Splitting Up

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Mrs. Denise Kusumoto’s 7th grade English class in S-Building. Next year, middle school students will not be allowed on this part of campus.

by ‘Ailani Grach

The separation of the middle and high school at WHIS is happening next year. Waialua will be two separate campuses with the middle and high school students never crossing paths (with very few exceptions). After learning about the upcoming split, the 7th graders (who will be 8th graders next year) have mixed feelings about it. Many of the 7th grade students were against separating the middle and the high school. Finding 7th graders that support the school split was difficult.

However, there were a few students who were in favor of it – like Shaley Yoshizu. She said, “I’m fine with it. It’s not a major issue with me.” Shaley feels it won’t impact her school life so to her it is all right. Two students who were also speaking in support of

Maria Serpa

the split are Lilly Schaeben and Maria Serpa. They both are happy it’s happening and feel it’s a good thing because it will keep middle schoolers safe from the high schoolers. Maria said, “There were high school students that were trying to make the middle school students fight each other.” They both said if we are separated, the middle school students will feel and be safer.

Emma Haas

On the other side, there were many 7th grade students that do not want the school split to happen and are against the school’s decision. Emma Haas states, “I feel bad for all the teachers that have to move their classroom and their stuff just because the school is separating the middle and the high schools.” She continued, “What if all the teacher’s labs, activities, and equipment won’t fit in their new class? What if they do not get enough space for everything?” A second person that was against the split is Spencer Rich. “I can’t believe we only get a small part of the school while the high school gets the rest,” he said.

Naia Driscoll

Naia Driscoll was another person that stated her opinion against the split. “We get only a fraction of the school while the high schoolers get everything else,” Naia said, “I am mostly upset about how we don’t get a lot of places to hang out during school.” The final person sharing her opinion was Molly Bryant. She was extremely upset about the split and stated, “Are they trying to teach us to be afraid of the high school? Are they (the high schoolers) so mean that the school is forced to split us up? I won’t be able to see my sister (Mana, senior next year) during the school day next year. I know many people who have siblings that are or going to be at this school. Waialua claims to be a family. Splitting us up is not family.”

Molly Bryant

Clearly, there are very strong opinions on both sides of the issue. However, the Waialua separation of middle and high school is happening no matter what. Regardless of how we feel, giving the separation a chance is the only option we have.


Next year, Ms. Kayla Van Matre’s 7th grade science classes will be held in Q-Building.


  1. Racquel achiu

    Clearly, the students have missed the core purpose for the re-structured campus. It is not about “protecting” anyone from anyone per say….sounds like that theory has been completely misrepresented. Clearly and unfortunately teachers haven’t EDUCATED the students on the basis of,this change, but have obviously shared how inconvenient switching classrooms will be….interesting. How about a parents perspective?

    1. Molly Bryant

      I’m a student and I have heard both sides of reasoning for the split from the teachers and my fellow peers. I understand the reasoning for the split but I still disagree with the change.

  2. Mrs. Mundo

    Separation of our campus has been discussed for years. As a parent of students who attended Waialua High & Intermediate School, I feel the change will be good and should have been done years earlier. It could have saved me a lot of unnecessary concern and stress. I feel this separation will allow the students in middle school transition into high school much smoother. As a graduate from Waialua although we shared the campus, high school and middle school, had separate lunches. Hang in there middle schooler things will work out.

  3. Dayna Sanchez

    As a parent, an educator, and an alumni of Waialua I am not so sure about the split. Why can’t changes be made for the middle school students without separating them from the high school? I asked my 7th grade daughter her thoughts and i was told that she enjoys being part of what the high school does. She likes the events and was comfortable with the transition from elementary school because her older brother is in the high school so she felt that she was not alone. With the school being separated she feels that she will now miss out on all the activities that she so enjoys being a Waialua High and Intermediate student.
    Having experience working with middle school students I think with Waialua being a small country school, staying as one would have been a better choice. Our children are more respectful, more kind and well behaved for it.

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