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Summary Daily Bulletin for Thursday, August 28, 2014

D Day

‘O ka mea ho‘owahāwahā i ka ‘ōlelo, e make nō ia; ‘O ka mea maka‘u aku i ke kānāwai, e uku ‘ia ‘o ia. He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command is rewarded. Proverbs 13:13

If an ID card is lost, stolen, or needs to be replaced, a new one, (including a protective pouch) may be obtained for an $11 charge at the school office. ID cards that are damaged, defaced or changed in any way, must be replaced. Student will not be allowed to borrow IDs and receive reimbursement.

Congratulations to the following Maika'i Award Recipients: K. Punahele Latu and Trinity Asing of Grade 8 and Haili Lidstone of Grade 7.

Daily uniforms may be comprised of the following: • Uniform collared polo shirt – Available in royal blue, sky (light) blue or white. Shirts must be tucked in at all times. • Uniform long pants, shorts or skirts (for girls) – Available in navy blue, only and should be worn on the waistline. Waistbands should not be rolled over. Skirts should be no shorter than 4” from the floor, when kneeling. Girls shorts may be either elastic back or Junior Bermuda Navy shorts. • Belts – Belts must be worn properly with pants or shorts and visible at all times. No multicolored belts or belts with designs or advertisement. • Shoes – Athletic shoes of any color are allowed; shoes must have shoe laces, no VANS or other shoes without laces are allowed. Shoes should be clean and worn as the design intends. Shoe laces must be identical. Shoes laces must be laced and tied properly. • Socks – Identical socks of any color. Socks are mandatory with appropriate footwear. • Outerwear –Only full (neck to waistband) zipper jacket – any color is permitted OR outerwear sweatshirt/jacket/pullover that is KS-issued (KMS team, KS sports, KS clubs, KS book store). No profanity or inappropriate language or designs are allowed. IMPORTANT: No uniform may be altered. If a clothing item is not listed in the 2014-2015 Student and Parent Handbook do not wear it. If you have a question about whether an item of clothing is acceptable, please contact the principal or vice principal’s office. Note: All uniform apparel must be bought from Mills Uniform.


Happy New (School) Year!


We are just about completing two weeks of school and all is going well.  I just wanted to note some quick observations and provide some reminders.

1) Laptops – the majority of our students have been allowed to take their laptops home.  Just this week, I’ve had to deal with about five “missing” laptops that were due to students leaving them unattended.  As we constantly remind students, the laptop should always be in their possession when in school or secured somewhere safely (i.e. a designated team/classroom space, their locker).

2) Student IDs – all students should have one by now and it is a part of our school uniform.  During school hours, their ID must be worn.

3) Student drop-off – Please remember to stay in the drop-off circle and not the staff parking lot.  Please drive as far ahead as possible to stop and release/pick up your child.  For safety reasons,  students should be entering and exiting the vehicle only from the right side or the car(curbside). 

4) Our new bus circle on the Diamond Head side of our campus has been working really well for our commuters.  All students have been cooperating very well and none have missed their bus.

5) Next Wednesday, August 27 is our first Early Release day when school will end at 12:30 p.m.  Students should be picked up at that time or will be boarding a bus to get home. We will be directing students staying on campus to wait at the area in front of Kekuhaupi’o Gymnasium.  The early release of students allows our faculty to take part in valuable staff development and no supervision will be available here at middle school.  If you are picking up your child later, please do so on Bishop Drive at the area above Kekuhaupi’o Gymnasium.


Mr. Atabay

Source: Kyle Atabay | 21 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm HST

Student Government Elections

We are looking for a few good young men and women to lead the middle school as student leaders. 

Our student government elections discourage popularity voting by listing students as Candidate A, B, etc.  No names are provided, just a short candidate essay.  No campaigning is allowed.  Students will also be rated by teachers and have a short interview with the class advisor and student activities coordinator.  The scores from the voting, essay, teacher rating and interview will be weighted and totaled to determine the student councils. 

Available student councils to run for are: 7th Grade Council, 8th Grade Council and the Associated Students of Kamehameha Middle School (ASKMS) Council.  If you are interested, please complete the attached form.  Applications are due by September 2 to the student activities office, Keliimaikai 106.  2014 Fall Election Form

Source: KMS Student Activities | 15 Aug 2014 | 6:41 pm HST

Welcome Back to School Year 2014-2015!!


August 13, 2014

Mahalo to all our families who have made the start of the year a wonderful new beginning! We surely started with some excitement thanks to tropical storm Iselle. My wish and my prayer is that all of you and your extended families are doing well after this storm and that you are safe and healthy.

This blog is to inform you about ways I will communicate with you throughout this school year. First and most importantly, know that I am always reach-able at my desk at 843-3473, or by email at pukaai@ksbe.edu. I welcome your mana’o and will get back to you within a day or sooner when you have messages for me.

The Principal’s blog is one of the communication venue that I will try to write in each quarter. The blog can be navigated to from our KMS website. Team websites are presently under construction and should be up in their new format within the next month.

Additionally, the middle school provides quarterly coffee hours with the administrative team. The first coffee hour is on September 24th, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. These coffee hours are held in Kalama Dining Hall and require an RSVP. You will receive an email invitation for this first coffee hour at the end of August or the first part of September. Parking for the coffee hours is in the parking structure at Kekuhaupi’o. The purpose of the coffee hour is for parents to come with dialogue and conversation to share with our administrative team and other parents to insure communication lines are open. The open forum discussion is guided by parent interest and there is no set agenda. These coffee hours have a maximum capacity of 70 parents so please be sure to RSVP early if you are interested in attending these forums.

A Quarterly Middle School Newsletter will be distributed about a week after the close of the quarter and will highlight the goings on at the middle school campus for that particular time period. This newsletter will be sent to you through email.

I look forward to a wonderful school year with every student and their families. Please do not hesitate to call on me should you need support in your child’s journey here at Kula Waena o Kamehameha ma Kapalama.

•There is no adult supervision on them idle school campus before 7:00 a.m. Many students are here as early as 5:30 a.m.

•Similarly, there is no adult supervision on campus after 3:30 p.m. Many students are still here at 7:00 p.m. when I am leaving the campus.

•The safety and well-being of your child is of utmost importance. Please drop off and pick up your child within the hours of supervision stated above.

•Please heed the direction of ALL and ANY security, Sherriff, or school personnel who are trying to manage traffic on campus at all times.

•Always pull all the way up in the middle school drop off area and stop fully before allowing your child to get out of the vehicle.

•DO NOT ever pass on the left to get around another vehicle in the car drop off area. This is EXTREMELY dangerous. Please always be patient as students are dropped off and picked up each day ion our middle school car drop off area.

•The faculty parking are is off limits as a drop off or pick up area. This includes the loading zone.

•Please pay attention to the directional arrows and signage on the roads. Driving against oncoming traffic to go up the hill from the middle school is never allowed and is extremely dangerous.

•The fire lane is NEVER a thorough fare for vehicles. All buses drop off and pick up at Keawe and exit the Waikiki side of the middle school campus past the dorm area. All car drop off and pick up is on the Ewa side of the middle school campus.

Mahalo for your utmost care when driving. We care deeply about each child’s safety.

In closing, I share above a picture of my ohana from this past summer. We celebrated the graduation of my younger son from the University of Oregon. He will continue on with his graduate work as he plays out his two remaining years of eligibility. My older son will be starting his second year of law school at Seattle University Law School. Both boys are proud graduates of Kamehameha Kapalama!

Puanani Mills Ka’ai
Po’o Kula, Kula Waena
Kamehameha Kapalama

Source: Pua Kaai | 13 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am HST

Middle Years – September 2014

Aloha and welcome back to another school year! Click on the link for September’s edition of Middle Years.

Middle Years – September 2014

Source: Kapālama Middle School | 11 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am HST

KMS Picture Taking – Refer Questions to Lifetouch

Picture taking was held on August 12 and 13.  If you have questions regarding ordering, etc., please contact the vendor, Lifetouch, directly at 456-4333.  Make-up picture day is on October 20, 2014. Students who need to take their photo for the yearbook will be notified.

Source: KMS Student Activities | 1 Aug 2014 | 3:18 pm HST

“Aloha To Summer” Dance – August 15, 2014

The “Aloha to Summer” dance was held on August 15.   We mahalo our parent volunteers who scooped ice cream, served chicken nuggests, cookies and slush puppies.  We mahalo our student leaders for planning an afternoon of fun and fellowship.

Source: KMS Student Activities | 1 Aug 2014 | 3:13 pm HST