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Academics – Students not doing enough? or Schoolds doing too much? April 7, 2011

Filed under: News Analysis — ekelsie @ 10:44 pm

College Student Katie Ellis hard at work

Students not doing enough? Or Schools doing too much?

Most students are eager to learn and want to succeed in school. Though lack of their attention towards homework is decreasing every year. while some students are claiming that there is too much homework given.

Board members of the Public Schools System and even principles of private schools have been debating and speculating this topic. A High School Principle asks, “Do our students lack the self-motivation to handle assignments at home or is there too much homework in general?

These are the questions that are being thrown around within the Education Systems daily.

“We’re all human,” a student comments. “We can’t help it if we slack off sometimes and forget to do things.”

Another student replies saying “It’s  just distractions. Things that pull us away from our academic needs. There aren’t enough hours in the day.”

A number of studies have shown that students who participate in class have a 40% chance of getting an honest passing grade.

Though the other 60% that do participate don’t get the grade because of their lack of attention towards homework.

“There’s no one to tell you to do it. I can’t just take my teacher home to tell me to do my homework. No one is there to say ‘ You need to know this’, or, ‘Do it and finish it.’ ” A student debates on the situation.

Commitments they have made somewhere else is their main focus outside of school. Sports, Clubs, volunteer work, part-time jobs, and even religious activities keep them active. ” These things aren’t bad but it has students’ grades dropping.” a concerned teacher explains.

With this thought in mind some schools are believing differently. A Vice Principle sits in during a high school class and listens to what is being  taught. She understands it easily enough, but is astonished at the amount of homework that is given.

Schools are starting to believe that teachers are giving students too much homework. Certain members of the schools faculty are noticing that a high school student has too much to accomplish in one night. Telling teachers that they should be giving less homework. These statements have already been put it into action.

An alternative to this problemwould be giving into giving  less homework to students .  will be more engaged within class rooms. Many even feel more like they can achieve more with others around them doing the same work.


editorial ^ Global stewardship

Filed under: News Analysis — rinarachel @ 10:07 pm

UN representative vote to send aid to Libya

The global community finally promised to help civil-war-torn Libya. By attacking Qaddafi foces via an aerial bombardment over the weekend, UN forces pressured the Libyan government to halt attacks on its citizens.  The genocide of Libyan dissidents in Benghazi has been evaded, for now.  But we as global citizens need to do more for our neighbors in trouble.

For the next several days, the multinational force must continue to attack the military infrastructure of Colonel Qaddafi. They can no longer negotiate with a dictator that murders his citizens in cold-blood.

Although this situation is getting better, we should keep striving to improve the conditions in Libya. The multinational force must pay attention to extent of the permissions they received from the United Nations. We need to help the Libyan people while causing a minimum of collateral damage.

in addition to military aid, the people of Libya could also use medical emergency supplies. The Red Cross is heading up a blood drive and accepting donations of blanket, clothes, money, and non-perishable food.

Non-profit agencies from the around the world are also helping the cause. get involved at your local level. Donate today. with all of us chipping in, we hope the people in Libya will soon be free from this terrible situation.


Japan Relief

Filed under: News Analysis — jlestino11 @ 8:01 pm

“Aloha for Japan” relief shirt

There was an earthquake that occurred in Japan on March 10, 2011. The earthquake. It struck in the northeast of Tokyo with an 8.9 magnitude. There were 350 casualties and 500 people went missing. This quake was the fifth largest in the world since 1900. It was caused when the Pacific tectonic plate was under the North American plate that moved Eastern Japan towards North America by 13 feet.

A few hours after the earthquake, Hawaii’s Department of Emergency Management issued a tsunami warning. The sirens began at 9:59 p.m. on Thursday night and were sounding every hour starting at 11:15 p.m.

The natural disaster in Japan was tragic. They are dealing with a crisis and need help. All over the world different countries and organizations have been offering help to Japan in this time of need.

American Red Cross is taking donations through the web and text messages. Save the Children has a goal of raising $5 million for the long-term recovery for children affected. AmeriCares in Japan is working to deliver medicines and supplies to hospitals, shelters, and health responders for survivors.

Retail stores have worked closely with the Lt. Governor of Hawaii. Proceeds from the sale of the specially made “Aloha” relief-effort shirts have gone directly to the Japan recovery campaign. They have been sold all over the islands and still are being printed due to high demand. The Aloha for Japan shirts are white t-shirts with the word Aloha printed with the red dot from the Japanese flag representing the “O” in Aloha. On the back of the shirt is printed “The world will turn to Hawai’i as they search for world peace because Hawai’i has the key… and that key is Aloha!” –Auntie Pilahi Paki.”

In Hawaii we have had many Japan relief events.Here at the Academy, the class of 2011’s Senior Showcase on March 19 collected money for admissions and sold baked goods. On Tuesday, March 29, all students were permitted to wear red shirts and Japan relief shirts with jeans and donate money to Japan.

There is still a lot being done to help Japan as they recover from this tragedy. The donations made are being used to rebuild and restore Japan.


Culture and World-Culture of the Academy by S S, Editing by J L

Filed under: News Analysis — sabadoshannon @ 6:19 am

The Cultural Diversity of the Academy

Every year the Academy is blessed to have large amounts of diverse girls wanting to work on their education at said school. With  every new and returning girl, the diversity of the academy begins to flourish. As the school year starts its fourth quarter, it is high time for incoming students to apply themselves.

Students are taught to act and interact with the different cultures and learn languages, sometimes even the history of  some, for a deeper understanding of the ethnic backgrounds of which they have become. Classes that have come available are courses as the  Hawaiian History and Asian Studies for sophomores, and World Religions for Seniors.

A recent interview follows with a student in the Asian Studies class, Sakura Urie;

S. Sabado: What does Asian Studies offer?

Sakura U.: It’s mostly about China, but interesting aspects about it. It’s history, economy, culture, and anything else you could fit into a semester of learning.

S. Sabado: Has it taught you about cultural differences by being in this class?

Sakura. U: No because I am Chinese.

The picture listed above is of a recent event that was held February 28- March 4. This was the first World Language Week that was held at the Academy. This memorable event was organized to promote global awareness and to show the importances of foreign languages for the community of the school. Multi-cultural activities were held throughout the week and broadened the understandings and knowledge of the students it caters to.

Not only has the student body branched to outer- island schools, but they have gone to other states and countries as well. Students that drop in during the year from time to time are often have a military background or are Cultural Exchange/Study Abroad students. The exchange programs have a way of balancing out the different ethnicities of the students. These students are what also make the cultural diversity of the Academy.


The iPhone 56 is Finally Here! – Jamey Muraoka (Entertainment) April 6, 2011

Filed under: News Analysis — kelliann95 @ 5:30 pm

The new iPhone 5G that came out on March 21, 2011 (top).

On April 1 of the year 2011, Apple released there latest and greatest invention, the iPhone 5G! Since about March 21, people have been camping outside Apple stores in order to be the first ones to get the newest phone. I talk to the first person in line, Mike Johnson, asking him why he decided to camp out in order to get his phone, he responded “I love Apple and Mac products and I am always up-to-date with the newest phone for them as well. I just need their products. Plus, I heard that the new iPhone is going to weigh about .03 pounds so it will be better and smaller.”

In order to get in on the latest craze, you have to wait in a line that wraps all around Ala Moana. When doors opened on the 1st, things got really crazy. Manager of the Ala Moana Apple Store, Amy Kart, tells us, “This is by far the busiest we’ve ever been for selling any Apple product.”

You may ask yourself, “all this just for a phone?” Well the iPhone 5G isn’t just a phone, it’s also a computer as well.  With an 85% of no dropped calls, a wide range of applications and music and you can even video with people who also have it, and much more. Many people want it because the phone is also going to be so light and its easier for them to carry, others want it just because its the new best thing. The iPhone 5G is estimated to be sold out everywhere for more than 5 months once Apple sells their initial batch. If you’re too far back in the line you might not be able to get your new phone. So you better hurry and get in line!


Academics – Students Unfit for the Survival of the Fittest? – Leimomi Hookano

Filed under: News Analysis — cjasminev @ 9:23 am

Are students prepared for independent living without the aid of a home economics course?

With education systems aiming toward the betterment of fundamental learning, students are paying at a life-altering price. While learning about literature and studying theories, students are lacking in general knowledge pertaining to the household.

Home Economics, or Home Ec., was a popular and mandatory course in every school. Today, Home Ec. is a foreign subject.  Schools barely offer the course, deciding to focus on the core curriculum: Math, English, and Science instead. However, the lack of a life-skills class has crippled modern students’ abilities around the household.

A recent study demonstrated that 80% of students do not know how to properly sew, and 75% do not do their own laundry or know how to cook. 90% of students rely on their parents to manage the cooking, financing, and cleaning. These life skills should be among the core curriculum. A student can be educated by renowned professors and never know how to manage a household without their parents. High schools put more and more students through to college, and only a small percentage will know how to live on their own.

When asked about their thoughts on home economics, a high school student responded, “I would love to have a Home Economics class. I think it’d be a fun class and I’d be able to learn stuff that I can take with me for the rest of my life. I’m going away for college, and I know that I need to learn how to cook, clean up after myself, and manage my money” (anonymous).

If home economics resurfaced into school curriculums, high school students would not have to worry about not knowing how to take care of themselves. Home Ec. teaches a lifestyle. It is essential to the maturation of teens and young adults. The incorporation of home economics into school curriculums, will help create more independent and self-disciplined individuals.


Academics – Sacred Hearts Academy Steps It Up! – CJ Valle

Filed under: News Analysis,Uncategorized — leimomih @ 6:55 am

"Sacred Hearts Academy students calculate their stocks in economics class." Photograph taken by Ken Sakamoto.

Sacred Hearts Academy is taking a huge step in improving their educational experience by adding new advanced placement classes to the curriculum. Students seem to be highly pleased with the pending educational enlightenments and look forward to signing up for courses in A.P. Psychology and A.P. Chemistry.

11th grader Summer Urie says, “It’s a good start. I like that I now have more classes to choose from. I’ll probably sign up for one of the new A.P. classes simply because the opportunity presents itself. I’ve been here for three years and I like the fact that the school is trying to expand their curriculum.”

SHA student, 11th grader, Kendra Lewis states, “I like these new courses because it gives me the opportunity to boost my G.P.A. and also gives me college credits.” These new classes also mean new teachers, and to some students, it is an exciting factor in this situation.

“I think it’s good to be taught by different teachers. It’s fresh and new,” says 10th grader Sally Johansen.

In addition to these new courses, Sacred Hearts Academy will be collaborating with its brother school, St. Louis School. Some argue that having boys in the same classroom may come as a distraction, but to most girls this experience will be a good thing. 10th grader Yolanda Montgomery states, “I like the thought of these co-ed classes because they not only offer these new courses, but also new competition.”

Due to the partnership with St. Louis, Sacred Hearts Academy must start a week and half earlier than normal. 11th grader Wendy Wong states, “It’s the only thing that I don’t like about these new classes. It’s ending my summer break earlier than expected and I would like to preserve summer as long as I possibly can.” Students might not appreciate the new change, but some parents certainly do. One parent comments, “I definitely approve of these new classes. It’ll give my daughter more opportunities once she hits college.”

In general, this new partnership with St. Louis School will allow students to branch out of their shells and to expose themselves to new opportunities. Not only will these new programs academically challenge students, but it will help broaden their social interaction now that classes will include boys. With this new addition, Sacred Hearts Academy’s renowned reputation will strengthen as a school of academics.