In Brief | Schools 3-20-13

School to introduce new panel members

Two Waimea Middle School family members have been elected to serve on the school’s local advisory panel and will be introduced at the panel’s next meeting from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday in classroom K-04.

Students, families, faculty, staff and community friends are invited. There will be time set aside at the start of the meeting for comments, suggestions and concerns from all in attendance.

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

New parent reps include Timothy Beneski, who is the father a seventh grade student and two eighth grade students. He is a teacher at Hawaii Preparatory Academy who has worked in education for over 20 years.

The second new parent rep is Daniel I. Gomez, the father of a seventh grade student, who also is a psychiatric social worker with the state Department of Health.

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

Konawaena High takes first place in recycling

Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading non-profit organization that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, held a comprehensive nationwide recycling competition for elementary, middle and high school students. The Recycle-Bowl Competition reached more than 1 million students across America with schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia competing.

First place went to Konawaena High School. For the students’ recycling efforts their school earned $1,000 in prize money.

The Recycle-Bowl Competition in Hawaii was coordinated and promoted by Recycle Hawaii and Keep the Hawaiian Islands Beautiful.

Kahakai offers program for next year’s kindergartners

Kahakai Elementary School’s Soda Box Library is a free early intervention program developed to prepare future students and their parents for school. It will serve children entering Kahakai Elementary School in the school year 2013-14. The program meets in the school library every Tuesday night for four consecutive weeks, beginning April 2, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Children accompanied by parents will participate in reading and writing games, listen to stories, borrow books from the Soda Box Library, and learn to use the playground equipment to develop social skills. Parents will learn how to work with their children on reading, writing and math readiness activities.

As part of the program, each child will be assessed by teachers and staff. The assessment of the child’s readiness for school will give educators and parents information to effectively plan their kindergarten experiences.

Contact Linda Nagai, Parent Community Network coordinator, at 327-4313 for more information and to reserve a space.

Hawaiian organization offers scholarships

The Kona Chapter of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Moku O Kona, is offering three $1,000 scholarships to graduating West Hawaii high school seniors planning to pursue higher education at a two- or four-year college.

Criteria for selection includes academic excellence, letters of recommendation, financial need, personal achievements and community involvement. Applicants must also write an essay explaining how they would help the Hawaiian people of today and how they would use their degree to help continue to preserve and perpetuate the ancient customs and traditions of Hawaii.

Applications are available at or by calling Norman at 989-5900. Completed applications must be postmarked by April 15.