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It’s that time of year again–when Hawaiian language and dance students bring holiday cheer to the Academy–through the annual Aloha Kalikimaka performance.
The performance will be on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the auditorium.
Originally, the Christmas showcase only featured students taking Hawaiian Chant and Dance classes. However, just last year, teacher Jordan Asing decided to include students also taking Hawaiian language classes.
“(The audience) is going to see it, hear it and even taste the Hawaiian language, which is the most wonderful thing,” Asing said. “They will enjoy not only the language but also the culture of Hawaii.”
According to Asing, the Hawaiian mind is said to be one that wanted to learn a lot; so much so, that the capacity was quite large–in a sense that they had to memorize everything, including chants and songs.
Thus, in preparation for the performance, students have been practicing their numbers over and over. Asing says this was for to not only get accustomed to the pieces but to perpetuate the culture as well.
“My hope is…(the students) share the Hawaiian language and culture through song and dance, while also gaining a sense of appreciation for the culture of that land that they call home,” Asing said.
Sacred Hearts Academy students are getting into the holiday spirit with an annual Christmas Spirit Dress Down Day.
The special event will be on Friday, Dec. 9 and is hosted by the Student Council.
Council President senior Raelynn Chu said, “We host a Christmas Dress Down Spirit Day every year because we love spreading Christmas cheer and putting everyone in a festive mood. It definitely takes everyone’s minds off the exams that are quickly approaching.”
Students and faculty may wear tops and sweaters that are red, green or white, or feature a Christmas-themed design. They may wear this with jeans.
As part of the dress-down day, they may also wear Christmas accessories, such as headbands, hats, jewelry, stockings and socks. Students must wear closed-toed shoes.
“Onsie” pajamas, leggings, yoga pants, sweatpants, shorts and pajama bottoms are not allowed.
Should students choose not to participate, they must wear their blue skirt or Friday attire uniform.
Additionally, the cafeteria staff will assist the council in spreading Christmas cheer by serving hot chocolate to students in grades 7 to 12 at recess. This will be at the Frear Courtyard.
“The best part of this event is definitely seeing everyone’s brightly colored clothing and feeling the positive attitude change in the atmosphere,” Chu said.
Ever wondered what happens behind-the-scenes of your favorite television shows?
Students from Sacred Hearts Academy’s Video Productions/News Broadcast class got a chance to see what goes into the making of “Hawaii Five-0” last week. They toured the set at Hawaii Film Studios during an off-campus field trip.
Typically, fans selected through a Hawaii Five-0 auction are able to experience such a tour. However, the student tour was vamped up to include production insight. The show’s stage managers explained everything from lighting to special effects.
“This field trip was an invaluable experience for my students,” teacher Alyssa Myers said. “It gave them a look into the real-world of filmmaking and hopefully inspired them to one day be a part of similar large-scale productions.”
During the tour, students also found out interesting facts about “Hawaii Five-0.” For instance, in scenes at the morgue, actors always open the same refrigeration unit door because the others units do not actually open. To convey the chilled temperatures coming from that unit, producers use dry ice.
“Seeing what actually goes behind making one episode of ‘Hawaii Five-0’ was so intense,” senior and aspiring filmmaker Kayla Manz said. “And being on a real TV set just made me excited.”
The students looked forward to walking through familiar sets from the show, including the forensics lab, medical examiner’s room, interrogation room and McGarrett’s house. They also toured the wardrobe barn and construction mill.
Additionally, the students learned about different opportunities to working in Hawaii’s film industry.
Hawai’i Five-0, a Hawai’i-based television series, follows a small police task force in Hawaii. Leader of the Five-0 force Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), along with his team, travel throughout the state to investigate various crime cases, from kidnapping to terrorism.
This year, Sacred Hearts Academy’s lower school library raised more than $3,200 from its annual book fair.
The theme was “Pirate Book Fair: Where Reading Is the Treasure!” To celebrate the treasure of literacy, students, teachers and volunteers dressed up as pirates.
“(The Book Fair) is my favorite time of the year in the library because you see students’ eyes light up when they connect with a great book,” Lower School Librarian Laurel Oshiro said. “It was also a special time for parents to reminisce about their favorite books growing up.”
The goal of the book fair was to encourage students to have their own book collection at home. Each student created a wish list before the book fair began. They fulfilled their wishes by getting at least one book on their lists.
To get students excited about the book fair and inspire them to read, book character Clifford the Big Red Dog visited lower school classrooms and greeted families in the autoline.
During the book fair, students could participate in an ongoing estimation game, in which they guessed the number of pirate gold candy inside of a treasure box. Being only one candy away from the actual count of 153, first grader Claire Pinkerton won the contest and was able to take all of the chocolate candy.
Money raised from the book fair goes toward the lower school library and will help in purchasing 300 new books for students. In addition, students donated $35 from their loose change box, which will be used to buy 12 new books for the Palolo Elementary School Library.
Last week, Sacred Hearts Academy high school students, in addition to many other young people from across the state, congregated at the Hawaii Convention Center for the purpose of becoming better leaders.
The one-day event, called EMERGE, was hosted by the Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders (CTL) Ambassador program and brought together more than 600 students from over 30 public and private high schools across the state.
According to CTL, the conference was a time for the “next generation of high school leaders to unite and to be empowered.” The theme was Beyond the Horizon: A Vision For Yourself and Hawaii.
Students spent the day learning and interacting with their peers, becoming versed on the values of a competent leader. They also made new friends and connections with students from other schools. In addition, they listened to a wide range of speakers, including navigators from the Hokulea Worldwide Voyage and other leaders from a wide range of sectors.
Academy junior Angelyne Loiselle, who is also part of the Junior Division Council, received priceless leadership advice from EMERGE.
“The best piece of advice that I was given at the conference was that I can’t be a great leader if I’m not confident in myself,” she said. “In one of the sessions, I was told that ‘you’re only as good as your lowest plank,’ which made me realize that in order to lead others, I have to trust myself first.”
The CTL Ambassador program is a Hawaii-central leadership program for the young people of Hawaii. It offers leadership development courses and includes a framework that is not only based on research but on core ethical values as well.
The Academy students were joined by Director of Development Emily Torres and Director of Student Activities Cleo Eubanks.
High school students at Sacred Hearts Academy brought their grandparents to school earlier this month, for the annual celebration of Grandparents Day.
Grandparents Day was a way for the Academy to recognize the positive influence they have on their grandchildren. In addition, students showed gratitude to their grandparents for all that they have done for them.
Junior Haley Peterson says, “This is the 12th Grandparents Day my grandparents attended, and it never gets old. I appreciate the school hosting this day because I get to spend time with my grandparents at school.”
Students in 7th to 9th grade had a slightly different schedule than those in 10th to 12th grade. However, both groups had a “Thank You to Our Grandparents” paraliturgy in the gym.
All students and grandparents were then dismissed to their homerooms for a potluck and activities planned by each homeroom.
While most homerooms had an assortment of different foods, some treated their grandparents to an omelette and waffle bar.
Junior homeroom teacher Kinga Wojtas says, “I think we had a lot of fun. I enjoyed both the Pictionary and Just Dance games. The grandparents actively participated…and overall, I think we had a successful day.”
To top the day off, grandparents received a gift from the school as they left campus.
Recently, a salmonella outbreak has affected 14 adults and children on Oahu, with four requiring hospitalization, as of Nov. 8.
The recent outbreak has been thought to be linked to limu, or seaweed, prepared with a raw fish known as poke.
After an investigation by the HDH, according to KITV News, the source of the salmonella outbreak was traced to a Kahuku farm called Marine Agrifuture.
“Marine Agrifuture is a major distributor of ogo and sea asparagus in Hawaii, and its products may have been shipped to all islands, as well as the mainland (California and Washington state),” according to a department press release. “The department is still confirming all locations and states the product may have been shipped to.”
Since then, the farm was issued a cease and desist order and has contacted its distributors. The distributors have removed the seaweed from store shelves.
The farm is awaiting the results of tests by the HDH to determine if the produce is still contaminated. If the results prove negative, Marine Agrifuture will be able to sell the seaweed again.
Times Supermarkets will stop using raw seaweed in its poke temporarily, due to the recent salmonella concerns.
Salmonellosis is an infection of the intestines caused by the salmonella bacteria. It can be contracted by eating food or drinking water infested with human or animal feces that have salmonella. It can also be contracted by touching salmonella-infested animals, according to the Hawaii Department of Health’s (HDH) Disease Outbreak Control Division.
The bacteria can spread through fecal-oral contact, by eating or handling food prepared by someone with salmonella and can often spread without noticeable symptoms 12 to 72 hours after being in contact with the bacteria.
As families start planning extravagant Thanksgiving feasts, marching band students at Sacred Hearts Academy are planning for a unique Thanksgiving festivity–the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Several members of the Academy’s band have been invited to perform in the Hawaii All State Marching Band, which annually participates in the holiday parade. The Lancers, along with other students from around the state, will be sharing the aloha spirit with all of New York City, as well as those watching on national television.
The student marchers are looking forward to sharing their talents.
“I thought it was a great opportunity to (not only) improve my marching but also reach a childhood dream,” said junior Ashley Zhang, who plays the French horn.
The band has been practicing with the Hawaii All State Marching Band since January. When compared to marching practice for school performances, students say, Macy’s parade practices are much more intense.
“The best part is meeting new people that share the same passions as me and being able to perform in New York City with my current and new friends,” said junior Kacey Chong.
The band will be performing “Tahiti Tahiti,” “Koni Au March” and “Drum of the Islands.” The group will be wearing bright aloha shirts and hula skirts.
In addition to performing in the Macy’s parade, sophomore Minami Nagahama is excited to “have a Thanksgiving dinner.” The dinner is for those who participate in the parade.
The parade will be televised live on NBC from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit http://social.macys.com/parade/.
During the holiday season, there are several opportunities for project graduation fundraising that will benefit the class of 2018.
Project graduation, hosted by the parents of a graduating class, is a unique celebration following the graduation ceremony. It was originally created by parents who wanted a safe, yet enjoyable, way for their children to celebrate their high school graduation.
The first fundraising opportunity is the Christmas tree sale, which is a partnership with non-profit organization Habilitat.
Although the deadline to order trees and wreaths has passed, those who have already ordered may pick up their Christmas decor at several locations around the island. Locations include Koko Head Elementary, Waimalu Elementary, Kapolei High School and several others.
Pick-up will be on Dec. 3 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Poinsettia plants are also being sold for project graduation. Six-inch varieties of red, pink and ice punch (red and white) plants will be sold for $10 each. Orders must be placed by Nov. 10 and may be picked up at the Sacred Hearts Academy parking lot on Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. by showing an email confirmation.
To add to the holiday spirit, the class is selling passes for Kahala Mall’s Very Merry event. Passes are $5 each and give recipients access to exclusive savings and deals at Kahala Mall during the weekend of Dec. 2 to 4. For every pass they sell, students will receive $5 toward their project graduation fund.
Throughout the year, the class of 2018 will also have fundraising nights once a month through Papa John’s Pizza. On specified days, students will receive 25-percent of sales before taxes when they purchase from Papa John’s and turn in the price label on the box.
The most recent Papa John’s pizza night was on Nov. 3.
Many from Sacred Hearts Academy, along with most of the state, stayed up late on the night of the 2016 elections. They were anxious to see whether incumbent Mayor Kirk Caldwell would relinquish his title to veteran Charles Djou and whether U.S Senator Brian Schatz could defend his title against Republican John Carroll.
Both Caldwell and Schatz came out the victors.
The main spotlight, however, was on the presidential election between former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee and businessman Donald Trump.
Following the closing of the polls in each state, political analysts were able to project the presidential winner; however, there were a handful of states with results that were “too close to call,” according to officials; others were easily dominated by either the democratic or republican candidate.
In the end, Trump prevailed and became the president-elect, with vice president-elect Mike Pence by his side. Trump received 279 electoral votes.
Meanwhile, Clinton earned 228 electoral votes, which was a surprise to many, including political experts who predicted she would win months prior. Clinton did, however, win popular vote by a small margin of 200,000 votes. This made her the fifth candidate to run for presidency, who won the popular vote but lost the electoral.
Trump, although being the first president-elect to have no prior military or government experience, is expected by all to fulfill his promises proposed during campaigns. Such promises include appointing a new Justice on the Supreme Court and revising the U.S. Immigration Policy.
Many Clinton supporters are expressing their disappointment on social media, as well as their worry for undocumented immigrants, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and Muslim-Americans.
“I’m shocked that (Trump) won and actually kind of upset,” junior Jaimee Manupuna said.
She, along with many other students, were outraged at Trump’s victory on the account of his racist and anti-feminist remarks during campaigns and debates.
While many were upset with the election outcome, some on campus looked forward to what Trump has to offer the U.S.
“I’m ecstatic (because) he supports religious liberty and the protection of the Constitution,” social studies teacher Mario Dilello said. “Trump may have his flaws, but I support his views to make America great again.”
Every year, in the spirit of giving, Sacred Hearts Academy hosts its annual canned food drive to give to those in need. This year’s drive goes from Nov. 1 to 17.
“The drive is meant to demonstrate the spirit of Thanksgiving, which is to give thanks for life’s blessings and also helping others,” Student Council Service Chair Mariko Galton said.
Students are asked to donate cans of nonperishable items to their homerooms. Such items include, spam, soups, peanut butter, beans, chili and vegetables.
“Though cans are small in size, their content holds a greater value,” Galton said. “It’s not about giving for the sake of it, but doing it (and) knowing that you’re making a difference by sharing something of your’s with those who are less fortunate.”
With this food drive, Galton’s goal is to collect as much food as possible so that families do not starve during the Thanksgiving holiday.
“I also hope that through the canned food drive students reflect on how lucky they are for the life they are given, since there are many who are not so lucky,” said Galton, on what she hopes to achieve with this canned food drive.
“A tip on giving is to give from the heart,” Director of Student Activities Cleo Eubanks said. “Give generously and give something that would eat on a regular basis.”
Homerooms that donate a minimum of 75 cans will be entered into a school-wide drawing. The homeroom that gets selected will receive Thanksgiving pies.
All donations will benefit three local food pantries, including Saint Patrick Church, Saint George in Waimanalo and transitional housing Loliana Hale.
In past years, the Academy has collected more than 2,000 canned goods during the drive.
Earlier this month, seniors at Sacred Hearts Academy continued a recently established tradition by volunteering at Leahi Hospital.
Instead of visiting the facility in February to host the usual Valentine’s Day Carnival, students decided to share their Lancer hospitality a bit earlier. They brought ghosts and ghouls to the hospital in celebration of a Halloween Carnival.
Students donated stuffed toys to be used as prizes, monitored game booths, pushed residents in wheelchairs and gave “spooktacular” manicures. Upon arrival, the students received training on how to properly push a wheelchair to ensure the safety of residents.
The senior class was divided into two groups and switched between transporting residents to and from the event and facilitating the games.
Senior Elane Namoca said she is grateful for her experience.
“I loved seeing the smiles on their faces when we were with them,” Namoca said. “When you’re sitting in a facility for most of the day, there isn’t much excitement. When we were there, I think they were happy to see us.”
Senior division advisor Kimberlee Brown said that the seniors were able to take away something more than just a feeling of happiness.
“I hope that the seniors left with a sense of humility and desire to do more,” Brown said. “There are few age groups in life, where you can truly make an impact on someone’s day, just by being there (or saying) a simple hello. The residents’ whole demeanor improved just by being around the seniors.”
Leahi Hospital, located near Kapiolani Community College in Honolulu, is a hospital, nursing home and adult day care facility. Originally known as the “Honolulu Home for Incurables,” the hospital was founded to aid patients with the bubonic plague, tuberculosis and other diseases.
This service day is the last off-campus community service project for the seniors this year.
Choir students at Sacred Hearts Academy have been getting ready for their fall concert next month. But what better way to master a song than to work with the composer himself.
Erik Whitehill, an elementary choir teacher and composer from Arizona, visited the Academy earlier this month to help the eighth grade intermediate choir students with their number, “Step By Step.”
“I had a wonderful day working with the choirs at Sacred Hearts,” Whitehill said. “There is a great atmosphere of ‘family’ that is very appealing.”
Whitehill has been writing and arranging music for more than 20 years. Prior to teaching, he was a full-time church musician and guitar teacher. He is also a longtime friend and colleague of choir teacher Zachary Moore.
“The singers have obviously come a long way with Mr. Moore, and it was fun to see the fruits of that labor,” he said. “The students were so welcoming and willing to work. It was a real joy.”
Whitehill assisted students with various musical concepts, such as phrasing, dynamics and articulation. Students from the Concert and Select Choirs were also able to work with the composer.
The songs students practiced with Whitehill will be performed at the fall choir concert on Nov. 22.
Banana bread, brownies and butter mochi–all part of this year’s annual bake sale at Sacred Hearts Academy. But the sale is not all about the tasty goods; instead, coordinators say, it’s about giving back to the community.
“We have to reach out to the community and help in every way we can to uplift the way of life of the less fortunate among us,” Lower School Vice Principal Remee Tam said.
Proceeds from the bake sale go towards Aloha United Way (AUW), a nonprofit that deals with issues such as, homelessness, crime and poverty. This year, the sale generated $4,374.19. Tam said the school will give a check to AUW during morning flag assembly.
“Not only were we able to raise the funds for AUW, but due to the generous goods donated by parents, the school was also able donate the leftover baked goods to the Institute of Human Services (IHS),” Tam said.
IHS is dedicated to helping the homeless and offers housing for those facing a crisis.
According to Tam, “Team work and great coordination among students, parents and other school staff” were the key ingredients in making the event possible.
During the Fall intersession, members of the National Honor Society (NHS) pledged to be “Stigma Free” at the annual National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) walk.
The juniors and seniors volunteered at the walk to fulfill a minimum of five outreach service hours, a requirement for all NHS members in order to maintain a place in the society.
The students were in charge of setting up chairs, decorating tents, placing and removing trash bags and facilitating children’s games.
Junior Katherine Christian, who had many memorable moments while running the Tic Tac Toe game, believes she had the most fun interacting with others.
“I most enjoyed seeing all the people, mostly children, stop by the booth and play,” Christian said. “I love seeing happy people, and I got to see how many people were out supporting the cause.”
The NAMI Walk was created to be an extension of the organization’s mission, which is to “offer a compassionate place to turn for the millions of Americans living with mental illness.”
Christian is also a firm supporter of the organization’s purpose, which added more to her experience at the event.
“Mental health is extremely important but not discussed in the right way,” she said. “People use the terms ‘crazy,’ ‘depressed’ and ‘retarded’ so casually; it makes me sick. We spread awareness of different types of cancer and don’t make jokes about it, but somehow it’s okay to say that about anxiety and autism. There needs to be a lot more help and positivity about mental health and a lot less stigma.”
The NAMI Walk took place on Oct. 8 at Honolulu Hale Civic Grounds. The event was the second outreach project NHS members participated in this year.
“My favorite part of volunteering was the anticipation of hearing the phones ring, even though it was scary at first,” junior Julia Oehlers said. “Volunteering at HPR made me realize how the radio is such an important part of many people’s lives.”
A pledge drive is when people call in to donate money toward a specific cause. Oftentimes, pledgers may also receive special prizes. These prize incentives consist of anything from gift cards to airline miles.
Because HPR is supported by member donations, the station depends on these pledge drives to continue broadcasting throughout the year.
The students and Head of School Betty White met at the Honolulu station on Saturday morning. They were briefed on their roles in the drive, including protocol when answering the phones and accepting donations.
“It was a blast to work with volunteers from Sacred Hearts,” said Casey Harlow, Associate Producer of Digital Content for HPR. “They brought a youthful enthusiasm to the fundraiser and definitely made the atmosphere more lively. After three days of raising money, the HPR staff sure needed an energetic pick-me-up which the volunteers from Sacred Hearts definitely brought.”
Despite the slow start, the room was soon alive with the constant ringing of the telephones and the steady hum of conversations between the volunteers and the callers. Volunteers were not only tasked with answering phones but also with informing callers of the special offers associated with different levels of donations.
“I grew up listening to the radio on a daily basis, since we lived almost two hours from school,” junior Catherine Palmer said. “Being given the opportunity to help out made me ecstatic.”
HPR was established in 1976 and has since become the island’s leading source for not only local news but for national and global news as well. Recently, HPR began broadcasting to all neighbor islands.
For more information on HPR, visit http://hawaiipublicradio.org/post/hpr-s-fall-2016-pledge-drive.
For 15 years, juniors at Sacred Hearts Academy have coordinated an annual FAST for the high school. The theme for this year’s event, which happens this Friday, is “Empowering Yourself by Empowering Others.”
“We wanted to find a way to combine the topic of gaining confidence with our class’ community service into this theme,” said junior Kimi Tokunaga.
Participants are asked to donate canned goods, which are bagged and given to the Waikiki Youth Outreach organization. The nonprofit helps teens living on the streets.
More than 20 juniors have volunteered to plan this year’s event. They will also be receiving community service hours.
“I’m looking forward to seeing fellowship among a variety of students, especially my fellow juniors, as we lead the FAST this year,” junior Kimi Tokunaga said.
“The FAST (reminds us to) be aware of those that are less fortunate than ourselves,” theology teacher Sr. Irene Barboza said, who is one of the teachers overseeing the event.
Last year, the junior class raised about $1,050 and collected 200 canned goods.
This year’s FAST will be held in the auditorium on Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will include several guest speakers.
Three Sacred Hearts Academy students have achieved national recognition for their high test scores.
Seniors Taryn Wong, Megan Backus and Ellie Ramirez earned top rankings in the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP), which is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships.
High school students are entered into the competition by completing the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Scholars are determined based on their PSAT scores.
Ramirez was named a “National Hispanic Scholar.” Her score placed her in the top 2.5 percent of all Hispanic and Latino test takers across the nation.
Backus obtained “Commended Student” status due to “her outstanding potential for academic success,” according to the scholarship committee. Backus placed in the top 5 percent of test takers nationwide.
Wong now holds the title of “Semifinalist;” she had one of the highest PSAT scores in Hawaii, representing less than one percent of all test takers in the state.
Wong said she was speechless upon hearing word of her achievement.
“I couldn’t believe that I had actually become a semifinalist,” Wong said. “It all felt surreal, and it still does. I had hoped to become a scholar but didn’t think it would actually happen.”
Wong must now fill out an online application and fulfill the NMSP requirements in order to qualify as a finalist.
Wong used Khan Academy Official SAT Practice to study for the test and believes that it can help fellow students get high scores on any nationalized exam.
“I would recommend that anyone who is studying for the NMSQT, or any other type of test, for that matter, to use Khan Academy,” Wong said.
Khan Academy assesses one’s skill level through a diagnostic test, then identifies and tests that person on the concepts that were missed.
College Counselor Randy Fong is extremely proud of the girls and their achievements.
“I’m very honored and privileged that we’ve had several students honored for their high scores on the PSAT and considered for the National Merit Scholarship Program,” he said. “It shows that we have good quality students in the senior class; they studied hard for these tests.”
Students at Sacred Hearts Academy participated in the school’s first-ever Constitution Camp earlier this month.
The camp brought together both the seniors taking AP Government and juniors taking AP United States History (APUSH). Through a collaborative effort, the seniors taught the juniors about the U.S. Constitution in a fun and educational way. Various interactive stations were set up throughout the school’s high school library. At each station, seniors discussed a different aspect of the Constitution.
Senior Tiani Quon said, “I just hope that (the juniors were) able to understand the lesson and…walk out of the camp feeling confident about the subject that we teach them.”
Quon believes that this camp will benefit the juniors because it is sometimes easier to learn from peers, she said, particularly when it is in a casual learning environment.
Despite being called a camp, the event took place after school and finished during the early evening hours. Students enjoyed pizza and each other’s company.
“I wanted the AP Gov students to jump in and really practice working with the Constitution in a way they have not before,” Adkins said. “I want them to be active learners (and) not passive learners.”
Adkins decided to offer this camp during his second year of teaching at the Academy. He said it can take up to two weeks for history teachers to teach the Constitution; time that he could not sacrifice, with so much information already being taught to his AP students during the school year. Thus, the camp allowed for a more expedited way to teaching this important U.S. document to the juniors, he said.
From a junior’s perspective, Pamela Lino said, “I was excited for this camp because I got to learn about such an important document…in a unique way, which was from students who were in the same position I am in last year.”
Although it’s the start of a new quarter at Sacred Hearts Academy, tests, projects and homework will soon be filling students’ schedules. To alleviate the workload and overall stress, the Academy’s National Honor Society (NHS) students host daily tutoring sessions.
“NHS tutoring is a way for our student members to give back to the school community and serve as role models for underclassmen (who have) academic issues and concerns,” NHS adviser Angela Dolan said. She is also the 10th and 11th grade counselor.
Tutoring is held in the high school library’s Collaboration Room during lunch and afterschool. It is available for students in grades 7 to 12.
“I attended (last year) to ask others to either proofread my papers, assignments, homework or help to finish a problem,” said senior Kaycee Selga, who is an NHS tutor this year.
Studying for a test or quiz is among the main reasons students attend NHS tutoring.
“I think the hardest part about studying is not knowing where to start,” Dolan said. “If you make yourself a plan to do a little bit (of studying) everyday, it (won’t) be so overwhelming.”
Social studies teacher Mario Dilello said that going to the tutoring center can greatly benefit students preparing for a test.
“I think NHS tutoring is fantastic, (but) unfortunately, it is not used as much as it should be,” he said. “Tutoring should be mandatory for any student who cannot maintain at least a C average.”
While some teachers provide extra credit to students who attend a session, others make the tutoring center a designated place for test corrections. The number of students who seek tutoring may vary, depending on the time of year.
Student tutors contribute a minimum of one to two hours a week to help other Academy students. Some members are assigned to specific students, while others report to the tutoring center for students seeking additional help.
“Each of the NHS members list a specialty subject they enjoy/proficient at,” Selga said. “I, personally, listed Hawaiian as my specialty, but I also have to be prepared to either assist a student in any subject or point them to another tutor that can help them.”