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Happy 43rd Birthday to Us! Island School entered our 43rd year on January 24, 2020 and we celebrated in the Wilcox Gym with some of our Founding Mothers, Board members, Alumni, Legacy students, and current students! Fun was had by all. Mahalo for all of your support as we continue our mission of: "Educating the mind, inspiring the heart. Preparing Kauai's youth to lead lives of significance." 


Auction: OZ:
The Emerald City

The auction is just 3 weeks away! Please donate an item to your class basket to be auctioned off at this year’s event. Each class is assigned a basket with the following themes:
  • Pre-K: Family Outdoor Movie Night
  • Kindergarten: Kitchen
  • 1st Grade: Family Beach Day
  • 2nd Grade: Board Games
  • 3rd Grade: Art
  • 4th Grade: Camping & Grilling
  • 5th Grade: Gourmet Coffee House
  • 6th Grade: Chocolate Lovers
  • 7th Grade: Fix-It/DIY
  • 8th Grade: Coffee Break/Tea Time
  • 9th Grade: Gardener’s Eden
  • 10th Grade: Spa Day
  • 11th Grade: Go Team!
  • 12th Grade: Italian Dinner
Volunteers for the event are very much needed and appreciated as well.  Sign up via our online sign-up sheet at https://signup.com/go/ZzvBTxn. Contact Laura Lee, our Volunteer Coordinator, at leapingchic@yahoo.com or 635-7165, if you have any questions. A special rate for the night of the event is available for a limited time at The Kaua‘i Marriott Resort. Contact Jamie in our Development Office at 246-0233 or  jamie@ischool.org to check on room availability.
See you in Oz: The Emerald City on Saturday, February 29, 2020!


The Hawai‘i Youth Conservation Corps Summer Program, offers an intensive hands-on experience into the world of conservation. Kupu invites applicants on Kauaʻi, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu, Maui, and Hawaiʻi Island to take part in their June-July 2020 Summer program.

There are two ways in which to participate, either as a Team Member (Must be 17 years and older) or as a Team Leader (Must be 21 years and older). No prior environmental experience is necessary, instead the ideal applicant is someone with a positive attitude, that is interested in learning, curious about nature and has a desire to assist their community through hands-on service.

Successful members will be partnered with a team of 5-7 others, and serve alongside one another for the duration of the 7-weeks (8th of June- 28th of July). Locations of the service sites will change weekly, bringing with it new adventures, challenges and opportunities for personal growth.

Members will be exposed to a variety of ecosystems, natural resource management techniques and cultural practices. Participants can expect to gain valuable experiential education, to build close relationships with their peers and industry professionals, to further develop their own personal skills in the areas of leadership, organization, team work, and decision-making. Better preparing them for the future, no matter the industry or profession they decide to pursue.

This experience is a unique opportunity to grow, spending a summer outdoors within some of the most stunning natural locations that Hawai‘i has to offer and making a positive impact on that community and it’s environment. 

For more information click here.

Application Deadline: February 28th


Sea Scouts Open House:
 There will be another open house for the Sea Scouts! Students in grades 5-12 are welcome to attend. Please click here for more information.


Lihue Baseball League! 
The 2020 Mustang and Bronco season is coming up! The last day to register is February 6 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lihue Baseball Office. Eligible birthdates: Mustang: September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2012 
Bronco: September 1, 2007 - August 31, 2010
For more information you can contact Lisa Alvarez Berry at: 816-813-6202
Play Ball!


Trip to France and Switzerland! Island School parent Katie Johnson and World History teacher Pat Gegen are organizing a trip to France and Switzerland for the Island School Community during October break 2020 (Oct 3-14) through Explorica Educational Tours. We will explore the historic sites and culture  of Paris and then go to other amazing destinations in France where we will visit castles, seaport villages, and the D-day beaches. We will then take a high speed train to Switzerland where we will explore towns in the Swiss Alps and then summit Mt. Titlis by cable car to learn about glaciers and explore a glacier ice cave. 
As opposed to learning voyages which are student-centered, this trip is more family orientated and open to all members of the Island School Community (students, parents/family members, staff, alumni are welcome). While middle and high school students are very welcome to travel without a parent, this trip provides a unique opportunity for parents/family members to come learn about and explore other countries alongside their child and other members of the IS community.
Students who are interested in learning more, please stop into Mr. Gegen's classroom and sign up on the tour interest contact list (as space will be limited and the tour is first come, first served). If you are an adult who would like to add your name or your child's name to the tour interest contact list, have questions beforehand, or are unable to attend the meeting, please contact Katie Johnson at ktngarrett1@hotmail.com for more information. Registration deadline is February 7, 2020.


Foodland Scholarship - Foodland's Shop for Higher Education program awards (100) $2,000 college scholarships to deserving high school seniors across the state each year. Customers are encouraged to select their favorite Hawaii high school from among the list of participating schools when they check out at any Foodland and Sack N Save store. Then, every time they shop through the end of the program, they earn Maika'i points for themselves and matching points for their designated schools. The more points a school earns, the more scholarships it receives. Shop for Higher Education will run from February 19 to March 31, 2020. Island School's code is: 7532

LAB 2020: 
Global LAB Program - Please contact Sue Macklin at suem@ischool.org
Open to students 5th grade to 11th grade that are interested in researching,
leading, and reporting on global environmental science issues. This year’s
theme is Changing Climate: Changing Planet. Teams of 2 will be formed in
elementary, middle school, and high school. Students must be available for the regional
competition on Oahu, April 25. Teams on that day will be selected to participate in the
international competition in Thailand in July. All interested students should contact Sue


 Japanese Volleyball Clinic!!! 
Hosted by Ike Loa volleyball club We will be having 4 Japan coaches, from Tokyo and Osaka, running a clinic on Kauai at Island School gym, during the last week of February. This is a rare opportunity for Kauai youth to be exposed to Japan style coaching. The clinic will be open to boys and girls, 3rd grade to 12th grade. We will have 50 to 60 players per session. Because of limited space, open spots will be reserved for players who signup/pay first. Space is very limited! 

$40 for 6th graders and below $50 for 7th-12th graders 

SCHEDULE 6th Graders and below: Feb 28th (3:30-5:30pm or 6-8pm) AND Feb 29th (8:30-10:30am or 11-1pm) 
7th-8th Graders: Feb 25th 3:30-7:30pm AND Feb 29th 2:30-4:45pm 
9th-12th Graders: Feb 26th 3:30-7:30pm AND Feb 29th 5:00-7:15pm 

Please text 808-635-7254 to put players name on list. Provide name, grade and contact number. Checks can be made to Ike Loa Volleyball Club, and mailed to PO Box 148 Kekaha, HI 96752. Or payment can be dropped of at Island School Gym on Feb 1st or 8th from 1pm to 6pm

Big Mahalo
to “Action with Aloha-Kakou” (Bernard Carvalho and Lenny Rapozo) for donating $4,000 to help lower the cost of this clinic!