Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spring Break is Here!

Have a wonderful Spring Break!

Our office hours next week will be 8:00-4:00 p.m. The school will be closed tomorrow, Friday, April 3.

 The K-2 Easter Egg Hunt

Mahalo to the 3rd graders for hiding the eggs!

Third Graders Connect Literature, Science & Art

"The Great Wave" by Katsushika Hokusai
Penny Nichols recently taught the 3rd grade class about the artist Katsushika Hokusai. This artist is featured at the Spalding House Art Museum and is best known for her print, "The Great Wave," with Mt Fuji, Japan in the background. The 3rd grade class will see this artist's work at the museum when they visit O‘ahu at the end of April.

Learning about Hokusai's great works tied in with a book the class read earlier in the year, The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck. The book tells of a Japanese family whose village is wiped out by a big wave, or tsunami. Mrs. Liesse tied this in with a science unit on landforms, taking the class on a field trip to view the mountain range at Anahola.

Ms. Penny's students combined what they learned about the artist Hokusai, with their studies of landforms, Kalalea Mountain in Anahola, and the story by Pearl S. Buck, to create their own prints.

Conner Tavares and Kaili Kaui show off their mountain prints.

Community News/Classified Ads: Week of March 30

Summer  Math Classes for Grades 6-8

Jobs for I.S. High School Student

Island School students are wanted for facility maintenance at Island School. Applications are now being accepted for three openings. Students currently in grades 10-12 may apply. Contact Mike Goto at

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.

Ethan Shell Scholarship
Applications are still being accepted for the 2015 Ethan Shell Scholarship! If you know a talented high school senior on Kauai planning on attending college to pursue a formal education in performing arts, please have them consider applying for the Ethan Shell Scholarship which is an award of up to $1,000. Deadline for application submission this year is April 15th. For criteria, information about Ethan Shell and past scholarship recipients, and to download the application please check out our website.

 Music & Movement Classes - East & North Shores

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 Kaua‘i!

Week of March 30th: Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥  Rick Leibow for donating lumber for the middle school play set, and to Rocco April for set construction.

♥ ♥ ♥  Sandi Bidwell for assisting in the 3rd grade the past three months.

♥ ♥ ♥  Mehgan Kent for her ongoing assistance in the 2nd grade.

♥ ♥ ♥  the following kindergarten parents who helped with today's Easter activities: Kai Carvalho, Krystal Bedwell, Kasie Carll, Debbie Cole and Nikole Keahiolalo.

Keiki Have Company Dressing Up

Elementary students have been enjoying Spirit Week this week. Today is Movie Day, when students can dress as their favorite character from the movies. Mr. Adam was a hit; he came dressed as the Hamburglar!

The Hamburglar (Adam Beetles) is flanked by Superman, Batman and others.

Transition Meetings Scheduled for 5th & 8th Grade Parents

Adie has scheduled two meetings to inform parents about what to expect when their children move from elementary to middle school and from middle to high school.

  • Transition from 5th to 6th Meeting: Tuesday, April 14th, 6:00 p.m.
  • Transition from 8th to 9th Meeting: Thursday, April 16th, 6:00 p.m.
Both meetings will be held in the Main Hall. Faculty members will be present to answer questions. Joan Shaw will attend the 8th grade meeting with information about our college counseling program.  The goal is to help make these important transitions as smooth as possible for our students.

Middle School Art Students Build Cityscapes

Middle School Art students have been studying the principles of linear perspective. Here are some of the imaginary cities they drew using two-point perspective.
Aidan Offley

Sienna Martin-Oldfield

Ben Griep

Brandon Nguyen

Conor Hunt

Mao Fukada

Max Rovinsky

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Spring Fun With Mr. Dean

Join Mr. Dean for five fun-filled days during Spring Break.  

  • When: April 6-10, 7:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Meet in Weinberg Gym (the small gym)
  • Who: Ages 4-10
  • What: 
    • We'll play tennis, dodge ball, basketball and hula hoops. 
    • We'll take a hike around our campus and collect cool items for a collage. 
    • We'll make some high-flying kites and paper airplanes.
    • We could do some photography and maybe make a cyonotype or two.
    • We'll build vehicles with Knex and race our Hot Wheels cars.
    • Of course we'll spend lots of time on the playgrounds.
    • Oh, and we have to put on a talent show!
  • Cost: $175 for five full days or $40 per day.
Students need to bring morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack.

For registration and payment, please see Lulu or Jessica in the front Office.

Manule‘a Trujillo Competes at State Geography Bee

Manu Trujillo at the state Geography Bee.
Last Friday, March 27, 8th grader, Manule‘a Trujillo represented Island School at the state National Geographic Bee held at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu.

In the preliminary round, Manu had a perfect score until she was stumped by the last three questions.

"This was a good experience for me," said Manu. "I learned about places I had never heard of and I made some new friends."

Her social studies teacher, Aaron Brown, accompanied Manu and her mother to O‘ahu for the competition.

Senior Update: Week of March 30

Imara Joroff has been accepted at New York University in New York, New York; Whitney Hay has been accepted at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. Madison Moore has been accepted at University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Madison Gregor has been accepted at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Whitney Hay has been accepted at Chapman University in Orange, California. Adam Sclafani has been accepted at University of Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.


Na Pua O Kamaile Performs at NTBG

Na Pua O Kamaile, the Island School halau, performed on Monday afternoon at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Lawai, at the annual meeting of their Board of Directors. Mahalo to the NTBG for their donation to the halau.

Dancing at NBTG, accompanied by Kumu Kauka. Back row: Lexi Warnock, Carina Metzger, Allison Summerhays; front row: Salisa Pegeder, Moeko Fukada, Ally Pascual.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Seniors Make Impressive Presentations

The Class of 2015 completed their Senior Capstone requirement today by making public presentations of their year-long projects. The high school schedule was arranged so that each speaker had an audience of their peers to watch and ask questions.

Bob's remarks:
Congratulations and thanks to Jeff Kozak, faculty advisers, and seniors: What an incredible day! I managed to attend six sessions, from photography to HVP Vaccine, and each was well organized and well presented. The seniors had done their work, and it showed. Also, the logistics of the day, with all high-school students attending eight presentations, was a remarkable accomplishment. Further, in all the sessions I attended, the attention given the presenters was excellent, and the questions they asked were thoughtful and to the point.

Here are just a few photos of the presentations. For a complete list of presentations, visit an earlier post:

Madison Moore's presentation on depression

Ashley Larkin speaks about gender in education.

Shawna Dinnan on educating autistic children.

Hannah Stone speaks about orca whales in captivity.

Zach Beydoun demonstrates IOS application development.

Summer Math Classes for Middle & High School

Two Juniors Accepted at Summer Enrichment Programs

Underclassmen are beginning to seek opportunities for summer enrichment. Daniel Wu '16, has been accepted to Harvard University's 7-week Secondary School Program in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Brianna Griep has been accepted at College Horizons, a 5-day Pre-College Crash Course for Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students. Brianna will attend the session at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine

Monday, March 30, 2015

Auction a Roaring (Twenties) Success!

The Speakeasy Club (aka the Grand Hyatt ballroom) was jumping on Saturday night with about 480 flappers, gangsters, guys and dolls! Preliminary figures show our estimated net proceeds to be nearly $200,000! When all the numbers are in, we'll publish a more accurate count.

There was no lack of fabulous feather boas and pin-striped suits, fedoras and beads, not to mention the magical champagne-colored deco. Photos of the event are posted on our Shutterfly site:    (password=islandschool)

We are deeply grateful to all the parents, staff, faculty, grandparents and friends whose hard work made this event so much fun and so successful. The Auction Committee is listed below:

The Silent Auction tables were buzzing with bidding.

Cuttin' a rug to the Swing Set

Auctioneer Eric Schiff

Congratulations KauaiBots!

Our FIRST Robotics team (composed of students from all high schools on Kaua‘i) competed in the Hawai‘i Regional tournament this weekend. 39 teams from Hawai‘i, several other states, Canada, Australia, Taipei, China and more competed.

The Kauaibots earned 9th place overall! They were selected to compete in the semi finals, where their alliance placed 4th.

The students really worked well together, managing the robot, strategy, and judges' questions. They had fun, a little sleep and made new friends.

Island School participants included: Kira Catlin '15, David Harris '15, Deanna Sloger '15, Lia Yamasato '17, Julia Massaro '18 and Quinn Catlin '19.

Congratulations to all who participated, their teachers and mentors. What a great showing!

Senior Presentations Tuesday

The Class of 2015 will present their senior projects throughout the day tomorrow, Tuesday, March 31, beginning at 7:50 a.m. Each senior has been given a half-hour time slot in which to make their presentation. Parents and friends are invited to come hear them speak about a wide variety of topics (see chart below).