• 324 Kapahulu Avenue
  • Honolulu, HI 96815


ALL VISITORS AND PARENTS must report to the office to sign in for a school visitor pass. This is to ensure safety, provide accountability, support students, and respect learning.


For the safety and health of our students, the playground is now closed before and after school. There has been an increased number of unsupervised students on the playground at these times and the faculty and staff are not available for supervision during these hours. We ask that students leave campus immediately after school unless they are participating in a school sponsored after school event. Also, as posted on signs around campus, there is to be no riding of scooters, skateboards, hoverboards or bikes while on campus. Thank you for your cooperation.

Principals Welcome Message School Year 2017-2018


I hope that this email finds you relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to start the 2017-2018 school year. I also hope that you were able to spend quality time with your family and friends (your home TEAM) and found some “me” time.

Our theme for the 2017-2018 school year will be “stay the course . . . deeper learning”. This theme builds upon the theme from the last year . . . “full STEAM ahead”. We will continue preparing for our WASC Accreditation by gathering data for chapter 4 of our Self-Study report. We will also continue our efforts in providing instruction that aligns to the Common Core State Standards by implementing the Stepping Stones and Reading Wonders programs. Our PBIS program should assist us with reducing chronic absenteeism and provide our students with clearly defined schoolwide behavioral expectations.

Our office TEAM has been hard at work to prepare for our 2017-2018 school year. Rooms have been stripped and waxed, student and staff packets have been created, new students have been enrolled, and many other tasks that needed to be completed, prior to the start of school, have been taken care of. The air conditioning unit in our library is now operational.

There are a lot of familiar faces in new places and a few faces that are brand new to our TEAM. I am looking forward to working with our TEAM to build upon “our family . . . our culture . . . our land”.

Respectfully Submitted,

Garret Zakahi
Principal – Jefferson Elementary School

Congratulations to our Math Team and 5th Grade Teacher, Mrs. Michele Ito

Jefferson Elementary students and our very own 5th Grade Teacher, Mrs. Michelle Ito came out as the big winners this year for the annual Honolulu District Math Meet. Our students took 1st place in every category ~ which means Jefferson is the Overall Grand Champion winner! We would like to congratulate our 12 Math Meet students who made a stellar performance last Saturday and beat out 72 students from Kuhio, Lunalilo, Kaahamanu, Aliiolani, Kaiulani, and Hokulani. Jefferson became the overall Grand Champion Winner and the winner's plaque will be displayed in our office for a year. ~Scavenger Hunt - 1st Place (out of 21 teams) ~Team Round - 1st Place (out of 21 teams) ~Individual Round - 1st and 3rd Place (out of 84 students) ~Head to Head - 1st and 2nd Place (out of 12 students). They take the overall top 12 students from the written test. (4 students came from Jefferson!) 3 of those 4 students advanced to the finals, where they had to challenge each other since they eliminated the other schools.......and they ended up taking 1st and 2nd place!

SY 2016-2017 Year End Reflection

Aloha Everyone! Can you believe that it is the last day of school for our students? There were many, many wonderful events that took place this year. These events, include, but were not limited to: . . . a 62 point increase in our STRIVE HI index, our TEAM picture that was taken on the first administrative day, family events (BINGO, pasta, movie night, Math games night, Ocean Science night, 2 Ohana days, May Day), new partnerships (Hawaii Lodging and Tourism, JTB, Toridoll, Hawaii 3Rs, First Hawaiian Bank, Jade Painting, HPD - DARE program, ), Cat in the Hat day, first time participants in the Honolulu District Science Fair, Math meet, speech festivals, events involving the media (tsunami awareness, hand-made udon experience, articles on the DOE website, articles in the Star Advertiser and MidWeek, 21st century Learning Centers I and II, fitness meet, bike education, field trips, project-based learning opportunity focused on student learning. These events aligned with our schools vision and mission to support the "whole child". This year also provided us with an opportunity to think about who we are and what we stand for. Our TEAM came up with a brand that states "our family . . . our culture . . . . our land". We are all about family, or ohana and work as one to support student learning. The culture of our school is one that cannot be put into words, it must be internalized and felt. People who visit our campus have experienced our culture and our culture remains inside of them . .well after they have left our campus. Our land allows us to take classroom learning outside. Our land provides us with the many fruits and vegetables that are harvested on a regular basis. I would like to thank each of you for your countless hours that were spent preparing, carrying out, correcting, reflecting, revising, researching, and meeting/planing so that our students could be provided with opportunities to learn. The work that you do is noticed and your work does make a positive difference in the lives of our students. I would like to those of you who will be leaving Jefferson and want you to know that you will always be a part of our TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More). Everyone contributes to the success of our school and when individuals leave, they take with them something that may not be able to be replaced. Best of luck as you continue your careers. You will be missed! I would like to close, by providing you with 3 wishes: I wish for you to relax, rejuvenate, reflect and read, I wish for you to spend time with your family and friends and reconnect with people that you have not seen/talked to for a while. I wish you good luck, good health, and good fortune. Mahalo for "doing what you do". You are all appreciated! -- Garret Zakahi President Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Principal "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much" - Helen Keller

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Community Partners

Jefferson Elementary would like to recognize the tireless efforts and contributions of the many organizations and individuals from the community.  More information about our community partners can be found here

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