Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Academy’s College Counselor is one of Hawai’i’s finest

Randy Fong joined the Academy staff in 1998 as freshman advisor and college counselor. 

His devotion to his responsibilities, his heart-felt concern for each student and his persistent passion in working towards his mission of ensuring that every Academy graduate has viable options for college is recognized by students, parents, college recruiters and his colleagues throughout the state of Hawai’i. 

His role as a college counselor begins when students enter Junior High, and he works with the school’s counseling team to prepare them for thinking about career possibilities, strengths, interests and goal-setting. 

However, at junior year, efforts shift to a “higher plane.” Then, he not only assists families “find the right fit” for college, but he also helps them decipher the complicated layers to financing higher education. 

In addition, Fong spearheads the Academy’s Early College Program, which allows students to take classes to earn college credits towards a degree while in high school; this year 47 students are enrolled. 

He also is the “force” behind the success of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Program at Saint Louis and Punahou Schools. And who is he as a person? No matter what the task, the University of Hawai’i and University of San Diego graduate always has a positive and joyous disposition that genuinely impacts his students. 

His colleagues jokingly tell him he never walks, he is always running! Fong’s reply is always, “It is my passion to see students succeed, and I have to move quickly!”

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Friday, September 15, 2017

#FunkyFridayFaculty Meet Ms. Alyssa Okimoto

Growing up without a television in her household, Alyssa Okimoto spent a great deal of time at the local library, which fostered her life-long love for books and literature. 

Prior to joining the Academy, Okimoto served as a Librarian at Punahou School, where she is an alumna and also participated in track and field. Her work experience includes stints at the Hawai’i State and various other Public Libraries around the Island. 

Okimoto holds an undergraduate degree in History from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

An avid lover of being outdoors, she can often be found diving, fishing or surfing and even traveled to Indonesia to “catch waves.”

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Coming Soon: Sister Act

Sacred Hearts Academy will bring to the stage the Broadway musical “Sister Act” at the Dr. Richard T. Mamiya Theatre this November. 

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that had audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. 

When a disco diva witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, she breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. The gang soon chases after her, only to find themselves up against the power of her newly found sisterhood. 

Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave you breathless. Experience this sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship. Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Legacy Members Celebrate & Paint The Night Away

Toni Maurice, '87, and daughter Tehana Maurice, '25
This year’s Legacy Dinner on September 8 differed from the formal programs held in years past, with participants able to “Paint the Night Away.” The evening was interactive with the Legacy members – students and their mothers and grandmothers who are Academy graduates – receiving step-by-step instructions to paint a beautiful ocean scene featuring a mermaid on canvas.

Pupu refreshments and the canvases, 
acrylic paint and other supplies were sponsored by the Academy’s Parent Organization and Development Office, with the art lesson instruction provided by Paint The Night Away Hawai’iSome of the 80 participants worked on solo projects while some relatives worked together to contribute to the family’s final product.

Avianna Cook, '28, and her mom Kimberly Delos Santos Cook, '00
No matter what colors or technique attendees employed, all were thrilled not only to foster fellowship with other Legacy honorees, but to have a one-of-a kind masterpiece to take home as well!

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#FunkyFridayFaculty Meet Mrs. Elizabeth Gabriel

#FunkyFridayFaculty Meet Elizabeth Gabriel, '97After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Math Education and Masters in Private School Leadership from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Mrs. Gabriel returned to her alma mater, #SacredHeartsAcademy, where she has taught for the last 15 years. 

This year, Mrs. Gabriel can be found teaching Geometry and Pre-Calculus in addition to serving as the Class of 2018 Senior Class Advisor. But former students may recall her as their 7th Grade Math teacher, Algebra 2 or Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry teacher. She looks forward to showing off this year's Academy Math Department Halloween costume and "Christ-math TShirt"; both fond favorites of students, faculty, staff and alumnae alike!

Outside of her work in the classroom, Mrs. Gabriel is an avid swimmer. She is no stranger to the water having competed in distance swimming while at the Academy in High School, completed the Waikiki Rough Water Swim 14 times, and paddled in the Na Wahine O Ke Kai six times - impressive! 

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Friday, September 1, 2017

#FunkyFridayFaculty Meet Ms. Clarie Thompson

#FunkyFridayFaculty Meet Clarie Thompson! Ms. Thompson’s Academy roots run deep, with many of alumnae among her family members.

This year, in addition to teaching fifth grade Theology, Language Arts and Social Studies, she will serve as a “school mom,” with three daughters on the Academy’s class rosters. Her son is a seventh grader at Saint Louis School.

Prior to joining the Academy, Thompson taught at Saint Ann’s Model School for 13 years and at Maryknoll School for four years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Theater with a minor in Journalism from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Thompson also completed additional studies in teaching and instruction at Chaminade University.

Her resume includes auditioning for the role of “Nani” in the Disney’ film “Lilo and Stitch” when she was younger. Welcome to #SacredHeartsAcademy!

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Give Aloha 2017

Have you heard about Give Aloha 2017? Did you know that if you shop at any FoodlandSack 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! 

Something new to the  Give Aloha 2017 campaign will be bag credit donations! Currently customers who shop using their own reusable bag have the option of receiving a 5¢ credit or 3 HawaiianMiles for each reusable bag they bring and use. During September, customers may choose to donate their 5¢ bag credit to the Give Aloha 2017 matching gifts fund!

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 16, 2017

Jolie Chee Competes In IMG Academy Junior World Championships

How did you spend your summer? Jolie Chee, Academy 8th Grader, spent her summer competing in the IMG Academy Junior World Championships held in San Diego, California. 

To receive an invitation to compete, Jolie played in a two day tournament on the Island of Kauai, placing in the top five!  The IMG Academy Junior World Championships lasted three days, with Jolie shooting a four over par 76 on the first day. On the second day she shot a two over par 74; followed by a seven over 79 on the final day. In all, Jolie placed 22nd out of 100 participants, and was named the top 11-12 year old from Hawaii!

Jolie shares, "Playing in this tournament taught me knew skills about patience and persistence, I will use the new skills I learned to better myself in both intermediate and varsity golf in the coming years." Way to go Jolie, we look forward to following you on your future endeavors in athletics!

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Aubree Davis Earns Silver in China at Global Natural History Day

Sacred Hearts Academy sophomore Aubree Davis earned a Silver Medal for her presentation on Bees at Global Natural History Day in Chongqing China, July 19-25. Davis’s research explored the critical role bees play in food pollination, the global economic impact of bees, and factors contributing to causing a worldwide decline in bee populations. She provided an analysis of the loss of pollinators on the world’s food supply and offered solutions for addressing the decline. Sacred Hearts Academy Social Studies teacher Kinga Wojitas served as the advisor on the project and accompanied Davis to China.

Teams from 90 countries throughout Asia, China and the United States participated in this year’s GNHD, presenting topics relating to the theme, “Scale of Nature: Micro to Macro.” The challenge given to students was to explore a science-related topic by conducting in-depth research using reliable information and rigorous analysis. Students shared their understanding of science by presenting their analysis to a panel of scientists, researchers, and educators.

The educational program is presented by the Behring Global Education Foundation. Global National History Day is an international educational program designed to inspire elementary and middle school students’ interest in natural science and history.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

In Loving Memory of Andrea Cummings Hamilton, '68

Sacred Hearts Academy,  St. Margaret Mary Chapel
3253 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
Sacred Hearts Academy​ is saddened with the news of the sudden and unexpected passing of Andrea Cummings Hamilton, '68, on Friday, July 21st, 2017. 

Visitation & Mass
Sacred Hearts Academy
St. Margaret Mary Chapel
Friday, August 4th, 2017
10:00am - Visitation
1:00pm- Memorial Mass 

Aloha attire suggested. Light refreshments to follow. The family will be holding a private scattering of ashes at a later date.

We share our sincerest condolences, love and aloha with her daughter, Makena, '10, and the entire Cummings & Hamilton 'Ohana.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Weinberg Foundation Awards $180,000 to Sacred Hearts Academy Funds for Ka Lei ‘Ike Program

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has awarded Sacred Hearts Academy $180,000, over a six-year period, to support the Ka Lei ‘Ike (Embrace the Knowledge) Program. The Program’s goal is to provide Palolo Elementary and Jarrett Middle School girls an opportunity to gain academic knowledge, develop self-confidence and citizenship skills, and successfully transition to high school and beyond.

As Head of School Betty White shares, “Ten new students are added to the program each year starting in the 4th grade and participation continuing through eighth grade. We are appreciative that the Weinberg Foundation is making possible the Academy-Palolo-Jarret connection, part of a national movement,Private Schools with a Public Purpose.”

The educational program for 40 students (grades 4-7) is in its fourth year this summer. Throughout the summer session, the girls are immersed in intensive reading, math, and leadership training. They take electives from a variety of offerings such as: Robotics, Coding, Minecraft, Playwriting, Clay Sculpting, and Sports.  Although the participants only attend the Sacred Hearts Academy summer sessions, the girls' progress is closely monitored in their respective schools during the regular school year.

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Ka Lei 'Ike 2017

#SacredHeartsAcademy Ka Lei 'Ike Program 2017 Participants
The Ka Lei 'Ike ("To embrace knowledge") program is a superb private and public school partnership between Sacred Hearts Academy, Palolo Elementary School, and William P Jarrett Middle School in conjunction with the national Private Schools with a Public Purpose movement.
In 2017, the Ka Lei 'Ike program was gifted partial funding from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc., care of Gailene Wong, allowing the Academy to continue it’s work with current and future participants. Mahalo nui loa for your generous support! Congratulations ladies on a job well done this summer - we look forward to seeing you again next year! #SacredHeartsAcademy #GoLancers #PrivateSchoolsPublicPurpose #KaLeiIke

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Key To Success is Sacred Hearts Academy

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

2017 International Microwave Science Conference

2017 International Microwave Science Conference
On June 8th the Academy's Jr. HS Vex IQ Robotics Team consisting of Kammiee Ardo, Ayla Hakikawa, and Nanami Mehring, accompanied by Miss Robertson, participated in the 2017 International Microwave Symposium’s Student and Teacher STEM Experience at the Convention Center.

Their day was packed with exciting activities. First, the students presented their STEM Poster and research to others, including Mrs. Dawn Amano-Ige, the governor’s wife; with their poster showcase winning 1st Place for Outstanding Achievement in the Middle School Division!

Students toured different exhibits featuring an Augmented Reality Sandbox, Analog Devices, Autonomous Car Track and Virtual Reality; each showcasing how microwaves, part of the electromagnetic spectrum, are used in everyday life now and could possibly be used in the future. 
To end the day, students attended a Women in Microwaves Panel, where successful women such as Dr. Olga Boric Lubecke shared their insights and inspiration as engineers and microwave specialists.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Lancer Athletics Senior Breakfast 2017

The Academy bids a fond farewell to its Lancer Athletics Senior Athletes at the Athletics Department Annual Senior Breakfast attended by coaches, families, & administrators. 

We wish each of you the best of luck as you head off to your respective colleges in the fall! We hope you will remain in touch and let us know how your collegiate athletic and academic careers are going! #GoLancers!
  • Brandi Surell, ’17 – Varsity Cheerleading (4yrs)
  • Brianne Agcoaili, ’17 – Varsity Soccer – Pacific University, Exercise Science
  • Chloe Camello, ’17 – Varsity Track & Field – US Air Force Academy, NCAA Division I Gymnastics
  • Joanne Nicole Villanueva, ’17 – Varsity Sporter Riflery (2yrs) – University of Florida, Biology & Business
  • Jordan Kwok, ’17 – Varsity Sporter Riflery, Varsity Track & Field (2yrs) – Point Loma Nazarene University, Environmental Science
  • Katherine Hennion, ’17 – Varsity Soccer (4yrs) – Virginia Tech, Biology
  • Kaycee Bridget Selga, ’17 – Varsity Sporter Riflery (2yrs), Varsity Soccer (4yrs), Varsity Track & Field (4yrs) – Saint Martins University, Biology/Pre-Optometry & Business Management
  • Kaysey Siobal, ’17 – Varsity Soccer – DePaul University, Film & Television
  • Kiarah Gomard, ’17 – Varsity Bowling, Varsity Sailing - California Polytechnic State University, Animal Science
  • Kyla Nascimento, ’17 – Varsity Basketball (2yrs) – University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nursing
  • Lainey Sanborn, ’17 – Varsity Cross Country, Varsity Wrestling (3yrs), Varsity Judo (3yrs) – Dixie State University, Theatre
  • Lauren “Kalei” Ka’aiali’i – Varsity Volleyball (4yrs) – Willamette University, Business
  • Lauryn Ohai, ’17 – Varsity Soccer (4yrs) – Brigham Young University, Exercise & Wellness
  • Lindsey Young, '17 - Varsity Precision Riflery (2yrs) – Gonzaga University, Mechanical Engineering
  • Marissa Okamoto, ’17 – Varsity Bowling (2yrs) – California Baptist University, Political Science & Secondary Education
  • Morgan Louis-Soares, ’17 – Varsity Canoe Paddling (2yrs) – Oregon State University, Wildlife & Fisheries
  • Rin Kusaka, ’17 – Varsity Canoe Paddling – University of Hawaii at Manoa, Business
  • Saki Shimada, ’17 – Varsity Golf
  • Shayla-Ann Santos, ’17 – Varsity Volleyball (4yrs) – De Paul University, Communications & Acting
  • Taryn Sagapolu, ’17 – Varsity Volleyball (2yrs)
  • Taylor Ann Yee, ’17 – Varsity Cheerleading (2yrs) – University of Portland
  • Trinity Morgado, ’17 – Varsity Canoe Paddling – New York Film Academy, Photography

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Academy Students Acknowledged at 2017 Olelo Youth Xchange

The Olelo Youth Xchange is Hawai'i's largest student video competition, this year boasting over 900 entries in 16 different general and sponsored categories. Sacred Hearts Academy's Jenelle Ho, '18, won the "Mini Documentary" category for her video "Taste the Waste" on how local businesses recycle food waste.

Meanwhile, Celine Arnobit, '18, and Academy seniors Ashley Lardizabal, '17, and Kailani Ablog, '17, were finalists in the "News" category for their story "Encouraging Conservation Among Hawai'i's Youth," on the IUCN News Congress.

Mahalo nui loa to Olelo, we are so grateful for the Youth Xchange competition which provides our students and students around the state the opportunity to share their voice through media!

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Girls On The Run 5K Fun Run

On Saturday, April 22nd, the inaugural Sacred Hearts Academy Girls on the Run team and their “running buddy” parents successfully completed a 5K fun run, held at Wet ‘N Wild

The event involved over 500 participants from around Oahu and included fun activities such as a dance party, yoga, Zumba and the chance to cool off at Wet 'N Wild with free admission to the park after the run.
Eleven Academy girls from grades 3-5, alongside their coaches Carrie Knebel (JK Teacher), Fiona Hayashi (Lower School Counselor) and Riki Wong (Counseling Intern) spent the past 10 weeks training for the run, while also taking part in lessons that inspired the girls to become independent thinkers by teaching problem solving skills and healthy decision making.

Girls on the Run is an international non-profit organization, with over 200 locations across the USA and Canada. Its mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. 

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Academy Big Book Swap 2017

Wow! What an amazing way to promote reading! A grand total of 109 Academy students participated in the annual Big Book Swap in the Lower School Library. 

During the month of March students' families and Academy community members brought in an impressive amount of more than a thousand books to swap! 

The girls then spent two days with their classmates swapping their gently used books. The Academy's Big Book Swap helps to give a second life to books and generates excitement for reading.  

All extra donations were given to the Lower School Library and classroom teachers. Mahalo to the countless families and parent volunteers who helped make this year's Big Book Swap an outstanding success! 

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Visit to School of Medicine Provides Inside View of Health

Twenty-five members of the Science Club and Elizabeth Sutter’s Anatomy and Physiology class visited the University of Hawai’i’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) on February 15, touring the facility’s Anatomy Lab and Native Hawaiian Garden.

In the Lab, students received a first-hand look at the cadavers used by JABSOM’s students in their study of the human body. They also examined – and even got to hold – healthy and diseased hearts, lungs, livers and brains. In addition to the resources of the Lab, the students viewed JABSOM’s collection of medicinal plants. Science Club Co- Advisors Chelsea Zaniboni and Sutter concur that viewing the resources at the facility was an invaluable and awesome experience for the group, fitting with the Club’s mission of fostering student interest and excitement in pursuing a healthcare-related career.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

All About Dr. Helen Turner

Interested in learning a bit more about Dr. Helen Turner, special guest speaker and #STEM panelist moderator at the upcoming Science Symposium hosted by Sacred Hearts Academy

Dr. Helen Turner is Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and a tenured biology Professor at Chaminade University. She is a respected immunologist, and holds affiliate professorship and graduate faculty appointments at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii.  She received her PhD in 1998 from the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, University of London, and was a Wellcome Trust International Prize post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School from 1998-2000. From 2000-2007 she was Associate Director of Research at The Queen’s Medical Center in Hawaii, receiving her first major NIH research grant at within 4 years of her PhD.  

Dr. Turner has published over 30 research papers on the molecular logic of cellular communication in the immune system, and secured over $30M in grants and program awards during her tenure in Hawaii. Her research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Air Force. She engages in research, capacity building, and grant review for diverse state and Federal agencies and is a thought leader in Hawaii’s statewide science capacity building efforts and in efforts to broaden participation in #STEM careers.

She was honored as a member of the Pacific Business News 40 Under 40 class of 2009 and is a founding fellow of the academic Executive Leadership Academy at UC Berkeley. Dr. Turner is also a majority owner of TwoFox Concepts, LLC, a science and education consulting company.

Tune in to Hawaii Public Radio's The Conversation on Friday, February 17th at 11:30AM to learn more! 

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Foodland's Shop for Higher Education Scholarship (February 15 - March 28)

Foodland’s Shop for Higher Education Scholarship Program begins on Wednesday, February 15 and ends March 28. The more points earned by the Sacred Hearts Academy, the more scholarships we can receive. 

Since 2006, more than 1,080 scholarships have been awarded to college-bound seniors across the state, totaling more than $2.1 million in awards. The Academy has been fortunate to qualify EACH year for scholarships based on the earned points. We encourage our entire Academy 'ohana to select Sacred Hearts Academy among the list of participating schools when they check out at any Foodland, Sack N Save or Foodland Farms store with their Maika'i Card.

Every time you shop through the end of the program, you earn Maika'i Points and Sacred Hearts benefits as well. The more Maika'i Points Sacred Hearts earns, the more scholarships we receive!

Sacred Hearts Academy's code is 7587. 

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Sacred Hearts Celebrates Mahina Olelo Hawaii (Hawaiian Language Month)

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In celebration of Mahina Olelo Hawaii or Hawaiian Language Month, Sacred Hearts Academy​ Advanced Hawaiian Language classes shared the Hawaiian Language through prayer and song.

Halelu 121 v. 1-2
E leha aku au i ko-u mau maka i na mauna Ma laila mai ko-u kokua e hiki mai ai Mai Iehova mai ko-u kokua Nana no i hana I ka lani a me ka honua

Pslam 121 v.1-2
I lift mine eyes towards the heavens
From whence come my help
My help comes from God
The Creator of heaven and earth

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

HSO Concertmaster Iggy Jang Visits Academy Lower School

Iggy Jang, Concertmaster Violinist, HSO

Iggy Jang, concertmaster violinist for the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and John Gallagher, double bass player also with Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, entertained the Academy's lower school students by giving them a crash course in stringed instruments and playing music pieces from all over the world.  

Students also learned how to dance the waltz and there were even a few eager volunteers who were selected by Mr. Jang to come up on stage and play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on Mr. Jang’s very own violin.  How exciting!
John Gallagher, Double Bass Player, HSO

A special mahalo to the Education and Outreach Program within the HSO (Hawaii Symphony Orchestra) and their sponsors, the City & County of Honolulu and Central Pacific Bank for providing this outstanding opportunity for our students.  

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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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