Aloha Nimitz ‘Ohana,
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a restful break and is re-energized as we enter the third Quarter.
During the Winter Break, we had 17 new students register at Nimitz. I would like to welcome our incoming families to the school. We look forward to partnering with you and encourage your active participation. If you are interested in volunteering, you may contact our Parent-Community Networking Coordinator (PCNC), Norma Sosa, at 307-4400 or stop by the PCNC room located in the cafeteria.
Are you looking for a way to get involved at our school? I encourage you to join our Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), which meets once a month in the cafeteria. They are always looking for more support and volunteers. The next meeting is on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 5:00 pm in the cafeteria. We hope to see you there! To contact the PTO, please feel free to email email@example.com .
I would like to acknowledge our Student Council advisors, Mrs. Sheri Honnaka and Mr. Todd Matsumoto along with our hardworking Student Council for planning our upcoming “Spirit Week” to be held during the week of January 22 – January 25, 2019. Here’s a sneak preview:
*Tuesday, January 22nd – Pajama/Stuffed Animal Day
*Wednesday, January 23rd – Sports Day
*Thursday, January 24th – Character Day
*Friday, January 25th – Crazy Hair Day
Be on the look-out for the flyer with more information. This will be a fun-filled week as our students get to show their school spirit and school pride!
All Hawaii public schools will be open on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and operate on normal class schedules. Federal offices will be closed for the National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush. The United States flag and the Hawaii state flag will be flown at half-staff at all state offices, agencies and schools through Dec. 30, 2018.
Aloha Nimitz ‘Ohana,
With 99% of our student population being military dependent, I would like to acknowledge our families for their dedication and service in protecting our country’s freedom. On Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 7:00 am, the Hickam Honor Guard will join our Nimitz Safety Patrol at the flag pole for a brief Veteran’s Day Flag Ceremony as we honor and salute all American Veterans for their service and sacrifice.
The faculty and staff appreciate your support in this year’s Fall Festival which was a huge success! A big mahalo to our coordinator, Mrs. Sheri Honnaka, who put in many hours planning for this event. We couldn’t have done it without our PTO officers and the many parent/student volunteers who assisted us with the food booths and games. Thanks to our families for their generous donation of cookies, cakes, pies, etc. for the Cake Walk.
Last year, students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 10 took the Smarter Balanced assessments that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Based on the SY 2017-2018 results, Nimitz Elementary School continues to make progress despite having a transient population. The results include data on student proficiency in reading, math, and science (4th grade only); student growth in reading and math; chronic absenteeism, and achievement gap.
Our students in grades 3-6, received 70% in reading proficiency, 60% in math proficiency, and 73% in science (4th grade only). The state’s scores were 54%, 48%, and 57% respectively. For Chronic Absenteeism, Nimitz has one of the lowest rates of 2% for 2015 and 2016 and 1% for 2017. Last year, we went back to 2%, which is still considered very low compared to the state’s average of 13%. Thank you, parents, for ensuring that our students are in school on a daily basis.
The teachers and staff are dedicated to helping our students succeed. Nimitz Elementary has high expectations, which are in line with the State Strategic Plan and the Strive HI Performance System. We are committed to “continuous improvement” and strive daily towards student learning and achievement.