Friday, November 20, 2015

3rd Graders Learn By Doing

Third graders have been practicing math and writing skills in some creative ways. 

First, they needed to figure out how many bottles of water they had to sell to raise money for their O‘ahu trip. They had been gaining experience in solving story problems, so they put these skills to use. Working in pairs, they wrote two-step story problems to figure out how many bottles they had left from Fall Round-Up.

Next, they followed a recipe and each baked their own loaf of banana bread. 

Parent/Student Conferences for PK-5 - Dec. 10 & 11

Parents - you are encouraged to sign-up outside your child's classroom door for Student-Led Parent Conferences. Conferences are for a half day on Thursday, Dec. 10, beginning at noon, and for a full day on Friday, Dec. 11. Students will be dismissed on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 11:15. There will be no school on Friday, Dec. 11 for PK-5.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

6th Grade Girls Have PE on the Beach!

Ms. Emily's class went to Kalapaki Beach for beach volleyball this week. Here are some photos of them enjoying beautiful Kaua‘i.

Emma Hanchett, Ema-Lani Ebesu, Alana Sharp, Taylor Raco, Maiya Oshima
Emma Hanchett, Alana Sharp, Ema-Lani Ebesu, Taylor Raco, Maiya Oshima

Alana just made a pass

Emma passes the volleyball

First Graders Play T-Ball

Chase Kawakami shows us his batting stance!

La'iku Carvalho gets a nice hit.
'I'iwi Silva has a great arm!

Upcoming LRC Themes

Elementary students are invited to join the fun by bringing in items from home that compliment the themes listed below.

11/30 - 12/4 ----SPORTS WEEK: Baseball, football, soccer, gymnastics, Ultimate Frisbee, hockey, rugby, lacrosse, motocross, swimming, diving-- you name it, if it's a fun activity that gets you moving, it counts as a sport and will be celebrated in the LRC this week. Students, teachers and parents are invited to bring their favorite sports trophy, equipment, book, poster (any Michael Jordan posters out there?) for display in the LRC all week.

12/7-12/11--- ARTS AND CRAFTS WEEK: In order to get ready for the holidays, we're going to get crafty and see what we can make during our library time. Donations of materials for making stuff--glitter, buttons, felt, Popsicle sticks, etc. --would be much appreciated.

12/14-12/18--- WINTER HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Three Kings Day, Winter Solstice, Las Posadas, Eid-al-Adha, Diwali--These are just some of holidays that people around the world celebrate. We will be learning about some of these holidays, and students are invited to bring stories, pictures, books, toys, or images of their favorite winter holiday for display in the LRC or just to share with the class.

Senior Updates

Reyn Guest has been accepted at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Sterling Bird has been accepted at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, where she was a awarded a Whitworth Scholarship; and at Western State University in Bellingham, Washington. Laura Macklin was accepted at University of Colorado, Boulder in Boulder, Colorado, and at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Jade Murphy was notified that she was a awarded a scholarship to University of Portland. Sara Graves has been accepted at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she was awarded an Xavier Scholarship.

Congratulations, Seniors!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Chorus Concert Dec. 9th

A Special Message from Mr. Graves

A Message from Shannon Graves:

This morning a police officer stopped by Island School to report that there are drivers who are disregarding the rules of the road leaving our campus and are not coming to a complete stop when exiting Island School. This practice of not obeying the stop sign has upset other drivers with whom we share the road and the officer would like our help in correcting this behavior. Please exercise appropriate rules of the road entering and leaving campus so that we can continue to show our appreciation as we share the access road with other schools and businesses.

As we discuss driving and campus etiquette, I would like to remind you that we do have Parking Lot Protocol we would like you to follow. Parents dropping off and picking up should only use the right lane and it is not for parking or backing into the area in front of the main office. This is an active pick-up/drop off area. The cars should be facing forward and you should quickly drop off or pick up your child in this zone. If you need to walk into a classroom, talk, or wait for your child please use the left lane and drive around to park in a marked stall. These rules are in place so that we do not have traffic jams or long back ups. The safety of our children is the number one priority. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter and your follow through is greatly appreciated.

Swim Meeting Thursday at Lunch

 Coach Shannon Wigent will meet with high school students who plan on being on our swim team, on Thursday, Nov. 19, on the Wilcox Gym lanai during lunch.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

6th Grade Girls PE Practice Tumbling

Maiya Oshima practices a one-handed hand stand

Taylor Raco, Ema-Lani Ebesu, Emma Hanchett

Taylor Raco works on a no handed cartwheel! (Aerial)
Ema-Lani Ebesu does a beautiful front walk over.

Classified Ads/Community News: Week of Nov. 16th

Head On Driving School Being Nov. 30th
Head On Driving School begins their next driver's ed classes on November 30th, 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. Schedule will be decided by students on the first day of class. Contact Aaron to register or for more information: 808-652-7425.
"Mary Poppins" Runs for Two More Weekends

The Honey Bees Project Tonight
"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  

Free Film Showing at KCC Nov. 22- 6:00 p.m., Kaua‘i Community College Cafeteria
"This Changes Everything," from the book by Naomi Klein. Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years. An epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

Poetry Contest

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
Kaua‘i Sings Christmas


Price & D'Annibale Named KIF Cross Country All Stars

Congratulations to Carolyn Price '17 and Gianna D'Annibale '16, for being named KIF All Stars in Cross Country. Carolyn and Gianna finished first and second, respectively, of the girls at the KIF championship meet. Great job, girls!

Transportation Week Followed by Native American Heritage Week in LRC

Transportation Week was lots of fun in the LRC. Students in PK-5 entered the room to find books displayed about dozens of different modes of transportation. They were invited to draw pictures of their own fantasy modes of transportation. Here are a few examples:


Marina Jovanovich brought this in from home                                     Transportation books were on display.
This week is Native American Heritage Week -- Get ready for a trip through Indian Country from the Chumash in Southern California to the Penobscots in Maine. If students have any artifacts they'd like to share that are related to Native American Heritage Week, they are welcome to bring them to display in the LRC.

Fun at Friday Night's Sock Hop

Middle School Student Council put on a dance on Friday night, the Sock Hop. Besides being lots of fun, the group brought in 63 pairs of socks and slippers to donate to needy Kaua‘i families.

Student enjoyed a bubble gum blowing contest, limbo and playing in the grass outside in the dark.

Many thanks to chaperones: Alice April, Keyk Capati, Emily Thomas, Jessica Croweand Joe Corbo.

Open Mic at Lunch Break

Something fun is starting to happen during lunch break near the senior lounge. For three weeks now, Fridays are Open Mic days. Students are invited to play music, sing, read poetry - any kind of performance. No invitation is necessary. Spontaneity is encouraged.

So far, students have shared music and poetry readings on the portable mic and speaker set-up. We hope to see more of our talented performers up there in the weeks to come.

Above, Pierce Bivins '19, plays and sings; bottom, Laura Macklin '16, and Eli Smart '17, read poetry on the Open Mic

High School to Perform Shakespeare in March

Peggy Ellenburg has announced the title of this year's high school play: Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night or What You Will." Show times are March 17, 18 and 20. Students will rehearse after school from 3:15-4:15 and from 4:15-5:15 on scheduled days.

The first meeting will be on Monday, Nov. 30, from 3:15 -4:15 pm.

Students Attend Model United Nations Simulation

Six high school students and their advisor, Shaunessy Denton, traveled to O‘ahu Friday for the Pacific Model United Nations Conference. Those who attended with Mrs. Denton were: Andy Anderton '17, Josh Miller '16, Emma Schneck '16, Emily Sullivan '18, Manix Wolan '17, and Daniel Wu '16.

Mrs. Denton's summary of the trip:
Emily held  her own in the Human Rights Committee discussion about Net Neutrality as the only Island School student there. She represented France, and had a shining moment when she incorporated the tragic events in Paris Friday evening into the discussion on Saturday about social media and how internet websites played a role in the attacks. She earned the following "superlatives" from her committee:
  • Best guilt trip
  • Best discussion starter
  • Most depressing story
The rest of the students, Emma, Daniel, Manix, Josh, and Andy, represented us well in the Security Council debate concerning the events in Syria. Unfortunately, USA (represented by Josh and Andy) also inadvertently started a hypothetical WWIII by using nuclear warstrikes in Syria (we're all trying to figure out how that escalated so fast).  They also earned the following "superlatives" (I breathed a sigh of relief when they did not earn "Most likely to become a dictator")
  • USA (Josh and Andy): Most likely to start WWIII, Most likely to ruin the world
  • UK (Manix): Best tie, Most likely to be a boxing ring announcer
  • Germany (Emma and Daniel): Most likely to lose WWIII
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.

Week of Nov. 16: Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥  Jeff Kozak, Joe Corbo, Deatri Nakea, Joan Shaw, Mary Ernsdorf, Erin Cobb-Adams, Summer Suttell '18, Julia Massaro '18, Audrey Warner '19, Arianna Plascencia '17, Carolyn Price '17Ajia Sclafani '17, Emma Harris '19, and the KauaiBots Robotics Team for volunteering their time at the Lego League Tournament on Saturday.
♥ ♥ ♥   Dean Wakamoto and Vanesha Morey for sharing the kitchen and helping Student Government leaders make the  spaghetti dinner for the Study & Chill event on Friday. 

♥ ♥ ♥  Debbie Edgerton and Laura Barzilai for washing "Aladdin" costumes.

♥ ♥ ♥  Sue Macklin for lining up Troy Lazaro & the Rock Stars for the Zumba Glow fund raiser for the 5th grade Big Island trip, and for selling many tickets to her Zumba network. Also toKrystal Bedwell for coordinating the event.

♥ ♥ ♥  the following chaperones for the middle school Sock Hop: Alice April, Keyk Capati, Emily Thomas, Jessica Crowe and Joe Corbo.

♥ ♥ ♥  the following sponsors and donors to our Voyager Booster Club Golf Tournament: Lead Sponsor - Kuhio Auto Group; Major Sponsors - Aloha Kia, First Hawaiian Bank, King Auto Group, Syngenta; Other Sponsors - Destination Autoworks, Kaua‘i Community Federal Credit Union, Ohana Motors, PS&D; Individual Donors - Glenn Ebesu, Benn Ellsworth, Jed Gushman, Alan & Monica King, Cushnie Construction, Kymry Perez, Realtor(s), Mary Pratt and Sam Pratt. Also to Jen Pomroy, Kaipo Kealalio, Donna King and Lynne MacDonald for setting up the party after the tournament in the Frear.

ZUMBA Glow Draws Huge Crowd

The 5th grade fund raising event Saturday night drew a crowd of over 100 dancers! The community came out in force to help the class get to the Big Island and had lots of fun in the process. Many thanks to Krystal Bedwell for coordinating this event, to the team of parents who decorated the gym, and to everyone who attended. 

Booster Club Golf Tournament A Big Success

Thirty-eight adults and nine students turned out for the Booster Club Golf tournament on Sunday. Teams of three, made up of faculty, staff, parents and students, played nine holes under sunny skies at Puakea Golf Club.

Coming in first place was the team of Daniel Bicciche, Cory French '05, and Benn Ellsworth!

Everyone gathered in the  Frear Center afterwards for awards, prizes and refreshments.

The final figures aren't in yet, but they promise to be better than last year's. Many thanks to our sponsors and donors: Kuhio Auto Group, Aloha Kia, First Hawaiian Bank, King Auto Group, Syngenta, Destination Autoworks, Kaua‘i Community Federal Credit Union, Ohana Motors, PS&D, Glenn Ebesu, Benn Ellsworth, Jed Gushman, Alan & Monica King, Cushnie Construction, Kymry Perez, Realtor(s), Mary Pratt and Sam Pratt.

Voyager Giving Week: Nov. 30 - Dec. 4

The Advancement Office is getting ready to celebrate the season with Voyager Giving Week, scheduled for Monday, November 30 - Friday, December 4.
Voyager Giving Week is a celebration of giving and philanthropy at Island School. As a non-profit organization, we rely on philanthropic contributions to help us fulfill our educational mission.
Be sure to check your email during Voyager Giving Week for special announcements - including a special "#unselfie" campaign for Giving Tuesday, a global initiative dedicated to giving back during the holiday season. 
Donations are tax deductible and are accepted at any time, in the office (246-0233) or online at
Thank you for all that you do to support our Voyagers and Island School!

Faculty Attend Leadership Summits

Shannon Graves, Traci Sullivan, Janet Powell and Nathaniel Evslin attended the Hawai‘i Education Leadership Conference (HELS) on O‘ahu on Nov. 2nd. HELS was a one day summit that featured speakers on "Deeper Learning." Deeper Learning focuses on education that motivates students, giving them real life applications to the content of their course work.

Following the HELS Summit, Joe Corbo, Sue Macklin, Cindy Wortmann and Shaunessy Denton joined our group at the two-day Schools of the Future Conference, also on O‘ahu. Almost 2000 educators from Hawai‘i's public, private and charter schools gathered at the Hawai‘i Convention Center to focus on ways to transform our schools and create learning environments of the 21st century.

Our participation was completely funded by a grant from the Kaua‘i Chapter of the Hawai‘i Society for Technology in Education (HSTE) including airfare, registration and a per diem.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Elementary Thanksgiving Feast - Nov. 20

Join us as we celebrate Thanksgiving at Island School. Every elementary family is asked to sign up for a dish to bring. Food will be served in the Main Hall & families may choose to eat anywhere in the courtyard area. The sign up sheet will be posted in classrooms later this week. Please contact your child's teacher to volunteer to serve, clean up or for more information.