Thursday, April 28, 2016

Summer Leadership Camp for Grades 1-12

Classified Ads & Community News: Week of April 25th

Free Math and Science Tutoring
  • Tutor: Jeremy Randolph-Flagg, Island School Class of 2011 (B.A. Geology from Carleton College, 2015-2016 AmeriCorps Tutor)
  • Grade Level: Open to all grades (case by case), preference for Middle and High School
  • Preferred topics: Algebra and Algebra prep., Calculus I and II, Physics, Earth Science, Chemistry, SAT and ACT prep
  • Where: Island School Elementary LibraryDates: Start Monday June 27th
  • Time: Flexible (Scheduled case-by-case)
  • Tuition: Free (Funding comes through AmeriCorps)
Contact Jeremy Randolph-Flagg for questions and scheduling. (email

Makahiki Coupon Books for Sale
Luke Sullivan ʻ20, is selling coupon books for his Boy Scout troop. They are $12, and filled with coupons with limitless usesContact him at school or via email: His deadline is May 4th.

Brain Gym Workshop

NTBG Contest for Ag 18 & Under

Visit for rules.

No Cost Medical Care

Celebrating Mark Twainʻs Visit to Hawai‘i

KCC Musical Production

This production includes several Island School students/parents/volunteers.

HCT Summer Stars Registration
Morning Program
Keiki at Play
AGES: 5-7
DATES: Weekdays, June 6th – July 7th at Puhi Theatrical Warehouse
TIME: 8 am – 12 pm
SHOW: Rising Stars GALA on July 7th, 7:00 pm at KCC
Rising Stars AM Workshop
AGES: 8-15
DATES: Weekdays, June 6th – July 7th at Puhi Theatrical Warehouse
TIME: 8 am – 12 pm
SHOW: Rising Stars GALA on July 7th, 7:00 pm at KCC

PM Production of  ‘James and the Giant Peach, Jr’
Students must have attended a previous HCT program OR be currently enrolled in the AM Workshop Program to enroll in the PM Program.
AGES: 8-15
DATES: Weekdays, June 6th – July 7th at Puhi Theatrical Warehouse
TIME: 1 pm – 5 pm
SHOW: JULY 8TH, 9TH at 7 PM and 10th at 3 PM at KCC

Visit their website:
Auditions for HCT's Fall Show "School of Rock" - Deadline April 30th
Hawaii Children's Theatre is very excited to announce that we'll be presenting the Youth Production of 'School of Rock, the Musical' (presently on Broadway) this Fall! This will be a fantastic performance opportunity for Kauai's budding musicians!
There are roles for 4 musicians between the ages of 8-15 (middle school looking) to play actors who perform on stage during the show. We are looking for a keyboardist, guitarist, bassist and drummer. We are also looking for another set of musicians 18 and under, to 'rock' the pit (not on stage).
The show rehearsals are 3x/wk. August - September with 9 performances (weekends) in November.
How to audition:
1) Take a video -  3 minutes or less  - playing their favorite Rock song.
2) Also include this information:
Full name
Instruments played
Why do you want to audition?
What role are you auditioning for (stage character / accompaniment pit or both)
Title of audition song
Do you read music or play by ear?
Email your video and other info by April 30, to:
Soccer Camp

Middle School Summer Program

Storybook Theatre Events and Programs

Check our blog for details of:
  • Dadʻs Day Celebration
  • Best Day Contest
  • Forest Akamai Summer Family Camp

Upcoming KIF Schedule

Track & Field
Josh Miller '16, finished finished first in the 800 meter run at 2:04.02, and will compete on May 6 & 7 at the HHSAA State Track Championships @ Kamehameha Kapalama.

Mia Fitzgerald '18, and Michaela Fitzgerald '16, qualified in girls singles, and Eli Leech-Kritchman '16, and Manix Wolan '17, in boys doubles. They will compete on May 5-7: at the Carlsmith Ball State Tennis Tournament @ Parker School, Hawai‘i Island.

Reece Valencia '18, finished 5th at the KIF championship and qualified for States. He had scores of 77 and 84 (total of 161). The HHSAA boys championship will be on May 4 & 5, at the Wailua Golf Course.

Harry Potter Week in the LRC

Harry Potter was a favorite theme in the LRC last week. While the sign on the door warned against Muggles entering, plenty of Muggles came in anyway. Here are some pics of their favorite quotes from the book:

Coming up in the LRC in May:
May 2 - May 6: Korea and Japan Week-- We've learned about China and the Philippines; now we're on toKorea and Japan to learn more about our Asian-Pacific neighbors. 
May 9 - 12: Hawaii Week -- Friday is May Day, so we'll be getting ready by immersing ourselves in Hawaiiana.
May 16-20: Dinosaur Week
May 23-26: Action Week

First Graders Create Outdoor Art

First grade students created an interesting outdoor art piece on Friday, under the instruction of substitute teacher Jill Weiner. The class studied the work of artists Christo and Jeanne Claude, whose unusual wrapped art had a profound influence on modern sculpture. Students used colorful crepe paper streamers to wrap the trunks of trees behind the art room. The purpose of the lesson was to familiarize them with a movement in art history and to help them to look at everyday things in a different way. Here are some photographs of their work.



Kindergartners Overnight at Camp Naue

The kindergarten class had a great time at Camp Naue last week.

3rd Graders Hit All the Spots on O‘ahu

Na Pua Keiki Visit Courthouse

The ‘Ohana Project in PK engages families to participate with the class by inviting them to their work place, home, community, or a  classroom activity. Declan's Dad, Greg Meyers is a part-time judge. He invited the class to his courtroom last week.

Here they are in the jury box!

Art Students Awarded at Hawai‘i Convention Center

On Sunday, April 24th, four Island School elementary students traveled to Honolulu as guests of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. They were honored at an awards ceremony for the Hawai‘i Convention Center Student Art Exhibition 2016.

Kindergarten students Lilia Akuna, Lana Bold, and Jayden Putman and fourth grade student Mark Fitzgerald were among 96 elementary students from around the state who will have their artwork displayed at the Convention Center for the next year. Their paintings, representing the theme "Celebrating Hawai‘i with My Family and Friends," will hang in the Center's Pa Kamali'i Courtyard through March 2017.

Congratulations to them for their hard work and creativity! Congratulations also to their teachers, Penny Nichols and Becky Snowden, for their inspiration and guidance.

Artwork was displayed like this on four walls surrounding an atrium.

Island School Wins Elementary Science Olympiad!

Please congratulate our elementary Science Olympiad team when you see them. They did their best and came in first overall in the first elementary level Kaua‘i Science Olympiad at KCC last Saturday! Their teamwork and support for each other was exemplary.

Besides the first place overall win, our students brought home five first place, three second place and one third place medal!

Our team includes: 5th grade - Thatcher Magoun, Kilinoe Oliveira; 4th grade - Dylan Watanabe, Titus Schweitzer, Connor Tavares, Kai Spindt, Kaelen Suzuki-Kaohi, Zach Ing, Anuhea Ke; 3rd grade: Aria Cuthbertson; 2nd grade - Max Evslin (Max joined the team as a Lego League veteran.) Titus, unfortunately, became ill and was unable to compete.

Many thanks to Sue Macklin, Cristy Peeren and Erin Cobb-Adams for coaching our team, and to Jeff Kozak and Traci Sullivan for being terrific mentors.

For more photos of the event, visit our blog:

7th Graders Dress Up in English

Ms. Abbasiʻs 7th grade class celebrated finishing their study of the book "The Outsiders," by dressing up in ʻ50s costumes on Friday. The coming-of-age story, by S.E. Hinton, tells the story of two groups of teens, the greasers and the socs (short for social). Socs have lots of money and get away with anything, whereas greasers are poor, live on the outside, and always have to be on the lookout for trouble. After watching the film, they shared snacks.

Math teacher, Adam Beetles, made a special guest appearance as a "Greaser." (Don't worry, he's not a smoker!)

Middle School Summer Earth Science Camp

Island School alumnus Jeremy Randolph-Flagg ʻ11, is offering an Earth Science Camp for middle school students this summer. Jeremy is the son of teacher, Joyce Flagg. He has earned a BA in Geology from Carleton College and is serving a year as a tutor for AmeriCorps.

When: July 11- July 15, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Island School Room 7
Tuition: $150

Curriculum: Each day will have a different focus in Earth Science -- volcanoes, earthquakes, field geology, tectonics, and the development of Hawai‘i. The day will be balanced between short lectures, lots of hands-on activities, and time for athletics and games in the day. There will be one field trip to Kalapaki to study lava variations.

Bring your own lunch and a refillable water bottle daily.

Contact Island School’s office (246-0233) for registration and Jeremy Randolph-Flagg for questions. (

Space is limited to 15 students. Register now.

"Can-Can" Dance and Field Fun Party - April 29th

The middle school Student Council has announced their last social event of the year. A dance will take place on April 29, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Admission is three cans or packages of food to donate to needy families on Kaua‘i.

Students are invited to dress up. If they'd like to bring a change of clothes for the field games, they may do so.

Parent should have received permission forms with rules and guidelines. Contact Adie for more information:

AP Testing May 2 - May 12

AP testing begins next Monday at Kaua‘i Community College. High School students who have signed up to take AP tests are strongly encouraged to get a good night's sleep prior to testing and to eat a nutritious breakfast with plenty of protein. Bring a sweater in case the testing room is cold (it often is).

Students should report at least 10 minutes prior to testing time.

Chemistry, Monday, May 28am-noon: One Stop Center Conference Room #204, KCC

PhysicsTuesday, May 3noon-4pm:  WELD2-101 (Welding classroom), KCC

English Lit & Comp, Wednesday, May 48am-noon:  One Stop Center Conference Room #207B, KCC

Calculus AB, Thursday, May 5, 8am-noon: Frear Center, Island School

US History, Friday, May 68am-noon:  One Stop Center Conference Room #207B, KCC

US Gov & Pol, Tuesday, May 108am-noon:  One Stop Center Conference Room #204, KCC

French, Tuesday, May 10noon-4pm : One Stop Center Conference Room #204, KCC

English Lang & Comp, Wednesday, May 118am-noon:  HLTSC-128 (Health Sciences Building), KCC

World History, Thursday, May 128am-noon:  One Stop Center Conference Room #207B, KCC

Alaka‘i Chorus Auditions

It's time again for chorus auditions! Auditions are required for just one of the Island School choruses, the Island School Alaka'i Chorus.

This year-long advanced vocal class and performing ensemble is designed for earnest, hard working, and dedicated student musicians who desire to develop their appreciation and understanding of music through rehearsal and performance. This select high school choral ensemble has limited enrollment based upon the need for specific voice parts. Students in this ensemble are eligible to attend the annual all-state choral festival.

Interested students should arrange an audition with Mr. Steinbacher. Auditions will begin next week and continue until May 20. Contact Mr. Steinbacher at for details.

An Enchanting Evening at Prom 2016

Students werenʻt deterred by the rain at Prom on Saturday night at Common Ground in Kīlauea. They danced the night away and had a terrific time. Daniel Wu was crowned King and Micheala Fizgerald queen, by popular vote. Juniors, Tai Mitchell and Nora Foss were declared Prince and Princess.

Congratulations to Jordan Macklin '16, chair, and Student Government's Prom Committee, for setting up such a memorable event.


More photos on our Shutterfly site:

Anatomy Students Visit JABSOM

The high school anatomy class traveled to O‘ahu for the day last week.. The trip was a tremendous success.

The group visited a working wet lab at the Cancer Center and pretended to be doctors at JABSOM (John A. Burns School of Medicine). They also visited the anatomy lab where they compared a smoker's lung to a healthy lung. They also looked at a diseased liver, and held human brains in their hands! The students put on their gloves and examined a human cadaver. They identified different tissue types, muscles, and organs. They even got to investigate the cause of death which in this case was lung disease.

Our students were impressive. They were confident, engaged, and knowledgeable.  Great job, Voyagers. Many thanks to Mrs. Sullivan for arranging this educational experience and to Dr. Wortmann for accompanying them.

Students learn about sponge tissue from the Big Island that may have an effect on treating breast cancer.

Students practice their bedside manner as they conduct wellness checks on each other.

It's not easy to take the pulse, count respiratory rate, and chat with the patient all at the same time!

The group included: Sydney Agudong ʻ18, Saige Akana ʻ16, Nora Foss ʻ17, Sam Goldberg ʻ16, Sara Graves ʻ16, Jordan Macklin ʻ16, Laura Macklin ʻ16, Lauren Oelke ʻ16 andRebecca Stevens ʻ17.

Senior Update

Gianna D'Annibale has been offered and accepted a roster spot for cross country and track at University of California, Santa Cruz. Gianna is the 8th Voyager in the past six years to go on to compete in Cross Country and Track and Field at the college level.

Congratulations, Gianna. Kudos to our coach, Eric Wortmann for giving so much to our students over the years.

Family Work Day - This Saturday - April 30

Island School's traditional Family Workday is scheduled for Saturday, April 30th from 8 am to 12 noon with lunch included.  Many hands make light work. Time for staff, students, families, and facility renters to get together to help spruce up the campus in preparation for May Day. Bring your garden gloves, trowels, rakes, wheel barrows - if you have them. Jobs include landscaping and painting around campus. High school students can earn community service hours.

Please RSVP Mike Goto, so we can plan for lunch.

Spring Chorus Concert Photos on Shutterfly

A packed house enjoyed Wednesdayʻs spring concert, "Turn the World Around" at the Kaua‘i Community College Performing Arts Center. Congratulations to Philip Steinbacher and Rose Alfiler and, of course, to the students in grades 4-12 who did such a wonderful job. Photos are posted on our Shutterfly site:

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