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March 7, 2013


Breaking News

Conference Sign-Ups

picked up by Mr. Dean at that time.

Student/Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, March 21, beginning at 12:30 p.m. and Friday March 22, from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Thursday is a half-day of classes; students will be dismissed at 11:05 (grades 6-12) and 11:10 (grades PK-5). School lunch will not be served on Thursday and the buses will depart on at 11:20 a.m. There will be no classes on Friday. Elementary parents may schedule their conference by signing up on the sheet outside their teacher’s classroom. Middle and high school parents should fill out the attached form to indicate the teachers with whom they’d like to meet. We strongly encourage parents and students to take advantage of this opportunity to touch bases with their teachers and set goals for the next trimester.

Luck of the Leprechaun, March 21 for PK-3

By popular demand, Student Government will entertain PK-3rd grade children on the first day of conferences, beginning at 11:10, when school is dismissed, until 3:00 p.m. Children will be treated to lunch, arts and crafts and a movie. Cost is $10 for one child, $15 for two, and $20 for three or more in the same family. To sign up, stop by the Office or register online at http://diamondmindinc. com/island.html. Scroll down toward the bottom to the payment section and use the “Other” field. After Please Specify, note “Luck.” Registration deadline is Wednesday, March 20, at 3:30 p.m. Students wishing to attend Do Drop Inn at 3:00 p.m. will be

Griffin & Friends Art Opening This Friday

The Island School ohana is invited to attend the opening of the art exhibit, Griffin & Friends, Friday, March 8th, from 5:00 to 8:00 at the Kaua‘i Society of Artists Gallery in the Kukui Grove Shopping Center. It will include a wide array of Griffin’s artwork, as well as the work of twenty-five of her Island School classmates. Pupu and refreshments will be served and there will be entertainment. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, March 23. It is free and will be open to the public from 12:30 to 3:00 Saturday through Thursday, 12:30 to 8:00 on Friday. Griffin is curating the show as part of her senior project. She will be attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago this fall.

Elementary Spirit Week Next Week

Student Council has declared Spirit Week for K-5 to be on Tues.-Thurs.: Tuesday: Black & White Day Wednesday: Neon Day Thursday: Favorite Holiday Day

Middle School Dance Tomorrow

Parent permission forms are due today for students who plan on attending the Middle School Dance

Click HERE for important dates tomorrow in the Main Hall. The dance is from , 6:30-9:00 p.m. A $10 admission fee will be collected at the door. Dress code rules apply.

Trimester 2 Has Ended! On to Trimester 3!

Monday, March 11, marks the beginning of trimester 3. Report cards for trimester 2 classes will be sent via email on March 15th to all parents and to students in middle and high school grades. Please note that we are not printing hard copies of report cards. If you need one, please contact the Office and we will print one for you.

Teacher’s Aide for 5th

Join us in welcoming Adam Beetles to our staff as Cindy’s aide. Originally from Canada, he graduated from the Royal Roads University, Victoria, B.C., where he was a President’s Scholar, majoring in commerce. During summers, he has worked with Elizabeth Scamahorn in the Jeanne Warburton Memorial Literacy Clinic. His particular skill is math, in which he has tutored students both in Canada and on Kaua‘i.

Arrrrr! One More Week to Go

Got yer tickets? Volunteered? The clock be tickin’, maties.

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I.S. Chronicles SENIOR UPDATE – Adam Rick has been accepted at University of San Francisco in San Francisco, CA, and at Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL Cole Moore was accepted at Portland State University in Portland, OR. Mike Kilcoyne has been accepted to University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI. Kimberly McDonough has been accepted at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI, where she was awarded a Presidential Scholarship. (This is Kim’s 8th acceptance - all included merit awards!) Gabriel Figueroa and Travis Kim have both been accepted at Seattle University in Seattle, WA. Gabe received the Bellermine Scholarship. Travis has also been accepted at University of San Francisco in San Francisco, CA. SPANISH – There is still time to join the group going to Costa Rica in July. Pick up a Costa Rica pamphlet in the Office, or contact Señora Wong at for more information. DRAMA - Middle School Drama just began rehearsals for their spring production, a stage adaptation of Doctor Who: Smith & Jones. Much more information to follow. Suffice it to say, “The Doctor is coming!” (On May 17 & 18.) ART – The Kaua‘i Museum has announced the winners of their Middle School Art Festival. They give first, second, and third place art awards in three categories: 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, and photography. Congratulations to our Island School award winners! Two Dimensional: First Place: Sydney Agudong, 7th grade, for her conte crayon portrait; Second Place: Joshua Spencer, 8th grade, for his conte crayon portrait; Third Place: Ellianna Ramirez, 6th grade, for her acrylic painting on Plexiglas. Three Dimensional:

First Place: Joel Deblin, 8th grade, for his sculpture made of recycled aluminum; Third Place: Hannah Ruddell, 8th grade, for her ceramic jar. The exhibit features the work of middle school students from Island School, Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School and Kapa‘a Middle School. It will be on display through Friday, March 22. The Kaua‘i Museum is open to the public from 10 to 5. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free.

Artists clockwise from top left: Josh Spencer, Ellianna Ramirez, Joel Deblin, Hannah Ruddell (photo of Sydney Agudong’s portrait not available)

SCIENCE – Congratulations to the Middle & High School Science Olympiad teams that competed at the state level at Leeward Community College on O‘ahu. There were 15 events in which they competed. Both teams placed out of the 15 schools that qualified for the state tournament. Zeke Gamby & Brianna Ryan’s Mouse Trap Vehicle earned 1st place! Quinn Catlin & Andres GonzalezRamos’ Roto Egg Drop earned 2nd place. Matthew Tamanaha & Andres Gonzalez-Ramos’ Helicopter, Rachel Dressler & Brianna Ryan’s Crime Busters and Brianna Ryan & Andres Gonzalez-Ramos’ Reach for the Stars all earned 5th. Our high school team earned 3rd place in Christy

Williams & Ava Zebzda’s Write It/Do It and 4th place in Christian Potter & Bronson Griep’s Disease Detective. Complete results are posted at http://www.hsso. org/?q=node/9 The teams will celebrate with a pizza party after school next week, Friday. SPELLING – The Spelling Bee is coming to the elementary grades. Practice will begin next week and the final Bee will be held the week of April 8th. Grades 1 and 2 will have in-class Bees only. The winners in grades 3-5 will be decided in their classes and will compete in April. FIFTH GRADE – The class examined an ostrich egg and shared it with their elementary classmates. They made predictions as to the contents and size of the yolk and compared it with chicken and duck eggs. They tested its strength by standing on it. Afterward, the egg was cracked open, inspected, scrambled, cooked and eaten. “It was awesome,” said Kaeo Rezentes. “It tasted richer than a chicken egg,” added Kaikea Kaui. PRE-CALCULUS – Mike Goto asked if a math class could complete a measurement of the solar farm for submission to the county for property tax purposes. Mrs. Massaro offered up her precalculus class. Yesterday, her students got a practical application of the trigonometry they’ve been studying by measuring the solar panels and the surrounding fencing. (See photo below.)

Parent Page Mahalo to Parent Association


♥ ♥ ♥ the following parents who played a huge

The Parent Association is looking for a team of Room Parents to represent their classes next year. Unsure of what to expect? It’s easy to find out. • Talk to your current Room Parent. • Check with next year’s teacher for his or her expectations. • Come to our next PA meeting on April 9th and meet other Room Parents.

role in the success of the middle school Science Olympiad team, helping mentor and chaperone: Sandra Catlin, Chris Gamby, Michelle Dressler, Laura Ryan and Laura Cushnie.

♥ ♥ ♥ Corina Potter for working with the Island School

Alaka’i Chorus on the Portuguese lyrics for a song in the April 17th spring concert.

♥ ♥ ♥ Jeri Cook, Lotus Dove and the many 5th

grade parents for putting together some great Grub to sell at intermission and to Jerry McKenna & Lani Nagao for hosting the cast party for the cast of Treasure Island. Also to the hearty crew who spent a good part of the week getting their “ship” ready to “sail.”

This is a rewarding way to get “up close and personal” with your child’s school experience. Please consider joining the PA team!

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AUDITIONS: Auditions are being held for Hawai‘i’s Unofficial History: A 90-minute Comedy for All Ages. Written by Cass Foster & Bill Alewyn, directed by Cass Foster Premiere to open in July Email Cass AT for location and time. CONCERT: Amy Hanaiali’i & Friends Coming to Kaua’i Hawai‘i’s Top Selling Female Vocalist of all time Winner of 17 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards & 5 Grammy Nominations Tahiti Nui Restaurant & Bar Luau Room, Hanalei Limited Seating Ticket Outlets: Hanalei Music, Strings & Things, 826-9633 Hawaiian Music Kiosk, Princeville, 826-0245 Hawaiian Music Kiosk, Coconut Marketplace, 823-0302 Kauai Music & Sound, 826-0245 Tahiti Nui Restaurant & Bar, 826-6277. THEATRE: Kaua‘i Community Players presents The Dixie Swim Club, directed by Jo Grande. Puhi Theatrical Warehouse, Friday, March 15 - Sunday March 31. Fri/Sat at 7pm, Sundays at 4pm. Tickets $20 in advance; $5 off opening weekend. Pay-What-You-Can Preview on Thursday, March 14. Call 800-838-3006 or go to

Congratulations to the 5th grade cast of Treasure Island! They played to a packed house last weekend! Photos on (password=islandschool) MORE THEATRE: Women in Theatre presents The Sisters Rosensweig,, directed by Arnold Meister.WIT’s End, Coconut Marketplace, March 1-17, Fri/Sat at 7:30pm, Sundays at 5pm. Tickets $18 in advance at JUNIOR GOLF: If you have not registered, this is just a friendly reminder to do so immediately! The KJGA is accepting new and returning membership applications. CLICK HERE to register and make sure to register for KJGA-HSJGA Dual Membership! Please register before March 13th to guarantee group lessons. KJGA membership is open to male and female junior golfers who meet the following qualifications: • Are between the ages of 7 to 18 by July 19, 2013 • Have not reached their 19th birthday and have not entered college.

Students Support the Auction

Our student-made donations are some of the hottest items up for bid!

Our students know that attending Island School is something special. Especially as they grow older, they come to appreciate and value the kind of education they are receiving. Giving them the opportunity to support their school is a rewarding experience. This is in large part the reason behind class auction projects.

3rd - 5’ x 4’ Blue, Fuzzy Blanket

(This photo shows the class making it.)

As time allows, homeroom teachers and parents create an age-appropriate project for their students to complete each year as an auction donation. They range from student art, to gift baskets to hand-crafted items to gift certificates. This year’s class projects to date are as follows:

PK - 40 x 40” abstract art on canvas

5th - Student art framed in a 20” x 16” wire display. 6th - Lego Pirate Ship and handmade Jewelry (This photo shows students making the pirate ship.)

K - Hand-Painted Ceramic Platter (This photo shows it unfinished.)

1st - Set of HandDecorated Melamine Plates

2nd - Family Game Night Gift Baskets

10th - Dolphin Restaurant Certificate 11th - Student-Painted Beach Scene

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