Message from the Principal

Aloha Panther ʻOhana,
 
I am very excited for School Year 19-20 because I believe that this is the year that Kalama really starts to take off.  We have partnered with UH-Maui on 2 different Federal Grants to support our students academically so that higher education is a real possibility.  You will hear more information about these programs as the year progresses.  We have some new programs/classes coming out this year to offer more opportunities for our students to participate in all kinds of different things - sports, STEMworks, after school clubs, tutoring, etc.  We have budgeted money to improve our campus, as well as our learning opportunities.  We are networking with our community to send our students out (field trips) and bring our community in (guest speakers).  This year is looking great so far.
 
An opening message I had for the staff also applies to our students and community.  It goes a little something like this...With all of the turmoil and stress that is happening in our world, in our nation, and in our state, it's hard to find something to look forward to because there seems to be so much frustration and angst all around us.  So, when I was thinking about what our school should be looking forward to, I was having a hard time coming up with anything.  Then, it dawned on me.  WE should be what we look forward to.  WE should be the positivity in our community that is so needed right now.  Our students should be the emerging leaders of tomorrow.  THEY should be what we are all proud of.  THEY should be the light in a sometimes gloomy world.
 
It is with this mindset and belief that I will remind myself all year of the type of leader I need to be to support our students and staff, so that our school remains the center of optimism and opportunity.  You play a very important role in your child's education and you can help with this mission.  Give your best effort to stay in communication with your child and the school.  Talk to your child about issues and concerns in our community.  Join us for parent education and family events.  Volunteer when you can.  Be an active parent.  These are the things that you can do to support your child.  Together, we can make Kalama Intermediate one of the best schools.  Yes, middle school is a crazy time in a child's life but it can also be one of the best times.  Together, let US be what everyone looks forward to.
 
Mahalo Nui Loa,
Mr. Shim