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 freedoms. On Thursday, November 7, 2019, the Hickam Honor Guard joined our Nimitz Safety Patrol at the flag pole for a brief Veteran’s Day Flag Ceremony as we honored and saluted all American Veterans for their service and sacrifice.
Our 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, and our Fall
Festival Committee, 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 2018-2019 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 72% in reading proficiency, 67% in math proficiency, and 65% in science proficiency (4th grade only). The state’s scores were 54%, 49%, and 58% respectively. For Chronic Absenteeism, Nimitz has one of the lowest rates with 4% compared to the state’s average of 13%. Thank you, parents, for ensuring that our students are in school on a daily basis.
Nimitz Elementary teachers and staff are dedicated to helping our students succeed. We have high expectations, which are in line with the State Strategic Plan and the Strive HI Performance System. NES is committed to “continuous improvement” and strives daily towards student learning and achievement.
Aloha Nimitz ‘Ohana,
Congratulations to all of our students who participated in the Radford Complex Volleyball Tournament on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. A special thanks goes out to our PE teacher, Todd Matsumoto, for taking the time to work with our volleyball team, as well as, our STEM teachers, Chris Arquero and Reid Kishimoto, for their assistance during practices. The students did a wonderful job showing sportsmanship and eagle pride. They had a record of 3-3.
We started our Parent-Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. I trust your conference has been helpful as you get an update on how your child has been progressing during the 1st Quarter. Your continued support is appreciated since communication between home and school is vital to the success of your child(ren).
Please help me welcome our new upper grade counselor, Caleigh Moats, to Nimitz Elementary. Mrs. Moats is a military spouse and was recently employed at the USO on Schofield, working with families as a military transition specialist. We are excited to have her join our Nimitz ‘Ohana. Mrs. Moats looks forward to working with our faculty, staff, students, and parents. We also want to thank our SSC, Jason Wong, for stepping in and taking on the extra role as the upper grade counselor for the past two months.
You are all invited to attend our annual Fall Festival on Friday, October 18, 2019 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! Mark this on your calendar. It’s an event you don’t want to miss!
As we come to the end of our 1st Quarter, I want to thank you for your active involvement and support with our many school activities/events. Have a safe and enjoyable Fall Break! We will see you back on Monday, October 14, 2019.
Marcy Kagami, Principal
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 August 1, 2019. 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 and our math program called Go Math!, which are both aligned with our Common
Core State Standards as well as AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination)
strategies to help our students be organized, be self-directed learners, and be critical
Our schoolwide positive behavior intervention system is in its second year. Our goal is to
practice the following four values so we can “SOAR” to success:
The behavior matrix was shared at our Welcome Back Assembly with 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 helpful reminder of our behavior expectations.
Students who work hard in displaying these four values can earn Positive Behavior
Recognition (PBR) certificates. After they have received two certificates, students may
redeem them for a spirit stick (Self-Discipline, Open Mind, Attitude, Respect).
We are introducing i-Ready this school year, replacing STAR Reading/Early Literacy as
our universal screener, progress monitoring tool, and data analysis. A parent letter will be
sent home shortly providing more information about the program.
We would like to welcome a couple of new faces to Nimitz, Mr. Tony Pablo, Grade 2
General Education teacher, Ms. Lorie Solis, Grade 5 General Education teacher, Ms.
Heather Frech, Grade 6 General Education teacher, and Ms. Kerry Strong, Grades 3/4
Special Education teacher (Long-term sub). 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 offer many opportunities for you to become actively involved at
Nimitz, including our Fall Festival, Winter Program, Jingle Bell Fun Run, Reading with
Santa, Kindergarten 100 Day Celebration, book fairs and grade level activities, just to name
Please join us as 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