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Na Mea Hou

The latest news from Parker School Excellence



April - May 2012

Parker School's annual gala, Kahiau, raised over $175,000 for financial aid!

Stay informed by checking the Parker School website regularly at Na Mea Hou is published August through June by the Advancement Office of Parker School. Advancement Director: Jennifer Schack Advancement Associate: Vickie Frogley Marketing Associate: Holly Weigle Please e-mail articles, photos, class notes or event notices to News about students and submissions from students are especially welcome. You may choose to receive Na Mea Hou by e-mail. Submit your request to hweigle@

Waimea Town Market at Parker School

Saturday mornings from 9 am to 1 pm

Ahualoa Farm Alaska Wild Salmon Baron von App Wood Art Big Island Fruitsicles The Candy Man Clarissa Passos Art Downes Grounds Coffee Farm Elemental Plants Hawaii White Mountain Farm Hawaiian B Natural Farms Hawaiian Homegrown Wool

Honomu Jams Island Herbal Island Thyme* Islandwide Solar Kalakoa Kookies Kekela Farms Mai Bacon Manowaiopae Hmstd Farm Mi Ranchito Peaceful Living Ctr Massage Pies in Paradise Poppas' Orchids R & R Gourmet Sandwich Isle Bread

Sunrise Farm Sweet Nuts Tabouli Tea Hawaii True Hawaiian Blue Woods Catering * Part-time


Thank you to all who supported Kahiau and helped us raise over $175,000 for financial aid. Table Sponsors

Event Sponsors

Ka La (The Sun) Pacific Pump and Power

auctioneer Grand Illusion Painting Resort Association Partners, LLC

Ka Mahina (The Moon) Bob Acree John & Muffet Callender/Woodson & Alison Woods The Hui Kuki'o Community Association

beer/soda/water Mahaney Environmental Design

Ka Honua (The Earth) Marcia Burns Chris & Barbara Clever/Jim & Gretchen Mair Anthony & Wendy Craven First Hawaiian Bank Mr. & Mrs. Ira Leitel Mimi Kerley/Limina Resort Association Partners Dr. John Stover & Bayardo Aviles

invitations K&G Architects

flowers Olohana Property Services, LLC Woodson & Alison Woods William Freyd & Diane Carlson

musicians/audio visual Bill Borkan - The Shops at Mauna Lani program printing/postage Mr. & Mrs. Billy J. Robinson volunteer meals/provisions NAH Security Services

Mahalo Kahiau Sponsors &Volunteers! VOLUNTEERS Diane Ashley Jennifer Bolstad Renee Brighter Scott Cairns Valerie Cerezno Carol Charbonneau Rob Decker Kendall DiDonato Mimi Goodwin Tracy Goodwin Jennifer Grace

Renee Higgins Tania Howard Miriam Matsunobu Lani Morris Stephen Pagano Emily Pagliaro Rami Ring Angella Rotter Julia Simmons Amy Sullivan Ethan Tweedie



Muffet Callender, co-chair Jennifer Schack, co-chair Wendy Craven Pamela Decker Vickie Frogley Elaine Johnson Mimi Kerley Jude McAnesby Sandie Patton Denise Ray Chrissie Tramontin JonathanVedelli Holly Weigle AlisonWoods

Chris Luedi RegionalVice-President and General Manager The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii Michael & Isabel Mondavi Folio Fine Wine Partners Stephan Miller The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii Pat Batchelder, Auctioneer Walter Ward, Musician

Special thanks to the Parker School students who showed pride in their school by helping out in so many ways!

Kahiau Mahalo Kahiau Donors! Ackerman Galleries Aka Sushi Bar Anonymous Adam Atwood ATV Outfitters Bamboo Restaurant Wayne Barnes, Mauna Kea Resort Basik Acai & Health Bar Bentley’s Home Collection Dr. & Mrs. Billy Bergin Big Island Candies Big Island Eco Adventures Blue Dragon Restaurant Blue Door Jewelry - Sarah Ednie Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Blue Wilderness Dive Adventures Body Glove Cruises Buzz’s Sand Trap LLC Cafe Pesto John & Muffet Callender Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Larry and Karla Card W. S. Chillingworth Class of 2019 (5th Grade) Class of 2020 (4th Grade) Classes of 2021 and 2022 (2nd & 3rd Grades) Classes of 2023 and 2024 (K & 1st Grades) The Craven Family Daniel’s Organic Cuisine Denise Ray Interiors Kendall & Tim DiDonato Disneyland Resort Doherty Chiropractic Dolphin Quest Dunn Gallery Kelly Dunn Rachel Dunn, Class of 2013 Scott Elliott & Ava Williams Stuart & Susan Engs The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii The Fairmont San Francisco Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa Mike Field Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth & Linda Fischer Marilyn Fitzgerald Five Mountain Fitness Center Four Seasons Bora Bora

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai William Freyd & Diane Carlson Gallery of Great Things Genesis Galleries Hawaii, Kings’ Shops/Queens’ Marketplace Waikoloa GoCar Tours Graciela’s Beauty Salon Great American Grill The Greenwell Family Carol Adamson Greenwell Martha Greenwell Bonnie Sol Hahn Halekulani Hotel Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Hawaii Five-O Hawaii Forest & Trail/Kohala Zipline Healthways II Pete Hendricks Scott Hendricks Hilton Garden Inn-Bozeman Hilton Waikoloa Village The Hollins Family Home Depot Huggo’s Restaurant Hula Moon Boutique Lisa and Mark Vann of Huli Sue’s at Mauna Lani Lisa Greenwell Hummel Ice Palace Ihu Nui Sportfishing Ironwood Custom Framing & Design Isaacs Art Center Diane Ishiki Island Herbal Johnson Brothers of Hawaii April Joy JT Productions Will & Kate Jacobson Kahilu Theatre Kahua Ranch Kamuela Liquor Store Kapalaea Fine Art Kawaihae Surf & Sand Keck Observatory Kekela Farms Kilauea Lodge & Restaurant Kohala Divers Kona Historical Society

Lehua Jewelers Lex Brodie’s Tire and Service CenterKamuela Lilikoi Cafe Turia Lincoln Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant Megan MacArthur/Nia Hawaii Maile Charters Marco’s Italian Kitchen at Huli Sue’s Mauna Lani Martin & MacArthur, Kings Shopping Center-Waikoloa Mauna Kea Arts Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Mauna Loa Helicopters Victoria McCormick J.B. McIntosh Lana McMahon Meadowood Napa Valley The Melrose Family Merriman’s Restaurant MoMo’s Restaurant Monstera Robin & Harry Mullin Museum of the Rockies Tetsuo & Elinor Najita Napa Valley Wine Train, Inc. Napua at Mauna Lani Beach Club New Sheridan Chop House Barbara Ota Palani French Bakers Parker Ranch Parker School Board of Directors Passion for Pearls Corey Patton, Class of 2011 Mark Eric & Sandie Patton Sally Patton Sandie Patton Pau Restaurant Paul Brown Salon Persimmon David & Becky Pietsch Piiholo Ranch, LLC Piiholo Ranch Zipline Ponzoola ( Pride, Inc. John Wagner - Proximo Spirits Ram’s Gate Winery - David Oliver Marcia Ray and Archie Macaraeg

Red Water Cafe Resort Association Partners, LLC Reyn Spooner RideTheRim Sara Robertson Wendi Roehrig Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort/Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts Ruth’s Chris Steak House Sassafras John Saul & Mike Sack Monica Scheel, M.D., Dermatology Peg & Bud Schmeltz Seafood Bar & Grill Sheraton Waikiki Resort Simply for Fun Janina Simutis, Class of 2000 Solimene’s Restaurant Mary Spears Starbucks Keith Steele Dr. John Stover Stuck on You Jewelry SunBean Coffee, LLC Sunshine Helicopters Sushi Rock Linda Taylor Deborah Thompson Tim’s Great Cigars Ethan Tweedie (Class of 1985), Ethan Tweedie Photography USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc. Veterinary Associates, Inc. Village Burger Volcano Island Honey Co. Marnie Wallach Waimea Coffee Company Waimea Smiles, Inc. Beverly Warns Willman Interiors Mark Willman of Hualalai Resort Harry Wishard Woodson & Alison Woods Yellowstone Club

A Jeep Trip to Kealapu'ali "Path of the Warrior"

Foundation for the Future Campaign Update If you have not made your gift to the Foundation for the Future Campaign please do so today. Obtaining 100% support from our current families demonstrates the importance of projects like this and motivates outside donors to invest in Parker School. Gifts of any amount will get us to our goal. Your support will help make Foundation for the Future a success. Please contact Jennifer at 808-885-8309 or should you have questions or need additional information.

Mahalo to the Hapa Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation for your generous support of our school programs. We received $855 for the paddling team for canoe paddles, $500 in support of the May Day, and $1,300 for debate travel expenses.

Saturday, September 15, 2012 • Cost: $100 per person (adults only please) Contact Jennifer Schack for more information or to purchase a ticket. Please join us for a spectacular day by jeep to Kealapu'ali! Open only to the first 50 people who sign up. Price is $100 per person. Our day will start in Holualoa where we will gather at 9:00 a.m. in our 4WD vehicles. We will head up the slope of Hualalai through Palani Ranch lands of Kamalumalu criss crossing the path of the old Judd Trail. Kealapu'ali (meaning "Path of the Warrior") is located at an elevation of 4,500 feet. It is a complex of old wooden structures thought to be the oldest wooden buildings on the island. Once an old sheep station, this location was visited by Isabella Bird during her stay in the Sandwich Isles in 1873. The fascinating history of this location takes us through the years when Kealapu'ali became a very prosperous dairy for H.N. Greenwell. Our guide and historical interpreter will be the wonderful, knowledgeable and entertaining Maile Melrose, dressed in period clothing. Drinks and refreshments will be served along the way with a hot BBQ lunch at the Palani Ranch Mauka House about a mile away from the Kealapu'ali site. We will caravan up and down as a group. Plans are to return to the Holualoa area at approximately 3:00 p.m. Please bring jackets, walking shoes, sunscreen and an umbrella. Because of the length of this adventure, children are not advised to attend. Our appreciation to the Kona Historical Society for creating this historical jeep tour and allowing us to present it to you. With aloha, The Craven Family, The Greenwell Family, The Melrose Family

Alumni Corner Mahalo to all of the Parker School Alumni who participated in Kahiau, by attending, speaking, volunteering and donating to our event. We appreciate your support.

Class of 1998 Time Capsule Opening

Parker School 4th and 5th Graders' Volcano Trip

On March 7, Parker School 4th and 5th graders embarked on their three-day, two-night trip to Volcanoes National Park. The school hosts this trip every two years. Along on the journey were Parker faculty and staff chaperones: 5th grade teacher Kristi Weiser; 4th grade teacher Tanya Everts; Interim Lower School Head Stephen Billhardt; Assistant Headmaster Shellie Gressard; Maintenance Director and Hawaiian culture advisor Eric Sills; and 3rd grade teacher and 5th grade parent Paige Brown. “The fourth and fifth grade trip to Volcanoes National Park was an incredible opportunity for students to experience the beauty of some of the special geographical and historical features that are unique to the Big Island,” said Billhardt. After a send-off breakfast with their families at school on Wednesday morning, the students loaded onto the bus and headed to their first stop: Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots in Hilo. Next they ventured to Ahalanui State Park in Kapoho for a swim in the hot springs. Then it was on to Volcanoes National Park, where they stopped at the Visitor’s Center, then checked into their lodging at Kilauea Military Camp (KMC) dormitories. The following day the group visited the Jaggar Museum and Halemaumau crater, then Thurston lava tube. Next, led by professional photographer, former park guide, and Parker School alumnus Ethan Tweedie, they hiked into and across Kilauea Iki crater. The challenging 4-mile hike proved to be many of the students’ favorite experience of the entire trip (bowling at KMC was a close second). 4th grader Collins Billhardt said it was his favorite part “…because I got to hike with all my friends and it felt really good after we hiked it.” 5th grader Kaikea Mead said of the hike, “…it was a long hike and challenging for some people and not so challenging for others. And we got to go down into the crater and we gave an offering to Pele and we got

to eat some of the berries down there and look around and look at the steam vents, and it was very fun.” “The most amazing thing I learned was that Pele’s hair is made out of volcanic glass blown from the volcano that landed in the lava rocks,” said Annika Berezney, 5th grader. “…we actually got to experience and see the crater which was really cool and everyone started finding awesome things like Pele’s hair and stuff,” said 5th grader Chloe Parks. “And I also liked bowling… I loved seeing everyone smiling and having a good time.” After dinner and bowling at KMC, the group returned to the look out area over Halemaumau crater to see the lava glow. On the last day, the students left Volcanoes National Park for Punalu’u Black Sands Beach and later, Puuhonua O’Honaunau, before arriving back at Parker Lower School in the late afternoon. For many students, this was their first time on a school trip, spending nights away from their families. 4th grader Meira Bonnici said, “I got a little homesick but it was really fun.” The teachers and guides seemed to have had just as much fun as the students. “The volcano trip was amazing from start to finish!” said Brown. “It was truly a unique and wonderful experience adventuring with the fourth and fifth graders, one that I will always remember and treasure.” Weiser said, “The most amazing thing about this year's Volcano trip is how well the students worked together, how enthusiastic and how well-behaved they were, and how much fun we had!" Tweedie said, "It was so great spending time with our next generation, showing them around the National Park and hiking in the Kilauea Iki Crater. It gives me so much hope for the future of Hawaii and our country!"

4th Graders Have Fun with Hamlet

On March 14th the Parker School 4th grade class welcomed their families into the “Globe Theatre” (aka the school’s Ohana Room) for Shakespeare Night. The students took turns sharing interesting facts about the famous playwright, then performed a few scenes from Hamlet. The evening concluded a full unit of study about William Shakespeare.

Parker Students Jump Rope for Heart

Parker Lower School students participated in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser last Thursday, February 23. The event raises money for the American Heart Association to help children with heart problems, and also teaches the young participants about how to keep their own hearts healthy through exercise and good nutrition. After collecting funds from family and friend sponsors over the previous weeks, the children gathered in the lower school’s circle driveway and nearby field to move through six different jumping stations. Some stations involved solo jump roping, some partner jumping, and others group jumping and team races. “I’m so proud of the students because they worked hard to save more lives than we did last year and that was our goal,” said Parker Lower School PE teacher and Jump Rope for Heart coordinator Nicole Vedelli. “This year we made over $4500 dollars! Our goal was $3500, just a little up from the $3100 we made last year, so I'm extremely excited.”

Headmaster's List & Honor Roll Parker School congratulates the students who made the Headmaster's List and Honor Roll during the second trimester. Students on the Headmaster's List earned a GPA of 3.75 or higher, with no grades lower than a B-. Honor Roll students earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher. All Headmaster's List and Honor Roll students must have met their advisory credit requirements. UPPER SCHOOL HEADMASTER'S LIST Victoria Andrade-Mckeehan Olivia Armandroff Jaren Ashcraft Tawny Bright Jesse Burns Bailey Calciolari Carly Cappagli Rachel Dunn Brieanah Gouveia Paul Gregg Erika Hannon Kira Harada-Stone Madyson Harper Kai Inaba Stephanie Janovsky Kosuke Kume Mariko Langevin Lysha Matsunobu Tyler McCullough Anna Moritz Darcy Mulligan Grant Nair Kieran Najita Kyley Nishimura Tyler Saito Mia Scibelli Lauren Sweere Jesse Tarnas Maia Tarnas Aidan Wharton Sarah Willey Hongjin Zhou UPPER SCHOOL HONOR ROLL Desiree Ashley Larissa Bolstad-Urquhart Cody Brown Marie Jobes Shotaro Kume Michael Note Aolani Peiper Nya Phillips Luke Potter Isabella Robertson Marit Winborne Joshua Yost Megan Yost

MIDDLE SCHOOL HEADMASTER'S LIST Shelby Alligood Fanny Arnouts Lorenzo Arnouts Nate Biondi Jaipal Brar Lucy Callender Kawena Ching Taylor Doherty Kevin Grace Carolyn Hiller Kirk Hubbard Erika Kasberg Julia Lee Kyra Matsuda Owen Matsuda Ben Miller Alissa Mullin Sivan Najita Bethany Trusel Skye Waipa MIDDLE SCHOOL HONOR ROLL Dash Cotton Garrett Davis Riley Decker Kieran Wiese Gibson Braedon Ingalls Sophia Kaufmann Marlo Mundon Kiana Nakamura Harmony Ring Hunter Weigle Thea Woodward

Congratulations to Parker's 2012 Congressional Art Contest Winners Congresswoman Hirono, a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. "The winning piece ‘Waterboy’ showed creativity and application of the technical skills Mariko learned in school. I look forward to seeing it displayed at our nation's capitol for all to admire." Hirono also congratulates Roldan Galvadores from Leilehua High School for claiming third place for his pencil drawing titled, “Isolation.” A total of 80 students from Kaua‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i, O'ahu, and Hawai'i Island entered the prestigious contest. Starting in June, Congresswoman Mazie Hirono Mariko will have her artwork (D-Hawai‘i) t announced the grand displayed along a highly visited prize winner of the corridor that leads 2012 Congressional Art The fact that the to the U.S. Capitol Competition, “Kaha Ki‘i: side-by-side top two winning Building, An Artistic Discovery,” is with winning pieces of pieces came from art representing other high school junior Mariko Langevin of Parker School congressional districts. [Parker School] on Hawai‘i Island. Brieannah’s Hawai'i Island Mariko will soon have second place piece shows that our her winning work titled, will be on exhibit in “Waterboy” representing students' artistic C o n g r e s s w o m a n Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional Washington talents are truly Hirono’s District on exhibit in Office over the next statewide. Washington, D.C. year. Roldan’s third Parker School students place artwork will actually took the top two displayed in the spots in this art competition. Fellow Congresswoman’s District Office junior Brieannah Gouveiah’s piece, during that same period. “Man and Nature” earned a second Darlene Oshiro, Lori Uyehara, and place showing. Don Harvey served as this year’s "The fact that the top two winning Congressional Art Competition pieces came from Hawai'i Island judges. shows that our students' artistic talents are truly statewide. I congratulate all of this year's semi-finalists for a job well done and in particular the winning entries from Parker School and Leilehua High School," said top: "Waterboy" by Mariko Langevin won 1st place, left: "Man and Nature" by Brieannah Gouveiah won 2nd place.

Parker School Students Sweep the Na'Opio Junior Juried Art Show

Parker School Hosts Big Island Debate Tournament

Parker School students earned top prizes across the board at the Waimea Arts Council’s 28th Annual Na ‘Opio Juried Youth Art Show. The show ran throughout the month of March and the awards were presented Saturday, March 10th at the Firehouse Gallery in Waimea. The first, second and third place prizes in grades 9, 10 and 11, and first and second place in grade 12 all went to Parker School students. Parker seventh graders took second and third place and an honorable mention. Grade 12 winners were: Gian DiAntonio (1st place) shown to the left; and Erika Hannon (2nd place). Grade 11 winners were: Nondi Lampkin (1st place); Mariko Langevin (2nd place); and Rachel Dunn (3rd place).

A large squad from Kealekehe took part in the tournament. This is Kealakehe's first year with a debate team, under coach Matthew Buongiorno.

Grade 10 winners were: Keoni Beaton (1st place and the Juror’s Choice Award for Most Promising Artist) shown below; Emily Whitfield (2nd place); and Grant Nair (3rd place). Grade 9 winners were: Maia Tarnas (1st place) shown to the right; Kosuke Kume (2nd place); and Keanu Mead (3rd place).

Grade 7 awards went to Julia Lee (2nd place); Taylor Doherty (3rd place); and Zoe Mercer received an honorable mention. top: Gian DiAntonio's 1st place drawing. above: Maia Tarnas standing next to her 1st place award winning mixed media piece, "Hand in 4 Parts" left: 1st place and Juror's Choice award winning "Fish of the Future" sculpture made of recycled materials.

Parker School’s Wharton Earns Third Place in State Poetry Competition Parker junior Aidan Wharton came in third place in the State Poetry Out Loud competition held at St. Andrew’s Tenney Theatre in Honolulu on March 18. Wharton qualified to compete at the state level after taking first place at the school level at Parker on March 1. The contest is sponsored by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. It is held annually at high schools throughout the United States, and according to the Poetry Out Loud website, “encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation” and “helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.”

From Parker, Jesse Tarnas took first in Championship LincolnDouglas, Lysha Matsunobu took first in Novice Lincoln-Douglas, Maia Tarnas and Victoria Andrade-McKeehan took first in Varsity Policy, Thomas Baldwin and Tyler Saito took first in Advanced Public Forum, and Emilie Skladzien and Elliott Jacobson took first in Beginning Public Forum.

Victoria Andrade-McKeehan, Maia Tarnas, Nohili Thompson, Keala Prietto, Charlie Charbonneau, Gian DeAntonio, Evan Kasberg, Anastasiya Polishchuk, Kieran Najita and Tyler McCullough from Parker School and Kaylee Deponte from Kealekehe High School all qualified to participate in the Hawaii State Debate Tournament, to be held April 12-14 on Oahu. They join one Christian Liberty and ten Parker debaters who have qualified in previous tournaments.

Parker School’s Fifth Grade Gets Wordy

Parker School fifth graders showed up at school wearing mysterious outfits representing various secret vocabulary words. They then had to guess what words their classmates’ costumes could possibly be describing. The day culminated in a Vocabulary Parade where the other classes got to see the elaborate costumes and also have a try at solving the vocabulary mysteries.

Parker Middle School Experiences Environmental Alternatives Unity Day Parker Middle School students came together for a day of environmental education on Friday, February 3rd. This was the second of three planned Middle School Unity Days for the 20112012 school year. The first was Ocean Unity Day in November, when students studied ocean health, currents and tides, coastal plant species, and the Hawaiian history of the Kohala Coast. The Unity Days are designed to perpetuate unity and cohesiveness among the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students via off-campus, hands-on, multidisciplinary, experiential learning opportunities that take advantage of the resources the Big Island offers. Prior to the February 3rd excursion day, a series of environmental and energy alternatives experts visited Parker School to speak to the middle school students: Stephen and Katherine Groves of Skyquest Energy spoke about the new solar panels they installed at Parker School and how they work; Parker’s Garden Project Coordinator Jared David-Chapman talked about sustainability and the school garden; Angela Kang, Recycling Specialist of Hawaii County visited to discuss sustainable living; and environmental consultant Carolyn Stewart presented a water erosion simulation. The first stop on the excursion day was the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA), the ocean science and technology park near Kona, where several businesses exploring sustainable industries are hubbed. Executive Director of Friends of NELHA, Guy Toyama, gave the students a tour of the Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building beneath hundreds of solar panels. Toyama said, "Hawaii's vulnerability is our greatest asset as it forces us to shift our minds and be innovative and self-reliant. I was so impressed by the Parker School students and how they were not just interested in taking leadership, but obviously excited about tackling Hawaii's challenges. I saw many of Hawaii's future leaders, with bright eyed enthusiasm." Next, the students moved on to a vineyard at NELHA, where Rich Bailey of Dew Point Systems

explained how wine grapes are grown using the condensation from cold, deep sea water. Many were fascinated to hear that this method yields three grape crops per year. Then, at Keahole Solar Power, Dean Towle spoke about the sun's pattern in the sky and how they concentrate the sun’s power to create heat to make electricity. Following a picnic lunch by the beach at NELHA, the Parker School group ventured to the West Hawaii Civic Center in Kona. Recycling Specialist Angela Kang again met with the students here and gave them a tour of this almost 100% Zero Waste facility, and taught them about the center’s Zero Waste policies. Sixth grader Kirk Hubbard said, “I enjoyed our field trip to NELHA because we learned about environmental alternatives, such as OTECH which is getting electricity from the ocean and the solar panels… It’s very interesting how they can save the environment using so much technology and they can still make money off of it.” Eighth grader Thea Woodward said, “It’s definitely changed our opinions on our resources. We should be using them wisely and we can no longer just use single disposable stuff.” Erika Kasberg, also an eighth grader, added, “I think the teachers are going to start thinking more about energy conservation and Zero Waste, so I think it’s going to affect our school in the future…” Science teacher Mindy Higgins said, “I felt unity day was a great day for all of Parker Middle School to be together. We learned so much about the energy lab. We drive by it every day and for the first time I think we all realized how many innovative and wonderful environmental alternatives they are working on to make our future brighter.” The last Parker Middle School Unity Day of the year (theme yet to be announced) is scheduled for April.

from the desk of the

Athletic Director

Spring has brought us another great season for athletics with the boys and girls soccer teams going to playoffs with many more wins this year than in previous years, the teams overall were much more competitive this year than they have been before and the paddling mixed varsity team represented not only Parker School at States but the Big Island. We are half way through our tennis and boys volleyball season and both teams are doing very well. The boys volleyball team have had a few games so far and have given the other schools some serious competition. The tennis team is also playing a very competitive game. It is a pleasure once again to work with such qualified and dedicated coaches, Ted Herhold and Randy Ring are coaching our tennis team and Ehitu Keeling and Dawn Aiona are working with the boys volleyball team. Thank you for all your hard work, we have certainly seen a difference in our competition level this year. Julia Simmons coached our lower and middle school track and field team this year and took the team to great heights. The team walked away with medals for high jump, 200m, 800m,1200m, and the standing long jump. Great job everyone. I would like to say a huge thank you to The Durgas for putting on a wonderful Booster Club fundraiser on Sunday, March 11th. The event was at the lower school, we were blessed with great weather and an amazing band. Thank you to all of you who came and supported the event. Mahalo to Wayne Barnes from the Mauna Kea Resort for running a wonderful tennis clinic for our middle and lower school students. The winter sports awards were awarded to the following students. Congratulations to you all for your dedication to your sport.

Paddling Awards

Boys soccer

Girls Soccer

Coach's Award Emily Whitfield

Most Valuable Players Paul Gregg Tyler McCullough

Coach's Award Marit Winborne

Most Valuable Member Mariko Langevin Most Improved Jaren Ashcraft Mady Harper

Most Improved Player Brian Toubman Coach's Awards Jesse Tarnas Jesse Burns

Most Improved Player Jamie Burns Most Valuable Players Keala Prietto Aolani Peiper

Spring Sports Schedule: Tennis Saturday 4/7/12 – Round Robin tournament @Holua (East v West) Saturday 4/14/12 – Championship Saturday Thursday 4/19/12 – BIIF @ Holua Friday 4/20/12 – BIIF @ Holua Saturday 4/21/12 – BIIF @ Holua Thursday 5/3/12 – State HHSAA @ Oahu Friday 5/4/12 – State HHSAA @ Oahu Saturday 5/5/12 – State HHSAA @ Oahu

Boys Volleyball Monday 4/9/11 – Parker @ Honokaa 6:00pm Thursday 4/12/12 - Ka’u @ Parker 6:00pm Saturday 4/14/12 – Konawaena @ Parker 10:00am Monday 4/16/12 – Hualalai @ Parker 6:00pm Wednesday 4/18/12 – St Joseph’s @ Parker 5:00pm then Parker @ St Joseph’s 6:30pm (Double header) Friday 4/20/12 – Parker @ Chr. Liberty 6:00pm Monday 4/23/12 – Play-off for ties. Tuesday 4/24/12 – BIIF Play-offs

Parker’s Tarnas Places in State Shakespeare Contest

Hawai`i Association for College Admission Counseling Waimea College Fair Monday, April 16, 2012 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Parker School The Hawai`i Association for College Admission Counseling is pleased to sponsor the second annual Waimea College Fair. This year’s program is hosted by Parker School and will feature colleges from Hawai`i, the mainland, and overseas. A general advising and financial aid center will be available to students and their families to answer specific questions regarding the college admission process and financial aid.

Parker School senior Jesse Tarnas earned third place at the statewide Shakespeare Recitation Contest on Saturday, February 25 at Punahou School in Honolulu. He performed Shakespeare’s Sonnet 104 and a monologue from Hamlet. Tarnas’ third place prize included a volume of Shakespeare’s works, tickets to all three productions of the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival this summer, and a check for $50.00. Sponsored by the EnglishSpeaking Union, Hawaii Branch, the national competition began 30 years ago, and currently involves approximately 60 branches and 16,000 high school students annually.

The college fair is free of charge and is designed for all Waimea area students interested in pursuing higher education opportunities. For more information, please visit the Hawai`i ACAC website at www.hawaiiacac. org or email Cal State East Bay Central Washington University Chaminade University Chapman University Colorado Mesa University Colorado State UniversityPueblo Cornish College of the Arts Eastern Washington University George Fox University

Grand Canyon University Hawai’i Pacific University Humboldt State University Linfield College Menlo College Northern Arizona University Oregon State University Portland State University Seattle University UC Santa Barbara University of Hawaii at Manoa

University of Alaska Anchorage University of Hawaii Army ROTC University of Hawaii at Hilo University of Portland University of Washington Washington State University Western Oregon University

PTSO The PTSO Executive Committee leads the parent, teacher and student support for the school and its mission. It also nurtures the Parker School ‘Ohana by providing volunteer and financial support for initiatives important to success of our students and teachers. Membership dues fund PTSO programs including the new Mini Grant Awards, encouraging innovative initiatives that enhance student experiences. Two Mini Grant award sessions were held this year and the PTSO was happy to support many our creative teachers. Awards included: • • •

A document camera to connect a projector to display anything 2 or 3 dimensional in the classroom, for use in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms. Teacher training to support the use of new iPads in our middle and upper school classrooms. Training for staff in new application for enhancing the School’s website with new features: media gallery, interactive calendar, Enews subscription, Student/parent/alumni group pages and social media feeds.

We are appreciative to have the enthusiasm and help from so many parents this year -- with Logo Wear sales, luncheons for ArtStart and Parent / Teacher Conferences, as well as monthly treats for our wonderful teachers and staff. If you’re interested in meeting other parents, or helping guide support to enhance your child’s education, then consider becoming involved next year as a volunteer or a PTSO Executive Committee member. For more information feel free to call me at 936-7070. Or come to one of our last two meeting this year to learn more and have some coffee. Our next PTSO meeting is April 13th, after drop-off in the ‘Ohana Room of the Lower School. (Our May meeting date TBD and will be in the Upper School Library). Meetings are announced in the weekly Webflash and on our Facebook page: With gratitude for our school ‘ohana, Robin Mullin PTSO President P.S. Please watch for our Parker Parent Survey in May. We will again be gathering your opinions and advice on our activities for the next school year. Your input helps direct our efforts and funds and is most appreciated. Last year’s survey can be found here:





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1st Grade Teacher

Marine Biology Hawaiian Studies Teacher

Age Groups: 5-6, 7-9, 10-14 $200 per week Includes snacks & camp t-shirt

(multi-week & sibling discounts available)

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Go to for detailed camp information and registration materials or stop by the Business Office at Parker School Registration due May 15

Address service requested Dates to Remember: April 13 ▪ Middle School Unity Day April 16 ▪ Waimea College Fair April 20 ▪ Spring Dramatiques performances begin April 27 ▪ May Day/ Lu'au - Lower School Early Dismissal May 7-18 ▪ AP Testing May 10 ▪ Fine Arts Awards Ceremony May 11 ▪ Academic Awards Ceremony ▪ Seniors' Last Day May 22 & 23 ▪ Upper/Middle School Finals May 23 ▪ Last Day of School ▪ 5th Grade Graduation May 24 ▪ 8th Grade Graduation ▪ Senior Class 'Ohana Night May 25 ▪ 12th Grade Graduation May 28 ▪ Memorial Day - Offices Closed June 11 ▪ King Kamehameha Day - Offices Closed July 4-6 ▪ Special Celebration - Offices Closed For details check the Parker School calendar and announcements at

Announcements May Day/Lu'au

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April 27:

Waimea College Fair May Day/ Lu'au

Parker School Dramatiques presents

April 20 & 21 at 7:00 pm, April 22 at 2:00 pm April 28 at 7:00 pm, April 29 at 2:00 pm Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, children under 5 are free.

Please join us on Friday, April 27th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. as we celebrate May Day at Parker School’s 31st Annual All-School Lu’au! We hope that everyone will be able to participate this year. The school will be providing the main entrees, punch and paper goods. Each grade is requested to bring certain items (similar to the fall barbeque) and should be enough to feed 10 people. In keeping with the tradition of “working together” in the true spirit of ‘ohana, we ask for each grade level to bring the following: K-1 sliced fruit 2-3 vegetable tray and dipping sauce 4 $5 per student for chicken 5 $5 per student for rice 6-7 salad 8 dessert 9 clean up 10 set up 11-12 dessert We anticipate 500-600 people at the event and very much appreciate your willingness to contribute to the lu'au. The menu for the evening will be: kalua pig, rice, sweet potatoes, lomi salmon, chicken long rice, assorted salads, assorted desserts and punch. The entertainment for the evening is coming together quickly. Many of the students will be showcasing their talents. We hope that you will be able to join us! If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please call Jennifer Schack at 885-8309, or email

April: Alex Dizol May: Andrea Richmond, Eric Sills, Shellie Note-Gressard

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