The Ho`ala Middle School Experience
It is our goal to create caring communities where students attend to those around them in a compassionate, loving atmosphere. Teachers are natural, genuine, and competent. For some students their teacher will be the one adult in their life that believes in them so that they can resist the pull towards negative choices.
From Middle School on, the signs of rebellion and individuation typical of this age group may be present. It is Ho`ala’s intent that there are few examples of overt or covert hostility and many more instances of collaboration.
Ho`ala students are treated as important, valuable and equal in regards to the quality of respect shown to them by the entire adult and peer community. Both academically and socially, their experience is taken seriously. As a result, they more often will treat those around them with equal respect.
At Ho`ala each student is supported in achieving excellence and satisfaction. Classes are organized in such a way as to invite students to participate actively and creatively in learning. Students want to learn and excel when they experience themselves as capable, responsible, and able to make a difference in life.
Ho`ala School encourages students to use their minds well and to realize that they are unique. Teachers serve as facilitators, or coaches, to assist students in learning how to learn and thus be able to teach themselves.
Throughout the curriculum, the following skills are emphasized and encouraged: sound study habits, critical and creative thinking, collaboration and effective written and oral communication skills. Students are encouraged to take risks, to work cooperatively to find solutions, and to demonstrate their understanding of course material through exhibitions. A small teacher-student ratio allows the educational process to be personalized to a notable degree.
Middle School Service Learning
The goal of this course is to provide an opportunity for students to develop stronger ties to their school and community. Students will be required to perform a minimum of 50 hours of community service during the year. Students perform service within the school as well as the greater community. Partnerships with organizations in the Wahiawa area have included Surfing the Nations, the Wahiawa Hongwanji Mission, Wahiawa General Hospital, Wahiawa Rotary Club, Wahiawa Graffiti Wipe Out Program and more.
Boys Intermediate Basketball
The Boys' Intermediate Basketball Team completed the season with new head coach Scott Poarch. Scott who had no formal training as a Basketball Coach is a parent and board member who willingly took on the challenge. Scott did a great job in helping the boys build skills, promote team spirit and develop sportsmanship. These young men from their earliest games to the playoffs improved with each game. They became a "team" supporting one another as the season progressed. Thank you Coach Scott for a terrific season!
Student Named One of the State's Top Volunteers
Jordan Bayang, Ho`ala School 8th grader, has been named one of the state’s top two youth volunteers in the 12th annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program recognizing young people for outstanding community service.~
Jordan will receive a $1,000 award, an engraved silver medallion, and a trip to Washington, D.C. for several days of special recognition events in early May. Only 102 young people nationwide, one middle level and one high school student in each state and the District of Columbia, receive this honor.
Jordan, an eighth grader at Ho`ala School, has participated in numerous community service projects to benefit his community over the past five years. His desire to serve his community began when he attended Camp Kokua, a Summer Service-Learning Camp sponsored by Ho`ala School. “This two-week camp made me realize that I could make a difference in our community, even at my age,” said Jordan, who was only 8 years old at the time. At the camp, Jordan and his fellow campers learned about many different needs in his community, and discussed ways they could be helpful. Since then, Jordan has spent more than 100 hours each year volunteering. He has read stories to preschool children, picked up trash around his community, collected clothing for a local shelter, and helped educate tourists and local residents about green sea turtles, along with other projects throughout the year and at the annual summer camps. “By volunteering, I became a better person,” said Jordan.
While in Washington, D.C., the 102 State Honorees will tour the capital’s landmarks, attend a gala awards ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and visit their congressional representative on Capital Hill. In addition, 10 of them-five middle level and five high school students will be named National Honorees on May 7 by a prestigious national selection committee. These honorees will receive additional $5,000 awards, gold medallions, crystal trophies, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit, charitable organizations of their choice.