A Pre-K through Grade 12 Coordinate School Located in Honolulu

Upper School Parent eNews

2019-20 School Year

September 26 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - September 26

Aloha Upper School Parents,
 
We are approaching October and it's still exciting here every day! The Priory Upper School students are in full swing and are reaching close to the halfway point of quarter one. It is hard to believe that parent-teacher conferences are only two weeks away. Teachers look forward to this opportunity to connect with families and discuss their daughters’ progress.
 
This past summer, several Priory students traveled to India, Bali and to Paris and Davos. Travel inspires students to learn about the world,  engage in authentic learning and helps students feel connected. Through such experiences, students learn that they can truly make a valuable contribution to the world. These trips inspired year-long action projects which will be showcased at our annual Exhibition Fair this spring. Our Global Leadership Center helps to make student educational travel possible.
 
Student Global Leadership Institute Trip to Oakridge International School, Hyderabad, India: High school students attended the Student Global Leadership Institute Trip to Oakridge International School, Hyderabad, India to explore the theme of moral courage.
 
Paris/Davos Global Leadership Summit: High school students attended the weekend-long leadership conference and attended expert-led workshops in Davos, Switzerland. During this trip, students worked in small international teams to propose solutions to global communication challenges. Junior Mayuko Ikeda's team won first place for their project proposal and Junior Sara Lepisʻs team won runner up. Read more about Mayuko's project and how it will be displayed at the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm. 
 
PAAC Summer Study Tour to Bali, Indonesia:  During this trip, high school students attended the PAAC Summer Study Tour to Bali to explore models of sustainability in Indonesia. Students visited and learned from various non-profit organizations and businesses that are tackling issues around sustainable development, health, cultural preservation, and disaster relief and humanitarian aid, among others.
 
We have some exciting opportunities for travel that will take place in this year and will be hosting a Global Leadership Travel Informational session for parents on Tuesday, October 22 to learn about the details. Trips planned include:
  • Model UN students attending the Vancouver Model UN conference in January as part of a larger Hawaiʻi delegation consisting of students from private and public high schools.
  • Japan: Exploring the Concept of Peace, Past and Present: Students will be traveling to Japan during spring 2020 to explore the concept of peace in Japan.
  • We are currently developing a trip to Fiji for summer 2020 to explore how this small island nation is working to fight the effects of climate change and to participate in marine field research. Students will also learn about the status of women in Fiji and contribute to women and family-centered community projects.
  • During the summer of 2020, we plan to send three students to the Student Global Leadership Institute at Oakridge School in Hyderabad, India for the third consecutive year. Students chosen will learn about a designated theme with peers from India and the United States and will develop a project that will be implemented the following school year.
The Magic of Middle School!
At The Priory, we love our Middle School students! We love helping them grow, engage, and navigate life. We love to cultivate their curiosity and to help develop their independence. We look forward to partnering with middle school parents along the way. Please enjoy the attached article from Great Schools Author Marian Wilde, 7 steps to succeeding in middle school, which gives suggestions for supporting middle schoolers from home.  
 
Have a wonderful remainder of the week!
 
Nichole Field, 
The Priory Upper School Principal
 
Reminders and Announcements:
  • October 4: The cast of Finding Nemo will share their acting and singing skills at the Schools of the Future Conference at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center. 
  • October 9: Help support our Theater Program by dining at CPK Ala Moana. See flyer for more details.
  • Thank you for helping to keep students safe. Please be sure that your daughter is aware that we are a closed campus. Once she comes to campus for the day, she is not permitted to leave and then return to campus.
  • After School Care: Middle school students should be enrolled in Lion’s Den and should be signed in by 3:15 p.m. each day. Students should not be hanging out on campus unsupervised. Athletes who have practice and are signed up for Lion’s Den should check into Lion’s Den first and then report to practice. Middle school students who are not registered for Lion’s Den but remain on campus after 3:15 p.m. will be assigned to Lion’s Den on a drop-in basis. Please see After School Care for information about registration. 

September 12 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - September 12

 
Aloha Upper School Parents,
 
I look forward to seeing  you this evening at our Upper School Back to School Night! Teachers have been busily preparing for this evening in order to welcome you into their classrooms and share about themselves and what their hopes and aspirations are for working with your daughter this year. It is that time of year where our students are beginning to really settle in and refamiliarize themselves with their schoolwork and school life. Students are fresh and focused and campus is busy.
 
The Spirit Stick is alive and well and our HSSC is holding a competition from grades 6-12 to be able to earn spirit points. There are various ways that students are able to earn Spirit Points.
 
Our Athletes are in the news as their game on Tuesday was televised! The list of athletic events this weekend is extensive, signaling that we are indeed in full swing this year. Please see our Athletics page to stay abreast of these events.
 
Fall is camp season and grades 6,8,9 and 12 will be attending camp at Mokulēʻia over the next several weeks. Seniors spent last Thursday at camp and participated in the ropes course activity to build their confidence. It was special to see them connect as a class as they begin their final year together. Some students have been classmates for 13 years. Grades 8 and 9 will be heading to camp in the upcoming weeks and grade 6 in October. We hope that each camp supports our classes to build special bonds with one another.
 
Our College Counselor, Mrs. Sakurai, has been arranging college visits for our girls which will be taking place over the next few months. Mrs. Sakurai has arranged for more than 40 colleges and universities to visit our campus. We've been encouraging students to attend and have given them a protocol to follow. This week we hosted Villanova University, Boston University, University of Redlands, Gonzaga University and Seattle Pacific University. Next week we will be hosting, Creighton University, Saint Mary’s College of California, Willamette University, Boston College, Pacific Lutheran University, University of the Pacific, University of Portland, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Pacific University and Northern Arizona University.
 
Finally, the Theater department is preparing for a very special pilot production of Finding Nemo Jr., a musical stage adaptation of the beloved movie. By way of our membership in the International Thespian Society, our school, along with a handful of other schools nationwide, is piloting this performance as part of a Disney Theatrical Productions Pilot Program. This means that our Priory students are an integral part of the development process of Finding Nemo Jr.
 
Have a wonderful remainder of the week,
Nichole Field, Upper School Principal
 
Reminders:
• Thank you for helping to keep students safe. Please be sure that your daughter is aware that we are a closed campus. Once she comes to campus for the day, she is not permitted to leave and then return to campus.
•  After School Care: Middle school students should be enrolled in Lion’s Den and should be signed in by 3:15 p.m. each day. Students should not be hanging out on campus unsupervised. Athletes who have practice and are signed up for Lion’s Den should check into Lion’s Den first and then report to practice. Middle school students who are not registered for Lion’s Den but remain on campus after 3:15 p.m. will be assigned to Lion’s Den on a drop-in basis. Please see After School Care for information about registration. 

August 29 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - August 29

Welcome back Priory families!

It has been lovely to see your daughters back on campus this past week! We began the school year in good form. As I welcomed students back to school, I shared our school’s theme this year which is kindness and explained how it is deeply linked to our founder, Queen Emma Kaleleonālani, and to our mission and vision. It’s really who we are. I asked them to continue to embody this value and to actively perpetuate a culture of kindness on campus as they are all extensions of Queen Emma’s legacy as Priory girls.

To this end, students worked with their class advisors and fellow classmates to develop a class charter which is a continuation of our school wide RULER program as a culmination of two questions:

  1. How do you want to feel at school?
  2. How do you and others need to act in order to help make this happen? 

Responses seemed to be similar across grades— whether it be 6th or 12th grade— students want to feel safe, respected, challenged, engaged and inspired. Students were tasked with sharing their charter in a creative way with the rest of the Upper School. Student charters will remain in their grade level advisors' classrooms and will be revisited throughout the school year.

We ended Friday with our Welcome Back Assembly. Student councils from lower school, middle school and high school and each high school grade level presented banners that presented their themes for the school year. The students did a fabulous job creatively presenting through music, dance and theatrical skits, showing how their themes represented them. Read more about the opening days of school on our campus news website. To view photos of the Welcome Back Assembly, browse our photo website, SmugMug.

I am honored to work with your daughters and look forward to supporting each of them as they strive to reach their personal best here at The Priory. 

Me ke aloha pumehana,

Nichole Field
Principal, The Priory Upper School