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College Class for Upperclassmen

August 28, 2015
By KCS Staff
Five KCS seniors after their Chinese 102 class at Kapiolani Community College.

Six of our high school upperclassmen joined the thousands of University of Hawaii college students starting class this week Monday. KCS is participating in Kapiolani Community College’s Early Admissions Program, which allows students to concurrently enroll in high school and college courses, earning them dual credit.

For the fall semester, five seniors are enrolled in Chinese 102, and junior Paul Lee is enrolled in Chinese 201.  The admissions process began in the Spring with submitting an application and completing placement tests. 

On the first day of class, the seniors felt a mix of nervousness and excitement.  Tyler Hope, who has attended KCS since preschool, said, “It was cool meeting new people.”  

Although they were surprised to see a quiz scheduled for the second day, Tyler and classmate Nichole Yamauchi felt their three years of high school Chinese at KCS had prepared them for the current level of material.  

As well as receiving a “head start” on their college transcript, Mrs. Seria, Upper School Vice Principal, notes that the program gives students “a taste of college level classes in a smaller context.” 

Students Serve at High School Camp

August 21, 2015
By KCS Staff
It's a team effort! Students work together to package hygiene kits.
It was wonderful to see students responsibly working and serving others during high school camp.  Twenty-seven students attended camp, held at Pu’u Kahea Conference Center, from August 18-21. Activities during camp included two full service days. 
 
On August 19, the group visited the Waianae Boat Harbor, an area which has become a community for the homeless. The students passed out lunches and hygiene packets to the residents. Later in the afternoon, the students participated in the traveling preschool program, which is run by Ka Pa’alana, an organization that provides various services for families living in the homeless shelter at the Waianae Civic Center.
 
The next day, students served by cleaning and weeding the same shelter that they had visited the previous day. After lunch, students performed several skits based on the Bible stories (Luke 15) of the lost sheep, lost coin, and lost son. They also did a craft with the children that live in the shelter and sang fun songs like “Father Abraham” and “Jesus Loves Me.”  Residents at the shelter were grateful that the students connected so well with their young children.
 
In the evenings, the group had devotionals, led by Pastor Valente, which discussed Spiritual Disciplines such as fasting, prayer, silence, and solitude.  In addition to the opportunities students had to practice these disciplines throughout camp, they also spent their free time hanging out with friends and playing fun games designed by Mr. Kwong.
 
Though many students mentioned that it was hard, they later listed the service opportunities (and hanging out with friends) as some of their favorite parts of high school camp. 
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