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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