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   Volume 32, Issue 3, October 2003

                                                    Principal's Message
                                                    Dear Parents or Guardians:
                                                    Thank you for your continued support of your child's learning activities as we
                                                    begin the second quarter. Please take the time to read this entire newsletter

Place Artwork Here                                  and to visit our school website for updates in information. Included in this
                                                    newsletter is important information about No Child Left Behind and Adequate
                                                    Yearly Progress results for Moanalua High School. Additionally, we are
                                                    proud to announce the following:
                                                    •         National Merit Semi-Finalists - Please congratulate three seniors who
                                                    did very well on their PSAT last year to be nominated for the National Merit
                                                    Semi-Finalists positions. They are: Joy Kim, Jennifer Lee, and Meghann
                                                    Panagsagan. All three placed in the top one half of one per cent in the state of
                                                    Hawaii on their PSAT and will now go on to compete for the finalist positions.
                                                    •         The Moanalua High School Math Team placed 3rd in a recent math
MoHS Administration
                                 meet ahead of Punahou (4 place) and McKinley (5th place). Congratulations to coach Ms. Stacy
Mr. Darrel Galera                Tamura, all math teachers, and all math team members!

Vice Principals:        I would also like to take the opportunity to inform you of the following very important events and
Mr. Ken Fukada
Ms. Robin Martin
Dr. Teri Ushijima           • Teacher Institute Day will be held on Monday, October 13 (for the island of Oahu). There will be
                                 no school for students on this day.
Athletic Director:          • Moanalua High School will be holding the first Menehune Classic on October 18, 2003 at the
Mrs. Dana Dias                   athletic field. The classic will be an invitational marching band festival featuring many high
                                 school marching bands.
                            • Mrs. Geri Mehrtens who will serve as our school’s new PCNC Coordinator! She can be
                                 contacted for information on parent and community activities at 837-8468.
                            • Aloha to Social Studies teacher Mrs. Ava Doby who will be moving to the east coast. Best
                                 wishes and mahalo for your dedication to our students!
                            • There will be a Professional Development Teacher Training Day on Monday, November 10, 2003
                                 for Moanalua High School teachers. There will be no school for students on this day.

                        Once again, thank you for helping to make the first quarter a successful one. Please continue to keep
                        informed of all school activities and to remain actively involved in your child’s education.


                        Darrel Galera

Moanalua High School
2825 Ala Ilima Street
Honolulu, HI 96818
Tel: 808 837-8455

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                                                          Winter Fantasy
                                            Date:             Friday, December 12, 2003
                                            Place:            Pacific Beach Hotel Grand Ballroom
                                            Cost:             TBA, dinner included (S.A. dues must be paid)
                                            Time:             5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. (doors close at 6:00 p.m.)
                                            Attire:           Dressy School Clothes (see below)
                                            Bid Sales:        November 12-14, 2003

                                    Our Winter Fantasy is the only special “away” event for all Moanalua High
                            School students and their guests. In order to purchase a bid, you must pay your $6.00
                            Student Association dues and clear all obligations. See the Account Clerk in the
                            Administration Building if you have not paid your dues. Winter Fantasy Agreements
                            (parental consent forms) will be distributed in Homeroom in late October. Agreements
                            must be signed in order to purchase a bid. If you are planning to bring a guest, BOTH
                            agreements must be signed.
                                    We ask parents to assist their son/daughter in adhering to the dress guidelines
                            that were established to help minimize the cost of special events at Moanalua High
                            School. Please remember that this function is NOT a prom—the appropriate attire is
                            “dressy” school clothes. If you have any questions about your attire, please see Ms.
                            Charlotte Muranaka in M301. Start saving your money for this special occasion!
MoHS Phone Directory:
Office:     837-8455                MALES
Attendance:  ext. 248
Registrar:   ext. 258               Appropriate:   long-sleeved shirts, aloha shirts, vests, sweaters, dress
Health Room: ext. 247                              pants, shoes
Counselors (by student
                                    Inappropriate: tuxedos, three-piece suits, T-shirts, jeans, shorts, and
surname): 837-8455                                 slippers
A-D              ext. 252
E-K             ext. 253
L-Ra            ext. 254            FEMALES
Re-Z            ext. 255            Appropriate:    simple short or tea-length dresses, aloha attire, dress
Counselor:      ext. 276                            pants, dressy jumpsuits
Outreach:       ext. 233            Inappropriate: gowns, gloves, rhinestones, boas, veiled hats, all-lace dresses, velvet
SSC:            ext. 232
                                                    or elaborate materials (sequins, beads, velvet, etc.), prom
PCNC           837-8468                             wear, revealing dresses (Please dress in good taste!)


                                    Regarding the early release policy: ANYONE under 18 years of age OR currently
                            enrolled in high school (Moanalua High School student or not) planning to leave the
                            Winter Fantasy earlier than the designated release time of 10:00 p.m. will need a
                            permission form signed by parents stating the exact release time desired. A space on the
                            Winter Fantasy Agreement will be provided.

                            WINTER FANTASY NIGHT!!!

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         The Moanalua High School Student Association would like to extend its
appreciation to all the faculty/staff, students and alumni who assisted with and participated
in the 28th Annual Homecoming Festivities in September. Special thanks go out to
Principal Darrel Galera and all of the administrators, chaperones, committee advisors
and chairpersons, as well as Mrs. Carolyn Lopes and the cafeteria staff, Mr. Ernie Munalem
and the custodial staff, and the security staff for going above and beyond their regular
duties to make all of the activities a success. Overall Homecoming Chairpersons Cassandra
Bohe and Kamaleu Terukina are to be commended once again for running one of the
biggest yearly events for the Student Association.
         We would also like to recognize Senators Norman Sakamoto and Donna Mercado
Kim and Mrs. Renae Villa, Moanalua Middle School Student Activities Coordinator,
who served as judges for various events. Having community support is always much
appreciated! We hope to see more of you in future activities this year!

       MOANALUA HIGH SCHOOL                                                                     Moanalua High School

         WINTER CRAFT FAIR                                                                      Winter Craft Fair

                                   December 13, 2003
                                     9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
                                  2825 Ala Ilima Street.

      The Craft Fair is sponsored by the school’s Music Booster
Association and proceeds benefit the school’s Music Department Programs.
Talented local crafters will offer a grand array of gift items for sale including
beautiful arts and crafts, plants, great food and good fun! This is a great
opportunity for Christmas shopping and finding unique gift items for your
family and friends. Parking will be available on school grounds. Questions
regarding vendor applications may be addressed to Geoffrey Pang. He can
be reached at 836-1998 or emailed at gpang_abm@msn.com.
              Questions regarding school organizations (clubs, Project Grad
and other school groups) applications may be addressed to Edwina Suzuki at
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       N   The athletic department will be selling pre-sale tickets for delicious fruit pies. Baked and
           frozen apple and apple/peach combos are available for $8.00 each. Tickets can be purchased
       A   from Pat Nitta at the College & Career Office or with Dana Dias at the Athletic Department
           Office. Pies will be available for pick up at the December 13, Moanalua High School Craft
       L   Fair from 9:00 am - 2:00pm. For more information please call 837-8066.


       A       The winter sports are just around the corner. The following sports are offered during the
           winter season. All athletes are required to have athletic clearance prior to try-outs or participa-
           tion in the Moanalua High School athletic program.

                   Girls Softball                   October 20
       A           Boys & Girls Soccer              November 3
                   Boys & Girls Wrestling           November 10
       T           Boys Basketball
                   Boys & Girls Swimming
                                                          November 17
                                                    November 24
       H           Girls JV Tennis
                   Competitive Cheer
                                                    December 1
                                                    December 15
       E   Senior athlete, Cy Hiyane was honored by the Hawaii Sports Network as the September
           Week 3 High School Scholar-Athlete. Cy is currently participating in 2 sports simultaneously
       T   during the fall season - boy's bowling and boy's volleyball. He is captain of both teams while
           maintaining a 3.8 GPA. Congratulations Cy Hiyane!
       C   Please call Dana Dias at 837-8066 should you have any questions regarding the Athletic

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October is the month for testing:

        1. The Sophomores will take the ACT/PLAN on Oct. 2nd. Administration is
           picking up the cost of this college practice achievement exam, so that everyone will
           have a good indication of how they stand in both academic achievement and
          college preparedness.

        2. Seniors will take PSAT, SAT and ACT, and the ASVAB. These tests are used to
           enter college or the military. The October 24th ACT will be at Moanalua High
           School, but registration is made to the national ACT office. Application forms are
          in the College & Career Center.

        3. Juniors will take the PSAT, a practice SAT and scholarship entrance test, on
          October 18th, Cost is $14. Reservations for this test is made with the $14.00
          payment to Moanalua High School. This is a first- come, first-served sign up as
          anyone interested in this practice can take the exam.

Many colleges are visiting Moanalua this month. A list of schools can be found in the
Weekly Bulletin or on our web site at www.mohs.k12.hi.us. Just click on the main index,
then College & Career, and then Weekly Bulletin. Both parents and students are invited to         College and Career
attend, as these meetings are one of the best ways to get to know the schools. Please call Mrs.   831-7922
Mau if you wish to attend one of these: 831-7922.

Many parents are worried about financial aid. For seniors, financial aid applications cannot
begin until January 2004. However, you can get an estimate of the Family Contribution, by
going to www.Collegeboard.com to get an EFC estimate.

Also, we are developing a Parent corner of the College & Career Center. Parents who may
wish to read about issues on student transition to college and independent life, will find many
good articles for them. Everything from financial aid information to dealing with emotional
changes of letting go will be housed. Drop-ins after school are accepted.

Finally, for young men who turn 18 years of age: They will have to register for the Selective
Service. Young men who DO NOT register CANNOT get financial aid from any college, so
we are urging students to register as soon as they are 18 years old.

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               SENIOR PARENTS
                   The Senior Class will be selling tickets for Entertainment Books. The cost is $30.00,
               which is a small price to pay for the awesome deals you can get. You may pick up your books
               in Q-103.
                   Also, this is just a reminder, if you have not taken your senior pictures, they were sup-
               posed to be taken by September. So if you have not taken them, we will give you one more
               month. Call House of Photography to schedule an appointment ASAP! Their number is
               596-0440. (Remember if you don't take a picture you will not appear in the yearbook!)
                   If you have not ordered your cap and gown, late orders will be accepted on October 10,
               in the library during lunch.
                   Also, the Class of 2004 will be collecting money for America United Way on October 10,
               during homeroom.

               PROJECT GRAD 2004
           Thank you to ALL who volunteered their time and effort for our Homecoming bento sale and
           hulihuli chicken fundraisers last month. They were both very successful! We really need and
           appreciate our help so PLEASE continue to support PG for our kids. Upcoming scheduled
           fundraising events include:

           •         working the Aloha Stadium concession on 9/27, 10/4, and 10/25 (20+ volunteers
                     needed at each event).

           •         Selling Sony Open tickets for $10 each (Nov-Dec)

           •         MoHS Winter Craft Fair, 12/13/03 (need volunteers to work shifts, donations of baked
                     goods, drinks, craft items to sell)

           •         Others to be announced

           If you are able to help with any of the above, would like to make a donation or know of someone
           or some organizations who might be willing to donate goods or services to PG, please contact
           Sharon Luke (839-5892 or sharonluke@hotmail.com), or Linda Yamaki (833-7584 or
           lyamaki@aol.com). Or, if you would like to help with any of the committees (registration,
           marketing, decorations/clean-up, transportation, activities, security/chaperone, ID/t-shirt/
           goodie bag/prizes), please join us at our scheduled meetings on the following Wednesdays at
           7:00pm in the Library: Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 3, Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 3, Apr 14, and May 5.
           Volunteers are always welcomed!
           Don't forget to turn in your child's PG registration form by the December deadline to take
           advantage of the low price of $45. Fees will increase the closer it gets to the event. Mail or drop
           off envelopes in PG 2004's box in the Admin. Office. Need a registration form? Call Sharon or
           Linda or pick one up in the Administration office.
           Check out the MoHS PTSA website and look under Project Grad 2004 for upcoming events
           and meeting reminders.

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                                                                                              Project Grad 2006

 LOCATION: MoHS I-103 from 7:00PM-8:00PM
UPCOMING EVENTS: MoHS Winter Craft Fair--Saturday, December 13, 2003. We
will be running a booth. We need your support. Look for future Papa John's Flyers. PG06
will be participating with this fundraising event once gain throughout the year. Need folks
for PG06 Cookbook committee. Any volunteers?? Start saving your favorite recipes.
This event happens monthly and is held every third Wednesday. Mark your calendars and
come join the fun. Hope to see you there. Call or email Sharon Miyashiro, 389-8446,
shmiya@hawaii.rr.com or Pam Young, 833-0614, pammyy@loili.com if you have any ques-
tions or concerns.

                                                                                              Class of 2007


Class of 2007: Project Graduation committee is looking for energetic,
enthusiastic, committed parents and friends to volunteer for various

Contact one of the following:
Kathy Higa               836-7907
Jan Inn                  384-1632
Susan Kunitake           228-4344
Pat Young                839-4349

                                                                                                   Volume 32, Issue 3

           Winners of the Hawaii Education
           Association's 25th Annual Student
           Haiku Contest
            Category: 7th through 9th Grade                          Category: 10th through 12th grade
           Early morning                                           Sticky yellow juice
           From under the kukui tree                               Drips with each bite-
           A nene takes flight                                     Mango season
           -Tony Yip, 3rd place                                    -Krystle Salazar, 1st Place

           Night ocean roars                                       Winds blowing all day
           At restless Bellows Bay                                 Sounds of the warriors' last days
           Winter is here                                          Pali lookout
           -Ashlyn Kaneshiro, 1st Hon. Mention                     -Jimi Tablante, 3rd place

           The waves rolling in                                    Fireworks shimmer
           On the hot white sandy beach-                           Over crowded beaches-
           Makapu'u                                                New Year's Eve
           -Trevan Kawaoka, 3rd Hon. Mention                       -Charity Baloran, 1st Hon. Mention

           Pineapple juice                                         Bright red hibiscus-
           Drips down my chin and fingers-                         Hula skirts swaying on hips
           Hot summer day                                          Native tales retold
           -Keshia Collins, 5th Hon. Mention                       -Vania Fortunato, 2nd Hon. Mention

           under the hot sun                                       Under baking heat
           doing our pre-shot routine                              He slurps his frosty shave ice-
           balls go into the cup                                   A rainbow smile
           -Markus Miyashiro, 6th Hon. Mention                     -Christine Perez, 3rd Hon. Mention

           Summer day                                              Slippahs and tank top
           Turtles on the sandy bottom-                            Surfboards and cold shave ice
           Hanauma Bay                                             Hawaiian summer!
           -Kristin Kanoho, 7th Hon. Mention                       -Elyse Hironaka, 4th Hon. Mention

           Radio static                                            The ukulele man
           And the heavy summer rain                               Strums a peaceful melody-
           Lull me back to sleep                                   Island music
           -Erika Elona, 8th Hon. Mention                          -Peter Chung, 7th Hon. Mention

           green lights flicker on                                 mid-day surf session
           marvelous technology-                                   pavement hot as charred coal
           a new computer                                          Hula Dog shave ice
           -Vincent Loiseleur, 9th Hon. Mention                    -Amanda Fukushima, 9th Hon. Mention

           Despite our urban location, our students can still appreciate a moment in nature. Thank you to the following
           teachers for making MoHS "The Haiku Capital of Young Hawaii": Francis Achiu, Michelle Colte, Carol Cameron,
           and Raynice Messier.

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What Is Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)?
What are the Results For MoHS?
All public schools are now required meet up to thirty seven (37) separate benchmarks to achieve Adequate Yearly
Progess (AYP). If a school misses even one benchmark, it results in a school “not meeting adequate yearly progress.”
The federal law entitled the “No Child Left Behind Act” calls for every student to become proficient in English
and Math by 2014, and states are required to set annual targets for progress toward that goal. While schoolwide
test results (All Students) are usually reported and reviewed, the No Child Left Behind Act also requires that nine
(9) subgroups within the school also meet the annual targets. Test results for each school must be broken down
into five ethnic groups (Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, Hispanic, Native American, and White), as well as students
with limited English proficiency (ESLL), the economically disadvantaged (free and reduced lunch), and the
disabled (special education). If any subgroup falls short of the target, the entire school is rated as not making
“adequate yearly progress.”
Also, 95 percent of students in each subgroup must be tested. If any subgroup falls short of the 95 percent
participating in the test, the entire school is rated as not making “adequate yearly progress.” Graduation rates (high
school graduates based on students entering in Grade 9) and retention rates (elementary and middle school) must
also meet targets.
A series of consequences kicks in each year that schools continue to not make AYP. If a school misses the mark two
years in a row, a school is categorized as being in “Need of Improvement.” In the third year of not meeting AYP,
schools are categorized as being in “Corrective Action.” In the fourth year, a school will be in “Planning for
Restructuring” and in the fifth year of not meeting AYP, a school will be in “Restructuring.” In the fifth year,
schools must plan for “restructuring,” which could include replacing all or most of the staff, assigning the operation
of the school to the state or a private organization, or conversion to charter school.
For the 2002-2003 school year, Moanalua High School did not meet the 95% testing participation rate in two
subgroups. Additionally, MoHS did not meet the proficiency requirements set for disabled student subgroup and
economically disadvantaged student subgroup. As a result, Moanalua High School did not meet “adequate yearly
progress” as defined by the No Child Left Behind law. See the table below for MoHS results.

                             Moanalua High School No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Report for SY 2002-2003

 Subject                            READING                                          MATH                     Graduation Rate

                   Participation            Proficiency          Participation         Proficiency
 NCLB Required                                                                                                Graduation Rate
                   Requirement      %       Requirement    %     Requirement     %     Requirement      %
 Benchmarks                                                                                                   Requirement (70%)
                   (95%)                    (30%)                (95%)                 (10%)

 All Students      MET              96 %     MET           41%   MET             97%   MET              21%   MET    82%

                   MET              96%      MET           41%   MET             98%   MET              22%

 Black             N/A                       N/A                 N/A                   N/A

 Hispanic          N/A                       N/A                 N/A                   N/A

 Native American   N/A                       N/A                 N/A                   N/A

 White             NOT MET          94%      MET           43%   MET             96%   MET              21%

 Disabled          NOT MET          82%      NOT MET      10%    NOT MET         86%   NOT MET          2%

 Limited English
                   N/A                       N/A                 N/A                   N/A

                   MET              100%     NOT MET       26%   MET             99%   MET              11%

 Overall AYP       Not Met

 NCLB Status       In Good Standing, Pending 2003-2004 AYP
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