Niu Valley Middle School

An International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme World School



Hawaii’s New Accountability and Improvement System Puts Niu Valley Middle Atop ALL Secondary Schools

By Mr. Justin Mew on August 24, 2013

With an Index Score of 324, Niu Valley Middle School was ranked above all Hawaii secondary schools (middle, intermediate and high schools) in the Strive HI step, "Continuous Improvement." The lowest Index Score in the top 5% "Recognition" step was 327. However, it was other factors that would have kept us in the current step. Kaiser Complex Elementary Schools Hahaione El and Kamiloiki El had Index Scores that were considerably higher than 327, but were placed in our step due to "other factors." Collectively, Kaiser Complex Schools fared very well in this, the first Strive HI reporting of all schools. Strive HI replaced parts of the NCLB on July 1, 2013.  Strive HI has three components: (1) New Goals and Annual Targets.  (2) The Strive HI Index. (3) The Strive HI Steps. Mathematical formulas on various school measures from the based on the State Strategic Plan calculate school performance and feed into the Strive HI Step determination. The Index is calculated on these performance areas: Achievement (reading, mathematics, science). Growth (reading, mathematics). Readiness (8th Grade ACT for middle/intermediate schools). Achievement Gap (Current Gap Rate between Non-High Needs and High Needs students) and a "Two Year Gap Reduction Rate" between the same Non-High Needs and High-Needs students. Per Superintendent's expectations, all schools must send home a letter regarding school performance and data by August 28, 2013. Niu Valley Middle School parents and legal guardians will receive their letter/school data via the weekly Wednesday Communications Envelope on that date. The letter will be posted as a Download on this website soon thereafter.

NVMS Grade 8 Performance in ACT Explore Exceed National Average in All Categories

By Mr. Justin Mew on August 23, 2013

Collectively, the NVMS Class of 2013 (Graduating Class of 2017) outperformed students nationwide in each ACT Explore category: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science and Composite! Our median score was 17 of 25, which earned us 100 of 100 points in the new Strive HI School Performance System. The ACT or American College Test, was funded by the Hawaii State Department of Education to serve as a measure for college readiness. The version was ACT Explore for Grade 8. This test is normed nationally, with quality controls of the ACT Inc.. Tests were scored by the ACT. Niu Valley Middle will examine the disaggregated scores against our school curriculum, instructional practices and assessment methods to make the necessary adjustments.  Individual scores were sent home and to the student's high schools for educational planning.

The ACT® college readiness assessment is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students' academic readiness for college. The ACT is the capstone of a College and Career Readiness System. The test uses the same score scale as ACT Explore and ACT Plan, making the system an effective tool to monitor academic progress and student growth.

Legacy by Niu Valley Alumnus Reid Krucky

By Mr. Justin Mew on April 18, 2013


The Niu Valley Middle School ohana mourns the loss of former student Reid Krucky. His art teacher, Mr. Jeff Tam, recalled that Reid's artwork was displayed at an art exhibit at the Kahala Mall, representing our school. This is artwork drawn and signed by Reid entitled, "Unicorn." Aloha, Reid! It was an honor having you educated here in Lancer Country. Mahalo for enriching our lives. Mahalo for showcasing the talent of visual arts students.

Aloha and Mahalo for your Service, Mrs. Irene Furukawa!

By Mr. Justin Mew on December 28, 2012

Niu Valley Middle School Grade 6 Mathematics teacher Mrs. Irene Furukawa is retiring from the Department of Education after over 25 years of service. Collectively since she taught Mathematics at Aina Haina Elementary, her students scored in the rarified top tier of all Hawaii Grade 6 students. Instrumental in having the Grade 6 students move from a K-6 setting to a 6-8 middle school setting, while her joy was mathematics education, it was very important for her students to develop learning skills, and supported the middle school policy. Mrs. Furukawa and her Team B developed the IB Learner Profile in students. My son Micah enjoyed learning math in the environment she created. To Mrs. Furukawa, on your retirement, may I trade my Jedi Robe and don my Star Trek uniform to wish you in the Vulcan tradition: "Live Long and Prosper!"

Aloha and Mahalo Mr. Lyle Saiki

By Mr. Justin Mew on December 28, 2012

Niu Valley Middle School Health/Physical Education Teacher Mr. Lyle Saiki will also be retiring at the end of this calendar year. He served the Department of Education for 22 years. Dual licensed in Physical Education and Science, Mr. Saiki developed IB unit plans from those two program areas. He kept his lean physique by cycling daily to work, and took trips all over Oahu. Mr. Saiki is contemplating a bicycle ride across the continental United States. My son Micah looked forward to Mr. Saiki's Physical Education classes and was motivated to keep fit. In the Star Trek Vulcan tradition, "Live Long and Prosper," Mr. Saiki. Thank you for helping us attain IB world school status by your work in Physical Education, and athletics--by coordinating our Nike Fun Run teams. Many NVMS students earned letters because of your coordination. I hope that in your retirement, you will reach your goal of the cross-country trek. Good Luck and May the Force be with You!

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