April is the “Month of the Military Child”, a time to honor and celebrate all military-connected children and youth. We have planned various activities in the upcoming weeks as a way of showing support for our families and recognizing our students for their strength, sacrifices, and continued resilience. We want to thank our PCNC, Norma Sosa, for organizing each activity. Please refer to the informational flyer that was sent home at the beginning of this week.
There was a big turnout for our McTeacher Night on Thursday, March 28, 2019. Many of our families came by and enjoyed a meal at McDonald’s and had fun in the play area. We appreciate our awesome PCNC, Norma Sosa, who took care of all the details and made sure everything ran smoothly.
On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, the First graders performed at the annual Radford Complex Music Festival. This year’s theme was “The World is a Rainbow.” We want to thank our part-time teacher, Stephanie Holladay and all the 1st grade teachers (Ms. Tangalan, Ms. Okita, Mrs. Thornton, Ms. Wong, and Mrs. Kuroiwa) in preparing our students for this special performance. They had a great time and did a wonderful job representing Nimitz Elementary.
The Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) testing window for Grades 3-6 is coming up soon. Here are the important dates to remember:
Wednesday, April 24 – Friday, April 26, 2019
Wednesday, May 1 – Friday, May 3, 2019
Tuesday, May 7 – Wednesday, May 8, 2019
A parent letter with more information will be sent home with your child in a few days.
Aloha Nimitz ‘Ohana,
Congratulations to all of our Grade 3 – 6 students who participated in the annual Radford Complex Speech Festival on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Aliamanu Middle School. The students did a great job with their presentations. We are so proud of you! A special thanks to Mrs. Darci Muromoto and Mrs. Jessica Osborne for taking the lead in coordinating the Speech Festival along with the rest of our Grade 3-6 teachers who helped prepare our students for this event.
There was a big turnout for our PTO Dino-Mite Family Night on Friday, March 1, 2019. Many of our families attended and enjoyed the fun crafts, games, and food vendors. Not to mention, a lot of books were purchased at the Book Fair. We appreciate our hard-working PTO Board and parent volunteers who took care of all the details and made sure everything ran smoothly.
We want to thank our parents for their support of Achieve3000 by ensuring their child(ren) (Grades 2-6) completes at least one article per week at home. According to the most current Achieve3000 report, 86% of our students are using Achieve3000 outside of school hours. Research on adolescent literacy suggests that the amount of reading students do after-school hours is an accurate predicator of their in-school academic achievement.
Just a reminder, the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) testing window for Grades 3-6 will be from Wednesday, April 24, 2019 – Wednesday, May 8, 2019. More information will be sent home with your child(ren).
As we come to the end of 3rd Quarter, I want to thank you for your participation and support in our many school activities. Have a fun and safe Spring Break! We will see you back on Monday, March 25, 2019.
Aloha Nimitz ‘Ohana,
Congratulations to our girls and boys basketball teams who participated in the Radford Complex Tournament at Radford High School on January 15 and 28, 2019 respectively. Thank you to our parents who came out to support our athletes. I would like to acknowledge our coaches, Mr. Todd Matsumoto and Mr. Ryan Kam, in preparing the teams for this event. Thank you to our coaches and players for doing an outstanding job representing Nimitz Elementary School!
Starting in the month of February, the teachers will begin preparing our 3rd - 6th graders for the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) scheduled in April/May by administering the Interim Assessments in their classes. The SBA will measure not only what students know but how well they can apply their knowledge in real-world situations. If you are interested in assisting with your child’s preparation, there is an online practice test that can be accessed through a link on the Nimitz website or directly through the https://smarterbalanced.alohahsap.org/users/students.stml. Please be on the lookout for the Online Smarter Balanced Assessments and Hawaii State Science Assessments Parent Information Booklet that will be sent home with your grade 3 –6 child(ren) by the end of February.
Here’s an update on our WASC accreditation process. In SY 2015-2016, Nimitz Elementary School received an accreditation rating of six years with a Mid-cycle (One-Day) Visit. Our faculty and staff prepared a Mid-Cycle Progress Report, which analyzes the progress made on the critical areas of need determined by the 2015-2016 WASC Visiting Committee. The WASC committee will review this report in preparation for our Mid-cycle Visit, which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.