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GRIFFINGAZET TE American Renaissance Academy Kapolei, Hawaii P: 808.682.7337 F: 808.682.7336 W: www.arahawaii.org

DECEMBER 2011 VOLUME I ISSUE 2

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DECEMBER 2011 VOLUME I ISSUE 2

HOT OFF THE PRESS

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO    

Isn’t it amazing how quickly time goes by. Before we know it the end of December and 2012 will be here. We as a school have so much to be thankful f o r, o u r B o a r d o f G o v e r n o r s , Administration, Faculty, Volunteer Staff, parents, and all our students. Dr. Kelly Tanizaki Trustee & CEO

As a school, we have had many exceptional accomplishments and milestones which have all contributed to

the success of ARA. We appreciate EVERYONE for all that they do and for being a part of our overall mission as a school. On behalf of myself, my ‘Ohana, our Board of Governors, Administration, Faculty, and Volunteer Staff we wish you and your ‘Ohana the very best Mele Kalikimaka | Merry Christmas and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou | Happy New Year.

MESSAGE FROM THE PTG PRESIDENT As we close out 2011 it is a time to reflect on all of the blessings, small and large that have come our way.

Daimon Hudson Trustee & PTG

Enjoy your time off from school. We look forward to welcoming you back in January 2012, the Year of the Dragon

recharged and ready to start the second semester. On behalf of the PTG, and my ‘Ohana, we wish you a heartfelt happy holidays.


IN THIS ISSUE

HOT OFF THE PRESS

2

WHO’S WHO @ ARA

4

PROUD TO BE A GRIFFIN

5

WELCOME

7

RESPICE “LEARN FROM THE PAST”

8

PROSPICE “LOOK TO THE FUTURE”

9

GRIFFIN SPOTLIGHTS

INTERVIEWS

10 11

SPECIAL MAHALO TO OUR SPONSORS 12 RECIPES FROM THE GARDEN

13

ARA ANNOUNCEMENTS

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GRIFFINGAZETTE


Founder & Trustees

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Kenneth Tanizaki Dr. Kelly Tanizaki Daimon Hudson

Board of Governors Kenneth Tanizaki, Founder Charles M. Beeck, Jr., Chairman of the Board Thomas M. Dunn, Legal Advisor Laurie Chesney, Treasurer Denise Asuncion, Secretary Kristian Lei, Member at Large Augie & Kim Tulba, Members at Large

Administration Dr. Kelly Tanizaki, Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Beckman, Chief Financial Officer Dr. Janelle Akuna, Chief Operations Officer Dawn Ono-Pudiquet, Office Manager David Suhs Associate Administrator

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Parent Teacher Group (PTG) Daimon Hudson, President Elaine Peters, Vice President Amy Zizzi, Secretary Lorraine McNeal, Treasurer American Renaissance Academy Bldg #1 Lexington Avenue PO Box 75357 Kapolei, HI 96707 T: 808.682.7337 F: 808.682.7336 W:www.arahawaii.org For advertising information contact publications@arahawaii.org

DECEMBER 2011 VOLUME I ISSUE 2

WHO’S WHO @ ARA


ARA PARTICIPATES IN THE MODEL APEC STUDENT SUMMIT While President Obama was recently meeting with the heads-of-state from the twenty-one nations of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference (APEC) in Honolulu, eight students from American Renaissance Academy (ARA) were meeting with over fifty high school students from the following schools: Punahou, Iolani, Sacred Hearts, St. Andrew’s Priory and, of course, American Renaissance Academy for a Model or Simulated APEC Conference. In this simulation, each school was given two or more APEC countries to represent and to do research on these countries’ trade, investment, energy, and internal security concerns. Students were asked to create position papers on these topics from their research. ARA students represented Japan and Thailand with Derek Tanizaki-Hudson (10th grade) and Cody Porter (10th grade) researching Japanese Trade and Investment; Rachel Imlay (9th grade) researching Japanese Energy issues; Crystal Boucon (9th grade) researching Japanese Internal Security issues; Brittney Lindo (11th grade) researching Thailand’s Trade and Investment; Abigail Castro (9th grade) and Kaci Masuda (9th grade) researching Thailand’s Energy issues; and Samantha Beck (9th grade) researching Thailand’s Internal Security issues.

ARA Students strategize before a negotiation days’ activities began with students meeting in their topic areas with all the other countries and sharing their position papers. Next, was a strategy meeting with their own country members from their school and their teacher advisor. The next two sessions were intense negotiations in each topic area where the student delegates worked hard to draft one or more proposals to bring before the entire Model APEC session at the end of the day. Students experience what it might be like for an APEC delegate to engage in discussion, compromise, collaboration, and consensus building on economic proposals. In the final session, a student spokesperson from each topic group, presented the drafts of proposals and a report on the discussions of the sessions.

ARA Model APEC Team poses at the Wo International Center, Punahou School.( L to R) Samantha Beck, Brittney Lindo, Abigail Castro, Kaci Masuda, Mr. David Suhs, Teacher Advisor, Derek Tanizaki-Hudson, Cody Porter, Rachel Imlay, & Crystal Boucon

The November 11 Model APEC was hosted by the Punahou School with Mr. Russell Motter, a teacher from Iolani School, as the main organizer of the event. The

Mr. David Suhs, ARA Social Studies teacher and sponsor, complimented the ARA Model APEC student delegates for their preparation and the quality of representation of their particular country and topic. He also mentioned that ARA was one of youngest contingents at the Model APEC and that the ARA students were complimented by several of other school sponsors on their efforts and participation. ARA hopes to be involved in future Model United Nations and Model APEC events.

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PROUD TO BE A GRIFFIN


ARA AMBASSADORS PARTICIPATE IN THE MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE ARA student ambassadors Mahea Sims-Tulba, 6th Grade, Courtney Pudiquet, 7th Grade, Cassidy Peters 12th Grade and former ARA student Sunema Gibney (accepted into Kamehameha Schools for 2011-12 SY, 11th Grade had the opportunity of a lifetime. Our ARA Mahea, Nema, Cassidy & Courtney after students practiced making their tahitian head pieces for the parade. each month with other participating Oahu students for over a year. Students from Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island of Hawai’i also practiced each month in preparation for this event. Over 350 band students, 50 hula & tahitian dancers, 250+ a c c o m p a n y p a re n t s (including our own ARA parents Kim Tulba, Roy & Dawn Pudiquet, ARA Parents with the Washington Elaine Peters and Robin Monument in background & Nate Fletcher) and 30 staff members (including Cassidy’s older sister Brittany Peters, overall Marching Technician) set out for an adventure to Washington, DC., Philadelphia and New York. For the first time all of the islands participating band performers and dancers joined together to practice in the Pentagon parking lot. The Hawaii All-State Marching Band (HASMB) "NA KOA ALI’I" performed on the Upper Senate Cassidy with CeeLo Green at the Lawn in front of our Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade N a t i o n ’s C a p i t a l . Special guest, Katherina Deery, Staff Assistant to Senator Daniel Akaka and representatives from Colleen Hanabusa’s office came out to watch our Hawaii Ambassadors.

The HASMB stopped in Philadelphia to visit the Liberty Bell Center and had a Philadelphia Cheese Steak, while on the way to New York City for the M a c y ’s T h a n k s g i v i n g Day Parade where the crowds were wowed by the bright colors of red and yellow and the sounds of our local marching medleys. The Hawaii All State Marching Band performing in front of Macy’s New York

While in NYC our ARA students had many experiences, just to name a few: eating NYC Pizza, riding the NYC subway, watching the Lion King Broadway Show and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes, visiting the Statue of Liberty and also made it to the “Top of the Rock” at the Rockerfeller Center. It was truly a trip that they will not forget anytime in the near future. When asked what their favorite part of the trip was they ALL said marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with thousands of people waving to them! In addition, Cassidy said, “Taking a picture with CeeLo Green.” Courtney & Mahea said, “Shopping at the M&M Store.” Robin Fletcher said, “All of the museums and the Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes.” Dawn said, “The McDonald’s bathroom while waiting in a crowd of thousands at the parade and eating at the Carnegie Deli.” Elaine said, “Every moment of the trip was an amazing experience, but most of all the ARA at the Statue of bestest experience was to march Liberty in the parade as a parent with my two daughters, Cassidy and Brittany along with Mahea, Courtney, and Sunema. These are the memories that will last a lifetime!!!”

DECEMBER 2011 VOLUME I ISSUE 2

PROUD TO BE A GRIFFIN


The ‘Ohana of American Renaissance Academy (ARA), our Board of Governors, Administration, Faculty and Staff extend a warm and cordial aloha to our newest additions to the ARA ‘Ohana. It is our wish to see you and your keiki grow with our school ‘Ohana.

Kindergarten Elyssa

9th Grade Kaci

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Welcome TO OUR NEWEST ‘OHANA


Another noteworthy milestone for 2010-11 since the last newsletter • Implemented ARA’s National Honor Society (NHS) Chapter

1ST QUARTER NOTEWORTHY EVENTS A few noteworthy events since the last newsletter include: • Implementation of ARA National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Chapter to support the National Honor Society Chapter of ARA • ARA 2011 NHS & NJHS Induction Ceremony • ARA Class of 2012 Ring Ceremony and the unveiling of the new ARA Legacy Class Ring

• Successful 2011 PTG & Student Council Halloween Festivities & Haunted House • ARA student participation in the Model APEC Student Summit • Sixteen winners celebrate the 11th Annual Kapolei Hale City Lights Christmas Coloring Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the 11th Annual Kapolei Hale City Lights Christmas Coloring Contest

Kindergarten Blaise Brumaghim - Dasher’s Choice

5th Grade Lainey Collado - Dasher’s Choice

1st Grade Mary Ann Trant - Merry Markers Category Lochlan Loftis - Precious Treasures

6th Grade Isabelle Castro - Frosty’s Favorites

2nd Grade Sophia Dolan - Dasher’s Choice Sean Walrod - Winter Wonderland

7th Grade Courtney Pudiquet - Artistic Talent Hakim Adeniji - Creative Decisions Kayla Chew - Merry Markers

3rd Grade Arin Kim - Dasher’s Choice Aria Okimoto - Simply Beautiful

8th Grade Tomo Shellko - Creative Designs Sandra Engman - Frosty’s Favorites

4th Grade Taylor Collins - Frosty’s Favorite

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RESPICE “LEARN FROM THE PAST” | ADDITIONAL 2010-11 SPOTLIGHT


Friday, December 2 :: Teacher’s Professional Development Early Release Day | 2pm

Thursday, December 15 :: Spa for a cause | Private SPA Event at Beautiville | 5-9pm | $50 per person w/choice of Mini-Spa Treatment

Friday, December 9 :: Teen Night | 6-10pm Fundraising Deadline

Friday, December 16 :: Christmas Program | 9am w/12pm early release

Friday, December 10 :: Kapolei Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 17 :: FAME Performance | 1pm | Windward Mall

Wednesday, December 14 :: ARA PTG Meeting | 5pm

Monday, December 19 - Monday, January 2:: Christmas Break | No School

ARA DECEMBER EVENT FEATURE Each year ARA participates in the Annual Kapolei City Lights Parade to welcome in the Christmas Season. This year the parade will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2011. Special thanks to Mark & Angel Aiwohi and Aiwohi Trucking, who for the past 4 years have donated their truck so that our keiki, parents and faculty can ride along in the parade. Special thanks to PTG parent Dave Porter, who built a Gingerbread House for our float this year. Each year our PTG members and students assist with decorating the truck for this festive event.

Aubree, Marc-Julien & Aunty Carol 2010 Kapolei Christmas Parade

Dawn, Kelly, Kim & Daimon on the 2010 ARA Christmas Float

DECEMBER 2011 VOLUME I ISSUE 2

PROSPICE “LOOK TO THE FUTURE” | UPCOMING EVENTS


WAYNE H I R AK AWA TEACHER OF THE MONTH Chili’s Bar & Grill - Kapolei Proud Co-Sponsor of the American Renaissance Academy’s November Student of the Month Recipients The ARA Students-of-the Month are students nominated and elected by the faculty who display positive examples in areas of academics, good citizenship, leadership, and community building. Each month, from October to May, one lower school and one upper school student are selected and they each receive $20 gift certificates from Chili’s  Grill  of  Kapolei,  a   handsome  cer=ficate  and  have  their  names   placed  on  a  plaque  posted  in  the  school. In  academics,  the  student-­‐of-­‐the-­‐month  should   maintain  an  over-­‐all  average  of  a  “C”  or  beNer,   demonstrate  willingness  to  work  hard,  strive  to   do  his/her  best  and  to  par=cipate  in  his/her   classes,  and  finally,  should  recognize  things  that   need  to  be  done  with-­‐  out  having  to  be  told.  In   ci=zenship,  leadership,  and  community   building,  the  student-­‐of-­‐the-­‐month  should   organize  his/her  =me  including  balancing   academics  and  social  ac=vi=es,  have  a  posi=ve   mind  set  which  doesn’t  lead  others  to  think   nega=vely,  should  set  a  good  example  for   others,  be  willing  to  put  others  first,  should   par=cipate  in  co-­‐curricular  ac=vi=es  such  as   sports,  clubs,  drama,  NHS,  or  student   government,  be  inclusive  of  new  students  and   the  less  popular,  discourage  improper  behavior   by  fellow  students,  and  build  up  other’s   character.

Chili’s Bar & Grill - Kapolei 590 Farrington Highway Kapolei, HI 96707 (808) 693-8722

Wayne is the IT Services and Computer Technology Teacher. He has been a part of the ARA Faculty since April 2010. Wayne has been selected for the November and December Teacher of the Month Award for going the extra mile installing our new school phone system, school-wide paging and bell system, outside perimeter building lighting and sprinkler system amongst many other school beautification projects.

C HA RL E I G H GRIGAITIS LOWER SCHOOL STUDENT OF THE MONTH Charleigh  was  described  as  a  student  who  is   always  on  task,  works  hard,  and  helps   others  and  is  very  polite  and  always  wears  a   smile.  She  represents  ARA  in  a  very  posi=ve   manner  because  she  demonstrates  confi-­‐   dence  and  compassion  daily.  Charleigh   always  has  a  posi=ve  outlook  and  puts  her   best  efforts  in  everything  she  does.  When   describing  her  the  nomina=ng  teacher  used   the  words: Hardworking—Cheerful— Smiley!

S O D IQ AD E N I JI UPPER SCHOOL STUDENT OF THE MONTH Sodiq was described as a student who is very organized and always on task. He works hard and is a positive contributor and leader in his small group work. He aspires for academic excellence and is conscientious in his studies while keeping a balance between academics and social pursuits. He is well liked and is a role model for his peers. He is often assists others and is always very polite. He represents ARA in a very positive manner. When describing him the nominating teacher used the words: Positive Influence— Balanced—Team Leader!

DECEMBER 2011 VOLUME I ISSUE 2

GRIFFIN SPOTLIGHTS


Each issue of the Griffin Gazette will feature student interviews of our administration, faculty, staff and volunteers.

Wayne Hirakawa | IT Services and Computer Technology Interview by Cassidy Peters, 12 Grade How did you get into technology? I was in the 5th grade and played the first ever Lunar Lander Game on the early Mac computers and I was hooked from that moment. Where is the farthest you have traveled from Hawaii? Kansas City, Missouri Have you met any famous people? I’m family with Jason Momoa, Konan the Barbarian and Bay Watch, and I met Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa, Planet of the Apes, The Last Emperor, Johnny Tsunami, and Hawaii Five-O when he visited ARA. What do you like to do in your spare time? What that?

David Suhs | Associate Administrator | History Interview by Crystal Boucon and Samantha Beck, 9th Grade What’s your favorite part about teaching? I like the contact with the students and I am hoping the students learn new things. Why did you become a teacher? I became a teacher to have a good relationship with the students. What subjects do you enjoy most? I enjoy teaching US History and US Government. What is your favorite tie? I like the flag tie best because it represents the United States. What is it like teaching kids in Korea? It’s different. The students in Korea are extremely motivated to get good grades. The students in Korea have a lot more opportunities. In Korea, they have over 50 clubs. Sports club gets to travel for tournaments. Lastly, each student has to do 150 hours of community, action, and service activities for two years in order for them to graduate.

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DECEMBER INTERVIEWS


Special Thanks to our sponsors featured in our December Issue. Please support the business that support American Welcome http://www.keapeters.com/keapeters.portfolio/Welcome.html Renaissance Academy.

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SPECIAL MAHALO TO OUR SPONSORS


Chickpea and Date Tagine | Serves 6 by Virgil Tanizaki

Ingredients: 1Tbs. Olive Oil 1 Lg Onion, diced (2 cups) 4 Cloves Garlic, minced 1 tsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. ground coriander 1 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp.ground cinnamon 1 15oz. can crushed tomatoes 3 Cups, Cooked Chickpeas or 2 15oz cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1 Cup whole-wheat couscous 1 Cup Pitted Dates, halved 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice 1/2 Cup Chopped Cilantro

Directions: 1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, and cook 10 minutes, or until starting to brown, stirring often. Stir in garlic, cumin, coriander, ginger and cinnamon, and saute 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, chickpeas, and 1/4 cup water: simmer 10 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, toast couscous in small saucepan over medium heat 5 minutes, or until fragrant. Add 1 3/4 cups water, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand 5 minutes. 3. Stir dates and lemon juice into tagine, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve over couscous, sprinkled with cilantro.

Mint Simple Syrup | Great to sweeten teas, soda and cocktails by Virgil Tanizaki

Ingredients:

Sugar Water Mint

Directions: 1. Combine equal amounts of sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat 2. Bring the water to a boil until the sugar is dissolved before turning off the heat 3. Crush or chop the mint leaves to release the oils and add them to the liquid. Steep the mint leaves in the syrup for 10 minutes before straining out. The mint leaves can also be left in the syrup if desired

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RECIPES FROM THE GARDEN


ADMISSIONS 2012-13 | UPDATE As a friendly reminder to our current ARA ‘Ohana with younger siblings or for friends or family interested in ARA. Please start considering the admissions process as early as possible. Our availability is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the admissions process, please feel free to make an appointment or email us at admissions@arahawaii.org. Priority deadline for admissions is December 31, 2011. Deadline for financial aid applications through www.factstuitionaid.com is February 15, 2012.

HAWAII FOOD BANK FOOD DRIVE The Annual Food Drive is the Hawaii Foodbank’s largest fundraiser for both canned goods and monetary donations. The core of our mission at the Hawaii Foodbank is to ensure that no one in our ‘Ohana goes hungry.   Congratulations to ARA for donating a total of 1,651pounds of food averaging over 16lbs per student. Our generous contribution will provide 1,300 meals for people in need. Congratulations to the 1st Grade Class Winners which will receive a Pizza Party, Ice Cream Party and TWO FREE Dress Days.

GOT FUNDRAISING? $50 Gift Cards ($25 of each gift card to donated to ARA) great gift idea for holiday, birthday, anniversary, thank you, corporate, wedding, special occasion or just because... Spa for a Cause | Private Spa Event | December 15, 2011 | 5-9pm $50 per person ($30 of each spa treatment to be donated to ARA) Includes one (1) of the following mini - spa treatment of choice: Mini Massage | Mini facial | Express Manicure / Nail Art | Brow & Lip Waxing | Women’s trim | Men’s haircut | Complimentary wine, coffee, tea, light pupus & evening entertainment *bring an unwrapped gift $10 value and receive entry for prize drawing. $20 Gift Packs ($50+value) with 100% donation towards ARA. Quality gift wrap along with assorted gift bags, tissue, ribbon and gift items. Great for Christmas, birthday and all-occasion.

ABOUT THE COVER   ARA  Ambassadors  to  the  Hawaii  All  State  Marching  Band  are  featured  with  special  guest  Katherina  Deery,  Staff   Assistant  to  Senator  Daniel  Akaka.    Picture  taken  at  the  performance  on  the  Upper  Senate  Lawn,  US  Capital,   Washington,  DC.   Students  featured:  Michael  Gillis,  Cody  Porter,  Carlos  Munevar  II,  ScarleN-­‐Grace  Dumadag,  Antonia  Zizzi,  Julien   Myrland  and  Adley  McNeal.      

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ARA ANNOUNCEMENTS


ARA GRIFFIN GAZETTE - DECEMBER 2011