Welcome to my September/October 2018 Principal WEB Message!
Aloha Hickam Elementary School Family, Friends and Community.
Thank you for responding to Parent-Teacher Conference date requests! Teachers will be taking care of confirmations. During the conference period all students will be dismissed at 12:40pm from October 29 to November 5. Kama’aina Kids A+ Program will begin immediately after dismissal.
We are already past the half-way mark of our Term 1 SY 2018-2019, so face-to-face meeting conferences are great opportunities to discuss a student’s academic progress and social behavior.
On September 21, we look forward to the public release of our school’s STRIVE HI report. The report includes indicators of how we are doing, especially on how we support all children toward college, careers and community readiness. Going beyond the No Child Left Behind (NCLB 2002-2012), our report includes school performance on student achievement, Grade 3 reading (readiness indicator for college and career) chronic absenteeism, achievement gaps between high-needs and non-high needs students.
We’ve started doing our school safety drills for fire emergency, and later this month, Lock-Down. During Lock-Down, we secure our school buildings and grounds. Students and staff are instructed to clear walkways, lock doors and take positions out of sight until law enforcement can arrive. While not required, we may interact with and being released from lock-down by uniformed officers.
Once again, we were relieved when Tropical Storm Olivia downgraded into Flash Flood warning and High Wind Advisory. Please continue to be prepared for Hurricane Emergency.
Speaking of strong rotating winds, this year, our SY 2018-2019 theme is: Inspiring the Leader in Us. We’ve been using the extended metaphor of the Wizard of Oz movie. Over 75 years ago, MGM studios produced a beloved movie based on L. Frank Baum’s book, The Wonder Wizard of Oz. The characters search for a brain, a heart, courage and leadership. After traveling the Yellow Brick road and overcoming obstacles, each character discovers that they had what they needed within themselves.
One of our school initiatives includes the introduction of The Leader in Me, which involves leadership habits, mindsets (dispositions) and attitudes. This is why we will directly and indirectly instruct student on leadership, not as a position but as actions.
This all lines up with our vision: We commit to providing a positive learning community that will inspire leaders for tomorrow. It especially aligns to our value or belief that Everyone is a Leader. We have aligned our values and vision to our students’ and community’s needs, along with our HIDOE State and Radford Complex mission. We also consider our WASC recommendations and have considered best ways to design our school (what do we want to be known for). How we are addressing our students’ needs and continuously improve can be found in our Academic Plan SY 2017-2020, which is posted on our website. We also will be posting our School Design.
Mahalo to our PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) who is sponsoring Educational Assistants Appreciation day, as well as fundraising:
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Our community is generous. Your positive contributions and volunteering to our school are important and increase our ability to fulfill our education mission.
Our Office is temporarily located in Room E-6 until our new building, Building A Administration/Media Center, opens in January 2019. Our office hours returned to regular schedule of 7:30am to 4:00pm.
As always, feel free to contact us at the school with any questions, comments or good news to share. We value your input and always appreciate hearing from you.
E Malama Pono (Take Care),