Principal's Message

by Alex Ramsvig, HS Dean of Academics

I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable Fall Break.


We are now entering a very busy and, hopefully, academically rewarding portion of the school year leading up to Thanksgiving.


The pilot system to sign up for parent one-on-one meetings with teachers seems to have been a success so far. I have heard from a number of parents and teachers that the online sign up platform (using this link) is helpful and, importantly, the meetings have been useful. If you have a specific question or concern, please consider signing up. Additionally, just to be clear, these are optional and outside of this month you are always free to ask for a meeting with any teacher.


Next week on Wednesday (October 24) all students in grades 10 and 11 will be taking the PSAT.  During this time our Freshman and Senior class will be working together on a CAS and SA service project on campus organized by Christina Hoe.  


This coming week will also see another grade report released on ManageBac. You should expect, by Friday evening (October 19), the 1st semester midterm marks report available in ManageBac under the "Report" tab. This grade is not being reported on transcripts but we are using it as a snapshot of where each student is currently performing. For DP students you will see a best fit grade for each class, and MYP students will see a mark for each criteria which has been assessed so far (potentially not all four). As this is just one moment in time during the term, grades can of course go up or down before report cards released at the end of the term.


As advertised elsewhere in the newsletter, next week on Thursday the school is hosting a session of "Parents' Turn to Learn" (you can sign up here). This is a great opportunity to learn more from some of our in-house experts on subjects such as Cultural Learning, Philanthropy and Assessment practices in the IB! Also, parents often enjoy the social aspect of the evening as it is a great chance to mingle. 


Finally, this week I have been considering this famous Dewey quote: "Education is a social process; education is growth; education is not preparation for life but is life itself."  How does this align with our practices at LJA? 


As always, feel free to reach out with any questions, comments or concerns. 


As the Fleur Turns

The coconut wireless reports that there was some screaming and tears heard in the Administration Building this week.


TRUE! There was an on-campus flu shot clinic for employees and a few teachers, no names mentioned, had very animated reactions!



Biathlon MYP Personal Project


All Grade 10 students conduct a personal project. Students choose a topic to investigate that they feel passionate about or interested in, research the topic, and then design a product or outcome to demonstrate their learning. This past Sunday, Suhana Liedtke demonstrated the impact this type of project can have on her community by creating and organizing a biathlon event for our primary school students and families. Suhana's inquiry was a look at how organized sport can build self-esteem and confidence in young people. The focused athleticism and smiles of the competitors and the appreciation of the families was evidence that Suhana had demonstrated effective self-management, communication and social skills to organize a highly successful and impactful event. Thank you Suhana, and all of your volunteers, for the wonderful event!


Seeking Host Family

We are looking for a host family for a German international student from October 28th until the end of the school year. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Director of Admissions Jennifer Souza at or 808-261-0707 ext. 1310.


Junior Camp


This year the 11th grade students are offered a one-night experience at Camp Erdman in the North Shore from November 15-16th. Click here for more information and the permission form.


Service as Action News

There are a few exciting local opportunities coming up, for anyone who is looking for SA ideas! Students must have an adult supervisor. If the supervisor is not a parent, students should still have parent permission and check with the organization ahead of time to be sure it's okay for him or her to be dropped off and supervised by the hosting group. These activities are not hosted by LJA, and may require signed release of liability forms. Contact info for each organization is below. Also, LJA students may enter all SA activities in ManageBac to keep track of their participation.


1. This Saturday: Sunset Beach Volunteer Work Day! Hosted by the North Shore Community Land Trust.


Below are the event details posted on their Facebook page (you can message them there, email or call director Doug Cole at 497-0036 for more info):

Please join us Saturday, October 20th, as we continue working on the temporary fence at Sunset Beach Park and tend to the 4,000+ native Hawaiian plants that we planted here on our September 8th volunteer work day! Activities will include fence building with ironwood posts repurposed from our restoration site at Kalaeokaunaʻoa (Kahuku Point), outplanting maintenance, watering, and other restoration tasks.

Meet on the makai side of the street at Sunset Beach by 9 a.m. to check in. Please bring a reusable water bottle with plenty of water and reef-friendly sun protection. We will be providing water refills, snacks and a light lunch. Message us for more information!


2. November 3rd: Annual Surfrider/HIC Pro James Campbell Beach Cleanup, calling for volunteers!

Join Surfrider O'ahu and HIC - Hawaiian Island Creations for our annual November cleanup at the James Campbell Wildlife Refuge in Kahuku. The refuge is a protected area managed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that while preserved from development is under constant threat from heavy loads of marine debris. Last year our team of volunteers cleared 10,000 lbs of debris from the shores that surrounded monk seals and wetland/seabirds.

We have an incredible opportunity to access the refuge for our last cleanup of 2018 and spread awareness about plastic pollution, the troubling nature of commercial fisheries, and overall sustainable lifestyle movements.

We'll have lunch for all the volunteers and great prizes as well. Invite your friends!  


3. December 8th: Ohana Community Work Day at Ho'okua'aina at Kapalai!

Join us for a morning of hands-on learning and building connections. Hoʻokuaʻāina is nestled in the heart of Maunawili Valley and subject to changes in weather regularly. You might experience hot sun or pouring rain. Be prepared for both! The loʻi is located in the headwaters of Kawainui Marsh and is a natural wetland with all kinds of wildlife. Expect to encounter tadpoles, guppies, frogs and a variety of beautiful bird species. You will have an incredible encounter with nature in a beautiful and serene setting. The work is challenging and the mud is deep. Integrated into your day will be meaningful Hawaiian values and lessons to make your time rich and memorable. We are looking forward to spending the morning with you. Click this link to find out more!


Do you have Volunteer Opportunities to Share? Or questions about SA in the MYP? Please contact Ms. Juniper Krog, our Service as Action Coordinator at 808.261.0707 ext. 3150 or email

Parents' Turn to Learn - October 25th


Join us at this year's Parents' Turn to Learn!

LJA prides itself in providing your child with the most current research-based practices in education. Learn more about the intentionality behind your child's LJA experience at Parents' Turn to Learn. This year's menu is packed with engaging courses to choose from. Babysitting and pizza available. Pupus and refreshments provided by the PFA.

Sign up today!


LJA Volunteers for HPR Pledge Drive


LJA was well represented by students, parents, and administrators alike at Hawaii Public Radio in early October. LJA has partnered with HPR as an underwriter for Science Friday and Aloha Shorts in recent months, and our HS students took calls during HPR's pledge drive. LJA was featured during the prime 6-8 a.m. slot, highlighting the importance of philanthropy within the greater LJA community!



Announcements & Reminders

Gr. 10 & 11 PSAT - October 24

We will be administering the PSAT/NMSQT test for all students in 10th and 11th grades on Wednesday, October 24th from 7:55am-12:00pm in the HS Building. 


Parents Turn to Learn - October 25

Join us at this year's Parents' Turn to Learn! LJA prides itself in providing your child with the most current research-based practices in education. Learn more about the intentionality behind your child's LJA experience at Parents' Turn to Learn. This year's menu is packed with engaging courses to choose from. Babysitting and pizza available. Pupus and refreshments provided by the PFA. Sign up today!


HS Parent Conference Month - October 1-31

Click here to schedule a meeting with a HS teacher.


Homecoming Dance - November 3

This year's Homecoming Dance will be on Saturday, November 3rd from 6:00pm-10:00pm on LJA's Main Campus at the George L.T. Kerr Lookout. Click here for the permission form.


Scholastic Book Fair - November 6-9

Mark your calendars for our annual Scholastic Book Fair in November!


Main campus: November 6 - 9, 2018 (times TBD) 
Junior school: November 7 & 8, 2018, 7:30 - 8:15 am and 2:30 - 5:00 pm


Fall Sports Banquet - November 7

The Fall Sports Banquet will be held on November 7th at 5:30pm in the Wang Auditorium. Dinner will begin at 5:30pm and the program will start at 6pm. Please be advised that the format for the meal portion of the banquet will be a bit different this year. Potluck dishes will not be requested for the athletes to bring to the banquet. All menu items will be taken care of by the LJA Concession staff.


CPK Day - November 14

Please stop by the California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) Kailua Town location on November 14th and 20% of the check will be donated to LJA's PFA.


Junior Camp - November 15-16

This year the 11th grade students are offered a one-night experience at Camp Erdman in the North Shore. Click here for more information and the permission form.


Holiday Craft and Gift Fair - December 15

Our annual Holiday Craft and Gift Fair will be held on December 15th from 10am-2pm. There will be over 70 craft and gift vendors! All items purchased at the food booths will go towards the Class of 2019 Project Grad! If you are interested in being a vendor, download an application here. If you have any

questions, please contact Jennifer Souza at



Attendance Hotline

261-0707 x7004

Vicki McNeill

HS Principal

261-0707 x1020 

Office #1 on the second floor of the HS Building

Lizbeth Smith

MS/HS Registrar

261-0707 x3070

Office #5/6 on the second floor of the Gym

Alex Ramsvig

HS Dean of Academics & DP Coordinator

261-0707 x2325

Room 407A on the second floor of the HS Building

Krista Quint

MS Dean of Academics & MYP Coordinator

261-0707 x2050

Room 310 in the MS Building

Leah Magana

Director of Learning

261-0707 x1070

Office in the Main Admin Building

Christina Hoe

Experiential Education Coordinator

261-0707 x2110

Loft office in the Gym

Scott Liedtke

Director of College Counseling

261-0707 x2220

Room 407A on the second floor of the HS Building

Tammy Thomas

HS Admin Assistant

261-0707 x1120

Office 2 on the second floor of the HS Building


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