Friday, October 3, 2014

HS English Students Explore Similarities Between Orwellʻs "1984" andChinese Censorship

On Friday October 3,  Dave Reynolds invited our new Chinese teacher, Andrew Denny, for a short presentation on modern Chinese censorship. Mr. Reynolds' class, Honors Great Works, is studying George Orwell's "1984," and there are many parallels between "Big Brother" and the authoritarian regime in Beijing worth exploring with our students. The presentation addressed how and why China censors information, how the Chinese online community skirts government censors, and greater implications of state-sponsored public opinion manipulation throughout the world.

Middle School Use of Electronic Devices Clarified

The following letter from Bob was sent to middle school parents today:

Dear Parents,

On September 18th, we wrote to you about student use of cell phones and other electronic devices on campus. In brief, this allowed 6th and 7th graders to bring such devices to school but to use them only under the direct supervision of an Island School official. 8th graders were given the privilege of unsupervised use of such devices during breaks. While encouraged to limit their activities to educational purposes, these would not be monitored unless there appeared to be a problem.
Responses from students and parents have mostly been positive. We have seen a dramatic increase in healthy interactions among the students during breaks, from playing various pick-up games and sports to carrying on conversations with each other. What we hoped would happen – a decrease in huddles about electronic devices and an increase in direct involvement of students with each other – has occurred. 

At the same time, some parents have raised questions about their ability to text or e-mail their children during the day. Let me offer a note of clarification: Any student can check for messages during the day so long as this is done under the direct supervision of a school official. In other words, if a 6th or 7th grader wants to see if he or she has been contacted by a parent, or to send a message to them, the student may go to a school official and request permission to use his or her electronic device for this purpose. Otherwise, the device is not to be seen.

Some have asked why the 8th graders are treated differently. Frankly, this is an experiment. Nevertheless, 8th graders are older, and we would like to give them more responsibility, acknowledging that this separates them from the rest of the Middle School. So far, we are unaware of any problems this has created.

Technology continues to develop, providing new avenues of communication and new approaches to education. We are striving to keep pace, taking advantage of opportunities technology offers while meeting challenges it raises.  Student use of electronic devices on campus is an example of this as are teacher applications of numerous educational programs that enrich instruction.
Please continue to let us know of ideas you have about ways to effectively and productively deal with the marvelous and quite powerful developments of our modern world.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cheer Camp Canceled!

Rachelle Asuncion has canceled her Autumn Break Cheer Camp. Please contact her if you have any questions.

7th Graders Learn to Use a Microscope

In their study of cells, Mrs. Sullivanʻs Life Science students are learning the finer points of using a microscope.

Lily Reynolds & Madilyn Speer

Kalia Hamid

Makali‘i Oliviera & Conor Hunt

Donʻt Miss Our Weekly Pages

Have you been reading our Weekly Pages? Each page has details not always posted in the regular "Voyager Voice." These pages are updated daily and have lots of interesting Island School information.

Elementary Highlights:


Classified/Community Events:

Na Pua Keiki Daily News:

This Weekʻs Classifieds/Community Events

Help Needed For Art Day
  • Artistsʻ Luncheon Coordinator. This job entails organizing the potluck lunch for the artists and volunteers on Art Day. Two or three parents could share this job. Please contact Penny Nichols for more information at penny@ischool.or
  • Square egg trays needed: Anyone with a restaurant connection: we need lots of square "egg trays" (the gray ones that restaurants get their eggs in). We could use a stack six feet high!   
  • Sewing Machines: Cristy and Joan are offering a high school quilting workshop - making tiny quilts for preemies. Machines should be in good working condition. (They promise to take good care of them.) If you can lend your machine, please email, and plan to deliver it to her classroom by Monday, October 20. Volunteers from Kaua‘i Quilters Guild will be mentoring the students - so your machines will be in good hands.  
  • Also needed:  small cardboard boxes, large pieces of heavy cardboard, quart-sized plastic containers (with or without lids),fabric scraps:  solid colors and children's prints.
Bring your donations to the art room or leave them in the front office labeled "For Penny."
Out in the Country at Hanchett Ranch
Grades 5-8 (plus their younger siblings) are invited to spend Fall Break, October 6 - 10, horseback riding, farming, hiking and more, from 8:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Hawaiian crafts at Hanchett Ranch in Moloa‘a.  $200 each. Contact to sign up. Spaces are limited.

Looking For Fake Pumpkins for 5th Play
 They need to be plain on one side and scarey on the other. So if you have some extras, please drop them off in the Drama Office, or contact Peggy at Mahalo.


Lauren Calhoun Has Tickets for An Evening of Hawaiian Song &Dance

Email Lauren at for tickets.

Book & Bake Sale
Kapa‘a Friends of the Library is having its annual book and bake sale on Friday, Oct.3, and Saturday, Oct. 4. Friday is for members only and goes from 5-8pm. Saturday is from 10 to 6 and is open to everyone. The Coconut Festival and Kapa‘a Art Night are also happening on Saturday, so it's a fun stop to make while enjoying all the festivities.  Great prices on books in excellent condition, with a special section just for kids and young adults. This is the library's only fundraiser of the year, so they need our support.
Community Service Opportunity - Volunteers for the book and bake sale are needed from Thurs. afternoon thru Sat. evening. Students can get community service credit hours for any time spent helping.  Contact Maria Walker for more information at

Puppy Needs a Home
Need a new home for a seven month old Lab/Airedale mix.
Moving and can't have pets. Sweet personality, kid friendly, housebroken. Male. Call Thomas @ 386-679-0411

Tutoring  --  Study Skills  -- Organization and Time Management
ALL iSchool subjects except Spanish, plus programming and Latin
Individual or Small Group          Lihu‘e to North Shore
Lexa Mink-Flacco, IS ’11 and now studying Computer Science and Classics at UH Manoa, is on-island this year and offering tutoring services.

While at IS, she took and did well in 4 classes with Mr. Bray, 7 science classes, and 3 years of Chinese; plus Creative Writing, AutoCAD, a year of Calculus at KCC. She’s also worked with children and adults with Asperger’s and autism spectrum disorder.

Individual instruction is $30 an hour with a 1-hour minimum.

Coming soon  -  very inexpensive small-group supervised and assisted study sessions afternoons at Island School and evenings in Princeville.

You can reach Lexa at 808.652.9896 or by email to

Sewing Machines Wanted (to borrow)


Visit our Weekly Classifieds/Community News page for regular updates:

Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥   Monica King for coordinating our successful gift wrap sale.

 ♥ ♥ ♥   Daniel Bicciche, Robert Binder, Lauren Calhoun, Mary Castelanelli, Jessica Crowe, Renato & Marjorie DeSouza, Roxanne Haverkort-Yeh, Kaiaka Luka & Keolani Luka, Lynne MacDonald, Amanda Nunez, Keana Oliveira, David Reynolds, Valerie Rivera,  Jennifer Schwartz, Adie Siebring, and Traci Sullivan, for donations to Annual Giving!

♥ ♥ ♥   Sandy Catlin for donating a clothing rack to the Drama Dept.

♥ ♥ ♥   Nichole Munroe, Russ Stokes, Colby Ayonon,  Enny Glick, Chong So and Jeremy Harris for accompanying the 1st grade class to the Fern Grotto last week.

♥ ♥ ♥  Keone Macko for designing and constructing some very cool looking set pieces for the 5th grade play, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Also to Janis Benn for taking some great photos of the class in rehearsal. (See them in the 5th grade section of Elementary Highlights)

 ♥ ♥ ♥   Jeremy Harris for his presentation to the 1st grade class about fresh water aquatic life.

Read about the many, helpful and generous people on our Weekly Mahalo Page, which is updated regularly:

Interact Club Elects Their VP

Seniors Whitney Hay and Genevieve Foster ran for the position of vice president of Interact Club on Wednesday, October 1st during lunch. They both gave powerful, thoughtful speeches. Genevieve won and will serve as vice president with President Amber Hopkins for the rest of the 2014-2015 school year.

Interact Club is looking forward to a busy, community minded year. They already have six events planned. The first will take place next Tuesday, October 7th. Fifteen Interact members signed up to meet at Island School's Main Hall from 9-4 to attend an island-wide Interact conference.  They will learn and begin to implement strategies on how to best help and serve Kaua‘i's diverse, rural community.

Interact is a Rotary Club sponsored organization for teenagers aged 14-18. Interact stands for International Action and carries out projects based on four main elements, Community Service, Finance, International Understanding and Club Service. Dave Reynolds is Island Schoolʻs Interact adviser.

Genevieve Foster gives her speech at Interact Club.
Whitney Hay gives her speech.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Gift Wrap Sale Drawing Held Sept. 30

As promised, two drawings were held yesterday at the end of the Gift Wrap Sale, one for elementary students and the other for middle school students.

Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Genevieve Benn, gr. 5 
  • Kilinoe Oliveira, gr. 4
  • Mary Magoun, gr. 2
  • Cody Manibog, gr. 5
  • Mao Fukada, gr. 8
  • Bonnie Lee, gr. 6
  • Lily Reynolds, gr. 7
  • Reagan Wilson, gr. 6
 Winners received gift cards from Jamba Juice (elementary) and iTunes (middle). 

The poster on the Main Hall wall is bursting with chickens! As soon as all the order forms have been tabulated, we will announce how many chickens were earned and will be given to families in Central America. Many thanks to Monica King for organizing this successful fund raiser.

Volunteers Still Needed for Saturdayʻs Cross Country Meet

Eight more volunteers are needed for this Saturday's home cross country meet. Volunteers will meet at the upper field at 7:30 a.m. for a brief course marshal meeting. The meet will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. Your duty should be finished no later than 10:30.

Please contact Jen Pomroy if you can help:

Art Day Talent Show Auditions for Middle & High School

There will be a Talent Show after lunch on Art Day, featuring middle and high school students. Students interested in performing should work on their acts over break and be prepared to audition on Tuesday, October 13, after school in the Main Hall.

Contact Liz Hubbard for more information.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Enterovirus Cases Reported on Mainland - Please Take Precautions

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has announced that Enterovirus (EV-D68) infections have recently been documented across the United States. Almost all of the 472 reported cases have been children. There have been no cases reported in Hawai'i, but with Autumn Break approaching, and possible travel plans being made, we thought you should be aware of this information found on the CDC website,

Enteroviruses commonly circulate in summer and fall. We’re currently in middle of the enterovirus season, and EV-D68 infections are likely to decline later in the fall.

What are the symptoms of EV-D68 infection?

EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.

  • Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.
  • Severe symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing. 

How does the virus spread?

Since EV-D68 causes respiratory illness, the virus can be found in an infected person’s respiratory secretions, such as saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum. EV-D68 likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces.

How can the virus be avoided?

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after using the toilet and changing diapers,
  • Avoiding close contact, such as touching and shaking hands, with people who are sick, and
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
Please visit if you'd like more information.

Lunch Menu Posted on Our Website

Looking for the lunch menu? It will be posted on our website from now on. You can access it from the Home Page - - or directly from this link:

Itʻs Conference Time for Middle & High School

This year, we have separated student/parent/teacher conference periods into two: middle and high school conferences are scheduled for October 16 & 17; elementary conferences are on December 11 & 12. This change has been implemented as a way to help middle and high school families get an earlier snapshot of their childʻs progress. Our faculty believes that with earlier conferencing, problems can be addressed in time for improvements to take place prior to final exams in November.

Parents are encouraged to sign-up for conferences with any of their childʻs teachers. Please visit this link to download a sign-up form, or stop by the Office. Mahalo!

Got Pumpkins?

The 5th grade play needs fake pumpkins for their set. If you have any you can spare, or if you can lend them AFTER Halloween, we could use your help. Contact Peggy ( ASAP if you have pumpkins! Mahalo.

MS Student Council Positions - Apply By Friday

Middle School students interested in an appointed position on their Student Council are encouraged to turn in an application. These limited positions offer students who do not have an elected office to participate in Student Council. Applications may be obtained from Mr. Corbo, and must be turned in to his drawer in the teachersʻ workroom by Friday, Oct. 3

Monday, September 29, 2014

Art Contest for K-12 Students - Deadline Oct. 17th

Information to submit with your piece includes the following: name, grade, title of piece, contact email and phone number.

SCUBA Certification Over Autumn Break

Kaua‘i Down Under, in Koloa, is offering a 30% discount to Island School students who want to get their PADI Open Water Certification over Autumn Break. The fee will be $315 +tax (instead of $450). To reserve your space, call Mike at (808) 742-9534. Upon completion of this certification, students will be eligible to dive with Island School's SCUBA Club, Marine Voyagers.

Roxanne Haverkort-Yeh, this year's adviser for Marine Voyagers, has announced that dives for certified divers will start after Autumn Break. The first one is scheduled for Friday, Oc. 24. She is sending out letters to families who have expressed an interest. For more informaton, contact  Mrs. Haverkort-Yeh at

Middle and High Art Students Create Self-Portraits

Middle and high school art students used unusual complementary color schemes to create expressionistic self-portraits.  They chose either a yellow/purple or a red/ green or a blue/orange color scheme.  They could only mix their colors using the pair of opposites they'd chosen, along with white and black.  

Can you guess which opposite pair of colors these students used to create portraits of themselves?

Anne Cushnie ʻ17

Kamalei Baptiste ʻ19

Tanner Tavares ʻ17

Gift Wrap Sale Ends Tomorrow - Tuesday

The Parent Association will have the drawing for Jamba Juice (elementary) and iTunes (middle) gift cards at Morning Circle and Morning Meeting.

Many thanks to all of you who have helped these students earn money for classroom activities.

Science Olympiad Raises Over $1000

Many thanks to those of you who supported the Krispy Creme sale in front of Walmart last weekend.  Many people from the Island School ‘ohana were there helping and buying. The group made over $1000 profit, which will fund tournament expenses and supplies for the Science Olympiad. 

Many thanks, especially, to Erika & Lisa Lewis, for coordinating this successful fund raising event.

Tuesdayʻs Lunch Menu

Tomorrowʻs (Tuesdayʻs) lunch menu was inadvertently left off the menu. Hereʻs whatʻs for lunch tomorrow, Sept. 30.

Hamburger Steak
Mixed Vegetables
Brown Rice
Wheat Bread

Midterm Progress Report Emailed Friday.

Teachers are correcting midterm exams and calculating grades for middle and high school students. Midterm progress reports will be emailed on Friday afternoon. Hard copies are available upon request. Contact Katie Magoun if you would like one at

Deposit due Friday for Choral Festival

Island School Alaka'i Chorus members who are attending the 2015 Ho'olokahi Choral Festival are reminded that "Authorization to Travel" forms and trip deposit are due to Mr. Steinbacher by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3.

Can you spot some of the many Island School Alaka'i Chorus members in this photo from the 2013 Ho'olokahi Choral Festival?