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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

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!

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.

Marcy Kagami
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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.

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
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:
*Open Mind
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).

Marcy Kagami, Principal
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May 2019 Eagle Newsletter

Aloha Nimitz ‘Ohana,

May is an important month that honors, remembers, and recognizes all military personnel culminating with Memorial Day. We have tremendous respect for all who serve and have served this great country of ours. On behalf of the Nimitz ‘Ohana, we extend a heartfelt “Mahalo” for your service and sacrifice.

We also want to recognize our wonderful teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6th – May 10th). They have worked tirelessly throughout the school year. We are thankful for their hard work and dedication to our students.

The annual Volunteer Breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 8:00 am in the school cafeteria. We believe parent involvement is vital to our school’s success, and we want to take the time to show our appreciation for our parent volunteers. Thanks to our PCNC, Norma Sosa, for planning this special event.

Please join us for our Aloha Festival on Friday, May 24, 2019 at
8:30 am in front of the outdoor stage. This year’s theme is
“He Makana O Nā Mele Nani - A Gift of Beautiful Songs and Dances.” Come early to get your seats. This is an event that you wouldn’t want to miss!

In closing, there are just a few weeks left to what has been an amazing school year. Thank you for your continuous support with your child(ren)’s academic achievement. We will miss those of you who are leaving Nimitz and hope you have a smooth transition to your new school.

Have a fun and safe summer!

Marcy Kagami Principal
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WASC Mid-Cycle Visiting Committee Report

Based on the ACS WASC mid-cycle review, it has been determined that Admiral Chester W. Nimitz School (K - 6) meets the ACS WASC criteria for accreditation. This accreditation status is based on all of the information provided by the school, including the school’s progress report, and the satisfactory completion of the on-site mid-cycle accreditation visit.
Admiral Chester W. Nimitz School’s accreditation is now reaffirmed through the end of the six- year cycle ending in June 2022.
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April 2019 Eagle Newsletter

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.

Marcy Kagami
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March 2019 Eagle Newsletter

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.

Marcy Kagami
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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 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.


Marcy Kagami
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