NEWS & EVENTS

New IPA Parents Welcomed at Reception on Campus

ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY hosted nearly 100 guests at the 2017 New Parents Reception held on August 3. Organized by the Departments of Admission and Advancement, the New Parent Reception is an annual event held each August before the start of the new school year. IPA administrators, faculty, and staff were present to welcome new families to the IPA community, answer questions, and ease any concerns. The evening included messages from Mr. Gerald Teramae, Head of School,  Elementary Principal, Mr. Steve Ross, and new Secondary Principal, Mr. Steven Caley.

Faculty and staff greet parents.

Amber Camacho (Advancement Administrative Assistant), Cara Jones (Secondary Office Manager & Registrar), Michelle Bradley (Secondary Vice Principal), and Kerri Vincent (Elementary Office Manager) greet new parents.

 

“This special evening, planned especially for parents and families joining our community, is an excellent opportunity for them to meet some of our faculty and staff, to ask questions, and to get to know other new parents,” explained Mr. Teramae.

Mr. Teramae opened the reception by sharing with parents his vision for the future of IPA, including his goal to develop it in to one of the premier independent schools in the nation. Mr. Caley, Secondary Principal, shared his enthusiasm for the new year and pointed to the sincerity, dedication, and commitment he saw in the people here as one of the deciding factors in his decision to join the IPA ʻohana.

“When I was talking with Mr. Teramae about the school, and he looked me in the eye and explained his vision for IPA with the utmost and heartfelt sincerity, I said ‘Where do I sign up?’,” shared Mr. Caley.

 

Head of School, Mr. Gerald Teramae.

Mr. Gerald Teramae, Head of School, welcomed everyone to the reception and shared his vision for the future of IPA as one of the premier independent schools in the nation.

 

Mr. Steven Caley, Secondary Principal, shares with the new parents why he is passionate about IPA.

Mr. Steven Caley, Secondary Principal, shares with the new parents why he is passionate about IPA.

 

Many faculty and staff, as well as members of the ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY Parent and Teacher Association (IPAPA) and current IPA parents, were also on hand to greet the new parents, share their experiences, and invite them in to the community. Parent involvement and support in the many activities throughout the year contribute a lot to the success of the school, and ensuring parents feel welcomed and included from the start is important to IPAPA.

IPAPA President, Mrs. Desiree Loperfido, and Vice President, Mrs. Marised Gillette, provided the refreshments for the reception and made the new parents feel welcomed.

IPAPA President, Mrs. Desiree Loperfido, and Vice President, Mrs. Marised Gillette, provided the refreshments for the reception and made the new parents feel welcomed.

 

Following the program, parents mingled with IPA faculty and staff and enjoyed heavy pupu and desserts provided by IPAPA.

Mr. Steve Ross, Elementary Principal, connects with a new family at the New Parent Reception.

Mr. Steve Ross, Elementary Principal, connects with a new family at the New Parent Reception.

 

IPAPA representatives attended the reception and welcomed new parents.

IPAPA representatives attended the reception and welcomed new parents.

 

“Welcoming new parents in to school before the year starts helps us all connect and get excited for the first day of school,”  said Ms. Molly Ripton, Director of Admission. “For some families, these connections will last from kindergarten through graduation.”

Mrs. Charmaine Hauanio-Kuewa, Director of Advancement, agreed. “We want to create a strong community of people dedicated to the success of our students and our school. Welcoming new families to our ‘ohana really is a privilege, and tonight they were able to meet our school administrators, IPAPA representatives and enjoy a reception with other parents new to IPA,” she explained. “We are grateful to have the opportunity to serve all of our families as part of their children’s educational journey.”

Mrs. Michelle Bradley, Secondary Vice Principal, talks with new parents at the reception.

Mrs. Michelle Bradley, Secondary Vice Principal, talks with new parents at the reception.

 

New IPA parents get a chance to meet each other at the New Parent reception.

New IPA parents get a chance to meet each other at the New Parent reception.

 

IPA extends a warm mahalo to IPAPA for organizing and providing the refreshments: Mrs. Desiree Loperfido (Class of ’22 parent), President; Mrs. Marised Gillette (Class of ’17 and ’28 parent), Vice President; Mr. Jerry Pupillo (Class of ’29 parent), Grade K-2 Representative; and Mrs. Michelle Starke (Class of ’25 parent), Grade 3-5 Representative.