Niu Valley Middle School

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Posts from May 2013

May 30, 2013 | 9:52 pm

BREAKING NEWS: WASC Grants Niu Valley Middle School 6-Year Accreditation

WASC Commission Chairperson Harlan Lyso notified our school that the Accrediting Commission for Schools is granting accreditation through June 30, 2019, with a required one-day mid-cycle review! Lyso noted, "This action was taken after a careful study of the visiting committee report, which noted many laudable aspects of the school...Please accept our congratulations on the quality of instruction being offered in your school..." Niu Valley Middle has worked into our Academic/Financial Plan the WASC "critical areas for follow up" Since these areas are consistent with Hawaii's Race to the Top goals, we will be able to proceed using our state's Strive HI Performance System. May I take the time to thank NVMS faculty and staff, WASC Coordinator Ms. Yano, The Class of 2017, and Student Body at large on the monumental accomplishment. A six-year term of accreditation is the maximum given by WASC. Job Well-Done!


May 30, 2013 | 11:30 am

Notice and Invitation: Percussion Performances Tonight

Neighbors and Music Enthusiasts: A week-long series of percussion workshops, rehearsals and individual instruction culminates tonight with a Percussion Festival, featuring our very own Niu Valley Middle School Percussion Ensemble, Roosevelt High, Wright State University and the University of Hawaii. The performances begin at 6:00 pm in our Dining Hall, and ends at approximately 7:15 p.m. Come to listen, support, and encourage these performing artists! Free and open to the public.

May 23, 2013 | 11:25 am

Aloha Assembly for Class of 2017 Tomorrow. New Release Time—1:15 pm

The Aloha Assembly schedule is posted on this website calendar to the right.Grade 6 and 7 students have their own schedule. Bringing leis is a culturally appropriate way of honoring our departing Class of 2017. Be reminded of our school's Peanut/Tree nut-free policy as well as contraband items. If you are able to, consider bringing an extra lei or two in the event that a student does not have one. Since we exchanged this week's Wednesday schedule with Friday, the official release time for all students will be 1:15 p.m.

May 23, 2013 | 10:49 am

The Show Must Go On! Electrical Issue Shuts Down The Auditorium But NOT Niu Valley Middle Musicians

Their will to perform was incredible. An electrical issue rendered the Kaimuki High Auditorium unsafe. From this air conditioned venue to the open air dining hall, the 460+ students and their supporters moved chairs, instruments and equipment across the lawn under humid and muggy conditions. That environment did not outwardly bother our students. There was a felt need to send off the Grade 8 musicians with fond memories. There was a drive to play for each other. The student-musicians wanted to show how much they've grown musically--and make their parents proud. Polynesian Music Ensemble musicians, String musicians, and Band musicians left it all out on the stage! Mr. Fanning and Mr. Morita led their students in a moving manner. The Show Must Go On. It Did! Mahalo nui to volunteers who stepped up to the plate, working with the Honolulu Fire Department, Ksimuki High staff, the DOE, paving the way with parents so that our music teachers could problem solve, make adjustments, and have a memorable Spring Concert. Students, you are truly the best that any Principal could ask for. You lived the IB Learner Profile. You sang and played your hearts out. You made us proud.

May 23, 2013 | 10:18 am

Awards Night Celebration

"There is no greater gift that a child can give than to make their parents proud." They all came out in force! Parents, Legal Guardians, Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles, siblings, neighbors. To show support for students who were recognized by our school for excellence. Emcees Hunter DeTurk and Francesco Forti set the tone and ensured this night of pride honored their peers appropriately. Students were awarded for excellence in Athletics, Academic Departments, and Grade Level Teams. They made their parents proud! Principal Mew presented Presidential Certificates on behalf of President Obama. Parents of these Presidential awardees were called on stage to affix a Presidential pin onto their child's lapel.Awardees made their parents proud! Finally, Principal Mew announced his awardee, Emerson Goo. His philosophy of "learning to dance in the rain" struck a chord with all in attendance. His parents were proud. So were we.

May 23, 2013 | 10:13 am

Clear Your Lockers

Students, please remove your locks and clear them. We will cut all remaining locks and donate usable contents to charity.

May 23, 2013 | 9:09 am

Niu Valley Middle Soccer Season Ends

All season long, each member of our soccer team played for our school. The final game was no exception in our defeat to Kaimuki Middle School's "A" team. Congratulations Lancer Soccer team on a successful 3-1 season. As in past seasons, comments from the outside validate that our players practice the IB Learner Profile on and off the field, in and outside of school. Mahalo to NVMS staff Mr. Hatakenaka and Ms. Yamamoto for lining the McKinley Tiger field for soccer, and to all volunteers who assisted in the coaching and other assistance with our team. Much appreciation to the McKinley High School Tiger Administration and Athletics for providing Tiger Field for us to hold the matches. Go Tigers!

May 23, 2013 | 8:34 am

Report on HPD Presence Last Week

A grade 6 student was determined to be responsible for defacing our restrooms with graffiti. Two factors contributed to the 8 responding cars. (1) Our call came at the change in Watch. (2) Crime Reduction Unit looking to stop graffiti in Honolulu joined in the investigation. Student was arrested and taken to HPD. School meted out discipline under Chapter 19.

May 08, 2013 | 5:48 am

Loose Pit Bull Removed From Campus. All is Well

A large pit bull roaming on campus caused a lockdown. Within minutes, the dog was coaxed into our counselor's offices and secured. HPD responded, secured the dog in a Blue/White, and notified the owner. The dog has been reunited with the owner. All is clear. The dog had a tag.

May 04, 2013 | 10:04 am

Another 3-A Weekend

Students are taking up the Principal's 3-A Challenge with gusto! Yesterday, the A=Academics featured Young Einstein Night. All six teams selected students who represented our school in science with projects or other competitions. In the area of English-Language Arts, Grade 8 student Emerson Goo took a share of first place with his poetry entry. Today, our extramural soccer team (A = Athletics) remained undefeated by holding Kawananakoa Middle scoreless, 6-0. In the A=Arts, Bark Avenue will shocase 3-D Art at the Hawaiian Humane Society, with support by our performing arts students. Congratulations and Thank You, students, teachers and coaches!!

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