School Closure on Monday, August 31, 2015

Volcano School of Arts & Sciences will be closed on Monday, August 31, 2015 due to the impending weather conditions forecast for Hurricane Ignacio. Please prepare yourselves and you families during this time and stay safe. Continue to monitor our Haiku Learning site, the school website, the local news and radio stations for more information.

Volcano Winery Harvest Festival

Enjoy an afternoon of wine, music, dancing, and pū-pū on Sunday, September 13th from 4 – 7 PM at the Volcano Winery on Pi’i Mauna Drive in the Volcano Golf Course subdivision. Music by Mahilani House Band, food courtesy of The Rim Restaurant at the Hawai’i Volcano Lodge, Pāpa‘a Palaoa Bakery, Tuk-Tuk Thai, Café Ono, Rusty’s Coffee, and other local restaurants, souvenir wine glass (with wine!) courtesy of the Volcano Winery. To purchase tickets call the Volcano Winery at 967-7772. Tickets are $40.00 for adults (21+), $20.00 for kids. All proceeds support the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) programs at Volcano School of Arts & Sciences public charter school. Ticket sales are limited and sell out quickly.

Help Wanted: Cafeteria Helper and Substitutes

VSAS is seeking candidates for a Full-Time Cafeteria Helper and Substitutes for the Cafeteria 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 Questions should be directed to Amalie Dorn at 985-9901.


Cafeteria Helper Job Description

Lottery Results

Here are the 2015-2016 LOTTERY RESULTS.

Clicking on the link will take you to the file that shows the results of the lottery held on Monday, April 20, 2015. The various class lists (see the tabs at the bottom to navigate through the different grades) will show the various levels of priorities starting at Priority 3 through 5. We did not have any students of Governing Board Members or Staff (Priority 2) participate in the lottery for next school year. Currently enrolled students (Priority 1) were exempt from the lottery according to our Admissions Policy. This is why all of the lists start at Priority 3.

We will be inviting students according to their priority levels. The list does not guarantee automatic enrollment at VSAS. Invitations are based on the number of available seats in the different grade levels.

Letters will be sent out electronically in early May to invite students in those grades where spaces are available. We will work with parents and releasing schools regarding the transfers so that it facilitates a smooth transition between schools. We realize that in most cases, the transition may need to wait until next school year.

Please be sure to keep the office updated regarding any changes in contact information as there are often changes in enrollment during the summer months. Our office number is 985-9800. If there are any other questions, please feel free to let us know.






Free Meals to All Students!

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) , 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.