Family First Day

Mark your calendar for this event!

Date: March 15, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Place Royal Kona Resort

Family first day March 2018

This is a collaborative effort between Royal Kona Resort and DOE to bring together Resort employees and their neighboring businesses to meet with DOE staff of their children’s schools. “The intention is to showcase the supports, services, and offerings provided at each school with the hope that employees who are parents would be better informed and bridge connections with their child’s school.”

Lenore Garcia, Family & Community Engagement Resource Teacher
Tel: 808-990-6691

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2018 Teen Health Camp in West Hawai`i

It’s back! This popular event is scheduled for April 7, 2018 (Saturday), from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM, at the Kealakehe High School cafeteria. The target audience are students in Grades 8-12 from all all forms of schools (public, private, chartered, online, home school, etc.)

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Go to this link for more information, and join the fun:
2018 Big Island West Hawai`i Teen Health Camp
NOTE: Go to the Student Registration tab!

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Kamehameha Schools Programs

Check out this link for opportunities being offered through Kamehameha Schools: Kamehameha Schools Programs and Scholarships

Their programs cover all grade levels, from pre-K through college. Application deadlines vary.

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Opportunity to build capacity and encourage gender equity (and win prizes) for our high school students! Visit this site for more information:
Cybersecurity Training Program For High School Girls

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GGC – Sample Social Media Text and Banners

Sign-up/register dates: January 29 thru February 16, 2018
Play GirlsGoCyberStart dates: February 20-25, 2018

For more information:
Reynold T. Hioki, Cybersecurity Coordinator
Hawaii Department of Defense, Office of Homeland Security
3949 Diamond Head Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816

Office: (808) 672-1076
Fax: (808) 733-4112

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2018 Big Island Culinary PBA

January 31, 2018 Update:
Please be reminded that this PBA should be staged at the school level!
These are the rebrics for the technical paper:
Technical Writing rubrics
Technical writing score sheet

It’s the new year, so it must be time to focus on the annual Chocolate Festival (April 28, 2018) at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, and of course the annual Big Island CTE Culinary PBA (Performance-Based Assessment)!

All Big Island DOE Culinary Teachers should have been receiving messages and information from our event coordinator extraordinaire Chef Patti Kimball. Please note that there are changes from previous island-wide PBA events. Please review these attachments carefully, and feel free to ask Patti or Nem for clarifications.
2018 PBA
2018 Performance Based Assessment Task
02_Healthy Dish Guidelines_BZP_2015

It also would be wise to repeat ourselves to make sure that everyone is on the same page:
• CTE funding is open to all students, so it is strongly recommended that the initial PBA be held at the school/classroom level. This could become part of your curriculum as all of the standards seem to be covered.
• The top team completing the three PBA components (research paper, performance, presentation) in each of the two categories (savory, dessert) will be invited to participate in the Chocolate Festival on April 28, 2018. Students love the idea of being rewarded with an overnight stay at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.
• The ACF Kohala-Kona Chapter will be awarding three $1000 scholarships. Individual students may apply directly to Chef Patti.
• Based upon the product and the team presentation at the event, plaques will be awarded to the top three dishes.
• The Cacao Association is supporting individual school teams by offering grants to help cover cost associated with participation in the Chocolate Festival. However, application deadline was January 12, 2018. It may not be totally hopeless, though, as they loved the student component last year… Check out their website Big Island Chocolate Festival and be prepared for next year!

Very Important Notes!
If you have not yet responded, please confirm with both Patti and Nem NOW your intent to participate. Hapuna is undergoing renovation and the impact can be quite severe!

  1. They can offer us only eight (8) rooms for the April 28 event night. Patti is in negotiation with Mauna Kea Hotel (and a shuttle) to house the overflow. We must know the number of rooms we will need.
  2. There will be no kitchen at Hapuna for your students to work, thus we must find chefs willing to mentor students and prepare the event food in a certified kitchen. Again, we need to know the number of mentoring chefs required.
  • A nearby mentor chef will come to your school to work with your students to develop and test the recipes.
  • If that mentor chef’s workplace is near the Hapuna, then your students will go to  that workplace on Friday (April 27) to prepare the food, and pick up the food to take to the event on Saturday (April 28) morning.
  • If your memtor chef’s workplace is NOT near the Hapuna, please work with Patti for a West side venue.
  • Some school classrooms are certified, so if that is the case, please send Patti your kitchen number.
  • If you have a specific chef with whom you are interested in working, please advise Patti.
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Male Job of the Future: Nursing

Interesting and welcomed trend in the health services career pathway. “Nursing is growing much faster than the average occupation, and wages have incresed steadily since 1980.” However, the article noted that “Nursing is no paragon of gender equality: Even though men are a minority, they are paid more than women.” Hmmm…

Male Job of the Future

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2018 Summer AgDiscovery Program

This program is for students ages 14-17 who are interested in the agricultural sciences. If selected, students have an amazing experience ahead of them (e.g., staying at the UH Mānoa Campus and the chance to explore agriculture through hands-on activities throughout Oahu Island). The Program covers plant science, horticulture, entomology, wildlife sciences, veterinary sciences, traditional agriculture, dog detection, and more!
AgDiscovery Flyer-2018
USDA University of Hawai’i at Mānoa AgDiscovery Poster 2018

“[Twenty-two] universities across the nation are offering this AgDiscovery program. Each university’s AgDiscovery program focuses on a specific area of interest to our Nation’s agriculture, such as plant health, entomology, veterinary science, animal care, biotechnology, food science, and agribusiness.” Be sure to apply to the program that is of most interest to you. Please note different programs have different dates throughout the summer.
USDA AgDiscovery 2018 Brochure

The AgDiscovery 2018 summer program is FREE. Tuition, room and board, lab supplies, meals, and activity fees will be covered by APHIS. Please note that students selected for the program are responsible for costs that may be associated with traveling to the university campus on opening day and returning home at the conclusion of the program on closing day.

Online applications is the preferred method. Go to this link: 2018 AgDiscovery online application
Application package details and guidelines on essay topic and letters of recommendation are at the end of the above booklet. Then, follow these steps to apply online:

  1. Create a user account.
  2. Submit your application and your essay through the user account.
  3. Send requests for letters of recommendation to three people who are not
    related to you. You will send these through your user account. Once the
    recommender completes the recommendation online, it will be routed to
    your account and included with your application.
  4. Check the status of your application at any time. You’ll be able to verify that
    your application and recommendation letters have been submitted.

Paper applications may also be submitted by mail: USDA 2018 AgDiscovery Application plus hints

Application deadline: March 12, 2018

Go to the link for a video on YouTube that describes AgDiscovery: AgDiscovery Program

For more information on the UH Manoa program:
Erin Foley, Hawai’i AgDiscovery Recruitment Chair 2018
Plant Health Safeguarding Specialist/Pest Identification
Honolulu Plant Inspection Station
300 Rodgers Blvd. #58
Honolulu, HI 96819
Phone: (808) 834-3240
Fax: (808) 861-8500
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