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A Note to Stakeholders

January 29, 2017

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Supporters,

 

On August 11th of last year, over five months ago, the DreamHouse Ewa Beach charter application that was submitted to the State of Hawai'i Public Charter School Commission was denied.  We were not told "no", rather to spend time re-visiting our plan, to make it stronger, and to come back next cycle.

 

At 5:16PM Hawai'i Standard Time this past Thursday, January 19th, the DreamHouse team submitted application 2.0.  It has been a humbling, energizing half of a year that has led to new teammates, new learnings, and a stronger foundation to what will hopefully be a leadership and identity development-focused school in Ewa Beach.  Some highlights since  August 2016 include:

 

  • A $50,000 pledge from Ritchie & Sunny Mudd to help get DreamHouse started;

  • Over two dozen new supporters including, but not limited to U.S. Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Honolulu City Council Member & Chair Ron Menor, Honolulu City Council Member Kymberly Pine, Momi Akana, and Jeannine Souki;

  • Continued support from Dr. Michael Chun, Hawai'i State Senator Will Espero, Hawai'i State Representative Matt LoPresti, Hawai'i State Representative Takashi Ohno, and Hawai'i State Representative Jarrett Keohokalole;

  • A re-designed leadership- and identity-development curriculum, unique core competencies including ownership of voice and consciousness that will drive programming for our students, improved course offerings and coherence from 6th through 12th grade, and an active educational model that prioritizes growth and development for students and teachers. 

 

It is with deep gratitude and appreciation that we send this message and we will be sure to keep you updated as we move forward through the application process, one that will hopefully culminate this coming June in a passing vote for our charter.

 

Much work to be done.  Thank you for your continued interest in and support of the children, families, and community of Ewa Beach.

 

With Aloha from the DreamHouse Team,

 

Alex

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