Two teams representing HAIS/WASC and the IBO have been at LJA on a very important mission this week: to assess our Self-Study and actual practice against IB principles and standards as well as HAIS/WASC standards. Read a note about their findings from Head of School Earl Kim below.
A MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL
Since Sunday afternoon, two teams representing the Hawai'i Association of Independent Schools/Western Association of Schools and Colleges (HAIS/WASC) and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) have been dwelling among us on a very important mission: to assess our Self-Study and actual practice against IB principles and standards as well as HAIS/WASC standards. During their four day visit, they interviewed students, parents, trustees, staff and faculty. They also visited classrooms and examined performance data.
The last time they visited six years ago, they advanced 5 major recommendations:
- Develop and execute a strategic plan around a mission and vision
- Cultivate a culture of excellence
- Use data to inform practice
- Vertically articulate our curriculum
- Manage time of students and staff to achieve strategic goals
We were blown away and humbled by the readout we received from the Visiting Committees. Their findings and conclusions echoed ours: we accomplished our strategic goals, and we are a wonderful place for students, families, and staff to learn together. They concluded:
- Our mission, vision, and values are deeply rooted and guide our path forward.
- We have incredible people. Great kids. Passionate faculty and staff. Engaged families. Wholly committed trustees. And a rich, natural setting in which learning is situated.
- We have momentum with community-based partners to have the impact we desire as a school.
The committees commended our hospitality, our warmth, and our willingness to share. They described us as living, breathing stewards of the IB program and remarked that at its heart, our school feels like a family. We feel deep gratitude for this process of self reflection, and we are honored to partner in our continued growth and development as we dream what is possible for our LJA 'Ohana.
Changemaker in Action. Arwen Revere will be featured among rising environmental activists at the Hawai'i Air Station's "Young Wavemakers" event at the Bishop Museum Friday evening. Come out to support her as she joins students from University of Hawai'i, Iolani, Punahou, and more to discuss youth advocacy. In her 16 years, Arwen has already taken great strides to elevate the health of the planet. She serves as student lead of LJA's Wild Activism Team and was recently appointed as one of the youngest members of the World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council. LJA strives to help its students have rich experiences that make an impact and spark a curiosity in lifelong learning. Dean of Experiential Education and Community Partnerships Christina Hoe notes, "Our students are changemakers. They live our mission every day and carry it into the world, committed to making a positive impact on the world. Arwen Revere exemplifies this! She is my role model!" Way to go, Arwen!
SHE KILLS MONSTERS BY QUI NGUYEN
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2022 | 6:30 P.M. TONIGHT'S PERFORMANCE CANCELLED
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2022 | 6:30 P.M.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2022 | 5:00 P.M.
Please come out and support students Evelyn Errico-Huttler, Cat Sumaki, Jamie Matthews, Thomas Finnegan, Abby Ward, Hannah Gaines, Dena Brennan, Rowen Ewalt, Ace Cornish, Kayla Lee and Andrew Everest in the Theater Department's Fall Production of "She Kills Monsters," a coming of age narrative described by Concord Theatricals as a "high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture- a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all." Stage Manager Hannah Gaynes plays an evil succubi cheerleader named Evil Gabbi. She shares, "I have really enjoyed participating and acting in this role because it is out of my comfort zone and I get to create dance choreography." Break a leg, Hannah and cast! Buy tickets.
Masking. We are starting to see an uptick in Covid cases in the community, which will likely continue. Please remember to wear a well-fitting mask on campus if a member of your household tests positive.
Report Covid Cases. Parents are expected to notify the Health Room about positive cases in the household. Anyone testing positive should consult the nurse about proper return to school protocols. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID VACCINE BOOSTER CLINIC
VACCINE BOOSTER CLINIC
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2022 | 9:00-11:45 a.m.
The FDA and CDC have approved an updated COVID-19 booster. The bivalent booster, which is being produced by both Pfizer and Moderna, targets the original strain of the coronavirus as well as the highly contagious omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5., which represent 90% of cases in Hawai'i. LJA has partnered once again with Kaiser Permanente to host a vaccine clinic to make boosters available to the LJA community. If you have recently contracted COVID, please consult your physician regarding eligibility.
KAPA'A QUARRY ROAD
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 2022 | 6:00 A.M.- 12:30 P.M.
Disney will be returning to Kapa'a Quarry for a reshoot on Sunday, November 13. LJA's main campus will be closed from 6:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on this day. Security will be present while the film crew are on campus. After 12:30 p.m., our school play and sports club activities can run as planned and participants/attendees will be notified that they must enter and exit from Kalaniana'ole Hwy only.