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August 16, 2012


Breaking News

Welcome Two New English Teachers

We are happy to announce the addition of Dave Reynolds (left) and Judah Freed to our English Department! Mr. Reynolds graduated from Yale University in 2002, with a degree in English Language and Literature. He is originally from Milford, Connecticut, and, more recently, from Venice Beach, California. He taught English literature for five years on the East Coast before moving to California to work as a tutor in the Los Angeles area, specializing in preparing students for college entrance exams. He’s extremely happy to be here, where he can do two of his favorite things: teach and surf! He will be teaching several upper level literature and writing classes. Mr. Freed is well known on Kaua‘i for his roles in some of our local theatre productions and for his service last year as Special Sections Editor of The Garden Island newspaper. He graduated from Loretto Heights College, in Denver, CO, with a dual major in journalism and communication. He researched advanced communication theory through the Individualized MA program of Antioch University in Yellow Springs, OH. He has extensive experience as a writer, publishing more than a thousand articles and three books. He further has served as

a faculty member at several schools and universities in Colorado. He’s teaching the American literature, yearbook and journalism classes.

Changes in Administration

Joan Shaw is making a transition to a half-time position. Her duties will focus on two areas: college counseling and development. She will continue to work closely with high school students and their families to ensure that they are supported throughout the college planning and application process. In addition, her work with Daryl Edwards, Bob and the Board in the area of development and fundraising will continue. You can find Joan on campus every A day and on other days as needed.

New(er) Buses

Our “fleet” of buses was upgraded over the summer. Three newer vehicles were purchased for the comfort of our students. Bus transportation to and from school began on Monday to Wailua/Kapa‘a and the north shore. They are currently filled to capacity!

Be a Voyager Booster!

The Booster Club plays a vital role in supporting our student athletes, coaches and the athletic program. Your monetary support from membership dues allows us to purchase athletic equipment and offset costs for off-island travel and athletics events such as the annual Sports Banquet and Coaches’ Social. Your participation through volunteer efforts and most importantly by attending athletic events, is much needed and appreciated! Our athletes

Click HERE for important dates love hearing you in the stands cheering for the Voyagers. The Booster Club is designed to boost school spirit. Please consider joining today. There are five membership levels beginning with an individual membership of $25. Forms are attached to today’s PC. Contact Booster Club President, Kymry Perez, at 635-1490 or via email to Kymry@, for more information.

Please Drive Slowly!

Be aware that children are crossing in front of the Frear Center, in the main parking lot, and all around driving areas. Be alert, do not use your cell phones when driving. Let’s avoid a tragedy!

SAT Prep Courses

Recommended for seniors who plan to take the SAT this fall (October 6, November 3, and/or December 1). Juniors and sophomores are also welcome to take the courses to prepare for the PSAT, which will be administered on October 17. • Math Prep Course, taught by Susie Massaro - $130 • Critical Reading/Writing Prep Course taught by Dave Reynolds - $120 Read the attached flyer for detailed information. Sign up as soon as possible to ensure your space. Checks should be made payable to the individual instructors (Susie Massaro and/or David Reynolds). Questions? Call Joan Shaw at 246-0233, ext. 232 or email

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I.S. Chronicles

PK parents, Corey Dobashi and Stewart Munroe try their hands at making a cube shape out of straws.

PK PARENT ORIENTATION – Parents rotated through four math stations and then were challenged to identify the HighScope KDI (Key Developmental Indicators) for each activity at last week’s orientation evening. The keiki began short sessions this week in small groups to learn the ropes in Miss Sue’s class. The entire class will attend tomorrow for a half day and on Monday for a full day. DRAMA – Auditions for this year’s high school play, Skinflints and Scoundrels: Moliére’s Miser are on Tuesday, August 21, in the Main Hall. Call backs on August 22. The cast will meet on Friday, August 24 for a readthrough, from 3 - 4:30 p.m. See Peggy Ellenburg for audition scripts and for coaching.

Sean Thompson ‘06, and Sean Evans, ‘05, in Island School’s 2003 production of The Miser.

CHORUS – Auditions for Island School Singers are on Wed/Thurs, August 22 & 23 at 3:00 p.m. in the Music Room. Singers is an advanced choral performing class for high school students seeking vocal and musical challenges. Rehearsals are every Thursday from 3:00-5:00 p.m., with major concerts in December, April, and June. All high school students are eligible to audition. Those with the ability to sing and the willingness and ability to commit to rehearsals will get cast. Contact Mr. Steinbacher for more information at

Ms. Connie’s 2nd grade class took advantage of the beautiful day to go outside for a lesson on classification.

ALUMNI UPDATE – Lauren Claypoole, Class of 2012, was recently informed she is one of the four young women in the nation to earn the Linda Riddle/SGMA Endowed Scholarship from the Women’s Sports Foundation. Lauren was awarded Island School’s Scholar Athlete Award in June, 2012, as well as the Booster Club’s 2012 Blue & Gold Award for her outstanding support of the Voyager Athletics Program. She is soon off to Williams College in Williamstown, MA. PHYSICAL EDUCATION – Our new PE teacher, Mariko Strickland, introduced her elementary and middle school classes to the climbing wall this week. Located in the Weinberg Gym, this new equipment gives students practice in numerous skills.

Alumni, teachers and their families from the “Kealia Days” reunited this summer at Koke‘e’s Camp Sloggett. Above, three generations: Micki Evslin, ‘65, with grandson, Isaac Evslin, ‘28, and daughter Tanya Gamby, ‘87, entertain at the Talent Show.

CALCULUS – Dr. Kozak announced the scores from last spring’s AP Calculus exams. Congratulations to Daniel Wu, a ninth grader who took the exam as an eighth grader and earned a perfect 5! Two of last year’s seniors, Jayke Manzano and Michelle Poirson, each earned a 4. Students taking certain honors classes may elect to take this challenging exam in the spring for college credit. A score of 4 or above is accepted for college credit at most colleges and universities.

Ben Griep and his fellow 6th graders tried out the new climbing wall this week.

Parent Page

Parent Association

The Parent Association’s First Meeting of 2012-2013 Stop by the Parent Association Fair just before Elementary Parent Orientation on Tuesday, August 21, 5:00-6:00 p.m. You can learn about student activities, the auction, Booster Club and other Island School events & organizations. A calendar of PA events is attached to today’s PC. Please mark your calendars. Check the calendar for updates. Many thanks to all the Room Parents for their support. All classes are represented EXCEPT 7th grade. Please let Leah know if you’re willing to fill this position. (

Mahalo to


♥ ♥ ♥ Leland Nishek and Kaua‘i Nursery and

Landscape for a donation of a 50-gal empty drum.

♥ ♥ ♥ the Wortmann family for donating two beautiful

couches to the LRC and the Pratt and Wong families for their donations.

♥ ♥ ♥ Kori King for her time over the summer organiz-

ing Na Pua Keiki Art Closet. ♥ ♥ ♥ Nancy Bushnell for donating a collection of

stone tools to Hawaiian Studies. There are some amazing pieces in this collection that show the ingenuity and creativity of the makers. This is in addition to her earlier donation of ‘a’a (sharp) and pāhoehoe (smooth) stones she previously donated. the audition periods. Call backs Tues. and Thurs., Aug. 21 and 23. At the Puhi Theatrical Warehouse.Roles for all ages and genders! The sets, costumes and special effects planned for this show will be the best ever! Visit http:// for all audition details. DANCE CLASSES AT KUGA: New 7-week session started Monday August 13th in two locations: KUGA in KALAHEO and LIHU‘E PARISH HALL(behind King Auto Center). Hip-Hop/Breaking classes for 4 years old up to adult and Beginner Tahitian for adults. Fees: Teenyz and Young gunz for $49/7-weeks or $10/class drop-in; 13 & Up $63/7-weeks or $12/class drop-in. Visit our website: Join our facebook group for the most current info:

Tuesday’s PA meeting was well attended.

Classified Ads FREE TARO PLANTS: We have many large, healthy plants. Variety is Lehua Maoli, a “red poi,” wetland kind. Can be grown anywhere if generously watered. Contact Kate Mink at kate. HAWAII CHILDREN’S THEATRE AUDITIONS: Scrooge! The Musical, directed by Ed Eaton. A delightful musical version of one of the best stories of all time! Friday, August 17 4-7PM and Saturday, August 18 Noon-4PM Come anytime during

VETERANS NEEDED FOR DOCUMENTARY: The County of Kaua‘i’s suicide prevention division has funded a documentary about veterans returning from the wars and their process of reintegrating into everyday life. Interviewees are needed to complete this project. All ranges of the spectrum are needed— from those easily reintegrating into society to those who struggled all the way to those suffering with major issues, including depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. If interested in participating, please call Mr. Edwin Sawyer, 808-634-4427, or at abovemoonstudios@gmail. com and make an appointment. Interview dates are scheduled for: Saturday, August 18, 8am-4pm Sunday, August 19, 9am-4pm. If you cannot make these dates, please call to arrange a private time.

Good Things Happening With Books The LRC has a new look and the middle/high library is ready for browsing The Learning Resources Center is ready for its first batch of elementary students. Comfortable couches invite book and story lovers to curl up for a good read. Joyce Flagg spent a good part of summer vacation “doing all the things I never have time for during the year.” Shelves are organized, attractive

Sierra Hampton-Eng spent some of her summer creating a wonderful resource for our middle and high school students. New books and books from the LRC are ready to check out … manually for awhile, until they are all scanned into our database. Books are organized into genres and organized onto

and labeled. (If anyone has some nice pillows to donate, please contact Ms. Flagg.) New to the LRC is the absence of middle and high school books. These have been transferred to our new library in Palena‘ole’s Noni classroom.

the new shelves. Ms. Hampton, who was the Young Adult librarian at Lihu‘e Library prior to coming to Island School three years ago, has been working on this project for a while, collecting books and locating the perfect space on campus. We’re excited it has become a reality this year!

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