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Waimea Middle School offers expanded summer school to all Waimea incoming students

Responding to the need to enhance academic proficiency of students in the Waimea district, Waimea Middle School is offering an Expanded Summer School, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., June 10-28 for all incoming 5th through 8th graders who will be attending WMS, Waimea Elementary School in fifth grade, or other public, public charter or private schools. This program also will be available to families who home school students in the fifth through eighth grade.

The program will combine a strong academic focus and skill building with exciting place-based experiences including a weekly learning or community service excursion. It also will include organizational skills and basic use of technology to support the school’s vision of “empowering students with the skills, values and cultural understanding to successfully navigate high school and beyond.”

Cost for the program is $50 per child, which includes breakfast, lunch and busing within the Waimea district. Numerous scholarships are available. Coordinating Summer School will be WMS teachers Kathi Foster and Jamilynn Mareko.

Applications have been sent home to all current fourth through seventh grade families in Waimea Elementary and Middle School, and are available in both the WMS and WES offices and can be downloaded from the school’s website.

WMS is able to offer an Expanded Summer School because it is a public conversion charter school working in partnership with Ho’okako’o Corporation and Kamehameha Schools, and because it successfully applied for a federal Title 1 grant. The school also applied to participate in the Hawaii Office of Child Nutrition’s federal summer school lunch program.

Early registration is recommended, though the deadline is Monday, May 27.

For current fifth grade families whose student will be entering WMS sixth grade in the fall, WMS will host its annual 6th Grade Family Orientation gathering, 5-7 p.m., Wed., May 1, in the school cafeteria. This is must for all incoming families as it will include a briefing on both what it means to be a public conversion charter school and will address the important transition into middle school including unique strategies and programs. For more information, call the school office 887-6090, ext. 222, or visit the school website