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Final Learning Blog and Reflection

Silvana Bautista, co-editor

May 20, 2015


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I spent the last two years, my junior and senior years, practicing journalism in high school. This practice has trained me in 21st century skills. It has allowed me to develop skills in communicating (learning skills), technology literacy (literacy skills) and productivity (life skills). The class ha...

Seniors find pride through Commencement Speeches

Seniors find pride through Commencement Speeches

Silvana Bautista, co-editor

May 18, 2015


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Student Activities Coordinator April Nakamura said that seniors who have the opportunity to give speeches have to earn it. On April 22, seniors interested in giving speeches during commencement attended a meeting in Student Activities. This is important to many seniors since commencement is a time...

‘The Tale of Despereaux’ entertaining, touching

Yunmi Kim, reporter

May 14, 2015


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"The Tale of Despereaux" by Kate DiCamillo is about a mouse named Despereaux, who lives in a castle and falls in love with a princess who lives there as well. The princess is called Princess Pea. This story also involves dungeon rats, a king, a cook, a jailer, and soup. Although this book is written...

American teachers get less planning time than international teachers

American teachers get less planning time than international teachers

Yunmi Kim, Reporter

May 14, 2015


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Senate Bill 822 set the instructional time for Hawaii’s public schools. It requires Hawaii schools to have 990 student hours in the year 2015-2016 and 1080 hours in the year 2016-2018. Studies reveal that American teachers have more instructional time for students and less lesson planning time ...

May raises support and awareness for mental health.

May raises support and awareness for mental health.

Anela Chavez, reporter

May 11, 2015


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A campaign that supports and wants to protect your state of mind has been around since 1949. May is Mental Health Awareness month nationwide. May 7 was dedicated to children based on this campaign. Each year, a theme is chosen and this year it is B4STAGE4. “At Mental Health America, we’re proud of being the organiz...

Procrastination is not good at all

Lin Song, co-editor

May 8, 2015


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I once wrote an article about procrastination. Ironically, I have found that my procrastination symptoms have become more and more serious since then. In that article, I wrote that procrastination exists because of the natural laziness of human beings. It is not a bad thing if it can be controlled...

Nepal earthquake destroys city

Nepal earthquake destroys city

Karrina Johnson, reporter

May 3, 2015


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On April 25, a 7.8 magnitude quake hit Nepal. The earthquake has caused over 6,000 deaths and over 13,000 injuries so far. Half a million tents were needed for people who became homeless, having their houses destroyed in the quake. The government was able to give over 4,700 tents and 22,000 tarpaulins...

“Booktalks” encourage reading for a more intellectual you

“Booktalks” encourage reading for a more intellectual you

Sean Gleason, Co-editor

April 27, 2015


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Librarians from across Oahu visited classes in McKinley High School to hold  "Booktalks." At these visits, librarians discuss exciting books they've read, what libraries offer besides books, such as music, videos, and wifi, and they let students who have their library cards borrow from the small se...

What does it take to realize what’s at stake?

James Harbin, reporter

April 27, 2015


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It follows you, torments you, corrupts you. It kills you deep within. You never know who suffers from it, until it’s too late. By then, it’s nothing to you but blinding. Bullying might seem like a joke to some, but on the contrary, it’s a drastic event. If people treated it like it was a drastic e...

Open-campus lunch needed for McKinley students

Sammie Yee, Reporter

April 26, 2015


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Open-campus lunch is a privilege McKinley High School should give to students. Many schools in the mainland let students or upperclassmen leave campus for lunch. “When I had open campus, it was strictly regulated. Since it was the mainland, there was only one way,” teacher Christopher Martin said....

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