Thursday, August 20, 2015

Good Advice from "Empowering Parents"

Below are excerpts from a newsletter by Empowering Parents. It might be helpful as the school year gets underway:

Are your mornings chaotic and disorderly, despite your best efforts to keep a calm, orderly household?
It can be frustrating and defeating when a hectic morning leads to you being late ---- again. If you're constantly helping your child find his shoes, complete "forgotten" homework or get out of bed, remember this:

If you are doing more for your child than he is doing for himself, he will not learn to perform tasks on his own.

Tips for establishing structure and routine in your home:
  1. Many parents are surprised to learn that the most effective time to discuss the morning routine with your child is in the afternoon or evening ---- not in the morning! it helps to talk with your child when you're not in a stressful situation.
  2. For some kids, having a visual reminder of their morning responsibilities can be useful for keeping them on track. Using a behavior chart as an aide can also be incredibly helpful in reducing power struggles.
  3. One component of being an effective parent is presenting yourself as an authority.
Kids with diagnoses such as ADHD or Oppositional Defiant Disorder might need more specialized approaches for creating a morning routine.

Check our their website for more, detailed information: resources for establishing routine and structure.

Making Kapa in Hawaiian Studies

Elementary students began the process of making kapa in their Hawaiian Studies class. The first step is to scrape the bark. Then, after it soaks, the students will pound it.

Kindergartners Tour the Campus

Ms. Shantelle's students walked around the campus on their first full day of school. They learned where the offices are, the kitchen and drama office, the music room and visited all the elementary classrooms.

I.S. Students Among Jr. Lifeguard Champions

Three Island School students were among the more than 200 junior lifeguards who  competed in the State of Hawai’i Junior Lifeguard Championships on Aug. 1 at Hapuna Beach on Hawai‘i Island. Congratulations to Kenneth Niheu '18, Wailea Edwards '19 and James Pratt '19, who helped bring home the honors.

Teams were separated by county and participated in five different events: a 1,000-meter beach run, 200-meter swim, five-person paddle board relay, beach flag race, and the Iron Guard, which consists of a 500-meter beach run, 200-meter paddle board, and a 200-meter swim.

Kaua‘i took first place in the competition for the 12th year in a row, followed by O‘ahu.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Members Wanted for Lihu‘e Library Teen Advisory Board


The Lihu‘e Library is looking for a group of teens, ages 13-18, who are interested in making a difference at their library and being leaders in their community.

  • Advise, plan, and implement teen programs.
  • Recommend books, movies, music, magazines, and manga for the YA collection.
  • Promote ideas, reading, programs, and personal expression by and for teens by utilizing technology and social networks and creating bulletin boards and displays.
  • Educate teen patrons and raise library literacy
  • Create an inviting space for teens in the library
  • Have a say in materials and programs for teens at Lihu‘e Library.
  • Opportunities to be creative and expressive through art, technology, and imaginative activities.
  • Personal satisfaction in serving your community and peers.
  • Be part of a fun and creative team.
  • Community service looks good on college and job applications.
  • TAB meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 4:00-5:30, beginning September 2, 2015 at the Lihu‘e Library Conference Room.
  • Additional hours as requested for special events and projects.
  • Fill out the Lihu‘e Library Teen Advisory Board application and return it to the Circulation Desk at Lihu‘e Library. If you received this application in an email, you can click the Google Form link and fill out the application online.
  • Ms. Hampton, the Young Adult Librarian will contact you.
Right click on the application form below to save and print:

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Science Olympiad Meeting August 25th - All Interested HS Students Invited

The High School Science Olympiad 2015-16 season is about to begin! For all students interested in participating in Science Olympiad this year, there will be a meeting during lunch on Tuesday (8/25) in Room 6. Information, instructions and sign -up sheets for future events will be passed out at the meeting. Feel free to bring your lunch! We look forward to seeing you and kicking off the season together!

Key Dates for Science Olympiad:
1. Kaua‘i Regional Tournament is on Monday Jan. 19, 2016 at Kaua‘i Community College
2. Hawai‘i State Tournament is on Saturday March 5th, 2016 on O‘ahu.

For more information, contact Jeff Kozak -

Air Riflery Practices Begin

Coach Sean Magoun announced the beginning of Air Riflery season. The team will practice Mon - Wed, from 3:15 to 5 pm.

On Monday, they covered safety protocols and the different shooting positions: prone, standing and kneeling. Students will be assigned a rifle in the coming days and will commence with shooting groupings and then move to shooting targets.

A pre-season match is scheduled at Island School on Saturday, August 29th, at 9 am against all of the public schools. Come join the fun.

Girls Volleyball Practices Have Begun

Brad Sato, the Girls Varsity Volleyball Head Coach, announced that practices have begun and are  currently Monday thru Friday, 4:30-6:30pm. Girls in grade 8 and above are invited.
"My staff and I are excited to improve the volleyball program here at Island School. Combined, my staff has 50+ years of volleyball experience, ranging from middle school to college level coaching and playing. My ultimate goal is to make better people out of our players - teaching them responsibility, respect, and teamwork. We do this with a work hard- play hard environment, and by teaching them the skills of the game," he said.
The success of our volleyball program thrives with parent support. Parents are asked to show support by encouraging their daughters to come to practice every day. This consistency allows the staff to get the most out each of them, and eventually to turn individuals into a volleyball team. 
Please come out to support our program this year. Contact Brad directly if you have any questions regarding practices, or tryouts for our high school program. He can be text messaged or called at 808-652-1297. 

Community News/Classified Ads: Week of August 17th

Sewing Classes

Aunty Eileen's Sewing Adventures - Schedule: Fall, 2015
For Beginner & Intermediate Students (Ages 10 - Adults)
     8 Classes @ 3 hours per class Limit - 8 students per class
     Tuition: $196.00

SESSION 1 - TUES. 6-9 pm
Sept. 15, 22, 29 Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 Nov. 3

SESSION 2 - WED. 2-5 pm
Sept. 16, 23, 30 Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 Nov. 4

SESSION 3 - THURS. 9 am – Noon
Sept. 17, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5, 12

SESSION 4 - THURS. 6-9 pm
(Same dates for Sessions 3 & 4)

SESSION 5 - SAT. 9 am - Noon
Sept. 19, 26 Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Nov. 7

SESSION 6 - SAT. 1-4 pm
(Same dates for Sessions 5 & 6)

Classes are held at 2840 Hoolako Street in Lihue (Lihue Town Estates sub-division - across from ACE Hardware)

ORIENTATION for Beginner and Intermediate Students @ Discount Fabric Warehouse (Singer)
with Instructor, Aunty Eileen on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015
      * 1:30 pm for Beginners * 2:00 pm for Intermediates

Classes are on a “First-come-first-served” basis. Tuition must be paid for confirmation of enrollment.
Checks payable to: Eileen Miyasato
Mailing address: 2840 Hoolako Street Lihue, HI 96766
Email: Phone (808) 245-2107
Please email or call for availability

Free Family Event



HCT Fund Raiser


Driver's Ed Classes Beginning August 31st

Head On Driving School begins their fall driver's ed classes on August 31, at 4:30 p.m. in the Ohia Room at Island School. Students must be at least 15 years of age, but do not need to have their permits to attend. Contact Aaron to register or for more information: 808-652-7425.

Junior Golf - Fall Schedule

With the 2015 tournament season nearing an end, there are still five tournaments open for registration. Don't miss a deadline, register now!

Aug 29-30:  Match Play Championships, Ka'anapali Golf Course, Kai; Deadline to register August 19. The field will be selected off the 2015 HSJGA points as of August 2. We will start processing entries after the deadline on August 20.

Sep 5-6:  Hualalai Junior Classic, Hualalai Golf Club; Deadline to register August 26

Sep 26-27:  Oahu Junior Classic, Turtle Bay, Fazio; Deadline to register September 16

Oct 3-4:  Kiahuna Junior Classic, Kiahuna Golf Course; Deadline to register September 23

Digital Photo Challenge and Community Dialogue 

For youth in grades 6-12. Photo entrees must answer one of the following questions:
“What would you like to see MORE of on Kaua`i?”
“What would you like to see LESS of on Kaua`i?”

The photos will be used as a basis for Talk Story Sessions around issues that our young people see as important. Their perspectives will be factored into Keiki to Career Kaua`i strategies to improve community support and education opportunities for all youth.

· Top 50 photos will be selected for a photo exhibit at Kaua'i Community College in October.
· Prizes will be awarded to the top three photos in two divisions: Grade 6 - 8 and Grades 9-12.
· Entries may be submitted from August 10 through September 8.
· Three free digital workshops for youth will held in August.

Please see the attached Photo Challenge and Workshop flyers for more detail and visit

This event is brought to you by Keiki to Career Kaua‘i and Kaua‘i Planning & Action Alliance 

Dinner Theatre

Free Summer Movie Series: “The Bee Movie”

Friday, August 28. Join us by 7:00 and save your spot! The film will begin at sunset.
Anaina Hou Community Park (A New Gathering Place) - On the grassy lawn of Kaua‘i Mini Golf, Kilauea
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets
Refreshments & dinner by Namahana Café available for purchase
Free & open to the public

Sign Up Now for February Integrated Movement Class

KIF Student Athletic Cards On Sale Now

The Athletic Department has the KIF Athletic Cards on sale:
  • $25 for high school 
  • $15 for 8th grade and under
These passes cover admission to any 2015-2016 KIF sporting event. They are offered to students only. Please see Jen or email  to purchase one.

Monday, August 17, 2015

More Farm Fair Photos

Sign Up Now for SAT Prep Courses

Each Prep Course (Reading/Writing and Math) consists of four sessions over the course of four weeks; each session is 1 ½ hour in length.

Who Should Take the Fall 2015 SAT Prep Courses? The fall prep courses are recommended for seniors who plan to take the SAT this fall (October 3, November 7 and/or December 5). Prep Courses are also recommended for juniors and sophomores as excellent preparation for the PSAT (Preliminary SAT administered to all Island School 10th and 11th graders on October 14). Enrollment in both classes is limited. Students can sign up for one or both classes with Joan Shaw, College Counselor, Island School (246-0233, ext. 232 or joan@ischool.

For course descriptions, go to the Forms and Information page on our website: and click on the link: SAT Prep Fall 2015.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

8th Graders Practice Public Speaking

Speaking alone in front of a group is a difficult challenge for most people, but eighth grade students will get regular practice at this intimidating task in their first trimester English class. Fundamentals of Public Speaking, taught by Philip Steinbacher, is designed to give students the knowledge and experience to make public speaking easier and more effective. Students start off the trimester with simple introductory speeches and then progress to demonstration speeches, speeches supported and enhanced by technology and props, and finally, persuasive speeches. The course builds confidence and skill speaking in public and helps prepare students for the many required speaking components of Island School's high school curriculum.

Art Department Collecting Yarn

The art department is asking for donations of yarn for upcoming weaving projects. If you would like to donate your unwanted yarn, please bring it to the art room or leave it in the Office, labeled, and Penny will pick It up. Mahalo!