payments, increasing internal controls, page, where we also detail the state’s budget process Lead the Way. The grant will streamlining processes, and adding timely, dynamic and cycle, the Operating and Capital Improvements focus on increasing students' financial reporting for how we expend taxpayer funds. Program budgets, and how our spending compares science academic achievement As the 2019 Legislative session opens and we begin nationally. by providing quality instruction discussing what our schools need for fiscal years 2019- Our budget information is readily available, and our and relevant hands-on lessons 2021, there will again be calls to “fix the system.” We annual audits are clean. So what’s the problem? The and opportunities to utilize all want a world-class public education system. Let’s problem is the data we provide is based on an accounting technology in class to support keep working — together — to give our kids, educa- system that is more than two decades out of use, with more problem-based learning. tors, staff and communities the schools they deserve.
4 › EDUCATION UPDATE JANUARY 2019 BACK PAGE › EVENTS, DEADLINES & FUN STUFF Don’t Miss This! JAN 2026 ››› HIDOE BUDGET NATIONAL SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK FUNDING OUR SCHOOLS During NSCW, schools, homeschool The 2019 session of the Hawaii State groups, organizations and individuals Legislature kicks off this month. In plan thousands of independent events addition to working with legislators on to celebrate the different K-12 education various initiatives and policies relating options available to children and families to public education, the HIDOE will while also spotlighting the benefits of make formal requests of its budgetary school choice. NSCW recognizes all K- needs to run the public school system 12 options, including traditional public of the Ways and Means, Education and schools, public charter schools, public Finance committees. The presentation magnet schools, private schools, online and supplemental resources, including academies, and homeschooling. fact sheets on budgetary priorities and https://schoolchoiceweek.com major initiatives. bit.ly/DOEbudget FEBRUARY JAN 26, FEB 16 ‹‹‹ MAHINA ‘ŌLELO HAWAI‘I SQUARING OFF FOR SCIENCE E ‘ike mau a e kapa ‘ia ana ae ka High school teams from across the mahina ‘o Pepeluali ‘o ia ka Mahina Islands will compete in two premiere ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i i mea e ho‘omaika‘i a e Hawaii science meets! Winners of the paipai aku ai i ka ‘ōlelo ‘ana o ua ‘ōlelo Science Bowl on Jan. 26 will compete makuahine nei la. The month of in the National Science Bowl in February shall be known and Washington D.C. in April. Winners of designated as ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i Month to Aloha Bowl , the regional the celebrate and encourage the use of competition for the National Ocean SB409, SD1 (Act Hawaiian language ( Sciences Bowl, will compete in the 28), Hawaii Revised Statutes ). How will national finals in Boulder, CO in April. your school or community celebrate the Good luck to our student teams! Hawaiian language next month? Supt’s Corner DR. CHRISTINA M. KISHIMOTO Over the past 18 months, the HIDOE has The work that we do been focused on three high-impact strategies: is complex and powerful, School Design, Student Voice, and Teacher and so very important to our Collaboration. As we explored how to use young people’s future. This is why we are these to empower schools, we identified core focused on preparing and empowering our practice changes to impact student success at school teams. Our next decade of work, which a new level. I am very excited about some key will be articulated in a 10-year Strategic Plan, shifts — delivering trainings so that we have will require operational, policy, financial, and community partnership support. more time for collaboration, reconfiguring our The DOE/BOE Strategic Plan will sunset in budget and planning processes to reflect our 2020. A new action plan will focus our highest priorities, supporting pilot classroom priorities for the next decade. We will develop innovations generated by teachers, refocusing a forward-facing Statewide Strategic Plan school partnerships with business and industry focused on three key questions: to increase opportunities for applied learning, •What is student success? expanding upon our leadership development •How do we measure what we really and succession plan, and increasing student value? participation in ollege, Advanced C arly E •How do we support each child to Placement, and Career and Technical Read/download the vision statement: Education courses. experience success? bit.ly/HIDOE-10 CONNECT WITH US! HawaiiPublicSchools.org | 808-586-3230 | Email: [email protected] | Social: Education Update is a monthly newsletter by the Department’s Communications Office, distributed to schools, the first Board of Education meeting of the month, and posted to HawaiiPublicSchools.org. We encourage submissions! Please contact us at the phone, email or social channels above.