May 9, 2019
It's been a long year and before we celebrate the end of the year, let's celebrate the people that got us there -- our teachers and staff! These adults have kept up with our shenanigans and deserve to be appreciated so this amazing year through Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week 2019! We decided to thank them with a very special breakfast on Thursday, May 9 before the start of school. The teachers lined up extra early for our Hawaiian Luau-themed event and were adorned them at the entrance with flower leis, sunglasses and hugs ;) After that, the surprises kept coming -- every teacher got a chance to win even more stuff at our giant Prize Drop to win some fun prizes before getting their breakfast. The breakfast provided consisted of pancakes, sausages, eggs, rice, donuts, fruits and chocolate-covered strawberries, most food given was from our awesome sponsors. Sponsors included, IHOP, Starbucks Coffee and Dipped by Dees! The teachers and staff also were also able to watch some amazing hula performances from students Jadee Silva, Teya Apana and Miss Keiki Hula 2018, Rachel Kimura! The breakfast came to an end as the bell rung for school to start, but the smiles on the teachers’ and staffs’ faces never faltered that entire day. Thalia, SG Vice-President
May 3, 2019
This teen’s no. 1 goal in life is ‘Beat cancer!’ Her classmates are determined to help.
By Jim Mendoza | May 3, 2019 at 5:34 PM HST - Updated May 3 at 7:07 PM
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
At Highlands Intermediate School on Friday, staff held a special assembly then students let loose at a fun run. The two-pronged event was a fundraiser for seventh-grader Ally Tamayose, who’s battling cancer. “I found out I had osteosarcoma in January of 2018. So I’ve been in treatment for over a year now,” she said. Ally used to play soccer. Now the 13-year-old's life revolves around chemotherapy and bone scans. Highlands Intermediate held the fundraiser to help the Tamayoses pay for a trip to Los Angeles, where Ally will undergo surgery. “We’re hopeful that this treatment is going to work, and that she comes home and continues chemotherapy. From there, we’ll see how it goes,” said her father, Tory. Ally used to love to run. On Friday, leaning on crutches, she watched her classmates run for her. Ally’s classmates let her know they’re fighting for their friend and her family. The school presented the Tamayoses with a check for $14,850.84.
April 29, 2019
Ready… Set … GO to the PCHS Pep Rally 8th Graders! And so we did. The Class of 2023 had a pep rally for all the fall sports they would be able to sign-up and participate in at Pearl City High School. Alumni of Highlands that excelled in their certain sports gave a presentation to the attentive students that were eager to sign-up for these activities. Some of the sports included were Air Riflery, Tennis, Cross Country, Football, Basketball, Cheerleading, Wrestling and more.The coaches went more in depth about their respective sport and soon after presentations were complete, the wave of students rushed to sign-up to the sports their were interested in. Overall, a success! Thalia, SG Vice-President
A.. B.. A.. B.. LEFT RIGHT UP DOWN START. The 1st ever Highlands Intermediate video game tournament was amazing. Students who prefer video games over sports had a time to shine in this new concept that allows student to actually play video games in school. Just like our quarterly intramurals, representatives from all teams battled it out in a game of Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo Switch. The crowd that showed up was HUGE and the Student Council room was packed with people who wanted to watch some video games during their lunch break. Everyday, 8 participants from each team would play in a bracket to determine the champion for that team. In the end when all 7 champions were decided, and while all players who participated showed excellency at the game, the Super Smash Bros School Champion was Adrian from Hui Mana’o with an astounding win over all the other champions. That’s not all, however, as our teachers were joined in on the fun. Believe it or not, teachers actually play video games too! We had an amazing victory from our HIS Band Director, Mr. Lim, who showed excellent prowess at the game. As our final days of the tournament began it was clear to see how amazing an experience not only the players had but the spectators as well! We set the groundwork for future video game events in schools. For now, we hope to run a video game tournament every quarter to get the same excitement from 8th graders and new 7th graders and maybe even inspire tournaments like this for other schools. Video games are an area that is growing especially in the younger generation. They have fun playing, so why not incorporate them into student activities and give them a rather new outlet for having fun in school?!? Chase, 8th Grade President