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Building new bridges through American Sign Language

November 22, 2023
By KCS Staff

Driven by her faith and for every person, regardless of language or abilities, to know God’s love and salvation, Mrs. Aimee Hsia approaches her teaching with that same passion. What initially started as curiosity as she enrolled in her first American Sign Language (ASL) class in college has led her to pioneering the ASL program at KCS last fall. ASL is offered as a one-credit elective during senior year, and adding an ASL course to the high school curriculum provides KCS with an exciting and meaningful opportunity. Principal Mrs. Ahn not only sees learning ASL as a way to equip students with practical skills they can use across the country and in various professions but also as another way to build relationships and reach a different population in the community.

As communication is the foundation of relationships, Mrs. Hsia integrates fellowship events with the Deaf community into her class. Last school year, she coordinated several potlucks for conversation practice, and in September, she invited a deaf friend to join the seniors on their excursion to Sea Life Park. For the eight students currently enrolled in ASL, this was their first opportunity to interact with a deaf person as well as catch a glimpse of accessibility challenges. When encountering a deaf or hard-of-hearing person, Mrs. Hsia simply encourages a willing attitude to have a conversation, whether it be through signing, texting, writing, or gesturing. This is often the first step in bridging the gap between these two worlds. Two students have already shared how they successfully utilized this new mode of expression at their respective jobs, opening doors to impactful exchanges with deaf customers.

Last Friday, the class introduced middle and high school students to the world of ASL during upper chapel, presenting an ASL poem on the familiar Bible story of the Israelites entering the Promised Land. Originally composed in ASL, their presentation of “The Fall of Jericho” showcased the unique features of ASL poetry, which differs from spoken language poetry. Facial expressions, speed, and roughness of gestures convey meaning in addition to the signs. As students grow in their understanding of ASL and deaf culture, Mrs. Hsia hopes they continue their journey of building bridges, “not only... bridges of languages, but of cultures, and of heart."

KCS featured in Star-Advertiser column on mathletics

April 28, 2023
By KCS Staff

Did you catch KCS mentioned in the Sports section of Monday's Honolulu Star-Advertiser? Written by Sjarif Goldstein, the column explores the ever-growing definition of sports in relation to the competitive nature of math leagues. Goldstein interviews math team coach Dr. Kwong and Oahu Math League (OML) team captain Amanda Feldmann '23, as they share their perspective on the similarities between math and athletics. The article also highlights how a small school like KCS can provide personal instruction for Amanda in her coursework. As alluded to in the column, KCS competes in the Newton Division of OML, which allows schools with fewer entrants to participate. At the final meet of the season held on April 15, KCS placed 4th. This article caps off a strong season for our high school mathletes!

Presenting the 124th winner of the "Thank You... Very Much" award

September 02, 2022
By KCS Staff

The waft of hot soup fumed throughout the kitchen. After I looked over to see you cut fresh green onions and gently put the bowl on the dining room table…I felt so loved and important. You did not express your love through hugs or kisses, but with your cooking. Through these words, Ashley Goo’s gentle spirit shines through her letter of appreciation for her mother.

As the 124th winner of Lex Brodie’s "Thank You...Very Much" award, Ashley received a $100 prize, and her mother was presented with a glass trophy. Additionally, Lex Brodie’s generously donated $250 to the Hawaii Foodbank. Ashley said she selected this non-profit organization because KCS taught her to “show love and care for others,” and as many were “struggling” due to covid, she wanted to “give back to the community.” Lastly, Lex Brodie’s lavishly blessed KCS with a $1000 donation for the Kyle-Lenn-Joey Scholarship Fund, which “provides financial aid to assist students who lack the resources to meet the full cost of an education at KCS.”

Over the past seventeen years, Lex Brodie’s Tire, Brake, & Service Company has recognized students in grades 4-12 from public and private schools throughout Hawaii for their touching letters of gratitude to family members, teachers, coaches, counselors, and doctors. The first award was presented a few days before Alexander “Lex” Brodie’s ninetieth birthday to honor his “dedication to the Board of Education and his legendary service while thanking his customers...very much!”  

Mr. Scott Williams, Vice President of Marketing & Brand Management, said that he is “often driven to tears” after reading the students’ letters. He echoed the sentiment Ashley graciously described in her letter to her mother when he shared how it is “truly amazing how the little things in relationships make the biggest difference!” Congratulations, Ashley, and thank you…very much, Lex Brodie’s!