Concussion Baseline Testing for Athletic Participation

Welcome Back Lady Panthers! In preparation for the return of Interscholastic Sports in December and January, we will be once again offering Concussion Baseline testing for all 7th, 9th, and 11th grade students as well as all new students and first-time students who are interested in playing ILH sports this school year.

The ImPACT Concussion Baseline testing (required for all student-athletes) will be offered during lunchtimes in our LP Gym for the month of November. Due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, only 8 students will be able to sign up for testing each day. Please use this Google Sheets sign-up form to select your testing date and bring your laptop computer with you on that day. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Mr. Kinsler via email ( or up at the athletic office. Mahalo! GO LADY PANTHERS!

LP Athletics Update & Sign-ups!

Aloha Lady Panthers! Just wanted to share an update for LP Athletics and ILH Sports for this 2020 - 2021 school year. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the traditional Fall, Winter, and Spring sports seasons have been combined into two sports seasons this year.

Season 1 will begin in January of 2021 (Monday, January 4th for most teams) and will include the sports of Sporter Air Riflery (JV & Varsity), Basketball* (6th grade - Varsity), Pac-5 Canoe Paddling* (JV & Varsity), Pac-5 Cheerleading* (Intermediate & Varsity), Pac-5 Cross Country* (Intermediate - Varsity), Pac-5 Soccer* (Intermediate - Varsity), Pac-5 Swimming (Intermediate - Varsity), Tennis w/ SA & SHA (Intermediate & JV), Pac-5 Wrestling* (Intermediate & Varsity), and Archery (Intermediate - Varsity). 

Season 2 will begin in March (Monday, March 1st for most teams) and will include the sports of Golf w/ SHA (Intermediate - Varsity), Pac-5 Judo* (Intermediate - Varsity), Pac-5 Kayaking (JV & Varsity), Precision Air Riflery (JV), Pac-5 Softball* (Intermediate & Varsity), Varsity Tennis w/ SA, 6th Grade Tennis, Track & Field practicing w/ SHA (Intermediate - Varsity), Volleyball* (Intermediate & Varsity), and Pac-5 Water Polo* (Intermediate & Varsity).

Please note that some sports have an asterisk next to them. This signifies that the sport is considered a medium or high-risk sport. ILH Competitions for these sports may not take place during the 2020 -2021 school year or the sport may be modified to increase student safety. For sports deemed too high-risk to have competitions, La Pietra may provide a sports experience (clinic, intramural, etc.) if it is possible to do so in a safe manner abiding by social distancing and mask use recommendations by the Department of Health. 

We are asking that all students interested in joining an athletic team this year complete the Season 1 & Season 2 Sports Sign-up Google Form to assist us as we are planning for the year in Sports.

Also, preseason conditioning programs/practices for some Season 1 sports may begin in December so please continue to refer to the La Pietra website ( ) as we get closer to the end of November as competition schedules and preseason conditioning information will be posted on the page as they become available. Mahalo! GO LADY PANTHERS!


Upcoming Shakespeare Competitions! Nov-06 to Nov-30

Calling all adventurous high school THESPIANS!!!

This year the La Pietra Shakespeare Competition will take place during the all-school Co-Curr on Monday, January 11, between 11:10 – 11:45 am. In order to compete, students must memorize and perform a Shakespearean monologue for the student body—not sure yet whether the performances will be live or on Zoom. Participants are evaluated on the basis of preparation, effective character creation, and level of performance.

The winner will be selected by a panel of 3 judges, and will then be eligible to represent La Pietra in the Hawaii State Level English Speaking Union’s Shakespeare Competition later in March. For that competition, students will need to present not only a monologue from Shakespeare but also one of the Sonnets. The ESU officials are very precise about the material to be used, so if you are interested in representing La Pietra at the State Level and beyond, you should make your selections from the material they provide—LOTS to choose from.

The State Level competition will be held virtually on or around March 22, and the winner will move on to represent Hawaii—also virtually—in the National Level competition in New York on April 5. From there, 10 finalists will compete—virtually. The remote competition finals are tentatively scheduled for Monday, April 26th, 2021.

2021 Prizes are as follows (due to COVID there is a possibility of delayed/substituted prizes)

     1st place: Full scholarship to the British American Drama Academy Mid-Summer Conservatory Program

     2nd place: Full scholarship to the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp (American Shakespeare Center is a regional theatre located in Staunton, Virginia, that specializes in plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, playwrights like Ben Johnson, Christopher Marlowe, et. al.)

     3rd place: $1000

If you are interested in participating, first in the La Pietra competition, and then beyond, please contact me—Ms. Murray. I have all of the ESU information and materials, and would be more than happy to offer coaching as you prepare your monologue and sonnet.

As soon as I know who’s interested, I would like to call a meeting in my classroom (Gary Room) to discuss moving forward. Shakespeare is a BLAST to work with and perform, but you have to give yourself adequate time to prepare. This is not something you throw together the day before the contest!

Hope to hear from a bunch of you—I DARE YOU to take the Shakespeare Challenge!                With aloha, Ms. Murray


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