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April 11, 2013


Breaking News VEX Robotics Meeting, April 22

Current and next year’s middle school students and their parents are invited to learn about the VEX program for 2013-14. Come be part of the team. Mentors are welcome! Meet the advisers, Kate Mink and Chris Sweitzer. Monday, April 22, 3:00, Kamane Room. Contact Mr. Sweitzer or Ms. Mink for more information ( or html < island.html. Scroll down to the last line in ‘payments’ and specify ‘LUAU’ in the box. The menu includes: kalua pork, chicken long rice, steamed rice, lomi salmon, macaroni salad, and rice pudding. Catering will be done by Keoki’s of Lihu‘e. Tickets will be sold through Friday, April 26 and will not be available after that. Please email Alice ( or call 2460233 if you have any questions.

Kaua‘ibots Score Big!

At the 2013 Hawai‘i Regional competition in Honolulu on April 4-6, Kaua‘ibots finished 28 out of an international field of 37 teams and competed in the quarter-final competitions. The Kaua‘ibots team is truly island-wide including students from all high schools on Kaua‘i. Our team was one of the highest scoring May Day Lu‘au Tickets Go robots at the competition and posted a 5-10-0 record. In the quarterOn Sale Tomorrow finals, our team’s alliance lost by Tickets are $12 person - sorry no keiki discount - and can be purchased just three points in the last match of best of three matches. The winning either in the Office or online at alliance went on to win the overall event. Our finishing place reflected some significant technical difficulties at the beginning which the team overcame through constant, intense problemsolving and repair. By the end, their Ceramic tiles made by 2nd-5th grade art students were performance had improved dramatically. installed in the LRC over break by Sandy Johnson.

Click HERE for important dates The team received compliments from the top teams, describing our drivers and coaches as “pros!”

Earth Day Dive

April 20 Coral reef clean-up to celebrate Earth Day at Kuhio Landing. Certified divers only. SCUBA gear provided by Malama Na Apapa and Kaua‘i Down Under. Bring your own snorkels, masks, fins, mesh bag, gloves, dive knife or scissors, clippers, machetes, water bottle, and potluck dish to share at lunch. Meet at 8:00 a.m. Visit for more information.

Spring Chorus Concert

APresentedFive Year Anniversary Celebration by the Island School Music Department, with the Island School Alaka‘ Alaka‘i Chorus, Island School 'Opio Chorus, School Keiki Chorus, the Island School Presented by the Island SchoolIsland Music Department, with theand Island School Alaka‘ Chorus, Island School 'Opio Chorus, Alaka‘iSingers Tickets on Sale Island School Keiki Chorus,&andAccompanied the Island School Singers by Rose Alfiler Directed by Philip Steinbacher Directed by Philip Steinbacher & Accompanied by Rose Alfiler

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 / 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, AprilCollege 17, 2013 / 6:30 Kaua‘i Community Performing Arts Centerp.m. Kaua‘i Community College Performing Arts Center

Adults: $10.00 / Students (grades 4-12): $5.00 / Students in grades 3 & under: FREE Tickets available at the Island School Office and at KCC on April 17 if space permits Adults: $10.00 / Students (grades 4-12): $5.00 / Students in grades 3 & under: FREE Tickets available at the Island School Office and at KCC on April 17 if space permits

$10/adults $5/students gr. 4-12 Grade 3 and under are FREE! Grades 9-12 are Free with I.S. ID card.

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I.S. Chronicles shirts using dyes made from native plants.

ART – The Kaua‘i Museum’s High School Art Festival opened on March 29, and will be on display through Friday, April 19. Congratulations to Island School’s award winners! Erica Gibson, ‘14, won third place in the 2-dimensional division for her reverse glass painting. Students explored the tidepools at Ahukini last Kyle Riddle, ‘15, won second place for his ceramic vase. And month with Ms. Mink. Ryland Santos, ‘14, won third BIOLOGY – Hard rain and place for his ceramic raku bowl. turbulent surf wiped out one biology This year the Museum is inviting the section’s trip to the Ahukini tide public to vote for their favorite piece pools, but the other three sections of artwork. The artist receiving the made it out and found quite a number most votes will win a People’s Choice of the local invertebrates. Particular Award. Stop in and cast your ballot by kudos go to Makali‘i Pratt, ‘14, for April 19. The Kaua‘i Museum is open finding a live worm snail and to Eric Monday through Saturday from 9 to 5. Potter, ‘16, for finding several good specimens, including live coral, an ashy sea cucumber, and a helmet urchin that several students had a chance to examine closely before they put it back on its rock. The highlight of one trip was observing zooanthids (animals like small sea anemones) that glowed under a UV flashlight. The other group found some sea hares, which squirt a sticky mucus that can be white or red depending on their diet. FOURTH GRADE – Tim Robinson, Project Coordinator of the Kaua‘i Monk Seal Watch Program gave the class a presentation for our fourth grade class yesterday. Students were able to learn and ask questions about an amazing endangered animal that is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. FIRST GRADE –The class is getting excited about their upcoming overnight trip to Koke‘e on April 2526. They will stay at the Discovery Center, where many activities are planned: a scavenger hunt at the Koke‘e Museum, hikes, Hawaiian legends and games. They will tie-dye

Ryland Santos’ bowl, Erica Gibson’s glass painting, Kyle Riddle’s vase.

GEOGRAPHY - Congratulations to 8th grader, Andy Anderton, who won first place in the State National Geographic Geography Bee! He earned a prize of $100 and an all expense paid trip to represent Hawai‘i at the National Bee, held from May 20-25, in Washington D.C. He beat 50 other students from Hawai‘i. Andy was the 2011 winner as a 6th grader,

when he lived on O‘ahu. For young geography enthusiasts, Nat Geo has Andy Anderton and his a webcoach, Nick Lynch at the site just Geography Bee. for kids: kids/. SENIOR UPDATE – Bronson Griep was accepted at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. He was one of 38,828 first-year applicants, of which only 5.7% were admitted! ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT – Noah Randolph-Flagg, 07, was named a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Noah is currently a PhD student in Earth and Planetary Science at University of California at Berkeley. KINDERGARTEN – The class visited the taro patch at Waipa yesterday. They learned about growing and harvesting taro and how poi is made.

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Parent Association

Staff Appreciation Luncheon Wednesday, May 8 11:00 - 1:30 Frear Center

Mahalo to


♥ ♥ ♥ our wonderful volunteers, Grace Furumoto,

who is a regular in the PK class, Dot Schmidt, who comes in weekly to the K & 2nd classrooms, and Lynne MacDonald, who helps out in the Office.

♥ ♥ ♥ Danny & Vera Errico, Sean Magoun,

Heather Biedermann, Katie Johnson, Olena Molina and the staff at Waipa for their help with the kindergarten field trip to the taro patch.

Be a part of the planning! Please join us at the next PA meeting. Monday, April 15, at 1:00 p.m. Teachers Workroom

Classified Ads PONO PLAYERS 2013 AUDITIONS: The epidemic of bullying will be tackled again this year by Hawai‘i Childrens Theatre’s Pono Players. Auditions will be held Pono Players Auditions will be held on: Thurs/Fri, April 11 & 12, 3-5pm, Island School Room 7; Sat, April 13, 10am - 12pm, Island School Maile Computer Lab. CALLBACKS Sat, April 13, 1-3pm, Island School Maile Computer Lab. The auditions will consist of: an interview, theater games and exercises and cold reading from the script. Those auditioning need only come to one audition day. (They are welcome to come to more audition days if they wish.) They are not required to be at the audition the entire time, however the director will want to keep them at the audition until he has the information needed to make informed casting decisions. All those being considered will need to come to the CALLBACKS on Saturday, 4/13 from 1-3 pm. Rehearsals will be on: Thurs/Fri 4-6pm, Island School Maile Computer Lab, Saturdays 10-12noon, Island School Maile Computer Lab with additional rehearsals possible in May. Targeted Performance dates to begin on or around the week of Monday, May 6, and continue through the month of May. There may be some school day performances as well as evening and weekend performances.

EARTH DAY WITH MĀLAMA HULĒʻIA: Our next mangrove eradication workday is on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. We’ll be staging at Kaiola Canoe Club and working on mangrove removal directly behind Niumalu pavilion. Volunteers are needed to join us in our effort. Bring: work gloves, garden boots, & sun protection. Mālama Hulēʻia will provide lunch and drinking water. Mahalo for your commitment to a better Kaua‘i! FRIENDS OF LIHU‘E LIBRARY USED BOOK SALE FUNDRAISING EVENT: Friday, April 12 from 10:00am – 8:00pm; Saturday, April 13 from 9:00am – 5:00pm; and Sunday, April 14 from 11:00am – 4:00 pm. Across from Famous Footwear at Kukui Grove Shopping Center. KAUA‘I AUTHORS BOOK SALE & SIGNING EVENT: Kaua‘i authors will gather at Kukui Grove Mall on Saturday, April 13, to kick off National Library Week. More than 20 Kaua‘i Authors will set up tables on the mall displaying their publications, making their books available for sale. Authors will also be available to sign books and discuss their writing. A craft table for kids of all ages will also be set up throughout the day for children to make “Do Not Disturb—I’m Reading” door hangers. In addition, Russell the Rooster will make an appearance for a fun-filled afternoon show about how much Russell the Rooster loves reading books and libraries. A few volunteers are needed to staff both the craft table and the general author table with volunteers taking shifts to cover the 9:00 am – 5:00pm schedule. Please contact Carolyn Larson if you’d like to help - 808-241-3222 or

Senior Presentation Schedu l e The Senior Project is a tradition at Island School, as it is at other top-ranked, independent schools. Its purpose is to have students demonstrate their ability to conduct an independent study and arrive at a defensible conclusion on a topic of their choosing. Their results are presented in writing and orally, before a public audience. Beginning this evening and continuing tomorrow, the Class of 2013 will make their presentations. They are thirty minutes in length and will take place in three classrooms from 5:00-7:15 p.m. All are invited and guests are encouraged to move from room to room, choosing which presentations they’d like to see. Thursday, April 11 MOKIHANA 5:00 - 5:30 5:35 - 6:05 6:10 - 6:40

Ava Zebzda Cy Whitlock Bronson Griep

Preservation of Hawaiian Medicinal Plants Increase Engine Power and Keep Fuel Economy Fuel Cells

MAILE 5:00 - 5:30 5:35 - 6:05 6:10 - 6:40 6:45 - 7:15

Austin Taylor Mike Kilcoyne Damian Lynch Logan Asuncion

Dangers of Social Networking Polyurethane or Epoxy Surfboards Effects of Exercise on Mental Health Changes in Animation

HALA 5:00 - 5:30 5:35 - 6:05 6:10 - 6:40 6:45 - 7:15

Christian Potter Adam Rick Danielle Caminos Marcus Punua

Surfboard Fin Setups Smart Meters Environment Effects of Plastic Team Sports and Academic Success

Friday, April 12 MOKIHANA 5:00 - 5:30 5:35 - 6:05 6:45 - 7:15

Charlie Hernot Laser Harp Philipp Zaviryukha Effect of Music on Mind Griffin Lord “Griffin and Friends” Art Exhibition

MAILE 5:00 - 5:30 5:35 - 6:05 6:10 - 6:40 6:45 - 7:15

Matt Cowden Braden Beck April Oo Jai Odyssea

Adolescent Sleep Deprivation Computer Simulated Biological Environment Minority Rights in Burma Biology of Natural Swimming Pools

HALA 5:00 - 5:30

Steele Bird

Low Income Housing on Kauai

Several seniors will present on May 9, due to scheduling conflicts. They are: Gabe Figueroa - Creating Electronica, Kim McDonough - Musical Training and Academic Improvement; Travis Kim - The Pacific Trash Vortex; Joy Claypoole - Aquatic Rehab for Total Knee Replacement; Franny Kimi - Consequences of Medical Imaging; Cole Moore - U.S. - North Korea Diplomatic Relations; and Kezia Kawaihalau - Affect of Diet on Immune Systems. Island School 3-1875 Kaumuali`i Hwy Lihu`e, Kaua`i, Hawai`i, 96766

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