Principal's Message

by Vicki McNeill, HS Principal

I am excited to be able to return to work this week after an extended absence recovering from a fractured humerus. My accident required surgery complete with a plate and screws – I have learned so much! Who knew body surfing at Kailua Beach could yield such consequences! I was extremely grateful and comforted to hear my surgeon's first words, "Hi, I'm Dr. Toney and my kids go to Le Jardin!" I appreciate Dr. Toney and all the folks at LJA who have supported me through this with food, flowers, texts, visits and words of support when things were tough.


Special thanks to the faculty and HS administrative team for their support and for keeping our program running smoothly. A big mahalo and congratulations to Alex Ramsvig for serving as acting Principal in my absence and for being selected to fill the HS Principal position. We plan to work hard in the second semester to finish out the year and lay the foundation for the 2019-2020 school year when he will assume the Principal duties and I will return to my role as Dean of Students.


As we head into the final weeks in this first semester,  we know our students are working hard and feeling the pressure of approaching exams and semester grades. We appreciate their diligence and will continue to seek ways to support their efforts at this stressful time. Remember to mark your calendars for the upcoming and much anticipated winter concert, our winter season sporting events and other events that will close out the semester.


Eva and Brin are Headed to California with Hawaii's All State Marching Band


Eva Ramm '20 and Brin Jaffe '21 are representing LJA in Na Koa Ali'i, Hawaii's All State Marching Band. They have been rehearsing monthly since February with band students from all over Oahu, and will join others from the outer islands to take part in the annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade in California on New Year's Day.


HS Academics Thoughts

by Alex Ramsvig, HS Dean of Academics

First of all, I would like to welcome back Vicki McNeill who has transitioned back to school this week! We are all so glad to have her back.


The main academic event on our horizon is, of course, the end of the semester and upcoming exam week. As such, here are a few reminders and thoughts (with a common theme):

  1. Make sure your student understands their exam timetable. If not, have them come see me!
  2. Make sure your student understands what will be on the exam for each of their classes. If not, have them speak to their teacher.
  3. Make sure any outstanding grading questions or concerns from summatives this semester are resolved. If not, have them speak to their teacher and if they are still concerned to come see me.
  4. If you would like your student to be on campus during exam week at any time when they are not writing an exam (in the afternoons for example) please complete the parent permission slip sent home by email last week. 

Vicki and I are working hard to make next semester even better than this one and have already started mapping out our 2019-2020 year!


Team Elf Shop


Project Grad had a successful Christmas greenery pick up last Saturday! A big thanks to all the HS elf volunteers for their hard work!




These 9th graders are dissecting boluses from Laysan Albatross and Black Footed Albatross chicks from the the Northwestern Hawaiian islands, as part of our Humans and the Environment unit. As you can see, there is quite a bit of human-made debris along with the black squid beaks and other normal pieces of indigestible food. The plastics, fishing line, an other non-biodegradable debris threatens seabirds worldwide.


Save the Date: 12/12 Winter Concert


On Wednesday, December 12th at 6:00pm, the High School and Middle School band and chorus students will be presenting a Winter Concert in the LJA Gym. This concert is a culmination of all of the music that the students have been learning in their classes and ensembles and it promises to be a wonderful showcase of student talent. Please save the date and join us in celebrating the holiday season.


For students participating in the performance the required attire for this evening is as follows:


Boys: White long sleeved dress shirt with black slacks, black socks, and black dress shoes.  


Girls: Knee length black dress or white blouse or shirt, with black skirt or slacks, and black dress shoes.


If you have any questions please contact:


Band Director




Choral Director


Link to Winter Concert 2017


Comparing Species Diversity


Here's a snapshot of our DP1 Environmental Systems students venturing out on campus during an investigation. Students were tasked with comparing species diversity on adjacent areas that were mowed short or left to grow.



College Corner

by Scott Liedtke, Director of College Counseling

As scholarship season is underway it is an important time for seniors to check theirs emails and save these types of emails from me.  As I get scholarship info I will forward it to every senior. As mentioned in the past, this pot of money has always benefited those diligent students, willing to put the effort to find what they qualify for and apply.   

Many seniors pushed the line when it comes to deadlines; however, scholarship  deadlines have ZERO flexibility. Make sure applications are completed in a timely fashion, following all directions.  


With some quick adjustments, seniors can use the LOR's (letters of recommendation) that they may already have for colleges and apply them to the scholarships if needed.  


Hawaii Community Foundation
This really is the largest search engine for Hawaii students - spend some time on this site researching ALL applicable scholarships. One scholarship of note is the Fukunaga Scholarship

which you can access via the Hawaii Community Foundation website. It is specifically for business majors and it comes out to $4,000 a year for four years. We have had 3 former LJA students in the past receive this award and I would say the interview is a big component. Every student should be applying via HCF.

Hawaii Community Foundation


Scholars App
A local scholarship search engine exclusively for students graduating from a high school in Hawaii.
Scholars App


University of Hawaii Scholarships

Click here


Scholarships through Kamehameha Schools
Preference given to those students of Hawaiian ancestry.
Pauahi Foundation

Na Ho'okama a Pauahi Scholarship
Kamehameha Schools


Duke Kahanamoku

Deadlines vary between February and March. Download an application at Duke. As a reminder, these scholarships are for those student athletes competing in water sports and/or volleyball.


Mamoru and Aiko Takitani

In its desire to give back to the local community, the Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation's scholarship program for high school seniors recognizes students who embody hard work, innovation, and commitment to excellence and assists winners through financial contribution toward furthering their higher education. The Foundation offers individual scholarships of $1,000 to an outstanding graduating senior nominated by each qualifying high school in the State. Ten finalists chosen by the Foundation's Scholarship committee will receive an additional $2,000 scholarship. From this group, three of the ten scholarship finalists will receive the Foundation's top scholarship awards, two (2) $10,000 awards (total amount) and one (1) $5,000 award (total amount). Criteria used in the selection process include consideration of financial need, academic and extra-curricular achievement, personal essay, and an individual's unique circumstances. Information regarding the online application process for students can be found on the website at Takatani. Students need to submit their completed application to my office by February 1, 2019.


Hawaii Rotary Foundation

The Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundations wants you to know that Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 is the deadline for high school seniors to get their applications in for a $5,000 HRYF scholarship.  All statewide interested students can obtain an application form from my office or go online to HRYF.


You will be able to download the necessary forms from the link above. Do not wait to get your application completed. One of our seniors won the award last year and her picture is on the website.


Charles Kendall Scholarship

This scholarship is available to students who have a family member in the Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA). The deadline is January 22. You can download an application at kendallscholarship.


Hawaii Education Association (HEA)
This application usually opens in February... HEA

Friends of St. Patrick-Hawaii
We have had multiple students over the years earn this scholarship. I have been told you don't necessarily have to be Irish to apply so apply. St. Patrick-Hawaii


Scholarship websites:
Financial aid scholarship search. Best results.
Western Undergraduate Exchange   

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LJA Holiday Craft Fair


Parents and Students of the Class of 2019 - we need your help!


Please join us in this effort to fund raise for a safe, drug-free, alcohol-free celebration. It is a Senior Class tradition to run the Food Booth at the Winter Wonderland as their fundraising event for their Project Grad.  Parent and graduating seniors take ownership of this event with donations of food, supplies and staffing, all to benefit their Project Grad program following the ceremony on graduation night.


Sign up here!




LJA MUN delegates attended the Hawai'i Pacific Model United Nations Conference at the Hawai'i Convention Center. Four hundred students from Hawaii, California and Japan participated in the event. Seventeen students from our school, showcased their parliamentary procedures and debate skills in eight Joint Crisis Committees and two General Assemblies. Students had the opportunity to interact with Benjamin Lee, a Human Rights Policy Advisor to the Australian Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva. India Spriggs '19 and Sidney Grimsley '19 each co-chaired a committee. Hannah Kurosu '20 received a Researched Award and Carabelle Abbas '20, John Helman '19 and Cole Ewalt '21 received Verbal Commendations.


Toys for Tots


Help brighten the holiday season for a child in need by donating a new and unwrapped toy for all ages (birth to 18) at any of our drop-off areas: Main Office, High School (Room 402), and Junior School. Collection dates have been EXTENDED to December 13th. All donations stay on Oahu.


Last year we filled NINE boxes. We are going for TEN! 


For questions, please contact Ann Medeiros at (808) 382-6271.


Announcements & Reminders

Jamba Juice Sales - December 7 & 21

Jamba Juice smoothies will be available every first and third Fridays of the month. The first Friday will be during Middle and High School Lunch. $5.00 per juice. All proceeds benefit the Class of 2019 Project Grad.


CPK Day - December 12

Please stop by the California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) Kailua Town location on December 12th and 20% of the check will be donated to LJA's PFA.


Winter Concert - December 12

On Wednesday, December 12th at 6:00pm, the High School and Middle School band and chorus students will be presenting a Winter Concert in the LJA Gym. This concert is a culmination of all of the music that the students have been learning in their classes and ensembles and it promises to be a wonderful showcase of student talent. Please save the date and join us in celebrating the holiday season.


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 have questions, please contact Jennifer Souza at


HS Exams Week / DP Mock Exams Week - December 17-21

The HS Exams Week and DP Mock Exams Week will run from Monday, December 17th to Friday, December 21st. Students are ONLY required to be on campus during their designated exam period(s) unless this permission form is returned by Friday, December 14th to Tammy Thomas (Office 2, second floor of the HS Building). Click here for the exam schedule.


Winter Break - December 24-January 4

Enjoy the holidays and time with your family and friends during our Winter Break! Students will return to school on Tuesday, January 8th.


PDD #3 - January 7

Professional Development Day #3 for faculty and staff on Monday, January 7th. 


I-Term - January 8-11

The High School will be piloting its first I-Term from January 8-11.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - January 21

Campus will be closed.


Grade 10 Parent and Student DP Night - January 29

More information coming soon!



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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