Catch the Wind Staff Bulletin
Week of 1/4 - 1/8
A Message from Keoki
Aloha Faculty and Staff,
Welcome back! I hope you had a great break. The second semester is upon us and I look forward to working and learning from you all as we get going. We have a lot in store this semester! Everything from SBA testing to science fair and May Day. Let's stick together, keep the kids as the focus and strive to finish the year strong.
KC Lostetter will be out with her new baby girl. The baby was born on Christmas Eve and is apparently sleeping well! Replacing KC for the entire semester will be Lindsey Teixeira. Lindsey was the student teacher in Grade 5 last semester and she graduated with her teaching degree from The University of Hawaii in December. She is excited to take on the full time roll and brings stability to our school as she knows the students and has worked closely with Mrs. Piercy, Mrs. Heupel and Mrs. Pierce! Also, we hired Jade Louie to replace Mrs. Luckett. She has a degree in music from The University of Hawaii and has taught music in schools since 2012. She is well versed in several instruments and looks forward to joining our faculty as a part time teacher. Please welcome Jade to our team and support both her and Lindsey as we kick off the new school year.
As far as direction for this semester there are a few priorities that I've outlined to keep us on track:
Academic Plan- We got to the point where Leadership prioritized needs based on the feedback from the faculty and staff. We will spend time in faculty meetings and probably on our PC day in February working to mold that information into a specific plan. Thanks for your input thus far and moving forward.
The 'Aikahi Way- In August, September and October we spent time talking about effective classroom practices that are expected daily during instruction. You discussed in your grade levels what expectations should be set. This semester we will formalize that and collaborate on informal classroom walk-throughs to support one another. I will do regular classroom walk-throughs in all classes and also want us to agree to peer visits once a month to learn from one another.
'Aikahi Math Curriculum- Leadership members expressed a lot of concerns from their grade levels about our Stepping Stones math curriculum. Some grade levels are using it with fidelity while others are using it as a resource. Some grade levels are using NY Engage and others are using materials from previous curriculums. At issue is the level of rigor and scope and sequence that seems to be confusing for the students. We will engage in faculty discussion this semester about this with the goal of getting on the same page for the 16-17 school year. There is some interest about using Go Math as a supplemental program and also looking at NY Engage. Its imperative that we are on the same page so that our kids can benefit from more consistency over time.
Let's get off to a great start this Wednesday. My door is always open if you have questions or need help with anything. I can't wait to hear about how your time was spent!
A TEAM- 'Aikahi, Together Everyone Achieves More
This Week's Events
- Winter Break - No school for teachers and students
- Teacher Work Day - No school for students
- First day of Quarter 3
- Geography Bee for Grades 4-6 at 8:30 am in the cafeteria
- Grade 3 Artic at 10:15 am in B1
- Science Fair Judging at 1:30 - 6:30 pm in the cafeteria - Please see Tammy if you would like to be a volunteer judge!!!
- Committee Meetings at 2:00 pm
- Grade 5 and 6 Science Fair at 8:00 am - 6:00 pm in the cafeteria
- Grade 4 Artic at 10:15 am in B1
- Grade 1 Artic at 12:30 pm in B1
- Grade 5 and 6 Science Fair breakdown at 8:30 am
- Grade 5 and 6 Artic at 9:00 am in B1
- Grade 2 Artic at 12:30 pm in B1
Tech Tip of the Week
- Quarter 2 STAR Party in library
- Quarter 2 Report Cards will be printed
- Send home Quarter 2 Report Cards
- PC Day for Teachers - No school for students