Welcome to the New Year 2016! Success is in the AIR: Achievement, Integrity, and Relationships!
As you know, I like to make sure that we celebrate all the great happenings at Aiea High School. I noticed that another word that I could use to incorporate our AIR motto is airglow. We have a bright glow coming from our campus that is shining across Oahu. For our AIRglow this month we want to celebrate the following:
- Congratulations to Mrs. Leisha Bento for being chosen as an AP Reader this summer again for College Board. Her dedication is shown in her willingness to learn more and in turn help our students to do better on AP essays. Way to Go Mrs. Bento!
- Christine Uchida was chosen by her peers as Aiea High School’s Outstanding HSTA Teacher for SY 2015-2016. Her energy and enthusiasm is evident in all of her Japanese classes. Let’s all make sure we celebrate her accomplishments.
- Welcome to our newest teacher, Mrs. Ryan Chatfield, she will be teaching in the special education/science departments. She and her family moved here from New York and we are so pleased to have her teaching at Aiea High School. Chatfield has worked as a college professor in Biology and also as a teacher in a middle school science class.
- Congratulations to all of our sports teams and their coaches. Please take the time to go to a basketball, soccer, wrestling, tennis, baseball, paddling or club activity. Our students love to have fans in the stands!
- Thank you to the teachers of the Junior Elective SOUL class ( Self-Directed Opportunities for Uplifting Leaders). Hon, Ms. Lee, and Mrs. Arisumi have been working on reading, writing, and math skills for future college entrance exams. The Junior class will be taking the ACT on March 1st and the SBA (Smarter Balanced Assessment state test) in April. Data from Achieve 3000 shows the reading levels of our 11th graders have increased by 10% in two months. That is a huge gain and we are so proud of our students. We are hoping for the same gains in math by using EdReady. This class focuses on having our student College and Career Ready!
- We will be offering a new freshman science class next year through a program called Project Lead the Way (PLTW). The course is in the Biomedical field and has a bit of a CSI feel to it. We are super excited to introduce this rigorous program to our students and Dr. Susan Gonsalves will be trained this summer as the lead teacher. Only 4 other schools are using the PLTW programs, 2 public and 2 private schools. Go Class of 2020!
As always I love parent and community involvement and encourage you to keep volunteering. Our students are successful when adults show they care! We have the best teachers, students parents, staff, and community on Oahu! Thank you for your constant and unending support!
Principal, Aiea High School