The HCS Scoop

January 2017

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Happy New Year from the HCS Office

Most of our various Catholic schools have a motto or “tagline.” But, it is not a simple matter to develop a memorable phrase that sums up all the diverse Catholic schools here in Hawaii. Our schools are located on four different islands. They range from Early Learning Centers to High Schools. They include private and parochial institutions. Enrollment numbers range from a few dozen students to over 1200. When you add in Chaminade University to the mix, the diversity is even more pronounced.

However, regardless of the location, type, or size of our schools, we are all “Inspiring Minds. Sharing Faith.” That is not just a dramatic marketing or advertising slogan. Due to you, our dedicated pastors, administrators, faculty and staff, it is lived out every school day.

In Christ,

Michael Rockers, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools


Congrats to Mrs. Lovey Ann DeRego for her 10 Years of Service!

“Among us, who is above must be in service of the others. This doesn’t mean we have to wash each other’s feet everyday, but we must help one another.”

- Pope Francis

"Over the past ten years, I have looked at my work as one of service to our schools, in carrying out the mission of Catholic education. Being able to serve in this capacity has been a great joy for me," said Lovey Ann DeRego, Assistant Superintendent of Hawaii Catholic Schools.

DeRego was recognized on December 22, 2016 for her selfless dedication to HCS for the past decade. We are so lucky to have her on our team!

Presenting the Catholic Educational Leadership Cohort

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"To complete a Master's Program from an excellent institution like Chaminade University is, alone, a great accomplishment. To do so while working full-time and partaking in family responsibilities is truly inspirational." Read more...

Michael Paekukui leads talks at National Conferences

Michael Paekukui is scheduled to speak on Personalized Learning at the National Catholic Educational Association's Convention in St. Louis, Missouri in April 2017. Recently, the St. Louis School's Director of Academics, Class of '84, was featured as a Keynote Speaker and breakout session facilitator at the 2016 School Improvement Network's Innovation Summit in Salt Lake City, September 26th-28th.

The national conference invites top innovators in education to share their wealth of experience and knowledge in the areas of personalized learning, project-based learning and best practices for teachers using digital tools to assist with students working at their own pace, assessments and teacher professional learning. Pa'ekukui shared his experiences at Cathedral Catholic Academy, the 1st Catholic Project-Based school in Hawaii, and the growth and change he now brings to St. Louis School.

2017 Epiphany Card Design Contest

Thank you St. Michael School for participating in our Epiphany Card Design Contest! This year's top design was submitted by Kela Fiegle, grade 8. Each year, Superintendent Dr. Michael Rockers randomly selects a school to participate in a small 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.

See the runner-up designs here.

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Reminders for Principals

Information on Lay Ecclesial Ministry is available at the Principals' Resource Center

Upcoming Dates

  • March for Life | 1/19 | State Capitol | 4:00pm
  • Catholic Schools Week | 1/29 - 2/4
  • Annual Conference for Catholic School Educators | 2/3 | Sacred Hearts Academy | 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Accreditation at St. Anthony School | 2/21 - 2/24 | Kailua
  • Accreditation at St. Michael School | 2/27 | Waialua
  • Accreditation at St. John Vianney School | 2/27 - 3/3 | Kailua

Openings for 2017-18

  • Head of School - St. Anthony PreK – 12th Grade – Wailuku, Maui
  • Principal - Holy Family Catholic Academy, Honolulu
  • Principal - St. Catherine Catholic School – Kapaa, Kauai

More information on these positions will be posted on