Friday, September 4, 2015

Making Stamps in Hawaiian Studies

Elementary students made stamps in Hawaiian studies this week to use on their kapa pieces. They are also using them to decorate cards.
2nd grader, Kammi Mackey, made a beautiful card with her kapa stamp.

Menu Change for Tuesday

Instead of baked chicken, Mr. Dean will be cooking shoyu chicken on Tuesday. The vegetarian entree will be stir fried tofu and vegetables. Yum!

Senior Privileges Announced

Each year, the senior class submits proposals for senior privileges to their class adviser, the head of school and the high school faculty. Their requests are reviewed and the approved list of privileges are outlined in a formal document.

As seniors, these students are several months away from reaching the age of their maturity, with concomitant freedoms and responsibilities. The purpose of Senior Privileges is to recognize this and to support seniors in their desire to assume more responsibility for their actions.

Below are the approved Senior Privileges for the Island School Class of 2016.

CONTINGENCIES: The granting of these privileges is contingent on students complying with school rules and expectations. As described in the Island School Handbook, these include the following:
  1. Grades - Privileges are available to students who maintain an overall “C” grade or higher at any given time - including no “D’s” or “F’s”.
  2. Attendance - Regular attendance is expected with no unexcused absences or tardies. This includes general and class meetings and teacher appointments. Along with assemblies and other required school events.  
  3. Dress - Should be within prescribed regulations.
  4. Conduct - Respect and responsiveness to requests are expected.
  5. Senior Project - Deadlines are to be met.
  6. Driving - Rules of the road are to be followed and parking should be only in the designated areas.
  7. Limitations - Privileges are for seniors only, not for underclassmen.

  1. Seniors do not have to be on campus during lunch/study halls. If a senior leaves campus, she/he must turn in a liability release form to their class adviser, signed by their parental guardian. Seniors must sign out upon leaving campus and sign in when returning at the front office.
  2. Seniors who choose to stay on campus during a study hall are required to be in their assigned study hall classroom or the Senior Lounge. Students must check in with their study hall teacher at the beginning of their study hall.
  3. Seniors are allowed to be out of uniform on Fridays, as long as they dress in clothing that adheres to guidelines in the Island School Handbook. 

OVERSIGHT AND REMOVAL OF PRIVILEGES: If found in violation of contingencies or privileges, students may lose their privileges for a period of time. If a senior does not meet one or more of the contingencies, her/his privileges will be revoked until all of the contingencies are met.

Girls Played Strong on Wednesday

Both our JV and Varsity volleyball teams started off the season strong. The girls are showing lots of teamwork and made some excellent plays. A few pics from Wednesday's JV Girls Volleyball game against Waimea.

Gooooo Voyagers!

Photo Credits: 1-4, Peggy Ellenburg; 5-9, Dennis Fujimoto

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Learning to Line Dance

Students in Ms. Emily's classes are learning the steps to line dancing - a much-anticipated entertainment at the Fall Round-Up!

3rd graders were joined by some of the 6th and 7th grade girls to practice Fall Round Up dances.

6th Graders, Emi-Lani Ebesu and Alana Sharp practice steps in PE.

Learning About Letters in PK

Na Pua Keiki students have been exploring the letters in their names.

Jai Lum-Hashimoto and Kealohi Oliveira find their letters.Kayla Josselin looks on.

Declan Meyers makes the letters in his name with letter parts.

PK Meet 5th Grade Big Buddies

The Big/Little Buddies program has become a tradition at Island School, where the upper elementary students to "adopt" a younger class and plan joint activities throughout the year.

Our 5th grade Big Buddies met their PK Little Buddies on Wednesday. Below are photos of their visit.

Tropical Tiki Pops on Fridays!

Interact Club Holds First Meeting

Emma Schneck '16, will serve as president of Island School's Interact Club this year. According to their website, "Interact is Rotary International's service club for young people agtes 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting." Island School's Interact club is sponsored by Po‘ipu Rotary club.

At their first meeting, members planned several events:
  • Rotary Interact Workshop on Oct. 3
  • Nana's House Gift Giving event on Dec. 12th
  • Friends & Family Clean-Up Event in February (date TBA)
  • Beach Clean-up (date TBA)
Students interested in joining Interact. or who are already a member but missed the meeting, should contact Emma or email her at

Interact is Rotary International's service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting. - See more at:
Interact is Rotary International's service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting. - See more at:
Interact is Rotary International's service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting. - See more at:
Interact is Rotary International's service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting. - See more at:
Interact is Rotary International's service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting. - See more at:

Art Students are Getting Creative

This trimester two high school juniors, Anne Cushnie and Gabri LaFratta are engaged in Independent Study in art. With the help of their teacher, Penny Nichols, they each designed their own syllabus, writing a course description and objectives.

Anne is exploring digital photography and painting. Gabri is working on drawing and other two-dimensional media, focusing on portraiture.

Here are two of their recent works: 
a digital photo that Anne took with a macro lens, and one of Gabri's pencil drawings.

Colby Barth, a seventh grade student, just finished this design, called a Zen Tangle. He began with overlapping circles, then added patterns, colors, and textures.

Two Contests for Studenets

HAIS Logo Contest: Oct. 16

HAIS (the Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools) is pleased to announce a contest to design a new logo! They are seeking current students who can design a creative, innovative and professional logo. HAIS will award a total of $675 worth of prizes, including iTunes gift cards for the top 3 student entries and a $500 Innovation Grant for the winner's school. The winning design will be used as the Official Logo for the Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools.

All entries must be received no later than October 16.

For more information, please view the contest flyer and click here for the complete rules and guidelines. Please contact Deanna D'Olier by email with any questions.

Inspired in Hawai‘i Contest: November 6

The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation "Inspired in Hawaii" Contest encourages Hawai‘i's students to "dream big and make Hawai‘i a better place." This year's contest has $10,000 in cash awards for students and their teachers who place first, second or third. The contest is open to students in kindergarten through grade 12 who are current residents of the state of Hawai‘i. Each entry must identify an existing problem in Hawai‘i and offer a thoughtful solution to the problem. There are three divisions: Essay, Poster and Video, and students may enter only one division.

 All entries must be received no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, November 6.

For more information, please view the event flyer or visit the Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation website.

O‘ahu Choral Festival Scheduled for Feb. 13, 2016

The Music Department is gearing up for its annual trip to O'ahu for the Na Leo Hou All-State Choral Festival. At this year's festival, Island School students will join more than 250 singers from high schools across the state to prepare for a culminating concert on February 13, 2016 at Central Union Church in Honolulu.

Our students will have the exciting opportunity to sing under the widely-recognized Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Conductor of the APM Radio Choir and Manager of the Choral Works Initiative for American Public Media. Wondemagegnehu is regarded as one of the country's most up-and-coming conductors and the experience of singing under his direction promises to be unmatched.

Island School Chorus members who have attended previous all-state choral festivals continue to speak highly of their experience, and many of our graduates list it among their most cherished high school memories.
Island School Alaka'i Chorus students with Mr. Steinbacher and Ms. Alfiler at last year's festival.

Since the festival's inauguration in 2010, the Island School Alaka'i Chorus has not only been the only Kaua'i school to participate but the only neighbor island school to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. Go Voyagers!

Families of Island School Alaka'i Chorus members will be contacted by Mr. Steinbacher with specifics about the festival in the near future.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

First PA Meeting is Well Attended

The first Parent Association meeting on Sept 1st brought in a full house of parents, room parents, and volunteers. A big thanks to everyone who took time out of their day to join the discussions and plan our calendar of events. 
The Parent Association is an important support group in the Island School ‘ohana. By hosting events and fund raising projects, the PA is able to enhance our children's school experience, show appreciation to our faculty and staff, provide parent forums and information, and encourage family bonding. We also are able to provide assistance to our teachers when needed.

Your involvement is a great way to make new friends, build our sense of school community, and offer support to one another. We hope to see you at the Fall Round Up on September 18, and at our next meeting on October 13, at 1:00 p.m.

Do Drop Inn Students Make a Difference

Mr. Dean's Do Drop Inn students spend time on Fridays picking up trash and recyclables around campus. They are learning that, even if it's not the greatest job in the world, it's an IMPORTANT job. They are making a wonderful contribution to our school while learning the value of recycling.

Fall Round-Up Volunteers Needed to Decorate Courtyard

Save the date for Fall Round Up on Sept 18th!  It's our annual country-themed family
bonding festival in the I.S. main courtyard with great music, dancing, free kids activities, hay rides, contests, and lots of smiling faces.  There's even delicious food available for purchase, which benefits classroom field trips. 
Helping hands are needed with decorations! Contact Sandy Catlin at 808-827-8287 
You won't want to miss Fall Round Up, pawdner!

New! Voyager Bumper Stickers!

Show your school pride with an Island School Bumper Sticker! 

$1 each in the Logo Shop
Size:  7.5" x 3.75"

Biology Students Discover Why Cells Are Small

Mrs. Sullivan's biology students are practicing the skills of science AND answering the question, "Why Are Cells So Small?"

Students measured cubes of agar, calculated surface area, volume, and the surface area to volume ratio for the solid. They dropped the solid agar into vinegar and recorded the amount of time it took for the vinegar to diffuse into the center of the cube. They knew the diffusion was complete when the cube completely changed color! For homework the students are analyzed their data, calculating central tendency and standard deviation, and graphed the data.

It's a good thing these students know how to use a microscope, because there is good evidence to show that a cell with a large surface area and a small volume has an easy time exchanging materials with its environment. In fact, the cells they will study in class have diameters ranging from 2 micrometers to 200 micrometers. Now that's small!

Emma Kelekoma, Lily Briones-Flynn

Kaitlyn Downer, Isabella Ancharski,
Aspen Wolfgang
Izabella Korsak, Henry Scherer,
Alae Miike

Air Rifle Match Today - Sept. 2, 3pm, Kalaheo Neighborhood Center

Good luck to the following air riflery students who will be competing in today's match against Waimea:
Air Rifle Boys Team
Scott Kilcoyne '16
Sam Goldberg '16
Daniel Wu '16
Tanner Tavares '16
Michael Chung '17
Reece Valencia '18
Henry Scheerer '19
Akira Williams '19

Air Rifle Girls TeamAmanda Ngyuen '16
Ashley Silvestre '16
Risa Whetsle '18
Aliana Ho '18

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Model Needed for Figure Drawing

Ms. Penny is recruiting a model for a lesson on figure drawing.  Her high school classes will be drawing the figure for two ninety-minute classes. One model has been found. She still needs one as follows

Drawing and Painting A - two classes with the same model
Wednesday, September 9th - blocks 1 and 2
Friday, September 11th - blocks 1 and 2

She is looking for someone who can sit still for fifteen or twenty minutes at a time.  (There are breaks)

High school students who have a study hall at that time as well as adults are welcome to volunteer. High school students will receive community service points for this.

Anyone interested may contact Penny at, or stop by the art room.

Programs for High School Students from Senator Brian Schatz

Senator Brian Schatzʻs office offers the following opportunities to Hawai‘i high school students. For applications and more information, visit their website:

High School Senior Internship Program:
This program provides a hands-on learning opportunity about the U.S. Senate, creates a forum for students to share issues and information with the Senator and his staff, and encourages students to be leaders and advocates in their schools and communities. Activities will involve working with outreach staff, identifying issues of interest in their school and community, and attending and staffing special events. This is not an office position and students should miss little or no class time in performing the tasks or assignments related to the program. Applications must be completed no later than 5:59 p.m. September 18, 2015.

U.S. Service Academy Appointments
Senator Schatz has the honor and privilege of nominating exceptional students from the state of Hawai‘i for appointment to the United States Service Academies. An official nomination is required for admission to each of the Service Academies except the United States Coast Guard Academy.
Due to a competitive and thorough selection process, students are encouraged to apply to their congressional sponsors and service academies in the spring of their junior year. Students in their senior year will also be considered. Applications are due by 5:59 p.m. on October 30, 2015.

U.S. Senate Youth Program
This provides an opportunity for two Hawai‘i high school juniors or seniors to attend a week-long government and leadership education program in Washington, D.C. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by Senators, cabinet members, and officials from federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $5000 College Scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science. For more information about applying, please contact Ms. Tiffany Frias, Hawai‘i Dept. of Education, at 808-305-9774, or by email at Tifanny_Frias/SUPT/

Week of August 31: Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥ Richard Porto, Bobbee Downs and Laurel McGraw for being judges at the 5th grade "Aladdin" auditions. Also to our parent classroom volunteers: Laura Barzilai, Krystal Bedwell, Marjorie & Renato DeSuza, Leah Edwards, Alika Luka & Tiare Richards, Robin Pratt, Akiko Shindo, Lina Skinner and Natsumi Yamasato. Mahalo also to Lei Kurz, Keana Oliveira and April Arzadon for heading up the costume committee. What a terrific crew!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Come on Out and Support Voyager Athletics

Air Riflery

Coach Sean Magoun announced that, because of the weather, the match scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Island School against Waimea, has been moved to Kalaheo Neighborhood Centerʻs basketball court.

Only eight boys and eight girls from each school are chosen to compete in each Wednesday match. Since there are only six Voyager girls, they all will compete. The eight best scores from among the boys each week will determine the boysʻ line-up.

Match begins at 3:00 p.m.

Cross Country

Cross Country will be in Waimea this Saturday for the Waimea Invitational meet. The first race begins at 8:00 a.m. and the 2nd race will follow immediately after the 1st.
The 2015 KIF cross country meet schedule is posted at


Volleyball will play its first game here on Wednesday against Waimea.  JV starts at 5:00 p.m., Varsity follows at 6:30 p.m.

Volleyball will also play on Saturday at Kapa‘a High.  Game times are the same.

Math Night in First Grade

On Tuesday, September 15. there will be a math workshop for the first grade parents in Ms. Cristy’s room at 6:30 p.m. She will go over the curriculum for the year, Singapore Math concepts, and answer questions. Child care will be provided. It should last about an hour.

Itʻs Time for Keiki Chorus

Island School Keiki Chorus is a long-standing tradition at Island School and one that many students anticipate while in the younger elementary grades. Rehearsals begin next week. As an introduction, all 4th and 5th grade students will attend the first two Keiki Chorus rehearsals on September 9 and September 11. Enrolling in Keiki Chorus is optional – following those two rehearsals, only those students who are interested and committed will continue.
Rehearsals for Keiki Chorus are held 9:30-10:00 a.m. on A days. Students who choose not to participate in Keiki Chorus will remain in their classrooms with their classroom teachers. If you would like information on the activities that are held during that time please contact Ms. Arruda or Mrs. Wortmann. For more information, visit the  Island School Chorus Facebook page: and scroll down to the bottom for a flyer.

Welcome International Exchange Student - Eris Fani

Eris with his Kaua‘i "brother," Mason Hunt
Through an arrangement with International Hospitality Center, we are fortunate to have Albanian student, Eris Fani enrolled this year as a junior! Eris is from the city of Shkodër, in the northwest of the country. It is one of the oldest and most historic places in Albania, as well as an important cultural and economic center.

Eris is very interested in sports and is a talented basketball player. He also enjoys soccer. bicycling, watching classic movies and playing video games. Hosting Eris is the Hunt Family, who have had the opportunity to host several other exchange students over the years.

School Picture Day - Sept. 17th

The staff of Lifetouch Studios will be on campus on Thursday, September 17, 2015 (A Day) to take individual photos of our students. Order forms are being distributed this week through your child's homeroom class and/or class advisers. The form is also available online at this link:
  • School portrait orders are due no later than Thursday, September 17, 2015 
  • Cash, credit card (via online; SCHOOL ID #HH015273Y0)**, or check payments payable to Lifetouch will be accepted for payment. (Please see order form for details). **On-line payments will receive a confirmation code. Please give the confirmation code, pose number, and package number you're paying for.
  • Students who enrolled after Sept. 17, were absent on that day, or who want to order additional packages, may have their pictures taken on Make Up Day on November 10, 2015.
All students will need to take their school photo for school ID cards and Yearbook. (Families are not required to purchase any picture packages). All students will still get a complimentary school ID card. Group photos will not be taken. 

Information about dress on School Picture Day -
  • Students may have a FREE DRESS-UP DAY. Students do not need to wear Island School logo shirts on picture day. Students in free dress-up attire must still abide by Island School's dress code (please refer to Student/Parent Handbook).
  • Students may remain in their free dress for the remainder of the school day. (Students in MS & HS PE should change into their PE uniforms during PE class)
  • Students disregarding Island School's dress code will be issued a school shirt to wear for the day, including their school photo.
  • For girls, no cleavage will show, spaghetti straps, etc. and gentlemen/boys no disrespectful messages will be permitted on clothing. Hats,sunglasses, other props are not allowed. Pants, skirts, and dresses need to be of appropriate length. 

For more information about Lifetouch Studios, you may go online  Please call or email Alice Pajela if you have any questions.

PA Meeting Tuesday, Sept. 1st

Parents are invited to September's Parent Association meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 1:00 in the Teachers' Workroom. Contact Sam Suttell for more information:

Community News/Classified Ads: week of August 31st

School Night for Scouting

The Aloha Council of Boy Scouts of America will make a presentation here at Island School on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at 7 p.m. in the Frear Center. The public is invited to learn about the Cub Scout program for boys ages 6 to 11 (grades 1 to 5), and boys and girls in grades six through 12. For more about their programs, visit their website:

Free Concert

Sunday, September 13 at 5 PM
Kaua‘i Island Singers Showcase presents songs of NIGHT & DAY
10 talented singers, 19 dazzling songs
Hank Curtis on piano, Laine Griffith on sax, flute & clarinet and Cary Valentine on percussion.
At All Saints Church, 1065 Kuhio Highway in Kapa‘a

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


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 

Free Lecture Series at KCC

KCC and the National Tropical Botanical Garden have, for several years, teamed up to present free public lectures on the KCC campus in the cafeteria, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The Fall, 2015 schedule is as follows:
  • Tuesday, September 8th, Seeds of Time, an award-winning film that akes viewers on a round-the-world journey with agricultural pioneer Carey Fowler as he works frantically to help others collect and preserve the world’s seed diversity. In the face of climate change and other environmental threats.
  • Tuesday, October 13th, Growing Lata's Garden: What Pacific Canoe Plants Offer Us Today, by Anthropologist Dr. Mimi George and H. Meph Wyeth, President of Ka‛imi Na‛auao o Hawai‛i Nei Institute, will discuss how Taumako Islanders in the Solomon Islands nurture, process, and assemble the plants that their culture’s hero, Lata. used to build an early voyaging canoe.
  • Tuesday, November 10th, Alula on the Brink: Saving the Rarest of the Rare, Join NTBG Conservation Biologist Seana Walsh as she discusses her research of the ‛ālula, a plant known only from Kaua‛i and Ni‛ihau that is believed to be extinct in the wild. Seana will talk about her research to help inform conservation efforts for this and other rare Hawaiian plants. She will also discuss how to maintain genetic diversity among cultivated plants by partnering with other botanical gardens and institutions.