Model United Nations Year
This year was a Montessori Model United Nations Year at the middle school. Students were divided into small groups and were assigned a country to study in-depth. As a result of their research, each group created a banner with their country’s flag, coat of arms, national symbols, and national anthem. They also made a display board with information on geography and environment, culture and arts, economics and history, and native phrases. In addition, they created cooking videos of different food from their country and made gifts of peace for the Model United Nations. Students learned about each other’s countries through presentations made at a culture fair.
Today, they held a mock United Nations General Assembly where each country was represented. Following that, students participated in different committees to discuss and create resolutions for the following world issues:
1. Spread of Misinformation/Disinformation
2. Digital Divide
3. Clean Water
4. Global Racial Injustice
5. Renewable Energy
6. Gender Equality
7. Loss of Biodiversity
8. Food Security
The day concluded with a General Assembly vote on the resolutions. Over the years, there have been many of our graduates so inspired by this experience that they went on to establish careers in the fields of sustainability, public policy, and social justice.
If you missed all the great pictures on social media this week - you can find them on our Facebook
Parent/Student Handbook Revision
We have been so focused on observing for COVID-related symptoms, it was time for us to revisit our general sick child policy. With some generous guidance from Villa parent, Seth Oesch, M.D. we have made some revisions to the handbook. You can read that information HERE
. The highlighted areas indicate the revisions.
Symptoms: E1 (2)
No positive cases
No close contacts
Villa’s Week of Giving
Thanks to our generous Villa community, Villa’s Week of Giving was a huge success. I would like to thank our Fundraising/Development aficionado, Athena Moskoyes. One of the words used in the definition of aficionado is enthusiasm, which Athena most certainly shows! Our gratitude goes to our amazing auction committee for their generous gift of time and talent. This event could not have taken place without you. On behalf of the students and staff, thank you all so much.
Co-Chairs: Erin Ford and Chelsea McLaughlin
Committee members: Rachel Luman, Hilary Cutright, Lauren O’Connell, Liz Haley, Danielle Viola, Deanna Zuber- Galloway, Erin Stoloff, Jeremy Stoloff, Mac Jeffries
Michelle Rohan, our PE coach for the past four years, is sadly leaving Villa to pursue an advanced degree. We are thrilled that Coach EJ will be stepping into her role. We thank Michelle for all she has done for our students and our PE program and wish her all the best.
As some of you may know, we have been without a full-time health aide for several days. We are happy to announce that Marisol Medina will be joining the Villa staff on Monday, May 3, filling this position. The email to reach the health desk will remain the same: email@example.com
We only have a few make-up tests to complete for our elementary students and testing for middle school wraps up next week. A big shout out to Barbi Smith who did a fantastic job as our testing coordinator this year. Thank you, Barbi!
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The board is scheduled to participate in a DEI 101 training with Crystal Blackwell on May 12th. The DEI board subcommittee is scheduling some meeting times with Crystal as well. One of those meetings will be to help plan for the Villa Community Town Hall meeting to be held sometime in the latter part of June. We will announce the date as soon as it is confirmed.
Summer School Program Space Available
We still have a few openings in all of our summer programs. If you would like more information, please visit our website and look under the “Programs” tab, or click HERE
The teachers are planning some fun end-of-year activities. Please be sure to keep up with their emails so you won’t miss anything! Have a relaxing weekend.
Margo S. O’Neill, M.Ed.
Head of School