Niu Valley Summer School begins tomorrow, June 1, 2012, 8:00 a.m. Report to our school Dining Hall (cafeteria) for a Welcome Assembly with Summer School Director, Mr. Joseph Passantino. Student Schedules/Map may be picked up before the Assembly in the Dining Hall. They are arranged by alpha on tables at the Hawaii Kai-side.
While on the summit of Koko Crater, we noticed an American Flag ascending through the brush. A minute later, a young man emerged with a spanking new flag of the United States of America! How proud and how strong was the standard bearer? See for yourself. Know that I was huffing and puffing during the last 100 or so railroad ties. To all of our fallen Americans and their families in the name of our great country: Thank you, Xie xie, Doomo arigato and Mahalo nui! To all families and friends who have left this life, you are remembered, you are thanked, you are honored.
Niu Valley Middle School student Sabrina Summers (Class of 2016) scored a perfect 25 in EACH of the four ACT Explore categories: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. Needless to say, her Composite score was also 25. Congratulations, Sabrina!
The results are in: Our departing Grade 8 students (Class of 2016) did us proud in the first administration of the ACT Explore. ACT is the acronym for "American College Test." The Explore version is for Grade 8 students.There were four categories, plus a composite score. The maximum score is 25. English: NVMS 17.6 (National 15.2). Mathematics 19.5 (15.9). Reading 17.7 (16.8). Science 19.0 (16.8). Composite 18.6 (15.9).
Student in question was diagnosed as having bacterial and viral encephalitis. Doctors confirm that he is not contagious. His father thanks his son's former classmates from Team C and Lancers who attend his church for bringing cards, memorabilia and good wishes. They are trying to jog his memory, which he can not access. While he is now enrolled in another school, the student is still considered a part of the Niu Valley Middle School Ohana. He and his family needs support; his condition is life-threatening (he is still a patient at Kapiolani Children's Medical Center.) If you know the student's name, then you can search Facebook for an account set up by his father, which updates on his condition.
Complaint received based on a Facebook posting that a student having bacterial encephalitis is attending our school. The complaint is based on a false premise: the student does NOT attend Niu Valley Middle School. If indeed the student has the disease, then the student would be in quarantine, and fighting for life. Stop any rumor so family and friends may focus their energy to the victim. May the Force be with the victim, family and friends.
The visual arts students are also in the lights! This weekend at the Kahala Mall, the following students were recognized as winners in the children's painting contest, "Beauty Through the Eyes of Our Children:" Duwell "Jacko" Duan, Priscilla Hsu, Kellen Chevalier, Kaden Ichimasa, and Aimee Schriber. Their work is on display through May 16th at Kahala Mall. Congratulations, and thank you for making us proud!
The Enrichment Rotation course for incoming grade 6 and the Enrichment Rotation course for grade 7 and 8 remains FULL.
Polynesian Music is cancelled due to lack of enrollment.
Drama class is on, but we would nice to have 2 more students.
This morning, as students were entering our campus, members from Gideon International were distributing Bibles. We asked Gideon members to keep to the public area; e.g., sidewalk, and to immediately stop offering the Bible to individual students who declined. They agreed. Pursuant to the U.S. Constitution, Gideon members' actions were protected under the First Amendment. School officials have a duty to uphold the U.S. Constitution, as well as to maintain a learning environment that is free from distractions. The distribution was allowed and completed before the student's school day began. Our campus was and still is calm.
While driving home on the H-1 to Hawaii Kai from my parent's house on Alewa Heights, I noticed a huge moon rising behind The Cantessa. It looked as though the moon was going to enter Earth's Atmosphere. As it turns out, today, the moon makes its closest revolution to Earth, some 31,000 miles closer than at apogee. Grabbed my camera after pulling in to Maunalua Bay Park. There were easily three dozen cars with passengers having some sort of camera in the lot as well. Tonight's moon was 14% bigger and 30% brighter!