Friday, March 20, 2015

HS Play This Weekend!

All ages are welcome for this evening of Comedy, Past & Present.

This two-part evening of entertainment begins with an adaptation of French playwright, Móliere's, famous play, The Imaginary Invalid. After intermission, enjoy Live Improv Theatre, performed by 7 energetic students, with guest appearances by some of their talented teachers.

Show Times: Friday/Saturday, March 20 & 21 - 7pm
                      Sunday, March 22 - 4pm

Island School "Theatre"
Admission $5 - HS students admitted free with student ID, staff & faculty & their families admitted FREE!

A spaghetti dinner plate and baked goods will be on sale at intermission.

Check out the TGI Friday article:

Beach Volleyball at Kalapaki

Ms. Lum & Ms. Emily took their 7th grade PE classes to Kalapaki Beach this week for a beach volleyball session!

Creative Writing Students Win Poetry Peace Prize

Nicole Street's trimester 2 Creative Writing students submitted poems to the International Peace Poem Project. Four of our students came in first and second place respectively in the grades 10 & 11 divisions.

    1st place:  Julia A. Randolph-Flagg                                           
    2nd place: Gabrielle LaFratta

    1st place:  Rebecca Rose Stevens                                           
    2nd place: Jade Ireland Murphy

They will be recognized at a special ceremony at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church on Monday, May 18. Ms. Street and Mr. Sprinter are invited to accompany the winners and their families. Director Melinda Gohn will present them with certificates and they will read their poems aloud. Councilwoman JoAnn Yukimura is expected to speak at the event. 

Congratulations to these creative students and to their teacher, Ms. Street, for their accomplishment.

Biology Students Visit Pioneer

The biology students visited Pioneer Seed Company. The focus of the trip was to learn about the tools of biotechnology and see a examples of selective breeding. The students saw the molecular marker lab, learned about SNPS, watched machines extract DNA, and looked at graphs of genetic data. The students used tools to access the female parts of soybean plants and manually cross them with specific male plants. They practiced punnett squares to analyze the trait frequency in a specific breeding population. The students also looked at teosinte:  the common ancestor to all modern corn. They gained an appreciation for power of selective pressure!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Biology Students Study (and taste) Squid

Ms. Mink's Honors Biology class had an intensive workshop on squid, combining scientific appreciation through dissection with cultural appreciation through cuisine.

Mahalo to James Papa '15, who, upon seeing what the class was doing, joined them as an impromptu TA and chef!

5th Grade Presents Hisorical Events

In their study of colonial America, 5th graders made presentations illustrating events leading up to the Revolutionary War. They made visual displays and some even acted out these moments in history.

Looks like things didn't work out well for these soldiers.

New Face in the Front Office!

Amanda Nunez helps Jessica (left) learn the ropes.
Let us welcome Jessica Jovanovic (pronounced Yovanovich) as our receptionist at the front desk.  She brings with her two young ladies, Brianna, 1st grade, and Marina, 3rd grade, who have joined our school community. 

Jessica replaces Aimee Toulon, who left last week for a new job on the island.

When you have a moment, please stop by and say hello and introduce yourself. Jessica's email address is for your future reference.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

SCUBA Certification Class Offered

Scott Bacon is interested in offering a class to students interested in getting their SCUBA certification. There would be a total of 27 hours plus some required home reading.

Fees for the class, based on at least 4 students, would be $300 each, which includes all the books, classroom instruction, scuba rental use (includes everything needed mask snorkel fins, boots, wet suit, bcd, regs) 3 days of shallow water training and 2 or 3 days of open water training.

Scott is also willing to teach certified divers who wish to pursue advance certifications.

Interested students should contact Roxanne Haverkort-Yeh, SCUBA adviser.

Community News/Classified Ads - week of March 16

High School Production March 20-22 "Comedy - Past & Present"

Students perform a 2-part evening of entertainment.

Art Class March 27 & 28

 "A Painted Garden" for  teens - adults taught by Kaua‘i artist, Dondi Ho.
Learn to paint island flowers with colored pastels, using principles that are foundational to any medium.
Fri. March 27 12:30 - 4:30 or Sat. March 28, at our Hanalei cottage.
$120 including supplies.
Please register by emailing or call 212 -5553
Come and be inspired !

Modeling Classes Begin Saturday, March 21

On the last day of class, will be "on location." Students will be in a photo shoot and will take home two shots from the shoot to begin their portfolio.  They will also be in a short commercial and receive a digital copy to take home.  Finally, they will be in a real fashion show!  The school will host a fashion show highlighting local designers and all the graduating students! 

This class is designed to not only educate aspiring talent, but to boost the self esteem of every shape and size that comes through our doors.  Our goal is to have each girl find what makes the them truly unique and leave our class radiating from the inside out!


Hawai‘i Children's Theatre Summer Stars

Registration is open now. Please check out website for detailed information about Summer Stars 2015.

Registration is now open for both the Rising Stars Morning Workshops and the Afternoon Summer Stars Workshop Program which will culminate in a performance of Disney's Alice in Wonderland, Jr. at the Kauai Performing Arts Center.

Program registration is open to any young person, regardless of experience. Scholarships are available.

Driver's Ed Classes

Aaron Tokuda of Head On Driving School is starting driver's ed classes at Island School beginning April 1. The first class will be held at 4:30 in the Ohia Room and the remaining days and times will be decided by the students. Students will not be driving in this class and do not need to have their learner's permit. For more information and to sign up, call Arron at 652-7425. 

Sign up Now for Junior Golf

Registration for Kauai Junior Golf Association is open and accepting new and returning membership applications. Please visit to register or call the KJGA at 808-634-1003 for more information.

Also, see the 2015 KJGA Calendar with entry deadlines attached for your review. Please mark your calendars or check the calendar on the KJGA website so you don't miss an entry deadline.

KJGA membership is open to both male and female juniors who meet the following qualifications:
- Between the ages of 7-18 by July 18, 2015

- Have not reached their 19th birthday and have not entered college

Membership is from Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 with a $95 annual fee for the first member and $65 for each additional sibling. Additional fees may apply during the season. Membership includes:

One (1) year KJGA| Hawaii State Junior Golf Association | United States Golf Association Membership
Kauai Junior Golf Team Golf - Team Lessons & Matches
Bag tag (new members)
Rules of Golf book (new members)
GHIN Handicap
Much more!

For additional information about membership applications, please contact the Kauai Junior Golf Association at 808-634-1003


Experienced HSJGA junior members are encouraged to volunteer! Each HSJGA junior member who volunteers will receive 10 HSJGA BONUS POINTS TOWARDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR!!SATURDAY MARCH 21, 2015
A FUN and FREE Introductory Golf Experience brought to you by the Aloha Section PGA and the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association for juniors between the ages of 5 - 18.
1 Puakea Golf Course     Glenn Tamagawa, contact
2 Princeville Makai GC  Alex Nakajima, contact
TIME: 8:30 AM Registration. Clinics 9 AM - 11 AM
WHAT: FREE Kids Clinics by PGA/LPGA Professionals
WHY: A fun way to introduce golf to kids between the ages of 5 - 18
WHO: New and beginner golfers between the ages of 5 - 18

To register: fill out in Google Forms

Zone Room Opens March 6th for Ages 14-24

Taste of Hawai‘i Tickets On Sale

The Rotary Club of Kapa`a is busy getting ready  for this year's Taste of Hawai‘i on Sunday June 7th at 11:30 am at Smith's Tropical Paradise. You can now purchase your tickets online. The monies from this Rotary Fundraiser provides the means to serve the community of Kaua‘i in the areas of Youth, Community and Vocational. We awarded $14,000 in college scholarships this year to high school seniors, supported programs in all Kapa‘a Schools, gave each 3rd grader a dictionary, and awarded 10 students scholarship to this year's Rotary Youth Leadership awards which was held in Koke`e. Spread the word about Kaua‘i's awesome food feast and help us raise money for Kauai!

 Music & Movement Classes - East & North Shores

Kaua‘i Student Writer Program - May 1-3

There are a lot of programs on Kaua‘i for athletes, dancers, musicians, actors, singers and more. But what if you want to be a writer?

The 2015 Kaua‘i Writers Conference / Student Writer Program will offer High School and College age writers a chance to develop their skills and meet other writers at our May 2015 event, as well as through year-round efforts meant to help them realize their potential. The program will include:
  • A limited number of Full Scholarships for students to attend the three-day conference

  • A FREE Conference session specifically for young writers with participation from some of KWC’s 2015 best-selling Authors and publishing industry faculty. Participants will receive a “Writer’s Tool Kit” providing resources new writers can use to start out on their paths to self-expression.

  • An invitation to student authors to submit their writing for possible inclusion in a live KWC Reading Event scheduled six months after the 2015 conference.

  • An opportunity to receive on-going mentoring from experienced writers at Write-On Kauai, the Kauai writers’ group that initiated and runs the conference.

     Are you a High School or College student who is interested in this FREE program?
    E-mail or call Frank Reilly at / 808-346-3286
    to get involved. Program spaces are limited! Contact us soon to reserve your spot...

New Senior Updates

College announcements are coming in at a steady pace:
Jacob Dysinger was accepted at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts; Imara Joroff was accepted at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York (along with an all-expense paid "Skidmore Discovery Tour" in April); and Ally Pascual was accepted at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California.

Way to go, Seniors!

Mayor's Youth Track Meet for K-8: April 18 & 19

Meet Information: 

Fee: FREE!
Ages: K-8th Grades
Location: Vidinha Stadium
  • Elementary Division (K-5): Saturday, April 18, 2015 @ 10:00 a.m.
  • Middle School Division (6-8): Sunday, April 19, 2015 @ 10:00 a.m.
Awards: Individual and Team (school) Trophies

Registration forms are available from your child's teacher or the Office.

Tri 3 Chemistry Students Learn About Metal Ions

Eli Smart '17, and Jericha Major '16, perform the flame test.
Chemistry students performed the flame test in class this week. They determined what colors specific metals produce, then identified unknown solutions using their notes.

Do Drop Inn Open During S/P/T Conferences

Thursday, March. 26th - PK-5 will be dismissed at 11:15
  • Do Drop Inn will begin in Weinberg Gym with Ms. LeiMr. Dean will take over at 1:15.

Friday, March. 27th - No school for PK-5
  • Do Drop Inn will begin in the Wilcox Gym at 7:30 with Mr. Dean.
  • Do Drop will move to Weinberg Gym at 9:25 until 5:15 
Parents picking up their children should go to the Weinberg Gym. As Mr. Dean says, "If we're not there, you'll be able to hear them before you see them!"

I.S. Halau perform for County Council

Na Pua O Kamaile, the Island School halau, performed before the Kaua'i County Council on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. The occasion marked the Nawiliwili Art Project led by Kat Ho, an Island School parent who works for Hale Opio. (More on the art project in another article.)
Dancing for the County Council.
On the steps of the County Building! Top l-r: Kumu Kauka, Lindsay Nakea-Tresler, Sierra Jonas, Alexis Warnock, Ally Pascual, Moeko Fukada; bottom l-r: Ian Cowden, Allison Summerhays, Carina Metzger, Salisa Pegeder, Shawna Dinan, James Papa

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Check Out the Elementary Highlights Page

There's more news from the elementary on this page!

Leprechaun Visits Kindergarten

Mr. & Mrs. Leprechaun brought green carnations for the class.
The kindergartners created their traditional leprechaun "traps" and caught a big one! Oliver & Brigid Canastro, dressed in their finest Greens, stopped by with green carnations for the keiki. The students greeted them with a St. Patrick's Day song.

This Leprechaun is Shiloh's Great Grandpa!

One of the Leprechuan traps.

Another trap!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Fifth Graders Get Surprise Visit on the Soccer Field

5th graders on the soccer field with visitors from Oregon Episcopal School.
A group of students from Oregon Episcopal High School in Portland, Oregon, toured the campus today with their teacher, Alana Kaholokula (Island School class of '04). While admiring the view from the soccer field, several of the visitors expressed an interest in joining a soccer game being played nearby by 5th graders. They were heartily welcomed into the game and had lots of fun showing our students some fancy moves. Afterwards, the 5th graders found out that two of the visitors are members of the Oregon's 2014-2015 champion high school soccer team!

Mike Keale Sings for First & Fourth Graders

Mike Keale, the nephew of well-known Hawaiian music artist Moses Keale, visited students in the Frear Center today. The 1st and 4th graders got to hear him sing a song about aloha.

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day - April 26

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is on April 26. On that day, Mr. Dean and Miss Penny will be hosting their 3rd Annual Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day Workshop. Students and families are invited to participate from 10 a.m. - 2:00 p,m. in the Art Room. Mark your calendars. More details later.

Senior Update - week of March 16

Moeko Fukada and Allison Culliney have both been accepted at University of California, Davis. Zach Beydoun and  Hannah Stone have been accepted at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. Hannah has also been accepted at Santa Barbara City College in Santa Barbara, California, and at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California. Whitney Hay, Ally Pascual and Madison Gregor were all accepted at University of California, Santa Cruz. Ally also received an acceptance from California State University: Monterey Bay, in Seaside, California. Kira Catlin has been accepted at MECA Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, and at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Whitney Hay and Allison Culliney were accepted at University of California, Santa Barbara.


Do Drop Inn Children Make Auction Donation

Mr. Dean is leading his keiki in the making of a 5 x 5 cyanotype wall hanging as an auction donation. It will be the same size as the one hanging in the Main Hall, but instead of the island shapes, the piece will be scattered with butterfly shapes.

The Do Drop Inn children are making a similar piece, but with butterfly shapes.

Sandy Johnson is going to assemble the stretching frame and Ms. Penny will assist with the stretching. It it sure to be a popular auction item!

Tri 3 Midterms - Week of April 27

Our school calendar has been revised to reflect the actual middle of the trimester, the week of April 27th. Please see the calendar below.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

MS Wins 3rd Place in State Science Olympiad

Island School's middle school team won 3rd place at the State Science Olmpiad held on Saturday, March 14, at Leeward Community College. This is the first time Island School has placed at the State level in the Science Olympiad!

Individual medalists include Luke Sullivan '20, Aliana Ho '18, James Pratt '20, Bryce Yoshida '20, Emily Sullivan '18, and Manule‘a Trujillo '19. 

Our high school team placed in one event. Moeko Fukada '15, and Autumn Warnock '15, won 3rd place in "It's About Time," where they built a mechanical clock and also took a test on the science of time. The rest of the results will be released on Tuesday.

Kudos to their dedicated teachers: Traci Sullivan, Roxanne Havekort-Yeh, Jeff Kozak, Bruce Hogue and Joe Corbo. The teams worked very hard and represented Island School well! Congratulations!

On the left, Luke Sullivan & Ali Ho receive their medals in the Road Scholar event!

James Pratt & Bryce Yoshida prepare to run their first place robot!

Emily Sullivan & Manu Trujillo win the gold medal in Crime Busters!