Student Council is pleased to announce the 2020-21 officer team of Megan Hirasaki '22 (President), Maile Fowler '22 (Vice President), Taylor Amalato '22 (Secretary), and Lili Kramer '23 (Treasurer). Homeroom representatives for 1st-12th grade have also been selected and are ready to serve. The first meeting for middle/high school representatives and officers will be held on September 30 via Zoom.
While service projects may look different this year, Advisor Mrs. Trapasso looks forward to collaborating with officers and representatives on new and creative ways to contribute and connect with the KCS 'ohana and the local community. The heart of the Student Council remains the same: serving humbly to give God all the glory!
Perhaps the sounds of picking and strumming have filled your house during this time of distance learning?
Due to COVID-19 concerns, Music/Chorus Teacher, Mr. Wilcox, adjusted his first-semester music curriculum for 3rd and 4th grades, focusing on the ukulele rather than the recorder. Despite the challenges of introducing a new instrument via Zoom, students have learned new skills in each session, working on tuning, holding the ukulele correctly, and strumming. They will soon progress to learning basic chords. Meanwhile, 5th graders continue their work on the ukulele from last year and look forward to starting songs together soon.
As students have the unique opportunity to receive music instruction from their homes, Mr. Wilcox believes that "learning to play the ukulele can be a meaningful family experience." With other schools turning to distance learning and parents working from home, Mr. Wilcox has embraced the idea that parents and siblings can be a part of the learning process. He hopes that family involvement surrounding the ukulele leads to lasting memories. Music certainly has the power to bring joy during this time!
Caitlin Wong '19 has excelled during her freshman year in college, both in the classroom and on the archery range. Competing for the University of Arizona's archery club, Wildcat Archery, she was named to both the 2020 Collegiate Archery Program's All-American Team and All-American Academic Team (Recurve Division). To qualify for these honors, Caitlin needed to place in the Top 25% of archers for her division in the U.S. National Indoor Championship, as well as earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 through the 2019 fall term.
Caitlin, who plans on majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Mandarin Chinese, acknowledges the challenge of balancing her practice schedule, studies, and time with friends. Like most athletics, collegiate archery has been impacted by the pandemic, resulting in a shortened season, postponed competitions, and competing under new restrictions. Despite the uncertainty, Caitlin continues to train and remains hopeful for the 2021 archery season.
It has been a blessed first two weeks at KCS. We welcomed 264 students, including over 40 new families, to the 2020-21 school year. While our student body may not be together, physically, on our campus, for this current season, we know the KCS community stretches across this island as students connect with each other and their teachers, continuing their learning and building of relationships.
On the campus side, we again hear the daily laughter and squeals of excitement, as our preschoolers are filled with joy to be back at school. Thank you, preschool families, for weathering through the first week “leave and grieve” adjustments, along with our new safety protocols. You have been amazing!
Elementary, middle school, and high school parents, thank you for your flexibility as we switched our learning platform to our distance learning program. You have displayed resilience and a willingness to adapt to these last-minute changes. Over these past few months, we have improved our digital curriculum and delivery to provide our families with a solid remote learning experience.
Let’s continue to put our daily trust in God. He knows exactly what we are going through, and He gives us the strength and courage to face every set-back and trial each new day. I encourage you, KCS ‘ohana, to find hope in God and see the goodness of the Lord through this crisis. He has been faithful throughout generations, and He will continue to help us persevere through this pandemic together.