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LIS collecting school supplies for students in Iwata, Japan

By Staff | May 12, 2011


LAHAINA — Aloha, parents! May is the final month of school year 2010-11. Where has this year gone? It seems as though the school year is getting shorter. I remember getting out of school in June when I was in school. What happened?

With summer approaching quickly, we need to review some important activities that will provide support for your children during the summer months. First of all, LIS hosted an evening to train parents on Achieve3000 on May 4. This workshop provided parents with guidance in this 24/7 reading comprehension online program that will be available throughout the summer for all students.

Parents are encouraged to continue their child’s education beyond the school day… beyond the school year. Security codes will be distributed upon request. Instructions will be given. There are summer reading competitions with prizes available, too. Achieve3000 was purchased by the state to reach the homes of all students. Now, parents, you need to take advantage of this opportunity. It’s free!

Secondly, LIS will once again provide support for students who failed a core course in seventh or eighth grade. A letter will be sent home shortly to those parents whose child will need to recover credits in order to be promoted to the next grade level. It is important to know that in sixth grade, only language arts and math are available in correspondence courses for credit recovery.

The summer support sessions will run from June 6 to July 1. A teacher will be available for assistance in completing correspondence courses daily from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on campus. Your child has the option to attend daily, four hours per day, until the courses are complete, or your child may work on the course (or courses) at home and periodically bring his/her completed work to school for the teacher to check for accuracy prior to mailing the course back to Keystone. This way, your child will be guaranteed to pass the courses. Your money will not be wasted.

Finally, please check out the number of summer activities we have published in our newsletters. There are a number of interesting activities available — Theatre Theatre Maui, University of Hawaii Maui College computer classes, etc.

Before I close, I want to inform you that LIS is collecting pens, pencils and folders on behalf of Omoto Junior High School located in Iwata, which is located near the town of Iwaizumi. This middle level school was totally destroyed by the March 11 tsunami, and its students have been relocated to attend school in a nearby town. The family of one of our students will be visiting the area early this summer. They will be taking the collected school supplies to the students of Omoto Junior High. If you are able to contribute school supplies for the students of Omoto, please bring them to our PCNC’s office in the library. Becky Altier is heading this collection, which will end on May 18. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Altier at 662-3965.

As we end another successful year of new academic experiences, emotional and social growth, I want to wish you all an enjoyable time together with free time to spend quality time with one another.

Congratulations to our graduating eighth-graders. We look forward to seeing our returning students next year. Be safe, and see you around town. If you have any concerns or questions, please call us at 662-3965. We continue to be here to support you. Happy Summer!