Friday, January 30, 2015

8th Graders Remove 1100 lbs of Debris from Koloa Shoreline

Scott Bacon sent this report and photos of the 8th graders' Ho‘okupu service project: 

In celebration of Island School’s 38th Birthday the 8th grade students gave one of the greatest gifts that can be given, service. In collaboration with the local non-profit organization, Malama Na Apapa, 28 students, and 4 leaders and teacher, cleaned out overgrown weeds and a lot of debris that was hiding in the overgrowth. The students diligently worked from 9:30am to 1:30pm, only stopping to take a break to get water and have a short 30-minute lunch. With their tremendous efforts, 500 lbs of man made debris and approximately 600 lbs of green waste were removed from the shoreline along Koloa Landing. 
Many were surprised to see just how much debris was lying unseen in the overgrowth just feet from the beautiful ocean and dive site at Koloa Landing.
Items collected include car tires, golf balls, fishing line, car parts, wooden crates and plastic food wrappers. Some of the most unusual items found include a very old radio, an ice skate, a sling shot, and a Coors beer can that had a design on the can from a very long time ago.
By removing all of this debris from the shoreline the 8th grade class not only helped beautify the dive site on land, but also helped prevent a lot of this debris from entering into the ocean. During heavy rains a lot of the lighter debris is carried into the ocean with the runoff and ends up entangling the beautiful coral reef just off shore. Debris is also eaten by the majestic sea turtle population that lives at this reef.
(In case you are wondering– no, the students did not get to use the chain saw!)

A Lot Accomplished by Elementary in Community Garden

Mahalo to the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th grades for the fantastic job sprucing up our Community Garden and planting the "legacy" rosewood trees in the upper field for their Ho‘okupu project. The 1st grade planted the herb garden with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme; along with marigold and mint plant. The second grade planted leafy vegetable seeds, fertilized papaya with worm "juice" from the worm farm and watered plants.  The 4th grade did a great job spreading our the mulch in the new section of the garden and around the garden shed for weed control.  And, the 5th grade planted the trees, fertilized with worm juice, weeded out the guinea grass, installed weed barriers and watered all the rosewood trees.  Mahalo plenty for a great job!

More photos on

HS Students Play Live on KONG Radio Saturday Morning

Eli Smart '17, and Ian Cowden '15. and fellow band members from OCDC will play their new release live on Saturday on KONG Radio, 93.5. Tune in at 9:00 a.m.!

Junior Golf Registration Begins - ages 7-18

Attention Junior Golfers:  Join the Kaua‘i Junior Golf Association.

·      It’s fun, challenging, rewarding and anyone can play. 
·      AGES 7 - 18
·      New - Kaua‘i Junior Team Golf
·      Be a part of the growing trend learning to play a game for a lifetime.

For more information, visit or call (808) 634-1003

See you on the golf course!

Happy Birthday Island School!

Today's birthday assembly was dedicated to Bob Springer and was a moving experience. We will let you know when to check for photos on our Shutterfly site. Here are a few:

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Re-Enrollment This Week and Next Week

Parents should have received information via email about re-enrollment. Sean Magoun, Director of Institutional Advancement, is gearing up for the 2015-2016 school year. He needs to know your plans for next year before he opens enrollment to new families.

Please read the information carefully and get your contracts in to Sean by Friday, February 6th. Don't hesitate to contact him if you have any questions or concerns. or 246-0233, ext. 241.

Kindergartners Welcome Rachelle's Baby

Rachelle Asuncion, our kindergarten teacher's aide, gave birth to her daughter, Jaylah, Wednesday night. Her students wanted to celebrate, and made this poster for her.

Head Search Update

The Board of Directors met yesterday to make the difficult decision of choosing our next Head of School. Once they have made their decision, several steps must be taken before the announcement can be made. When all is signed and in place, the Board will let us know. Please kokua - patience is required of all of us!

Many thanks to the Search Committee for their efforts and to the entire Island School ‘ohana for their valuable input.
The Search Committee - top row: Leah Edwards, Alice Pajela, Joan Shaw, Jim Bray, Peggy Ellenburg, Chris Ing, Peter King; bottom row:  Kathy Richardson, Mary Capwell (chair), Sam Pratt

Island School Turns 38!

Happy Birthday to us! Thirty-eight years ago (actually on January 24, 1977), in a little red schoolhouse in Kealia, Island School opened its doors to 12 students and half as many teachers & staff. After Morning Circle in the "Main Room," classes began and the story unfolds from there.

Bob Springer has brought about the establishment of many practices that have become Island School traditions. One of them is to celebrate the school's birthday as Founders' Day. The entire student body  gathers in the Wilcox Gymnasium for a short assembly that focuses on the school's roots and accomplishments. What follows is a school wide ho‘okupu, or gift, to show our appreciation to the community for their years of support. Students in each grade spend the day performing a service project. These are listed below:

Senior Class: remove invasive species and plant native trees and shrubs at Makawahi Caves at Maha‘ulepu;
Junior Class: clear land for gardening, planting indigenous plants, and doing repairs and maintenance to the fence line on the property at Makanalani Farm in Kilauea;

Sophomore Class:  to work on the beautification and restoration of the water shed on the property at Hanchett Ranch;
Freshmen Class: maintaining the grounds and planting orchids in and around the temples at Lawai International Gardens;
Last year's 8th graders cleaned up over 800 lbs. of debris from Nukoli‘i.

8th  grade: categorize marine debris and clean the beach at Koloa Landing;

7th grade: beach clean up at Kitchen’s Beach in front of the Wailua Golf Course;   

6th grade: working at the Humane Society making cat toys and posters and training the animals;

1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th grades: working in the Community Garden;

3rd & Kindergarten: reading to the residents at the Regency at Pua Kea and picking up rubbish at Puhi Park.

PK: Na Pua Keiki students are putting on a Tea Party to show their appreciation for the office and maintenance staffs.They are baking cookies and writing invitations.

All students are asked to wear their Blue or Gold Island School t-shirts to school. Seniors have been asked to dress in aloha wear and bring a change of clothes for their ho‘okupu project.

If you have any questions about your child's project, please contact his/her homeroom teacher or class adviser. All students are expected to participate on Friday.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Poets Vie for Spot in State Finals

Poetry students in Ms. Street's and Mr. Barron's classes, and several others, will compete next Tuesday, February 3, after school in the Weinberg Gym. They will read poems aloud, in front of judges, in an effort to be chosen to represent Island School in the Poetry Out Loud Competition on O‘ahu, February 22.

Winners on the State level will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington, DC, to compete in the National Finals. The state winner's school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up in each state will receive $100, with $200 for his or her school library.

Watch this space for news of the winners!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Jogathon Collection on Thursday

The Jogathon is in full swing. Our first collection is Thursday, January 29. Remember to send out those letters to off-island friends and relatives. You can find a copy at this link:

Senior Update

Stephen Foster has been accepted at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington; Davis Huffman has been accepted at Penn State DuBois in DuBois, Pennsylvania; Allison Culliney has been accepted at University of Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland; Michael Miller has been accepted at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon; Kyle Riddle has been accepted at University of Colorado at Boulder.


8th Graders to Participate in NAEP Assessment Feb. 5th

Joe Corbo recently sent an email out to 8th grade parents/guardians, notifying them that our 8th grade has been selected to represent private schools across the nation by participating in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). First administered in 1969, NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students in public and private schools know and can do in various subject areas. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education.

NAEP is different from state assessments because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results of NAEP are released as The Nation's Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.

In our school, the NAEP assessment will be given on Thursday, February 5th.

Each student in 8th grade has been selected to take a mathematics, reading, or science assessment. In addition to answering questions in one of these subjects, they will be asked questions about themselves and their educational experiences, such as the amount of reading they do and the types of classes they take.

More information is available at and at 

Should you have questions, or if you would like a copy of the brochure, please contact Mr. Corbo at

HIKI NŌ Episode Features I.S. Alumnus, Dave Hubbard

Thursday's episode of HIKI NŌ, the student news network, features a story about Island School alumnus, Dave Hubbard '00, world drop knee bodyboard champion. The story was filmed by Digital Media students, Jacob Dysinger '15, Ziko Quintana '15, Josh Miller '15, and Kai Anderson '16. Tune in PBS Hawai‘i Thursday, Jan 29, at 7:30 p.m. Our segment will be shown toward the end of the program.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Auction Items Online for Viewing

Our Acquisitions team has been doing a great job collecting items for the Speakeasy Club. You can browse these items on our website:

More items will be added as they come in. Feel free to pass this link to your friends.

¿Que Tiempo Hace?

Señora Summerhays’ 7th grade Spanish students recently finished a weather forecast project. They looked up the five day forecast for Spanish-speaking countries around the world and presented the weather forecast in Spanish. Ask them, "¿Qué tiempo hace?” if you see them and they will be able to give you the weather!

Week of February 2nd: Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥  John Mitidiere for donating shirts to the middle school Science Olympiad team so they will look stylish as they represent Island School at the upcoming State tournaments.

Community News/Classified Ads: week of Jan. 26

Student Needed to Help Develop Facebook Page  

Hey Facebook Peeps. Miss Elizabeth is looking for help getting a Facebook Page started about Learning Strategies. She will pay a fee for honest and confident coaching. Contact Miss Elizabeth at school in her office adjacent to the Main Hall or email

Women in Theatre Presents

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.

Concert Friday, Jan. 30, at Common Ground



HCT Whale Watch - Feb. 8th

Kaua‘i Concert Association Presents:

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:

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Third Finalist for Head of School Visiting Monday & Tuesday

Come & meet our 3rd and final candidate for Head of School, who will be spending 2 full days on our campus, Monday, January 26 - Tuesday, January 27. An information folder is available in the Front Office for you to preview.

Parents are invited and encouraged to attend 2 parent socials:
1) Monday, January 26 at 2:00pm - 3:00pm at Frear Center,
2) Tuesday, January 27 at 7:30am - 8:30am at Frear Center.

Your thoughts and impressions of all three candidates are welcomed by the Search Committee. Please send them to