Friday, November 6, 2015

Come Get Your Belongings from Lost & Found

Please stop by the Lost & Found to claim any of your lost or missing items. If not claimed by the end of the week, all items will be given to the Salvation Army.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Week of Nov. 2: Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥ Rocco April for creating the Parent Association online forum at and for giving free computer, networking, and IT advice at the Parent Coffee Connection.

♥ ♥ ♥ Kat Ho for her donation of a cake stand.

♥ ♥ ♥ Monica King for taking notes at the Parent Association meeting and typing them up for school-wide distribution.

♥ ♥ ♥ Kristi Buchanan for organizing the Teacher Appreciation Breakfast scheduled for Nov. 5th.

♥ ♥ ♥  our creative and wonderful parents for organizing the elementary Halloween class parties!

♥ ♥ ♥ Java Kai Kapa‘a for donating disposable coffee cups for the PA Coffee Connection.

♥ ♥ ♥  Eric Wortmann for running a suture clinic for students in honors anatomy & physiology class.

♥ ♥ ♥  Kai & Taleea Carvalho, Cale Akuna, Anna Maria Borondi, Tiki Morales and Bard Widmer for painting the Jack-o-lantern faces on the kindergartners' Halloween t-shirts.

♥ ♥ ♥ Michael Dressler '17, for re-painting and maintaining the bus shelter that he made for the school as an Eagle Scout project.

"Aladdin" Opens to Rave Reviews!

"Aladdin" is not to be missed!

This Weekend Only!

"Tree Circus" Teaches Students About Preservation

The Tree Circus visited Island School this week in recognition of Arbor Day. The show is paid for by a grant from the US Forest Service to bring free Arbor Day assemblies to Kaua‘i schools and after school programs. The assembly was called “What do Trees Give Us?” and explained the many benefits of our Urban Forest. Elementary and middle school students each had their own assembly.

HS Theatre Arts Students Practice Stage Combat

Students in Mrs. April's theatre arts class learned the art of fighting on stage (without actually hurting anyone). They practiced sword fighting as well as physical combat. Don't worry, there are no hard feelings!

Poetry Contest - Deadline Dec. 12, 2015

School Picture Retakes Nov. 10th

School Picture Make Up/Retake Day is scheduled on Nov. 10 between 8:00-11:00 a.m. in the Weinberg Gymnasium. Order forms are available in the school office and by saving the image below.

Any student wanting to have their photo retaken, must return ALL of the contents from their original portrait package. 

New students, students absent on the original picture day or those who want to order additional packages may also have their pictures taken on make up day. 

MS & HS Art Students Create Exceptional Pieces

Middle and high school students recently completed two different art projects: a high school printmaking workshop and a middle school pastel drawing assignment.  

The high school students created three-color reduction prints, working from light to dark, using block printing tools and inks. Lining up the three layers of color required a lot of care and precision.

Mddle school students had fresh tropical flowers to observe, but were attempting to add their own distortions, exaggerations, and stylistic touches to make their artwork communicate "more than the eye can see."

Here are a few of the exceptional pieces:

Alae Miike '19 - block print

Amber Asuncion '21 - pastel drawing

Jordan Fleming '20 - pastel drawing

Kyle Liebow '18 - block print

Matthew Vickers '20 - pastel drawing

Patrick McKenna '20 - pasel drawing

Aijia Sclafani '17 - block print

Arianna Plascencia '16 - block print

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Seeing How Government Works

Mr. Denny’s high school U.S. Government juniors and seniors attended a Kaua’i County Council meeting this week. The students learned about our legislative process through testimony regarding five major county projects totalling $7.15 million. Council Chairman Rapozo paused meeting briefly to welcome Island School students, and Councilmembers Yukimura and Kagawa met the class personally during a recess.

As a homework assignment, Mr. Denny had the students register to vote. As long as they are 16 years old or older, they can register, even though voting age is 18.

Need Help Studying for Finals?

Senior Update

The Class of 2016 is starting to hear back from colleges! Cole Murphy was accepted at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana; and Laura Macklin was accepted at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Sterling Bird has been accepted at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado; and Laura Macklin and Jade Murphy have been accepted at University of Portland in Portland, Oregon.


Teacher Appreciation Tomorrow - Nov. 5th

Thank you to all the parents who have donated food, supplies and helping hands for Thursday's event. Our teachers are absolutely the best! If you have time in the morning, please join us in showing our thanks at the Teacher Appreciation Breakfast hosted by the Parent Association and organized by awesome Kristi Buchanan. She'll be prepping, serving and cleaning up in the teacher workroom from 7:00-10:30 a.m. Any help is welcomed.

Brought to you by YOUR Parent Association.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Kauaibots Will Cook Your Turkey

Kaua’i Robotics Alliance
Thanksgiving Turkey Imu

Enjoy the BEST TURKEY (or ham!) EVER

and support our FIRST Robotics Teams

$25.00 (Check payable to “K.R.A., memo: imu)
Reservation Required Deadline November 24

Preparation Instructions:
  1. Maximum weight of 16 pounds per bird or ham, pork butts, chicken
  2. Turkey completely thawed
  3. Remove bag of giblets
  4. Do not stuff your turkey
  5. Season your turkey accordingly; butter, sea salt, etc.
Wrap the food items well in 2 layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil and place in foil pan.

Drop off 1 pm to 2 pm on Wed. Nov. 25th
Pick up 9 am – 10 am Thurs Nov 26th

Imu = underground oven
Kalua = to bake (steaming process) in imu
Hau’oli Ho’omaika’I = Happy Thanksgiving!
Where: See locations
listed below. (check one)

Reservations Contact: or call 808 635 7377
Please tear off below and mail in with your payment to K.R.A. 4300 Kai Ikena Drive, Kalaheo, HI 96741 Attn: Imu
You may keep the top of this flyer for dates, times, instructions.

Name: __________________________ Cell Phone:____________________

E-Mail Address:__________________________________________________

Drop-off: Island School____, *Imu Site (Lawai) _____,

Pick-up: Island School ____, *Imu Site (Lawai) _____,

*Imu Site: James Massaro, 3504 Ili Road, Kalaheo

Math Help Offered After School

Math tutoring is offered after school by all of our math teachers. Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity if you need help or just would like a place to do your math homework. Students are welcome to attend any help session so long as the teacher is able to cover their course. Below is a schedule of the current help sessions.

Dr. Kozak
Tuesdays & Thursdays
3 – 4:00
Room 6
All Levels
Ms. Mary
Tuesday Mornings & B-Days of Wednesdays or Thursdays
7:15 – 7:50  &       3 – 4:00
Through Pre – Calculus
Mr. Hogue
3 – 3:30
Room 7
Through College Algebra
Wednesdays & Fridays
3 – 4:00
Through College Algebra
Mrs. Lewis
Tuesdays & Thursdays
3 – 4:00
Through Algebra 1
Mr. Corbo
3 – 3:30
Room 7
Through Algebra
Mrs. Archuara
3 – 3:30
Room 7
Through Algebra 1

Monday, November 2, 2015

Anatomy/Physiology Students Learn to Suture Wounds


Mrs. Sullivan's honors anatomy and physiology class has been studying the integumentary system!  These students know all about the layers of the cutaneous membrane, they have learned about the cells of the skin, and they can discuss the functions of this important body system.  Last week, students got up close and personal with the dermis of another mammal:  the pig!  Dr. Wortmann came to class to help run a suture clinic.  The students made incisions in the skin of a pig's foot and then they sutured the wound back up. There could very well be some future surgeons at Island School.