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February 2019 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 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.

Mahalo,

Marcy Kagami
Principal
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January 2019 Eagle Newsletter

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 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 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!

Mahalo,
Marcy Kagami
Principal
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National Day of Mourning

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.
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November 2018 Eagle Newsletters

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.
Mahalo,
Marcy Kagami
Principal
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October 2018 Eagle Newsletter

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.

Mahalo,
Marcy Kagami
Principal
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August 2018 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 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).

Mahalo,

Marcy Kagami, Principal
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Front Office Location

PLEASE NOTE: If you have a Kindergarten student attending our school and received an 08/02/2018 Meet & Greet postcard, then please disregard. Meet & Greet is only for Grades 1-6.

Due to the construction happening on campus, please note that the Administration Building will be closed. The Office personnel will be temporarily placed in Room 106. Hours are 7:30am - 4:00pm. Registration is from 8:30am - 2:00pm. Please call 808-307-4400. Our fax number is 808-421-4170.
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Public Schools Start Online Lunch Payment

Hawaii's public schools are launching a new online lunch payment system starting Monday, 05/07/2018. The state Department of Education is launching EZ-SchoolPay, which allows users to manage and pay for students' meal accounts online and through a mobile app available for iPhones, iPads and Android devices. The DOE negotiated a $0.13 convenience fee to pay online. Parents still have the option of paying for school lunches by cash or check at no charge.
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Yearbooks

Deadline was March 27, 2018

At this time all yearbooks have been sold. If you would like to be put on a wait list for extra yearbooks that we may have come in please contact the PCNC at 307-4430.
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