Founded over 100 years ago, Villa Academy has flourished because of the leadership of so many. From Mother Cabrini's original vision for an orphanage and school to serve children in need; to her Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart who, post-orphanage, continued as Sacred Heart Villa Academy up to their departure in 1977; to our New Founders, the visionary parents who prevented the school's closure and gave it new life as Villa Academy: the only PK-8 Independent Catholic School on the west coast. 30 years later, the Villa community once again led the way by purchasing Villa's magnificent building and campus.
Today, we embark on a $4,200,000 capital campaign—the next milestone in Villa Academy's proud history.
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February 3, 2017
Villa's $1,000,000 Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) initiative is an important component of our current Capital Campaign. In the face of rapid technological change, we know that our students need to think freely across disciplines, engage with difficult real-world questions and collaborate in designing solutions. These skills are needed for the jobs of tomorrow.
The foundation for integrating STEAM subjects into our curriculum is Project Based Learning (PBL). PBL involves in-depth inquiry into subjects, driving questions and challenges, critique and revision; content is based on rigorous standards and culminates with the public presentation of acquired knowledge.
Villa has had a head start on PBL with its focus on 21st Century Skills. Through the STEAM initiative, we will expand our program even further and provide the essential components to prepare our students for high school and beyond.
But we want to do it right.
The STEAM Initiative is about more than creating a "makerspace" or adding robotics classes, important as those may be. Our approach is to be very thoughtful about how, for example, a coding class might be incorporated into the curriculum given a finite school day and an already full schedule. Or, given the five floors of our building, where a maker space (or spaces) might be best utilized by all of our students. In other words, there are many considerations that will go into how to best integrate STEAM at Villa.
Supporting all of the STEAM components will be a careful curricular approach led by our new Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment. The educator in this role will help to lead the effort, in concert with faculty and administration, for new class offerings, technology tools and equipment and the best academic spaces for 21st century learners.
We will keep you fully apprised of “your STEAM dollars at work” as we implement various components of this initiative. We are excited to have reached over 80% of our $4.2 million goal, but the final phase of our campaign is crucial. Whether you are contacted by phone, online, or through the mail, I hope you will support this initiative to elevate Villa’s academic program for the good of all our students.
John K. Milroy
Head of School
January 30, 2017
Construction Begins in Just a Few Months
Construction on Villa's new Multipurpose Field begins this May and will be completed by the Fall of 2017. Soon, we will have our own regulation field where home games for all grades will be played.
Neither rain, nor wind, nor dark of night dimmed the enthusiasm of the Capital Campaign Oktoberfest Kickoff on October 6, 2016. Our guests munched on brats, downed their brew, and were entertained by The Queen of Oktoberfest, aka The (6′, 8″) Austrian Amazon, who yodeled her heart out out to “YMCA” and other well-known Bavarian folktunes.
Todd Jablonski, Villa Board of Trustees Chair, Tim Dunley, Capital Campaign Chair (along with Lexi Dunley) and John Milroy welcomed everyone and gave a brief overview of the Campaign. More Campaign news to follow, but for now, thanks for a great evening!
It's Really Going to Happen!
Mid-Summer Pledges Help Us Reach 88% of Our Goal
Breaking Ground on Our New Multipurpose Field
On Wednesday, right after the Family BBQ, we held our official Groundbreaking Ceremony to highlight the beginning of construction for Villa's new Multipurpose Field! It was also the symbolic groundbreaking for the entire scope of our Campaign projects.
Backed by students just prior to Field Day games, Head of School John Milroy; Campaign Chairs Tim and Lexi Dunley; Building and Grounds Committee Chair, Scott Smith; and Board of Trustees President, Tim Porter posed with their Golden Groundbreaking Shovels.
Thanks to all the Villa parents who also attended to mark this special occasion.
What is the status of the Capital Campaign?
We have raised over 80% of a $4.2 million goal. Generous early gifts have enabled us to come this far. We now ask our entire community to join in with a gift or pledge to reach our goal.
What are the Campaign components?
- The new Multi-Purpose Field
- Renovations to the envelope of our historic building
- A STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) initiative to further elevate our academic program
(Note: the Villa Treehouse and garden patio are past Auction Fund-a-Need projects that are paid for and not part of the campaign.)
When does construction begin?
- Construction of the new field will begin this May with completion scheduled for the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.
- Building renovations will occur during the next few summers (beginning in 2018) because they are weather dependent.
What should I give?
Only you can decide what's meaningful for your family! The ability to pledge over five years may help make an impact not possible with a one-time gift. For example, a $5,000 pledge over 5 years equals approximately $83 per month. You can structure your pledge according to your wishes.
Can my company match my pledge or gift?
Yes! Follow your company's matching guidelines. If you plan to match, please notify Joan Hudson at firstname.lastname@example.org