Through the generous support of the PTA, Hanalei School is able to offer a well-rounded education to the children with the addition of the following classes: S.T.E.M ( Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math), Art, Music, P.E., Gardening, and Drama. Only through extensive fundraising efforts is the PTA able to hire part-time teachers to teach these essential classes. If you would like to help ensure these classes receive the funding necessary to continue, please go to our Ways To Give page to find out more!
science, technology, engineering & math
PTA Supports S.T.E.M. = Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
In 2018, Hanalei PTA purchased complete STEM teacher’s kits for all seven grades (over $15,000) in support of the school’s transition to the Next Generation Science Standards, a nationally recognized, student-directed, hands-on approach to science instruction. Our science classes provide rich, first-hand experiences that fully engage students and encourage them to think like scientists and engineers! We work to provide as much place-based learning as possible, using our school garden as a laboratory and classroom visits from local STEM professionals. The PTA continues to work with the school administration to fund STEM support staff, materials, and training for our classroom teachers. This school year, the PTA is providing match-funding of over $27,000 in support of a STEM grant from the Hawaii Community Foundation. The combined funding is enabling a fully-staffed STEM education program in all grades, something that would not be possible without funds provided by the PTA. Ask your child about their latest science class - chances are they’ll be excited to tell you all about it!
Children love to use their imagination! What better way to enhance and balance out a day of academic learning with drama and theater!?
What child doesn’t love to play and be active? P.E. is offered to all grades at Hanalei School providing them with valuable instruction on how to take care of their bodies. This is so important in a day of rigorous academic mental activity.
Garden as Classroom…Plant a seed and watch it grow! The garden at Hanalei School is a great living classroom for the children to combine their interests in eating, and being outside, with the Science curriculum offered through S.T.E.M.