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August 25, 2011


Breaking News

Returning Teachers

Welcome back Kerith Edwards and Jamie Metzger! Kerith recently returned to Kaua‘i from California, where she was teaching language arts classes at a performing arts high school. Kerith’s masters degree is in Comparative Literature. She taught language arts classes at Island School from 2005-09. “It’s wonderful to be back at Island School, as I feel very much at home here.” Kerith is teaching high school English. Jamie has a secondary teaching degree in English, but after a stint in the 3rd grade as a teacher’s aide for Lynda Liesse, she found herself enjoying working with elementary aged students. She left, briefly, on maternity leave and returned last spring to kindergarten to cover Miss Shantelle’s maternity leave. As 5th grade teacher this year, she’s looking forward to continuing to build the relationships started two years ago when she taught these students as 3rd graders.

The Duckies Have Arrived!

The gift wrap fundraiser has begun for grades PK-8. The ducks have arrived on campus and the race is on! If you have not already turned in your completed Reach Out booklet, please do so by Friday of this week. Also, when your child sells

three items, fill in a coupon found on the bottom of the pink parent letter and turn it in before school to earn more ducks and a chance to win prizes in random drawings that will be held throughout the sale at Morning Circle and at MS General Meetings. Your completed Reach Out booklets and pink coupons will advance your class duck, and the winning class will earn a pizza party. The sale runs through September 9. Online sales benefit your child’s class as well. Register your child’s name at www.gaschoolstore. com and use our school code 2198281.

Click on the Calendar tab on our website. the Main Hall to finalize plans for the Kealia Reunion. The plan is to meet next summer and have a slumber party, families included. People are already making plans to come from the Mainland for this. We want your input. Come help decide on the date and place for this much-anticipated event. Visit our Facebook page: php?eid=258426055956 and add your suggestions.

Elementary Parent Night Sept. 1, 6:30 p.m.


Shop & Score

Foreign Exchange Students Looking for Host Families

For 1st - 5th Parents Where: Your child’s classroom Childcare is available in the Weinberg Gym You’ll want to attend this meeting to find out about field trips, homework, curriculum, discipline, the Fall RoundUp, fund raisers, Flo Water and more. Check out the insert in your Midweek Kaua‘i this week for information on how to score big for Island School’s athletic department. And remember to tell your cashier that your Kraft purchases should be credited to Island School when you check out at all Big Save and Times markets. For more coupons, visit www.kraftbrands. com . Also, if you have relatives on the outer islands they can shop at Times and Score for Island School too! So pass along this information!

Alumni Parents!

A meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 2:00 p.m. in

The 2010-2011 yearbooks will be distributed tomorrow (Friday) by members of the Yearbook Staff in the Purdy Courtyard. A limited number are available for purchase for $100, as well as yearbooks from prior years at discounted prices. Look for a table on the front steps with YB Staff members.

The Center for Cultural Interchange (CCI) has a selection of foreign students eager to spend a year in the United States. They come from countries incuding Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Brazil, Spain and Germany. They have good grades, a beginning knowledge of English and a variety of interests. CCI will cover tuition payment and a lunch stipend. This is an enriching experience, as many Island School famiies will attest, and a great opportunity for our students to get familiar with other cultures. Contact Sean Magoun for more information at

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

I.S. Chronicles ART– Last spring Penny Nichols’ middle school class made one of the nine panels that make up the mural at the rebuilt Kamalani Pavilion. A dedication of the pavilion was held last Sunday. Organized by the Garden Island Arts Council, students from each of the nine schools who created murals were asked to say a few words about their experience. Representing Island School were Savannah Tripoli, grade 8, and her mother Denise, pictured above in front of our panel. Savannah spoke with poise and confidence in front of the assembled crowd. Also at the event was President Obama’s half-sister, Maya Soetero-Ng, pictured above, who read from her children’s book, Ladder to the Moon. Autographed copies of her book were sold, with the proceeds going to GIAC to purchase materials for additional mural panels.

from the Windows platform used in the other labs. Nathaniel Evslin is teaching three classes in this lab. High school Computer Science covers basic through advanced training, including programming, web design, and learning about hardware. The middle School Tech class is a new elective for students in grades 6-8, and covers similar material as the Eve Parker sounds out the high “F” in “giraffe.” school class. Students in Video Production, another high school class, finished their first project. Each group chose an inanimate object and filmed “a day in the life” of that object. They edited their clips together to create a 1-minute video. One group chose a pen as their object and pieced short clips of their pen at various places around school. Another group used a ball, which was shown rolling on an adventure through campus. FIRST GRADE – The class began a unit on inquiry skills. They will learn how to conduct an experiment, to use some of the tools of a scientist, and to make a hypothesis. They are also reading, Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?, and Frog is Hungry.

Kamalei Baptiste gives a thumbs up for the healthy lunch!

ISLAND SCHOOL BAND – At Tuesday’s Morning Meeting the band director, Mickey Gautney, and some of his colleagues did a presentation for all 5-8th graders regarding the new IS Band. Mr. Gautney and his friends visited the middle school music class where students got to try their hand at a wide variety of instruments - flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, French horn, euphonium, saxophone, and a range of percussion instruments. It was LOUD, but fun! Flyers were emailed to parents this week. If enough student interest is generated, rehearsals will begin soon. If you have any questions, contact Philip Steinbacher at

SCIENCE – Mr. Corbo’s 7th grade students are studying energy TECHNOLOGY – effiSixteen brand new iMac ciency. computers are now In being used in our new groups, they designed experiments to Tech Lab (Koa Room). measure the sun’s energy which they These were purchased performed this week on the grass. in order to expand our Each group member had a specific technology program task for which they were responsible and accommodate the so the experiment was carried out increased interest from efficiently and all data recorded. For our students. It provides the rest of this unit, they will refer a great opportunity back to the data they collected and for students to learn a Our seniors take full advantage of our new Mac Tech Lab the methods they used. different operating system in their senior counseling class.

Parent Page Parent Mahalo to Association Sign Up for eScrip PLEASE!

Parents - this is your homework! Due date is before November 1. But just as we tell our children not to procrastinate, you might as well do it now. Go to; Sign up or – • Click on the “Yes Renew!” link; • Follow the directions and; • Start shopping! Every dollar you spend at Safeway helps support Island School. Check out other cards you can register and multiply your support. Send this link to your family and friends on other islands and the Mainland. Everyone who shops at Safeway can help support Island School. It’s too easy to miss. Next PA Meeting is Thursday, Sept. 1, 8:00 a.m. in the Teachers’ Workroom

Classified Ads BABYSITTER WANTED: An Island School 2nd grader needs a sitter on a regular, evening, once a week basis. Lihu‘e area. Please call Kate at 652-6153 if you are interested. Mahalo! TOY SALE: Hanalei Toy & Candy Store is having a 30-50% off liquidation sale. Melissa and Doug educational toys, puzzles, grand piano, doll crib, play table for Legos, wooden train sets, puppet theaters puppets and much more. We close the 31st of August, so do your Christmas shopping now and at this great sale. We are located in Hanalei at Ching Young Village Shopping Center. Contact Damarys for more information -(808) 639-5064.


♥ ♥ ♥ Monica King, Alison Wendler and Leah Edwards for promoting our gift wrap fund raising event and for making it so fun with the duckies and murals in the Main Hall. ♥ ♥ ♥ Kori King, Carrie Mackey and Gina Pearson for scrubbing and touching up the Keiki Bathrooms. They REALLY needed it! ♥ ♥ ♥ Bill & Cathy Cowern, Alan & Monica King, Jeff Kozak and Joan & Rick Shaw for donations to the 20112012 Annual Giving Campaign. ♥ ♥ ♥ Wade & Kim Lord for a contribution to the Kauaibots robotics team. ♥ ♥ ♥ J & R Construction for mowing the Guinea Grass in the back campus.

new rotors, new drive belt, newly charged AC. Asking $10,000.00 Or Best Offer. http://honolulu.craigslist. org/kau/cto/2520465462.html. FRESH...BEAUTIFUL...YOU: Interested in hearing more about Rodan+Fields products. Please give Kori King a call at 808-635-4420 or go to her website www.ktking. PHOTOGRAPHER: School is back is session and the Holidays are right around the corner. Time to start thinking about your family’s Holiday photo. Also - it’s time for Senior Portraits for the Class of 2012! Please call to set up an appointment. Refer and friend and receive a free 11x14 print. Carrie Mackey Photography 808.652.9547

MICROWAVE WANTED: The Athletic Dept. is looking for a microwave for the concession stand. If you have an extra to donate, please contact Jen Pomroy at or drop it off in her office. Mahalo.

RECYCLE HOUSEHOLD BATTERIES: The County of Kaua‘i is now offering a year round household battery recycling collection program at the Kaua‘i Resource Center in Lihu‘e. The following battery types are accepted under this program: DryCell (Alkaline), Lithium and NiCad. The Kaua‘i Resource Center in Lihu‘e located at 3460 Ahukini Rd. near the airport and is open M-F 7:45 am to 4:15 pm; closed on all holidays and weekends. The collection drums are located inside the main building. Car batteries and UPS backup batteries will not be accepted, and can be taken to PS&D Tires/Napa Auto Parts. This program is for residents only. Commercially generated batteries will not be accepted. For more information on battery recycling, call the County Recycling Office at 241-4841.

CAR FOR SALE: Gold, 2004 GMC Envoy (4 WD). 70,000 miles. AC, leather interior, moon roof, tow package, alloy wheels, tinted windows, etc. New brakes &

JEWELRY FOR SALE: Destiny deTreaux, class of 2010, invites you to check out her handmade line of jewelry.

MATH TUTOR: Adam Beetle, an experienced tutor of math, is available to tutor students from 1st through 12th grades. He is a fun, friendly, and experienced college graduate and offers the first 30 minutes for FREE. Contact Adam at 808-635-0854. He can provide references, or you may contact Elizabeth Scamahorn for more information.

Seniors Earn Privileges

Part of growing up is assuming more responsibility for your actions. The granting of Senior Privileges is an opportunity for our graduating class to prepare for the world that awaits them; a world of many choices with greater responsibilities and consequences. Last week, leaders from the Class of 2012 met with faculty representatives to discuss their requests and negotiate their privileges for the school year. The results of this negotiation were presented to the high school faculty as a whole on Monday, 22 August, and approved. We thought you’d be interested in learning what they are. Seniors will have the following privileges and responsibilities: Privilege: than the Main Office.) Seniors must make Seniors have permission to leave specific arrangements with study hall campus during lunch. teachers when they leave the campus during Responsibility: their study hall. Seniors on campus during • Seniors must sign in and sign out. (They study hall must attend the study hall. • Seniors having academic difficulty may may do so in Liz’s or Adie’s office, rather have this privilege suspended. than the Main Office.) • Seniors must arrive on time to third block Privilege: Seniors are not required to dress in Privilege: school uniform apparel on Fridays. Seniors have permission to leave Responsibility: campus during study hall. • Seniors must dress appropriately and Responsibility: • Seniors must sign in and sign out. (They follow dress code requirements. may do so in Liz’s or Adie’s office, rather Students who abuse these privileges will lose them.

In addition to the above privileges, each senior has pledged to add 10 hours of community service to the 20 hours required by the school each year of high school. These extra hours will be served to benefit Island School, and the class will plan and execute activities to meet this pledge.

Annual Giving Kick-Off

Did you know that tuition covers just 80% of the full cost of an Island School education? Here’s another way to think about it - if we relied solely on tuition dollars to fund our operating costs, the school year would end on April 18 - nearly two full months before graduation! So how do we make it work, year after year? Like most independent schools, we appeal to private trusts,

foundations, local businesses, individuals, and families for support. This is why our Annual Giving Campaign and our spring Gala Auction are so important. No gift is too small! As the saying goes, many hands make light work. When large, grant-making foundations see that we have a large base of community support they are more likely to approve our requests

for funding, so every gift counts in more than one way. It’s easy to give online by visiting html. We also accept cash, checks and credit card donations at the front office. If you have any questions, our Development Office is happy to assist you - call (808) 246-0233, and ask for Joan or Daryl. Mahalo nui loa for your support!

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

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