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Principal's Message

Welcome to my September-October 2019 Principal WEB Message!


Aloha Hickam Elementary School Family, Friends and Community.


I am one with the Force, and the Force is with me.”

– Chirrut Imwe in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


Leadership takes passion, vision, and dedication to whatever cause. I am proud of the leadership that we have been striving to do – doing what is right for every child and acting on our belief that all children can learn.


Together, we have been named a National Blue Ribbon school by the U.S. Department of Education on September 26, and together, we will take the time to bow our heads and appreciate this honor. For now, please enjoy the good news on all the news outlets and congratulations from everywhere. We will receive our official letter and a phone call from the U.S. Secretary of Education in October. We will accept our official flag and plaque in a formal ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November. We look to raise our flag in January 2020.


I am also pleased to share that I have been awarded the Terrel H. Bell Award by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department of Education gives this national award named after Bell to recognize “outstanding school leaders and the vital role they play in overcoming challenging circumstances.” I am humbled to receive this individual award. As Principal of Hickam Elementary School, I know it took all of us – students, staff and community. Thank you to all for finding greatness and sharing it for the good of all.


Leadership is an action-packed adventure. I am humbled that our leadership has been recognized, and we are nationally called “excellent” and “high performing”.   


I appreciate all the parents who came out for our Doughnuts for Grown Ups event on September 4, which was meant to promote literacy and reading together. More than 300 parents and students participated in the reading in our media center. Thanks to our Multi-Media Literacy Coach, Ms. Yee, Cafeteria Team for making the pastries, Parent-Community Networking Coordinator Ms. Hendricks and PTO for volunteering, as well as our curriculum coaches and retired Librarian Ms. Dacanay. As they say, reader is a leader!


It was also great to have our community get involved in giving feedback with our academic plan or continuous improvements plan at my Principal Open House on September 12. We believe our parents and community care and have great insight into our school’s educational system and hopes. Thank you to our cafeteria manager for the great taco dinner, School Community Council and our STAR Leadership Team for volunteering and facilitating!


The counseling team did our WATCH D.O.G.S. pizza rally on September 25 and over 300 dads/role models and their children participated. Thanks to our Cafeteria Manager for preparing the 70 pizzas served, teachers, and counselors for coordinating. WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is a family and community engagement educational initiative. There are two goals of WATCH D.O.G.S. 1) To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important. 2) To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.


After Fall Break, our office hours return to regular schedule of 7:30am to 4:00pm. We are located our new building, Building A Administration and our Wheel (Special Classes)  have students students going to our Multi-Media Center and Technology Maker Space on the second floor.


Please keep an eye on our website for up-to-date news on:

  • Our upcoming mid-term WASC report for Accreditation
  • Results of our SBAC and other State-mandated Tests
  • Our Student of the Quarter assembly and upcoming sports dates including volleyball tournament.


We’ve kicked off our school year by directly learning about the 8 Habits of Leaders. Our framework, The Leader in Me, 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. Students are leading weekly assemblies and thinking of how to be a leader and lead others.


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. 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.


This year, our SY 2019-2020 theme is: Rise of the Falcons: Find Your Greatness. I let our students know that the theme signifies our hope, our aspirations and our commitment to our vision. We’ve tied our theme into the upcoming Star Wars movie, Rise of the Skywalker. Like the movie teases, we are hoping to rise as learning leaders (who is the next Skywalker? Or Falcons in our case) and be great JEDI masters.


May we continue to be one with the Force, and the Force is with us. It takes all of us - community, parents, staff and students - to rise up and find greatness!


Mahalo Nui Loa!