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Posts from October 2012

October 31, 2012 | 12:00 pm

Happy Halloween Reminder: We Are a Peanut-Free School

To many individuals, it is customary to give treats of something sweet on Halloween. If you are one who plan to give treats, please give only non-peanut treats, and treats that are not made in a plant that processes peanuts. Happy Halloween.

October 30, 2012 | 8:25 am

Optional Halloween Dress Up Day

Tomorrow, Halloween Day, your Leadership Class has planned a "Dress Up Day" contest during recess in the Dining Hall. Students and Staff may dress for the contest, or for the spirit of the day. Restrictions: dress code must be followed. Masks are prohibited. Weapons, artificial or not are also prohibited. Keep the outfit tasteful; do not use themes of violence, discrimination, hate, or drug/alcohol use. Remember, Dress Up Day is optional.

October 29, 2012 | 7:18 am

Graffiti Vandals Hit During Soccer Game, Not During Tsunami Evacuation

New information provided by our staff was that the vandals hit in the mid-afternoon when the community soccer teams were using our field. The vandals hit the band room and science building. The graffiti was already in place before our school was opened for the Tsunami refugees.

October 29, 2012 | 7:06 am

Text Messages and Smartphone Assists Principal Enroute

My wife, riding "shotgun" with me, and son in the back with my non-Smartphone, both kept me updated. Since I have a bluetooth earpiece, I could pick up and make calls. Text messages and postings provided additional information. Focused on the road since the traffic was heavy, it was the most important activity enroute. There were bits of information and decisions needed, however, and it took tremendous effort to multitask. The technologies available at my disposal were tremendous and pushed the envelope.

October 29, 2012 | 6:47 am

Will I Make it to the Tsunami Evacuation Zone Before Kal Hwy is Shut Down?

To my surprise, the Kaiser High Busses and Equipment Truck were nearly 15 minutes ahead of me! I was reaching the crest of Red Hill in moderate traffic while the busses were on the Makiki Viaduct. We later learned that the Kaiser High entourage had HPD escort out of Kapolei High Campus and were led to another route to the freeway entrance. At 9:15p, less than 15 minutes to Kal Hwy closure, I was passing Murakami Stadium and making the ascent on Kaimuki Hill. VP Szkotak reported that about 30 families had arrived at our school. Mr. Hatakenaka volunteered to help at school, having been on the Kaiser High bus that had arrived there well before me.

October 29, 2012 | 6:31 am

Text Blast Service from Data House Used to Inform NVMS Staff and Parents

It took me 15 minutes to exit the Kapolei High campus and another 50 minutes to reach the H-1 Freeway, east bound. Since it is illegal to "text" while driving, I dictated messages to my son Micah, who then sent text blast messages via Data House 80850. Priority #1 was done because Niu Valley Percussionists were accounted for in private vehicles, and all but one Kaiser High marching band members had boarded the three busses and departed. (Kaiser High Booster Mrs. Yamamoto stayed back until the last student was picked up by a family member.) Thank goodness Data House gave me access to 80850 from my cell because I was nowhere a computer. I was sending and receiving messages throughout the return trip to Hawaii Kai. Micah was disappointed at not being able to perform, concerned about everyone's safety, and happy to help me do my job.

October 29, 2012 | 6:16 am

Call from Compex Area Superintendent Nomiyama Cements Decision. My Three Priorities

Five minutes after VP Kau's text, I received a terse call from Complex Area Superintendent Nomiyama.Tsunami Warning Issued for Hawaii. Niu Valley a Refuge Area. Three priorities: (1) Have all Students return to Kaiser High as soon as possible. (2) Get my family home. (3) Open NVMS as a Tsunami Refuge Area. VP Szkotak, who lives in the Koko Marina area, Sent me a text, "Shall I go to school." My terse reply, "YES." The urgency of movement of three busloads of students from the stadium to the bus pick up area (with hundreds of other students) was apparent. Kaiser High Alumni, and volunteers began to reload the percussion instruments onto a rental truck. Then, ten minutes after Mr. Nomiyama's call, Kapolei High Principal Elden Esmeralda cancelled the Invitational. His staff did an exceptional job in assisting all participants off campus. They were calm, professional, and caring.

October 29, 2012 | 6:07 am

Text Messages from VP Mrs. Kau Sets Up Principal To Develop Action Plan

While waiting "on deck" to perform at Kapolei High Stadium, VP Mrs. Kau sends text that indeed a tsunami was generated and the first waves were to hit at 10:28 pm. At the time, it was about 7:50 pm. I informed Mr. Fanning that we must leave immediately after the performance, and not remain. Priority was to get our students and the Kaiser High students back to Hawaii Kai, some 30 miles away. Mr. Fanning informs Kaiser High's Mr. Bataluna. He in turn informs the three bus drivers to warm up the engines. I utilize Data House's Text Blast service to inform my Admin Team of the tsunami heading our way.

October 29, 2012 | 5:59 am

From the Seat of the Niu Valley Principal on the British Columbia Tsunami

At the time of the 7.7 magnitude earthquake, my wife and I had finished eating dinner in Kapolei Received a text from the Department of Emergency Management of the 'quake, and that no tsunami was heading for Hawaii, only to western Canada and Alaska. Satisfied, we proceeded to Kapolei High School for their Marching Band Invitational. Percussionists from our school were performing with the Kaiser High School Marching Band.

October 27, 2012 | 8:19 pm

BREAKING NEWS: Hawaii Tsunami Warning DOWNGRADED to ADVISORY. We are Closing NVMS

Official word was given: Hawaii is now under a Tsunami Advisory. Those living in an Evacuation Zone may re-enter. All are reminded to STAY OUT OF THE WATER! Currents are not predictable. Oahu boaters are asked to remain out of port until advised by the City and County of Honolulu. Note: An "All Clear" signal has not been given.

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