Posts from April 2012
April 28, 2012 | 7:30 am
Last night culminated months of planning, learning, and practicing at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Ballroom. The mood was festive as the opu was filled with 14 dishes and desserts, networks were re-established and established, and spirits were lifted as students plate up food, and entertained the crowd. Everyone in attendance "broke the mold," of the middle school stepchild. You were the village that educated our students. On behalf of a grateful school of students and faculty, Mahalo nui, Xie xie, Doomo arigato and Thank You for your support of the Niu Valley Middle School Lancers of Honolulu, Hawaii USA!!
April 28, 2012 | 7:20 am
Glee Club Advisor Melissa Arkus (Security Attendant) did research into our school's Alma Mater. Written by student Roberta Teshima in 1958, and put to music by faculty member Suyeoo Shiroma, our Alma Mater was last sung/played well before I became principal 7 years ago! Mr. Fanning found an old cassette tape played by the band, and Advisor Arkus had our Glee Club practice it. Yesterday, they sang the Alma Mater to me and our office staff. Beautiful! I also believe that one or more of our Glee Club members may be the next American Idol.
April 23, 2012 | 1:24 pm
This morning, a motorist witnessed one of our students crash his bicycle while riding to school. The bike was not operable, and our student had abrasions. The motorist loaded the damaged bike into her car, and drove our student and his friend to our school. What an act of kindness! I did not get your name, but know of your care. My staff took over from that point on. His wounds were cleaned and he was able to return to class. If your boss scolded you for being late to work, I will be happy to write you a letter of support. Xie xie, Doomo arigato, and Mahalo nui for being that caring, principled adult that means a lot to our ohana.
April 19, 2012 | 3:50 pm
The youngest and the smallest squad in this competition won the hearts of the audience and staff with their creative rendition of Dr. Mason's Rochambeaux. Our students had the audience dropping their jaws, then jiving and clapping during their performance, and as they played their final measures--a crescendo roll, the applause began, and exploded when our students tossed their mallets, caught them and said, Aloooooha! Standing ovation. Mr. Dean, the event director, said it is rare for the audience to respond the way they did. While placing 6th in the World, consensus amongst those who saw/heard us as compared to the other ensembles: Niu Valley students had the best Showmanship, the best Musicality, and Appearance (Aloha print outfit donated by Manuhealii). They did Hawaii proud, and were ambassadors of goodwill for their classmates, teachers, and parents. Complex Area Superintendent Mr. Nomiyama summed it up well in his text to me, "Job well done! Please relay my congratulations to your students and teachers. They are NUMBER 1 in the hearts and minds of the people in Hawaii!!"
April 19, 2012 | 3:41 pm
To those of you who signed up for the Text Blast service, my apologies for sending messages at odd hours. I forgot that there is a 6 hour time differential. Gulp. Additionally, the text blasts were similar to blogs about our students in international competition. That sort of news should be reserved for this website.
April 18, 2012 | 8:31 pm
If you know the text numbers of our Percussion Ensemble students, I encourage you to text them a message of support. They are nervous. However, yesterday at the rehearsal, they were terrific, especially after traveling about 11 hours, doing their homework diligently on the flight legs, and adjusting to this environment. Do so by 9:00 a.m. EST. Happy to report: they successfully tossed their "sticks" and caught them 10 times consecutively without dropping, and let out a confident, "Aloooooohhhhaaa!" each time.
April 18, 2012 | 8:14 pm
The sun is rising, the air is crisp, and the skies are cloudless. Thus, the weather is cooperating here! Students will be getting up in about an hour and a half. My gosh, it is `1:20 a.m. HST. Regardless if our students are on Hawaii Time, or on Eastern time, our performance will be at a reasonable time slot. As I blog you, my eyes are bleary, but buoyed by surprise gifts of spam musubi, brownies, shrimp chips and party mixes. One teacher gave a candy lei for each student. Team C gave a "red envelope," lee see-style that will be opened today. Still others gave traditional lee see, warm wishes and votes of confidence. At the American Airlines check in AND gate, the Agents recognized me as the Tokioka/Island Insurance Foundation semi-finalist. They recognized me through the full page newspaper advertisement. The gate agent turned out to be a Niu Valley graduate, when Lancers were grades 7-9! They said it was an honor serving me as an awardee. I reminded them that the attention now must be on our students. All agreed! I said, Go Seawind Travel, Go American Airlines. They said, Go Lancers, Good Luck at Worlds.
April 18, 2012 | 1:34 pm
It a whirlwind day! From the jet to a food court, to Wright State University's Music Department, our 10 member strong percussion ensemble is now ready to take on the world. They are now readying for bed. Tomorrow they take the stage, at Nutter Center on the campus of Wright State University. I am very tired, so rather that enter many blogs as intended, I'll just submit this, and continue to text blast updates. By the way, the locals do not foresee any chance of tornado hits. It did make us feel better!
April 14, 2012 | 4:10 am
Niu Valley Middle School Principal Mr. Mew was presented with a $2,000 check and plaque for finishing as one of two Semi-Finalists for the Island Insurance Foundation Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award. The plaque reads, "With recognition of being a top performer of leadership excellence as a Hawaii public school principal, by exemplifying dedication and commitment to superior-quality public education." When asked what he was going to spend the money on, Mr. Mew exclaimed, "To support the Niu Valley Middle School Percussion Ensemble as they compete in the World Percussion Championships--in person!!"
April 13, 2012 | 9:59 am
Reminder, Grade 8 students who registered for the ACT Explore (American College Test) report to the Library NEXT Saturday, April 21, 2012. Room assignments will be posted.
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