Friday, January 23, 2015

Senior Parent Meeting January 28th

Joan Shaw invites senior parents to attend a meeting on Wednesday, January 28 at 6 pm in the Frear Center. The agenda will include important information about graduation and a presentation by the parent committee spearheading the after-graduation festivities.

It is a tradition at Island School for the school to plan the commencement ceremony and for the parents to organize a dinner party following the event. Last year, the senior parents also planned a highly successful "Project Grad" night. 

A few parents have taken the lead this year to get the ball rolling, and they need your input before they can proceed. I invite all parents to take an active role in planning a very special send-off for the Island School Class of 2015.
For planning purposes, please RSVP Joan at

Final KIF Home Basketball Game on Tuesday, Jan. 27th

Come to our last home game on Tuesday, January 27, 5:30 p.m.  in the Wilcox Gym.

The last game of the season is on Friday, January 30 at Waimea High School.

Join us in cheering on the Voyagers!

Fifth graders, Mason Hunt, Dwight Apao and Josh Dobashi show their school spirit for Voyager basketball!

Info on Water Purification Wanted

If anyone has contact information for a person who could come to the 3rd grade class to talk about  recycling/purifying water on Kaua‘i, please contact Lynda Liesse. Her class is studying natural resources. Mahalo.

2015-2016 School Calendar

This was emailed to families today. Please note - this calendar shows only the major events and school holidays and is subject to change. Please refer to the calendar for details and updates. Calendar

Please Check Lost & Found! TODAY!

 Students (young and old) and parents are encouraged to check the railing by the lost and found bin. 

There are jackets, sweatshirts, t-shirts, textbooks, lunch boxes, shoes - you name it. 

PLEASE come and claim your belongings! We plan on donating these items to charity.

A Call for Feathers

Kumu Kauka would like every Island School student to bring in at least one feather for a special project. The feather should be:
• at least 5" long
• be from a local, Kaua‘i bird (doesn't have to be a native bird)
• be beautiful
• be a real feather (no painted or fake ones)

Attach your name/grade to the feather and put it in Kumu Kauka's box in the teacher workroom or take it to Kumu, or bring it to the Office.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

I.S. Mock Trial Team is Victorious!

Our Mock Trial team prevailed this week against Kapa‘a High School, winning by 5 points! This means they will represent Kaua‘i at the State Mock Trial Semi-Finals and Finals on O‘ahu on March 7, 2015. Congratulations to our team:

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.

Jogathon 2015 Begins NOW!

Packets were distributed today (Thursday) at Morning Circle to children in PK-5. The Jogathon Fund Raiser is officially underway. It will culminate with a "Fun Run" at Po‘ipu Beach Park on Friday, Feb. 13. Students may begin collecting donations. Packets will be collected and donations counted on Jan. 29, Feb 5 & Feb. 12. All proceeds fund PE, playground and sports equipment. Mahalo for your participation.
To print this donation letter (for off-island friends and relatives), right click on the image and save it to your computer. Then print.

Help Needed at Championship Swim Meet - Feb. 7th

The Voyager Athletic Department is looking for Timers at our Championship Swim Meet.  The meet will be held on Saturday, February 7th at the YMCA swimming pool. Timers are needed to report to Jen at 9:30am with the meet starting at 10:00am. The meet should run approximately 2 1/2 hours long.  No experience needed!  If you are able to assist, please email Jen at Your assistance is appreciated and lunch will be provided.

Community News/Classified Ads - Week of Jan. 19

Kaua‘i Historical Society Speaker at Island School

Student Needed to Help Develop Facebook Page  

Will pay a fee for honest and confident coaching. Contact Miss Elizabeth at school in her office adjacent to the Main Hall or email

Two Plays For Adult Audiences

The Last Five Years, KCP. Three weekends: January 9 - 25.
Ingenious Two-character Song-Cycle Musical. Directed by Jennifer Downs. Starring Kameron Fort and Erin Gaines. Puhi Theatrical Warehouse, Kikowaena Rd
Ticket hotline: (808) 245-7700/ text Lana Coffman (808) 651-9994
Discounted tickets for first weekend

Beyond Therapy, WIT, January 30-February 8.  If you've never seen a Christopher Durang piece, you have not been so shocked or laughed so hard before-- he's outrageously rude and wonderful.

Frank De Lima at the 11th Annual Wellness Expo

 Musical Theatre From O‘ahu

Concert Friday, Jan. 30, at Common Ground



HCT Whale Watch - Feb. 8th

David Sedaris on Tour - Feb 18, at KCC PAC

Rarely does he play such "small towns."  If you haven't read his books or heard his essays, talk to a friend-- somebody has.  Laugh your butt off and open your heart all in the same night.  NOT TO BE MISSED!  To get tickets:

Art Dept. Looking for Old Wooden Chairs

The art department is still collecting old wooden chairs. High school students will paint these mismatched chairs after a famous painting or artist. Students will sign them and leave them in the art room.

If you have an old wooden chair that is structurally sound, please consider donating it to our art program. Contact Penny at, or drop off your chair in the art room. Mahalo.

Feedback Appreciated

The Search Committee would like to thank those of you who emailed feedback about the first two finalists for the Head of School position. There is still time to send your thoughts and impressions to

Some of you have mentioned that you are waiting until you've seen all three candidates before sending feedback. The Search Committee suggests you send your comments separately. This is for two reasons: 1) it is more helpful to know your observations rather than comparisons; and 2) the Board meets on Jan. 28th and hopes to make their decision at that time, so there isn't much time left for you to prepare your comments for all three candidates.

In any case, your feedback is valued and appreciated. The Search Committee hopes to hear from you. Email

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Changes in the Front Office

The new, smiling face in the front Office is Aimee Toulon. Aimee started work as School Secretary this week and replaces Amanda Nunez. Aimee is a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i, where she majored in Speech Communications and minored in French.

Amanda has transferred to the accounting department, replacing Melissa Riopta, who resigned to take a full-time position elsewhere on island. We will miss Melissa and thank her for her contributions to Island School. Amanda is excited for this change in responsibilities and is also busy training Aimee.

Please introduce yourself to Aimee the next time you're in the Office. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

This is Midterm Week!

We're halfway through Trimester 2!  This means two things: time flies, and it's midterms!

Students in grades 6-12 are taking midterm exams in some of their classes. The schedule remains the same, unlike during finals week when we have a special exam schedule.

Midterm Progress Reports will be written by teachers and sent out via email to parents and students at the end of the month. They will include letter grades and citizenship grades. Written comments are required only for those whose grade is below a C or whose Citizenship grade is a U.

Senior Update - Week of Jan. 19

Stephen Foster has been accepted at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon. Congratulations!

(More acceptances will be added as they come in this week!)

Next Scuba Dive Planned for Feb. 1st

Our next Scuba dive is coming up soon! We will be doing a two-tank boat dive with Seasport Divers in Koloa on Sunday February 1st. The price is $115 (including tax it’s $123.24), and this includes the use of dive gear for those who need it. Check in time is at 12:30 p.m. at the Po‘ipu shop, and we’ll return to the harbor between 5 and 5:30 p.m. If you are interested in joining, contact Mrs. Haverkort asap (, so we can start filling out forms and collecting your information!

Island School Sweeps Science Olympiad!

Island School middle and high school students participated in the Kaua‘i Regional Science Olympiad competition Monday at KCC. The middle school teams placed 1st and 2nd overall, and the high school team placed 1st overall. The tournament was the most competitive in our five years of participating.

The high school tournament was the most competitive in our five years of participating as both the Waimea and Kaua‘i teams were well prepared. This victory qualifies our team to compete in the Hawai‘i State Tournament on March 14 on O‘ahu. 

In middle school, all of the hard work which started back in August really off. Out of the six teams and four different schools participating, our 2 middle school teams consisting of 24 students placed in 1st and 2nd place overall. Out of the 13 different events, our middle school teams placed 1st place in all 13 events and 2nd place in nine events. A 17 member team will be selected from the 24 middle school participants to compete at the state tournament.

The following students represented Island School with pride, excellence, and sportsmanship:

High School Team - coach: Jeff Kozak   

Allison Culliney
Moeko Fukada
Julia Randolph-Flagg
Brianna Griep
Josh Miller
Jade Murphy
Amanda Nguyen
Makenna Olson
Ashley Silvestre
Autumn Warnock
Mattea Wortmann
Daniel Wu
Lia Yamasato

Island School Blue: 1st place winners - coaches Joe Corbo & Traci Sullivan

Emily Sullivan 
Erika Lewis        
Lexi Warnock
Ali Ho
Bryant Wu 
Audrey Warner
Dominic Lafratta
Kii Arruda
Rachel Dressler
Luke Sullivan 
Conor Hunt
James Pratt
Sasha Rovinsky

Island School Gold: 2nd place winners - coaches Joe Corbo & Traci Sullivan
Manu Trujillo
Louisa Tanaigawa 
Anakin Zingray
Alexa Lauryn
Bryce Yoshida
Levi Snowden
Jaden DeSouza
Callie Yavinsky
Sierra Dias
Emily Binder
Kaohu Ranis

Special thanks to Traci Sullivan who helped the high school students with the biology event, Erin Cobb-Adams for his help with the Bridges event, Bruce Hogue for helping with the Road Scholar event and to Roxanne Haverkort-Yeh who helped students with the chemistry events. Mahalo to 8th grade parent, Lisa Lewis, for helping with organization and for taking these great photos.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Farm Fair 2014 Funds Distributed

Our food booth at the 2014 Farm Fair
Island School obtained rights to operate a food booth at the 2013 Kaua’i County Farm Bureau (KCFB) Fair through the efforts of parent volunteer Pepe Trask. 2014 was the second year Island School was invited to participate as a food vendor in the KCFB Fair. This year’s menu included a grilled steak plate, grilled mahi plate, combo plate, li hing mui pineapple spears, and beverages. The fair took place at Vidinha Stadium Thursday, August 21, 2014 - Sunday, August 24, 2014. 166 parent, staff, and student volunteers helped to make this four-day event a great success!
As decided by all attendees present at the General Meeting held on July 10, 2013, 10% of the remainder, after all expenses have been paid, will be set aside as seed money for next year’s food booth operations. The rest will be divided three ways - between the Elementary division, the Middle School, and the High School - on a per-student basis. Each division will decide how to distribute its portion of the revenue equitably within the group

The distribution of Farm Fair funds was made: (based on the total student count of 367 in December 2014 at $29.65 per student)

Elementary PK - 5$4091.70 (138 students)
PK = 19 students
K= 20 students
1st=  21 students
2nd= 17 students
3rd= 18 students
4th= 20 students
5th= 23 students

Middle School 6-7-8$2816.75 (95 students)
6th= 36 students
7th= 31 students
8th= 28 students

High School 9-10-11-12)$3973.10 (#134 students)
9th= 42 students
10th= 31 students
11th=29 students
12th= 32 students

Booster Club Update

 From Booster Club President, Donna King:

2014 was a great year for our boys and girls cross country teams. The Island School Booster Club was able to help out with a monetary donation to our athletes and send them to the state competition. 

Our annual Booster Club Golf Tournament was a great success. Many thanks to Sean Magoun, Alan King and Sam Pratt for organizing it.

Due to the efforts of Daryl Edwards we were able to purchase bleachers for our soccer field. They shipped on 12/31 and will be here soon!

Girl’s basketball is happening now. What a great group of enthusiastic parents we have. The girls are working hard and learning lots -  thanks to coaches Guy Higa and Jeff Iida.

Boys and girls soccer is also happening now. Join us for some fun on the field. The Booster Club has a small concession with drinks and snacks.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Island School Competes in Science Olympiad

Island School is being represented by 15 high school students and 26 middle school students at the 2015 Regional Science Olympiad Tournament on Monday the 19th.  Good luck Olympians!

Manu Trujillo '19, Lexi Warnock '19, and Emily Sullivan '18, prepare for the tournament.