The St. Anthony Middle School Seventh and Eighth Grade Science Fair showcased a variety of interesting projects and experiments that the students had worked on over the course of several months. The students investigated, experimented and researched on topics of their interest. Working independently or in groups, the students followed the Scientific Method to form their hypothesis, experiments, research reports, and models. The display boards, experiment materials, and engineering models were on display for the school students and reviewed by the judges. Students stood by their boards to discuss their projects and to answer questions. All projects were aligned to NGSS standards which included an engineering component. At Parent Night, the students also had a chance to share their projects.
The winning projects moved on to the District Science Fair at Hanalani School held on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Congratulations to all the teams; Honorable Mention: Hi’ipoi Nicely Akana and Emma Lee. Team 1: Sarah Pacheco, Noelle Mello, Jacob Moore. Team 2: Bella Benedetto and Reef Straley. Team 3; William O’Donnell, Reagan Cabias, and Evan Little.
At the District Fair, Team 1: Jacob Moore, Sarah Pacheco, and Noelle Mello finished 1st in the Category of Bio-Medical and Health Sciences; and Team 3: William O’Donnell, Reagan Cabias, and Evan Little, also finished 1st in the Category of Engineering and Mechanics, and also won the overall Fourth Place from over 130 projects. These two winning teams will move on to the State Science Fair.
Congratulations to all the students who inspired us with their projects!
St. Anthony School was well represented by two students at the Windward District Spelling Bee held at St. Ann’s School on February 10, 2020. Taylor Chun (8th grader) and Zxyrhy Esperon (7th Grader), finalists in the school’s Spelling Bee joined other Windward public and private schools tackling not only spelling words but also the added requirement of knowing the definition of difficult vocabulary words! Both students did a great job!
Zxyrhy ended up outspelling all the competition and was declared the winner in the 26th round. This was her second trip to the district competition having been a finalist last year as well. Good spellers seem to run in families as Taylor’s sister, Cameron (10th grader at Punahou), was St. Anthony’s past district winner and she was present to cheer the SAS team on. Zxyrhy was well-prepared having studied many hours and weeks for the contest and was a tough competitor despite her calm demeanor and soft-spoken manner. After being declared the winner, she broke into a big smile and was presented with a trophy, lei and applause from all the competitors and their families. Congratulations and best of luck as you move on to the State Spelling Bee!
At the Annual Conference for Catholic Educators (ACCE) two teachers from St. Anthony School were recognized and honored for Twenty Years of Service as Catholic educators. Ms. Claire Shannon has been a Preschool teacher teaching three-year-olds and Mr. Gier “Kepa” Stern has been teaching music, band and serving as the music liturgist for the past twenty years. They were honored at ACCE following the Mass with all the schools and are pictured here holding their congratulatory 20 years of teaching certificates. They were cheered on by the SAS faculty who also printed large pictures of the recipients which the faculty waved, we were able to share our aloha and appreciation to these two special teachers.
Read the tributes about Ms. Shannon and Mr. Stern that were shared with the students during the CSW Talent Show.
The song “Christ Be Our Light” is associated with our next honoree. Ms. Claire Shannon has been Christ’s light in the lives of thousands of preschoolers over her 20+ years in Catholic education.
Ms. Shannon got her start at Saint Ann’s in Kaneohe, before beginning her rise to fame at Saint Anthony School Kailua in 1999. Since then, she has been a beacon of light for both her students and her peers. Claire truly personifies Christ’s love for children. Even when they are “all grown up”, her students return to her classroom as helpers, volunteers, or just to stop in and say “hi.” Whether she is helping parents deal with separation anxiety, lending her time and support to innumerable school committees and events, or entertaining us all with her songs, funny stories, and welcoming spirit, her classroom is a fun place to be!
Using her trademark quote St. Anthony School would like to “PRAISE THE LORD!” for Ms. Claire Shannon!
Gier “Kepa” Stern (Gier rhymes with Tire)
Just the mere mention of Mr. Gier “Kepa” Stern’s name can bring on gut-wrenching, thigh-slapping, tear-producing laughter. Mr. Stern has been a living legend throughout his 20 years at Saint Anthony School in Kailua. Music is in his spirit and in his soul, which is evident in his teaching and in the silliness, fun, and joyful noises that are Music class at Saint Anthony’s.
Kepa has been a musician since his childhood when he would make music using anything and everything he could find (pots, pans, the couch, etc.) He shares with his students that he used to lay in bed at night and listen to the sounds of his house and neighborhood.
Mr. Stern wears many, many hats at Saint Anthony’s. As the Band and Choir director, Kepa has played a huge role in helping students share their musical talents through different performances such as the Christmas Program, Choral Festival, and May Day. He also shares much of his time and beautiful talent as the Music Ministry Director, vocalist, and pianist for Saint Anthony Church.
Prior to his “school gig”, Kepa started his professional music career right out of high school, as the trombone player for Liz Damon and the Orient Express. He continued to play the trombone as an enlisted member of the United States Army. Upon his return home, he was a longtime musician in Waikiki, even performing with a youngster named Peter H., who recently found his “24 Karat Magic In the Air”.
Kepa embodies the spirit of service, love, fellowship, and joy…all the qualities of a wonderful Catholic School educator. He very often goes above and beyond his call of duty, with his trademark response of “Whatever you need.” He is beloved by students and parents, and is famous for being the OPPOSITE of his last name…..Stern!
Wondering where to get fresh hot malasadas for your office or to impress your clients for Malasada Day ?
No need to worry as they will be on sale for purchase & pickup when you take your child to school on Tuesday, February 25th.
Pickup starts at 5:30am at the Parish Hall Cafeteria till 8:30am
or for Drive and Go Convenience pick up in the Church Driveway!
If you are able to Donate Ingredients and/or Volunteer to help make Malasadas please go online to register at: https://signup.com/go/tjnuMmE
Purchase Malasadas Online go to:
or You can Text the word “Malasadas” to (808) 517-5842
This Week our Gr 4 and Gr 7 students went on a field trip to the Judiciary History Center – where they participated in historic mock trials, discussion — and as time allowed, they were able to visit the Hawaii Supreme Courtroom!
Grade 4 is experimenting with chemical reactions – and created volcanoes.
On May 1st, Tiana DeCosta, a St. Anthony School Pre-Kindergarten teacher married Mr. Erik Estabilio, who happens to also be a teacher. As their wedding took place during the school day, Ms. Tiana invited her students. She was very happily surprised to discover that all the students from the Early Learning Center, as well as many classes from the main school, had come to witness her Sacrament of Matrimony. Father Marlon Belmonte was the officiant and Mr. Stern, the school music teacher, provided the music!
Ms. Tiana is a graduate of St. Anthony School which she attended since she was a student in the Early Learning Center. In fact, her entire family; her three siblings and her parents are also St. Anthony School graduates, so being part of the school activities has been a family affair.
Following the ceremony, the Early Learning Center students hurried outside to prepare a special surprise for their teacher and her new husband. The 73 students formed a path for the newlyweds to walk through, while they waved and blew bubble wands to shower them with bubbles! It was a lot of fun and the newlywed school teachers were all smiles. Congratulations!
Congratulations to the entire student body for a beautiful May Day Program. Led by the May Day Royal Court, composed of Eighth Graders, the day was beautiful. We even had a small blessing with the skies sprinkling a few raindrops at the beginning of the program. The students honored the Blessed Mother with a May Crowning presentation of flowers, plants, and lei. Then, each class performed a Hawaiian song and dance. The students were well prepared and looked beautiful! Thank you to the teacher planning committee and to the parents that helped to organize this event, make costumes, donate plants and flowers, and loaned and set up tents for shade! Everyone enjoyed the May Day is Lei Day Program!
The teachers and staff arrived at school on Monday, May 6th and were delighted to find that their classroom or office doors had been decorated by parents and children to honor them for Teacher Appreciation Week! The door designs were fun and very clever and focused on the good qualities of their teacher and the subject they taught. Organized by the PTSG; parents and students had met the day and night before to decorate the doors to the wee hours of the night! All the teachers loved the doors but most especially they were thankful for the effort, creativity and time of those who volunteered to create them. Thank you for making every member of our school community feel so special!
On Friday, May 10th, the teachers were treated to a special luncheon featuring delicious Portuguese Cuisine including classic dishes such as Portuguese Bean Soup and Bread, Vinha Dalhos, Malasadas, Bacalao and much more! The homemade dishes were prepared by Mrs. Millie Gilmore, Mrs. Eva Aquino, and Mr. Guy Mello! Everything was so authentic that it felt that the teachers had traveled to Portugal with the meal and beautiful Portuguese decorations. Thank you also to the PTSG Board and parents, Mrs. Julie Benedetto, Mrs. Cindy Kaul, Mrs. Nikki DeWitt, Mrs. Stephanie Guy, and Mrs. Eva Aquino who helped set up the room, serve and clean up.
The teachers also got to shop at the first ever, SAS Market Place! They were provided with a Mahalo shopping bag and were able to browse through the colorful market that the PTSG had set up in the hall. The teachers got to select from the assortment of gifts that had been donated. The teachers loved the experience and filled their bags with gifts supplied by the generosity of our school parents. The goodies included gift cards, candies/baked goods, flowers, water bottles or mugs, soaps, coffee, and much more! It was so much fun and everyone felt so appreciated and very special. Thank you to all the parents, PTSG Board Members, and students for making this a very special week for us. We are so proud of our students and families and are grateful that you are a part of our SAS ‘ohana!