Friday, August 22, 2014

A Send-Off for Stephanie Steuri to the Miss America Pageant

Stephanie Steuri, Miss Hawai“i 2015, will be leaving soon for the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey. You are invited to help send her off! Steph is an Island School graduate from the class of 2011 and we are so proud of her. Her platform as Miss Hawai‘i has been to encourage students to pursue higher education and careers in S.T.E.M. subjects.
  • Date - Thursday, August 28, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
  • Location - Frear Center for Hawaiian Culture and the Arts
  • Purpose - Those who would like to wish Stephanie Steuri aloha as she travels to Atlantic City to represent Hawaii in the Miss America pageant are welcome to stop by and share their best wishes!
By the way - did you vote for Stephie?
Spread the word and this link. Let's all support Stephanie Steuri, class of 2011! Vote for Stephanie!

Kindergartners Tour the School Today

With Mrs. Cristy in 1st grade

Visiting Ms. Connie's Class

In third grade with Mrs. Liesse

4th grade with Ms. Natasha

Hanging with Mr. Adam in 5th

Ourside the Main Hall with Ms. Emily

In Ms. Joan's office
In the Accounting Office with Valerie and Melissa

With Mr. Bob
Katie enjoys their visit.

In the Logo Store with Alice
Ms. Flagg gets comfy with the Kindergartners in the LRC

Outside the Main Hall with Mr. Daniel
Touring the kitchen with Mr. Dean and Lulu

Getting dramatic with Peggy
Good to know where the bathrooms are!

Meeting Sandy

Finally  - Play Time!

2nd Grade Eaten By Hippopotamus!

The 2nd grade class read A Hippopotamus Ate the Teacher by

I.S. Alumna Wins International Science Award

Dianna Cowern, I.S. '07, and MIT '11, was presented an award at the Annual World Science Festival in June. The award was presented by Alan Alda. The Flame Challenge, which is in its third year, challenged scientists to explain to an 11 year old "What is Color?" The previous years were "What is a Flame?" and "What is Time?" There were over 1000 entrees and the the voting was done by 11 year olds from 26 different countries. Over 27,000 11 year olds voted on the three finalists and Dianna won handily. She got an all expense paid trip to New York and had lunch with Alda and his staff 4 hours before the award. You can see the award at She gets the award at about 1 hour and 24 minutes into the program.

To watch Dianna's award-winning video, go to

 Dianna Cowern in her video, "What is Color."

Dianna's YouTube Channel, Physics Girl, features a variety of her short videos about physics and are used by science teachers nationwide.

Island School Nominated for HIKI NŌ Award

Congratulations to Jacob Dysinger '14, Sam Goldberg '15, and Quentin Allen '15, whose video, "Albatross" was nominated for a 2014 HIKI NŌ Award for Best Overall News Story, High School Division. Eighty schools in the state submit multiple student news stories during the year, which are aired on the Thursday night PBS program, HIKI NŌ. Island School was the only Kaua‘i high school nominated in any category this year. There are four categories in which schools are nominated.  Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School was nominated in the middle school division.

All nominated stories from around the state will be featured at the HIKI NŌ Festival next Tuesday, August 26, at 6:00 at the Historic Waimea Theatre. The public is invited. Winners will be announced in a live stream on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Leslie Wilcox, CEO of PBS Hawai‘i will present the winners with a $500 contribution to the video production program at their school.

MS Students Watch Slideshow About Upcoming Retreat

At Morning Meeting today, middle school students gathered in the Main Hall to watch a slideshow of the 2009 middle school retreat! It was fun seeing last year's seniors and this year's seniors as 7th & 8th graders. They also saw some of their teachers - five years younger! Their retreat will be next Friday, August 29. Parents - please turn in permission forms by this Monday. Mahalo.

Is that Mr. Corbo in those stylin' sunglasses?

Keiki Chorus Sign-Ups

Parents in grades 4 & 5 received an email message about the opportunity their children have to join our Keiki Chorus. All students in these grades will meet with Mr. Steinbacher on  Tuesday, Sept. 2  and Thursday, Sept. 4 for an introduction to Keiki Chorus. Those who decide to participate will then begin weekly rehearsals during the school day. If you missed Mr. Steinbacher's email or need more information, please contact him at

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

HS Retreat Next Week, Aug. 28 & 29

Parent were sent letters via email last week describing our high school retreats. The high school retreat is an overnight experience and is planned specially for each high school class.
  • The freshmen class will have a full day of activities on Thursday. Students and their advisers will stay on campus overnight and continue with class bonding activities through Friday, August 29. 
  • The sophomore class and their advisers will be bused to the Hanchett Ranch in Moloa‘a where they will camp for the evening. They will continue with class bonding activities through the end of the school day, Friday, August 29.
  • The junior class and their advisers will spend the night at Makanalani Farm near Kilauea Town. They will continue with class bonding activities through Friday, August 29.
  • On Thursday night, the senior class will camp at Polihali State Park in Kekaha. The following morning they will boat into Nua‘lolokai to take part in class bonding activities while preserving the natural and cultural resources of the Na Pali Coast.
The goals of these retreats are to increase commitment to excellence, improve engagement in activities, raise awareness of ethical conduct, and demonstrate empathy for one another.

Contact Liz Hubbard is you have any questions ( More details will be posted in the next couple of days on our website: Forms & Information.

Parents & Staff Prep for Farm Fair

Pineapple skewers!

 Quinoa Salad
 Don't forget the napkins and forks!
 Steak cutters.

The Island School halau, Na Pua O Ka Maile, learned to make hīpuʻu style of lei with kukui leaves today.

Middle School Retreat - Friday, Aug. 29

Mr. Corbo sent information out to MS parents about the retreat at Salt Pond Beach Park in Hanapepe. The permission form was sent home with students. You can also download one by clicking here.
Forms & Information.
Parents are asked to read it carefully and return the second page by next Monday, August 25th.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Asbestos Protection

On October 30, 1984, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency promulgated regulations pursuant to the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Act, which requires schools throughout the nation to conduct training, write building management plans and perform inspections necessary to identify and manage asbestos containing materials found in school buildings. Island School’s Asbestos Management Plan is located in the Business Office and is available for public view.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Junior Class Wins M&M Game

High school students gathered in the Main Hall on the first day of school for a morning assembly. Student body president Davis Huffman led the assembly, which featured an inspiring welcome speech by Bob Springer, introductions of new high school students, an tour of our new website, announcements, and a competition among the four classes. Congrats to the Junior Class for getting the most M&Ms in the plate (ask your high school student about this ...)
Freshmen grab an M&M with chopsticks.

Sophomores are getting good at this!

Champions - the juniors know how!

Seniors are trying hard.

Order Your Athletic Gear Online

Farm Fair Volunteers - Sign Up Now

We are looking forward to this weekend's Farm Fair festivities! Volunteers are still needed. If you haven't already had a chance to sign up for your volunteer shift, follow this link to see what's available: 
Students grades 6 and up are welcome to volunteer at the front counter and in the serving line as food platers.
Please sign up online or contact Deatri Nakea in the office to reserve your shift. We need an accurate count of our volunteers to ensure the best experience for everyone.
If you have signed up and received confirmation from Island School that you were one of the first 100 volunteers to sign up, your shirt and admission pass(es) will be sent home with your oldest child this week.
Shirts for sale in the Logo Store: sizes Youth Medium - XL $15, XXL+ $18. Please see the attached flyer to preview the shirt design. Sizes are limited.
Visit our booth for some 'onolicious food: grilled steak, grilled mahi, quinoa tofu salad, and li hing mui pineapple spears! 
Proceeds from the booth will be allocated as follows: after all expenses have been paid 10% of the remainder will be set aside as seed money for next year's food booth operations. The rest will be divided three ways - between the Elementary division, the Middle School, and the High School - on a per-student basis. Each division will decide how to distribute its portion of the revenue equitably within the group.
Questions? Please call Daryl Edwards or Deatri Nakea in the Advancement Office at (808) 246-0233, or email

Welcome Back! 2014-2015 Is Going To Be GREAT!

We opened this morning with 366 students enrolled!
Elementary (PK-5) = 139
Middle (6-8) = 95
High (9-12) = 132
These numbers are still changing, so we will keep you updated.
Gooooooooooo Voyagers!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Auditions for Island School Singers Aug. 25 & 26

The Music Department announces auditions for the 2014-2015 Island School Singers. What is Island School Singers?  A year-long advanced choral class and performing ensemble designed for high school students desiring vocal and musical challenges beyond those offered in Island School Alaka'i Chorus.  Membership is limited to twelve and is determined by audition.  Island School Singers is a graded class and rehearses weekly after school.  Auditions will be held in the Music Room on Monday and Tuesday, August 25 and 26 at 3:00 and last approximately one hour.  No preparation required. Contact Mr. Steinbacher at for additional information.