April 11, 2021
IMPORTANT: During the testing window, the school Chromebooks will automatically go into a safety "Kiosk" mode at the start of every day. Students that are in-person taking the assessment will keep their computers in this mode.
Students learning from home or students that are not scheduled to take the assessment will have to disable the "Kiosk" mode. To do this, students will press Ctrl-Alt-S on the home screen. This will allow students to function in the normal features and work in Google Classroom.
April 6, 2021
Each Spring all students in grades 6-8 are required to participate in State testing for Math and Language Arts. All 8th graders also participate in Science testing. These assessments provide the school with important academic data on proficiency, growth, and areas of need. This information helps you to know more about your childʻs academic progress and it helps us to develop plans that best support all students. This year testing begins April 12 and runs through May 25.
Blended Learning: Students in Blended Learning that attend school in-person will take these tests in class on the days they attend.
Distance Learning: Families of students that are in Distance Learning received information on their specific testing date along with the Quarter 3 report cards that were mailed home last week. Please follow the instructions you received and have your child here by 8:10 AM on their assigned day. Students will be released at 2:30 PM on the day they test. To help us safely accommodate your child for testing, we ask that you visit this link to confirm that your child will be here on their assigned day. Families of students that do not report on their assigned testing date will be contacted with a make-up date.
Parent Information Meeting: ʻĪao School is hosting a virtual meeting to share more testing information and to answer questions from parents. To participate, please use this link to join us on Webex tomorrow night, Wednesday April 7, at 6:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you there! If you are unable to attend tomorrow night, please direct any questions you have to our Testing Coordinator, Sandra Hanson, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (808)727-5230.
March 29, 2021
School Pictures Pick-Up and Retakes: School pictures are in! If your child took pictures last month and s/he attends school in-person, they will be distributed in Advisory class. If your child is learning from home, please come to the ʻĪao School Main Office on Wednesday, March 31 from 9:30am to 11:00am to pick them up. If you are unable to come at this time on Wednesday, please contact us at 727-5200 to make an appointment.
On Friday, April 9 we will be hosting a drive-thru picture taking with Nagamine Photo Studio. This is the final opportunity to retake school photos this year. Please come to the main school driveway and drop off your child between 8:00am and 11:45am or between 12:45pm and 1:45pm. Students will will follow the signs down to C-Building to have their picture taken.
State Testing Schedule and Info: Third Quarter Report Cards should arrive home by early next week. Included with your child's report card is information about the upcoming State Testing for all students in grades 6, 7 and 8. These tests must be administered on the ʻĪao School campus and may not be taken virtually. Students that are learning from home will be provided with a testing date for them to come to school as well as other pertinent information.
Summer School: ʻĪao Summer School is back in 2021, both virtually and in-person. Classes will be offered for Enrichment, Remediation, and Recovery of failed classes. Students that fail core subjects for the year will automatically be enrolled in Recovery Summer School and may be subject to repeating a class or grade level if they do not complete it. Read about ʻĪao Schoolʻs promotion and retention guidelines here. More information about Summer School options will be shared in the coming weeks. If you have concerns about your childʻs grade or academic performance, we encourage you to contact the teacher, counselor or grade level VP directly. LINK to Faculty Directory
No School Friday: There is No School on Friday, April 2.
March 11, 2021
Congratulations: To ‘Īao School students Emma Jane Roy and Elias Tokuoka and to media teacher Karina Ishida. These students took 2nd Place in the Middle School Division of the 2021 HIKI NŌ Winter Challenge. Their award-winning HIKI NŌ story “Making Connections” will air TONIGHT at 7:30 p.m. on PBS Hawaiʻi. Visit this link to see a press release from PBS Hawaii and make sure to tune in tonight.
Spring Break Next Week: Spring Break is from March 15 to March 19. Quarter 4 classes resume on March 22. There will be no changes to the current class schedule for Blended and Distance Learning for the start of Quarter 4. Thank you to all of our families for being flexible this school year, for adhering to the school's health and wellness guidelines and for supporting the learning and growth of our middle schoolers.
UPLINK After-school Classes: UPLINK classes at ʻĪao School are free and fun! Students receive homework assistance, snacks, and the opportunity to participate in activities that interest them. Visit this link to see all of the different classes offered and to sign up.
Student Selfies for Yearbook: Students that missed school pictures may submit their own selfie pictures for the yearbook. For more information and to upload selfies, students may visit this link. (Students must be logged in to their iaoschool.org account to access this link)
Civil Air Patrol Opportunity for Students: Interested in Aviation, Cyberspace, Aerospace or STEM? The Civil Air Patrol of Maui (maui.cap.gov) offers leadership development, orientation flying, weekend and summer camps, fun activities, academic scholarships, and more. Visit this link for information about an upcoming Open House on March 27.
March 5, 2021
Middle School Athletics: Congratulations to Coach Sean Kawamata, Coach Matt Birmingham, and the ʻĪao School Cross Country team for competing last weekend. This was the first interscholastic athletic event on Maui in nearly a year. Sign-ups are now taking place for Flag Football and Hip-Hop/Jazz Dance. All grades, boys and girls, welcome. For Flag Football, students may sign-up by visiting this link from their iaoschool.org account and completing the form. Or, please contact Mr. Siofele or Mr. Kramp directly. For Hip-Hop/Jazz Dance, students/parents should email Ms. Wadlegger at email@example.com to sign-up and get more information. All practices are after school and in-person.
Blended Learning: If your child is in Blended Learning, please take the time to read these Answers to Frequently Asked Questions together. School starts at 7:45 AM and students may only attend on their assigned days. We look forward to having students back on campus! We will all work together to make sure students are supported, learning, and safe.
Retaking School Pictures: Did you miss picture taking? Parents may call Nagamine Photo Studio at (808)244-3636 to make an appointment. There will also be an option for students to send in a "selfie" individual shot of themselves for the yearbook. More info coming soon.
Iao School "Time Capsule" Video: Earlier this year we uncovered some photos of ʻĪao School from as far back as 1941. Please visit this link to view a great video produced by Maui District Television all about this discovery and what it meant to one particular alumnus. Students from Ms. Ishidaʻs class are completing the process of researching and digitizing these photos and artifacts, which span mostly from the 1940s to the 1960s. We know that many of your grandparents (and great-grandparents) are in these photos, so we have made some of them available here for you to enjoy together. Any information about the images can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Images are property of ʻĪao School and may not be used without permission.