Tuesday, August 23, 2016

'Opio Chorus Begins September 6th

Mr. Steinbacher would like to encourage middle school parents to talk with their students about singing in the Island School 'Opio Chorus this year. 'Opio Chorus is being offered as an elective activity for all students in grades 6, 7, and 8, and is a long-standing tradition at Island School. Rehearsals are held during the school day (no after school or weekends) and take place during the morning Activity Period on O, A, and E days. Students will not miss other clubs, meetings, or events by being in chorus, as this period is held open specifically for this purpose. The letter posted below outlines the procedure for joining chorus. No action is required at this time. Our first meeting will be on Tuesday, September 6. Contact Mr. Steinbacher at philip@ischool.org with questions.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Welcome Rebecca Hanson to Fourth Grade

Due to a family emergency, our wonderful Natasha Arruda has had to resign as 4th grade teacher. Fortunately, we are able to welcome Rebecca Hanson into the position.

Rebecca holds a B.S. degree from Bemidji State University in NW Minnesota in Elementary Education and earned her B.A. from Concordia University in addition to her certification in education. Her experience includes working in elementary schools in Minnesota teaching fourth and third grades. 

Since moving to Kaua‘i, Rebecca has been working as a substitute teacher at Kalaheo Elementary and with Hawai‘i Children’s Theatre. Over the summer, she was director of the Summer Stars Program, and directed their production of James and the Giant Peach. She also directed Spamalot for HCTʻs After Dark program.

Sixth Graders Move Through Classes at Orientation

There was a great showing at middle school orientation on Thursday. Sixth graders had a longer session, as they have more to get used to as Middle Schoolers. Their parents joined them as they rotated through their classes for ten-minute sessions.

Mr. Corbo gives 6th graders and their parents a preview of their math class.

* Mahalo to Sam Pratt for sending in this photo.

Teachers Bond Through Art Activity


Our enthusiastc Island School teachers participated in a two-hour art workshop Tuesday entitled "Exploring Color," led by Penny Nichols. They watched an inspiring Ted Talk, where they learned to "embrace the limitations." Then they experimented with mixing colors, using the twelve-color wheel. Working with an unusual palette that contained only red, yellow, and purple, along with black and white, participants were challenged to "embrace the limitations" and create a seascape without any blue paint. 

An exhibit in the Main Hall showcases all of the teachers' extraordinary artwork.  Stop by and see all of their wonderful creative interpretations.

Here are some of their original creations:


by Alicia Hedelsky - Chinese Teacher

by Joe Corbo - Math/Science Teacher

by John Patterson - Science Teacher

by Keana Oliveira - PK Aide

by Philip Steinbacher - Music/English Teacher

by Stephanie Achuara - Math/Science Teacher

Maria Graves and Lei Kurz - elementary aides

Jessica Crowe, Spanish Teacher; Dave Reynolds, English Teacher; and Peggy Ellenburg, Theatre Arts Teacher

Joe Corbo, Math/Science Teacher

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Head On Driving School Begins August 26Head On Driving School begins their next driver's ed classes on August 26, at 4:30 p.m. in the Ohia Room at Island School. Students must be at least 15 years of age, but do not need to have their permits to attend. Schedule will be decided by students on the first day of class. Contact Aaron to register or for more information: 808-652-7425.


Terno Ball  Sept. 17

Middle School Basketball Father/Son Pot Luck

On August 7, the Island School Voyagers Middle School Basketball ‘ohana had their end of the summer league Pot Luck and Father-Son game at Wailua Homesteads Park. Families enjoyed a fun water slide provided by Keoni Macko and Tom Grubbe (see photo at left) and a wonderful get together organized by team mom Aunty Sharon Inanod. Although the news forecast said there would be terrible weather for the day, the sunny skies opened up for the game to take place and family members of all ages were able to enjoy the water slide and good company.

The final score of the Father-Son game was 39-34 with the Fathers taking the "W". Fathers playing in the game included Dirk Apao, Keoni Macko, Tom Grubbe, Steven Hunt, Corey Dobashi, and also representing the Dads were Lauren Hunt and Stephanie Achuara. Sons included: Dwight Apao, Kaiwa Grubbe, Mason Hunt, Cody Manibog, Ethan Inanod, Tane Macko, Joshua Dobashi, and Titus Kanehe.

The Voyagers look forward to the upcoming school year to begin in a couple of weeks and the Winter Basketball season.