FAQs

Morning Drop-off, Afternoon Pick-up, and Parking

In the morning and afternoon, the area fronting Niu Valley Middle School on Halemaumau Street becomes very congested.

  • No parking at the curbside fronting the statues. This area is used for quick drop-offs and pick-ups only.
  • Please use caution and drive with aloha when dropping off near the statues.
  • Do not turn into either of the parking lots in the morning. Space will be tight as teachers and staff are parking their cars and getting to class.
  • If you must park your car before school, please park on one of the residential side streets.
  • Please be safe and use crosswalks. HPD does enforce jaywalking laws.

TIPS for avoiding the morning and afternoon traffic crunch:

  • Drop-off before 7:30. Pick-up after 2:30 on Mondays, Tuedays, Thursdays, Fridays and after 1:45 on Wednesdays.
  • Drop-off and pick-up by the Niu Valley Park (Field) on Kanau Street.
What do we need to bring on the first day of school?

Your child may bring all supplies to school on the first day and leave most of it in his/her advisory classroom. Advisory teachers will assist their students with the distribution of their supplies.  Please refer to the School Supply List 2019-2020.  

What is in place for after school care?
NVMS provides an after school program called Complete Childcare. Email CCi@CompleteChildcareHawaii.org
What if my child is sick or is unable to go to school?
Notify the school by calling the Attendance Line (808-377-2440 ext. 1) and leaving a recorded message. Please give your child’s name, grade, reason for absence, your name, and phone number.
How do I pay for my child’s lunch?

Your child’s ID badge will be scanned when he/she buys lunch. Lunch is $2.50. Breakfast is $1.10.

Add money to your child’s account throughout the year by completing this Lunch Account Deposit Slip and bringing it with payment to the office.

For online payments, go to EZSchoolPay.Com.   You will need your child’s State Student ID number to create an account. (Your child’s State Student ID number can be found on report cards and schedules received at registration.  A  1.99% service fee is charged for all online payments.

Is NVMS a nut-free school?

No. However, the cafeteria does not serve nuts in school meals.

Your child may carry rescue medicine with them including inhalers and Epi Pens. Contact our Health Aide for the Self Carry Form and/or any questions at 377-2440 X225.

Faculty is provided annual Epipen training by the Department of Health. The Health Room only gives rescue medicine at school. Please call the Health Aide for prescription medication.

My child lost his/her ID badge. How do I get a replacement ID badge for my child?
Students can purchase another ID badge at the office for $5. Please allow 2 days for processing.

Sometimes an ID badge is forgotten at home or misplaced.  A student can still buy lunch without an ID; a Pink Slip will be issued to the student so that we can keep track of the purchase. However, if the badge is missing for a few days, a new one should be purchased at the office.

Where is Lost and Found?
If your child is missing an item, please check with the office. It’s a good idea to label all belongings (water bottle, folders, bag, writing instruments) with your child’s full name. That way we can help get found items back to your child.

Sometimes our “Lost and Found” box is bursting at the seams!

Can parents/guardians drop off forgotten items for a student at the office during the school day?
Dropping off items at the office for a student during the day is strongly discouraged, and we ask for your cooperation in advance.

As much as the office staff would like to assist with holding and distributing forgotten items during the day, limited space and staffing resources that serve the nearly 1,000 people on campus each day make this a burdensome task.

If you insist on dropping off an item, you do so with the understanding that the staff will try but cannot guarantee that the item will get to your child by the required time. Such items include water flasks, lunches, school projects, clothing, sports equipment/uniforms, etc.

Instead, in non-emergency situations, we encourage students to plan ahead and be responsible for their own things, or let natural consequences (a learning experience!) take their course.

What if I need to pick-up my child early?
Call the office first thing in the morning or send a note with your child to the office before school begins. Please mention your child’s name, grade, pick-up time, reason for the early pick-up, and name/relationship of the person picking up your child. Office will issue an off campus pass to your child.

Your child is responsible for showing the pass and notifying his/her teacher of the release time, and then proceeding to the office at the designated time. IMPORTANT: The person picking up your child MUST be on the emergency list (list of people authorized to pickup your child per the emergency form signed and returned at the start of the school year). This authorized person will need to sign out your child in the office by presenting a picture ID.

For last minute pick-ups, we will try to get your child to the office as soon as possible, but we ask for your patience and understanding. You may encounter a delay as teachers are teaching and may not be easily accessible.

What if my child will be absent because of a trip?

Complete and submit the Absence/Trip Notification Form.  The form is also available in the office.  Submit the completed Form at least one week prior to the date of absence/trip.

How will I be notified of an emergency school closure?
In the event of an emergency closure, the school will post the closure notice on the website, and an automated call will be sent out via our call-out system to the first phone number in your child’s file.
How do I request student-related school documents from the office?
Requests for student related documents (e.g., current grades, transcripts or other school information for your private school application or other event application) must be made in-person or with the Records Request form. Please allow at least one week for processing. There is a fee of $0.25 per copy.
How do I request a letter of recommendation?
Please contact your teacher(s) or administrator(s) directly. Direct contact will ensure a timely response to your request; therefore, verbal requests at the office will not be accepted.
How do we communicate with our child’s teachers?
All teachers at NVMS have a DOE email address.  They will be provided to your child during the first week of school.
What kinds of activities are available during lunch recess and after school?

Four sports are offered afterschool as part of our Extramurals Program where teams compete with other middle schools.   Sports:  Cross Country, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, and Wrestling.

Physicals need to be completed with a specific form (on our website) before participation.

Parents are encouraged to volunteer as coaches.  (Email Joanne.Imada@.k12.hi.us)

This past year, some teachers volunteered to offer lunch time activities, including board games, anime movies, etc.   If you would like to offer to share a skill, please contact our PCNC, Joanne Imada at 377-2440, X227.

NVMS Counselors have provided Friday lunch recess assembly with group games and friendly competitions.   Students can either participate or watch the entertainment.

The Music Department has performed in various locations on campus during Friday lunch recess.

Basketball free play and field games are also available to students during lunch recess.

Will my child be required to shower after P.E.?
Showers are provided, but optional.  Also, there is no towel service.
Is there an Open House?
Yes!   August dates will be announced to your child when school starts.

In addition, Student Led Conferences (SLC) are held twice a year, where the student, under the guidance of their Advisory teacher, shares with their parent(s) some of their school work.

Can students use cell phones?
Cell phones may not be used during the school day.   They may be used before school starts and after school ends.  In case of emergency, if you need to reach your child, you may notify the school office and your child will be instructed to call you using the school office phone during non-instruction times.

Phone messages cannot be relayed to the student for safety reasons because our office cannot verify who the caller is.  Instead, we will inform the student to call their parent using the office landline.

Will my child have time to eat school lunch?
Yes, there are two bells for lunch. Second bell is 10 minutes after the first bell. If students forget their school ID, they may obtain a temporary ID from the office that will allow them to purchase lunch.

Please be sure to have an adequate amount of funds in your child’s meal account.

What is the school dress code?

NVMS T-shirt (please visit https://www.uniformsbytcc.com).  For details, please refer to the Dress Code Policy.

How does my child obtain a student locker?
Lockers in the cafeteria are available on a first come-first serve basis.   Locker Agreement Forms are available in the office.
What else do we need to know for P.E.?
Students will be told on the first day on what they need to bring ASAP.  On the second day, students can bring their locks.  Students are assigned locker area for 6th, 7th and 8th grade where they can choose their lockers on first come first served basis.
Is there instruction on the first day of school?
For 6th Graders: Students will spend the first day of school with their advisories and teams.  Advisory Teachers cover various topics such as the IB Learner Profile, use of planner, school rules, and campus tour. Both advisory and team activities are planned to support your child in having a smooth transition and to build a sense of belonging.
Will my child be able to purchase lunch and have a place to eat?
Teams will familiarize lunch procedures on the first day of school and arrange to have all grade 6 students purchase lunch and eat together in the cafeteria.  Additionally, during the first week of school, several team teachers will, as much as possible, take their students to early lunch to further familiarize students with lunch procedures.