Saturday, November 15, 2014

I.S. Elementary Robotics Team Wins Big at District Tournament

Please congratulate our elementary Robotic Voyagers team. Today, they received two awards during the FLL District Tournament. They received the award for Robot Performance and are the Kaua‘i District Champions. This qualifies them to participate in the state tournament on O‘ahu, December 13th. They are judged in three areas: Robot Design, Team Project, and Core Values.
L-R: Kilinoe Oliveira, Thatcher Magoun, Kala Edwards, Josh Dobashi, Cody Manibog, Bradley Pratt, Nate Sullivan, Ema-Lani Ebesu, Julia Schilleci, Liko Edwards, Colin Bedwell

Our Voyager team includes fifth graders: Joshua Dobashi, Ema-Lani Ebesu, Cody Manibog and Nathan Sullivan; fourth graders: Kala Edwards, Liko Edwards, Thatcher Magoun, Kilinoe Oliveira, Bradley Pratt and Julia Schilleci. The alternates are fourth graders: Tanner Hubbard and Colin Bedwell. They are an outstanding team!

There were ten teams, 16 judges from Island School and the community, and many volunteers. Many thanks to coaches: Nathaniel Evslin, Sue Macklin, Janet Powell, and to Traci Sullivan for coordinating the event. Also to the judges who served today at the event.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Cat Needs a Home

Cat Needs A Home: Is anyone interested in adopting a very sweet, 6 year old female cat? Her owners   are moving to the mainland and need a home for their cat. She is an indoor cat but is potty trained to go outdoors. She is very, very sweet and cuddly! Contact Jessica Crowe at

Sign Up TODAY for MS & HS Ocean Safety & Swim Clinic - Nov. 29

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Staff & Faculty Appreciation Breakfast a Huge Success

The Staff & Faculty send a Big Mahalo to the Parent Association for the yummy breakfast they organized for them. It was such a nice break in the morning.

Check out our Mahalo Page to see the list of contributors. Thank you!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Art Room Collecting Wooden Chairs

Do you have an old wooden chair that's seen better days? 

The Art Department is replacing its chairs with donated, mismatched wooden chairs. Each will be painted by a high school student and will pay homage to a famous painting or artist.  

The nine chairs we have now were gifts from Dean Wakamoto, who bought them from various thrift shops around the island.  Thank you, Dean!

North Shore Bus Route Improvements

Mahalo to parents of the North Shore morning school bus route.  We observed marked improvement with traffic flow at the roundabout at the Kilauea Mini-Golf bus stop this week.

Here are the guidelines again for your review.    
  •  The buses are scheduled to leave the stop at 6:47 a.m. Students should be dropped off in the parking lot before the bus arrives. 6:47 is the bus departure time, not the arrival time for students.
  • Use the parking lot behind the bus shelter to safely drop off students.
  • Vehicles should not pull in front of or park behind the buses. The entire turnaround area is needed to safely board students.
  • Sometimes a bus may arrive a few minutes late. This is all the more reason to keep the turnaround area un-congested, allowing for the buses to park and safely board the students.
When the buses leave after 6:47 a.m, they generally arrive at school late. Please follow these guidelines. Your cooperation and understanding is greatly appreciated. 

High School Performance Thursday - Free Admission

Nine high school students perform this hilarious short play, directed by Jacob Dysinger '15.

Jacob, whose videos have been enjoyed on Hawai‘i Public Televisionʻs,  Hiki Nō, is directing his first stage play.

"Check, Please" is intended for middle school to adult. The show runs about 30 minutes.

Mahalos for the Week - Nov. 10 ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥  Grove Farm Company for their donation of three truckloads of soil material that will be used on campus and within our community garden!

♥ ♥ ♥ everyone who helped make Thursday's Staff Appreciation Pancake Breakfast a tremendous success: Kristi Buchanan, Kori King, Heather Biederman, Katie Johnson, Amy Sherrer, Amy Spindt, Krystal Bedwell, Naomi Carlson, Laura Cushnie, Carrie Mackey, Dodd Apao and Rebecca Snowden. Also to Mary Pratt for specialty teas, PK-5th families for their donations, Sam Suttell for tablecloths, Robin Pratt for pineapple, the Carvalho family for mini muffins, Shannon from Starbucks, Lihu‘e for coffee, and Ms. Sue and Kaycee Parker for griddles

♥ ♥ ♥ Kori King for her donation to the LRC.

♥ ♥ ♥ Steve & Lauren Hunt for hosting the "Sleepy Hollow" cast party.

♥ ♥ ♥  the following generous donors to Annual Giving: Natasha Arruda, Glenn & Jane Goldsmith, Erin & Jed Gushman, Joshua and Alice Pajela, Lulu Schilleci, Dorothy Shaw, Edwin & Cynthia Sorenson, Bob & Nani Springer, Kathleen Wilson and Celina Wilson 

♥ ♥ ♥  Daniel Bicciche for his donation to the Drama Department.

♥ ♥ ♥ Heather Biedermann for loaning a beautiful haystack for the Sleepy Hollow set; Chris Sweitzer for taking photos of Sunday's performance; also Ian Cowden '15, Sam Goldberg '16, and Jaden Hamid '17, for filming the show.

♥ ♥ ♥ Medieros Farms for donating a fully articulated leg joint with the long bones attached to the anatomy class. Teacher Traci Sullivan and her students are grateful to be able to study the structure and function of this connective tissue through hands a hands on learning experience.  

FIRST Lego League Tournament Saturday at Island School

Island School hosts the Kaua‘i Regional FIRST Lego League Tournament in the Wilcox Gymnasium this Saturday, Nov. 15. The teams check in at 8:00 a.m. and the teams present their  robots, projects, and teamwork experiences in the morning.

The opening ceremony begins at 12:00 and is open to the public. The Closing Ceremonies will be held at 2:30. The theme this year is "World Class Learning Unleashed."

This is the third year Island School has hosted this islandwide event. Ten schools are participating this year. Last year, Island School's team won the regional competition and went to States. Watch this space for the exciting results.

Mahalo to Traci Sullivan, Nathaniel Evslin and Sue Macklin for leading this activity.

Click here to watch a slideshow of their presentation:

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

7th Graders Study Molecules

Lily Reynolds and Janey Valente extracted deoxyribonucleic acid from strawberries to learn about the macromolecules of life. 

Ki'ilani Arruda is investigating the movement of molecules across a semi-permeable membrane to understand how diffusion across a cell membrane works.  In this model of diffusion, the iodine molecules moved from an area of high concentration to an area of low concentration and turned the starch inside the "cell" purple! 

Flu Clinic Thursday

For those who signed up for the flu clinic, the schedule is as follows (approximate times):
  • 8:30 - 8:50  (K-1st)
  • 8:50 - 9:10  (4th & 5th)
  • 9:10 - 9:30  (6th, 7th, 8th)
  • 9:30 - 10:00  (2nd & 3rd)

"Sleepy Hollow" photos on our Shutterfly Site

And many more:
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Mahalo to Chris Sweitzer and Deanna Sloger for taking these.

Monday, November 10, 2014

SCUBA Club Enjoys Two Dives Last Weekend

Scuba Club
did their first dive on Friday 11-7! It was a successful, two cylinder night dive off a boat with the students Eosin Chelius '19, Josh Miller '16, and Bip Padrnos '19. They went to Lunch Plate first and saw a very large turtle and lots of lobsters. 
During the second dive at the Caverns, nocturnal organisms had started to come out. They saw various species of sea stars and sea urchins. "It was very neat to see different organisms come out at night," said Scuba Club adviser, Mrs. Haverkort. The next dive will be planned shortly after Christmas break.

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School Picture Make-Up Day - Nov. 12

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 from 8 -11 a.m. 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.

Please see or email Alice if you have any further questions at Mahalo!

College Night - Nov. 12, 2014