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March 28, 2013 | 8:48 am

BREAKING NEWS. Niu Valley Middle Science Teacher Mr. Kobashigawa Is 2013 Science Teacher of the Year

Woo hoo! Our very own Mr. Clyde Kobashigawa, Team F's Grade 8 Sciences / IB Technology Teacher was selected by the Hawaii Academy of Science as 2013 Science Teacher of the Year. The Academy will be sending Mr. Kobashigawa to the International Science and Engineering Fair! The particular award is being funded by Chevron Hawaii and the Hawaiian Electric Company. Another middle school teacher from Kaua`i was also selected. Mr. Kobashigawa was informed: "The Hawai`i Academy of Science is very pleased to announce that you have been selected as 2013 Science Teacher of the Year. This season, both Chevron and Hawaiian Electric Company decided to recognize a teacher who makes a difference and helps develop a passion for scientific study and research in students.  District Coordinators and principals submitted nominations and the board selected you from the nominees.  The award covers:  1.   Round Trip air transportation from Honolulu, hotel accommodations (two per room) and registration fees to the 2013 ISEF in Phoenix, Arizona in May 2013.  2.  Guest seated at the sponsor tables for the 56th HSSEF Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, April 8, 2013."  Congratulations, Mr. Kobashigawa! We are so very proud of you for this well-deserved recognition. Go forth and represent our school, the State of Hawaii AND the USA at the International Science and Engineering Fair!!

March 26, 2013 | 3:43 pm

Infrastructure Upgrades Underway

Day two of a four day project is in the books as the Department of Education has contractors upgrading our school by modernizing all instructional areas to receive voice, video and data through Wi-Fi. Carts containing switching equipment are being installed at various locations. Wi-Fi equipment is being installed. Infrastructure is being centralized to the extent possible. Ensuing Phases of this Project will include transfer to a new phone system, bell, fire, and intercom systems. All stakeholders will be notified with a switch-over will occur, which will result in system shut down for a few hours.

March 26, 2013 | 3:19 pm

Aloha and Safe Travels, Kikugawa Students

Led by Ruriko Nakajima, NVMS Science Teacher Mrs. Darrah Brown, and NVMS PCNC Mrs. Joanne Imada, nearly twenty students and five teachers participated in a pot-luck, home stay, and fellowship with NVMS host families. Mahalo nui to our Host Families for stepping up to the plate! Your impact can not be underestimated! Nakajima-san presented me with a Kyusu (teapot) and green tea from Kikugawa. Located in the western part of Shizuoka prefecture, Kikugawa is widely known for their excellent quality of green tea. I learned how to prepare sencha green tea, which is a multi-step process, to include the proper water temperature and infusion time in the Kyusu.

March 13, 2013 | 5:04 am

Career Day Speakers Motivating Students

Forty-three presenters who represent a variety of careers are speaking with our students this morning. Students signed up for their top two interest areas. This morning, there are two concurrent sessions for students. "It Takes A Village" to educate a child, and today is a fine example of community members who are giving of their time to be an active participant in the Niu Valley Learning Community. Mahalo nui, Xie xie, Ohayo gozaimasu and thank you!

March 13, 2013 | 4:55 am

Breaking News: Solar Sprint Qualifying Event Underway

The tennis courts at Niu Valley Community Park is the site for our school's qualifying rounds of the State Solar Sprint expo. Top ten Solar Cars will move on to States, to be held at Kapolei High School. There are two events: Speed, and Mass Tow/Speed. To the tennis players who typically use the Courts, mahalo for stepping aside to let our students apply their projects. Students followed the IB Technology Design Cycle to develop their solar vehicles.

March 12, 2013 | 6:11 am

Career Day Presenters: You are ON Tomorrow!

This is a gentle reminder to all 50 or so presenters who are donating your time to work with our students on your careers: Park on campus. Please check in at our school Dining Hall. There will be light refreshments, and a student escort to lead you to your room.

March 07, 2013 | 3:28 pm

WASC Exit Conference Completed. School Transformation Efforts Validated. Stay Tuned for Terms

Buoyed by impressive and consistent student responses to probing Committee inquiry about their learning and our school. Buoyed by faculty and staff balanced self-study, their masterful planning and teaching of IB units. Bouyed by the evidence being collected for our Student-Led Conferences. Enhanced by Parents stepping forward to support school efforts for their children--including struggles encountered. Strengthened by businesses recognizing and supporting staff efforts: Collectively, the Committee provided us with a validation of school transformation efforts. There were a whopping twelve identified areas of strength. They also supported four points for us to work on, most of which we identified in our Self-Study. We have much to be proud of, and I deeply thank the Niu Valley Middle School Learning Community for living the IB Learner Profile, operating as ohana, while serving as one example of how "The Four Pillars of a Great School" can look like, feel like, sound like, and be like. Chairwoman Dr. Bobbie Plough, Superintendent, will forward a Final Report to WASC Headquarters for evaluation by a team of Commissioners. Now we await their decision on the Terms of Accreditation, estimated to be made in June. I am confident that The Force was with Us. Meanwhile, we continue with learning and growing as the end of our 3rd academic quarter approaches.

March 07, 2013 | 6:14 am

WASC Update: Day 4 of 4

Our students are currently engaged in Advisory Activities. There are Intramural matches, career planning, SLC planning and advising activities. Meanwhile, the WASC Visiting Committee are sequestered in the Office Conference Room, assembling their draft report (over school lunch) for presentation to me in an hour, followed by the same presentation to the entire faculty and staff.

March 06, 2013 | 12:41 pm

WASC Visiting Committee Done for the Day. Report being Generated

The six-member WASC Visiting Committee have left for dinner. They will be doing their report tonight, and more tomorrow morning. I will be the first to be briefed of findings after lunch. Then, there will be a report out to our entire faculty and staff after students are dismissed. I could not be any prouder of our students, faculty, and staff! Of course, much appreciation to the Visiting Committee for their thorough work at our school.

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