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! 

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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 for more information. Mahalo!

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

iTeach808 at Sacred Hearts Academy

Saturday, September 10, was a busy day for 120 teachers from 40 schools across Honolulu as they assembled in the Sacred Hearts Academy auditorium to learn from one of the best thinkers and leaders in educational technology – Alan November, co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology

Teachers learned how to leverage technology to help students drive their own learning and give them the tools to succeed. In addition to the keynote, teachers attended one of 12 sessions offered such as Minecraft in Education, Virtual Reality, Google Classroom, Photo/Literature Journaling, Creating Non-Fiction Books, Digital portfolios, Google Forms, Breakout, Stop Motion Animation and Early Childhood and Technology. Participants had the opportunity to network, dialogue and exchange ideas and resources with fellow participants and the presenters. 

iTeach808 is sponsored by Sacred Hearts Academy and the Augustine Educational Foundation.

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Give Aloha 2016

Have you heard about Give Aloha 2016? Did you know that if you shop at anyFoodlandSack 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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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Lancer Athletics Schedule: September 2nd-3rd 2016

Show your Lancer spirit by cheering on our Sacred Hearts Academy Athletes at their upcoming competitions this weekend!
Friday September 2nd, 2016:
    • JV/Varsity Bowling vs Damien 
      • 4pm @ Hickam AFB

 Saturday, September 3rd, 2016:
    • Inter Volleyball vs Le Jardin 
      • 9:30am @ Sacred Hearts Academy
    • Inter Volleyball vs Punahou 
      • 12:30pm @ Sacred Hearts Academy
    • Vars Volleyball vs Maryknoll 
      • 2pm @ Sacred Hearts Academy
    • INT, JV, Vars Cross Country 
      • 8:30am @ Kamehameha 
    • JV/Varsity Riflery vs Punahou 
      • 11AM 

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Traffic Alert & Important Information

August 31, 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians:

          The news reports tell us that the President’s arrival will cause road closures in the afternoon as the President travels from
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to the East West Center on the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus.  The reports say that the road closures can begin as early as 4 p.m. and will affect all eastbound lanes of the H-1 and surface streets from the airport area to Manoa.  
        If you travel eastbound from any of these areas to get to Sacred Hearts Academy to pick up your daughters, please take into consideration these traffic advisories and plan accordingly.  The report goes on to note that from about 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. , the closures will be Westbound as the President leaves Manoa.  Please continue to check the news reports throughout the day.

        Wednesday dismissal at Sacred Hearts will be at usual:  1:00 for grades JK-6 and 1:15 for grades 7-12.  

        Please consider early pick up for After School Care Children even though our staff will be on duty until 6:00 p.m.  Early College classes have been postponed.  Athletic Director Ryan Hogue will be communicating to parents in the next few hours concerning sport practices and games.

        The following is the updated schedule for Athletics for August 31st:
    • CSL Volleyball
    • Varsity & Intermediate Volleyball
    • Kayaking
    • Cross Country
    • Tennis
    • JV Volleyball vs Iolani (Postponed)
  • On as Scheduled:
    • Cheerleading Practice -- finishes at 3:30pm
    • Sporter Riflery -- Optional Practice    
 Travel safely and plan accordingly.


Betty White
Head of School

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Academy Alumnae Return to Coach CSL & CSAL Volleyball

Sacred Hearts Academy is an active member of the CSL (Catholic Schools League) and CSAL (Christian School Athletic League). These programs have grown considerably, thanks to the dedicated leadership of our Athletic Director, Ryan Hogue; excellent coaching by Merle Yim Sen, '75, and Shirley Batad Labisores, '75; nurturing care by Bob and Wanda Ontai Pila, '68, who serves as a liaison between the school and the parents; and encouragement and assistance of Shelly Spence.

Being active in sports like these helps our youngest Lancers  not only to develop character and athletic skills, but also  to balance academic work with physical activities. Want to keep up to date on all Lancer Athletics? Check out their Facebook Page: 

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Academy Student Attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders & Physicians

This past summer, Sacred Hearts Academy Junior, Taylor Ray Ray traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders and Physicians, and the Congress of Future Medical Scientists and TechnologistsInspired by one of the guest speaker, Taylor hopes to start an Oceanography Club at the Academy.
"This was such a great experience because it opened me up to a world of new possibilities! We were fortunate to be mentored by great minds in science, technology, and medicine such as Bernie Burns, Bo Eason, and Shree Bose just to name a few. I met people from young inventors like Jack Andraka and Paige Brown, to Nobel Prize Winners like Dr. John Mather. Getting to meet these people and be inspired by them was such an amazing experience!" -Taylor Rayray, '18

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Distinguished Young Women 2017 Scholarship Program

Attention Class of 2017 Seniors! Interested in scholarships? Developing skills for your future success? Making life-long friendshipsThe Distinguished Young Women program may be just the thing you're looking for! Now accepting applications for the 2017 program! Deadline is September 9th, 2016. Register at 

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#iTeach808: Preparing 21st Century Learners

Registration for the upcoming #iTeach808 2016 Conference is now full! Mahalo for sharing! 


Registration is now open for iTeach808: Empowering Hawaii’s Teachers In Technology.  This FREE educational technology conference will be held on Saturday, September 10.  It is open to all educators in Hawaii.  

Register today at .  Space is limited.  

International speaker Alan November is returning for a 90 minute keynote on preparing 21st century learners.  There will also be 10 different 1 hour workshops to choose from such as MinecraftEDU, Google Classroom, and BreakoutEDU.  

Coffee, breakfast, and lunch are included.  First 100 at the door receive a free t-shirt or copy of Alan November’s book.  iTeach808 is sponsored by the AugustineEducational Foundation and Sacred Hearts Academy

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

LEOs Leap Into New School Year

The Sacred Hearts Academy LEO Club members have jumped back into business with three major events held in August. On Aug. 6th, the Sacred Hearts Academy Leos supported Special Olympics Hawaii’s Aukake Classic playing football with participants. Then on Aug. 13th, the girls were up early to assist at the Heart Walk at Kapiolani Park. Rounding off their jam-packed month was the The Kamehameha Lionssponsors of the Academy's LEO Club, 10th Annual "Laughs for Lions" fundraiser which raises money for various service projects and scholarships on August 20th.

At the event Academy LEOs had a chance to work alongside Miss Hawaii USA, Chelsea Hardin, the 501
st Legion, and nationally acclaimed comedians: Dat Phan, Michelle Welch, Paul Ogata, Kurt Swann, Tony Calabrese, and Steve Byrne and the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld.

The Leos were joined by LEO-to-Lion Academy graduates: Alyssa Kwan ‘15, Angela Hesch ’15, Kasandra Kitagawa ’14, Siman Zhang ’14, Joy Moriguchi ’12, and Mai Shiomi ’11.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Academy Student Participates in John Hopkins CTY Summer Program

Sacred Hearts Academy sophomore Jenna Tanna spent part of her summer participating in John Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth summer program at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, Maryland. 

For three weeks in June/July, Jenna attended a Whales & Estuary Systems course where students learned about the whales at StellwagenBank near Boston, Massachusetts, and compared and contrasted estuary systems along the northeast coast.  

During the eight-day field component, students sailed and slept aboard the LadyMaryland, a 104-foot schooner, and traveled through portions of the Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay, Hudson River, Long Island Sound, Narragansett Bay, Peconic Bay, and the North Atlantic Ocean. Throughout their voyage, students employed scientific equipment, such as plankton and neuston nets and video microscopes, to analyze water and marine life in these estuarine environments.  The students were involved in all aspects of the Lady Maryland’s operation, including raising sail, navigating, taking the helm, and performing daily ship maintenance.

During the land component, students investigated whale anatomy, physiology, adaptation, and behavior. They used DNA fingerprinting as a technique in whale identification and continued their studies in estuarine dynamics.

This was Jenna’s fourth year participating in Johns Hopkins University’s CTY program.  Last summer, she attended a Volcanoes class at Seattle University.  In 2014, she studied Zoology at Haverford College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  In 2013, she studied Science, Engineering and Thermodynamics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.  

At all four colleges, Jenna enjoyed interacting with other students from all over the world in a collaborative environment to strengthen her science, technology, engineering and mathematics (#STEM) skills. 

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Annual Mass of the Holy Spirit

Nearly 1,000 Hawaii Catholic Schools teachers and administrators joined Bishop Larry Silva and Superintendent Michael Rockers to celebrate Mass today at St. Ann's Church in Kaneohe. 

Pictured with the Bishop and Academy administrators and teachers Sr. Irene Barboza, '78,, and Sr. Katherine Francis Miller, '57,, are alumnae: Carol Flores Chong, '91,(St John The Baptist Catholic School); Faye Castillo Pabo, '00, (Co-Cathedral of Saint Theresa) and Lovey Gonsalves DeRego, '72,(Associate Superintendent of Hawaii Catholic Schools). 

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Construction/Traffic Update August 2016

[UPDATE: August 9, 2016 @ 12PM]

Parents and Students:

The road construction work on Waialae Avenue will continue through Friday. However, they will keep the entrance and exit open at all times. Thank you for your patience. A thumbs up for our second day of school!

Betty White
Head of School

[August 8, 2016 @ 1:30PM]

Parents and Students:

The Academy has been alerted that the left turn into 5th Avenue will be open at 2:15 p.m. today. The school ‘begged’ for 2 p.m., but they could not promise. 

The work will continue through Tuesday at the intersection of 5th and Waialae. However, there should be no worries about a left lane closure into 5th Avenue from Wednesday-Friday.

Thanks for your patience and cooperation. It was a beautiful first day of school here on campus!

Betty White
Head of School

[August 8, 2016 @ 6:30AM]

Good morning, Parents and Students:

The Academy has received no further updates on the construction on Waialae Avenue, scheduled to continue this morning. On Friday afternoon, it was indicated that they would consider waiting until 9 a.m. to start. However, a definitive answer has not been received.

Thank you for being attentive throughout the day for any updates we may receive. Any news, impacting pick up time, will be forwarded immediately.

Betty White
Head of School

[August 5, 2016 @ 4:00PM]

Dear Families:

The Academy does not want to alarm you for the opening days of school, but we have been alerted that there is a gas leak in the school vicinity of Waialae and 5th Avenues.

You may want to allow your family ample time on Monday. Please adhere to the traffic signs and follow the directions of the officers.

We apologize for the vagueness of this memo, but more specific details have not been forwarded to the school as of this time.

Please be attentive to memos from the Academy. As more details are forwarded to us, you will be alerted.

Betty White
Head of School

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Guest Speaker Kapono Ciotti

Sacred Hearts Academy faculty spent a dedicated week in professional development and in-service opportunities, all in preparation for a new school year. Kapono Ciotti, Head of Waialae Public Charter School, the Academy’s neighbor here in Kaimuki, left one lingering question in the minds of teachers:

“What gifts do we bring to our students this school year?”

And, now teachers are transferring that question to their young girls. How blessed to start the new school year with each student bringing special and unique gifts to our learning communities!

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