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February 29, 2012 | 5:15 am

Why Was HFD and Ambulance on Campus?

While racing a friend to class, a student took the handicap ramp. Student's tight jeans slid down, causing legs to entangle. Student fell hard, causing obvious and not so obvious injuries. While treating for the obvious injuries, Health Aide Wayne Matsukawa noticed "red flags," and requested for us to activate the Emergency Response System. "It was a good call," said HFD as the ambulance took the student for medical evaluation.

February 26, 2012 | 4:02 pm

Star Advertiser Photographer Mr. Larry Covers Percussion Ensemble Rehearsal Tonight

Niu Valley Middle Percussion Ensemble members took a break for photo-ops tonight as the Star Advertiser sent Mr. Larry to learn about preparations for the World Guard International competition. There was a group portrait as well as candid shots taken, with Mr. Larry many times, "In your face" with his camera. Keep an eye out for coverage by the Star Advertiser!

February 25, 2012 | 10:03 am

NVMS Mathletes and Coaches Give Call Signs

In acts of endearment, the NVMS Mathletes agreed upon "call signs" for every member, coach, chaperone, and even for me. Head Coach Mr. Jonathan Oshiro (Gr. 8 math teacher) is "Jester." Coach Mr. Michael Young (Gr. 7 math teacher) is "YOUNGster." Chaperone Mr. Garrett Hatakenaka (Network Specialist/IB Tech Coordinator) is "Squirtle." As for me? The 2010-11 NVMS Mathletes named me, "Jedi Master."

February 25, 2012 | 9:55 am

Breaking News: Sabrina Summers Lead NVMS Mathletes to States

Buoyed by student Sabrina Summers team high score, the Niu Valley Middle School Mathletes earned a spot in the state Math Counts competition. Today at Punahou's Case Middle, they competed against twenty-five other teams from Oahu, who hailed from both public and private schools (Hawaii Association of Independent Schools). Congratulations, Lancer Mathletes! We're proud of your hard work, led by Mr. Oshiro and Mr. Young.

February 22, 2012 | 6:12 pm

Senate Confirms Principal Mew as Board Member of the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board

Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Education acted on Governor Abercrombie's nomination of Principal Justin Mew to a seat on the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board.Principal Mew participated in the Senate Confirmation Hearing. Two other nominees were questioned and confirmed as well: Mr. Edward Patrick, representing the public, and Ms. Terry Holk, representing teachers. Ms. Holk is the current chair of the HTSB.

February 22, 2012 | 5:59 am

Rotary Club of Kahala Sunrise Awards Niu Valley Middle Principal

This morning at the Waialae Country Club, the Rotary Club of Kahala Sunrise (RoCKS) recognized five individuals with their "Everyday Hero Award." Our Principal/Head of School was one of them. The Rotary Motto is "Service Above Self," and they have a Four Way Test of the things they think, say or do: (1) Is it the Truth? (2) Is it Fair to all concerned? (3) Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships? (4) Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

February 20, 2012 | 8:07 am

“Mr. Mew, Would You Like to Play with Us?”

Percussionist Zoey F. saw me taking pictures (over 200!!) and as I stood in back with our percussionists, she invited me to play the second djembes, which is an African drum. "Music is meant to be shared," she said. "Audience participation, remember?" So I put down my camera, stood next to Zoey and joined the NVMS Percussion Section, taking Zoey's lead, as we played Moja Mbili Tatu, and the Kenyan Happy Birthday to Cierra. Who needs to use the Jedi Mind Trick, when playing the djembes clearly fired up my neurons! It was exhilarating. Thank you, Zoey, the NVMS Percussion Section, and the African cultural beliefs, which "got my head in the game!"

February 20, 2012 | 7:57 am

Thinking Outside of the Box: Percussionist Zoey F. Asks Not a Question, But a Request

As the Q & A session neared the end, Zoey asked Professor Akombo to play something with our newly acquired African Drum, the djembes (say this with a silent "d"). He showed the true spirit of Quadrant D thinking. "Who's birthday is closest to today?" he asked. Our student shouted, "Today is Cierra N's birthday!!!" So using the djembes, Professor Akombo led the room in recognizing Cierra. But he did not stop there! No Continent Left Behind: same tune used across the USA and many countries. In Kenya, there are different birthday songs, depending on your birth order. Since Cierra is the eldest, Professor Akombo sang and played the djembes, with audience clapping in beat--a Kenyan happy birthday for the eldest! The gift of music and the arts for Cierra!

February 20, 2012 | 7:52 am

Music and Dance Fires off Brain Neurons

Professor Akombo piqued my personal interest in brain research. He rattled of studies showing the effectiveness of African song and dance in stimulating the brain for learning in other areas. I believed it stimulated the audience because after the music/dance activity, the audience participated in deep discussions about African culture/music, patterns, and the influence of external cultures on African music.

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