Learning Outside of the Classroom

by Stephanie Kirkham, Communications on December 4, 2016

8th-grade class testing water samples.

8th-grade class testing water samples.

Hands-on activities are an important part of learning, particularly in science. Ms. DeMott and her science classes have had several opportunities in the last few weeks to put that learning into practice.

Ms. DeMott teaches several different science classes, among those, 8th-grade Physical Science,  and 11/12 grade Environmental Science. Learning about and participating in the world around them is an integral part of each of these classes and having the students spend time in the dirt, sometimes literally, teaches them respect for the land and gives them knowledge in how to preserve our little island.

Both the 8th-grade Physical Science and 11/12 Environmental Science classes have been doing some water quality testing. Students are monitoring two locations near the school: one is where the stream next to the Maui Prep campus lets out, and the other is Honokowai Beach Park. This gave them data for both stream and ocean water. The 11/12 Environmental Science class tested for coliform, which turned up positive, and both classes are testing dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, turbidity, and nitrogen levels.

Planting native species.

Planting native species.

Students in Ms. DeMott’s 11/12 Environmental Science class also had the opportunity to plant 100 native/endemic plants on Haleakala Ranch property. This land is to be a buffer zone, protecting the native species in Waikamoi and further up into the park. Ranch land has been authorized for use after a history of logging and ranching has left an area with predominately invasive species.

The 11/12 Environmental Science class also visited the protest area of the seawall construction a few months ago. The class was doing research projects on seawalls and the pros and cons of their use around the world as well as in Hawaii. They did water collection at the site, discussed the issue with a few of the protesters there and completed persuasive essays on the topic.

Talking with seawall protestors.

Talking with seawall protesters.

Ms. DeMott and her students are learning how to put into practice one of Maui Prep’s visions that they (students) will become active citizens and responsible stewards of the ‘āina who are committed to improving their world.


Project-Give-a-Gift 2016

by Stephanie Kirkham, Communications on November 30, 2016

Toy Drive 8x10Maui Preparatory Academy will be delivering gifts to children in Child Protective Services on the Island of Molokai on December 8, 2016. This delivery is made possible through a partnership between volunteers at Maui Prep, the Goodfellow Brothers, Better Together Photography and generous donations from the West Maui Community.

Maui Prep would like to support Molokai families with two significant efforts in 2016.  First, Maui Prep would like to provide families with a holiday meal. This effort if funded, would serve approximately 33 children and their foster/adoptive families. Second, Maui Prep would like to provide each child with a holiday gift.  The venue for the event has been donated, the photographer and videographer have donated their time, and Nalu Grindz has donated man-hours. Your donation of an unwrapped gift or funding to support the delivery of a holiday meal is all that is required to make this holiday a success for Molokai families.

If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Worth at jworth@mauiprep.org or call the school office (808)665-9966.

Check out this video from last years Project Give a Gift.

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International Day at Maui Preparatory Academy has become a tradition of Olympic Competition. A tradition that extends to the entire school body and one of the only school held events that bring the Lower, Middle, and Upper School together. Though the team divides once the competition starts, they meet during the week leading up to [...]

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SON’Z Steakhouse Fundraiser

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Join Maui Preparatory Academy at SON’Z Steakhouse on December 3 for an unparalleled culinary experience. Proceeds will benefit the school. RSVP to Lynne Twigg by November 3o. It will be a great evening; we look forward to seeing you there!  

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The Middle and Upper School Present Camp Rock

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Buy your tickets now for the must-see performance of the year! Tickets are available from any budding thespian, as well as from the Maui Prep front office. The performance will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Friday and Saturday, November 18 & 19, at 7:00. We look forward to seeing you there!

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