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.
The 6th and 7th grade boys have jumped right back into the routine after a long summer vacation and have not missed a beat. From the first day of school, they have come to class knowing what is expected of them and continue to show respect for their teachers and one another.
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.
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.
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)
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.