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May 24, 2012


Breaking News

Island School Receives Six Year Accreditation

This week, we received a letter from the Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) and the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC) notifying us that we have been granted a six-year term of accreditation. This is the longest term of accreditation offered. In three years, we will submit a progress report, which is a standard requirement. Being accredited serves several purposes, namely: • Certifies to the public that the school is a trustworthy institution of learning; • Validates the integrity of a school’s program and student transcripts; • Fosters improvement of the school’s programs and operations to support student learning; • Assures a school community that the school’s purposes are appropriate and being accomplished through a viable educational program; • Provides a way to manage change through regular assessment, planning, implementing, monitoring and reassessment • Assists a school/district in establishing its priority areas for improvement as a result of the perpetual accreditation cycle. Receiving this accreditation is validation that Island School continues on a positive track.

May Day Photos Wanted

If anyone got a really good shot of the seniors at May Day, the graduation

moms are looking for one of them at the end of their performance in their Hawaiian Cowboy gear. Please send Donna Morrison your best shot at

Sports Banquet June 1 - Get Your Dinner Tickets Now KIF athletes and their guests are invited. The last day to purchase your tickets for the lu‘au is tomorrow, May 25. Guests are $3 for dinner. Aloha attire is requested.

Marine Voyagers Dive Sunday

Joe Corbo and Howatt King are supervising a dive and coral reef workshop for certified SCUBA students and faculty. The workshop will take place tomorrow, from 3-5 p.m. and the dive will be on Sunday, May 27. Mr. Corbo has release forms that must be turned in by tomorrow and detailed information. Divers will conduct a fish count through Project Aware and Tomorrow’s workshop is in preparation for this dive and will include a FISH ID and Coral Reef workshop.

This May Be Your Last Chance To Reserve Your 2011-2012 Yearbook!

Don’t miss out on the story of the year. If you haven’t purchased yours yet, it’s not too late! BUY NOW $70.

Annual Giving Phone-aThon a Success! Many thanks to our seniors and

Click on the Calendar tab on our website. to those who responded to their phone call with a contribution to Annual Giving. Our campaign continues through the end of June, 2012, so it’s not too late to make your contribution. Remember - it’s not just the amount you can give; your participation in any amount makes a very positive statement to the foundations that support our grant requests. Contact Daryl Edwards at, if you have any questions. You can give quickly and easily online at http://

College Tour Opportunity in March 2013

Rising Island School juniors are invited to join a California/Oregon/ Washington College Tour scheduled for March 10-20, 2013. Itinerary is attached to this week’s PC. The approximate cost is $2,500 which covers air and ground transportation, lodging, some meals, campus tours, meetings with admission representatives, classroom visits, activities and materials for evaluating schools. If interested, contact Liane Viloria, College Counselor at Pacific Buddhist Academy in Honolulu, as soon as possible at liane.viloria@

Memorial Day Monday The school will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

To contact the publisher of Island School’s Parent Connection, email

I.S. Chronicles among others, came to class to present a workshop for the 29 6-8th graders. The students watched a brief DVD that included taiko performances and information about the history of taiko. Following this, they learned a song and used classroom instruments to perform it. Students then had the opportunity to play real taiko drums and use bachi (drumsticks) provided by Rakudo. (See photo below) Congratulations to the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, that performed last weekend.

ART – Kindergarten winners of the Lion’s Club Sight is Beautiful poster contest were mentioned in last week’s PC. Additional winners are: First Prize - Liko Edwards (grade 1), Joshua Dobashi (grade 2), Kainoa Merano (grade 3 - he also won at the county level), Conor Hunt (grade 4); Second Prize - Paige Sanacora (grade 1), Luca Rivera (grade 2), Jaden DeSouza (grade 3), Kaeo Rezentes (grade 4). STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT – Congratulations to the following students for participating in the Hershey Track Meet last Saturday, May 19: Tai Mitchell, grade 7, Lexi Warnock, grade 5, and Taylor Mielke-Suizu, grade 3. At right, Colby Barth, grade 3, won 2nd place in the Gi & No Gi Divisions at the Scrapler Fest Jiu Jitsu Tournament at the Island School gym last weekend! MUSIC – The middle school music class got a special treat on Wednesday, when they were visited by one of Kaua‘i’s taiko drumming groups. Rakudo, featuring our own Daryl Edwards and Nani Springer

Fourth grade student, Waileia Edwards, proudly displays her Overall Female Athlete award from the Mayor’s Age Group Track Meet held last month.

EIGHTH GRADE – Plans are in the works for May 29, when the entire class will celebrate their transition from middle to high school. The day will begin in the Frear Center with a Breakfast Bond, followed by a day at the Just Live Ropes Course in Puhi. FIRST GRADE – The class will return this afternoon from their overnight field trip at the Koke‘e Discovery Center. Hikes were planned as well as a visit to the Koke‘e Museum. The students are also finishing their dinosaur projects, which are due on Tuesday. The Annual Dinosaur Festival is scheduled for Friday, June 1, at 1:45. ART – Fifth and second graders will come together for a mask parade tomorrow, wearing their papier mache creations. Students will meet in the art room at 1:50 and parade through the center courtyard and the administration building with percussion instruments. HAWAIIAN STUDIES - Bishop Museum educators Hadley Andersen and Travis Atwood brought Holoholo Science lessons to Island School elementary students on Wednesday. They encouraged inquiry and exploration while comparing Hawaiian voyaging to space exploration. Their visit was arranged by Steve Soltysik and Kumu Kauka.

Above: Kindergartners liked seeing Kumu Steve wrapped in a special sleeping bag used in space. Astronauts zip themselves into this bag which is attached to the wall so they won’t float away. Below: fifth graders give 100% attention to Mr. Atwood from Bishop Museum.

Parent Page

Parent Association Shirt Exchange

Bring your “gently” used Island School shirts to trade for another size, style or color. Back Lanai - behind Joan’s office May 29 - June 1 7:30-8:30 a.m. 2:15 - 3:15 p.m. It’s 4 days only so please take advantage of this program! Brought to you by the Parent Association. While you are there, be sure to check the Lost and Found box for any of your missing items.

Last PA Meeting Of The Year Thursday, May 31 8:00 a.m. Teachers’ Workroom

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SUMMER ACADEMIC TUTORIALS: Mark A. Carey, M.A., Learning Specialist at Kaulele Education Services, is offering new options in summer tutorials to build and maintain academic skills. See Kaulele’s website and Facebook page or call Mark at 822-4411 for more information. GOOD HORSE FOR SALE: Rojo is sweet, silly, loves attention, not scared of gun shots or barking dogs, great with kids and walks a steady pace, but also loves to run. He is pure quarter horse, western trained, and is about 15 years old now and is up to date on dewormer and shots. He is more like a large family dog to my family members, and we really don’t want to part with him but I am going off to college and wont be able to keep him anymore so I would like him to go to a trustworthy home, preferably a loving family. I am selling him for $5,000 tack included. The tack includes a Wintec English saddle in prime condition, a bridle with a handcrafted bit, safety stirrups and

Mahalo to


♥ ♥ ♥ Karen & Kenny Agudong, Rose Alfiler,

Doug & Beatrice Allen, Sarah Antone, Marau & Hobey Beck, Daniel Bicciche, Nathaniel & Marissa Evslin, Nestor & Peggy Figueroa, Richard Randolph & Joyce Flagg, George & Jami Knox, Lynda & Jim Liesse, Bernice Hiraoka, Lifetouch National School Studios, Marie & Jay Manzano, Jamie & Matt Metzger, Lisa & Dan Mindel, Valerie Rivera, Lulu Schilleci, Tora & Kirk Smart, Tawna Soltysik & Alex Bensaid and Peter Williams & Takuyo Takahashi for supporting Annual Giving 2011-2012!

♥ ♥ ♥ Daryl Edwards, Leinani Springer and

Cynthia Chiang of the group Rakudo for coming to the middle school music class and teaching about taiko drumming.

♥ ♥ ♥ Dutch & Pam Medford for using their metal

detector at our Kealia school campus last weekend in search of time capsules buried there in the 1980s, and to Mike Hubbard and Ryan Siebring for hours of digging. Also to Liz Hubbard for providing snacks, Ashley Jones, Willy & Peggy Ellenburg, Adie Siebring and the Siebring/Hubbard/Jones kids for moral support. Also to the owner, Peter Nolan and his agent, Andy, for giving the group permission for this endeavor.

much more, the tack can also be sold separately. We also have an authentic Australian saddle, another bridle and much more tack for sale too if you are interested. Please call Bailee @ 634-4397 or email me @ bailee@everythinghawaii. com. LOVE LIFE CREATIVE FESTIVAL: Thursday, May 31, at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall. All-styles Dance Showcase, featuring I.S. 3rd graders, Amber Asuncion and Sydney Jona performing a modern piece w/ the Ana Mo Des Group. $10 Admission, 12 and under Free. Go to www. for more information. SUMMER CHILDCARE: Rachelle Alayvilla is offering childcare and tutoring during the summer at her home in Hanamaulu. Childcare will consist of summer activities and crafts. Hours are flexible. For more information, contact Rachelle at 346-3112.

National Honor Society Congratulations to the 20 new members A group of twenty Island School high school students were installed as members of Island School’s chapter of the National Honor Society on Tuesday evening in the Frear Center. Emeline Wu, president, introduced four NHS members, who spoke of the pillars of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character as they lit candles representing each. Michelle Poirson, Sarah James, Jayke Manzano and Garrett Beyer each lit a candle; Steven Baptiste read a poem. These students are all seniors. The initiates promised to uphold the four NHS Pillars. Scholarship, represented by the yellow candle, means a commitment to learning. Service, the purple candle, means a willingness to work for the benefit of those in need without monetary compensation or recognition. Leadership, the green candle, requires members to exert a wholesome influence on the school. Character, the blue candle, is about respecting oneself and being respected by others. Initiates took the following pledge to keep in mind the guiding principles of NHS: I pledge myself to uphold The high purposes of Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character Of the National Honor Society To which I have been selected. Striving in every way By work and deed To make its ideals The ideal of my school And of my life. Students applying for membership to NHS must be recommended by one of their peers and by a member of the Island School faculty. The entire faculty is asked to approve the final selections.

Mary Capwell, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Island School Board of Directors, was the keynote speaker at Tuesday’s event. She spoke about the origins of the National Honor Society in 1921, by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. She commented on each of the NHS pillars. The faculty advisor of NHS is Jim Bray. The event was organized by the current members, led by president, Emeline Wu. After the ceremony, initiates, their friends and families enjoyed a potluck dinner. New members to NHS are: juniors - Braden Beck, Bronson Griep, Travis Kim, Christian Potter, Austin Taylor, Cy Whitlock, Ava Zebzda; sophomores - Lansen Eto, Ryan Feather, Quinn Hannah-White, Kelly Kay, Margo Latif, Kirsten Malapit, Alyssa Medd, Kristina Scheppers, Christy Jo Williams, Kalena Wong, Ivana Wu; freshmen Jacob Dysinger, Imara Joroff.

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

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