Niu Valley Middle School

An International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme World School



ManageBac (“Manage Baccalaureate”) Launch Upon Us

By Mr. Justin Mew on February 04, 2014

ManageBac, an on-line system, is the world's only IB software designed for planning, assessment and reporting in the IB continuum.  Access forms will be distributed through your child’s Communication Envelope on February 5, 2014. The forms are to inform you regarding acceptable use, to provide ManageBac/us with your contact information, and to obtain your permission. For your convenience, the Documents Tab of this website has a fillable PDF file (filename: Access to ManageBac). Additionally, the form may be completed on-line with ManageBac.

Please complete the appropriate form and return it to our school through your child’s Advisory teacher.  The turnaround time for access is ten working days after submittal. Please contact the Niu Valley Middle School IB Coordinator Mr. Kent Miyashiro if you do not have access after ten days.

Once accessed, ManageBac will show you the following, unique to your child:
• Important dates for classes
• Summative scores using IB scoring and rubrics
• IB report card (hardcopy distributed with DOE Year-end Report Card).

Be on the lookout for workshops for students and parents on the use of ManageBac. Participation in the use of ManageBac is optional.

Niu Valley Middle Sends Unit to Hawaii Kai Holiday Parade 2013

By Mr. Justin Mew on December 01, 2013

Niu Valley Middle was represented by a unit of Student Government Officers, Leadership class representatives, and members of our Cheer Squad. The parade showcased a variety of units that extended over a mile! They assembled at Kamiloiki Field, made their way down Lunalilo Home Road, and ended with festivities at the Koko Marina Shopping Center. Escorts were: Mr. Scott Brown/Student Activities Coordinator, Mr. Garrett Hatakenaka/Mathematics Teacher/ Director of Athletics, Ms. Kimsheree N./Cheer Squad Coacn/Parent. Grand Marshall was Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

Hawaii DOE Statement on “Pono Choices”

By Mr. Justin Mew on November 12, 2013

Concerns have been raised regarding an approved sex education class called “Pono Choices.” This course is in compliance with the Board of Education’s abstinence based sex education policy, and is a program developed by the UH College of Education's Center for Disabilities Studies. 

Pono Choices promotes "abstinence" as the preferred way of birth control and STD prevention. As it is a sex education class, and may be considered “controversial,” parents are notified about the course. "Controversial Issue" letters are sent home (alternate activities provided), a parent workshop is offered and more than one teacher is present during lessons. Parents are provided information and a preview of all 11 sessions, so they can  know what will be covered and make an informed decision on whether or not to opt out of the class. Every year some students opt out.

Misinformation is being circulated that this course promotes homosexuality.  This is not a class about gay sex or one that promotes it. 

Here's the link to the website on Pono Choices:

This Niu Valley Middle School website has posted a Press Release from the University of Hawaii on Pono Choices. Click on "Documents." The University of Hawaii contact person is Dr. Kelly Roberts at (808) 956-2303.

Class of 2017 (NVMS 2013) Algebra I Students Top State in EOC Exam

By Mr. Justin Mew on September 16, 2013

In yet another sign of academic prowess, students taking Algebra I last year topped the state in their collective performance in the mandated "End of Course" (EOC) exam. All students in middle, intermediate and high school who took Algebra I needed to take the EOC. Niu Valley Middle School average was a whopping 351. What does this number mean? 328 and higher Exceeds Proficiency. 300 to 328 Meets Proficiency. 263 to 300 Approaches Proficiency. Our Complex Area average was 287. The State average was 276. When compared against similar schools: NVMS fared better than 84% of them. Approximately 16% of similar schools had about the same average score.  0% of similar schools did better than Niu Valley Middle! Parents, individual results are being sent to the current high school for distribution to you. Congratulations, Class of 2017 Algebra 1 students, for your hard work, which led to exemplary performance on the EOC. We are proud of you and thank you and the NVMS Mathematics Department for earning the distinction of Hawaii's top public school Algebra I students.

Honolulu Marathon Awards NVMS Cross Country Team

By Mr. Justin Mew on September 09, 2013

Our Cross Country Girl's Team placed 5th out of 12 schools and brought home an engraved plate. They were the top public school team. The Honolulu Marathon Invitational Cross Country Meet was held at Henry J. Kaiser High School on Saturday, September 7th. Congratulations to medalists Jenna Ikegami (5th place) and Jacilyn Sera (16th place). The NVMS Boys Team placed 7th of 14 teams, and was only one point from finishing as the top public school. Much appreciation to all Niu Valley Middle School Lancer Athletes who have been training in the Niu Valley neighborhood and nearby communities, then representing our school in this prestigious meet. Kudos to NVMS Faculty coaches Mr. Jonathan Oshiro and Mr. Garrett Hatakenaka. Volunteer Parent Coach Steve Jacobson, a former collegiate coach, has been lending his time and expertise as well. Go NVMS Lancer Athletes!

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