Friday, January 16, 2015

Exciting Summer Opportunity for Those Age 18+

Koke‘e Resource Conservation Program
Read all about this opportunity for their summer internship:

We are currently accepting applications for the 2015 Summer Internship Program from January 5, 2015-February 28, 2015. Notification will be made by March 31, 2015. Internship is scheduled to start June 1, 2015. Must be 18 years of age when the internship starts.
Applications are accepted through postal mail and email only. No faxes please. We require a 9 week minimum commitment. Internship may be extended up to 12 weeks upon staff approval and availability of funds. Extensions will be based on the interns performance during the first 7 weeks. 
Housing is provided at historic Community Civilian Corps Camp in Kōkeʻe. A living allowance of $125 per 40 hour week is provided, depending on grant funding.
Visit their website for more information:

Thursday, January 15, 2015

More Senior Updates!

Imara Joroff has been accepted at Stony Brook University, Manhattan, in New York, New York. Adam Sclafani has been accepted at University of Portland in Portland, Oregon. Whitney Summerhays has been accepted at University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.Co ngratulations!

The Class of 2015 has received 54 acceptance letters from 17 different states as of January 14. Students are finishing up their last applications and beginning to concentrate on financial aid and merit scholarship applications. All colleges and universities must send their admissions decisions by April 1, and students have until May 1 to respond. We expect the Class to receive well over 100 acceptance letters by the end of the admissions season, so stay tuned!

School Holiday Monday, Jan. 19

Island School will honor the national holiday in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 20. Enjoy your 3-day weekend!

Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. King, both a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist, had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States, beginning in the mid-1950s. Among many efforts, King headed the SCLC. Through his activism, he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the South and other areas of the nation, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among several other honors. King was assassinated in April 1968, and continues to be remembered as one of the most lauded African-American leaders in history, often referenced by his 1963 speech, "I Have a Dream."

New Lunch Program Begins Feb. 1st - Sign Up Now!

We are pleased to announce that, starting in February, a vegetarian option will be provided for our students Monday through Thursday with the option of cheese pizza and salad bar on Fridays. It will not appear on the lunch menu as it will at the discretion of the kitchen staff as to what is provided on a daily basis.

Milk can be charged to a snack account at lunchtime for the cost of 75¢.  As always, water and herbal tea available at no extra charge.

Here's the menu for February. It will also be posted at

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Second Head of School Finalist Visits Thursday & Friday

Come & meet our second Head of School Candidate.

She will be on campus for 2 full days, Thursday, January 15 - Friday, January 16. Her resume is available in the Front Office for you to preview.

You are invited & encouraged to come to two parent socials to meet the candidate.
1) Thursday, January 15, at 2:00 p.m. in the Frear Center.
2) Friday, January 16, at 7:30 a.m. in the Frear Center.

Please share any thoughts or impressions of our finalists with the Search Committee via email:

Our next candidate will visit on Mon/Tues Jan. 26/27. Watch this space for details.

Mock Trial Team Scores Big Win

Island School won their first trial yesterday at the Kaua‘i District Mock Trial. The score was 95 to Kapa‘aʻs 85. Ming Hsu earned the Best Attorney award and Ziko Quintana earned the award for Best Witness. They go up against Kapa‘a again next Tuesday. The team that wins the best of three will go to the State Mock Trial competition in March. Way to go, Island School!

Many thanks and kudos to Attorney Michael Ratcliffe and Lauren Calhoun, who have been working with these students for since last fall.

Looking Professional (l-r): Daniel Wu ʻ16, Autumn Warnock ʻ15, Adam Sclafani ʻ15, Emma Schneck ʻ16, Bip Paternos ʻ18, Risa Whetsel ʻ18, Kora Quintana ʻ18, Ziko Quintana ʻ16, Judge Frank Rothchild, Carolyn Price ʻ17, Emily Sullivan ʻ18, Leila Breen ʻ16, Ming Hsu ʻ16, coaches Attorney Michael Ratcliffe and Lauren Calhoun

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Honors Chemistry Students Perform a Flame Test

Honors Chemistry students performed flame test experiments. Flame tests can help distinguish certain metal ions, which change color when the chemical is burned. First, the students determined the flame colors of different metal solutions, then they identified unknown solutions using their notes.

Emily Sullivan ʻ18, and Anne Cushnie ʻ17, perform a flame test experiment.

Collection For Humane Society

Sixth Grade Homeroom classes are collecting these items to make pet toys for the Humane Society!

Na Pua Keiki Prepare Sand Food

Mr. Adam, our 5th grade math teacher, is having lots of fun on PK recess duty. He reports that the keiki have been preparing him various dishes to eat, made entirely of sand and twigs. Centepede stew, vegetable birthday cake as well as tea and cookies are on the menu. Mrs. Wortmann gets the same treatment when itʻs her duty. So - if youʻre hungry, you know where to go!
Mr. Adam and the PK Sand Chefs

Have You Checked the Elementary Highlights Page Lately?

There is lots of interesting information about our PK-5 grade classes. Check it out here:
Elementary Highlights

Monday, January 12, 2015

Students Sing With Women of the World at KCC

Island School students joined the Women of the World, an award winning vocal quartet, and Rehka Menon, classical Indian dancer, at the Kaua‘i Concert Association presentation Sunday evening. Earlier,  these singers and dancers had visited Kumu Kaukaʻs hula students, who taught the visitors a Hawaiian chant. They were invited to join them on stage during the concert.

Pictured below, Mili Fukada (grade 3) Moeko Fukada ʻ15, Ally Pascual ʻ15, Cody Manibog (grade 5), Dwight Apao (grade 5), Zachary Ing (grade 3) and Kumu Kauka sang with the quartet on the KCC PAC stage on Sunday.

An Easy Way to Read the "Voyager Voice"

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Wonderful Summer Opportunity for Students Ages 17-20

Looking for an amazing summer opportunity? Students ages 17-20 can apply to join the Hawai‘i Youth Conservation (HYCC) Gateway Team at This year's program runs from June 8-24 and is completely free for participants.

HYCC is an outdoors, service-based and physically challenging program where students earn a $500 volunteer award, a $1,195 education grant toward college, and 300 hours of community service. Former IS participants have raved about this experience. Application deadline is February 28, 2015.

Week of Jan. 12: Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥ the parents, friends and students who turned out in force for Saturday's workday: the Biedermann Family; Sam, James & Bradley Pratt; Michiyo Altomare; Arlicia Booth; Sue Macklin; Kelly & Niki Upson; Chris, Chip & Zach Ing; Marjorie, Jaden & Lili DeSouza; Bruce Hogue, Keoni Lisa & Tane Kahn Macko; Joan Shaw; Adie Siebring; Deatri Nakea; Mike Goto; Lynne MacDonald; Cristy Peeren; Dave Reynolds; Cheryl Ringler; Kiyoko & Ed Coan, Erlas Abadicio; Putu Mustika; Dirk, Katherine & Dwight Apao; Kahula Mahikoa; Amy, Kai & Nai‘a Spindt; Cindy Wortmann; Leah, Ehren, Liko, Nahe & Kalā Edwards; Bernardo & Luca Rivera, Becky & Selah Snowden; Kathy Richardson; Edmund Acoba; Keana Oliveira; Ryan, Chori & Sadi Stiglmeier; Dade & Kahi Apao; Keli‘i & Tiago Morgado; and Sandra Nishek & Titus Kanehe. We hope we didnʻt leave anyone out. Many, Many Thanks!

♥ ♥ ♥ Starbucks Lihu‘e, Manager Shannon Kay for donating store furniture and shelving. The shelving will be used in classrooms and the furniture will be used at the new high school deck at the Brown Hall. 

♥ ♥ ♥ Valerie Rivera and Linda Ebesu for putting all the "Sleepy Hollow" costumes back in the costume closet.

Many Hands Did Lots of Work!

Saturday saw some 70 individuals here to spruce up the campus -- raking leaves, painting, pulling weeds, sweeping, cleaning classrooms, clearing the lanais, and so forth. Great job! Thanks to all who were part of this effort! More photos are on our Shutterfly site (thanks Deatri Nakea for the great photos!):
Bernardo Rivera works the chipper on the Keiki Playground.

Titus Kanehe and his mom, Sandy Nishek, spruce up the orchid garden.

Lili & Jaden DeSouza and Nahe Edwards help collect rubbish.

Trujillo & Rovinsky to Compete at Kaua‘i District Spelling Bee

Eighth graders Manu Trujillo and Sasha Rovinsky will be representing Island School at the Kaua‘i District Spelling Bee on Thursday, January 15th at 6:00 p.m. at  the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School cafeteria. We know they will represent Island School well!

Information Meeting for KIF Spring Sports

Sign-ups and information meetings are scheduled for students with coaches of the KIF spring sports. Students who are "on the fence" about playing or just curious about the sport are encouraged to come to the meeting, meet the coaches and get information.

KIF High School Spring Season Information Meetings - 11:15 a.m. in the Wilcox Gym Lanai

Thursday Jan. 15th - Golf
Thursday Jan. 22nd - Tennis
Wednesday Jan. 28th - Track and Field
Thursday Feb. 5th - Boys JV and Varsity Volleyball

If a student misses or does not get the information, s/he will still be able to join the team. They should contact the Athletic Department ASAP.

Car Wash Tickets On Sale From 5th Graders

The fifth grade is selling Sudz car wash tickets. The ticket are $13.00 and are good for "The Works Car Wash." The class is raising funds for their Big Island trip.
Tickets will be on sale for 3-4 weeks. Ask any fifth grader or check with Lulu in the Office.

Senior Update

Allison Culliney has been accepted at University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin - Allisonʻs 5th acceptance! Katy Davidson was accepted at University of La Verne in La Verne, California - Katyʻs 5th acceptance!


Seventh Grade Sailing Course Announced

The 7th grade class will be going a field trip to the Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor. At the harbor, students will have an opportunity to complete an introduction to sailing course. This experience is being offered by the Kaua‘i Sailing Association (KSA). Small groups of approximately 10 students at a time will leave campus at 11:15 and return by 2:00 over a period of three days - January 21st, 23rd, and 29th. Students who are not going on the field trip on their designated day will attend classes as usual. 

Parents received an email from Mr. Corbo listing which students are going on which days. 

Students should bring with them:
  • swimwear
  • towel
  • change of clothes
  • sun screen
  • lunch
  • hat

Mr. Corbo's email also contained two release forms, one for Island School and one for KSA. These should be turned in by Friday, January 16th. If you need more information, please email