Monday, December 29, 2014

Summer Opportunity at USC for HS Students

The 2015 Summer at University of Southern California summer program offers a two week, non credit certificate or a four week, college credit course in the following areas:

Computer Science
Global Studies
Performing Arts
Visual Arts

Apply on line at  or call 213-740-5679 for more information. 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Senior Updates

Amber Hopkins has been accepted at Chapman University in Orange, California; Imara Joroff has been accepted at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts; Genevieve Foster has been accepted at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon; Katy Davidson has been accepted at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. 


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Varsity Boys Beat Alumni in Annual Soccer Match

The photo below is of our Voyager alumni talking story and eating food after playing in the annual Alumni vs Varsity Boys Soccer Match. This year the match was in favor of the varsity boys 5-2. A special mahalo goes out to Rick and Naomi Liebow, Mary Pratt, Flo Tavares, Milo Spindt and Carlos Elzaurdia for all of their help with post game festivities. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Hula Students Make 'Uli'Uli

Shawna Dinnan sews on her first feather of hundreds.
In addition to learning how to dance the students in Kumu Kauka's hula class also learn to make their own 'uli'uli, or feather gourd rattles.

Students carve ohe kapala, or bamboo stamps, for kapa.
L-R: Salisa Pegeder, Lindsey Nakea-Tresler, Lexi Warnock, Maren Vilz and Carina Metzger

Before beginning her 'uli'uli Maya Rivera carved an ohe kapala for kapa. Here she is testing it out.

 Brianna Binder begins sewing feathers on her 'uli'uli.

More Senior Updates

Autumn Warnock was accepted to the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon; Moeko Fukada was accepted at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Imara Joroff was accepted to the Honors College at Pace University in New York City, NY; and Kyle Riddle was accepted to Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. Ally Pascual was accepted at University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, and to Concordia University in Irvine, California; David Harris was accepted at University of Hawai'i at Manoa, in Honolulu.


Art Students Create Timelines

High school art students in two classes created these symbolic time lines representing the major events in their lives.  Each time line was developed chronologically, translating the important events in their lives into the language of art. The completed time lines were woven together to create a large wall hanging, representing the idea that our lives are woven together through common experience.

Shown with the wall hanging are (left to right):  Kyle Riddle '15, Reyn Guest '16, Jacob Chapin '17, Mattea Wortmann '16, Allison Summerhays '17, Hannah Whelan '18, Alex Obert '16, and Anne Cushnie '17.

Girls JV Basketball Team Beats Kaua'i High

The Voyager Girls JV Basketball team defeated Kaua'i High JV Girls 27 - 16 in their first game of the season this week! Congratulations!  Next game is Friday against Kapa'a High at our home courts 5:30 pm.  Please come out and show your school spirit cheering on our girls basketball team.

The girls proudly sing our school anthem after winning the game.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Fun in Second Grade

Heidi-Lei Kaeo in 2nd grade decorated a Lauhala ornament for her family Christmas tree.

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Kilauea Parish Hall 10:10am 

Friday class:  

Kilauea Parish Hall 10:10am

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Holiday Movie Night at Common Ground


Solid wood Armoire  $950. CONTACT Dondi at:

Need a Babysitter?
Need a babysitter? A present-wrapper? An errand-runner?
April Larsen, our Spanish teacher, is available this week, then after break. Her  best friend Julia (who used to be a nanny) is available throughout the break. She also has a different schedule (some free weekdays).
Let them know if they can help.
April - 808-631-9629
Julia - 808-265-1715

Entertainment  For the Holidays
Don't miss this show! Mr. Steinbacher is performing, along with Island School alums Sean Evans '05, and Kimberly McDonough '13.  Also, Miss Rosie is the accompanist. Proceeds benefit Malama Pono.

 Got Ukus? Hereʻs Help.

Boy Scouts Troop 133 Accepting New Members
Boys ages 11-18 who are interested in joining Boy Scouts are invited to contact troop leader Mike Kano - Ph: 808 651 3332 or Meetings are every Tuesday night, 7-8 pm, at the Kapa‘a United Church of Christ (Next door to Kaua‘i Marine & Mower). For boys that are into the outdoors this is the perfect thing.

Casting Call for Personal Photo/Video Shoot(s)
Kevin ( is working on a few personal projects to expand his resort and lifestyle portfolio of still and motion photography while in Kauai from Dec 4-19, 2014.
He is looking for talent/models to participate in approximately 2-hour blocks of time one or more of the  following possible shoot days: Mon. 12/8Tues. 12/9Wed. 12/10Tues. 12/16Wed. 12/17, or Thurs. 12/18
Regarding shooting scenarios:  We will have some beach set ups - lounging, walking and water play, some camping near a beach with a VW Westfalia Camper, some restaurant/food/lifestyle, some shopping, etc.  
We need to set up individuals, a few couples and a small group of 2-3 "friends" to use in various scenes.  We are targeting mature adults, 35-60, of varied ethnicity and genders who appear to be healthy, attractive, active and affluent professionals or young retirees at work or play.
We will be available to meet with interested talent between Friday December 5 and Monday December 8.  We plan to be at the HA Coffee Bar on 180 Rice St #101a, in Lihue on Saturday Dec 6 between 2-4 p.m. and on Sunday Dec 7 from 1-3 p.m. for open casting calls.
Compensation negotiable: $50-100/hour depending upon experience.
If you are interested, please let us know whether you can make either of the open calls, or want to set up another time.  Call Kevin at 520/904-2511 or Valerie at 520/465-8877, or email

Kaua‘i Winter Math Enrichment Program
Math Enrichment Classes for students currently in grades 2 (more advanced students only), 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 this fall of 2014.This math enrichment program will involve using math manipulatives to explore math concepts and will involve solving math problems and math puzzles. Students who are fluent in math facts are welcomed to attend the program.

Dates*: December 29, 2014 to January 8, 2015 (no classes January 1, 2015)
Place: Wilcox Elementary School
Time: 9:00am - 1:30pm
Cost: $320 for 8 days sessions and $20 non-refundable registration fee

*One week session: December 29, 2014 to January 2 may be available. Email Gloria at or call Gloria at (845) 558-1823 if interested.

This program is designed to reinforce the math concepts and skills through use of math manipulatives and puzzles. State certified and experienced math teachers will teach students the strategies to use critical thinking skills to solve rigorous math problems, which may or may not address the Common Core Math Standards. To motivate students and allow them to have fun learning, cooperative learning and playing math games will be part of this program.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Kindegarten and Third Grade Carolling at Pua Kea

The Kindergarten and their 3rd grade buddies shared some holiday cheer with the residents at the Regency at PuaKea on Wednesday. They sang holiday songs, accompanied by Miss. Rosie.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Senior Update!

Katy Davidson has been accepted at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon and at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon; Imara Joroff has been accepted at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts; Autumn Warnock has been accepted at Santa Clara University in California; Ashley Larkin has been accepted at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon; Allison Culliney was accepted at Penn State in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Congratulations to all of you!

Banana Press Anthology Features Student Writings

Ms. Street's Creative Writing students have created a blog where their best work from trimester 1 is showcased. It's called Banana Press Anthology. Visit their site at

Monday, December 15, 2014

Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥ Week of Dec. 15

♥ ♥ ♥ Candy McCaslin for her donation of a piano.

♥ ♥ ♥ Rosie Alfiler, Colin & Krystal Bedwell, Joe & Kristi Buchanan, the Harding Educational and Charitable Foundation, Mark & Barbara Hubbard, Lindsay & Greg Kamm, Terri Kass, Sean & Katie Magoun, Becky Snowden and Robert & Keli Wilson for donations to Annual Giving!

♥ ♥ ♥ Glenn & Linda Ebesu for a gift to the Chorus!

Alumni News

J. Riley Louis '11, recently completed his two year mission. His and family and friends celebrated his return in fine fashion. He will be returning to Utah January 2, to continue his studies at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.

Dade Apao '13, returned home from San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly to assist one of his favorite teachers, Cindy Wortmann, in setting up the Scholastic Book sale. Dade presently is majoring in civil engineering and is in his sophmore year.

J. Riley Louis '11, celebrates his homecoming with Sean Magoun.

Mandatory Swim Team Meeting Tuesday at Lunch

There is a mandatory meeting for members of the Voyager swim team, tomorrow, Tuesday at lunch, at the Wilcox Gym. See Jen Pomeoy for more information.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

FIRST Lego League Champs Compete at States

Congratulations to our Kaua'i Grand Champions FLL Robotic Voyagers Elementary Team for a job well done this weekend at the State competition. They represented our school and Island with confidence, professionalism, and a cooperative spirit!

They were also able to fit in a visit to Iolani School to tour their state of the art technology building.  If you get a chance ask them about it.  This was a highlight of their weekend.

The members are:

5th graders - Joshua Dobashi, Cody Manibog, Ema-Lani Ebesu, Nate Sullivan; and 4th graders - Julia Schilleci, Liko Edwards, Kala Edwards, Thatcher Magoun, Kilinoe Oliveira and Tanner Hubbard.

Way to go Robotic Voyagers! Congrats and mahalo, also, to teacher advisers: Sue Macklin, Nathaniel Evslin and Janet Powell.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Hawaiian Studies Students Make Quilt Designs

These third grade Hawaiian Studies students learned to cut designs like those used to make Hawaiian quilts. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday's Annual Giving Message

At the close of Annual Giving Week we write to thank you for all that you do in support of Island School. Please click the link below to enjoy a short video to commemorate this week and our special school!

The Annual Giving Campaign runs through the fiscal year, and will close on June 30, 2015. Donations to Annual Giving offset general operating costs and are used wherever the school needs it most. For more information on how you can participate, call the Advancement Office at (808) 246-0233. To give now, visit

Boxes from Chorus Concert For Sale

The gift wrapped banker boxes from the Winter Chorus Concert are for sale at $5 per box. Contact Sam Suttell  808-213-5040 or

Girls Basketball Dec.16 & 19 -- Soccer Dec. 20

Girls Basketball will play their  first game on Tuesday 12/16 at Kaua'i High. 

Come cheer the Voyagers and the beginning of our new program. Game starts at 5:30pm at Kaua'i High School gym.  Rides for students from Island School to Kaua'i High and back can be arranged through Bill Suttell  206-999-4799 or

Girls Basketball first Home game is Friday 12/19. Show your school spirit and pride. Let's make Wilcox gym rock! Game starts at 5:30pm  All grades and parents welcome.

Girls Soccer game is Saturday 12/20 at Vidinha Stadium. Come watch your Voyager girls take on Kaua'i  High.  Game starts at 10am

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thursday's Annual Giving Message

or call us between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM at (808) 246-0233

Week of Dec. 8: Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥ the Obert family for their donation to the LRC.


♥ ♥ ♥ the following 5th grade parents for washing costumes from "Sleepy Hollow:" Debra DeBusca, Katherine Apao, Donna Bowling and Kate Cline


♥ ♥ ♥ Catherine Barale for hosting a lovely staff/faculty holiday party last weekend.

♥ ♥ ♥ David Harris '15, for donating props for the high school play, The Imaginary Invalid.

♥ ♥ ♥ Kori King for donating a Christmas tree to the 1st grade classroom & to Kori and Carrie Mackey for decorating it.


♥ ♥ ♥ Bill & Cathy Cowern, Bernadette Kaeo, Sabra Kauka, Cristy Peeren, Edwin & Cynthia Sorenson and Emily Thomas, Karen & Kenny Agudong, Anonymous, Adam Beetles and Sierra Hampton-Eng for contributions to Annual Giving.

♥ ♥ ♥ Lon & Lianne Malapit for a gift to the Island School Chorus.

♥ ♥ ♥ Mel & Pauline Ventura for a donation to Tuition Aid. 

♥ ♥ ♥ Natasha Arruda, Catherine Barale, Adam Beetles, Donna Bowling, Aaron Brown, Mary Castelanelli, Joe Corbo, Daryl Edwards, Nathaniel Evslin, Joyce Flagg, Pat Gegen Liz Hubbard, Jeff Kozak, John Macko, Susie Massaro, Gaye Miller, Deatri Nakea, Penny Nichols, Carol Peacock-Williams, Janet Powell, David Reynolds, Valerie Rivera, Lulu Schilleci, Joan Shaw, Traci Sullivan, Bill Suttell, Sam Suttell, Lorraine Tamanaha, Cindy Wortmann for their assistance with preparations and work for the chorus concert.

Chorus Concert Made Us Merry and Bright

Bob's thoughtful comments:
Aloha kakou -- It seems we go from one triumph to another. The Winter Concert last evening, All is Merry and Bright, truly was amazing. Congratulations to Philip, Rosie, and the students. From the opening Heralds to the closing full entourage, there simply was no down time. Things moved without a hitch, the genius of programming and stage management clearly evident, though unobtrusive. Things simply happened, one after the other, in proper order, with students on their best behavior and performing with personality and style.
The feeling was upbeat, including Linus and Lucy (based on comic characters) dedicated to Island School graduate, Christy Mayfield. There were two student accompanist, Allison Summerhays and Michael Miller, each of whom played with poise and perfection. There were violinists, bell wringers, tap dancers, a trumpet, finger cymbals, tambourines, and a glockenspiel. There were gifts/props galore, and appropriate antics. The evening was entertaining and inspirational.
From my standpoint, an interesting aspect of the event is the number of staff members who assist with the production. Listed on the printed program were 23 such individuals, from box office attendees to wardrobe assistants. It takes a village to make a concert! These behind-the-scene individuals deserve recognition and applause as well.
To one and all, hearty thanks and appreciation. Last night's concert was special, reminding us down deep of the joys and delights of the holiday season.

More pictures will be up on the Island School Shutterfly site soon.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Day Three of Annual Giving Week

To mark the third day of Annual Giving week, we're offering a video message from our Board President, Kathy Richardson. Special thanks to the high school digital media class for gathering and editing the video footage!
For more information about giving to Island School, please give us a call at 246-0233 or visit our website at
The Advancement Team

Hanai Family Program for MS & HS

Island School Holiday Service Program

“Holiday Hanai Family” Program for Grades 6-12, 2014 

As a holiday giving project, students in grades 6-12 are being given a great opportunity to help families who are less fortunate. They are invited to collaborate with Child & Family Service Kaua‘i and the Queen Liliu‘okalani Childrenʻs Center to provide seven different families with gifts based on a family profile. Those who wish to participate are asked to find gifts for their "hanai family" and bring them into their homeroom or class adviser for distribution.

During homeroom and class meetings, students will brainstorm the kinds of gifts that fit their family’s needs. Parents are encouraged to find ways for their student to earn money at home that can then be contributed toward gifts and gift cards.

Students have received brief descriptions of their hanai families and their wish lists. They are encouraged to share these at home and decide if they wish to participate in this effort.

Gifts should be unwrapped and brought in to their homeroom classes or the student activities office beginning on Monday, December 15th. The deadline for gifts is the last day before break Friday, December 19th.

Ballet Kaua‘i To Perform Friday

Come see two of our lovely dancers, Maria Grigarova ʻ19, and Ming Hsu ʻ16, and the rest of their ballet company.

An Annual Giving Letter

As we enter this season of reflection and giving, we write to thank you for supporting the mission of Island School and all those who work so tirelessly to bring it to fruition. Community support and collaboration have always been at the heart of Island School's success. This is especially true for our fund raising and advancement efforts. Donations to Island School inspire innovations in teaching and improvements to the campus. Most of all, they bring us together for a common purpose - to invest in our youth and the future of our island community.

This week is our first official Annual Giving celebration. Over the next few days, we will be sending messages your way that will share information about Annual Giving and the impact that it has here on campus. If you haven't already done so, we hope you will participate in Annual Giving by making a donation at a level that is meaningful to you. Island School is a registered, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and gifts to the school are tax deductible. You can donate online at, call the office, or mail or walk in checks (or cash) at your convenience.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please don't hesitate to contact any member of the Advancement Office by calling us at 246-0233. Again, thank you for being a part of our 'ohana. We wish you a warm and happy holiday season.

With Aloha,

Sean Magoun, Director of Institutional Advancement
Joan Shaw, Director of Development & College Counseling
Daryl Edwards and Deatri Nakea, Advancement Office

Interact Club Helps With Holiday Gift Giving

Fifteen members of Island Schoolʻs Interact Club met at Walmart on Tuesday afternoon to pick out gifts for needy Kaua‘i children. For several years, Island School has teamed up with Po‘ipu Rotary Club, Nanaʻs House and high school students from other Interact Clubs for this service event. After choosing gifts, students returned to Island School to wrap the presents. Rotary members will deliver them to Nanaʻs House for distribution at their event this coming Saturday.

Students are encouraged to attend the gift giving event at Waimea Theatre at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13. Interact Club adviser Dave Reynolds reports that it is well worth the effort to get up early for this event. "Rarely are we given the opportunity to see the results of our service first hand," said Reynolds.

Genevieve Foster ʻ15, Lauren Oelke ʻ16, Ally Pascual ʻ15

Sterling Bird ʻ16, Jade Murphy ʻ16, Alaya Mallas ʻ17

Ashley Sylvestre ʻ16, Alex Obert ʻ16, Coleman Jonas ʻ16, Amanda Nguyen ʻ16, Zeb Wichert ʻ16, Cole Murphy ʻ16, (exchange student from Kaua‘i High}, Julia Randolph-Flagg ʻ17, Gabri LaFratta ʻ17

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

After School Basketball for Grades 6-9

Nick Lynch has been running a co-ed after school basketball program for grades 6-9 for 2 months now.  They meet Monday and Wednesday from 3:15-4:30. Students practice basic skills and play pick-up games as well.  There are usually 8-12 players and they have had enough interest to enter 2 teams in the upcoming Community League.  The Community League games will begin next month and students are still welcome to join.  See Mr. Lynch to pick up a parent consent form if you are interested in joining the Community League team, or just show up on the court any Monday or Wednesday if you want to play in the pick-up games.

Senior Update

Ashley Larkin has been accepted at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, and University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Autumn Warnock has been accepted at Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga, CA. Madison Moore has been accepted at Mississippi State University in Mississippi State, MS.


Sign Up Now For Dean & Rachelleʻs Winter Fun - ages 4-10 - begins Dec. 22

MS & HS Spirit Week Begins Monday 12/15

Monday, December 8, 2014

28 Acronyms Every Parent Should Know

This informative article begins, "If you think you are tech savvy all because you know what ʻLOLʻ means, let me test your coolness."

Click on this link to a CNN article/video to learn some less well-known acronyms that teens are using to engage in some pretty dangerous activities.

Acronyms Every Parent Should Know

Thursday Bus Schedule - For PK-5 Only

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 is ½ day for students in PK-5, because of parent/teachers conferences. The bus will depart with the ELEMENTARY STUDENTS from Island School at 11:25 a.m. No lunch will be served. 

Parents - Please make arrangements to meet the bus at the designated drop off point for your elementary student.  

On Friday, December 12th, there is no school for Elementary students.  

Note: There is no change of bus departure time (3:10 pm, Thursday & Friday) for students in Middle and High School. Mahalo, Business Office #246-0233.