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Dr. Dan White
Head Lines with Dr. Dan White

 

Headmaster Dan White shares his thoughts about education and the school community in weekly letters. Click on a title below Dr. Dan's most recent Head Lines to read individual letters.

Friday, June 7, 2013

You and I know who to thank: the parents of the 191 students who showed up for school at IPA on September 13, 2004, and the 25 faculty and staff who took the leap of faith to devote their services at an untested school. Without the confidence and courage of these people, there would be no IPA.

They come to mind on the occasion of this, the last Head Lines I will write. For many years, it has been my joy and privilege to write about what came to mind, always shaping my thoughts around some aspect of the school's values, philosophy, accomplishments and aspirations. Whenever a reader commented on a particular message, I took pleasure in the interaction, most of them positive and reinforcing but sometimes critical and challenging. After all, the purpose of an educational institution is to spark discussion and thought, and it is abundantly clear that, in any group of people, there will be diverse points of view.

The pioneer parents and staff provided a unique opportunity for students; to be part of starting something affecting their non-academic growth and development. We sometimes heard the Class of 2010 grumble about having to be guinea pigs or pioneers for everything. Yet they established traditions and set trends with enthusiasm and excitement. Perhaps the difference between a guinea pig and a lead dog is a matter of mood.

Those first students chose the school colors--blue for the sea, silver for the sky, and gold for the sun--and helped to tweak the original uniforms to fit the preferences of teenagers for options, even colors. They were tolerant when Judy and I selected ...

May 31 2013 Blending the Past with the Future My sister, Sandee, turns 70 today. What comes to your mind when you think about age 70? I know some of my readers are past that age; others,...
May 24 2013 Go Forward with Confidence The young pastor, in his first assignment, drew responsibility for meeting with many of the wide variety of subgroups in the church; youth,...
May 17 2013 Dr. White Shares a Story about Greatest Gifts There is a story told of a traveler in a far-off land who was a treasure hunter of sorts. What he sought were artifacts that people of different...
May 10 2013 Training Navigators The second morning of the conference, the ‘Olelo No’eau from the kumu was even more appropriate for IPA: He kilo kelewa’a ka...
May 3 2013 A Small Coral Becomes Landscape At a conference I recently attended, each morning the kumu provided us with an ’Olelo No’eau to prompt our thinking for the day. The...