Move Up Day Unveils Future Possibilities For Middle School Students

Move Up Day Unveils Future Possibilities For Middle School Students

Our seventh and eighth-grade students explored our beautiful Alewa Heights campus, getting a firsthand look at a typical day as an Assets High School student during Move Up Day on January 17. The event is an abbreviated High School schedule that allows students to bond with new and old friends familiar with the sprawling campus. All the classes previewed an immersive experience in Computer Science, Engineering, Geometry, English, Social Studies, Hawaiian Studies, and Physical Education courses.

"Engineering was fun, and Geometry was super hard," said Jayden '29, "I like the variety of classes and the spaciousness of the campus. I can't wait to use the High School basketball court!" 

“I think it is a great idea to give some perspective to what the students will experience in high school and to expose them to various options,”  said Shannon Jaquez, Jayden's mother. “The high school also has a beautiful view of the city with the water in the background. We recently moved to Hawaii from NYC and quickly learned that Assets is the only school on the island that specializes in children who are gifted & talented, have an array of learning differences, or are twice-exceptional. Since joining Assets, we have noticed that our son has grown exponentially. He no longer resists reading. Instead, Jayden has become a confident and self-directed learner. At Assets, Jayden is learning how HE best learns. We are grateful to Assets for the transformation we have seen in our son this past year!"

Jayden '29 said engineering was fun.

"I liked the Mentorship Program the best," said Amelia '29. I went to the Visual Arts class and the Growing Green Mentorship because I like creative things."  

The Growing Green Mentorship teaches eco-friendly and sustainable techniques for cultivating various plants, including native species and everyday vegetables. Students learn about plant care, hydroponics, pest control, nutrients, and plant propagation and gain insights into the business aspects of horticulture. On Move Up day, students propagated two native plants called ʻilima and ʻilieʻe through cuttings. They prepared the plants by clearing leaves, making six-inch cuts with nodes, using rooting hormones, and placing them in dibble tubes for spacing and optimal root growth.

"What I liked best about Move Up Day was that I got to see my friends and the classes," said Micah '28, "I took Engineering and Hawaiian Studies. My favorite Mentorship Program is Photography. It was a great day!"

"It was fun!" said Reece '29, "I want to take the Journalism class. The teachers and students are nice. I like that the school allows us to see what the High School looks like."  

Assets is the only school in Hawaii that specializes in educating students who are dyslexic, gifted, and have other language-based learning differences. Students engaged in a unique Literature Character Tea Party in one English class to encourage interest in reading. Students greet each other with quotes from story characters, sparking insightful conversations and building anticipation for the book they will be reading. 

Participants engaged in two mentorships of their choosing. Every Wednesday, mentorship takes center stage for all our High School students, providing a unique avenue for personal and academic growth. For the school year, ninth-grade students have the exciting opportunity to select one campus-based mentorship from a diverse array of options such as Robotics, Rocketry, Journalism, Blacksmithing, Makerspace, Visual Arts, East Asian Art, Craft, Photography, and Growing Green. Meanwhile, 10th to 12th-grade students enjoy an even broader spectrum, with the flexibility to choose a campus-based mentorship or explore possibilities among more than 400 mentorship partners. The enthusiasm for mentorship was palpable on Move Up Day, where seventh and eighth graders eagerly engaged in two captivating campus-based mentorship experiences, setting the stage for an enriching educational journey ahead.


Victories in Chess and Sports

Assets School secures back-to-back wins in chess. We have good news in esports, judo, golf, and CSAL Girls Basketball.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz poster

The Assets School Dramatic Arts Program presents "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" for our Spring Play on Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Palikū Theatre at Windward Community College.

The Spirit Of Giving For Our Keiki

Your gratitude for Assets and desire to help others greatly appreciated and impressive, especially on our campaign finale, Giving Tuesday.

College Visits Help Navigate Transitions

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Embarking on a Journey of Learning

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Mentorships Launch at High School

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US Patent Director Kathi Vidal Tours Assets School

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Valedictorian Noa '23 on KHON2's Way 2 Go! segment May 23, 2023

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Senior presents at Senior Showcase Friday, May 12

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MidWeek Hot Shots 5-3-2023

MidWeek newspaper featured Central Pacific Bank and Assets School in the Hot Shots section on May 3.

Illumination Gala is April 15

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Love is in the Air

In honor of Valentine's Day, we share these Assets School love stories.

Summer School Registration Begins

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Thank You to the Robotics Sponsors

We extend a hearty mahalo to all the sponsors and supporters who believed in our robotics teams, Team Waffles, and Team MEAF.  Thank you for encouraging them on their journey from the start.

Assets School logo

On behalf of our Head of School Ryan Masa, Assistant Head of School and Admissions Director Sandi Tadaki, and Vice President of Institutional Advancement Linda Jameson Myers, we thank you for supporting our Annual Fund which supports Tuition Assistance, the Brace Library, Robotics, Athletics, and the School's Greatest Needs

This Family Appreciates Your Support

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, consider donating to our Annual Fund and help a family feel the magic of Assets School. Donations support much-needed scholarships to help transform the life of a student! 

A Giving Heart Educates A Grateful Heart

Mahalo to Assets parents Byron and Yumi Petrossian and their company Bright International Group, LLC for supporting Assets School's Annual Fund and our Robotics Program. 

High School Mentorship and Rocketry Programs Excell

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Happy Anniversary Sandi and Darlene

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Ryan and Kanoe Gibson

Ryan Masa is interviewed by Kanoe Gibson on HINOWDaily and shares about our Illumination auction and "Celebrating 65 Years of Transforming Lives" television show. 

Announcing Assets' TV Show

Assets is producing a one-hour television show: “Assets School-Celebrating 65 Years of Transforming Lives.” 

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 14th at 8 p.m. on K5, Saturday, April 17th at 6 p.m. on KGMB-TV (CBS) and Sunday, April 18th at 4 p.m. on KHNL-TV (NBC).

Assets School Donates 1,254 Pounds of Food

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Message from Hawaiian Studies Teacher Mele-Aina Wood

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Robot-assisted Graduation 2020

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Highway Overhead Shot at Night

Research suggests that because of the freedom we had growing up, which included the freedom to do some foolish things that necessitated taking responsibility for our actions, we became capable problem solvers and resilient individuals.