Saturday, March 7, 2015

Breaking News: Mock Trial Team Takes 2nd Place at States!

This just in from Lauren Calhoun, Mock Trial adviser: 

"The team was amazing! We came in 2nd in the state and put up a good fight in both rounds. I am very proud of them!"

Watch this space for details next week!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Do Drop Inn Announcements

Conference Schedule

During elementary conferences, the Do Drop Inn will have a different schedule. On Thursay, March 26, which is a half day, the Do Drop Inn will be open from 11:15-5:15. On Friday, March 27, Mr. Dean will be available from 7:30-5:15 at the Do Drop Inn.

Annual Camping Trip

On May 15-16 the Do Drop Inn will have its 3rd annual Camping Trip on campus!
  • Open to all Do Drop students and their immediate families. 
  • Those interested should come see Mr. Dean or email

Thursday, March 5, 2015

No School Monday & Tuesday

The end of trimester 2 approaches! Tomorrow, Friday, is the last day. As is customary at the end of each trimester, there will be two teacher work days, Monday & Tuesday, March 9 & 10. Trimester 3 will begin on Wednesday, March 11, and will be a B day.

3rd Graders Visit Lihu‘e Cemetery

To enrich their study of their community, the 3rd grade class visited the Lihu‘e Cemetery this week.
With help from Mrs. Liesse and Kumu Kauka, they found the graves of the Wilcox and Goodale families. They also read names on the markers and identified the many different cultures and practices of those buried there. Kumu spoke with them about Hawaiian traditions about death and burial.

Mrs. Liesse takes her class to the Lihu‘e Cemetery every year to learn more about Kaua‘i's history and cultures.

Auction Tickets Selling Fast - Donations & Volunteers Needed

Aloha Island School 'Ohana

We are just over three weeks away from Speakeasy Club, our 36th Annual Gala Auction, and the excitement is palpable!

Tickets are selling fast! If you're planning on attending, be sure to make your reservation ASAP. Call us at 246-0233, stop by the office, or purchase tickets and tables of ten online at Quantities are limited - act soon!

Donations of new and like-new items are still needed. Popular items include jewelry, specialty food and spirits, and unique children's items. We respectfully ask that donations be brought in as soon as possible. This helps us plan ahead for display space, bid sheets, and transportation to (and from) the ballroom. Because we will be in a new venue this year, it is especially important for us to have as much time as possible to make adjustments as needed. If you have something to donate, please call Deatri Nakea at 246-0233 or send an email to A Donor Commitment Form is attached to this email for your convenience.

Volunteers will be needed for the following:
  • Transportation of items from Island School to the Hyatt on Friday, March 27 at 8:00 AM (trucks and muscles are helpful!) 
  • Set up of the ballroom on Saturday morning, March 28
  • Breakdown of the ballroom on Sunday morning, March 29, beginning at 8:00 a.m. (Trucks and muscles are needed!) A small team of volunteers is needed at Island School, and a larger team is needed at the Hyatt.
To volunteer, please call Daryl Edwards at 246-0233 or send an email to

Check out what's up for bid! Visit the auction website at and be sure to like us on Facebook:

We are grateful to everyone for their enthusiastic support! This fundraiser would not be possible without our dedicated parent volunteers. Funds raised support tuition aid and operating costs, and help us to keep tuition as low as possible for all Island School families.

Mahalo! We look forward to an amazing event.

The Auction Team

Missing a Water Bottle? Shoes? Shirt?

All the items in Lost and Found will be on display on the back lanai by Joan's office for the rest of the week. Please have your child(ren) stop by and claim any of their items. Any remaining items will be donated to Salvation Army early next week. Mahalo.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

I.S. KIF Wrestlers Qualify for States

Island School made a strong showing in KIF Wrestling this year, finishing with two Voyagers qualifying for the 2015 Chevron State State Wrestling Championships held March 6 and 7 at the Neil Blaisdell Arena on Oʻahu. 

Freshmen Summer Suttell and Kenneth Niheu will represent Kauaʻi in the 122lb girlsʻ and 170lb boys' weight classes. 

Although their teammates Damia Cain and Eosin Chelius, also freshmen and first year wrestlers, did not advance to States, they too performed well by earning several second place medals at the KIF meets this season. 

Senior and third year wrestler David Caminos had a season ending injury right before the official wrestling season, but he has supported the Voyager team by helping to mentor and coach his younger teammates. 

Although the 2014-15 season is wrapping up, off season practices will be held over the course of the year. Interested students are welcome to come by to observe and/or participate. Information regarding off season practices will be available soon. Kudos to Coach Cobb-Adams for a terrific season.

Bagpipes at Elementary Recess

The Pied Piper: Tom McCurdy delighted elementary students with his bagpipes at recess today.
Tom McCurdy, a bagpiper from Port Angeles, Washington, demonstrated his music on campus today. He and his wife are friends of Mrs. Liesse.
Mr. McCurdy shows 4th grader, Lucas McSweeny how his bagpipes fit together.

Senior Update

Amber Hopkins has been accepted at University of San Diego, in San Diego, California. Whitney Summerhays has been accepted at Bringham Young University in Provo, Utah. Madison Gregor has been accepted at University of San Diego in California, and at California State University, Monterey Bay. Ashley Larkin has been accepted at University of Denver in Denver, Colorado, and at University of San Diego in California.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mock Trial Heads to O‘ahu for State Championships

The Mock Trial team will be heading to the state championships on O'ahu this Friday. Those representing Island School are:

Autumn Warnock '15
Leila Breen '16
Ziko Quintana '16
Kora Quintana '18
Emma Schneck '16
Bip Paternos '18
Daniel Wu 16
Risa Whetsel '18
Carolyn Price '17
Adam Sclafani '15
Emily Sullivan '18
Lily Hsu '16
Coaches Attorney Michael Ratcliffe and Lauren Calhoun.

Mock Trial is sponsored by the Hawai‘i State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division. Their website describes the program as follows:
The Mock Trial program consists of high school teams state-wide who compete by acting as lawyers and witnesses in simulated civil and criminal trials before actual judges. Students work within teams, supervised and assisted by teachers and volunteer attorneys, to prepare a hypothetical courtroom trial. Case materials are supplied by the Hawai‘i State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and involve issues that are relevant to Hawai‘i law and the young generation

This year's case is regarding the negligence of a paintball facility and a teenager who got hurt playing paintball there.

Our team will compete against two teams from O‘ahu and one from the Big Island. Our students have worked  hard for this opportunity and it should be an amazing trip. We wish them the best.

Steinbacher Attends American Choral Directors Conference in Utah

Mr. Steinbacher just returned from The American Choral Directors Association's national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. With over 5,100 public school, private school, church, college, university, and community choral directors and 5000+ singers school age to adult, it is ACDA's largest national conference and likely the largest choral convention ever held.

At the conference, Mr. Steinbacher participated in 40+ hours of real time continuing education in the area of choral skills, performance, and literature. The conference featured performances from the very best choirs in the United States as well as some from Cuba and the United Kingdom. Composers, publishers, conductors, educators, administrators, and students all gathered at this unique professional conference. Highlights included hearing the official chorus of the United States Air Force, The Singing Sergeants, perform The Star-Spangled Banner, The University of Michigan Men's Glee Club, The King Singers, and various honor choirs made up of students selected from choirs and choruses across the U.S. The event culminated in a massive concert where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Temple Square Orchestra, and 1500+ honor choir singers joined together for a performance at the 21,000 seat LDS Conference Center.

"It was an awesome event," Mr. Steinbacher said, "and something I will never forget. I can't find the words to describe it, except to say it was very inspiring."

Funds for this conference were provided from our Professional Development budget.

Interact Club Volunteers at Rotary Fund Raising Event

A big mahalo goes out to the Interact students who helped in the Rotary Club of Po‘ipu Beach on Feb. 28. Our Interact members helped park cars and direct traffic at Rotary's "One Fine Evening"event at Kilohana.

Many thanks to: Ally Pascual '15, Jade Murphy '16, Zeb Witchert '16, Mattea Wortman '16, Leila Breen '16, Carolyn Price '17 and Andy Anderton '17. Their dedication to community service is commendable!

Late Van Pick-Up at Vidinha Stadium Available

Members of our Voyager track team may opt to be picked up by the Island School late north shore van at Vidinha Stadium.  Students who are registered for the bus and want to be picked up at the stadium must sign in on the late van list and "note" that they need to be picked up at Vindinha stadium.  Students must be outside the main gate (the baseball field side) and curbside at 5:25 pm.

See Mike Goto for additional information.

Kauaibots Travel to California This Week for Regional Tournament

Mentors and students of the Kauaibots team will be traveling to California this week to compete in the FIRST Robotics Central Valley Regional Tournament at Madera South High School in Fresno, CA.

The team includes high school students from all over Kaua‘i. Representing Island School at the competition are Deanna Sloger (Grade 12) and David Harris (Grade 12). Good luck Kauaibots!

The State competition will be held on March 28 at the UH Stan Sheriff Center.

Their website states the following about the FIRST Robotics program:
The varsity sport for the mind,” Kauaibots, Kauai’s FIRST Robotics Competition team, combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.
Students get to:
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Jade Murphy Represents I.S. at Poetry Out Loud

Our poetry finalist, Jade Murphy '16, went to States!
Jade Murphy receives a lei at the Poetry Out Loud State Finals

Sunday, February 22, poetry teacher Nicole Street accompanied Jade to the State Finals for the Poetry Out Loud competition held at the Tenney Theatre in Honolulu. She represented our school well, reciting two difficult poems, a 32 line poem “The Paradox” by Paul Laurence Dunbar and “The Lamb” by Linda Gregg. Her performance was strong in all categories. She was judged on physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, level of complexity, evidence of understanding, accuracy and overall performance.

The yearly competition is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Poetry Foundation, The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Students achieve a greater understanding of our poetry heritage, develop public speaking and performance skills and gain in-depth knowledge of several poems. The experience is a wonderful opportunity for students to stretch beyond their comfort zones in ways that build confidence and self-esteem. 

We look forward to holding the competition at Island School again next year, and to sending one of our students to the state finals! Well done, Jade!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Teachers Attend AP Science Trainings

Traci Sullivan and Jeff Kozak traveled to O‘ahu last weekend to attend workshops held by the AP College Board at McKinley High School. Traci attended a biology training and Jeff attended one on physics. Both report that they gained a lot from the experience and returned with fresh ideas to share with their students.

This workshop was funded by our Professional Development budget.

Finals Week Begins Tomorrow!

Students in middle and high school will be taking final exams this week. There is a slightly different schedule for them to allow longer finals periods. A good night's sleep and healthy meals are always good ways to prepare for final exams – in addition to studying!

Week of March 16: Mahalo to: ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥  the following parents for building shelves in Na Pua Keiki classroom: Megan Liddell (who organized everyone), Lee Liddell, Haku Kaiminaauao, Cale Akuna, Amanda Rosenthal and Amorin Richardson.

♥ ♥ ♥  Bobbee Downs for styling wigs for the high school play, "The Imaginary Invalid," and Ben Miller for his expertise with theatre make-up.

♥ ♥ ♥  Lynne MacDonald, Alice Pajela, Bruce Hogue, Daryl Edwards  and Carol Pescaia for their help with the "Navigator" mail-out.

Voyager Golfers Place Third

KIF Golf season is in full swing (get it?). Our team played their first match of the season at Po‘ipu Bay Golf Course. They placed third! Mahalo, Coach Alan King, for the report and the photo.

L-R: Jacob Dysinger '15, Michael Miller '15, Reece Valencia '18, Adam Sclafani '15; not pictured is Kiliai Ahuna.