Waimea Canyon Middle School (WCMS) is located in the town of Waimea on the western side of the island of Kaua’i. As a public middle school, WCMS services students in grades 6th, 7th and 8th. Students from the neighboring communities of Kekaha, Waimea, Pakala, Makaweli, Kaumakani, ‘Eleʻele, and Kalaheo comprise the school’s population. The students’ friendly, active personalities reflect the Westside community’s aloha for outdoor life and for each other.
WCMS has received Title I funding for the past fourteen years. Complex Area personnel and professional development consultants work with teachers in math and language arts content areas by assisting them in data analysis and using that information to positively impact learning. Data Teams were the focal point of school improvement for WCMS. WCMS also continued implementation of the AVID and TRIBES program. Leadership has been distributed between Team Leaders (operations of the school) and the Academic Review Team (curriculum, instruction, and assessment).
Celebrations this year include students and staff recognized for their accomplishments. Student awards received this year include the 2nd place trophy for the Track Team in the District’s Field and Track events with two students winning the Outstanding Male Athlete award. Students also proudly represented WCMS by taking 1st and 2nd place in the 2016 District Science Fair and 1st place in the Kauai District Spelling Bee. WCMS also received the Health and Wellness Excellence Award and inducted new members into the National Junior Honor Society. WCMS Band, Choir, and Ukulele students continue to receive excellent reviews on their school and community performances led by their fearless Band, Choir and Ukulele teacher, Mr. David Braun, who was named SY 15-16 Kauai Teacher of the Year. In SY 15-16, WCMS became a Future Ready Pathway School and was accepted into the Hawaii Innovative Leadership Network (HILN).
The School Community Council meets monthly to address school improvement topics. WCMS understands the important role families have in their children’s learning and has planned family activities focused on a variety of topics that include building literacy in content areas. WCMS continues to value their partnerships with Hale Oʻpio, P-20, Hawaii Community Foundation’s Connect For Success grant, National Tropical Botanical Gardens, and the Pacific Missile Range Facility.
WCMS is involved in a comprehensive effort to promote the success of all our students. The principals in the West Complex are working together to create a seamless K-12 construct in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and 21ST Century Skills in order to prepare our students for success in future college and career endeavors.