Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fall Round-Up - Another Rip Roarin' Time for All!

Mahalo to all the parents, teachers & staff, for making this year's Fall Round-Up another fun family event! Just another reason why we say "Island School ka ʻoi!

More photos at (password=islandschool). More to be added next week.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Juniors to Meet With College Admissions Counselors

Each fall, college admissions counselors come to meet with our junior class to talk about their schools and to lend their expertise about the college admissions process. Several of them also conduct interviews with seniors, present workshops, or hold open sessions during our lunch period. Here is a list of upcoming visits:

9/26 University of Redlands

9/29 Carleton College

9/29 University of Northern Colorado

9/30 Gonzaga University

10/1 University of California, Davis (after-school UC Application Workshop)

10/3 University of Southern Oregon

10/16 University of Hawai‘i, Hilo

10/20 Lewis & Clark College

10/20 Pacific University

10/21 California Lutheran University

10/21 Oregon State University 

10/23 Azusa Pacific University

11/10 Seattle University

11/14 University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

PE Classes Swim and Dance

7th grade boys took a trip to the YMCA pool for PE this week. Elementary and MS classes have been working on their line dancing routines for the Fall Round-Up in their PE classes.

Kaua‘i swim coach Doc (former UCLA, Yale, Olympic coach) teaches the 7th grade boys about water safety, survival techniques and swim strokes.

7th grade boys at the YMCA pool

Interact Club Meeting - Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Lunch

Interact Club Elections - Sept. 24, 2014
During lunch in Hala
All members must attend in order to vote and turn in their forms for the workshop


President: Run meetings, call meetings and lead the group at events. 

Vice President: Assist President in running meetings. 

Secretary: Take notes during meetings and send notes to all members of the Club. 

Representative: Responsible for communications with the leaders of events, including date, time, and number of people needed. 

Local Researcher: Keeps an eye out for local community service opportunities for Club members.

International Researcher: Keeps an eye out for international charities the for which the Club could assist. 

*PLEASE NOTE*  October 7th workshop forms are due at this meeting. Contact Amber if you need a form ( This meeting also acts as an orientation meeting for this workshop.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Get Hungry! 3rd Grade "Vittles" Will Hit the Spot! At the Fall RU

All for $10!
At the Fall Round-Up
Stop by the 3rd Grade Food Booth!

When the Going Gets Tough … the BUS Gets Going!

Bus break down? No problem. Procedures already in place got tested yesterday when the north shore bus broke down on the north side of the Wailua River Bridge at 3:40 pm!       

With 30 Island School students aboard, driver Alika Luka (I.S. '95) parked the bus safely off the highway. Plan "B" was put into play. Alika contacted Amanda Nunez in the Office, who quickly responded by alerting parents to the imminent delay because of a breakdown. KPD was also notified as a standard procedure during such incidents and a traffic officer was dispatched to the scene. Alika walked the riders back across the bridge to a safe location fronting the Aloha Beach Resort and Mike Goto, who had to take an abrupt leave from his dental appointment, arrived approximately 20 minutes later in the school's back-up bus. Alika and the students were soon on their way in the back-up bus.    

The main bus was towed away for repair at about 5:30 p.m.

Kudos to our bus team, our students and their parents for handling an unfortunate situation in the best possible manner!

Our bus is towed for repairs!

Yee Haw … Fall Round-Up Is Almost Here!

Hey 'y'all...

How about a hay ride? Or a horse ride? Either way, we've got both! So, saddle up for a good time at the iSchool Ranch this Friday, Sept. 19, from 5:00-8:00pm.

Here's what else is in store:

Test your skills at Portuguese horseshoes
Dig for a "needle in a haystack"

Gear up for some country contests in the courtyard throughout the evening!
Create your own bandana 
Take some silly photos in the ISAA Photo Booth
Win some cool prizes at the 5th Grade Cake Walk
Sing some karaoke.
Get an awesome tattoo

Don't forget to fill your tummy up with some good grub!!!  Pulled pork/chicken sandwich plate, flying saucers, and yummy desserts.


WANTED:  helpers to clean up decorations on Monday, September  22nd at 7:50.
Just a reminder: Keiki need to be supervised after school by an adult or in Do Drop Inn.

Mahalo to the terrific crew who decorated our Courtyard in true Round-Up fashion!

Hawaiian Studies Students Study Hawaiian and English Birds

Lizzie Griffiths is a Field Teacher for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. She came to Kumu Kauka's Hawaiian Studies class to share her knowledge of the birds found in her home country of Wales. In return, our students in grades 2, 4 & 5, shared their knowledge of Kaua'i birds, and asked her dozens of questions.

She gave them a scrapbook from students in Wales, and asked our students to make a scrapbook about Kaua'i for her to take back. The students will be working on that during the next few classes in Hawaiian Studies.

Lizzie Griffiths, from Wales, England, shares her knowledge of the birds in her area.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"Miss Kaua‘i Veteran" scholarship

The Kaua‘i Veterans Council has announced they are taking applications from senior girls who would like to be considered for an appointment as Miss Kaua‘i Veteran. The young lady chosen will receive a $1000 cash scholarship, a plaque and will reign as Queen of the Kaua‘i Veterans Parade which is held on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Kapa‘a. The only requirements are:
  • must be a high school senior
  • should present well to an audience
  • is active in student affairs
  • is a good student
  • should be related to a veteran or an active military service member
The Kaua‘i Veterans Council Parade Committee will interview the interested applicants at the Kaua‘i Veterans Center. To download an application, go to: Miss Kaua‘i Veteran application. Deadline is Sept. 30.

Middle School Student Council Officers Announced

Congratulations to our middle school students for a successful campaign and election season! The following students have been elected to these positions. Class representatives will campaign and be elected soon.

Honey Chandler (8th grade) is elected President  
Waileia Edwards (7th grade) is elected Vice President
Manu Trujillo (8th grade) elected Treasurer
Lexi Warnock (8th grade) elected secretary

Gift Sale Raises Class Funds & Helps Others

Gifts and gift wrap sales have been used to raise class funds for a number of years. These funds generate money for class activities, field trips and retreats that occur throughout the year. Funds raised by a class travel with them from year to year. In other words, if they aren't spent during the year they are raised, they stay in that class fund through their senior year.

This year, we have contracted with Great American Fundraiser. Packets, which include their catalog, tally sheets and lots of information, have been distributed to students. Students are encouraged to visit their relatives, family friends and neighbors, and invite them to shop. 40% of all sales will go directly into their class funds.

As incentive, students will earn a bear toy for each item they sell. They will also be entered into a drawing for a $25 iTunes card. Anyone wishing to be entered into the drawing may fill out a Reach Out form (in the packet).

Those selling at least three items will have an even better chance in the drawing. In addition, Great American Fundraiser will donate a chick to a needy family in Africa in their sustainable farming effort. Upon selling six items, this reward doubles.
Why do we do this?  
Raising Money for Island School class funds, and raising awareness about sustainable practices will give students the opportunity to play an active role in developing our non-profit community and assist aiding other distant communities.
Student will learn and practice skills of both empathizing and advocacy of their own school community and the global community. This is inline with the goals and objectives of our homeroom curriculum . 

The sale ends on September 30th. Mahalo for your support. If you have any questions, contact Monica King at

Biology Students Study Living Tissue

Ms. Mink's biology students discovered that enzymes in living tissue, as well as other inorganic substances, can speed up reactions with dramatic results - in this case liquid bubbling up and out of the test tube as H2O2 is broken down into water and oxygen gas.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mary Castelanelli Completes Ironman

Our HS math teacher, soccer coach and cross country coach, Mary Castelanelli, competed in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Mont Tremblant, Canada on September 7th. This event is by qualification only, and she qualified by placing 3rd in the 70.3 Ironman event on the Big Island back in June. One of her race goals for this year was to qualify for this event and so she was really happy when she did.

"It was an honor just to be there because of the incredible athletes I got to race along side, former Olympic gold medalists included!" she said.

A 70.3 Ironman consists of a 1.2 mile open water swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run. Mary did the swim in 31 minutes, the bike in 2:46, and ran a 1:34 half-marathon. She placed 26th in her division, with a time of 4 hours 58 minutes

Congratulations, Mary! You are an inspiration.
Here's Mary (in the green hat) crossing the finish line.

High School Interact Club Recruiting Members

The first Interact Club meeting will be held this Wednesday in Hala from 11:20-11:30. They will be signing up new members, distributing information and sign-up forms for the Interact Workshop on Oct. 4th, and detailing the tentative Interact events schedule for the 2014-15 school year. Students may bring their lunch if they like.

Interact gives students the chance to make a real difference while having fun. Every Interact club carries out two service projects a year: one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding.

Contact Amber Hopkins '15, or Dave Reynolds, for more information.

Alaka‘i Chorus Plans Trip to Ho‘olokahi Festival in February

The Music Department at Island School is making plans to take the Island School Alaka‘i Chorus (high school) to O‘ahu in February 2015 to participate in the fifth annual Ho’olokahi Festival All-State High School Choral Festival. This event, organized by the Hawai‘i Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, gives Hawai‘i high school singers an opportunity to sing challenging music with a top notch choral clinician. Over 250 high school singers from across the state will join together to rehearse for two days before presenting a culminating concert at the Central Union Church in Honolulu. In the past, Island School has been the only neighbor island school to participate in the festival, and last year took fifty-eight students. We have traditionally had the largest number of students in attendance. While participation in the trip is optional, Mr. Steinbacher is encouraging all high school chorus members to take advantage of this exciting opportunity. Interested students will be asked in the near future to make a commitment to attending. Please contact Mr. Steinbacher at for additional information.

Video clip of previous festival:
See if you can spot any of the 53 Island School students who attended the Ho'olokahi Festival in 2012!

2nd Graders Study Line, Shape & Color

Kaedyn Santiago adds a dash of red.

Lucas Summerhays, Deacon Hawk and Ryan Biedermann express themselves through line and shape.

Ashley Chun creates excitement with color.

The students studied line, shape, and color through this Kandinsky inspired mural project. They had so much fun! The art room was charged with creative energy and focus!

Elementary Spirit Week: Sept. 22-26

The Elementary Student Council is having its first Spirit Week September 22-26.
9/22- Twin, Triplet or More Day
9/23- Crazy Hair Day
9/24- Free Dress Day (within dress code rules)
9/25- Sports Day
9/26- Pink Day
Please note: dressing up should not violate the Island School dress code. (Refer to the Student Handbook.)

What to Wear on Picture Day - Thursday, Sept. 18.

Students may have a free dress day.  Students do not need to wear Island School logo shirts on picture day. Students in free dress-up attire must still abide by Island school's dress code (please refer to Student/Parent Handbook)

Students may remain in their free dress for the remainder of the school day.  (Students in MS & HS PE must still change out to their PE uniforms during PE class).

Middle and High School Students:  Middle and high school students violating the Island School dress code, will be issued a school shirt to wear for the day, including their school portrait.  

For girls, no cleavage will show, spaghetti straps, etc. and gentlemen/boys no disrespectful messages will be permitted on clothing. Hats,sunglasses, other accessories are not allowed. Pants, skirts, and dresses need to be of appropriate length. If student's attire is too short for Island School's dress code, students should wear leggings under the garment. 

Please call the school office at 246-0233 if any questions. Extra photo order forms are available in the school office.  Mahalo for your cooperation!