Friday, September 25, 2015

State Department Scholarships for High School Study Abroad

Applications are now being accepted for the following study abroad programs for U.S. high school students. These merit-based scholarships include international airfare, tuition, and program costs, as well as meals and living accommodations (often with a host family). The programs have no language prerequisites, and gap year students are encouraged to apply as long as they meet the age requirements.

Please note that each program has a separate online application process, and application deadlines vary from late October through early January. Visit the program websites or for specific information and application deadlines.

  • The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to study one of seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish. The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, provide formal and informal language practice, and spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures. The application deadline for summer 2016 and academic year 2016-17 programs is October 29, 2015. Visit for more information.
  • The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers merit-based scholarships to spend an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey. This program increases understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations. Students live with host families, attend local high schools, do community service, and complete a capstone project. Applications for academic year 2016-17 programs are due December 1, 2015. Visit for more information.
  • The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) offers merit-based scholarships for an academic year in Germany. The program was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy. Students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany. For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state Deadlines for U.S. applicants range from December 1, 2015 to January 15, 2016, depending on state of residency.

    For more information on exchanges sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit or watch this video about U.S. high school student exchanges. To receive printed brochures and/or posters about study abroad opportunities, send an email with your request to

    For information on having an international experience without leaving home, consider hosting a Department of State- sponsored exchange student. Learn more at

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Elephants On Parade!

In honor of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, who learns to celebrate his unique self, Na Pua Keiki made elephant ears and trunks and held a parade around school (complete with elephant sounds)!

Menu Change Next Wednesday

Mr. Dean is switching the Macaroni Bake entrée with the ever-popular Frito Pie on Sept. 30th

Digital Media Students Film Interviews

Students in Mr. Evslin's Digital Media class are working on film projects. The assignment required students to film an interview with a fellow classmate.

Nico Maione provides music for Haley Sharp and Taj Guiterez for their interview project. 
Nico is also their cameraman. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Daniel Wu Named AP Scholar

Daniel Wu '16, was named an AP Scholar by the College Board's Advanced Placement Program. His certificate states that the award is given, "In recognition of exemplary college-level achievement on Advanced Placement Examinations."

Recently, Daniel was also named a National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist.

Congratulations, Daniel!

Leila Breen Named 2016 National Merit Scholarship Commended Student

Congratulations to Leila Breen '16, who was named a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarhip Program.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2016 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 PSAT/NMSQT®.

"The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for NMSC. "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."

Visit from University of Pennsylvania

Vice Dean and Director of Admissions, Yvonne M. Romero Da Silva from University of Pennsylvania will be visiting Island School on Monday, September 28 at 11:15 am. If you are interested in learning about admissions to a top-ranked Ivy League school, please be sure to attend. Seniors who plan to apply to U of Penn should stay after the presentation to meet with Ms. Romera Da Silva.

This lunch-time presentation will be held in the Mokihana Room and facilitated by Dr. Catherine Barale  (a University of Pennsylvania alum), and junior advisor, Erin Cobb-Adams. Bring your lunch and your questions!

It's Midterm Already!

This week marks the middle of Trimester 1! Middle and high school students are taking midterm exams in many of their classes.

Midterm Progress Reports will be available on RenWeb next week.

Week of Sept. 21: Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥ Diana Loomis Dahl for a gift to the Gannon Loomis Memorial Scholarship.
♥ ♥ ♥ Scanlan Management for a contribution to Hawaiian Studies.
♥ ♥ ♥ Earl Hoffman of the Hoffman Museum for a gift of geological samples to the middle school Science Department.
♥ ♥ ♥ Danny & Vera Errico, Tracy Schavone & James Manico and the Peck family for donations to the Jeanne Warburton Literacy Clinic.

♥ ♥ ♥ Laura & Ralph Cushnie for contributions to the Art Department.

♥ ♥ ♥ Laura & Ralph Cushnie, Alan & Monica King and Peter '86 & Kori King, for donations to help underwrite our upcoming Chamber of Commerce After Hours event.
♥ ♥ ♥ Dave Vickers for four picnic tables donated to the Middle School deck area.  
♥ ♥ ♥ Gaye Miller and Natsumi Yamasato for helping with wardrobe fittings in the chorus room.
♥ ♥ ♥  Sandy Catlin and Sam Suttell for cleaning out the PA storage room and to Bill Suttell, Krystal Bedwell, Kori King, Sam Pratt, Monica King, Corey Dobashi, Leah Edwards, Carla LaFratta, and Sam Suttell for their input and wisdom at the Parent Association Budget Review Committee.

♥ ♥ ♥  Akiko Shindo, Robin Pratt, Krystal Bedwell, Laura Barzalai, Lina Skinner, Adam Beetles, Richard Porto and Tanya Temme for their help during "Aladdin" rehearsals, and also to our costume crew: Lei Kurz, Keana Olviera and April Arzadon. Special mahalo to Natsumi, Lia and Sophie Yamasato for their creative sea monster design, and Chris Kurz for reconstructing our backdrop.

♥ ♥ ♥  Peter King '86, Clare '02, & Rory McClure, Dave Hubbard '00 and June Moore for manning the ISAA Photo Booth at the Fall Round-Up.

♥ ♥ ♥  Mrs. Nadine Horner for donating a buffet stand to IS.

Classified Ads/Community News: Week of Sept. 21

Wanted to Rent
An Island School family is looking for a 3 br/2 bath house starting mid-December. Looking at Kalaheo to Wailua. If you know of anything, please email Maria at

Kaua‘i Mokihana Festival 2015
September 20 – 26
20th – Hawaiian Church Services
21st – Kaua‘i Composers Contest and Concert, Waimea Theater
22nd – Childrens/Youth Music Competition, KWMCH
22nd – Under the Palms at Wailua, Aston Kauai Resort, Free
23rd – Hawaiian Cultural Event, Kauai Museum, Free
24th – Hula Competition, Solo & Kahiko, Kaua‘i Beach Resort
25th -- Hula Competition, Auana, Kauai‘ Beach Resort
26th – Hula Competition, Solo Auana, Kauaæi Beach Resort

Robert Cazimero In Concert
September 24, 5:30 pm at the Kaua‘i Museum, Lihu‘e
$100 per person/reservation required/seating limited
Info:  (808) 245-6931

The 17th Annual Kauai Powwow Cultural Festival
September 25, 26, 27
25th – 4:00 – 9:00 pm
26th – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
27th – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Kapa‘a Beach Park
Free Admission

‘Ohana Day at the Grove Farm Museum Train & Grove Farm Museum

Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free Admission!

Train Ride: On Haleko Road across from the old Lihu‘e mill in Lihu‘e
This fun train ride offers the opportunity to experience a portion of the historic route small sugar trains hauled freshly harvested sugar cane from the island’s rolling hills to the steaming sugar mill.
4050 Nawiliwili Road, Lihu‘e

Museum Tour: Stroll through one of Hawaii’s earliest surviving sets of domestic, agricultural, and sugar plantation buildings where you will find original furnishings,  surrounded by beautiful grounds.
Jamba Juice will be there, too!

Contact:  Bob Schleck, Grove Farm Homesteads

Matsuri Kaua‘i Japanese Cultural Festival
September 26, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Karaoke singers, dancers, martial arts, drumming, kimono kitsuke,
Bento, origami, musubi madness contest, mochi pounding,
Mini bon dance, tea ceremony, bonsai, jorei, flower circle
Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall
Contact:  Pearl Shimizu, (808) 822-5353

Kaua‘i Youth Basketball Clinic
Kaua‘i Youth Basketball Association & The County of Kaua‘i
Coach Dennis Agena, Kalakaua Basketball Clinic
Open to boys and girls grades 5-12
(Some basketball experience recommended.)
COST:  $25.00 (Cash or checks made to KYBA)
Monday, October 5, 2015 – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bernice Hundley Gymnasium
Kapa‘a High School
4695 Mailihuna Road, Kapa‘a
Items to bring:  basketball, basketball shoes and attire (shorts, t-shirt or tank top)
 Pre-registration contact: Karen Matsumoto, 332-9958
Students and coaches participating will have the option to ride the Kauai Bus' SPECIAL to and from the clinic. The Kaua‘i Bus runs from both east and west of Kapa‘a on regular routes, and as with past clinics, the SPECIAL relieves increased ridership by accommodating our participants between Kalaheo and Kapa‘a.
The Kaua‘i Bus rules and rates apply.  The cost is $1 per way for students, $2 for adults paid to the driver upon boarding.
The following is the bus schedule for the SPECIAL on October 5, 6 & 7:
  • 7:45 am     Kalaheo Neighborhood Center bus stop
  • 8:05 am     Kukui Grove - First Hawaiian Bank bus stop
  • 8:10 am     Laukona Road bus stopt
  • 8:30 am     Kapaa Neighborhood Center bus stop
  • 8:35 am     Kapaa High School Pavilion bus stop
  • 2:30 pm     Kapaæa High School Pavilion bus stop
  • 2:40 pm     Kojima Store bus stop
  • 3:00 pm     Laukona Road bus stop
  • 3:05 pm     Kukui Grove - First Hawaiian Bank bus stop
  • 3:30 pm     Kalaheo Neighborhood Center bus stop

Shop amd Score Program at Times/Big Save

Times Shop and Score has begun. So when you shop at Times or any Big Save stores you can earn points for our Athletic Department. Check out below how to get us money for equipment!  

Let your off island family and friends know too! Use the number 368 at the check-out (or just tell them you want Island School to get the points.)

SHOP AND SCORE is a program that allows high schools in Hawaii the opportunity to earn a share of $250,000 in Adidas® equipment and uniforms. You can help your favorite participating high school by earning points for them by purchasing participating products at TIMES / BIG SAVE Supermarkets.

Our annual SHOP AND SCORE program is in its 14th year and has donated over $1,750,000 in Adidas® equipment and uniforms to Hawaii’s high school athletic programs. This year’s program will again donate $250,000.
  2. BUY participating products
  3. SCORE points for your school's share of $250,000
From September 9 through October 20, 2015, shoppers can help participating public and private high schools on O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Maui and Moloka‘i earn a share of the $250,000 by shopping at TIMES / BIG SAVE and designating a participating school of their choice. One SHOP AND SCORE point for each participating product purchased. Weekly scoreboard will be posted on

BONUS: American Savings Bank will award $25,000 in scholarships to outstanding students from participating SHOP AND SCORE schools.

Art Contest for K-12

Dog Week in the LRC

Pirate Week in the LRC was a big hit. This week has been Punctuation Week. Many thanks to Elizabeth Scamahorn for visiting the elementary classes and sharing her tips and tricks. The students  have really enjoyed learning about sentences and how to punctuate them correctly!

Next week is Dog Week! Elementary students are invited to bring their Cliffords, Snoopys, Spots, etc. to the LRC just for the day or for the entire week.

Island School Students Win Awards in Kaua‘i Youth Photo Challenge

Congratulations to Anne Cushnie '17, Aliana Ho '18, and Amber Asuncion '21, for being selected as winners in the Kaua‘i Youth Photo Challenge. The challenge was offered to youth in grades 6-12. Photo entrees had to 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?”
 Aliana's photo won first place in the High School Division. She won $200 and a Go-Pro Hero 3.

Anne won 2nd place in the High School Division. She won a $100 prize.

Amber's was awarded 3rd place in the Middle School Division. She won a $50 prize.

"The photos tell an important story and we hope that the community comes out to see them.  They show what we all love about Kaua'i and also provide important clues for how we can be doing a better job for our young people," said Mark Hubbard, co-chair of Keiki to Career.

Top 50 photos will be selected for a photo exhibit at Kaua'i Community College from October 2-27 in the One-Stop Building lobby. The Grand Opening of the VIP (Very Important Photographer) Photo exhibition is from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. on October 2. The VIP Exhibit is open to the public.

To see all the Winning photos, visit their website:

Monday, September 21, 2015

Gift Wrap Sale Ends Tomorrow - Sept. 22

Last chance to take orders! Remember, 40% of all sales go directly into classroom funds for special activities AND Every student who turns in three orders by tomorrow will have a chick donated to help a child and family in need.

Parents should submit their order forms and payments to their child’s homeroom teachers.

Room Parents - please collect the order envelopes from the teachers at the end of the day Tuesday and pick up reconciliation forms in the teachers' workroom PA mailbox. If any Room Parents are unable to help reconcile the gift wrap, please email Monica at or call her at 332-7667, 635-7064.

Info on our chicks coming soon!

Middle School Clubs Begin

Middle School students have chosen Clubs that take place every Thursday during period 5. Clubs include:

Environmental Club
Music Media Club
Flag Football Club
Soccer Club
Library Resource Center
Chess/Ping Pong Club
Student Council

Students in Music Media Club plan out the music video they will create.

Welcome Olena Molina - Our New Receptionist

We hare happy to introduce Olena Molina as our new School Receptionist.  Olena is no stranger to Island School, as her daughter Ke‘alohi (3rd grade) has been a student here since kindergarten. Her younger daughter, Ariana, just started PK here this week.

Most recently, Olena was the medical assistant/receptionist at the North Shore Medical Clinic.

Olena is excited to blend her work day with her daughters' school days. "We have time together on the ride to and from Kilauea, and I am more connected to what's going on at school," she said.

When you have time, please stop by the front desk and introduce yourself.