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April 2020 Eagle Newsletter

Aloha Nimitz ‘Ohana,

We hope you are healthy and doing well during this time of school closure due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). You are on our minds and in our thoughts. We miss seeing our students and hope this does not last too long.

All of our teachers and staff have been working very hard to put together enrichment materials for our students. A letter was sent out this weekend through School Messenger informing parents about updates made on the NES COVID Parent Resources Website (bit.ly/NESCOVIDParentResourceSite). Please note, the next round of packet pick-up is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, 2020 between 9:00 – 11:00 am.

If you have specific questions about any of the resources provided, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher. We believe we have developed the best possible plan in providing strong resources for our students and families for continual learning during this unprecedented time.

On another note, every year we celebrate your children during the Month of the Military Child in April. During this month, we honor them for their service as a child of a military parent. Since Nimitz has about 98% military dependents that attend our school, we would like to take this time to recognize our families and students for your strength, sacrifices, and continued resilience. A big mahalo to our PCNC, Norma Sosa, for planning fun activities to be done at home, as we celebrate our military children.

Thank you for your patience and continued support. Please stay safe, and we look forward to when our school doors open again to welcome our children and families back!

Mahalo,
Marcy Kagami Principal
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March 2020 Eagle Newsletter

Aloha Nimitz ‘Ohana,
Congratulations to 64 of our Grade 3 – 6 students who participated in the annual Radford Complex Speech Festival on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Aliamanu Middle School. The students did a great job with their presentations. We are so proud of you! A special thanks to Darci Muromoto, Erin Kam, and 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.
Please visit our PTO Book Fair, which starts on Monday, March 2, 2020 – March 6, 2020. Students will be going to the Book Fair during their selected date/time. Parents are welcomed to come on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. Thursday is 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. We appreciate our hard-working PTO Board and parent volunteers who helped with the set-up as well as manning the Book Fair. We hope to see you there!
Just a reminder, the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) testing window for Grades 3-6 will be from Tuesday, April 28, 2020 – Friday, May 8, 2020. We ask that you schedule any family trips or appointments around the your child’s testing dates so he/she will be at school on the day of the grade level testing. Getting a good night’s sleep and eating breakfast will also help your child be prepared. Please be on the look out for specific information that will be sent home with your child.
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 23, 2020.

Mahalo,
Marcy Kagami
Principal
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February 2020 Eagle Newsletter

Aloha Nimitz ‘Ohana,
Congratulations to our girls and boys basketball teams who participated in the
Radford Complex Tournament at Radford High School on January 14 and 28, 2020
respectively. Thank you to our parents who came out to support their daughter/son.

I would like to acknowledge our coaches, Mr. Todd Matsumoto and Mr. Ryan Kam
for preparing the teams for this event. Thank you to our coaches and players for
doing an outstanding job representing Nimitz Elementary School!
Just a reminder, the School Quality Survey (SQS) was sent home last month. Parents are encouraged to participate in completing the survey, which will provide valuable feedback that will be used for continuous improvement efforts at Nimitz Elementary. Please remember to mail in the SQS forms no later than March 13, 2020 using the enclosed pre-paid envelope.

Starting the month of February, the teachers will begin preparing our 3rd-6th graders for the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) scheduled for 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 smarter balanced.alohaHSAP.org. Then click on the “Students and Families” box. 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 child by the end of February.

Mahalo,
Marcy Kagami
Principal
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January 2020 Eagle Newsletter

Aloha Nimitz 'Ohana,

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a restful break and is re-energized as we enter the 3rd Quarter.

During the Winter Break, we had 6 students register at Nimitz. I would like to welcome our new 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 16, 2019 at 4:00pm in the cafeteria. We hope to see you there! To contact the PTO, please feel free to email nimitzpto17@gmail.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 27 - January 30, 2020. Here is a sneak preview:

Monday, January 27th - Pajama/Stuffed Animal Day
Tuesday, January 28th - Character Day
Wednesday, January 29th - Crazy Hair Day
Thursday, January 30th - Sports/Jersey Day
Friday, January 31st - Waiver Day/No School

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!

Mahalo,
Marcy Kagami, Principal
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November Eagle Newsletter

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.

Mahalo,
Marcy Kagami
Principal
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October 2019 Eagle Newsletter

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.

Mahalo,
Marcy Kagami, Principal
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August 2019 Eagle Newsletter

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
thinkers.
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:
*Self-Discipline
*Open Mind
*Attitude
*Respect
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
a few.
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).

Mahalo,
Marcy Kagami, Principal
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