The Heart of Hale'iwa
February 3, 2023 Volume III Issue X
In this Issue...
- Vulnerability Assessment
- ESSENCE Week
- Robotics: Congratulations, Cane Fires!
- Order your Yearbook
- EOEL: Butterflies
- Kindergarten: Discovery Center Field Trip
- First Grade: First Grade: Artist in Residence Part II & Kaiaka Beach Park Field Trip
- Sixth Grade: We Are Hale'iwa
- Literacy Corner: Online Learning Resources
- Community Event: WHIS Movie Night, Sunset Elementary Surf Night, and Circus
by Mrs. Wetzel
On Wednesday, January 18 and Friday, January 20, Hale`iwa Elementary had a Vulnerability Assessment conducted by the DOE Director of Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness Branch, Mr. Max Mendoza. A Vulnerability Assessment is defined as “an industry-wide and multi-functional process that detects and evaluates weaknesses and vulnerabilities of an organization’s internal and external foundations; and provides recommended solutions to mitigate weaknesses and vulnerabilities”.
The assessment reviewed the school’s Cybersecurity infrastructure and the overall vulnerabilities of our campus and operations. The results for both parts were quite positive. We wanted to share some of the positive practices that were recognized by Mr. Mendoza and some of the recommendations that were left for the school. Please note that what is being shared are the most pertinent practices and recommendations from the assessment. This is not the entire list from the report. Overall, the results were quite positive.
Some of the positive practices that were commended by the Vulnerability Assessment are:
Overall security procedures in the main office are effective
Phone, intercom, and public address systems capabilities exist between main administration office and classrooms
The school has an established Emergency Action Plan
Custodians conduct morning sweeps of campus
Classroom window visibility was not impeded
Access to the campus is restricted to only contracted workers who provide services to the school.
Parents are requested to check in at the front office and not go beyond the flag pole unless authorized by the office.
There is a significant presence of adults providing active supervision of students before, during and after school.
There were also recommendations for improvement from Mr. Mendoza. The school has already begun to implement some of the recommendations that could be done immediately. There are recommendations that will take more time to work on, but we have begun that work already.
Here are some of the recommendations that have been immediately implemented:
Keep all classroom doors in the locked position throughout the entire day.
Ensure that all staff members are wearing the ID badges at all times.
Staff members should wear safety vests whenever they are providing supervision so that the noticeable presence of adults acts as a deterrent to possible intruders.
The school has 2 AEDs located in the cafeteria and in the health room. It is recommended that another AED is purchased and installed towards the back of campus. Hale`iwa has submitted our order for another AED to be placed in G building.
Here are some recommendations that are very important that the school is currently working on:
The school has 2 AEDs located in the cafeteria and in the health room. It is recommended that another AED is purchased and installed towards the back of campus.
Hale`iwa has submitted our order for another AED to be placed in G building.
Consider installing combination push locks for the unlocked library doors and side office door. Hale`iwa has requested quotes for these locks.
Consider installing speed bumps in the parking lots.
Hale`iwa has an upcoming parking lot paving project. For this project, we are requesting speed bumps.
Consider installing surveillance cameras around campus in high traffic or high risk areas
Hale`iwa is soliciting quotes for cameras.
We want all of our families to be reassured that we take the safety and security of everyone on our campus very seriously. As we continue to work on the recommendations from the Vulnerability Assessment, we will update everyone with our progress.
Ke aka o Hale`iwa...Kupono me ke aloha no ke ahona o ke ao
Our school had a great time celebrating our ESSENCE this week. Students were able to work on different activities each day to celebrate our essence and wear a different color each day. Each class competed for spirit points and our first grade class won first place. Ms. Brooks's Kindergarten and Mrs. Jes's Preschool class tied for second place.
Our visiting Vice Principal, Ms. K, taught our school a fun cheer for each day as well. Unfortunately, due to the rain, we were unable to take our school heart picture, but we will try again in a few weeks. Overall, we had a great week celebrating our ESSENCE!
Congratulations, Cane Fires!
Please join us in congratulating our Hale`iwa CANE FIRES robotics teams
for their exceptionally successful robotics season.
Here are some highlights from the VEX IQ State Championship on January 28:
Our 5th-grade team ended the qualification rounds with a ranking of 7 out of 33 teams.
Our 6th-grade team ended the qualification rounds with a ranking of 1.
These rankings qualified both teams for the finals.
The 5th-grade team finished with a score of 82 with their alliance team, Akamai Bots from Kaunakakai Elementary on the island of Molokai.
The 6th-grade team scored 189 (the highest score for the entire day) with their alliance team, Hawaii Girl Power from Waipahu.
The 6th graders also earned the 4 highest scores during the qualification rounds with scores of 177, 164, 152, and 144.
Our 6th-grade team topped off their PHENOMENAL season with the following awards:
Robot Skills Champion -- repeat from last year
Teamwork Champion -- repeat from last year
They also secured a spot in the WORLDS competition in Dallas, Texas in May.
We are very proud of all of our robotics students for their hard work and for representing Hale`iwa so admirably. All of them embodied the ESSENCE of Hale`iwa at the state tournament today.
Grade 5 team: Brian Tudor, Eiden Acorda-Manmano, Noelle Velles-Lumoya, and Kawena Nakai.
Grade 6 team: Mykaela Simpson, Marissa Moody, Pressli Garcia, and Liam Ejercito.
Mahalo to our students, staff, and families for your support and dedication this robotics season!
Order your Yearbook
by Mrs. Angelica
Kindergarten: Discovery Center Field Trip
by Ms. Brooks
The kindergartners had so much fun on their field trip to the Discovery Center! They got to use their imagination to become doctors, optometrist, bus drivers, firemen, bankers, police officers, etc. They also got to discover what it is like to be a pilot and a flight attendant. They were even able to explore the lives of different people who live around the World. So much to do and so much fun at the Discovery Center!
First Grade: Artist in Residence Part II
First Grade: Kaiaka Park Field Trip
Sixth Grade: We Are Hale'iwa
The 6th graders showed their school pride by participating in Haleiwa’s Essence week.
Learn something new online, or even take a virtual field trip with your family!
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES – LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES
VIRTUAL TRAVEL ADVENTURES
VIRTUAL MUSEUMS TOURS
WHIS: Family Movie Night Event
On Feb 10th, WHIS will have a movie night in Tanaka Square. The class councils, clubs, and band will be selling food. Please have a look at the flyer for full details.
Sunset Elementary Surf Night
Super American Circus
Tickets will go out with students on Monday. Let us know if you need extra.