We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.
That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-14). Last year, 15 million students tried computer science in one week. This year, we're joining students worldwide to reach 100 million students!
11/24/14 - 7 Habits of Happy Kids Parent Night - coming up - Wednesday, December 3rd - Dinner 5:30-6:30 pm - Sumo Dog food truck ($7 or regular, $9 for chili dogs, drinks, shave ice, and coffee will also be available for purchase) - Program 6:30-7:30 in the cafeteria. Purpose: to help families learn about the 7 habits so that they can be practiced at home.
11/21/14- Parking and Traffic Changes:
- The three parking stalls nearest the main office have been marked for "Visitors" only. They are intended for short-term visitors to conduct business in the Main Office and elsewhere on campus. Parent volunteers and staff may not park in these stalls. Unmarked stalls are open to all.
- There has been one accident and many near-misses in the parking lot during student drop-off and pick-up. For safety, heed all traffic rules. Specifically, there is no parking or unloading along the red curbs or at the rear of campus.
- Please stay patient as you wait in your car for your child. Do not pass or cut in front of loading cars, even if they are in a red zone or if they fail to pull as far forward as possible.
Thanks for keeping Pu`u Kukui a safe place! (from Mr. Dillon - VP)
11/18/14 November 26th - Nagamine Photo, Picture Re-Takes. Photo Order Forms will be sent home with students that were absent on school picture day in October. If you would like to re-take your photo for any other reason, please feel free to pick up an order form from our office.11/17/2014 - Thank you to everyone who donated to our Canned Food Drive. There will be NO SCHOOL on Thursday and Friday, November 27th and 28th.
11/3/2014 - Tomorrow is Election Day so there will be NO SCHOOL on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
10/27/2014 - Evacuation Drill. We will be practicing a whole school evacuation on Thursday, October 30th in the morning. Details were sent home this week with students.
10/21/2014 - This Friday, October 24th, is HSTA Teacher Institute Day, so there will be no school for students. Teachers will be at Maui High attending Institute events.
Parent/Teacher Conferences begin next week (October 27th) and school will be dismissed at 1:00 pm on M, T, Th, and Friday. Wednesday will be the usual 1:15 dismissal time.
10/13/2014 - The Pu‘u Kuku‘i School Community Council invites parents and community members to attend the annual School Community Meeting on October 27 at 6:00 PM in the school cafeteria. This meeting is mandated by the State of Hawai‘i to “share school/student performance data and provide an opportunity for collaborative public input to school improvement priorities” (HSDOE SCC Handbook II, 2008).
The SCC exists at every Hawai‘i public school “to improve student achievement and enhance the accountability of the education system to the public.” Practically speaking, we review performance data and approve the Principal’s budget recommendations for the next year (The SCC receives no funding, and only advises on school budget expenditure priorities). The SCC is also the medium for requesting changes to HSDOE policy for the school, such as the school uniform request that was approved in the spring (implementation takes time).
The first year for Pu‘u Kuku‘i Elementary had some predictable challenges, given that Mr. Okamoto and staff were starting with a blank slate. They have done a great job meeting those challenges, and we look forward to an even better year in 2014-15. The SCC also hopes to establish better avenues and procedures for communication this year. Please join us to help plan for an ever better school.
Dr. Stephen Fox, SCC Chair
10/1/2014 - Our school's 1st Fun Run will be on Friday, October 31st. Please look for Fun Run Information and envelopes in your child's backpack this week. Fall break is a great time to get donations from family members and friends that you may be meeting up with during the break. The envelopes are due on Wednesday, October 15th.
8/29/2014 - Looking for a job? We are always seeking Adult Supervisors. This is a paid position which also provides the opportunity to support the school and serve our students.
Looking to volunteer? We are also seeking the help of family volunteers in supervising our drop-off and pick-up areas. Even if it’s just a couple days a week, we would really appreciate parent support in these areas.
If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Mr.Dillon in the Main Office (727-3000).
We no longer have computers set up in the office for EZ meal applications, however you can still apply online at: http://ezmealapp.com
"Annual Notification of Privacy Rights" - "Know your privacy rights as they apply to 1) student record information; 2) directory information; 3) surveys and other information collection; and 4) military recruitment information. For more information on your privacy rights, the laws that protect them, and how to exercise your rights, contact your school administrator or visit http://bit.ly/FERPAHI."
"Parental Right to Request Teacher Qualifications" - "As a parent/guardian of a Hawaii Department of Education student, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teacher(s) and the educational assistant(s) who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teacher(s) and educational assistant(s) and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner upon request." Please contact our school office (727-3000) if you need the following information:
1. Whether the teacher has met licensing criteria and has earned the designation of Highly Qualified for the grade levels and subject areas in which he/she teaches.
2. Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
3. The teacherʻs college major, whether the teacher has any advancdd degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees; and
4. Whether any teachersʻ aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications.
Message from Mr. Okamoto
Aloha and welcome to Pu`u Kukui Elementary School!
Pu`u Kukui Elementary was named after the summit of the West Maui Mountains and can be defined as "hill of enlightenment." Our goal is to create an environment where learning for all is of priority.
You are now an official Pu`u Kukui `Ohana (family) member. Welcome to our family! We will do our best to keep you informed, working together to assist your child to exceed their potential. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have questions or concerns.
This website will be used as a communication tool where you can find information about the school.
Successful children have families that make education a priority and participate in the school in some way. If you are interested in getting involved in our school community, please let us know. There are many ways to get involved.
Please click on the contact link on the website if you have any questions or need assistance. We look forward to developing a positive relationship with you and hope to see you soon!
Pu`u Kukui Elementary School