In the first week of his freshman year, my kid's high school math instructor presented him with one of two graphing calculator suggestions. The choices were the Texas Instruments TI-Nspire CX and the Texas Instruments TI-Nspire CX CAS. For a detailed breakdown, visit Texas Instruments' webpage on exam acceptability.
I presume that the CX is supposed to be the more expensive model, but street prices for either of the two models is about the same, somewhere between $125 and $160 dollars. Texas Instruments even has a webpage that gives retail price comparisons.
As for other brands of calculator, they are accepted. Be sure to check out each test's webpage for details. In general, (excerpted from the PSAT/NMSQT site)
Bring One of These Calculators
- Graphing calculator (most models permitted; see Official Student Guide for list)
- Scientific calculator
- Four-function calculator (not recommended)
Leave These Devices at Home
- Anything that can connect to the Internet
- Anything that makes noise or “talks”
- Calculators that use electrical outlets
- Calculators with QWERTY keypads
- Tablets or cellphones
- Laptops or handheld computers
- Paper-tape calculators
- Calculators with a pen-input device or stylus
Because both the TI Nspire CX and CAS appear to be well-supported, and because my son's math teacher is familiar with either of the two, we went with the CX. That way he can use it with any of the upcoming tests he may be taking.
August 18, 2016 - The fourth annual Keith Dinsmoor Trophy Regatta was held in the waters off Lahaina near Mala Wharf in West Maui on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14. Representing the Hawaii Kai Boat Club, this year's overall winner was Gavin Ball. [Lahaina News]
August 17, 2016 - Civil Beat's long-read on toxoplasmosis highlights the danger feral cat feces pose to endangered species. At least eight critically endangered Hawaiian monk seals, two spinner dolphins, nene geese and native birds over the past 15 years have died from the parasitic disease. At issue is whether the current policy of Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) is working with just 10,000 cats sterilized of an estimated population of 300,000. Hawaii Kai's feral cat colony was featured prominently throughout the article. [Civil Beat]
August 16, 2016 - ProService Hawaii, a staffing company headquartered in Hawaii Kai, is buying HiHR, the human resources arm of The Hawaii Group. The purchase will boost ProService's total of worksite employees served to more than 30,000, the two companies said Monday. [PBN]
August 15, 2016 - The State Health Department traced the Hepatitis A outbreak to raw scallops consumed at Genki Sushi restaurants. All locations, including the restaurant in Aina Haina, were ordered closed until further notice [Civil Beat]
August 15, 2016 - KITV weighs in on the contest between Hawaii Kai's incumbent State Senator Sam Slom and challenger Stanley Chang. [KITV]
August 15, 2016 - A Hawaii Kai man has been charged with murder in a Makiki stabbing. [Star Advertiser]
August 13, 2016 - Hahaione PTSA has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for playground repairs following last week's vandalism.
Because I'm told that fish don't count, our family's first "real" pet is a rabbit. He's a Netherland Dwarf, a tiny little black creature that lives in a three-story one-of-a-kind apartment. I've always bought partial bales of Timothy hay for him on Amazon. It seemed like a good deal, usually about $30 for ten pounds. That was before I discovered Waimanalo Feed Supply.
I pass by the store all the time. It's just 20 minutes from Hawaii Kai and on the way to multiple destinations on the Windward side. It's right next to Shima's supermarket and near the Jack-in-the-Box. There is ample parking right in front of the store. Inside, you'll find a variety of pretty much everything. Most of it pertains to animals, but if you're short on time, you can also buy your laundry soap there, or perhaps a can of SPAM.
Long story short, I bought a 3 pound bag of Timothy hay for $5.10 including tax. Just to show you how much hay that is, I took a picture right next to our diminutive pet.
Waimanalo Feed Supply is open Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday. Be sure to check out their website for holidays and hours.
August 11, 2016 - Vandals damaged Hahaione Elementary School's playground over the August 6 weekend. The $45,000 structure, paid for with community donations, will have to be removed at a cost of $20,000. [HNN]
August 11, 2016 - Kila Ka‘aihue tells Hawaii Prep World how uncanny timing delivered him from Iolani grad to MLB player to Head Coach for Kaiser High School's baseball team. [Hawaii Prep World]
August 9, 2016 - Niu Valley Middle School has been selected as one of 28 schools in the R.E.A.C.H program. R.E.A.C.H.’s mission is to ensure all public school students in grades 6 to 8 receive the academic and community-based support they need to stay on track toward high school graduation by engaging them in a broad-base of programs and activities, outside of regular instructional hours, in the areas of academic enrichment, arts and culture, and athletics. [Governor's News Release]
As most kama'aina know, credit union membership is a must here in the Islands; service is more personal and consumer value can't be beat. Although membership is often limited to certain groups, many credit unions have a special loophole through which average residents can apply.
Hawaii State Federal Credit Union (HSFCU) has announced it will open a new branch at the Hawaii Kai Executive Plaza, 6700 Kalanianaole Hwy # 110, the location HawaiiUSA Credit Union once occupied.
As far as accesibility, credit unions have fewer branches overall when compared to banks. However, they participate in a code sharing program that allows members to bank at any NCUA institution. They also have other types of reciprocal arrangements. For instance, HSFCU has an ATM agreement with Bank of Hawaii and members can access their money at Bank of Hawaii ATMs without extra charges.
I'm told that the Hawaii Kai branch is scheduled to open in early September, but may open slightly earlier in a soft opening. For those who want to know how to become a member, check out their FAQs on membership eligibility. Generally speaking, it's open to State and County employees. However, HSFCU's resident entryway is Friends of the Library membership. If you become a member of Friends of the Library of Hawaii, you can apply for HSFCU membership too.
I'm going to call my first attempt at livestreaming a flop: A disaster: A good idea whose time has not yet come.
Livestreaming has been in the news quite a bit lately, from the House Democrats' sit-in to the Minnesota police shooting of Philando Castile. In the first example, on June 22, 2016, House of Representative Democrats staged a sit-in to force a vote on gun control. CSPAN would normally have broadcast it, but -- CSPAN directives are given by House staffers: that is, the controlling Republican majority. They ordered the cameras turned off. Democrats responded by livestreaming video through Periscope while posting updates through Facebook. In the second example, Philando Castile, an unarmed black man, was shot dead at a traffic stop. His girlfriend had the livestream video running the whole time, from the confrontation to his death. The video added additional evidence to U.S. outrage over black deaths at the hands of law enforcement and sparked yet more protests and calls for action.
My own experience pales in comparison.
First, I thought I'd shoot the opening before the start of the ESSA Town Hall meeting at Kalani. That left me walking with the phone in front of me, talking to myself. I grabbed a quick glimpse of a what was still a nearly empty school cafeteria. Then, I moved to a corner of the courtyard to continue to talk to myself. No one. No one joined the stream. . .then one. . .he/she said "Hi." This was my highlight. I was about to reply. Then the phone rang. It was my husband. I purposely hung up on him, not knowing if this was being caught live. He called again. I answered. "Yes." He said, "I'm at Costco. Need anything?" To this day, I have not yet reviewed what was captured on the livestream. I guess the world can know we have stocked up on milk.
Next, on to the live notetaking during the meeting. I would call that a measured success. I rigged up a clipboard with a makeshift phone holder, connected a bluetooth keyboard and typed as the meeting went on. I'd say they're among the better notes I've taken and best of all, they're done and posted all in one step. You can review the first draft at EastOahu96825.com/gpublic, where I keep all of the Google Drive public documents related to this site. The [direct link] is here. I'll use those notes to write a short review of the meeting soon.
I had promised a follow-up livestream through Periscope, but alas, I had problems connecting at the coffee shop my friend and I stopped at. Truthfully, I was pretty much done with the humbling experience of livestreaming, at least for now.