Thursday, December 13, 2012

Be Better in Math!! The Secret..... IXL!!

By:  Rhyanne Javier

Do you know what's another great site for learning math? It's IXL! IXL has great problems for every topic. It has different problems for the grades Pre-K through 8th grade. They also have an Algebra and Geometry tab. IXL is always making their site better, there are more tabs coming soon! I really enjoy IXL because it has a ton of problems you can do. I sometimes do 7th and 8th grade on my free time and it helps me a lot! Every achievement that you get, you get to uncover a square that reveals prizes. My favorite topic on IXL would be Geometry because I like to deal with shapes or lines. I also enjoy going to my reports and looking at my troubled spots to see where I need to work on the most. This is all I have to say about IXL and I hope that you enjoy it because it's there to help you! All Keone'ula students have a username and password to this site, so make good use of it while you can!

Safety Drills

By:  Stevie Ray Pascual

Some of you know that we recently had a lockdown drill and an off campus evacuation. For those of you who don't know what a lockdown is, a lockdown is when an intruder is near or at the school. What every class and building does is cover the windows and turn off the lights. Every student in a classroom goes on the opposite side of the room of where the door is during a lockdown. Everyone has to be quiet during a lock down as well. Now if you're not in a building or at a restroom during a lockdown, you have to go to the nearest classroom or building and flash your name tag on the door so people can trust you and let you in.

Now, the second drill is an evacuation. An evacuation is when everyone in the school goes across the street of the school. This happens when there's a bomb threat or a chemical leak. While walking, you have to be serious, it is not like a walk to the park. You have to speed walk and be quiet. Why? Well, if you don't speed walk, then it will take longer for other students behind you to get out of the school. And if you don't be quiet, you will distract other people, including yourself, from speed walking.

I want you guys to know that you shouldn't be scared, if you follow these rules, you will be fine and safe.


Christmas in a Box

By: Leialoha Bugarin and Taryn Kanai

     Have you thought of what you want for Christmas yet? Well, good if you have, but you also need to think of other kids who don't get presents on Christmas. To help, there is a program that is held every year. It is called Operation Christmas Child by Samaritan's Purse. This year our class (Ms. Firestone's class) participated in Operation Christmas Child. We brought in supplies & toys to pack in shoeboxes. Our class filled three Shoeboxes. It was a huge accomplishment because since we filled three shoeboxes, three kids from poverty stricken countries will be able to get it. One box is for one child. The different supplies & toys that we brought in were markers, crayons, books, barbies, & toy cars. Now remember, this program is held every year so please, please, please, participate because Christmas is the time to think of others. Last but not least Merry Christmas!

Lokahi Tree

By: Dasia Burr

If you have not come by to pick up an ornament off the Lokahi tree, then please come by. We want all of them off the tree. There are families and children that don’t receive anything for Christmas. And Christmas is all about giving and spending time with families. And when all of us take the ornaments off, then more kids and families will be happy. If you don’t know where the Lokahi tree is, it’s in the office by a bear singing Christmas songs. Remember though, if you pick one, make sure you purchase the gift and leave it unwrapped under the tree. So remember, Christmas is all about giving and spending time with your families.

                                  ~MERRY CHRISTMAS~

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Recess Rules

By:  Stevie Ray Pascual

     Hey guys, I want to talk about recess boundaries and rules. First of all, students should not be hanging out by the library or the sun dial. Why?  Yard duty teachers are not over there if you get hurt. And plus, why would you be hanging out by the sun dial if you can just talk at the benches!

     Another place of where you cannot go during recess is in F-building. You should only be there if you have to use the bathroom or drink water. Why? You could get hurt! AND you would disturb classes during lessons.

     Also, when playing with the kickball, please be mindful of how you are playing.  If everyone plays appropriately, we wouldn't have to worry about dodging the ball, or worry about getting hurt.  There should not be any tackling or kicking the ball over the fence!

      One last thing that I really need to address is that I see a lot of litter (in other words trash)  behind the benches and bushes. I'm sure your teachers or parents have talked to you about litter and we all know that IT IS NOT GOOD! Littering destroys the environment and is an actual crime. If you have a habit of being a litter bug, then you will not have a successful future.  So please remember all of these rules so you can be safe and keep our campus clean.  Yard duty teachers  and friends are there for you as well if you have questions.

Ewa Makai Band Performance

By: Julaluk Moulthrop and Rhyanne Zyrelle Javier

     1234 ! Let's go! The Ewa Makai band performance led by Mr. Iyoki, the Ewa Makai band director,  performed at Keone'ula for 4th-6th graders. They played songs such as Don't stop believing, Eye of the Tiger, Party Rock Anthem, You're a  Mean  One, Mr. Grinch, along with some of " The Grinch stole Christmas"  songs. Then they showed the audience some music sheets, which are sheets that guide musicians and the conductor which beat to play in, which they use to play their instruments. Some instruments they play are  the saxophone, French horn, xylophone, drums, tuba and many more.

     Then the conductor had a little surprise for us. He picked a student conductor from the audience. That lucky person was Taias Savea. He got to conduct the band for awhile. He did great! Anyways, overall, it was an awesome performance!

     So here is some more good news. For those who would want to listen to the Ewa Makai band rock again, they are going to play in the Winter Concert on December 13 at the Ewa Makai Middle School. Also, for those of you that would like to be in the Ewa Makai band and rock as good as them, you can take a summer program for about a month to get into the band program. Anyways, thank you Ewa Makai band for a wonderful performance. You ROCK!

Veterans Day

By: Alyssa Neal

What does it mean to be an American?
"Ask not what the country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."
-President Kennedy.

"All gave some, some gave all."

What does it mean to be an American, is the question. Well, to be an American to me means that I am free. That when I grow up I can pick the job I want, what shift to work, and to have a good education. It means that I can say "The Pledge of Allegiance" and that I can vote for the President. (Once I get older.) Being an American is about being free and loyal. It's about having freedom of religion, rights, and justice. Being an American means that we are all treated equally no matter what color skin you have, and it doesn't matter what culture you are from. An American is someone who deserved freedom, and shouldn't take that freedom for granted. And that is what it means to be an American to me.

We shouldn't take these wonderful opportunities for granted, because all of these great choices did not come with just a simple snap of the fingers. People actually had to fight for all of our freedom, and sacrifice there lives for us! Those people that fight for our freedom are called Veterans. And guess what? There is a day celebrated just for them, 11/11 (November 11th) every single year. That is the day that you are supposed to be thankful for every single thing you have, and remember what it truly means to be a free American.

A man or women who served honorably on active duty in the armed forces of the United States. A veteran, is a risk-taker. Someone who cares more about others than themselves. A man or woman who would rather die, just so that everyone around him or her can have freedom, because EVERY SINGLE PERSON DESERVES FREEDOM. Veterans have done a lot for our country, and we shouldn't take that for granted.

    Everything we have now, other countries probably do not have. So, on Veterans Day everyone needs to take a moment, just a moment to think just how lucky we are to have freedom, and how we shouldn't just think everything will be handed to us. We need to know that not every little good thing will come in a gift bag, or present. Because the best gift of all, is knowing that people fight for us and won our freedom.