Archives - September 2015

Phase 2a Concrete Pour

September 24, 2015
By Jerry Hubbard

This Saturday, September 26, concrete will be poured to lay the foundation for our new Clarence T.C. Ching Educational Center.  This important step will start bright and early this Saturday morning. Twelve large trucks will be hauling in over 160 cubic yards of concrete, so activities in and around that area will be very limited.  For safety reasons, our parking lot on the corner of 13th Avenue and Harding Avenue, as well as at our Office Annex, will be restricted to construction vehicles only. Traffic in or around the construction site will be tight, so plan to avoid that area, especially along 13th Avenue. With good weather, the slab should be dry by that night.

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Mrs. Takahashi Receives Chevron Grant

September 18, 2015
By KCS Staff

Mrs. Takahashi, middle school Science and Math teacher, received a $200 grant from the Chevron Education Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation.  She was recognized on Saturday, September 12, during the Hawaii Science Teacher Association Conference.  A total of $27,000 was given to 27 Hawaii Science Teachers from Chevron.  This was Mrs. Takahashi’s first time applying for this grant.

In her grant proposal, “An Outbreak of Student Detectives,” Mrs. Takahashi outlines how two Flinn Scientific lab kits will enhance an upcoming 6th grade science unit on the immune system.  The kits allow students to engage in the lesson through hands-on, problem solving activities.  Mrs. Takahashi writes, “These activities will give students opportunities to explore real-life situations and communicate their results through discussion and writing.”  

Student Council Elections

September 11, 2015
By KCS Staff
First time voting for the 1st graders!
Students from 1st to 12th grade gathered in the Worship Center on Thursday morning to listen to speeches from the candidates running for Student Council Officer positions.  Candidates shared about themselves in their speeches, explaining their qualifications for the job and heart to serve KCS.  Immediately following the assembly, classes proceeded to the MPR to cast their ballots.
 
Advisor Mrs. Trapasso is pleased to present President Paul Lee (Gr. 11), Vice President Justus Ahn (Gr. 9), Secretary Grant Welham (Gr. 9), and Treasurer Leilani Zbin (Gr. 9) as the 2015-16 Student Council Officers.  They look forward to working with homeroom representatives throughout the school year.  Officers and representatives will hold their first monthly meeting next week Thursday morning.
 
As a service oriented group, the Student Council plans and implements projects throughout the year.  In past years, organizations such as River of Life, Aloha Harvest, Kapiolani Children’s Hospital, and the Jesus Loves You Ministry have gratefully received items donated by the school ‘ohana.  Mrs. Trapasso says the goal of Student Council is to “serve others while giving praise to God.”  

2015 PTG Meeting Recap

September 04, 2015
By KCS Staff
The Summer Help & Supplies task force begins their discussion.
Parents, staff, and grandparents gathered together Wednesday evening for the annual PTG General Meeting.  Parents Tammy Hamada and Christine Stone were introduced as our PTG President/Treasurer and Vice President, respectively.  Mrs. Watanabe, Special Projects Coordinator, previewed the Fall Fundraiser (the Hawaii Perks discount card) currently in the works.
 
The following is a summary of the task force groups for 2015-16:
  • ‘Ohana: As the largest task force, this group brainstormed event ideas for fellowship and connecting families outside of school hours.
  • Grandparents: With the goal of honoring KCS grandparents, the group discussed ideas and possible events for the school year. 
  • KCC Outreach: This group talked about ways to increase the visibility of KCC to school families.  Ideas include serving together and bringing in guest speakers.
  • Summer Help & Supplies: Preparing for the new school year is always a busy time for teachers.  This group will help teachers and staff with moving, setting up classrooms, and distributing supplies next summer. 

KCS Joins New Athletics League

September 04, 2015
By KCS Staff
Coach Samson explains a drill to his players during practice.
KCS is excited to begin its affiliation with the Christian Schools Athletics League (CSAL) this year.  CSAL’s 19 member schools compete in volleyball and basketball (boys and girls) for students in 4th to 6th grade.  Mr. Kwong, Student Services Coordinator, notes that participating in this league will give KCS’ younger athletes opportunities to develop at their level through more playing time and game experience. 
 
Coached by parent Chris Samson, the boys basketball team started practices this week.  KCS will be competing in the developmental division of the league.  The team looks forward to a full schedule of games, including two home games at Ft. Ruger.  

Volleyball in Full Swing

September 04, 2015
By KCS Staff
The boys push hard during one of Pastor Valente's upper body conditioning drills.

It’s game day!  The boys and girls volleyball teams open up their season tonight. This is KCS’ 4th year as a member of the Hawaii Sports Fellowship League. 

The teams, coached by Mr. Kwong and Mr. Seria, have spent practices working on the basics - serving and passing.  As well as emphasizing the fundamentals of the game, the coaches have set a 75% proficiency mark as the baseline goal.  Pastor Valente also works with the players on strength and conditioning twice a week.

With a core group of returning players, the girls team looks to make a strong showing in the league.  The boys team welcomes several new faces and has focused on basic concepts in preparation for games. Overall, Mr. Kwong sees “good talent on the court.”

The KCS ‘ohana is encouraged to cheer on the teams as they face Koolau Baptist tonight. First serve for the boys is at 6:30 pm with the girls game immediately following.  Today’s game at Ft. Ruger gym is one of three home game scheduled this month. 

Despite the shorter season this year (five games), the girls team hopes to capitalize on participating at an all-day tournament this Saturday.  Tournament play will be a great opportunity for players to gain experience in a short amount of time. Go, KCS!

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