Saturday, November 29, 2014

Head Search Update

From Mary Capwell, Head Search Committee Chair:

After two months of "passive sourcing" (advertising) and "active sourcing" (sending emails, writing letters and making phone calls) the application period for our new Head of School closed on Wednesday, November 26. The Search Committee is pleased to report that it has received a total of 69 applications from candidates in seven countries, twenty-two states and one US territory. To say that the applications have been interesting is an understatement; we have been very fortunate to be able to consider so many candidates whose backgrounds include a wide and rich variety of experiences.

The Search Committee has already narrowed the field to several semi-finalists and, at our upcoming meeting on Dec. 2, will identify more to join that group, for a projected total of twelve. All twelve semi-finalists will be interviewed by the entire Search Committee during the weekends of Dec 6-7 and Dec. 13-14 using Skype (even if they are local; the"level playing field" concept is at work here) and three finalists will be identified at the conclusion of that process. 

Three finalists will be invited on-island in January. Each individual will attend a series of social events where they will be introduced to Island School's constituent groups, including the Head of School Advisory Committee, administration, faculty and staff, parents, students and alumni. Most importantly, they will be interviewed by the Board of Directors, who will make the selection of the next Head of School in late January/early February.

As we move through these next phases of the search, I want to recognize and commend the great work of the ten-member Search Committee. They have been diligent in their close review of each application, faithful in attending bi-weekly meetings and thoughtful in their deliberations. We are indeed fortunate to have such dedicated individuals who are so committed to the task of searching for best individual to lead Island School.
More information will be coming in mid-December. Stay tuned!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Filled With Gratitude

At Island School, we have so much for which to be thankful. Best wishes to all.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dr. D Coming to 8th Grade Science

Coming up on Tuesday, Dec 2, in 8th grade Earth/Space classes:

The Kaua'i premiere of  "Amazing Air Pressure Demonstrations" by Dr. D (aka Mr. Hogue) to start off their study of the atmosphere in Trimester 2.  Dr D is part Mr. Wizard and part Bill Nye and has amazed and entertained thousands of folks in Colorado from age 7 to 97. He is delighted to be on Kaua'I.  Being close to sea level makes these demonstrations even better.

Adie Siebring Travels to Cambodia

Our Dean of Students, Adie Siebring, is spending three weeks in Cambodia. This is her second trip to an orphanage there, where she teaches English to a school filled with eager children. She╩╗ll be back with wonderful stories to share.
Adie with her Cambodian students in the summer of 2013.

Congratulations Mr. Devlin!

As most of you know, Eric Devlin moved to O‘ahu last summer, after eleven years teaching social studies at Island School, to get married. We are happy to announce the marriage of Eric Devlin and Lani Clinton last weekend. We wish the newlyweds a lifetime of happiness.

2nd Graders Hike After Thanksgiving Feast

It was a huge lunch! Ms. Connie took the class on an on-campus hike afterward last Friday. Here they are under the ironwood pines in the "upper 40."

Senior Update

Ashley Larkin has been accepted at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Congratulations, Ashley!