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8th Grade Ho'ike - Thurs., March 7, 5-6:30 p.m. STEAM Learning Center - 2nd Floor.  All Invited.  

A Celebration of Student Learning!  Students will share their projects.  Light refreshments served.  

Student-Led Transition Night - Wednesday, March 13 - 5-6:15 p.m. 

For Families with students moving into 6th grade for the 2019-20 school year.  Click here for more details - all North Hawai'i families welcome!  

Introducing Our 2019 May Day Court

One of Waimea's oldest continuous traditions is our annual Waimea Middle School May Day Ho'ike.  This year it will be on Fri., May 17, 2019 in historic Thelma Parker Gym.  The Court is comprised of members of the 8th grade, soon-to-exit class and it comes with serious IKAIR kuleana to be your very best!  Congratulations to these young men and women who have worked hard already to earn a spot on the court...and there's more to come.  

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us!  

King:  KELI'I LACTAOEN                                 Queen:  LINDSAY TAGUDAN

 

King's Men:                                                      Ladies in Waiting:

Zacchaeus Kaneki-Naha                                   Pu'uwai Anderson

Keolamauloa Pilayo                                           Mikayla Stevens

Samson Akau                                                     Cheyenne Goepfert Hutchings

Jordan Barcenilla                                                Jenifer Oliveros Rios

Makani Miranda                      

Billy John Sakai                                                  Island Princesses:

Titus Chong                                                        Dallas Branco

Nathaniel Jose                                                    Kailana Langan

                                                                            Lanakila Isabel

                                                                            Amber Berry

                                                                            Victoria Berinobis

                                                                            Lara Sanchez

                                                                            Taylor Reyes

                                                                            Jaylah Kekoa


First Student Dance In Several Years 

IKAIR ‘Bout My Friends Valentine’s Night Dance

6-8 p.m., Fri., Feb. 15, 2019 - Thelma Parker Memorial Gym

For WMS 6th-8th graders only.

Please click here for expectations and parental permission form.


'Bullying Is Not Pono':  Bullying Prevention 101

A reggae hit song embedded with Hawai'is core value of ALOHA, called “Bullying Is Not Pono” by the Sons of Yeshua, kicked off a Bullying Prevention 101 lesson for all WMS students this past week by Principal Janice English.  

This high energy interactive lesson explored what bullying is (and is not), why it’s hurtful, how to stop/prevent it -- and how kindness and becoming an "upstander" can make everyone feel safe and be a school that "lives" our IKAIR core values.

The lesson also explored differences between “conflict” and “bullying” and concluded with a reminder that not only does bullying hurt people and cause them to not feel safe, but can get a student suspended.  

The lesson concluded with students answering questions with white board paddles plus a round of online Kahoot! to check for understanding, and the first to respond received Campus Cash as prizes. 



Here are several lines of the “Bullying Is Not Pono” lyrics by Sons of Yeshua:


“Now letʻs go take a trip right down to memory lane

and remember what Braddah IZ was saying.

“When I was a keiki my tūtū come and say to me.

She said, "help your friends and neighbors.

Live in harmony.

Its not pono, to make somebody feel like they amount to nothing.

Itʻs not pono,

when you bully somebody to deal with your own insecurities.

Cut it out!”   


Mahalo to this reggae group for sharing these thoughts.


Click here to review the PowerPoint that accompanied the Principal's talk-story.


WMS Recruiting for a STEAM Program Coordinator & STEAM IT Services

“Full STEAM Ahead!” said the 2018 Hawai’i State Legislature as they authorized a substantial $298,000 Grant In Aid (GIA) to help Waimea Middle School (WMS) more fully embrace 21st century teaching and learning in its new $15 million, 9-classroom Keaoakea STEAM Learning Center. 

Now, Gov. David Ige has released this GIA funding to the State Department of Education and a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is in place with WMS, so the school is recruiting a STEAM Program Coordinator to collaborate closely with teachers and staff to more fully meet the needs of students and the wider community including educators from throughout the region.

For more details about the position, please see links at the bottom of this page. 


Startling Facts About Vaping, Health & Good Choices!  

The LAW says Hawai’i youth must be 21 or older to smoke or vape (that is, use an e-cigarette) but many perceive vaping as not as harmful as cigarettes. Yes, there is no tar in e-cigs, but there are other harmful ingredients and effects to consider, according to a growing body of scientific research. Inhaling e-cigs can cause damage to the lungs, such as “popcorn lung.” And what’s worse, most e-cigs, especially juul pods, deliver extremely high levels of harmful, addictive nicotine and some contain heavy metals.

Also, the hundreds of appealing flavors and fragrances available – from berries, bubble gum, cinnamon and mango to butter, seem fully intended to target youth.

So what do our kids need to know about vaping to help them make better choices?

WMS Principal Janice English decided it was time to inform students about the facts, in part because being caught vaping or with vaping items at school can result in a 92-day suspension. Serious business.

So, in a fast-paced, high energy series of experiences, classes of students at WMS have explored the data together.

A quick “pre-test” launched the lesson with every student given a personal whiteboard shaped as paddles to be engaged, non-verbally, in checking for understanding. Students were asked questions to find out how much they actually knew about vaping (some did, some didn’t). Same was true, in fact, for teachers participating in the lesson.

Using a lesson plan from The Standord Medical toolkit, https://med.stanford.edu/tobaccopreventiontoolk…/E-Cigs.html , Ms. English then shared a video clip and visuals about e-cigs. The magic was in the science. Students were taught that 59 mg of nicotine delivered instantly in a juul is equivalent to 13 drops of food coloring in 1 milliliter of water. 1 milliliter of water is about the volume of the first digit of your baby finger - it's really very little water to which students carefully added 13 drops of food coloring. This hands-on experiment let students immediately see how dark - or intense - the concentration was -- a powerful moment of realization.

No one really knows what the long term effect vaping has on the body, but it is known that inhaling heated steam and vapors can cause “popcorn lung.” So what’s that?

Miss English first explained diseases such as emphysema and COPD, then turned to "popcorn lung disease." To make the point about how damaging this can be, students were given a line drawing of human lungs and a heaping pile of freshly popped popcorn to entirely cover up one of the lungs.

“That’s what “popcorn disease” is like – all of the tiny cells in your lungs are damaged.” Students could see this very clearly. Moving on, kids were told they could eat the popcorn and did. Quickly.

After the mini lesson, students did a partner read and played an online game called Kahoot to test and reiterate wha they had learned from the presentation, their reading and hands-on experiences.

Concluding the class, students were asked to reflect on the lesson – was it helpful? Did they learn something? They were ask to evaluate the lesson by giving it 10 fingers – if it was great, and 1 or a fist if it was not. Almost all rated the lesson an exuberant 10. And the bell rang ending the class.


Archaeoastronomy:  A Fascinating Approach To Social Studies!

All WMS 6th grade social studies classes just finished crafting notebooks that they will use during a Project-Based Learning (PBL) unit on Archaeoastronomy. During this study, students will learn about where, why and how people of ancient cultures around the world built structures to better understand their natural surroundings. An integral part of this study will be learning about the heiau that the ancient Hawaiians built to mark the seasons. Guest speakers from around the community will be coming to enrich lessons around topics related to archaeoastronomy and students will visit fascinating, restored heiau at waters’ edge in Kailua-Kona.   


Our Career Exploration Day Was A Great Day For Students!  

Mahalo to more than 60 community members who volunteered to share their career stories and experiences with all 260 WMS students on Oct. 24.  All students were asked to choose from about five dozen career options and then participated in 4 separate sessions about different career possibilities.  

Presenters ranged from a helicopter pilot (with training helicopter) to a dentist (with the Tooth Bus mobile clinic), from a veterinarian to police officers with a trained dog, from an architect, food artist, astronomer and barista to physical therapist, general contractor, an automotive technician, and hunting equipment retailer, to a fire captain and crew (with fire truck).  And lots more including restaurant chef and owner, to an attorney, beekeeper, yoga instructor and beautician/cosmetologist.  See pictures on Facebook.  


1st Quarter Report Cards Go Home Wed., Oct. 24.  
Please review it with your child. 

Halloween 'Character Trait' Costume Walk 
Halloween took on a new twist this year!  Students were asked to dress to represent a “Character Trait” that means something to them.  For example, the superhero Spiderman - as portrayed in a bulletin board right now on campus - reflects the “Character Trait” of “Accountability.” 

These are the winning student costumes!  


Coming Events 


2018-2019 SY DATES TO REMEMBER: 


·         Weekly - M-W-Fr:          Hot Chocolate Club!  7-7:50 a.m.

·         Weekly - T-Th:                  Homework Help+  2:15-3:45 p.m.

·         Tues., Feb. 19:                 WMS Local Advisory Panel (LAP) Meeting - 4:30-6 p.m.  Z105 

·         Sat, Feb. 23:                      Track & Field Meet – Konawaena High School Track Oval 

·         Sat, Feb. 23                        Mala'ai Workshop on Seeds & Seed Saving - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.   

·         Thurs., March 7:            8th Grade Ho'ike - 5-6:30 p.m.  STEAM Learning Center - 2nd

                                                                      Floor - All Invited!  

·         Sat., March 9:                   Mala'ai Workshop - Making Food For the Wa'a - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

·         March 11-13:                      HSA Science Assessment – 1st Round – 8th grade; Makeup 3/14

·         Wed., March 13:              Student-Led Transition Night For Families with Students 

                                                                       Moving to 6th Grade - 5-6:15 p.m.  Begins in K-Courtyard. 

                                                                        Ends in STEAM Learning Center with light dinner. 

·         Wed., March 13:              Incoming 6th Grade Family Orientation - 5 p.m.  

·         Sat., March 16:                 Mala'ai Workshop - Making Food For the Wa'a - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

·         March 18-26:                     Extended Spring Break - Now includes 3/25/19 Teacher-Staff

                                                                   Professional Development Day & March 26:  Kuhio Day

·         Thurs., March 28:           Family Engagement Night - 5 p.m. - STEAM Learning Center. 

                                                                        All Invited! 

·         Fri., April 19:                      Good Friday - No school

·         April 23-25:                        Math SBA – Schoolwide – mornings; Makeup 4/26

·         April 30-May 2:                 ELA SBA – Schoolwide - mornings; Makeup 5/3

·         May 7-9:                                 ELA SBA – Schoolwide – mornings; Makeup 5/10

·         May 6-10:                             National Teacher-Staff Appreciation Week

·         May 13-15:                            HSA Science Assessment – 2nd Round – 8th grade; Makeup 5/16

·         Fri., May 17:                        WMS May Day Ho’ike – Performance begins at 9:30 a.m. Gym -

                                                                        All Invited! 

·         Saturday, May 18:          Mala'ai Garden - Wa'a Send Off Celebration - 9 a.m. - Noon.  

                                                                         In the garden. 

·         Mon., May 20:                  Algebra Assessment – 8th grade only

·         Fri., May 31:                       8th Grade Exit and Final Day of the school year  



Completed Events: 


WMS News:


WHT/NHN 8-27-18:  WMS seventh graders learn how to take care of the land:  Read about an exciting cross-curriculum learning experience for our WMS students!  MAHALO to our 7th grade teacher team and project partners.  Their student-researched oral history book featuring 11 revered Waimea resource people who range in age from 29 to 86 is now available on Amazon! Mahalo, too, to WHT/NHN' Editor Landry Fuller and writer Jan Wizinowich!

This Friends of Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge newsletter (pages 4-10) spotlights Waimea Middle School students participating in the TEACHING CHANGE partnership.  Three groups of WMS students, two w/ 7th graders, one w/ 6th graders, participated in these overnight environmental learning experiences. 



Lesson on Kindness & Anti-Bullying
 


Lesson on The Dangers of Vaping 
A fascinating hands-on lesson about the scientific facts about vaping - what is ingested into your body and its effects on lungs and the  brain - was shared by WMS Principal Janice English with all students. 
All 6th Graders have crafted beautiful water color art as covers for a notebook to record their Social Studies learning journey into Archaeoastronomy.  Mahalo to WMS art teacher Susan Gallery Levey for assisting with this project! 


October's Spotlighted 'Character Trait' is Accountability!  

Throughout the school year, students participate in about a dozen safety drills to ensure preparedness should an incident or disaster warrant taking action.  

Student Poetry Ho'ike  9-26-18

Fun Run 2018-2019 School Year
WMS students, staff and community members hold banner just before the Fun Run-9-14-2018

On your mark, get set, go-9-14-2018

Fun Run Walk commences-9-14-2018

WMS Opens Keaoakea STEAM Learning Center - January 8, 2018 
http://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2018/01/08/video-new-waimea-steam-building-dedicated/

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