To review WMS FINAL Self-Study & Action Plans, please scroll to the bottom of this page, click on document to download and print.
Very Important WMS Local Advisory Panel (LAP) Meeting with Accreditation Visiting Committee:
Mon., March 31, 4-6 p.m. Classroom K-04. Please join us!
We will be meeting with our Accreditation Visiting Committee at this meeting.
All families and community friends welcome as well as students and faculty-staff.
To learn more about why Accreditation is so important, and to review our Accreditation Self-Study and Action Plans, please click here.
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Waimea Middle School is currently involved in a joint Accreditation process through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Hawai’i Association of Independent Schools (HAIS).
From March 30-April 2, 2014, we will be involved in our formal visit with 5 members selected by HAIS. During the visit, we will ask stakeholders from all members of the school-community to meet with the visiting team to share perceptions of the school.
The Accreditation process is designed to assist schools in engaging the energies of all members of the school-community in reviewing and clarifying the school’s purpose, analyzing the effectiveness of the current program for students, developing plans to strengthen the current program, and assessing the stability and operation of the school.
We began the Accreditation process in the 2011-’12 school year with an Initial Visit with two representatives selected by HAIS. In school year 2012-13 we began year one of our Self-Study. This school year (2013-14), we completed the Self-Study in November and submitted it to WASC and HAIS.
Our Self-Study and Action Plans have now been submitted to WASC and HAIS and our formal Accreditation Visit is scheduled for Sun., March 30-Wed., April 2, 2014. Details to come. Mahalo to all for the tremendous effort that went into getting us to this point and supporting continuous school improvement!
To review our Self-Study and Action Plans, please scroll to the bottom of this page and download pdf file.
Please note: The entire WMS school-community especially families and community friends are invited to our WMS LAP meeting from 4-6 p.m., Mon., March 31, 2014 to meet with the Accreditation Visiting Committee. It would ideal to have reviewed the school's Self-Study and Action Plans prior to this meeting. Questions? Please call Principal Matt Horne (887-6090 Ext. 225).
Accreditation Process Continues
Family Input Requested On DRAFT 'Action Plans'
A letter has been sent home to WMS families in the Oct. 15 Tuesday Envelope asking for input on our Draft Action Plans. These Draft Action Plans identify specific steps to be undertaken to achieve specific goals and also who is responsible for the actions and a timeline. The purpose of Action Plans is to help move the school forward in supporting student achievement by addressing the top priorities identified in our in-depth Self Study.
Here's the 2-page letter that was sent to families identifying the four Action Plans and asking for comments. While the deadline was originally Oct. 21, we would still welcome input...please click to download, and then provide your thoughts (they can be hand-written and also may remain anonymous). They have your student return it to his/her Advisory teacher or to the school office. If it's easier to respond by email, please send comments to Mrs. Pat Rice (email@example.com).
An update on Accreditation will be shared at our next Local Advisory Panel (LAP) Meeting - 4-6 p.m., Mon., Oct. 28 in Classroom K-04. Everyone is welcome to all LAP meetings. Please click here to see the complete LAP agenda. Mahalo!
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Finalized Vision, Mission, Beliefs & Schoolwide Learning Results (October 2013)
(This document reflects schoolwide input including faculty, staff, students, families, community members and our Local Advisory Panel.)
Accredition Self-Study Continues
Family Input Requested On DRAFT ‘Vision, Beliefs, School Wide Learning Results’
A letter was sent home to WMS Families in the November 13, 2012 Tuesday Envelope, asking them to please review the Draft “Vision, Beliefs & School Wide Learning Results” Statement. This is part of our on-going Accreditation Self-Study.
WMS Accreditation Leadership:
Matt Horne, Nau'i Murphy, Pat Rice & Mary Martinson
Formation of School-Community Accreditation Focus Groups:
1) The School’s Philosophy/Purpose (Articulation WG) – led by Tisha Gusman & Catherine Shafer
2) The Governing Body (Governance WG) – led by Erica Owens
3) Finances/Development/Fundraising – led by Cherise Mundon
4) Administration/Faculty & Staff (ELT WG) – led by Jade Bowman and Mary Martinson.
5) Students – led by Shelby Loo.
6) The Community of the School – led by Patti Cook.
7) The Program (STEM WG) – led by Eunice "Laz" Lazarus & Spencer Williams
8) The School Plant/Health & Safety – led by Sherri Takamoto.
To read more about the "assignment" each of these groups are working on, scroll to the bottom and download the Self Study K-12 Secondary Template provided by the Hawai'i Association of Independent Schools (HAIS).
Congratulations To All -- This Is A Major Step Forward!
Waimea Middle School Becomes
‘A Candidate For Accreditation’!
In what represents a major step forward and recognizes schoolwide academic progress, Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School has become a “Candidate for Accreditation.” This was approved by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and comes after an Initial Accreditation Visit on April 13, 2012, covering the school’s entire 6th, 7th and 8th grade academic programs. WASC Accreditation of a school is considered the “Good Housekeeping Seal” of approval in the education world.
WMS’ Initial Accreditation Visit Report prepared by the visiting team cites the following Schoolwide Areas of Strength:
For WMS, “Candidacy for Accreditation” means the school has agreed to collaborate on preparing a written report to the WASC Commission to address progress that is being made in meeting the recommendations of the Initial Visiting Committee. This report will be due no later than June 1, 2013.
Also, prior to the end of the term of candidacy, the school must complete a self-study that evaluates the effectiveness of the school’s programs and operations to support high achievement of all students.
What does “Candidacy For Accreditation” mean to students, families and our community?
WMS will need to form Focus Groups and will be inviting students, family members and community members to participate as the school embarks on a comprehensive self-study. The self-study will include a schoolwide action plan that will serve as a guide for ongoing improvement.
We will have
more about this to share with the start of the next school year - stay
Supporting WMS through the accreditation process are Kamehameha Schools, Ho’okako’o Corp., and the Hawai’i Association of Independent Schools (HAIS).
Waimea Middle School's Accreditation Team is led by Pat Rice, Mary Martinson and Nau'i Murphy.
For more information about WASC's Accreditation process:Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Accrediting Commission for Schools
533 Airport Blvd., Suite 200
Burlingame, CA 94010
To read WMS' Initial Accreditation Report, scroll to the bottom of this page and download the attachment.
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Accreditation Begins! Initial Team Visit April 13, 2012
Accreditation is considered the “Good Housekeeping Seal” of school excellence.
With the support of and serious preparation by our faculty and staff, and also with the support of Kamehameha Schools,
Ho’okako’o Corp. and the Hawai’i Association of Independent Schools (HAIS),
WMS formally began the school Accreditation process by welcoming
an Initial WASC visiting team to campus April 13.
This represents a huge step forward for the school and reflects our ongoing commitment
to constant improvement with student learning and high expectations for all.
Accreditation guests visited classes, talked with students,
faculty, staff and family members
as well as Ho'okako'o Board members and staff.
The purpose of the visit is to become a “candidate” for Accreditation,
which requires a commitment to a deep three-year self-study of this school-community’s vision, goals and dreams.
We thank our teacher and staff as well as Kamehameha
Schools, HC, HAIS and WASC
for helping to keep us moving forward!