Archives - September 2016

KCS Partners with Manoa Senior Care

September 30, 2016
By KCS Staff

Within walking distance of KCS are three live-in residences (operated by Manoa Senior Care) that provide care for the elderly. This school year, KCS looks forward to serving the residents in each home through monthly visits.  Mr. Kanakanui has coordinated these visits, a connection made possible by their Director of Community Relations, Malia Boyd.

Boyd notes the importance of these visits as they give the residents “something wonderful to look forward to.”  

This week, high school students and Ms. Kang’s 2B class were the first groups to bring the spirit of the KCS ‘ohana to the care homes. Guided by Mrs. Fong, the juniors and seniors shared two songs.  They also recited Tang poetry in Chinese and English.  Mrs. Watanabe’s 10th grade US History class worked with individual residents to create a paper craft and then presented a handwritten card.  Students in 2B performed a song and then met with the residents, sharing a little about themselves and then interviewing the residents.  

After observing the interaction between the sophomores and residents during Wednesday’s visit, Boyd said that “each woman’s face transformed as one or two kids came to pay special attention just to her.  Watching them all interact, the joy in our residents was obvious and palpable.”

Service continues to be one of the core values of a KCS education, as students learn and embrace the blessing that comes from sharing God’s love with others.  May these visits be a sweet time of fellowship!

Clarence T.C. Ching Educational Center Dedication Ceremony

September 09, 2016
By KCS Staff

“Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find...”  From sunny skies to God’s inspiration and provision throughout the construction of the Clarence T.C. Ching Educational Center, the KCC/KCS ‘ohana praised God with this powerful refrain. 

Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation Trustees, invited guests, and many other integral individuals to this project gathered this morning to celebrate the completion of the facility, designed with the mission of “educating each child to his/her God-intended potential.”

Trustee Robert Fujioka spoke on behalf of the Foundation, sharing a brief biography of Clarence T.C. Ching and the vision of his remarkable foundation.  The foundation funded $1.5 million toward the center, which has proven to be an incredible gift to KCS and the community. Principal Mark Gallagher acknowledged the First Hawaiian Bank and Atherton Foundations for their key gifts as well.  

Mr. Gallagher also shared how God was at work decades before in connecting the Ching Foundation with KCC/KCS.  The result of that connection is realized today as students now fill the Clarence T.C. Ching Educational Center with the sweet sounds of music, laughter, and excitement for learning.  

Just another reason to praise God for His goodness!

Chinese Introduced at Elementary Level

September 05, 2016
By KCS Staff

Ni Hao!  Hopefully, elementary students have begun to share some of their newly learned phrases in Mandarin.  As part of their grade level curriculum, students in kindergarten through 5th grade receive weekly 15-minute Chinese lessons with Mrs. Lili Zhang (pictured above).  

Topics covered in these weekly lessons include greetings, family names, colors, and singing songs in Chinese.  Mrs. Zhang says the students have picked up the language “very fast” and have good pronunciation.

Chinese was introduced as KCS’ foreign language at the middle school level in 2011 and extended to high school in subsequent years.  As Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world, school leaders feel it’s important to equip students with this marketable skill.  

Vice-Principal Robyn Ahn, who also teaches Chinese for middle school, says, “It is optimal for younger students to begin learning Chinese as their hearing and speech are still developing.  Listening and practicing tones while their brains are still able to absorb foreign sounds make it easier for students to speak without an accent.”

Solid Start for KCS Volleyball

September 02, 2016
By KCS Staff

KCS volleyball fans were treated to exciting victories last week Saturday at Kaneohe District Park.  

Despite Koolau Baptist Academy’s comeback effort, the girls’ team won (25-13, 24-26, 15-10) their first game of the season thanks to solid play in set 3.  KBA battled back in set 2, scoring the last 4 points to claim the set in extra play.  Coach Seria said, “In the 3rd set, the team settled down and put the ball in play.” 

The girls’ team has taken on a new identity this year after losing the majority of their starters to graduation.  On the other hand, the boys’ team returns a number of experienced players.  Coaches Mr. Kwong and Mr. Seria have worked with the teams since the end of last school year, as practices started in the Spring and continued through the Summer.  Players also had the opportunity to participate in scrimmages and “open gym,” helping to solidify rotations and passing formations.

Extra practices paid off for the boys, as they overcame losing a tightly contested set 1 and a deficit in set 2.  After several exciting rallies in set 3, the boys pulled ahead to win the match (27-29, 25-23, 15-10).  

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