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.

Sixth Graders Go Bowling

The 6th Grade students went to Kaua‘i Lanes on Friday, May 26 ,as part of their Homeroom Final. This was an opportunity for the 6th graders to celebrate their hard work throughout their first year in Middle School and have an opportunity to unwind and relax before getting back into finals week. The students were able to bowl two games, socialize with their peers, have some food at the snack bar and simply enjoy each others company outside of the school setting.
The top three Bowlers in the 6th grade were Liliana DeSouza with a score of 126, Malia Edgerton with a score of 108 and Elijah O’day with a score of 104.  Lili bowled three strikes in a row (Turkey) and was ecstatic!  A big shout-out to the many students who also bowled very well and made strikes and spares throughout the afternoon.


Pickleball Comes to Island School

On Wednesday, May 24, Jack Hodges, District Ambassador for the Hawai‘i District USA Pickleball Association, his wife Stephanie Hodges, Lucia Kaneshiro and Theresa Della Lana came to run a Pickleball clinic for our IS students in grades 3-8. These students were able to learn about the game, its history, rules and strategies, boundaries and equipment.

Jack and his Kaua‘i ambassadors gave demonstrations and fielded questions from students. Students were able to see how the game is played and have a chance to learn by playing with the volunteers and their classmates.

Pickleball is a growing sport that is played all over the world and growing in popularity. It is fun for all ages, very easy to learn and provides excellent opportunities for physical activity. For more on Pickleball, visit http://www.usapa.org/what-is-pickleball/

Thanks to Mr. Dean Wakamoto, a passionate Pickleball player, who connected Island School with Jack Hodges. The students were very interested in the game, which will become part of our physical education curriculum next year. Many thanks to the Halff-Feather family for their donation, making it possible to purchase  Pickleball equipment.

We are looking forward to creating a Pickleball Club at Island School next year and provide our faculty, staff and families an opportunity to get physically active through playing this game. We also are looking to be the first school on the island to initiate a Pickleball league for younger players (elementary and middle) and hold the event at Wilcox Gym. Stay tuned for more information!

Middle School Students WOW Their Audiences

The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza was filled with side-splitting lines and gags and some impressive acting by its cast of over 30 middle school students. Congratulations to the Cast and to Alice April and her sidekick Rocco April, for putting on a tremendious show. Here are some photos. More on our Shutterfly site: https://islandschool.shutterfly.com/ (password=islandschool)

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.

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