Koko Head, Li­holiho Climb To Top

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - EAST OAHU ISLANDER / DECEMBER 1, 2010 / -

Two out of three ain’t bad. In its an­nual salute to out­stand­ing pub­lic schools, Fri­toLay Hawaii and the state Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion se­lected three ele­men­tary schools for the na­tional 2011 Blue Rib­bon Schools com­pe­ti­tion — and two of them are in East Oahu.

Koko Head and Li­holiho ele­men­tary schools were hon­ored among 15 nom­i­nees to rep­re­sent the state in the No Child Left Be­hind– Blue Rib­bon Schools Pro­gram next year in Washington, D.C. They also re­ceived $3,000 each from the com­pany for show­ing “dra­matic im­prove- ment in test scores or are achiev­ing in the top 10 per­cent of schools in the state in both read­ing and math­e­mat­ics.”

• Koko Head is the old­est school in the Kaiser Com­plex, and its cur­rent en­roll­ment of 269 has put it un­der scru­tiny for con­sol­i­da­tion. Re­plac­ing its long­time prin­ci­pal Cecilia Lum, Loretta Yee is now lead­ing plans to de­velop an en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vice learn­ing cen­ter to de­velop stu­dents’ crit­i­cal think­ing through an en­vi­ron­men­tal cur­ricu­lum.

• Li­holiho, part of the Kalani Com­plex in Kaimuki, has 371 stu­dents and has met an­nual test stan­dards since 2003. It’s earned na­tional recog­ni­tion for lead­er­ship (prin­ci­pal Christina Small), technology, school ad­just­ment and teacher ex­cel­lence.

Other 2011 area nom­i­nees were Ka­hala Ele­men­tary and Kalani High schools.

Koko Head Ele­men­tary’s Blue Rib­bon ohana (above, from left): John Erick­son (Frito-Lay), Jackie Asato, Mary Jane Taniguchi, Mary Jean Bres­nan, Margie Davis, Rita Hanohano, Leimomi Chun, prin­ci­pal Loretta Yee, Celise Nakakura, Gar­rett Toguchi (BOE), So­phie Ya­ma­mura, Cobe Yoshino, schools chief Kathryn Matayoshi and com­plex su­per­in­ten­dent Calvin Nomiyama. Pho­tos from San­dra Goya, DOE.

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