Principal's Message

by Vicki McNeill, HS Principal


Attention Parents:


Please mark your calendars to reflect the change of date for the upcoming HS coffee with the Principal from this Friday morning to February 22nd. We will meet in the MS/HS library from 8:15 – 9:00 and will be hearing from some of the members of the Class of 2019 about their time at LJA. This has traditionally been something we do every year for our Junior School and Lower School parents to familiarize them with the HS. This year we have decided it is also important for our parents to have this chance to hear from our students who are soon heading off to college. Also, Melissa Handy, Director of Education Technology will speak briefly about how to safeguard against phishing schemes on the internet.


I want to thank the students, parents and teachers who have recently been involved in helping us monitor homework loads in grades nine and ten. We are now working with the faculty to have consistent, reasonable expectations for the amount of work done outside of class time. We will continue to track summative assessments and homework assignments in order to have sufficient data to identify patterns and concerns to address. We are also continuing to consider all the options for responding to student needs and will apprise parents of those decisions as they arise.


I want to give a shout and an appreciation to the seniors who are currently in the thick of submitting assessments that will contribute to their final IB marks which are officially calculated by the IBO. Students must use their writing,research and oral skills to display their breath of knowledge in all of their subjects. This is therefore a particularly stressful time for them as they make the final push to complete the program. Appreciations also go to our faculty for working hard to provide support for their senior students. We will be having a DP work day for students in early March which is a chance for them to work individually with their teachers to complete or catch up on their assessments.   


Congratulations to seniors that have completed the college admission process and have received acceptance letters and best of luck to those still waiting to hear!


Here are few examples of places our seniors will be heading to in the fall:

University of Edinburgh

Drexel University

George Washington University

Santa Clara University

Northeastern University

University of Montana

Purdue University

San Diego State University

University of Denver

Loyola Marymount University

University of Pittsburgh

High School Family Social- February 20th
Come join us for the PFA High School Family Social on Wednesday,

February 20th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m in the Wang Auditorium


HS Academics Thoughts

by Alex Ramsvig, HS Dean of Academics

Aloha All,


First, I want to thank Dean Spagnoli and the Board of Trustees again for their generosity in arranging for speaker Pam Chambers to speak to our entire High School on Thursday on the topic "How to make a lasting positive impression". Bringing in outside experts, thinkers and community members with powerful messages is one hallmark of an academic institution academically challenging its student body. Thank you again!


Sophomores and their parents have been busily weighing course options for the DP Program after our parent night last week, and visits to classrooms to answer questions. I look forward to individual meetings with every student to ensure that the best possible course options have been chosen. 


Finally this week I want to highlight this new IB page for students and parents which displays the college selection and application process through the lens of IB DP alumni. All HS students and parents will find some useful general information, as well as IB specific info. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or our college counselor Scott Liedtke.


Have a great week!

PDD #4  Staff Appreciation Italian Style 

 PFA, Suzy Mitchell

 Aloha LJA Ohana!

   Let's show our awesome LJA Staff some LOVE the day AFTER Valentine's Day (February 15th) with the Tastes of Italy. You know how it is when you have a day of work, it's nice to have lunch brought in that is tasty and fun! Let's do that for our Teachers, Principals, Administrators, Blue Crew and all of the Support Staff at LJA as they do what they do and prepare for the final months of the school year with our children! For more information and to sign-up click HERE.



The All School Assembly was held this past Tuesday afternoon in the gymnasium and was a fun time for all of our students to celebrate other languages and cultures here at Le Jardin Academy. 


Spanish students dancing in front of the whole student body!



Attention Tenth grade students and parents:

Mark your Calendars...The Sophomore Lock-in is literally around the corner!

Thursday, February 21st from 5:30pm until Friday, February 22nd at 1:30pm.


Paperwork and payment are due no later than this Friday, February 8th to Mrs. Omori or to the HS office.
Click HERE for the forms.


MYP Service as Action News

by Juniper Krog, MS Learning Support Coordinator

Requirement and progress expectations: Students in the MYP should have 4 activities logged on ManageBac by the end of the year. This means that if you are on track right now, you will have 2 activities completed and at least one more in the planning stages. 

Need Ideas? Here are two SA opportunities coming up within the next two weeks:

1. LJA FUN RUN: February 24
The PFA is hosting our annual LJA Fun Run on Sunday, 24 February on campus. All LJA families and friends are welcome. The race is a one- or two-lap run around LJA with great music, a climbing wall, and other fun activities for the kids to enjoy. Registration this year is online! A limited number of t-shirts are available so sign up now!

 Still looking for:

 1. a student photographer 2. a spirited LJA student to wear the Bulldog Costume!!

 If you'd like to help with one of those roles or set-up/clean-up for the run, please email 


2. HELP COUNT THE WHALES: February 23, & March 30th!

Registration closes one week prior to the count, so please register by this Saturday!!

What is it?
"The Sanctuary Ocean Count is a community citizen science project hosted every year by Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Ocean Count promotes public awareness about humpback whales, the sanctuary, and shore-based whale watching opportunities on O'ahu, Kaua'i, and Hawai'i Island." 

When is it?
"The count is held the last Saturday of February, and March (during peak whale season) of each year. The 2019 Ocean Count event dates are February 23, and March 30. Participants tally humpback whale sightings and document the animals' surface behavior during the survey."

Where is it? 
The Pavilion at Turtle Bay Resort (or one of 20 other Oahu sites, find out more when you register!).

How do I register?
Register at this link




A big Mahalo to Madame Pualoa who is our faculty advisor for our Model United Nations students. Four of her students will join the Hawaii MUN League at the NHSMUN Conference in New York from March 5th to March 10th.

This is the world's largest high school MUN conference and some of the events will be held at the United Nations Headquarters. Best of luck to India Spriggs, Syndney Grimsley, Hannah Kurosu and Cole Ewalt!  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.



Maggie Odom won this year's LJA Shakespeare Monologue Competition. She will now compete at the state level on March 2nd.  You may also recall that Maggie won the Poetry Out Loud competition earlier this year, and competes at the state level for that competition on Sunday, February 24th.    Way to go, Maggie!


Announcements & Reminders


CPK Fundraiser Day-February 13

The PFA-hosted California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) Day is coming up on Wednesday, February 13th at the Kailua Town location. You can have 20% of your check donated to LJA's PFA. 


Professional Development Day (No School)-February 15 


The PFA is organizing a Professional Development Day potluck on Feb. 15 for teachers, administrators and support staff as they prepare for the final months of the school year. The theme is Tastes of Italy. 


President's Day- Holiday - February 18th

No school in observance of President's Day


High School Coffee with the Principal (Update)

This event will be held on a new date: Friday, February 22nd from 8:15-  9am in the MS/HS Library.


Fun Run- February 24th

This year's Fun Run will be held Sunday, February 24th from  8-11am.  Student Photographers are needed. See HS office    for more information


MS/HS Spring Play- February 28th, March 1st, March 2nd

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

Alessandra Broussard

HS Admin Assistant

261-0707 x1120

Office 2 on the second floor of the HS Building


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