Thursday, December 3, 2015

Message From Mr. Randy Fong to All Academy Alumnae

Aloha Sacred Hearts Academy Graduates!
It's me, Mr. Fong! I hope you are enjoying your fall semester in college. We are getting ready for our annual Alumnae Forum, which will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2016. 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. However, the time frame will change. The tentative schedule is for the Alumnae Forum to start after homeroom at 7:50 a.m., followed by a breakfast meal and fellowship for all of you, and a mini college fair at recess (40 minutes).

More information will follow, but if you are able to attend, please email me at ASAP with the following information or update your information here:

SHA Graduation Year
College Attending
Mailing Address
Cell Phone Number -- Very 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!
Mr. Fong
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Celebrate the Holidays with Sugar Plums and Mice!

The Nutcracker has been a ballet holiday treat for about 120 years. The first performance of The Nutcracker was held in St. Petersburg, Russia at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre. Two of ballet’s most revered classical choreographers, Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, are credited for the original ballet choreography set to the music of famed ballet composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
The original story of The Nutcracker, written by E.T.A. Hoffman, centers around the journey of a young girl named Marie. The magic begins when Marie is presented with a nutcracker by her favorite Godfather Drosselmeyer. At the stroke of midnight, the nutcracker comes to life to battle a giant horde of evil mice. When the battle has been won, the nutcracker transforms into a handsome prince, and in gratitude to Marie for helping win the battle, he escorts her to his enchanted Kingdom of Sweets where she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy and all of the prince’s loyal subjects.
Seven years ago,
 The Nutcracker premiered as a 20-minute lunchtime performance in the gymnasium of Sacred Hearts Academy. It has blossomed into a two-evening, full-length ballet Christmas affair onstage at Mamiya Theatre complete with snow, fog, and a holiday-themed craft and bake sale! This year’s cast includes 79 dancers from grades 7-12 featuring senior Academy dancers Maya Waldrep as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Jayla Wakabayashi as the Snow Queen, and sophomore Risa Ishii as the Dewdrop Fairy. Freshman Kira Stone will dance the role of Clara the young girl who experiences a magical Christmas battling evil mice to save her Sugar Plum Fairy and dancing with delicious sweets.
Performances will be held on Friday Dec. 4th at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday Dec. 5th at 7:00 p.m. at Mamiya Theatre. Tickets (reserved seating) are $10 plus processing fees at

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Grandparents Honored During Season of Giving

In honor of the vital role kupuna play in the lives of their grandchildren, the Academy staged its annual Grandparents’ Day celebrations on November 19 and 20. Over 700 grandparents visited campus during the festivities and spent quality time with their granddaughters.

On Thursday, students in grades seven to 12 hosted their grandparents during the “Share Our Blessings” prayer services in the Gymnasium, before heading off to classrooms for fun games, activities and refreshments. On Friday, grandparents of students in grades Junior Kindergarten to six were treated to a myriad of activities, including class videos and songs in their honor to weaving place-mats to more formal programs.

No matter what their class’ activity was, the students were thrilled to honor their grandparents and share quality time, in class, with them.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Marching to Honor Nation’s Veterans

A contingent from the Academy honored the sacrifices made by those serving in the military, past and present, by participating in the 69th Annual Veterans’ Day Parade in Wahiawa on November 11.

Academy Band Director Keith Higaki
 and 70 musicians and 10 color guard members proudly marched down California Avenue, playing “Kohala March” and “Bang Bang.” They were led by the Academy’s Intermediate cheerleaders, who carried a “Mahalo Veterans” banner made special for the parade. This marked the return of the Band to the Veterans’ festivities after a four-year absence, and Higaki was thrilled with the enthusiasm displayed by the Marching Band and
those in attendance.

In addition to the Marching Band and cheerleaders, abo
ut 14 members of the Leo Club, accompanied by Advisor Whitney Miyahira, also participated, passing out candy and further augmenting the appreciation on display for the hard work and sacrifice of America’s Veterans.

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C is for Coding and Computer Savvy

The Academy’s students not only use technology daily, but are learning to create technology in their coding classes. These classes are empowering, rewarding and just plain fun!          

The coding curriculum begins in the first grade and continues through High School. Along the way, students fine-tune their programming fundamentals skills, tackle web and mobile development and design and delve into robotics. The first graders practice their coding skills with their “minibots” – Dash and Dot, programming them to move around, play music and more.
Those in middle school program animations and create video games. In the High School, the coders use industry-standard programs and understand the role technology has in shaping the world. With society’s every-increasing reliance on technology, it is imperative that the Academy’s students develop the skills essential for future success.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween Celebrations Was Filled With Family Fright & Fun

On the eve of Halloween, October 30, screams and shrieks of fright and joy permeated campus during Fright Night 2015Back after a two-year hiatus, over 1,000 attendees enjoyed the spirited event, sponsored and planned by the Parent Organization.              
Two weeks prior, parent volunteers began building and crafting various components of the event, which included a bevy of games and the Haunted House featuring Halloween-inspired characters from the Wizard of Oz
Their hard work equated into an overwhelmingly-successful evening – evident by screaming children running back in line to go through the Haunted House again, costumed characters of all
shapes and size strutting their stuff to dance music, long and looping lines at the row of games and bags filled with goodies picked up along Treat StreetParticipants also enjoyed getting their fortunes told, having balloon animals made-to-order, embellishing their costumes with face painting and more. It was definitely a night of fright, but full of fun as well!
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‘Ohana Celebrates Halloween for Good Cause

With a scarecrow in the front of the school and a unique version of a pumpkin patch by the Performing Arts Center, the Academy’s campus has taken on a feeling of fall and, of course, Halloween.
On October 30, school hallways were filled with princesses, felines, fairies, pirates, a few monsters and more in w
hat has become an annual tradition, “Costumes for a Cause.” Students in all grades substituted Halloween attire
for their uniforms with a $3 donation. Proceeds collected from the Costume for a Cause event will be combined with the “Coins for a Cause” drive, conducted by the Lower School, and will benefit the American Cancer Society.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Band Marches Down Road to Oz via Kansas

The Clarence TC Ching Student Center was transformed into the “Land of Oz” on October 24 when the Academy Band Program hosted “The Road to Oz – It Began in Kansas.” During the Paniolo-style dinner, nearly 200 attendees were whisked off to Oz as the various Band groups, with members bedecked in Kansas-inspired outfits, performed pieces inspired by the Wizard of Oz and Wicked.

The event also featured a Silent Auction and other fun, Oz-related activities.  Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards purchasing uniforms and musical instruments and pay for performance expenses.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Sweet Treats for AUW Bakesale

The Academy's Annual AUW Bake Sale was a huge success! Donations of home-baked cookies, cakes, trail mix, pretzels, drinks and a variety of snacks started coming in at 6:30 a.m. and our energetic Student Council officers and reps from lower and high school took them to the Clarence TC Ching Student Center.

More than 23 parent volunteers re-bagged, tagged, and laid them out on the cafeteria tables. Business was brisk as classes came through the tables and purchased delicious snacks for them and their families. Even the three fire inspectors who happened to be visiting the campus yesterday came by to support AUW!

Academy Parent Board members Edie Libby and Kathy Lou Ayano, '83 also offered freshly popped popcorn which sold hundreds of bags; while Sandee Higuchi and Mikel Raphael diligently totaled our proceeds for the day and turned in a total of $3,682.07 to the business office. Hooray! The success of this drive was made possible by the overwhelming generosity and the willingness of our Academy 'Ohana and so many volunteers who worked hard to achieve our goal! Mahalo!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

The Academy showed strong support for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on October 18.

Teacher Masa Yamaguchi played his bagpipes at the start of the race while 18 student volunteers, including members of the newly elected Freshmen council, joined
Vice-Principal Kinga Sanders and Director of Student Activities Toni Normand at the water station organized by the Zonta Club.  There was even support from a Saint Louis School Crusader brother! Academy volunteers cheered on the 5,000+ participants, including Junior Counselor Cleo Eubanks and Academy parent  Darci Ludington.

Proceeds from next week’s Sacred Hearts Academy Costume for A Cause on October 30 will  be donated to the American Cancer Society in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

100 Books Challenge Update

The Lower School Library’s Read To Succeed Program has a new reading challenge for students!  Students in grades JK-6th grade are challenged to explore different genres of literature and read 100 books this school year.  Every time they turn in their monthly reading log, they earn a free personal pan Pizza Hut Book It coupon.  Students must read a minimum of 15 books a month with at least 20 pages for the next 7 months to earn a gold reading medal, prizes, and a 100 Books Challenge certificate.  Currently, 151 students are attempting to read 100 books this school year and discovering new books every day!

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Skype An Author

Children’s book author Martha Rodgriguez, mother of Academy alumna Jacqueline Rodriguez, '12, visited the second and third grade classes via Skype this past week.  Students were able to learn more about what it’s like to be author, how to get inspiration, and how to publish a book.  

They also shared what their favorite moments were in her book A Reel Cool Summer based on real events. Afterwards, students participated in several dramatic role playing activities to help them to use more descriptive words in their writing.  Students had so much fun that they didn’t want it to end.  They will be applying these lessons to their author and movie contest in library class later on this quarter.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Lancer Robotics Hosts 1st Lancer VEX IQ Challenge

Parent Kimberly Ramos didn’t know what to expect when she came to watch her daughter Sophia Ramos (3rd) participate in her first VEX IQ competition. “Who knew how much crazy, chaotic, excitement would be going on at a Robotics Competition. Surprisingly fun!” From 7am to 5pm, T.C. Ching Student Center was abuzz with over a hundred young roboticists competing in over 110 matches!

Lancer Robotic’s inaugural Lancer VEX IQ Challenge was a big success with many student and parent volunteers.  The MCs Madison Iwashita (4th) and Tya Hunter (5th) were great MCs with good public speaking confidence.  The event opened with Andromeda Tong (5th) the Star Spangled Banner and Hawaii Ponoi with her beautiful voice.

There were 23 teams participating from 12 elementary and middle schools around the island. Lancer Robotics had two Lower School and two Jr. HS teams – Sara Inao (3rd), Sadie Takaki (3rd), Sophia Ramos (3rd), Sophia Pedrosa (3rd), Aureanna Vendiola (3rd), Abegail Aguirre (4th), Nanami Mehring (6th), Hunter Kim (7th), Auli’i Ludington (8th), and Lauren Matsukawa (8th). Congratulations to our 3rd grade team Sara Inao and Sadie Takaki for ranking 10th overall in qualification matches and entering the finals!

The tournament champions were the Navigator Robotics Team 4442C from Island Pacific Academy and the Mililani Masters Team 11173B (an independent team). They were the dominant forces with their incredible robots, winning the Design Award (4442C), Judges Award (11173B), Robot Skills Champion Award (4442C), Programming Skills Champion Award (11173B), and Sportsmanship Award (4442C).

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

First Grade Plant Tasting Party

Academy first graders have been learning how to observe and document plants going through the life cycle stages. To wrap up the science unit on plants, the girls had a plant tasting party! 

Each student brought in an edible plant part to share with her classmates. They needed to identify the plant name and specific plant part that would be consumed. The girls were amazed to find out that broccoli was the flower part of the plant!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Academy Roboticists Need Your Help!

The Sacred Hearts Academy Lower School Robotics Team needs your help to prepare for their upcoming First Lego League (FLL) competition in November! Sixth grade team members Kylee and Chloe share how you & your family can help the Academy's team.

"This year's theme is Trash Trek and our competition consists of four parts – robot design, robot performance, project, and core values (teamwork).  We have been busy building our mission pieces, designing our robot, researching our project and developing our teamwork skills.  We are having so much fun!  For the project portion of this year’s competition we have to research a piece of trash, come up with a unique solution, and present our project to our community and a panel of judges. 

We have chosen Styrofoam trays and we would really appreciate your help. Last week we went on a field trip to Times Supermarket to see how many food items use Styrofoam trays and we asked the meat and seafood department questions.  

Now we need to know how our community uses Styrofoam trays. Please help our team by taking a quick five question survey - you can simply follow the link here:

We are also trying to collect as many Styrofoam trays as we can for our project and presentation.  We would appreciate it if you could wash your trays and bring them to school. Our team mentors, Ms. Lacey Teshima, and Ms. Jennifer Arthur, will have a donation box outside their classrooms. We will be collecting trays from now until Friday, October 9, 2015. Thank you for your cooperation!"

Mahalo ladies of LS Robotics for sharing! Best of luck with your FLL challenge this year! #GoLancers

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Leo Club Braves Weather for YWCA Kokokahi Community Fair

Community service is a big part of the curriculum of the Academy's Campus Ministry​.  Service clubs like the Sacred Hearts AcademyLeo Club, sponsored by the Kamehameha Lions Club & Foundation​, often provides opportunities for its members to be active in their community. 
Leos Jordan Higuchi and Angelina Gomes assisted at the YWCA’s Camp Kokokahi Community Fair. The girls braved the stormy weather to man one of the activities booths. This annual event celebrates the Windward community and our Hawaiian heritage; it featured local entertainers, a craft fair, and helped local organizations to raise awareness for their causes. 

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Sisters Celebrate Academy's 106th Birthday

It was only appropriate that an enthusiastic week of celebrating the 106th anniversary of Sacred Hearts Academy end where it all started—with the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts. A group of administrators and students visited on Sunday evening with whom Sr. Helene Wood calls the “Golden Sisters” and also some who are still active in the school. Most of these ladies have many years of teaching at the Academy and take great delight in hearing about current happenings from today’s students.

1st row, seated: Sister Marie Dominic Reantaso, Sister Jane Frances Leandro, Sister Julie Louise Thevenin, Sister Anne Marie Tamanaha, Sister Angela Gregorio.

2nd row, standing: Sister Mary Josephine Araki, Sister Regina Jenkins, Sister Georgene Perry, Sister Helene Wood, Sister Katherine Francis Miller, Sister Irene Barboza, Sister Dolores Marie Pavao, Sister Vandana Narajan.

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The Road to Oz, on Sat. Oct. 24

The Sacred Hearts Academy Band Boosters cordially invite you all to join and support the Sacred Hearts Academy band students at The Road to Oz, on Sat. Oct. 24, 5:30-8:00 pm in the Clarence T.C. Ching Student Center
Students in the Intermediate Band, Concert Band, and Wind Ensemble will play selections from the Wizard of Oz and Wicked. Cost is $25 and tickets must be pre-ordered by Oct. 5th. This event includes a paniolo style meal with chili, rice and cornbread plus a silent auction and will support general band expenses such as replacing musical instruments, paying for new formal jackets and paying for performance costs. For additional information and questions please contact Debra Chong, SHA Band Boosters, at or call (808) 721-0133. 

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Support Lancer Athletics Through SHOP and SCORE

Support the Sacred Hearts Academy Lancer Athletics program through Times Supermarket's SHOP AND SCORE from September 9 through October 20, 2015

You can help the Academy earn a share of $250,000 in equipment and uniforms! SHOP AND SCORE is a program that allows high schools in Hawaii the opportunity to earn a share of $250,000 in Adidas® equipment and uniforms. Help the Academy by earning points by purchasing participating products at TIMES, BIG SAVE, SHIMA’S and FUJIOKA’S WINE Supermarkets
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Give Aloha 2015

Have you heard about Give Aloha 2015? Did you know that if you shop at any Foodland, Sack N Save or Foodland Farms store from September 1-30 with your Maikaˋi shopping card, spending between $1 to $249, your total expense will count as a donation that goes directly toward Sacred Hearts Academy! Even more exciting is that your donation will be matched by Foodland and the Western Union Foundation! Say you spend $50, the foundations will match your donation with $50, so your total donation will count as $100! All donations will remain anonymous and are tax deductible! Upon check-out have your Maikaˋi card ready and provide Sacred Hearts organization number: 77123. Happy shopping and thank you for giving back to our community!

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First Grade Explores Plants

Academy first graders recently visited the Lyon Arboretum as a supplemental field trip to their class curriculum to learn about plants. In class, the girls are learning about plant parts and what plants need in order to survive. In a classroom activity, Ariane N. and Cherish M. drew their observations of a Morning Glory plant.

At the Lyon Arboretum, Rylee N. and Kayla K. enjoyed the hands on activity to find the tree trunk, or stem of the tree, that fits perfectly with its matching "tree belt". Mahalo to Academy first grade teacher, Dr. Sharon Fukayama for sharing the great photos!

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Start a Fire in Our Souls

“Start a Fire in Our Souls!” The Mass of Holy Spirit was celebrated this morning at Sacred Hearts Academy! It is in one spirit that the Academy 'ohana gathered together for First Friday Mass in celebration of the word of the Lord. A special mahalo goes out to Sacred Hearts Academy's Campus Ministry for organizing this morning's mass with Sr. Irene, Sr. Katherine Francis, Fr. Tony Biswas, and the Academy's 2015 LIFE Team.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A is for Apple

The Sacred Hearts Academy students in Ms. Knebel’s JK class celebrated Apple Day!  Students ate a red apple, green apple and a yellow apple to determine their favorite apple taste! The girls also created a graph to see how
many friends liked each apple! 

Then they used their thinking skills to see how many bears heavy an apple is. What an apple-astic time! Who knew that something as simplistic as an #Apple could have so many educational and mathematical aspects! 

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Friday, August 28, 2015

East-West Center Senior Journalists Seminar

Sacred Hearts Academy Student Activities Director Toni Normand recently had the opportunity to mix and mingle with 17 international journalists from Asia, the Middle East and the United States. The Senior Journalists Seminar, hosted by the East West Center and Hawaii's Shagri La, is a 21-day professional dialogue, study and travel program intended to enhance media coverage and elevate the public debate regarding religion and its role in the public sphere, specifically as it concerns U.S. relations with the Muslim world. 

The seminar offers an opportunity for participating journalists to engage their peers, experts, and the public on issues relevant to US Relations with the Muslim World. Toni Normand, Sacred Hearts Academy Dir.
Of Student Activities, had the opportunity to attend and meet many influential women like Ethar El-Katatney of AJ+. Attendees met to better understand the impact of religion on government policy, finance, education and culture, and the arts.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

8/24: UPDATE Parent/Guardian Message from Betty White

Hello Parents and Guardians:

All areas of the islands have their specific set of circumstances with today's weather.  In Kaimuki, it seemed that the heaviest rain was between 2 and 3 a.m.  As late as 5:30 a.m., we thought it was just going to be a rainy, wet day with lots of traffic issues.  However, as daylight approached, challenges emerged.  

The electricians thought the weather tripped the main breaker, and the school lost electricity to Marian, Primary and Ching Buildings.  Of course, the A/C chillers were also impacted.  

There was also some flooding of the ground floor of the Administration Building.  The Library had the biggest intake of water. 

Electricians were called in immediately, and electricity was restored by 10 o'clock; the professional company, helping us with the flooding, was out of the school by about 1 pm.

We apologize for the inconvenience this situation caused your families.  Even though, we communicated with you that the school was fully staffed to take care of the students, and we were committed to do so until the end of the day, about 95% of your daughters were picked up during the morning hours.  

Bar any other concerns, we will be operational tomorrow.  In fact, by noon today, the sky was blue, and it was a beautiful day here on campus.  

For students in grades 7-12, B Day schedule will be skipped, and teachers asked me to share that tomorrow will be C Day.

Thank you for your cooperation and concern; we look forward to seeing your daughters tomorrow morning.

Betty White
Head of School

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8/24: Parent/Guardian Message from Betty White

Hello Parents & Guardians:
It is only in the daylight hours that we are able to assess the damage from the storm. If you have not dropped your daughters off yet, please keep them at home.
The girls who are on campus will be well taken cared of. They can be picked up at your convenience. We are experiencing flooding and electrical concerns in some buildings.
We will keep you posted. Thanks for your patience.
-Betty White, Sacred Hearts Academy Head of School

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to a Casting Call

The Sacred Hearts Academy’s drama program will be producing "The Wizard of Oz”, for this fall’s musical, scheduled for performances in November. 

Auditions for "The Wizard of Oz” for Sacred Hearts Academy girls – grades five to 12 will be held at Mamiya Theatre on the Saint Louis School campus on August 24-25 from 5 pm to 630 pm.  Students auditioning should prepare to sing two songs, either acapella, or with a minus one track, and tell a joke.  

For more information:
Call director Kyle Kakuno at 739-4886 or email at

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Ready, Set, Smile!

Welcome to a brand new school year! The Academy faculty and staff have been anticipating the first day of school and it has finally arrived!

If you haven't already taken your school photo over the summer; be sure to mark your calendars: 

  • Tuesday
    August 18th, 2015
    • Grades JK - 8th
  • Wednesday
    August 19th, 2015
    • Grades 9th - 12th 
Any questions? Be sure to check with your student's teacher or class adviser. Students should report to school in their full uniform and not forget their sparking smile! See you there!

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Academy Faculty & Staff Gear Up For New School Year

Sacred Hearts Academy welcomed two special guest speakers on campus as a part of the week leading to the first day of school.

Mahalo to Jeaney Garcia with the Positive Coaching Alliance who spoke with the Academy's faculty on staff providing lots of great tips on communicating positively, working together and being a good sport. Teachers are excited to implement some of these strategies into their classes in the coming weeks! 

Another special mahalo goes to Dr. Paul Singer of Assets School for sharing valuable insights with the faculty and staff on working with Independent School Parents. Many valuable insights were shared with lots of take away pointers.

As a finale to a week's worth of learning; the faculty and staff gathered at St. Anthony's Retreat Center in Kalihi for a rejuvenating retreat.


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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Academy Students Encouraged to Join After School Arts Program

Kyle Kakuno, Program Director at Mamiya Theatre, has extended a special invitation to Sacred Hearts Academy students to join in two After School Arts Programs being run out of the Dr. Richard T. Mamiya Theatre. Kakuno is a familiar face and name at the Academy as he has served as the director of many of the Academy's theatrical productions; most recently directing Seussical in the fall of 2014. 

Students in Grades 5-8 and Grades 9-12 can enroll in age-appropriate semester long courses: Musical Theatre Workshop and Acting for Stage & Screen. Each course will feature a performance at the end of the semester. 

Musical Theatre Workshop is designed to teach the students how to use the three disciplines of acting, singing and dancing into the telling of a story. Focusing on character development and the utilization of body, voice and imagination, this class teaches young actors how to work in an ensemble. Also lessons on preparation for an audition.

Acting for Stage & Screen is an intensive program for students interested in exploring the creative process and approach to character development and learning the use of body, voice and imagination in the craft of acting. Focusing on guideposts utilized by professional actors, students will develop skills in acting, analyzing script and playing roles for theatre, film and television. Also includes tips on auditioning for parts and getting an agent to represent you.

For more information and how to enroll visit: 

Grades 5-8 Musical Theatre Workshop and Acting for Stage & Screen

Grades 9-12 Musical Theatre Workshop and Acting for Stage & Screen

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