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Wishing you a safe and healthy summer break. See you in August.

June 6, 2013


Breaking News

Summer Office Hours

Our wonderful office staff will be working over the summer, in case you need to stop by or call. Office hours are M-F, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., excluding state and federal holidays.

Island School Food Booth at Farm Bureau Fair

Island School parent, Pepe Trask, is organizing a food booth for Island School at this year’s Farm Bureau Fair. The proposed menu is: BBQ chicken sticks, chips & salsa plate, spaghetti with meat, marinara or vegetarian sauce, tofu salad, green salad w/ sweet peppers, black olives and sesame dressing. This will be a fund raising effort in support of a variety of student programs including but not limited to: athletics, robotics, chorus, theater, video production, visual arts, etc. Volunteers will be needed to prepare food and work the booth on August 22-25, at Vidinha Stadium. Watch for more information on how to help. Many thanks to Pepe.

Summer Mailings

Watch for three (or four) mailing from us over the summer. The first deals with forms needing completion: updated names and addresses, medical forms, etc. There is a deadline for getting these in and then they are filed. The second concentrates on the Student/Parent Handbook -- rules by which we live and breathe, governing dress and behavior, among the topics. Students and parents are asked to sign a form indicating that they have read, understood, and agree to follow the rules of the school. The third focuses on activities connected to

the opening of school, including bus and lunch sign-ups, registration for students in grades 6-12, assessments for the elementary children, and orientation meetings for parents. If deemed important, a fourth mailing will be sent. These will be sent via post or email, depending on the content.

Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

$12 for a dozen. Pick up at Frear Center, this Saturday from 9-noon. Order from a Student Government member after school on the front steps.

Calendar Click HERE 2013-2014 dates posted

Beach Blast Off Tomorrow 8:15 8:45 – 9:00

9:00 – 11:00 11:00 – 11:45

12:00 – 12:15

Book Buyback

Sell your books at our online bookstore, MBS Direct. Go to http:// htm. Print your quote, then drop it off along with your books to Melissa in the Office. Books will be accepted through tomorrow, June 7, from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Use the MBS Direct Bookstore account you set up when you purchased your books. If you need help or have any questions, contact Melissa at melissa@ischool. org, or 246-0233.

Order Your 2012-2013 Yearbooks … Here

(or go to You won’t want to miss out on this year’s book of memories, filled with pictures of our wonderful students.

Got Tropicals?

Flowers and foliage are needed to decorate the gym for graduation especially yellow plumeria flowers. Please drop them off at the Wilcox Gym tomorrow, June 7th.

Buses depart Island School Morning Circle at Salt Pond Beach Park Beach Activities Lunch Served (Times differ per grade level) Clean Up, Beach & Pavilion Sweep, Lost & Found


Depart Salt Pond and return to Island School 1:15 Parents pick up students at Island School. There will be no afternoon bus service. Please label all personal items, especially Island School t-shirts. Children should bring their own snacks. On the menu for lunch are: hot dogs, veggie dogs, oranges, veggies, chips, lemonade, and water.

Marine Ecology Class Filled This popular summer class is fully booked.We hope to do it again next year.

Senior Send-Off Today-12:30 HS students will celebrate the end of finals and the members of our senior class with a BBQ & water fun at the Senior Gazebo. On the menu will be beef & veggie burgers, chips, fruit, cake & cookies. 12:30-2:00 p.m.

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I.S. Chronicles

The Headmaster’s Senior Brunch last Saturday, at Gaylord’s, was well attanded and featured the seniors performing, once again, their May Day dance.

GEOLOGY – Ms. Mink’s class spent five days exploring Hawai‘i Island, from east to west and from sea level to the top of Mauna Kea. They went into the pitch black of an old lava tube and out onto a field of crunchy, broken up new lava; they saw a huge red plume of fumes rising into the night sky from Halemaumau crater, the parkland in Hilo where tsunamis twice wiped out blocks of people’s homes and businesses, and the scarp where several square miles of the island fell into the sea, creating a wave that flooded completely over Lanai.They roasted at South Point, froze at 14,000 feet, and traveled almost 800 miles. Best of all, Ms. Mink and Mr. Massaro would like to congratulate and thank seniors

Austin Taylor and Damian Lynch, and juniors Kiana Baptiste, Austin Cook, Keana Green, Tyler Schump, Kalena Wong 2nd graders performed their Rainforest play yesterday and enjoyed tropical and Kellan fruit salad at their Rainforest Festival. Wortmann potluck dinner and breakfast. Those for their excellent behavior and who wish to attend will head out in camaraderie throughout the trip. the morning to Hanapepe Salt Pond for the Beach Blast-Off. NA PUA KEIKI – Students and their families are invited to the MORNING CIRCLE – Elementary Fairytale Ball tonight in the Weinberg Student Council members received “Ballroom” to honor those moving up certificates of accomplishment this to kindergarten. This is a sleepover morning. Fifth graders left Morning and begins this evening at 5:30 p.m. Circle as all lower grades Moved There will be ballroom dancing, Up to their next grade for a taste of sword, shield, magic wand and crown what’s in store next year. decorating. Parents are bringing a

I.S. Chronicles con’t SIXTH GRADE – Girls in grade 6 had a great field trip to Hanchett Ranch earlier this month. They learned horsemanship, riding skills, and ancient Hawaiian crafts, making hau bracelets and bamboo whistles. At the end of the day, the girls rode their horses in barrel races for an authentic rodeo experience.

KIF TRACK – This year, for the first time, we had five girls qualify for the Hawai‘i High School State Track and Field Championships, held May 10 and May 11 at Mililani High School. Pictured from left to right are are coach Corey Dobashi, Allison Culliney ‘15, long jump and triple jump, Joy Claypoole ‘13, 3000 meter run and 4 x 400 relay, Chan Hsu ‘14, 1500 meter run and 4 x 400 relay, coach Eric Wortmann, Jade Murphy ‘16, 4 x 400 realay, Madison Moore ‘15, 4 x 400 relay and Coach Milo Spindt. FACULTY ACHIEVEMENT – Mary Castelanelli placed 4th in the Ironman Triathlon on Hawai‘i Island. Mariko Strickland is in Colorado, competing in SUP down river event at the GoPro Mountain Games. Adie Siebring will spend the month of July in Cambodia, volunteering at the Future Light Orphanage, where she

Prom King, Marcus Punua, and Queen, Joy Claypoole, with Prince Kellan Wortmann and Princess Chan Hsu. High School students vote for king and queen from senior nominees and for prince and princess from junior nominees. Prom pics on islandschool. Password=islandschool

will help develop curriculum for their school and teach English. SPORTS BANQUET – Friday night’s Sport’s Banquet was attended by 350+ Voyager athletes and their families, as well as their coaches. Joy Claypoole and Marcus Punua (pictured above) received the Booster Club’s Blue & Gold Award, given to a male and female Voyager athlete who best demonstrates the Voyager spirit. Five students played four varsity sports this year: Michael Miller ‘15, Madison Moore ‘15, Eric Potter ‘16, Kellan Wortmann ‘14, and Joy Claypoole ‘13. All received letter jackets (except Joy, who already earned one). STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT – Congratulations to Pierce Murphy ‘12, who won the men’s division at

Students tried out the new Indo Boards in their PE classes last week.

last Saturday’s Ha‘ena to Hanalei 8 mile run (for the 3rd time). Also to Eric Potter ‘16, who came in 3rd in his divistion in the 5K run. 3rd grader Spencer Summerhays came in 4th in the 1 mile kids’ run. PHYSICAL EDUCATION –Ms. Mariko’s students in middle and elementary showed significant improvement in their fitness skills. They were tested at the beginning and end of the year in the following: one mile run, curl-ups, trunk lift, pushups, back-saver sit and reach and body fat percentage. FIFTH GRADE – Ms. Wortmann took her class on an overnight to Hanchett Ranch in Moloa‘a. They had a fabulous time, despite (or because of) the rain. Some of them made Lomi Lomi massage sticks from guava branches. They learned how to open combination locks for next year, had mud fights and played like crazy.

5th graders spent the night last Friday at Hanchett Ranch. A highlight was the mud!

Parent Page Mahalo to Parent Association


♥ ♥ ♥ Kim Medd and Napu Jaurequi for ironing all the chorus whites for the graduation ceremony.

Recycle Your I.S. T-Shirts Graduating? Moving? Please consider donating your I.S. t-shirts (in good condition) for next year’s t-shirt exchange. Drop them off in the Office. Mahalo. Mahalo from Leah Edwards, Your PA Pres. Many thanks to members of Island School’s 2012-2013 Parent Association. Without your commitment, monthly attendance and communication to each and every class, we would not have been able to accomplish all that we have this year! There’s still time to join for next year. Contact me at

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ACTING OPPORTUNITY: Women In Theatre (WIT) is rounding up people for Kaua‘i Summer Shorts - the ten minute play festival that hits the stage August 9 & 10. Rehearsal schedules are very flexible and there are several plays with parts for young people. Please contact Nellie Foster via email at to arrange for an audition. MASSAGE: Lulu Schilleci is offering massage over the summer. Great rates and scheduling is very flexible: during the day, early evenings and weekends. Call 635-6779 to set up an appointment. SUMMER WORK: Kenny Ishii of Ono Family Restaurant is looking for a summer hire for the shave ice stand in Kapa‘a Town. If any high school student is interested please call Kenny at 346-7226. SUMMER BABYSITTING OR OTHER WORK WANTED: I.S. senior, Joy Claypoole is looking for summer work to save up for college expenses. She loves babysitting! She is also willing to do other summer jobs. Please contact her at 808-635-8533. RED CLAY JAZZ FESTIVAL: June 26-29. More info at

♥ ♥ ♥ Sam Suttell and Jon Anderton for donating pizza and ice cream for an end-of-year lunch for the middle school music class. ♥ ♥ ♥ Lorena & Stacey Wong for funding the purchase of a set of Indo Boards for the PE department. ♥ ♥ ♥ Philip Steinbacher and Laura Evans for expanding the collection of hats in our costume room. ♥ ♥ ♥ everyone who chaperoned the third grade snorkeling trip to Tunnels last week. Also a special thanks to 3rd grade Room Parents this year, Debra DeBusca and Monica King. The third grade requires lots of extra work for room parents and they were always ready to do what every was needed. ♥ ♥ ♥ the following people for their assistance with the Sports Banquet: Valerie Rivera, Grace Furumoto, Lynne MacDonald, Kymry Perez, Kristina Caminos, Daniel Bicciche, Kaulana Haneberg, Paul and Noelani Pomroy, Nathaniel Evslin, Sean Magoun, Dean Wakamoto, Guy Higa, and to Brenda Zafirides for the cake. ♥ ♥ ♥ Captain Andy’s Sailing for a memorable 8th Grade Transition event. ♥ ♥ ♥ Jim & Dede Bray, Lauren Calhoun, Bernie Kaeo, Peter & Kori King, Carla & Louis LaFratta, Amy & Larry Sherrer and Philip Steinbacher & Jason Blake for donations to Annual Giving! ♥ ♥ ♥ our dedicated volunteers and donors for all that they do to make Island School such a special place. ♥ ♥ ♥ the Parent Association for giving the PE Dept. a $100 grant, used to take them to the YMCA pool.

CARPENTER: Our incredibly talented Rodney Ochoa is available for home repairs, roofing, concrete work, landscaping, siding, remodling. Call him at 212-1827. KEIKI FISHING TOURNAMENT: Sunday, June 16 (Fathers’ Day). Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor. Register from 10:30-11:00 at Nawiliwili Yacht Club. $5 entry fee includes hot dog & soda. Ages 3-13 (young’uns bring an adult). Bring your bucket, pole & bait (gear not provided). Contest ends at 12:30. Prizes at 1:30 p.m. A community event sponsored by Nawiliwili Yacht Club. For more information, contact Bonnie Tiffany at or 651-5103; info@

Adios 2012-13 ~ Here Comes 2013-14 These dates aren’t so far away! • Faculty Returns - Monday, August 12 • High School & Middle School Orientation/Registration - Wednesday, August 14 Parent orientations will take place, students will finalize their schedules. • Pre-K/K Parent Orientation - Thursday, August 15 • Beginning Trimester 1 - Monday, August 19 Classes begin for grades 6-12 • Elementary Assessment - Monday & Tuesday, August 19 & 20 Students take placement tests for math and language arts, by appointment • First Full day of classes for 1-5 - Wednesday, August 21 • High School Retreat - Thursday, August 29 & 30 • Middle School Retreat - Friday, August 30 • Labor Day - Monday, September 2 • Fall Round-Up - Friday, September 20

In the next week … • Graduation: June 8, 5:00 p.m. Wilcox Gym • Kamehameha Day: June 11, Office closed • Report Cards Emailed: Monday, June 17 Island School 3-1875 Kaumuali`i Hwy Lihu`e, Kaua`i, Hawai`i, 96766

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