Aloha Bulldog Ohana,
As we begin another exciting school year, I would like to take this time to talk to you about the journey that we have embarked on as a school. Last year, in an effort to build relationships between the students and school, we divided the school into two houses, each with four grade level teams. This helped us to reduce the number of students who are retained; in the 2011-12 school year, 168 students were retained, by the end of the 2012-13 school year, that number dropped to 81 students, a reduction of 48%. We also challenged our teachers to not only teach great lessons, but to also make sure that our students were actually learning what was being taught. Our cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) at the start of the year was 1.28, at the end of the 2012-13 school year, our cumulative GPA rose to 2.07.
Our message for this year is to push Kaimuki High’s version of the 3Rs (Relationships, Rapport and Relevant Lessons). If our staff continues to build rapport with our students, to solidify the teacher/student relationship, and to make parts of their lessons real and relevant, we will be able to build in the rigor and student success will increase. We continue to change our school to meet the needs of the 21st Century Student and “Educate for Careers.” We have established our first Academy, the Freshman Academy. Students in grades 10 – 12 will continue to be serviced by a team of Core Teachers and support staff, who will monitor your child’s progress. Next year, 2014-15, we will open our S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and Hospitality Academies. I look forward to this new school year, as our journey continues.
Posted July 26, 2013