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1 The Cougar Connection December 2017 Kea`au High School Parent Newsletter Volume 18 Issue 5 In This Issue College Scholarships-Page 2 UH Hilo University of Hawaii Kamehameha Schools Scholarship Workshop Hawaii Community Foundation Announcements-Page 3 Keaau Christmas Light Parade Parent Community Walkthrough Christmas Concert PTSA Fundraiser Monthly Parent Meeting Page 4 Summer Bridge Program Keaau HS Culinary Holiday Food Fun Facts Cougar Strong-Page 5 Physical Education Wellness Committee Notification of Privacy Rights Know your privacy rights as they apply to 1) student record information; 2) directory information; 3) surveys and other information collection; and 4) military recruitment information. For more information on your privacy rights, the laws that protect them, and how to exercise your rights, contact your school administrator or visit: Aloha Parents/Guardians, Community and Students, We are closing in on our first semester being over. With that we will see how our students are doing going into our closing half of the year. I am hoping all have set a path of success and that you will continue to support them by making sure they take advantage of our free breakfast and lunch to nourish their brains to continue to do well in school. I hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving and go into the Holiday season in good spirits. If you have plans during the Holidays please be safe and enjoy! Once again I ask that everyone make sure our students have full zip up or button up jackets as the months are getting colder and we are an air conditioned school. Winter break this year is from December 22nd through January 8th. When students return on January 9th it will be the first day of our Homecoming Week. It will be a great week for students to show their school and class pride. Be sure to attend our Homecoming basketball game on January 13th. Until next year I wish the best to all of you and hope you have a wonderful and safe Holiday Season! Aloha, Dean Cevallos, Principal Kea au High School Kea`au High School Vision We will inspire, change and create positive outcomes for students to achieve and succeed. Kea`au High School Mission We will challenge and motivate students to learn and succeed with P.R.I.D.E. Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, Excellence Kea au High School does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, national origin, religion, or disability. December 21 End of Quarter 2 (1st. Semester) December 22-January 4 Winter Break January 5 Teacher Work Day (No School) January 8 Teacher PD Day (No School) January 9-13 Homecoming Week January 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School) January 17 Report Card Distribution (Quarter 2/1st Semester) January 18 Parent/Community Walkthrough February 2 Middle of 3rd Qtr. February 12 Mid-Qtr. Distribution (Quarter 3)

2 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS Kamehameha Schools Na Ho`okama a Pauahi Post High Scholarship Workshops Application Deadline: February 15, 2018 All workshops held at the: KS Resource Center-East Hawaii Conference Room 1266 Kamehameha Ave. A5-A6 Hilo, HI (Hilo Iron Works, 1st Building, 2nd Floor) Dates and Time: December 6, :00pm-6:00pm December 20, :00am-3:00pm January 4, :00am-3:00pm January 10, :00pm-6:00pm January 13, :00am-3:00pm January 25, :00am-3:00pm February 7, :00pm-6:00pm February 8, :00am-3:00pm February 13, :00am-3:00pm These workshops will provide: Assistance in completing your application for our Na Ho`okama a Pauahi Need-Based Scholarship Help with your Ho`oulu Hawaiian Data Center Hawaiian Ancestry Registration form, and/or documentation submittals Computers that are available for use to access the CSS online application process for our Na Ho`okama a Pauahi Scholarship. Walk-ins welcome at anytime between stated times on a first come first served basis. Be prepared to stay for at least one hour. Please Bring: Signed copy of your 2016 federal taxes, W2 s, 1099 s, and all tax schedules If receiving TANF (cash) benefits, please bring copy of recent Benefit History Statement If applicable, original birth certificates to verify Hawaiian ancestry Credit/Debit card for fee payment of $32 For more information: KS East Hawaii Resource Center: Chancellor's Scholarship This is a four year tuition scholarship. You must be accepted by UH Hilo. Graduated from a Hawaii high school and be a resident of Hawaii. You must also have a 3.5 GPA or better OR 1800 on the old SAT or 280 on new SAT or 27 on ACT. Must also demonstrate leadership and or community service. Apply online at or a paper version in the transition center. UH Hilo Inspired by You Scholarship The Inspired by You scholarships give students the chance to share their story of how they are inspired by the `Aina, Discovery, Innovation, and Each Other, and the opportunity to earn scholarships ranging from $500 to $10, University of Hawaii Common Scholarship Application This single application allows students to apply for over 40 different scholarships offered through the UH system as well as scholarships offered through UH Hilo. Application: Application Requirements: content/uploads/docs/financial-aid/scolarships/ _application_requirements.pdf The Hawaii Community Foundation has over $4 million available for scholarships from more than 200 funds to make the road to college easier. Just complete HCF s online application process to be matched to multiple scholarships. Application: Deadline: January 31, 2018 at 4:00pm HST Page 2

3 Announcements Announcements Parent Community Walkthrough / Coffee Hour There will be no walkthrough in December due to Winter Break. Our next walkthrough will be on January 18, 2018 from 9-11am. Sit and talk with Principal Cevallos, tour the campus, visit the classrooms and stay for refreshments! Call if you would like to attend. Walk-ins are also welcome! Christmas Concert Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Shipman Gym, 6:00 p.m. Mt. View Elementary Chorus Kea'au Middle School Bands and Poly Music Classes Kea'au High School Chorus/Ensembles and Band Monthly Parent Meeting January 29, 2018 Keaau HS Library, 6pm Topics: Study Skills, Homework, Sleeping, Time Management, Kea`au High School PTSA Fundraiser Big Island Candies Crunch Bar on sale for $4 Big Island Candies Crunch Bars are great gifts for friends and family! If you would like to purchase: Call: Cheryl Chow Parent Involvement Page 3

4 KEAAU HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER BRIDGE PROGRAM Who: All incoming 9th grade students for the school year What: Summer Bridge Program All students enrolling in 9th grade the summer of 2018 are invited to participate. Students will engage in hands-on learning activities in the areas of English, Math, Science, Art, and Technology in a blended learning environment. Those who participate for the full program will earn 1/2 an elective credit toward their high school graduation requirements. Transportation, breakfast, and lunch are all provided free. Students will take field trips at least three times during the program, transportation is also provided at no cost. When: June 7-29, 2018, Monday - Friday Where: Kea'au High School Campus Why: To provide incoming freshmen with an opportunity to become familiar with our campus, faculty, and expectations and to help bridge the transition from middle school to high school. FLYERS AND APPLICATIONS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED IN THE NEAR FUTURE! Blue Zones Symposium In October, the Culinary 2 classes were given the opportunity to create, calculate costs and prepare a luncheon for a Blue Zones Symposium. The Blues Zones committee gave our students an idea of the types of food they would like for their luncheon, and the students were given the job of coming up with a delicious menu. The students studied the types of luncheon food the committee preferred, and came up with a luncheon menu of Apple Walnut Salad with Dijon vinaigrette dressing, vegetable trays, tropical fruit salad, and sandwich platters with a variety of spreads and toppings. The students calculated the price of each portion, and gave the committee a price per person of the menu they created. The Blue Zones committee was happy with the menu the students created, and bought the food for the students to fix the luncheon early in November. The students prepared all the elements of the lunch and Blue Zones served the food at their Symposium luncheon on November 9, The Culinary 2 class did a great job creating the menu, costing out the ingredients and preparing the luncheon. The Blue zones team enjoyed their luncheon! By: Charlene Turman, Culinary Teacher Holiday Food Fun Facts If you ve ever received a fruitcake as a gift, you probably know they can last for a long time without ever going bad, thanks to the preservative properties of the sugar and the alcohol they contain. Actually, that s a part of the design: they were originally intended to be baked at the end of the harvest season and saved to be eaten at the beginning of the harvest season the following year, for good luck. From the Sugar Plum Fairy to visions of sugar plums dancing in children s heads, sugar plums definitely have a place in Christmas lore. But what are they, exactly? You might not have guessed by their name, but these sweet treats are a type of candy. When they first came around in the 1600s, the term plum denoted any dried fruit, and typical sugar plums are made with a combination of dried fruit and spices that are rolled into balls, then coated with a hard candy shell. Retrieved From: ( The tradition of making decorated gingerbread houses started in Germany in the early 1800s. According to certain researchers, the first gingerbread houses were the result of the well-known Grimm's fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel" in which the two children abandoned in the forest found an edible house made of bread with sugar decorations. After this book was published, German bakers began baking ornamented fairy-tale houses of lebkuchen (gingerbread). These became popular during Christmas, a tradition that came to America with Pennsylvanian German immigrants. Retrieved From: ( Page 4

5 Kea`au Cougars Strong Happenings By Sabina Boo-Rivera Everyone at some point has had to have a physical education class. Some kids like it, while others don t. Teachers always hear feedback from the students, but what do the teachers have to say? There are five Physical Education teachers; Mr.Taketa, Mr.Kanno, Mr.Ishihara, Mr. Ayap, and Mr.Vanc Ceave. Here s what they think about all of you. Mr. Kanno says My classes are basically all the same to me. I have fun, we play soccer, football, softball, basketball, volleyball, and sham battle. My classes are all pretty good, and I really enjoy my students who are responsible, day in, day out. Mr.Taketa teaches Body Conditioning and Physical Fitness classes and says, I ve just introduced the Biathlon, agility, balance circuits, team sports, target games, and invasion games in October. All my classes are excellent. A new teacher named Mr.Ayap has been doing basketball and softball. He says, It s a blast with all of them, and they re pretty respectful. Next we have Mr.Ishihara who teaches weightlifting, including pyramid training. He says, My classes are awesome, well behaved, and do their routines. Last but not least we have Mr.Van Cleave. He was very positive when talking about his students. He says, The kids are really good, it s a lot of fun. In almost all the classes I m just laughing the whole time. They re all great and I enjoy having them. From the Kea`au Cougars Strong gang: Available for sale to our Cougar community are: 1. White Dri-fit shirts. $10 for students. $12 for adults. 2. Kea`au Cougars Strong lanyards: $4 students. $5 adults. Please follow us on IG Cougars Strong, #keaaucougarsstrong. Be on the lookout in the near future for zipped hoodies on sale with our school t-shirt design on. Wellness Committee Happenings Our hard working committee is in the process of getting our school Blue Zones certified. It is our intent to get all of our Cougar community, to include students and faculty/staff, to think twice about making healthy decisions when its related to our mind, body, and/or spirit. We are doing some cool things on campus such as our Annual Turkey Trot and Wellness Fair, healthy eating choices in our cafeteria, and also Wellness sessions as part of our faculty training sessions, to name a few. Please follow us High Blue Zones Project and also at #khsbzproject to see all the cool stuff we re doing. Wellness Challenge for the month: Do an act of kindness at least once a week. Page 5