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Sacred Hearts Academy recently implemented a new advisory program in place of homeroom for grades seven through 12. Advisory occurs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with the goal of students creating a bond with their division and building a sisterhood. Students participate in several activities such as scavenger hunts and coming up with ideas for their class legacy.
The idea was initially introduced towards the end of last year to Academy faculty.
“It’s a learning process,” Student Activities Director Melinda Rocha said. “Just adjusting to new changes happening this year is a bit overwhelming but I think it would be a positive program for the students.”
Each division class has their own set of activities all of which has the purpose of building a stronger and closer relationship with their peers. Advisory was initially made for teachers to form closer relationships with their students and provide extra support for them as well. During its first weeks, activities such as icebreakers, temperature checks and weekly check-ins with teachers were done.
Academy teachers were required to attend workshops prior to the new school year to learn how to prepare the class for activities and get accustomed to the new change. Through the workshops, teachers were to work collaboratively with one another and go through the same activities as the students.
“The entire concept of advisory isn’t that bad or horrible,” senior Ashley Zeidler said. “I believe that it’s interesting because I’m finally getting the opportunity to learn more about my other classmates that I don’t usually converse with and I feel that we should have had it sooner.”
Advisory is set to continue throughout the school year in hopes that the bond within class divisions will become stronger and create a more positive community within the Academy.
Poke bowls and loco mocos are new additions to Sacred Hearts Academy’s lunch menu.
“We began to make changes at last year’s second semester, (but) some changes could not be drastic due to set pricing,” Sodexo General Manager and Student Center Adviser Erin Awai said. “Over the summer, we put together a bunch of new menu options and incorporated them into this years selections.”
Awai and the Student Center staff sent out multiple surveys regarding the food served at the Student Center in order to better satisfy the students, faculty and staff.
Junior Noe Nekotani frequents the Student Center for lunch daily and says she’s pleased with the new changes.
“Since the start of (my) sophomore year, the lunch staff began to make interesting, new, healthy varieties, which was a pleasant surprise,” Nekotani said.
Nekotani isn’t alone when she says the school lunches have taken a turn for the better. In a survey conducted by Ka Leo, 43% of students from grades nine through 12 have said they are pleased with the changes in the lunch variety.
“Enrollment is a bit down, so the sales overall is down, but I know we end up selling out every day, so that is a positive sign students enjoy the added selections,” Awai said.
Popular shoe brand Nike is under fire for its latest advertisement debut featuring former San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick. As a part of Nike’s 30th annual “Just Do It” campaign, the company choose Kaepernick based off of his participation with the 49er’s, as well as being the progenitor for the racial injustice protest of kneeling on one knee while the National Anthem was being played before National Football League (NFL) games.
Kaepernick, who has been working with Nike since 2011, first posted about his being a part of the campaign on Sept. 3 via Twitter, which featured his black and white headshot with the phrase, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything,” along with Nike’s “Just Do It” phrase and logo on it.
Social media users have expressed mixed emotions about Nike’s campaign.
Videos and pictures of users burning Nike products began circulating, along with smaller companies and schools replacing Nike products in light of the advertisement.
Since his initial kneel during the preseason games in Aug. 2016, Kaepernick and the NFL have had both positive and negative responses from the movement. They received comments ranging from him using his image for a good cause to him being unpatriotic.
Many fellow NFL players have joined Kaepernick in the movement by kneeling, sitting and staying in the locker rooms during the National Anthem.
In March 2017, Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49er’s and has since been a free agent.
Despite the backlash of Kaepernick helping to lead the campaign, NFL continues to work with Nike, saying, “We embrace the role and responsibility of everyone involved with this game to promote meaningful, positive change in our communities. The social-justice issues that Colin and other professional athletes have raised deserve our attention and action.”
On Aug. 16, while many students were spending their four-day weekend at the beach or at home with family, Sacred Hearts Academy’s Perseverance-Hope-Wisdom (PWH) Scholars headed out to the Saint Stephen Diocesan Center in Kaneohe for their annual retreat. The new scholarship recipients reported to the center on Aug. 15 following the school’s dismissal, whereas returning scholarship recipients were expected the following day.
The PWH Scholars Program along with the Augustine Educational Foundation work to provide scholarship opportunities to 70 students within four Catholic schools in Hawaii, 22 of which attend the Academy as of the 2018-2019 school year.
New scholars were expected earlier than returning scholars due to their unfamiliarity to the program, the extra day allowing them ample time to become accustomed with PWH traditions and program faculty.
“I really enjoyed the retreat. When I first arrived I was amazed by the scenery and the people I met were very helpful and generous,” freshman Dezaray Carter said. “I made friends with everyone on my floor and some (upper) classmen, too. I learned to be grateful for opportunities some kids could only dream of having.”
Carter along with her fellow new recipients played games, created lanterns, which were later used for night prayers, watched the movie “Spare Parts,” an annual tradition and discussed about growth mindset.
For returning scholars, in addition to meeting and mingling with the new scholars, they were have developmental discussions with each other.
“There were four domains we want to address every year at the retreat: spiritual development, academic development, personal, social, emotional (development) and college/career,” Sacred Hearts Academy’s PWH Scholarship Program Counselor and retreat director Cleo Eubanks said.
All scholars were provided the opportunity to listen to speakers on various careers, such as, farmers, chefs, social workers, veterinarians, therapists and lawyers.
“The theme for our retreat this year was ‘Do Something,’ and I was constantly asked, ‘what are you going to do?’; such a broad question evoked so many different answers from within me,” senior scholarship recipient Xavier Downey-Silva said. “I learned things about myself that I feel will aid me in my future endeavors.”
Downey-Silva along with fellow seniors, Dallas Martinez, Jasmine Matsumoto, Shaydee Afoa and Amelia Nofoagatoto’a, savored this retreat as it was their last one after four years of being with the program.
“Since this was my last retreat, I felt completely at home with my fellow scholars because I had the privilege of growing alongside them. The entire experience was uplifting, yet melancholy,” Downey-Silva said. “All of us scholars have received the amazing gift of education, which has greatly impacted our lives in such an unexplainable and astonishing way. Due to the support and loving family system that is PWH, we will mature to become successful and philanthropic members of the society. Overall, this program has taught me the value of education, the beauty of generosity, and the need for more compassion in our world.”