HONOWAI ELEMENTARY

Upper Elementary Grades 3-6

Grade 3

G-1/G-2 Mrs. Kimberly Gross

G-1/G-2 Ms. May Anne Kim

G-1/G-2 Miss. Crystal Whitehill

H-1 Miss. Roxanne Encomienda

H-2 Miss. Lindsay Bugarin

In third grade teachers set high expectations for all students regarding behavior and academics. Our team fosters a learning environment that enables scholars to collaborate and persevere to become motivated and confident problem solvers.

This school year we will continue to challenge the students with use of the CCSS (Common Core State Standards) for Language Arts and Math and the HCPS III for all other subjects. These academic standards help the students to have a rigorous and relevant education that will help prepare them for college and a future career. For math, we will continue using Origo Stepping Stones, which provides students with in depth ways of thinking about math. For Language Arts, we will also continue to use the Wonders curriculum. Students will also be studying Social Studies, Science, Art, Physical Education, and Health throughout the school year.

This year the students will be able to show all that they have learned over the years, as it will be the first time for the students to take the state wide standardized assessment called the SBA. ***Your child can practice SBA test taking skills online @https://login1.cloud2.tds.airast.org/student/V137/Pages/LoginShell.aspx?c=Hawaii_PT

We look forward to working with you this school year. Hand in hand together we can!


Grade 4

C-1 Mr. Justin Trimner

C-2 Mrs. Patty Durel

C-3 Mrs. Beth Luther

C-4 Mrs. Elizabeth Shigeta

D-2 Mrs. Shirley Dulay

The fourth grade teachers are emphasizing on creating self-directed learners in the classroom. We stress the importance of responsibility and taking initiative. Students are expected to complete and prioritize tasks/assignments in a timely manner while maintaining accuracy. All math percentages are graded on in-class assignments that students complete independently and on unit tests. We would like for students to know their math facts as well as understanding each math concepts clearly. Each teacher will be doing whole-class Language Arts, Math, Science, and Hawaiiana. We would like to give students more choices to become to independent thinkers but at the same time be able to do peer collaboration. There will be new challenges, experiences, and expectations that the students will face this school year. But we hope that it will also be fun and exciting for them too.


Grade 5

B-1 Mrs. Kathleen Tolentino

B-2 Mr. Dalen Izumo

B-3 Ms. Carmen Bruce

B-4 Mrs. Sheri Schmitt

The fifth grade teachers are emphasizing on creating self directed learners in the classroom. We stress the importance of responsibility and taking initiative. Students are expected to complete and prioritize tasks/assignments in a timely manner while maintaining accuracy. All math percentages are graded on in-class assignments that students complete independently and on unit tests. We would like for students to know their math facts as well as understanding each math concepts clearly. Each teacher will be doing whole-class Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies, and DARE. In addition to the core subject areas, we will be practicing 7 habits of Highly Effective Kids through cooperative group learning activities.  We would like to give students more choices to become to independent thinkers but at the same time be able to do peer collaboration. This year we are also starting a RTI block to help reach the needs of all students.  There will be new challenges, experiences, and expectations that the students will face this school year. But we hope that it will also be fun and exciting for them too.


Grade 6

D-4 Ms. Chelsie Sato

D-5 Mr. Grant Kiyabu

D-6 Ms. Joyceline Lee

D-7 Ms. Lisa Miyaji

D-8 Mrs. Danice Mineshima

Welcome! The sixth grade stresses responsibility and organization. The skills and strategies being taught throughout the curriculum prepare students for middle school.

Students will

  • read and comprehend literature (including stories, dramas, and poems) and non-fiction with focus on: providing textual evidence to support analysis, determining a theme or central idea, finding authors point of view, comparing and contrasting
  • write: arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence, informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events
  • use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing
  • problem solve in mathematics with a focus on ratios, fractions, & algebra
  • examine the ways different cultures have influenced families and communities
  • historic research ancient civilizations, classical and post-classical societies with an emphasis on government, economics, geography, religion, and technology
  • formulate a testable hypothesis that can be answered through a controlled experiment
  • investigate scientific concepts of motion, forces, & energy.

Special Programs:

Challenger Center Hawaii is a hands-on facility where students work in teams to problem solve and work together to successfully launch a spaceflight mission.

RAP (Real and Powerful) Sessions with the Honolulu Police Department as a part of the Weed and Seed Program.


Gifted/ Talented/ Enrichment

D-3 Mrs. Joanne Kamisato

Gifted/ Talented/ Enrichment (GTE) students are selected at the end of the school year for the next school year. Our GTE program services students in the 5th and 6th grade. Parents, teachers, and students are allowed to nominate students for the program. Applicants are selected based upon their scores on the following: Otis-Lennon Standardized Ability Test, an oral interview, a written sample of their work, parent and teacher ratings of leadership abilities, and their Hawaii State Assessment Scores for Reading and Math.

Expectations of students selected to participate in the GTE program include reading a book each week and demonstrating their comprehension of the book in the form of an alternative book report is expected. Students are also expected to maintain the class' pace with regards to the Everyday Math mathematics program- even taking the Math Journal home for homework to complete any in-class assignments. Science and Social Studies lessons consist of in-class discussions and selected readings based upon the Hawaii Content Performance Standards III. Students are also expected to model a desire to improve their community and to help their fellow citizens.