Archives - August 2014

Volleyball Season Preview

August 29, 2014
By KCS Staff

The beginning of the fall sports season is here! Our boys and girls volleyball teams play their first games against Koolau Baptist tomorrow, as KCS enters its 3rd season as a member of the Hawaii Sports Fellowship athletic league. 

Teams have been practicing together for several weeks and are also conditioning twice a week with Pastor Valente.

Coached by Mr. Kaji, the girls team welcomes back a core of returning players as well as new players who he expects to contribute right away. Practices have focused on giving the girls more tools to understand different aspects of the game.  He has seen good effort and enthusiasm from the team and has high expectations for the season.  

Mr. Seria, coach of the boys team, has emphasized volleyball basics, movement, and communication with his players.  He is encouraged by the development of his middle hitters and setters.  Over the course of the season, his goal for the team is for them to continue to grow in their understanding of the fundamentals of the game.  

Come cheer on the teams tomorrow at Kaneohe District Park.  First serve for the girls is at 5:30 pm with the boys game immediately following.  Go, KCS!

The Story Behind a Bell

August 22, 2014
By KCS Staff
A photo of Pastor Douglass is etched in metal on the memorial. The memorial was installed in late May.

Overlooking the activity of recesses on “blue island” is a fitting memorial to Pastor Leo Douglass.  The bell displayed in the memorial reveals a piece of KCS’ history and honors the service and work of the beloved Pastor Douglass.  

Harold and Jone Gallagher, parents of Mr. Gallagher, donated the bell to the school.  For decades, the bell was rung to signify the beginning of the school day, recess times, and the end of the day.  When it was rung in the morning, the entire student body gathered together for flag pledge, prayer, and song.  It became the tradition and responsibility for the oldest students at KCS to ring the bell.  

Pastor Douglass was an integral part of KCS from its beginning in 1968.  He served many roles during his tenure, most notably school pastor, bookkeeper, and bus driver.   He transitioned through those roles over the years and retired as school pastor in 1994.  Pastor Douglass continued to work at the school as recess supervisor until 2000, when he moved back to his home in Nebraska.  Many current staff have fond memories of him teaching the Bible in the classrooms, leading chapel, and pushing children on the playground swings.  His love for children was evident.

The original memorial stood at the east end of the 2nd floor Gallagher Hall but needed to be relocated when construction began on Harding Hall in 2011.  This past year, KCC member Jacob Summers undertook the rebuilding of the memorial as part of his Eagle Scout project.  The new memorial, with the original bell intact, strongly resembles the original structure.  It stands at a suitable location, close to the playground that Pastor Douglass spent many hours at during his latter years at KCS.   

High School Camp

August 22, 2014
By KCS Staff
Group photo of our high school campers and staff from Ka Pa’alana.

From August 18-21, fifteen of our high school students enjoyed camp at Pu’u Kahea Conference Center, while also venturing out to serve the Waianae community.

The students’ days were packed with service oriented activities. On Tuesday, in partnership with the non-profit organization Ka Pa’alana, students distributed hygiene kits to the homeless in the Waianae Boat Harbor community.  The next day, the team visited Pai’olu Kaiaulu (U.S. Vets Waianae homeless shelter) and worked on site by sorting donations, weeding the rose garden, and cleaning play equipment.  Our students also presented a puppet show and spent time playing and interacting with children in the shelter.  For many, that was the highlight of their camp experience.

Evenings gave students a chance to unwind and reflect on the day’s events.  Through large and small group discussions, Pastor Valente led students through a series of messages on true femininity and masculinity.  Students were challenged to reflect on how they can bring glory to God in all that they are and do. 

New Faces Join the KCS 'Ohana

August 15, 2014
By KCS Staff
Clockwise (from top right): Mr. Kurian, Mr. Wilcox, Mr. Miller, and Mrs. Dugger.

Despite some uncertainty caused by two impending tropical storms last week, KCS staff were excited to open up the 2014-15 school year on Monday.  Our student body of 318 includes 61 new students as well as several new staff members.

Lindy Dugger joins our staff as the new Grade 2B teacher.  She and her family moved to Hawaii in January. Previously, she taught for 6 years in Omaha, Nebraska.  Her last year of teaching had her on site at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo!

Ashok Kurian joins our middle/high school team as the new Grade 8B homeroom teacher.  He will be teaching 8th grade science & Bible, and Biology.  He previously worked as Program Manager/Career Counselor for Kupu and taught ESL and secondary science at Sacred Hearts Academy.  

Scott Miller joins our middle/high school team as the new Grade 10 homeroom teacher.  He will be teaching Algebra I, Chemistry, Precalculus, and Physics.  As a meteorologist, he looks forward to “teaching the fun part of math and science.”  He and his family visited 26 states over the summer.  

Stephen Wilcox is a familiar face for returning students.  He spent the fall  of 2013 student teaching here and worked in the spring as a substitute teacher.  He will be our Lead Recess Supervisor and teaching Chorus for middle/high school.  He looks forward to building our Chorus program and preparing students to perform during concerts.

We are also blessed to have JoAnna Fong join our staff on a part-time basis.  She will be teaching World Literature, Asian Literature, and Speech.  She has 11 years of teaching experience in Hawaii’s private and public schools and looks forward to building relationships with students and staff.  

We are so excited that God has brought all of these individuals to KCS!

KCS closed on Friday, August 8

August 07, 2014
By KCS Staff

In light of the impending tropical storm scheduled to pass by Oahu, KCS will be closed tomorrow, Friday, August 8.  "Meet the Teacher" day and other scheduled programs will be cancelled or rescheduled.  Uniforms and pickup placards for your dashboard can be picked up today at the KCS office until 4:30 pm.  Our plan is to start the school year as scheduled on Monday, August 11.

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