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Lahaina Complex Tutoring Project reorganizing for the 2018-19 school year

By Staff | May 3, 2018

The administrative staff for the tutoring project includes (from left): front row — Carol Inaba and Pat Endsley; back row — Terry Warwick, Diane DeLos Reyes, Jeanne Smythe, Nancy Eckman, Richard Endsley, Christine Nishimoto and Harriet Ota (not pictured are Althea Viernes, Linda Quinn, Gordon Bradley, Jane Huff and Rimma Murta).

LAHAINA – “After a combined 100 years as public school educators, it is time for Mr. Endsley and me to retire,” announced Pat Endsley at the recent Lahaina Complex Tutoring Project’s 17th awards and dinner celebration.

The project’s board of directors is entrusting the operational duties to a team of competent and dedicated volunteers who are committed to further improving the project’s offerings.

Founder Endsley will serve in emeritus with Administrative Assistants Althea Viernes, Linda Quinn and Nancy Eckman.

Terry Warwick will serve as director at Princess Nahi’ena’ena Elementary School, assisted by Carol Inaba and Coordinators Christine Nishimoto (grade three language arts) and Diane DeLos Reyes (grade five language arts).

The directors at Lahainaluna High School will be Jeanne Smythe and Harriet Ota (grade four math), assisted by Coordinators Jane Huff (grade five math), Linda Quinn and Gordon Bradley (grade nine algebra), and Communication Coordinators Inaba (grade 4-5) and Warwick (grade nine algebra).

Eckman will serve as director of enrichment services for grades 3-5 and nine, and Rimma Murta, founder and president of Maui Science Center, will be a coordinator.

The tutoring program will continue to provide after school math and language arts instruction. However, the goal of the project is to add innovative and exciting hands-on activities during the school year and during summer.

Beginning this June, 2018, two STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Discovery Camps will be launched. Camp Discovery is designed to inspire the inner scientist and engineer in youngsters.

Summer camps are the perfect opportunity to explore, experiment and discover. The exciting and enriching summer camps are for students entering grades 4-8 and offer hands-on science experiments, fun and challenging projects and unique and innovative learning experiences.

As part of the project’s Student Achievement Awards, outstanding students will receive $250 (tuition free) to attend one of the two STEM camps to be held at Lahaina Intermediate School. Students bring their own lunch. Parents provide transportation or permission to walk to school and back home.

Session I, “Zombie Survival,” will be held June 18-22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lahaina Intermediate School. What would you make or break to help you survive a zombie invasion? Will you be able to throw the zombies off course with illumination of common objects? Take apart common household electronics and explore how they are made. Create duct tape accessories, a flashlight that uses pennies instead of batteries, and connect your artistic, engineering and maker skills to problem solve and create.

Session 2, “Rocket Science,” will be held June 25-29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lahaina Intermediate School. Get ready for some high-flying summer fun at Rocketry Camp 2018! Enjoy an action-packed week of amazing hands-on activities teaching the science of flight and propulsion. Learn the exciting science behind rocketry while building different types of rockets and participate in rocket launches. Family and friends will be amazed as each participant gets a chance to build and launch an Estes rocket and watch it soar into the sky.

On Tuesday, May 1, selected students will take home registration forms for parents to sign and return. In order to reserve a space in one of the sessions, parents should deliver their signed forms to the Lahaina Intermediate School office no later than Friday, May 11. Messages can be left for Eckman, director of enrichment services, at LIS.

IMPORTANT NOTE: other Lahaina students in grades 4-8 who are interested in participating in the Summer 2018 Camp Discovery-Lahaina should contact Murta at info@MauiScience Center.com or 281-4691. Camp fees are $265 per child per five-day week.

During the school year, Eckman will reach out to the community to seek professional groups who would like to participate by offering hands-on enrichment activities that will further enhance the project’s current instructional programs in math and language arts.

Tutoring after school will continue at the sites below. Parents may contact the site director if they have questions regarding next year’s programs.

At Princess Nahi’ena’ena Elementary School, under Directors Smythe and Ota and Coordinator Huff, grades four and five math tutoring will be held Tuesdays from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in the Lahainaluna High School cafeteria from September 2018 to March 2019. A bus will provide rides to and from the LHS cafeteria.

Also at Princess Nahi’ena’ena School, grades three and five language arts tutoring will be offered Wednesdays from 1:20 to 3 p.m. from September to March. Warwick will direct these programs assisted by Inaba and Nancy Eckman.

At Lahainaluna, ninth grade algebra tutoring will be held Tuesdays from 2 to 3:15 p.m. starting in August. The coordinators are Quinn, Bradley and LHS math teachers.

Endsley noted, “Educating our youngsters is a serious responsibility. This project has continued because of the strong support of so many community individuals and groups that worked together to provide opportunities that may help youngsters achieve their potential as members of society.

“We believe the addition of exciting summer discovery camps and mini hands-on activities will open more windows toward literacy for our keiki,” she continued.

“The board members of the tutor project extend their appreciation and gratitude for the 17 years of support. Equity in education is a wise investment for our Lahaina students, their parents and schools. Please support this selfless leadership team of dedicated and loyal community volunteers.”