Wednesday, June 29, 2016

We're Almost There - One More Day To Help Us Reach Our Goal!

We hope your summer is off to a great start! This is a friendly reminder that Island School's fiscal year will close tomorrow - June 30, 2016. We are just $876 shy of meeting our $70,000 goal for unrestricted donations to this year's Voyager Fund. If you haven't made your contribution, please give today at if you have already given this year, please consider an additional gift to help us cross the finish line!

On campus, summer is anything but quiet. Classrooms receive upgrades, new devices and supplies are inventoried and sorted, and plans for the new school year are refined and put into action. As always, donations to the Voyager Fund are tax deductible and fill a real need.

Thank you for all that you do in support of our students and Island School!

Middle School Summer Earth Science Camp Starts July 11th

Dates: July 11- July 15
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Tuition: $150
Teacher: Jeremy Randolph-Flagg '11 B.A. Geology from Carleton College, 2015-2016 AmeriCorps Tutor

Grade Level: 6th- 8th grade

Where: Island School Room 7

  • 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 at

Register Now! Space is limited to 15 students.

I.S. Alumnus Offers Free Math & Science Tutoring

Jeremy Randolph-Flagg '11, is offering free tutoring this summer through his summer position with AmeriCorps. Jeremy is a graduate of Carleton College, with a BA in Geology.

Tutoring is open to all grade levels, especially middle and high school. Preferred subjects are:
  • Algebra and Algebra prep
  • Calculus I & II
  • Physics
  • Earth Science
  • Chemistry
  • SAT & ACT prep
Classes will be held in the Island School LRC and begin Monday, June 27th. Hours are flexible and will be scheduled individually.

Contact Jeremy Randolph-Flagg for questions and scheduling.

Middle School Students to Receive Chromebooks

The never-ending quest to make the best educational use of technology continues with the arrival of 120 Lenovo Chromebooks! Thanks to grants from G. N. Wilcox Trust, Goodale Family Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation and McInerny Foundation, we will be able to implement the plan to provide all middle school students with these highly functional and manageable computers, beginning this fall.

Chromebooks have become extremely popular among schools because of their affordability, manageability and versatility. Chromebook runs on Google’s web-based Chrome OS, which is designed to be used with an Internet connection. Most of Chromebook’s documents and apps exist in the cloud. To ensure efficient access, the school’s bandwidth has been increased four-fold, from a 50 megabit connection to 200 Mbits/s.

Nathaniel Evslin, head of our Technology Department, became sold on this solution for middle school because of the simplicity of the device and the wide array of free educational apps available in all subject areas. Teachers look forward to the uniformity of these devices, as they will all be loaded with identical capabilities, thus making the same applications available to everyone. Teachers are being instructed as to their use and being introduced to some of the most popular apps, including “myHomework,” where students can create a digital planner, Desmos Graphing Calculator, and Screencastify, which allows students to record their screen activity to make videos and upload them to YouTube. Many teachers have taken home a Chromebook over the summer to explore its possibilities.

One of the most practical aspects of using Chromebook is that it allows Mr. Evslin to manage their use through our Google account to ensure student safety. Not only can he add useful apps to all of the Chromebooks at once, he can block apps that are inappropriate for use by our students.

A user's fee will apply for each Chromebook for the year. Students and parents will receive a use agreement to sign when they are issued their Chromebooks at registration in August.

Looking for Host Families for Exchange Students

This year we have three German students who will be attending Island School. These students have been carefully selected, are well oriented, and anxious to fit in with your family.
Students will be arriving in August, shortly before the beginning of the school year. Check your email boxes for detailed information about these students.
Please consider hosting one or more of these students:

  • 10th - Mila Marie Dormeier
  • 10th - David Janshen
  • 11th - Paula Kramer
For further information, please contact Sean Magoun, Director of Admissions by calling the front office (808-246-0233) or via email at

Big News! Nā Pua Keiki is Expanding!

Through an agreement reached between Kaua‘i Community College and Island School, Nā Pua Keiki will open at its new site on the Kaua‘i Community College campus this fall under the direction and management of Island School. This partnership serves both institutions well, as it allows Island School to expand its pre-kindergarten program, while offering KCC the lab school it needs for its Early Childhood Education Associate's Degree program.
Island School will manage the curriculum under the direction of Nā Pua Keiki teacher, Sue Macklin. Assisting will be Keana Oliveira, who has been working with the class for three years. Two additional teachers will be added over the summer. Spaces will be reserved for children of KCC faculty, staff and students, who will be joined with currently enrolled Island School students.

A defining feature of the facility is its role as a lab school. Early Childhood Education students from KCC will continue to have a model classroom in which to learn their craft as teachers.
The KCC facility was closed in 2013 for renovations and re-opened in February of 2015 with a new coat of paint, new windows, floors and furniture. There are two classrooms, a kitchenette and two playground areas for the children.
"This is a fantastic opportunity," said Ms. Sue of the relocation. "There will be many 'field trips' to the Island School campus to the gardens, playground, Wilcox Gymnasium, and to visit our Big Buddies, the fifth graders." Sue also added that Island School high school students interested in teaching will continue to have the opportunity to intern in the pre-kindergarten class.

Applications for fall enrollment are now being accepted. As always, students must be between the ages of two years and eight months and five years. Interested families are invited to schedule a visit by calling the Island School office at 246-0233.