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The latest news from Parker School FEBRUARY-MAY 2016

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: Jennifer Richardson Advancement Associate: Heidi Ilyavi 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.

MARTHA GREENWELL DEDICATION O n Saturday, January 9 the art studio, located in the Mary D. and Walter F. Frear Hall, was named “The Martha Greenwell Art Studio” in an intimate dedication ceremony. This special ceremony honored Big Island artist Martha Greenwell for her continued dedication to the arts and Parker School. Martha Greenwell is known as one of the most beloved Big Island artists. Always fascinated with the quiet, tranquil, hidden natural beauty of Hawai'i, this was the inspiration behind her drawings and paintings during her life. Martha’s favorite subjects included back roads, fog-shrouded forests, old island shacks, weathered fences, waterfalls and streams, and rolling pastures. Always seen carrying a sketch pad, canvas, pencils, and a camera, Martha brought to life the beauty of Hawai'i with a childlike appreciation and deep, heartfelt love. Cont. Page 2 >

Have You Met Yet?

>Martha Greenwell cont. from Page 1 In addition to her love of painting, Martha was an incredible supporter of Parker School. Between 2006 and 2014, she gifted nine custom works of art, each created specifically to benefit the school’s annual financial aid auction gala, Kahiau. Martha also sponsored tables at Kahiau, supported our school’s Annual Fund as well as donated to various capital campaigns and student scholarships over the years.

Greg Dunigan

Lower & Middle School Physical Education Teacher Mr. Dunigan joined Parker in the fall of 2015 and will serve as a long-term substitute PE teacher until June 2016. Mr. Dunigan earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Missouri Western State University and and brings more than 32 years of experience as a physical education teacher. He has served as a basketball, softball and golf coach, taught kindergarten through grade 8 PE, and served as an assistant principal. Mr. Dunigan has also coordinated numerous sport camps over the years and throughout the country. He comes to Parker from Washington, Missouri and enjoys playing golf, officiating high school basketball games and spending time with his wife, daughter and grandson. Mr. Dunigan “wants to be a good role model for the students by coming to school every day with great enthusiasm to teach, doing what’s right and treating people the way I like to be treated.”

Through this special dedication, Parker School proudly honors Martha, not only for her incredible artistic talents, but for her generous heart.

Cari Kapuniai

Accounts Payable Specialist

DESIGNATE PARKER AT CHECK OUT Foodland’s Shop for Higher Education runs February 3 – March 15 Please designate Parker School (#7604) when checking out at Foodland and Sack N Save, so both you and Parker can earn Maika’i Points. The more Maika’i Points given to Parker, the better chance our seniors have at earning one of Foodland’s one hundred $2,000 college scholarships.

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Ms. Kapuniai joined the Parker ‘Ohana in early 2016 as an accounts payable specialist and brings several years of bookkeeping experience. She also serves as registrar and an assistant coach for the Parker Bulls Soccer Club. Ms. Kapuniai was born on Oahu, moved to Hawaii Island (Holualoa) at the age of two and graduated from Konawaena High School. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys, watching her sons play soccer, and managing their family cattle ranch in Ahualoa. Her brother graduated from Parker School in ’93, as well as her nephew in ’13. Two of her sons currently attend Parker’s lower school. “I have always loved the school and faculty and am excited and honored to be a part of the Parker School ‘Ohana.”

SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM Enjoys another Successful Year Speaking and Braedon Ingalls in Program Reading Speech. As this was a non-qualifying tournament, there was no combined speech and debate sweepstakes trophy.


he Parker School speech and debate team is off to another successful year. With 40 debaters and eight speech competitors, this is the largest team in the school’s history. In their first competition at Punahou‘s NonQualifying Speech and Debate Tournament on November 14, the Parker School speech and debate team won the sweepstakes trophy for the largest number of ballots won. “Despite being the smallest school in the Hawaii Speech League, our debaters won the largest number of winning ballots,” said Carl Sturges, headmaster and debate coach. Parker was one of 18 schools to participate in this state-wide tournament and finished with 62 winning ballots. Top finishers from the Punahou tournament included Sivan Najita who went undefeated in the championship Lincoln-Douglas debate category and Malia Dills and Emily Fetsch who both also went undefeated in Junior Varsity Policy Debate. Students who received superior ratings included Keaton Farrell, Skyler Pleuss, Dash Cotton, Susie Krall, Tristin Shimata, Cougar Oakes, Kirk Hubbard, Jaipal Brar, Owen Matsuda, Shen MacKenzie, Eitan Machala, Braedon Ingalls and Zoe Vann. Following their win at Punahou, the team returned home with the school’s firstever overall sweepstakes trophy from the November 27 and 28 Kamehameha School’s Qualifying Speech and Debate Tournament on Oahu. Parker placed first in the combined speech and debate sweepstakes category amongst a field of 17 schools, including teams from Canada

and California. In addition, the team won the debate sweepstakes trophy and two freshmen, Malia Dills and Emily Fetsch, placed first in JV Policy Debate. At the Kamehameha tournament on Oahu the following eight students automatically qualified for the Hawaii Speech and Debate Championship tournament held in April: Malia Dills and Emily Fetsch in JV Policy Debate; Sivan Najita in Lincoln Douglas Debate; Mathias Migliorini-Marchesi and Zach Gooding in Advanced Public Forum Debate; Shen MacKenzie and Eitan Machala in Beginning Public Form Debate; and Matthew Bal, Parker’s Speech Team Caption, qualified in the Oratory and Impromptu Speaking categories. On December 19, 29 Parker speech and debate students competed against 17 schools at the Non-Qualifying Speech and Debate Tournament at McKinley High School where the team earned their fourth trophy of the year for the largest number of winning ballots. The school’s speech team also placed second in their competition with the highest percentage of superior ratings. In a standout performance, senior Savannah Harriman-Pote won all six ballots in championship Lincoln-Douglas Debate. In addition, the following students won four or more ballots earning a coveted superior rating: Keaton Farrell, Zoe Vann, Kirk Hubbard and Susie Krall in Varsity Policy Debate; Owen Matsuda, Jaipal Brar, Malia Dills, Emily Fetsch, Anna Gaglione and Spencer Corabi in Junior Varsity Policy Debate; Matthew Bal and Kyra Matsuda in Impromptu

For the team’s fourth competition, Parker welcomed seven of the top speech and debate teams in the state for the 8th annual Neighbor Island Speech and Debate Tournament at Parker School. Speech highlights included first place by Braedon Ingalls in Program Oral Interpretation and a 1-2-3 sweep in Impromptu Speaking with Matthew Bal placing first, Kyra Matsuda second and Ian Bond third.

Sivan Najita, Athena Coley and Dash Cotton took third, fourth and fifth in championship Lincoln-Douglas Debate, while Zoe Vann and Keaton Farrell earned second place in Varsity Policy Debate; an impressive result, given that Zoe is a freshman. Top honors were also earned in Junior Varsity Policy Debate with Emily Fetsch and Malia Dills taking first place, Anna Gaglione and Spencer Corabi second place and Owen Matsuda and Jaipal Brar fourth. Eight debaters qualified for the state championships at this Parker-hosted tournament which ended with a traditional camp fire, s’mores and a dance. The team has three remaining tournaments before the Hawaii Speech and Debate Championship State Tournament April 7 – 9 at Kamehameha School and Punahou on Oahu. As of printing, a total of 15 debaters and four speech students have qualified for the State Championship tournament in April. Congratulations and best of luck! February-May 2016



Congratulations to the following students who made the Headmaster’s List and Honor Roll during the first semester of the 2015-16 school year.

Middle School

SCIENCE FAIR CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD LUCK to twelve middle school students who earned a spot in the Hawai'i District Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, February 13, 2016 in Hilo. Representing Parker are: Teo Ippolito, Del Jordan, Julia Padron, Hali'a Buchal, Hiroki Soler, Tierney Wold, Ben Kubo, Jordan Vedelli, Jamie Saito, Nissi Ragland, Kai Griley, and Makana Blake.

Senior Inspired by the Kohala Center


ver the last four years senior Dash Cotton has participated in several hands-on projects with The Kohala Center, an independent, communitybased center for research, conservation, and education located in Waimea. Dash jumped at the numerous opportunities provided by The Kohala Center which included an overnight survey on Kohala mountain with researchers from UH Manoa, serving as a mentor for grade school students in the Kohala Watershed Partnership’s Leadership Program, and building a conservation fence as a paid intern. Thanks to these first-hand experiences Dash hopes to major in environmental engineering when he attends college next year and was featured in The Kohala Center’s October-December newsletter called The Leaflet. To read the article, please visit, under newsletters. Na Mea Hou

Headmaster’s List

To qualify for the Headmaster’s List, students must earn an A (3.75) average, with no grade lower than a B-, must have been earned. 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, Ryan Touchet and Skye Waipa. Grade 11 – Eve Anderson, Simon Dunlap, Eric Fetsch, Parker Hale, Darien Jones, Kyra Matsuda and Coco Romano Giordano. Grade 10 – Ethan Crowl, Kirk Hubbard IV and Shione Mochizuki. Grade 9 – Malia Dills, Maya Ellsworth, Anna Gaglione, Jenna Harris, Abigail Jeremiah, Masen Note and Erica Yost. MIDDLE SCHOOL Grade 8 – Grace Bollinger, Halia Buchal, Malaya Hill, Angelina Ramirez, Jordan Vedelli and Zane Willman. Grade 7 – Emma Choi, Hana-Lei Ji, Taiga Okada, Nissi Ragland, Mele Rickards, Eloise Robertson, Jamie Saito and Zoe Spikerman. Grade 6 – Amanda Black, Elonna Blunt, Lukas Dommer, Anuhea Elliott, Violet Freeney, Everett Gordon, 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 3.50 to 3.74. UPPER SCHOOL Grade 12 – Kenneth Bond, Michael Miller, Sydney Thompson, and Kyra Vidosh. Grade 11 - Athena Coley, Alexandra Faix, Cougar Oakes, Kamonlak Sanphet and Hunter Weigle. Grade 10 – Soleil Fitz-Gerald, Riley Herendeen, Zachary Mader, Owen Matsuda, Mathias Migliorini-Marchesi and Tatianna Staszkow. Grade 9 – Tage Boyette, Hunter Bugado, Shea Ervin, Bailey Givens, Caylyn Makoff, Annie Pham and Zoe Vann. MIDDLE SCHOOL Grade 8 – Makana Blake, Ryanne Doherty, Reece Herendeen, Gracelyn Jardine, Jacob Mader and Hiroki Soler. Grade 7 – Kirra Crawford, Anna Leonard, Benjamin May and Rachel Pessah. Grade 6 – William Bowers, Kai Griley and Mauloa Thompson.



Students Collect a Record 4.75 Tons of Food P

arker students, families, faculty and staff gathered on November 25, the day before Thanksgiving, to celebrate the school’s 4th Annual ‘Ohana Day. This celebration marked the end of a month-long canned food drive by students which raised a historic 4.75 tons. Donated items, plus $1,000 raised by Parker students in the National Art Honors Society, was split in half and donated to Annunciation Church's Food Bank and Kokua Ministries at New Hope Church, both in Waimea. More than 200 students in grade 6-12 spent the morning of 'Ohana Day volunteering within the Waimea community. Students helped with improvement and maintenance efforts at the Waikoloa Stream, Waimea Elderly Housing, St. James Episcopal Church and Thrift Store, as well as around the school’s 23-acre campus. “Thanks to the experience of ‘Ohana Day, our students take away a genuine sense of pride and accomplishment in their combined efforts to give back to our community,” says Tina Doherty, Middle School Head. Upon returning to campus, Parker’s extended ‘ohana gathered outside the school’s 100 year old Kahilu Hall for a short ceremony announcing the food drive totals. After filling three flatbed trucks with food drive donations, students and their families enjoyed a meal together on the schools front lawn. With more than 12 entries into the annual chili and soup cook off competition, attendees were thankful for the food and community the day provided.





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General tickets $10 at the door, $5 for students February-May 2016

From Advancement Director Jennifer Richardson

Aloha Parker School ‘Ohana!


he Annual Fund drive has been very successful. Our goal was to raise $100,000 and increase parent participation from 29% to 40%. Currently we have raised $139,727.12 and parent participation is at 46%.









Thank you for this outstanding support!


Congratulations Grade 8 The grade level with the highest parent participation percentage in our friendly Annual Fund grade-level competition was Grade 8 with an impressive 90% participation. Students enjoyed a pizza and root beer float party in celebration of a well-deserved win on January 29! Kindergarten was a close second with 87.5% participation. Mahalo nui loa.

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You still have time to be included in our participation totals. 100% participation at all levels will increase Parker School’s ability to secure additional funding from our community allowing us to uphold our high academic standards, meet the needs of students and teachers, and maintain our beautiful learning environment. Let’s work together to continue increasing our participation percentages. You can be part of these percentages by making a donation before June 30, 2016 on our website:, or you can drop it off at the Advancement Office. Thank you for your participation. Are you ready for , our annual auction gala benefiting financial aid, coming up on March 5, 2016 at the Fairmont Orchid? The evening includes a live and silent auction, wonderful gourmet dinner, fabulous prizes and dancing! It is sure to be a wonderful event. Contact the Advancement Office now to reserve your seats or to sponsor a table. Some exciting items up for bid are: an original painting from Lisa Greenwell Hummel; Lake Tahoe ski getaway; Kiholo camping adventure; Kohanaiki golf package; private dinner with Chef Tapu Taylor; plus incredible vacation packages, health and spa packages, fine wine, jewelry and much more.

Please contact the Advancement Office at 808-885-8709 or by email at should you have any questions about giving opportunities or events. Follow us:

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Join us for


MARCH 5, 2016


Auction Preview Artwork by

Wine & Dine

Lisa Greenwell Hummel Deborah Thompson Harry Wishard

Private helicopter tour & landing for dinner at Kahua Ranch with owner Monty Richards

Adventure & Travel

Gourmet dinner and wine pairing with private chef at an exquisite Mauna Kea home

Private helicopter landing on the exclusive island of Ni‘ihau to enjoy a picnic lunch Rocky Mountain getaway at a private estate in Telluride, Colorado Murder mystery party in Parker School’s 100 year old Kahilu Hall Peaceful farmhouse retreat near Snowbasin Resort in Utah Fishing package at El Capitan Lodge in Alaska Ultimate Kiholo camping experience Lake Tahoe ski vacation package Country western party at Kahua Ranch including mechanical bull riding experience Pro sports fan package for two

Catered gathering for eight people with a professional chef in your home Fine wines selected by Alvin Wakayama of Kamuela Liquor Store

Bubbly & Bling Participate in Bubbly & Bling for a chance to win something shiny and stunning! This custom-designed piece of jewelry by Alison Woods of Simply for Fun will be unveiled at the event.

Proxy bidding is available. You may assign an agent to bid for you in your absence. Event tickets are $150 ($175 after February 20). For more information about proxy bidding, table sponsorship, underwriting, and the auction in general, please contact the Advancement Office at: | (808) 885-8709


Mahalo to our sponors so far… American Savings Bank John H. Broadbent Jr. and Ann Broadbent Steven and Lorena Clever Anthony and Wendy Craven First Hawaiian Bank Folio Exchange Hawaii Water Service Company Mimi and Brian Kerley Caroline Landry and David Kirk Longs Drug Store MacArthur | Sotheby’s International Realty Michael Mondavi Family Estate Robert and Carol Mommsen Kai and Coralie Ohuchi Oye, Inc. General Engineering Pacific Pump & Power Parker Ranch Alan and Toni Pinn Rockholt & Associates LLC Roy and Frances Simperman Woodson and Alison Woods

A limited number of discounted rooms starting at $189 per night are available at the Fairmont Orchid for attendees. Call the Orchid at (808) 885-2000 to book yours as soon as possible.


PARKER SCHOOL Happenings ‘Ohana Day

K-1 Gingerbread Play Our youngest students, in kindergarten and grade 1, put on an unforgettable Gingerbread play for parents, grandparents and fellow lower school students on Thursday, December 10.

MS/US Chorus Concert Middle and upper school students in chorus performed a beautiful rendition of Little Drummer Boy in Hawaiian. It was the highlight of the evening and a perfect finale to their concert on Thursday, December 10.

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Waimea Twilight Parade

Middle and Upper School Cookies & Code On Friday, December 11, Parker held its first Hour of Code event, Cookies & Code. The Hour of Code is a global movement to demystify code and expose all students to computer science.

Cookie Decorating and BrushBots On Friday, December 11, Ms. Christian's grade 1 class held their 9th Annual Cookie Decorating Fundraiser and raised more than $200 to support Heifer International's mission to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. This was the first year that the technology component of BrushBots was included thanks to Parker parent Caroline Landry. In just a few easy steps, students transformed the head of a toothbrush into a moving "robot" using basic electronics. Mahalo to our grade 1 parents for donating over 500 homemade cookies and countless toppings!

LS Winter Concert On Thursday, December 17, lower school students in kindergarten through grade 5 performed a joyful and festive concert to a packed house thanks to the incredible talents of Ms. Sara Jane Lilley, Parker's chorus director and lower school music teacher.

Grade 5 Spreads Cheer On Tuesday, December 15, Parker students in grade 5 spread holiday cheer singing carols to patients in Rehab, ER, ICU, Med/Surg and even to a mom in labor at North Hawaii Community Hospital.

February-May 2016

Athletics News from Athletic Director Nicole Vedelli Aloha everyone – We are off to a great year in sports and I wanted to thank all of you for supporting our athletes and programs. Coed soccer, paddling and our new JV basketball teams are playing hard this winter and it shows on the court, field and water. The year is going by quickly so if you haven’t done so already, come out and watch our teams compete – they will make you proud.

DON’T FORGET – Upper School Sports Participation Requirements 1. Students in grades 9 – 12 cannot participate in any sport until a current annual physician’s physical examination form is on file with the school. Completed forms should be submitted to the school via fax at (808) 885-6233; mailed to Parker School Registrar, or dropped off to the Parker School front desk in the upper hall. 2. The Sports Participation/Consent Form and Parker Athletics Contract Form also need to be signed by both the student and parent prior to any sports participation. Forms can be found on www., under “for current parents,” “sports participation requirements.”

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Varsity Paddling: Though a fairly new team the Parker paddlers kept coming out on

top. Many had never paddled before but that didn’t stop this new group of strong paddlers from participating in numerous varsity races. The Varsity, JV girls, JV boys and mixed crew all placed in the top four at most of their races, including at BIIF’s. Mahalo to our seniors, Noe’au Simeona, Kyra Vidosh and Marlo Mundon who paddled all four years of high school and Mick Miller, new to our team this year. We look forward to a strong season next year.

Varsity Soccer: This year our soccer team is up and

coming. As evidenced by our three-match BIIF winning streak to start the season, Parker flourishes when it faces schools its own size. With a 19 player coed roster that includes only three upperclassmen and eight freshmen, this soccer team has maintained the status of an extremely strong division two team. We will absolutely miss the following seniors: bull’s defender, Ian Bond; bull’s offensive player, Skyler Pleuss; and new to soccer this year, but strong like a bull, Garrison Davis.

Junior Varsity Boys Basketball: This is the

first time in a very long time that Parker School has been able to field a JV basketball team. These boys have come out to play with heart, soul and tons of dedication to each other and a love for basketball. The fun and improvement found in these boys has been endless.

COACHES CORNER All five paddling coaches from last year were back for another exciting season. They are devoted to the development of our athletes and committed to the sport of paddling. Mahalo to Mike and Kealoha

Nearman, Eric Mitchell, Derek Park, and Toby Wilkinson for your steadfast dedication to our paddlers and Parker School.

Parker is fortunate once again to have the talents of PBSC Coaching

Director and Varsity Head Coach Billy Pleuss who has led our school’s

soccer team since 2011. He is taking our team to new levels. Alongside Coach Billy for the second year in a row is Coach Jared Chapman. Coach Jared is diligently working with players to plan their attacks and defense. Mahalo Coaches Billy and Jared.

ATHLETICS SCHEDULE: (Subject to change – please check Parker School website or weekly Webflash for updates)

Tennis Saturday, February 20 Parker @ Pahoa – 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 24 Kealakehe @ Parker – 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 27 Parker @ Hilo – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 5 Waiakea @ Parker – 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 9 Parker @ Makua Lani – 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 Parker @ Konawaena – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 19 Kea’au @ Parker – 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 23 Parker @ Kohala – 2:00 p.m.

Coming Up

Saturday, March 26 Parker @ Ka’u – 10:00 a.m.


Tuesday, April 5 Parker @ HPA – 3:00 p.m.

Varsity Coed Tennis: practices are Monday through Thursday at the Mauna

Wednesday, April 13 BIIF Team 1st Round - Holua

Wednesday, March 30 Honokaa @ Parker – 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 2 Parker @ Kamehameha – 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 9 Parker @ St.Joes – 2:00 p.m.

Kea Beach Hotel. Questions please email Coach Rami or Coach Randy Ring at or

Saturday, April 16 BIIF Team Championships – Holua


Thursday – Saturday, May 5 – 7, HHSAA Tennis – Mauna Lani

Middle School Coed Tennis: practices will begin in April. Coach

Buff Winderbaum is so excited to take on the middle school tennis program for the second year in a row. Questions please email Coach Buff at bwinderbaum@

Thursday – Saturday, April 21-23 BIIF individual Championships – Mauna Lani

*Home games, noted in maroon, are at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Schedules for all Parker sports can be found at athletics/schedule

Middle School Coed Paddling: We are excited to again introduce students to

Parker’s paddling program with Coach Kealoha. Ms. Doherty is also excited to volunteer. Practices are yet to be determined and will depend on the amount of athletes who sign up. Questions please email Coach Kealoha at

Coach Ed Brown heads our new Parker’s

JV basketball team. We are thrilled Coach Ed is on board to lead the team and challenge these athletes to new possibilities. Coach Ed shares, “I hope to inspire kids to have fun, work hard as a team and help them improve on their individual skills.” Thanks Coach Ed! We are ecstatic about having Coach Kevin Herendeen for a second year in a row to lead our middle school boys basketball team. Last year they held an undefeated season and everyone took notice. We are so excited to see what happens this year. Go Coach Kevin and boys!

Track and Field Coach Julia Simmons

founded the middle and lower school track and field program in 2011. She has developed such a great program that we may have a high school team in the near future. Coach Julia shares, “I coach to make it fun for the kids to push themselves and perform their best. If it’s fun, they’ll keep doing it forever. Their excitement and joy when they exceed their own expectations is contagious and is what keeps me coming back.” Thank you Coach Julia!

TO ALL STUDENTS AND PARENTS: Philosophy on sports: Work hard, play hard, 110% dedication; 110% best effort. If you commit yourself to excellence , integrity, and compassion, you are given the right to walk with your head held high because you will know that is who you are and that is something to be proud of. I do my best to support your student athletes in everything they do, but I ask that they, in return, give it their absolute 110% dedication to the sports they play. If they work hard and believe in what they do, they will succeed and accomplish great things and always (no matter what) be a better person for it. Strength comes from within - they just have to believe in themselves and go for it. Many thanks for everything – yours in gratitude, Nicole Vedelli

February-May 2016

COURTS EXPANDED Summer Camp! O ur middle and upper school basketball court was recently expanded to become a high school regulation-size court. Parker School would like to extend a huge MAHALO to Ed Brown, Parker parent, head upper school basketball coach and director of operations for Goodfellow Brothers, for donating the time of his crew, as well as materials and machinery to extend the existing basketball court over the winter break. His crew, along with our school’s maintenance team of Eric Sills, Gary Romero and Alex Dizol, worked tenhour days the week of Christmas and New Year’s to complete this project. Thank you to Eric, Gary, Alex for your dedication and efforts and a special thank you to Ed Brown for going above-andbeyond to support our school and students!




e are excited to get on the field again and play soccer! Our focus this spring season is to encourage players who have a desire to make a serious commitment to the sport and their team to join us. Our game schedule will be shared in February with an expected season from late February until mid May. More information can be found online at

We need coaches! For information please contact director of coaches Billy Pleuss at soccer@

For all other PBSC related questions please contact Karina Sulla at

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hat do you get when you mix a never-ending birthday party with crazy science experiments? Parker School Summer Camp! Parker School is back with another summer of fun for your child. This year’s camp features different weekly themes pulled from movies. Our seven-week summer camp will run from May 30 to July 15, 2016 and will include art, athletics, dance, performing arts, science experiments and more. Each week, campers will go on excursions, have Wacky Wednesday dress-up days that tie into each week’s theme and Wild Water Fridays. Camp is a fun and engaging experience that allows for new friendships and memories to last a lifetime. Camp is for any child ages 5 – 12 and runs Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $200/week or $1200/ the full seven weeks. Campers do not need to attend Parker School to join the fun! Weekly Themes are as follows: WEEK 1 MAY 30-JUNE 3-SUMMER OF THE GOONIES WEEK 2 JUNE 6-10-WILLY WONKA WEEK 3 JUNE 13-17-INSPECTOR GADGET WEEK 4 JUNE 20-24-FINDING DORY WEEK 5 JUNE 27-JULY 1-COWBOYS VERSUS ALIENS WEEK 6 JULY 4-8-THE BFG WEEK 7 JULY 11-15-THE JUNGLE BOOK AND TARZAN

To register, please complete a registration form found on www., under Enrichment and Community Programs. All inquiries and completed registration can be directed to camp coordinator and Parker first grade teacher, Mrs. Christian at cingalls@

Parent Teacher Student ‘Ohana



TSO has been involved in a number of exciting activities and events prior to the winter break. Monthly staff appreciation has been an exciting time each month to honor faculty with treats and coffee. Thank you to Kelly Herendeen and Mia Wright who have taken the lead in coordinating and providing creative offerings to faculty and staff. During fall conferences faculty received complementary chair massages and aromatherapy through infusion of essential oils. Mahalo to Danny Gonzales, community massage therapist and Tara Crawford, PTSO member, for their time in honoring Parker School staff and faculty. PTSO takes great pride in raising and offering monetary grants to benefit the Parker School faculty and student community. In November, PTSO grant committee awarded a total of $1,750 in mini and ‘ohana grants. Grant recipients included the screenwriter’s guild, physics class rocket-building project, development office annual fund drive, choir, lower school garden, and the long-awaited acquisition of a professional rice cooker for use at multiple Parker events. PTSO’s mini and ‘ohana grants were created to support student and classroom enrichment, teacher development, and other activities that benefit the larger Parker School ‘ohana. PTSO continues to support and sponsor Parker School student clubs, including the tech club and art club, both of which are offered weekly for middle and upper school students. On behalf of PTSO, mahalo to Caroline Landry and fellow tech club volunteers, as well as Geoffrey Mundon and fellow art club volunteers for their ongoing energy and enthusiasm in maintaining these student clubs. PTSO hopes to continue to expand student clubs this spring – stay tuned for a music roundup and spirit club coming soon. PTSO’s fundraising committee conducted a lower school fall recycling drive in November, which raised over $200 in HI5 recyclables. Ms. Christian’s class collected $93, a new record for a class; with Kumo Jackie’s kindergartners coming in a close second with $90. On behalf of PTSO, mahalo to Maile Wong and Kendall DiDonato who provide exciting fundraising opportunities to support PTSO’s annual initiates. On December 8, PTSO hosted an update for the capital campaign of the Parker School Sports and Activities Center. Headmaster Carl Sturges, board chair Saundra Gulley, and capital campaign co-chair and board member Dave Higgins provided information about this exciting project. The gathering was well attended by parents, faculty, board and PTSO members.

by PTSO President Pamela Adams

PTSO has an exciting spring planned: •A  long with Parker School administration, we will provide a parent survey via email inviting you to provide feedback and ideas for improvement. • S pring mini and ‘ohana grant applications will be available in February /March. • S pring lower school recycling competition will be launched in honor of Earth Day. •C  ontinued monthly faculty appreciation activities, as well as end-of-the-year volunteer and staff luncheons will be held to honor and recognize the amazing staff, faculty and volunteers who work effortlessly and give their time throughout the year to make Parker School a wonderful place for our children. Monthly PTSO executive/business meetings for PTSO board and committee members will be held at 8:15 a.m. in the upper school library on the following Mondays: February 22, March 21, April 18 and May 9. PTSO’s general membership meetings in March and April will be announced soon. Follow PTSO activities, progress and updates on the school’s weekly WebFlash (the most up-to-date information), as well as Facebook at ParkerSchoolPTSO. As always, we welcome any questions, suggestions and comments at

On December 10, in honor of computer science education week, Heather Polhemus, lower school head and math teacher, Caroline Landry, Parker parent and computer science instructor, and Shellie Note-Gressard, dean of educational services, held an informative and interactive “Hour of Code” meeting for lower school parents. Attendees learned the history behind computer science in the lower school, about coding and how to use their child’s ipad via a coding activity. February-May 2016



to Parker lower & middle school physical education teacher, Seneca Ropp, and her husband, Jordan, who welcomed a daughter, Emalina Lyne Ropp, on December 27 at 5:37 p.m. She weighed 7 lbs 2 oz. and was 21 inches long.



ore than 30 people braved Waimea’s misty and blustery weather on Sunday, December 27 for our annual Alumni Day and Soccer Social. The day’s main event included an exciting soccer game between Parker alum and our current varsity soccer team. After the game, current students, alumni, families, plus faculty and staff mingled with one another and enjoyed pizza and root beer floats in the shelter of the school’s maintenance warehouse.

Please save the date for our


Mr. and Mrs. Craig Rice! Parker admissions associate, Jennifer Grace, married Craig Rice this past New Year’s Eve and now goes by Jennifer Edwards-Rice. Na Mea Hou

SUMMER ALUMNI GATHERING Saturday, August 6 Please follow our Parker School Alumni ‘Ohana Facebook page for more details once available.


Aloha, Parker School Alumni!


Maximilian Elster, who attended Parker for 10 months in 2012-13 as a foreign exchange student from Germany, is studying business economics in his first semester at a small university in Germany. He often talks about his great experience at Parker.

If you have news and/or photos to share in an upcoming issue of Na Mea Hou, please email us at or message us on Facebook. We love to hear what you’re up to! Mahalo! Ann Estrada (Faraola) ‘81 completed the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile walking pilgrimage from France to Spain, this past summer. She and her boyfriend completed this journey in 38 days, average 15 miles per day. The photo is of Ann in front of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral celebrating their amazing journey. To learn more about her experience, visit her blog at

Emma Martinchick ‘10 and her fiancé, Spencer, welcomed their first son Poet Michael Mahelona Jones, on October 3, 2015 in Olympia, WA. Poet weighed 10 lbs, and was 23 inches long. The couple recently relocated from Olympia to Chehalis, WA.

Maya Pollock ‘09 is a technical recruiter at TEKsystems and lives in Honolulu.

Lysha Matsunobu ‘14 is studying mechanical engineering at Stanford University and will be studying abroad this spring in Kyoto, Japan.

Jay Williams-Stephens ‘09 and Shaian Torres welcomed a little girl, Lillyanna Mahealani Williams-Stephens. Lillyanna weighed 7 lbs 10 ounces, 21 inches long and was born at 12:51 a.m. on December 9, 2015.

(left to right): Nohili Thompson ‘14, Maddison Nelson ‘14, Kyley Nishimura ‘14, Maia Tarnas ‘15 and Tawny Bright ‘14. A special mahalo to these wonderful alum for stopping by Parker School on January 14 to talk story with juniors and seniors about life in college.

Lauren Slak ‘07 is a licensed midwife and certified

(from left to right): Carly Smith ‘09, Kalena Callihan ‘09 and her baby Iris Ka Pueo, Hali’a Obrey (attended Parker until her junior year) and her baby Ka’iulani and Lindsey Appleton ‘09 gathered for lunch this past fall along the Kohala Coast.

professional midwife who provides midwifery care to Orange, San Diego and Riverside Counties in California. She was recently interviewed by Larkspur Company, a blog that supports emerging female business owners and creators. Read her interview at blog/83398916-larkspur-woman-lauren-slak-midwife.

Correction: Corey Patton graduated from Parker School in ‘11 instead of ‘13 as was mistakenly printed in our last newsletter. Our apologies for this error.

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Feb. 12 & 13: Speech & debate tournament Feb. 15: President’s Day NO SCHOOL/OFFICES CLOSED

Feb. 25: Lower school conferences, after school hours only

Feb. 26: All school parent-teacher conferences, NO SCHOOL Mar. 5: Kahiau Auction Gala

Mar. 12: Teacher work day, early dismissal Mar. 14-18: Spring break, NO SCHOOL, offices closed Mar. 18

Apr. 7-9: Speech & debate tournament Apr. 8: Art Start Apr. 22: Middle School Unity Day Apr. 23, 24, 29, 30 & 1: Spring musical

May 4: Middle & upper school spring chorus concert

May 6: May Day all school festival, early dismissal

May 12: Fine art awards ceremony

May 13: Academic awards ceremony

May 13: Seniors’ last school day May 23-25: Middle & upper school final exams May 25: Last school day FOR DETAILS CHECK THE PARKER SCHOOL CALENDAR AND ANNOUNCEMENTS AT

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1 Laura Inaba 30 Jennifer Richardson

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Faculty & Staff!


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