Castle Agriculture Science and Farm Maintenance Curriculum needs your help!

Help is needed for two of Castle’s curricula. The following message is from Carlos Kaukahi Labasan Severson, Castle High School, Hawaii, Hoʻoulu ʻOpio Academy of Natural Resources, Agriculture / FFA Advisor.

“Aloha, we are looking for last minute funding for both of our programs this summer: Agriculture Science and Farm Maintenance Curriculum. We understand that you may not be able to fund us but perhaps a contact in your network might be interested in a taxable donation to us. Please help us by getting the word out.

Ag Science Dates: June 4 – July 3, Monday – Friday 8:00am to 2:00 pm

Farm Maintenance Curriculum: 8 hrs per week on a varied schedule June / July. Students get paid Hawaii minimum wage

Why: We were counting on additional funding but we recently found out that our programs do not meet the funding requirements of the grantor.

Amounts we are looking to receive with description: (Any support is appreciated)

  • $1450 CASE AFNR Science Refill Kit (expendable and supplemental materials):
  • $600 Light Microscopes and prepared agar petri dishes
  • $900 Lead Teacher Salary Differential (salary shortage in current budget)
  • $750 To pay for a third student to participate in Farm Maintenance Curriculum (we had to drop two students –
  • $1500 to pay for two students, our original number)
  • $1900 For new rakes, wheel barrels, gasoline, diesel, weed whacking supplies, tractor grease, shovels, irrigation repair materials, etc.
  • $500 snacks for science
  • $3400 to pay for a supporting science teacher – we hoped to really increase retention and understanding by having two teachers for about 12 students.

Descriptions of the programs are in the link below:

Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions via phone, text or email (I respond much faster to text and phone calls).

Carlos Kaukahi Labasan Severson
Castle High School, Hawaii
Hoʻoulu ʻOpio Academy of Natural Resources
Agriculture / FFA Advisor
Cell: 808-227-5324″

Mahalo for your kokua!

New By-Laws

[vc_row bg_color=””][vc_column align=”left” width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Our General Board of Representatives met at the Castle High School Library March 20, 2019, to discuss and vote to make changes to our Association by-laws. The Representatives also had an opportunity to visit parts of our campus to observe changes. Attached are the minutes of that meeting.

To view the new by-laws, click here, or go to our Menu bar and select “About us/Association Articles of Incorporation and By Laws”.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Upcoming Events at Castle High School!

April 6, 2019

The Castle Auto Club is hosting an Auto Show Fundraiser.

April 6, 2019
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Basketball Courts

April 12, 2019

The class of 2020 is hosting “A Knight in Kaneohe”, a food truck rally. Please support the class of 2020. To volunteer or donate supplies, please visit the signup site.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4AAFA823A1FE3-aknight1

April 12, 2019
2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
On the basketball courts

 

General Membership Report

Aloha all!

Our annual General Membership Meeting was held on June 27, 2018 at the Castle Little Theatre.

It was a great meeting with several guest speakers, Windward Ho`olaule`a’s chair Bonnie Beatson, Carlos Severson from Castle’s Agriculture Program and farm, and Big Brother Big Sisters’ Margaret Cadiz. They shared information about their programs and how we as members can support it.

President Paul Luersen presented a report on the past year’s activities which is outlined in his report below. Click on the report to download a pdf version.

BIG Mahalo to Paul and Karen Ho`okano (class of ’72) who made a $100 donation to help Castle’s softball team with their batting cage.

Carlos Severson, Castle’s farm manager, is seeking volunteers to assist with a community work day on the farm. Did you know the school has seven acres of farm land? Here is an aerial view:

Carlos is passionate about the farm and has established a list of tasks that he wants completed, but needs volunteer help. The farm has been neglected for many years and rehabilitation will take some work. Here is his list.If you’re able to help in any way, please complete the volunteer form below and select Farm and we will put you in touch with Carlos.

The annual General Membership meeting is important for the association because it is when we elect our leaders. The attending membership unanimously elected the executive board members as listed below:

If you are interested in volunteering to assist Castle High School, please let us know by completing the form below:



More information will be posted later about our partnerships as they become available. In the meanwhile here are some links that may interest you about our partners.

Some partnership links for you to check out:

For more information about mentoring for Big Brothers and Big Sisters, follow this link. http://www.bbbshawaii.org/community-based-mentoring-program.html

We are a supporting partner with Windward Hoolauleahttp://www.windwardhoolaulea.com/
Save the date! Saturday, September 29, 2018. To volunteer for the Ho`olaule`a, please complete the volunteer form and select Windward Ho`olaule`a.

Kaneohe Business Group http://kaneohebusinessgroup.com/

It’s time for a meeting and to elect your leaders!

Aloha!
There will be a General Membership Meeting of the Castle Alumni/Community Association held on June 27, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Castle High School Library.

Proposed agenda:

  • Windward Ho`olaule`a – We are now a Supporting Partner for the 18th annual Ho`olaule`a, scheduled for September 29, 2018 at Windward Community College.
  • Scholarship for Community Service in honor of Hank Iida.
  • Castle High School Agriculture Program and farm.
  • Volunteers needed
  • General Board of Representatives – more needed
  • Election of officers and directors for the coming year

We need to elect officers and directors who will serve the Association for the next year. A slate of officers and directors will be suggested and we will also accept nominations at the meeting.

By-laws Section 4.2 Officers and Directors. The officers of the Association shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. There shall be seven directors of the Association. The officers and directors shall be elected by the General Board of Representatives by a majority vote. The officers and directors shall serve a term of one year: to begin on July 1, and terminate on June 30.

Your current officers and directors are as follows:Executive Board

We also need more volunteers to serve on our General Board of Representatives.  Each class can select their 2 voting members and 4 alternates by a process determined by each class.  The General Board of Representatives (Class Representatives) will vote for the officers and directors. The current list of Representatives are shown below.
Click the table for a larger image.

 

Another great General Membership Meeting

On October 25, 2017, the General Membership meeting was started off with the Castle Performing Arts Center (CPAC) performing a few numbers of their upcoming shows, Les Misérables. Here’s a peek of the performance at the meeting. It was an awesome performance.

Les Misérables will be showing at the Ronald E. Bright Theatre beginning November 3, through November 12, 2017. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 PM and Sundays, 3:00 PM. You can call (808)235-5626 for more information. Tickets are available at showtix4u.com.

Shortly after that performance, Dr. Bernadette Tyrell, Principal of James B. Castle High School presented some information on programs at the school and how well the students were doing. It was very encouraging to hear the progress of the students of Castle. This helps the Association understand the needs of the school and how we can help.

Mr. Aaron Tsuha, presented to the membership a summary of a survey he did of the teachers’ needs. As we gear up as a charitable educational organization, it is important that we understand how we can assist the schools, so this was a very important tool. As President Paul Luersen pointed out, this is only the beginning. When we find that we can be successful with Castle, then we will branch out to assist the schools in the complex, such as King, Aliamanu, Ben Parker, etc.

We are soliciting the General Membership and the community to reach out and tell us how you can help the students achieve success. Very soon, we will be posting/emailing to you a form where you can indicate your participation in this project to help the school/students.

Another proud moment was close to my stomach. Elise Miura’s Culinary Arts students prepared some delicious morsels for everyone to demonstrate their skills in food preparation. Yum! From Broken Glass Jello to Chicken Salad Sliders with Apples and Cranberries.

Chicken Salad Sliders with Apples and Cranberries
Chicken Salad Sliders with Pesto and Mac Nuts
Imitation Crab Mandoo
Taco Dip for the Nachos


Dessert was special too!!

Broken Glass Jello

 

Butter Mochi
Double Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter

If you missed this meeting, there will be others, but please be sure to join us for the next meeting to see how you can be a part of a great organization to benefit the schools of the Castle Complex of schools.