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Kindergarten registration begins on February 1 for children who are 5 years of age on or before July 31, 2017.

Principal's Message

March 2017

Dear Mililani Waena Families,

The 3rd quarter sure whizzed by!  Our students participated in a variety of activities in class and afterschool recognizing that learning happens in a variety of settings.  Our Maker Space program provided students with an opportunity to design, create, engineer, and explore using a host of supplies ranging from recycled materials, electrical circuits, and mini robots.  Students also competed in the district National History Day (NHD) competition with 12 students entering and 8 being selected to move on to the State level competition.  All of the student participants were very impressive!  Each project addressed the theme “Taking A Stand.”  The students conducted research, crafted written pieces, made websites, and performed skits that demonstrated their topics of interest.  Please stay tuned for examples of the students’ outstanding work on our NHD site.  For the very first time we also entered a team into the Sea Perch competition sponsored by the Coast Guard allowing our students to create and conduct under water missions.  Thank you to the staff coordinators and all of the parents that got involved to allow our students access to these learning opportunities!

Did you know that we have a life saver on our campus?  Actually, we have two!  Ava Cabasug (Gr 5) and Mia Cabasug (Gr 2) were recognized by the Maui County for their heroic effort this summer.  While on vacation on Maui, Mia noticed a boy drowning in the hotel pool.  She informed her sister Ava who quickly got her dad to assist.  The Cabasug’s caring actions resulted in the boy being removed from the pool where first responders could provide the necessary medical care he needed.  Way to go Cabasug’s!

As we go off to spring break and enjoy some much needed time to rejuvenate, please be safe in your endeavors!  Quarter 4 will be here before we know it so we want to make sure that everyone is safe and healthy!  Continue to check our school’s website for more information about our summer program and upcoming events and news!

Thank you for participating on our Wayfinding journey as we navigate our path to being self-directed learners!


Dale Castro, Principal
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Principal Castro Accepts New Position

Principal Dale Castro has accepted a position as the District School Renewal Specialist to begin in June. Mr. Castro has been the principal of Mililani Waena since the 2006 school year and sends his farewell and best wishes. Please click on this news header to read Principal Castro's "aloha" letter.
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Ms. Catherine Upton, Teacher of the Year!

We would like to congratulate Ms. Catherine Upton as Mililani Waena's Teacher of the Year. Ms. Upton received this award at the Hawaii State Teacher's Association Central District Luncheon on Saturday, May 13. Ms. Upton is Mililani Waena's Technology Innovation Specialist.
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Junior Police Officer Field Day

Our Junior Police Officers (JPOs) participated in the annual Honolulu Police Department Competition and Field Day at Central Oahu Regional Park. The JPOs were awarded a 100 / 100 during the drill competition. Congratulations to our students for doing an excellent job! In addition, fifth grader Ashlee Acob was recognized as Mililani Waena's JPO of the Year! Well done, Ashley! Lastly, a big mahalo to Mr. Mitani for advising our JPOs.
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Military Appreciation Purple Up!

On Friday, April 21st, our school wore purple to show appreciation to students whose parents are enlisted in the military. Purple is the color of all the military branches combined. We appreciate the sacrifices our military families make to serve our country.
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Hawaii State National History Day Competition Results

On Saturday, April 15, eight students from Mililani Waena Elementary competed in the Hawaii State National History Day Fair held at Windward Community College. Mililani Waena swept the top three places in the Performance category. In first place was Quincy Coullahan and Mikayla Kuahiwinui, in second place was Sariah Banks and Angelina Park, and in third place Hayden Rice. In addition, Quincy and Mikayla received two special awards for "Excellence in use of Primary Resources." Also, competing were Camryn Kunihisa and Ashley Ross in the Website category and Kanoelani Ong in the Essay category. Special thanks for Mrs. Diegel and Mr. Iwamura for advising our students. Everyone represented Mililani Waena very well!
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Accreditation Update

All Hawaii public schools are required to be accredited from the Western Association Schools & Colleges (WASC). Mililani Waena is currently conducting a self-study to analyze the quality of its curricular experiences for students. In the Fall of 2017, we will host information sessions with parents and community members to gather more feedback on our school curriculum and programs. In the spring of 2018, a team of educators representing WASC will conduct a site visit. At the conclusion of the site visit, the WASC visiting team will make school wide recommendations which includes an accreditation status.
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Kindergarten Registration Begins February 1

Aloha! Our kindergarten registration begins on February 1st. Children who are 5 years age by July 31st may be registered. Please see the attachment for required registration documents by clicking on this announcement header. In addition, we offer "Ready...Set...K!!!", a kindergarten summer readiness program from July 17- 21. Program info will be shared when you register at the office. Cost is $5. We look forward to welcoming your child to our Mililani Waena ohana!
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