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October 22, 2013 | 6:35 am

Hawaii State Assessment—Science (Grade 8 Only)

October 28-31 HSA Science (8th Grade ONLY). Students should get a a good night's rest prior to the test, have something to eat and be on time to school.  A positive attitude about putting in your best effort can really make a  difference in the results.


October 20, 2013 | 1:00 pm

The King Report: Girl’s Cross Country Team Brings Home a New Trophy

Niu Valley Athletics ended the cross country season in style. The Girl's Team finished in 3rd Place overall at the King Intermediate Cross Country Invitational Meet held on Full Moon Friday, October 18. Three student-athletes finished in the top ten individual award ceremony. Jenna Ikegami won a silver medal for her 2nd place finish. Jacilyn Sera took 4th Place and Hannah Hollenback placed 8th!  Mahalo to all 30+ female and male student-athletes who competed for our school. Special recognition to math teachers Head Coach Mr. Jonathan Oshiro and Assistant Coach/NVMS Athletics Director Mr. Garrett Hatakenaka who ran with the team on the streets of Niu Valley, providing pacing and safety. Adult volunteers included: Mr. Steve Jacobson (former ILH Coach and cancer survivor), Math teacher Ms. Kristie Yamamoto, SAC Mr. Scott Brown, and Counseling Department Head Mr. Gavin Yaji. Doomo Arigato, Xie Xie, Mahalo nui and thank you much from a grateful school.


October 20, 2013 | 12:48 pm

New T-Shirt: Proud Supporter of Niu Valley Middle School

Have you seen the new t-shirt worn by parents and supporters?  At the King Intermediate Cross Country Invitational? At the Community Recycling Drive? At the Hawaii Kai Town Center? At Kahala Mall?  How about Ala Moana Center? Gotcha at Koko Marina!  Designed by Friends of Niu Valley Middle Board Member and parent Jo Marabella, this bold and artisticallty pleasing shirt sends a firm message of our support for students who represent us, teachers and staff who work with our students, and sponsors who allow us to go beyond the typical--all are pillars of strength. Contact PCNC Joanne Imada on how to own your shirt!


October 20, 2013 | 12:36 pm

Boys Breakthrough in Final Cross Country Meet

A model for practice and perserverance, the Niu Valley Middle Lancer Boys Cross Country team placed 5th in the King Intermediate Invitational Meet held on Friday, October 18. Way to go boys! We have been and continue to be proud of your hard work. Top male finishers who took home a medal:  Makana Richter placed 14th and Dylan Yamamoto placed 19th. In the world of Cross Country, top 20 individual finishes are considered as exemplary and awarded a medal. Congratulations, NVMS Lancers!


October 20, 2013 | 9:43 am

No Delay for NVMS Cross Country Team at Punahou Invitational Cross Country Meet

How about our Girl's Cross Country Team? Competing on the grounds of Punahou School, they competed against eighth graders and still emerged as the second best public school team and seventh place overall. Most of our girl's and boy's teams are grade 6 and 7, with a smattering of grade 8 runners. Go Lancers!


October 20, 2013 | 9:25 am

Return Home from Argentina Delayed

Diagnosed with severe sleep apnea, I hand-carried my CPAP medical device (Continuous Positiave Airway Pressure). I was stopped by the airline agent in Argentina on the way home. A small team of personnel needed to provide me with clearance. They were very concerned. After 15 minutes, Ms. Williams helped me translate into Argentine Spanish. About 10 minutes later, I was cleared. That delay paled in comparison to the delays in the transfer in Houston, Texas, USA. The famous Apollo 13 line was real to us: "Houston, We Have a Problem." We returned to the Gate from the queue. Multiple delays and two cancelled flights due to mechanical issues required us to stay overnight for a few hours. All 286 of us, who were on the way to Honolulu.  Some 43 hours after leaving Argentina, "Houston, Honolulu here. The Eagle has Landed!" All passengers on our flight clapped and cheered. Chicken-skin moment.


October 20, 2013 | 9:17 am

Niu Valley Middle Athletics: October Runs

Under the radar, but deserving of recognition, the Niu Valley Middle School Cross Country teams have been competing this month.  While I was in Buenos Aires, the Lancers were at Kapiolani Park, competing in the Iolani Cross Country Invitational. Happy Dance for Jenna Ikegami's 5th place finish in the Grade 7 Girls Division, and to Gabriel Tom's 10 place finish in the Grade 7 Boys Division. To all 30 Lancer competitors, mahalo for practicing and competing for our school!


October 06, 2013 | 9:10 am

IB Heads of Schools Struggle with Technology in Schools at World Conference

There was general agreement that technology continues to have a transformative effect on education. Dr. Cathy Rubin went further, explaining the Theory of Disruptive Innovation, where an innovation disrupts the norm and leads to new markets. She had personal experiences with the film industry/entertainment change from studio-created films to self-created films. From the theaters to home theaters to interactive games for entertainment. From paper books to electronic books. Is the classrooom being "disrupted?" Technology as a tool and not an end in itself. What about learning?  Students "pulling" information to students creating information and knowledge.  What tools and skills to teachers need? The IB MIddle Years Programme encourages student creativity through the Personal Project and the IB Technology programme.


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