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.

Spelling Bee Results Are In

Two Island School students represented us at the District Spelling Bee last week at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School. Eighth grader Alexa Lauren, (at left) our top speller, came in 3rd place behind two eighth grade students from Kapa‘a. Alexa misspelled allegedly she spelled it alledgedly. Our 2nd place speller, 6th grader Julia Barzilai  (below) lasted through three rounds and missed threshold, she spelled it threashold. Both of them can be proud of their performance!

The winner was our former student Kahana Heen, representing Kapa‘a.

MS & HS Science Olympiad Teams Win!

Congratulations to our budding scientists who prevailed at Saturday’s regional Science Olympiad.

Our middle school Blue team came in first in the tournament and the Gold team placed 2nd. The Gold team also received the Spirit Award!.

In the high school division, Island School came in first overall, winning 11 out of 13 events!

Both the high school and the middle school teams will travel to O‘ahu for the state tournament in March.

Great job – our science students make us proud! Congratulations also to coaches Joe Corbo, Bruce Hogue and Traci Sullivan!


Middle & High School Students Adopt Families

Students in grades 6-12 each adopted a Kaua‘i family for the holidays. They were given a profile of the family, including members’ ages and a wish list. Each class decided how they wanted to raise the funds and meet the needs of their family. Gifts were delivered to the Queen Liliokulani Children’s Center in Lihu‘e.

Here is an example of how our students made the holidays brighter:

The freshman class, raised a bit over $200 through $10 donations, and went shopping to buy gifts for their adopted family of five: three girls ages 7, 13 and 18, a boy age 11, and their grandmother, who is raising them. Their gifts included a Christmas tree, ornaments, a Monopoly game, jackets, sneakers, a $50 gift card, and other fun items like sunglasses and makeup. Their class advisers, Susie Massaro, Jenny Lewis and Dave Reynolds organized and supervised their students.

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