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$7.3 million in college scholarships offered to La Pietra’s class of 2014

With less than a week to go before college enrollment choices are finalized, the 31 graduating seniors for the Class of 2014 at La Pietra - Hawaii School for Girls have much to celebrate.  They have been accepted into over 90 colleges and universities with a total of $7.3 million in merit scholarships alone. Of the acceptances, twenty-six percent of the graduating class has been accepted into a top 50 nationally ranked college or university.

“We know the record high of $7.3 million in merit scholarships would not have been possible without the hard work from our teachers. Our teachers work relentlessly with the girls to ensure they are receiving the tools and education necessary to succeed,” said Mahina Hugo, Head of School for La Pietra.

Hawaii Community Health Initiative To Improve School Wellness And Fight Childhood Obesity

Hawaii Community Health Initiative To Improve School Wellness And Fight Childhood Obesity

Students, staff and administrators from Kaneohe Elementary School showcased what they’ve been learning over the past year when it comes to recess.  The school is one of nine Hawaii elementary schools in the Department of Education Castle complex taking part in a “Playworks” recess model pilot program.  The pilot program, funded by Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, aims to combat childhood obesity through play activities designed to increase physical activity in safe, inclusive environments built on cooperation and fair play.

McDonald’s supports 27,000 students in this year’s career and technical education program

HONOLULU – McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawaii is proudly supporting this year’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs with a title sponsorship. Each year approximately 27,000 public high school students are enrolled in CTE and its challenging curriculum. Students may enter this rigorous program as ninth or tenth graders and focus on one of six career pathways for one to four years in addition to their academic requirements. Designed to integrate knowledge and technical skills in the resolution of real-world problems, the CTE program includes many initiatives connecting learning to industry and business. One of these is the Performance-Based Assessments (PBA).

La Pietra presents “Up the Down Staircase”

La Pietra presents “Up the Down Staircase”

La Pietra – Hawaii School for Girls presents “Up The Down Staircase” written by Bel Kaufman on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at 7 pm in the Barbie Gymnasium on the La Pietra campus.

Set in an inner city high school, “Up The Down Staircase” is the story of a novice teacher who is faced with unruly students and an administration that dampens the teacher's spirits. The teacher slowly gains the students' respect as she attempts to make a difference in their lives. The production, directed by Annie Renick, consists of 22 La Pietra students’ grades 7 through 12.

Tickets are $5 for students with identification and $7 for general seating. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. For more information, call 808-922-2744.

UHPA Fellowship Honors Plant Preservation Champion Dr. Lani Stemmerman

UHPA Fellowship Honors Plant Preservation Champion Dr. Lani Stemmerman

“Lani loved field work and jumped at every opportunity to traverse Hawai‘i’s
vegetation and landscapes.” —Dr. Dieter Mueller-Dombois

The University of Hawai‘i Professional Assembly of Honolulu is honoring UH alumna, innovative researcher and UH educator Dr. Lani Stemmermann through a $204,000 pledge to create the Dr. Lani Stemmermann Endowed Fellowship. This endowment will support graduate students pursuing their Ph.D. degree in Botany, in the Department of Botany University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Natural Sciences. 

maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

 maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

Hawaiʻi Students Encouraged to Participate in Poster Design Contest

HONOLULU – This year’s Aloha Festivals pays tribute to the upcoming worldwide voyage of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hōkūleʻa and its mission to promote world peace with its theme, “Maluhia Honua – World Peace With Aloha.”

“The 2014 theme was inspired by a song composed by Irmgard Farden Aluli entitled ‘For a Peaceful World’ and honors the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mission to promote world peace,” said Helene “Sam” Shenkus, co-chair of the Aloha Festivals board of directors. “The mission of Aloha Festivals is to foster the Aloha Spirit through the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture and the celebration of the diverse customs and traditions of Hawaiʻi.”

Five more DOE schools now powered by the sun

 Five more DOE schools now powered by the sun

Hawaii Pacific Solar (HPS) recently completed the installation of photovoltaic systems at five Honolulu schools: Gus Webling Elementary, Washington Middle School, Palolo Elementary, King William Lunalilo Elementary and Prince Jonah Kuhio Elementary. Each of these Department of Education schools is estimated to save $600,000 to $700,000 over the 20-year life of the system.

 

“As more and more schools rely on solar energy for power, the energy conservation and cost savings will continue to have a large impact on DOE and State budgets,” said Bob Johnston, president and CEO of HPS. “We have now 16 Oahu schools with PV systems, and 15 Kauai schools are in the process of installation and should be complete this summer.”