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The Transition Center at KMS

Kapolei Middle School's Transition Center featured in the
2017 Fall Edition of the HUI KULA "Joint Schools"
School Liaison Newsletter for Hawaii

Transition Center Established: April 10, 2017



“To care for our students and their families by providing a fun, informative place to help ease transition and alleviate the stress of moving to a new school.”

Hours of Operation

Mondays and Tuesdays 8:30am-2:30pm (New Student Tour/Orientations)

Thursdays: 9:00am- 2:00pm

Aloha! My name is Tracy Henfey and I am your Transition Center Director. I am here to help you and your student transition smoothly into Kapolei Middle School. For our military families, I will work to provide you with military resources that are available. I am here to provide that extra TLC that is sometimes needed for a child to feel at home in a new school. I am a veteran of the USAF, military spouse, mom of a teen and was a military brat myself, so I am familiar with the challenges of moving frequently and sensitive to the needs of our military families. As a former Air Traffic Controller of 18 years with the Department of Defense, I hope to bring some of my past expertise in mentoring young airmen to Kapolei’s students. I also have worked a season in a high school level Transition Center located here on Oahu and have seen first hand the value and need for these centers in the lives of our children. I feel as though I have been called to work here at Kapolei and will do my best to address any concerns you may have and provide that sense of belonging to your student.

The Transition Center at Kapolei Middle School has been established to greet and assist each new student on his or her first day of school and provide a welcoming place so they feel like part of our Ohana right away. I will meet your child in the office, we will tour the school and discuss areas of interest. Once back at the center, I will have your student sign our “travel log” that tells us where they have moved from or lived before. They will then put a pin on the world map to identify that location and see if there are other students from the same area here at Kapolei. One of our main goals is to ensure your student feels they have a peer group to link up with right away, so I will try to connect them with a current student of the same gender to give them a “Wingman”. The “Wingman” program is our buddy system that links your child with a current student who wants to welcome and befriend new students. First days are the hardest, so your student will be welcome to eat lunch in the center or the lunchroom. Feeling secure and confident with their new surroundings is imperative and here at the Transition Center. I will always have an open door for Recess, Class Passing and Lunch for them to come and hang out. We provide the student, year round, with a place to eat lunch and an assortment of games to play with their friends. This is their home away from home. The center will post its weekly activities on the Bulletin Board in our room inviting students to join in Hawaii Trivia Challenges and Bingo for prizes!

Overall, our goal is to make this transition easier on our new students and their families. I hope to provide our local and military families with helpful resources that are available. It is our mission to provide these children with a fun place they know they can go to find a friend and a place that can help them grow to become a valuable part of this beautiful community!

I look forward to meeting your family :)

Tracy R. Henfey

Transition Center Director

808-693-7025, Ext 242

2017 Joint Venture Education Forum (JVEF) at the Kroc Center

Featuring Kapolei Middle School Transition Center's WINGMAN PROGRAM

Great job to our Wingmen Representatives for an awesome presentation!