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6th grade student Caitlin H. has jumped feet first into her new role as Head of School for the Day. If you’re on campus today, you can’t miss her. Caitlin is wearing an official “Head for the Day” t-shirt which lets everyone know just who’s in charge.
Caitlin’s interim position as Head for the Day comes courtesy of her parents, the highest bidders for Mr. Milroy’s experience item at this year’s fundraising auction.
Caitlin is not taking her new role lightly and has already implemented a few changes. In addition to calling for free dress, Caitlin had decreed a special recess period for the entire 6th grade and is currently meeting with Mr. Milroy, Middle School Director Mr. Joseph, and two special middle school consulting advisers regarding improvements within the Villa Middle School.
The rest of Caitlin’s schedule is booked solid. She has K-2 recess supervision duty, lunch, and then classroom visits to oversee.
Perhaps you can catch her out front at afternoon carpool duty – she shouldn’t be too busy for a friendly wave!
Dear Villa Academy Community,
In honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all past, present, and future volunteers.
The amount of time and energy volunteers dedicate to our school is incredible! Whether serving lunch, driving on field trips, raising money for the Annual Fund, supervising recess, coaching a sport, organizing the lost and found or uniform exchange, working in the classrooms, serving on the Board of Trustees, Parent Association, or auction committee, and all the other important jobs volunteers do – each and every minute you contribute to Villa Academy makes an amazing difference to the overall educational experience we are able to provide. THANK YOU!!!
Please look for us at drop off Wednesday morning. We will be handing out a delicious treat as a symbol of our appreciation for everything you do.
Thank you so very much for making Villa Academy such a wonderful place.
With warmest regards,
Villa Academy’s Administrative Team
Villa Academy Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day Thank You Notes
Due date for Notes: Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The Villa Faculty/Staff Appreciation Committee will be coordinating a heartfelt appreciation luncheon in celebration of Villa’s fabulous teachers and staff on Monday, March 26, during conferences. At the luncheon, each faculty and staff member is presented with a decorative bag containing appreciation notes written by Villa parents and students. Many have commented that the thank you notes are the best part of the day!
All forms of expression of “appreciation” are welcomed and encouraged!
- Children’s drawings
- Student or parent written thank you notes (they need not be lengthy)
- Other wonderful, original ideas (just need to fit in the bags)
- It is the thought that counts!
- Remember to write notes to members of the non-teaching staff who work hard behind the scenes helping the school to run smoothly.
- Click HERE for a list of our Faculty and Staff for a convenient reference.
- Put the recipient’s name on the outside of the envelope so we can sort the envelopes quickly and accurately.
- Drop your notes (which we will collect daily) in the decorated box in the Parent Lounge or send them via KidMail (Stephen M. 7A) so we have time to sort them and prepare the individual gift bags.
Thank you for taking the time to make the Villa Academy Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon a huge success!
Questions regarding the notes? Please contact:
Teaching is not an easy job. It is even more difficult in parts of the world where the basic cost of books and school supplies total well beyond the financial means of most families.
Reminded of this at a recent Wednesday professional planning meeting, faculty and staff at Villa Academy joined together to support Avivara, an organization that provides assistance to the grossly under-funded education efforts in Guatemala.
The truth about Guatemala education is distressing. A one-room schoolhouse, sometimes the second function of an agriculture loading dock, will enroll nearly 100 students. A serious lack of teacher resources and inaccessible curriculum, available only via the web, make lecture the primary (yet ineffective) method of instruction. Given such inefficiencies, it is not surprising that Guatemalan children generally do not advance beyond the third grade – that is, if they have the privilege of attending school at all!
In true Cabrinian tradition, our community immediately stepped up to help. A group effort from Villa Academy employees, initiated by Becky Bocian in the Business Office, raised enough support to sponsor the educational needs of 56 students for an entire year!
Way to go Villa!
For more information on Education in Guatemala, or to find out how you can help, please visit: www.avivara.org
Last Thursday fourth grade teacher, Ms. Nichols, attended a lecture by Daniel Coyle, the author of The Talent Code.
Coyle visited nine “talent hotbeds”, places (sometimes small and unlikely places) that produce great talent. In his talk, Coyle gave the example of one small Russian tennis club, Spartak, which has produced more top 20 women players than the entire U.S.
Coyle has observed common patterns – methods of teaching, motivation, and coaching. His research distilled the essentials of how talent is made, or as the title of his book states, “The Talent Code.”
According to Ms. Nichols, “he assured us talent IS made – it’s not simply present at birth.”
Ms. Nichols noted what Coyle presents as the ingredients for talent:
Talent ingredient 1: Deep practice. “Deep practice is built on a paradox: struggling in certain targeted ways – operating at the edges of your ability, where you make mistakes – makes you smarter.” … “The best way to build a good circuit is to fire it, attend to mistakes, then fire it again, over and over. Struggle is not an option: it’s a biological requirement.”
Talent ingredient 2: Passion. Energy. It takes tremendous energy and time to stick with deep practice for the amount of time needed to develop talent.
Talent ingredient 3: Environment. Where does the passion come from? It comes from one’s environment. How someone sees himself or herself makes a difference in how much they learn. It’s important to see someone you want to become – to have someone in your windshield.
Just mix those ingredients together and voila, talent!
Mr. Coyle said the biological basis for why deep practice works is the building of myelin insulation that wraps around nerve fibers. The more a circuit is fired, the more layers of myelin and the faster and more efficient the firing gets.
He also said that as a teacher or a parent you can’t force talent on a child, but you can look for it and encourage it. He specified that kids need private space to ignite ideas, experiment and develop obsessions that lead them to develop talents.