Friday, January 20, 2017

Luther College Student Teachers Visit Academy

Three student teachers from Luther College in Iowa, spent two days on the Academy's campus with lower school students and teachers, examining first hand the challenges of schooling in a multicultural setting.  

The visiting student teachers are a part of a cohort of 20 Luther College students visiting multiple 'Oahu & Hawai'i Island private and public schools. The focus of their visit was to see firsthand what the professional and personal challenges are in such a setting.

We send a special mahalo to Sacred Hearts Academy teachers: Amanda Bobbitt (grade 2), Danica Baylor and Veronica Prislin (grade 1), Laurel Oshiro (Lower School Librarian), Jennifer Arthur (grade 6) and Carrie Knebel (JK), for opening up their classrooms to the Luther College student teachers for this experience. We wish safe travels for the Luther College ladies as they return home to Iowa! Aloha!

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Triskadekaphobians Don't Stand A Chance Against Academy Cyber Security Teams

Hackers and digital thieves and triskadekaphobians don’t stand a chance this Friday the 13th! The Academy's Cyber Security teams are vigilant and cautious!

This weekend, the Academy's four cyber security teams will be competing in the State Round of the CyberPatriot Competition among a total of sixty-five teams from Hawaii and four thousand four hundred and four teams across the country. This phase of the  competition is extremely intense – and the results will determine who goes on to the Regional Round in February.

Our teams have been working hard with their mentors from the NSA and the Air Force Cyber Command and are definitely feeling up for the challenge.

Students will have 6 hours this weekend to secure THREE computer systems (Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and Ubuntu 14), perform digital forensics, and also demonstrate their networking knowledge through a Cisco quiz and Packet Tracer lab.

We wish the ladies best of luck!

The CyberLancers: Sydney Chock, Christina Chen, Shailyn Wilson, Janelle Lauronal, Leeona Domingo

The CyberBeans: Laura Farias, Monica Kenny, Aiyana Arnobit, Stella Supall, Jalen Tam

Team404: Megan Backus, Raelynn Chu, Neicy-Mae Fujiwara, Carlee Matsunaga, Taryn Wong, Samantha Ishihara

The CyberLambs: Stephanie Desroches, Brianna Ho, Jasmine Matsumoto, Meghan Matsuoka, Kaitlyn Pang


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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Academy Students Participate in Kakizome Traditon

Academy Japanese classes started the New Year with Kakizome, calligraphy “first writing”, wishing for the success in their language learning.
Traditionally, elementary schools in Japan start their New Year with calligraphy, writing characters related to the New Year.
Kakizome is a traditional Japanese calligraphy written at the beginning of the year or more precisely on the 2nd of January. In modern times, people often write out auspicious kanji . School pupils up to senior high school are assigned kakizome as their winter holiday homework. Each year on January 5, several thousand calligraphers gather in Tokyo for a kakizome event that is widely covered by media. The kakizome paper is usually burned on the 14th of January during the festival. If the burning paper flies high, it is said that the person will be able to write a more fair hand.

This year, the students in Japanese 2, 2 Honors wrote 元旦 which means the morning of the new year’s day. The students in 3 Honors, 4, 5 and AP classes wrote, 酉 or 酉年 which means the year of the rooster.  

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Academy CyberPatriots Rank Platinum, Gold & Silver

Way to go Sacred Hearts Academy CyberPatriot teams: Team404, CyberLancers, CyberBeans and CyberLambs!

Round 2 scores are in! Team404 and the CyberLancers placed in the Platinum Tier, CyberBeans were the top ranking Hawaii team in the Gold Tier (barely missing a platinum designation), and the CyberLambs were the top ranking Hawaii team in the Silver Tier!

All 4 teams will compete in the State Round over the Jan. 13-15 weekend. The top 3 teams in each tier within the state advance to the Regional Round. Best of luck ladies! Congratulations! 

#GoLancers 
#SacredHeartsAcademy #CyberPatriots #SHALancersLately #SHAKaLeo

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Message From Mr. Randy Fong To All Alumnae

Aloha Academy Graduates!

I hope you are having a great  fall semester in college. At Sacred Hearts Academy, we are getting ready for our annual Alumnae Forum, which will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2017. This is a great opportunity for recent graduates like yourself to come back to the Academy and share your college experiences with our  current students. The Forum will be open to students in grades 7 - 12, and the format will be the same as last year with breakout sessions by grade level, including the morning start time.

The tentative schedule is for the Alumnae Forum to start after morning homeroom. You should be on campus by 7:30 am for a short orientation. The forum will be followed by a breakfast meal and fellowship for all of you, and a mini college fair at recess (40 minutes).

Last year we had 35+ graduates returning to our campus for the forum!

More information will follow, but if you are able to attend, please email me back by next week with the following alumnae update:

·         Name
·         SHA Graduation Year
·         College Attending
·         Major
·         Mailing Address
·         Cell Phone Number--Important!!

If you are able to, please bring brochures, viewbooks, etc., from your college--you can check with the Admissions Office at your college; they will be more than happy to give you materials to distribute to our students.

Good luck on your exams!


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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Academy Students Recognized for Academic Achievements

Taryn Wong, senior, was named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP). The NMSP  is an academic competition for recognition and college scholarships. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test,  a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year. The selection index scores are used to designate a pool of semifinalist who are the highest scorers in each of the 50 states and represents less than  one percent of high school seniors in the state. All semifinalists will complete an online application and fulfill other requirements to qualify as finalists.

In addition to Taryn being selected as a semifinalist, Megan Backus was named Commended Student status based on her high score placing her in the top 5% nationwide and her outstanding potential for academic success.


Ellie Ramirez, also received recognition for her outstanding PSAT scores. She qualified as a National Hispanic Scholar, placing in the top 2.5 % among Hispanic and Latino test takers.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Calling All Bakers! AUW Bake Sale - October 18th, 2016

The annual Sacred Hearts Academy bake sale to benefit Aloha United Way will be on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm in the Clarence TC Ching Student Center

Fun Fact! Did you know Sr. Katherine and Sr. Irene make the best pickled mangoes and pickled fruits every year? You have to be there bright an early to grab a jar - as they often quickly sell out in the first hour!


The Student Councils of the lower and upper school are asking parents, alumnae and friends for donations of baked goods, healthy snacks, drinks, preserved fruits, jams and jellies, pretzels, etc. They may drop off their Non-Perishable Donations anytime beginning on October 1st in the lower school office. Perishable Donations may be dropped off the morning of the sale, October 18th from 7:00 am in both auto lines on 5th Avenue and Waialae Avenue. 

Parents are encouraged to send their daughters with extra money that day to purchase items for a good cause. Want to volunteer to help with the sale? Please email tching@sacredhearts.org for more information. Mahalo!

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