Saturday, August 30, 2014

Middle School Retreat Video

Check it out! Thanks, Ms. April!

Senior Retreat the "Best Ever!"

Kumu Kauka, Nathaniel Evslin, Susie Massaro and Joan Shaw were fortunate to be able to join the Class of 2015 for a day at Nu'alolo Kai on the Na Pali on Friday. Students shared that the retreat (including their day and night at Polihale) was the "best ever" and that they appreciated the quality time together and the beauty of our island home. They saw dolphins, hiked, swam, participated in service projects, and learned about the historical significance of the valley. A few naps were taken as well....

Many thanks to Liz Hubbard and Adie Siebring for all of their retreat planning, the Na Pali 'Ohana for hosting our students, and Captain Andy's and Nathaniel for transporting the group to the site. It was a grand day. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Crowd Turns Out to Wish Stephanie Well

The Frear Center was filled with well-wishers (and ono food) to give Stephanie Steuri, Miss Hawai‘i, and her family, a warm send-off yesterday. Members of the community joined Island School staff, faculty and students. Some highlights included the Do Drop Inn presenting Stephanie with handmade paper lei and cards.
 The touching moment even made the front page of today's Garden Island. Click here to read it.
TGI Article
Kindergartner, Sadie Stiglmeier, poses with Miss Hawai‘i

The freshman class, who was on campus at their retreat, came to the event briefly and sang the Island School anthem for her.

Other highlights were Steph and her halau dancing, Steph dancing a solo to Beautiful Kaua‘i, and Steph's mom, Charlene, dancing a hula. Charlene is a former Miss Maui.

The pageant is in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on September 14. Tune in and watch our Miss Hawai‘i make us all proud.

MS School Retreat in Full Swing!

They're having a blast at Salt Pond Beach Park at their annual Middle School Retreat!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Middle School Art Students Study Color

In their study of color, Middle School Art students have been creating unusual color wheels using acrylic paints and Sharpie pens. Here are five of their large designs:
Luke Sullivan '20
Lapis Dove '20
Conor Hunt '20
Mao Fukada '19

Andrew King '19

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Elementary Robotics Starting Next Week Thursday

Students in elementary school, who will be at least nine years old by December 31, are invited to join the elementary Lego League club. Sue Macklin and Nathaniel Evslin are coaching, with Janet Powell assisting. During the first meeting on Thursday, Sept. 4, the new game will be announced and the students will get an overview of robotics. In following week, practices will be on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:00-4:00. Students are to meet outside of the Pre-K class after school and then head up to the Maile Lab just after 3:00. For more information, contact Mr. Evslin at

Monday, August 25, 2014

Model UN Information Meeting Sept. 3

Lauren Calhoun is holding an informational meeting about the Model UN conference for interested students and families. The conference will be October 3rd and 4th on O'ahu at 'Iolani School. The informational meeting will be held in Hala in Brown Hall. For more information, contact Lauren at

8th Grade Public Speaking Class Builds Confidence

Speaking alone in front of a group is a difficult challenge for most people, but eighth grade students are getting regular practice at this intimidating task in their first trimester English class. Fundamentals of Public Speaking is designed to give the students the knowledge and experience to make public speaking easier and more effective. Students start off the trimester with simple introductory speeches and then progress to demonstration speeches, speeches supported and enhanced by technology and props, and finally, persuasive speeches. The course builds on previous experience speaking in public and helps prepare students for the many required speaking components of Island School's high school curriculum.

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.

Check Out Our Mahalo and Classified "Pages"

We have two "Weekly Pages" you can browse. One is our Classified Ads and Community News posts, the other is our weekly Mahalo list. You can find these pages right above the Voyager Voice Archives on the right side of the blog. They will be updated weekly.

Parent "Listening Meetings" Begin Today

What qualities are important to you in our next Head of School? Come share your ideas.

August 25:    2-3 p.m. & 6-7 p.m. in LRC

August 26:    8:15-9:15 a.m. in Maile Computer Lab

Please join the meetings if you can. Parents are an important part of the search!!

I.S. Food Booth a Hit!

Our food booth grossed over $40,000 - $700 more than last year. Our expenses haven't yet been tallied, but we will announce our net profits as soon as we can. Profits will be deposited directly into class activity funds for special purchases and events throughout the year.

Our Steering Committee, under the leadership of Pepe Trask, are to be thanked for their superb organization and for the many hours they spent on this event: Glen Ebesu, Daryl Edwards, Sean Magoun, Deatri Nakea and Alice Pajela.

There are so many people to thank for this success. Staff and faculty pulled shifts, sometimes multiple ones. Students showed up in great numbers and were wonderful sales people on the front lines - wearing their I.S. shirts and showing school spirit. Parent volunteers worked tirelessly as cashiers as well as chopping, cooking and preparing the ono food plates - which were well received by the hungry fair-goers.

A special mahalo to our Champion Volunteers who, after multiple shifts on Sunday, helped Sean cart everything back to Island School after the Fair. They didn't "clock out" until 12:30 a.m. this morning! 

More on this event as the numbers come in.

Speed Limit On Campus is 5 MPH

You've all noticed we have driveways running through populated areas of campus: the front parking lot and the Frear/Wilcox area. It is CRITICAL that all drivers drive SLOWLY (5 MPH) while on campus. Just imagine how you would feel if you injured someone. This could easily happen as chlidren, some as young as 3, could be crossing the road at any given time.

Please kokua. There's no good reason to rush while driving on campus. Be safe - and please don't use cellphones while driving!

5th Graders to Perform "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

The scripts have been distributed, parents have signed up to help build sets, props and costumes and auditions are this Wednesday for the annual 5th Grade Play!

This year, drama teacher Peggy Ellenburg has chosen Washington Irving's beloved tale of the Headless Horseman, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." The script, written by playwright Katheryn Schultz Miller, has all the funny/scarey characters and scenes from the original story. This is the third play by Miller chosen for the 5th Grade Play. The Class of 2014 performed her adaptation of "Pinocchio" as 5th graders, and this year's sophomores performed "The Emperor's New Clothes." Miller's plays are loved for their interactions with the audience, on-stage sound effects performed by the cast and quick moving scene changes.

Mark your calendars! Showtimes are November 7, 8, & 9. Anyone wanting to get involved is invited to contact Peggy at, or stop by her office in the Main Hall.

Practice Our School Anthem At Home!

Ready for a family sing-along?

Students have been encouraged to learn and practice the Island School Anthem. To make this easy for families to get involved, the lyrics and music have been posted on our Forms & Information page. Click here: Forms & Info

School Picture Day - Thursday, Sept. 18

The staff of Lifetouch Studios will be on campus to take student portraits on Thursday, September 18, 2014. ALL students will need to have their picture taken for ID/Yearbook purposes. Families are not obligated to purchase school pictures). Students who don't purchase a portrait package will still get a complimentary student ID card. Group photos will NOT be taken. Students will be taken by their teachers to the Weinberg Gym by class.

  • Order forms will be distributed next week by homeroom and/or class advisers.
  • School portrait orders are due no later than Thursday,September 18, 2014. Cash, credit card, or check payments payable to Lifetouch will be accepted for payment. 
  • Online payments can be made through:  Website:  Picture Day ID: HH014273Y0
  • Late enrolled students, absent students andr those who want to order additional packages can have their pictures taken on Make Up Day - date still need to be determined. 
Contact Alice ( for more information.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Island School Runners Make the Front Page!

Although they weren't named, three of our cross country runners were featured on the front page of the Garden Island newspaper this morning: click here -   CC Runners. 

The Voyager Voice wants to make sure you know who they are!
Michael Miller '15, Josh Miller '16, and Kyle Riddle '15, run with Tyler McCandless at cross country practice. Tyler is three time winner of the Kaua‘i Marathon and enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for running. photo by Dennis Fujimoto