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Do you know the way? Riflery Range/ Lower Courts
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Tennis Courts Weight Room
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Teacher Parking Lot
G Student Center
Performing Arts Center
Cafe Mene Square
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8/5-8/6 Modified Schedule
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New Year, New GuidelineS DARIA STAPOLSKY | STAFF WRITER
W ith the upcoming school year being fully in person and COVID-19 still spreading,the HIDOE responded by creating the Return to Learn: School Reopening Plan to help keep schools safe during these uncertain times. This includes the Department of Health (DOH) mitigation strategies. Core Essential Strategies include staying home when sick, consistently masking, and maintaining good hand hygiene. A wellness check, that can be found under the HIDOE website, should be done daily to check if students need to stay home from school. Masks must cover both the mouth and nose and fit snugly without gaps. Face shields should never be worn alone due to the lack of evidence of its effectiveness.Masks should be worn at all times during school hours and only removed during eating, taking medication, difficulty breathing, and during mask breaks. Hands should be washed or sanitized as often as possible with either hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol or with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. Moanalua High School Principal Robin Martin said the school will follow the state guidelines. “Should the Moanalua High community experience increased spread of COVID or have cases occur at the school, then we will include, to the extent possible, . . . Additional Mitigation Strategies,” she said. Additional Mitigation Strategies--increased physical distancing, increased ventilation, physical barriers, and cleaning--are highly recommended to be applied, but Principal Robin Martin
Shaena Buck Photo Teachers now have the option whether or not to require desks to be sanitized after use.
File Photo Hawaii Pacific Health’s vaccination bus last visited Moanalua in June to vaccinate the Moanalua community. Principal Robin Martin is working to have the bus return to campus.
the state said they should not be prioritized over the Essential Core Strategies. Students and staff should stay at least 3 feet apart when community transmissions are low, substantial, or moderate. When transmissions are high, a physical distance of 6 feet should be kept in classroom settings. Desks should also be placed 6 feet apart. The DOH recommends checking ventilation systems for proper operation and to increase circulation of fresh air indoors. If weather permits, open windows and doors to increase outdoor air ventilation as much as possible. School facilities should be cleaned daily. High-touch areas such as hardware, doorknobs, handrails, and water fountains should be disinfected and cleaned daily at minimum. Martin said while it is difficult to predict how the year will play out, the school will “definitely have a plan” in the event of a positive COVID case in the school community. The research has shown that the vaccines available in the state are effective in preventing severe effects of the COVID virus and the new Delta variant. In an effort to increase access to vaccinations for students, Martin said she is going to try to get the Hawaii Pacific Health’s vaccination bus to come to campus. The bus was last on the Moanalua campus in June. More information on the Return to Learn: School Reopening Plan can be found on the HIDOE website or in the Health and Safety Handbook by the HIDOE.
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Coming in hot: free school meals KENDELLE HUNG-INO | EDITOR IN CHIEF
All HIDOE public school students are eligible
for one free breakfast and lunch throughout the 2021to 2022 school year. Menes must have their ID in order to receive a meal. The change is a result of a U.S. Department of Agriculture national waiver for school meals, with the intention of promoting social distancing between students and cafeteria staff. Cafeteria staff do not expect a drastic change in sales, but are preparing for longer lines on days where students’ favorites like kalua pig and cheesy bites are served. Cafeteria Manager Laurie Hayashida is hoping that more students will take advantage of breakfast. Snack items such as string cheese and cereal will no longer be available for purchase. “If the free
meals [go] smoothly...and students ask for snacks then maybe we can bring some in,” said Hayashida. Students have the option of keeping existing funds in their account or requesting a refund. However, Hayashida advises against the latter. “Be sure to leave some money in [your] lunch account in case [you] want to purchase extra food,” said Hayashida. A second lunch will cost $2.75, and an extra entree is $2.00. A finger scanning system will also be implemented, replacing ID cards at checkout. The system which was supposed to debut last year will be helpful at “controlling the lines,” said Hayashida. Several distribution spots will be spread on campus to mitigate crowds.
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PLans underway for Homecoming JOELLE WATANABE | STAFF WRITER Joelle Watanabe Photo
Miley Chun (left) and Rylie Hashizume work on the sophomore class banner in Ms. Schlegel’s classroom, P10. Over the summer, the sophomore class has been hard at work preparing for Homecoming, meeting twice every week. Joelle Watanabe Photo
If all goes as planned,
”Cirque Du Mene” will be in full swing. After a year of sitting behind computers, Moanalua students will finally get to experience Homecoming to its fullest extent. Activities such as a parade and football match has many hyped up, as it is now possible “I’m really excited!“ Student Association President Seolbin Hong says. “I missed all the events we usually do, I’m looking forward to our school spirit returning!” While the thought of a full Homecoming schedule is exciting for people, plans are still tentative. Like always, health comes first.
Sophomore Zechariah Kim paints another layer on the class banner.
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MUST-KNOWS FOR MENES CALISTA ANCOG | ASSOCIATE EDITOR CAYLEN MARIA CORPUZ | STAFF WRITER
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Photo feature: SA leadership conference
A paper for the menes KENDELLE HUNG-INO EDITOR IN CHIEF Dream. Dare. Do. That is the mantra I embodied this summer as the Hawaii representative at the Al Neuharth Free Spirit journalism conference. Although it was held virtually, I left each call with nothing but new inspiration and was filled with ideas to implement here at Na Hoku. After each guest speaker a common theme I noticed was diversity, which is a principle that Al Neuharth -the founder of U.S.A. Today- was quite fond of himself. Diversity in leadership, inside the newsroom, and whom we cover are all key to creating a publication that represents the people it serves. Moanalua High School, and even Hawaii at that, is filled with diversity. “Diversity” extends beyond ethnicity; it includes differences in sexual orientation, physical disability, religious belief, or even political stance. So as I enter my senior year -and role as Editor In Chief- I’m eager to work with the staff to produce a paper that encapsulates our student body whilst remembering to dream, dare, and do.
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Teams partake in the dance competition that has become a tradition of the conference.
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Sherwin Pang Photo 2021 to 2022 SA officers pose for a photo after the Leadership Conference in May.
NA HOKU O MOANALUA Adviser
Shaena Buck Yerin Hong Ruimin Lin Daria Stapolsky Ethan Tabarejo Joelle Watanabe
Editor in Chief Kendelle Hung-Ino
ASSOCIATE EDITOR Calista Ancog
DIGITAL EDITOR Ariana Patalinghog
Our mission is to report news within Moanalua High School and the surrounding community as impartially as possible, while maintaining transparency and accountability as journalists. Being members of the media, we exercise our first amendment rights to free speech and a free press. Our core principles follow the Society of Professional Journalists code of ethics, centering around seeking the truth, treating members of the school and community with respect, serving the school, and taking responbility for our actions. Moanalua High School Newspaper 2825 Ala Ilima Street Honolulu HI, 96818 www.nahokunews.com