Family Information

Please click here for important school news and events involving families

WMS Student/Family/Faculty Compact and Title I Parent/Family Engagement Policy, please click here.

For a copy of the WMS Student Planner 2017-18 SY, please click here

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 2018-19 School Calendar - please click here

Student Supply List - please click here

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Important Dates & Events

 2018-19 School Year




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Mahalo Mr. and Mrs. Art Kimura for a memorable THINK F.E.S.T.!  
Watch for pictures on Facebook!  

Mahalo to our 8th Grade Students & Teachers for an outstanding Multi-Cultural Family Ho'ike 
last week where students shared their projects!  It was inspiring for all!  
See pictures on Facebook! 

Mahalo, too, to PWO Navigator Chadd Paishon and Kelii Maielua, one of the Captains for Makali'i 
and Vessel Maintenance Manager for Na Kalai Wa'a.  They shared navigational traditions and perspectives
including use of Kukuluokalani (the Hawaiian star compass) and the importance of protecting and conserving our resources. 




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Please Save The Date & Join Us!



ATTENDANCE is a WMS schoolwide priority!  

According to WMS Strive HI Performance Report, 23% of our students were absent 15 days or more during the 2015-16 SY. This is a very high number of Chronic Absences.  

WMS has committed to decreasing Chronic Absenteeism by 10 percentage points or more between 2017 and 2020 in our public charter renewal contract.  




From WMS Student Planner - 2017-18 SY:  WMS ATTENDANCE POLICY

Good attendance is critical to student success. Also, it’s the law that every parent/guardian is responsible for every child under their care and supervision to receive adequate education and attend school. Waimea Middle School expects 95% attendance goal is used by the state to measure academic progress We recognize children may not be able to attend school because of illness, a family emergency, academic or athletic activities or other conditions. Families are to report absences daily with a phone call and a written note.

Please note:  Three (3) days of absence within a 30 day period is considered “chronic” absenteeism.  After five (5) days of absences, a letter may be sent to the parent/guardians.  After 10 days of absences, a court petition could be filed.

All students who meet the 95% + attendance goal each quarter will receive a reward.

TARDIES TO SCHOOL

Parents/Guardians are expected to bring their child(ren) to school before the starting bell.  Students who arrive to school after the tardy bell must report to the office for a pass.  Chronic tardiness may result in disciplinary action.

EARLY RELEASE OF STUDENTS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY

  • Only authorized individuals may request the early release of a student.  Authorized individuals are parents, legal guardians and individuals authorized by the parents or legal guardians.
  • Families requesting early release for their student should have the child bring a note signed by the parent/legal guardian stating the date and time for the early release.  The student should bring the note to the office before school or during recess, not during class time.  An early release note will be given to students to give to their teacher when it is time to be released from class – to minimize disruption of classes.
  •  If someone other than the parent/legal guardian will be picking up the student, this should be stated in the note.
  • Individuals are not to go to the classroom to get the student. 
  • Please DO NOT call to have your child sent to the office before arriving to pick he/she up. Please allow enough time for you to arrive at the school and for office staff to call your child out of class. We would like for your student miss minimal class time.
  • Upon return from an appointment, a note from the attending physician/dentist, etc., will be required.

POLICY FOR MAKE UP ASSIGNMENTS DUE TO ABSENCES

It is the responsibility of the student to confer with each teacher to determine missed assignments.  Upon return to school, students will be provided one calendar day per day of absence to submit missed assignments.  Failure to obtain work in a timely fashion may result in no credit being granted for the assignment and thus negatively impacting the students grade.  Teachers are not expected to provide homework for ill students, or students on vacation but are encouraged to discuss extenuating circumstances as needed.

 

REMINDER:  WMS families must call the office (887-6090 Ext. 222) before school starts to report absences.  

 

School Every Day is life changing

August 29, 2017 – Hawai’i State DOE Website

Did you know that one of the strongest predictors of student success or failure is, on the surface, one that seems easy to do? Chronic Absenteeism — missing 15 or more days in a school year, just two or three days a month — leads to a host of academic ailments. Here's how you can help.

 

By Suzanne Mulcahy, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support - Hawaiʻi DOE

What are the strongest predictors of student success? Ask anyone and you’ll hear a common list: intelligence, work ethic, family income, access to early education.

It turns out that one of the strongest predictors is, on the surface, one that seems easy to do: show up.

Data show that students who miss 10 percent of the school year — a couple of days a month — are far likelier to end up far behind their peers who make it to class.

For example, reading at grade level by the 3rd grade is considered an important marker in a child’s learning development. Data from a California study that tracked students from K to grade 3 showed:

·    * 64 percent of students with good attendance in grades K and 1 were reading proficiently by grade 3, and

·    * Only 17 percent of students who were chronically absent in grades K and 1 were proficient in reading by grade 3.


Families are essential partners in promoting good attendance!  


Families are responsible for making sure their children get to school every day – on time. Just as parents should focus on how their children are performing academically, they have a responsibility to set expectations for good attendance.               

Here are some ideas to ensure attendance every day on time: 

• Set a regular bed time and morning routine.  Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

• Don’t let your child stay home unless he/she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.  If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, counselors, administrators or other parents for advice on how to make him/her feel comfortable and excited about school and learning.

• Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up (another child gets sick, car breaks down, etc.). Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.

• Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.  If an appointment is unavoidable, please make it after 12 noon.  

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Additional Great News for WMS Families for the 2017-18 SY:  

1) Beginning this year, all WMS students will enjoy a FREE breakfast and lunch daily.  We are doing this because experience and all the research confirms that students learn better when they have had a nutritious breakfast and lunch.  This is made possible by a new federal program for food service in public schools that have a large Title I student population.  Also, our local school board, Ho’okako’o Corporation, helped facilitate the application process.  

2) Also, WMS students will be provided FREE busing in the district daily, in part because we were “gifted” with buses and vans by the Neilan Foundation, and because we are prioritizing ATTENDANCE. 

Our goal this year is simple:  That every single student attends every day on time, ready to learn.  

We hope that providing convenient free transportation will help families ensure students are here in class every single day. 

We thank all who make these benefits possible for our students and families!


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TARDIES TO SCHOOL

Parents/Guardians are expected to bring their child(ren) to school before the starting bell.  

Students who arrive to school after the tardy bell must report to the office for a pass.  Chronic tardiness may result in disciplinary action.

 

EARLY RELEASE OF STUDENTS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY

Only authorized individuals may request early release of a student.  Authorized individuals are parents, legal guardians, and individuals authorized by the parents or legal guardians.

    • Families requesting early release for their student should have the child bring a note signed by the parent/legal guardian stating the date and time for the early release.  The student should bring the note to the office before school  or during recess, not during class time.  If someone other than the parent/legal guardian will be picking up the student,  this should be stated in the note.
    • A call slip or phone call will be sent to the Teacher.  Individuals are not to go to the classroom to get the student. 
    • Please DO NOT call to have your child sent to the office before arriving to pick him/her up. Please allow enough time for you to arrive at the school and for office staff to call your child out of class. We would like for your student miss minimal class time.
    • Upon return from an appointment, a note from the attending physician/dentist, etc., will be required

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IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR WMS FAMILIES & COMMUNITY



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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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Family Expectations:  




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More About A Family's Responsibilities: 

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

                                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. 
·         Wednesday 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 Counselor Mary Martinson (Ext. 252) or Principal Amy Kendziorski (Ext. 225).  We are happy to meet to review 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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