I just returned from an all-day conference on Hawaii's public education system.  The symposium, called the 2016 Hawaii Education Summit, was hosted by Governor David Y. Ige's office.  It was open to any stakeholder in public education.

I'd like to start off with a heartfelt mahalo to the Governor, the First Lady and the office staff.  Putting together an event of this size in just a few months is phenomenal for anyone.  It's nearly unprecedented in government.

As for the event itself, it was well-organized and quite well attended with 1,000 participants.  Material was pertinent and informative.  Best of all, everyone -- including parents and students -- had the opportunity to provide direct feedback to the Administration.

Read more: Hawaii Education Summit 2016: Summary

Niu Valley Middle School just updated its list for 2016-2017 school supplies.  Kids need to have these for classes, but unlike elementary school, do not need to turn them in on the first day.  Rather, they hold on to them to use as instructed and bring as needed.

This list can be found at:

http://niuvalleymiddle.org under documents.

I've also updated 2016 Checklist for new Niu Valley Middle School Students and attached the pdf file to the article.

It's a pretty amazing statistic.  Niu Valley Middle School, serving grades 6-8, grew 86 percent over the past ten years.

Fortunately some relief is on the way.  The State Legislature just appropriated $3 million in capital improvements for the school.

If you're curious -- as I am -- about time series data for Hawaii's public schools, check out NCES data from the Federal Government here. [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/elsi/]

Niu Valley students wear uniforms, t-shirts purchased from The Custom Company Harbor Center: 98-027 Hekaha Street, Building #3 Unit #12, located in Aiea.  Phone number is 845-8811.  Shirts will also be available on Payment Fee Day, July 18, 2016.

April 29, 2016: Transition to Middle School Parent Night 5:30pm - 7pm School Cafeteria

July 14, 2016: Parent Orientation Night for New Students 5:30pm - 7PM School Cafeteria

July 18, 2016: Fee Payment Day

Payment Fee Day for 2016-17 School Year

Monday, July 18th, 8:00am – 10:00am, School Cafeteria (12:00noon – 4:00pm School Office)

Purchase school uniforms (The Custom Company is now located in Aiea), 

Make deposits into meal time accounts,

Go on student led school tours, and

Pick up Student Schedules (Because the DOE will be having some system changes in July, there is a  possibility that schedules will not be ready – only Team assignments. Please check the NVMS website for updates.)

There will be two lines on Monday, July 18:

1)  Payment Line:  For those who haven't paid school fees yet (EXACT cash or check)

2)  Pre-Paid Line:  For those who already paid all their fees in advance of the June 26 prepay deadline - please bring white receipt to enter cafeteria in order to deposit into meal account, pick up schedule, take school tour, etc

August 2, 2016: First day of school.  Have school supplies available.

Information deemed reliable on the date printed.  For updates, please check the Niu Valley Middle School website.


Access this URL (http://www.kaiser.k12.hi.us/downloads/dlroot/PCNC/April_29_-_NVMS_Transition_to_Middle_School_Parent_nNght.pdf)April_29_-_NVMS_Transition_to_Middle_School_Parent_nNght.pdf[NVMS Transition to Middle School Presentation, April 29, 2016]836 kB
Download this file (Fee_Payment_Day_Info__Form.pdf)Niu Valley Middle School Fee Payment Day 2016-2017 School Year[ ]209 kB

Just released [Hawaii Department of Education] April 18, 2016

Aiea Sun., May 22 6:00 PM Aloha Stadium  
Anuenue Sat., May 21 10:30 AM School Campus  
Baldwin Fri., May 20 6:00 PM War Memorial Stadium  
Campbell Sat., May 14 5:00 PM Aloha Stadium  
Castle Sat., May 21 5:30 PM School Athletic Field  
Connections Sat., May 28 6:00 PM Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium Charter
Education Laboratory Fri., May 20 5:30 PM Andrews Outdoor Theatre - UH at Manoa Charter
Farrington Sat., May 21 4:00 PM School Amphitheater  
Hakipuu Learning Center Sat., May 28 5:30 PM Paliku Theatre, WCC Charter
Halau Ku Mana Sat., May 21 9:00 AM School Campus Charter
Hana Sat., May 21 3:30 PM School Field  
Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science Fri., May 20 4:00 PM HAAS PavilionSchool Campus Charter
Hawaii School for the Deaf & the Blind Wed., May 25 5:30 PM School Campus  
Hawaii Technology Academy Tues., May 24 5:00 PM Hawaii Okinawa Center, Legacy Ballroom Charter
Hilo Fri., May 20 6:00 PM Edith Kanakaole Stadium  
Honokaa Sat., May 21 10:00 AM The Armory/Gymnasium  
Kahuku Thurs., May 19 6:00 PM BYUH Cannon Center  
Kailua Sat., May 21 6:00 PM School Football Field on Campus  
Kaimuki Sat., May 21 5:00 PM Waikiki Shell  
Kaiser Fri., May 20 6:30 PM School Field  
Kalaheo Thurs., May 26 6:30 PM Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall  
Kalani Tues., May 24 6:30 PM Neal S. Blaisdell Arena  
Kamaile Academy Thurs., May 19 5:30 PM Kamaile Field/School Campus Charter
Kanu o ka 'Aina Fri., May 27 10:00 AM Mana Christian Ohana Hall Charter
Kapaa Fri., May 20 6:30 PM Kapaa New Town Ball Park  
Kapolei Fri., May 20 6:00 PM School Stadium  
Kau Fri., May 20 5:00 PM School Gymnasium  
Kauai Fri., May 20 6:00 PM Vidinha Stadium  
Kawaikini Sat., May 28 11:00 AM School Campus Charter
Ke Ana La'ahana Sun., May 29 10:00 PM Kawananakoa Gymnasium Charter
Ke Kula o Ehunuikaimalino Fri., May 20 12:00 PM Minoru Inaba Baseball Field  
Ke Kula o Samuel M. Kamakau Sat., May 21 12:00 PM School Campus Charter
Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha Tues., May 24 9:00 AM Hawaiian Church in Waimea Charter
Keaau Fri., May 20 4:30 PM School Stadium  
Kealakehe Sat., May 21 6:00 PM Kealakehe High School Football Field  
Kihei Fri., May 27 5:00 PM Maui Nui Golf Club Charter
King Kekaulike Thurs., May 19 6:00 PM School Stadium  
Kohala Sat., May 21 3:00 PM Kamehameha Park - Hisaoka Gymnasium  
Konawaena Sat., May 21 9:00 AM Julian Yates Athletic Field  
Kua o ka La Fri., May 20 9:00 AM School Campus Charter
Kula Aupuni Niihau A Kahelelani Aloha Fri., May 13 9.00 AM School Campus Charter
Lahainaluna Sun., May 22 6:30 PM Sue D. Cooley Stadium  
Lanai Sat., May 21 2:00 PM School Gymnasium  
Laupahoehoe Fri., May 20 6:00 PM School Gymnasium Charter
Leilehua Fri., May 20 6:00 PM School Stadium  
Maui Sat., May 21 5:00 PM War Memorial Stadium  
McKinley Sun., May 22 5:00 PM School Campus  
Mililani Sun., May 15 5:00 PM Aloha Stadium  
Moanalua Fri., May 20 5:30 PM School Stadium  
Molokai Sat., May 21 4:00 PM School Gymnasium  
Myron B. Thompson Academy Fri., May 27 5:30 PM Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall Charter
Nanakuli Sat., May 21 5:00 PM School Stadium  
Olomana Tues., May 24 10:30 AM School Campus (HYCF)  
Pahoa Sun., May 22 5:30 PM Civic Auditorium (Hilo)  
Pearl City Sat., May 21 5:00 PM Aloha Stadium  
Radford Fri., May 20 6:00 PM Aloha Stadium  
Roosevelt Sat., May 21 6:30 PM School Stadium  
Waiakea Sat., May 21 6:00 PM Edith Kanakaole Stadium  
Waialua Sat., May 21 5:30 PM School Athletic Field  
Waianae Fri., May 20 6:00 PM WHS Raymond Torii Field  
Waimea Fri., May 20 6:30 PM School Front Lawn  
Waipahu Thurs., May 19 6:00 PM Neal S. Blaisdell Arena  
West Hawaii Explorations Academy Fri., May 20 5:00 PM School Campus





Great news:  College enrollment is absolutely achievable after graduation from Hawaii public schools.  

From the latest data available, graduates of University High, Kalani and Kaiser were the most likely to be enrolled in college 16 months later..  For these schools, the Class of 2013 16-month College Enrollment Rate (%) holds at 91, 85 and 84 percent respectively. Also among Hawaii public schools with at least three out of four, i.e. 75%, enrolled in college are Hawaii Technology Academy, Roosevelt, Moanalua, Kalaheo and Mililani.  For more detail, click on this spreadsheet link.