The HCS Scoop

January 2018

Catholic Schools Week’s ACCE $700,000.00 vs. $10,500.00

February 2, 2018, will see 700 teachers and administrators meet for our Annual Conference for Catholic School Educators (ACCE). If we could find a quality Catholic conference on the mainland with more than 20 workshops focused on engaging students using quality curriculum standards, it would cost more than $700,000.00 to send 700 teachers. Working with such partners as Sacred Hearts Academy, the National Catholic Educational Association, RCL-Benziger and Chaminade University, Associate Superintendent, Betsey Gunderson, has developed the 2018 ACCE into a quality conference including national speakers for less than 2% of the cost ($10,500.00). Thank you, Betsey and our partners!

May the Lord bless the presenters and participants of ACCE 2018.

In Christ,

Michael Rockers, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Day of Giving

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Twenty years ago, Saint Pope John Paul II said to an audience of Catholic educators in New Orleans: “Yours is a great gift to the Church, a great gift to your nation.”

Countless people in our country have been blessed by the many gifts of Catholic schools. However, many adults have lost touch with their local Catholic school community. It is time for those people who have been impacted by your school to reconnect with the community that gave them so much, and give back.

With this recognition in mind, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is pleased to present the online giving campaign: Many Gifts, One Nation: A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools.

A Day of Giving begins January 30, 2018 at 9 AM EST. Click here on that day for a searchable directory of all the participating Catholic schools' giving pages.

WHEN: Scheduled for 24 hours starting January 30, 2018, 9:00am EST to January 31, 2018, 9:00am EST.

WHERE: Online! Each Catholic school and arch/diocese will have their own customized giving page that will go live at the start of the day of giving. Donors will also be able to search on this page for the institutions to which they would like to give.

WHY: Because Catholic schools change lives and now is the time to give back!

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help School Celebrating 50 years

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Pictured: Bishop Larry Silva, Rev. Edmundo Barut, Jr., Honolulu Councilwoman Kymberly Pine, School Principal Sister Davilyn Ah Chick, Hawaii Catholic Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Rockers after celebrating mass on Sunday, January 14 at Honolulu Country Club

Congratulations to OLPH School on your 50th anniversary! On Sunday, January 14 many gathered to celebrate the school's 50th anniversary with mass at the Honolulu Country Club. Bishop Larry Silva opened up his homily fittingly with "We thank God for teachers! And we thank God for students!"

"...And isn’t this exactly what Our Lady of Perpetual Help School has been doing so beautifully for fifty years?: helping students recognize the voice and the presence of God by teaching them to listen to him in prayer; helping them to respond to God’s calling to each of them by offering themselves as his servants; encouraging them to not settle for the merely good, but to seek the best of Teachers by coming to know Jesus..."

Read the rest of Bishop Larry Silva's homily here.

Good Luck to the Schools Going Through Accreditation

Sacred Hearts Lahaina, St. Ann School, and St. Joseph Hilo will all be going through accreditation this Spring. Here are the dates the teams will be there: Sacred Hearts Lahaina March 6-9, St. Ann School March 12-15, and St. Joseph Hilo March 11-14. Blessings for all schools!

2018 Epiphany Card Design Contest

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Thank you St. John the Baptist School for participating in our Epiphany Card Design Contest! This year's top design was submitted by Janna Isidro, grade 8. Each year a school participates in the design contest. The principal of the school selects a specific class or grade to create artwork related to the Epiphany and submits the top 5 art pieces to our office. The winning design is featured as the cover art for the HCS Office Epiphany Card and the illustrator receives a $50 gift card plus a pizza party for his/her class.

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Runner-up designs were submitted by Samantha Sebastian – Grade 8, Kristale Tumacder – Grade 8, Jayson Zuniga – Grade 8, and Travis Limon – Grade 7

Second Collection for Augustine Educational Foundation

Give the gift of education by supporting Augustine Educational Foundation. Monies given during the second collection of February 10th and 11th masses will go to scholarships for children in Hawaii Catholic Schools. Visit for more info.

HCS Snapshots

Upcoming Dates

  • Catholic Schools Week | 1/28 - 2/2
  • Annual Conference for Catholic School Educators (ACCE) | 2/2 | Sacred Hearts Academy| 8:30am to 12:45pm
  • Diocesan Board of Education (DBOE) Meeting | 2/13 | St. Stephen Diocesan Center, fr 2pm to 6pm (note earlier start time)
  • Presidents' Day Holiday | 2/19 | Observed at Diocesan Offices
  • DBOE Marketing Committee Meeting | 2/21 | The Chancery, fr 12:30pm to 1:30pm.