Aloha Bronco Families,
As most of you know, I stepped into the Principal role on October 12th, 2020. I am so pleased to be at Waimea Elementary School and can't wait until I can get to know all of you. Over the past few weeks, I have been getting to know the staff and the school community. At school, we have been very busy talking about a plan to safely return students to campus while in the meantime, still providing the highest quality distance learning experience for our Broncos.
For quarter two, we started as "Status Quo" - meaning what was in place before break continued when we returned on 10/12/20. We are using these first few weeks to assess how quarter one went and determine what changes need to happen to provide students with excellent instruction online. This is a complex process, and I ask for your understanding and flexibility as we all do the best we can to teach and learn virtually.
As Mr. Tamura had shared previously, there will be lots of changes to our normal way of doing things at Waimea Elementary School. It is our goal to make these changes with students in mind and with the least amount of disruption. You may have heard about the state recommending the discontinuation of Acellus, however they are allowing schools to transition out in a reasonable way. At Waimea Elementary, we will continue to use Acellus for Science and Social Studies. Teachers are working on moving into synchronous instruction for ELA and Math lessons. Those of you who opted into Distance Learning Only may have teachers who continue to use Acellus for ELA/Math this quarter.
We are looking at our options for Full Distance Learning for the second semester and we will be sending out a survey soon to get your input. Those who want to continue Full Distance Learning in the second semester will be asked to complete and return another OPT-IN form which will be included in your quarter one report card packet.
Thank you for your continued flexibility and support at home as we plan forward to ensure we are safely and effectively teaching and learning at Waimea Elementary.
Kori Takaki, Principal (TA)
Waimea Elementary School