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Ceramic Students Create Sculptures

Students in Ms. Penny’s high school ceramics class are finishing clay sculpture busts they’ve been working on all trimester.  First they chose their characters and did sketches.  Then they sculpted their busts on armatures.  When they were finished, they removed them from the armatures, cut them in half, hollowed them out, and put them back together.  Then their sculptures dried for several weeks and were fired in the kiln, transforming them into ceramic ware.  Now students are applying a variety of ceramic glazes in preparation for a final firing, which will change the colors to a glassy finish.
Here are photos of some of their works-in-progress.
photo #1 – left-right
Emma Harris ’19- (Winnie the Pooh)
Rebecca Stevens ’17 – (Has a hole in the top and will have a plant growing out of its head!)
Tai Mitchell ’17 –  (They haven’t found a name for him. He reminds Ms. Penny of an Easter Island sculpture.)
Mia Lopez ’20 – (Inspired by anime art. She’ll have shiny red hair and a matte finish face.)
photo #2 – left to right
Luke Sullivan ’20 – (Darth Vader)
Kenneth Niheu  ’18 – (inspired by ancient Hawaiian art)
Aspen Wolfgang ’19 – (a serpent creature)
Gianna DeTrolio ’20 – (Homer Simpson)
Josh Graves – ’20 – (inspired by a character from a movie)
Haley Morey-Moen ’20 – (Minnie Mouse)
Micah Asuncion – grade 11 (abstracted portrait)
Janey Valente ’20 –  (portrait of Haley)

Mock Trial Team Prevails!

Last Thursday, our stellar defense team prevailed against Kaua‘i High’s prosecution team 93-87. Lexi Warnock ’19, was named outstanding attorney and Ethan Jeal ’18, was named outstanding witness.

We compete again on Thursday, March 9. If we win, we go to the State tournament on O‘ahu on Saturday, April 1.

Mahalo to Mock Trial advisers, Traci Sullivan and Guy Neal. We are all extremely proud of the team: Carolyn Price ’17, Allison Summerhays ’17, Andy Anderton ’17, Emily Sullivan 18, Eosin Chelius ’18, Ethan Jeal ’18, Maile Mijares ’18, Lexi Warnock ’19, Audrey Warner ’19, Valeria de la Mora ’19, Emma Thain ’20, and Brianna Ryan ’20.

Learning About Meiosis

The high school biologists are studying meiosis! They are producing stop motion videos of this double division process that makes 4 haploid cells from one diploid cell. They are demonstrating the crossing over events that occur during prophase I, and they are making connections between the process of meiosis and the genetic diversity that exists in sexually reproducing organisms!


Instead of taking a pen and paper trimester final, these students will turn in their videos to demonstrate what they know.

Almost $3000 Raised at Jogathon 2017!

At left, Ms. Lei paints the thermometer all the way to the TOP! Mahalo elementary families for helping Island School raise money for PE and playground equipment!


Na Pua Keiki had their own Jogathon on campus, hosted by the 8th grade girls PE class.

McKenna Fitzgerald rounds the corner

Issey Bird and Sora Dressler get ready,     Alexander John Achuara, Cliffy
while Nahe Edwards & Callie Yavinsky        Kakalia, Bryden Vivas, and
steady the starting line                                    Teoni Wells-Palacio

More photos on our Shutterfly site:

"Fantastic Mr. Fox" This Weekend March 3-5

Coming to an I.S. Theatre Near You!
March 3 & 4 at 7pm
March 5 at 3pm
Fun for the entire family!

Tickets on sale NOW from cast members and in the Office!
$5 in advance; $7 at the door. $16 Family Pass in advance, $20 at the door. Call 246-0233 for more information.

KIF Update: week of February 13


Swimming: Coach Shannon Wigent

Henry Scherer ’19 swam well last weekend at the state championships. He finished 22nd in the 200 free with a time of 1:54.69, his 2nd fastest time in this event. Henry finished 19th in the 500 free with a time of 5:07.48 which is his fastest time in this event. Mahalo Coach Wigent for a great swimming season!

Friday is the last day for students to commit to Spring Sports.

Boys JV and Varsity Volleyball

Open to High School Boys.
This week- Monday and Tuesday, 3:15pm-4:45pm, Thursday, 3:15pm-6pm.
Practices will be in the Wilcox Gym.

Track and Field: Coach Eric Wortmann, Jerry Jona

Open to all High School Boys and Girls.
Monday, 3:15-5:00
The schedule for the rest of the week will be announced at Monday’s practice.
Meet in the front of Wilcox Gym.

Golf: Coaches Sam Pratt & Alan King

Open to all High School Boys and Girls.
Practice will start on Monday the 13th.
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 3:15 to 5-ish.
Meet at Puakea Golf Course.

Tennis: Coaches Marcus Tingle and Brittney Hatzell

The Voyagers beat ? in this past Sunday’s pre-season tennis match! Way to start spring sports!

Practices: M/W/Th/Fri 3:15-5:15
Practices will be at KCC Tennis Courts. Students who need to catch the 5pm Northbound Bus will need to let the coaches know so they can be release earlier. Three of the four days of practice are mandatory.  Please talk to the coaches if you have any conflicts for which you can not make it to all three practices.
Meet at KCC Tennis Courts

For more information, please contact Jen at

Middle/Elementary School Sports

Volleyball Club – Grades 7 & 8:  Leah Edwards
Team Island U13’s won both games at this weekend’s Power Tournament! U14’s played great volleyball but were unable to secure a win.

Practice this week:

  • Wed 3:15-5:15
  • Fri. 4:45-6:45

This Saturday Power Tournament at Southside Sports Center.  Time to be determined.

Boys Basketball – Grades 4-8 – Coach Lopaka “Paka” Searle

This past weekend, Island School’s largest representation competed in The County of Kaua‘i “Skillz Challenge” at Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.
(left) GOTCHA’ Winner:  Tane Macko, 7th grade
(right) Top Rebounder:  Braden Viohl, 7th grade
Mahalo to Voyager parents & supporters who cheered on our middle schoolers. Next year, we are looking to compete in all events at every grade level.
2/13  Monday @ Chiefess Middle
Scrimmage Lihu‘e teams:
  • 6:00pm  Gold Team
  • 6:45pm  Blue Team
2/14  Tuesday @ outdoor Courts
  • Practice: 3:15 – 4:30 pm

2/16. Thursday @ Pua Loke park (optional)

  • Scrimmage Lihu‘e team: 4 – 5:30pm
2/18  Saturday @ KILAUEA Gym (please note location)
1st Winter League games:
  • 10:15am Gold Team: briefing, stretching & warm-ups
  • 11:00am  Gold Team
  • 12:00pm  Blue Team

For further information & questions, please contact Head Coach Lopaka “Paka” Searle:  (971) 645-8437 & or Team Mom, Marti Snyder:

Opportunities for HS Students

-US Coast Guard Academy’s Summer Program – for juniors

Application deadline is April 1st. Read about it here:

-Find Yourself at Stanford – grades 7-12

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies offer highly motivated, intellectually curious students the opportunity to investigate topics not typically taught in secondary schools. Students engage in small classes taught by instructors who are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching. In this setting, students hone their academic skills and form new friendships with intellectual peers. Applications are open! Programs for Students in Grades 7-12.

-Summer Opportunity for Rising 9-11th graders, fall 2017

Details can be found at

-St. John’s College Summer Academy for Sophomores/Juniors

Summer Academy students read the great books in small, discussion-based classes of 20 or fewer. The classes include the original ideas of authors stretching from literature and philosophy to political science, chemistry, biology, mathematics, music, language, physics, history, economics, and more.

For more information, visit:

-Save the Earth Poetry Contest

“In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, we will understand only what we are taught.”           Baba Dioum, Senegalese conservationist

The ‘Save the Earth’ Poetry Prize complements John Felstiner’s book Can Poetry Save the Earth?  A Field Guide to Nature Poems and is offered annually by John Felstiner, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University and Charles Weeden, author of Poems of Yosemite.

Our 2017 contest commences March 1st and closes on May 31st.  The 2017 winners will be announced on August 1st.  Here is what our high school poets need to know to enter

  • 7 winners each year.  Each poet receives a check for $200 and a copy of Can Poetry Save the Earth?
  • High school poets, grades 10th, 11th and 12th, are invited to enter.  No entry fee.  Email poem to:
  • Poems submitted should, in any way possible, evoke humankind’s awareness of the natural world and nature as such.
  • One submission per student. There’s no restriction on form or length.
  • Please include in your email your name, school grade, high school with town and state, and name of your English teacher.
  • Poems should be submitted in English and either in Microsoft Word or .PDF.

For more information, click here:

-QuestBridge Program for Juniors

The 2017 QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program for academically gifted, low-income high school juniors will open in mid-February. You can visit to learn more about awards and selection criteria. This program provides an early advantage in applying to top colleges.

Who should apply? High school juniors who:

  • Have mostly A’s in the most rigorous courses available;
  • Come from households earning less than $65,000 annually (for a typical family of four);
  • May be eligible for free or reduced-priced lunch;
  • May be part of the first generation in their family to attend college.

Free online applications must be completed by March 22, 2017.

If you have questions, contact Joan Shaw at

Get Your Auction Tickets Now!

Our 38th Annual Gala Auction
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Oh! My fur and whiskers! Don’t be late getting your tickets to Island School’s Gala Annual Auction.

Click here to purchase tickets:

Be an Auction Sponsor! Contact Rozetta to find out how! rozetta@

Sports Highlights - week of January 30

Boys Soccer: Coach Sean Magoun, Assʻt Coach Milo Spindt ʻ94

The boys soccer team won their last game of the season against Kaua‘i High to end with a 6- 4- 2 record. The goals in the 2-1 win was lead by Conor Hunt ’20, in the 14th minute of play and Brandon Beydoun ’18, in the 44th minute of play. The defensive group played tough with saves from Andres Elzaurdia ’17,  and solid play from Tai Mitchell ’17, Reece Valencia ’18, Kyle Leibow ’18, and Emi De La Mora ’18. We bid a fond aloha to five seniors, who played their final game as Voyagers: Tanner Tavares, Michael Chung, Andy Anderton, Tai Mitchell and Andres Elzaurdia.

Many thanks to all of the support from parents and other supporters this year helping our boys to push to one of our best finishes!  Go Voyagers!

Girls Soccer: Coach Colby Ayonon ’01; Ass’t Maja Ayonon

Island School’s varsity girls soccer team lost to Makua Lani Christian Academy, 2-nil, Saturday afternoon in a state play-in at the Lions’ home field on the Big Island. Coach Colby Ayonon ’01, reported that the girls gave up the two goals in the second half. He described the opposition as a well-disciplined team with a strong defense. “I kind of feel like our conditioning fell off — maybe because of traveling or whatever. And it was pretty hot out there. The girls did well. We rattled them a few times, but just couldn’t put one in. Our girls fought hard. They ran a lot. They applied a lot of pressure on the ball. It was just not our day.”

We end our  season with a 4-9-0 record, going 4-8-0 in the KIF.

Colby said: “Like I’ve said before, we’re a fairly young team. At least some of these underclassmen got a little taste of what competition is like elsewhere — out of the KIF. First time we actually traveled off-island with our program. So, it’s good motivation to carry into next year and in the off-season, to pick up our level and do some off-season training, and just keep at it.”

Boys JV Basketball – Coach Archie Achuara
Our boys lost last week to Waimea, after making a strong showing.


Ethan Inanod drives the baseline            Matthew Vickers fights for position


Luke Hunadi sets a screen for Aiden Offley     Aiden Offley and Ka‘iwa Grubbe on a fast break

The team has two more games in the season.
This week’s schedule:
  • 1/31 vs KHS @ Wilcox Gym, 6:30
  • 2/4 vs Kapa‘a, @ Kapa‘a Gym, 6:30

Boys & Girls Wrestling: Coach Erin Cobb-Adams

Upcoming Meets
  • Feb. 4 KIF Championships @ Kaua‘i High – 10:00am

Swimming: Coach Shannon Wigent

At Saturday’s meet, the following IS students qualified for States:
Henry Scherer ’19 – 200 free & 500 free
Jackson Evans ’18 – 50 free
Girls 100 Medley Relay – Carolyn Price ’17, Gianna DeTrolio ’20, Athena Alexander ’18, Haley Morey-Moen ’20
Boys 100 Free Relay – Henry Scherer ’19, Noah Howard ’18, James Pratt ’20, Jackson Evans ’18

In addition to the state quals, we had the following top finishers at the Champs Meet:
Jackson Evans ’18, 100 back
Henry Scherer ’19, 200 free & 500 free
It was a very successful meet and season; all our swimmers had time improvements. Mahalo to Coach Shannon Wigent for working with our students.

Middle/Elementary School Sports

Volleyball Club – Grades 7 & 8:  Leah Edwards
This past Saturday, U13’s had a split set and nail bitter sets, losing 24-25!
U14’s lost game 1 and won a split set in game 2!
Next tournament set for Feb 11.

This week’s practices:

  • Wednesday 2/1 4:45-6:45
  • Friday 2/3. 3:15-5:15

Intermediate Boys Basketball – Grades 4 – 8: Coach Lopaka “Paka” Searle
Mahalo to Ao Aku Rebels for hosting Wednesday’s scrimmage and to Westside basketball for snacks following Saturday’s scrimmage.

This week’s schedule:

  • 1/30 Monday 3:15-4:30p  practice outdoor courts
  • 1/31 Tuesday 6:30pm  support JV team @ Wilcox gym
  • 2/1   Wednesday @ Chiefess Middle School scrimmages:

6:00pm  Gold Team
6:50pm  Blue Team

  • 2/2   Thursday @ Chiefess Middle School scrimmages:

6:00pm  Gold Team
6:50pm  Blue Team

  • 2/4   Saturday @ Wilcox Gym

9:00am  Practice
10:00am vs Waimea

For more information, please contact Head Coach Lopaka “Paka” Searle:  (971) 645-8437 & or Team Mom, Marti Snyder:

Spring Sports

See Jen Pomroy if you’re interested in signing up.

  • Tuesday: Boys JV and Varsity Volleyball
  • Wednesday: Boys and Girls Golf
  • Thursday: Boys and Girls Track & Field

Get Ready for Jogathon 2017

Friday, February 17
Po‘ipu Beach Park
Parent Volunteers are Needed – please contact your child’s homeroom teacher if you can help supervise.
More information and collection envelopes will be sent home this week.

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:

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).


Alaka‘i Chorus Planning Trip to O‘ahu Festival

The Music Department is gearing up for its annual trip to O`ahu for the Na Leo Hou All-State Choral Festival February 16-18, 2017. At this year’s festival, Island School students will join more than 350 singers from high schools across the state to prepare for a culminating concert on February 18, 2017 at Central Union Church in Honolulu. Our students will have the exciting opportunity to sing under the widely-recognized Karen Kennedy. Dr. Kennedy is currently the Director of Choral Studies at the University of Miami where she oversees the DMA and MM program in choral conducting. She is also artistic director of the Master Chorale of South Florida. Previous to her appointment in Miami, she held positions as Director of Choral Activities at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Artistic Director of the Honolulu Symphony Chorus, and Director of Choral Studies at Towson University.

Island School Alaka`i Chorus members who have attended previous all-state choral festivals continue to speak highly of their experience, and many of our graduates list it among their most cherished high school memories. It promises to be an amazing adventure which, for many students, could end up being one of the most enriching musical experience of their entire lives.

Since the festival’s inauguration in 2010, the Island School Alaka`i Chorus has been the only Kaua`i school to participate in this festival and one of only two neighbor island school to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. Go Voyagers!

Families of Island School Alaka`i Chorus members will be contacted by Mr. Steinbacher soon with final details about the festival.

Interact Club Contributes to Food Bank 

Interact Club spearheaded a food drive in honor of our 40th birthday. High school and middle school classes were asked to contribute 40 cans for the 40th birthday. Many thanks to those who contributed. approximately 250 cans of food were donated to the Kaua‘i Food Bank!

At left and below: Logan Judd, Noah Howard and Nico Maione (all juniors), pack the food for delivery to the Food Bank. Mahalo to advisers, Dave Reynolds and Jenny Lewis for their leadership.

Celebrating 40 Years With Rock 'n Roll

January 27, 2017

Students danced, sang and enjoyed themselves at lunch on Friday to the tunes of OCDC (Eli Smart ’17, Noah Tjarks and Ian Cowden ’15), Pierce Bivens ’19, Will Lydgate ’01 and Chris White-Root ’06, who rocked the Wilcox Gym in live music concert. The County portable stages were the intended venue for the event, but rain clouds moved it to the Gym. Special performances were given by Lexi Warnock ’19, and Olivia Gegen ’19, as well as by Founding mother, Denise Kaufman and her daughter, Tora Smart, Auntie Mary Alfler and Megan Loomis Powers ’84, daughter of Founding Mother Diana Loomis Dahl.



Above left: students dance to the music; center: Pierce Bivens ’18 on guitar: right: Megan Loomis Powers ’84 sings an original song, backed up by Chris White-Root ’06 and Will Lydgate ’01.

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 Senior Update

Gabri LaFratta was accepted early decision at Reed College in Portland, Oregon; and early action to Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
Manix Wolan was accepted at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, New York.
Lia Yamasato was accepted at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Michael Chung was accepted at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, where he received a University Scholarship.
Andy Anderton was accepted at University of Hawai‘i, Manoa, in Honolulu.
Rebecca Stevens was accepted at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.

Colleges and universities are following up acceptance letters with notices about scholarships (merit based awards).

Allison Summerhays received the Freshman Academic Achievement Award at University of Utah.

Jaden Hamid and Rebecca Stevens both received scholarships at University of Portland.Congratulations, Seniors! Your hard work is paying off!

Art Contest Winners Displayed at Birthday

Winners of the “What Island School Means to Me” 40th Birthday Art Contest were announced last week and put on display on the lanai of the Wilcox Gym at the birthday celebration last Friday.

Winners were selected by Penny Nichols, 3rd – 12th Grade art instructor and professional artist. Mahalo to Deatri Nakea for organizing this contest.

Middle School: First Place – Kilinoe Oliveira, grade 6


3rd-5th Grades: First Place – Max Evslin

PreK-2nd Grades: First Place – Moana Liddell • Third Place – Kealohi Oliveira.

Second Place – Archie Achuara

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