The Heart of Haleʻiwa

August 26, 2022 Volume III Issue II

In this Issue...


  • WASC Accreditation Visit
  • Meet our New Teachers
  • Kindergarten's New Learning Space
  • Fist Grade Scientists
  • Bike Ed
  • Literacy Corner: Sora App
  • Counselor's Corner
  • A+ Help Needed
  • Cultivating Creativity in Children
  • Free home COVID-19 tests
  • Calling all Volunteers… WE NEED YOUR HELP!

WASC Accreditation Visit: October 24 to October 27, 2022

During the week of October 24 to October 27, Hale`iwa will be going through its WASC accreditation visit. WASC stands for Western Association of Schools and Colleges. All Hawaii DOE schools must be accredited by WASC.


Why is accreditation important?

Accreditation certifies that a school is trustworthy. It validates the integrity of the educational program. Accreditation also assures the community that the school is on the right track. Most importantly, the accreditation process guides school improvement so that the school ensures it is making the adjustments needed to best serve the needs of all of its students.


What is involved in the accreditation process?

The school must produce a self-study report. The report is written through teachers and other staff members collaborating on the different criteria from the WASC organization. After the self-study report is completed, it is sent to a WASC Visiting Committee. The Visiting Committee reads the report and then visits the school for 4 days. During the visit to the school, the Visiting Committee meets with various stakeholder groups: parents, community members, students, teachers and all other staff groups. The purpose of the visit is to validate the self-study report.


Hale`iwa's self-study report is almost finished. Our faculty and staff have been working diligently on the report for the past year and a half. In the coming weeks, we will be updating everyone about the different preparations we will be doing for our WASC visit. Preparing for the visit is a lot of work. Nonetheless, we are excited to share with our Visiting Committee the great work that our school has done for the last several years. We are also looking forward to implementing new processes and procedures to improve our school to better serve our students.

Meet Our New Teachers

Ms. Samantha Southam

Special Education Teacher


Education: Star Valley High School and Utah State University


Experience: This is my first year teaching


Who inspires you: My mom. She is so strong in what she believes and has incredible self control when it comes to her goals.


Interesting fact about you: I have flown an airplane before.


What sets our school apart: How caring and friendly everyone is here. The tight knit feeling of belonging is magical


I became an educator because I love teaching kids!

Ms. Susie Scanlan

5th Grade Teacher


Education: BA in English from Lyon College, MA in English from Southeast Missouri State University, 45 graduate credits in Elementary Education and Mathematics Instruction from University of Colorado Denver, Early Language and Literacy Certificate from Adams State


Experience: I started my career and teaching with long-term subbing for 2 1/2 years in various grade levels from Kindergarten to fourth grade. Then I taught third grade for three years. During my fourth year of teaching, I was a half time instructional coach and half time classroom teacher. The following year, I worked as a half time instructional Coach and half time reading interventionist. Over the next five years, I taught third grade at international schools in Brazil for two years and in South Korea for three years. Last year, I worked as a full time instructional coach.


Favorite Quote: Be here now.


Who inspires you: People who have a passion to help others and make the world a better place.


I became an educator because I believe students need champions who believe in them, so they can learn to believe in themselves and feel pride when they learn something new or improve.

Kindergarten's New Learning Space

By Ms. Brooks

Kindergarten received an awesome new patio addition the back of their classrooms! To celebrate the first day of having it, we had a lemonade and cookie party. We’ve been using our patio daily since receiving it. We really enjoy being able to spend more class time outside!

by Ms. Mori

As we enter another exciting week in school our Kindergartners have been thrilled about their new outside patio. Students now are able to take their learning outside and enjoy their new safe space. So far Ms. Mori's class has been able to take their journals outside to make some observations and work on their drawing and writing skills. We’re all excited to see the learning that will occur in our new space throughout the year. The opportunities for outside learning are endless with our new space.
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Fist Grade Scientists

We Are Scientist

Fourth Grade Bike Ed

by Ms. Yonekura

The 4th Grade Class had a great time with Bike Ed Hawaii. Students learned the fundamentals of the bicycle, how to safely and properly ride their bikes in the community, and it was fun to get out in the sun and get some good exercise! The 4th Graders learned that it is important to always watch the road and to always wear a helmet while you are riding your bike.


"I enjoyed Bike Ed because at first, I didnʻt know that much about bikes, but now I know a lot of new things. Before Bike Ed, I wouldnʻt do the 6 point check, but now I check my bike with the six point check before I ride my bike."

- Anji Kuroda



" I liked Bike Ed because I could help watch people behind me."

-Olena Velles-Lumoya


"I enjoyed Bike Ed because it was fun to go up and down the hill in Kaiaka Park. It was also fun because we got to do the "S Drill" on the basketball court."

- Santiago Acuna

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Literacy Corner: Sora Reading App

Sora, the student reading app, provides 24/7 access to ebooks and audiobooks. What better way to engage your student's mind than through reading. Students simply log in with their 10-digit student ID number and instantly access thousands of ebooks and audiobooks on virtually any device. If prompted, the setup code is HIDOE. (10-digit student ID # is on your child's report card) .

Click on the link below to access Sora.

https://soraapp.com/library/hidoe

Our next reading challenge ...

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Counselor's Corner by Mrs. Dolan, Mr. Williams & Ms. Rohrbough

Do you also want to have meaningful after-school conversations with your child?


Alexandra of Big Life Journal has created Questions to Ask Your Child Instead of “How Was School?” to help!


This resource perfectly reinforces our Growth Mindset focus for the year. Click on the attachment below to download a copy.

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A+ Help Needed

Hale'iwa Afterschool Program (A+)

We welcome back returning students and welcome all our new A+ students! Demand is so high that we are currently full at this time and new applications will have to go on a waiting list.

We are currently looking for anyone interested in working in our A+ program from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, except Wednesdays where we start at 12:20 pm. Please contact Mr. Pai or Mrs. Dolan for more information.

Cultivating Creativity in Children

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Free Home COVID-19 Tests

If your family is interested in receiving up to 5 free home COVID-19 tests, please fill out this form. The tests will be given to the youngest child at school. They are first come first serve until we run out.


https://forms.gle/4NMdq6MYwmfiE1se6

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