Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education -- Martin Luther King Jr.

General Learner Outcomes

General Learner Outcomes (GLOs) are the overarching goals of standards-based learning for all students in all grade levels. Observable behaviors, which are demonstrated in daily classroom activities, are evidence of GLOs. Student effort, work habits, and behavior are important and they must be evaluated separately from academic performance in the content areas.

The GLOs is an integral part of the Palisades Elementary School culture as the GLOs do not exist in isolation. The six GLOs are:

  • Self-directed Learner: The ability to be responsible for one's own learning

  • Community Contributor: The understanding that it is essential for human beings to work together
  • Complex Thinker: The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving
  • Quality Producer: The ability to recognize and produce quality performance and quality products
  • Effective Communicator: The ability to communicate effectively
  • Effective and Ethical User of Technology: The ability to use a variety of technologies effectively and ethically

Core Curriculum


Reading Wonders by McGraw Hill is a research-based Language Arts/Reading program, specifically designed for the Common Core State Standards. The program combines research-based instruction with new tools to meet today's challenges. It provides support for building a strong reading foundation, accessing complex text, finding and using text evidence, engaging in collaborative conversations, and writing to sources. Wonders also uses a rich range of diverse print and digital media to provide instructional support and material that embeds rigor, intent, and depth to the new Common Core State Standards.


Ready Mathematics for grades K-5 addresses Common Core State Standards and embeds math discourse into its routine for students to collaborate in problem-solving. It's an innovative program that fosters student thinking and reasoning skill that assesses deep understanding and skills.

Go Math! for grade 6 is a comprehensive mathematics program designed for the Common Core State Standards in Math. This program emphasizes the critical areas and depth of understanding through interactive lessons, research-based instructional approaches, best practices from around the world, and differentiated instructional resources to ensure success for all students.


Harcourt Science (© 2006) stimulates curiosity and student inquiry, and integrates powerful support for reading and science literacy. This program reaches all learners through various components and strategies for a range of instruction for different learning styles. It also reinforces learning through exciting visuals and digital components. 

Most of the science curriculum is guided by the selections in Reading Wonders. Teachers use a variety of texts and resources such as Mystery Science and BrainPOP. 

In grade 6, the focus is on the Challenger Center is the focus for fall semester and for the remainder of the year, students use a variety of texts and resources to learn different topics. 


Kindergarten thru grade 3 use The World Around Us  (MacMillan/McGraw Hill © 1995), an activity/text-based program. It offers solid instruction in history and geography, with strong emphasis on citizenship, thinking skills and economics, a lively connection to the humanities, and an infusion of multicultural perspectives.

For grade 4, the curriculum focuses on Hawaiian Studies present and past via handouts and Hawaiians of Old (© 2002). 

Grade 5 uses America Will Be (Houghton Mifflin, © 1994). The text presents a chronological and in-depth study of U.S. history from its beginnings through the significant events of the Civil War, with concluding material through the present.

Grade 6 uses A Message of Ancient Days which explores the ancient world from the beginnings of time through early and classical civilizations up to the decline of the Roman Empire. Students also use National Geographic World History's Great Civilizations. 

Support Programs

Eligible students receive Special Education services in different environments: inclusion, pull out resource 

The English Learner Program helps ensure that students from different language and cultural backgrounds have equal access to all educational opportunities at our school. The EL Program's Mission is that students will meet state standards and develop English language proficiency. The student and his/her family's language and culture are recognized as valuable resources to learning.

Tutoring is provided before, during, and after school to students who do not receive services from other programs. Teachers work with small groups of students on reading foundation skills. 

Resource Classes

Palisades Elementary's Resource schedule runs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Students attend classes in computer education, Hawaiiana, STEM, library, physical education, and ukulele. Grade levels attend these classes on a rotational basis.

Students who meet program requirements also attend Math Enrichment Program.


In the computer lab, students learn to be ethical users of technology through projects, games, and exercise. Students from grades 2-6 learn coding, keyboarding skills, multi media programs, word processing programs, and online research. Computers in the computer lab and classrooms have access to the internet.


Students learn about Hawaiian culture through language, arts and crafts, and song.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Students problem-solve to design and build structures and machines. Individual and group projects include life science and engineering.


Students read and learn about literature and science. They learn to use the electronic library catalog and how to do research papers. In the library, students support their classroom learning by using thinking maps. Book talks and read-alouds help students to choose books to read and they earn incentives for borrowing and reading books.


In PE, students develop skills, knowledge, and sportsmanship through games, sports, and individual activities. They work on building their physical fitness throughout the year and at the end of the year, they can earn a Physical Fitness medal by having improved their long jump, arm hang/pull ups, running time, and sit ups.


Students learn about rhythm, notes, and chords while they learn to strum the ukulele.


This program focuses on developing higher thinking skills for students who excel in mathematics. Students in the 5th and 6th grade are encouraged to participate in the Math Olympiad. The Math Olympiad is a Pearl City Complex math competition which is sponsored by Pearl City Highlands Intermediate School for the elementary schools.Your Title

Other Classroom Programs


In some grade levels, art is taught as a separate subject; in others, it is embedded into other subject areas. 


Students learn music through ukulele and Hawaiiana and with their classroom teachers.  


Basic health information such as hygiene, nutrition, and emotional well-being is covered in classes

HEALTH Grade 5 

Part of the health curriculum is provided by which is advocated by the Hawaii Department of Education. is developed by HealthTeacher, Inc. ​

HealthTeacher ​is an online resource of health education tools including lessons, interactive presentations and additional resources to integrate health into any grade K-­12. ​HealthTeacher​, Inc. provides students in grades K-­12 with the knowledge and skills needed to overcome two serious threats to good health: a lack of physical activity and a void of health literacy. 

HealthTeacher​, Inc.'s research ­based games, apps, and educational resources. They aree designed to engage students and to provide data to measure and quantify their impact. ​HealthTeacher​, Inc.'s K­5 products also work in tandem with two important sets of education standards: the National Health Education Standards (NHES) and the Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by 45 states.

Online Programs

i-READY All students use this software which pinpoints their needs in reading and math. Students learn and practice critical reading and math skills, and the lessons adjust to each student's ability level. 

KIDBIZ (ACHIEVE 3000) Students from Grades 2-6 read non-fiction text at their lexile levels. After reading the text, students answer questions that monitor comprehension, vocabulary mastery and higher-order thinking skills. They build critical cognitive skills by writing responses to open-ended questions.

CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES Find out more about Board of Education Policy 101.13.

The Extras


The Palisades Elementary School Chorus is a select group of students who enjoy singing and performing. The program is designed to enhance children's musical, creative, and expressive qualities. Chorus members learn the basic skills of singing, reading music, harmonizing, and moving to music. They develop an understanding and appreciation of the differences in music from other cultures and the connections music brings to people, places, and time. Along with developing the singing voice, chorus members develop increased self-confidence, self-discipline, and skills necessary for teamwork.

Cool Kids and Kinder Buddies

The three 6th grade classes are paired with the three kindergarten classes. Every morning, two 6th graders (also known as the Cool Kids or Kinder Buddies) visit their kindergarten partner class and read to the younger students. They also help them with their sight word lists, number recognition, and their writing. Not only do they assist the students academically, they serve as role models for the younger students. 

Creative Minds

Students in Creative Minds meet during lunch to do collaborative and individual projects for the school and themselves. During this time, the fifth and sixth graders have fun socializing and work together to enter their creations for contests such as the Honolulu City and County Christmas Wreath Contest.

Homework Club

Homework Club, a group of 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, meet after school to do homework before they go home. Teachers and educational assistants are available to assist students, but the focus of Homework Club is to provide students a quiet environment to complete their assignments.


In our intramural program, students in 5th and 6th grade try out for basketball and track in order to compete against other 5th and 6th grade teams from the Pearl City Complex. The basketball tournament and track meet are held at Pearl City High School.

First Lego League and Palibots Robotics

In First Lego League Jr., students research, plan, build, program, and share a model based on different science topics. This year the topic is Mission Moon. Students design and explain a way humans could survive on the moon. Each December, teams from all over Hawaii share their projects at the First Lego League Jr. Expo. 

In the Palibots Robotics program, students build Lego robots and practice programming various missions.  They also research science topics and come up with innovative solutions to problems we face in the real world. They have fun and enjoy exploring the various aspects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)!

Junior Police Officers

JPOs (students grades 4-6) work with their advisors to assist their peers and parents cross the street safely, open car doors and greet students, and patrol the campus. They work in rain or shine! Every April, the squad competes in the Honolulu City and County JPO Drill Competition. 

Science Olympiad

Teams of fifth and sixth grade students compete in Science Olympiad which consists of events based on science content and science processes. Students collaborate and solve problems as they build machines, increase their content knowledge, and explore a multitude of science topics.

Student Council

The Student Council leads Palisades students with integrity and stands as the role models of our school. They meet together weekly to plan activities such as, the Halloween Parade, door decorating contests, and spirit week. They also coordinate charitable fund raisers like Pennies for Patients and the Hawaii Food Bank Drive. In addition, the student council practices their leadership skills as they give the daily proclamation and conduct all of the school assemblies.

Ukulele After School

Ukulele After School is offered to 4th - 6th graders who enjoy playing and learning the ukulele. The mission of our after school activity is for students to engage and collaborate in music through the ukulele. All students are welcomed to join our after school activity to allow students to explore their musical interest. Students are taught how to strum and sing popular local and new songs. Students who are unable to purchase an ukulele borrow one from school and practice at home. We are looking forward in showcasing our talent at future school gatherings and community events.