Friday, May 10, 2019

Lower School Students Read 1,800+ Minutes

Congratulations to the 91 Sacred Hearts Academy Lower School students who read more than 1,800 minutes each this school year! 

Students diligently tracked their reading time and turned in a reading log for six months showing that they read at least 300 minutes each month. 

Each student received a reading medal, certificate signed by their teacher and librarian, and Pizza Hut personal pan pizza coupons.  

Keep up the great work! So proud of your efforts.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Academy Band Honors Senior Students at Aloha Concert

Following an outstanding Aloha Concert presented by the Sacred Hearts Academy Band at Mamiya Theatre on Monday, May 6th, 2019, Band Director, Keith Higaki, offered his congratulations to the Class of 2019 Sacred Hearts Academy Band Seniors! We wish them the best as they continue their academic endeavors. 
  • Olivia Bruce - Spelman College (Physics & Music)
  • Lauren Chun - Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (Electrical Engineering)
  • Sally Do - University of Hawaii at Manoa (Biochemistry)
  • Shelby Mattos - Creighton (Journalism)
  • Minami Nagahama - Gonzaga University (Nursing)
  • Tiffany Ng - University of Hawaii at Manoa (Molecular Cell Biology)
  • Amy Ngo - Chaminade University of Honolulu (Forensic Science)
  • Martha Nicholas - University of Hawaii at Manoa (Creative Media)


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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Alumnae Present at Annual Head of School Reception

Dr. Lisa Fong, '07
Lisa graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Biology. At Creighton University, she earned her Doctorate in Pharmacy. Currently works as a pharmacist at Times Supermarket. You may have seen her in a commercial for Times Pharmacy where she has been working since 2015. Lisa recently partnered with the Hawaii Department of Health to provide a Hepatitis B class that educated both at-risk members of the public and health care professionals.


Brittany Viloria, '12
Brittany graduated from Chaminade in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology and a minor in Psychology. She currently works as an Operational Support Technician for the FBI, Honolulu Office. She is now pursuing her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice also at Chaminade.

Jaclyn Sakamoto, '15
Jaclyn will be graduating this May from the University of Hawaii Manoa with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, American Studies and Economics. She is a member of several UH organizations such as the Campus Climate Committee and the Pre Law Association, was a senator and now secretary with the Associated Students of the University of Hawaii. She has been accepted into the Seattle University School of Law this fall.


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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Video Production PSA by Ka Leo Staffer Qualifies for Youth Finals

Reagan RamirezLeilani Ostrowski,
Kirsten Aoyagi
 and Aubree Davis
Bruised,” a video public service announcement (PSA) developed by Kirsten Aoyagi, was one of over 1,500 pieces submitted in this year’s ‘Olelo Youth Xchange Student Video Competition.
Aoyagi’s well-crafted script and proficient filming and editing qualities earned her anti-bullying production one of three PSA finalists spots in the Xchange contest. The junior’s quality piece, which also earned finalist honors in the “Inspired in Hawai’i” contest, was recognized at the Xchange Competition Awards Banquet on April 24. Aoyagi (second from right) was joined at the Banquet by the “talent” in the PSA, (left) Reagan Ramirez, Leilani Ostrowski and Aubree Davis.


Watch "Bruised": https://vimeo.com/297220234


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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Ka Leo Named 2nd Best Newspaper In State (Again!)

The Sacred Hearts Academy Ka Leo editorial team was named 2nd Best Newspaper in the State (again!) at the 2019 Hawaii High School Journalism Awards (HHSJA) luncheon, held April 17 at the Pagoda Hotel.

In addition, our students brought home numerous First in State Awards including: News, Features, Profile, Column, Blog, Infographic and Multimedia. Special congratulations to Martha Nicholas, '19, on being named Most Valuable Staffer!

Sacred Hearts Academy Ka Leo Staff
  • Kristen Aoyagi
  • Mercedes Anacleto
  • Monica Kenny
  • Ragelle Lumapas
  • Shelby Mattos
  • Rebecca Meyer
  • Noe Nekotani
  • Martha Nicholas 
  • Milena Ordonez
  • Tyra Tabayoyong

To participate in this award-winning publication, Academy students should speak to their counselor or Mrs. Alyssa Myers to join the Ka Leo team!
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Monday, April 8, 2019

Lancer of the Month: Ashli Sordillia, '19

Congratulations to Lancer of the Month Ashli Sordillia, ‘19, a member of the Lancer Athletics Varsity Softball Team and the Academy's Trimble Scholars!
"She is a great representation of what a student-athlete should be. On the field she is a great leader, teammate, competitor, and big sister. She leads by remaining positive, working hard, being respectful, picking up her teammates, and always putting the team before herself." -Softball Coach 

"She is a wonderful personality, bright, hardworking, diligent, positive, humble, and respected by all." -Academy Teachers
Ashli is a joy to be around and tends to be the “mother hen” looking after the emotional needs of her classmates.  She is quick to share humor and welcome people into her friend group. Congratulations Ashli on being named April's Lancer of the Month!

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Academy 'Ohana Supports St. Baldrick's Foundation

Sacred Hearts Academy invites you to show your support of Academy Alumnae, Dr. Desiree Medeiros Glaser, '82, Alana Glaser, '18, and current sophomore, Alyse Glaser, '21, in their family effort to raise awareness and funds for the St. Baldrick's Foundation

Both Desiree and her husband, Dr. Darryl Glaser are Pediatric Oncologists at the Kapiolani Children’s Blood and Cancer Center. Their children, Alana and Alyse, have grown up knowing children with cancer and the devastating effects cancer can have, and are excited to join their mom and dad in support of these brave warriors and show their support toward Conquering Childhood Cancers. This year, the entire Glaser 'ohana has volunteered to shave their heads to raise money for Childhood Cancer Research and to show solidarity with children with cancer.


“The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer and donor powered charity committed to supporting the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.” Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has funded over $258,000,000 in research grants for Childhood Cancer Research with Honolulu events contributing to over $680,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. 


Join them at the 9th Annual Honolulu St Baldrick’s Event on April 28, 2019 at Mai Tai Bar at Ala Moana Shopping Center at 12 noon to 4 pm.


Ways to support:
1. Become a shavee.
2. Donate to one of the following links:


3. Attend the event and cheer the Glasers on!
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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

ひなまつり Celebrated at Sacred Hearts Academy

Girls' Day, also called Doll's Festival (Hinamatsuri), is celebrated on March 3 to pray for the health and happiness of young girls in Japan.

Academy students enrolled in Japanese II Honors celebrated Hinamatsuri with their Pre-School sisters by engaging in a variety of cultural activities together.  With the high schools taking the lead, the girls taught their sisters about Hinamatsuri and even provided a lesson in Hiragana with the girls learning to  write Hinamatsuri, ひなまつり, in Japanese characters!
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Saturday, March 2, 2019

First Male Leader of Sacred Hearts to Focus on Empowering Women

Scott Schroeder, a dean at Chaminade University,
will take over as head of school at
Sacred Hearts Academy when longtime
leader Betty White retires this summer.
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After a nationwide search, Sacred Hearts Academy has decided the best person to replace its longtime leader, Betty White, is right in its Kaimuki neighborhood. 
Scott Schroeder, professor of management and dean of Chaminade University’s School of Business and Communication, will be the first male head of school in the 110-year history of the all-girls Catholic institution. He will join Sacred Hearts on July 1. 
“Every day we teach our girls that gender doesn’t matter,” Gwen Yamamoto Lau, chairwoman of the academy’s board of directors, said in an interview. “It’s the person most qualified for the job, for the team, for the play, whatever it is. … So similarly, when we were selecting our head of school, gender did not stand in the way of us selecting the very best candidate." 
The move does not signal any change in its commitment to women’s education, officials said. 
“As the academy’s first male head of school, Dr. Schroeder will continue the academy’s mission of empowering women to make an impact in our world,” White said. “His appointment magnifies the vital importance that this empowerment comes through the collective and collaborative efforts of both males and females in our daily lives.”
White came to Sacred Hearts fresh out of college as a teacher, and her career there spans 48 years, the last 28 as head of school. In January 2018 she announced her intention to retire, and she will overlap with her successor for a month before retiring July 31.
Schroeder knows the school well already, having served on its board of directors since July 2013 and as chairman as of July 2017. He stepped down from the board in October to apply for the position as head of school. 
“He is such a humble leader, it was not until he actually applied and we reviewed his resume, I was just blown away at his caliber and credentials,” Lau said. 
Sister Regina Mary Jenkins, president of the Sacred Hearts Academy Corporation, cited Schroeder’s “proven track record and vast experience in education” in announcing the appointment Thursday.
Schroeder earned his bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University, his M.B.A. at Arizona State University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles, specializing in management and psychology. He also did postgraduate work as a fellow at Harvard’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.
“I am committed to Sacred Hearts being a school where you can’t wait to get to in the morning, a place where you are helped to do your best and develop great memories,” he told students and faculty at an assembly Thursday. 
Along with his Chaminade experience, Schroeder developed a graduate program at Antioch University, taught at Claremont Graduate University and was dean of academic affairs at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. 
Lau called his focus on organizational leadership and strategy “a huge plus” along with his commitment to teaching. 
“He’s been in the administrative roles, but he’s kept the faculty lens, too, because he still teaches,” Lau said. “That keeps him grounded, keeps him connected to students. … And with his interest in psychology, he really understands how to work with people at many different levels.” 
The school has 885 students in preschool through grade 12. With a faculty and staff of 120, there are just two nuns remaining on the faculty. 
White navigated the transition from a faculty made up largely of members of the religious order, who served for love, to lay teachers, a financial challenge that has tripped up some other Catholic schools.
“Betty’s incredible leadership and management skills have played an integral role in evolving our academy into the outstanding educational institution it is today,” Lau said. “We have been extremely blessed to have Betty with us for so many years.” 
White shepherded Sacred Hearts into a new age, adding a student center, performing arts center, visual arts center and multiple science and computer labs. She spearheaded programs for girls in science, technology, engineering and math.
“She has served as a mentor and positive role model to thousands of Hawaii’s young women, inspiring them to become leaders with character in our communities,” Lau said.
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Friday, March 1, 2019

Exploring Aspects of Green Life

The Junior Kindergarten (JK) students in Sandy Arnobit’s class were thoroughly engrossed and intrigued during their recent explorations focusing on the “fantastic” world of plant life. 

This in-depth study entailed participating in a variety of hands-on activities, including carefully planting their own “crop” of beans.The students diligently cared for their new plants and were extremely excited to observe the growth and changes as the new “life” took roots.

After these in-depth examinations, the kindergartners recorded their observations in their journals. Their notations often included the height of the stalk or the amount of leaves that were visible, and many even further documented the changes with color-accurate illustrations of developments.

Their lesson into the world of plant life continues as they “hone” their “green thumbs!”

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Rochelle Narciso Selected for ACDA Honor Choir

What an honor! Honor Choir that is! Sacred Hearts Academy's Rochelle Narciso, daughter of Academy Housekeeper, Josephine "Josie" Narciso, was selected to participate in the ACDA's Honor Choir

Last October Rochelle sent in an audition tape that included her singing a scale going up & down along with a song of choice that song that showcased her vocal talents. After competing among 1000+ children from the entire U.S. for a coveted spot in the Honor Choir, Rochelle was selected! 

We wish her safe travels as she head to Kansas City to rehearse with her fellow honor choir members.

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Sacred Hearts Academy/Saint Louis School Captures National Grand Championship

Sacred Hearts Academy and Saint Louis School combined to achieve the prestigious title of Grand National Champion at the JAMZ SCHOOL CHEER National Championships held on February 22-23, 2019 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada

Saint Louis School joined with the 2-time ILH and State Competitive Cheer Champion Sacred Hearts Academy to claim this coveted award. With 72 teams vying for the National Title, the Sacred Hearts Academy/Saint Louis squad was crowned the overall Grand Champion Title by having the highest total and overall combined score.

*The team of Logan Agcaoili (11), Kammiee Ardo (9), Cayla Cabanban (10), Alissa De Smet (10), Lexy Freitas (11), Odyn Kane (11), Kayla Oka (11), Derrick Okamoto (11), Mina O'Reilly (12), Tristan Racpan (11), Jacelyn Tanavasa (9), Megan Valente (12), Coach Cadey Vakauta and Coach Gail Gushikuma also captured the following titles:

*Best Stunt Sequence Award
*National Champions COED Sideline Performance
*OVERALL National Champions Sideline Performance
*National Champions Level 3 Coed Division
*OVERALL Level 3 Champions
along with the coveted GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPION title.  

Coach Cadey Vakauta was emotional and overwhelmed with the results explaining how this team came along way in such a short time saying "we are so thrilled that our team worked so hard and realized our motto of HARD WORK BEATS TALENT". She further expressed her gratitude saying "we are honored and humble to represent our respective schools and Hawaii in this way. I am so proud of our team to have had this experience".  Coach Gail Gushikuma, a longtime cheer coach, felt truly blessed to see the fruits of their labor come to fruition.  

The team is scheduled to arrive in Honolulu on Hawaiian Airlines Flt. 17 at
6:15AM on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. 

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Seniors Kick-Off Graduation Festivities by Honoring 'Ohana

Following the theme “Stronger Together,” the seniors focused on the special members of their immediate and extended “family’ during the festive Senior ‘Ohana Luncheon on February 10 at the Pomaika’i Ballrooms

The memorable Luncheon included Olivia Bruce’s violin rendition of “Orange Blossom Special” and performances showcasing the talents of seniors and members of their families. 

Xavier Downey-Silva shared about her challenging transition to the Academy’s environment as a freshman, and how receiving a low grade from Gaylen Isaacs was a pivotal point that changed the trajectory of her life and set her on a path towards success. 

Eden Arthur honored Betty White during her speech, sharing tidbits of life “behind-the scenes,” having traveled with the school’s soon to-retire leader to China in the fall. 

The Luncheon kicks-off the festivities leading to graduation, and the talented seniors proudly debuted their touching class song, “Change the World” before the event concluded.
 

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Foodland's Shop for Higher Education Scholarship (February 6 - March 19)

Sacred Hearts Academy is once again participating in Foodland - Hawaii's Shop for Higher Education program!

Each year #Foodland awards (100) $2,000 college scholarships to deserving high school seniors across the state each year. Customers are encouraged to select their favorite Hawaii high school (#SacredHeartsAcademy Code: 7587) when they check out at any Foodland and Sack N Save store.

Every time you shop through the end of the program, you earn Maika'i points for your 'ohana AND matching points for the Academy! The more points a school earns, the more scholarships it receives. #ShopForHigherEducation kicks off tomorrow, February 6, and runs thru March 19.

Each year with the help of the Academy's collective 'ohana, family and friends, Academy seniors have been eligible for scholarship monies. Let's make the big leap by having as many parents shop at Foodland and earn points for our school! #GoLancers
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