One of our goals at Ta'iala is to provide our student with an opportunity to realize their greatest potential. We know that students have different talents and strengths, so besides academic achievements, we like to give them a chance use their musical abilities in an end-of-the-year musical event.
Last year we hosted an International Night. This year our music teachers wanted to expose the students to popular Broadway and Hollywood musicals, so we prepared a Music Festival. On May 18th we had our show in which each class performed selections from a musical. They had a lot of fun with it, and we had a lot of fun watching!
The kindergarteners and Child Development Center sang and danced to "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid.
The first and second graders stole the show with "So Long, Farewell", "My Favorite Things", and "Edelweiss" (on the chimes) from The Sound of Music.
The third and fourth graders dressed like chimney sweeps for "Chim Chimney," "Spoonful of Sugar", and "Supercalifragislistic" from Mary Poppins.
The fifth and sixth graders performed songs from Fiddler on the Roof: "If I Were a Rich Man" and a dramatic rendition of "Tevyeh's Dream".
The seventh and eighth grade class sang and danced with umbrellas to the classic "Singin' the the Rain" and a modern stomp version of "Moses Supposes" from Singing in the Rain.
The whole student body gathered for a finale of Sing, Sing a Song, and We're Thanking You to share their appreciation for all the parent and community support we are blessed with.
Our hats go off to Ms. Teri and all the teachers who worked so hard to make this an evening the students will always remember. We are selling DVD's of this show, which include the three "I Am Ta'iala" commercials, and the short film "Kindness Begins With Me". DVD's are $5.00, and can be requested by emailing us here.
Our brave PTO took on the challenge of acquiring, preparing, and selling one thousand hot dogs for the Adeaze concert at the stadium on April 27th. Our families donated the food, and the PTO and teachers cooked hot dogs in the afternoon. In the evening volunteers worked in shifts selling hotdogs, chips, glowsticks, and drinks. It was busy busy busy! We didn't sell all of our hot dogs, but we made about $1200. Yay PTO!
We were thrilled to welcome the brothers from Adeaze at our school on Tuesday April 24. They sang some songs for us, and we sang a song for them. We loved their easy-going personalities, smooth inspiring music, and charming Kiwi accents! Afterwards we had a grand photo shoot and autograph signing.
On April 13, our school had a Social Studies Fair. We wanted to prepare our students to participate in island wide History Day next year, so they prepared projects with the theme "Revolution, Reaction, Reform". The third through eighth graders spent weeks researching and creating their projects.
They presented their boards and fielded questions from our three capable judges: Ms. Ali Pili, Ms. Brook Gurr, and Ms. Sina Mamea. Thank you judges for spending the morning with us!!
Our Class winners:
3rd Grade - Matthew M.
4th Grade - Noelle L.
5th Grade - Malachi S.
6th Grade - Oliver P.
7th Grade - Vivian H.
8th Grade - Hueina H.
Our two kindergarten classes also did adorable projects about the US flag and two US presidents. Thanks everyone!
Thanks to the lovely people at Bank of Hawaii, our students are a little more money-savvy now. Bank of Hawaii American Samoa Branch selected Ta'iala Academy to participate in its "Teach Children to Save" program this year. On Tuesday April 24, four representatives from Bank of Hawaii came to the school to teach three different classes about saving money.
The youngest group learned that money doesn't grow on trees, but it can grow when you save it in the bank. And you should be wise about spending. The middle level group learned about Income and Expense for a juice stand, and how business ventures have risks and rewards. The older group was given the problem of trying to survive on an island, and they had to prioritize and budget for the equipment they would need.
We always appreciate guests at our school, and we especially appreciated these lovely ladies for volunteering their time for our students. Mahalo!
For Teachers Appreciation Week we had an awards assembly on Friday afternoon. The teachers each received an award for their great work and dedication.
Presenting our Award-Winning Teachers
The "Always There" Award goes to Ms. Sharon for Perfect Attendance and Superior Dedication
The "Can-Do Attitude" Award goes to Ms. Teri for her Titan Spirit
The "Aye Aye Captain" Award goes to Ms. Ailen for Running the Tightest Ship in the Classroom
The "Many Hats" Award goest to Ms. Tania for Teaching in All Grades and Multitasking
The "MVP" Award goes to Ms. Nia who adapts to change and shows great leadership
The "Mastermind" Award goes to Helen for a Perfect Record of Lesson Plans and Great Organization
The "Sunshine" Award goes to Aiga for always having a Positive Attitude
The "Helping Hand" Award goes to Doreen for helping in the Day Care
The "Loving Grandma" Award goes to Ms. Mele for loving all children as her own
The "Super Substitute" Award goes to Ms. Jessica for being available when we need her
Pauline was not in that day, but she gets the "Room Sweet Room" Award for the most elaborate clas
On Tuesday April 12, students in grades 3-8 had the opportunity to tour the NOAA research vessel, the Hi'ialakai while it was in port in Pago Pago. The students saw the labs, the navigation room, the living quarters, and all the scientific equipment the scientists use to survey ocean life in the Pacific.
Student had a great experience. Many are now seriously considering a career in marine science! Thank to Kerry for arranging the tour and to the whole crew for welcoming our students on board.
Ms. Temple, for now