Kula hosts Stevenson Middle School for Start of New School Year – What is this Place? Who are the People?

On the morning of Wednesday, July 31, Stevenson’s opening of school, through the vision of Katherine Balatico, Principal, the morning was spent at Papakolea Community Center  at 2150 Tantalus Drive. As teachers and staff prepare to begin the school year, we focused on the cultures, views, values, beliefs,  family, language, strategies and supports needed to promote connectedness to school for each of our individual students.   Over the course of the morning, faculty and staff learned about the culture, views, values, beliefs,  language, families, communities, and successful strategies of supports from the guest speakers:

Adrienne Dillard and Puni Kekauoha (Kula no na Po`e Hawaii) –

Dr. Neal Palafox and m(John A. Burns School of Medicine) –

Mavis Nitta ( John A. Burns School of Medicine) –

Josie Howard (We Are Oceania) –

Tamera Heine (Marshallese Consulate) –

Mary Therese Perez Hattori (Chaminade University)

Jana Chang (Data Governance and Analysis Branch – Strategy, Innovation and Performance)