January 19, 2018

Graduation 2017


Senior Projects:
Our fall semester English seniors will be doing their senior project presentations this Wednesday, December 13th. We will be on an assembly schedule that day. Community members are again coming together to volunteer as panel judges and ask for everyone’s help in providing light refreshments. Senior English teachers are requesting that all snacks are delivered to the library no later than 12:00 p.m. or you may drop off snacks/beverages to either Ms. Kapali or Punzal’s rooms anytime that morning. All teachers need to be in their assigned rooms before the first presentation at 2:00 p.m. Appreciate everyone’s support as it truly takes a village!!!

Hui & Academy PLCs:
Over the course of this semester, administration has seen very powerful examples of teachers continuing to share, learn, evaluate and discuss students based on data. Student support discussions are centered on student improvement where adults are helping support each other to better address student’s needs. Quality of our school PLC design is showing growth as a majority of teachers are using evidence data to inform their discussions with decisions leading to timely instructional supports.

Literacy & Assessment PLC sessions with Anne Davies & Sandra Hebst:
Anne Davies and Sandra Hebst will be on island doing a two separate training sessions….secondary schools on Thursday, Jan. 18th at the District Office 2nd floor and Friday, Jan. 19th for the elementary schools at Kauai HS R-3. Interested teachers for the January 18th session, are asked to submit your names to your Hui/Academy leaders. Each secondary school will be limited to 3 teachers and there may be a wait list.

EES Date Changes:
Reminder that upcoming EES sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 13th and Wednesday, Dec. 20th. Wednesday, Dec. 13th session will support our Senior Project presentations and Dec. 20th session will serve to help address closing this semester and the opening for next semester.

Strategic Planning , Thinking, & Action:
Kapaa High’s HUI/ACADEMY framework design provides a system where every student is highly engaged in a rigorous, creative, and innovative academic curriculum, supportive learning environment. We provide powerful applied learning practices aligned to college and careers and we use research to guide our decisions for high leverage action items. In reflecting our journey, we are continue to make positive strides and the strength can be found in our ability to work in teams. Sharing several high leverage items that we we continue to focus on:
Teacher collaboration per structured PLC time where collaboration is data informed and allow for deep discussions.
Quality of the instruction, curriculum and support adjustments based on student performance data.
School empowerment and accountability structure embedded in pedagogy practice.
Students’ perspectives and aspirations are highly valued in the classroom and school.
Design of educational experiences and school structure through student choice practices.
Define career pathways through advanced community partnerships.
Professional development organized by priorities.

2nd Semester Master Schedule:
Revised master schedule edits (red) for second semester (or 2nd academic year) contains more updated assignment changes along with new personnel. Pleased to have Beth Sette return as she’ll be covering for Kahele Keawe who will be out on sabbatical leave. Want to wish Col Bob Levoit the very best in his retirement at the end of this month and LTC Morikawa will be joining our faculty in mid January.
(See attached file: KAPAA HS MASTER SCHEDULE SY 17-18 12-1-17.docx)

Facilities Update:
Pleased to share that Kapaa High has received additional funding to complete the renovation for all CTE classrooms beginning (winter break) December 2017. Both Ms. O’Shaughnessy and Mr. Sanderl’s rooms (D bldg) are to be renovated within a timeline of 40 working days. Shioi Construction was awarded the project and renovation time-line reflect a fnish date of 40 working days. Until completion of these projects, we’ll be utilizing the back rooms of the library and portable 155 for both Ms. O’Shaughnessy and Mr. Sanderl’s classes. Discussions have already taken place elementary administration and library aides to strategize cleaning out the back areas so that students can utilize these areas. Renovation works begins on Friday, Dec. 22nd with completion date for week of March 5th (or earlier).

Mon, December 11th:
Principal @ Kauai Complex Area FFA Competition & meeting w/administrators – Waimea High School 9:00 a.m.
Principal mtg w/Kapaa High Foundation & Alumni Fundraising Committee – Student Center 5:00 p.m.

Wed, December 13th:
Principal meeting with solar/air conditioning contractors – Library 10:00 a.m.
Senior Projects – 2:00 p.m.
Parent Registration Meeting for Class of 2019 – Library 6:00 p.m.

Thurs, December 14th:
Principal meeting w/Bldg. G inspectors 9:00 a.m.

Fri, December 15th:
Principal @State DOE, UH, & P-20 Mtg. – Office of Curriculum & Instruction, Kaimuki Offices

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