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As new school year nears, LHS offers important dates

By Staff | Jul 11, 2013

LAHAINA – As summer vacation draws to a close, Lahainaluna High School is making preparations for the new school year with collection of dues on July 16-17.

Payment of school fees, pickup of class schedules, and preparing photo IDs will take place in Hale Pa’ina (the school cafeteria, instead of the library as previously announced).

The schedule for Tuesday, July 16, welcomes incoming freshmen from 9 to 11 a.m. and incoming sophomores from 1 to 3 p.m.

On Wednesday, July 17, incoming juniors will be expected between 9 and 11 a.m., while incoming seniors are scheduled between 1 and 3 p.m.

The mandatory fee for grades 9-11 is $25, which includes student government and class dues, and a postage fee for handling of quarterly mailings. For seniors, the fee is $30, which includes a $5 graduation fee. Cap, gown and graduation accessories will be paid when orders are placed in mid-November.

Optional fees for all grades include $25 for an MIL Athletic Pass (mandatory for all athletes and Boarders), $50 for a 2014 “Ka Lama” yearbook, and $5 for a year’s subscription to the school newspaper, “Ka Leo Luna.”

Application forms for student parking and lockers will also be available on both days.

Payments must be made in cash, certified bank checks or money orders. Personal checks and credit cards will not be accepted. Boarders should pay their fees through the mail, as directed in their summer letters.

Appropriate attire must be worn for school ID photos; no tank tops or sleeveless shirts for boys, and no strapless, thin-strapped, halter or tube tops, or pareau for girls. Hats and sunglasses must be removed for picture-taking. All withholds must be cleared before the current school photo ID is issued.

Representatives from the PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association) will be present to accept annual dues, which are paid separately from school dues. They will also share information about the Project Graduation post-commencement event for the Class of 2014.

Applications for bus passes will also be accepted. Further instructions will be issued regarding payment for bus passes. Call the school office at 662-4000 for more information.

Deposits for Meal Track Accounts will also be accepted separately through the school’s main office on fee-collection days. Only cash, bank/cashier’s checks or money orders are accepted for Meal Time deposits.

The two-day Freshman Orientation will be held Aug. 5-6. Incoming members of the Class of 2017 will report to Hale Pa’ina by 8 a.m. The orientation includes workshops, class visits and campus tours. Dismissal on both days is at 2 p.m.

New transfers (grades 10-12) orientation is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. Transfers are to report to the old cafeteria. Classroom visits are part of their orientation program.

The first full day of classes for all students will be Wednesday, Aug. 7. Students should report to their assigned Po’okela (advisory) groups by 7:55 a.m. Dismissal is at 1:15 p.m. A special bell schedule will be followed for the remainder of the opening week of school (Aug. 8-9).

Other notes for the new school year:

Seniors who haven’t yet scheduled their yearbook photo appointments should call Nagamine Photo Studio at 244-3636 immediately. All photos need to be completed by the end of July. Those with questions may contact Yearbook Advisor Art Fillazar at 662-3976.

Incoming transfer students must make an appointment with school Registrar Barbie Otomo for school enrollment. A copy of the previous school’s transcript is required from all transfers. Students transferring from another Hawaii school should also bring a release packet from their previous school when enrolling. Students from a school outside of Hawaii must also present a TB clearance and physical exam report taken within the last 12 months, immunization shot records, birth certificate and a transcript or a year-end-report from their previous school. Contact Otomo at 662-3979, extension 244, to schedule an appointment. No appointments will be taken on July 16-17.

For more information, contact Fillazar, student activities coordinator, at 662-3976 or the school’s main office at 662-4000.