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November 7, 2013


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Art Day Tomorrow!

Students should get ready for a wonderful day of art workshops followed by an ukulele and slack key concert by Daniel Ho. Another addition is a talent show by and for our middle and high school students. All students will enjoy the Art Walk, where they will admire the hundreds of pieces of artwork created by their fellow students during the day. School will be dismissed for everyone at 2:40 on Art Day and the buses will depart at 2:50. For a detailed list of the art workshops and artists, please refer to last week’s PC, page 4.

Shopping Bag Sale

Third graders are selling reusable shopping bags, decorated with their own art work. Holds 44 lbs. and rolls to fit in purse. Six colors. Proceeds benefit 3rd grade off island O‘ahu trip! $12 Lili DeSouza models each or 3 for $33 the shopping bags on +free pouch. See sale from her class. a 3rd grader to make a purchase.

Needed For Our Community Garden You might have heard of our plans for a Community Garden, located on campus near the solar farm. When

completed (hopefully by the first of the year) garden plots will be available for students and their families, staff and faculty and members of the greater community. We are collecting banana plants, as well as tools, shovels and wheelbarrows. Please check with Mike Goto for drop-off location. The Community Garden project has been funded by the Annie Sinclair Knudsen Memorial Fund and the Mabel I. Wilcox Trust.

College Night - Tues. Nov. 12

6:30 p.m. in the Main Hall You arek invited to a presentation of Island School’s college counseling program and overview of the college admission process by Joan Shaw. This is highly recommended for sophomore and junior families, but all are welcome. Free pizza, beverages and door prizes. Please RSVP. For a complete list of upcoming college-related events, go to page 5.

Bistro Night This Weekend Eat lunch or dinner at the Bistro in Kilauea on November 8, 9, or 10, and they’ll donate 30% of your tab to the chorus.

Booster Logo Items for Sale •

Large, wind-resistant, logo golf umbrellas $20 • logo golf balls $2 Beach towels are coming soon and are perfect for sitting on at the soccer games with a big golf umbrella to protect you from the sun or rain! To purchase Booster Club logo items contact Kymry at 635-1490 or

Daniel Ho Benefit Concert Tomorrow at 7 p.m. Tickets on sale in the Office.

Booster Golf Tourney a Success!

The 3rd Annual Voyagers Booster Club Golf Tournament “Funraiser” was held Sunday at Kaua‘i Lagoons followed by an awards banquet at the Frear Center. The event was a great success with a total of 36 golfers making up 12 teams. The winning team was Fred Pascual, Tim Stuck and Jay Murphy who each won a two night stay at the Kaua‘i Beach Resort. The Booster Club thanks all the golfers, hole sponsors, prize and food donors and volunteers for all their generous support. Mark your calendars and join us for next year’s golf tournament scheduled for Sunday, November 2, 2014.

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I.S. Chronicles SENIOR UPDATE – Alyssa Medd has been accepted at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Bailey Schneider has been nominated for academic recognition at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders to be held in February in Washington, DC. Congratulations to both of these young women.

EIGHTH GRADE – The 8th grade girls had a Halloween-themed braiding party last week. The girls bonded and showed off their braiding talents. Crafty students made Halloween ribbon barrettes. (See photo above.)

Erika Corcoran-Lewis ‘19 and Ki‘ilani Arruda ‘21, have been learning to run the light board for the 5th grade play.

PHYSICS – In Conceptual Physics, students made a virtual roller coaster to study conservation of energy, kinetic energy, potential energy, and thermal energy. The online program allowed the students to see the relationship between the types of energy at different locations on the coaster. (See photo below.)

LEGO LEAGUE – Island School hosts the FIRST Lego League challenge, Natural Disasters, on Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Wilcox Gymnasium. Children aged 9-14 from all over the world are participating in this challenge and have been exploring natural disasters. The challenge is to develop solutions for when these events meet the places where people live, work and play. Our team, LegoMasters, will compete with students from 11 Kaua‘i elementary and middle schools. Judges will award teams for the most innovative project, design and teamwork. The public is invited to watch the robots at 12:00. CHEMISTRY – Students did a laboratory activity this week on mixtures and separation techniques. In groups of four, they observed the properties of four substances: iron, zinc, sand, and sodium chloride (picture). They then added all four substances together, and used different separation techniques to separate the substances, such as magnetism, filtration, and dissolving. ELEMENTARY – Students in K -5 will be going to see the school performance of HCT’s The Sound of Music on November 19, paid for with funds from the Farm Fair food booth!

The Phantom Tollbooth: King Azaz (Veda Parker) argues that words are more important, the Mathemagician (Kahana Heen) disagrees, and the Princess Reason (Sydney Jona) tries to resolve the argument.

DRAMA – The Fifth Grade cast of The Phantom Tollbooth began dress rehearsals this week in preparation for the opening of their show, November 14. Tickets are on sale for the weekend public performances on Nov. 15 -17. The middle school Drama Class has been learning about theatre lighting and are hanging, setting and running the lights for the show.

SCUBA CLUB – This Monday, November 11, Veterans Day, Kaua‘i Down Under is sponsoring a free pool dive at the Sheraton Pool in Po‘ipu for both certified and non-certified divers. This pool dive serves as part of the Marine Voyager SCUBA review for certified divers or an introductory pool dive for non-certified divers. Sign ups are required and space is limited so please contact Joe Corbo ( or Howatt King (

Seniors sold baked goods, chicken sticks and pineapple spears last weekend at Kapa‘a Beach Park to raise money for their class trip. They’ll be back again this weekend. From L-R are Kirsten Malapit, Bella Voorhies and Kelly Kay.

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PA Enhancement Awards Announced Two $100 awards were given at this week’s PA Meeting: • the Drama Dept for soft soled shoes to be used in many types of theatre productions • 8th grade Life Sciences Class for an osmosis set that will provide a hands-on learning experience of the study of diffusion and osmosis. PA Thanksgiving Food Drive November 18 - 22 Donations to go to Nana’s House. Watch this space for details!

Classified Ads PLEASE SAVE: Hawaiian studies classes request you bring in recycle your Costco Chicken Caesar Salad containers for upcoming Hawaiian Studies projects. KAUAI SINGS CHRISTMAS: Kaua‘i’s gala Christmas event of the season in a benefit for Malama Pono Health Services. Join Kauai’s finest singers as they croon spectacular Christmas favorites for a great cause. For tickets or tables, call 246-9577. PUPPIES FOR SALE: $1,000 AKC King Charles Cavailer Spaniels. Blenheim color (brown and white), born 9/11/13. 2 Female, 2 Male. Email CAMERA FOR SALE: Canon EOS 7D digital camera w/ 28-135mm lens, speedlite 320ex flash, charger, bag, upgraded usb card. Less than 1 year old. $1900 new, asking $1400. Call 346-0787. RENTAL WANTED: Room or ohana unit wanted to rent for single woman. No smoking, no pets. Kalaheo to Lihu‘e. Call Terri at 808-634-2955 if you have any leads.

Mahalo to


♥ ♥ ♥ Gaye Miller for her work on costumes for

The Phantom Tollbooth and Daniel Bicciche for his continuous help with the play. ♥ ♥ ♥ the following people for their contributons

to the Booster Club Golf Tournament: our hole sponsors James & Bradley Pratt, Palms Hawai‘i, Richardson Ohana, Alan & Monica King, the Ebesu Family; prize and food donors: Robert Hiraoka, Sam Pratt, Steve Yannarell, Kaua‘i Marriott Resort & Beach Club, Alan King, Kathy Richardson, Kymry A. Perez, Realtor(S) Sleeping Giant Sotheby’s International Realty, Restaurant Kintaro, Joe’s On The Green and King Auto Center; and our golf tournament committee: Kaipo Kealalio, Jen Pomroy, Sean Magoun, Sam Pratt, Kathy Richardson, Alan King and Kymry Perez. ♥ ♥ ♥ Carla LaFratta and Amy Sherrer for

bringing in treats and setting up fun costume relays for the 7th grade Homeroom Halloween festivities. ♥ ♥ ♥ all the parents who contributed to

the sixth grade girls’ Halloween Party last Thursday, especially to Room Parent, Rochette Dahler, for their friendship bracelets, and for putting the party all together! ♥ ♥ ♥ the 8th grade room parents Sam & Bill

Suttell, Christa Massaro for providing cupcakes and hands-on help at the 8th grade Halloween party and to all the families and students who brought treats to share. Also to Valerie & Maya Rivera, the Jonas, Temme, Alexander and Sullivan families for bringing materials for the craft project. ♥ ♥ ♥ the parents who helped make the 1st grade

Halloween party so much fun: Vera Errico for providing the wonderful food, Karen Summerhays for providing the dry ice and Olena Molina for organizing the sack race.

In 2011, 10 % of kids under 2 had used a mobile device.

Now, that's grown to of all kids under 2.


Children’s Media Use in the USA Traditional screen time is down but mobile screen time is up.

: 31


Some interesting information from Common Sense Media ( :10

Shift in daily screen time, 2011- 2013

What are kids doing on their mobile devices? 33 %

playing games



63% 16%

using apps


50 % 20 %

watching videos


watching TV/movies

Despite the move to mobile, TV still dominates kids’ screen time.

47 % 11% 38 % 4%

reading books

30 %



4% 11%

Of the nearly two hours of screen time (1:55), 50% is spent in front of TV sets ... but the when and how is changing.

regularly scheduled programming

18 %



streamed on demand

Access to mobile media devices has risen among lower-income families, up from 22% to 65% ... but the “digital divide” between rich and poor persists. In lower-income families*: • 20% have tablets (up from 2%)

In higher-income families*: • 63% have tablets



• 46% have high-speed internet access * lower-income is defined as families earning less than $30,000 a year

• 86% have high-speed internet access

* higher-income is defined as families earning more than $75,000 a year

The digital divide impacts access to educational content, too. TV still rules as the most widely-used platform for educational content (61%), compared to mobile devices (38%), and computers (34%).



Across ALL families, 54% of higher-income kids use educational content on mobile devices,

but only 28% of lower-income kids do.

It’s mainly an issue of access. This gap disappears for computer owners and diminishes for those who own mobile devices. Among kids who own mobile devices, those who sometimes/of ten use educational content on:


Lower-income Higher-income



Methodology: This report is based on a nationally-representative survey of 1,463 parents of children ages 8 and under. The survey was conduc ted by GfK for Common Sense Media from May 20 - June 12, 2013. Respondents, including an over-sample of African-American and Latino parents, were recruited using probability-based methods of address-based sampling and random-digit dialing. Households that were not already online were provided with a notebook computers and dial-up Internet access for the purpose of participating. The survey was offered in both English and Spanish. The margin of error for the full sample is +/- 3.5 percentage points. The completion rate for the survey was 50%. The results are a highly reliable method of documenting children's media use and how it has changed over the past two years.



47% 49%

For a full discussion of the methodology and a copy of the toplines, see the full report at w w /research

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Need Information about College? Read about these upcoming events right here on Kaua‘i, designed to help students and parents with selecting a college the admissions process, financing tuition and fees and scholarship opportunities. • Saturday, November 9, 1-3:30 pm, College Info Sessions, Island School Join representatives from Chaminade University, University of Hawai’i Manoa, and the University of Washington on Saturday, Nov. 9, to learn about the college admissions processes at three types of institutions: a private university, an in-state public university, and an out-of-state public university. Compare your options and meet with college counseling professionals to help start or continue the college application process. This free public event for students and parents will be from 1-3:30 pm at Island School. Please RSVP. • Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 pm, Island School College Night, Main Hall A presentation of Island School’s college counseling program and overview of the college admission process. Highly recommended for sophomores and juniors, but all are welcome. Free pizza, beverages and door prizes. Please RSVP. • Monday, November 18, 9-11 am and 5-7 pm, Hawai’i College & Career Fair, Kaua’i Marriott Resort Free admission. Visit for a complete list of participating colleges. Juniors will be attending this event as a field trip during the morning session. • Thursday, November 21, 6:30 pm, College Financial Aid Workshop, Island School, Purdy Hall Learn the ins and outs about applying for federal and institutional aid, merit awards, and more from financial aid expert, Jeff Anderson, Director of Financial Aid at KCC and Uri Martos from the Hawai’i Community Foundation. This workshop is essential for senior parents, but all are welcome. • Tuesday, December 3, 5:30-7:30 pm, Native Hawaiian Scholarship ‘Aha, KCC Cafeteria Learn about sources of financial aid available for Native Hawaiians including eligibility criteria and qualification requirements. Sponsored by UH, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and Native Hawaiian Education Association. If you have questions or want to RSVP, please call Joan Shaw at 246-0233 or email

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