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The latest news from Parker School AUGUST-OCTOBER 2016

Forty Years Old, and Still Going Strong

Our Mission At Parker School, every student is known, valued and nurtured. Our small-school setting and dynamic program foster confident, compassionate individuals who are thoroughly prepared for college, who enthusiastically engage in life and who positively contribute to an ever-changing global community. 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: Theresa Bain Advancement Associate: Lani Morris Publications Associate: Krista Anderson Graphic Design/Web Specialist: Jessica Young Please e-mail articles, photos, class notes or event notices to advancement@ News about students and submissions from students are especially welcome. Help Parker School Go Green! If you receive a hard copy of the newsletter, ask to receive Na Mea Hou by e-mail only. Notify us at Note: In preparing this publication we diligently try to avoid errors and omissions. Please accept our apologies and notify the Advancement Office if any are discovered.

By Carl “Doc” Sturges


hroughout the 20162017 school year we will be taking advantage of every opportunity to recognize Parker School’s fortieth anniversary. The story of our school’s birth and evolution is a great one to tell, and I know that there will be many opportunities for our ‘ohana to recount personal experiences that helped to make Parker such a great place to be a part of. New and long-time students, current and former teachers, recent and not-so-recent graduates bring a great many perspectives as they each answer the question, “What has Parker School meant to me?”, but I believe that what ties most of our responses together are the personal relationships we have enjoyed here at the “Little Red Schoolhouse.” Parker School’s original dedication ceremony was held on September 3, 1976. Coming to school on that first day were 58 students in grades 9 through 12, five full-time and two part-time teachers and a principal. The original facility was limited to the lower hall of the main building, which was at that time subdivided into five classrooms and a science lab. There was one senior, who comprised Parker’s first graduating class in 1977: Mike Westfall. When we started school on August 8, 2016, we welcomed 337 students in grades kindergarten through 12,

and plan on graduating 24 seniors next spring. Ironically, the members of the class of 2017 are collectively known as “the last small class,” as the other middle and upper school grades are all well above 30 students. Sixty faculty and staff members are here to make sure that our students have a joyful, success-filled year. All of us are spread out over the 23 acres of our current campus. Parker has certainly changed in many ways, but it remains a uniquely Big Island institution with a proud tradition. We owe a heartfelt mahalo to all those who believed in Parker School enough to get it started and kept it growing strong, and we intend to carry that message throughout the school year.

Have You Met Yet?

Announcing new faculty and staff members for the 2016-2017 school year: Christina Bagley, PAU Assistant

As PAU (Parker Afterschool University) assistant, Ms. Bagley assists with all aspects of the school’s afterschool program for lower school students. Originally from Chandler, AZ, Ms. Bagley moved to Big Island in 2015 and is in the process of earning her bachelor’s degree to become a teacher. Ms. Bagley enjoys drawing, reading and exploring the Big Island and shares, “I feel working at Parker’s afterschool program will be the best first step to becoming a teacher.”

Theresa Bain, Advancement Director Ms. Bain proudly joins Parker School bringing with her more than 35 years of professional and volunteer fundraising experience. Born in Ohio, Ms. Bain received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati and a certificate in fund raising management from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She has raised funds for many schools on the mainland, including the Athenian School, Head-Royce

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School, Bentley, Ring Mountain and Mid-Peninsula High School as well as an active fund raiser for the Leukemia Society, Achilles Track Club and MS Society. Ms. Bain enjoys team sports, hiking, biking, the beach, reading and spending as much time as possible with her grown son and daughter. “I thoroughly enjoy my job because at the core of giving is a basic belief that one is making life better for the community. I believe building community, enhancing every student’s potential and promoting pluralism is what fundraising is all about,” says Ms. Bain.

Kelly Herendeen, Middle and Upper School Registrar, Front Desk Receptionist and Health Aide Known by students at “Aunty Kelly”, Mrs. Herendeen and her family moved from Cleveland, Ohio. in 2014 and both of her children attend Parker’s upper school. Mrs. Herendeen is a retired registered radiation therapist and surgical implant assistant with an associate’s degree in allied health from Akron University. Previously, Mrs. Herendeen volunteered as vice president of the school’s Parent Teacher Student ‘Ohana (PTSO) for a year. Mrs. Herendeen enjoys decorating, cooking, watching her children play sports and going to the beach with family and friends. She is proud to be the “first face” of Parker School at the front desk in the school’s Kahilu Hall and thinks “Parker is the most wonderful, fun and nurturing place.”

Jay Leonard, Middle and Upper School Math Teacher and Math Lab Coordinator

Mr. Leonard holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and a graduate teacher certificate all from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Mr. Leonard has served as a long and short term substitute teacher in New Hampshire and Alaska, spending the last 14 years in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys fishing, kayaking, swimming, hiking and camping. Mr. Leonard is also interested in video games and playing with technology. He believes, “hands-on lessons and high expectations provide students the freedom to explore mathematics in a memorable way while maintaining the sense of accomplishment that comes from achieving difficult goals.”

Paola Santesson, long-term Middle School Spanish Substitute Teacher for Ms. Valley, and Upper School Conversational Spanish Teacher Born in Denmark and raised in Mexico City, Señora Paola holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico. Señora Paola has worked as a math and Spanish tutor, librarian aid, as well as volunteered in numerous positions around the world. Thanks to her husband’s career in the hotel industry, they

have lived in Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City and Dallas and have two children who attend Parker’s lower and middle school. Señora Paola likes to read, be outside with her family and loves to run. “I am a strong communicator that enjoys working in teams and in particular around children to help them develop and achieve their full potential,” says Señora Paola.

Brent Takenouchi, Educational Technology Specialist, Design Lab Coordinator Mr. Takenouchi joined Parker after two years teaching English in Japan and four years at Island Pacific Academy in Kapolei teaching Japanese and design courses. Mr. Takenouchi earned his bachelor’s degree in international relations with a focus on East Asian economics and a minor in statistics and Japanese from Boston University. He also received his master’s degree in educational foundations for private school leadership from the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa. Mr. Takenouchi is second degree black belt in Aikido and enjoys hiking and camping. He shares, “I strongly believe that teaching is all about giving students the opportunity to arrive at an understanding of themselves. Through problembased learning and hands-on projects, student will have many opportunities to develop their confidence and be intrinsically motivated to better themselves and the world around them.”

Isabel Torres, Part-Time Lower School Spanish Teacher and Garden Coordinator Señora Torres has taught art, garden and Spanish at Waimea elementary school, as well as volunteered as their PTSO president and fundraising chairperson. Señora Torres earned her bachelor’s degree in public administration from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL. Born in Chicago, Señora Torres moved to Miami with her family as a small child. Her father was born in Puerto Rico after his

parents emigrated from Spain and her mother is from El Salvador. Señora Torres and her husband Tim have three children and also have the privilege to care for his father who is 83 years old. During her free time, Señora Torres enjoys spending time with her family and supporting her kids in sports, music and other afterschool activities. Her favorite pastime is making a cup of tea and snuggling up with her Kindle and makes it a point to “feed her soul” through painting. Señora Torres shares, “It’s important my students know their time learning with me is like a home, a safe place to learn and be loved. My hope is for them to fill their hearts, minds and soul with knowledge and wisdom that will serve them for a lifetime.”

On the Move Lani Morris moved from Middle and Upper School Registrar, Front Desk Receptionist, Health Aide to Advancement Associate

K  nown to students as “Aunty Lani,” Mrs. Morris joined the Parker School ‘ohana in 2005 as middle/upper school registrar and health aid and moved into her new role as advancement associate in July 2016. As advancement associate, Mrs. Morris assists the advancement director with all aspects of fundraising, including database management. Mrs. Morris enjoys the good energy and the small school ‘ohana feeling at Parker and says for her “it’s about the kids, believing in them, helping every child become the best that they can be.”

Maile Wong, Part-Time Admissions Associate Born and raised in Waimea, Mrs. Wong grew up in a ranching family and graduated from Kamehameha Schools on O‘ahu. Mrs. Wong studied Hawaiian studies from the University of Hawaii, Hilo and has lived on Maui and O‘ahu, returning to Waimea with her husband to raise their children in her hometown (two attend Parker lower school and one is a future bull). Mrs. Wong enjoys riding her horse, dancing hula, stand up paddling and teaching her keiki (children) about the historical places of Hawaii Island and Hawaiian cultural activities. “I am very

thankful to have the opportunity to work at Parker School and contribute to the future of our Waimea leaders,” says Mrs. Wong.

Mikiala Yardley, Long-Term Substitute Music Teacher Mr. Yardley is a long-term substitute teacher for Ms. Lilley. Mr. Yardley received his Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Oregon and has worked at Waimea Middle School and Waimea Elementary School as a music and physical education teacher, as well as coach. Originally from Waimea, Mr. Yardley enjoys playing music and golf and shares, “I always tell my students to learn and have fun doing it.”

Parker is First Blue Zones Project Approved Private School in the State


eading the way in improving the wellbeing of its students, Parker School is the first Blue Zones Project Approved™ private school in the state of Hawaii. “We are thrilled to join the Blue Zones movement and continue to model and encourage a healthy and active life with our 337 students in grades K-12,” said Carl Sturges, Parker School Headmaster. “With this approval comes validation that we are on the right track with our existing programs and events such as our school garden, Conscious Discipline program, field day, bike and pedestrian education, George Heneghan Fun Run, numerous sports offerings and an extensive variety of after-school programs in the arts, athletics and academics.” Parker School parent, Kelly Hoyle, spearheaded the effort after attending the Blue Zones Project North Hawaii Kick-Off in October 2015. “While collecting data for the application, I realized Parker School is already ‘blue’ thanks to the school’s numerous existing programs and events that encourage students to lead a healthy, happy,

and active life,” says Hoyle. The school achieved Blue Zones Project Approved status by successfully completing the Blue Zones Project® School Pledge to help students eat better, move more, reduce sedentary time, increase healthy social interactions, and improve mindfulness. Parker School supports numerous best practices for promoting well-being, including: a monthly Walking School Bus program; physical education activities for all ages of students; a gardening program for students to learn gardening first hand; water in classrooms and hallways and limiting sugar-sweetened beverages sold on school grounds. Brought to Hawaii through a sponsorship by HMSA in collaboration with Healthways, Inc. and Blue Zones, LLC, Blue Zones Project is a community-by-community well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to the environment, policy and social networks. North Hawaii is one of three Blue Zones Project demonstration sites currently in Hawaii.

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Welcome, New Board Members David B. Kirk, Ph.D. | Dr. Kirk joins the Parker School Board

with 30 years of experience in the software and technology industry. For 12 of these years, Dr. Kirk served as chief scientist for NVIDIA, the world leader in visual computing. In this role, he led the development of graphics technology for gaming, professional, and consumer entertainment platforms. Dr. Kirk currently serves as an NVIDIA fellow and individual contributor. In 2009, he received the Distinguished Alumni award from the California Institute of Technology and was elected into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2006 for his role in bringing high-performance graphics to personal computers. Dr. Kirk is the inventor of more than 60 patents and patent applications relating to graphics design and has published more than 50 articles on graphics technology. He also authored the popular textbook “Programming Massively Parallel Processors” along with co-author Wen-mei W. Hwu. Dr. Kirk holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from California Institute of Technology. He says “I am very excited to be part of the Parker School community. The excellent quality of the education and the warm feelings of community make Parker School attendance a powerful life enhancing experience for the students.” He and his wife Caroline Landry enjoy outdoor activities including skiing, bicycling, surfing, swimming, and paddle boarding. His two children are thrilled to attend Parker’s lower school.

Mimi Kerley, ‘91 | Born and raised in Waimea, Mimi is a

graduate of Parker School, Class of ‘91. After a year in France, she attended the University of Colorado, Boulder and graduated with a Bacheolor of Science in information systems and international business. Mimi worked in Europe and in the U.S. as a technology consultant with Cambridge Technology Partners and as a freelancer analyzing, testing, and designing websites and computer software. In 2002, living in San Francisco, she joined a small business as a partner, Limina Application Office, which specialized in the front-end design of complex software (mostly biotech) and transactional websites. In 2013, after the birth of her daughter (second child), Mimi left the partnership to focus on raising her children and contributing to the Waimea community. Mimi is currently serving as the President of the Board at Kahilu Theatre while also engaged in other community projects. She has two children, one of which started first grade at Parker School in the fall of 2016. “I’m a proud Parker School graduate! It gave me the support and confidence I needed to successfully navigate the world beyond the confines of my high school `ohana.”

James Clifford, Ph.D. | Born and raised in Binghamton,

New York, Jim attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as a Ph.D. in chemical physics. Jim served as a professor at the University of Puget Sound for 28 years, and as administrative vice president for five years. He was recipient of the first Robert G. Albertson Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Puget Sound. Jim and his family moved to Big Island in 1999 seeking a quieter life with great education options for their two children, his daughter, Madeline Clifford is a Parker graduate. Jim enjoys reading and plays tennis three times a week and says “Parker has high quality education coupled with an enviable ‘ohana atmosphere, which is extremely hard to come by and special.” Na Mea Hou

News from Student Council


he 2016-2017 Parker School Student Council (StuCo) is excited to begin the year with you! StuCo’s four officers, Coco RomanoGiordano (president), Hunter Weigle (vice president), Zoe Vann (secretary), and Jordan Vedelli (treasurer), will soon be joined by representatives from each upper school class, completing the team. The officers have been working hard to create fun activities for the student body, including our newly created Pumpkin Palooza Fundraiser. In addition, there we’ll have our Fall Ball, a pep rally to celebrate Parker athletes, Halloween Week, the annual Canned Food Drive, and more! This Canned Food Drive will be Parker School’s fifth, which will continue to support the Waimea community via student contribution. The officers have cooperated on Pumpkin Palooza, a fun new fundraiser in which Student Council will be selling pumpkins throughout the fall season and ending on Halloween. Moving into the second semester, events such as Winter Formal and Lovefest will be returning in addition to a Spring Fling. Student Council wants to make this year as enjoyable as possible, and looks forward to doing so!

Thanks! Zoe E. Vann (StuCo secretary)

2015-2016 Second Semester Headmaster’s List and Honor Roll Congratulations to the following students who made the Headmaster’s List and Honor Roll during the second semester of the 2015-16 academic year.

Headmaster’s List

The following students earned an A (3.75)average, with no grade lower than a B-.




Upper School Grade 12 – Matthew Bal, Sarah Bellatti, Seraphim Benoist, Dashiell Cotton, Sophie Dommer, Kevin Grace, Savannah Harriman-Pote, Carolyn Hiller, Erika Kasberg, Marlo Mundon, Sivan Najita, Harmony Ring, Kathleen Smith and Skye Waipa. Grade 11 – Eve Anderson, Athena Coley, Eric Fetsch, Parker Hale, Darien Jones, Kyra Matsuda, Coco Romano Giordano and Kamonlak Sanphet. Grade 10 - Ethan Crowl, Riley Herendeen, Kirk Hubbard IV, Owen Matsuda, Shione Mochizuki and Tatianna Statszkow. Grade 9 – Malia Dills, Maya Ellsworth, Anna Gaglione, Bailey Givens, Jenna Harris, Abigail Jeremiah, Masen Note and Erica Yost.

Middle School Grade 8 – Makana Blake, Grace Bollinger, Halia Buchal, Malaya Hill, Gracelyn Jardine, Angelina Ramirez, Hiroki Soler, Jordan Vedelli and Zane Willman. Grade 7 – Emma Choi, Hana-Lei Ji, Anna Leonard, Taiga Okada, Nissi Ragland, Eloise Robertson, Jamie Saito and Zoe Spikerman. Grade 6 - Amanda Black, Elonna Blunt, Lukas Dommer, Anuhea Elliott, Everett Gordon, Kai Griley, Calan Jakeman, Lucas Koranda, Benjamin Kubo, Kaisei Mochizuki, Julia Padron, Madeline Weigle, Sophia Weigle and Mallory West.

Honor Roll

The following students earned a GPA of 3.5 to 3.74.

Upper School Grade 12 – Julie Gregg, Michael Miller, Sydney Thompson, Ryan Touchet and Kyra Vidosh. Grade 11 - Simon Dunlap, Alexandria Faix, Annalina Lozano, Mackenzie Nelson, Cougar Oakes and Hunter Weigle. Grade 10 – Pono Blaisdell and Mathias Migliorini-Marchesi. Grade 9 – Jadyn Ashcraft, Tage Boyette, Hunter Bugado, Caylyn Makoff, Sara Mundon, Annie Pham and Zoe Vann.

Middle School Grade 8 – Meira Bonnici, Sean Frogley, Reece Herendeen, Jacob Mader, Noelani Murray, Kellen Sakaitani and Lee Weiser. Grade 7 – Kirra Crawford, Benjamin May, Rachel Pessah and Mele Rickards. Grade 6 – William Bowers, Violet Freeney, Elijah Thompson.


ight students from middle and upper school spent 10 days in Peru with the school’s newly formed Travel Club. Students visited Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and the Amazon Basin. Trip highlights include visiting Machu Picchu, getting up close with llamas and alpacas, and seeing monkeys, tarantulas, capybaras, parrots, macaws, a sloth and a jaguar in their natural habitat in the Amazon. Bottom two photos courtesy of Riley Herendeen

Parker students also visited a nonprofit organization called CooperarPeru located in Cusco that works with children and their families in the areas of health, community development and education. Students voted on Peru as their country of choice to visit, and Parker worked with EFTours who paired them with two other school groups from Texas and California. “The highlight for me was watching each student become more independent and confident in themselves as they navigated in a new country and practiced their Spanish,” shares Melissa Lunchick, Parker Spanish teacher and Travel Club leader. August-October 2016


Advancement Director Theresa Bain Aloha Parker ‘Ohana! I am very happy and excited to be here at Parker School. Upon arriving in early July I was welcomed with total enthusiasm and warmth. The supportive and inclusive spirit of Parker took me back to my roots on the family farm in Ohio where I worked side by side with my nine siblings. The spirit of camaraderie and dedication my family experienced on the farm is what I feel here at Parker School. I look forward to being very involved at Parker and the Waimea community and getting to know you and your children. As with every independent school, Parker School asks parents, faculty, staff, and trustees, parents of alumni, grandparents,

and friends to support the current operating budget with a contribution to Annual Fund. As a community, we collectively provide the school with the resources necessary to pursue the school’s mission and create opportunities for all Parker students to engage in a unique and well-rounded education. Last year approximately $142,000.00 was raised towards the Annual Fund and current parent participation increased to 46%. Congratulations! As individuals, through your generous gifts to the Annual Fund, you make the


difference that makes and will keep Parker great and remain a school of excellence, compassion and integrity. Mahalo nui loa,

Theresa Bain Questions? 808-885-8709 Follow us:

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SAVE THE DATE 12th annual

Kahiau Auction Gala

Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Fairmont Orchid

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From all of us at Parker School, thank you for your generous donation to the 2015-2016 Parker School Annual Fund! You helped raise more than $142,000!

March with Parker School in This Year’s

Paniolo Parade


e are once again excited to announce Parker School will have a riding and marching unit in this year’s 41st annual Waimea Paniolo Parade on Saturday, September 17. We are inviting 20 lower school students and 25 students from each of the middle and upper schools (70 total) to participate. Headmaster Carl “Doc” Sturges will be leading the marching group, along with the Parker School bull mascot. There are sign-up sheets along with a flyer and waiver form located at the lower school office and the main hall front desk. Please sign-up ASAP and return waiver forms to either desk. Lower school students must have at least one parent marching. Upper school students will receive one advisory credit for participating. In keeping with the parade theme, all who wish to participate are required to wear Parker School logo wear or a Parker Athletics logo t-shirt (available

for purchase at the Business Office). If you have a cowboy hat and boots (brown, black and natural colors only), please wear them. If you do not have natural color cowboy hat, we are restricting headgear to school trucker hats, caps and visors only. We are striving to look unified. All participating students will receive a metallic rooter pom. We will meet at Church Row at 9:00 a.m. with the parade starting at 10:00 a.m. If you have questions, please contact Mahealani Thompson at 885-7933 ext. 7110 or at

Remember Parker School at Check Out When shopping at Foodland and Sack N Save between September 1 and September 30: • Use your Foodland Maika’i Card • At check out, choose #78172 to designate your support of Parker School

When shopping at KTA between now and September 20: • Purchase items featured with the light bulb logo • Donate your points to Parker School #46 at checkout

By designating Parker School at check out, part of your donation will be matched by Foodland and the Western Union Foundation. These funds are then used by Parker School to support student activities in and outside of the classroom.

KTA will donate $100,000 to Hawai’i Island schools, so the more points you designate to Parker, the higher the donation we’ll receive to support student activities in and out of the classroom thanks to KTA’s Kokua i Na Kula program.

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Summer of Learning A SUCCESS P

arker School’s Enrichment Program ended another successful summer of learning and fun for all ages. From the end of May through July, Parker’s Summer Enrichment Program offered nine classes ranging from visual and performing arts to athletics and academics. Adults even had an opportunity to use the school’s ceramic studio with a new class called, “Saturdays in the Studio” with Christina Culligan, Parker lower and middle school ceramic and art teacher. In addition, more than 100 campers were treated to a “Summer of the Goonies” during a 7-week day camp for ages 5-12. Highlights included a real walk-the plank, a wooden pirate ship built by the campers, excursions to the zoo, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, and the movie Finding Dory. The Parker Enrichment Program’s vision is to provide all members of the community with the opportunity to extend academic learning, to improve educational and employment skills and to enjoy enriching lifelong learning experiences.

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Parker School Starts 40th Year WITH RECORD ENROLLMENT P

arker School started our 40th academic year with the school’s highest enrollment in our four decades with 336 students in grades K-12. “Our faculty and returning students are excited to welcome an exceptional group of 79 new students for this school year,” says Emily Pagliaro, admissions director at Parker School. “It’s a great time to be part of our growing community.” Established in 1976, Parker School was founded thanks to the support of numerous community members, notably including Paul and Anita De Domenico, whose family founded the Golden Grain Pasta Company (creator of Rice-A-Roni), and Richard Smart of Parker Ranch. Parker School was founded with 58 students in grades nine through 12 to provide a private day school education option for Big Island families. Parker welcomed students for the 2016-17 school year on Monday, August 8.

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Athletics News from Athletic Director Nicole Vedelli

Aloha and welcome back to school! We are gearing up for a phenomenal athletic season and all the coaches and I can’t wait. We have a lot to be proud of and many things to attain and uphold again this year.


t is my great pleasure to announce Parker School earned first place in the Kaimana Awards again in the small schools division for the Big Island. Our athletes achieved the highest points in sportsmanship, community service, participation, and grade point averages higher than 2.75. I want to thank all of the athletes for making Parker School shine and come out on top. Let’s do it again this year! Practices for fall upper school sports have already begun. It is mandatory for all upper school athletes to have a current updated physical clearance form on file prior to the start of practice. Athletes and parents, please familiarize yourself with the athletic policies, procedures, rules, and eligibility requirements located in the 20162017 Parker School handbook found on our website, under “For Current Parents”, under “Upper/Middle School” then click on “parent/student handbook”. If you have any question, please email me at

LEARN ABOUT BOOSTER CLUB Support our athletics program by joining our Booster Club. Please come to an important meeting with Coach Greg Dunigan and find out how you can help this growing program on Tuesday, August 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the school’s library. Please email Greg Dunigan at with any questions.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL I am very thankful to have both Head Coach Steven Kalilikane and Assistant Coach KaUwila Garmon take on our girl’s volleyball program this year. Coach Steven comes with many years of coaching and volleyball officiating experience and Assistant Coach KaUwila is entering her seventh year coaching. Both have been working diligently with our athletes this summer preparing them for competition. Mandatory practices are Monday through Friday until games begin from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the New Hope Church Gym. Please contact Coach Steven at or Coach KaUwila at with questions. Na Mea Hou

VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY Coach Buff Winderbaum and I are heading up the varsity cross country team for the third year in a row. We are looking forward to running many miles at fast paces and getting our athletes up to “speed” to improve upon their personal best times. Mandatory practices are from 3:154:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday now through October. Please contact Coach Winderbaum at bwinderbaum@parkerschoolhawaii. org or myself at with questions.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY Coach Shellie Note-Gressard and Coach Buff Winderbaum will again be leading our middle school athletes to success! Practices are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15-4:00 p.m. We look forward to another exciting fun year.

MIDDLE SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL Parent Healani Leialoha will be coaching our middle school volleyball team this year. We are excited to have her on board as she inspired our athletes last year volunteering her time to help them prepare for competition. Practices will begin in September on our new basketball court. More information will be shared via email and our middle school bulletin board as September approaches. Please email Coach Healani Leialoha at with questions.

LOWER SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY Grades 3, 4 and 5: be on the lookout in your Friday Folder’s to sign up for cross country with Coach Cassie Valley. Practices are every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15-4:00 p.m. on the soccer field behind lower school. Please email Coach Cassie at cvalley@ with questions.

What does it take to be a successful athlete? 1. IT TAKES DRIVE AND 3. IT TAKES SELF-CONFIDENCE. COMMITMENT. Strive to be Be confident and value your better and dedicate yourself role on the team. to giving 110% at practices 4. IT TAKES DETERMINATION. and games. Don’t give up, no matter 2. IT TAKES DISCIPLINE AND how hard it seems. When FOCUS on the task at hand. you lose a match or miss a Tune out distractions and goal, get back up and try do your best to do all the again. little things well.



It’s been a fun and successful summer with our British Soccer Camp again this year. Many kids played hard and had fun! Please send your comments to and tell us about your experience. In early August, PBSC held its annual registration and recruitment. Many athletes came out to play and compete. We are excited for another competitive season. I am excited to announce Cari Kapuniai, a long-time PBSC supporter and registrar, is now taking on the role as PBSC Club Coordinator. For questions about registration and anything else, please contact Cari at If you have questions about coaching, please contact PBSC Coaching Director Billy Pleuss at

GAME SCHEDULES Girls Volleyball Friday, August 26 @ Pahoa - 6:00 p.m. Monday, August 29 @ St. Joe’s - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 31 @ Makua Lani - 6:00 p.m. Saturday, September 3 Laupahoehoe@ Parker 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 7 @ HAAS - 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 9 @ Kohala - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 14 CLA @ Parker 6:00 p.m. Saturday, September 17 Ka’u @ Parker - 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 20 @ Ehu Nui - 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 23 @ St. Joes - 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 27 @ Honoka’a - 6:00 p.m. Saturday, October 1 Ehu Nui @ Parker 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 4 HPA @ Parker - 6:00 p.m. Saturday, October 8 HAAS @ Parker 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 10 Makua Lani @ Parker 6:00 p.m. Friday, October 14 @ CLA - 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 18 BIIF Playoffs DII first round @ 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 20 BIIF DII Semi -finals @ Kealakehe 2:30/4:00/5:30/7:00 Saturday, October 22 BIIF DII Finals @ Kealakehe 4:00/5:30/7:00

Cross Country Saturday, August 27 @ HPA - 10:00 a.m. (2 races) Saturday, September 3 @ Kealakehe - 10:00 a.m. (2 races) Saturday, September 10 @ Kamehameha - 2:00 p.m. (2 races) Sunday, September 11 RUN FOR HOPE @ Hualalai - 7:00 a.m. Saturday, September 17 @ Kea’au - 3:00 p.m. (2 races) Saturday, September 24 @ HPA 10:00 a.m. (2 races) Saturday, October 1 @ Waiakea - 3:00 p.m. (2 races) Saturday, October 8 @ Kea’au - 10:00 a.m. (2 races) Friday, October 21 @ HPA - BIIF Championships 2:00 p.m. (4 races) Saturday, October 29 @ HPA - HHSAA champs 8:30 a.m. (2 races) Saturday October 30 COLOR STAMPEDE @ Parker School 7:00 a.m.

*Home games appear in maroon.

(Check Webflash for weekly updates - games are subject to change.)

17th Annual George Heneghan Fun Run

All proceeds benefit Parker School’s Athletics Program REGISTER ONLINE:

Oct.30 Parker Lower School, Waimea

Medals awarded to first place overall male & female finishers in the 5K Fun Run/Walk, the 1K Keiki Run, & first place finishers in each age category. More information:

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r affic Safety Reminders To ensure a safe, smooth start to the school year, we ask that you review the following: MIDDLE AND UPPER SCHOOL

Drop Off: • Students may be dropped off near Kahilu Hall (main entrance) between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. • Students may not enter the middle school area prior to 7:30 a.m. • There is no student drop off on Pu‘uki Road at any time. • Students dropped off in front of the school, on the park side of the street, must cross at the crosswalk. • All county and state traffic laws are in effect at all times: • The area in front of the school is a designated loading zone. Parking is not permitted. • U-turns are not permitted. • Stopping and/or standing in striped area is not permitted. • Vehicles must yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Pick Up: • A Parker School administrator will be present from 2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. daily to monitor loading areas in front of the school. • Students may be picked up after 3:00 p.m. daily. • There is no student pick up on Pu‘uki Road at any time. • Students picked up in front of the school, on the park side of the street, must cross at the crosswalk. • All county and state traffic laws are in effect at all times: • The area in front of the school is a designated loading zone. Parking is not permitted. • U-turns are not permitted. • Stopping and/or standing in striped area is not permitted. • Vehicles must yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.


Drop Off: • Gate opens at 7:30 a.m. for students • Students are not to be dropped off before 7:30 a.m. • Drop off is in the front of the lower school along the yellow loading/unloading zone • Cars are to pull all the way forward to the end of the yellow curb • Children are to exit in an expedient manner along the yellow curb, not on the grass • Families are encouraged to carpool to minimize congestion

Pick Up: • All students are picked up in front of the lower school along the yellow loading/unloading zone • Parents are to remain the car and pull all the way forward, to the end of the yellow loading/unloading zone • Teachers load students into cars • All students not picked up by 2:45 p.m. are relocated to the ‘ohana room and the family’s account is charged a $20 late fee. • Pick up is not an opportunity for informal meetings with faculty and administration. Please schedule an appointment with the teacher or administrator if you wish to meet. • Faculty students, Hele On bus riders, and students with an older middle or upper school Parker sibling may walk with a lower school teacher to the front porch of Kahilu Hall at 2:45 p.m.

A final note on lower school procedures - To ensure

the safety of your child, we ask that all communications for pick up go through the lower school office. This would include days your child goes home with someone not listed on your child’s pick up authorization form (you do NOT need to call if the person is on the form). If you would like your child to walk to soccer practice, music lesions and/or the bus stop we need to have this in writing before your child is released. You may email Mrs. Polhemus at or Mrs. Nearman at to inform the school of these arrangements. Thank you for keeping us informed and helping us keep your child safe.


Congratulations to Kai Griley, grade 7, who represented

Academy Swim Club (ASC) at the Hawaii State Age Group Championships held on Oahu July 14-17. During this 4-day competition, Kai set another ASC record in the 100 butterfly and medaled in all six events including: 3rd in 200 backstroke, 4th in 100 butterfly, 5th in 50 and 200 butterfly, and 7th in the 100 backstroke and 400 individual medley. Na Mea Hou

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Friday, September 2 5:00–7:00 p.m.


s celebrate our 40 u p l e H th anniversary!  Burgers and hot dogs provided by Parker School

 Bouncy house  Cake-walk  Logo wear booth

 Athletics’ Booster Club with new athletic wear  Activities & more!

NEW FAMILIES: Please be sure to check in for a special welcome! The school would appreciate volunteers to help with this event. Contact Mahealani Thompson for more information: email or call 808-885-7933 ext. 7110.

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Parent Teacher Student ‘Ohana


loha to the Parker School ‘ohana from PTSO. I would like to extend a warm welcome to all the new families and students of Parker School and returning families and students. This year will be my second term as president and I am excited to again be part of this great team of parents. Through the parent-school partnership we are able to nurture the Parker School ‘ohana and support the school in its mission. 2016-2017 PTSO Board Members include: Vice President - Dawn Farrell Treasurer – Wendy Wiser Secretary – open position LS Reps – Coralie Ohuchi and open position MS Reps – Mary Pueringer and Nicole Koranda US Reps - Heather Yost and Kelly Herendeen

News PTSO has a strong and important relationship with the staff and students at Parker School. We work in close collaboration with administration to bring together the collective talents and resources within our community to enhance the school’s offerings. At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, PTSO will be involved with several activities including welcoming new families through personal contact during student orientations and socials. On Sunday, August 28 a beach day will be held for middle and upper school students and their families as an opportunity to get together and socialize in a relaxing atmosphere. Another opportunity to meet with new families and reconnect with others from past years will be on Friday, September 2, at the Fall BBQ. At this event, PTSO will sell logo wear, have a jumping house, and hold our annual cakewalk fundraiser. We hope to see you there! PTSO is busy planning the following fall activities: teacher appreciation, mini and ‘ohana grants,


Nohili Thompson ‘14 Recently served as a summer intern at Sultan Ventures, a boutique venture firm focusing on early-stage startups and investments based in downtown Honolulu. Here’s what Nohili had to say about this exciting experience:

I heard about a Female Leaders in Hospitality speaker event at Cornell where I’m attending college with guest speaker Meli James. Born and raised in Hawaii, Meli graduated from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell and in 2015 was recognized by Hawaii Business Magazine as one of its “20 to Watch for the Next 20.” After her presentation, I introduced myself and expressed my curiosity and interest in the work she does. We later spoke over dinner about her experiences and current position as the head of new ventures at Sultan Ventures (SV). She encouraged me to apply for an internship with SV, so I did!

by PTSO President Pamela Adams

and fall recycling drive for lower school students. Your membership dues help us to do all this and more. In addition, your time volunteering is greatly appreciated and is a great way to get to know other parents, become better acquainted and get involved with Parker School. Want to learn more about PTSO and the activities we have planned for the coming school year? Look for PTSO announcements in the weekly Webflash or follow us on Facebook. PTSO welcomes all parents to our monthly meetings. The first general membership meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 12 at 8:15 am in the school’s library. Coffee and treats will be available prior to meeting time. We look forward to working together to create a great year. Together we can do great things! Please contact me at or (808) 443-1376 with questions or contact any of the PTSO Board Members.

WHAT ARE YOU LEARNING DURING THIS EXPERIENCE? During my summer internship, I worked on their partner program with UH Manoa called XLR8UH. It is a startup accelerator for all UH students, faculty, and alumni where we help mentor, educate, network, and invest in their startup company. I coordinated weekly workshops with local experts as well as conducted market research for the companies within the cohort and for future conferences that Sultan Ventures plans to hold. I’ve learned a lot about the local startup culture and all the work that goes on behind the scenes to make these startups successful whether it be working out IP/ patent

issues, understanding their target market, creating strategic partnerships, or fine-tuning their unit economics. HOW DOES THIS OPPORTUNITY SUPPORT YOUR FUTURE GOALS? I now have a better understanding of the business culture within Hawaii and all the different routes my degree can take me. I know the network of leaders in the Hawaii startup community that I’ve gained is invaluable and is a network I intend to use when I return to Hawaii after college.

Aloha, Parker School Alumni! If you have any news and/or photos to share in an upcoming issue of Na Mea Hou, please email us at or simply message us on Facebook. We love to hear what you’re up to! Mahalo!

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Alumni Clinton Cariaga ‘80 lives in Waimea, works

Notes Ananda Lowrey ‘89 (left), Chris Jaeckle ‘90 and Mimi Kerley ‘91.

for Lex Brodies, is married and has four children and seven grandchildren. Clinton says he has too many favorite memories to list.

lives on Hawaii Island and although he didn’t graduate from Parker, he will forever be a bull. Marc lives in Waimea and works in Hilo as a building inspector and says his fondest memory at Parker School is all the great people and family atmosphere. Richard Nobriga lives on island and works in landscaping and breeds horses. His favorite memory from Parker is basketball.

Mimi Kerley ‘91 is volunteering as board president at Kahilu Theatre in Waimea, fundraising for Anuenue Playground (across for Parker School) and is a new member of the Parker School Board of Directors. Mimi’s son is in the first grade at Parker’s lower school and her favorite Parker memory is from campout and English class with Mr. Radl.

with Parker staff Lani Morris and Eric Sills.

Matthew Bell ‘96 (left) and Kui Delacruz (right) ‘97 at Parker’s Alumni Reunion on August 6. Matthew has a beautiful wife and two kids and works for Fed Ex. Kui is 14 years in the Hawaii Police Department and both say going to states in soccer two years in a row is their favorite memory of Parker School.

at the Summer Alumni Reunion. Kim is working in Waimea at Homestreet Bank as a loan officer and part-time as a CSA at Mokulele Airlines. Retired faculty member Tana Hilliard (right) with Parker advancement associate Lani Morris and her son, current Parker student Jackson Morris.

is attending college for nursing and will have her associates degree in pre-nursing this coming spring. Briana is lives in Washington, is married and has a 2 month old baby boy.

Jesse Todd Andrey Burns ‘13 is returning to college this fall and wants to be a chiropractor. His fondest memory of Parker School is learning to meditate from Mr. Naj.

(left to right) Jamie Burns, Kosuke

Kume and Nya Riddle (Phillips) all ‘15

Kalei Gregory ‘00 (top) and Ryder Millar ‘00 (left) with Eric Sills, Parker Kim Keolanui ‘94 with her husband and son

Seattle University with a Bachelor of Arts in strategic communications and a minor in public affairs. Tyler will return to Hawaii this fall to pursue his juris doctor degree at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Briana (Dodds) Cabahug ‘13

Darius “Bubba” Monsef ‘99 (right) Adam “Ash” Miller, Marc Maloney ‘84 (middle) and Richard Nobriga ‘84 Ash

Tyler Saito ‘12 recently graduated from

maintenance director, at this summer’s Alumni Reunion. Kalei is a pilot for Hawaii County Fire Department and says his favorite memory of Parker School is everything. Ryder is a general contractor on the Big Island and has fond memories of campout.

Shawn James-Leavey ‘01 lives on Hawaii Island and is an entrepreneur. He says his favorite Parker memory is anything that has to do with the theatre.

with Headmaster Carl “Doc” Sturges at Parker’s Alumni Reunion. Jamie is studying animal science at UC Davis and her favorite memory from Parker is volleyball. Kosuke is studying public health at the University of Washington and his fondest memory of Parker is the crazy debate tournament trips. Nya changed her last name to Riddle and is debating for Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR and says debate tournaments at Ilima are her favorite memories from Parker School.

Sarah Bellatti ‘16 had an action-packed summer spending 5 weeks working a backcountry trail in Tennessee with the Student Conservation Association. The team of eight worked 8-hour days and constructed four bridges. Sarah then headed to Fort Collins, CO, where she completed a 10day intensive course to receive her Wilderness First Responder certification.

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The latest news from Parker School


Aug 28: PTSO Sponsored Upper/Middle School Beach Day

Sept 2: Fall Barbeque & 40th Anniversary Celebration


Sept 7: Lower School Back to School Night

Sept 14: Upper/Middle Back to School Night

Sept 17: Waimea Paniolo Parade

Sept 20: Lower School Picture Day

Sept 21: Middle School Picture Day

Sept 22: Upper School Picture Day

Sept 30: Quarter 1 Ends - EARLY DISMISSAL K-12 (Teacher Workday)

Oct 6 & 7: All School Parent/Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL Oct 10-14: Fall Break (OFFICES CLOSED Oct 10)

Oct 17: School Resumes

Oct 22: Make a Difference Day


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