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Education Article 2010

  1. 1. EAST OAHU ISLANDER / FEBRUARY 3, 2010 / PAGE 4 Kaimuki Christian To Giving Girls ‘Math Power’ By SARAH PACHECO uring (grades 3-4); imple- Honor First Principal Sacred Hearts Academy menting counting, graphing, estimating and other math invites girls in junior-kinder- skills in either a bowling By LINDA DELA CRUZ continued.“Christian values garten through fourth grade game or restaurant busi- are lifted up as worthy goals to a free Math Power work- ness (grades 1-2); creating Kaimuki Christian School where academics are also shop from 8 to 10 a.m. fine arts and textiles (kinder-celebrates its 40th anniversary considered important. She set Saturday. garten); and learning num-by honoring its very first prin- the spirit for the mission of The workshop is intend- ber sense and geometriccipal, Helen McKenzie, at a the school to see each child ed to get girls interested in shapes through music, move-dinner party from 5:30 to 9 reach his or her God-intend- math studies at an early age ment, literature and ediblep.m. this Saturday at Dole ed potential.” and to prepare parents on crafts (pre-K).Cannery. The evening features During her nearly 30-year how best to help their daugh- Parents who attend the career with the school, ters succeed in the subject. workshop will participate McKenzie witnessed the pre- “Encouraging girls at an in a panel led by Joseph K through sixth-grade facil- early age to succeed in math Zilliox, a professor of math- ity grow to include a middle is a building block for future ematics education at UH, and school, and now she’s look- school and career success,” learn how math has changed ing forward to the opening said school head Betty White. in today’s classroom. of a new chapter. Girls can participate in two To register, call 734-5058, “I never expected (the grade-appropriate sessions: ext. 262, or e-mail ror- school) would be going to the planning a trip to Mexico high school level because using budgeting skills or Parents also can visit there are so many other high creating edible play dough to sign schools around,” she said.“For through mixing and meas- up or for more information. what Kaimuki Christian Helen McKenzie School and Church have Sacred Hearts first-grader Shelby Wallen determines been doing, this is something the weight of a pear. Photo courtesy of SHA. that is very satisfying to know that a small school cana buffet, entertainment, reflec-tions on the past and a pres- progress into high school. That’s remarkable.” Talk Story With Malamaentation on the upcomingmaster plan for the block, Kaimuki Christian School presently has 300 students in Maunalua On Mondaysincluding the launch of a high preschool through grade in 2012. When the high school opens, Malama Maunalua teams Maunalua, volunteer and Tickets cost $50 for adults pre-K and elementary class- up with Whole Foods community-based pro-and $20 for children age 5 to rooms will be moved into a Market at 6:30 p.m. the first grams, and more.12. For information, call newly constructed building, and third Mondays of each “We want to encourage732-1781 or log on to and the older students will month at the Malama the community and or kaimu- have classes in the two-story Maunalua Community customers to drop in, building where the lower House, 4211 Waialae Ave., regularly to connect and get McKenzie, a Palolo resident grades are now until finances for “talk story Mondays.” new information on theand Waipahu High School become available to build a The free presentations restoration efforts going ongraduate, taught elementary parking facility, gym and are designed to connect in their community,” saidstudents at St. Paul’s Lutheran permanent high school build- and enlighten the commu- Natalie Aczon, Whole Foods’School before she became ing. nity with up-to-date infor- marketing supervisor.Kaimuki Christian’s first “Our current sixth-grade mation about water quali- For more information,principal in 1968. class will be the first gradu- ty, the near-shore reefs of call 738-0820. “She was very organized — ating class,” said vice princi-she had a mental file cabinet,” pal Ulu Seria, who has beensaid fourth-grade teacher with the school for sevenSteven Kaji. years. “She loved every student. High school classes willShe dealt with faculty and stu- have 20 students per grade,dents strictly but with a lot she noted, the same size asof love.” those in the middle school. “She gave the school its “For those who like theDNA,” added the school’s cur- extension of the family, therent principal, Mark smaller environment, we willGallagher. be focused on service to And he isn’t just saying that community to have our stu-because McKenzie is his dents trained to be leaders inmother-in-law (he is married their community when theyto her daughter Lora, who is graduate,” she added.a KSC graduate. The Gallagher, who served asGallaghers’ daughter, administrator for the schoolMcKenzie, named after her for two years before hegrandmother, also attends replaced McKenzie as prin-KSC as a sixth-grader. Her cipal in 1999, added:“Familiesother son and daughter and are telling their family, friendsher two other grandchildren and co-workers that they’veare all KSC graduates.) seen something positive in “Nurturing is valued,” he their child’s life.”