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Upper School Update - September 20

Aloha Upper School Families,

We are three weeks into school and as you may have noticed, we have not had a boring moment thus far! As hard as it is to believe, we are really starting to settle into the year with parent teacher conferences  only three weeks away. Thank you all for taking the time to join us at our annual Back to School Night.  It was wonderful to see you, and our teachers enjoyed the chance to share why they love what they do and what inspires them.

Yesterday, it was my pleasure to see our 6th graders off to Middle School camp at Malaekahana, led by Chaplain Annalise. Today, the 8th graders are off to join them. Middle School camp is a tradition for our students and provides them time to bond with one another. The memories they will stay with them throughout their time at The Priory and beyond.

          

We are excited to have received our banner in the gym! Our new banners celebrate several of our Upper School athletic accomplishments over the last year.  This is a permanent recognition of our athletes' amazing work, and will be displayed for all of our families to see for years to come.  We love having this representation of our students and we look forward to adding more banners over the years.

This Friday, three of our High School students – Olivia Stoetzer, Hypatia Pine and Catherine Mount – will share their summer experience in India and the project they designed to implement throughout the school year.  Our students had the privilege of attending The Student Global Leadership Institute (SGLI) India this summer with Punahou School. The students focused on conservation and they spent two weeks learning about various facets of conservation, and presented their work at the end of the institute. 

Announcements and reminders

PTF is seeking grade level parent representatives for grades 6-8.  Please let Kathrine Fast or Jane Taafaki-Sam know if you're interested. 

Please help us find volunteers for our World Culture & Language Fair
Our fabulous social science and language teachers have been crafting an engaging and educational experience for Upper School students to learn more about various languages and cultural traditions. St. Andrew’s Schools will host its third World Culture & Language Fair on Friday, October 19, 8-11:15 a.m.

We are looking for volunteers willing to proudly share their culture and a little bit of their language with our students. In the past, the following cultures were represented: Russian, Tuvan, Italian, Tagalog, Korean, Finnish, Hindi, Lao, Uzbek, Danish, German, etc. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Sipola at msipola@standrewsschools.org. We will send you a brochure with information and tips to prepare for the event. We look forward to your contribution!

Pizza with a purpose fundraiser 
Please help support our orchestra students to attend this year’s Festival of Gold event over Spring break.  All you need to do is eat at California Pizza Kitchen on October 11.

Upcoming events

9/21: High School Social 
Guidelines for Upper School social
9/25: Senior Parent Night
You will be receiving an email from Ms. Matsumoto
10/2: Pet Blessing Chapel
10/2: College Financial Aid Night, 6-8 p.m.
10/4: High School Preview Parent Coffee, 7-8 a.m., Transfiguration Hall  – Malulani Gallery
10/5: Parent Teacher Conferences

Details coming soon, no school for students
10/8: Discoverer’s Day
No school
10/9: Teacher Professional Day
No school
10/10: PSAT for students in grades 9-11 
10/11: Pizza With A Purpose Fundraiser for The Priory Chamber Strings
10/12: Children and Family Summit for several high school social science classes and Priory in the City
10/19: World Culture & Language Fair
Please see below for details and help us spread the word 
10/24-10/31: Halloween Spirit Week
Guidelines coming soon
10/25: NACAC Fall College Fair for grades 11-12

Parent-Teacher Conference appointment letters will be emailed to you next week. We look forward to seeing you soon to discuss your child's progress.

Aloha,

Nichole Field 
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

 

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September 13 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - September 13

Aloha Upper School Families,

I hope this week’s eNews finds you all dry and safe. We are only a few weeks into the school year and our time has been very exciting so far! 

Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to attend Senior Camp on the North Shore. Having had the honor of teaching all of the seniors for the two of their high school years, I was moved to see how strong and cohesive a class they have grown to be. 

The camp was held at Camp Mokuleia, where students are able to participate in the ropes course. Many of our girls pushed themselves past their comfort zones and attempted this challenging course. I supported from below and I observed how good they were to each other as each of them understood what a personal challenge this constituted for each of them. 

 

Tomorrow, during our Friday Assembly, our students will participate in International Dot Day

International Dot Day’s purpose is to celebrate creativity, courage and collaboration. During the assembly, each student and teacher creates a dot with their gift and name. There will be stations of colorful pens, pencils and crayons. Students and teachers add their dots to the “tree of life,”  which was designed by The Priory’s portfolio artists under the direction of Art Teacher Alethia Donathan. 

This is significant for our students and we hope that this activity helps them understand that we are now part of a global community of creative champions. Our collective call to action is to use our gifts, our talents and our energy to move the world to a better place.  I hope you will have the time to stop by on Monday morning and see all of our beautiful dots!

As a reminder, Middle School Camp is next week. Your daughter's class advisor has sent home a packing list and a form for families to complete. Middle School Camp is a fabulous opportunity for our students to develop bonds with one another!  I look forward to seeing their excited expressions as they load the bus and head off to the Malaekahana beach houses.

I hope to be able to see many of you at this evening's Back to School Night. This event affords you the time to walk through your daughter’s schedule and to meet her teachers.  Although your time in each classroom is short, we hope that you are able to develop a sense of who her teachers are, and the care and support your daughters will receive throughout the school year.

As a friendly reminder, all Middle School students should be signed up for the Lion's Den if they are not picked up by 3:30 p.m.

Aloha,

Nichole Field
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

September 6 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - September 6

Aloha Upper School Families,

I hope you all enjoyed your Labor Day weekend! It was wonderful to welcome our students back last week. Friday’s All School Picnic was a hit. We would like to shout out to our HSSC for their incredible planning efforts that took place throughout the summer to make this event excellent so early in the year. Our students built relationships with Lower School students throughout the week by visiting their classrooms. On Friday, the little ones were ready to go, and I think our girls slept well Friday night!

On Tuesday, we enjoyed watching our seniors welcome the Kindergarten students during our Froot Loop Chapel! This Chapel signifies a full circle connecting the beginning to the end connecting our kindergarteners, at the beginning of their journey, with our seniors who are at the end of this journey. This can be a sentimental time for our seniors as it is one of the first traditions they encounter during their senior year.

Yesterday, Ylang Ylang courtyard was a bustle with our Upper School Club drive. Students were sharing their passions with one another, and many students were signing up for several clubs. Based on student demand, there are a few new clubs this year, including: The Sustainability Club, The Future Healthcare Professionals of America Club, The Kindness Club, and the Pacific Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) Club!  We have also been able to bring back our Middle School Math Club this year. I am so proud of the students who have pushed forward with their club proposals. It takes thoughtfulness and courage to begin a club, find an advisor, and to encourage other students to join!

I’m looking forward to seeing you all at Back to School Night on September 13, where you will be able to meet your daughter’s teachers, get a sampling of this year's curriculum, and have time to connect with other parents at The Priory. 

Our seniors are off to Camp Mokuleia for their senior adventure. Camp has always been a time of grade level bonding. This is an opportunity for them to connect with each other and to gather their collective focus as they look begin their last year of high school. 

We're almost through with the second week of school, and we ask for your help in your daughter’s transition by reminding her about our dress code. Students should see the Parent-Student Handbook if they have questions, or ask any teacher on campus.  After the school day is over, we ask students to remain in dress code while they are on campus.

Call to The Priory 'ohana, parents, teachers, students, friends, family and community members: St. Andrew’s Schools will host its 3rd World Language & Culture Fair on Friday, October 19, from 8-11:15 a.m. We are looking for volunteers willing to proudly share their culture and a little bit of their language with our students. In the past, the following cultures were represented: Russian, Tuvan, Italian, Tagalog, Korean, Finnish, Hindi, Lao, Uzbek, Danish and German. The purpose of this fun event is to expose our students to unfamiliar places and people  to open their minds and hearts to them. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Sipola at msipola@standrewsschools.org. We will send you a brochure with information and tips to prepare for the event. We are so looking forward to your contribution!

Aloha,

Nichole Field
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

August 30 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - August 30

Aloha Upper School Families,

Welcome back to school! It has been a wonderful beginning. After an unexpected extra couple of days of summer, we rolled into the new year with a focus on building our community. The Priory Upper School students gathered in the gym to reconnect as an Upper School.

Our theme for this school year is hope, and we talked a bit about what that means and what their hopes are for the school year. Our school counselor and social and emotional learning leader, Caitlin Watson, led us through the RULER anchor tools of Mood Meter, the Meta-moment, the Charter and the Blueprint for conflict resolution. Our students worked with their respective classes on developing their own Charter for the year. Charters are a way for students to engage in and take ownership of school culture as they call for students to articulate the way they want to feel at school and the behaviors that would help this to happen. See the photos here

Tomorrow, we bookend our opening week with our annual All-School Picnic!  All-School Picnic is an opportunity for K-12 students to spend quality time together and for us to come together as a school to bond and to participate in activities between our various grades. Our High School Student Council has worked hard through the summer to make an amazing day for all of our students. Please be sure that your daughter has the appropriate information about which shirt to wear and the dress code. Remember if she did not order her bento by today,  she will need to bring a home lunch.

It is a joy to have all of your daughters back in school and I am looking forward to a wonderful year!

Aloha,

Nichole Field
Principal, The Priory Upper School 

May 24 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - May 24

Aloha Upper School Families,

It’s an incredible time of year. At The Priory, we are blessed with many traditions, making this both a busy and exciting time of year. Our students are working hard to balance their involvement in events with a strong finish of the school year. Thank you for encouraging them to get lots of rest and to take good care of themselves so that they can enjoy the end of the year fun!

On Tuesday, or seniors delighted us with Senior Chapel. We enjoyed the gifts of music from Band, Orchestra and Choir, and the seniors used their creativity to describe their experience at The Priory with mylar balloons representing each letter of the alphabet. It was clear that they had put so much thought into reflecting on their many years here. On Wednesday, we held our annual awards ceremony and were able to recognize students who won awards that were national, local and school specific. Congratulations to many of our students who were recognized at this ceremony!

Priory in Lana‘i City
The Priory in the City seniors ventured to Lana‘i City thanks to the gracious hospitality of the Matsumoto and Utsugi ‘Ohana. Senior Kamryn Matsumoto and her family curated a special insider’s trip featuring executive visioning boards, tech farming and personalized hospitality. Highlights included an outing to the Four Seasons Resort Lāna‘i, a tour of the restaurant Nobu, and a visit to the state-of-the-art hydroponic facility being built on the island. Click here to learn more about this extraordinary career trip. READ THE ARTICLE

Congratulations to our 2nd place Peace Poem winners at City Hall - Annabella Murdock (pictured in the second row first from the right), Katherine Course, and Lilia Alameida (not pictured).

Spring Performances Continue This Week: This past week our Spring Performances continued. On Wednesday, we were delighted with Mr. Uyeharaʻs Orchestra classes. The concert was an exhibition of learning for Beginning, Advanced Intermediate, Intermediate and Chamber Strings. As is tradition, seniors were part of this focus and this year he will be saying aloha to several seniors. This year we say Aloha to Sophia Zarella, Ailin Beveford, Taylor Chung, Emily Kurth, Kiana Hasegawa and Aliyah Abanes!

I hope to see many of you at The Choir Concert this Friday as we honor this year’s seniors and bid a fond farewell to Ms. Castro.

Lastly, we are excited to announce the East-West Center Hawaii Partnership for Youth (P4Y) is a global exchange program that brings together American youth from Hawaii and other US cities with their peers from the Asia Pacific region to focus on youth leadership and community revitalization through the lens of environmental stewardship, social and economic justice, and peace building.

In supporting P4Y Vision 2030, the leaders of Hawaiki Atua in New Zealand seek to provide opportunities for todayʻs youth to develop an appreciation for the traditions and practices of the Māori, Native Hawaiians, and other indigenous peoples across the Pacific and how their cultures and knowledge systems can contribute to a sustainable development agenda.

This opportunity extended for to rising Sophomores and Juniors, of whom four were selected. The process was very competitive and many excellent applications were reviewed. Selected students will implement a year-long sustainability project throughout next school year. The selection committee announced the selection of the following students yesterday: Maya Reid, Shaye Nishimura, Christy Kwok and Stephanie Albañia. Congratulations ladies!

This year has been such an incredible opportunity for me as an educator to learn and grow, to push and challenge myself in a new direction. I finish up the year with a grateful heart and a list of unforgettable adventures. I thank all of you for your support this school year, and I wish each family in the Upper School a summer filled with adventure, quiet reflection, and joy. I'll see you at our year-end events!

Mahalo,

Nichole Field
Principal, The Priory Upper School

US ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • May 24: Senior Grades Due
  • May 25: Spring Choir Concert - 6 p.m. at The Cathedral of St. Andrew
  • May 27: Baccalaureate, Senior families
  • May 28: Memorial Day, No School
  • May 30: Last day for students
  • June 3: Commencement

 

May 17 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - May 17

Aloha Upper School Families,

For many of our students, especially juniors and seniors, Ascension Day constitutes a core memory of their time here at The Priory. For many of our younger students, this day is something that they will look forward to. It was an experience to see the cross transform late into the evening and know that it was a transformative experience for our students as well. We are especially thankful to our Junior Class Advisor, Alethia Donathan, who has guided our juniors through this process all year, which culminated in their presentation of the cross to the school and to the senior class.



Spring Band Concert

Congratulations to Mr. Stanton Haugen and The Priory Band for an outstanding spring concert this past Wednesday! This year, we were graced with many modern compositions from groups such as: Journey, The Monkeys, Bruno Mars, and A-Ha! The Spring Concert is so special for our seniors: Emily Hinrichs, Ailin Beveford, Charlene Leodones, Tracy Pham, Allegra Palk, Jordan Jones, Tiana Hughes and Nevaeh Leforge. We will miss the sounds of their music next year!

As we move deeper into May, there are so many wonderful events taking place to close the year. Please encourage your daughters to stay rested and hydrated. The combination of many fun traditions that take place and the end of the school year can feel a bit overwhelming for students. Staying focused can be a challenge and your support is appreciated as we encourage students to finish the year strong!

Have a wonderful remainder of your week!

Mahalo,

Nichole Field
Principal, The Priory Upper School

Global Leadership Trip, July 2019: This all-inclusive tour, students learn about how the world communicate through specially designed cultural activities in Paris, France and Davos, Switzerland. The unique trip will culminate in students attending a 3-day Global Leadership summit in Davos, with conferences and workshops led by world-renowned experts in a variety of fields such as : education as a human right, international peace and justice, freedom, consequences of conflict, humanitarian issues, etc. The general theme of the 2019 Summit is “The Power of Communication”. Design Thinking methods will be used during workshops to empower students in building a brighter future matching their hopes and dreams. Check the Tour at www.eftours.com using the Priory code 2063050UR. Registration period extended until August 1, 2018. Enrollment is done directly online with the above code. Questions? Please contact msipola@standrewsschools.org

View the video to better understand this exciting opportunity!

US ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • May 22: Priory in the City Presentations
  • May 23: Upper School Awards Ceremony
  • May 23: Aloha Orchestra Concert
  • May 25: Spring Choir Concert
  • May 27: Baccalaureate, Senior families
  • May 28: Memorial Day, No School
  • May 30: Last day for students
  • June 3: Commencement
  • June 4: All grades Due

May 10 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - May 10

Aloha Upper School Families,

Mahalo to parents and to the Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) for the generous contributions to our teacher appreciation day.Teachers and Staff are always very thankful for this special day.Your kindness and generosity was felt school-wide.Thank you!

At the National Honor Society (NHS) induction ceremony last Friday, new NHS students were sworn in. These new inductees comprise those members of our student body who exemplify the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

Inductees were reminded that the traits they exemplify are needed to affect positive change in today’s world.They were invited to utilize each of them well in order to make their own contributions to our collective world.Scholarship -- to learn all that they can so that they can solve at least one serious problem.Service -- to use their deep commitment to service, to stay true to the needs of the world we inhabit, and to do what is necessary to serve those who are in need.Leadership -- to use their leadership skills to influence others to do what is right and to affect positive change.Character -- to use their strength of character, to be fearless when needed, and to go against the grain when that is the right thing to do.

Congratulations to this year’s inductees: Stephanie Albania, Kaili Delos Santos, Sydney Hirayama, Emily Kurth, Christy Kwok, Catherine Mount, Lauren Mukae, Maya Reid, Kira Terada, Cassidi Yamauchi. (not all inductees featured in below photo)

Happy Ascension Day!

The celebration of Ascension Day, which occurs on the 40th day after Easter Day, commemorates the day that Christ ascended into heaven and charged his followers with the Great Commission, that of spreading the Gospel message. St. Andrew’s Priory School was founded on Ascension Day in 1867. On Ascension Eve, the Coral Cross is decorated by the Junior Class as a gift to the School. The entire school celebrates this day with a chapel service that begins at The Cathedral of St. Andrew and continues in Robinson Courtyard, where the juniors present their Coral Cross, and the juniors and seniors offer a gift of song and join in fellowship with our St. Andrew’s ʻohana.

This year marks our 151st celebration of Ascension Day. When I talk to students who are in middle school, they often cite Ascension Day as the tradition that they are most excited to be involved in. Our juniors work throughout the year with their Junior class advisor, Alethia Donathan, to plan the design of the cross, which is kept “top-secret” until Ascension morning.

It seems that each week leading up to summer, is packed with events and traditions. Thank you for supporting your daughters and encouraging them to stay balanced and well rested during this busy time. Enjoy tomorrow’s Head of School Holiday.

Have a wonderful rest of your week,

Nichole

Global Leadership Trip, July 2019: This all-inclusive tour, students learn about how the world communicate through specially designed cultural activities in Paris, France and Davos, Switzerland. The unique trip will culminate in students attending a 3-day Global Leadership summit in Davos, with conferences and workshops led by world-renowned experts in a variety of fields such as : education as a human right, international peace and justice, freedom, consequences of conflict, humanitarian issues, etc. The general theme of the 2019 Summit is “The Power of Communication”. Design Thinking methods will be used during workshops to empower students in building a brighter future matching their hopes and dreams. Check the Tour at www.eftours.com using the Priory code 2063050UR. Registration period extended until August 1, 2018. Enrollment is done directly online with the above code. Questions? Please contact msipola@standrewsschools.org

View the video to better understand this exciting opportunity!

US ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • May 11: Head of School Holiday, No School
  • May 16: Band Concert
  • May 23: Upper School Awards Ceremony
  • May 23: Aloha Orchestra Concert
  • May 25: Spring Choir Concert
  • May 27: Baccalaureate, Senior families
  • May 28: Memorial Day, No School
  • May 30: Last day for students
  • June 3: Commencement
  • June 4: All grades Due

May 3 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - May 3

Aloha Upper School Families,

Thank you all for supporting your daughters through another fabulous St. Andrew’s Schools May Day!

A new faculty member told me that the morning of May Day was surreal- she could hear students practicing hula and oli around campus and it felt so special. My own daughter, who is new to The Priory, shared that she felt so connected to the school on this day. There is no doubt that our May Day is so special; it is the culmination of work that spans the school year.Kumu Namahana taught our students their hula, while Ms.Castro prepared the students for their mele and oli.

As May Day approached, all other staff members pulled together extra practices to help bring about the beautiful performances. We are a bit emotional, as we know that we are bidding aloha to Kumu Namahana this year. The girls shared a special part of themselves with her this year in their performances, and I know that she will take this beautiful memory, and the memories of several years here at St. Andrewʻs Schools, with her.

The Wiz Jr. was also incredible! I am so impressed with our girls, who performed so wonderfully on stage Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of this week! I loved observing the range of students who participated in the production. Theater is such a wonderful space for students to cultivate their best selves. It was awesome to see students push themselves out of their comfort zones.Hulō Priory Girls!!

Congratulations to Meenakshi Kutty for an incredible win with ‘Ōlelo Community Television this past week. This year’s Youth Xchange Statewide Student Video Contest finalists were selected from a total of 983 entries.The 15th Annual ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange Statewide Student Video Competition Awards Banquet Hawaii’s oldest and largest statewide student video contest, presented by SONY, was held on Thursday, April 26, at the Hawaii Convention Center.Our very own Meenakshi Kutty won her division, the Short Category for Middle School Division with her Short film, “Labels.”We are so proud of her and are so appreciative of the support she received from Mrs. Alethia Donathan.

US ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • May 3: Queen Emma Ball
  • May 4: NHS Induction Ceremony
  • May 10: Ascension Day - Grades 9-12 dismissed following program
  • May 11: Head of School Holiday, No School
  • May 16: Band Concert
  • May 23: Upper School Awards Ceremony
  • May 23: Aloha Orchestra Concert
  • May 25: Spring Choir Concert
  • May 27: Baccalaureate, Senior families
  • May 28: Memorial Day, No School
  • May 30: Last day for students
  • June 3: Commencement
  • June 4: All grades Due

April 26 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - April 26

Thank you all for joining us this past Friday at our Upper School Exhibition Fair! Students were happy to share a snapshot of the work in which they engage. This year’s fair was an opportunity for students to share both long term projects as well as slices of curriculum from various courses. We look forward to continuing the tradition of sharing student work annually at Exhibition Fair. My observation was that students enjoyed the opportunity to share with families during this event. For students, this was also an opportunity to articulate their learning with an outside audience, which helps them crystallize their thinking about learning. Our Performing Arts department added even more energy to this event. This is a very busy time of year for all of us, we appreciate you taking the time to join us. Congratulations to our students on a job well done!

View the Exhibition Fair Gallery

We have so many events coming up over the next couple of months, beginning with May Day! Our May Day program will begin at 9am, tomorrow. Students will come to school at the regular time and get ready with their classmates. Students have been preparing throughout the year for this event and are excited to share their mele and hula with all of you. Please join us for lunch (be sure to bring your email lunch order confirmation) after the program on Ylang Ylang courtyard.

MAY DAY

Please join us for our May Day Celebration this Friday, April 27. The program will be in James C. Castle Gymnasium from 9am until approximately 10:30am, and the lunch to follow will be in Ylang Ylang Courtyard until 11:45am.

LUNCH

  • If you ordered lunch, please print out and bring the May Day lunch order confirmation you received via email to pick up your lunch.
  • If you did not order a lunch, please remember to pack home lunch for your daughter.

PARKING

There will be limited parking available on campus for our ‘ohana in Lot A (next to Centennial Hall), Lot C (behind the gym) and Lot D (in front of the gym). The parking lot in front of the Cathedral is monitored by Diamond Parking. If you choose to park there, please follow the instructions on the payment box. The unmarked stalls on the makai side of the park are reserved for HPD.There are signs posted, “Reserved for HPD”. Please do not park there for you may be towed.

  • Please be sure to check your teacher’s CANVAS page for other details about the event.
  • No school uniform on May Day

The Spring Production: The Wiz, Jr.

Please mark your calendars for The Wiz Jr., our spring production running from April 28-29 in Tenney Theatre. Our cast is working overtime to bring a fun and exciting performance to our community! Please purchase your tickets online here! You will notice that there will also be merchandise on sale for you or your children to wear during the Emerald City scene.

US ANNOUNCEMENTS

May Day is TOMORROW! Parents, please see the link for information regarding your daughter’s/son’s attire requirements and responsibilities for the day.

  • April 27: May Day (Special Schedule)
  • April 28 - April 29: Spring Performance, The Wiz, Jr.
  • April 30: School Performance, The Wiz, Jr. (special Schedule)
  • May 3: Queen Emma Ball
  • May 10: Ascension Day - Grades 9-12 dismissed following May Day
  • May 11: Head of School Holiday
  • May 16: Band Concert
  • May 23: Upper School Awards Ceremony
  • May 23: Aloha Orchestra Concert
  • May 25: Spring Choir Concert
  • May 27: Baccalaureate, Senior families
  • May 30: Last day for students
  • June 3: Commencement

April 19 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - April 19

Please join us for Exhibition Fair tomorrow evening! The Exhibition Fair is an exciting opportunity for families to experience a snapshot, or a moment in time, of student learning here at The Priory. Tomorrow students will share samples of their work ranging from long term projects, such as Independent Research and Science Fair, to shorter term projects from their classes. The student work that will be shared is authentic, some highly polished, and others will be in-progress. The purpose of Exhibition Fair is for parents to engage with students and to observe their learning. We will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Ylang Ylang Courtyard with opening remarks from Dr. Ruth Fletcher. Student projects will be displayed throughout the evening and our performing arts students will provide music while you enjoy the variety of student work.

The Spring Production: The Wiz, Jr.

Please mark your calendars for The Wiz Jr., our spring production running from April 28-29 in Tenney Theatre. Our cast is working overtime to bring a fun and exciting performance to our community! Please purchase your tickets online here! You will notice that there will also be merchandise on sale for you or your children to wear during the Emerald City scene.

Congratulations to Select Wind Ensemble!

On April 12, our Select Wind Ensemble, taught and directed by Mr. Stanton Haugen, competed in the Parade of Bands at Roosevelt High School. We are very proud to announce that they received the highest adjudication grade that a high school band can receive in their division.

Priory in the City Juniors Attend Girls’ Summit

On April 13, Priory in the City juniors attended the 6th Annual Girls’ Summit at the YWCA Oahu with students from Farrington High School and McKinley High School. This event was produced by the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership. The students liked the design thinking workshop by Oceanic, which focused on the methodology used by designers to solve complex problems and find viable solutions for clients. The Priory girls also took a computer coding class using Altino autonomous cars that are manufactured by Oceanic’s partner, SaeOn, in South Korea. The girls learned how to write code to make the car drive in circles or patterns. These workshop sessions support The Priory’s desire to provide innovative educational opportunities for girls.

Another highlight was the mentoring session. Business and community leaders shared their insights, challenges, and strategies for leading with influence. Priory girls appreciated the wisdom shared by mentors from Hawaiian Electric Industries, American Savings Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Central Pacific Bank, U.S. Small Business Administration, Hawaii Pacific Health, Hawaii Tech Support, and other organizations.

The YWCA Oahu CEO, Noriko Namiki, also thanked The Priory for helping to design and launch the first Girls’ Summit. It is collaborations with like-minded organizations that enrich Priory in the City experiences and allow The Priory to offer real-world opportunities in the heart of downtown Honolulu.

English 8 is Connecting with Community!

English 8 students are partnering with St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Florida.They are introducing themselves via a video sharing app, Flipgrid.Mr. Wyrick’s English class is building a reading blog where they will share ideas and thoughts about literature they are currently reading, including our common class novel, The Outsiders.This is part of our school’s emphasis on teaching our girls to think and act globally, by interacting with students their age while centering on common topics and themes.

US ANNOUNCEMENTS

May Day is coming soon! Parents, please see the link for information regarding your daughter’s/son’s attire requirements and responsibilities for the day.

  • April 9 - April 20:WrAP Testing (administered to grades 4, 6, 8, 10, 12).WrAP is a standardized test and provides the school with a way to assess our writing curriculum.
  • April 20: Exhibition Fair, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • April 24: Waikiki Aquarium Distinguished Lecture Series, Tenney Theatre
  • April 27: May Day (Special Schedule)
  • April 28 - April 29: Spring Performance, The Wiz, Jr.
  • April 30: School Performance, The Wiz, Jr. (special Schedule)
  • May 3: Queen Emma Ball
  • May 10: Ascension Day (Special Schedule)
  • May 11: Head of School Holiday
  • May 16: Band Concert
  • May 23: Upper School Awards Ceremony
  • May 23: Aloha Orchestra Concert
  • May 25: Spring Choir Concert
  • May 27: Baccalaureate, Senior families
  • May 30: Last day for students
  • June 3: Commencement

April 12 Parent eNews

Upper School Update - April 12

Things are so busy in the Upper School. I was thankful to attend the “Leading Schools of the Future” conference last week. This was an opportunity to learn from many experts in the field of education. Members of St. Andrew’s Schools’ Leadership Team were able to engage in dialogue with other schools about moving towards and implementing personalization in education.

On Friday, I was able to enjoy a few hours of the “Froshmore” sleepover. This is a special bonding tradition, shared by the students in grades 9 and 10. Students have been planning the activities for the last several months. I loved seeing the joy that they experienced when they were able to spend time with each other and run around their school late into the evening. Some students trickled in from the Parade of Orchestras, which also took place last Friday. I look forward to sharing more about that event next week.

The Junior Senior prom took place Saturday at the Waikiki Hilton. Our girls were stunning in their formal wear and the special evening allowed the classmates to create many memories. The evening was beautiful and it was evident that the students put so much work into creating a memorable experience for everyone.

I ended the weekend, by attending the graduation of Priory students, Olivia Stoetzer (11) and Lilia Almeida (12), from the fellows program with The Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders. What stood out to me most when watching the graduates speak is that this was a program that helped people find their confidence. Youth work for the year with local leaders to develop skills and to design and implement a project that deals with a local issue. Consistently, the students messaged that they were not the typical leader in their respective schools, i.e. the one who is always in the front and they surprised themselves with the confidence they grew through this program.

So much is happening at this time of year at The Priory. It is steeped in beautiful traditions such as May Day, Ascension Day, and Commencement. I hope our Upper School young women are able to fully enjoy these precious moments. For our underclassmen, my hope is that they enjoy their participation and the observation of very long-standing traditions that make The Priory so special.

I hope we will see many of you next week Friday at our Upper School Exhibition Fair which will take place in and around Ylang Ylang courtyard from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. May Day is approaching quickly and all of the students are working hard to prepare. Please visit the May Day reminders to help you prepare for this event.

Have a wonderful remainder of your week,

Nichole

May Day is coming soon!

Parents, please see the attached link to be aware of your daughter’s responsibilities for the day.

Upcoming Events!

  • April 13: Upper School Spring Social
  • April 20: Exhibition Fair, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please mark your calendar, invite and information will be forthcoming.
  • April 24: Waikiki Distinguished Lecture Series, Tenney Theater
  • April 27: May Day (Special Schedule)
  • April 28 - April 29: Spring Performance, “The Wiz”
  • April 30: School Performance, “The Wiz” (special Schedule)
  • May 3: Queen Emma Ball
  • May 10:Ascension Day (Special Schedule)
  • May 11: HOS Holiday
  • May 16: Band Concert
  • May 23: Upper School Awards Ceremony
  • May 23: Aloha Orchestra Concert
  • May 25: Choir Concert
  • May 27: Baccalaureate, Senior families
  • May 30: Last day for students
  • June 3: Commencement