In Brief | Schools 1-23-13


Waimea advisers seek feedback

Using an online “School Time Analysis Tool” developed by the National Center For Time and Learning – a not-for-profit working with dozens of school districts across the country – the Waimea Middle School local advisory panel will be asked for feedback on master schedule planning and use of time during its next school-community meeting from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday in Classroom K-04.

All students, families, faculty, staff and community friends are invited and there is time set aside at the start of the meeting for comments, suggestions and concerns.

Also on the agenda will be a brief farewell for Christian Veillet, an astronomer who formerly led the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope consortium and who has volunteered on the panel since late 2003. Veillet is relocating to lead an astronomy facility on the mainland. Replacing Veillet will be Robert Lindsey, a Waimea keiki o ka aina who was recently re-elected as an OHA trustee and who is also an alumnus of Waimea’s public schools.

The meeting agenda is posted on the school’s website at waimeamiddleschool.org.

For more information, call Principal Matt Horne at 887-6090, ext. 225.

Kindergarten readiness workshop slated Jan. 30

North Hawaii families with children eligible to attend kindergarten in the fall are invited to an open house from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in the cafeteria at Waimea Elementary School.

If a keiki is 4 years old and will be 5 by Dec. 31, he or she will be eligible for kindergarten this fall. Open house attendees will learn what to expect and how to ready themselves and their keiki for kindergarten. The program includes a school tour and dinner. Limited child care will be available.

For information or to make a reservation, call 887-7636, ext. 272.

The event is sponsored by Waimea Elementary School and Baby STEPS to Stronger Big Island Families and funded by the Hawaii P-3 Initiative. For more about Baby STEPS to Stronger Big Island Families, visit babystepshawaii.org.

Kaimana Scholarships available for student athletes

The Hawaii Medical Service Association is accepting applications for its eighth annual Kaimana Awards and Scholarship Program through Feb. 15.

Kaimana Scholarships are awarded to student athletes who are role models for other students. Awards are based on the student’s athletic and academic achievement, sportsmanship and community involvement.

Applicants must be Hawaii high school seniors graduating in 2013 with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in their senior year. They must also have played on a league-recognized team during at least one of their high school years. Special focus will be on student athletes in lower-profile sports.

Students must submit an application, short essay on their high school experience and future plans, two letters of recommendation from faculty members, and verification of their GPA by a school faculty member.

HMSA will award 21 scholarships valued at $3,000 each. Five recipients will receive an additional $2,000.

Applications are available at hmsa.com/kaimana and at sportshigh.com. Submit applications by 4 p.m. Feb. 15. Scholarship recipients will be notified in April and recognized at an awards luncheon in June.

For more information, visit hmsa.com/kaimana or call Aloha Kim at 948-6883.