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August 28, 2013 | 9:40 am

We Love Niu Valley Packets Due Tomorrow

Please return all packets to your child's Advisory Teacher tomorrow. Be a part of the 4th Pillar of a Great School: Parent and Community Support!


August 26, 2013 | 2:31 pm

Reminder: Early Release This Wednesday for IB MYP Workshop

Students are being released at 12:30 p.m. for a joint faculty workshop between Niu Valley Middle and Kaiser High IB MYP faculty.  We will be preparing for the upcoming IB Evaluation Visit for reauthorization as IB World Schools.


August 25, 2013 | 4:09 pm

Get Well, Mr. Morita

While driving to work on Friday, Mr. Zachary Morita was rear-ended by an inattentive driver. It was alleged that she was texting. The force of the impact jerked Mr. Morita's head back into his chair, then whipped forward into the steering wheel. There was an incision on his forehead. IB Coordinator Mr. Kent Miyashiro responded to assist Mr. Morita and Mr. Wayne Fanning covered his classes (no subs were available). Mr. Morita was very worried about the Polynesian Ensemble performance at that evening's Fam Jam. Mr. Miyashiro worked with the students until Mr. Morita was cleared by a physician. Mr. Morita strummed the ukelele with the Ensemble to open Fam Jam! They were wonderful! "The Show Must Go On," but this weekend, Mr. Morita is feeling the effects of the whiplash, seat belt bruise, and forehead injury. Malama Pono, e Mr. Morita.


August 24, 2013 | 4:22 pm

Kutmaster Spaz and Jimmy the Geek Coordinate Entertainment at 2013 FamJam

The quarter of a century partnership between Spaz and Jimmy the Geek made for colorful chemistry and entertainment line up. With a conviction of showcasing school and local talent, their line-up included: Niu Valley Middle School Polynesian Ensemble, NVMS Alum Haley Kagimoto, The Wreck, Aidan James, and Humble Beast. Give-aways were a blast and the crowd of several hundred were treated to an evening that no other school enjoys.  To our talented entertainers, Kutmaster Spaz, Jimmy the Geek, and The Friends of Niu Valley Middle School: Xie xie, Doomo arigato, Mahalo nui, and Thank you very much from a grateful Head of School and the NVMS Lancer Ohana.


August 24, 2013 | 4:13 pm

Fam Jam 2013 Brought Families and Community Together

Wanting to celebrate the new school year, The Friends of Niu Valley Middle coordinated the 3rd Annual Fam Jam. They turned our parking lot and Dining Hall into a Block Party of food and entertainment. Mahalo to co-chairs, parents  Mrs. Tracey Bender and Mrs. Renee Ako. They gathered community support from the Koko Head Lion's Club, The Kaiser High School ROTC, Kaiser High School Key Club, our very own Custodial and Office staffs, Security attendants and faculty. Parent and Community Support is the Fourth Pillar of a Great School.


August 24, 2013 | 4:06 pm

Reflections on Athletic Performance

Timeline chip clocked my time at 35 minutes, 45 seconds.  Yay! This was 5-10 minutes faster than what I told Ms. Mew. She walked down the stairs after I had gotten the dri-fit t-shirt and post-swim fruit. This year's time was about 4 and 1/2 minutes slower than last year. Two likely reasons: navigational error at the last turn, and inconsistent training. These are not excuses, but explanations. Can't wait to share this with my physician, Dr. Au.  Up next week on Labor Day: The Waikiki Roughwater Swim!


August 24, 2013 | 3:58 pm

Helm, New Course Setting: Zero, Zero, Zero, Mark Zero

After making what amounted to a "Bat Turn" at the final buoy,  Diamond Head was to the right, a welcome sight of the pink Royal Hawaiian Hotel ahead, it was best speed home. Spotted the final red buoy, made a mid-course correction having the Royal Hawaiian to the left, the Hilton Moana Surfrider to the right, and the Outrigger at dead center. The chute at Duke's Waikiki became visible and became the focus.


August 24, 2013 | 3:49 pm

Navigating in Open Water Proves Difficult

With no "lane lines" to guide me, and with a stronger left-hand pull, I used the "ahi fin" of Diamond Head and the Natatorium to guide me to the final turn buoy. Navigational error: changed strategy and decided to look ahead at swimmers to follow them. Saw a pack of about 50 swimmers  in the distance and felt great. But soon, I was sideswiped from the left by at least a half dozen swimmers. Then I realized to my right, about 500 yards, was the final turn red buoy. Yikes! Helm, hard right and set a new course; increase speed to Warp 5. Coach Joe Lileikis' advice to practice this week using varible speeds proved important!


August 24, 2013 | 3:41 pm

UH Women’s Swim Team Had Me Awash in Bubbles

The mile course for Duke's Swim was triangular. Pass the first buoy to the right, the outside buoys to the left, and return with the final buoy on the right. The women started 5 minutes after the men.  About 3 minutes after I made the first open turn, I was rear-ended multiple times. Geez, like penguins flying through the water, wearing the familiar "H" logo swim caps, the UH Women's swim team left me in their wake of bubbles.


August 24, 2013 | 3:28 pm

Principal Practices What He Challenges His Students

The Principal's 3A Challenge is to represent Niu Valley Middle School in competition: Academics, Athletics, Arts.  On the Academic front, after reading my professional journel, I applied those concepts and mathematics to summarize our school's performance in the new Strive HI System. See the Magazine entry on this website.


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