Sept. 21, 2020 - Principal Update Aloha CKMS Ohana, Last week Governor Ige and Superintendent Kishimoto announced that Hawaii Public Schools will create plans for a gradual transition to blended learning models. For the 2nd quarter, Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, along with all secondary schools on Kaua'i will continue with the current Distance Learning Model until further notice. Please read the memo from CAS Zina. Actions #2 through 6 outlined in the memo, specifically refer to secondary schools. CKMS will continue to work to develop a schedule which best supports our students. Thank you again for your continued support. Take care and stay healthy!
Jean Morris, Principal
Deadline Approaching for Free & Reduced Priced Meals Aloha Parents and Guardians,
During the 2019-20 school year, the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (HIDOE) and the Hawaiʻi Department of Human Services (DHS) provided temporary food purchasing assistance to families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals due to the impact of school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. During school closures in March, April and May, eligible families were provided Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) School Meal Replacement Benefits of up to $360 per child. Pending approval of P-EBT program benefits for school year 2020-21 (along with any other federal programs that may be applicable in the future), we strongly encourage all families that are eligible but have not yet applied for free and reduced-price school meals to apply by September 21, 2020. An online application can be accessed at EZMealApp.com. Families who already qualified for free and reduced-price school meals for this school year should also immediately notify their school if there have been any changes to their primary address. For any questions about updating your address, please contact the office at 241-3200.
Mahalo, Jean Morris, Principal
Extension of Distance Learning Through Oct. 2nd The HIDOE announced recently that distance learning will continue through the first quarter of this school year. Refer to this letter from Kaua'i CAS Paul Zina for more info.
The Counselors Corner Our CKMS Counselors have created a new website filled with useful information for students and parents. The link is here in this announcement but it will be placed at the bottom of our main page in the "Useful Links" section.
Ohana Help Desk CKMS Families, if you are ever in need of some technology assistance at home while accessing online education technology programs, the HIDOE has got you covered! The Ohana Help Desk will provide technology support to public school students and families via a self-service portal, phone, and chat. Their team will be able to provide call-in support in several languages. They are currently working to provide support in the languages most commonly spoken in our family homes – English, Hawaiian, Ilokano, Tagalog, Chuukese, Marshallese. Hours of Operation Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sundays from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Ohana Help Desk will be closed on state holidays. View the Ohana Help Desk flyer here.
School Uniforms For SY20-21 School uniforms for next school year are ready to be ordered from Kula Threads at www.kulathreads.com. Look for the middle/intermediate link at the top of the page. When you hover your mouse over it, Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School is the first school you’ll see. Click on our school name to take you to the ordering site. From here you can order your school uniform t-shirts in both cotton and dri-fit, shorts for PE, pullover hoodies, and even a windbreaker jacket. Kula Threads will ship your order directly to your home.
Upcoming Webinar Series on Youth Mental Health The Kaua'i Resilience Project, in partnership with Kaua'i Community College, has planned a series of webinars to support the emotional wellbeing of students. Click on this attached flier for more info. The next one is coming up on October 6th.