Attention all students who use the DOE's Yellow Bus service to Niu Valley Middle School--The service has been terminated. We had four busses: Kalama Valley, Hahaione, Kuliouou, Mariner's Ridge. Please plan for alternative ways to get to school. You are nonetheless expected to get to school on-time each day. Motorists: Please be aware of approximately 130 additional students who may be walking to school, being dropped off in a private vehicle, or waiting at TheBus stops.
There is another story to tell about the Celebration Event today. However, I would like to post this blog to the top of our website news: In an hour and a half, the curtains will part for Carmen! Leaving for dinner and will be there to support our students and the Hawaii Opera Theatre.
Sitting next to me was Mr. Mark Whitson, director of the St. Catherine Food Pantry on Kauai. His charitable organization distributes food to the less fortunate on Kauai. When asked about the origin of "Barking Sands," he told the story of a fisherman who left his nine dogs on the sands as he went off to fish. He did not return for over a day, and to his dismay the dogs, secured to trees, were not there. He did hear barking from under the sands. Another accounting: when the Shearwater Birds fly in close to mate, they make a barking-like sound. My understanding was clearly a myth, which I won't go into here because I was fooled!
I met Ms. Lyn McNeff from the Maui Economic Opportunities, Inc. In her capacity, she had landed a million dollar grant! Lyn was humble and excited to support the Maui County, which includes Molokai and Lanai. Was I worthy, as a public servant, to sit on her table? She asked me for directions on getting to the freeway from the Waialae Country Club! Glad that I could help such an important person for the Maui County.
Percussion Ensemble Director Mr. Zachary Morita was notified that the Niu Valley Middle School Percussion Ensemble was awarded a grant from the Friends of Hawaii Charities. Mr. Morita asked me to accept the award at the Celebration Event at the Waialae Country Club. He was teaching summer school today and could not find a substitute.
Tonight, under the guidance of the Hawaii Opera Theater, students from Ms. Deysha Chock's Drama Class will be performing G. Bizet's classic opera, Carmen. Curtains part at 6:00 pm. Parking and Admissions are free. Come and enjoy A Night at the Opera in Niu Valley Middle School Theatre, that is our Dining Hall.
Today marks the longest day (daylight) of the year! From tomorrow, we head toward winter. The Sun is at its northernmost trek across our sky. This is in contrast to the South Polar region, which is in 24 hours of darkness.
NVMS presents the Bizet classic, Carmen on Thursday, June 21, 2012, 6 pm, NVMS Dining Hall (Cafeteria). The Hawaii Opera Theatre (HOT) have been working with our summer session students to put on this production. You're invited to show your support of our students and the HOT by coming out tomorrow night!
Effective Immediately, all three routes that service Niu Valley Middle School is terminated. The three routes were areas where City Bus Services were not available or more than a two mile walk to the nearest city bus stop: Mariner's Ridge/Kuliouou, Hahaione, and Hawaii Kai/Kalama Valley. Parents, please plan for morning arrival and after school departures. The distance from Kalanianaole Highway to our school is about 0.5 miles. Be sure to prepare your child by re-teaching pedestrian safety skills. Bus Transportation Services will continue for qualifying students who are protected under IDEA, and specified in the Individual Education Plan.
Construction workers have resurfaced the "inner" lane that loops past our school. Tomorow, 6/19/2012, plans are to resurface the outer lane that kisses our school. Look for Detour signage. Consider alternative sites for drop-off and pick up. The inconvenience is totally worth it, given the work done on West Halemaumau.