Friday, January 9, 2015

Penny Nichols' Portrait On Display on Maui

The 2015 Schaefer Portrait Challenge opens Tuesday at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Penny Nichols' portrait of local artist, Geraldine King Tam, was selected for this prodigious exhibit. 

Here is the evite with the show dates.  Penny's portrait is squeezed into the top right corner. 

 If you're on Maui in the next few months check it out. 

Welcome Ms. Lei to Kindergarten!

Ms. Lei visits the kindergartners today at lunch.
Leilani Kurz has joined the kindergarten classroom as teacher's aide. She will be giving Rachelle Asuncion a break while she's on maternity leave. Leilani has been a frequent substitute and volunteer at Island School. Her daughter, Jayda, is a 4th grader in Ms. Natasha's class.

Work Day Tomorrow!

 Here's one job! Spreading the wood chips under the keiki playground spiderweb!

Bring your shovel!

Saturday, Jan. 10, 8:30-noon!

Family Work Day January 10th

A Family Workday is scheduled for Saturday, January 10. This is our opportunity to spruce up the campus in preparation for our Head of School candidate visits.The event will be 8:30 to noon, with lunch served to all volunteers. Folks are encouraged to bring work gloves, rakes, shovels, pruners, wheelbarrows, etc. Many hands make light work!

Please RSVP Mike Goto if you can come, so we have enough food for everyone! Mahalo.

Head Search Update

This update is from Mary Capwell, Chair of the Head Search Committee:
As we reported last month, three finalists for the position of Head of School position will visit Island School during the month of January: (Please note a change in the dates for the last visit)

Monday and Tuesday, January 12 and 13
Thursday and Friday, January 15 and 16
Monday and Tuesday, January 26 and 27

Each finalist and his/her spouse will spend two full days on campus and will follow a schedule which will allow interaction with all constituent groups including administrators, faculty and staff, students, parents and alumni, as well as the 25-member Head of School Advisory Committee, which is composed of members of all of these groups.  Each finalist will be interviewed by the Board of Directors during that time, and it is the Board which will make the final selection of our next Head of School in early February.

Details of scheduled gatherings and meetings will be emailed to each constituent group five days before the scheduled visits.  For example, information including time and place about gatherings and meetings for the first visit on January 12 and 13 will be emailed on Wednesday, January 7.

We understand that everyone is curious about the names and professional backgrounds of the finalists.  As is routine in these processes and as a courtesy to finalists, that information is not provided until just days before the visit. They are all currently employed and may not want their candidacy revealed prematurely. 

We will identify the finalists five days before their visits, and copies of  their resumes and other pertinent information will be available for your perusal in the main office at that time.  All members of our Island School community are invited to stop by the office and to take a few minutes to become familiar with our position finalists before their visits.

Following each finalist's visit, we encourage all constituents to email the Head of School Search Committee at to share their thoughts and impressions.  All information will be shared with the Board of Directors for their consideration before naming our next Head of School.

We are grateful to Waimakua Mary Rice which is generously funding our search process and the costs of bringing our finalists and their spouses on island.

Thank you in advance for your active participation in this phase of our search!

Mock Trial Team Competes on Tuesday

Our Mock Trial team is preparing for their first trial, to be held on Tuesday, January 13, at 2 pm at the courthouse. There will also be trials on January 20th and 27th on the same schedule. 

This year's case is regarding the negligence of a paintball facility and a teenager who got hurt playing paintball there. 

Our team consists of the following enthusiastic, determined high school students:

Autumn Warnock '15
Leila Breen '16
Emma Schneck '16
Ziko Quintana '16
Kora Quintana '18
Emily Sullivan '18
Adam Sclafani '15
Daniel Wu '16
Ming Hsu '16
Carolyn Price '17
Bip Paternos '18
Risa Whetsel '18

The team feels very positive about their chances of winning the Kaua‘i District title, like they did last year, and going on to States in March. Go ---- Voyagers!

USC Accepting HS Students for Summer Program

Pre-College Summer Program for High School Students at the
For interested HS families from the University of Southern California:
We are accepting students!
We are pleased to announce that USC Summer Programs began accepting High School students for the Summer of 2015 this week! Our first acceptance letters were sent earlier this week, so be on the lookout if you registered and submitted all of your documents. As a reminder we accept students on a rolling basis and yes, classes do fill quickly. Start your application here: USC Summer
Welcome to the University of Southern California Summer Programs
Welcome to the University of Southern California Summer Programs
USC Summer Programs extends a tradition of excellence to outstanding high school students through unique 4 and 2 week summer courses. Accepted students to the USC Summer Programs will balance academic and campus life as they prepare for college in the nation's entertainment center - Los Angeles, California.
Course Information

4-Week Program Overview
June 14 - July 11, 2015
The 4-Week college immersion program offers high school students experience at the University of Southern California in a subject area of their choice. Click here for list of 4-Week Credit Courses
4-Week Non-Credit Intensive English Program
Intensive English Program is a non-credit, 4-week residential program for international high school students seeking to develop their English language proficiency through interactive instruction, collaboration, and hands on learning. More Information
2-Week Non-Credit Program Overview
June 14 - June 28, 2015
The 2-Week college immersion program offers high school students experience at the University of Southern California in a subject area of their choice.
Click here for a list of 2-Week Courses

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Kindergartners Visit the Grove Farm Train

Kindergartners learned about trains today at Grove Farm. They got to take a short ride as they learned how these trains used to carry sugar cane from the fields to the mills. They heard the horn blow and found out that four toots meant  it was slowing down. This train, powered by steam, was different from the Kilohana train they visited earlier in the year.

Seniors Give Keiki an Anatomy Lesson

High School aides, Ian Cowden '15, and Steven Foster '15,  teach PK students that their skeleton is a frame of bones that gives their body shape and covers its soft parts.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Students Preparing for Science Olympiad

Students in middle and high school are practicing for the Kaua‘i Regional Science Olympiad, scheduled for January 19, at KCC. Students meet after school to work on projects they select from a list provided by the Hawai‘i State Science Olympiad. Projects include technology & engineering, physical science & chemistry, earth & space science, inquiry and social sciences.

Our students had a terrific experience at last year's event on O‘ahu, and they are hoping to succeed again this year. To learn more about the Hawai‘i State Science Olympiad, visit this link:

Sasha Rovinsky ' 19, tests out his vehicle in preparation for the Science Olympiad.

Callie Yavinsky '21, and Emily Binder '20, collaborate to solve a problem with their vehicle.

Berklee College of Music Visits Hula Class

Faculty members from the Berklee College of Music visited Kumu Kauka's hula class on Tuesday. They were introduced by Will Lydgate, IS Class of 2001. In no particular order - our guests were Rekha Menon, Ayumi Ueda, Georgia Renosto, Ashley Macchia, and Rob Laguez. These artists are here to perform at KCC PAC this Friday at a scholarship concert (see Classified Ads/Community News page -

Visitors from Berklee College of Music visited Kumu Kauka's hula class on Tuesday

Moeko Fukada '15, teaches Ayumi Ueda from the Berklee College of Music how to make a lei of kukui leaves.

Dr. Rekha Menon, Professor of  Art History, from the Berklee College of Music, learns to make a Kukui lei from Shawna Dinnan '15.

Middle School Art Students Build "Animal Boxes"

Before Winter Break, middle school art classes designed and built ceramic boxes with an African animal theme.  Their "animal boxes" have now been fired in the kiln.  Soon they will be decorated with ceramic glazes and fired again.  Here are pictures of a few of their creations, which combine function with whimsy.

Turtle Graham Estelle, class of 2021

Jungle Cat Kamalei Baptiste, class of 2019

Hippopotamus Lili Reynolds, class of 2020

Zebra Nahe Edwards, class of 2021

Duckbill Platypus Rachel Dressler, class of 2020

Wild Boar Sasha Rovinsky, class of 2019

Health Meeting for 6th - 8th Grade Parents Thursday, Jan. 8

Adie Siebring, Dean of Students, is hosting a special meeting for parents of middle school students to discuss Island School's approach to health education.

We have arranged for Cynthia Chiang, a health educator from Planned Parenthood, to lead discussions with the students in a series of short, age-appropriate sessions, each one dealing with a different aspect of changes the young people are (or soon will be) experiencing. An email was sent to parents in December, outlining the content of these session and inviting you to attend an informational meeting as follows:

• Time - 6:00 - 6:30 - 6th grade
              6:30 - 7:30 - 7th grade
              7:30 - 8:30 - 8th grade
• Place-  Noni Room

These can be sensitive matters for some parents. Therefore, we have arranged for this special meeting to provide information and to answer questions.

Please contact Adie if you have questions or concerns, or if you do not want your son or daughter to participate in this program, in which case they may attend a study hall.

Welcome Vanesha Morey to the Kitchen Staff

Vanesha and Mr. Dean review the lunch menu.
We welcome Vanesha Morey to our kitchen staff. Vanesha and her family moved to Kaua‘i (after many visits) at Thanksgiving and enrolled her daughter in Island School's 7th grade. Her husband works in the IT department at Wilcox Hospital. Vanesha has managed and worked in restaurants for years in Wisconsin and she is delighted to join our staff. Along with Mr. Dean, Vanesha will facilitate the transition to our new lunch program.

Senior Update

Amber Hopkins has been accepted at University of Redlands in Redlands, California, and at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Congratulations!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

ISAA Holiday Reception: A Festive Event!

Many thanks to our ISAA Steering Committee: Peter King '86, (President), Dave Hubbard '00, (VP), Ita Rubio '01, (Secretary) and Clare McClure '02, (Treasurer), for pulling off a great gathering on Dec. 19, at the Kaua‘i Beer Company. About 50 alumni, staff and faculty celebrated the season with great food and friends, with lots of reminiscing about their Island School days.

Chia Granda '94, and Mike Hubbard '97

Clare McClure '02, and Ita Rubio '01, welcome guests.

It was a festive occasion!

Elementary Clubs Begin This Week

Wednesday Clubs for elementary students begin this week. These special, multi-grade classes are taught by teachers and volunteers and are held each Wednesday from 1:50-2:35 for six weeks. Clubs are as follows:

Drawing (grades 3-5)
Arts & Crafts (grades K-5)
Outdoor Games (grades 3-5)
Dance (grades K-5)
Hiking/Hawaiian Games (grades 3-5)
Science (grades 3-5)
Board Games (grades K-5)

Ask your keiki to tell you about their Club.

Lunch Announcement!

This letter was sent out to families today. If you have any questions, contact Lulu at

Aloha Kakou,

We write to inform you about an exciting change to our lunch program beginning
Monday, February 2nd!

We have listened to comments, concerns and suggestions from our Island School ‘ohana and have decided to make the following changes:
• we will no longer be outsourcing our lunches;
• Dean Wakamoto will be preparing them in our own kitchen along with a new kitchen staff member, Vanesha Morey;
• we will be re-establishing Pizza Friday!

The lunch plans for the remainder of the trimester are:
Hot Meal with Salad Bar and Pizza Friday for 5 days a week;
Hot Meal Only and Pizza Friday for 5 days a week (NO Salad Bar);
Salad Bar Only for 5 days a week (NO Pizza Friday);
Pizza Friday Only with Salad Bar.

All students currently enrolled in the lunch program do not need to do anything unless they are making a change to their plan.

Any student that wants to join the program simply needs to contact the front office for the pro-rated amount by Friday, January 16, 2015.

We are excited to be able to offer these changes and look forward to an increase in the number of students that participate.

Bon appetit!!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Parent Association Meets Tuesday

All are invited to attend. Tuesday, January 6, 1:00, in the Teachers' Workroom.

Senior Updates

Madison Gregor has been accepted at University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, and University of Portland in Portland, Oregon. Davis Huffman was accepted at University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. Moeko Fukada was accepted at University of Hawai‘i at Manoa in Honolulu. Allison Culliney has been accepted at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.


SAT Prep Courses Coming Up in February 2015

SAT Prep Courses – Each Prep Course (Reading/Writing and Math) consists of four sessions over the course of four weeks; each session is 1 ½ hour in length.

Who Should Take the February 2015 SAT Prep Courses?
The February prep courses are recommended for juniors who plan to take the SAT this spring (March 14, May 2 and/or June 6). Prep Courses are also recommended for freshmen and sophomores as excellent preparation for the PSAT (Preliminary SAT administered to all Island School 10th and 11th graders each October). Enrollment in both classes is limited. Students can sign up for one or both classes with Joan Shaw, College Counselor, Island School (246-0233, ext. 232 or Checks should be made out to the individual instructors and registration is confirmed when payment is received. Spaces will not be held without receipt of full payment. Independent practice work between class sessions will be required to receive full benefit from the course.

Math Prep Course taught by Susie Massaro
This course will cover test-taking strategies, including some review of Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II. Students will receive two prep books: The Official SAT Study Guide and The New SAT Math Game Plan. Practice tests will be administered. Registration for the math course is limited to students who are enrolled in geometry or higher.

Tuesdays, February 3, 10, 17 & 24
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Island School – Wiliwili Room, Purdy Hall
$130 including materials

Critical Reading/Writing Prep Course taught by David Reynolds
This course will cover test-taking skills and strategies to discern the meaning of a sentence and the purpose of a passage. Sections of the SAT will be administered, with significant focus on responding to timed-writing prompts effectively.

Thursdays, February 5, 12, 19 & 26
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Island School – Wiliwili Room, Purdy Hall
$120 including materials

Registration will be on a first-come, first served basis; registration will be confirmed when payment is received. This course typically fills up very quickly, so please sign up as soon as possible to ensure your space. Checks should be made payable to the individual instructors (Susie Massaro for math and/or David Reynolds for reading/writing).
Questions? Call Joan Shaw at 246-0233, ext. 232 or email