Apr 262013
 

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Can’t lie, there’s nothing quite like living on Kauai! We had an amazing surf session before dark and got to watch yet another breathtaking sunset on the hike back up the trail. With summer in close sight, we’re both anxiously awaiting more amazing days like this.

Apr 022013
 

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Julia’s parents came for a visit recently and we had another amazing time together. They took care of us during our busy workweek by making several memorable and delicious dinners. After a crazy day at work, it was awesome coming home to their full-fledged traditional Wagner family feasts. Volunteering to help out in our classrooms, we roped them into a full-day at work with us setting up display boards for Elective Night. We also got to spend the first part of our spring break cruising beach to beach with them in search of sun and shells. It was so relaxing to have little to no agenda and simply enjoy their company. We’re really looking forward to their next stay!

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Mar 252013
 

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Officially submitted for printing, the Kapa’a Middle School 2012-2013 Yearbook is now complete! CLICK HERE to scroll through the 60 pages of students’ custom designed layouts, original photographs, captions and stories. 7th grade cover art contest winner, Kirklyn Nishida, created the iPad-inspired design using all original images and text in PhotoShop. Although stressful at times, Yearbook has become one of my favorite classes to teach! Nice job K.M.S. Yearbook Staff!!!

Mar 102013
 

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With spring just around the corner, we’ve been enjoying the colorful display of plants in our yard! It looks like many of our trees are happy and healthy and we can’t wait for all the summertime fruit!

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Mar 012013
 

This was a collaborative effort between two 8th Grade advisory classes at Kapa’a Middle School. Mr. Ryan kicks things off with his dance skills while I had the pleasure of filming/editing the mayhem that ensued.

Be sure to check out Mrs. Sanderl’s version too… CLICK HERE!

Feb 232013
 

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I’m not sure if kiting will become my true calling, but I’m still trying to learn the basics while avoiding catastrophe. Nothing really compares to the simplicity of surfing for me and I love being able to share the stoke with Julia. As for Kiting, Julia usually looks nervous while observing my potential for disaster from afar. Luckily I’m fairly cautious and don’t expect it to come easy.

Feb 142013
 

PBS Hawaii – HIKI NO Episode 414: Hosted by Students from Kamehameha Schools from PBS Hawaii

This is Kapa’a Middle School’s debut episode on PBS Hawaii – HIKI NO. Appearing during the intro at 1:08 and featured at 20:42, the instructional video “How to Make a Beaded Bowl” was produced by three students in my Media class. It was an incredible experience working with the production team at PBS Hawaii and we look forward to our next contribution to the show.

As a class project, students worked in teams to create various “How To” videos as an introduction to visual storytelling. After the process of pitching ideas, storyboarding, scheduling, production, editing and re-editing, many great videos were made; however only one could be selected to air on local television. Congratulations to Malina, Mia and Sabrina!

UPDATE:
Here is our second addition to Hiki No by K.M.S. Media students Makayla, Emma, Sophia and William. They created an instructional video about making a tie-dyed shirt which was featured on Season 4, Episode 20 of PBS Hawaii’s student news program. Take a look…

PBS Hawaii – HIKI NO Episode 420: Kapaa Middle School: Tie-Dyeing from PBS Hawaii

Jan 282013
 

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A special Happy Birthday to our sister-in-law, April! We’re so glad that David, April and William were able to spend the week with us in celebration! Although it was a short visit, we packed in tons of fun including our first geo cashing experience and our first whale watching trip. William is such an awesome little guy and we’re so happy to have spent some quality time with the Wagners. Thanks for making the long trip over!

Dec 252012
 

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The Christmas spirit was in full effect at the Wagner house this year. It was complete with all the traditional holiday recipes, a huge prime rib, a beautiful tree, lounging with family by the fire, etc. We were also happy to see Aunt Mary and have our first jam-session with Uncle Greg. Hopefully next year we will sound better than screeching cats. Another highlight was enjoying our Christmas gift with Ben and David on the mountain. Mom and Dad Wagner surprised us with an all-inclusive day of snowboarding at Stevens Pass and we all walked away unscathed, for the most part. We couldn’t have had a better Christmas! Can’t wait till next year.

Dec 022012
 

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This is the result of Part 2 from our “Stitched Sanctuary” imaging project, an introduction to HDR photography. Students photographed a range of 5 different exposure levels from dark (-2 stops) to light (+2 stops). Using Adobe Bridge for file management, Camera Raw to edit/color correct, and custom settings in the Merge to HDR Pro PhotoShop plugin, students created these outstanding HDR images. Period 2 is above and Period 3 is below. The level of creativity, technical ability and artistic skill continues to impress me!

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Dec 012012
 

This is the result of Part 1 of our “Stitched Sanctuary” project for Kapaa Middle School’s Gifted and Talented program. Students created these panoramic images from a series of 5 overlapping photographs taken of their personal sanctuary. Each panorama was aligned by hand and blended in PhotoShop to create a unique final image. Behind the lens, students leaned about landscape photography and how to use environmental tripods along with various composition techniques. During post-production, students were introduced to content aware fills, clone stamping, and the liquify tool.

Upon completion of the project, each image was thoughtfully critiqued in a class discussion and then written about in a final self-reflection. Scroll through Period 2 Panoramas above and Period 3 Panoramas below.

Nov 252012
 

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Back in October we had an awesome visit from my brother’s family. We spent the majority of our fall break lounging at the beach with Jason and Debbie, while the kids, Bella, Ava and Jack, rampaged in the sand. Daytime hours were filled with surfing, hiking, snorkeling and chasing Jack around the house. Most evenings involved chef Jason cooking up his specialties, or eating out at our favorite local spots. It was a perfect and relaxing vacation before heading back to work. Here’s a quick gallery from the week’s worth of fun…

Nov 152012
 

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As Kapaa Middle School gears up for the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA), computer students contributed to a positive and encouraging test-taking environment with their latest class project. In an effort motivate test-takers that frequent the school’s computer labs, these posters have been blown up and displayed in each grade-level’s PC lab. Outstanding 7th grade work is above and below is finished work from 6th grade.

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Using the drawing tool in their Google Drive accounts, students created these colorful posters which included hand drawn designs, customized word clouds, famous motivational quotes, and various text and imagery. My computer classes are taught in the 8th grade computer lab at KMS. Below, you can see the semi-permanent installation that is now making the room a more vibrant learning environment. Great job to all my Computer Wizards!

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