Monday, December 19, 2016

Free Dollhouse

Contact Alice April if interested.

Monday, December 12, 2016

SAT Prep Courses - Jan/Feb 2017

SAT Prep Courses – Each Prep Course (Reading/Writing and Math) consists of four sessions over the course of four weeks; each session is 1 ½ hour in length.

Who Should Take the January/February 2017 SAT Prep Courses?
The January/February prep courses are recommended for juniors who plan to take the SAT this spring (March 11, May 6 and/or June 3). Prep Courses are also recommended for freshmen and sophomores as excellent preparation for the PSAT (Preliminary SAT administered to all Island School 10th and 11th graders each October). Enrollment in both classes is limited. Students can sign up for one or both classes with Joan Shaw, College Counselor, Island School (246-0233, ext. 232 or Checks should be made out to the individual instructors, and registration is confirmed when payment is received. Spaces will not be held without receipt of full payment. Independent practice work between class sessions will be required to receive full benefit from the course.

Math Prep Course taught by Susie Massaro
This course will cover test-taking strategies, including some review of Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II. Students will receive a copy of The Official SAT Study Guide. Practice tests will be administered. Registration for the math course is limited to students who are enrolled in geometry or higher.
Tuesdays, January 31 & February 7, 14 & 21
3:15 – 4:45 p.m.
Island School – Wiliwili Room, Purdy Hall
$144 including The Official SAT Study Guide

Critical Reading/Writing Prep Course taught by David Reynolds
This course will cover test-taking skills and strategies to discern the meaning of a sentence and the purpose of a passage. Sections of the SAT will be administered, with significant focus on responding to timed-writing prompts effectively.
Thursdays, January 26 & February 2, 9 & 16
3:15 – 4:45 p.m.
Island School – Wiliwili Room, Purdy Hall
$144 including materials

Registration will be on a first-come, first served basis; registration will be confirmed when payment is received. This course typically fills up very quickly, so please sign up as soon as possible to ensure your space. Checks should be made payable to the individual instructors (Susie Massaro for math and/or David Reynolds for reading/writing).
Questions? Call Joan Shaw at 246-0233, ext. 232 or email

Opportunities for High School Students

College Horizons for Sophomores & Juniors - application deadline, Feb.14, 2017
Are you an Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Native American sophomore and junior? Check out College Horizons! Kenneth Niheu, Class of 2018, attended last summer's session at Lawrence University in Wisconsin and declared it an awesome opportunity. Next summer, the program will be held at Whitman College and Princeton University.  Learn More.

Rotary Scholarships for Seniors - application deadline, Jan. 31, 2017
The Hawai‘i Rotary Youth Foundation has announced its scholarship program for current seniors. Each participating Rotary Club (5 on Kaua'i) awards one $5,000 scholarship. A completed application must be sent to only one sponsoring Rotary Club no later than January 31, 2017. Applications are available in Joan's office or at

Please note that most scholarship applications require attachments such as resumes, letters of recommendation, FAFSA Student Aid Reports (SAR), etc., so students are advised not to wait until the last minute to work on these applications.
USC Summer Programs

A pre-college summer program for rising sophomores, juniors & seniors. For more information, visit
Farm Credit Scholarship - application deadline April 3, 2017

For graduates and graduating high school students interested in pursuing studies in agriculture. Applications are being accepted for a $1,500 scholarship. For more information, visit
2017 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program - application deadline January 5, 2017

For high school seniors. $10,000 renewable scholarships up to $40,000 per student. Apply online at

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Menu Change for Monday

Mr Dean reporting live from the Island School kitchen:

Due to the plague of locusts that has decimated this year's Mac and Cheese crops, the supply of Mac and Cheese is at a record low. This has caused a  global shortage of one of our favorite lunchtime entrees. Thus we have no Mac and Cheese to serve you all on Monday. It's a tough time for all. Fortunately for us the Fried Rice farmers has had a record harvest. Apparently locusts are attracted to curvy noodles and not short grain rice. So  we'll have Fried Rice on Monday. I have just learned that the plague is over and the Mac and Cheese industry will recover from their plight in time for lunch on Thursday. So with Fried Rice on Monday and Mac and Cheese on Thursday we have much to celebrate next week.

Monday, November 21, 2016

County Basketball League Practices are Underway

Boys in grades 4-8th grades are invited to sign up for the Winter Basketball League. Island School is forming our own team, similar to last yearʻs successful program. Participants are required to register and to pay a $30 fee. Application forms are available in the Office or download the form below. Make checks payable to Island School.

There are no practices during break.

For details, contact Rolando at; Corey at, or Lopaka at

Friday, November 18, 2016

What a Feast!

Pilgrims and their parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles gathered on Friday for the annual potluck Thanksgiving Feast! Mahalo to all of chefs, contributors, table organizers and clean-up crew for another delicious meal. We are truly grateful for our Island School ‘Ohana.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Save the Date: College Night - Dec. 7

College Night has been rescheduled for Wednesday, December 7, from 6-8pm. This event is designed to introduce Island School's college counseling program to students in grades 9-11 and their parent. Pizza and beverages will be served!

Contact Joan Shaw for more information.

Messages from YOUR Parent Association

Next Parent Association Meeting - Dec. 6th, 8:00 a.m.
All are welcome. Meet in the Teacher Workroom.

Voluteer for the Hui Kokua Lawn Society!

Visit the PA Website for more information:

Booster Golf Tournament Attracts 17 Teams

The Booster Club Golf Fundraiser was held Sunday at Puakea Golf Course. Fifty supporters enjoyed great weather and fellowship in the process of raising over $8000 to support student athletes at Island School. Thanks, especially, to our Voyager Sponsors: Hokuala Kaua‘i, King Auto Center and Layton Construction. Also to our Gold Sponsors: Cades Schutte, Cushnie Construction and Keller Williams Kaua‘i.

The winning team this year was from King Auto Center and featured golfer, Reece Valencia ʻ18, and his father, Ron Valencia and grandfather, Bob Valencia.

Congratulations and mahalo to all participants. Be a Voyager!

Chorus Clothing Exchange Coming Up

All chorus students in grades 4-8 are required to have black dress pants and black dress shoes for the concert. NOW is the time to start looking for these.
In efforts to help - since kids grow so quickly - the chorus has a Clothing Exchange. Parents donate gently used black shoes and pants, which are then available for use by other parents at no charge. Simply use them while they fit, wash them, and then donate them back to the chorus. You can view the exchange inventory at this site:

The chorus welcomes donations of clean, usable black dress pants and black dress shoes. If you would like to donate items, simply send them to school and Mr. Steinbacher will add them to the inventory.

The chorus Christmas concert is December 14 at KCC.
Mark your calendars now.

Join the Hui Kokua Lawn Society

Mike Goto is looking for a few more volunteers to provide their yard maintenance services on the upper 20 acres for a couple of hours once every 12 weeks on Saturdays. The job involves operating the rider mower and weed whacking. Training will be provided.

Please contact Mike if you are interested:

Breakfast After Break

Beginning on Monday, November 28, the kitchen will be providing a limited-choice of breakfast items to be purchased before school from 7:15am until 7:50am. Students must have an active snack account and their Student ID Card to be able to make a purchase. We are not accepting cash for breakfast purchases.his will be done on a trial-basis to gauge interest and see if there is enough participation to continue it on a regular basis.

We look forward to seeing you for breakfast after the break.

Sign Up for Tri 2 Lunch by Friday Nov. 18

It's time to sign-up and pay for our trimester 2 Lunch Program. The program continues to be a great addition to our school. As always, the kitchen crew works very hard to produce nourishing and satisfying menus on a daily basis. We continue to listen to all suggestions and strive to make improvements and adjustments. So please keep in communication with us.

Our weekly plans for next Trimester remain the same as indicated below:
5-Days a week (Monday through Friday)
3-Days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Pizza Day Only (last day of school week, usually a Friday)

Following are the meal options for whichever weekly plan that is chosen:
Hot Meal with Salad Bar
Salad Bar Only
Hot Meal Only
Pizza Day
Salad Bar and Pizza Day

Meals include herbal ice tea. 2% white milk is also available for an additional 75¢ (students must have an active snack account for this option.)

Lunch plans are pre-paid per trimester. Please note that lunches will not be provided to anyone regardless of their selected lunch plan in the event they may have an off-campus field trip or event.

Please refer to the table below for the plans and pricing as well as information regarding our Snack Account Program.

Please use the link below to select your plan choice and make the necessary payment arrangements for your child(ren)’s lunch plan choice for the 2nd Trimester by Friday, November 18th.

Thanksgiving Break - Tri 2 Begins Nov. 28

 Nov. 21-25 Office Open Mon-Wed 8:00-4:00

Trimester 2 Begins Monday, Nov. 28th

Class schedules are available on RenWeb for students in grades 6-12. The first day of trimester 2 is a "Y" day.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Art Day - This Friday - October 28

We are excited about Art Day 2016, which is this Friday, October 28th.  Between 8:00 and noon students in kindergarten through high school will be engaged in twenty-three different workshops that focus on the visual and performing arts. 

Students will create many types of paintings, as well as collages, multi-media art installations, embroidered bookmarks, panoramic pinhole photographs, Pop Art paintings on panels, silk screen T-shirts, tribal masks, Native American talking sticks, and chocolate candies. They will sculpt, stencil, dance, cook, juggle, act, drum, and play music.  Our campus will be temporarily transformed into a hub of artistic activity!

After lunch the Art Walk will provide wonderful entertainment and will display all of the artwork the students have produced that morning. 

A couple more parent volunteers are needed to help in workshops. No art experience is necessary to be an assistant in one of these exciting creative experiences.  If you would like to help out, email Penny at

Sign Up for the Artists' Luncheon
Artists and helpers are invited to the Artists' Luncheon, immediately following the last workshop. Volunteers are needed to set up, prepare a dish (international cuisine), serve food and clean up. Please sign up on Volunteer Spot: .

OK - you forgot to order your 40th Birthday Shirts -  Last Chance
Order going in Tuesday!

Island School turns 40 this January! Celebrations are in the planning stages and include a Birthday Bash on Friday, January 27th, during school, for students, parents, friends, and the community.

We would love for everyone to wear this special edition Island School t-shirt or polo, which are ready for ordering.

Shirts are approved attire for Island School students. Please visit this link to place your order: After you order, you will be directed to a payment link.

After entering your payment information, scroll down to the 'Payment' section, and type "40th Shirt' in the 'Other' field. Please do not use the IS Logo Wear field.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Island School Theatre Company Presents "The Last Day of School"

Friday/Saturday, November 4 & 5, 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 5, 4:00 pm

"The Last Day of School," by Ian McWethy; directed by Peggy Ellenburg

On the final day of classes at Rochester High School, a renegade student takes over the morning announcements and proposes that everyone do something bold. Or unexpected. Or brave. Or stupid. The point is, you may not have another chance, so now's the time to stop being a wallflower and kiss the girl (or guy!). To let your enemies know that you have always hated their guts. Or to do something as simple as climb the rope in gym without throwing up. Through a series of interconnected scenes, misconceptions, grudges, and secret crushes come out into the open in hilarious and surprisingly touching ways. A comedy with a lot of heart, and no regrets.

At the Island School "Theatre." Rated PG (by Peggy - has some swear words)
Tickets $5 in advance, $7 at the door Call 246-0233 ext. 262

Cast (in order of appearance): Sophia Riley, Max Movaghar, Luke Sullivan, Eli Smart, Sydney Agudong, Sierra Jonas, Noah Howard, Kenna Shafter, Leimomi Rosa, Julia Randolph-Flagg,  Maria Grigorova, Sierra Dias, Luke Reynolds

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Join the Exclusive Hui Kokui Lawn Society

Mike Goto has announced that we are resurrecting Island School's Hui Kokua Lawn Society.  He is looking for twelve good volunteers to provide their yard maintenance services on the upper 20 acres for a couple of hours once every 12 weeks on Saturdays. The job involves operating the rider mower and weed whacking. Training and first meeting will be held on our Family Workday, October 22nd at 10 am.  Riding mower lessons are planned.  

Please contact Mike if you are interested:

Free Workshop for Middle & HS Students

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Second Grader Writes "My Horrible Day"

Here's a story by La‘iku Carvalho, grade 2.

Gift Wrap Orders Due Monday, Sept. 26th

Elementary students should return their order forms and checks made payable to “Great American” to their teachers and and Middle School students to the table at the front steps. Room parents will collect the orders and give them to Monica King or Heather Biedermann. 

Online orders will continue all year. If you missed out on this opportunity to participate, help your school and raise chicks for those in need around the world, go online to and use school ID: 2198281 to set up a student account and place your orders.

First Senior Acceptance to College Announced

Congratulations to Nora Foss, who has been accepted at Pacific Union College in Angwin, California. Nora is the first senior from the class of 2017 to receive official acceptance to college or university.

Searching for Shapes & Colors at the Kaua‘i Marriott

Kindergartners visited the Kaua‘i Marriott on Tuesday. They toured several departments within the hotel, then searched for shapes & colors in the garden area.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

"Screenagers" Showing at KCC Oct. 1

Did you miss this informative film? It's being shown again at KCC Performing Arts Center on October 1st. Tickets Available now.