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Summary Daily Bulletin for Friday, September 19, 2014

Chapel services at the Bishop Memorial Chapel will begin for each grade level starting in September. On the applicable day, students should drop leave their bags at the middle school, check with teachers for directions. In Chapel, students will be seated by advisory and practice the TRIBES agreements. After Chapel, buses will return all students by team to Keawe Gym.

7th Grade Bishop Memorial Chapel Services on 9/12 and 10/10. 8th Grade Bishop Memorial Chapel Services on 9/26, 10/17.

Kamehameha Schools and the creators of the PRESENT Project would like to invite you join a five-week long afterschool, artist residency project called NEST. The project will be taking place in Kamehameha Schools’ Our Kaka’ako from September 3 thru October 3, on Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 2:30-5:530 (class begins at 3:30). Geared for middle school students, young artists, and artists at heart, will learn to construct a playful, evolving installation of their own nest out of bamboo and other natural and found materials, inspired by the ways in which birds build their homes. Registration is required. For fee waiver information, please email info@ourkakaako.com. Contact info@presentproject.org for more information on the event or visit www.presentproject.org.

After a great field trip, what could be better than some refreshing snacks? Support the Choral Music students by purchasing tasty snacks and cold drinks after your field trip on Thursday 9/18. Mahalo!

Congratulations to the following Maika‘i Award Recipients: Hanu Racoma and Trevor Casabar of Grade 7; Tehya Kealaiki, Zanen Samoa, Natalie Akiona, Sunn Richardson, Alissa Lyman, Gabby Tyrell, Doulton Ho, Keola Auwae and Simone Ross of Grade 8.


Student Government Elections

There were KMS Homepage issues this morning.  Voting will remain open until September 22 at 3:00pm.  Please access by using the link that corresponds with your grade level.

7th Grade Election Essays - click this link to read candidate essays

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XMrSuSGbHqBmHtHSEWziD3rjex7WdxUyJV3VWQ3lJBE/viewform?usp=send_form  (click this link to vote for grade 7)

8th Grade Election Essays - click this link to read candidate essays

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PR1dZ8EL56MmG2ACfmKLqH_l7QxsOj1qAZj5aDwZ4CQ/viewform?usp=send_form (click this link to vote for grade 8)

Source: KMS Student Activities | 17 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm HST

More on Monster/Energy Drinks

The following was shared by our Life Skills kumu, Mr. Omo:

Energy drinks are not the same as sports drinks. They are popular, but they are not designed to rehydrate athletes during activity and should not be used in such circumstances. There is no regulatory control over energy drinks, thus their content and purity cannot be ensured.

Energy drinks may contain ingredients that are not listed on the label and they may be banned by the state athletic association.

Fruit juices with greater than 8% carbohydrate content can result in a bloated feeling and abdominal cramping.

Higher levels of caffeine does not further improve performance. In fact the larger the dose of caffeine the more at risk you are for the adverse effects of caffeine, which include increased heart rate, headaches, disrupted sleep,jitteriness, nausea, irritability and gastrointestinal distress and most concerning, dehydration.

I’ve shared this information with the students and I hope that this will help to stop these drinks from coming to our campus.  Additionally, I hope this information will help your child to make healthier choices on which beverages to consume.

Mahalo for your support,

Mr. Atabay

Source: Kyle Atabay | 4 Sep 2014 | 9:36 pm HST

Monster/Energy drinks at school…


Recently, a team of teachers inquired about our policy on Monster drinks because they noticed some of their students who brought the drinks to school, some consuming as many as two in a short period. Although we have no policy that speaks directly to Monster drinks, inquiry with my VP cohorts across the KS system informs me that they too have dealt with it, some campuses have banned it all together, and many of them attack it from the perspective of a health issue that needs to be controlled. In general, similar sentiments of concern were shared amongst my peers and it was agreed upon that high energy/”Monster” drinks have no nutritional value, and contain stimulants that could be considered harmful in the long run to a child’s development.  Additionally, labels should always be read carefully to see if alcohol is part of its ingredients. A quick google search of Monster drinks will show you many different reports, articles, and stories of the dangers of these types of energy drinks, especially to adolescent students.

I am asking that students refrain from bringing these types of drinks to school simply out of concern for their health. These drinks are also not cheap so if your child is asking you to purchase them, please don’t. I am asking our teachers and staff to immediately confiscate these drinks if they are seen and to bring them to the main office. The drink may be retrieved by the student’s parent if you so choose.

If you have any questions, you can contact me at my office, 842-8447.


Mr. Atabay

Source: Kyle Atabay | 3 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm HST

Happy New (School) Year!


We are just about completing two weeks of school and all is going well.  I just wanted to note some quick observations and provide some reminders.

1) Laptops – the majority of our students have been allowed to take their laptops home.  Just this week, I’ve had to deal with about five “missing” laptops that were due to students leaving them unattended.  As we constantly remind students, the laptop should always be in their possession when in school or secured somewhere safely (i.e. a designated team/classroom space, their locker).

2) Student IDs – all students should have one by now and it is a part of our school uniform.  During school hours, their ID must be worn.

3) Student drop-off – Please remember to stay in the drop-off circle and not the staff parking lot.  Please drive as far ahead as possible to stop and release/pick up your child.  For safety reasons,  students should be entering and exiting the vehicle only from the right side or the car(curbside). 

4) Our new bus circle on the Diamond Head side of our campus has been working really well for our commuters.  All students have been cooperating very well and none have missed their bus.

5) Next Wednesday, August 27 is our first Early Release day when school will end at 12:30 p.m.  Students should be picked up at that time or will be boarding a bus to get home. We will be directing students staying on campus to wait at the area in front of Kekuhaupi’o Gymnasium.  The early release of students allows our faculty to take part in valuable staff development and no supervision will be available here at middle school.  If you are picking up your child later, please do so on Bishop Drive at the area above Kekuhaupi’o Gymnasium.


Mr. Atabay

Source: Kyle Atabay | 21 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm HST

Welcome Back to School Year 2014-2015!!


August 13, 2014

Mahalo to all our families who have made the start of the year a wonderful new beginning! We surely started with some excitement thanks to tropical storm Iselle. My wish and my prayer is that all of you and your extended families are doing well after this storm and that you are safe and healthy.

This blog is to inform you about ways I will communicate with you throughout this school year. First and most importantly, know that I am always reach-able at my desk at 843-3473, or by email at pukaai@ksbe.edu. I welcome your mana’o and will get back to you within a day or sooner when you have messages for me.

The Principal’s blog is one of the communication venue that I will try to write in each quarter. The blog can be navigated to from our KMS website. Team websites are presently under construction and should be up in their new format within the next month.

Additionally, the middle school provides quarterly coffee hours with the administrative team. The first coffee hour is on September 24th, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. These coffee hours are held in Kalama Dining Hall and require an RSVP. You will receive an email invitation for this first coffee hour at the end of August or the first part of September. Parking for the coffee hours is in the parking structure at Kekuhaupi’o. The purpose of the coffee hour is for parents to come with dialogue and conversation to share with our administrative team and other parents to insure communication lines are open. The open forum discussion is guided by parent interest and there is no set agenda. These coffee hours have a maximum capacity of 70 parents so please be sure to RSVP early if you are interested in attending these forums.

A Quarterly Middle School Newsletter will be distributed about a week after the close of the quarter and will highlight the goings on at the middle school campus for that particular time period. This newsletter will be sent to you through email.

I look forward to a wonderful school year with every student and their families. Please do not hesitate to call on me should you need support in your child’s journey here at Kula Waena o Kamehameha ma Kapalama.

•There is no adult supervision on them idle school campus before 7:00 a.m. Many students are here as early as 5:30 a.m.

•Similarly, there is no adult supervision on campus after 3:30 p.m. Many students are still here at 7:00 p.m. when I am leaving the campus.

•The safety and well-being of your child is of utmost importance. Please drop off and pick up your child within the hours of supervision stated above.

•Please heed the direction of ALL and ANY security, Sherriff, or school personnel who are trying to manage traffic on campus at all times.

•Always pull all the way up in the middle school drop off area and stop fully before allowing your child to get out of the vehicle.

•DO NOT ever pass on the left to get around another vehicle in the car drop off area. This is EXTREMELY dangerous. Please always be patient as students are dropped off and picked up each day ion our middle school car drop off area.

•The faculty parking are is off limits as a drop off or pick up area. This includes the loading zone.

•Please pay attention to the directional arrows and signage on the roads. Driving against oncoming traffic to go up the hill from the middle school is never allowed and is extremely dangerous.

•The fire lane is NEVER a thorough fare for vehicles. All buses drop off and pick up at Keawe and exit the Waikiki side of the middle school campus past the dorm area. All car drop off and pick up is on the Ewa side of the middle school campus.

Mahalo for your utmost care when driving. We care deeply about each child’s safety.

In closing, I share above a picture of my ohana from this past summer. We celebrated the graduation of my younger son from the University of Oregon. He will continue on with his graduate work as he plays out his two remaining years of eligibility. My older son will be starting his second year of law school at Seattle University Law School. Both boys are proud graduates of Kamehameha Kapalama!

Puanani Mills Ka’ai
Po’o Kula, Kula Waena
Kamehameha Kapalama

Source: Pua Kaai | 13 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am HST

Middle Years – September 2014

Aloha and welcome back to another school year! Click on the link for September’s edition of Middle Years.

Middle Years – September 2014

Source: Kapālama Middle School | 11 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am HST