Principal's Message

by Vicki McNeill, HS Principal

Happy New Year and welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your family and friends! The new year has started with a buzz of excitement on campus as we have initiated our first ever Impact Term experience for students in the MYP and DP programs.

A huge mahalo to Christina Hoe for her efforts in coordinating this amazing opportunity for our high school students and to Alex Ramsvig for his support in making this a reality.

 

Thank you to the faculty, parents and adult volunteers who are facilitating or leading this variety of extraordinary experiences for our kids. Also, thanks to D.J. Condon, who supported this idea from its inception and who was instrumental in making it a reality. Please be on the lookout for your opportunity to give us your feedback, which should be appearing in your inboxes sometime in the near future!

 

Impact Term options available to students:

Off Island experiences:                                    New Zealand Service Trip

China: Language and Cultural Immersion

Inter-Island Sailing Trip on the S.S.V. Makani Olu

Living Ocean SCUBA

Laos Service Expedition

Campus based experiences:

Artist Life

Backstage

Beautiful Baking

Food for Thought

French Language Immersion

Malama Honua

Cakes, Cakes, Cakes

Japanese Language Immersion

Marine Ecology at Coconut Island

Mini Law School

Mosaic Making

Peer Mediation

Students also submitted ideas for approval for independent travel and learning experiences.

 

For more information on I-Term, click HERE

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Sailing the Islands on board the Makani Olu

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Nine days exploring the great outdoors of New Zealand

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DP Biology students learning about the marine ecosystem at Coconut Island.

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Nine days embracing the rustic lifestyles of Laos.

HS Academics Thoughts

by Alex Ramsvig, HS Dean of Academics

Aloha All,

 

I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable break. As I type this article, we are mid-way through our I-Term, which so far is proving to be exciting and academically rich. What a great way to return for our second semester!

 

First, there will be an email invitation going out soon, but I want to note here that all tenth grade parents are invited to an information session on January 29th covering the Diploma Programme. The evening will provide an opportunity to hear about the course offerings, how the program works, and to ask questions.

 

Secondly, as most grades from semester and mock examinations have now been shared via ManageBac, I thought it worthwhile to briefly discuss the purpose of these activities:

 

  • Examinations give an opportunity for our students to demonstrate what they have learned over the semester. For seniors writing mock exams, it was an opportunity to demonstrate what they learned over their first 1.5 years of the DP program.
  • Our faculty are able to use the examination results to calibrate how and what they will teach this semester. Teachers use the exams as a chance to see what areas are still needing additional class time or instruction.
  • Exams are also, of course, a data point used in calculating semester grades. Across the HS in both MYP and DP, these exams are an important consideration for the final marks, but are only one piece of information teachers use in their consideration.

 

If you have additional questions about exams in general, or a specific question about an exam result, please reach out to me and/or the specific teacher in question.

 

Theater Student Spotlight

 

For the Playwriting Unit in the 10th grade drama class, our own Maggie Odom has written, directed, and cast actors in a play. She applied to enter it in the Oahu Fringe Festival and it was accepted!  Please come out to support Maggie this upcoming weekend.

 

Thoughts on the Size of the Universe


Friday, January 11th and Saturday, January 12th
6pm-6:30pm (aka super short, so you have time to go get dinner after!)
Oahu Fringe Festival at the ARTS @ Marks Garage
1159 Nu'uanu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96817
$10 tickets

 

Click HERE to for more information and for a link to buy tickets!
(You should definitely get tickets online in advance so that you can reserve yourself a seat in case it sells out!)

 

Maggie also made the website, so even if you don't plan to go to the play, check out the website. Maggie also took the photos of her actors.  If you ever need to hire a playwright/actor/director/photographer/web designer, she's a pretty good choice.

 

P.S. Just a heads up, the majority of the show revolves around sexuality and other topics that can be pretty awkward for some individuals to watch.

 

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HS Winter Ball- January 25

The Winter Ball will be held on Friday, January 25th from 6:30-10:00pm at Pomaika'i Ballrooms. The Cost is $40.00 per person. 

Student and Guest Guidelines and Form

Forms and Payments are due on Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Announcements & Reminders

 

 

CPK Day- January 16

The PFA-hosted California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) Day is in full swing! Please stop by the CPK Kailua Town location on Wednesday, January 16th and 20% of the check will be donated to LJA's PFA.  Click HERE for the link to the flyer.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - January 21

Campus will be closed.

 

HS Winter Ball- January 25

The Winter Ball will be held on Friday, January 25th from 6:30-10:00pm at Pomaika'i Ballrooms.

 

Grade 10 Parent and Student DP Night - January 29

Tenth grade parents are invited to an information session on January 29th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. that covers the Diploma Programme. The evening will provide an opportunity to hear about the course offerings, how the program works, and to ask questions.

 

Open House- February 2

Invite friends, family, and prospective students to the LJA Open House on Saturday, February 2nd from 10 a.m. - noon for all grade levels.  Come and see what it is like to be a part of our community!  Click HERE for more information.

 

 

HS ADMIN TEAM

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

Alessandra Broussard

HS Admin Assistant

261-0707 x1120

Office 2 on the second floor of the HS Building

HS CALENDAR

January - 2019
01/16/2019
 
All day
 
01/18/2019
 
 
01/26/2019
 
 
01/29/2019
 
 
February - 2019
02/01/2019
 
 
02/02/2019
 
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Junior School and Main Campuses
 
02/08/2019
 
 
02/13/2019
 
All day
 
02/21/2019
 
 
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