Thursday, March 26, 2015

See You At The Speakeasy Club! - I.S. Auction Saturday, March 28

Here are some class projects that will be up for bid at the Auction! Kudos to our creative teachers and students and parents!
3rd Grade Shoe Shelf (Thanks Milo Spindt '94, for the construction)

4th grade Collage

Give the 8th grade a hand for this one!
Kindergarten multi-media project "It Takes a Village!"

Moon Rocks Visit Island School

Bruce Hogue, with special arrangement with NASA, brought samples of moon rocks to share with
Students were able to examine the samples through a microscope.
students in his 8th grade Earth & Space Science classes. He explained to students that the rocks are considered "national treasures," and that special security precautions must be followed in borrowing them. 
The lunar samples were encased in clear plastic.
Bruce has always been fascinated with space science. He actually knew astronaut, Neil Armstrong! His presentation compared the resources found on earth (air, water, shelter, food) with those on the Earth's moon (none). He used a 12: globe and a tennis ball, spaced 35' apart, to represent the scale of the immense distances in space. He talked about the history of the space race and the 12 men who walked on the moon during the NASA Apollo Program.

Studying the moon rock and soil samples revealed to scientists a tremendous amount of information about the formation of the moon. Bruce gave his students worksheets while giving individual students and small groups a chance to look at the lunar samples through a microscope. The samples were encased in clear plastic for viewing and to keep them safe.

Na Pua Keiki learned about the moon.
Other classes had a chance to see and learn about the moon rocks. Bruce made special visits to the PK - 5th grade classes. The rocks have safely been returned to NASA. Mahalo Bruce, for giving our students this opportunity to learn about space science.

Kauaibots to Compete This Weekend!

Good luck to the Kauaibots, the all-high school robotics team, at the FIRST Robotics Tournament at the Stan Sheriff Center at UH, Manoa. Island School teacher, Kate Mink, along with parents Sandy Catlin and Tom Sloger, are accompanying the team.

Island School students participating include: Deanna Sloger '15, David Harris '15, Kira Catlin '15, Julia Massaro '18, and Quinn Catlin '19.

Island School alumni, Logan Alcott '07, and Kenji Rutter  '09, are also with the team as mentors, along with former Island School parents Cynthia Hannah-White, Scott Libert, Char Steuri.

The Kauaibots team #2465

Congratulations High School Thespians

There was lots of laughter last weekend as high school students presented their spring show, Comedy, Past & Present. A cast of eight performed the French comedy, The Imaginary Invalid, followed by seven seniors performing live improv theatre.

Photos, taken by Chris Sweitzer, can be seen on our Shutterfly site:  Password=islandschool. Here are a few:

Ian Cowden, Ashley Larkin, Deanna Sloger
Jacob Dysinger

Mia Fitzgerald, Ian Cowden

Jacob Dysinger, Ian Cowden, David Harris

James Papa, Autumn Warnock

Genevieve Foster, Ian Cowden, Amber Hopkins, James Papa
Adam Sclafani, Deanna Sloger

Elementary Spirit Week - March 30-April 2

Elementary Student Council has declared next week to be Spirit Week! Students may dress in costume as follows:

Monday-Sports Day

Tuesday: Animal Day - dress as your favorite animal

Wednesday: Twin or More Day - triplets, quadruplets, etc.

Thursday: Movie Day-  dress as your favorite movie character.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Senior Updates!

Imara Joroff has been accepted at Boston University in Massachusetts. Autumn Warnock has been accepted at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, and at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Both Moeko Fukada and Ally Pascual were admitted at University of California, Irvine. Whitney Hay has been accepted at University of California, Los Angeles. Genevieve Foster has been accepted at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Ian Cowden has been accepted at University of Colorado: Denver. Madison Moore has been accepted at University of Washington in Seattle and at Providence College in Rhode Island. 

Congratulations, seniors!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Purple Striped Honu Theatre For Kids Perform for Keiki

Students in grades PK-2 were treated to two short plays by actors from PSHTFK. They performed "Wildcat & Hyena," by Stephanie Routman and "Cats & Bats," by Ric Averill.

The Honu Theatre is touring pre-schools throughout the island with their Spring show. For more information, visit

Week of March 23: Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥  KEDB (Kaua‘i Economic Development Board) for a grant we will use to acquire a good-sized above-ground swimming pool for testing underwater robots.

♥ ♥ ♥ Janis & Genevieve Benn for some wonderful additions to our costume collection!

♥ ♥ ♥ Heather Barth for the donation of a pair of dress pants and dress shoes to the Island School Chorus.

♥ ♥ ♥ Chris Sweitzer for taking photos of last weekend's high school production.

♥ ♥ ♥  Jody Valente and Kalapaki Joe's donating chairs for use in the high school lanai.

We Have an Auction Page on Facebook!

Check out our FB Auction page. You'll see all the cool things that have been so generously donated. We are so fortunate to be a part of this Kaua'i community!

Help generate excitement about the auctions; silent, live, and almost-live. The potential is there to make a lot of money and give back to our Kaua'i community by making Island School affordable for its keiki.

Right now, the FB page features mostly live and almost live items, but check back soon to get more than a spattering of silent auction items in there, too.


Let's make this auction the most successful yet!

Community News/Classified Ads: Week of March 23

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 !

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.

 Looking for Work in Beer Industry

Amanda Nunez, our accounting clerk, is helping her brother-in-law and family who are relocating to Kaua‘i in June. He has a Craigslist posting to share that describes his background as a beer consultant. If you know of someone who is looking to expand into the craft beer industry, please pass this information on.

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.

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:

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

Zone Room Open Weekends 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

PK-5 Conferences Thursday/Friday This Week: early bus for elementary

This Thursday, March 26, 2015, is ½ day for Student/Parent/Teachers Conferences for grades PK thru 5.

The bus will depart Island School with the ELEMENTARY STUDENTS at 11:25 am. Please make necessary arrangements to meet the bus at the designated drop off points for the adjusted time.

On Friday, March 27th, there is no school for elementary students. Class will be held, as usual, for middle and high school.

Note: There is no change of bus departure times (3:10 pm, Thursday & Friday) for students in Middle and High School. Mahalo, Contact the Business Office if you have questions. 246-0233.  

Monday, March 23, 2015

Welcome Back Mariana

We are please to announce that Mariana Ferrari Elzaurdia has joined our ohana as Spanish teacher. A native speaker of Spanish, she is uniquely qualified for the position. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University.
Marianna taught our Spanish 5 class last year, a small number of advanced students. Her son, Andres, is an Island School sophomore. We are pleased to welcome her back!

Mariana takes the position previously held by April Larsen, who recently resigned.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Prom Tickets on Sale

It will be a mysterious evening at the "Night of Mystery Masquerade" Prom on Saturday, May 23, at the Grand Hyatt Resort & Spa. Tickets are on sale now from Student Government members. The prom is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Freshman may attend if invited by an upper class person. Tickets are $65 until March 27th. After that, the price goes up.

You can purchase your tickets on our online payment site:  Scroll down to the field marked 'Other' and specify Prom. Mahalo.

To download the Prom Permission Form, right click on the image below and save it to your computer.

For more information, contact Liz Hubbard at