Faculty Update

Please join us in wishing Melissa Pothier and Kate Brooks all the best as they both begin maternity leave in the upcoming days!

Ms. Kathy Simons will be taking over for Ms. Pothier in the art room for the remainder of the year. Ms. Simons has worked as a guest teacher and long-term substitute at numerous schools since 2004 at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Western Washington University with a certification in K-12 Visual Arts.

Mr. Alex Cooper will be stepping in for Ms. Brooks. Mr. Cooper worked at St. John the Baptist Middle School from 2008 to 2011, teaching Spanish, music, and social studies, while coaching the cross country team. Most recently, he taught 8th grade English at St. George’s College in Santiago, Chile. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Loyola University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Portland, and ENL Certification from the University of Notre Dame.

Welcome, Ms. Simons and Mr. Cooper!

Viking Sports News

It’s an exciting and busy spring for Viking athletics with CYO volleyball and baseball, tennis, golf, and Watts basketball clinics, and ultimate frisbee with Villa’s own Roger Crafts!


O’Dea Recognizes Villa Alumni

O’Dea High School recently recognized the academic achievements of three Villa Academy alumni.  Theodore Looney (’12) received 4.0 Honors, Conall Murphy (’12) made First Honors (GPA: 3.7 – 3.9), and Nicholas Safka (’10) made Second Honors (GPA 3.3 – 3.69). Congratulations!

Alumna’s Leadership Key to Orchestra’s Success

Alumna Bronwyn Early ('09) and the RHS Orchestra. (Photo by Barry Wong.)


Villa Academy alumna Bronwyn Early (’09) and the Roosevelt High School Orchestra took top honors at the 40th Annual Northwest Orchestra Festival hosted by Mount Hood Community College. As concertmistress, Bronwyn was praised for her “key leadership” and “outstanding” performance. Bronwyn was also part of the quintet that took top honors in the small ensemble category. Congratulations, Bronwyn!

Villa Alumni Shine at Seattle Prep

Seattle Prep recently presented forty-six Villa Academy alumni with academic honors. There were 13 former Villa students on the President’s List (GPA>=3.85), 17 on the Dean’s List (GPA>=3.55), and 16 on the Honor Roll (GPA>=3.0).

Villa Academy alumni included on the President’s List are seniors Lauren Matthews, Julien Brundrett, and Julia Anderson, junior Maddie Burnett, Jenay McAuley, and Emma Johnson, sophomores Veronica Hartling, Olivia Pingul, Mackie Graaf, and Jack Stewart, and freshmen Sarah Hampson, Jesse Lewis, and Bailey Aggen.

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A Safety Reminder

As the days (hopefully) get sunnier, many children enjoy playing on the lower playground near the NE exit after school.  We’ve had many reports of kids crossing the NE exit road unsupervised to play in the grassy orchard.  As traffic is heavy during pickup time, please be especially attentive to your kids, and remind them to stay in the playground area.

Destination Imagination Teams Excel at Regionals

Villa Academy’s 5th grade Destination Imagination (D.I.) team recently qualified for the Washington State championship after taking second place at regionals. They also received the prestigious Da Vinci Award for the most outstanding creative solution to the D.I. challenge, while Villa’s 6th grade D.I. team was presented with the Spirit Award. These were two of three special awards for which all 78 teams participating, ranging in age from elementary to high school, were eligible – quite an impressive showing for Villa Academy!

Villa's 5th grade D.I. Team: Minola D., Jonah C., Mia L., and Cami H.

Destination Imagination is a global competition in which student teams solve open-ended science or engineering based Challenges and present their solutions in performances at tournaments. The 5th grade D.I. team was challenged to create a structure from a list of 18 potential materials (cork, straws, corrugate cardboard, monofilament line, aluminum foil, etc.) that could withstand 300+ pounds of crushing pressure and torque forces. Following months of experimenting and refining ideas, the kids presented their solution in an 8-minute creative and structural performance that parodied the Cat in the Hat, written completely in rhyme. Learning through this creative process is what draws kids to D.I. “You think of things in a new way, use your imagination and come up with crazy ideas,” said team member Cami H.

The 5th grade team will cut short their spring break and travel to Wenatchee on April 6 for the state tournament.  Good luck to our 5th graders and congratulations to both teams for their outstanding performances at regionals!