VSAS is seeking candidates for a Part-Time Kitchen Helper and Substitutes for the Kitchen to help with the school breakfast and lunch programs. Interested candidates should demonstrate previous experience and understanding of food preparation, nutrition, proper storage and handling, the ability to work with school-aged students, and work with others productively. If interested, please send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions should be directed to Amalie Dorn at 985-9901.
Volcano School PCS Serving up Delicious, Healthy and now Free Meals to all Students – no matter their family income.
Volcano School of Arts & Sciences PCS (VSAS) is excited to announce the enactment of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) also known as free meals for all students as part of its dedication to feeding every student a healthy and delicious breakfast and lunch every day. “Lunch is something our kids look forward to everyday” says Amalie Dorn the Kitchen Manager of VSAS PCS “It was breaking my heart to hear them tell me they couldn’t afford to eat at school.” Lunches were costing families up to $3.50 each meal & breakfast another $2.50.
Last school year, Amalie Dorn turned the school meals program around by adopting fresh “made from scratch” meals using fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and non-processed real food. “No mystery meat coming out of my kitchen!” laughs Amalie. The kids go home & tell their parents they want things like our Green Chile Stew, they want dad to make the tuna like at school. When kids are excited like that to eat at school we don’t want to turn them away because they can’t afford it.
Amalie reports the first day (Friday, Aug. 29) after our announcement to students the participation numbers shot up by 20%. Beef Stew (made using Big Island Beef) is popular anyways but it was exciting & gratifying to see. “Students were hugging me, clapping & cheering they were so happy to eat!”
Community Eligibility Provision, a successful new federal option that allows schools in high-poverty areas to serve meals at no charge to help reduce hunger and streamline their school meal programs, is resulting in more children eating school meals in participating states, according to Community Eligibility: Making High-Poverty Schools Hunger Free (pdf) http://frac.org/pdf/community_eligibility_report_2013.pdf , a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) and the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). Community Eligibility was established in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, and has been phased in a few states at a time over the past three school years. The first three states to adopt Community Eligibility – Illinois, Kentucky, and Michigan – have seen striking success since they started offering this option for the 2011-2012 school year. In those three states, average daily lunch participation rose by 13 percent, resulting in more than 23,000 additional children eating lunch, and average daily breakfast participation has increased by 25 percent in schools that participated for two years, resulting in more than 29,000 additional children eating breakfast.
Overall, school meal participation is far higher in schools that offer Community Eligibility. “Community Eligibility is an exciting new opportunity for schools and states to create hunger-free environments for learning, and it is working. Higher participation in school meals means children can concentrate on their lessons and not on their empty bellies,” said Madeleine Levin, Senior Policy Analyst at the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). “Particularly noteworthy is Community Eligibility’s ability to increase the number of children eating breakfast, an underutilized program that many schools are seeking to expand.”
Community Eligibility leads to more children participating in school meals programs, and also reaps benefits for high-poverty schools. With less paperwork to complete, schools can operate more efficient school meal programs. It also frees up resources to invest in improving meal quality and increases staff time available for other educational priorities. “The success of Community Eligibility in helping feed children in need is a model for others to follow,” stated Zoë Neuberger, Senior Policy Analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. “High-poverty schools around the country will soon be able to use Community Eligibility to make sure that all children have access to nutritious food to help them learn and thrive.” The 2014-2015 school year will mark the first year that eligible schools in every state can participate in Community Eligibility.
SAVE THE DATE! Sunday September 14th, 4 – 7PM:
Volcano Winery Harvest Festival/Benefit for Volcano School
The Volcano Winery is celebrating the grape harvest with a festival of food, music and wine. This year’s Harvest Festival will be a benefit to support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) programs at VSAS. The festivities will take place on Sunday, September 14th from 4 – 7 PM at the Volcano Winery on Pi’I Mauna Drive. Music will be provided by Grammy Award winner Keoki Kahumoku and Friends and will include performances by some of our talented VSAS students. To purchase tickets call the Volcano Winery at 967-7772. Tickets are $40.00. Ticket sales are limited and always sell out, so don’t delay getting yours! We will also be selling student artwork, school t-shirts and cookbooks and will have a dessert raffle to raise additional funds for our school. Volunteers are needed to help with set up (including picking up tables & chairs from the Cooper Center), clean up, dessert donations for the raffle, and the VSAS sales booth. Please contact Kim Miller, 985-7055, email@example.com for more information and if you can help with this event. Mahalo to Volcano Winery for hosting and to Volcano House and other local businesses for donating the food for this charitable event to raise funds for Volcano School.
The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences (VSAS) has 3 part-time positions open:
- Hawaiian Culture Teacher (Elementary & Middle School)
- Music Teacher (Elementary & Middle School)
- PE/Movement Teacher (Middle School)
We are seeking candidates with a Hawaii State Teachers’ License in the above subjects or those who are eligible for the Hawaii State Teachers’ License in the above subjects. Interested candidates should apply by sending a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Positions are open until filled.
For those families whose children are enrolled in A-Plus, please make the monthly payments out to “Kama’aina Kids” not “A+.” Thank you.
The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences will be open for school on Monday, August 11th. Both campuses weathered the storm well and we will be ready to resume operations tomorrow as usual. VSAS would like to thank everyone for their help and cooperation in preparing for the hurricane, providing updates, and cleaning up after the storm. We hope everyone is safe and that damage to property has been minimal.
With the impending weather conditions, the Volcano School of Arts & Sciences will be closed on Thursday and Friday, August 7 & 8, 2014. We want to ensure that everyone is safe and with their families. We will be communicating with the local radio and news stations regarding the status of the school’s opening or closure for next week. Please tune in to the local radio stations and visit the school website for more information.
Both of these days will be excused absences.
Volcano School of Arts & Sciences is looking for substitutes for the following types of work: Office, Custodial, Kitchen, and Teaching. For those applicants interested in becoming a Substitute Teacher for the school, you must meet the requirements to become a substitute for the DOE system and have completed the Substitute Teacher Course provided by the DOE.
If interested in becoming a substitute in any of the areas listed, please submit resume via email to email@example.com and attach a cover letter summarizing your experience. For questions, please call 985-9800.
Mr. Wells is looking for an oscilloscope to borrow or as a donation to VSAS for use in electronics and sound units in his curriculum. He promises it would be used much and be well taken care of.