Friday, February 13, 2015

6th Graders Take Three-Part Chemistry Test

Students in 6th grade science just finished a three part unit test on chemical interactions. The test
Sierra Dias works on the lab section of her science exam.
consisted of creating a study guide, a written test, and a lab section. Students were assessed on the following criteria: their ability make study materials, their knowledge relating to chemistry, and their lab skills.

During the lab section, students were asked to form a hypothesis involving the speed of two different chemical reactions. Each student had to form a hypothesis, create a procedure, collect data, and write a three paragraph conclusion based on their data and observations within 25 minutes. 

Island School Student Art Chosen for Museum Exhibit

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Kaua‘i Museum Art Festival for elementary students:
by Nai‘a Spindt, kindergarten

In the two-dimensional category -
First Place:                  Nai‘a Spindt - Kindergarten
Second Place:             Tane Macko - Fifth Grade
Third Place:                Ryden Williams - Fifth Grade
Honorable Mention:   Joshua Dobashi - Fifth Grade

In the three-dimensional category -
First Place:                  Mackenna Tamanaha - Fourth Grade
Second Place:              Liliana DeSouza - Fourth Grade
Third Place (tie):         Liko Edwards - Fourth Grade
                                    Kala Edwards - Fourth Grade
Honorable Mention:    Bradley Pratt - Fourth Grade

The exhibit opened yesterday and will be on display for two weeks, through Wednesday, February 25th.  The Kauai Museum is located in Lihue, on Rice Street across from First Hawaiian Bank.  They are open from 10:00 to 5:00 Mondays through Saturdays.
The following students' artwork is on display:
by Joshua Dobashi gr. 5
Kindergarten -
Kaya Carll
Mohalapua Silverston
Naia Spindt

First Grade
Lily Glick
Mia Javellana

Second Grade
Ashley Chun
by Tane Macko, gr. 5
Heidee-Lei Kae
Selah Snowden
Fourth Grade
Eve Parker
Liliana DeSouza
Kala Edwards
Liko Edwards
Anthony Massaro
Kilinoe Oliveira
Bradley Pratt
Julia Schilleci
Mackenna Tamanaha

Fifth Grade
by Mackenna Tamahana, gr. 4

Dwight Apao
Genevieve Benn
Caleb Brown
Joshua Dobashi
Ema-Lani Ebesu
Max King
Tane Macko
Spencer Summerhays
Ryden Williams
by Ryden Williams, gr. 5

Integrating Media w/ Science in 8th Grade

Students in Mrs. Sullivan's Biology class learned about the process of meiosis and created stop-motion animation videos illustrating the process. Here's an example, created by Sasha Rovinsky and Alex Obert:

Senior Update

Madison Gregor has been accepted at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California, and at California State University Long Beach. Ally Pascual has been accepted at St. Mary's College of California in Moraga, California. Congratulations!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Shape Day in PreK

Today was Shape Day in the PK class. Snacks were assorted by shapes, with students sampling them and charting which shapes were their favorites. There were ice cream cones (cone shape), quesdillas (triangles), wheat thins (squares), Kix (spheres) and chunks of cheese (cubes) - to name a few.

The students built a City of Shapes, using shapes from the classroom and ones they brought from home.

Na Pua Keiki pose in front of their City of Shapes.

Jogathon Exceeds Goal by 85%

Many thanks for the enthusiastic support received for this year's Jogathon fund raising event. We broke through our goal of $2000 and raised a whopping $3700!

These funds will go towards the purchase of playground and PE equipment.

Students will celebrate tomorrow at Po‘ipu Beach Park by jogging, swimming and having a blast!

Elementary Dance Club Ends with a Flourish

Ms Ita and Ms Nathsha ended Dance Club on Wednesday. Over the six weeks, their students were exposed to a wide variety of dances including: Tahitian, hula, hip hop, salsa, meringue and line dances. 
Elementary Clubs ended this week.

Cookies Galore!

These smiley faced ginger cookies, lovingly baked by Deyana Mielke, are just one kind of cookie baked for Teacher Appreciation Day!
Many thanks to our parents for treating our staff and faculty to boxes of delicious, homemade cookies! Move over, Mrs. Fields! These cookies sweetened up our day!

Cookies were boxed in assortments and delivered to everyone who works at Island School!

Jogathon Tomorrow - Presidents' Day Monday

Grades PK - 5 will spend the day at Po‘ipu Beach Park at the annual Jogathon event. Parents have received the schedule and detailed instructions from their teachers.

There will be no school Monday, Feb. 16, in honor of Presidents' Day. Enjoy your 3-day weekend!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Voyager Swim Team KIF Results

L-R top: Kai Anderson, James Papa, Coach Mary, Jacob Dysinger, Kyle Riddle, Jackson Evans; bottom: Pualei Pratt, Maya Rivera, Reilley Gorman, Athena Alexander, Stirling Bird, Carolyn Price

Results from the KIF Swimming Championship, held last Saturday are in.

Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay - 2nd Place: Pualei Pratt '17, Carolyn Price '17, Athena Alexander '18, Sterling Bird '16
Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay - 2nd Place: Jackson Evans '18, Kai Anderson '16, James Papa '15, Kyle Riddle '15
Girls 200 Yard IM - 3rd Place: Athena Alexander '18; 5th Place: Reilley Gorman '18
Girls 50 Yard Freestyle - 5th Place: Sterling Bird '16
Boys 50 Yard Freestyle - 1st Place: Jackson Evans '18; 4th Place: Kai Anderson '16
Girls 100 Yard Butterfly - 4th Place: Reilley Gorman '18
Girls 100 Yard Freestyle - 3rd Place: Sterling Bird '16
Boys 100 Yard Freestyle - 4th Place: Kyle Riddle '15
Girls 500 Yard Freestyle - 3rd Place: Carolyn Price '17
Boys 500 Yard Freestyle - 4th Place: Kyle Riddle '15
Girls 200 Yard Freestyle Relay - 2nd Place: Athena Alexander '18, Carolyn Price '17, Stirling Bird '16, Pualei Pratt '17
Boys 200 Yard Freestyle Relay - 3rd Place: Kai Anderson '16, James Papa '15, Kyle Riddle '15, Jackson Evans '18
Girls 100 Yard Backstroke - 3rd Place: Pualei Pratt '17
Boys 100 Yard Backstroke - 1st Place: Jackson Evans '18
Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke -  4th Place: Athena Alexander '18
Boys 100 Yard Breaststroke -  5th Place: Kai Anderson '16

Both Boys and Girls ranked 3rd overall. Congratulations on a wonderful season!

Attention Musicians in Grades 7-12 - Auditions for Marching Band

Sarah Tochiki, Band Director from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School is in the process of creating a Kaua'i All-Island Honor Marching Band to perform in Washington DC and Orlando over Memorial Day 2016. Ms. Tochiki is seeking instrumentalists in grades 7-12 for this group. While we do not currently have a band, Island School students who play band instruments are eligible to audition for this Honor Band. Please contact Mr. Steinbacher for additional information.

SCUBA Club Dives off Koloa

SCUBA Club went diving off Koloa last week. They saw lots of marine life including large black coral colonies, a large yellow hairy hermit crab, several moray eels, a cool nudibranch, a slipper lobster, many colorful fish and relatively large coral colonies. From the boat they also saw a lot of whale action and spinner dolphins!

Eosin Chellius '18, and Aliana Ho '18
Eosin's father, Graham Chellius and Josh Miller '16

Marine Science Students Test Effects of Pollution on Sea Urchins

The marine science class went to the beach to collect sea urchin larvae (sperm and eggs). They will be testing the affect of various types of water quality (with fertilizers, sunscreen, etc), on the development and death rates of these larvae.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Poetry by Third Graders

Third grade students wrote Cinquain poems about their field trip to Grove Farm Homestead. Here are a couple of samples.
By Anuhea Ke

By Zachary Ing & Mili Fukada

KIF Swim Season Ends Well for Voyagers

Congratulations to our swim team, who did well in the KIF Championships hosted by Island School  last Saturday. Several Voyagers are under consideration for the State Championships. We'll keep you posted when that information becomes available.
Our girls on the podium (at left)
Seniors were honored at the final KIF swim meet last Saturday.

Our boys at the podium (at right)

100 Year Old Teachers in Kindergarten!

Kindergartners are celebrating the 100th day of school today (Tuesday). They were treated to a big surprise after Morning Circle - two 100 year old teachers! Ms. Shantelle and Ms. Lei showed up in costume for the day, and have organized activities illustrating the concept of 100.

Monday, February 9, 2015

And the Search Goes On!

As you have probably read in an email sent by Search Committee Chair, Mary Capwell and Board President, Kathy Richardson, it was not possible to arrive at an agreement with any of the three candidates for Head of School.

As a result, the Head of School Search Committee has reviewed and reconsidered its top candidates and has extended an invitation to a person they consider an excellent candidate for this position. This person will visit Island School on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. As with the other candidates, parents are invited to receptions on Tuesday, February 10, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, February 11, from 7:30 - 8:15 a.m.

Detailed information about this candidate is available at the front Office.

High School Secret Valentine Week -Feb. 9-13

High School students are celebrating Valentine's Week by paying special attention to the Secret Valentines they chose randomly last week. Those who decided to participate are being very creative in finding ways to make their Valentine feel appreciated!

Robotics Students Selling Cookies & Shave Ice

Anyone wishing to support our robotics students can purchase tickets for Uncle's Shave Ice in Koloa or Cookie Corner Cookies. Shave Ice tickets are $12 for four shave ice; cookies are $6 for a bag of chocolate chip, triple chocolate with nuts or oatmeal raisins.

Orders may be made by contacting Deanna Sloger '15, at and she will make arrangements to deliver your purchases.

Kinder & 3rd Buddies Post Letters to Each Other

Chase writes a letter to his 3rd grade buddy.
The 3rd and kindergarten classes have mail boxes and are writing letters to each other. The children address them and stamp them with a special sticker. A mail person in each class checks the mail every day and delivers the letters.

Anyone who would like to send letters to the third and kindergarten students is invited to put them in their class mail boxes for delivery!

I‘iwa and Sadie check their mailbox for letters.
Zach writes to his kindergarten buddy.

Ella mails a letter for her buddy.

Chevron’s Frontiers of Energy Resources Summer Program for Rising Juniors/Seniors

As a result of Chevron’s continual commitment in education and STEM, 20 outstanding high school students (rising juniors and rising seniors are eligible to apply) are invited to apply to attend the Chevron sponsored summer educational camp, "Frontiers of Energy Resources," hosted at the University of Southern California and scheduled for July 5 – 10, 2015.

Selected students are responsible for their own transportation to USC. While on campus, room and board will be covered by Chevron. This competitive summer program, in its 7th year, will introduce students to the science foundation of energy resources.  They will also learn about the career possibilities in the energy resources fields. Please advise your outstanding students to apply for this great educational experience.  I've attached a flyer to post and distribute.
Applicants should visit to access the online application and download the teacher recommendation form. The application deadline is April 10, 2015.

Jogathon This Friday for PK-5

Friday, February 13, 2015
Po`ipu Beach Park “Rain or Shine”
Schedule for the Day Grades K - 5
(PK has their own schedule)

  • All elementary students report to school at the usual time
  • Students will leave for Po`ipu at 9:00 a.m. on Island School buses
  • Please do not allow your child to report directly to Po`ipu Beach Park unsupervised that morning. Supervision will not be provided prior to 9:30.
  • Between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., students will participate in the fun run, water relay events, and inflatable water slide.
  • Parents, if you would like to volunteer, please report to the large pavilion by 9:45 a.m. Ms Mariko and Ms Emily can use your help.
  • Lunch will be provided for students and parents beginning at 11:30
Pizza, carrot sticks and orange slices will be served.


  • Bring a healthy morning snack & water
  • Wear your swimsuit under your Island School shirt
  • Bring sunscreen, towel and change of clothes
  • PLEASE LABEL ALL BELONGINGS (including I S shirt)

All students will be transported back to Island School for normal dismissal at 2:40 p.m.

Do Drop Inn and Bus Service will run as usual.

If you would like to pick up your child from Po‘ipu Beach Park, please let your child's teacher know by Friday morning. Mahalo.

Girls End Soccer Season Victorious

The girls played their final game of the season against Waimea on Saturday at Hanapepe Stadium. They beat Waimea 3-1. Goals were scored by Emma Schneck '16, Ali Temme '17 and Brianna Binder '18.

Our boys lost to Waimea on Saturday, 1-4. Our goal was scored by Emmi De La Mora '18. They have two more games in the season: Wednesday, Feb. 11 against Kaua‘i High at Vidinha, and a home game on Saturday, Feb. 14 against Kapa‘a.

Gooooo, Voyagers!

Chorus to Attend Ho‘okokahi Festival Feb. 13-14

The Music Department is taking  34 members of the Alaka‘i Chorus to O‘ahu on February
Can you spot the Island School students in this photo from a previous Ho‘olokahi Festival?
13-14 to participate in the 2015 Ho’olokahi Festival High School Chorus Festival. This event, produced by the Hawai‘i Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, was organized to give Hawai‘i high school singers an opportunity to sing challenging music with a top notch choral clinician. Over 250 high school singers from O‘ahu and Kaua‘i will join together to rehearse for two days before presenting a concert at the Central Union Church in Honolulu. The concert will be conducted by internationally known Venezuelan conductor/composer, Dr. Cristian Grases. Dr. Grases is currently a professor of choral music and the conductor of the USC Thornton Concert Choir at USC Thornton.

The Alaka‘i Chorus will join choruses from ‘Iolani School, Punahou School, and eleven other O‘ahu public and private schools to prepare for the culminating concert on February 14. Island School is the only neighbor island school to take advantage of this opportunity, though it is offered to all schools in Hawai'i. 

Mr. Steinbacher has brought his group to this event since its inception in 2011.

Na Pua O Kamaile Open Taj Mahal Concert

Two members of our halau accompanied Kumu Kauka in the opening chant at last weekend's Taj Mahal concert.

Ally Pascual '15, and Moeko Fukada '15, performed a chant with Kumu Kauka on Saturday night's Taj Mahal concert at the Courtyard Marriott at Coconut Beach.