Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Congratulations to the Island School Graduating Class of 2016


One Final Message Before the Voyage Voice is Quiet for the Summer

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Did anyone get a good shot of the whole group with their lei?
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Have a wonderful summer. Check our Blog occasionally for news.

Need a Babysitter? Math Tutor?

Babysitting for Brown!
Island School sophomore, Emily Sullivan, was accepted into a one-week summer program at Brown University and wants to save up some money for her trip. She will provide babysitting and/or math tutoring up to Algebra II. She's available before July 5th, every day except Saturday, and this week except during finals. Contact her at

Third Graders Perform Original Puppet Plays

Students performed short puppet plays for parents and their kindergarten Little Buddies. Working in small groups in their Theatre Arts class, students had to describe a problem one of their puppet characters was having and then write a script about how it was solved.

Travis Calio, Andrey Semenov, Ryan                    Hannah Pearson, Ke‘alohi Molina,
Biedermann,  Lucas Summerhays                         Aria Cuthberson, Ashley Chun in "The Bullies" 
in "Aqua Wars"

Fuko Shindo and Mary Magoun in                               Deacon Hawk, Luisa Junqueira,  
"Lost in the Forest"                                                              Christopher  Jobe, Keolani Luka in
                                                                                                    "The Singing Contest"

Nohea Judd, Selah Snowden, Kahi Apao, Kaedyn
Santiago, Heidee-Lei Kaeo
 in "Bob Can't Stop Laughing"

Final 6th & 7th PE Classes Get Wet!

7th grade girls went on a run/swim excursion to the YMCA! Great exercise!

The 6th grade girls went to Kalapaki Beach for their final beach workout and swim! Way to finish their physical education class!

Student Supply Lists

Student Government Officers Elected

High School students elected their Student Government officers last week. The following students ran unopposed and were sworn into office.

President: Carolyn Price '17
Vice-President: Tai Mitchell '17
Secretary: Emily Sullivan '18
Treasurer: Andres Elzaurdia '17

Congratulations! We look forward to an exciting year ahead!

Seniors & Families Attend Headmaster's Senior Brunch

It has become an Island School tradition for the seniors and their families to gather the Saturday before graduation for the Headmaster's Senior Brunch. Held at Gaylord's last weekend, this gathering marked an important milestone in the lives of the Class of 2016. There were brief words of welcome by Shannon Graves, followed by an acknowledgement by the president of the Island School Alumni Association, Peter King. After the seniors sang the doxology in Hawaiian, led by Rose Alfiler, brunch was served.

Afterwards, both the senior women and senior men danced their May Day hulas for their parents.

We are proud to announce that the Island School Class of 2016 has provided 3216 hours of community service in their four years of high school!

At left, Mr. Graves welcomes the senior families. Mahalo to Board Member, Sam Pratt for this photo.

Senior men and senior women dance for their parents. Mahalo Philip Steinbacher for these photos.

Mahalo to senior mom, Jenn Murphy, for this lovely photo.         

Students Adopt Chairs for Art Project

Island School students are completing an exciting visual arts project. High school students are painting mismatched wooden chairs in their art classroom, designing each chair after a famous painting from art history. After receiving donations of over twenty wooden chairs from thrift shops, garage sales, and even from the local Starbucks, students began sanding and applying primer to their adopted chairs. Then they each painted their chair with a design inspired by the iconic image they selected. So far, seven chairs have been completed, including chairs inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night, Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, and Hokusai’s The Great Wave.
Penny Nichols plans on this becoming a tradition for our high school juniors and seniors, who will leave these painted chairs in the art room as a kind of artistic legacy.

Alexandra Temme '17, with her Claude Monet               Gabri LaFratta '17, with her
"Water Lilies" chair                                                                     van Gogh "Starry Night" chair

Anne Cushnie '17, with her chair inspired ​          Ariana Wilson '16, with her chair
by Katsushika Hokusai's "The Great Wave"          inspired by Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflowers"
Island School’s Art Department is looking for more wooden chairs and would gladly accept any donations. Chairs should be solid wood. They may be in need of refinishing, but should be structurally sound. To donate chairs, please contact Penny at

Please Consider Hosting an Exchange Student

Opportunities for families to host international exchange students next year are being offered. There are four high school students from Germany, two boys and two girls, waiting for families to adopt them for the next school year. Hosting international students is a wonderful cultural experience for the entire family. Please contact Sean Magoun if you are interested.

End-of-the-Year Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥

 ♥ ♥ ♥  United Church of Christ for donating a puppet stage to the PK and Theatre Arts Depts.

♥ ♥ ♥  Mr. Dean and the Do Drop Inn kids for cleaning the LRC Tuesday after school. They came in with clean cloths and clean water and left with dirty cloths and water! The LRC, however, is sparkling!

♥ ♥ ♥  Avigale McLoughlin and the other parents who are donating to and coordinating an end-of-year pizza party for the 'Opio Chorus on Wednesday.
♥ ♥ ♥  the following 8th grade parents for their assistance in making the 8th Grade Transition event so much fun: Jody and Erika Valente for supplying the snacks,Tanya and Thor Temme for scuring the Bubble Warrior Activity, Mike Lopez for supplying the sounds and DJ for the ceremony and dance. Also to Keyk Capatim Bruce Hogue and Adie Siebring for organizing and chaperoning the event.

♥ ♥ ♥   Richard Porto for his assistance in organizing the Theatre Arts areas.