Campus Life 2017-2018


Fully Funded! Mahalo to an anonymous arts lover and 12 additional donors for supporting Light it Up! a DonorsChoose project. In three days $728 was raised to purchase a light board, stage lights, and two moveable spot lights. Ms. Rodrigues, who wrote up the project, channelled Roberto Bengni's Oscar speech in thanking donors: "Your generosity, this is, uh, how do you say when the rain, the hailstorm, it's a hailstorm of kindness, of gratitude for you."


KIS Soccer Cup IV: Congratulations to Team A for winning the tournament. Christian Parker earned the Golden Boot award with the most goals at 4 and Ailu Doi won the Fair Play award for good sportsmanship. Staff and alumni played alongside students in today's game.

can drive

Mahalo to KIS Parents for the yummy and creative desserts you contributed for our teacher appreciation lunch!

magazine article

Check out the Honolulu Magazine article

featuring KIS students.

basketball game

March Madness Basketball game

avid at Kailua High

Seniors shared how AVID has helped them get to where they are today. Such an inspiration to hear from them!

history day exhibit

Alec Dutil discusses his exhibit with judges at the Hawaii State History Day competition.

Titanic project

History Day Exhibit

Created by Logan Erickson and Lauren Snodgrass

Washington DC visit

Snow Day? Schools and most federal offices were closed but that didn't stop principals, including Dr. Lisa DeLong, from participating in NASSP's advocacy conference and making their voices heard on Capitol Hill over the past week.

student panel at welcome night

AVID, PEP, and Leadership students answered questions during the Welcome Night for incoming 7th graders and their families.

Waihee Watershed

Students and Parents/Guardians experienced a Board of Water Supply tour of Waihe'e Watershed and Tunnel during Spring Break. The tour included an introduction on the importance of watershed areas to the island's water supply and the history of Waihe'e Tunnel.

fix it

Bike Fixit Station Installed: The Fixit includes tools for basic repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs.


Small World: Jr. Surfriders Skype with students from Gifu, Japan to exchange ideas, questions, and wonderings in a p4C activity that gets students to think deeply about the Industrial Revolution and how consumption and consumerism impact our lives and world today. It is the first time any p4c classroom has collaborated in this way. Teacher, Mr. Crawford is proud of how hard students worked to prepare and how maturely they handled this new experience.


We Grow Hawaiʻi: Catherine and Despina shared results of their corn experiment, representing Kailua Intermediate at a student-led conference for grades K-8 where students presented their school garden experiences at ʻIolani's Sullivan Center. Ms. Wendy, Mālama Garden Coordinator, facilitated this opportunity.


Volleyball Tournament Results: Almost 60 students participated in this year's volleyball tournament in which the PUFFER FISH team won both the CHAMPIONSHIP and the SPORTSMANSHIP awards. The PUFFER FISH shook the other teams' hands after each game. The winning team gets to sign a volleyball which is placed in the office trophy case in perpetuity. There was even a STAFF vs. STUDENT match. Pictured in the group shot are some of the participants.


Rock n Rolo! Kailua Intermediate 8th Graders welcomed Coach Nick Rolovich and Assistant Athletic Director Joel Matsunaga along with players Cole McDonald (QB), Kala Timoteo, (WR), and Eugene Ford (DB) and were treated to stories of inspiration and grit and a reminder of the importance of family.

robot kits

Blinky Robot Kits: In engineering students assemble a working electronic circuit board that has intermittently blinking LEDs.


College Ambassador: Northern Arizona University student and former Jr. Surfrider Jad Abbas stopped in to visit after a semester in the big leagues of college. Jad credits Mr. Rod with helping him overcome barriers and find a purpose in life.

math counts

From the Math Counts Competition: Ms. Sienkiewicz said, "I am so proud of the 5 KIS students who took part in the Mathcounts Oahu Chapter Competition on Saturday at Kamehameha Schools. Our KIS team received a plaque for the Best New School. Our students were so excited when that was announced and they were called up to the stage to be recognized.


Special Projects Patrol Squadron 2 (VPU-2) Strikes Again: Mahalo to this unit that includes KIS parents and former student Niko for actively supporting the garden since its reconception six years ago.


Predictive Power of Grades: How is success in 8th grade related to 9th grade outcomes? While some may feel grades are highly subjective, several prominent studies indicate that grades in middle school are highly predictive of 9th and 11th grade GPA and whether students graduate, enroll in college, and remain in college for one year. English Department Chair Lessley Davis and Principal DeLong participated in a panel on Friday to share why Kailua Intermediate is tops in setting students up for success in high school: aligned curriculum, early interventions, engaging instruction.


Hoʻokele: Kailua-Kalaheo Leaders raise koʻokoʻo, staffs theyʻve made symbolizing support for one another in this program that teaches leadership through Hawaiian values.

cyber patriots

In Demand: The KIS Cybersecurity team got to attend a tech job fair to learn about all of the careers available in the cybersecurity field.


Earthworms and Light: Student teams designed earthworm houses while learning how earthworms help crops and play an important role in the environment, reduce waste and help vegetation grow by adding important nutrients to the soil.

bridge challenge

Bridge Challenge: Students learn how geometry affects bridge design and function as they work as civil engineers to build their own bridges.


Vice Principal Mr. John Secreto points out the new skateboard racks to visitors on campus.


Epic! Seventh grader Kala caught this ulua while fishing off Wai'anae with his father.

Les Mis play

CPAC's Les Miserables: Ms. Werner sponsored a field trip for 48 students to see Castle Performing Arts Center's production of Les Miserable at the Ronald E. Bright Theater in Kaneohe.


Ready for Competition: Students met with Mr. Crawford on Saturday to prepare for the FIRST LEGO League challenge, in which they choose and solve a real-world problem related to this year's theme of water dynamics and build, test, and program a robot that will solve a set of missions in the contest.


Engineering teacher, Mrs. Lauren Brown flew to Anaheim to participate in the Disneyland Thor 10K on Saturday. Mrs. Brown encouraged her mom to run her first 10K!! They stuck together the whole time and mom did great! Placing 26th of 130 for her age division!


Band Director Mr. Casey Kitano conducts a joint performance by Kailua High and Kailua Intermediate bands at the Nov. 4 Concert.

champions for education

Champions for Quality Education: Dr. DeLong met with Marine Corps Base Hawaii Commanding Officer Col. R. Lianez to discuss ideas for partnering to improve education opportunities for students.


Future Engineer: Seventh grader Despina checks out a car being modified by UH engineering students for a child with special needs at the Research and Engineering Design Clinic.


20 Time Project: Grace and Elena launch a recycling initiative on campus.

READ the Civil Beat Article Featuring

Kailua Intermediate School

hamakua field trip

The Kukui Team learned about the native birds and fish found in Hamakua Marsh and how the marsh serves our community by being a filter for water and bird sanctuary.


Robotics Sumo Challenge

nature cneter

Seventh grade classes at KIS welcomed guest speakers from Hawaii Nature Center as our school begins to study Hamakua Marsh and how we can take care of our special place.

Samoa donation

Kailua Intermediate School donated old math and science books to schools in Samoa with the help of Ms. Saito who has a teacher colleague in Samoa and Hawaiian Airlines who facilitated the cargo shipment.

students in library

Student library aide, Isabella, is reading a story to Victoria in the library. Victoria visits regulary and helps the librarian.


The Ultimate Book Report - Jesseleigh Felts and Isabella Grabowski talked about their favorite books in an interview with Washington Post reporter Julie Zauzmer who is writing an article about author Lurlene McDaniel who has written over 70 novels. Come and borrow one of her books today!

good samaritan

Marley forgot her box of field trip money in science class. Briley found it and turned it in saying, "There is a lot of money in here!" Ten minutes later, Marley returned and thanked Briley for her help with a couple of big hugs! This was a great example of students taking care of each other throughout the day!


Students have been meeting in the library during recess and lunch to work on the 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle.


Kalo Harvest: Students harvested the moi variety of taro. It is tasty and a great taro to ku‘i because it has a high ‘ūlika (gumminess) factor


Kailua High School's philoSurfers are back in action at KIS! High school students will be coming to our classes to lead p4c (Philosophy for Children) discussions. They will model and teach our Jr Surfriders the art of thinking, sharing and listening in community discussions.

cross country

The KIS Cross Country Team faced heat, hills, and runners from California, Oregon, and statewide at the Iolani Invitational Cross Country Meet at Kualoa Ranch. Our KIS Team came in 3rd out of 28 teams in the 2 mile event (and we were only one point off from second place). Ten females out of 190 runners competed and placed 1st, 15th, 20th, 28th, 39th for scoring). Males included 5 out of 230 runners.


Such a treat!! Uncle Clyde Aikau was our special guest speaker on Thursday, Sept. 8. He shared his legacy of big wave surfing and the sacrifice for others that his family is known for. He encouraged our 7th graders to Ho'omau: persevere; never give up, keep trying your best!


Former Jr Surfrider and AVID Scholar, Kaidin Lapke, came "home" to share his experiences in high school with our current scholars. He shared the importance of developing time management skills, becoming a self-directed learner and having determination!


Superintendent Kishimoto got to visit various classrooms today. Here she asks students, "What is your passion?", "How would you change the world?" and "What do you like and want to change about KIS?"