Tuesday, September 18, 2018

How Does The Garden Grow? Lush & Green!

Sacred Hearts Academy Lower School Gardening Class
Gardening provides a dynamic environment in which students observe, discover, experiment, nurture and learn! 

Students in the Lower School can now delve into this exciting world with second grade teacher, Veronica Prislin, who is conducting gardening lessons from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. each week on Monday and Thursday. Prislin will use the garden as a laboratory to introduce students to scientific methods through plan-related experiments. 
“Gardening provides a place to study weather, insects, soil and other environmental factors. It also provides students with knowledge of the benefits of living a more healthy lifestyle by being more receptive to eating fruits and vegetables, and it encourages them to be aware of their choices and eat nutritious meals.” -Veronica Prislin
This gardening endeavor is part of a wide array of after-school options available for Lower School students to explore – from Musical Theatre to Smart Karate to Violin

WANT MORE DETAILS OR TO SIGN-UP? Parents of students interested in exploring Gardening and other After School Program options should contact Melanie Ah Soon at mahsoon@sacredhearts.org.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Academy Uncorked Floral Decor Request

Our Academy Uncorked committee needs your help! As our Sacred Hearts Academy 'ohana comes together to celebrate their love for the Academy and raise money for the Academy's Scholarship Fund, we kindly request tropical floral and greenery donations of: heliconia, parakeets, hanging heliconia (lobster claw), laua'e ferns, monstera leaves, anthuriums, gingers (red/pink/kahili/torch), green/red ti leaves and plumerias. 

Donations can be dropped off on Friday, September 21st, at the Academy's Conference Room. Mahalo for your consideration! #SacredHeartsAcademy #AcademyUncorked
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Give Aloha 2018

Have you heard about Give Aloha 2018? Did you know that if you choose to designate your donation, between $1 to $249, to Sacred Hearts Academy at any FoodlandSack N Save or Foodland Farms store from September 1-30 with your Maikaˋi shopping card, you can watch your donation grow! By donating through the Give Aloha 2018 campaign a portion your donation will be matched by FoodlandAll 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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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Tropical Storm Olivia Update #2

September 11, 2018

Hello Students, Parents and Guardians, and Staff:

The school has continued to closely monitor the Tropical Storm Olivia.  At this point in time, no cancellations have been made in after school sports and activities. (The only exception is the College Night for Juniors; which has been re-scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 18th at 6PM.) School at this time has not been cancelled for Wednesday.

However, changes can be made quickly so will you be attentive to SHA EDUCATE throughout the evening and early morning. 


Betty White
Head of School

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Tropical Storm Olivia Update #1

September 11, 2018

Students, Parents and Guardians:

Although Tropical Storm Olivia continues to weaken, it appears at present that the storm will pass directly over the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai and pass just south of Oahu on Wednesday.  This is a current projection and could change over the next 24 hours.

Please stay attentive to your email messages in the next few hours from SHA EDUCATE.  As soon as a decision is reached regarding after school activities for today (Tuesday) and closing of school for Wednesday, you will be notified.

The safety of our students and their families is our first consideration.


Betty White
Head of School

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Starting College, Early That Is!

Sacred Hearts Academy Early College Program
Chaminade University, Fall 2018
Sacred Hearts Academy is again offering a program that allows students to get a “jump start” on the next phase of their studies by starting college early! This fall, Chaminade University (CU) joins Leeward Community College (LCC) in the school’s “Early College Program” (ECP) efforts. 

Under the program, qualifying High School students enroll in select collegiate courses while completing their regular curriculum studies. This process earns a “dual credit” that applies to their High School graduation requirements while receiving college credits in the process. 

Eight Academy students are currently enrolled in one of the many ECP courses, such as World Civilization, World Religions and Introduction to Expository Writing, which meets weekly on the campus of Chaminade University. In these courses, taught by CU faculty, the Academy participants are integrated with their collegiate students. 

This semester, the Academy has 17 students enrolled in LCC’s ECP offering, Psychology, held on the Academy’s campus. During the spring semester, Academy students entered in the program will enroll in ICS101: Digital Tools for the Info World

Eden Arthur, Agnes Brown, Ashley
Zeidler and Kaitlyn White on the campus
of Chaminade University
Only Academy students in grades 10 to 12 are eligible to take ECP courses, and College Counselor Randy Fong coordinates the Academy’s efforts in this area. In addition to earning dual credits, ECP has many additional benefits, including: 

  • Advanced classes not offered on campus, such as Chinese, can be taken.  
  • Early college courses strengthen transcripts and help applications stand out.
  • These classes help prepare students for the rigors of collegiate-level coursework.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Lower School Student Council Induction 2018-2019

Sacred Hearts Academy lower school students are looking forward to a 'ROARingly' exciting year, the specially crafted theme by the 2018-2019 Lower School Student Council. "R.O.A.R." stands for R: Respect others and their feelings, O: Own your mistakes and behaviors, A: Attitude-Remain positive even when facing failure, R: Responsible for fulfilling your job as a student. 

Congratulations to Student Council Officers: Ainsleigh Kasprick (President), Janela Tabios (Vice President), Madeleine Eakin (Treasurer) and Anastasia Lee (Secretary); and Student Council Representatives: Eryn Tingey, Taimane Mata'afa-Alferos, Aisa Yamanaka, Kylie Ann Amine, Anna Casupang, Na'ima Ford, and Tehya Ordonez on being elected by your peers!

The entire Sacred Hearts Academy 'ohana is proud of its student leaders and looks forward to an exciting year ahead!

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Fifth Grade Retreats Together

The fifth graders explored the concept, gleaned from Winnie the Pooh and friends, that “A Friend Is the Nicest Thing That You Have,” the theme of their Class Retreat on August 31. 

With assistance from members of the High School Living In Faith Experience (LIFE) team and Sr. Katherine Francis Miller, '57, ss.cc., who organized the day, the 42 fifth graders delved into all things related to “friendship,” including how to bring out the qualities each appreciates in her friends. They also explored the individual characteristics needed to be a good friend to others. 

To reinforce these concepts, the students participated in activities that required them to work together and support one another to reach the end goal. 

This was the first Class Retreat experience for the students, and they enjoyed building their friendships with peers and being “mentored” by the LIFE team.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Hurricane Lane Update # 4

August 25, 2018

Aloha Parents and Guardians:

We trust your immediate family and friends are well and made it through the Hurricane with minimum effects.

Sacred Hearts Academy opens on Monday and will resume its regular schedule and activities, as a "G Day". Mahalo to our staff which "stood watch" during the past several days.

Our prayers are with Hawaii's people who are recovering from Hurricane Lane's effects. It is with joyful hearts that we welcome our Lancers back on Monday morning.


Betty White
Head of School

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

SAT Test at Sacred Hearts Academy Rescheduled

Due to #HurricaneLane the SAT Exam administered by CollegeBoard scheduled for this Saturday, August 25th at Sacred Hearts Academy has been CANCELLEDCollegeBoard will be reaching out to all those registered to inform them of this change in addition to the closure being posted on their website under "Test Center Closings". It has been re-scheduled for September 15th at Sacred Hearts Academy

Sacred Hearts Academy
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Center Code: 12157
Notes: Makeup to be administered on 09/15/2018

The CollegeBoard website states, "If your test center is closed and a new center is listed: 1. Sign in to your College Board account. 2. Print an updated Admission Ticket with the new test center information. 3. Required: Bring your updated Admission Ticket to your new test center."

Due to #HurricaneLane all Hawaii test sites are closed with many listing make-up dates as September 15th, or pending information.

If you are interested in researching other Test Centers out of state the CollegeBoard website offers the following contact information:

Change Test Type, Center, or Date
Can only be done online or by phone. Some changes include fees.
Online: Create or sign in to your College Board Account
Phone: Credit card payment required.
Domestic: 866-756-7346
International: 212-713-7789

We thank you for your patience and understanding; and pray that you and your 'ohana remain safe this weekend. We look forward to serving as a testing site for the SAT Exam on September 15th. Mahalo. 

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Hurricane Lane Update #3

August 22, 2018
Aloha Parents/Guardians, Students and Faculty:

Sacred Hearts Academy will follow its usual school schedule today (August 22, 2018) with after-school care provided by Kama'aina Kids until 6:00PM. After-school activities for athletics have been cancelled for today.  

The Academy will be closed on Thursday (August 23) and Friday (August 24) because of Hurricane Lane.  

Thank you for praying for the safety of Hawaii's people and their property during this storm. As you are doing with your homes, we are taking as many safety precautions as possible to protect the school. We will have a small crew working, and contact us if we can help your family in any way.  


Betty White
Head of School
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Spotlight on Melinda Rocha - Director of Student Activites

Spotlight on Melinda Rocha
Director of Student Activities


Armed with a Master’s Degree in School Counseling, provides support needed by students in grades seven to 12. In addition, assists teachers in conducting the revised “Advisory Program.”

Also, supports and guides student leaders in grades seven to 12 and is the advisor for the Student Council on these levels.


Is working to help the Student Council implement new activities to promote “sisterhood,” togetherness and the bonds of “Family,” its theme this year.


Finds success in the results of helping the Student Council members plan new, innovative events – along the way, fostering their creativity and encouraging and developing their individual leadership styles.


Previously, taught Mathematics to the Academy’s Junior High and High School students from 2014 to 2016; because of her husband’s job with the United States Navy, relocated to Groton, Connecticut for about two years.

Was raised in Corpus Christi in Texas, and in addition to Groton, has traveled to 12 other countries.


Along with husband, Sean Rocha, is “raising” Raider Rocha, an eight year-old German Shepherd.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Hurricane Lane Update #2

August 21, 2018

Aloha Parents and Guardians:

Sacred Hearts Academy is tracking closely the National Weather Service's updates on Hurricane Lane.  We kindly urge to our Academy 'ohana to make sure that your contact information in EDUCATE is current.  The updated emails are essential for you to receive any information the school sends out about Hurricane Lane


Betty White
Head of School
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Hurricane Lane Update #1

Aloha Parents & Guardians:

In anticipation for the possible upcoming hurricane effects on Oahu, Sacred Hearts Academy will notify parents via our EDUCATE system should a school closure be necessary.

Hurricanes can cause life and property-threatening hazards such a flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes. The Hawaii Red Cross recommends that residents update their family evacuation plan, emergency preparedness kit and get better prepared. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane.


The American Red Cross recommends the following preparedness actions:

1.  Make an emergency preparedness kit

Your kit should include a portable, sturdy, easy to carry, water resistant container and should have enough supplies for seven days. Check your kit and replace perishable stock every six months. Whether you purchase a kit or choose to build your own, your seven-day kit should include:
  • Water - one gallon per person, per day.
  • Food - non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items such as tuna fish, peanut butter, crackers, and canned fruit. Make sure to include a manual can opener
  • A battery-powered or hand-crank radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
  • A first aid kit.
  • Prescription and non-prescription medication items (seven-day supply). Include medical supplies like extra hearing aid batteries, syringes, etc.
  • Copies of important documents, including birth certificates, insurance policies, a medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home and social security cards.
  • Cell phone chargers.
  • Multi-purpose tool.
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
  • Extra cash. ATMs and credit cards won’t work if the power is out.
  • Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members.
  • One blanket or sleeping bag per person.
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowls).
  • Maps of the area.
2.  Prepare a family evacuation plan

The Red Cross urges each and every household to meet together to develop a household disaster plan. The plan should include:
  • Identifying two meeting places: one right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire, and one outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home.
  • Making advanced preparations for your pets. Be aware that pets may not be allowed in shelters. Contact hotels, motels, family members and animal shelters to see if they would allow pets in a disaster situation. Keep a contact list of “pet friendly” locations. If you are asked to evacuate, take your pets with you.
  • Choosing an out-of-area emergency contact person. During or after a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance, especially if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service. Family members should call this person and tell them where they are. Everyone must know your emergency contact person’s phone number and email address.
  • Plan your evacuation route. Use local maps and identify alternate evacuation routes from home, work and/or school. Know where you are going and how you plan to get there before you leave home.
3.  Be informed
  • Find out what types of disasters are likely to occur in your area and how to prepare for each.
  • Find out how local authorities will contact you during a disaster. Listen to local media broadcasts or NOAA Weather Radio for the latest storm conditions and follow the advice of local authorities.
  • Contact the Hawaii Red Cross for details about community disaster education presentations that may be arranged or are available in your workplace, school or community organization.
  • Get trained in CPR and first aid so you will know how to respond to emergencies in the event that help is delayed.
  • If you are told to evacuate, do so immediately. You may choose to evacuate sooner than alerted if you think you may need additional time.
4.  Know what to do if a hurricane WATCH is issued
  • Listen to weather updates from your battery-powered or hand-cranked radio.
  • Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, hanging plants, bicycles, toys and garden tools, anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.
  • Close all windows and doors. Cover windows with storm shutters or plywood.
  • If time permits, and you live in an identified surge zone, elevate furniture or move it to a higher floor to protect it from flooding.
  • Fill your vehicle’s gas tank.
  • Check your disaster supplies kit to make sure items have not expired.
5.  Know what to do if a hurricane WARNING is issued
  • Listen to the advice of local officials, and leave if they tell you to do so. To locate the nearest Red Cross emergency shelter, check your hurricane app or visit www.redcross.org/shelter
  • If in a manufactured home, check tie-downs and evacuate as told by local authorities.
  • Secure your home by unplugging appliances.
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible.
  • If you have propane, turn off the tank.
  • If you are not advised to evacuate, stay inside, away from windows, skylights and glass doors.
  • Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light.
  • If power is lost, turn off appliances to reduce damage from a power surge when electricity is restored.
For more information on what to do before, during and after a hurricane, please visit http://www.redcross.org/hi/honolulu/programs-services/disaster-preparedness


Betty White
Head of School
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Monday, August 20, 2018

C-SPAN's 50 Capitals Tour Come to Sacred Hearts Academy

The C-SPAN (Cable-Statellite Public Affairs Network) Bus is on the road visiting all 50 state capitals to engage with teachers, students, elected officials and viewers to showcase C-SPAN's multi-platform public service resources. 

The 45-foot high tech, air-conditioned motor coach bus stopped in the heart of our very own Sacred Hearts Academy campus on Monday, August 20th, part of a 10-day visit in Hawaii visiting schools and cultural sites across Oahu and Maui. 

C-SPAN is a commercial-free public service that offers coverage of Congress' public policy discussions "all without editing, commentary or analysis and with a balanced presentation of points of view." The bus acts as a multi-media ambassador laden mobile classroom, spreading the word about C-SPAN's public affairs programming and extensive online resources. 

Students and teachers had the opportunity to speak with C-SPAN docents, engage in discussion in the on-board television studio that doubles as a classroom, and test their knowledge at interactive stations. Mahalo nui loa to Spectrum for sponsoring this outstanding opportunity for Sacred Hearts Academy and Hawai'i students and teachers!

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Academy Supports Kapi'olani Medical Center

August 10th, 2018
Kapiolani Medical Center 12th Annual Radiothon
Sacred Hearts Academy was a proud sponsor of Hawaii Pacific Health's 12th Annual Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children's Radiothon! Current #GirlsGotGrit students paired with Kimi Tokunaga, '18, Sacred Hearts Academy and GGG alumna, teamed up to raise money to support Kapi'olani Medical Center's fundraising effort on Friday, August 10th. Following a short orientation, led by Emily Torres, former Academy Development Director, the student volunteers learned the ins-and-outs of manning the phone banks while KSSK broadcast the Radiothon and interviews live over the airwaves. The ladies were most excited to catch up and visit with Dr. Angela Pratt, current OB-GYN Chief and 2018 #SacredHeartsAcademy #GirlsGotGrit Mentor. Congratulations ladies on helping raise over $285K in support of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals!

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