Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cure The World of Breast Cancer

By: Alyssa Neal and Julaluk Moulthrop

~A world without Breast Cancer would be a miracle~

     K.I.C is supporting Breast Cancer by doing a Breast Cancer Walk. "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer." The walk is 5 miles long is taking place at Ford Island. This walk provides a powerful and inspiring opportunity as a community to honor Breast Cancer survivors and raise awareness. The walk begins at 7:00.A.M. Walkers will be treated to water and first-aid at checkpoints along the walk route.

    We interviewed Taryn Kanai to see what her opinion is about this Breast Cancer Walk. We asked her, "Why do you think it's important for us to participate in this walk?" She replied with "It helps people with Breast Cancer, and since there's no cure for Breast Cancer, it's great that were walking to raise awareness and money for the "Cure." Another question we asked her was, "How do you think the people with this disease are feeling, now that they know were doing a walk for them?" She says, "I think they are feeling ecstatic and thankful knowing that were supporting their disease and raising awareness and money to help cure their disease."

    We also interviewed Victoria Coffin (Ms Coffin, Room H101) to see a teachers perspective on this walk. We asked her "Why do you think it's important hat were doing this walk?" She replied happily with "I think that it is important to do this walk because there are a lot of survivors from this disease and we need to show our support. We also need to educate people about Breast Cancer and how it affects people's lives. We also asked her "What do you hope to accomplish after this walk?" She replied joyfully "I hope that more students are aware about Breast Cancer and it's affects.

~Breast Cancer survivors you are strong, continuing to have that this unbreakable bond. I know it's tough and can be very rough, but keep your love alive through this big fight. Never give up and use all your might. We hope to earn money to help cure breast cancer. Wish Us Luck~

Monday, November 19, 2012

St. Andrew’s Cathedral

By: Zachary Jove Caday

     Haven’t you guys heard yet? Recently, the 6th grader’s went to St. Andrew’s Cathedral as a part of our field trip. At St. Andrew's, we saw a lot of artifacts like the holy water, and the stained glass windows.  My favorite artifact was the stained glass windows because it had an image of Jesus standing in the middle with him doing different things, like walking on water. You can see the stained glass window when you exit the building.  We went to St. Andrews because in third quarter, we are going to study world relgions as part of our IB unit.

After the Family Fun Fair

By: Dasia Burr

     Who came to the family fun fair? Because I did! It was super fun! I saw students with temporary tattoos on their face, crazy hair color, teddy bears, soda bottles, and of course smile on their faces, and more! I think all of the grade booths raised a lot of money because each of the booths, there was a long line, that must mean CHA-CHING! Money time! In my opinion, my favorite booth was the bounce house because I could bounce around with my friends. So, if you didn't come to the family fun fair then there is always next year.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Happy Reading!

By: Rhyanne Javier

     Teenbiz or Kidbiz is what you call it, but I'd rather call it the comprehension master.  Why you might ask? First of all, it's full of great questions to help you with your reading strategies. The thought questions sometimes ask you to infer or give you your opinion, which helps you with your answers. Also it helps you to summarize the article. I myself really enjoy Teenbiz or Kidbiz because it helps me with my reading which means i get better at writing, and it helps you get better at oral communication. It's a great website to help you with your reading, writing, and oral communication skills.

    Teenbiz/Kidbiz is really easy to use, you only need to log in, go to your mailbox where you can read the article of the day. The steps to complete one article is to first vote on the poll, then you reply to the article, next you read the article, do the activity and thought questions, then you vote in the poll again. Doing the math is optional. OH SEE! Right there! It has math as well! Now its a 2 in 1 package deal. It's such a great website!

    Please go ahead and check out Teenbiz/Kidbiz.  Even adults can use their kids account to read articles, but kids have to answer the questions. It's a great way to bond and do homework with your child. In conclusion, Teenbiz/Kidbiz is really great with reading and writing strategies. If you're a student who thinks Teenbiz is boring, you might have to change your mind and attitude because it's there to help you learn. Just think about it.

Remember the HECO Challenge is Still ON! Keep Saving Energy!

Remember the HECOLAMO- HECO Home Energy Challenge that is!
By:  Christine Toorinjian

            ATTENTION! ATTENTION! All the people who are reading this blog, stop what you're doing, (besides reading)! Very important information coming YOUR WAY in the next couple of sentences. Remember folks, the HECO challenge is still going on. If you don't remember what the heck that is, then stand by for further refreshing of the brain. Other people......... Keep on reading also!

          So how many months has it been since you remember singing up for the HECO challenge? 2? 3? Well if you answered sandwich, then you are terribly confused! It has been about 3 months since our school has asked you guys to participate in the HECO Home Energy Challenge. If you still don't know what this is, wait a bit longer. The HECO challenge is basically a way for our school to raise money. How it works is when you save energy by doing small things, for example unplugging things when they aren't needed, you're earning money from our school. The more you save, we receive. This challenge is going on for a whole 6 months, so save, save, SAVE! When it's over though, 3 lucky schools that saved the most amount of energy, will be able to win cash prizes. 1st place wins $10,000. 2nd place wins $5,000. 3rd place wins $3,000. We won 3rd place last year, so we really need to kick it up a notch! If we do win 1st place this year, we're hoping that we could invest in a new aquaponics system, and much more fun activities for the students. Another thing too, the family who saves the most energy will receive a Kumu Kit, and not only that, but save big on their electric bill. Just remember though, this isn't only about money, but to encourage people to be thoughtful about the environment, and to make our world a greener place, even if 3/4 of it is blue. Anyways, enough of that, time to move on to HOW you can help us.

          Basically, we're just going to run through some tips, (5 to be exact), on how to save energy in your home. So, here they are:

#1: Open your windows on breezy days, instead of using your A/C.  Use natures winds as it was intended to be.

#2:  If you're planning on replacing your old water heater, try replacing it with a high-efficiency model, which can also save you some big bucks , especially with the years to come.

#3: Choose an ENERGY STAR brand of refrigerators/freezers, which happen to exceed federal efficiency standards by 20%.

#4: Instead of turning on the lights during the day, use natural light. Open your blinds, curtains, drapes, or whatever you have, and let the sun brighten up your home.

#5: Clean your dishwasher's bottom filter routinely to increase its efficiency.

This may sound like a lot of work , but it's time for you to lend a hand, get off your lazy bums, and SAVE A LOT..... of energy that is.

          Overall, keep the HECO challenge in mind, and KEEP IT THERE! No dreaming of unicorns and rainbows, UNLESS you're me. Ummmmm, what else? Oh yeah! SAVE! SAVE! SAVE! Have a nice evening..... or morning..... or whatever's in between and peace out homies!
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Come, Come, Come, and have Fun, Fun, Fun at the Family Fun Fair!

By:  Taryn Kanai

"Hey Taryn did you hear about the Family Fun Fair?"

"No, when is it?"

"It's November 9, 2012 from 3:30-7:00 at Keone'ula Elementary School."

"Oh, cool what's going to be at the fair?"

"Well there will be a bunch of different games, like ring toss, dunking booth, a bounce house, and lots and lots of prizes!"

"Oh, that sounds fun!"

"There will also be a bake sale going on."

" What kinds of things will be at the bake sale?"

"There will be all sorts of stuff like, brownies, cakes, mochi, and alot of different treats."

" That sounds very delicious."

"I bet they taste goood too!"

"I am for sure going to the Family Fall fair now."

"Great I'll see you there!"



Volleyball Tournament

By : Leialoha Burgarin & Julaluk Moulthrop

     Leilani serves the ball and it goes over the net. Pohakea bumps it back to us. Screams and cheers from the crowd fill the room. Which team will let the ball hit the ground? Who will win the match? Yes you guessed it, it's the volleyball tournament. Keone'ula were going against some really tough volleyball players from different schools in the Ewa Beach District. Actually a few kids in our class are in the volleyball team. Valerie Sunajo, Christine Toorinjian, and don't forget us! Julaluk and Leialoha! There are also many players who are in the volleyball team who are really good players and friends. Oh, and don't forget the coaches, Mr. Chung and Ms. Coffin.
     It was a great experience being in a volleyball team. We had 2 teams, a boy's and a girl's team. At practice, we work or in this case play together to help one another to get better. Soon everyone got really good and were ready for the tournament. So when it came to the tournament, we knew it was going to be challenging , but we know that we have tried our best. It was an enticing and excruciating tournaments and there were many good players, but we knew that we worked hard and we tried our best to make it here.

     Now for a few of the volleyball players to give a response of how they thought of the tournaments. First up, Valerie Sunajo, in Ms. Firestone's class. Our question was,

     "Did you enjoy your volleyball tournaments?"

     "Yes, it was a challenge because I injured my knee and because it was my 1st 2 volleyball games. But on the other hand, it was fun because I did well and I had some funny moments with my friends. It was also really interesting watching other's play."

     We have also asked Mr. Chung about his thoughts on the tournaments. A question we asked was,

     "Was coaching the tournaments a challenge?

     " Coaching was a challenge but it was made easier for me because the students played really well and they behaved well and were excellent listeners," he replied happily.

     Another question we asked him was,

     " Did you have fun?"

     " Yes I did because the enthusiasm of my students was contagious and I was very proud of how we did!?"

     Every game was a challenge for all of us because we were against a lot of really good players but it was the enthusiasm and the spirit that made us fight back. We would like to thank Mr. Chung and Ms. Coffin for teaching all of us how to get better and pushing us to be the best that we can be. You guys are the best coaches ever! It was a hard thing to accomplish but we did it and we had a lot of fun doing it. We worked together and I think our sportsmanship was what made us fight back after all the pain and be the best that we could be because we knew our team, rather boy or girl team, was counting on us and we didn't want to let them down, so we played harder till we won the match. Thank you everyone for your support and for all your hard work you have put in to make this an awesome experience and volleyball tournament!

Monday, November 5, 2012

International Baccalaureate Student of the Month

By:  Ethan Gagnon

     Anybody can be knowledgeble, but we only select the best knowledgeble person from each class to be recognized as the IB Student of the Month. If you were the knowledgeble person of the month, that is a big honor.

     To be knowledgeble you need to keep up with your work. If you really want to be knowledgeble you have to go over what you're supposed to do. You need to know how to reflect on your work, and take in new ideas and use them. Knowledgeble people love to learn. They need to be open minded becasue open minded and knowledgeble work hand in hand.

      Acquiring knowledge is a very important skill to have. Next month's IB is open minded, so start trying to be open minded while continuing to be knowledgeble.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

3rd Grade Waipahu Plantation Field Trip

3rd Graders from Mrs. Kagamida's class have a blast learning about our melting pot of cultures! 

September 2012

3..2..1 ACTION!

By: Dasia Burr

     On Friday, September 14, second graders went on a field trip to Hawaii Theater for Youth and saw a play called “The Five Chinese Brothers."  I interviewed one of the students named Vera Brewer in Mrs. Yoshikawa’s class, and I interviewed Mrs. Yoshikawa. I had fun interviewing them. I interviewed Vera Brewer first.

          Q: Where did you go?

          A: Tenny Theater

          Q: What kinds of different facts did you guys learn about?

          A:  “I learned that if you think you can do it, you can actually do it.”    

          Q: What was your favorite part?

          A: When the first brother was looking inside the fire dragon’s stomach.

          Q:  Was it a fun field trip?

          A: “Yes, because it made me and my friends laugh.”

          Wow! It was really fun interviewing Vera! I was so curious of what she was going to say. Then I interviewed Mrs. Yoshikawa.

          Q: Were you excited to go to your first field trip with your new students?

          A: “It was so relaxing, the play had plenty of colorful costumes, and I like how they called different students up to the stage, it made them pay more attention.”

          Q: Did the act entertain you?

          A: "It was hilarious to watch and learn."

          Q: Did you and your students have a good time together?

          A: "I had fun because all of them behaved, and weren’t walking around or fooling around. I also had fun because I got to learn more about them on the bus."

        I also had fun listening to her answers to my questions. So I’m so glad that both students and teachers had fun at the Hawaii Theater For Youth.

The 1st graders also viewed this play.  Here is Sienna Lopez, 1st grader in Miss Firestone's class, chosen from the audience to be one of the 5 Chinese brothers who has the super power to be fire proof!