ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY News
Kumu Joy challenged her Hawaiian Studies students to reflect on the words of the school oli and create an original piece of art that related to a line from the Hawaiian chant and share why the words are meaningful to them. The project was part of an introduction to their study of ahupuaʻa and recognition that IPA, along with many students, reside within the Honouluiuli ahupuaʻa referred to in the oli.
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This summer was definitely not a hang-out-at-the-beach kind of summer for IPA senior Ian Rife ‘23. Instead, Ian spent his summer doing rotations in the ER and ICU and OR as an intern at Straub Medical Center through Hawai’i Pacific Health’s Health Careers Summer Internship.
ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY hosted a warm evening reception for more than 140 new parents at the 2022 New Parent Reception held on July 29. The annual event is a wonderful way to welcome new families to the IPA community even before their child’s first day at IPA.
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ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY’s Summer Enrichment students in Design Thinking spent three weeks creating solutions-based projects to improve the Secondary school’s assembly experience to help IPA’s Student Activities Coordinator, Ruby May Fernandez.
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ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY’s Class of 2022 has been awarded $3,795,558 in academic scholarships and awards. The IPA graduates submitted applications to over 107 colleges across the United States, and will be matriculating to colleges and universities in 12 states.
ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY’s last Elementary assembly of the year was a laughter and tear-filled changing of the guard as students and teachers said e komo mai to incoming Principal Samantha Hodes-Der and a hui hou to outgoing Principal Steve Ross. Ross, who started at IPA in August 2012, will be taking on a new position as IPA’s Assistant Head of School next year to focus on school curriculum and culture across grades K-12.
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“If your students are not your number one priority, then you're in the wrong job” is Stan Vincentʻs straightforward philosophy on teaching, and IPA’s students have been his number one priority for the past 17 years. Today is his last official day at ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY as he retires from teaching after so many dedicated years.
Full circle. There’s no better way to describe the journey thus far for ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY alumnus Shelden Balatico ‘11. As a senior at IPA, Balatico helped with founding the school’s first varsity volleyball team in 2010-2011 and this year he returned to campus as Head Coach for the varsity boys’ and intermediate girls’ volleyball teams.
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It was a first in the history of the ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY theater program – and the culmination of a passion project born during a summer of boredom spent in COVID lockdown. The premiere of Crossroads, a short play written and directed by senior Chloe Davis ‘22, was a highlight of IPA’s annual Spring Theater production in March.
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The Secondary Awards Ceremony is an ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY end-of-the-year tradition celebrating and commemorating Secondary students who exemplify the mission and values of the school. This year's ceremony was held on campus on May 17, 2022.