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,, 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
  • 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


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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