On Friday, June 4th the Villa Academy Second Grade preformed a dramatic retelling of the West African tale, “Why Misquitoes Buzz in Peoples’ Ears.”
Did you miss the show? Watch VIDEO clips of the play.
Newbery Award winning author, Karen Cushman will speak to students in Grades 2 – 6, Thursday, June 10.
Ms. Cushman is the author of the following books: Midwife’s Apprentice, Rodzina, Cathrine, Called Birdy, and The Ballad of Lucy Whipple. She won the Newbery for Midwife’s Apprentice. Her new book, Alchemy and Meggy Swann, has just been released. A selection of her books will be for sale following the event.
Christine Ingebritsen’s commitment to coaching is no secret amongst Villa soccer fans. But today, University Week, a publication from the University of Washington, shared Christine’s story with their readership in a Faculty Profile that compared her passion and commitment on the Villa Soccer field to her professional endeavors. Please take a moment to read about Christine, a Villa Parent, Trustee, Soccer Coach, and very respected member of our Community.
Watch: Egg Drop VIDEO
This week Villa Academy’s 6th grade students finished designing and building egg drop structures.
The egg drop structures are handmade contraptions that will safely transport an uncooked egg, dropped out the window, from Villa’s fifth story floor to the front patio. Some eggs survive, while others face a tough break!
Yesterday, the Villa Academy 5th grade bundled up for a day at the beach. Both classes headed to Whidbey Island for a visit to Deception Pass and a picnic lunch on Rosario Beach. Fortunately, the questionable weather held off and the fifth-grade was able to enjoy a dry day outdoors.
Their adventure started with a guided tour of the tide pool area and a presentation on the legends and lore of The Maiden of Deception Pass. The tour included opportunities for the students to observe the living organisms that dwell in the tide pools and the tour guides advised students on with specimens were safe to touch and which were for observation only.
After lunch, armed with shovels, trowels, buckets, cookie cutters, a wig, coconut halves, a gallon jug of vinegar, baking soda, PVC piping, and various other materials, the kids “dug in” and began work on their group sand sculptures.
It was busy day, but a very successful fieldtrip!
The Villa Academy Green Team is planting a native garden in the strip of soil between the two carpool lanes on the east side of the school. Funding for this student-driven project came from a $300 “Terry Husseman Sustainable School Award” granted to Villa Academy by the Washington State Department of Ecology. Preparations for the garden began in May and will continue through the summer and into next year.
All the plants in the Green Team garden will be native to Washington State. In an effort to save water and energy in the summer months, the Team has focused their selection on plants that flower only in the spring and fall and have chosen species that are found in areas with more sun exposure and drier soil.
The students have worked diligently to plan and prepare the execution of this project. Lots of brainstorming, research and schedule planning preceded the first day of digging last week. As part of their preliminary planning, the Green Team writes, “Our native plant garden is important because it gives homes to native animals and our plants are adapted to the climate and to native animals. It also provides a variety of foods all through the year.”
At one of their earliest meetings, student members of the Green Team voted to spend the $300 award from the WA Department of Ecology on tools, supplies and planting soil to keep their garden growing.
Join us as we watch the Green Team’s Native Garden bloom! Students will begin planting this week. Informational plant signage and additional garden touches (such as bird feeders, woodpecker suet logs, etc) will be coming soon!
Jenna, a first grader in Ms. McFarland’s class, stepped in for Mrs. Skinner today and took over Villa as “Head of School for the Day.” To watch the fun, click on: Head Master Jenna