Family Information

Please click here for important school news and events involving families

Complaint Procedures: Go to bottom of this page for Ho'okako'o Procedures; 
Please go to http://doe.k12.hi.us/nelb/educators/ for procedures involving the State DOE



WMS School Calendar - please click here


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Important Dates:


Weekly Enrichment & Engagement Opportunities for Students - 2nd Semester

Free Hot Chocolate Club!  7-7:50 a.m. Mondays-Wednesdays-Fridays. Families must provide transportation to school. 

Robotics:  3-4:25 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays w/ Miss Murphy, Mrs. Bowman and Miss Gusman. K-01.  Funded by Kamehameha Schools.  Study Hall from 2:15-3 p.m.  Free bus transportation home provided by KS.

Mala'ai Garden After-School: 3-4:25 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays w/ Ms. Jessica Sobocinski.  Funded by Kamehameha Schools. Study Hall from 2:15-3 p.m.  Free bus transportation home provided by KS.  Still room for a few more students.  Please ask for an application in the office or call or see Mrs. Rice (887-6090 Ext. 296 or email: Pat_Rice@wmpccs.org.  Click here for more information and application form.  

4th Quarter 21st Century Community Learning Centers After-School STEM Classes - Exciting choices - sign up NOW! There is a charge and scholarships are available.  Click here for more details or see Aunty Bernie Marsh in the office. 

Athletics - Boys’ Basketball w/ AD Warren Tamaye - Click here for game schedule; see Coach Tamaye for more information

Athletics - Girls' Basketball w/ AD Warren Tamaye & Fellow Coaches - Season begins in April. 

Athletics - Track & Field w/ Coach Cherise Mundon - Season pau!  

                       Congratulations to our Track & Field Student Athletes for bringing home a total of 32 medals!! 

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Mon.-Mon., March 20-27 - Spring Break - No School 

Tues., March 28 - 3rd of a series of 7 Talk-Story Classes with Ku'ulei Keakealani about "Wahi Pana - Celebrated Places" - co-hosted by Waimea Education Hui and WMS.  Click here for more details.  4-5:30 p.m.  L03A.  Free and all invited!  No RSVP - Just Come.   Continues every Tuesday thereafter thru April 25 except during Spring Break.  

Wed., March 29 - WMS Hui 'Ohana Social #2 - Ho'okipa - Showcasing progress of May Day performances!  5-6:30 p.m.  L-04 - All families invited!  

Mon.-Tues., April 10-11 – Accreditation Visit – Special LAP Meeting Mon., 3:30-4:20 Meet & Greet & STEAM Building Tour, then LAP Meeting 4:30-6:30 p.m. in K-03.  All invited!  

Fri., April 14 - Good Friday - No Classes 

Wed., April 19 - WMS Hui 'Ohana Social #3 - Huipū - Preparation for May Day - All families invited! 

Sat., April 29 - Mala'ai Art & Sol Annual Benefit - Kahilu Theatre.  Click here for information and tickets! 

Fri., May 12, 2017 - May Day Celebration for Waimea Middle School  - 5:30 p.m. - Kahilu Theatre (Note new time & new location!  All families expected to join us for this student ho'ike!) 

Thurs., May 25, 2017 - 8th Grade Exit Ceremony at the Waikoloa Marriott 

Fri., May 26, 2017 - Final Day of School for All Students 

Mon., June 5 - Fri., June 23 - WMS Summer Adventure!  8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily except Mon., June 12 - Kamehameha Day Holiday.  Stay tuned!  


Mahalo to Kamehameha Schools, 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Neilan Foundation 

for funding these meaningful programs. 


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The McKinney-Vento Act

If you are living with friends or family because you cannot afford rent; living on the beach, at a campground, in a park or in a hotel; living in a tent, car, bus, or other non-permanent structure; living in an emergency or transitional shelter; living in a domestic violence shelter, or without a regular place to stay at night, or awaiting foster care placement, then your child may be eligible for certain educational rights or services under the McKinney-Vento Act.  Please refer to the attached information.  

If you have any questions, please contact WMS at 887-6090, Ext. 222.  





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Annual Notification of Privacy Rights (FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)

Know your privacy rights as they apply to 1) student record information; 2) directory information; 3) surveys and other information collection; 4) military recruitment information. For more information on your privacy rights, the laws that protect them, and how to exercise your rights, contact your school administrator or visit  http://ferpa.k12.hi.us.  

Waimea Middle School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups-ESE only. The following persons have been designated to handle inquires regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Amy Kendziorski, Principal, 67-1229 Mamalahoa Hwy., Kamuela, HI 96743 (808) 887-6090 Ext. 225 or email Amy_Kendziorski@wmpccs.org

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Please see letter on cover of 'Ohana News - Family Expectations:  




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 This is WMS' Student/Family/Staff Compact for the 2015-'16 School Year:


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Our newly formed LAP Family Outreach Subcommittee has met several times and will continue meeting to develop strategies to improve school-family communication and support for learning and achievement by all students.  If you are interested in joining this conversation, please let one of the following know -- Interim Principal Amy Kendziorski, LAP Chair Colin Miura or Community Liaison Patti Cook.  Click here for email links and phone numbers please. 


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More About A Family's Responsibilities: 

Grades are important, but they are just one measure of a childʻs progress.  

Our teachers are working hard to prepare your student for the stateʻs new Smarter Balanced Assessments at the end of the 2014-'15 School Year.  The combination of new Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessments is being felt in every single classroom, every minute of the school day.  A much higher level of critical thinking and problem solving is expected and our students have the ability to learn and excel but it takes hard work, persistence and a positive learning environment

 Your child also needs your help. As a family member, these are your responsibilities:

·         Attendance – Be sure your child attends school every day, on time, ready to learn.  This means plenty of rest, 
          a healthy breakfast, “living” our I KAIR core values and a good attitude about the importance of learning.
·         School Planner – A family member should check this daily for assignments and behavior. 
·         Tuesday Envelope – Check it weekly for news and advisories.
·         Read With Your Children – It doesnʻt matter what; reading with children has life-long benefits! ·         Most important of all – call us if you have questions or concerns. You may call me personally, or Counselor Mary Martinson (Ext. 252) 
          or Vice Principal Amy Kendziorski (Ext. 225).  We are happy to meet to review other assessments such as quarterly STAR tests to look 

     more deeply into your childʻs progress and possible areas of need to prepare for success in high school and beyond.

 


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How Your Family Can Support Your Child's Academic Progress:

  •          Be sure your child attends school every day on time
  •          Check Student Planner Daily - Click here for more details
  •          Check JupiterGrades Weekly - Click here for more details
  •          Provide a designated time and space for Homework each night
  •          Contact teacher, counseloroffice staff or principal with questions or concerns - Click here
  •          Encourage your student to get extra help if needed (ie, Free Homework Help+) - Click here
  •          Be sure your child gets enough sleep every night and comes to school after having a healthy breakfast or has breakfast here in the cafeteria so he/she is 'ready to learn'
  •          Review the Student/Family/Staff Compact (see below) periodically with your child to clarify roles, responsibilities and expectations!  
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Families are urged to log into Jupiter Grades to monitor student progress.  To do so, please click here.  

Questions?  Please call Counselor Mary Martinson (887-6090 Ext. 252) or the school office to leave a message for a teacher. 

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Family involvement is essential to student academic progress.  We welcome family support and questions!   Please call (887-6090 Ext. 222) or drop by the school office if you have questions, concerns or need assistance.  Mahalo!


Please click here for more information about our new online JupiterGrades to monitor your student's academic progress. 


Please
click here for student behavior expectations and dress code information -- all of which is included in the Student Planner. 


For the Hawai'i State DOE's Comprehensive Student Support System website to learn more about programs and services available so that each child will meet educational standards for his/her grade level, go to:


http://doe.k12.hi.us/programs/csss/csss_pamphlet.htm

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