Middle School News

Seventh grade Social Studies class had an Ancient Greece Museum and consisted of interactive exhibit rotations.

In the past few weeks students have had classroom visits from the following community members with an objective to connect students to place and understanding the natural and cultural dynamics at play on Kaua’i: 
Monday, April 12th: Pepe Trask 
Wednesday, April 14th: Haylin Chock; Educational Specialist - Kaua’i Invasive Species Committee 
Tuesday, April 20th: Aaron Swink; Education Specialist -  Department of Land & Natural Resources -
Wednesday, April 21st: Dustin Wolkis & Kelli Jones; Seed Bank & Laboratory Manager - Department of Science & Conservation, National Tropical Botanical Gardens

Pepe Trask shared his mana'o with 7th grade Life Science students.  He emphasized it is important to know your name, what it means, and how it came about.  Putting it in context as far as Hawaiian culture, names are not based on ancestry or before you are born, it was based  on the events on the day of your birth. 

Aaron Swink, Educational Specialist from the Department of Aquatic Resources came to speak with Life Science students.  He explained a year (almost) without tourism due to the coronavirus  pandemic has in turn had major impacts on Hawaii's Marine Resources.  Students discussed, how do visitor and resident activities such as beach going, swimming, snorkeling, fishing affect the marine environment?

Haylin Chock from Kaua’i Invasive Species Committee spoke to Life Science classes about the significance of the location of Island School being in the Moku of Puna and the Ahupua’a of Nawiliwili.  Our Po’awai is Kilohana Crater, our Palena or boundary is Ha’upu and the Muliwai or end of watershed at Kalapaki Bay.  Kauai Invasive Species target incipious and invasive species such as the Coqui Frog, Mongoose, Little Fire Ants, Albezia Trees, and Rose-ringed Parakeets.

Dustin Wolkis, Seed Bank & Laboratory Manager from the National Tropical Botanical Garden and Kelli Jones visited Life science class to share about plant conservation efforts.  Their programs in conservation, science and research have the common goal of ensuring the survival of tropical plants, their ecosystems, and cultural knowledge. Dustin also shared information about Rapid Ohia Death (ROD), a fungus that threatens our native Ohia Forests.