Principal's Message

by Vicki McNeill, HS Principal

Welcomes and Farewells!

As many of you know already, Scott Dempski is returning to the mainland in early April accompanying his wife to her new assignment in Norfolk, Virginia. We appreciate Scott's contributions to the school and wish him well in his next endeavors. We would like to welcome the following teachers who will be taking over his DP Business Management classes and his MYP math classes.

Luke Korkowski is our new Business Management teacher. Luke is the Dad of ninth grader Kyla and 7th grader Austin. He has an extensive background in small business and has been an entrepreneur in multiple industries. In Fall 2017, Luke taught undergraduate Business Management at Shidler College of Business at UH Manoa. Additionally, he has over 120 hours of volunteer classroom experience teaching grades 3 to 12 with Junior Achievement, an international non-profit dedicated to business and economics instruction. His professional background includes serving as a law clerk to an Associate Justice of the Montana Supreme Court and starting an operating a real estate and business transactional law firm. In addition to his legal advisory work, Luke owns and operates a real estate brokerage in Kailua and advises small firms as a business consultant.

Avery Munoz is our new MYP 4 and 5 math teacher. Avery's children attended LJA for 5 years and she is very familiar with the IB and our school's philosophy, policies and procedures. Her degree in Mechanical Engineering along with her teaching experience and professional experiences as a product design engineer, patent agent and technology transfer specialist will help bring substance and practical meaning to Math in the classroom.      

We would also like to welcome Peyton Barthel who is joining our HS Science Department to teach DP Chemistry. Peyton is the Mom of 10th grader Alana and is very familiar with the school's programs and policies. She has already begun to work with our juniors and seniors to help them finish the year strong. She has a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, specializing in organic and biochemistry. We appreciate her enthusiasm and rapport with our students and strong knowledge of the chemistry content.


Dear Parents of 9th and 10th graders,

MAP Testing (NWEA Measure of Academic Progress) will be administered to 9th and 10th graders in their individual Math and Language and Literature classes from March 5- March 14th, with make-up testing during study halls and lunch from March 14-March 22nd.

MAP is an external measure of students' progress in math and reading which we administer each September and March to measure students' growth. Students' scores are used at Le Jardin Academy for two purposes. First, students' learning data is used formatively to better inform teachers of students strengths and areas of growth. The data is then used to differentiate instruction to support and/or challenge individual students in specific areas. LJA also uses MAP scores from grades 3rd-10th to assess our math and reading curriculum to ensure we as a school continue to offer a rigorous program compared to other schools around the world.

Students do not need to study for MAP testing. However, we do prefer if students get a good night sleep and eat a healthy breakfast on testing days.


Parent information can also be found using these links.

Parent information on NWEA's MAP Testing

Parent Toolkit to MAP


Best Regards,


Leah Magana

Director of Learning

Le Jardin Academy


HS Academics Thoughts

by Alex Ramsvig, HS Dean of Academics

Aloha All,


I hope everyone has had a great week!  This week has seen a dual focus on the work our seniors are doing to finish and upload much of their externally graded DP work, as well as continuing discussions about Homework and projects in grades 9 and 10. I tie these two areas together as they are closely related within our curriculum.

Essentially, we strive to teach students in grades 9 and 10 the project, time and work management skills necessary for success in the Diploma Programme when a good portion of their work is assessed externally and critical to earning their diploma. Of course, within this discussion, we are listening to voices across our community regarding the appropriate volume and timing of this work.


As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you!

DP Parents Survival Training - Book Club and Support Group
Tuesday, March 12th       5:30- 7PM
A book club and a support group all in one. Join other DP Parents as we voyage this adventure together! Learn strategies to support your DP student through this two year IB programme.

Purchase the book



Saturday, April 13, 2019


Sheraton Waikiki

Honolulu, Kahuku and O`ahu Rooms

Paperwork and payment are due no later than Monday, April 1st

to Mrs. Omori or to Mrs.Broussard in the HS office.

Prom FAQs
Click HERE for the forms.



Eight of our art students have won scholastic art awards this year.The ceremony to celebrate this achievement will be at the Honolulu State Art Museum on March 16th from 3:00-5:00pm. Attached are the eight winning pieces.The Scholastic Art Awards is one of the oldest and most competitive art competitions of our nation this is a wonderful accomplishment for our students. Gold Key recipients from a Regional Program of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are automatically entered into the national competition . We will find out on March 13, National Notification Day to see the list of National Medalists. Fingers crossed! Students art that wins a gold medal award will be shipped to NYC to be a part of a two year traveling exhibit!
Here is a list of the student artists Please help to celebrate these students by uploading this information to our website, Facebook page or Weekly newsletter. Please let me know if you would like any further information.
Halle Hetzler, 12th grade Gold Key - Paintng
Claudia Rader, 12th grade Gold Key Photography
Kailey Suezaki, 12th grade Gold Key Pastel
Maya Martinez, 12th grade Gold Key Pastel
Gianna Sbarbaro, 12th grade Silver Key Pastel
Kiley Manser, 11th grade Silver Key Oil Painting
Morgan Meinhardt, 9th grade Silver Key Mixed Media
Kyla Korkowski, 9th grade SIlver Key Mixed Media



A big mahalo to Madame Pualoa who is our faculty advisor for our Model United Nations students. Four of her students are now at the NHSMUN Conference in New York until 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.   We are so proud of our participating students:

India Spriggs, Sidney Grimsley, Hannah Kurosu and Cole Ewalt





California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser


Get 20% of your check donated to LJA's PFA

Wednesday, March 13th

Click HERE for Flyer




Last wekend, Tenth Grader Marin Gilliland & 'Courtage 'clinched the blue in the
prestigious 'CPHA (California Professional Horseman's Association) Style
of Riding Jumper Medal, becoming the first student from Hawai'i to win the
rigorous Double Round Timed event .

Here, Marin is pictured, proudly wearing her Le Jardin practice jacket

(see left front pocket).  Putting her school logo on her jacket, was her idea!





The DP1 Environmental Systems and Societies class took an all-day field trip last week to the Ka'ena Point Natural Area Reserve (NARS). The site is extraordinary in many ways.  It is home to many endangered species, most notably seabirds and coastal plants, and also provides a good view to many marine species including whales, turtles, and the Hawaiian monk seal.  Ka'ena Point showcases a good example of what concerted effort can do to protect important places.  It features the state's first Predator Proof Fence, and is actively managed for wildlife, while remaining open to the public. 


A DLNR outreach specialist accompanied teachers and students on the field trip.  The DLNR specialist allow our students access to areas of the NARS normally off-limits to the public. While there, LJA students participated in a brief service project! 



Our Blood Drive Student Leaders - Riley Diersbock, Luciano Oliva, Kailey Suezaki, and Sean Lindell - are ramping up for their FOURTH Blood Drive on Thursday, March 21.


Over the past two years these amazing students have lead three blood drives and collected a total of 108 units of blood for those in dire need.

Please help support the LJA Blood Drive and our Student Leaders in their final drive before they graduate. Any support that you are willing to provide is immeasurable.

Family and friends are more than welcome to participate so please spread the word. Teachers, if you are willing to promote the Blood Drive to students (age requirement is 16) that would also be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for coming together for such an important cause!

Announcements & Reminders

MAP Testing-9th and 10th Grade Students

Individual Math and Language & Literature Classes

March 5th-March 14th


DP Parents Survival Training -

Book Club and Support Group
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



CPK Day-Wednesday, March 13th (Kailua Location)


PFA Pi Day- Thursday, March 14th in the afternoon

More details coming soon in an e-mail to sign-up!


Jamba Juice Sales- March 15th

Jamba Juice smoothies will be available Friday, March 15th after school in the MS Courtyard. $5.00 per juice

All proceeds benefit the Class of 2019 Project Grad.


Blood Drive-Thursday, March 21st 


Spring Break-March 25-29th

 Main Campus will be open on March 25,March 27th-March   29th for Lower School Extended Day Programs only!


Junior/Senior Prom

Saturday, April 13th 6:30-10pm

 April 1st is the deadline to submit forms and payment


Le Jardin 2019 Gala- April 27th 5:30-10:00pm

The Pacific Club in Honolulu.

Ticket Deadline:  April 10th

 Purchase tickets online at 













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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