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Posts from September 2012

September 28, 2012 | 4:59 am

HI-5 Community Recycling Underway

Organized by the Friends of Niu Valley Middle School VP Roz Chun and Mr. Marc Wong, collection of recyclable items under the HI-5 program is underway. A team of parents are continuing to sort the items as our student volunteers have reported to class. We appreciate your participation. All items are recycled. All funds earned are likely recycled, into school needs.

September 26, 2012 | 3:44 pm

BREAKING NEWS: Vice Principal Grindell A New Father

William R. Grindell II was born 1 hour ago, a robust 8 lb, 13 oz, 19 in. child to Vice Principal William Grindell. Junior was named after his grandfather. Congratulations, to you and your wife, Mr. Grindell!

September 25, 2012 | 4:30 am

Evening Activites Tonight: Venue Change for Pono Choices

Our school will be alive with activities through the evening. (1) Presentation on Pono Choices to be held in the NIU VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL LIBRARY. Start time remains 6:30 p.m. (2) Jazzercise as scheduled, rocking in the Dining Hall. (3) Taiko Classes as scheduled, conducted in the Band Room.

September 24, 2012 | 3:27 pm

Pono Choices Meeting Date Was Moved to Tomorrow (Sept. 25)

To the half dozen or so Grade 7 parents, we apologize that you came to school tonight only to find a hula halau practicing, and Music Department parents meeting. You should have been notified that the meeting was moved to tomorrow, September 25. Pono Choices is a health curriculum developed by the University of Hawaii at Manoa through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The program meets state and national standards for Health education. A letter was sent home to all parents of Mr. Nagata's Grade 7 PE classes.

September 23, 2012 | 7:33 pm

Sitting Amongst the Hawaii Business Stars Made Comfortable by Debi Halcro

Mrs. Mew and I were assigned to the table up front that was sponsored by McDonald's Restaurants of Hawaii. Many of the faces in the room were recognizable not because of a personal connection, but because they were recognizable newsmakers. Imagine sitting next on the same table as local athletic star and businessman Peter Kim! Sandy Brodie! O'Toole's Bill Comerford! NVMS parent Debi Halcro saved the evening by sitting across from us, making connections, and giving historical perspectives. Lo and Behold, Debi is a force in the business world herself as President of The Valenti Print Group and Foundation board member.

September 23, 2012 | 7:21 pm

Smart Business Hawaii and SBH Entrepreneurial Education Foundation Awards Principal Mew

At the 2012 Hawaii All Star Small Business Awards, the SBH Hawaii Foundation awarded Niu Valley Middle Principal Justin Mew with the School Educator of the Year 2012. Smart Business Hawaii President Mr. Sam Slom noted that Principal Mew is the first school educator being recognized by the Foundation. The dinner and award program was held at the Waialae Country Club last Friday evening.

September 20, 2012 | 2:26 pm

Principal Commissioned as Board Member for Hawaii Teacher Standards Board

This afternoon at The Queen's House, also known as "Washington Place" Principal Justin Mew was given the Oath of Office by Associate Justice Richard W. Pollack. Governor Abercrombie addressed all commissioners and board members. Principal Mew was recommended for the seat by the Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA) to Governor Abercrombie, who then nominated him to the Senate. He fielded questions in a Senate Hearing, then was confirmed. The commission expires on June 30, 2013.

September 19, 2012 | 2:03 pm

Niu Valley Middle Got Talent! Aiden’s Act Leads Hawaii Five-O Premier Sunday at Sunset on the Beach

The 2012 Fam Jam showcased Niu Valley Middle School's talented students. We saw our World-ranked Percussion Ensemble. We rocked with Grade 7 students, The Wreck. We were wowed by Team B's Aiden Laprete-Powell singing with his ukelele. It was no wonder why his performances went viral! Aiden, whose stage name is Aiden James, will be one of the opening acts leading to the Hawaii Five-O Season 3 World Premier this Sunday, Sept. 23 at Sunset on the Beach at Waikiki! Come down to cheer on our very own Aiden, and the cast of Hawaii Five-O!

September 19, 2012 | 1:30 pm

Koko Head Lion’s Club Assists Campus Beautification

Clad in their yellow and purple vests, the Koko Head Lion's Club sent a team of Lions using their skills, know-how, and can-do spirit. The Friends of Niu Valley's Paul Bernstein had a group constructing plantar boxes around the NFL trees, repairing the rusting walkway covers, and guiding efforts. One Lion, Stan, asked to repair the outdoor table/benches that were rendered not economically repairable by skateboarders, vandals, and the misguided. Lion Stan went home to get his pneumatic jack, 2x4's and returned to deftly repair each bench and table. He is in his early 80's, with a burning passion to pass on his skills to the younger generation. Within two hours, he made usable those tables/benches that were out of commission for over two years! Mahalo nui, Koko Head Lion President Gavin Ball, Liaisons Lion Dr. Chin-Chance and Liaison Phil Sharp and team from a grateful school!

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