A bi-annual magazine for the Hong Kong Academy community.
Happenings looking forward Don’t miss... Kaleidoscope - The changing Face of Love 15 - 16 MArch 6:30 -8:00 PM A Secondary School production, piecing together dramatic scenes, music and dance to explore the changing faces of love. Tickets are free and available at reception and online. HKA Gala 23 MArch at the HKGTA Enjoy a fabulous night of dinner and dancing in support of HKA’s Annual Fund at the beautiful HKGTA. Movie AFTERNOON 4 May 3:15 PM Movie (Day and) Night returns with more food and fun. Community Yard Sale 19 May 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM Donate, buy or recycle unwanted clothes, toys, books and household items. GRADUATION 1 JUNE 6:30 PM The HKA community is invited to the graduation ceremony of the Class of 2018 as we acknowledge and celebrate their growth and accomplishments and their future endeavours. Calendar Highlights 15-16 March Secondary School Production Kaleidoscope – The Changing Face of Love 21-23 March Grade 3 Camp 23 March HKA Gala 24-25 March ISTA Academy Festival Weekend, Come Together. For more information, visit www.ISTA-hongkong.com. 28 March Grade 12 Art Exhibition 28 March Primary School Concert 3-7 April Spring Holiday - School Closed 3-7 JULY Sport4Kids Camp at Hong Kong Academy campus 5 April Ching Ming Festival - School Closed 11-12 April Primary and Secondary School Parent Teacher Student Conferences (PTSC) 19-21 April ACAMIS Football Tournament at Dalian American International School 26 April Grade 4 Play - 6:30 PM 1 May Labour Day - School Closed 18 May Grade 5 PYP Exhibition 19 May Community Yard Sale 22 May Buddha’s Birthday - School Closed 23 May Primary School Service Learning Fair 24 May Primary School Art Exhibition 31 May Grade 12 Breakfast 1 June Graduation 6 June Renaissance Festival 12 June Grade 6-11 End of Year Retreat 13 JUNE End of Year Assembly Last Day of School 24
hka Voices contributors Nicole Aschenbrenner is originally from Michigan, USA, where she received her M.S. Degree in Special Education and Board Certification in Behaviour Analysis (BCBA). She holds a multiple subject, special education, and supplementary business law credential from National University, California. Nicole has been an educator for the past 13 years teaching in Australia, various states in the U.S. and most recently in Okinawa, Japan. She and her husband Eric have travelled extensively and fell in love with Hong Kong while visiting. Nicole enjoys spending her free time outdoors, playing sports, and working toward her Doctoral Degree in Special Education. Catia and Will, Grade 5 students, interviewed Jotit Au Yeung, HKA’s Financial Controller. Chloe Dare is a Grade 12 student. She writes about participating in World Vision’s “Walk for Syria” charity event. Chris Gallaga is a Chicago native who has lived in Hong Kong since 1994. While he contends his culinary career began at age 8 as a fry-cook at the apron strings of his mother, he has spent 35 adult years training and working throughout the US and Asia as a chef and catering entrepreneur. As a Worldchef’s certified Executive Chef, he joined HKA two years ago to take up the intricate task of developing our in-house food-service operation, hkaEATS. When not cooking for and serving students, Chris spends his time reading or with his partner Henry (hka Design Technician) travelling and trying to walk the mountains and trails of the world. Sarah Konopka received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She was awarded the Parsons Blewett Fellowship and began her career in the St. Louis public school system and worked there until shortly after receiving her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Upon moving to Hong Kong in October 2010, she joined the Jadis Blurton Family Development Center in Kennedy Town, where she worked for 6 years and took on the role of Director of Speech and Language Services. She enjoys hiking, days at the beach, reading and sampling the plentiful and varied restaurants in Hong Kong during her free time. Barry and Julie Lau The Lau Family, including parents Julie and Barry Lau, joined HKA in 2010 at the Kennedy Town campus. Active volunteers, they were familiar faces at HKA in the classroom and at events. The family returned to their native Australia in 2016. Shane McKinney began his teaching career as a Grade 6 teacher outside of Sacramento, California in 1999. He started working at HKA’s Stubbs Road site in 2006, teaching Grade 3. He then taught Grade 5 for 3 years, and has been teaching Middle School Math at HKA since 2010. He is currently in his 19th year as a teacher and as a U14 basketball coach. Before teaching, Shane was a chef in restaurants in Oregon and California, and he enjoys cooking in his spare time. When he is not in the classroom, he can often be heard cheering from the sidelines at one of the various HKA sporting events. Laura Mitchell has served as HKA’s Director of Institutional Advancement since 2013 and has been involved with HKA since 2007. Throughout her two decades in the fields of communications, advancement and strategic planning, she’s worked for several organisations, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Laura is member of Commission on Communications and Marketing of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). She also serves on the board of the Vesper Society, a foundation that promotes social justice through health care and community-building. She holds a BA in Economics from Pomona College and PhD in History from Yale University. Kristel Solomon-Saleem is the Director of Learner Support at Hong Kong Academy. She is a graduate of Temple University with degrees in Elementary and Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology. Kristel’s passion for teaching and learning have lead her to working closely with the Next Frontier Inclusion as a workshop leader, Design Team Support member and Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator. She has had the opportunity to lead workshops for: Special Education Needs In Asia Conference (SENIA), Eastern Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS), Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS) and contribute to the IB Guidelines for Inclusive Education. Jennifer Swinehart is in her eighth year at Hong Kong Academy and her second year as Director of Research and Development. In December 2016, she took on the responsibility of CIS/WASC/IB Accreditation Coordinator, supporting the 125 community members currently engaged in the 18 -month long accreditation self-study process. Jennifer is also currently serving as Acting Secondary School Assistant Principal for Grades 9 -12 and IB Diploma Coordinator and is enjoying the increased interaction with students. A passionate advocate of developing metacognitive thinkers, Jennifer believes that making personal connections to literature can be a powerful tool for both adults and children as they expand their understanding of the world around them. Maggie Taggart is in her 5th year as part of the HKA community. Maggie is originally from Toronto, Canada and received her BSc in Kinesiology and MSc in Occupational Therapy before joining HKA. Maggie is passionate about providing inclusive opportunities for all children, with a strong belief that this enriches our community as a whole. Maggie has done additional training in areas of sensory processing, self-regulation, DIR-Floortime as well as Handwriting Without Tears. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, hiking and exploring Hong Kong. Maria Tullberg has lived in all corners of the world, making her a global citizen and third culture kid. However, she considers Hong Kong home. It’s Maria’s seventh year at HKA, where she has worked with a range of grade levels. Previously Maria worked with communication and administration in other international schools in Hong Kong. Maria has a Master’s Degree in Asian Studies and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education from HKU. Recently, Maria completed a certificate in Mathematics in International Schools K-8, and she believes that everyone can be a successful mathematician. Kendall Zoller, EdD, is an author, educator, researcher and international presenter in communicative intelligence, presentation and facilitation skills, leadership and adaptive schools. His association with Adaptive Schools began in 1994. He is co-author of The Choreography of Presenting: The 7 Essential Abilities of Effective Presenters (Corwin Press, 2010), president of Sierra Training Associates and graduate faculty at California State University, Dominguez Hills and The University of Maine. His work on leadership and presentation skills takes him to schools and universities around the globe.