We at Moanalua High School want your child’s high school education to be a positive, worthwhile experience. Making the transition from intermediate school to high school is a trying experience for many ninth graders. In order to ease this transition, we implemented the CORE program for a group of incoming ninth graders in the school year 1991-1992. Your child could be a part of this select group. (There is a CORE team #2 that was formed in the 2006-2007 school year.)
Here, you will find the CORE calendar listing important dates for the school year including progress report distribution, parent nite, and exam schedules. In addition, you will find links and resources that may be helpful to you. Mrs. Arakawa's (Math) e-mail: Ms. Hwang's (English) e-mail: Ms. Kim's (Science) e-mail: Mr. Nishimura's (Social Studies) e-mail:
English Language Arts I is required for all ninth graders at Moanalua High School. All reading, writing, and listening activities will center on the theme of "Quest". The following readings are required: one novel (To Kill a Mockingbird, Dragon Flight, Of Mice and Men, The Call of the Wild) and one Shakespearean play (The Merchant of Venice or Romeo & Juliet) plus a variety of other extended readings. Essays, the speech of introduction, and the basic skills (study, note taking, library research) will be introduced. Grammar will be covered in conjunction with the writing process. Vocabulary will be stressed throughout the year via their readings and a selected list of 160 words with accompanying roots and prefixes. Ms. Hwang's e-mail:
CPM Algebra Year 1 - College Preparatory Mathematics will cover similar topics as a traditional Algebra I course except in a non-traditional method. Hands-on activities, demonstrations, projects, as well as groupwork, classwork, and homework are included. Reading, writing and discussion are integral parts of this course. Geometry-Although we will be using a traditional textbook, hands-on activities, demonstrations, projects, as well as groupwork, classwork, and homework are included. Reading, writing and discussion are integral parts of this course. BOTH courses focus on five strands: *Numbers and Operations *Measurement *Geometry and Spatial Sense *Patterns, Functions, and Algebra *Data Analysis, Statistics, & Probability. Each strand is broken into standards, which are then broken down into specific benchmarks. The students will be assessed on the amount of benchmarks he/she has mastered at the end of each term. Mrs. Arakawa's e-mail:

This introductory level science course is designed to develop scientific literacy, critical and creative thinking skills to make informed decision, and an understanding of the interrelationships of matter and energy. The goal of the course is to help students better understand their immediate surroundings, and in turn, understand the interactions of science, technology, and society. This course serves as a foundation for biology, chemistry, marine science, and physics.

Ms. Kim's e-mail:

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Khan Academy

PhET Interactive Simulations (Physics Education Technology)

The Physics Classroom

Electromagnetic Energy

Electromagnetic Spectrum

Resources - Scientific method, Significant Figures, significant figures practice, scientific notations, scientific notation practice

Metric Prefixes Line graphs (8 questions) Scatter Plots

1-Dimensional Kinematics Problem Set

Kinematics speed

Vector Investigation: Boat to the Island game

Vector Calculator - "This is a simple Java applet intended to give students a 'feel' for vectors in two dimensions. Specifically, it covers componets, magnitude and direction, and vector addition.";; The Moving Man; Apply the Brakes;

Kinematics Distance-Time Graphs

Kinematics Velocity and Acceleration, Projectiles, Density problems

Basic Electricity: Current and Voltage, Resistance and Resistivity Series, and Parallel Resistors, Alternating Current, Homemade Electroscope Basic

Properties of Waves: Wave Speed, Frequency, and Wavelength, Doppler Effect and Sonic Booms

The Electromagnetic Spectrum


Periodic Table

Prezi presentation

Food Tracking Worksheets from

Register for Autodesk Inventor Professional online - tutorial is at "class downloads"

Participation in Democracy is studied in the first semester. It is a course which will focus on citizenship in a democratic society and civic participation. The course will concentrate on units that discuss the three branches of government, political activity, elections, the decision-making process, and contemporary issues. Modern Hawaiian History is studied in the second semester. It will focus on the historical development of modern Hawaii from the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom to the present. Fundamental to the course are discussions of issues facing the state - students will have the opportunity to reflect on their roles and responsibilities in an increasingly interdependent and multicultural society. Mr. Nishimura's e-mail: