Principal's Message

by Vicki McNeill, HS Principal

As we move forward into the Spring semester, the HS Admin Team is engaged in reflecting on the impact of the new policies we initiated in August and is working to make adjustments where necessary. As a reminder, our goals for this year center around growing relationships with a focus on improving the communication between school and home. Our new policies were by in large a response to concerns shared by parents and students the previous year and we are continuing to work to be responsive to such feedback.

 

With that in mind, parents and students particularly in grades 9 and 10 have expressed concern over the amount of homework students are expected to do in those grades. Before the break we initiated conversations with teachers seeking information regarding purpose and amount of required homework. To help us get a better understanding of the issues around this, we will be undergoing a thorough audit of all homework assigned in these classes over the next few weeks in order to have a targeted and impactful response. It is obvious that we are in need of new policies that define the purpose of giving homework and the amount of time students should be spending on work outside of the school day. In our discussions so far it is apparent that this is a multi-faceted problem that will not be solved with a single response. Some of the options we are considering to address this issue include:

 

·         Grade level homework calendars

·         Grade level assessment calendar

·         Initiate a no homework policy

·         Students ATL skills of organization and time management

·         Increase study hall time

 

 

Whatever the solution may be, it is important to us that parents know we hear your concerns and work to seek viable and authentic solutions. We will continue to work with the faculty to reflect on our program and how we can improve our students' high school experience

As the Fleur Turns   

 

Secondary Administrators are happy to see that we have significantly fewer students applying out to other schools this year! TRUE! We have the lowest number of students applying out of any year since we started keeping records. Both the Middle School and HS programs are growing with the Middle School leading all divisions in adding students!

Impact Term was a HUGE success and was held on island, off island, and internationally last week and this week. Here are some 

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Showing off the shaka on a SCUBA adventure

LIVING Ocean SCUBA at Kewalo Basin

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Nine days embracing the rustic lifestyles of Laos

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Building and designing a surfboard in Independent Learning

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Food for Thought Student gain an appreciation for the role food plays at Nico's Pier 38

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Immersion students arrive in China.

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French Language Immersion Group with Madame Pualoa

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Four-day culinary clinic with cake decorating, pro-tips for pastries, and learning how to modify recipes.

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Beautiful Baking with delicious and stunning treats

HS Academics Thoughts

by Alex Ramsvig, HS Dean of Academics

Aloha All,

As we end our second first week of this semester (last week being I-term), students are quickly getting back into the rhythm of the school year.

 

Parents of Sophomores, please do not forget to RSVP to our DP Information Night coming up on January 29th. As was explained in the invitation, this will be an opportunity to learn about the DP program--generally, specific details about class selection and a chance to ask questions.

On that topic, I have also had the pleasure of speaking with many of our alums from last year who have been on campus before heading back to college. While obviously not a scientifically standard sample size, I can report that without exception, all students reported that their LJA training (in particular the DP) had put them ahead of their classmates academically. One student who was a good to average student at LJA even earned straight A's in his first semester.

 

Have a great week!

Student Workshop

 

 Tenth grade student Maggie Odom is hosting a yoga workshop for teens this weekend for her final Personal Project outcome and would love for students to come and support the culmination of her yoga certification for her Personal Project!

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Teen Spirit Mindfulness Workshop

Saturday, January 19th
1:00pm-3:30pm

Hot Yoga by the Sea Kailua
320 Uluniu St
Kailua, HI 96734

 

Teens will learn to reduce their stress level by equipping themselves with tools to incorporate yoga, meditation, and mindfulness into their life! This workshop will include yoga class, guided meditation, discussion, and the creation of a meditation mala.

Bring a water bottle, comfortable clothing and a yoga mat.

(Extra yoga mats are also available at the studio.)

There is a $15 fee to cover the cost of materials to make your own meditation mala. (Note: This event is not for profit.)

 

REGISTER HERE!

 

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Report Cards and Assessments

Report Cards go out on Friday, January 25th. 

Krista Quint, MYP Coordinator and MS Dean of Academics is providing extended information on Understanding your child's report card. Click HERE for her presentation.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Quint at krista.quint@lejardinacademy.org for more information. 

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 now to Mrs Omori or Mrs Broussard (HS Office)

*All guests must have Photo ID to be admitted. No exceptions!*

Announcements & Reminders

Jamba Juice Day-  January 18

This Friday after school from 2:30-3:30 p.m., Jamba Juice will   be in the Lower School area by the Loop and in Middle School Courtyard afterwards.  

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.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - January 21

Campus will be closed.

 

Report Cards- January 25

Report Cards will be released to parents/guardians on Friday, January 25th.

 

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. Please RSVP by Thursday, January 24th to Mrs.Broussard alessandra.broussard@lejardinacademy.org in the High School office.

 

 

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.

 

Shakespeare Competition-February 6

Students will choose a monologue from a list of the works of Shakespeare and perform it from memory. The winner of the school competition proceeds to the state competition, which will be held (beginning at 1:00 p.m.) on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Luke Auditorium in the Punahou School's Wo Center. At the state level, students perform both a monologue and a sonnet. The winner of that proceeds to the national competition in New York City, all expenses paid. Hawaii has had three national champions since 2011 (from Punahou, Mid-Pac, and home school). This will be the fourth year that Le Jardin has participated.

 

 

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
01/18/2019
 
 
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
 
 
02/22/2019
 
 
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