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Principal's Message

September 1, 2017


Aloha Parents/Guardians/Families of Pa‘auilo Elementary & Intermediate School,


Welcome back to a new school year at Pa‘auilo School! It is amazing to realize that we have been back at school for almost one month!  We have been off to a great start and I thank you all for that.


I am thrilled to announce some changes to staffing at Pa‘auilo School for those of you who haven’t met our new staff yet. I would like to welcome Felicia Friend Linton, Christopher Curry, Jessica Goldman, Allison King, Kalaekoa Gaspar, Sara Tomita, Sarah Brown, Raylene Crawford and Diane DeLuz to our Pa‘auilo ohana. Ms. Friend returns to her childhood elementary school as our vice principal. Mr. Curry comes to us from Hilo and will be our 5th grade teacher. Ms. Goldman comes to us from Alaska and will be our elementary special education teacher. Mrs. King comes to us from Georgia and will be our new preschool teacher. Mr. Gaspar is from Waimea and is our Data Processing User Support Technician. Ms. Tomita recently moved to Honokaa from Hilo and is a part time teacher and sub EA. Ms. Brown is our FoodCorps service member this year and is very excited to continue our progress with the school garden. Mrs. Crawford joined us as the meal tracker clerk. Ms. DeLuz is our new classroom cleaner. We also welcome Mr. Ayat back to Pa‘auilo as our middle school special education teacher.


We are making big efforts to ensure that families know what is going on at school. Some of the ways that we are doing that are: our monthly newsletters, updating our school website often at, updating our Pa‘auilo Elementary and Intermediate School Facebook page, using our School Connects automated phone calling system, using the messaging service so that parents get notifications of school events via text message, and utilizing the parent student portals for middle school parents and students to monitor their grades online. Please ask if you need help with any of these types of communication.


We continue to encourage you to take an active role in your child’s education. I believe that it is very important that we work together in order to provide your children with the quality education that I am confident they will receive during their years here at Pa‘auilo. We will continue to focus on student attendance as the last two years have had some startling results as far as the high number of students who have been absent for 15 or more days in a school year. The Board of Education is now looking at 10 absences as being chronically absent so we need to be more diligent. We will continue to need your support in making every effort to bring your child to school on time every day. Of course, if they are sick, they should stay home and we ask that you be sure to send a doctor’s note upon their return to school. I also ask that you please make every effort to schedule family trips during non-school days and/or during breaks. School calendars are available on our website and include state approved calendars for 2017-2021.


I am excited about continuing to serve as the principal of such a wonderful school community. I invite you to come and meet me whether you have questions or would just like to talk. My door is open. I look forward to meeting you and working with you as we strive for success at Pa‘auilo Elementary and Intermediate School.


In closing please continue to select Pa‘auilo #43 if you shop at KTA so that we can continue to promote excursions and provide incentives for our students.


One School, One Team, Making a Difference!!

Michelle Barber

Pa‘auilo Elementary and Intermediate School Principal