January 19, 2018

Graduation 2017


Per our Early College journey, wanted to highlight Waipahu High School’s Ms. Rovy Dipaysa.   Rovy is currently a senior and taking Early College courses from Leeward Community College.   She has been taking Early College courses since grade 9  and currently has enough credits for an Associate of Arts (AA) in Liberal Arts and Associate of Science (AS) in Philippine Studies.  Ms. Dipaysa will be completed with her AA and AS requirements this December, one semester before she officially graduates from Waipahu High in June 2018.   Rovy has applied for admission at Chaminade University’s Nursing Program for Fall 2018 entry and will continue taking Early College courses next semester to further prepare for her transfer.  

While Rovy represents a small percentage, this will soon become the norm.  Statewide, student participation is growing due to increased awareness, student confidence, increased courses offered by Community Colleges, and strong funding partnerships.  Priority remains focused in supporting those students who feel they lack the potential and/or financial opportunities.   Thank you in having that innovative mindset as we strive to create learning opportunities for our students that we serve daily!

Quarter I Marks:
The Quarter 1 marking window in Infinite Campus is now open for posting your marks.  Due date for marks to be posted in Infinite Campus will be Monday Oct. 23 by 3:00 p.m.

  • Teachers who have TA’s please be sure to give the TA an “S” or “U”.
  • Teachers with the Early College program, please only give your students an “S” or “U”, a Final A-F mark will be required at the end of this Semester.
  • Teachers with Quarter courses such as Adv. Guidance, MHH, Am. Lit, World Lit, PE, Wt, Training,  etc., please remember that this will be a Final mark for your students, the other half of your quarter paired course will begin after break.

(See attached file: Quarter 1 Grades Memo SY 2017-2018.docx)

Course Offerings ACCN Changes (effective SY 2018-19):
Effective School Year (SY) 2018-2019, both grade 11 & 12 English Language Art’s courses will reflect a more balanced reading, writing and oral communication focus addressing  graduation requirements.   New ACCN courses are aligned to the Hawaii Common Core State Standards, a subset of which are the standards for the .5 semester current Expository Writing (LWH5213) course.  Our goal is to ensure students are college and career ready and teaching students to write argumentatively and explanatorily are key toward building that strong foundation for college and career readiness.  Attached below provides guidance for the ACCN changes.
Grade 11:   English Language Arts 3 (LCY3010)          Grade 12:   English Language Arts 4 (LCY4010)

Based on ongoing student enrollment counts and in building a more focused alignment with Early College courses,  we will be removing Trig/PreCal from our math offerings resulting in the following offerings;  Geometry, Alg. I, Alg. II, Alg. III, MOW I and MOW II.  Parallel to our math courses, we are currently working with Kauai Community College to offer Math 100, 103, 140, and 205.

Early College Courses:
Administration is currently working with Kauai Community College in planning for Early College courses that will align with our Academy/Pathway capstone and content areas.  Master scheduling lines will also reflect this innovative design as plans are to offer around 12 – 15 courses every year.   Administration will be scheduling meetings with each Academy to share that long term vision and also getting guidance as to which pathway(s) capstones are ready to incorporate dual credit courses.    

Tripod Surveys:
Tripod Surveys will be done online this year during Nov. 13 – 15, 2017 so important to plan accordingly.

  • Packets with teacher and student log-in information will be delivered approximately a week prior to the survey window.
  • Teachers have 3 days to complete the survey.
  • Periods 1 or 2 will be the surveyed (a few teachers will need to see administration addressing survey periods) time-frame.    *Please see the Tripod Survey master list file.*

(See attached file: Tripod Survey Period List Roster.xlsx)

Collaboration Day:
Our first collaboration day for this school year will be happening on Monday, October 30th and appreciate those who provided possible topics.  A tentative agenda has been created/shared with the Hui/Academy leaders and upon approval, will be shared with faculty

Absence/Leave Reminders:
Friendly reminder to any staff member that was away from school from Oct. 2nd – 6th, 2017 before Fall break, that you need to submit your DOE OHR 300-001 leave of absence forms to Ingrid Keaweamahi by the end of the work day – Mon. 10/16/17.    Due to the recent audit and accountability measures now in place, any employee not being accountable in submitting their leave forms must take those days away from school as “Leave Without Pay (LWOP).  

Math Content Teachers PLC:
Several mathematics teachers will be meeting on Friday, Oct. 20th working on a more focused effort for improved students’ math proficiency.  Appreciate this effort as we need to demonstrate increased growth/proficiency rates per the state-wide assessment as the statewide baseline goes into effect SY 2018-19. 
Fire Inspection:
Our annual fire inspection is happening on Monday, October 16th by the Kauai Fire Department.  To ensure there are no violation/liability issues, please ensure your rooms reflect those common sense safety practices….. remove any extension cords, no piggy-backing of extension cords, walkways/door exits are not blocked, no fire hazards such as stacks of rubbish, etc.  Andrew Winchester and his crew did carry-out an initial review and ask that if you received an corrective actions feedback, that it be done immediately.    

Heat Abatement – Portables:
Final inspections for our portables has begun.  We did run into a obstacle as the panels from P-14 were stolen and hoping that the contractor will be able to replace in a timely manner so the high school’s portion can be finalized.  Upon completion of the Kapaa Elementary inspections, will coordinate for a in-service session.

Visitors On Campus:
Please note the following individuals will be visiting our campus and learning about our school-wide efforts.

  • Monday, Oct. 23rd:  Carey Tambio, Administrator, Hawaii DOE School Transformation Branch and Malia Espinda, Government Affairs Specialist, State Superintendent’s Office

Mon, October 16th:

  • Fire Inspection (all classrooms & offices) 8:30 a.m.
  • Principal @Connect 2 Careers Committee Meeting – Oahu  12:00 p.m.

Tues, October 17th:

  • Principal interviewing JROTC Instructor applicants  8:00  – 2:00 p.m.

Wed, October 18th:

  • Kapaa High Foundation Board Meeting – Student Center 6:00 p.m.
  • Project Grad McNite fundraiser – Kapaa McDonalds  6:00 p.m.

Thurs, October 19th:

  • Principal  @Hanalei Bay Rotarians – St. Regis Princeville    11:00 a.m.
  • Principal  @Early College Mtg – Kauai Community College    3:00 p.m.

Fri, October 20th:

  • Principal @Business Partners for Junior Achievement (Financial Literacy) – Coral Reef   5:00 p.m.

When we build on our strengths and daily successes – instead of focusing on failures – we simply learn more.    Tom Rath

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