Saturday, November 14, 2015

Island School Wins FIRST Lego League Competition!

Island School hosted 10 teams representing 9 schools across the island. The students spent the morning presenting their ideas, demonstrating team work, and describing their robots to a panel of judges made up of community leaders from various companies on Kaua‘i. Even superintendent of schools, Bill Arakaki, was on hand to judge one of the project rooms. In the afternoon, the Wilcox Gym was packed with spectators watching the students compete in the robot game. The teams programmed autonomous robots to complete specific tasks to earn big points.  
Teams competing in this contest were trying to secure a spot in the state tournament that will be held on O‘ahu on Dec. 5th.  
The teams advancing to the state tournament this year are: 
1. The Foodbusters - Island School Middle
2. The Robotic Voyagers - Island School Elementary
3. The Robo-Builders - King Kaumuli‘i Elementary
Congratulations to all the teams and to Coaches Sue Macklin, Nathaniel Evslin and Janet Powell. Our teams will represent Kauai well!  Gooooo Voyagers!

Our middle school team, the Food Busters in the top row, l-r: Cameron Hubler, Alexa Lauryn, Katherine Polzin, Keola Takayama, Tiago Morgado, Sydney Jona,Paulina Do, and Coach Janet Powell (top right) and coordinator Traci Sullivan(center).
On the bottom row, our elementary team, the Robotic Voyagers are, l-r: Titus Schweitzer, Kai Spindt, Thatcher Magoun, Kilinoe Oliveira, Julia Schilleci, Sienna Temme, Kala Edwards, Maddie Hubbard, Savannah Hubbard, and Coach Nathaniel Evslin (top left) and Coach Sue Macklin (right). Not pictured is Zachary Ing.
The Food Busters show off their 1st Place Trophy
The Robotic Voyagers received 2nd Place plus the Core Values Award
For more information on Hawai‘i Lego League, visit their website:

ZUMBA Fund Raiser for 5th Grade Big Island Trip

Friday, November 13, 2015

Kaua‘i FIRST Lego League to Compete Tomorrow - Nov. 14, 12:00 noon

Join the fun in Wilcox Gym tomorrow as Island School hosts the FIRST Lego League Competition. We are fielding two teams: the Food Busters (middle school) and the Robotic Voyagers (elementary).

This year's theme for the competition is "Trash." Each team, internationally, is asked to come up with an innovative idea that will help solve the world's trash problem.

From the FLL website (
We’re not talking trash – we’re cleaning it up! In the 2015 FIRST® LEGO League TRASH TREKS Challenge, more than 233,000 children ages 9 to 16 from over 80 countries will explore the fascinating world of trash. From collection, to sorting, to smart production and reuse, there is more to your trash than meets the eye.

Top row l-r: Cameron Hubler, Sydney Jona, Keola Takayama, Tiago Morgado.
Bottom row l-r: Paulina Do, Katherine Polzin, Alexa Lauryn

The Robotic Voyagers have established RSpot, in the area adjacent to the keiki bathrooms. The idea is to collect items that would otherwise be thrown in the trash and organize them into a "Maker Space." Maker Spaces have become popular nationwide as creative places where people can make things - aka "Tinkering."

Top row l-r: Julia Schilleci, Kilinoe Oliveira, Maddie Hubbard, Savannah Hubbard, Sienna Temme
Bottom row l-r: Kala Edwards, Titus Schweitzer, Zachery Ing, Thatcher Magoun

Visit the Food Buster's website to read about their innovation:

PA Minutes Posted on PA Facebook Page

Click this link to read the minutes from November's  PA meeting on Nov. 3.

Join the 122 users of the Island School Parent Association's Facebook page to stay caught up with PA news. If you aren't already signed up, ask to join.

Please note: an error was corrected from the first posting of these minutes.

Na Pua O Kamaile to Perform Friday Night at St. Michael's

Nā Pua O Kamaile, our Island School Hālau, is performing at 7pm this evening at St. Michael & All Angels Church in Lihu'e. We will be joining Papa Laua'e o Makana halau for this special event in honor of Queen Emma.

The public is welcome to attend. Dinner to follow.

Model UN This Weekend

Six high school students and their advisor, Shaughnessy Denton, left for O‘ahu today for the Pacific Model United Nations Conference.

From the PACMUN website:
Model United Nations is a simulation of the UN General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. In Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN member states to debate current issues on the organization’s agenda. While playing their roles as ambassadors, student “delegates” make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the Model UN conference rules of procedure – all in the interest of mobilizing “international cooperation” to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world.
Those attending with Mrs. Denton are: Andy Anderton '17, Josh Miller '16, Emma Schneck '16, Emily Sullivan '18, Manix Wolan '17, and Daniel Wu '16.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Collecting 2-Liter Plastic Bottles

Our Science Olympiad students are collecting 2-liter, plastic soda bottles. They are using them to make rockets. Please save yours and bring them to Room 7! Mahalo.

Community News/Classified Ads: Week of Nov. 9

"Mary Poppins" Opens This Weekend!

The Honey Bees Project
"Owed To The Honey Bees” is a happy love song to the Honey Bees and all of Nature. With that song as a soundtrack, the Honey Bees Project just finished editing a music video designed to educate, entertain and inspire all of us to help protect our pollinators and Mother Earth. Lead vocals on this beautiful soundtrack are Island School freshmen, Lexi Warnock and Olivia Gegen. Visit their website to listen to their song and view the promotional video narrated by Olivia. 
Everyone is invited to the World Premiere screening of the High Definition music video,
Owed to the Honey Bees
a Free Event
Monday evening, November 16, 2015, from 5-8pm
In the Village Hall at Sun Village,
behind Wilcox Hospital, Lihu`e, Hawai`i
Live musicPOT LUCK PUPUspecial treats.
There will be several screenings during the evening, and other Fun stuff.
There will be a raffle to help pay for our remaining production expenses and our outstanding bills and loans.
Dress for the Honey Bees if you like, Children welcome,
and Please share this release!
Drive all the way back behind Wilcox hospital to Sun Village. Bear to the right and follow the BEE signs for parking and directions.
The Village Hall (Bldg.D) is between Bldg. B and Bldg. C
For more information, contact Fred Dente - Project Producer  

Poetry Contest

Garden Training

2015 Lihu‘e Baseball League Pinto Registration
Ages Jan. 01, 2006 - April 30, 2009
LBL Office - located behind the Convention Hall
Bring player's birth certificate and medical to registration

  • Wed., Nov. 18 - 5-7 p.m.
  • Thurs., Nov. 19 - 5-7p.m.
  • Fri., Nov. 20 - 5-7 p.m.
  • Sat., Nov. 21 - 9-11 a.m.
  • Sun., Nov. 22 - Draft Day
Kaua‘i  Youth Orchestra
TUESDAYS Nov 17 – Jan 5, 2016
  • Beginning Orchestra 6:00-6:45pm
  • Intermediate Orchestra 7:00-8:00pm 
Classes At Bandwagon Music Center
3-3100 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue
Unknown Artistsʻ Faire
At the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center on November 14th, 2015, from 10am to 5pm. Open to anyone who is unknown as an artist (at this time) and living on Kaua‘i (depending on space).The costs of the Faire will be shared by all the vendors. Call 651-0339 if youʻd like to be a vendor.

Kaua‘i Concert Association Event
Thursday, November 12-- The Glenn Miller Air Force Band (77th Anniversary)-- this is 26 band members, singers and dancer, plus Ron Wiley is emceeing.
For tickets or info, visit:
Kaua‘i Sings Christmas

I.S. Students Take Part in Nihoku Blessing

Kumu Kauka and four north shore I.S. elementary students took part in a special blessing of the new predator-proof bird sanctuary at the  Nihoku area of Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge. The children helped Kumu prepare for the blessing and sang an ‘oli. For more information about this project, visit the American Bird Conservatory's website:
4th graders Anuhea Ke, Titus Schweitzer, Kai Spindt, and 1st grader Naia Spindt sing an ‘oli with Kumu Kauka.
Kai and Naia Spindt prepare for the blessing against a spectacular north shore sunset.

Final Exam Schedule for Middle School

Final exams are given for two main reasons:
  • to assess the learning that has taken place
  • to give middle school students a chance to practice this type of test-taking
Please take time to review the upcoming special exam schedule with your child and discuss ways to reduce exam anxiety:  
  • encourage your children to begin studying this week and to avoid last minute cramming;
  • discuss lifestyle habits such as healthy snacks, getting recommended sleep, relaxation techniques and exercise during exam week.

Booster Club Golf Tournament This Sunday!

Right-click on the form to download and print.

Middle School Sock Hop

It is SOCKVEMBER time at Island School. The Middle School Student Council is putting on a SOCK HOP. It is their way of having fun and giving to others. Students are asked to wear their craziest pair of socks to the dance. Please read the information below:
WHENNovember 13, from 4:30-9:00pm. Activities start at 4:30, dance begins at 6:00pm and ends at 9:00pm
WHERE: Frear Center 
WHAT: Movie, board games, dance, food and fun
WHY:  To have fun and help those in need.
ATTIRE: Dress is casual, but general dress code rules of modesty apply.
BEHAVIOR-RESPECT IS THE KEY.  All students will behave respectfully towards adults and towards their fellow students.
CHAPERONES:  Alice April, Keyk Capati, Joe Corbo, Jessica Crowe, and Emily Thomas.
COST: Payment to get into the dance is a pair of NEW SOCKS or SLIPPERS. The socks will be donated to Child and Family Services. The slippers will go on the slipper tree and donated to family services before our winter holiday.
Contact Adie Siebring for more information and to request a permission form.

Scholarship ‘Aha Kaua‘i

Thursday, Dec. 3 @ 5:30 p.m.
Kaua‘i Community College One Stop Center Lobby

This presentation is for high school students, parents, teachers, adult students, enrolled college students, counselors, and anyone interested in finding out more about sources of financial aid available for Native Hawaiians, including eligibility criteria and qualification requirements.

Meet with scholarship providers from: Kamehameha Schools, Pauahi Foundation, Hawai‘i Community Foundation, Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship, and Alu Like.

Biology Students Crawl Inside of Enormous Cell

A typical plant cell is 30 micrometers long, but our inflatable cell was 3 meters long. Mrs. Sullivan's students did the math to calculate the scaled size of an assigned organelle, they created a scale model of the organelle, and entered the cell with the organelle. (Yes, all of them went into the cell which was inflated using a bounce house blower!) Each student also presented the anatomy and physiology (form and function) of his/her organelle to the rest of the class. 



Need Help Studying for Finals?

HS Finals Schedule

Student Government will be giving out snacks during finals week, from 7:30 a.m. - 7:50 a.m. and during first break.

Teacher Appreciation Breakfast is Hugely Appreciated!

Pancakes! Fruit! Yogurt! Pastries! Cakes! Granola! Yum! Many thanks to the Parent Association for showing their appreciation for our teachers and staff in such a delicious way - especially to Kristi Buchanan for organizing the event and helpers Heather Biedermann, Brian Pearson, Rocco April, Laura Barzilai, Jaden April, Summer Suttell, Kori King and Sam Suttell.

Many thanks to the Island School parents who donated food, time and energy to make this event a special way to acknowledge the dedication and extraordinary talents of our teachers, staff and support personnel.

Below, Daniel Bicciche shows his appreciation for the great breakfast.

Most of all, thank you to everyone who came by to enjoy the pancake breakfast or accepted a delivery plate in their classroom.
The parents appreciate everything you do for the students and families at Island School.

Below, Kristi Buchanan scoops out pancake batter while Rocco April cleans up.

Brought to you by YOUR Parent Association!
Our island-wide robotics team, Kaua‘ibots, is raising money for their projects this year.

"Aladdin" Plays to Enthusiastic Crowds

Congratulations to the 5th grade cast of "Aladdin" on the run of their highly entertaining show! The Island School "theatre" was packed with Island School families, teachers & administrators, and theatre lovers from around the island.

The fifth grade students not only performed the classic roles from the story, they ran the lights, sound, managed the props and created the set pieces. Many of the students applied their own, colorful make-up, while others took advantage of the skills provided by parents and older students.

Check out the photos on our Shutterfly site: Password=islandschool


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Chorus Wardrobe

All chorus students in grades 4-8 and all male chorus students in grades 9-12 are required to have black dress pants and black dress shoes for concerts. The winter concert is just about a month away so it's time to start thinking about finding pants and shoes. In efforts to assist with this, a clothing exchange has been set up to allow parents to borrow/use/donate used pants and shoes in good condition.  Any parents (even those without students in chorus) can donate to the exchange. Anyone with black dress shoes and dress pants in good condition may simply add the items to the list OR send them to school and Mr. Steinbacher will add them to the exchange. The exhange document is found at Please contact Mr. Steinbacher with questions.

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.

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 at University of Portland in Portland, Oregon; and Laura Macklin and Jade Murphy have been accepted at University of Portland in Portland, Oregon.


The Gift Wrap Orders Have Arrived!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s sale. If you have an problems with your order, please contact Great American Customer Service at 800-251-1542.
Online sales continue all year. Be sure to check out holiday gifts and wrap at Please use school ID 2198281. All proceeds go directly to the students.
The chicks are being tallied. For every three items sold by a student, one live chick will be donated to a needy family. Mahalo to all of those who helped others while helping IS!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Week of Nov. 9: Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥  Kristi Buchanan for organizing the Teacher Appreciation Breakfast held on Nov 5th, and helpers Heather Biedermann, Brian Pearson, Rocco April, Laura Barzilai, Jaden April, Summer Suttell, Kori King bSam Suttell. Also to the Island School parents who donated food, time and energy.

♥ ♥ ♥  Rocco April for taking Parent Association meeting notes and typing them up for distribution.

♥ ♥ ♥  Tanya Temme and Roni Marley for hosting the "Aladdin" cast party. Also to the team of parents, students & teachers who came together to form the incredible make-up crew: Laura Barzilai, Adam Beetles, Jaden De Souza, Marjorie De Souza, Debbie Edgerton, Leah Edwards, Nahe Edwards, Jackson Gamby, Reiko Louis, Tiare Luka, Robin Pratt, Akiko Shindo, Lina Skinner and Tanya Temme. (Apologies to anyone who was left off this list.) Also to Ken Elkins for videotaping the show and to Krystal Bedwell for coordinating the refreshment sales and to all the parents who filled the many positions needed to make "Aladdin" a success!

♥ ♥ ♥  Alice Pajela for washing all the clothes left in Lost & Found.

♥ ♥ ♥  Monica King, Heather Beidermann and Sam Suttell for assisting with the distribution of the gift wrap orders.

♥ ♥ ♥  Sirena Castillo Long '97, & Christopher Long for a gift to Tuition Aid.

♥ ♥ ♥  the following donors to class funds: Harry Brown & Susan Kehne (4th), Jen & James Geary (3rd), Phil & Eldean Scott (6th) and Edwin & Cynthia Sorenson (2nd).

♥ ♥ ♥  Kaua‘i Community Federal Credit Union, Ohana Motors, and Pacific Service & Development for contributions to the Booster Club, and Aloha Kia for a contribution to the Booster Golf Tournament.