Saturday, October 25, 2014

Voyagers To Go to States for Cross Country

The Island School Voyager Cross Country teams are headed to O'ahu for the State High School Cross Country Championship to be held on November 1 at Central Oahu Regional Park.

"Thank you for all of your wonderful support this year. We would like to ask you for a little more support," said Coach Eric Wortmann. Runners will be selling tickets for car washes at Sudz Car Wash in Lihu'e. Sudz, owned by the parents of Josh Miler '16, has been extremely generous in offering the team this fantastic way to fundraise for their trip. Please support our Voyagers and get your car washed at Sudz! 

Read the nice article about our teams in Saturday's Garden Island.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Middle School Spirit Week Starts Monday

Spirit week for middle school students begins on Monday, October 27th. Spirit Week is an opportunity for students to show personal and school spirit, and to have fun. Each day has a different theme. The themes are listed below: 

Monday, 27th -- Pajama Day (Wear what you slept in as long as it is appropriate dress, see Spirit Week rules) 

Tuesday, 28th – Black and White Day (Wear clothing that is only black or white)

Wednesday, 29th – Sports Day (Wear your team uniform, or be a fan of your favorite team) 

Thursday, 30th — 70’s and 80’s Retro Day (If it's out of style, wear it anyway) 

Friday, 31st — Halloween Costumes ( Wear your trick or treat costume) 

Spirit Week Rules:

• Participants must be in accordance with the theme.
• Normal Island School dress code rules of modesty apply: no midriffs showing, shoulder straps of appropriate width (two fingers wide), appropriate length of shorts, and footwear is required.
• No hats, masks, or props worn or used during class.
• Respect other students' outfits or accessories.
• If a student chooses not to participate in the spirit week themes, he/she must be in regular school wear.

Vist Our Shutterfly Site to See Today's Art Day Photos

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Here's a taste!

Family Work Day Rescheduled - date to be announced

 Watch this space for the new date.

Biology Students Construct Huge Cell

Mrs. Sullivan's biology class built a giant cell and all its organelles to scale. Then they took their organelles inside!

Posing outside the cell with their organelles

Entering the cell

Inside their giant cell

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SCUBA Club Dive Nov. 7th

The first Scuba Club dive has been postponed to Friday November 7th. This dive is a two cylinder night dive off a boat. If you want to join the group, please contact Mrs. Haverkort-Yeh at

Lexi Performs at YWCA Event

Eighth grader Lexi Warnock was one of two performers at last night's YWCA vigil to end domestic violence. This is the 3rd year Lexi has performed at this annual event. She sang a combination of original and cover songs for about an hour. Lexi performs all over Kaua‘i and at Island School events. She writes a lot of her own music, plays guitar, and sings.

She is featured in today's Garden Island at

Art is Alive! in the Frear

Don't miss this beautiful sale and display of art in the Frear Center. Now through Friday. Open all day until 5:30 p.m. Great bargains.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Art is Alive! Winners Announced - on display in Frear

Congratulations to the winners of the Art Is Alive! contest. Stop by and see them on exhibit in the Frear Center, along with featured artwork by artists from around the state and beyond.  Opens this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. and runs from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. through Friday, October 24, Art Day.

(Photos below)


Max Evslin, Grade 1, "Galaxy"

Honorable Mentions:
Erica Obert, Grade 3, "African Animals"
Zachary Ing, Grade 3, "The Island"
Eve Parker, Grade 4, "Owl by the Moon"
Genevieve Benn, Grade 5, "Crinkle Owl"
Mason Hunt, Grade 5, "A Crack in Life"Taylor Raco, Grade 5, "Sunrise on the Beach"

MIDDLE SCHOOL:Winners:Niki Upson, Grade 6, "Morning Crows"  
Max Rovinsky, Grade 7, "Kumu"

Honorable Mentions:Levi Snowden, Grade 7, "The Mirage"
Erika Corcoran-Lewis, Grade 8, "Optical Reality"


Brianna Binder, grade 9, "Lion"

  • Elementary
"Galaxy," by Max Evslin

"African Animals," by Erica Obert
"Sunrise on the Beach," by Taylor Raco
"Owl by the Moon," by Eve Parker
"The Island," by Zachary Ing
"Crinkle Owl," by Genevieve Benn
"A Crack in Life," by Mason Hunt

  • Middle School

"Morning Crows," by Niki Upson
"Kumu," by Max Rovinsky
"The Mirage," by Levi Snowden

"Optical Reality," by Erica Corcoran-Lewis
  • High School
"Lion," by Brianna Binder

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Island School Featured on HIKI NŌ This Thursday - Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.

Island School will be featured in the next edition of HIKI NŌ on Thursday, October 23, at 7:30 p.m. on PBS Hawai‘i. Our students will tell the story of Josh Miller, '16,  who recovered from a traumatic trail-bike injury to become captain of his cross-country team. This is especially timely in that the Voyagers just became the KIF cross country champions!

Tune in and spread the word! Here's a link to a preview.

Introducing English/Drama Teacher, Jonathan Barron

Jonathan Barron joined our faculty this year, teaching high school English classes and middle school drama. Originally from Connecticut and New York, Jonathan moved to Kaua‘i this summer from Baltimore, Maryland. Jonathan is a graduate of New York University where he earned a BFA in film & television, an MFA in dramatic writing, and an MA in English education. He taught high school English in New York, Connecticut, and Virginia, and, for the last three years, he taught writing and literature at a community college in Maryland. This year is his 13th in the classroom!

“I’m a huge comic book geek; I’ve been reading them since I was four,” he said. In the late ‘90s, he wrote Daredevil #374 for Marvel Comics! With his rich background and hilarious sense of humor, Jonathan is a welcome addition to the Island School ‘ohana.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Still Time to Sign Up For Middle/High Talent Show

Got an act? Middle and high school students are invited to be in the spotlight on Art Day afternoon. See Liz Hubbard ASAP to sign up.

Art Day Needs - One Last Plea!

We still need:

  • Sign-ups for the Artists' Luncheon. Visit to sign up online or contact Daryl Edwards at
  • parent volunteers for middle school and high school workshops

  • pint-sized plastic containers

  • large, square, restaurant-type egg trays. We need lots!

for Joan and Cristy's “Quilting”:

  • fabric scraps in solids and children's prints

  • sewing machines to borrow (contact Cristy or Joan)  

Please bring items to the art room or leave them

Time to Apply for Yale Young Global Scholars Program

For high school students. Click on this link for more information.

Voyager Boys & Girls Win KIF Cross Country Championships

Both boys and girls teams have prevailed this morning at the KIF Cross Country Championships. On to States! Congrats to our runners and coaches. Gooooo Voyagers!

The girls are off!

Michael Miller '15, at Saturday's race. Michael came in first in the boys KIF!

Read all about it in The Garden Island. 

Art is Alive! Exhibit Opens Wednesday

Winners from the Art is Alive! contest will be posted on Wednesday and on exhibit.

MS Spirit Week - Oct. 27-31

Middle School Student Council is pleased to announce the first Spirit Week for the week of Oct. 27 -31.

Themes are as follows:
Monday, Oct. 27th: Pajama Day
Tuesday, Oct. 28th: Black and White Day
Wednesday, Oct. 29th: Nerd Day
Thursday, Oct. 30th: 70s 80s Retro Day
Friday Oct. 31st: Halloween Costumes

Mark Your Calendars - the 5th Grade Play is Coming Up!

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

On Stage at Island School

Fri/Sat, November 7, 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 9 at 3:00 p.m.
Tickets $4 from the Island School Office, from cast members; $5 at the door. Discount Family Passes are available.

Island School fifth graders present this traditional scarey-but-funny legend about Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow. Written by Washington Irving, this American colonial tale has been adapted for the stage by Katheryn Schultz Miller and directed by Peggy Ellenburg. All ages are welcome.


Senior Update

Amber Hopkins has been accepted at University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in University, MS.
Autumn Warnock has been accepted at University of Oregon in Eugene, OR, and at University of Portland in Portland, OR.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

School In Session Monday

Just so you know - tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 20, will be a regular school day. This message was sent to parents from Bob via email:

Aloha Students and Parents of Island School,

Island School school will be open as usual Monday, October 20, 2014, a "B" day.  We encourage all to use caution and to be safe when traveling.  Island School buses will operate as normal on all routes. Use discretion with regard to road conditions and safety. If there are any questions please contact the school via phone or email and we will respond as quickly as possible.