Middle School

The middle level program at Island School, which includes grades 6-8, addresses the particular needs of pre-adolescent students as they transition from elementary to high school. The middle level curriculum is driven by Island School’s mission statement, philosophy, policies and 12 ESLRs. The instructional program includes courses in language arts, math, science, social studies, foreign language, visual and performing arts, Hawaiian studies, computer science, physical education, and health education.

Students have opportunities to advance academically based on performance and readiness. The middle school program cultivates the joy of learning, teaches students to manage the increasing demands of secondary education, and reinforces both the extrinsic and intrinsic rewards of effort and accomplishment. The middle level program supports students as they move toward increased independence in their lives. Faculty members teach to the whole student with a focus on Howard Gardner’s defined areas of intelligence. In addition, self-awareness, self-management, community skills, study skills, clarification of personal values and emotional intelligence are all part of students’ personal and academic development. The middle school focuses on the development of healthy habits and best practices for personal and academic success in high school.

See the Island School Curriculum Guide and Student/Parent Handbook for detailed descriptions of course offerings, policies and programs for grades 6 through 8.

Middle & High Compete in State Science Olympiad

The Middle & High School Science Olympiad Teams returned from an amazing weekend on O‘ahu after competing at the state tournament at Mililani High School. The weekend was packed full of team-building activities, some free time, preparation and, of course, a full day on competition on Saturday.

Our high school team brought home 2nd place medals in astronomy and 3rd place medals in experimental design. Our tower didn’t win an award because the competition was fierce, but it only weighed 17g and it held all 15kg of  sand!! The students learned so much, and have a new plan for their tower for next year.

The high school team also won the spirit award. This award is voted on by all the organizers and volunteer event supervisors. The event supervisors said our students were friendly and helpful to other teams. Our students shook hands with each event supervisor and thanked each volunteer for their work at the event.

Our Middle School team came in 5th overall out of 17 teams and our Disease Detective and Rocks and Mineral Team brought home bronze and silver metals respectively.

Thanks to all the students and families who dedicated their time and energy into making it happen. A huge mahalo to Joe Corbo, Traci Sullivan and Bruce Hogue, three of the best coaches you could find anywhere. Thanks also to Keyk Capati for helping chaperone and helping out with many of the logistics.

Middle school participants enjoy some snack time

Dwight Apao and Mason Hunt at the electric car event

Jackson Gamby and Josh Dobashi set up their tower

Allison Summerhays and Audrey Warner with their tower

Allison Summerhays and Hannah Whelan and their electric car

Sasha Rovinsky with his rocks and minerals display

Auditions for Middle School Play Feb. 8 & 9

Alice April has announced she will hold auditions for this year’s middle school play, The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza, by Don Zolitis. Interested students met with her after school today to get the audition form and parent letter. Those who missed it, can find this information by joining the Google Classroom (code: wwdoar).

Auditions will be held on Feb. 8 & 9 after school in the Main Hall. Students interested in working backstage (Tech) will be interviewed on Feb. 10, after school in the Main Hall.

Contact Ms. April for more information: alice.april@ischool.org.

Congratulations to National History Day Participants

This year’s National History Day theme was”Taking a Stand in History.”  Ms. Capati’s 8th and 9th grade students displayed their projects and were judged by teachers and upper grade students. Students worked in teams to complete a project about a person or event of their choice that illustrated the theme.
The winners for History Day have the opportunity to compete at the Kaua‘i History Day (Feb 25 at Island School), where they will compete against other middle and high school students across the island.

The winners are:
Avalon O’Guin, Dina Kai’ahea-Hano Hayes, Sophia Riley Joan of Arc: Fight to the Finish
Sydney Jona, Eva Israelson, Veda Parker – Early Feminist Writer, Christine de Pizan
Taylor Mielke-Suizu, Callie Yavinsky –  Hrostvitha’s Writing
Niki Upson, Anakin Zingray, Andrew SclafaniThe Great Rising
Luke SullivanJames Batson: A Stand Against Racism
Kieran Mitchell, Katie Cook, Jackson Gamby: Lazowski’s Fake Epidemic That Saved Thousands
Gianna DeTrolio: Living Life Against Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
 Josh Graves, Matthew Vickers, Ben Metsch: T.E. Lawrence: Challenger of Empires
Lily Reynolds, Janey Valente, June Hsu: Deborah Sampson: America’s First Woman Warrior
Conor Hunt, Bryce Yoshida, Max Rovinsky: The Stand of the Black Hand
Haley Morey-Moen: The White rose: German Resistance Against Nazism
James Pratt: 1899 Newsboys Protest Unfair Work Rules
Winners of our school fair will have the opportunity to compete at the district fair on Saturday, Feb 25 (hosted by Island School).


Middle School Play Interest Meeting

Middle School Play


Main Hall
The Play: The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza 
Details See Google Classroom/code: wwdoar
Contact Alice April for more information: alice.april@ischool.org

40th Birthday Food Drive Underway

Celebrate Island School’s 40th birthday by giving to our community.
Island School Food Drive: Thursday, Jan. 19th – Thursday, Jan. 26th
Suggested items: canned food, peanut butter, pasta, rice, cooking oil, powdered milk, soy/rice/almond milk, and other non-perishable items
Goal: 40+ cans from girls of each grade and 40+ cans from boys of each grade (total of 80+ cans per grade)
Look for collection boxes around campus. Collections will go to Kaua‘i Food Bank.
Sponsored by Island School Interact Club.
For more info, write jenny@ischool.org

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