Fujimoto leads Pearl City contingent at Laulima Consortium

 

The Laulima I Makaukau Na Keiki (Working Together to Prepare the Children) Smaller Learning Communities (SLC) Consortium Advisory Council held their second of four meetings for 2011-2012 on Monday at McKinley High School.

Monday's Advisory Council meeting focused on progress reports from the five schools participating in the Laulima I Makaukau Na Keiki Consortium:

Consortium Schools:

Castle High School

Kapa'a High School

Maui High School

McKinley High School

Pearl City High School

Interim Performance Reports from the five schools participating in the Laulima I Makaukau Na Keiki Consortium were presented to the Advisory Council.

Updates were also given on the Summer Bridge Programs that the schools have implemented with the goal of getting 8th graders ready for the next grade.

Discussions were conducted between Advisory Council members on how the group who represent industry, community leaders, education and Consortium schools can effectively support the goals of the Laulima I Makaukau Na Keiki SLC grant.

The Advisory Council is responsible for making recommendations regarding the expansion of grants programs and budget.

Special guest speaker Jacce Mikulanec representing the Hawai'i Fair Share Initiative that was launched by Lt. Governor Brian Schatz, gave insights and information with regard to Federal grant opportunities. www.hawaii.gov/fsi

The Advisory Council reserved a portion of the meeting to discuss the following grant purpose:

*Time for collaboration and training for teachers.

*Keeping track of all the training that benefits the students.

The Advisory Council also chose their leadership for 2011-2012 with election of Debra Nakama (University of Hawaii, Maui Campus) as Chairperson and Carl Takamura (McKinley High School Foundation) as Vice Chairperson. Both individuals have extensive experience in securing grants and program funding and were unanimously elected.

Pearl City High School Principal Carlyn Fujimoto has hand selected a group of education, community and business leaders to represent Pearl City High School.

Principal Fujimoto is joined by PCHS Curriculum Coordinator Ernell Hallaman, PCHS SLC Coordinator Judi Morton, Greg Arakaki (Biosolids/Co-Generation Chair), Jarrett Oshiro (Assistant Vice President & Manager Hawaii National Bank, Pearl City Branch) and Barry Villamil (Editor, MyPearlCity.com)

The meeting ended on a very positive note with the Advisory Council outlining initiatives to move the program forward and most importantly benefit the students.

The Laulima I Makaukau Na Keiki Consortium Advisory Council is scheduled to meet again in January of 2012.

                                                                                              Photo by Carl Takamura

(From left to right) Jarrett Oshiro (Advisory Council) Barry Villamil (Advisory Council), Greg Arakaki (Advisory Council) Ron Okamura (Principal, McKinley High School), Edison Chong (Laulima Consortium Coordinator) Carlyn Fujimoto (Principal, Pearl City High School) and Judi Morton (SLC Coordinator, Pearl City High School).

                                                        Photo by Barry Villamil | barry@mypearlcity.com

McKinley High School SLC Coordinator Kyle Hiranaga pictured presenting his schools progress report to the Laulima I Makaukau Na Keiki Consortium membership on Monday, September 12, 2011 at the McKinley High School Library.

                                                        Photo by Barry Villamil | barry@mypearlcity.com

Jacce Mikulanec pictured presenting the Hawaii Fair Share Initiative that was launched by Lt. Governor Brian Schatz to the Laulima I Makaukau Na Keiki Consortium membership on Monday.