Principal's Message

by Vicki McNeill, HS Principal


Suhana, Maggie, and Carsen enjoying HS Family Night on campus...



Many thanks to our HS PFA representatives Katie Edwards and Blaire Morrison for hosting the  HS Family Social  last night! Their hope was to give folks a chance to get together and talk story while enjoying some yummy pizza and ice cream. Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening, especially the theatre students who are preparing for the opening of the Spring Play!


Also, please remember that we will be hosting a Coffee with the Principal this Friday morning at 8:15 in the MS/HS Library. Six of our Seniors will be sharing some about their experiences here at LJA and their plans for the future. Melissa Handy, our Director of Education Technology, will also be there to talk about how to protect yourself online. Hope to see you there!





Welcome Mrs. Alessandra Broussard to our High School Team as the new

HS Administrative Assistant.  


HS Academics Thoughts

by Alex Ramsvig, HS Dean of Academics

 Aloha All,


A topic I have discussed before in this newsletter is strategies that parents and students can use to minimize the negative stress surrounding school work and maximize the "positive" stress which leads to good results. The goal should not be the elimination of all stress- research has demonstrated that particular kinds of outside factors can be both motivating and positive; that is, a student who has a healthy drive towards a particular program in college because of a passion for something is experiencing extrinsic stress which is positive. Of course, the particular circumstances in a situation will be important. The same student who is working hard due to a fear of failure will likely experience the same workload entirely differently.


What parents and students can do together is to thoughtfully consider what are the motivating factors surrounding their school work. If asked, students will often reply that they "want good grades"- further probing however can lead to fruitful discussions about why they want to earn particular grades. Understating their own motivation can end up being a source of support and a reason to continue when work is challenging.


Of course, it is also fine that students may not yet have a clear internal motivating goal. As a school, we work hard through our advisory program, college counseling, and across our curriculum to help students find a passion (or passions) which can help guide them as they work to find this personal driver.


As always, have a great week!



Middle School/High School Spring Play



Mark your calendars - the Spring play happens this month! 'Look Before You Leap' is a

HS/MS two-part epic original comedy about spies, set in 1962.


The dates are:

Feb. 27 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Part One

Feb. 28 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Part Two

March 1 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Part One

March 2 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Part Two

March 6 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Part One

March 8 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Part Two

March 9 at 4:30-6:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. - Part One and Two 


Date-specific tickets are available from Robert St. John for $5 for either part or $7 when both parts are purchased at the same time. All performances will be in the Harold Theater. 

March is almost here!!!


Lunch orders for the month can be placed HERE



Our Summer School registration  is open for LJA families! 

Summer School dates are June 17 - July 19, 2019.  

Please check the Le Jardin Academy website for the course catalog and registration for classes from Kindergarten to 12th grade (Driver's Ed) 

Students register for courses for the grade they will be entering in the 2019-2020 School Year. 

If you have any questions, please email


Professional Development Day #4

Last Friday's PD Day allowed for longer blocks of collaboration that cannot be done during the school week. The Middle School and High School teachers focused on horizontal collaboration while deepening their understanding of intentional backward design, inquiry, implementation of ATLs and interdisciplinary learning. A lot of exciting ideas sprung out of the collaboration and we're excited to see them in action.


World Wetlands Day (Feb 23)
We have a very important event coming up that all of you should try to attend! Ramsar World Wetlands Day is on Saturday, February 23rd, at Kailua Baptist Church.

The event's purpose is to celebrate Kawainui and Hamakua wetlands, and their importance in culture and ecology. These areas mean a lot for Kailua, and it would be great if LJA would come out and support this cause!!!


Announcements & Reminders

 Sophomore Lock-In: February 21st-February 22nd

 Thursday, February 21st from 5:30pm until Friday, the 22nd at 1:30pm. 10th Grade students will not attend class on Friday.


High School Coffee with the Principal 

Tomorrow, February 22nd from 8:15-9am in the MS/HS Library.  Come and hear from our Student Panel and Faculty!


Fun Run- February 24th

This year's Fun Run will be held Sunday, February 24th from  8-11am on our beautiful campus. Sign up HERE


DP Parents Survival Training - Book Club and Support Group
Tuesday, February 26th   5:30-7 PM 
Tuesday, March 12th       5:30-7 PM
Join other DP Parents as we voyage this adventure together. Learn strategies to support your DP student through this two year IB programme.  SIGN UP HERE    PURCHASE THE BOOK


MS/HS Spring Play- Starting February 27th

'Look Before You Leap' is a two-part epic original comedy about spies, set in 1962. Showtimes vary. Please see Robert St. John to purchase tickets.


Kapuna Day-March 1st

 Please make sure your student arrives to school early on Friday, March 1st. There will be a lot of visitors on our campus that morning!


Spring Break-March 25-29












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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