“Put a Bead on It!” is an initiative started by Secondary English teachers Laura Boles and Owen Williams to provide opportunities for Secondary faculty to show their appreciation for each other and help build community connections.
ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY held its first-ever virtual Club Fest last month. Translating the traditional format of Club Fest into a virtual one took a lot of planning, organizing, and creativity by the five members of the Executive Council, but the success of the event made it all worth it.
Laura Guzman knows that ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY is a special learning place where, with the right mind and heart, great things can happen. Guzman joined IPA on June 27, 2005 as the Secondary Spanish teacher, where she has continued for the past 15 years. She is one of seven current IPA faculty and staff members who are celebrating their 15th year of service.
ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY’s students give back to their community in many ways throughout the year, but IPA’s annual Make a Difference Day (MADD) provides an opportunity for the entire Secondary student body to contribute to the community in a meaningful way.
This year, the Grade 6 students used the design thinking process to create useful and creative solutions that addressed real-world problems for several organizations in the local and international community, including Wahiawa Botanical Garden, the Australian National Park Service, and Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae.