Friday, October 31, 2014

Miss Penny's Favorite Art Day Photos

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

College Events Coming Up - Mark Your Calendars

  • Hawaii's 40th Annual College & Career Fair ; Monday, November 17, 9 - 11 am and 5 - 7 pm at the Kauai Marriott Resort Ballroom. All Island School juniors will be visiting the Fair with Joan Shaw, College Counselor, during the morning session. Other interested students and parents are invited to attend the evening session. Free admission.
  • College Night at Island School with Joan Shaw, Island School College Counselor  - Wednesday, November 12, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Main Hall. Recommended for all sophomores and juniors and their parents. Learn.....How Island School's college counseling program is set up; What sophomores and juniors should be doing now; How colleges make admissions decisions; and All about financial aid and merit awards. Please RSVP to Joan at or 246-0233. Pizza and drinks will be served.

Interact Club Sees Results of their Service

Craig Nishimoto from Po‘ipu Rotary presented a slide show during the Interact club meeting yesterday. He showed photos of the water catchment system that our Interact club gifted to the Chheuteal Rong Primary School in Pursat Province, Cambodia as a result of fundraising efforts last year. These two water containers, in combination with sand filtration systems, will provide drinkable water for these school children for years to come. As you can see in the first photo, our school name now hangs next to the front door of this one room school house in Cambodia. As a club, we have decided to implement one project each year which will aid in the creation of  sustainable programs to help these impoverished school children. "A proud moment," said Mr. Reynolds, Interact adviser.

Island School is listed on the plaque at Chheuteal Rong Primary School.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sasha Rovinsky Wins Island School Spelling Bee

The Middle School Spelling Bee went through 16 rounds. Eighth grader, Sasha Rovinsky won the Bee with the word departure, which was rather easy compared to his other words! Seventh grader, Luke Sullivan and eighth grader. Manule'a Trujillo, dueled through three nerve wracking rounds for second place. Manu spelled argumentative correctly, edging out Luke who stumbled on the word, asthma. Sasha and Manu will represent Island School in the county Spelling Bee later in the year. Luke will be their alternate.
L-R: Sierra Hampton-Eng, Sasha Rovinsky, Manu Trujillo, Luke Sullivan, Judy Byce

 Congratulations to all of the participants and for making the Middle School Spelling Bee lots of fun. Mahalo to former middle school teacher, Judy Byce, who returned for the day to take her place as Pronouncer. Thanks also to Sierra Hampton-Eng and Elizabeth Scamahorn for coordinating the event.

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

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

KIUC Calendar Contest Winners

Each year, KIUC sponsors an art contest for Kaua‘i's students. Winners are featured in their yearly KIUC calendar, sent to all KIUC members. Island School artists have always done extremely well in this contest. This year is no exception. Below are the winners from Island School in the elementary, middle and high school divisions:

Month winners:

Kindergarten (This work will be on the cover.) ............ Mohalapua Silverston

Eighth Grade (the month of August)  ........................     Alae Miike

Twelfth Grade (the month of December)  ...................   Whitney Hay

Honorable mention awards:

First Grade............................................................... Zachary Bennett

Second Grade.........................................................   Luisa Junqueira

Fourth Grade...........................................................  Julia Schilleci

Sixth Grade.............................................................  Ethan Inanod

Tenth Grade............................................................  Allison Summerhays

Eleventh Grade........................................................ Leila Breen and Ashley Silvestre
Here are a few of their pieces:

Luisa Janquiera - 2nd - Honorable Mention

Mohalapua Silverston - K - Front Cover
Alae Miike - 8th - Month of August

Whitney Hay - 12th - Month of December

Julia Schilleci - 4th - Honorable Mention

Allison Summerhays - 10th - Honorable Mention

Zachary Bennett - 1st - Honorable Mention               

Learning Chemistry

Honors Chemistry students have been making a mixture of iron, zinc, sand, and sodium chloride, using several different separation techniques to separate the different substances.

Ziko Quintana '16, and Keoni Downer '17, separate substances in Honors Chemistry.

Comparative Religions Class Visit Hindu Temple

Ms. Calhoun and Mr. Springer's class took a field trip today to the Hindu Temple in upper Wailua Homesteads. The got a special tour and learned a lot about this religion.

8th Grade Boys to Visit Pride of America

The 8th grade boys have been invited to take a tour of the recycling program aboard the Pride of America this Thursday! This unique learning opportunity serves as a reward for their hard and dirty work recycling Island School's paper, plastic and cans. Mr. Lynch will accompany the group.

Opportunity for Sophomores to Spend Junior Year in Japan

Kaua‘i Rotary Club is sponsoring a Youth Exchange for a student to spend their junior year in our Sister City, Moriyama, Japan. This program offers a fantastic opportunity for a student to learn about another culture and language and is life-changing. Ms. Rosie participated in this program as a high school junior and would be happy to talk with students wanting to know more about the experience.

A preliminary application form has been sent to all sophomore students. The deadline is THIS FRIDAY for this form to be completed. Those qualifying will continue the application process. A copy of this application can be found on our website on our Forms & Information Page for downloading. It's titled, "Sister City Moriyama- Kauai Rotary Youth Exchange-Preliminary Application (Word Document)."

Only one sophomore will be chosen. Japanese language skills are desired but not required. We encourage anyone who is even considering this opportunity to complete the application by the deadline.

Information from the DOH Regarding Measles on Kaua‘i

Senior Update

Ally Pascual was accepted at University of Hawai‘i at Manoa in Honolulu.

Ian Cowden was accepted at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.


Spanish Classes Create Videos

Spanish 1 classes created videos where they conducted short interviews in Spanish. The interviews featured Island School students, teachers, family members and – yes – pets speaking Spanish. 

Spanish II students completed traveling videos in Spanish. They wrote and filmed scripts about visiting a Spanish speaking country. Ask your son or daughter to share their great videos with you!

Halloween Celebrations

Halloween is always a fun day at Island School. Here's what we have planned:

  • PreK will dress up in the morning and parade around campus followed by a morning of Halloween games and crafts.
  • Student Council sponsoring "Carve A Fruit or Veggie" contest. Entries should be brought to school on Friday morning and put on the benches outside of classrooms.
  • Students may dress in their Halloween costumes after lunch for the annual Halloween Parade. The parade begins at 1:15 and will be followed by a dance in the Main Hall and class parties in each classroom starting at 2:00.
Middle School:
  • Spirit Week culminates with a Halloween costume dress-up day on Friday. (Dress code rules apply.)
High School:
  • Students may wear their Halloween costumes to school. (Dress code rules apply.)

Introducing Spanish Teacher, April Larsen

New to our Foreign Language Department this year is Spanish teacher, April Larsen. She is a recent resident of Kaua‘i, having spent most of her life in Utah, Southern California and the north shore of O‘ahu. She studied journalism and international studies at Utah State University, earning a bachelor of arts degree.

April brings with her an interesting and diverse background. This includes serving as an athletic mentor and tutor in college and spending 1½  years as a full-time volunteer missionary in Los Angeles. In addition, she was production assistant and stage manager for sports and entertainment at several major TV networks for six years. She also spent three years as a professional technical writer.

April enjoys the sense of community at Island School. She appreciates how people here are proactive and make things happen. She is happy to be teaching and to find ways to express her creativity.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Staff Appreciation Breakfast Planning Meeting Wednesday

Each trimester, the Parent Association plans a special event for teachers and staff to show them how much we appreciate what they do. This trimester, there will be a breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 13.

Please join Kristi Buchanan and Kori King on Wednesday, October 29 at 1:30 to help plan our Staff Appreciation Breakfast. They will meet in the Teacher Workroom. 

Oceanography Students Study Marine Life

Students in the oceanography class are collecting data for their research projects at Po‘ipu Beach Park. Whitney Hay '15, Allison Culliney 15, Anne Littlewood '17, and Jericha Major '16, are researching coral abundance and prevalence. Andres Elzaurdia '17, Tai Mitchell '17, Ian Cowden '15, and James Papa '15 are researching sea urchin abundance and prevalence.

Interact Club Made A Difference at Kamalani Playground

Members of the Interact Club attended a large community service event at Kamalani Playground on Saturday. The Club spent the day as a part of the beach clean-up crew taking part in watering the plants, picking up trash, raking leaves, and beautifying the shoreline.

Those participating were: Cole Murphy '16, James Papa '15, Amber Hopkins '15, Imara Joroff '15, and Genevieve Foster '15.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

JV Volleyball Girls End Season on Positive Note

Our JV Voyager girls won the first two sets against Waimea on Friday, 25-16, 25-15. Waimea took the final set 26-24. It was a very exciting match, and their last of the season. Congratulations and we look forward to watching these girls as their team continues to grow and improve.

JV Girls celebrate with Coach Kehau Regidor. top l-r: Sydney Augudong '18, Julia Massaro '18, Summer Mead '18, Salisa Pedeger '17 (above), Lola Temme '18; bottom l-r: Emily Sullivan '18, Kenz Hubbard '18, Emma Kelekoma '18, Alaya Mallas '17, Bianca Cologreco '18, Waleia Edwards '20 (manager)