Aloha Parents and Guardians,
I want to inform you personally that I will be leaving Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind (HSDB) at the end of this school year, 2015 – 16. As an educator, I understand the need to continue the pursuit of academic achievement in the classroom, as well as with our children’s overall well-being. I am committed to continuing to support HSDB in this goal. With that said, we are currently in the process of searching for a new principal for HSDB who is dedicated to serving our students, family, and community as the new school year opens this fall.
I look forward to this new phase in my life, but am most grateful for the many friends and families I have met during the last five years as principal at HSDB. I thank you for the opportunity to work with you and your child, knowing that the foundation that is laid will help your son or daughter to grow into successful, productive and contributing adults in our ever-changing society.
I have several months left in my tenure as HSDB principal and will continue to do all that I can to assist your child in his or her education while I am still here. Here are some highlights at HSDB:
Mahalo, Christina Juan
Aloha Family and Friends,
Here are some announcements in this month’s message:
I invite all parents and guardians to take advantage of our Family ASL classes that are held on campus each week. Please contact Parent Community Network Coordinator, Roz Kia at 733-4999.
Our monthly School Community Council (or SCC) meetings are held on the last Tuesday of every month, from 4 pm – 5 pm in the library. This year’s committee members include Chairperson/Teacher representative: Marisa Nomi; Vice Chairperson/Parent representative: Nikki Kepo’o; Secretary/Classified Staff: Hola Lolohea; Community representative: Colin Whited; Student representative: Arwin Sacalamitao, and Administrator: Christina Juan
Parent Nikki Kepo’o has graciously offered to work with HSDB parents in fostering support. Please feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions, suggestions you have regarding parental support you may need.
HSDB Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on the week of April 4 – 8, 2016, with Elementary School Conferences on April 4th and 5th and Upper School Conferences on April 7th and 8th. After receiving feedback from teachers and parents, I have decided that we will go back to the original format and hold conferences in the classrooms. I highly encourage you to attend these conferences. A letter will be sent to you shortly.
I am happy to announce that HSDB will be offering after school extended learning opportunity to include study hall, team building, and dramatic arts for most of our students. We plan to begin the afterschool program in February. An informational letter to parents will be sent out shortly. . . Stay tuned
There are ASL tutorial videos provided for families to use at home on the school website. Please take some time to look through these resources to help in the communication between you and your child!
Please feel free to contact Vice Principal Julie Ledgerwood or myself at 733-4999. We are more than happy to schedule a time to meet with you if you have any questions or concerns.
Aloha HSDB Families and Friends,
In this month’s Principal’s Message, I want to share upcoming events and information with you all:
· Fall Break: October 5 – 9, 2015; Teacher Institute: October 12, 2015 ** No school for students
· Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences: We invite all parents and guardians to once again join us for this semester’s Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences held on the week of October 26 – 30, 2015. This is an opportunity for you to meet with your child’s teacher(s) and to learn more about the learning that is taking place at HSDB.
· SCC Meetings: The next School Community Council (or SCC) meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at the library from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. During our meeting, we will discuss school initiatives, state and school assessment results, and the development of HSDB’s Academic Plan.
· SBA Family Report: In just a few weeks you will be receiving the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) family report for your child. The SBA is the statewide assessment that now replaces the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) previously taken by students in grades 3 – 8 and 11. Please take the time to review the information. There will be an upcoming parent night scheduled in second quarter where administrators will review HSDB’s assessment and school wide data. Stay tuned . . .
· Title One Federal Funds: Title One federal funds are provided to assist eligible schools that meet certain criteria (e.g., free/reduced meal count). As a Title One school, we want ensure that each student is receiving the academic assistance he or she needs. This year, we happy to share that The Learning Center (otherwise known as Boston University) and Catapult Learning will continue to partner with HSDB teachers and administrators to deepen the level of understanding in research-based, highly effective instructional and reflective practices involving data.
· Open Door Policy: If you have questions or concerns regarding your child, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 733-4999 to schedule a meeting with either Vice Principal Julie Ledgerwood or myself. We look forward to assisting you.
· SATC In-Service Training for All HSDB Staff: On September 4, 2015, all HSDB staff members received in-service training from the Sex Abuse Treatment Center (SATC) on sexual abuse, harassment, and misconduct. And although the information presented was considered to be highly sensitive in nature, the training was essential to ensure that we, at HSDB, are vigilant of our students’ well being at all times.
Aloha Parents and Guardians,
I hope this summer has provided you and your child ample time to relax and rejuvenate in preparation for the new school year, beginning on Wednesday, July 29th. This year, we continue the important work of language and literacy in all classes. Instructional strategies such as Daily Message (whereby students have a chance to practice and improve both reading and ASL signing skills on a daily basis) will become part of our school routine. As part of our focus on sustainability, the former pleasure pool will be transformed into a garden for extended learning outside of the classroom. These are simply two examples of the learning that will take place in and outside of classrooms.
This school year also brings with it the opportunity to deepen out commitment to our school No Bully vision of "Open Minds, Open Eyes, and Open Hearts." It is through respect of self and others that we build upon this foundation, wherever we are. In light of this continued vision, HSDB will utilize PATHS, a social-emotional curriculum used by Deaf schools across the nation in both elementary and secondary classrooms. PATHS curriculum touches upon themes such as respect of self, of others, and of the world we live in.
It is my desire that you become an integral part of HSDB 'Ohana. I invite you to take an active role in our school's various activities and organizations. We are always looking for parents to volunteer as members of the School Community Council; Association of Parents and Teachers; and Winter Festival. If your schedule does not allow you to participate on a deeper level, I welcome you to the parent activities (e.g., Open House, Parent/Teacher Conferences, No Bully Parent Training, etc.) offered throughout the year. This year, our annual Open House will be held on the first day of school. Please join us:
Open House at HSDB
Wednesday, July 20, 2015 (first day of school for students)
5:00 - 7:30 pm
*Dinner to be served. RSVP with Parent Liaison Roz Kia at 733-4999.
I thank you for continued support of your child's education and of the Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind. Both Vice Principal Ledgerwood and I are excited about this new year of learning at HSDB. Let's all come together for our children.
Aloha HSDB Families and Friends,
In this month’s Principal’s Message, I would like to congratulate our 10 senior students who will be graduating this Friday, May 29, 2015.
Some of our graduating seniors will receive their DOE Certificates of Completions and will continue in the work study program at HSDB in the fall of 2015. Others, graduating with their diplomas, will continue on to college or career opportunities. We wish all of our graduating students the best of luck in whatever path they decide to embark on.
Here are some other items and dates to keep in mind:
June 3, 2015 – Last day of school for students
Extended School Year (ESY) – Start dates vary. Please contact ESY Director Marisa Nomi at 733-4999 or email@example.com for specific information related to your child
Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) – ELO schedule and sign-up information will be brought home next week. Please take the time to review the information and sign your child up in this summer learning program for HSDB students.
July 29, 2015 – First day back for students
Christina Juan, Principal
In this month’s principal’s message I wanted to share a bit of good news with all of you:
ASLAI and MAP Spring 2015 Assessments – In early March of 2015, HSDB students completed the spring sessions of the American Sign Language Assessment Inventory (ASLAI) and Measures of Academic Progress assessments (MAP). Both the ASLAI assessment, used by HSDB to measure student progress in their first language of ASL and MAP, in the areas of Reading, Math, and Language, indicate growth (significant) in ASLAI and (general) in MAP. Results will be posted on our school website . . . we are encouraged by the gains!
Family Learning Vacation – We’re happy to announce the return of Family Learning Vacation, an opportunity of family and friends of HSDB to come together for a weekend of learning and community-building. The event will take place on August 21 - 22, 2015. Stay tuned for details and how you can participate in FLV!
Extended Learning Opportunity - We know that the summer months can mean a lot of “down time” in learning for many of our students. This year, as part of HSDB’s Academic Plan, we have earmarked supplemental funding to offer extended learning opportunity (ELO) for all of our students. Your child will soon be bringing home information on Summer ELO for you to consider. We encourage you to take advantage of ELO by having your child participate in additional learning this summer!
We also want to remind you of changes to meal prices beginning in SY 2015-16 – next school year:
Breakfast K-8 $1.10
Breakfast 9-12 $1.20
Breakfast (2nd meal & adult) $2.40
Lunch K-8 $2.50
Lunch 9-12 $2.75
Lunch (2nd meal & adult) $5.50
Lastly, please feel free to contact Principal Juan, TA VP Ledgerwood, or TA DES Taguchi at 733-4999 at any time. We can schedule a meeting to discuss concerns and/or questions regarding your child.
Aloha Family and Friends of HSDB,
In this month's issue, I would like to provide you with important dates and students recognition:
I hope the winter break gave you an opportunity to get some much needed rest, relaxation, and
rejuvenation for the new year! In this latest principal’s message I would like to share highlights at HSDB:
Aloha Family and Friends,
In this month’s message, I ask for your continued support in the following:
Daily Student Attendance: If at all possible, please schedule family visits, trips, or vacations during the Department of Education’s scheduled breaks or observed holidays. It is crucial that your child attend school each and every day. On a related note, HSDB is working with the Department on the issue of bus transportation. We understand the need for students to arrive to school on time and are currently working to resolve the issue of late bus arrival to school.
School-Home Communication Envelopes: To improve communication with our families, HSDB is sending home, each Friday, weekly communication envelopes to all parents and legal guardians. Once you receive the envelope, please review the contents, sign (if applicable), and return the enclosed forms. You will also need to sign and date the designated portion on the cover of the envelope indicating that you have received the week’s updates. Please then have your child return the envelope to school on Monday morning.
Parent Participation in School Activities: We invite you to join us in the school activities happening at HSDB where you will get a chance to see your son or daughter’s creativity! Here are a few examples of what’s going on: HSDB will be hosting the 2nd annual Winter Festival on Saturday, December 6th from 11 am – 2 pm where you will get the chance to view our middle and upper school students perform dramatic art and dance pieces; HSDB Science Fair on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 12:15 pm - an opportunity for parents to view the science projects created by our middle and high school students! Winners will represent HSDB at the annual Honolulu District Science Fair Contest in the spring of 2015!; Deaf Santa, a Christmas celebration for our elementary students happening on the morning of December 11th at Pearl Ridge Center.
Again, thank you for your continued support and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends!