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:
- Boston University’s December 2014 Visit: Deaf educators Dr. Kris$n DiPerri and Todd Czubek, continued their work with HSDB’s teachers and educational assistants this past December during a one-‐week visit which allowed our teachers the opportunity to receive direct feedback, mentoring, and modeling of effective instructional practices in the classroom by these educators.
- School Safety Assessment and Development Plan: As a follow up to our most recent Comprehensive Needs Assessment report and the 2014 – 15 HSDB School Academic Plan, HSDB will undergo a school safety assessment and development plan to support our efforts to improve current safety and security measures at HSDB. Contract provider Chief Blue Jarardo Salas and Dr. Bruce Matsui of DOE will be here in mid-‐January to conduct phase one (or gathering of information and on-‐site visit) of this process.
- SBA In Spring Semester: Students in grades 3rd – 8th and 11th will take the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) as part of the State of Hawaii’s statewide assessments for all schools this spring semester. The SBA replaces the previous statewide assessment or HSA and directly relates to the Common Core State Standards (or CCSS). Teachers and students have opportunity to review practice test items before the testing window opens later in the spring semester.
- Emergency Classroom Kits: To prepare our staff and students for various types of emergencies, including lock downs, shelter-in‐place, and earthquakes, all classrooms will be provided with emergency classroom kits to aid in supplying our keiki with necessities they need (e.g., water, towels, etc.) during these periods.
- Honolulu District Science and Engineering Fair: HSDB will once again be participating in the annual Honolulu District Science and Engineering Fair, taking place at Kapiolani Community College on Saturday, February 14, 2014. I encourage family and friends to show your support by attending this district-wide event.
- Thank you Connie Kalima: I would like to thank and congratulate Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind Blind District Educational Specialist Connie Kalima for her years of service. Ms. Kalima began her educational career over 40 years, as a reading specialist, and recently retired in December of 2014 as HSDB 's educational specialist. Congratulations Connie! And thank you for all that you have done for the children of Hawaii!