Saturday, February 7, 2015

Joan Shaw Meets With College Counselors at UC Irvine

Joan Shaw (top right) and her fellow college counselors.
University of California Irvine's Admissions Office invited Joan Shaw to spend a few days this week touring and learning about their university as part of a high school college counselor's fly-in program. Counselors from around the country are participating.

Friday, February 6, 2015

OCDC Releases New Song

Island School students, Eli Smart '17, Ian Cowden '15, and their band, OCDC, have released their new song, "Now is Better Than Never." You can listen to it on Soundcloud:

Third Graders Have Skype Visit With Students From Oklahoma

Janet Powell's 3rd grade computer class had a "Mystery Skype" visit with a class in Oklahoma. The Mystery Skype game is played by asking 20 questions to try to figure out where they are from. Our class found out how cold it was in Oklahoma - 21°.

At left, students talk live with students at a school in Oklahoma.

7th Graders Learn Sailing

The 7th grade class recently completed an introduction to sailing class with the Kaua‘i Sailing Association at the Nawiliwili Yacht Club. The students experienced and learned some fundamentals of sailing including points of sail, knot tying, vessel terminology as well as how to rig, capsize and right an 11 foot Topper sailing dinghy.

The 7th graders were avid and fast learners and not afraid to have a blast while learning! Many of the students were brave and able enough to take the helm and dock their boat. Not an easy task!

In the future, we hope to include an eight class basic sailing course within the PE curriculum. Completion of this course will produce Island School students qualified to solo sail Topper sail boats.

So much fun!!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

New Lunch Program Offers Vegetarian Entrees

Our new lunch program is off the ground! Mr. Dean and Ms. Vaneesha are cooking daily, delicious entrees for our students. Besides the regular salad bar, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrees are offered. This week, teriyaki chicken, BBQ'd chicken wings, spaghetti w/ meat or veggie sauce, and meatballs & gravy were on the menu. Pizza Fridays are always a favorite with students. Next week, students can look forward to beef (or veggie) stew and sloppy joes.

For a complete menu for February, visit our website:

New students are welcome to sign up for school lunches. The price will be pro-rated by the trimester. Contact Lulu in the Office for details. 246-0233 or

Na Pua Keiki Hold a Tea Party for Birthday Ho‘okupu

Our PK students organized Ms. Spider's Tea Party last Friday to show appreciation to the maintenance and administrative staff that remained on campus after the Birthday Assembly. Students decorated invitations, baked cookies and served iced tea and lemonade for their guests.

They set up the tables.

Mike Goto was one of the guests.

Sandy enjoyed his tea and cookies.

A good time was had by all!

High School Students Learn to Salsa!

Lila Metzger, of Kaua‘i Underground Artists (KUGA) visited Mike Goto's high school dance class this week. She taught the group how to salsa!

Mike teaches ballroom dancing every year to high school students.

New High School Lounge Ready For Students

The new high school lounge was dedicated today during morning break. Kumu Kauka and members of our halau, Na Pua O Kamaile, led the blessing and performed a special hula.

Rodney Ochoa designed and built this extension onto Brown Hall and Sandy Johnson was the contractor. Rodney had help from David Caminos '15, Evan Price and Daniel Bicciche.

In addition, many thanks to Palms Hawai‘i Architecture, LLC for the plans and to Starbucks Lihu‘e for donating furniture.

It will be a wonderful spot for students to hang out, study and eat lunch.

Week of Feb. 2: 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.

♥ ♥ ♥  the Obert family for a donation to the Noni library.

♥ ♥ ♥  Ehren Edwards, Sandy Johnson, Daniel Bicciche, Mike Goto, Sean Magoun, Thatcher Magoun (4th grade) and Kaipo Kealalio for assembling the new  athletic field bleachers.

♥ ♥ ♥ Lila Metzger of Kaua‘i Underground Artists for giving salsa lessons to the high school ballroom dance class.

New Bleachers a Treat on Soccer Field

Ally Pascual '15 (right) scored one of two Voyager goals.
Our new bleachers were certainly put to the test as students from grades 6-12 during an afternoon assembly attended the Varsity Girls Soccer match, Wednesday, Feb 4th at 2 pm. The Voyager Girls played a tough battle, with Kapa‘a Varsity girls drawing even with 2-2 as a final result. Goal scorers for the Voyagers were Ally Pascual '15, and Brianna Griep '16.

The boys varsity soccer team played a tough battle against the first place Kapa‘a Warriors. The Voyagers trailed at half time, 3-1, with the only goal coming from Brandon Beydoun '18, with help from Tai Mitchell '17. The final score was Kapa‘a, 4-1.

The Voyagers girls final varsity match of the season is this Saturday at Hanapepe Stadium at 10:00 a.m. vs Waimea Menehune. The boys' game will follow at 12:00 noon. The boys' final game is a home game on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 10:00 a.m.

Voyager boys wait their turn on our new bleachers

A big mahalo goes out to Ehren Edwards, Sandy Johnson, Daniel Bicciche, Mike Goto, Sean Magoun, Thatcher Magoun (4th grade) and Kaipo Kealalio for quickly assembling the new athletic field bleachers in time for the game.

Great timing for our new bleachers.

Senior Update

Kira Catlin has been accepted at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, and at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. Madison Gregor has been accepted at California State University, Long Beach. Genevieve Foster has been accepted at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. Michael Miller has been accepted at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and to Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Jade Murphy Wins Poetry Out Loud Competition

Congratulations to all participants of Tuesday's Poetry Out Loud competition! The winner was Jade Murphy, '16, who narrowly rose above Ariana Wilson '16. Rebecca Stevens '17, came in third place, closely followed by Julia Randolph-Flagg '17, and Gabri LaFratta '18.

There were fourteen contestants in all, from the two high school poetry classes and creative writing class. They were judged by a panel of three, consisting of English teachers, Dave Reynolds, Sierra Hampton-Eng and Jonathan Barron. Poems were written by renowned poets and chosen from a list provided by the Poetry Out Loud Foundation.

"I was impressed with how seriously the students took this assignment," said event organizer and creative writing teacher, Nicole Street. "Besides memorizing complex poems, they spent a good deal of time refining their delivery. It was exciting to see how poised these students were in front of the microphone. Jade's poem was especially challenging because of its length. She really nailed it!"

Poetry Out Loud began ten years ago. In 2014, over $100,000 was awarded to students in public and private schools at the state and national levels. The competition is funded by the National Endowment of the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Hawai‘i's event is partnered with the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

Jade will attend the Hawai‘i State championship on February 22, at the Tenney Theatre in Honolulu. As runner-up, Ariana is the alternate. The event is open to the public. The Hawai‘i winner will travel to Washington D.C. for the national championship in April. For more information, visit their website: The entire collection of poems can be found on this website.

7th Graders Learn About Genetic Traits

Ka‘ohu Ranis & Kaeo Rezentes
Mrs. Sullivan's 7th graders have been dissecting flowers in science. This is to better understand how Gregor Mendel bred pea plants to investigate how traits are passed from parents to offspring. Parents of  these students should be prepared to be asked questions about hitchhikers thumb, attached earlobes, and widows peak because they want to know where their dominant and recessive traits came from! They might even be able to tell you if you are heterozygous or homozygous for a specific trait! Go ahead, ask them the difference between genotype and phenotype!  Goooooo Science!
Sienna Martin-Oldfield & Madi Speer
James Pratt & Olivia McSweeney

Sebastian Ieng & Conor Hunt

Biology Students Study Cell Meiosis

Tanner Tavares '17, and Taj Gutierrez '18
In biology, students used old fashioned play dough and new fangled technology to make stop motion videos representing the stages of meiosis! These students know the difference between homologous pairs and sister chromatids. They understand the reduction division necessary to produce 4 haploid gamete cells from 1 diploid germ cell.  Amazing!

Alaya Malas '17, and Kenz Hubbard '18

Order Your "Sleepy Hollow" DVD

Many thanks to Ian Cowden '15, for editing the much-awaited video of November's 5th grade production, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." They are now available to order for only $5 each. Please send your cash/checks to Cindy Wortmann (checks to Island School).

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Honors Chemistry Students Perform Labs With Metals

Honors Chemistry students are studying the periodic trends in the periodic table, such as reactivity of metals, and solubility of alkali earth metals. In the picture: Salisa Pedeger, Carolyn Price, and Allison Summerhays.
Sophomores, Carolyn Price & Allison Summerhays in chemistry lab.
Sophomore, Salisa Pegeder in chemistry lab.

Last Home Game Wed. Feb. 4th for Girls Soccer

Middle and high school students will be on Assembly Schedule this Wednesday so they can all attend the final home game of the girls' KIF Soccer season. The game coincides with this special schedule, which borrows five minutes from each class to create a one hour assembly period from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Our Voyagers play Kapa'a. The boys' game follows at 4:00 pm. We encourage students to stay for both games.

Parents are welcome to join us our on the soccer field. Bring your beach chair. There is a $5 admission fee.

Go Voyagers!!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Conferences for MS & HS This Thursday/Friday

Our second conference period of the school year for middle and high school parents and students will be held this Thursday and Friday, February 5th & 6th. On Thursday, students in grades 6-12 will be dismissed from school after period 4, at 11:15. Elementary students are to remain at school until 2:40, as usual. On Friday, there will be no classes for middle and high school students.

Thursday's buses will depart for middle and high school students at 11:25 am. Please make arrangements to meet the bus at the designated drop off point for your student.There is no change of bus departure time for elementary students. Mahalo. Contact the Business Office if you have questions: 246-0233.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Watch Last Week'ss HIKI NŌ Online

If you missed last Thursday's episode of HIKI NŌ, you can watch it by clicking the link below. It 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. Our segment will be shown toward the end, at 20:20