Wednesday, September 14, 2016

English Tutors Wanted

Island School students are looking for talented and engaging English tutors to help high school students with their skills.

All potential tutors should send a resume, contact information, and business cards (if available) to Shannon Graves,

This Week in the KIF: week of Sept. 12

Girls Volleyball
  • Mon, Wed. Thurs JV Practice 3:15pm - 5:15pm meet at Wilcox Gym; Varsity Practice: 4:45pm - 6:45pm meet at Wilcox Gym
  • Tues. vs KHS at KHS - JV 5:00pm; Varsity 6:30pm - Admission: General - $5, Seniors (60 and over) $4, Elementary $4
  • Fri. vs Kapa‘a at I.S. - JV 5:00pm; Varsity 6:30pm - Admission: General - $5, Seniors (60 and over) $4, Elementary $4

Air Rifle

Last Wednesday Island School's Air RIfle Team competed against Kaua‘i High at our first held home match. We lost to a very strong girls and boys shooting team but had some personal best for a few of our shooters. Taking to the line for the Voyager Boys were High Point Shooter, Bryant Wu ʻ18 (225), Tanner Tavares ʻ17 (207), and Reece Valencia ʻ18 (200). Other shooters representing Island School were, Henry Scherer ʻ19,Ranger Robinson ʻ20, Preston Patterson ʻ20, Ka‘ohu Ranis ʻ20, andConor Hunt ʻ20. Aliana Ho ʻ18 and Quinn Catlin ʻ19, were shooters for the girls team.
  • Mon, Tues, Thurs: Practice - 3:15pm - 5:15pm - meet at back container
  • Wed., 3:00pm - Air Rifle vs Kapa‘a @ Kapa‘a

Cross Country

  • Mon, Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri.: Practice 3:15-5:00pm - meet at Wilcox gym
  • Sat. - KIF Meet #2 at Kapa‘a High School - First race at 7:30am; second race to follow

Please contact Kaipo at if you have any questions.

We Love Rainy Day Recess!

Well … itʻs ok once in awhile.

Mondayʻs passing showers at lunch recess presented many opportunities for our 3-5th grade students. They are so adaptable! As soon as the rain began to fall, they went for cover on the courtyard lanai and in their classrooms for a recess filled with games.

One of many games in 3rd grade.

A chance to read in 4th grade.

A game of Crazy Eights and some under the table action in 4th.

Jumping rope in 5th

Seventh Grade Students Create Radio Theatre

After reading "Seventh Grade," by Gary Soto, Ms. Abbasiʻs English students wrote their own radio shows, brought in costumes and props, and presented them to their classmates. Each show was hosted by a 7th grade character who gave dating advice to guest who "called in." Callers included celebrities like President Obama and their teacher!

Hi‘ilani Ventura, Alana Sharp, Ema-Lani Ebesu and Ella Offley

Dwight Apao, Zach Davis and Josh Dobashi

Chromebooks Are Getting a Workout!

Middle School students are diving into their Chromebooks assignments before school, and during breaks and study halls. Pictured are hard-working 7th graders getting a jump start to their dayʻs assignments before their first class.

6th Grade Boys Take on Recycling

As the 6th grade boy's make their transition to Middle School, they have had many experiences that are much different than those in Elementary. From working with different teachers, rotating classes, and making new friends, these 6th grade boys have an amazing, well-rounded learning opportunity this year.

One of their responsibilities this year is to collect the recyclables from all the school classrooms and offices. We are grateful to these energetic boys for providing this service, and to their adviser, Archie Achuara.

Busy Boys: above left - the boys sort aluminum cans; right - they learn about being healthy;
bottom - they enjoy a game of volleyball.

Plans Underway to Attend All-State Choral Festival in February

The Music Department is gearing up for its annual trip to O`ahu for the Na Leo Hou All-State Choral Festival. At this year's festival, Island School students will join more than 250 singers from high schools across the state to prepare for a culminating concert on February 18, 2017 at Central Union Church in Honolulu. Our students will have the exciting opportunity to sing under the widely-recognized Karen Kennedy. Dr. Kennedy is the associate professor and director of choral studies at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where she conducts the Frost Chorale and other choral ensembles. She is also artistic director of the Master Chorale of South Florida. She previously held the positions of chorus director for the Honolulu Symphony and was director of choral activities at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa.

Island School Chorus members who have attended previous all-state choral festivals continue to speak highly of their experience, and many of our graduates list it among their most cherished high school memories.

Since the festival's inauguration in 2010, the Island School Alaka`i Chorus has been the only Kaua`i school to participate in this festival and one of only two neighbor island schools to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. Go Voyagers!

Families of Island School Alaka`i Chorus members will be contacted by Mr. Steinbacher with specifics about the festival in the near future.

NEWSFLASH! The Music Department is proud to announce that Island School is officially the latest school in the country to receive a charter to initiate a chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. The Tri-M Music Honor Society is a program of the National Association for Music Education which focuses on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy. Tri-M is the only national honor society for high school student musicians. There are more than 1,775 chapters across all 50 states, involving more than 75,000 students. Mr. Steinbacher will be releasing information about applying for membership in the near future. High school musicians - be on the lookout!

International Students Interviewed for The Garden Island Newspaper

Friday's newspaper featured a story about our international high school students, David Janshen, Celina Nabaa, Paula Kramer, Mila Dormeier, Jordi Benamonti and Noel Witaseck. Despite a few spelling errors and mismatched quotes, it was fun to learn more about these interesting young men and women and how they are doing in their new homes.

Here's the link:

Science Students Learn About Vultures

Mr. Bharathi dasan, who was on O'ahu for the International Wold Conservation Congress, visited two of Traci Sullivan's biology classes on Friday. Arranged by Board member, parent and I.S. alumnus Peter King Mr. Bharathi dasan presented a fascinating slide show about his work in conservation of the vulture. Students learned about the bad reputation often received by vultures and hence the lack of interest in their preservation. However, in the Tamil state of India, Mr. Bharathi dasan has been studying the effects of a disease infecting their populations, and the resulting damage to the surrounding ecosystem. He is one of 15 recipients of this yearʻs Hotspot Hero Awards, given by the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund (CEPF) for his organizationʻs work with vulture conservation. You can read more about Mr. Bharathi dasan and his organization, Arulagam, HERE

And Weʻre Off … Gift Wrap Sale Is Underway

The PA-sponsored annual gift wrap sale kicked off today and runs until Monday, September 26. All students in elementary and middle schools received their packets today. Materials for the sale are enclosed, as are online ordering instructions. Students can visit and set up their account by using Island School’s online code 2198281. Then it is easy to set up a personal webpage and send email requests for participation to family and friends off-island.

High School students interested in participating may pick up packets in the Teacher Workroom, or register online.

Why Participate?
Island School receives 40% of gross sales excluding personalized items. These funds go directly to the classroom that raised them so the money can be used for student needs and activities.
Island School helps others outside of our community! This year the sale will provide a chick to an impoverished family for every three items sold. Last year, Island School students provided more than a hundred chicks to families in Guatemala and Honduras. With this donation, we give food and a source of income to those in need. We also share hope.
Every order of 12 or more items qualifies for a free gift. Choose your item from the catalog and write its number in the “goal prize” section on the order form.
Tuition rewards are offered for students selling $100 or more in product sales. More than 350 private colleges and universities accept these rewards, and they can be accumulated or transferred to another student. See more online at

The keychains are back! Come check out the new emoji keychains and lanyards. Fill out your Reachout book or register online at, and choose an emoji to take home.

New information for 2016/2017: Please make sure all checks for product orders are made payable to “Great American.”

If you have any questions or are interested in helping out with the sale this year, please call Monica King at 332-7667 or 635-7064.

Messages from YOUR Parent Association

Next Parent Association Meeting - Oct. 4th, 8:00 a.m.
All are welcome. Meet in the Teacher Workroom. If 1:00 is a better time for you, please contact Rocco.

Coming Up …
Parent Technology Symposium - Thursday, Sept. 29, 6-8pm

Visit the PA Website:

Calling for Containers for Art Day

Please save these items for Art Day, which is six weeks from this Friday:
  • plastic containers - all shapes and sizes, with or without lids (yogurt, poi, cottage cheese, etc.)
  • egg cartons

Bring them to the art room or leave them in the teachers workroom with a label. Mahalo!

Dr. Patterson Knows A Lot About Watches (Among Many Other Things)!

Our new high school science teacher, John Patterson, is the inventor of an atomic watch! He is the owner and founder of Bathys Hawai‘i Watch Company. In a recent write up, he was described as, "a humble watchmaker in Kauai, Hawaii, who, for the past five years, has been quietly making the world’s first consumer-level atomic watch." His watches will lose only a second in accuracy in 1000 years! You can read the article here:

Dr. Patterson has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and has earned degrees from the University of Texas and Southern Methodist University. His teaching experience includes Depaul University, Harvard University, University of Texas, and Benedictine University. His family has lived on Kaua‘i for over 10 years. His son, Preston and daughter, Scarlett are in Island School's grades 9 and 5 respectively. Dr. Patterson is teaching chemistry and a science elective.

Students Make Connections at Conservation Expo

Kumu Kauka opened the Kaua‘i Conservation Expo last Wednesday with Lexi Warnock'19, (at left) chanting the Oli Aloha. Guests from the International World Conservation Congress joined island conservationists and students at a special visit to the National Tropical Botanical Garden. Traci Sullivan, Dave Reynolds and Jeff Kozak accompanied 47 Island School high school students to the event. They heard many interesting speakers on the topic of conservation including Chipper Wickman, Mayor Carvalho, Helen Cox (KCC Chancellor), and the Hawai‘i Nature Conservancy. 

The seniors used this event to make community connections to help mentor senior projects. To name a few: Carolyn Price connected with Surfrider Foundation and Zero Waste Kaua‘i. Julia Randolph-Flagg learned about invasive species;Tanner Tavares is considering working on the virus infecting Ohia Lehua trees on the Big Island; and Jaden Hamid made some contacts to help him investigate the effects of sonar on marine mammals.

Aliana Ho '18 danced in Kumu Kehaulani Kekua's Halau Palaihiwa o Kaipuwai at the IWCC on O‘ahu, and Kumu Kauka chanted with and for them.

Na Pua O Kamaile Dance at Boat Launch

Our halau, under the direction of Kumu Kauka, was invited to dance at the launching of the Namahoe, the Kaua`i sailing canoe, at Nawiliili Harbor yesterday. They made two huge lei for the canoe - one for each side.

They are also invited to dance at Eo E Emalani in Koke`e on Oct. 8. This is the annual celebration in honor of Queen Emmaʻs trek to the Alaka`i forest. The girls are preparing to dance at this event in Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow.

Got Coconuts?

Our hula students need 15 small coconuts to make hula ki`i, or puppets. This is for a very unique hula that they are planning to present at Eo E Emalani, a festival in honor of Queen Emma that is held in the Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow in Koke`e on Saturday, Oct. 8.
Please contact Kumu Kauka if you have access to little dry coconuts, or drop them off at the Frear Center. They should be no larger than your hand.

Save the Dates - Oct. 16 & 17