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May 8, 2014


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Senior Cap and Gown Photo Op Next Thursday: Attendance is Required

This year’s May Day backdrop featuring Wai‘ale‘ale in the background and coconut trees and Nene geese in the foreground was painted by Art Instructor Penny Nichols.

One-Half Day Bus Schedule for May Day Celebration

The bus will depart Island School at noon. No lunch will be served. However, the lu‘au begins at 11 a.m. imediately following the May Day program. Important: Please make arrangements with the Business Office (246-0233) to meet the bus at the designated drop off points for your child(ren).

Lei for Sale on Campus before May Day Program

The Booster Club Lei Stand, located next to the Teacher Workroom, will start selling lei at about 7:15 a.m. tomorrow and usually sell out before the May Day program begins. Prices range from $5 and up.

Graduation Package One of the Items up for Bid at May Day Auction

graduate and family at Island School’s ceremony on June 14. Only one package is offered per year.

Post-May Day Do Drop Inn

There will be Do Drop Inn after the May Day program on Friday until 5:15 p.m. Have your child(ren) meet Mr. Dean at the usual spot: on the bench near the keiki bathroom with home lunch or luau ticket on hand. The group will then go the lu‘au line and find a place for all to eat.

Tomorrow is the Last Day to Buy Prom Tickets

Tickets for the May 17 prom are $85 and will be on sale until Friday, May 9. If you need a Prom Agreement Form or you have any questions, please contact Liz Hubbard (

May 12 Lunch Menu Change

Please note: For Monday, May 12, rather than the creamy chicken casserole we will be having beef stew, brown rice, mixed vegetables, mandarin oranges and wheat bread with margarine. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

We will be taking photos of the senior class in caps and gowns next Thursday, May 15, during the Grad Prep class at 11:45 a.m. Please meet in the Music Room to get ready; photos will be taken in the gym. Photos will be used for a variety of reasons, including the graduation program — so we need 100% attendance. Seniors can bring their own cameras.

MS Play ‘Agatha Rex’ Premieres Next Week Friday

Tickets are on sale now for the Middle School play, “Agatha Rex.” Set in a modern high school, the story is told in the style of a Greek tragedy. Although this play is not a tragedy, it is loosely based on Sophocles’ “Antigone.” The Rex children all attend Thebes High School, which has a rigid dress code and a thick book of rules. Agatha seeks justice for her brother who has been unfairly punished for the exact same school infraction as her other brother.Twenty-two students in grades 6-8 bring the play to life on May 16 & 17 at 7 p.m. in the Island School “theatre.” Tickets are $5 each, or $12 for a Family Pass and are available in the Office or from cast members.

Be sure to visit the May Day auction tomorrow on the administration lanai immediately following the May Order Your Yearbook Today Day assembly to place your bid! All Pre-order a copy of the 2013-2014 bidding closes at 12:30 p.m. For more Island School Yearbook, titled “We Spy information, email A Voyager.” Prices: hardcover, $49.95; Attn: Elementary Parents The Graduation Package includes two When elementary students are dismissed softcover, $39.95; digital copy $5. To reserved parking spaces, reserved VIP purchase, go to: ischoolyearbook2014. at 2:40 p.m., middle and high school seating for eight people, a specialty lei, Email rstevens17@ischool. students are in class until 3 p.m. Please $50 off a banner from Sign Art and org for more information. professional photography services for the be mindful and try to keep areas near To contact the publisher of Island School’s Parent Connection, email

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FACULTY ACHIEVEMENT – Social Studies Teacher Lauren Calhoun participated in the 51st Annual Merrie Monarch Festival at Hilo. A member of Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina‘ala, Ms. Calhoun and the rest of the allwahine group performed in the April 25 kahiko and the April 26 ‘auana, and won the 4th Place Wahine ‘Auana Award. Congratulations on a job well done!

Ms. Calhoun, center, wields hula implements during Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina‘ala’s fast-paced, and 4th place, ‘auana performance at the Merrie Monarch Festival on April 26 at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium in Hilo.

CHEMISTRY — In Chemistry Lab, students are learning about the chemistry of soap. They are breaking fat molecules (vegetable oil) down to fatty acid chains and glyceride units. Leila Breen ‘16 They then add a sodium hydroxide solution, which

SENIOR PROJECT– Senior Project Presentations begin Saturday morning (see page 4 for complete schedule). Students will 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. All are invited and guests are encouraged to move from room to room, choosing which presentations they’d like to see. One of the first students to present will be Kawena Kawaihalau ‘14, with her topic “How Art Affects Our Emotions” (see top left photo). TRACK & FIELD STATES — On May 9 and 10, the following students are competing in the Track & Field State Championships at Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Campus: Allison Culliney ‘15, Moeko Fukada ‘15, Chan Hsu ‘14, Joshua Miller ‘16, Michael Miller ‘15, Madison Moore ‘15, Jade Murphy ‘16, Makenna Olson ‘16, Kyle Riddle ‘15, Kellan Wortmann ‘14, and Emanuel Zafirides ‘14. Good luck team! SENIOR UPDATE – Makali‘i Pratt was accepted to the University of San Diego in California. Congratulations! SPANISH – The following students received awards after taking the National Spanish Exam: Allison Summerhays ‘17, Silver Award; Jaden Hamid ‘17, Bronze Award; and Alexandra Worley ‘17, Ashley Silvestre ‘16, and Makoa Pratt ‘17, received Honorary Mentions. The National Spanish Exam is given annually across the country, with over 150,000 students taking the exam. ¡Buen hecho, estudiantes!

LEI CONTEST – Island School swept the awards during last Saturday’s 3rd Annual Happy’s Keiki La Lei Contest at Kaua‘i Museum. 6th grader Ka‘ohu Ranis won first place with his wili lei, 5th grader Kahana Heen won 1st place with her haku lei, 2nd grader Kai Spindt won first place with his humu papa lei and kindergartner Mia Javellana and preschooler Nai‘a Spindt (also the recipient of the Youngest Lei Maker Award) won first and second place respectively with their kui lei. Bravo, to our craftspeople! PHYSICS – In Conceptual Physics, students just finished a unit on sound waves and acoustics. In the photo, Eric Potter ‘16, is attempting to shatter a wine glass with only his voice. To do this, he must sing a note that matches the natural frequency of the wine glass. Although no one in the class was successful, some were able to get a straw in the glass to vibrate, indicating that resonance was achieved and the glass was beginning to warp. TENNIS STATES – Last weekend, four Voyager athletes went to Maui for the Tennis State Championships. The girls doubles team, consisting of Alex Obert ‘16, and Katy Davidson ‘15, played valiantly but did not advance past the first round. Michaela Fitzgerald ‘16, had a tough draw and lost to the eventual girls singles state champion. Davis Huffman ‘15, won his first match and lost his second to a highly seeded player. You all represented Island School well!

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♥ ♥ ♥ Alice Pajela, Melissa Riopta, Valerie Rivera and Joan Shaw for providing the ‘onolicious treats for the Staff Annual Giving Coffee Break.

(Grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 & 12)

♥ ♥ ♥ Norman Acupan, Adam Beetles, Kaipo Kealalio, David Reynolds, Elizabeth & Bill Scamahorn, Lulu Schilleci and Philip Steinbacher & Jason Blake for donations to Annual Giving.

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♥ ♥ ♥ Cristy & Ronald Peeren for a contribution to Annual Giving in memory of Hobey Goodale.

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BOOKKEEPING & PAYROLL SERVICES: Island School mom and alumna, Kylie Wilson ‘96, is offering experienced bookkeeping and payroll services for your business. Contact her at (808) 6350403 or at VOLUNTEER LEI MAKERS AND DONATIONS OF LEI/ FLOWERS NEEDED FOR MAY DAY: If interested in helping the Booster Club Lei Stand, come to Wilcox Gym first thing in the morning, May 9. Contact “A FEW GOOD MEN,” PRESENTED BY KAUA‘I COMMUNITY PLAYERS: Written by Aaron Sorkin (“The West Wing”) and directed for KCP by Dennis McGraw, opens Friday, May 9, in the Puhi Theatrical Warehouse and plays for three weekends: Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20, with $5 off opening weekend, and discounts for KCP members, seniors and students. For tickets, go to or call Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006. There will be a “Pay What You Can Preview” on Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. ‑ no advance ticket sales; at the door only. SUMMER HELP WANTED: Looking for adult volunteers and hardy students for summer fence-line clean-up project. Will schedule the group for weekday or weekend work depending on who and how many are available. Need at least four people with equipment skills and lots of enthusiasm for clearing

♥ ♥ ♥ Bernadette Kaeo for a gift to the administrative office. ♥ ♥ ♥ Ceramic artist Nannette Butler for her generous donation of ceramic tiles, glazes, frames and equipment to the art department. ♥ ♥ ♥ Bradley Pratt for a donation to the LRC. ♥ ♥ ♥ Kathy Richardson and the Magouns for donating ti leaves to the Halau and other classes for May Day. ♥ ♥ ♥ Lisa Lewis for her work this week on the “Agatha Rex” set and for her much-appreciated costume donations. Also to Dora Sloger for her continuing help with organizing the costume rooms. ♥ ♥ ♥ Jane Goldsmith of the Kaua‘i Radio Flying Club for taking an aerial view picture of our community garden project (see photo below).

our fence-line of unwanted tree growth, pig control enhancement under fence, and clearing of the walkpath under the ironwood trees. Please contact Business Manager Mike Goto (

You’re Invited to Hear the Senior Projects Saturday, May 10, 8:30-11:20 a.m.

@HALA 8:30-9 a.m. Kawena Kawaihalau 9:05-9:35 a.m. Austin Cook 9:40-10:10 a.m. Ryan Feather 10:15-10:45 a.m. Natalia Smith @MOKIHANA 8:30-9 a.m. Chad Andrade 9:05-10:10 a.m. Kelly Kay and Ivana Wu 10:15-10:45 a.m. Kirsten Malapit

@MAILE 8:30-9 a.m. Bailey Schneider 9:05-9:35 a.m. Ryland Santos 9:40-1010 a.m. Angelique Silvestre 10:15-10:45 a.m. Quinn Hannah-White @KUKUI 8:30-9 a.m. Alyssa Medd 9:05-9:35 a.m. Hailey Lord 9:40-10:10 a.m. Keana Green 10:15-10:50 a.m. Isabella Voorhies 10:50-11:20 a.m. Erica Gibson @WILIWILI 8:30-900 a.m. Alex Macklin 9:05-9:35 a.m. Margo Latif 9:40-10:10 a.m. Kistina Scheppers 10:15-10:45 a.m. Christy Jo Williams 1o:50-11:20 a.m. Tyler Schump @NONI 8:30-9:00 a.m. Makali‘i Pratt 9:05-9:35 a.m. Kalena Wong 9:40-10:10 a.m. Leilani Boemer

“How Art Affects Our Emotions” “Music and Emotion” “Effects of Music on Brain Function and Cognitive Development” “High Fashion” “Bacterial Detecting Cleaners” “How Pesticides Affect the Environment” “GMO Regulation” “Pesticides and GMO’s” “Fuel Injection and MPG” “Historical Preservation on Kaua‘i” “Social and Psychological Effects of Video Games” “Value of Arts in Elementary Education” “Sports Science of Volleyball” “Child Development” “Effects of Abuse on Adult Criminals” “Thai Cuisine” “Depression” “Care of Mentally Ill Patients in America” “Advanced Medical Imaging Versus Lower Technology.” “Cognitive Advantages and Disadvantages of Synesthesia in Learning” “Ocean Based Therapy for Disabled People” “Kaua‘i Coral Disease” “The Advantage of Dreaming” “Phobias”

The following seniors will be presenting their projects after school on Wednesday, May 14: Kaimana Carney, “Poetry;” Lansen Eto, “Applications of Sensors on Robotic Devices;” Chan Hsu, “The Nature of Time;” Kari Whitworth, “Laysan Albatross on Kaua‘i;” Kellan Wortmann, “Rising Health Care Costs on the Affordable Care Act;” Eman Zafirides, “Shaping Surfboards.” Island School 3-1875 Kaumuali`i Hwy Lihu`e, Kaua`i, Hawai`i, 96766

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