Head of School Message for May 28, 2021

Aloha HPA ʻohana,

We did it!! Mahalo to everyone – students, families, faculty and staff – for everything you have done to make this unprecedented year possible. Our success rests on your shoulders and we can’t thank you enough for the flexibility, understanding, and respect you have all demonstrated throughout the year for our health and safety protocols and the ever-changing conditions.

This last All-School Bulletin for 2020-2021 is a celebration of who we are and what we have accomplished despite the challenges of the past year. We hope you will take the time to enjoy viewing each of our division’s end-of-year events: from the hula performances of our Lower School in honor of May Day… to the 8th Grade Transition Ceremony preparing our rising 9th graders for life on the Upper Campus… and all of the incredible ways we bid “a hui hou” to our class of 2021!

As we wrap up this school year, we are already looking ahead to the fall. We know that there are many questions about what next year will look like — especially in regard to vaccinations, travel policies, and health and safety protocols, including our mask requirements. We want you to know that we are in the final stages of our planning, and we will be sharing that information with you in two weeks’ time.

For now, I hope you all enjoy a very well-deserved, restful and rejuvenating summer. We look forward to seeing many of you back on our campuses next August!

From all of us here at HPA, we send our best wishes for continued good health and happiness.

Mahalo,

Patrick J. Phillips
Head of School

Attachments:
May Day 2021
8th Grade Transition Ceremony 2021
70th Annual Commencement Exercises
70th Annual Baccalaureate Service
Class of 2021 Senior Awards and Slideshow

Lower School

From The Desk of Your Division Principal, Cathy Grant

Aloha Lower School families! Our year is complete. Transitions and graduations have taken place, students and faculty are getting a well-deserved summer vacation, and the campus is still and quiet. We all agree this has been a tough year, yet we have made it through and provided our students with exceptional learning opportunities every day. We look forward to the coming year with excited anticipation.

Our Marketing team created a beautiful May Day video for you that is a compilation of our six days of May Day. I know this will be a treasured memory of our year. Here is the link to the video and you can also watch it below.

Your support and care through this year and throughout my tenure as Lower School principal is something I will forever be grateful for. Thank you again, especially, for all of the aloha you showed me in the last days of school. I know I will see you in the community and I will always have a love and connection to HPA. Have a beautiful summer. A hui hou!

View photos from May Day here

Summer Reading for Rising 6th Graders
All rising 6th graders are asked to read the following books before the beginning of the next academic school year. A full list can be found on our Middle School Family Resources tile located in myHPA or by clicking here.

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn
The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman

Lower School Supply List
Please take an opportunity to review the Lower School supply list by visiting our Lower School Family Resources tile located in myHPA, or clicking on this link.

myHPA
In addition to Seesaw, many important resources can be located on our community portal, myHPA. Two key resource boards that we would like to draw your attention to are the Lower School Family Resources and the Return to Campus 2020-2021 Plans and Information. For myHPA concerns, please contact help@hpa.edu.

Past Email Communications
All past email communications can be accessed by visiting the Lower School Family Resources tile on myHPA and scrolling down to ‘Past Email Communications, 2020-2021.’

Middle School

Aloha Middle School families! We did it! What a year it was. Through all the adversity that the year threw at us, we persevered and accomplished so much. When we couldn’t do our Makahiki games in December, we switched gears and kept our partnership with Kanu o ka ʻĀina school with our Makahiki baskets and their wonderful gifts for our garden. Once we were able, we combined our Makahiki Games with student-led diversity, equity and inclusion workshops to create our first Malāma Kaiāulu Day.

When we had to scale back our community connections, we built a stronger connection with the Waimea Circle Park and Nature Trail, where our students did excellent work throughout the year.

When we needed to limit our normal Theme Week selections and student mixing, we were able to create a memorable Theme Week for all.

Our 8th graders swept 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and added four Honorable Mentions in the statewide Eddie Aikau Essay Contest. Our 8th graders also produced some of our most memorable capstone projects, connecting our students to each other and our communities.

And to finish the year, we were able to hold our 8th Grade Transition Ceremony live for parents. Here is the link to the video.

A big mahalo to everybody for your support as we not only persevered, but thrived through the 2020-2021 school year. Have a great summer!

View photos from 8th Grade Transition here

Summer Reading for Middle School Students
All Middle School students are asked to read the following books before the beginning of the next academic school year. A full list can be found on our Middle School Family Resources tile located in myHPA or by clicking here.

Rising 6th Graders:
Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn
The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman

Rising 7th Graders:
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Casket of Time by Andri Snaer Magnason
Belle Prater’s Boy by Ruth White

Rising 8th Graders:
Sparrow by Sarah Moon
Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri
White Bird by R.J. Palacio

Middle School Supply List
Please take an opportunity to review the Middle School supply list by visiting our Middle School Family Resources tile located in myHPA, or clicking on this link.

myHPA
myHPA is where you can find all the resources related to your child’s learning. Three key resource boards that we would like to draw your attention to are the Middle School Family Resources, Middle School Student Resources, and the Return to Campus 2020-2021 Plans and Information.

Past Email Communications
All past email communications can be accessed by visiting the Middle School Family Resources tile on myHPA and scrolling down to ‘Past Email Communications, 2020-2021.’

Upper School

Aloha Upper School families! What a year! I want to thank everyone for all their hard work. We couldn’t have done it without everyone’s dedication and cooperation. Your willingness to be flexible and pivot as needed, combined with your positive approach to adjustments to HPA traditions like Olympics and school dances demonstrates what makes us Ka Makani strong.

I encourage you to share in the celebration of our Class of 2021’s accomplishments by watching our 70th Annual Commencement Exercises. You can review the program here. We also live streamed our 70th Annual Baccalaureate Service and the Class of 2021 Senior Awards and Slideshow, both of which are still available for viewing and you can review the program here.

I wish you all the very best. Have a wonderful summer!

View photos from the 70th Annual Commencement Ceremony here

HPA's 70th Annual Commencement Exercises

Summer Reading for Upper School Students
All Upper School students are required to complete their Summer Reading before the start of the new academic year. A full list can be found on our Upper School Family Resources tile located in myHPA.

Upper School Supply List
Please take an opportunity to review the Upper School supply list by visiting our Upper School Family Resources tile located in myHPA, or clicking on this link.

myHPA
myHPA is where you can find all the resources related to your child’s learning. Four key resource boards that we would like to draw your attention to are the Upper School Family Resources, Upper School Student Resources, Return to Campus 2020-2021 Plans and Information and the Upper School Orientation Videos.

Past Email Communications
All past email communications can be accessed by visiting the Upper School Family Resources tile on myHPA and scrolling down to ‘Past Email Communications, 2020-2021.”

Residential Life
Aloha boarding families! Thank you all for your trust and patience during the last year. Your support and encouragement of your children helped us get through the harder moments, so that we could enjoy the lighter ones. We are incredibly proud of the work from our residential faculty and staff to ensure that our students were kept healthy and safe during this unprecedented year. While not every decision we made was popular, and at times our boarding community had to shoulder greater burdens than some of their peers, in the end, we achieved what we set out to do. With multiple travel-related cases and close calls in the HPA community, we did not have a single case of community spread within our boarding community, and school was able to continue to function with almost no interruptions for the entire school year.

From the beginning of August to now, we navigated government shut-downs, high case numbers, changing travel standards, and eventually, access to the vaccine. We are thrilled that we were able to send home so many of our students of eligible age having been fully vaccinated. Now that the minimum age has dropped again, we hope everyone has the opportunity to get their vaccination over the summer. A vaccinated boarding population is our key to a more normal fall semester, so it is our hope to be able to transition to that program sooner than later.

There is much that is still unknown about what August holds. We are in planning meetings throughout the summer and will communicate what you can expect for next year as soon as possible. The dates of arrival will remain the same, August 6, for incoming prefects, and August 9 and 10, for all other boarding students. The specifics of what that first week will look like is still being worked on, and some aspects of it will be out of our control, as we navigate state-mandated travel restrictions and quarantines. We thank you for your patience while we work to continue to offer a safe environment, and to make it as enjoyable and welcoming as possible.

One last time, thank you for your support throughout the year!

Ka Makani Athletics
Summer training is ready to go for our fall athletic teams. All Upper School students/families should reach out to the listed fall coaches for more specific information or contact HPA’s Athletic Director, Stephen Perry (sperry@hpa.edu).

Football: Coach Kaluka Maiava (maiava2015@yahoo.com)
Conditioning sessions start on June 14, 2021. Training camp starts on July 19, 2021.

Girls Volleyball: Coach Sharon Peterson (speterson@hawaii.rr.com)
Training sessions start on July 5, 2021. Practices start on August 2, 2021.

Boys Cross Country: Coach Mark Ravaglia (mravaglia@hpa.edu)
Practices start in August.

Girls Cross Country: Coach Kimo Higgins (khiggins@hpa.edu)
Practices start in August.

Cheer: Coach Tori Schneider (tschneider@hawaii.rr.com)
Practices start in August.

All-School News

HPA Alumni
HPA’s Ka Makani Alumni Pinning Ceremony — established by the alumni office in 2018 — continued its annual ritual of formally welcoming the senior class into the alumni ʻohana with the presentation of an HPA Seal pin. With campus access limited for alumni guests, our beloved faculty and staff alumni took on the important role of pinning this year’s graduates on Monday, May 17, just before Baccalaureate.  From one generation to the next, the ceremony celebrates the forever bonds between Ka Makani and honors the connection between our past and present here at HPA. With the help of illustrator and current student Kawela Takushi ‘22 we created an animated short about the significance of this special school tradition for our students and alumni alike.

We are thrilled to welcome the Class of 2021 to our alumni ʻohana! Have a great summer!

Virtual HPA Alumni Reunion
There’s still time to join us for the year’s virtual HPA Alumni Reunion, which runs through May 30. This year’s reunion at HPA is unlike anything we’ve done before – creating a series of virtual experiences and conversations that attempt to capture what makes HPA a part of each of our hearts. It has been our sincere pleasure to help bring these stories to life. We hope that you will make the time – either together with friends or on your own when the moment strikes you – to explore and enjoy this diverse range of offerings. You can see the full schedule here . You can also log on to our new alumni portal to access the schedule, provide updates, and more. If you haven’t had a chance to create your portal account yet, you can find login instructions here. If you’re feeling like your spring wardrobe could use a little HPA vibe, we encourage you to check out our alumni merchandise here.

Summer at HPA
Looking for a way to keep your child engaged over the summer months? We still have space in our grade 6-12 program (we’re offering two three-week sessions). To learn more please visit our Summer at HPA website.

Ready to apply? All current families can apply to our Summer at HPA program by logging into myHPA, going to the resource board tab and selecting the program you wish to apply for. Don’t wait too long, spots are filling up fast!

ʻOhana Association
The ʻOhana Association is a parent volunteer organization, which is affiliated with and coordinates closely with the school. Every HPA parent is a member of the ʻOhana Association and all are welcome to join us at our ʻOhana Association Board meetings, which will be announced on the ʻOhana Association myHPA resource page and can be located on the myHPA school calendar. Our mission is to support a great experience for every HPA student, as well as to foster a sense of community within the student body, parents and families, the staff and faculty of HPA, and the local community. Please be sure to review our latest update for more information on how you can get involved next academic year.

Isaacs Art Center
Isaacs Art Center, is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, and on Saturdays by appointment. Gallery works for sale may also be viewed on our website. Be sure to also visit our Instagram and Facebook pages for highlights from ongoing exhibitions. Sales from gallery artwork have supported the HPA Financial Aid program since opening in 2004.

CrisisGo for Parents
It is important that all families are set up with CrisisGo, HPA’s school emergency communication tool. To set up CrisisGo SMS/Email subscription, please click on this invitation link and complete the form by adding your name, email and cell number (this is an important step if you would like to receive SMS message) and click on the Subscribe button. Should an emergency occur you will be alerted by email and SMS messaging. You can also locate these instructions by logging into myHPA, clicking on the resource tab and selecting the CrisisGo Safe2SpeakUp tile.

Safe2SPeakUp for Middle and Upper Students
Similarly, Middle and Upper School students received instructions during orientation on how to upload the Safe2SpeakUp app. This is a companion app to CrisisGo. It will allow the school to alert students of emergencies and enable students to communicate with us should there be any behaviors they are concerned about. Students can also locate instructions on setting up Safe2SpeakUp in myHPA.

All students can also submit an Online Bully/Harassment report by clicking on this link, which can also be located on the CrisisGo Safe2SpeakUp tile on myHPA.

Campus Access
During this time, campus access is limited to current students, employees, essential contractors and approved guests — all of whom have completed a daily thermal/symptom check and a screening questionnaire.

Should a family member of a student need a meeting with a faculty, staff or administrative team member, kindly contact them so that they can apply to have you come to campus. If approved, they will then send you a COVID-19 questionnaire. From that point, security team members will be alerted to your appointment date and time, and let you onto campus.

At the Upper School, please do not park in the Day Student Parking Lot (DSPL) and walk in without an appointment. Similarly, at the Village Campus, kindly call or email for an appointment so that arrangements can be made. Please remember, masks are required on campus at all times when indoors and also outside when physical distancing of six feet or more is not possible. As a visitor, on either campus, you will be asked for a temperature check. Mahalo for your understanding and respect for this process.

Past HPA communications and other important information can be found on myHPA. We are continuing to make updates to our student and parent resource boards, please be sure to visit them regularly. For a complete directory of all our health and safety protocols, please review our Return to Campus 2020-2021 Plans and Information tile.

Mahalo to all our students, families, faculty, and staff for everything you did to keep our campuses and community as safe as possible during the 2020-2021 academic year. Together we are #KaMakaniSTRONG!