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Walking to be stigma free

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 12:29pm

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.

On the Air: A fast-paced volunteer experience

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 12:22pm
 Over the weekend, several Sacred Hearts Academy students—along with the head of school—were able to experience the fast-paced environment of a radio station. They helped with the Hawaii Public Radio (HPR)’s Fall Pledge Drive, which aims to raise $936,000 in 10 days.

“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.

‘Empowering Yourself by Empowering Others’

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 12:23pm

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.

Seniors recognized for top test scores

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 2:15pm

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.”

Collaborating over the Constitution

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 2:50pm

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.”

Students take to tutoring

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 2:46pm

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.”

Suiting up for war

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 10:05am

Instead of sitting and taking notes during a lecture last week, some AP students suited up for war, dodging imaginary bullets and bombs. It was part of an interactive lesson with social studies teacher Alexander Adkins, who is an Iraqi war veteran.

The AP Language and Composition students are currently reading the novel “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien. The novel is a collection of short stories about a platoon of American soldiers in the Vietnam War.

The lesson was meant to help students better understand aspects of war.

“I enjoyed this class because I learned things I didn’t know before,” said junior Kiley Pazcoguin. “Mr. Adkins really put a lot of emotion into what he was talking about because he, himself, experienced a war. We got to get a first person point-of-view.”

Pazcoguin not only learned new things about war but also experienced it. A part of the lesson included students dressing up in military uniform. They reenacted a war scene by running across the class, while quickly leaping to the floor for safety.

In addition, Adkins’ AP U.S. History class learned to rhetorically analyze one of the United States’ most important documents, the Declaration of Independence, with English teacher Margy O’Kelly.

The collaborative effort between the two junior-level classes was a first of its kind and provided students with new perspectives on traditional classroom curricula.

Launching into projectile motion

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 10:01am

If you peeked into the AP Physics classroom recently, then you might have seen small balls launching across the room. It was part of a lab on projectile motion, in which students launched the balls out of mini cannons. The goal was to aim the ball so that it went through one of three hoops.

“To figure out where the three hoops needed to be, we used a kinematics equations,” senior Krista Thom said. “We placed our hoops and our target based upon our calculation.”

Projectile motion describes an object that has both horizontal and vertical components.

Students used the height of the table and the height of the three rings to figure out how far they needed to place the rings. The goal of the experiment, as explained by Thom, was not only to aim the balls through the rings but also to hit the center of a paper placed on the floor.
After numerous attempts, the AP Physics students were finally able to shoot achieve their goal of shooting the balls through the hoops.

Are you prepared for a hurricane?

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 9:58am

Hurricane season in Hawaii is in full effect until November. And although residents have experienced minor damage from hurricanes over the past several years, experts say it is only a matter of time before a hurricane wreaks havoc on the islands.

To make sure your home is prepared for the hurricane, ensure it meets building codes for withstanding hurricanes and has storm shutters. Also, have proper tools, such as flashlights and batteries, supplies, a first aid kit and have plenty of food. It’s also important that everyone in the household knows an evacuation routes and a meeting point.

“My family and I are always prepared for hurricanes,” freshman Jayce Lynn Jeremiah said.

“When the two recent hurricanes came (Madeline and Lester), we didn’t worry because we were ready.”

Food is an important supply to have packed for emergencies, such as hurricanes. Make sure to store at least three-days worth of nonperishable food. Select food items that do not require any refrigeration, preparation or cooking. Here are more tips:

  • Ready to eat foods include, canned meats, fruits, vegetables and soups
  • High energy foods- peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars and trail mix
  • Vitamins
  • Comfort food- cookies, candy, instant coffee and tea
  • Extra pet food

Tools and supplies that are important to have are:

  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Signal flare
  • Area map
  • Non-electric can opener or utility knife
  • Battery operated radio

Students journalists work under pressure

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 11:05am

Hawaii high school journalism students experienced firsthand–what it’s like to work under the pressure of a real-world reporting deadline. This was all part of the action at Journalism Day, an annual event for staff members of high school newspapers around the state.

Sacred Hearts Academy sophomore Shelby Mattos and her partner filmed and edited a video for a mock press conference, hosted by local voting organization Common Cause Hawaii.

“I was very nervous (working under pressure),” she said. “I spent 50 minutes going over the footage because I had specific quotes I wanted to put in but took time finding them.”

Similar press conferences were held throughout the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus, where the event took place. Student reporters worked individually or in small groups to produce a video news story or write an article. They had about one hour to submit their assignments.

Sophomore Becca Meyer attended a mock sports press conference. For her, the quick deadline was no big deal.

“I was used to working under pressure, so it felt normal to me,” she said. “It actually made me more excited than nervous because I was doing something I enjoyed (writing a story) versus, like, multiplication.”

The day’s event was broken up into different sessions, which allowed students to learn various aspects of the journalism industry from seasoned professionals. Such aspects included tips on writing different types of articles–from news to opinion pieces. It also included learning the basics of video reporting.

Once the students finished their articles, they headed back into the ballroom to discuss their progress with classmates over lunch. Following that, they uploaded their work to the Hawaii Scholastic Journalism Association website. The day ended with a final breakout session; students had the choice of attending a session on either design and copy editing, photography or online trends.

Students attending the event said they enjoyed the bonding experience they had with their newspaper staff. They also gained new insight into the world of journalism.

“Journalism Day changed how I viewed the way stories are portrayed,” junior Taylor McKenzie said. “Because I had the chance to learn about different social media platforms and unique story perspectives.”

Parents going ‘Back to School’

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 2:43pm

More than 300 parents attended Sacred Hearts Academy’s annual Back to School Night this year. The event gives parents an inside look into their daughter’s’ day-to-day school lives.

“I decided to attend the event because I wanted to meet my daughter’s teachers,” said one parent who attended. “I felt happy for my daughter because she’s going to a good school with good teachers and a beautiful campus.”

Parents travel from room-to-room, mirroring their daughter’s schedules. This includes homeroom and change of classes, with five minutes of passing time. At the start of the night, parents were welcomed with a virtual introduction to the Counseling and Athletics departments.

This was also the first time grades 7 to 12 parents attended in a single evening. Previously, the event was split into two evenings; one for middle school and the second for high school.

For high school English teacher Rosalynn Cambe, Back to School Night is a chance to share her class and curriculum with parents. It is also a chance for her students to earn extra credit if their parents attend.

“I got this idea from other teachers who have been [giving extra credit] and decided that it would be a good idea,” Cambe said.

Teachers bring back long-lost tradition with mass class

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 8:33am

Teachers at Sacred Hearts Academy were looking especially dapper at the school’s September first Friday mass. Particularly, the male teachers, who were bringing back formal attire traditions by wearing slacks, dress shirts, dress shoes and ties.

“To me, it shows respect and the importance of mass,” said college counselor Randy Fong, who encouraged his fellow colleagues to bring back the tradition. The Academy had once required faculty and staff to wear formal church attire to school mass.

Many of the teachers who chose to dress up for mass said they enjoyed the change to their wardrobes.   

“Formal Friday [attire] is a nice opportunity for male teachers to look sharp,” Choir teacher Zachary Moore said. As a new teacher on campus, and to Hawaii, Moore says he has already been wearing his share of aloha shirts to school. Therefore, he decided to go beyond aloha attire for the occasion, dressing up in a collared shirt and tie.

The classy attire did not go unnoticed by the rest of the school body.

“They looked respectable, and I liked it,” said sophomore Ragelle Lumapas.

While most chose to wear the common necktie, some opted for a classy bow tie, including Social Studies teacher Alexander Adkins.

“As a teacher, I want my students to look up at my face,” Adkins said. He explained how bow ties encourage direct eye contact because of how unusual they are in today’s society. They seem to catch people’s attention.

“They are also simply classier,” he said.

CyberLancers victorious in cybersecurity comp

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 12:53pm

Academy students are working to make the virtual world safer, one computer at a time. And they’re doing this through a national cybersecurity competition.

The CyberPatriot competition tests participants on various coding and computing skills. These skills include ensuring that computers have strong password policies, that updates are scheduled regularly and that they do not contain files with malware and viruses.

Last school year, one of the Academy’s two CyberPatriot teams–both known as the CyberLancers–took second in the state of Hawaii in the gold tier. The team continues celebrating into the new year, after receiving its award in late August.

“It was great to not only represent our school but also to meet and talk with our fellow competitors and their mentors,” CyberLancer member and senior Shailyn Wilson said.

This is not the first victory for the CyberLancers.

“We’ve been pretty consistently second in the gold,” adviser and Academy math teacher Mrs. Deborah Kula said. “The team this year is really shooting to be in the platinum tier.”

CyberPatriot competitors compete in one of three tiers: gold, silver and platinum. Teams are able to advance through the tiers with increasing skill level.

The win has sparked new interest in the CyberLancers.

“For the past couple of years, we’ve had two teams; one of them has been gold and the other silver,” Kula said. “This year, there’s enough interest that we’re going to have four teams.”

Build-your-own meal: A tasty twist on traditional school lunch

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 12:51pm

The lunch menu at Sacred Hearts Academy just got beefier.

In addition to hot meals and various snacks, students are now able to create their own pizzas and sandwiches, by choosing from a list of toppings and ingredients. During the cooler months, they can warm up with an array of soups, such as Homestyle Chicken Noodle soup, Portuguese Bean soup, Beef Vegetable soup and Tomato Bisque.

These additions are an expansion of the “build-your-own” salad option, which began last year and was a hit with the faculty, staff and students.

The expanded program rotates on a weekly schedule; students can order personalized sandwiches during week one, add some greens into their diets during the second week and on the third week, assume the position of an Italian chef by creating their own pizzas.

To order a customizable lunch, students should fill out order forms before school or during recess. The cashier will then charge their accounts. During lunch, students can pick up their meal on the opposite side of the snack bar line. The special creations are available daily, with the exception of Mass and Assembly schedule days.

The Academy’s Sodexo Supervisor Erin Awai says this program makes lunch easier for teachers and students with busy schedules.

“I understand that a lot of students have club meetings during lunch,” Awai said. “This option provides them with grab n’ go lunch, with no lines to wait in!”

With personalized meals, come local support. About 30-percent of the ingredients Sodexo uses in its meals is purchased from local vendors and companies, according to Awai.

Senior Shailyn Makana Wilson, a “build-your-own” salad enthusiast, believes the expansion caters more towards students’ taste buds.

“I think it’s great that they expanded the program,” Wilson said. “Students can personalize their food. Before, students couldn’t decide on what they wanted to eat. Now, the program allows students to order a meal that they chose and created.”

Lancers celebrate 107 years with a week of birthday activities

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 12:43pm

Sacred Hearts Academy celebrates its 107th birthday this school year. That’s more than a century’s worth of memorable moments made by this all-girls Catholic school. But the memory-making doesn’t end there. Rather, it continues in full force with the annual Academy Birthday Week.

To prepare, the Student Council is hard at work, planning fun events for the students, faculty and staff to enjoy. The action-packed week begins–not with birthday cake but–with a birthday pep rally on Monday, Sept. 12. To celebrate as Lancers, the school is encouraged to wear white and gold or an Academy t-shirt.

And what birthday party would be complete without a frozen treat? On Tuesday, students can enjoy ice cream in the courtyard at recess. Then on Wednesday, the week gets even sweeter when the Taste Tea Truck rolls up on campus. The food truck will be at the PAC Building Courtyard from 1 to 4 p.m. 

Designed By Taylor McKenzie

Designed By Taylor McKenzie

On Thursday, the Council invites students to put on their game faces for the Flip Cup Challenge. The competition takes place during lunch at the Frear Courtyard.

Designed By Taylor McKenzie

Designed By Taylor McKenzie

Then on Friday, the birthday celebration ends with the annual Club Fair. This is when Academy students can learn about the different school clubs. They can also quench their thirst with a refreshing lemonade. One cup costs $0.50, while refills are $0.35.

Throughout the week, the Student Council will be hosting an Instagram Challenge. The challenge invites students to participate for a prize. More info can be found on the Student Council Instagram account (@shastudentcouncil).

Academy prepares for traffic during Obama’s arrival

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 1:49pm

President Barack Obama is expected to fly in this afternoon for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Conference, which is the largest conservation event in the world. His arrival to Hawaii not only brings excitement and anticipation but also traffic.

Today, Head of School Mrs. Betty White sent a letter advising parents to heed the traffic advisories issued by the city and to plan accordingly.

“The President’s arrival will cause road closures in the afternoon as the President travels from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to the East West Center on the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus,” White states in the letter. “The reports say that the road closures can begin as early as 4 p.m. and will affect all Eastbound lanes of the H-1 and surface streets from the airport area to Manoa.”

When the President leaves Manoa, westbound lanes will be closed. Closures will occur from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday school dismissal at the Academy will not be affected; however, it is recommended that parents pick up their child as soon as possible, especially if she is in After School Care.

The advisories have prompted the Academy to cancel all Early College classes; details regarding athletic practices and games are still being discussed.

Campus safety policies enforced by teachers

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 11:15am

Students may have noticed teachers cracking down on a few campus safety rules this school year. The rules include locking all doors during class, faculty and staff wearing identification badges and, for some teachers, not allowing students to use the restroom during instructional time.

These policies are part of the school’s Crisis Management Plan, which is meant to “ensure the safety of all students and staff on campus,” Vice Principal Kinga Sanders said.

Over the summer, administrators met to discuss ways of improving the safety and security of students and staff, in the event of an evacuation or campus intruder, Sanders said. This plan has always been in effect; however, with the recent string of school shootings nationwide, Academy administrators are pushing for heavier enforcement.

According to the management plan, doors should never be slightly ajar, unlocked or opened during class time. This is to prevent intruders from entering the classroom and thus, jeopardizing the safety of occupants.

On the lower school campus, students are required to go to the restrooms in pairs. While on the upper school campus, a handful of teachers have been restricting students from using the restroom during class time–with the exception of an emergency. This is to prevent students from roaming campus unsupervised.

“We hope teachers understand that we can’t always control our needs (to use the restroom),” sophomore Aiyana Arnobit said.

Mrs. Leilani Asuncion-Tagupa, high school theology teacher, agrees and says teachers must use their discretion in allowing students to use the restroom during class.

“We know which students are going to waste time in the restroom and which ones genuinely have to go,” she said. Students are able to use the restroom before, during and after school.

Academy enrollment similar to recent years

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 11:11am

Sophomore Grace Kim has been a student at Sacred Hearts Academy for 10 years. And she says that every school year, it feels like there are more and more students on campus. A hunch that has also been echoed by her peers and a few teachers.

But, according to Vice Principal Kinga Sanders, there has not been “a significant increase in students this school year.” In fact, she says, the numbers are similar to recent years.

There is currently a total of 166 new students this school year; 76 from the lower school and 90 students from the high school. Specific enrollment numbers from last school year could not be released.

Even though enrollment has not change drastically, the students who are new to the Academy say they are glad they chose to attend this school.

“I decided to enroll (here) because it was a better opportunity for me,” sophomore Chazzlyne Rae Luna said. “The education is just so much better.”

She is also making time to enjoy her first few weeks as a Lancer.

“It’s been great so far,” Luna said. “I joined air riflery, which…is the first sport (I am trying).”

Robotics kick-off event opens more than just the season

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 10:49am

Robotics teams from all over the island were grinding gears at the annual East Oahu VEX Championships, the kick-off event for the state.

Held on campus, the competition hosted more than 20 teams, including Sacred Hearts Academy’s Lancer Robotics. The teams came hand-in-remote with their robots and competed for the title of the “East Oahu VEX Robotics Tournament Champions.”

This year, Pearl City High School VEX Robotics Team were victorious, receiving a plethora of awards that included the Excellence Award, Robot Skills Champion and Design Award.

Robotics teacher Peter Park said that the event provided the team with a new perspective.

“Having seen excellent models during the competition, we were all able to see where we stood, compared to other teams,” Park said. “It gives us a lot of room for improvement.”

Park also added that the event was successful; volunteers from other schools helped the function to run smoothly. Teams were also reportedly satisfied with their campus workplaces, also known as “pits.”

“It was a very good experience, hosting the event here,” said Park.

New year means new rules at Sacred Hearts

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 11:41am

With the start of the new school year comes new changes to policies at Sacred Hearts Academy. According to Vice Principal Kinga Sanders, such changes were implemented after  realizing the need for enforcement of the rules, particularly with new students and seniors.

In regards to the sock policy, socks must be ankle-length with the school’s logo visible; otherwise, socks should be of a plain white color. This policy applies regardless of which type of uniform the student may be wearing (i.e. blue skirt, white skirt, Friday attire). Those without the appropriate socks will be required to buy a pair from the high school office for two dollars.

Originally, the minimum skirt length was no more than two inches above the knee, but that policy has been changed to three inches above the knee.

In addition, the V-neck pullover sweater will no longer be allowed as part of the uniform due to students’ abuse of the garment. Some have not been wearing their full uniform underneath it.

According to the updated policy on tardiness, students will be marked tardy if they are not present in their homeroom’s flag line at morning assembly.

Junior Tyson Noquez-Epil said, “I am not really affected by the uniform policies since I have always followed the uniform anyway, but I like that now we are able to use our phones during the school day. To me, this change had the biggest impact.”

Previously, students were not allowed to use cell phones between the hours of 7:35 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. According to Sanders, after a teacher survey showed that the faculty supported students’ learning responsible cell phone use, the policy was updated and students will now be able to use their cells during recess and lunch. During all other times, cell phones should be silenced and stored in lockers or bags.

Lastly, in the classroom, students will no longer be allowed to eat or drink during instructional time due to the distraction it causes in the classroom. However, water will be allowed.

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