Thursday, November 20, 2014

SCUBA Certification Discounts over Thanksgiving Break

Students can still get certified at a discounted price over the vacation holiday. This will allow them to participate in the SCUBA activities in the future led by Roxanne Haverkort. 

Here is a break down on pricing for the Open Water Certification Through Kaua‘i Down Under. Just tell them you are with Island School. 

  • Normal price is $468.75, Island School gets $140.63 (30%) off so price is $328.12.  
  • The students need to buy the Crew Pack from the Sheraton desk in Po‘ipu for $78.13.  
  • After they complete the book work they can schedule the training. At that point they pay the remainder of $249.99. 
  • Just ask for Mike when you call.
If you have any questions, contact Joe Corbo at

Help Needed Friday For "Navigator" Mail-Out

Please let Peggy know if youʻre available to help get the "Navigator" newsletters ready to mail. Weʻll meet in the teachersʻ workroom at 8:00 and/or at 2:00 after school tomorrow, Friday.


Good Times at the ISAA Pau Hana at KBC

Sean Magoun with Drew Goldsman ʻ03, and Dave Hubbard ʻ00.

We had a great visit with faculty and alumni at the Kaua‘i Beer Company last night. Thanks to all who came!

Luke Evslin ʻ03 and wife, Sokchea, with Adie Siebring.

Willy Ellenburg, Clare McGraw ʻ02, Peter King ʻ86, and Barbara & Bruce Hogue

Dave Gregson, Ita Rubio ʻ01, Ryan Wong ʻ08, James Massaro, April Larsen and Adam Beetles

Ita Rubio ʻ01, Peggy Ellenburg, Natasha Arruda ʻ06

Connie Kakalia, Mike Hubbard ʻ97, Dave Reynold

Kindergarten Class Visit Grove Farm Homestead

Kindergarteners get up close and personal with a turkey today at Grove Farm Homestead.

Time To Sign Up For Tri 2 Lunch

It is time to sign-up for Trimester 2's lunch program. Check the chart below for meal plans and prices. As a reminder, all school lunches are to be prepaid at the start of each trimester. No credit will be applied for school holidays or student absences. Brown bag lunches will be available to students going to on-island, off-campus field trips who are on a hot meal plan.

Please either make an on-line payment or call the front office to sign your child(ren) up for the plan of their choice by Wednesday, November 26th

Morning snacks and other ala carte items will be charged separately. Students should have a "snack" account established through the school office in order to purchase morning snacks. Students must have available funds in order to purchase any morning recess snacks. Parents will be notified via phone or email should their student's snack accounts run low.

Credit purchases (i.e., IOUs)are not allowed.

Monthly menus will be displayed on our website: at this link:

If you have any questions, please call Lulu at 246-0233 or

Senior Update

Allison Culliney was accepted at University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, and at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: New Brunswick/Piscataway Campus in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Amber Hopkins was accepted at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.  

Autumn Warnock has been accepted at Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington.

Congratulations to all of you!

Chemistry Students Learn About Sublimation and CO2

Mrs. Haverkortʻs chemistry class did an experiment with a bowl of dry ice. They observed sublimation, a phase change from solid to liquid without going through the liquid phase, and discussed how the gas carbon dioxide is denser than the atmosphere as it sinks to the floor. They also lit candles around the bowl and demonstrated how, when the carbon dioxide replaced the air, the candles had no more oxygen and went out.
Chemistry students experiment with a bowl of dry ice.

Mahalos for the Week ♥ ♥ ♥ Nov. 20th

♥ ♥ ♥ Sam and Bill Suttell for donating parts and labor for repairing an office chair in the Music Room.

♥ ♥ ♥ Monica King and Lorraine Tamanaha for donating black dress pants and shoes to the Chorus Clothing Exchange.

♥ ♥ ♥  Steve Soltysik and John McIntyre for working with the 1st & 3rd graders in Hawaiian Studies this week. 

♥ ♥ ♥ the crew of coaches and volunteers that made last weekendʻs Robotics Tournament such a success: coaches: Nathaniel Evslin, Sue Macklin, Janet Powell; organizers: Traci Sullivan & Joe Corbo; Island School judges - Mary Castelenelli, Deatri Nakea, Joan Shaw, Jeff Kozak and Bruce Hogue; and the community judges: Bill Arakaki (Kaua‘i District Superintendent), representatives from KIUC, the County of Kaua‘i, Syngenta and the Chamber of Commerce.  

♥ ♥ ♥ the following generous donors to our Annual Giving Campaign: Aaron Brown, Cushnie Construction & the Cushnie Family, Lynda Liesse, Joan Maas, Capt. Jennifer Miller, Ruth Parker & Jim Parker, Larry & Amy Sherrer and Reid & Lorraine Tamanaha, and to Dr. Rick & Karen Goodale for a donation to Annual Giving in memory of Hobey Goodale.

♥ ♥ ♥  Dean Wakamoto for creating some beautiful original cyanotype art work on display in the Main Hall.  Stop by and check them out.

Elementary Students Make Wa‘a Kaukahi

Kapena (Capt.) Steve Soltysik was on campus this week to teach Kindergarten, 1st and 3rd grade students how make a Wa'a Kaukahi (single-hulled canoe) in Kumu Kauka's Hawaiian Studies classes. Soltysik is dedicated to educating students about the Worldwide Voyage of the Hokule'a and Hikianalia. He was assisted by former I.S. parent, John McIntyre.
Third graders float their boats!

Kindergartners Lindsey Jona and Kaya Carll show off their canoes.

First grader Max Evslin shows off his canoe.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Learning Self-Defense in PE: grades 5-8

Pono Panaganan and his coaches from KTI (Kaua‘i Technical Institute) taught a self defense class to grades 5, 6, 7, 8 in their PE classes.
7th grade boys practice new skills.

With 5th graders.

Evah Cline gets a lesson in self defense.

6th & 8th graders learn techniques.

Catherine Polzin is pinned by Paulina Do.

With the 6th graders.

7th grade boys see how itʻs done.

7th grade boys group shot.

Gift Wrap Sale Results Announced - Online Sales Continue

Monica King, chair of the gift wrap sale, reported to the Parent Association that the sale was very successful. The school raised enough incentive funds to donate 167 chickens to needy families in Central America to encourage sustainability. The sale grossed $9,000, with Island School keeping 40% as profit.

Online sales from the Great American Opportunities Catalog continue throughout the year. Go to The school code is 2198281.

Great for magazine subscriptions and renewals and for gift-giving.

Christmas Concert Coming Up

The Island School Chorus Christmas concert is December 10, 2014 at KCC Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. Specific data for participating students will be sent home soon. 

All chorus students in grades 4-8 and men in grades 9-12 are reminded about providing black dress shoes and black dress pants for the December 10th concert. A wardrobe exchange (where students may swap, borrow, donate, or take) dress shoes and pants is posted here - A number of items were recently added. Parents of chorus students (and former chorus students) are encouraged to list items they're willing to donate or lend to others for performances. Reduce, reuse, recylce!

Art Day Video On You Tube

Check out Jacob Dysingerʻs (class of 2015) short video of Art Day.

If you canʻt access this, go to:

Middle School Dance This Friday

The Middle School dance is Friday, November 21st, from 6:30-8:30pm in the Frear Center. This social event is open to Island School middle school students. Each middle school student may bring up to two guests from other middle schools.

Letters were sent to parents regarding rules, attire and drop-off & pick-up times. Please contact Joe Corbo if you have any questions.

7th Graders Study Osmosis

Students in Mrs. Sullivanʻs classes are studying osmosis: the movement of water across a semi-permeable membrane from an area of high concentration to an area of low concentration!  If you see a 7th grader, ask them about it!
Max Rovinsky learns about osmosis.

Emily Binder works on an experiment.

June Hsu watches water flow.

Levi Snowden and Liam Buchanan write up their results.

Learn About College Financial Aid on Dec. 2

Island School's College Financial Aid Night is scheduled for Tuesday, December 2 at 6:30 pm in the Wiliwili Room. Jeff Anderson, from the Pacific Financial Aid Association, and Uri Martos, from Hawai‘i Community Foundation, will be the facilitators. This is open to all high school parents, and recommended for all junior and senior parents. If you have questions, please contact Joan Shaw, College Counselor, at or 246-0233.

Monday, November 17, 2014

High School Social - Friday Night, Nov. 21

Final Exam Schedule Posted on

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"Check Please" Performed Last Thursday

Congratulations to director Jacob Dysinger ʻ15, and his cast of characters on their performance of the comedy, "Check, Please" last Thursday. The cast included:

Ashley Silvestre, Jacob Dysinger, Alex Obert, Khayman Hamilton, Zeb Wichert, Amber Hopkins, Amanda Nguyen, Whitney Hay and Allison Culleney.

Ashley Silvestre puts up with an egomaniac on a blind date.

Zeb Wichert comes on a little strong on this date.

Jacob Dysinger isnʻt impressed with Amber Hopkins, whose character has their entire life together planned.

Khayman Hamilton shows up for a blind date dressed in a sheet.

Amanda Nguyenʻs character is a cleptomaniac.

Whitney Hay portrays a girl with multiple personalities.

Khaymanʻs character is filled with phobias.

Allison Cullineyʻs character mimes everything.
We didnʻt get a photo of Alex Obertʻs blind date scene, where she was totally preoccupied with the Bears game on her phone.