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.
Aloha Nimitz ‘Ohana,
Congratulations to all of our student athletes who participated in the Radford Complex Volleyball Tournament on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. A special thanks goes out to our PE teacher, Mr. Todd Matsumoto, for taking the time to work with our boys’ and girls’ volleyball team. The students did a wonderful job demonstrating sportsmanship and eagle pride. They had a record of 4-2!
We just started our Parent-Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. I hope you will have a productive meeting with your child(ren)’s teacher(s). Your continued support is appreciated since communication between home and school is vital to the success of your child(ren).
You are all invited to attend our annual Fall Festival on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 2:30 – 5:30 pm on our school campus. There will be plenty of fun for everyone with food, games, prizes, bounce houses, a cake walk, and a shower power booth! For those who live in Earhart Village Community, the Aupaka Gate will be opened from 1:00 – 3:00 pm and will re-open from 5:00 – 5:45 pm. Mark this on your calendar. It’s an event you don’t want to miss!
We would like to bid a fond aloha to our Parent Community Network Coordinator (PCNC), Mrs. Becky Roberts, who will be leaving soon to be closer to her family. “Miss Becky” has done an outstanding job as our PCNC, and we thank you for your service and dedication to Nimitz Elementary. You will be missed! We are fortunate to have Mrs. Norma Sosa to take her place when we return from Fall Break. Mrs. Sosa has been shadowing Miss Becky for a few weeks to ensure a smooth transition into her new position.
As we come to the end of our 1st Quarter, I want to thank you for your active involvement and support our many school activities/events. Have a safe and enjoyable Fall Break! We will see you back on Monday, October 15, 2018.
Aloha Nimitz ‘Ohana,
Welcome to the opening of what promises to be a wonderful school year! It was nice to see so many families during our Meet and Greet Day on Thursday, August 2, 2018. The faculty and staff put in many hours to prepare for the start of the new school year, and I want to thank them for their hard work and dedication to our students.
This year, we will continue to implement our statewide reading program called Reading Wonders, as well as, Go Math!, which are both aligned with our Common Core State Standards. The school will be incorporating AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) strategies to help our students learn to write, inquire, collaborate, organize, and read (WICOR).
We’re excited about our schoolwide positive behavior intervention system starting this school year. Our goal is to practice the following four values so that we can “SOAR” to success:
*Self-discipline (Managing impulses)
*Open mind (Flexible thinking, Empathy)
*Attitude (Growth mindset, Positive approach, Personal responsibility)
*Respect (Authority, Campus, Your peers, Yourself)
The behavior matrix was introduced at our Welcome Back Assembly to all of our students, and further discussion took place in each classroom. The matrix has been posted around the school campus and in classrooms as a visual reminder of our behavior expectations.
We would like to welcome a couple of new faces to Nimitz Elementary. Mrs. Carey DeBeaux is a Grade 4 General Education teacher, and Mrs. Shannon Wellbaum is a Grades 3/4 Special Education teacher. They come to us with a wealth of experience, and we are excited to have them as part of our school community.
Our calendar of events offers many opportunities for you to be actively involved at Nimitz, such as our Parent-Teacher Conferences, Fall Festival, Book Fairs, Winter Program, Jingle Bell Fun Run, and grade level activities, just to name a few.
Please join us in striving to make this school year a rewarding, enriching, and successful one as we continue our journey to “Kulia i ka Nu’u” (Rise to the Summit).
Marcy Kagami, Principal