Community Briefs – July 27, 2018


3 Saipan beaches red-flagged
The Division of Environmental Quality has red-flagged three Saipan beaches and is advising the public not to fish or swim within 300 feet of these locations for the next 48 hours or until otherwise notified.

Affected sites are Garapan Fishing Dock, Garapan Beach Drainage, and San Antonio Beach.

Samples collected from these locations contained excessive concentrations of fecal indicator bacteria (enterococci) that exceeded the CNMI Marine Water Quality Standards. These bacteria can indicate the presence of human and animal waste in the water.

DEQ analyzes water samples collected from Saipan’s recreational beaches and storm drainage every Tuesday. For more information, contact DEQ at 664-8500. (PR)

SSHS students, parents’ orientation
Saipan Southern High School will have its school year 2018-2019 orientation for students and parents on Aug. 7. For 9th graders and new students, it will be at 9am; all returning students will be at 1:30pm. (PR)

SSHS registration deadline
The last day to turn in registration for all students at Saipan Southern High School will be on July 31, 2018, Tuesday. All students must turn in their registrations by this date. Required documents must be copied before turning in. If there is any other information or question, call the main office at 664-4000. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 7:30am to 4:30pm. (PR)

SVES students, parents’ orientation
San Vicente Elementary School will have its students and parent orientation on Aug. 3, 2018, at the cafeteria. Students with last names from A to M will have their orientation at 9am; student whose last names are from N to Z will have their orientation at 1:30pm. All new and ongoing SVS students and parents must attend to obtain important information regarding the new school year. (PR)

SVES sets open house
San Vicente Elementary School will have an open house on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, from 5pm to 6pm, in your child’s classroom. All new and ongoing SVS students and parents should attend to meet with your child’s teacher and learn about the expectations set for the school year for both student and parent.

We are still accepting registrations for new and ongoing students. If parents have not registered their child yet, we encourage parents to do so as soon as possible to ensure they are placed on the roster on the first day of school, which is Aug. 15.

For more information, contact the main office at 664-3981 or visit our Facebook Page @SvsCanaries. (PR)

Chamber meeting on Aug. 1
The Saipan Chamber of Commerce will have its general membership meeting in August on Aug. 1 at Charley’s of the Pacific Islands Club at noon. The guest speakers will be Labor Secretary Vicky Benavente, who will share updates from her agency regarding the workforce, employment numbers, and new projects; and Kanae Quinn and Wendi Herring, directors on the Make A Wish Foundation board, to speak about the good deeds of this organization in granting wishes for children in need. (PR)

MLSC seeks donations for school supplies project
Micronesian Legal Services Corp. is accepting cash or in-kind donations as part of its annual project to provide school supplies to needy children in the CNMI.

New school supplies or cash donations may be dropped off at MLSC’s Marianas Office in the VS Sablan Building, Chalan Piao (same building as the Subway sandwich shop).

Checks may be dropped off or mailed to us at PO Box 500826, Saipan, MP 96950 or you may call MLSC at 234-7729 and they will pick-up donations.

MLSC hopes to deliver at least 100 new backpacks with supplies to children in low-income households. MLSC identifies needy children from its work and from referrals made by Karidat Social Services and others.

MLSC is a 501(c)(3) organization, so your generous donations are tax-deductible. (PR)

MHS SY 2019 student orientations schedule
Marianas High School will be conducting their school year 2018-2019 Student Orientations. Schedules are as follow:

• Incoming freshmen and new transfer students (all grade levels): Aug. 8, 2018, 9am-12pm – School Gym

• Ongoing Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors: August 9, 2018 . 9am-11am -School Gym

Registration is ongoing. Students will need to furnish a copy of their birth certificate, an updated health certificate, an updated student insurance, a copy of their 8th grade diploma (incoming freshmen), an official transcript (if transferring from another high school) along with a completed registration form. Last day to register will be on July 26, 2018. (PR)

Saipan Community School open enrollment ongoing
Saipan Community School currently has open enrollment and serves students from Kindergarten through 8th grade.

In addition to the traditional academic classes, students are able to participate in school athletics, art, physical education classes, band, and music class where students in 3rd-8th grade learn the beautiful art of playing the ukulele.

Students also enjoy participating in activities such as Math Court, Academic Challenge Bowl, Scripps Spelling Bee, speech competitions for PGFC and NJSDA, National Geography Bee, Mock Trial, and STEM Fair.

SCS will open its school doors for the 40th year on Aug. 6, 2018. Faculty and staff will welcome students with new doors installed for our elementary classrooms, new technologies, and a fresh new look in many areas of the school.

In addition, today SCS staff and parent volunteers are welcome to come serve as painters and landscapers to give the campus an updated look for its 40th year. SCS will continue to celebrate four decades of excellent education with many special activities throughout the 2018-19 school year.

SCS is a private Christian school that began in 1976 as the first Protestant school on the island. Saipan Community School was officially established by resolution of the Board of Directors of the Saipan Community Church on Nov. 28, 1978 as a non-profit educational institution.

If you are interested in learning more about SCS and/or the learning opportunities we offer from kindergarten through 8th grade contact Amanda Allen Dunn, Principal via email:, call our offices at 234-6687, or come visit us on Beach Road in Susupe. (PR)

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