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DoDEA releases for 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013 |DoDEA Pacific |
New Year to bring exciting possibilities with opening of new Humphreys Middle/High School

On Nov. 27, DoDEA Korea District Superintendent Dr. Irby Miller announced the completion of the new Humphreys Middle/High School to students, parents, sponsors, faculty, and support staff. The new state-of-the-art school will open to students on Jan. 8, 2014.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 |DoDEA Pacific |
2013 Far East Visual Arts Festival set to ‘draw’ talented DoDEA Pacific artists to Tokyo

The 4th annual DoDEA Pacific Far East Creative Expressions visual arts festival will take place on the Tokyo campus of Temple University Dec. 15-19.

Monday, December 2, 2013 |DoDEA Pacific |
Seoul American Middle School named 2013 Blue Ribbon School

The US Department of Education recently recognized Seoul American Middle School as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 |DoDEA Pacific |
Three DoDEA Schools Named Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Department of Education

Three Department of Defense Education Activity Schools were recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 |DoDEA Pacific |
DoDEA Korea District to mark new beginning with Humphreys Central Elementary School opening ceremony

The Department of Defense Education Activity Korea District will host an official opening ceremony for the newly constructed Humphreys Central Elementary School Friday, Sept. 13 at 9 a.m. in the school’s auditorium.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 |DoDEA Pacific |
Dr. Linda Curtis Selected as DoDEA Pacific Director

Dr. Curtis will have oversight of the 50 schools located in Japan, Okinawa, Korea and Guam that serve more than 23,500 children of U.S. military and eligible Department of Defense civilian personnel families stationed throughout the Pacific theater.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 |DoDEA Pacific |
McCool Elementary/Middle School student places fourth in National History Day competition

Santa Rita, Guam — “Oh Mr. Sam, Sam, my dear Uncle Sam, won’t you please come back to Guam?” is a verse from a popular song the indigenous Chamorro people sang during the Japanese occupation of their beloved homeland from 1941-1944.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 |DoDEA Pacific |
DoDEA Pacific Students attend United States Senate Youth Program

Makayla Palazzo, a senior at Kubasaki High School in Okinawa, Japan and Danari White, a junior at Seoul American High School in South Korea attended the 51st Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) March 9 – 16 in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 |DoDEA Pacific |
STEMsational! Guam’s McCool E/MS places first in regional eCYBERMISSION competition

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 |DoDEA Pacific |
Soroban competition challenges student’s math skills

The sounds of rapid ticking filled a large room in the New Sanno Hotel May 15 as 119 students quickly moved counting beads on a Japanese soroban necessary to perform complicated math calculations. “Yame!” yelled out one of the Japanese judges. The word for “Stop” brought the room to complete silence. This was just one portion of Japan District’s 31st Annual Soroban Contest showcasing speed and accuracy in addition and subtraction using the Japanese soroban. Students from 10 DoDEA Pacific schools in the Kanto Plain came together with the support of the Soroban League Educational Association of Japan. Assistant Superintendent Jim Journey said the partnership of the Soroban League with DoDEA is the key to the creation of this “once in a lifetime experience for our DoDEA children.” To prepare for the competition, host nation teachers in DoDEA schools offered after-school clubs where their students gained skill and confidence completing complex calculations using a soroban. “In many DoDEA schools, Japanese soroban club members are invited to club meetings to model mathematical procedures and inspire students with their speed and accuracy,” said Mendel Elementary School Principal Hattie Phipps. “Many students who join their school’s soroban club tend to return each year and recruit more of their friends.” Students new to the competition were presented with a soroban for use in the competition and as a future memento of the experience. “It’s evident from the attention to detail that goes into hosting such an amazing competition that this is a very special tradition that our Japanese hosts like to share with our DoDEA students,” said Journey. “We’re fortunate that our students have this opportunity to be a part of an important part of Japanese culture and tradition.”

Friday, May 3, 2013 |DoDEA Pacific |
DoDEA Pacific “Mathlete” earns spot in national MATHCOUNTS competition

For the third straight year, Osan Middle School eighth-grade student Jonas Knudsen earned the opportunity to compete on a National stage after finishing third in the 2013 Department of Defense Dependent Schools MATHCOUNTS State Competition.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 |DoDEA Pacific |
Students Whiz through Calculations in 14th Annual Soroban Contest

Elementary school students in the Department of Defense Education Activity Okinawa District put their calculating skills to the test during the 14th Annual Soroban Contest April 29 in the Surfside Ballroom on Camp Kinser.

Monday, April 29, 2013 |DoDEA Pacific |
Enthusiasm, singing strengthens children during ‘The Little C.H.A.M.P.S’ tour

More than 5,500 DoDEA Pacific elementary school students danced, sang and reflected on military family life April 16-26 during "The Little C.H.A.M.P.S." book tour with author Debbie Fink.

Thursday, April 25, 2013 |DoDEA Pacific |
RMS Student Advances to National Geographic Bee Championship

Department of Defense Education Activity Okinawa District is proud to announce that Patrick Lewallen, a 7th grade student at Ryukyu Middle School, obtained the highest score in the National Geographic Bee for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools worldwide.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 |DoDEA Pacific |
DoDEA Pacific teachers become state-level finalists in National awards program

Three Department of Defense Education Activity Pacific teachers were recently selected as state-level finalists in The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching—an honor awarded to the most distinguished mathematics and science teachers in the United States.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 |DoDEA Pacific |
Counting to meet culture at upcoming soroban competitions

A symphony of sighs, gasps, cheers and clicking and zipping beads will fill the room as the kickoff event for annual soroban competitions gets underway 10 a.m. Thursday at the Sagamihara Shimin Kaikan (Sagamihara Civic Hall) located in the outskirts of Tokyo near U.S. Army Garrison Camp Zama and Naval Air Facility Atsugi.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 |DoDEA Yokota AB Schools |
2013 Tomodachi Bowl to Feature First Downs Forged in Friendship

Sportsmanship will be front and center as all-star athletes from across Department of Defense Education Activity Pacific high schools and the American School in Japan join forces as Team USA to square off against their Japanese counterparts on Team JAPAN in a premiere football matchup literally named for friendship: The Tomodachi Bowl.

Monday, February 25, 2013 |DoDEA Pacific |
Yokota West Elementary School Nurse Selected as the 2012-2013 OSHNA School Nurse of the Year

Yokota West Elementary School Nurse Lily Bagtas, was recently selected as the 2012-2013 Overseas School Health Nurses Association School Nurse of the Year.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 |DoDEA Pacific |
KDHS grad shares ROTC experience with high school cadets

Kadena High School alumnus Tyler Nicholson’s ROTC scholarship at the University of Texas at San Antonio to pay student $500 dollars a month to eliminate college debt. On January 7th, Nicholson, a 2009 graduate who was also enrolled in the KDHS JROTC program while he was in high school, returned to talk about his college experience to current JROTC students.