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March 27, 2014


Breaking News Sophomore Round Table

Sterling Bird, Brianna Griep, Ariana Wilson and Ashley Silvestre engage in Tuesday’s Sophomore Round Table Discussion. See story on page 2.

Island School Chorus Spring Concert April 23

Families are reminded to “save the date” as Island School’s four choral ensembles, together comprising the Island School Chorus, take center stage at the Kaua‘i Community College Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m to present their sixth annual Spring Concert. “Keep Calm and Sing Show Tunes” is the chorus’ most ambitious concert yet, showcasing over 120 students in a tribute to the tunes and traditions of Broadway. “Keep Calm and Sing Show Tunes” is directed by Mr. Steinbacher and accompanied by Ms. Alfiler. Tickets will be available at the Island School office beginning April 14 and at the KCC box office on April 23 as space permits.

Island School Alumni T-Shirts for Sale

You don’t have to be an alumnus to wear this beautiful logoapproved T-shirt. Celebrate Island School’s history with our original logo of Kalalea, the mountains of Anahola. $12 each in the Logo Store.

Mr. Dean’s Spring Fun

Looking for a fun place for your child(ren) to spend Spring Break? Mr. Dean will once again be having Spring Fun here on campus from March 31 to April 4. The hours are from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Cost is $200 for the full week or $45.00 per day. We must have a minimum of six students sign-up for the program to take place. Please contact the Front Office to enlist your child(ren.)

Click HERE for important dates ‘The Mouse That Roared’ DVDs available

$20 each. Proceeds help fund video production equipment. Make checks payable to “Island School.” Drop off in the Office or give to Peggy. Check out the great photos on our Shutterfly site: https://islandschool.shutterfly. com/29251. Password = islandschool

Rock-A-Thon Fundraiser April 12-13, Seeking Rocking Chairs and Chaperones

The sophomore class will be participating in a Rock-A-Thon, where they will be in rocking in chairs for 24 hours, from 12:00 noon on Saturday, April 12, to 12:00 noon on Sunday, April 12, in the school’s Main Hall. This effort is to raise funds for the sophomore class gift. ­­Their ambitious goal is to provide a full Island School scholarship by the time they graduate. Students are seeking sponsors to donate for the hours they spend in their chairs. If anyone wants to support the class, contact a sophomore student and feel free to support the students as they rock for 24 hours! They are also looking for rocking chairs to borrow and chaperones to volunteer for the event. Contact Sophomore Class President Brianna Griep (

Mayor’s Youth Track Meet April 26-27. Register by April 8

Please note: the Mayor’s Youth Track Meet is April 26, for the elementary school division and April 27, for the middle school division — not this weekend. All registration forms need to be turned in by Tuesday, April 8. For more information, email Emily Thomas (

Secretary of State Beston (Zeb Wichert ‘16) reveals some confidential news to his secretary (Kristina Scheppers ‘14).

Many Hands Made Light Work: Family Work Day Recap Mahalo to parents, students, faculty, staff and other users of campus facilities for participating in Saturday’s Family Work Day. Much was accomplished; weather was cool and accommodating and volunteer enthusiasm was contagious. The Music Room was spruced up, and the Weinberg Gym walls and 5th grade girls’ restroom were painted. The Hawaiian Garden and Middle School HI-5 Recycling Station were cleaned up. In the Community Garden, vegetables were harvested, seeds planted, weeds cleared, mulch spread and the garden shelter was painted. In addition, ti-leaves were culled at Brown Hall.

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I.S. Chronicles

SOPHOMORE PROJECT – Sophomores broke up into groups and participated in a Round Table Discussion facilitated by a social studies and an English faculty member on Tuesday, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. This concluded the threephase Sophomore Project — an expansion of the Senior Project concept, and a first for Island School 10th graders. The objective of the Sophomore Project is for students to see how English and History provide complementary perspectives of the American experience. The Sophomore Project’s three phases are: an American Literature thesis paper in Trimester 1, a U.S. History position paper in Trimester 2 and a Round Table Discussion in Trimester 3. Tuesday’s Round Table Discussion allowed sophomores to comfortably participate in academic group discussions with their peers, using their earlier research and work as the basis for their comments. Judging from the positive feedback of the students, the Sophomore Project promises to be a new Island School tradition. Thanks must be given to Dr. Catherine Barale, Mr. David Reynolds and Mr. Jim Bray for spending months designing the Project and seeing to its implementation.

1st graders harvesting veggies that they and the 2nd graders planted in the Community Garden on January 31 — their ho‘okupu project during Island School’s Birthday.

SENIOR UPDATE – Makali‘i Pratt was accepted to California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA. Kristina Scheppers was accepted to Seattle University in Seattle, WA. Bailey Schneider was accepted to University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Angelique Silvestre was accepted to California State University, Long Beach, Fordham University in Bronx, NY, and University of California, Irvine. Bella Voorhies was accepted to Dixie State College in St. George, UT. Christy Jo Williams was accepted to Lewis & Clark College and Reed College — both in Portland, OR.

MOCK TRIAL STATE TOURNAMENT – Island School’s Mock Trial team placed 3rd at the state tournament in the Hawai‘i Supreme Court Building in Honolulu last week Saturday. In the first round, they lost by one point to the reigning champions, Moanalua High. The following round they won against Hilo High. The first trial’s judge, Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald of the Supreme Court, told the teams it was “one of the best trials” he’s judged since 2006 and that “either team would represent the state well in the national competition.”

INTERACT CLUB – Supported by members Genevieve Foster ‘15, Whitney Summerhays ‘15, and Zeb Wichert ‘16, the Interact Club got their hands dirty and cleaned up the Middle School HI-5 Recycling Station during Saturday’s Family Work Day. They sorted through recyclable aluminum cans and plastic and glass bottles that filled 15 garbage cans. Those cans took up two trucks, provided by Business Manager Mike Goto and Interact Club Adviser David Reynolds, and were brought to and redeemed at the Kaua‘i Resource Center. $87 was deposited to the Middle School Green Club.

The Mock Trial team having a photo op during Saturday’s State Tournament in the Supreme Court in Honolulu: Coach Michael Ratcliffe, Daniel Wu ‘16, Emily Threlkeld ‘16, Imara Joroff ‘15, Kalena Wong ‘14 (Prosecution Captain), Carolyn Price ‘17, Adam Sclafani ‘15, Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, Gianna D’Annibale ‘16, Autumn Warnock ‘15 (Defense Captain), Leila Breen ‘16, Alexandra Worley ‘17, and Coach Lauren Calhoun.

Parent Page Parent Association Next meeting: Tuesday, April 8th 1 p.m. in the Teachers’ Workroom Everyone is welcome!

Classified Ads LEI WORKSHOP PRESENTED BY KAUA‘I MUSEUM: Award-winning lei maker Happy Tamanaha will hold workshops on Saturday, April 5, for keiki ages 5 - 18. The deadline to sign up is April 3. Contact marketing@kauaimuseum. org or 245-6391. KAUA‘I SOCIETY OF ARTISTS MEMBERSHIP SHOW 2014: Exhibit available until April 18, open daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays until 8 p.m., KSA Gallery, Kukui Grove Center. This is their annual “People’s Choice” show. Come cast a vote for your favorite work of art! Closing reception with People’s Choice Awards announced April 5, 5-8 p.m. Contact: R. Eve Solomon, 822-1603 or THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB BY JESSIE JONES, JAMIE WOOTEN AND NICHOLAS HOPE: Directed by Jo Grande. Showing for two more weekends: Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m., Puhi Theatrical Warehouse. Tickets are $20 and discounts for seniors, KCP members and students. To purchase, go to or call Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006.

Mahalo to


♥ ♥ ♥ Bob & Faye Brenner, Mary & Bob Capwell, Mary Kass, Ann Leighton and Patricia Sheehan for gifts to auction tuition aid. ♥ ♥ ♥ Mary Alfiler, Debra & Ernie Blachowiak, Roberta Wallace Cable, Nancy Golden, Tish Hunt, Charlie & Mary Bea King, Bonnie & Edward Lake, Wade & Kimberly Lord, Sally Mist, Kenneth Naito, Cheryl Nickles, Dr. Roger Netzer, Paul & Noelani Pomroy, Joan & Rick Shaw, John & Nancy Shaw, Keith & Gail Smith, Drs. Robert Teichman & Geri Young, Sonia & Eduardo Topenio, Mel & Pauline Ventura, Newton & Penny Young, JoAnn Yukimura & John Wehrheim, Mark Auerbach, Bill & Susan Chamberlain, Steve & Lauren Hunt, Stacey Jordan, Marty & Carole Kahn, Loren & Joy Koerte, Sean & Katie Magoun, David & Carol Pratt, David & Darnney Proudfoot, Lois Somers and Bob & Nani Springer for donations to Island School in memory of Hobey Goodale. ♥ ♥ ♥ George & Jami Knox for organizing refreshments at “The Mouse That Roared;” Carol Peacock for “manning” the door; Barbie Taylor, Joyce Flagg and Lori Potter for backstage help; and to Alana Agustin and her colleague Jess for their hair-styling talents. Also to Richard Porto and Kyle Riddle ‘15, for running sound. A huge mahalo to Dora Sloger for the wonderful costumes and to Nicole Street for stage managing. Another huge mahalo to Chris Sweitzer for taking fabulous photos of Sunday’s show and to Jaden Hamid ‘17, and Nathaniel Evslin for making a DVD of the show! Bravo, everyone! ♥ ♥ ♥ Shotokan Karate Group, Hawai‘i Children’s Theatre, Kaua‘i Radio Control Club and Kaua‘i Chorale for offering their services during Family Work Day. Also thanks to Daniel Bicciche for providing special services and Dean Wakamoto for preparing the lunch and refreshments.

What Teachers Wish Parents Knew Points that came up when teachers were asked, “What one thing would you want your students’ parents to know?”

3. We promise not to

In honor of Student-ParentTeacher Conference time, we thought you would enjoy this collection of points from an article in the New York Times blog “The Motherlode” titled “5 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew: Your Children Can Do More Than You Think.” It has a perspective that you might find helpful. For the full article, click here.

believe everything your child says happens at home if you promise not to believe everything your child says happens in our classrooms. This one speaks for itself.

4. Your children learn

and act according to what you do, not what you say. Practice what you preach.

1. Your kids can do

5. Teach your children

much more than you think they can do. The next time your child tells you they can’t do something, step back and wait.

2. It’s not healthy to give your child

constant feedback. Try asking the kids what they feel about their own work.

that mistakes aren’t signs of weakness but a vital part of growth and learning. It’s okay to fail. It’s what happens afterward that matters. The article’s writer, Jesssica Lahey, is an educator, writer and speaker who has been writing about parenting and education for more than 15 years on numerous publications.


SPRING BREAK! Island School 3-1875 Kaumuali`i Hwy Lihu`e, Kaua`i, Hawai`i, 96766

March 27, 2014 A weekly publication We’re on the web at

APRIL 2014 LUNCH MENU A Beverage Choice of: Citrus Herbal Tea, 2% White Milk or Water is offered with every lunch.

Pizza Provided By:

7 Garlic Rosemary Chicken or Grilled Veggies w/ Buttered Egg Noodles and Peas & Carrots

8 Meatloaf or Veggie Burger With Gravy & Brown Rice w/ Corn & Carrots

Salad Bar*

Salad Bar*

Macaroni & Cheese w/ Turkey with Steamed Peas & Carrots

10 Teriyaki Chicken Salad Sandwich or Sauteed Vegetable Sandwich w/ Potato Chips

11 Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza Salad Bar*

14 Chili w/ Ground Turkey or Vegetables w/ Corn Muffin & Brown Rice


21 Creamy Chicken Casserole or Veggie Casserole w/ Pasta


Salad Bar* 18

17 Tuna or Egg Salad Sandwiches with Corn Chowder

Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza

Salad Bar*

Salad Bar*

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Salad Bar* 22

23 Hamburger or Veggie Burger w/ Cheese and Baked Potato Fries

Salad Bar*

Salad Bar*

Baked Chicken or Vegetables over Pesto Pasta

29 Cheesy Mac Bake with or without Ground Turkey served w/ mixed vegetables

Salad Bar*

Salad Bar*


Salad Bar*

Baked Potato w/ Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Chives, Sour Cream and Butter

Salad Bar*

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Baked Chicken Strips or Steamed Vegetables w/ Macaroni Salad

Teriyaki Chicken or Oven-Roasted Vegetables over Buttered Noodles

Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza

Salad Bar*

Salad Bar*

Salad Bar*

30 Portuguese Bean Soup Salad Bar*

On April 22nd

*Mixed Greens, Shredded Carrots, Sliced Cucumbers, Grape Tomatoes, Edamame, Purple Sweet Potato Cubes, Sliced Avocados, Chopped HardBoiled Eggs and 12-Grain Garlic Croutons with additional rotating selections. Choice of Dressings: Creamy Garlic Herb, Ranch or Basil Vinaigrette

This week’s salad came from the school’s Community Garden!

Leprechaun Oliver Shagnasty and wife, Brigid, visited the kindergarten class on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, and handed out green carnations to the students.

Parent Connection: March 27, 2014  
Parent Connection: March 27, 2014  

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