Change in Schedule - Week of November 5 - 9, 2018

There will be a change in schedule for the week of November 5-9, 2018:

Monday - November 5: B-Day 7:45 AM Start

Tuesday - November 6: C-Day 9:05 AM Start

Wednesday - November 7: B-Day 7:45 AM Start

Thursday - November 8: C Day 9:05 AM Start

Friday - November 9, 2018: No Classes, Faculty attending Schools of the Future Conference. Main Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

Monday - November 12, 2018: No Classes, Veteran’s Day Holiday, All offices are closed.

DMS MechaMonarchs participate in the Meadow Gold KULA Carving Competition

Our MechaMonarchs robotics team participated in the Meadow Gold KULA Carving Competition at the 9th Annual Pumpkin Carving Festival held at Windward Mall Saturday, Oct 27, 2018.  High school teams were given two hours to carve five pumpkins and created a display that support this year’s theme -  Music Legends.  Our MechaMonarchs carved likenesses of Bruddah Iz, Elvis Presley and Bruno Mars into the sides of pumpkins in addition to turning one of their pumpkin to resemble a phonograph.  The team finished overall 3rd place and were awarded Best Carving Technique and earned a $500 prize! Thank you to Mr. Casem, the MechaMonarchs’ team advisor and MechaMonarchs members, Aden Tyler Maria Bernaldez, Jordan Searcy-Hosea, Bryce Yamamoto, Ariana Tyler, Megan Nishimura and Kealii Limahai for representing Damien!  A special mahalo to Tom Hashimoto DMS ‘78 for helping our MechaMonarchs during the competition!  Go Monarchs!

Shelby Capllonch feature article

Q&A: Damien standout Shelby Capllonch

By Paul Honda

As featured in Hawaii Prep World, October 16, 2018

When Shelby Capllonch puts the force of her power into a volleyball — left side, right side or back row — there is a sound that is unlike most on the volleyball court. It has the vibe of McKenna Granato(Punahou/Hawaii) and Gabriella Matautia (Moanalua/Temple).

Damien is having its finest girls volleyball season ever, and at 13-0, Capllonch (pronounced cap-ee-on) is the key to well-oiled offensive machine. Since taking over in 2015, Coach Don Faumuina has seen Damien turn around from a one-win squad to a four-time state-tourney contender.

With the first-round title at stake, Le Jardin lost to Damien in a battle of unbeaten teams two weeks ago. LJA coach Lee Lamb knew it would be tough against the Monarchs and their big hitter.

“A few things have really stood out to me over the years, but the biggest is the competitor in her. Not the fiery, in your face, look at me type of competitor, but the kind of competitor that has a calm resolve and a no task is to small attitude,” Lamb said. “It’s never about her. It’s always about the goal. This may not be PC, but I think of Shelby as a silent assassin.

“In that regard, she kind of reminds me of Savanah Kahakai, a player I had the pleasure of coaching at club and high school. Savanah was both humble and grounded like Shelby and was that same type of player. Savanah just quietly went about her business of being one of the best kids on the court at any give time,” Lamb added. “Savanah and Shelby also have great vision and a knack for being patient and waiting for the right opportunities to score. Shelby, like Savanah, will keep the ball in play until she gets a quality opportunity and then she scores. That’s not to say that they wouldn’t take chances, but they always seem to know when to take their chances. Always helping their teams and never penalizing them for unforced errors. Shelby is an exceptional young athlete and I’m thankful I’ve had the opportunity to be around her and and watch her play.”

Faumuina sees similar combination of traits in Capllonch.

“She’s a fairly quiet person, more to herself. I’d say she’s even an introvert, very pleasant to everyone, always laughing. Laid back and easy-going,” Faumuina said. “I always joke with Shelby that the reason you’re so great is you take your mannerisms after your father (Eric). The aggressiveness and beast on the court, she gets that from her mom. And once the game is done, she’s back to Shelby.”

Capllonch says she was especially quiet after completing eighth grade at St. John Vianney Parish School in Enchanted Lakes.

“I was quiet up until about my sophomore year. I was shy. I only talked to two people,” she said. “At my old school, I had more friends. My sophomore year, I was like, ‘I need more friends.’ My brother (Punahou lineman Blake Feigenspan) can talk for days, just like my mom.”

It was a classic, Marvel Comics scenario of a player with great power gradually recognizing that with it comes great responsibility. The Monarchs have just three seniors now, and one is out with an injury.

“I told her, ‘Be selfish enough to to take this team as your own. Captain this team. You deserve a championship.’ When I put it in that contest, she said, ‘OK, Coach, as long as it’s us as a team.’ “

Sometimes, finding a home is the key to success. At a larger program, Capllonch may have become a leading OH. She may have been more of a role player. At Damien, it was the right place at the right time.

“From what I understand, Kim tried getting her into all the big schools,” Faumuina said. “She sent videos and no one showed interest until she played her freshman year at Damien. Then they called and Kim said, ‘No, she’s staying all the way.’ Sometimes, something like this is good. You’re a big fish in a small pond.”

The Monarchs were the underdogs. Now they’re the favorites. Faumuina and assistant Reagan Agenahave an even-keeled approach.

“He helps us relax. I don’t know how, but he does,” Capllonch said of Faumuina.

She says being on campus from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. isn’t so bad. After-school study hall in an air-conditioned classroom inside the gym helps immensely.

“We get our food from the concession (in the cafeteria), pack it and go to study hall,” Capllonch said.
Mom is never far away. Kim Buffett retired after 30 years with HPD and is now a dean at Damien. When Capllonch begins her college career, mom will be an hour away.

“She’s going to move to mainland when I start college,” Capllonch said.

For now, there’s school and volleyball. In 2015, Damien reached the state quarterfinals. In ’16 and 17, the Monarchs made it to the semifinal round. An ILH team has won the last three state crowns.

Capllonch’s grandparents came from opposite sides of the world. One left an island off the coast of Spain, Mallorca, and eventually met a young woman in Japan. As a child, Shelby Capllonch once visited that remote island in the Mediterranean Sea.

“The temperature can be 80, but the water is freezing cold,” she said.

She wants to return there again someday.

“Someone from my family saw a statue and it said ‘Capllonch’ on it. My dad said it was my great-great-great-great grandpa,” she said.

Shelby Capllonch
Damien volleyball

Q&A / Favorites
Athlete: I don’t have one.

Team: I don’t have one.

Food (at home): Baked breaded chicken

Food (eating out): sushi

Hobby outside of sports: I like to go to the beach. Sometimes, in my free time I paint or draw

Movie: Thor: Ragnarok 

TV show: Grey’s Anatomy 

Video game: Mortal Kombat X 

Music artist: 21 Savage

Teacher (elementary through high school): Ms. Kristen Ponce 

GPA: 3.4

Class: Forensic Science

Place to relax: My bed or on the couch 

Motto/scripture: The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory. — Les Brown

What your mom (Kim Buffett-Feigenspan) says that you can’t forget: “Just have fun”

What your dad (Eric Capllonch) says that you can’t forget: “Good game Shelby girl” 

What your coaches say that you can’t forget: mind set plus skill set equals jet set

How does your sport affect your daily life during the season and offseason? 
In school season, I basically live at Damien. Ill get to school around 7:45 a.m. then not leave until 7:30 p.m. I don’t really mind it because we have study hall so i can do work or just relax, plus the team being together for this long, like it kind of helps with team bonding. My off season is club season. In club season, i would have practice like 2 or 3 times a week, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. So, when school ends, sometimes i don’t know what to do because i was so used to staying at Damien for hours. Club season gives me much more free time, so i try to hang out with friends or go cheer on another sport, like basketball or baseball. Plus, club season gives me more time to relax and rest my body. 

What middle and elementary schools did you attend?
Elementary, I went to St. John Vianney and for middle, and high school i have been at Damien.

What youth teams did you play for? What club do you play for and what are the daily commitments like year-round?
I used to play PAL volleyball in Kailua, i don’t really remember the names of the teams. I played for Manoa Beach for the past 2 years, and my year round commitments are mainly school and volleyball. 

Where have you travelled for your sport(s)? I have been to California, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Iowa and Florida.

What do you like to do — or what’s something else you’re good at — that would surprise most people? 
I like to do art, most people would probably not believe me but I’m pretty okay at it.

What is your ultimate dream/bucket list? Where would you like to travel, what life would you like to have as an athlete? And away from sports?
My dream would be to become a veterinarian and one day after college to move back to Hawaii. I would like to travel to Europe. As an athlete I want to just show that just because I’m short for an outside hitter, that us Hawaii girls can do damage if they put their hearts and minds into it. For the life i would like to have away from sports is to just live and have fun, meet new people and make new friends. 

What is the history and background of your name?
My mom met someone that had that name and she thought it was really pretty. 

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Damien Memorial School Students Participate in Men's March Against Violence

Lee Cataluna: School marching toward awareness, responsibility

As featured in Honolulu Star-Advertiser, October 4, 2018

On Thursday, 100 students from Damien Memorial School will participate in the Men’s March Against Violence. Damien Students have joined in the march for the past 23 years, well before the all-boys Catholic school became co-ed in 2012.

Wes Reber Porter has been president and CEO of Damien since 2016. He’s a former federal prosecutor in Hawaii and senior trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He is also on the planning committee for Thursday’s march.

“We’re educating all the time. From when the student gets to campus before the bell rings all the way through after school when they’re at activities until 8 p.m.,” Porter said. “All the time and in different environments, not just in the classroom.”

The students, both boys and girls, will get to the state Capitol early so they can hear the speeches and the names of victims being read aloud. The Damien group is usually one of the largest participating in the march. One year, in an impromptu gesture, a group of kupuna men gave lei to the youngest Damien boys to symbolize passing the knowledge and commitment to the younger generation.

“It’s not just a boys’ issue. It’s a community issue,” Porter said. It’s also not just about violence, but all the related attitudes and behaviors that lead up to it. “Issues of decency, respect, and acknowledging each other as equal,” Porter said.

To write this story this week without mentioning the current national debate over Brett Kava­naugh’s alleged conduct during his years in an all-boys Catholic school would be disingenuous. The connections are obvious, though that isn’t what this story is about. Then again, it is. It’s about guiding young people to think deeply about their decisions and behaviors and to take responsibility for them.

When Porter talks about the biggest issues on campus, he always comes back to putting student leaders in a position of real power.

For example, last year, when students across the country staged school walkouts to protest violence in campuses, Damien administrators had student leaders present their proposals for the protest rather than have adults at the school set rules for the event.

“It was better than anything we could have come up with,” Porter said. “It was real thought rather than a Google search of garbled things.”

The Damien students decided to use their walkout to talk about people in their school community who don’t feel heard. They also talked about how to approach a kid who sits alone or seems disconnected from peers.

“I have a picture of that day of all the students assembled on the field,” Porter said. “But the real picture would have been from the other angle, of all the adults standing off to the side —in the shade— watching to see the students take the lead.”

Damien also has turned to students to come up with the school’s social media policy. “What they proposed was more strict than I would have come up with,” Porter said.

Of course, it’s not all about letting the students set the rules. One of the newer programs at the school is a “character grade” that is assessed by a dean, listed on each student’s report card and sent along with transcripts on college applications.

“Everyone starts with an A+ and if there’s a misstep, and we expect there to be missteps, they have the ability to work their grade back up by volunteering on campus,” Porter said. “So if you see a student pulling a garbage can on campus, it could be a student on financial aid, it could be a student participating in this restorative justice or it could be a student working on their school service requirement.” In that way, there isn’t public shame attached to service work. “We’ve always been a school where service is a part of what we do.”

The goal of participating in the Men’s March, Porter said, is starting conversations, both before and after the march, in class and outside of school. “It’s about awareness of how pervasive the problem is. There are colleagues they sit with in class every day who have front-row seats to these things. It is pervasive and it is pervasive in lots of different ways.”

In annual tradition, hundreds of men march on state Capitol to call for end to violence

As featured on Hawaii News Now, October 4, 2018

By Casey Lund, Hawaii News Now

Hundreds gathered at the State Capitol on Thursday for the 24th annual Men’s March Against Violence.

A major goal for the event: Promoting the ideals of peace and non-violence among young men in the community and changing the way they see conflict.

For young men like Damien Memorial School senior Lindon Sevilleja Jr., the annual march has had an impact.

Just last year, he was going to a movie with friends when he saw a man verbally attacking a woman nearby. He stepped in before things got physical.

“I kind of just stood up for the girl and told the guy to back off a little bit and I stayed with the girl to make sure she was okay and that she felt safe,” said Sevilleja.

Damien Memorial has participated in the march every year, hoping to inspire young men like Lindon.

“It felt good to know that spreading God’s love to someone can have a big impact for someone and make them feel safe,” he added.

Domestic violence survivors and family members of those who were killed were also included in the march.

Thursday’s march is just the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

For a list of events and other ways to get involved, visit the Domestic Violence Action Center website.

PSAT / ASVAB Testing - October 24, 2018

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Damien Memorial School will be holding it’s PSAT and ASVAB testing on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Students in grades 9-10-11 will take the PSAT, and students in grade 12 will take the ASVAB - Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery.

There will be no school for middle school students grades 6-7-8 on October 24, 2018.

Start time for Wednesday, October 24, 2018 for students in grades 9-10-11-12 will be at 7:45 AM, students need to report promptly to their homeroom.

Students will need to bring: sharpened #2 pencils, an eraser and a functioning calculator (use of cell phones will not be allowed during testing; sharing of calculators is not allowed). Testing will be from 7:45 AM - 11:30 AM. Students will be excused from school when testing is completed at 11:30 AM.

Picture Retake and Make Up Day

For students in grades 6-7-8-9-10-11

Picture make-up and retake day will be on Thursday, October 4, 2018 in the morning, on campus, in the old business office of the 500 building.  

Via daily announcements, students have been instructed to visit their Schoology account for further instructions. On Schoology, students will find a link (listed below) to complete a form in order to secure an appointment.  Students will need to log in with their Damien gmail account to complete the online form, and have up until Wednesday, October 3, 2018 Noon to do so.   An appointment time will be provided to the student upon completing the online form.  

On picture make-up/retake day, students will need to come to school wearing either the purple or black Damien polo, no sweaters or jackets in the photo please.  Students need to adhere to the Damien Dress Code as stated in the school's Student/Parent Handbook.  

Students who are doing a portrait retake need to bring the printed photo packet back to school.  

Link to make an appointment for a makeup/retake photo (need to be logged into student DMS gmail account):

September is National Suicide Awareness month

Greetings Families and Guardians,

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September is National Suicide Awareness Month. Suicide attempt has been growing every year, but to counter that, students in the United States have been increasingly willing and wanting to find someone to share their challenges with and get help. Suicide can be a very difficult subject to discuss, as well as helping someone going through ideas of stress or depression, just to name a few.  


In the following week, the counseling department will have completed going into classes this month to discuss the topic of suicide in the hopes of bringing awareness and understanding to our students and to help our community and family grow to love and protect each other.  Discussion of the topics were designed to be age-appropriate and any further questions that the students have can be directed to the counseling team. We are a school of prevention and providing tools to help our students grow and understand the various challenges that life can bring to them.  If you have any further questions, please contact your child's grade level counselor.




Dr. Kyle J. Atabay