Waialua Elementary Pinned With A Blue Ribbon

Wednesday - December 22, 2010
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Chester the Cheetah looks on as the Waialua Elementary ohana and state DOE officials accept a $3,000 check from Frito-Lay of Hawaii general manager John Erickson for being named a 2011 Blue Ribbon School. Pictured are (from left) Erickson, principal Scott Moore, Susan Okimoto, BOE chairman Garrett Toguchi, Patricia Park, Athan Agustin, Maria Denzer, Vivian Chau, schools chief Kathryn Matayoshi, Amy Agustin, Minh Tran, Amy Denzer and Nicholas Denser. Photo from Sandy Goya.

In its annual salute to outstanding public schools,Frito-Lay Hawaii and the state Department of Education looked to the North Shore for one of its three national 2011 Blue Ribbon Schools competitors.

Waialua Elementary School was honored among 15 nominees and will represent the state with two Honolulu schools in the No Child Left Behind/Blue Ribbon Schools Program next year in Washington, D.C. It also received $3,000 from the company for showing “dramatic improvement in test scores or achieving in the top 10 percent of schools in the state in both reading and mathematics.”

For a rural school with a large number of second-language learners and children on subsidized lunches, Waialua has helped its students keep pace with modern technology. It partners with families and the community to acquire all the tools the children need to encourage success - and students are blogging and podcasting with the best of them.

Principal Scott Moore oversees about 530 students on the Waialua campus.

Other 2011 nominees from the area were Haleiwa and Laie elementary schools.

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