Thursday, July 12, 2018

Academy Teachers Selected As Trustey STEM Fellows

Kana Takahashi, Jennifer Arthur, Dawn Robertson
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Three Sacred Hearts Academy middle school teachers, Jennifer Arthur, Dawn Robertson, and Kana Takahashi, have been selected for the highly competitive Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows program. The team will join the 2018 cohort by traveling to a Trustey Summer Institute at Notre Dame University July 16-28.
The goal of the program is to foster continuous improvement in STEM teaching and learning. Sponsored by the Notre Dame Center for STEM Education, the fellowship spans three summers and two academic years. It includes the facilitation of a school-wide STEM Impact Plan. The experience offers 100 hours of professional development per year, paid travel, and a stipend over the three-year fellowship.
During the school years, the Sacred Hearts Academy teaching team will implement STEM Impact Plans, engage with an instructional coach and travel in January each year to the RISE Summit in Palo Alto, California to reinforce their STEM learning and apply their knowledge.
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Monday, July 2, 2018

Recyclable Sculpture On Display

Sacred Hearts Academy Summer School 2018, Sculpture 1
A display of colorful sculptures composed of recycled materials will be on display in the Sacred Hearts Academy Clarence TC Ching Student Center courtesy of the Sacred Hearts Academy Summer School "Sculpture" students. 

Each sculpture featured was designed utilizing recyclable materials such as toilet paper and paper towel tubes. Students worked in collaborative teams of five and were tasked to create an abstract, asymmetrical sculpture using negative space. Upon completion students added personal touches with feathers, sequins, puff balls, tissue, yarn and google eyes.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Academy Graduates Named NYSCamp Delegates

Catherine Palmer, '18, and Julia Oehlers, '18
#SacredHeartsAcademy, Honolulu, Hawaii
Recent Sacred Hearts Academy graduates, Julia Oehlers and Catherine Palmer, have been selected as Hawaii delegates to the prestigious National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp) in West Virginia, June 27 – July 21. The residential science education program selects two high-achieving graduates from each state in the United States and from eight additional countries to participate in the all-expenses paid experience.

The NYSCamp is a broad science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) experience that incorporates both creative and performing arts as well as an outdoor adventure series, including rock climbing, mountain biking, spelunking, whitewater kayaking, and overnight backpacking. Leading scientists from around the United States will lead seminars at the NYSCamp and will offer attendees directed study experiences. The NYSCamp delegation will also travel to Washington, D.C. to tour the museums on the National Mall, attend a Science Policy panel discussion at the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a luncheon in their honor with members of the United States Senate.

In the fall, Julia, a National Merit Scholar, will attend the University of Oklahoma majoring in biology and Catherine will major in pre-medicine at Creighton University.
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Monday, June 4, 2018

Ka Lei'ike Welcomes 5th Cohort of Students

Ka lei'ike 2018, Sacred Hearts Academy
Sacred Hearts Academy welcomed its 5th cohort of 10 new 4th grade students from Palolo Elementary School to join its Ka lei'ike program (to embrace knowledge). 

A total of 50 girls from Palolo Elementary and Jarrett Middle School will attend a 5-week summer program consisting of reading, math, leadership training and a host of electives such as robotics, coding, cooking, minecraft, Zumba and sports. 

The Ka lei'ike program is the Academy's way of reaching out to its neighbors and being a part of the larger community through the Private Schools with Public Purpose movement.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica Welcomes New Members

Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica
Sacred Hearts Academy Chapter, 2018
On Tuesday, April 24th, 12 new members were inducted into Sacred Hearts Academy Chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, a national honor society for students of the Spanish language.

The new members, the majority of whom will continue on to take Advanced Placement Spanish, have worked diligently over the past three years to earn a place in the society.

Teachers, Keeley Ohman and Sean Rist, applauded the high degree of compassion and discipline exhibited by these students and remarked that they could not be more proud of their efforts with the Spanish language.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Mahealani Sims-Tulba, '18, Receives Violet Richardson Award

Mahealani Sims-Tulba, '18
Soroptimist International Violet Richardson Award
Mahealani Sims-Tulba, '18, was one of four Hawaii high school students to win the Soroptimist International Violet Richardson Award. The award recognizes young women ages 14-17 who are actively engaged in volunteer action within their communities or schools. The award particularly highlights young women whose volunteer work make the community and world a better place.

Mahea created her own foundation, B.R.A.V.E. Hawaii (Be Respectful and Value Everyone), in addition to authoring and illustrating "It's Okay to Be Different". 
B.R.A.V.E. Hawaii focuses on anti bullying teachings and practices through school visits across the state. Through her foundation, Mahea continues to strive to bring awareness to the topic of bullying and stresses the importance of being kind and respectful, goal setting, personal development and motivation.

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Ka Leo Sweeps 14 First-Place Awards At Journalism Awards

SHA Ka Leo at 2018 Hawaii State Journalism Awards
Sacred Hearts Academy's student newspaper, Ka Leo, was named 2nd Best Newspaper in the State at the 2018 Hawaii High School Journalism Awards! Taking home additional Best in State top awards for the Writing and Photography divisions among a total of 14 First-Place awards. 

Ka Leo staffers competed against both public and private schools in 22 different categories, receiving First in State awards for Profile, Column, Blog, Photo Essay, Infographic and Multimedia; with Ka Leo News Editor, Shelby Mattos, '19, being named a Most Valuable Staffer

What a beautiful team effort! Congratulations, Jenelle Ho, Lucinda Hu, Grace Kim, Jasmine Matsumoto, Shelby Mattos, Taylor McKenzie, Rebecca Meyer, Noe Nekotani, Martha Nicholas, Jalen Tam, and Mrs. Alyssa Myers, SHA Ka Leo Advisor. Way to go ladies!


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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

AFCEA Honors Academy Cyber Student

Ashley Zhang, '18
AFCEA Student of the Month April 2018
At the April meeting of the AFCEA Hawaii Chapter (Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association), Ashley Zhang, '18, was recognized as Student of the Month April 2018. Ashley was recognized for her work in cyber security, computer science, and her enthusiasm and positive character; and was treated to a delicious luncheon where she was presented with a certificate, lei and $100 award.  

AFCEA is a 501(c)(6) non-profit international organization that is dedicated to increasing knowledge through the exploration of issues in information technology, communications, and electronics for the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities.  They are strong supporters of education in Hawaii and their Educational Foundation provides significant scholarships each year to military veterans, ROTC students, and STEM students and teachers.  

We add a special mahalo to Deborah KulaCyberLancers mentor and Sacred Hearts Academy mathematics teacher, for continuously working to provide these outstanding opportunities for students like Ashley to not only shine but further their interest and knowledge in cyber security and computer science. 

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Girls Go Draws Many Academy Cyber Security Enthusiasts

#SacredHeartsAcademy Cyber Lancers
When the command came to “go” at 4 a.m. on February 20, the Academy’s aspiring computer “techies” were “off and running” in the inaugural #GirlsGoCyberStart challenge!

The 15 teams of Lancers in grades nine to 12 joined over 5,700 other students from across the nation on this week-long cyber “quest.” Their goal was to tackle fun and interactive online challenges as “cyber protection agents” tasked with protecting an important operation base.

In the process, participants explored the exciting worlds of code-cracking, cyber security tools, security flaw detection, digital forensics and more. While all of the Academy’s cyber protection agents displayed superb security skills, two teams – the CyberBeans and Yikes the CyberGhosts – scored in the top 100 in the nation out of 2,355 teams and were sixth and seventh among Hawai’i competitors.

To assist the Lancer effort, Deborah Kula hosted a week-long “Cyberthon” in her classroom after school hours. She set a theme for each day and provided added motivation in keeping with this theme, including “cyber-ghetti sauce with password pasta” on “Exploits Wednesday” and “malware marshmallows” and “vanilla virus ice cream” on “Spyware Friday.”

#SacredHeartsAcademy Cyber Lancers
Kula remarked, “Many participants in this program came from the Cyberpatriot teams, but many had no prior experience. This is a testament to all of our students being encouraged to take risks!"

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Special Month Promotes Power of Women

From March 20 to 23, the High School Student Council and the “Fem” Club spearheaded the campus effort to celebrate Women’s History Month.

Organizers staged special activities each day to celebrate the power of women and created fliers detailing some of stellar female historical figures. Highlights of the activities included informative workshops by a curator from the Honolulu Museum of Art, a filmmaker and two agents serving with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, (pictured right with Zandrina Cambra, Leah Farias-Ornellas and Clara Ontal) Logan Johnston and Cindy Maglasang.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Sacred Hearts Lancer Robotics Are POWERED UP

Lancer Robotics Team #2437
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Sacred Hearts Academy Lancer Robotics POWERED UP at the Stan Sheriff Center on March 23 and 24 to battle against 36 other schools at this year's  prestigious FRC Hawaii Regional hosted by Friends of Robotics Hawaii.  

Placing 9th out of 37 teams as the quarter finals began, the Lancers performed autonomously, as well as in alliances with groups from the other schools, hailing from across the United States, Chinese Taipei and Japan.  Over 1,200 students were involved in designing and building their human-size robots over a six-week period. 


Congratulations to Waialua High School that won the regional champion and be will heading to the World Championships in Houston in late April.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Celebration of Life for Pua Palakiko Coen, '89

Lauleipuaokalani “Pua” Coen, '89
July 6, 1971 - March 11, 2018
The Coen & Palakiko 'ohana wish to share with their greater Sacred Hearts Academy 'ohana the following news of the passing of Lauleipuaokalani “Pua” Coen, '89, please share with family and friends.

Lauleipuaokalani “Pua” Coen, '89, died peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Sunday March 11, 2018. She was born on July 6, 1971, to Benjamin Hale Palakiko and Aletheia Kahalamapuwana Asimoe (Lau) Palakiko. She is survived by spouse Jonathan Lee Coen, daughter Rachel MLK Coen, brother Francis Moreira, sisters Lauleiliilehua “Leilii” Palakiko and Donna-Marie Palakiko.
She attended Star of the Sea Elementary, graduated from Sacred Hearts Academy, class of 1989, and received her Bachelors degree from Chaminade University.
Pua worked tirelessly to raise her people. Always an advocate, she started her professional career as a paralegal, then applied her investigative skills to work with Veterans before moving into leadership roles in non-profit and with the State. She was an accomplished hula dancer and graduated as an ‘olapa from Halau Hula o Maiki. She enjoyed learning and sharing her knowledge on all things Hawai’i. 
To honor her, we will celebrate her life on Tuesday March 27 2018 at Borthwick Mortuary Maunakea Chapel. Visitation begins at 5pm services at 6pm fellowship to follow. Aloha attire.


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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Sixth Grade Geological Adventure on Garden Isle


Culminating their study of the geography, geology, flora and fauna of Hawaii, Sacred Hearts Academy Class of 2024 spent the three days leading up to Spring Break exploring the Island of Kauai. The group of ladies have a busy itinerary including stops at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, Waimea Canyon, Haraguchi Rice Mill, Waioli Museum, Kauai Museum, and a trip to Hanalei Town.

Academy students will return to 'Oahu 
from Kauai Island to 'Oahu this Friday filled with not only the rich
experiences of what nature has to offer but also with memories of a lifetime sharing them with their friends, teachers and chaperones.

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Emma Pavich Counsels Counselors

Emma Pavich, a Domestic Violence Action Center contracted trainer and

licensed clinical social worker in the States of California and Hawaii, presented a half day workshop to 10 counselors and administrators from various private schools on Thursday, March 8th.

This workshop on "Intimate Partner Violence" helped give perspective on working with children and families suffering the harm of abuse. Participants learned to understand the complex issues impacting families and explore strategies for addressing this sensitive topic in confidential ways.

Mahalo nui loa to Emma Pavich for an insightful session!

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

E Mele Kakou 23rd Annual Festival a Huge Success

After working hours preparing for the E Mele Kakou Festival hosted by the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus and Coro and Cantilena Ensembles, our Sacred Hearts Academy choir beautifully rendered, "Imagine a World" by David Waggoner to a standing room only audience at the majestic Kawaiaha'o Church on Saturday, March 3

The Academy's young vocalists also joined all festival participants in singing "All Things Bright and Beautiful" by John Rutter and "E Mele Aku ia lehova" by Herb Mahelona. What a wonderful experience for our young vocalists singing with such talented youth!
Mrs. Deb OkadaSacred Hearts Academy Lower School Choral Director, led the Academy's choir in these efforts and was assisted by parent chaperones - Danielle Taketa, Marian Redd.

A group of Select Choir singers will be traveling to the ACDA (American Choral Directors' Association) Youth Treble Honor Choir Festival in Pasadena, California from March 14 - 17, 2018 accompanied by Mrs. Okada and Mrs. Hayashi. We wish the ladies the best in their upcoming performances and safe travels to all!

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Friday, February 23, 2018

NAVFAC Celebrates #EngineeringDay at SHA

For the third straight year, the NAVFAC Pacific (Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific) sponsored #EngineeringDay at the Academy with the goal of educating and inspiring Academy students about science and engineering fields they might consider pursuing as future careers. 

NAVFAC engineers, scientists, and architects gave short introductions of themselves, their positions and their personal journey into their given field of interest. After the presentations, students got involved in fun and educational interactive displays and demonstrations with the NAVFAC personnel.


Many thanks to
Helen Chou and Chief Engineer Ralph Luca for organizing and bringing this outstanding annual opportunity to Sacred Hearts Academy!

Check out additional photos of the event captured by Brian Wong, father of Sacred Hearts Academy alumnae Justine, '14, and Taryn, '17, by visiting: https://photos.app.goo.gl/fszyRy7T1xo6G4ht2

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Academy Students Dream Big to Make Hawaii A Better Place

2017 "Inspired in Hawaii" Clarence TC Ching Foundation
Sacred Hearts Academy Winners
More than 1,400 students from across the state submitted videos, essays and posters to the 8th Annual "Inspired in Hawaii" Poster, Essay and Video Contest sponsored by The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation. Students were prompted to find the inspiration to "dream big and make Hawaii a better place.

Sacred Hearts Academy extends its congratulations to the Academy's 16 finalists! Job well done ladies; your teachers and entire Academy 'ohana are proud of you! 

Click on the links below to view each winning entry; or visit "Inspired in Hawaii" to view all of the 2017 Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation Poster, Essay and Video Contest winners. 


LastFirstDivisionAwardTitleTeacher
ArnobitCeline IsabelleEssay Division1st Place - 12th GradeYoung Voices Deserve to Be HeardMargy O'Kelly
ChoyBriannaEssay Division3rd Place - 9th GradeAn Active Life Can Save A LifeJill Sprott
ChutaroSeonaEssay Division3rd Place - 7th GradeSolid Waste ManagementGaylen Isaacs
ContrerasKanoelaniMiddle School Video Division3rd PlaceStop the CycleLaurel Oshiro
GlaserAlanaEssay Division3rd Place - 12th GradeHit SnoozeMargy O'Kelly
KramerKayaDigital Poster Division1st Place - 6th GradeIf You Help Plants, Then They Will Help You!Laurel Oshiro
LeeDianaDigital Poster Division2nd Place - 6th GradeLitter is BitterLaurel Oshiro
LeeLlanaEssay Division3rd Place - 6th GradeWhere Did All the Bees Go?Shelly Spence
MacalintalAbigailEssay Division1st Place - 9th GradeStretching the Hands of TimeJill Sprott
MinTiffanyEssay Division3rd Place - 11th GradeRefine the CoastlineMargy O'Kelly
MoriguchiReinaPoster Division1st Place - 7th GradeHomelessnessKaycie Baltunado
NguyenCynthiaEssay Division1st Place - 10th GradeAgriculture Within ArchitectureChloe Smith
VicencioDanelleDigital Poster Division1st Place - 12th GradeLandfill IslandsDavid Randall
VillamilMadeleinePoster Division3rd Place - 4th GradeProtect the Ozone Layer!Malia Urie
WalkerAbigailEssay Division1st Place - 7th GradeSubject of Essay - Photovoltaic FarmsGaylen Isaacs
YoshidaOliviaEssay Division2nd Place - 11th GradeCaring for Hawaii's KupunaMargy O'Kelly


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