Wednesday, March 6, 2019

ひなまつり Celebrated at Sacred Hearts Academy

Girls' Day, also called Doll's Festival (Hinamatsuri), is celebrated on March 3 to pray for the health and happiness of young girls in Japan.

Academy students enrolled in Japanese II Honors celebrated Hinamatsuri with their Pre-School sisters by engaging in a variety of cultural activities together.  With the high schools taking the lead, the girls taught their sisters about Hinamatsuri and even provided a lesson in Hiragana with the girls learning to  write Hinamatsuri, ひなまつり, in Japanese characters!
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Saturday, March 2, 2019

First Male Leader of Sacred Hearts to Focus on Empowering Women

Scott Schroeder, a dean at Chaminade University,
will take over as head of school at
Sacred Hearts Academy when longtime
leader Betty White retires this summer.
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After a nationwide search, Sacred Hearts Academy has decided the best person to replace its longtime leader, Betty White, is right in its Kaimuki neighborhood. 
Scott Schroeder, professor of management and dean of Chaminade University’s School of Business and Communication, will be the first male head of school in the 110-year history of the all-girls Catholic institution. He will join Sacred Hearts on July 1. 
“Every day we teach our girls that gender doesn’t matter,” Gwen Yamamoto Lau, chairwoman of the academy’s board of directors, said in an interview. “It’s the person most qualified for the job, for the team, for the play, whatever it is. … So similarly, when we were selecting our head of school, gender did not stand in the way of us selecting the very best candidate." 
The move does not signal any change in its commitment to women’s education, officials said. 
“As the academy’s first male head of school, Dr. Schroeder will continue the academy’s mission of empowering women to make an impact in our world,” White said. “His appointment magnifies the vital importance that this empowerment comes through the collective and collaborative efforts of both males and females in our daily lives.”
White came to Sacred Hearts fresh out of college as a teacher, and her career there spans 48 years, the last 28 as head of school. In January 2018 she announced her intention to retire, and she will overlap with her successor for a month before retiring July 31.
Schroeder knows the school well already, having served on its board of directors since July 2013 and as chairman as of July 2017. He stepped down from the board in October to apply for the position as head of school. 
“He is such a humble leader, it was not until he actually applied and we reviewed his resume, I was just blown away at his caliber and credentials,” Lau said. 
Sister Regina Mary Jenkins, president of the Sacred Hearts Academy Corporation, cited Schroeder’s “proven track record and vast experience in education” in announcing the appointment Thursday.
Schroeder earned his bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University, his M.B.A. at Arizona State University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles, specializing in management and psychology. He also did postgraduate work as a fellow at Harvard’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.
“I am committed to Sacred Hearts being a school where you can’t wait to get to in the morning, a place where you are helped to do your best and develop great memories,” he told students and faculty at an assembly Thursday. 
Along with his Chaminade experience, Schroeder developed a graduate program at Antioch University, taught at Claremont Graduate University and was dean of academic affairs at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. 
Lau called his focus on organizational leadership and strategy “a huge plus” along with his commitment to teaching. 
“He’s been in the administrative roles, but he’s kept the faculty lens, too, because he still teaches,” Lau said. “That keeps him grounded, keeps him connected to students. … And with his interest in psychology, he really understands how to work with people at many different levels.” 
The school has 885 students in preschool through grade 12. With a faculty and staff of 120, there are just two nuns remaining on the faculty. 
White navigated the transition from a faculty made up largely of members of the religious order, who served for love, to lay teachers, a financial challenge that has tripped up some other Catholic schools.
“Betty’s incredible leadership and management skills have played an integral role in evolving our academy into the outstanding educational institution it is today,” Lau said. “We have been extremely blessed to have Betty with us for so many years.” 
White shepherded Sacred Hearts into a new age, adding a student center, performing arts center, visual arts center and multiple science and computer labs. She spearheaded programs for girls in science, technology, engineering and math.
“She has served as a mentor and positive role model to thousands of Hawaii’s young women, inspiring them to become leaders with character in our communities,” Lau said.
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Friday, March 1, 2019

Exploring Aspects of Green Life

The Junior Kindergarten (JK) students in Sandy Arnobit’s class were thoroughly engrossed and intrigued during their recent explorations focusing on the “fantastic” world of plant life. 

This in-depth study entailed participating in a variety of hands-on activities, including carefully planting their own “crop” of beans.The students diligently cared for their new plants and were extremely excited to observe the growth and changes as the new “life” took roots.

After these in-depth examinations, the kindergartners recorded their observations in their journals. Their notations often included the height of the stalk or the amount of leaves that were visible, and many even further documented the changes with color-accurate illustrations of developments.

Their lesson into the world of plant life continues as they “hone” their “green thumbs!”

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Rochelle Narciso Selected for ACDA Honor Choir

What an honor! Honor Choir that is! Sacred Hearts Academy's Rochelle Narciso, daughter of Academy Housekeeper, Josephine "Josie" Narciso, was selected to participate in the ACDA's Honor Choir

Last October Rochelle sent in an audition tape that included her singing a scale going up & down along with a song of choice that song that showcased her vocal talents. After competing among 1000+ children from the entire U.S. for a coveted spot in the Honor Choir, Rochelle was selected! 

We wish her safe travels as she head to Kansas City to rehearse with her fellow honor choir members.

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Sacred Hearts Academy/Saint Louis School Captures National Grand Championship

Sacred Hearts Academy and Saint Louis School combined to achieve the prestigious title of Grand National Champion at the JAMZ SCHOOL CHEER National Championships held on February 22-23, 2019 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada

Saint Louis School joined with the 2-time ILH and State Competitive Cheer Champion Sacred Hearts Academy to claim this coveted award. With 72 teams vying for the National Title, the Sacred Hearts Academy/Saint Louis squad was crowned the overall Grand Champion Title by having the highest total and overall combined score.

*The team of Logan Agcaoili (11), Kammiee Ardo (9), Cayla Cabanban (10), Alissa De Smet (10), Lexy Freitas (11), Odyn Kane (11), Kayla Oka (11), Derrick Okamoto (11), Mina O'Reilly (12), Tristan Racpan (11), Jacelyn Tanavasa (9), Megan Valente (12), Coach Cadey Vakauta and Coach Gail Gushikuma also captured the following titles:

*Best Stunt Sequence Award
*National Champions COED Sideline Performance
*OVERALL National Champions Sideline Performance
*National Champions Level 3 Coed Division
*OVERALL Level 3 Champions
along with the coveted GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPION title.  

Coach Cadey Vakauta was emotional and overwhelmed with the results explaining how this team came along way in such a short time saying "we are so thrilled that our team worked so hard and realized our motto of HARD WORK BEATS TALENT". She further expressed her gratitude saying "we are honored and humble to represent our respective schools and Hawaii in this way. I am so proud of our team to have had this experience".  Coach Gail Gushikuma, a longtime cheer coach, felt truly blessed to see the fruits of their labor come to fruition.  

The team is scheduled to arrive in Honolulu on Hawaiian Airlines Flt. 17 at
6:15AM on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. 

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Seniors Kick-Off Graduation Festivities by Honoring 'Ohana

Following the theme “Stronger Together,” the seniors focused on the special members of their immediate and extended “family’ during the festive Senior ‘Ohana Luncheon on February 10 at the Pomaika’i Ballrooms

The memorable Luncheon included Olivia Bruce’s violin rendition of “Orange Blossom Special” and performances showcasing the talents of seniors and members of their families. 

Xavier Downey-Silva shared about her challenging transition to the Academy’s environment as a freshman, and how receiving a low grade from Gaylen Isaacs was a pivotal point that changed the trajectory of her life and set her on a path towards success. 

Eden Arthur honored Betty White during her speech, sharing tidbits of life “behind-the scenes,” having traveled with the school’s soon to-retire leader to China in the fall. 

The Luncheon kicks-off the festivities leading to graduation, and the talented seniors proudly debuted their touching class song, “Change the World” before the event concluded.
 

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Foodland's Shop for Higher Education Scholarship (February 6 - March 19)

Sacred Hearts Academy is once again participating in Foodland - Hawaii's Shop for Higher Education program!

Each year #Foodland awards (100) $2,000 college scholarships to deserving high school seniors across the state each year. Customers are encouraged to select their favorite Hawaii high school (#SacredHeartsAcademy Code: 7587) when they check out at any Foodland and Sack N Save store.

Every time you shop through the end of the program, you earn Maika'i points for your 'ohana AND matching points for the Academy! The more points a school earns, the more scholarships it receives. #ShopForHigherEducation kicks off tomorrow, February 6, and runs thru March 19.

Each year with the help of the Academy's collective 'ohana, family and friends, Academy seniors have been eligible for scholarship monies. Let's make the big leap by having as many parents shop at Foodland and earn points for our school! #GoLancers
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