Middle school students are invited to join us for six Friday evenings, January 7 – February 11. We leave directly after school to drive up to Snoqualmie Summit for over 1 hour of instruction then 1½ hours of free skiing/boarding, returning to Villa by 10:20pm. Lessons offered through WebbSki Ski & Snowboard School. All skill levels welcome. No experience necessary!
The cost is $153 (plus a $45 deposit) for all six weeks of transportation, instruction, and supervision. Rentals and lift passes are available through WebbSki, but separate. Season passes are individually purchased directly from the ski area. Scholarships available; contact the Admission Office. Registration is first come first served, though we do our best to accommodate all interested students who register by the deadline.
Interested? Come to the Ski & Snowboard Bus Info Night for families on Monday, October 18 at 6:30pm in the Parlor for complete information and to receive registration materials. If you are not able to attend the Info Night or are already familiar with the program, you can pick up registration materials in the Main Office after October 18.
Returning participants may receive a brochure from WebbSki in the mail, which is for your use if you want to take lessons from them at another time. You must sign up through Villa to participate on the Ski Bus.
Mark your calendars and make plans to visit the Fall Book Fair. The Book Fair will be open October 25 through October 29th and held in the Rainbow Theater.
On Monday and Tuesday, students will visit the Book Fair with their classes. The remaining days are conference days and the fair will be open from 8:20am – 3:30pm. On Friday, October 29th the fair will open 8:20am to 1:00pm.
The University Bookstore provides books for our fair. Shop early in the week for the best selection.
Check next week’s Monday Memo for more details and schedule of class visits.
Karen Strand and Leslie Keeney
On Wednesday October 6th at 6:00PM there will be an College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM) parent information night. CPM is the math curriculum that is being used in the middle school. This year we adopted a new series for use in the sixth and seventh grades. For you to better understand how to help your student at home, Mr. Repanich will be demonstrating how to use the online information from CPM. To make this a meaningful session please bring your student’s laptop that night or your own laptop so that you can navigate the website and explore the tools as they are presented.
Wednesday, October 6th
6:00 pm – 7:00pm
Students may attend.
During the second week of school, the Class of 2011 took their turn at Leadership Camp.
Students challenged themselves and each other to work together, to plan and execute activities, to dig deep and find their strength, and most importantly, to push themselves way out of their comfort zones and live to tell about it.
Here’s what they had to say:
“When other people wobble, it makes us all fall.”
“Can you give us a little more leeway now that you’ve blinded us?”
“Why did we want to cross this bridge in the first place?”
The teachers also contributed their energy, patience, flexibility, and individual gifts to make Leadership Camp a success. They nudged the students towards taking responsibility for their own community, and as a result, saw leadership qualities emerge from students who, in school, are on the quiet side.
Students felt confident about themselves after tackling the high ropes course, and it was fascinating to see what our students are able to accomplish when given the chance to lead their peers without adult input!
Many of the lessons learned at camp will continue throughout the year. Advisors know the power of later reminding individual students about the brilliant moments we observed, such as, one boy encouraging another to try the high ropes course and another student speaking up in the big group about having trouble trusting. Teachers also plan to harness the students’ enthusiasm for leading assemblies and bring it as their next—perhaps on-going—leadership challenge at school.
What a wonderful way for our students to demonstrate to themselves and to their younger classmates how to lead graciously. We are very proud of them. We are off to a great start!
The 7th Grade traveled to Vantage last week to learn more about the geology and renewable power sources of Washington State.
The students ate lunch high above the Columbia River and were able to observe the consecutive basalt flows that occurred numerous times over geologic time. Students walked down to the Indian petroglyphs and had a chance to draw one or two.
From there the group crossed the Columbia River, past the Running Horses Monument, and were dropped off in a beautiful sagebrush-filled basin surrounded by the giant basalt columns known as the Feathers. After a brief introduction by the instructors from Passages Northwest and BOLD (Boys Outdoor Leadership Development – a division of the YMCA), the large group split into advisories. Mr. Estill, Ms. Jenner and Ms. Rutledge, as experienced Passages Northwest instructors, joined us for this portion of our adventure.
After setting up their tents and equipped with rock-climbing shoes, harnesses, and helmets, students were led to the base of the Feathers to begin Rock Climbing 101. Using Mr. Crafts, Ms. Preib and others as guinea pigs, the instructors demonstrated proper technique and communication especially for belaying.
As dusk approached, we had dinner and some played a rousing game of “Where’s My Fishie” while others visited or hiked.
By trip’s end, each advisory was a tight-knit group. Students came away from this experience ready to support one another through future challenges and adversity – much like they did through the challenge of climbing the Feathers.
The four hours of rock-climbing went by so quickly that even the tired students wanted more when it came time for the final “good-bye” circle.
In the circle, many of the 7th Grade students expressed their gratitude for the adventure and those that made it happen. More than half mentioned “trust” as a defining word for the day. Many explained that their deeper understanding of “trust” would easily spill over into their lives at school and at home. And while talking to a handful on the bus ride home, many of the 7th Grade students simply wanted more rock. Awesome.
INDEPENDENT HIGH SCHOOL NIGHT
At VILLA ACADEMY
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2010
This event is for all 8th grade students and families interested in independent high school options. Nine different PNAIS high schools will present information. This will be a great night to learn more about the schools you are interested in! For more information, please call the Admission Office at 206-527-9388.
Villa Academy fourth grade students showed unparalleled achievement on all three sections of the MSP (Measurements of Student Progress). The test scores released earlier this month show 100 percent of Villa Academy fourth grade students met standard on all three sections of the MSP, reading, writing, and math.
Test scores at Villa Academy are usually high, but this is the first time in Villa history that an entire grade level has achieved 100 percent in all sections of the test.
This news was a welcome celebration for the Villa Academy community, especially in a year the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has characterized with “mixed results.” There were some improvements, but overall 968 Washington State schools failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress.
As an independent school, Villa Academy is not under state mandate to give standardized tests like the MSP or the formerly used WASL. However, administrators at the school feel that standardized test scores are one useful comparison tool to help benchmark student achievement at Villa against student achievement statewide.
Test scores at Villa Academy were positive across the board. Science scores for the eighth grade remained relatively steady with less than a half percent change under last year. The seventh grade saw 100% of student who meet standard in science increase 4.6%, and came in 47.6% higher than Washington State test results.
Villa Academy is proud of their students and attributes their success to Villa’s dedication to educating the whole child!