A LETTER OF INTRODUCTION:
Dr. LISA DELONG, PRINCIPAL
June 30, 2016
Dear Kailua Intermediate ‘Ohana,
Welcome to Kailua Intermediate School, home of the Jr. Surfriders.
We are excited to share all of the wonderful things happening at our school and encourage you to check our website and Facebook page often to keep up with school events.
At Kailua Intermediate we recognize that adolescence is a remarkable stage of life. Aligning with Association for Middle Level Education standards, our faculty embraces the unique characteristics of this age group and promotes organizational structures that support meaningful relationships and learning. We offer relevant, challenging, and exploratory programs to the approximately 740 seventh and eighth graders we serve.
We like to say that we are unapologetic about our mission to prepare every student for a four-year college education and success in a global society. Our school environment is safe, nurturing, disciplined, and exploratory so students can build on their strengths and interests. Kailua Intermediate has many of the most experienced teachers in our state. They are supported by an equally talented cast of staff members and we all work together to create a positive and vibrant learning environment.
We are committed to partnering with parents and our school community to help each child succeed. We have a strong Parent Teacher Student Association and supportive Parent Community Networking Coordinator. We encourage your active participation in your child’s education and there are many ways to get involved, from one-time service days to regular contributions of time and resources.
Parents, be sure to monitor your child’s class performance through JupiterGrades. It’s your window to their world at school. Any indication of missing assignments should spark a serious conversation with your child and possible follow up with the teacher, counselor, or an administrator.
We ensure that students achieve in areas in academics, behavior, and attendance by design, not chance. Kailua Intermediate is a certified AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) school implementing a college readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges.
Both students and staff members continue to achieve and bring recognition to our school.
Seventh grader, Kaitlynn Weiss, won the Junior Division Top Overall State Winner first place trophy at the State Science and Engineering Fair.
Six Kailua Intermediate students competed in the National History Day in Baltimore, Maryland after winning top honors their categories at the state contest. Eighth graders Owen Barr and Isabella Hartline took second and seventh places, respectively, IN THE NATION.
Student Jovani Austria, took first place in the Animation Category - Middle School Division for the Olelo 2016 Youth Xchange Student Video Competition.
Band Director Kristi Kusunoki has been recognized as the Windward District Teacher of the Year and is now vying for the title of State Teacher of the Year. Wish her luck!
I am thrilled to be working with such a talented group of people, students and adults. Together we will make a positive difference at Kailua Intermediate.
Lisa DeLong, Ed. D.