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What makes Waiakeawaena Special? "First and foremost, the people (the children and adults). Each individual gives life to the campus! Each personality adds the character to what makes Waiakeawaena. We are one 'OHANA. We are family!"

Curriculum Programs

 

Achieve 3000

Provides daily differentiated instruction for non-fiction reading that is tailored to each student's Lexile reading level. This program is available year round and provides practice in language arts skills. We recommend your child completing at least one article and activities per week. Please contact your child's teacher for username and password.

Smarty Ants

 Smarty Ants is an effective, research-driven solution that differentiates instruction in foundational reading skills and accelerates student achievement – all in an engaging, interactive, online learning environment. The program continuously evaluates each student’s exact skill level, learning temperament, and learning pace. Based on this information, the adaptive content system automatically delivers the right level of skill instruction and practice to keep learners in the zone of proximal development. No two students will approach the content or process in the same manner, but they all will reach the same critical milestones for primary-grade literacy success and emerge as confident, capable readers ready for the challenges of second grade and beyond. Check out http://www.achieve3000.com/learning-solutions/foundational-literacy/ for more information and some informative videos.

 

IXL

 IXL is an immersive K-12 learning experience that provides comprehensive, standards-aligned content for math and language arts.  This program is available year round and provides practice in math and language arts skills for all grade levels and standards. This allows your child to practice skills in the grades above and below their current grade. Please contact your child's teacher for username and password.

 

Overdrive 

Can’t get to a library? Want to find out what happens next in a book series? What better way to catch up on some reading than visiting the HIDOE Digital Library! This new, free service for students provides digital books that can be accessed 24/7 at http://hidoe.lib.overdrive.com. All students at Waiakeawaena Elementary School were given a library card number at the beginning of this year and are able to access eBooks and audiobooks without the worry about misplacing a book or running up late fees, digital titles automatically return at the end of the lending period. For more information, please contact Brenda Kenui at the school library.

Starfall

Starfall Education Foundation is a website that creates free and low-cost experiences whereby children can successfully learn through exploration. On the Starfall website and in Starfall classrooms, children have fun while learning reading, language arts curriculum, and mathematics. Over the years the Starfall website's offerings have grown in the number of songs, books, and mathematics activities extending from preschool to second grade. Starfall is accessible at www.starfall.com or through the iTunes and Google Play app stores. Much of the site is free including ABCs (letter and letter sound recognition), reading, and games. Additional activities can be purchased at home for a low fee and is accessible in your child’s classroom.


Reading Wonders

 Reading Wonders helps educators improve the process of learning with differentiated programs and learning platforms to meet the needs of all learners. Wonders offers a connected suite of programs to support core English Language Arts (ELA) instruction, English Learners, and intervention. Together, we can ensure literacy for life. The program has differentiated activities, ebooks and other resources available at your child's level online. Please contact your child's teacher for their username and password.

 

Stepping Stones

Create a classroom where math makes more sense with Stepping Stones. For the first time, a core program provides access to all online content from all grades, giving teachers the confidence and knowledge to successfully accommodate mixed abilities in the classroom. Stepping Stones is a program that: fosters students’ thinking and reasoning skills, delivers multiple ways to differentiate classroom instruction, and presents methods to assess deep understanding and skills. This program is not availabe online for students however, to see more information about the program at www.origoeducation.com/steppingstones

 

 

Ke Ala Waiakeawaena

 Ke Ala Waiakeawaena is an outcomes focused process that was developed by school staff to help staff and students to develop a plan to address a concern whether personal, class or school-wide.   The steps of Ke Ala Waiakeawaena are:

 

  1. Analyze - What do you hope to achieve?  How long will it take?
  2. Design - What will you do and how will you know if you reached your goal?
  3. Develop - What is your plan?  What did you need to reach your goal?
  4. Implement - Put your plan into action.
  5. Evaluate - Reflect!  Did you meet your goal?  

 To assist teachers and students, there is a Ke Ala Waiakeawaena poster in each classroom visually representing the 5 steps of the process.