7th Graders Headed to Camp Erdman!



7th graders return from camp tomorrow afternoon. Students can be signed out anytime after 2:15 pm up until regular dismissal time. Please make sure to go to the Middle School office before departing early with your child.


Kawachimachi & Kagoshima Cultural Exchange Events


LJA students had two opportunities in the past week to have direct cultural exchanges with two visiting schools from Japan. MS students visited the Kagoshima Fisheries High School training fishing vessel with a  presentation on board and tour of the ship.


Eighteen 8th graders from Kawachimachi, Ibaraki spent a school day with us. MS students took them on a campus tours. The MYP 4 chorus class taught them how to sing the 1st verse of our state song, Hawai'i Pono'i. The visiting students also learned how to strum the ukulele with MS members of Mr. Masagatani ukulele choir. In addition they they learned a hula dance from Mrs. Omori and the HS Poly club.


In turn, Kawachimachi students taught our students the art form of "etegami" or "picture letter", a traditional custom of painting and writing a poem, Kanji (or words) on postcards to send or frame as a decoration. At the end of the day, the visitors along with some of our students participated in  TRIBES activities to end the cultural exchange.


January I -Term Information


Thank you for your partnership as we navigate through this first year of MS I-Term. We are happy to announce that based on the courses offered and the sign-ups, the school will be covering the costs and all fees will be waived.

Next week your child's I-Term course facilitators will be emailing you additional information including logistics, materials or supplies, instructions, etc. If you have any questions, please email me, or Krista Quint,

Leah Magana

Director of Teaching and Learning

Reminders and Updates from the Principal


Hello Parents and Students,

We all hope we are close to the healing end of our current flu season. In the past week we have had a number of confirmed cases of Influenza A ("the flu") along with basic cold and upset stomach ailments. We have been encouraging students to wash their hands often and to take the time they need to fully recuperate before coming back to school. All MS classrooms have been stocked with extra hand sanitizer to help minimize the "germ sharing". Parents please keep an eye out for symptoms and encourage your child to rest and NOT stress about missing school. The teachers have been working hard with students to help support "the catch-up"once students return. Please also have your child email their teachers directly to get information about work they need to complete or prepare for. Stay well everyone!


MYP Minute

Aloha LJA families,

MYP5 PE students were showcasing their summative projects at the Human Body Fair today, and I was impressed by their ability to articulate the complexity of these systems, as well as the creativity they showed in their 3D projects.

The project: Students inquired into a human body system of their choice and researched into how it works. They then created an interactive or 3D version of the system, and presented their learning to their classmates. Students used the rubric to give each other feedback (peer assessment) as they walked around to learn about the different body systems.

For MS students, this is an awesome example of inquiry in action and what kind of projects you will be participating in when you get to HS: an assessment that gives students choice and voice over how they share their understanding of the content. They also learned from each other in the process. Great work students!

Enjoy the long weekend and stay healthy!


Krista Quint,

MS Dean of Academics/ MYP Coordinator


PDD #2 Brunch for Lunch

Suzy Mitchell, PFA 


Aloha LJA Ohana! While most of us will be enjoying a long weekend, On November 13, our awesome LJA Staff will be having their second Professional Development Day of the year.  It has become a tradition at LJA for the families to take this opportunity to show our appreciation for the Staff and all they do for our students by providing some very yummy treats for them to enjoy.


Sign Up HERE to bring items or to volunteer 


LJA Open House


Please join us in welcoming prospective families to LJA! If your family would like to give tours at Open House on November 17th from 9:00 a.m. - 12: 00 p.m., please sign up HERE.

For questions, contact the Admissions Office at 261-0707 x1310



HS/MS Winter Concert

December 12th


SEA and MYP 2 & 3 and Chorus and Band students will be performing in our annual winter concert. Please save the date!


As a part of the first quarter 6th grade chorus course the students learned how vocal sound is created through an investigation into their voice as their primary instrument. Through this form of expression, the students worked together as they focused on proper vocal technique, music literacy and singing in an ensemble. To demonstrate their technique the students sang a diverse repertoire of songs, some of which they will be performing in the High School and Middle School Winter concert on December 12th. First and second quarter chorus students will all join the Middle School SEA block ensemble and High School Concert Choir as a large ensemble for this annual performance.


Please email Ms. Louie if you have any questions regarding your child's participation in this event.

First HASA High School Surf Team Competition

This Weekend!


The LJA Surf Team will be competing this weekend Saturday, November 17th, at Turtle Bay Resort, oceanside of the pool area, at 8:00 am (vs Kamehameha) and again at 11:00am (vs. Punahou). Please come out and cheer on our athletes! Bring lawn chairs (resort chairs are for resort guests only), snacks, water bottle, and plenty of school spirit! Call the HASA hotline before you start the long drive (1+ hours from Kailua) to be sure the contest is not cancelled due to high surf or other weather conditions: 262 2488. Looking forward to seeing you there!


Sign UP for Peer Tutoring 


Students please join us in room 306 at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We have tutors ready to help! To sign up, please fill out this quick form 


Last Chance to Visit the Book Fair


The Book Fair is here!  It will run until tomorrow, November 9 at the main campus. The fair is an amazing opportunity for your kids to fuel their love of reading, for you to purchase gifts for the upcoming holidays, and for Project Grad to raise money that will fund a safe graduation event for our seniors. Please participate in any way that you can and send this link to friends and relatives who can help.  Bookworms Unite!


Click HERE for more information








November 7 - 9, 7th grade camp


November 12, Veterans' Day Holiday


November 13, PDD no school for students


November 21 - 23, Thanksgiving Holiday


December 12, Winter Concerts


December 24 - January 4, Winter Break







Attendance Hotline

261-0707 x7004


Lizbeth Smith

MS/HS Registrar

261-0707 x3070


Kim McDonald

MS Admin Assistant


Juniper Krog

Learning Support Coordinator 


Sean Landau

MS/HS Counselor


Jessica Osborne
MS/HS Counselor


Krista Quint

Dean of Academics, MYP Coordinator


Julie Do

Middle School Principal





Help brighten the holiday season for a child in need by donating a new and unwrapped toy at any of our drop-off areas: Main Office, High School, and Junior school. Collection dates are Nov. 7 - Dec. 6.


Together we can make a difference and also teach our children the value of compassion, empathy, and the gift of giving back. 


All donations stay on Oahu.


For questions, please contact Ann Medeiros at 382-2771.

Jamba Juice available every first and third Fridays of the month. The first Friday will be during Middle and High School Lunch. $5.00 per juice.


The dates are as follows:


November 16

December 7 and 21


 Box Tops

We are collecting Box Tops for Education again this year (a purple label on various household items)


So far this year 457 boxtops collected! Keep them coming.


The box is located near Mrs. McDonald's desk. in the MS office.

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