Friday, January 29, 2016

In Loving Memory of Sr. Julie Louise Thevenin,


Sr. Julie Lousie Thevenin (Violet) died peacefully in sleep on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at the convent of Malia O Ka Malu. She was 97 years old. Sister had been hospitalized for a time, but was returned home under hospice care.

Sr. Julie Louise was born on September 18, 1918 in Honolulu of Alfred Joseph Thevenin and Maile Elizabeth Cowan Thevenin.  Sr. Julie Louise attended Sacred Hearts Academy and graduated in 1936. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in 1938 and was a teacher at Sacred Hearts Academy from 1940 to 1959. 

She also directed the Girls Scouts Program, was responsible for the Athletic Club,  directed the Junior Red Cross, was the advisor for the SHA Audion Yearbook and organized the school’s annual Fair.  In 1959-1960 she did Art Studied in Paris, France.  In 1963-1968 she taught at Sacred Hearts Academy in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, then in 1968 she was teacher, then principal at Maria Regina School in Gardena, California.  She returned to Hawaii in 1982 to continue teaching until her retirement in 1984. 

Although residing at Regina Pacis, she continued to be interested in the activities of Sacred Hearts Academy. She used her artistic talents to paint pictures that were sold at the Academy Gala each year.  The Gala was a means of raising scholarship funds to assist students who needed financial aid. Illness in 2014 prompted her to be retired to the congregation's central Infirmary at Malia O Ka Malu, however in 2015  Sister celebrated her 70th Jubilee of Religious profession as a Sister of the Sacred Hearts.  She continued her contact with many of her students both here in Hawaii and also on the mainland.

Sr. Julie Louise was an advocate of peace and justice and often spoke out about what she felt needed to be corrected or addressed.  True to the charisma of her Congregation, she brought all of these concerns to the Lord in Eucharistic Adoration.

She is survived by her nieces ,a nephew and numerous cousins and friends.  Funeral arrangements are being handled by Nuuanu Memorial Park.  Services for Sr. Julie Louise will be on Monday, February 8th at the Sacred Hearts Academy St. Margaret Mary Chapel (Directions).  Public viewing will be a t 9 a.m. with rosary at 9:30 a.m., eulogy at 11:00 a.m followed by Eucharistic Liturgy at 11:30.  Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please give a donation to the Sacred Hearts Academy Scholarship Fund.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Parents and Teachers Feel Power of Force

 “A long time ago in a galaxy far away. . . .” 

Actually, not so long ago – January 27, and not so far away – the Clarence TC Ching Student Center, the Parent Organization channeled #StarWars’ aura during the annual Teachers’ Appreciation Luncheon.

The Star Wars “universe” included galaxy themed food, pictures with a #StormTrooper and a #TuskenRaider, shiatsu massage by Parent Board Vice President Janet Moya and recognition of teachers Mrs. Deborah Kula and Ms. Margy O’Kelly, who are celebrating anniversary years as educators in Hawai’i Catholic Schools.

Of the event, planned and organized by the Parent Organization, President Levin Matsukawa concluded, “On behalf of the parents, we aim to show the school’s educators and staff how much we appreciate their hard work and dedication towards helping our daughters succeed and aim for the stars far out in the galaxy.”
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Friday, January 22, 2016

Science Inquiry Takes Class to Coconut Island

 On January 22, James Bell took his Advanced Chemistry class and fellow science teacher Chelsea Zaniboni to the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) facility on Moku o Lo’e, better known as “Coconut Island,” for some hands-on learning. The Island, situated in Kaneohe Bay, support a rich and diverse marine environment, making for a dynamic arena for research and scientific discovery. 

The students focused on learning more about the chemistry behind ocean acidification, the process by which carbon dioxide is absorbed by seawater, resulting in various chemical reactions. While much of their day was Science inquiry takes class to Coconut Island spent in the classroom environment with the HIMB staff, the group had the opportunity to explore part of the Island’s 29 acres, including visiting one of the six acres of adjacent lagoons – this one housing the shark pond!

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Academy Korean Club Hosts Duk Sung Girls Middle School

The annual Duk Sung Girls Middle School visit is the highlight of the Academy's Korean Club every year. A total of 15 Korean students and 4 teachers from Duk Sung, located in Seoul, Korea, had quite a memorable campus visit. Exemplary student participants from Duk Sung are selected each year based on their academic and leadership merits to take the all paid for one-week trip to Hawaii. 

Duk Sung and Sacred Hearts Academy formally established a sister school relationship four years ago. Each year the two participate in a pen pal program where 
Duk Sung and Academy Korean Club Members keep in touch through email and Facebook communicating in both Korean and  English. 

From the sweet hugs of the 1st graders to receiving the priceless gift of listening to the beautiful concert choir that brought some of them to tears, the Duksung visitors had an unforgettable visit. A special mahalo to Mrs. Muramoto for the campus tour and to club advisers Mr. Park and Mrs. Normand for coordinating the day!

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Tumbling to the Top

A number of Academy students tumbled their way to the top in various events at the Gymnastics in Paradise Invitational from January 8 to 10. The Invitational featured talented local, national and international gymnasts, including athletes from Great Britain, New Zealand, California and Ohio.

In her age group, junior Chloe Camello, a level 10 gymnast, placed second in the vault and second all-around. In their age groups, eighth grader Joy Libarios took the top spot in the uneven bars, while fellow level-nine gymnast Taylor Camello, a freshman, finished second overall. Congratulations ladies! 

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Academy Alumnae Return for Annual Forum & College Fair

On Wednesday January 6, Sacred Hearts Academy hosted it’s annual Alumnae Forum. Over 40 graduates attending over 18 different universities and colleges eagerly returned to campus to participate. Each alumna shared their college experiences with current Academy 7-12 grade students; fielding questions about the application process, financial aid, scholarship research,  class format and grading, mainland issues, dormitory life, activities, food, transportation concerns (e.g car or bicycle), and  high school to college adjustments.

After the forum, the graduates had a great time talking up a storm among themselves while having brunch with their former teachers and mentors. At recess the graduates manned tables around the second floor lanai areas of the Academy's administration building for a mini college fair with Academy students asking questions about the respective colleges.

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