SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- It may be hard to believe, but back-to-school season is here!

To help parents and students prepare for the first school bell of the semester, here is important information, dates and reminders leading up to the beginning of classes. Simply find your child's school and read on.

-- Hale Kula Elementary School
Principal: Jan Iwase
Contacts: (808) 622-6380, www.halekula.k12.hi.us

Key Dates:
•July 29 -- Family orientation, in the cafeteria, 3 p.m.
•July 30 -- Class lists for grades 1-5 posted, in the cafeteria, 4 p.m.
•July 31 -- Meet and greet and supplies drop-off, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
•Aug. 1 -- First day of school for grades 1-5; kindergarten classes/
schedule TBD

-- Helemano Elementary School
Principal: Ernest Muh
Contacts: (808) 622-6336,www.helemanoelementaryschool.org
Key Dates:
•July 30 -- Class lists for grades 1-5 posted, 8 a.m.
•July 30 -- Meet and greet, 3-5 p.m.
•Aug. 1 -- First day of school for grades 1-5; kindergarten classes/
schedule TBD

-- Solomon Elementary School
Principal: Sally Omalza
Contacts: (808) 624-9500, www.solomon.k12.hi.us
Key Dates:
•Aug. 1 -- First day of school for grades 1-5; kindergarten classes/
schedule TBD
•Aug. 1 -- The free workshop "Night with Diana Day" is open to all parents, in the cafeteria, 5 p.m., offering advice on ways to work with children for a positive experience.

-- Wahiawa Elementary School
Principal: Jamie Oshiro
Contacts: (808) 622-6393, www.wes.k12.hi.us
Key Dates:
•July 30 -- Class lists posted for grades 1-5, 8 a.m.
•Aug. 1 -- First day of school for grades 1-5; kindergarten classes/
schedule TBD
Registration for classes is ongoing, now, during weekdays, except holidays.

-- Webling Elementary School
Principal: Sherrylyn Yamada
Contacts: (808) 483-7240, www.weblingpueo.org
Key Dates:
•Aug. 1 -- First day of school for grades 1-6; kindergarten classes/schedule TBD
Registration for classes is ongoing, now, during weekdays, except holidays. Kindergarteners need to register as soon as possible.

-- Wheeler Elementary School
Principal: Troy Tamura
Contacts: (808) 622-6400, www.doe.k12.hi.us
Key Dates:
•July 14-18 -- Kindergarten Camp; call school for more information.
•July 25 -- Class lists posted, after 9 a.m.
•July 30 -- Meet and greet for all families, 4-6 p.m.
•Aug. 1 -- First day of school for grades 1-5; kindergarten classes/schedule TBD
Registration for classes is ongoing, now, during weekdays, except holidays.

-- Aliamanu Middle School
Principal: Bob Eggleston
Contacts: (808) 421-4100, www.aliamanumiddle.org
Key Dates:
•July 15-19 -- Payment dues, bus fees and T-shirt purchases for all students
•Aug. 1 -- First day of school and schedule pick-up for grade 7
•Aug. 4 -- First day of school and schedule pick-up for grade 8

-- Mililani Middle School
Principal: Elynne Chung
Contacts: (808) 626-7355, www.milmdl.k12.hi.us
Key Dates:
•July 16 -- Meet and greet, Blue Track families, in the cafeteria, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
•July 28 -- First day of school for Green Track students; grade 6 students meet in cafeteria by 8:20 a.m.
•Aug. 6 -- Meet and greet, Green Track families, in the cafeteria, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
•Aug. 20 -- Tentative HIP session, all tracks, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

(Note: Mililani Middle School runs on a track system, with three tracks always in session at one time. Students on the Red, Yellow, and Blue Tracks began classes Tuesday, July 8. The Green Track starts school July 28, during which time the Red Track goes on intersession.)

-- Moanalua Middle School
Principal: Lisa Nagamine
Contacts: (808) 831-7850, www.moanaluamiddle.org
Key Dates:
•July 14 -- New student/parent orientation, in the cafeteria, 6-7:30 p.m.
•July 16 -- Schedule pick-up for grade 8, 8:30 a.m. (last names A-G), 9:30 a.m. (last names H-N) and 10:30 a.m. (last names O-Z)
•July 17 -- Schedule pick-up for grade 7, 8:30 a.m. (last names A-G), 9:30 a.m. (last names H-N) and 10:30 a.m. (last names O-Z)
•Aug. 4 -- First day of school for grade 7 and new students in grade 8
•Aug. 5 -- First day of school for all returning students in grade 8

-- Wheeler Middle School
Principal: Brenda Vierra-Chun
Contacts: (808) 622-6525, www.wheelerm.k12.hi.us
Key Dates:
•Aug. 1 -- First day of class for all grades

-- Leilehua High School
Acting Principal: Jason Nakamoto
Contacts: (808) 305-3000, www.leilehuahighschool.org
Key Dates:
•July 16 -- Registration for all students, at the library, 8:30 a.m.-noon
•July 23 -- Student schedule pickup, at the Registrar's Office, 8:30 a.m.-noon
•Aug. 1 -- Freshmen orientation, 8 a.m.-noon
•Aug. 1 -- New parents orientation, at the library, 8:30 a.m.-noon
•Aug. 4 -- First day of school for all grades

-- Mililani High School
Principal: Fred Murphy
Contacts: (808) 627-7747, www.edline.net/pages/Mililani_High_School
Key Dates:
•July 24 -- Registration for all students, at the administration building, cafeteria and library, noon-8 p.m.
•July 26 -- Registration for all students, at the administration building, cafeteria and library, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
•Aug. 1 -- First day of school for all freshmen, 8 a.m.
•Aug. 1 -- New parents orientation, in the cafeteria, 6:30 p.m.
•Aug. 4 -- First day of school for all grades
•Aug. 13 -- Open House, 6 p.m.

-- Radford High School
Principal: James Sunday
Contacts: (808) 421-4200, www.radford.k12.hi.us
Key Dates:
•July 25 -- Registration for all students, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
•Aug. 1 -- First day of school for all freshmen and new students
•Aug. 4 -- First day of school for all grades

-- Child Safety
Child safety is an Army community priority.

Children younger than 10 years of age cannot be left unsupervised at a bus stop and cannot walk to school alone. They must be escorted by a parent or sibling age 12 years or older.

Policy Memorandum USAG-HI 34, "Child Supervision Policy for Army Installations in Hawaii," states the conditions under which children must be supervised.

Now is the perfect time to update phone numbers, work numbers, addresses and email addresses with your school administrator. Failure to get a hold of a parent in an emergency situation could have devastating consequences.

For the safety of your child, ensure your entire family is familiar with and adheres to these policies. Let's do our part to keep our keiki safe.

-- School Supplies
School supply lists can be picked up at school front offices and at some retail stores, to
include the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Navy Exchange, Longs, Walmart and Kmart, or ordered online via school websites.

-- Public School Buses
Parents whose students are entitled to free bus passes must complete an application form at www.ezmealapp.com. Completed forms and payment should be submitted to the school.

One-way bus coupons cost $12.50 for a sheet of 10 (cash only). Round-trip and one-way fares also may be purchased on an annual or quarterly basis. Full rate schedules and eligibility requirements are available online.

Also, last year the Hawaii State Department of Education initiated its "Get on Board" program to reform its public school bus transportation system. The pilot launched at 30 schools in the Aiea, Moanalua, Pearl City, Radford and Waipahu High complex areas, July 2013.

In October, the DOE announced it was expanding service to students from August Ahrens Elementary, Highlands Intermediate, Pearl City High and Waipahu High schools.

Get on Board is a multiyear, multiphase commitment by the DOE and is expected to be available statewide within the coming school years. For more information, contact the child's school or the DOE Student Transportation Services Branch, (808) 586-0170.

Parents also can contact the Get on Board Call Center, (808) 206-7936 or getonboard@hawaiidoe.org.

Page last updated Thu July 24th, 2014 at 00:00