Friday, October 17, 2014

2nd Graders Hike Kuilau Trail

The entire class hiked the Kuilau Trail in the Forest Reserve above Wailua Homesteads.

Read Selah Snowdenʻs account of their adventure on the Elementary Highlights Page:

L-R: Keolani Luka, Lucas Summerhays, Misa Mycynek, Kahi Apao, Kaedyn Santiago, Ashley Chun, Mary Magoun

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bob Announces Preparations for Storm

Parents should have received this email message today.

October 16th, 2014

Dear Island School Ohana,
All of us are aware that a major storm, Ana, is imminent, likely to hit Kauai either late Sunday or early Monday. I write to let you know of our preparations for this event.

At the campus, the next couple of days the following steps are being taken:
  1. As much as possible, loose items are being consolidated and secured.
  2. Students are being reminded not to leave anything on the lanais or unsecured.
  3. Tarps, tape, and other useful implements are being gathered and stored in the Teachers’ Workroom.
  4. All vehicles are being filled with gas and parked near the Frear Center.
  5. Computers are being covered and taped to protect them against potential water damage.
  6. Classroom windows will be closed, with one opened just a crack on the protected side of each building.
  7. Devices connected to electrical outlets will be unplugged.
  8. Gas tanks will be turned off.
  9. Lines of communication have been clarified to assist in keeping us all informed and as a means of reducing confusion.
  10. The campus will be closed to all on Sunday (October 19th).

On Monday, October 20th, it is likely that school will be closed. If not, students and staff will be expected to be in attendance unless road conditions make it unsafe to travel. Our intention is to make a general announcement about this on Sunday, assuming this is possible. In any case, use your best judgment about what actions are prudent, given conditions in your neighborhood and in the general community.

During this period of a pending emergency, we want to do everything we can to ensure the well-being and safety of our students and staff while carrying out our usual tasks to whatever extent conditions allow.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Yours very truly,

Robert Springer
Head of School
Island School

MS Spelling Bee Qualifiers Announced

The Middle School English Department would like to congratulate the students who won
their class spelling bees and will be representing their grade in the Middle School Spelling Bee.

They are:

Representing 6th Grade 
Kahana Heen
Reagan Wilson
Niki Upson
Kalani Leibow

Representing 7th Grade
Lapis Dove
Luke Sullivan
Bryce Yoshida
Levi Snowden

Representing 8th grade
Manule'a Trujillo
Olivia Gegen
Sasha Rovinsky
Erika Corcoran-Lewis

The Middle School Spelling Bee will be held in the Wilcox Gym on October 29th from 12:00-1:20. Ms. Hampton will be offering spelling bee study sessions on Monday, Oct. 20th and Monday Oct. 27th from 3:15-4:15 in the Noni Room. Students can stop by if they want to brush up for the Bee!

Fifth Graders and Na Pua Keiki Buddy Up

Fifth graders spent time today with their PK "Little Buddies." Check out the photos on the Elementary Highlights page. Elementary Highlights

Ema Lani Ebesu and Taylor Raco read to their Little Buddy, Cruz Ayonon.

Deanna Sloger ʻ15, Crowned Miss Kaua‘i Veteran

Congratulations to senior, Deanna Sloger, who won the Miss Kaua‘i Veteran competition. She was crowned last evening in a ceremony at the Kaua‘i Veterans Center in Lihu‘e. According to their website, "Miss Kauai Veterans is a Scholarship Pageant [that] allows young women to exemplify the best that you can be." It is open to Kaua‘iʻs senior women with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and who is a relative of a U.S. veteran. Deannaʻs father, both grandfathers and a great grandfather all served in the U.S. military.

Deanna was awarded a $1000 college scholarship and will be featured in next monthʻs Veterans Day Parade. She will also appear in various veterans events throughout the year of her reign.

Deanna Sloger is the new Miss Kaua‘i Veteran
Deanna was selected from 11 contenders. "This has been a really fun experience," said Deanna. "I encourage others to try for it next year." Deanna is the daughter of Thom and Dora Sloger of Port Allen.

This Weekʻs Classified Ads/Community Events

Help Needed For Art Day
  • Artistsʻ Luncheon Donations: Please sign up to bring a delicious dish on Art Day. Our Artists' Luncheon treats our volunteers to a well-deserved banquet! Go to: to sign up.
Please collect:
  • pint-sized plastic containers
  • large, square, restaurant-type egg trays. We need lots!
  • small boxes
  • wood scraps
  • dry twigs
  • fabric scraps in solids and children's prints
To borrow
(please put your name on these items.  We'll be sure you get them back!)
  • 15 pairs of gardening shears
  • an ironing board
  • sewing machines (contact Cristy or Joan)
Bring your donations to the art room or leave them in the front office labeled "For Penny." If youʻd like to volunteer to help the artists, please contact Penny.

Lihu‘e Business Association Invites New Members

Kauai Island Singers Showcase Presents …

Highly Recommended Motivational Speaker

St. Michaelʻs Halloween Carnival

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

Mahalos ♥ ♥ ♥ for the Week

♥ ♥ ♥  Bernice Hiraoka for doing some sewing for the 5th grade play, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and to our costume crew: Linda Ebesu, Valerie Rivera, Shantelle Manibog, Karen Summerhays and Deanna Kanehe. Also to Joan Mass, Monica King and Debra DeBusca for bringing in some lovely pumpkins for the play. Thanks again to our parents helping with set-building: Keoni Macko (the trees are looking really scarey), Karen Agudong, Monica King, Claudia Trask, Lauren Hunt, Kristi Buchanan, Corey Dobashi , Joan Maas, Janis Benn and Debra DeBusca. Marly Madayag and Steve Whitney are much appreciated for lending us a screen and digital projector and installing them to make magic happen on stage!

♥ ♥ ♥ Robert and Sally Weist and Al and Cathy Stiglmeier for their donations to our tuition aid fund.

♥ ♥ ♥  KIUC for their donation to our Hawaiian Studies program. 

♥ ♥ ♥   the following generous donors to our Annual Giving fund: Phil and Eldean Scott, Peggy and Willy, Ellenburg, Shantelle Manibog, Elizabeth Scamahorn, Bruce Hogue, Keoni and Lisa Macko, Jim and Dede Bray, Edward and Bonnie Lake, Kylie Wilson, Michael Lake, Lawrence Chaffin, Jr., Dr. Robert Long, Charlie King and Mary Bea Porter-King, Tim King,, Kelly McGannon, Karen and Kenny Agudong, Robert Teichman and Geri Young, R. Kalau and Mary Moriarty Jones, Ross and Alicia Asuncion, Lulu Schilleci, Chiem, Kristen, and Phoenix Ma, Ashley Hirano, Kelsey Ritchie, Al and Cathy Stiglmeier, and Jaro Spichal and Jessica Spichalova.

♥ ♥ ♥   Kenny Ishii and his kitchen crew at Ono Family Restaurant in Kapa‘a. For years now Kenny has supplied our art department with hundreds of restaurant egg trays which our keiki love to use for mixing paint, as you can see in this picture of last year's second graders.

♥ ♥ ♥  to the following for their donations to our chorus program: Roberta Marowitz, Peggy Kemp and Matt Miller, Frank and Susan Craig, Doc and Ganelle Roberts, Darlene Chung, Jeff Demma and Ross Martineau and David and Susan Zimmerman.

♥ ♥ ♥ Brian and Gina Pearson and Hiroko Tanaka for their donation to the second grade class fund.

♥ ♥ ♥   Lynne MacDonald and Monica King for their donations to the LRC.

Voyager JV Volleyball Girls Win Over Waimea

The Voyagers JV Volleyball team beat Waimea at home on Tuesday, 25-21, 15-25, 25-12, for their first win of the season! There are ten girls on the team, two sophomores and eight freshmen. Kehau Regidor, former assistant coach for Waimea and Kaua‘i High volleyball player, is coaching our team for the first time this year.

Our team includes:
Sophomores: Alaya Mallas and Salisa Pegeder
Freshmen: Sydney Agudong, Bianca Colagreco, Kenz Hubbard, Emma Kelekoma, Julia Massaro, Summer Mead,  Emily Sullivan and Lola Temme.

Photo by Dennis Fujimoto

Following the JV win, our varsity girls played really well. "The excitement of the JV win was contagious," said Jen Pomroy, assʻt AD. They held the lead in the first two sets. The varsity team, coached by Brad Sato, is a young team, with few players. The experience they are gaining this year will surly make them contenders next year.

Both teams are really pumped up for their next game this Friday, October 17, starting at 5:00 at the Kaua‘i High gymnasium. Come out and cheer the Voyagers!

The JV win was featured in todayʻs Garden Island. According to Jen, some of Dennis Fujimotoʻs information isnʻt quite correct. "This isnʻt our first win ʻin history,ʻ" she said. You can read Fujimotʻs article at this link:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Nā Pua O Ka Maile Dance at Emalani Festival

Dancers from Nā Pua O Kamaile, Island Schoolʻs halau, joined Papa Laua'e o Makana halau under the direction of Kumu Kauka's hula sister Kumu Mauliola Cook, at this year's Eo E Emalani celebration in Koke'e this past Saturday. I.S. parents, Aimee and Jeremy Brown, were the group's musicians for the two 'auana (modern) numbers.
Kumu Kauka is off-island but she wanted the halau to have the experience of dancing in this non-competitive sharing of hula to honor Queen Emma.

Na Pua O Ka Maile. Kneeling from l-r: Maya Rivera ʻ18, Aliana Ho ʻ18, Carina Metzger ʻ17, Lindsey Nakea-Tresler ʻ18; standing from l-r: Lexi Warnock ʻ19, Maren Vilz ʻ17, Brianna Binder ʻ18 and Moeko Fukada ʻ15.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Help Needed For Art Day

Help Needed For Art Day
  • Artist Assistants: Each artist needs a person in their workshop to assist. No experience necessary. Volunteers are needed to assist with middle and high school workshops. Please email Penny ( if you can help.

  • Artistsʻ Luncheon Donations: Please sign up to bring a delicious dish on Art Day. Our Artists' Luncheon treats our volunteers to a well-deserved banquet! Go to: to sign up.
  • Please collect:
pint-sized plastic containers
large, square, restaurant-type egg trays. We need lots!
small boxes
wood scraps
dry twigs
fabric scraps in solids and children's prints

  • To borrow

(please put your name on these items.  We'll be sure you get them back!)
15 pairs of gardening shears
an ironing board
sewing machines (contact Cristy or Joan)
Bring your donations to the art room or leave them in the front office labeled "For Penny."

Austin Cook '14, learns to make ti leaf lei at last year's Art Day

This Weekʻs Schedule - October 16 & 17

#1 Thursday, October 16th:
Grades PK-5 have a regular day 7:50-2:40
·         Lunch - regular service for grades PK-5
·         Dismissal - 2:40 for grades PK-5
·         Buses - leave at 3:10 for grades K-5
     Grades 6-12 have a half day of regular classes from 7:50-11:15;
            Scheduled Student/Parent/Teacher conferences from 12:30-4:00
·         Lunch - no service for grades 6-12
·         Dismissal - 11:15 for grades 6-12
·         Buses - leave at 11:25 for grades 6-12
·         Scheduled Student/Parent/Teacher conferences from 12:30-4:00 for grades 6-12 (If you haven't already done so, please contact Amanda to schedule conferences)
#2 Friday, October 17th:
Grades PK-5 have a regular day 7:50-2:40
·         Lunch - regular service for grades PK-5
·         Dismissal - 2:40 for grades PK-5
·         Buses - leave at 3:10 for grades K-5
 Grades 6-12 No School due to scheduled Student/Parent/Teacher conferences all day. (Please contact Amanda to schedule conferences)

If there are any questions, please contact Katie at or call 246-0233.   Mahalo!

Middle School Student Council Appointed Positions Announced

Mr. Corbo has appointed Middle School Student Council Positions for this year. These positions provide leadership opportunities for interested students in addition to the elected officers. Their role in Student Council is to help create and plan activities.
Congratulations to new members appointed for this year:
  • Katherine Poltzin (6th Grade)
  • Emily Binder (7th Grade)
  • Quinn Caitlin (8th Grade)

These students will attend all MSSC meetings.

Senior Update

Ashley Larkin has been accepted at University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. Deanna Sloger has been accepted at Simpson University in Redding, California. Congratulations, Ashley and Deanna!

4th Annual Booster Club Golf Tournament

Please join us for this “FUN” raiser event to support the Island School Athletic Booster Club! “Experienced” golf balls will be available for those who are “infrequent” golfers. After the completion of play, we will gather for refreshments, pupu, and prizes at Island School. Prizes will be awarded for playing achievements as well as other fun categories!

Sign up now. Applications are available on our website. Click here:

Chorus Concert T-Shirts

Members of Island School Keiki Chorus (grades 4-5) and Island School ‘Ōpio
Chorus (grades 6-8) are required to purchase concert t-shirts for the
December 10, 2014 performance and concert t-shirts for the April 22, 2015

Shirts are custom-made, with different designs for each concert. Shirts are
pre-ordered and pre-paid NOW for both concerts. Shirts will be distributed
approximately one week prior to each concert. Once a concert is over,
shirts are approved for Island School uniform wear.

Shirts may be ordered online using this Google Form:

Questions about t-shirt orders should be directed to Sam Suttell at or 213-5040.

Introducing New Faculty: Meet Aaron Brown

Aaron Brown was a familiar face around campus as a substitute teacher before he was hired as a full time teacher this year. Besides teaching 6th & 7th grade social studies, Aaron serves as 6th grade homeroom teacher.

An army vet, Aaron served in Iraq in 2003. He returned to California and earned a BA from University of California, Northridge. He was working on his Masters in Philosophy from Cal State LA when he and his wife decided to move to the Garden Island in 2012. They live in Lihu'e with their two 5 month old terriers.

"A lot of people recommended Island School to me when they found out I was looking for a teaching job," said Aaron. "Everyone has been really helpful. The campus is beautiful and people have a positive attitude. I'm enjoying the kids," he added. "They're bright and eager to learn."

Monday, October 13, 2014

Science Olympiad Practice Schedule

Practice for Science Olympiad this week will be Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. There will be NO practice on Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week.  

Participants should be sure to attend at least two practices each week. The tournament is right around the corner!

Practices next week will resume their normal schedule (Mon-Sat).
Contact Joe Corbo for more information.

Art Day October 24th

Art Day is one of three, special all-school events we have during the year. All students take several workshops taught by professional artists. Hundreds of pieces of art are created by our students in one morning! After lunch, students enjoy the Art Walk in the Elementary Courtyard, where their works are displayed. Street musicians and performers are stationed in key locations, providing entertainment and creating a lively atmosphere.

After the Art Walk, students in middle and high school will entertain themselves with a talent show held in the Wilcox Gymnasium at 2:00.

School Portrait Orders Distributed

School portrait orders and ID cards have been distributed to all grades this week. Parents can go to or call 1-800-359-9126 if they have questions about their order.

School Picture Make Up/Retake Day is scheduled on November 12, 2014 between 8am-11am in the Weinberg Gymnasium.  Order forms are available in the school office.

Any student wanting to have their photo retaken, must return ALL of the contents from their original portrait package. 

New students, students absent on the original picture day or those who want to order additional packages can also have their pictures taken on make up day.