Building a Culture of Leading and Learning at Aiea High School
Graduation is just around the corner and we are so proud of our seniors this year. They have accomplished so much and are ready to embark on their journey into careers and college. We hope that everyone will come out and celebrate this magnificent event. Our school has enjoyed many successes this year and we have plans for higher achievement next year. This doesn’t just happen at a high school, it takes a dedicated team of individuals and we are fortunate to have students, faculty, parents, and community members that are passionate about Aiea High School. As we have stated before, Aiea High School is the best, because we have more opportunities for leadership, academics, and a positive culture that models integrity and building relationships. Please let everyone know about the wonderful work that is happening here. It takes all of us to build the reputation of our school. I am overwhelmingly proud to be the principal of Aiea High School and have the opportunity to work with our outstanding community.
Achievement: One of our students, Perry Arrasmith, was named as a semi-finalist for the U.S. Presidential Scholars competition. There are 3.3 million seniors in the U.S., Perry and Emily Ball were selected along with a group of 4,700 seniors and now Perry is a finalist among a group of 689 students. If he is selected he will be one of 161 students to receive the U.S. Presidential Scholar award this year. Go Perry! Congratulations to both Emily and Perry for representing AHS with amazing academic accomplishments! Perry was also recently awarded Citizen-scholar for AHS and then received an added scholarship for being the best student of all the public schools on Oahu.
Congratulations to Ashley Lee for being selected as our Ke Ali’I Kaulana Award. Ashley has shown excellence throughout her 4 years at AHS and has participated in Student Government, extracurricular activities, has excelled in academic work, and has been fully dedicated to Aiea High School.
Our STEM students presented their STEM Projects at a culminating event with special guests, Mrs. David Ige and Mr. Tokioka. Under the guidance of Mr. Ken Kang and Dr. Susan Gonsalves, our students produced creative ideas for future inventions.
Integrity: Thank you to all of the students that have shown integrity in wearing the uniform this year. It takes a special kind of student to see the value in building safety, team, and pride in a school. We show this in our actions and commitment to doing what is right. We will be sending the guidelines home soon about changes in procedures for students that are out of dress code. We appreciate all the parent support in creating a culture of learning at AHS.
Relationships: A big MAHALO to our PTSO for the amazing Family Fun Fair. I think we had record numbers this year of participants and volunteers. Thank you to all of our stakeholders that volunteered their time to make it a successful event. Kudos to our feeder schools that performed at the Family Fun Fair (Aiea Intermediate, Webling El, Pearl Ridge El, Waimalu El, and Aiea High). Thank you to Denise Villaflor, Jerilynn Miyaji, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Moore for supporting the entertainment at the fair with their talents and resources.
We enjoyed a few VIP visits from the state office recently. Mrs. Kathryn Matayoshi, our DOE Superintendent, Steven Schatz, Deputy Superintendent, Asst. Superintendents Tammy Chun and Amy Kuntz. They were all impressed with our students, teachers, and staff. We are lucky to have this team of individuals leading the way at the state offices. It is evident when you talk to them that they care about the schools and student achievement.
Thank you also to our PCNC, Mrs. Evelyn Souza, for all her work on our monthly newsletter and the Second Cup of Coffee that she has on Wednesdays for the staff and community. We appreciate all her work here at Aiea High School.
Aiea High School is proud of all our stakeholders and we appreciate all the support from everyone. Keep promoting that Aiea Pride and we will see you soon at graduation.
Kim Sanders, Principal