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Logo for Elevate. Enlighten. Empower. The Campaign for Villa Academy

Congratulations, Villa Community! We're proud to announce that YOU made it happen: you exceeded our $4,200,000 goal by raising proceeds of $4,500,000 for our Elevate. Enlighten. Empower. Capital Campaign. Through your generosity, Villa Academy's dreams will now be our students' reality:

  • The installation, complete in September of 2017, of our new multipurpose field for sports, classes, and activities. 
  • The advancement of our educational program through our STEAM initiative that will bring an increased focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math throughout our curriculum.
  • The preservation of our historic main building—the heart and soul of Villa—so that it continues to serve our students well.

Read all about it!

Cover of Capital Campaign booklet - It's All About Our Students

February 3, 2017

All About STEAM

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.

Sincerely,
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.

October 7,  2016

Wunderbar! What a Wonderful Kickoff Party!

Logo for Capital Campaign Oktoberfest Kickoff 2016Capital Campaign Kickoff OktoberfestNeither 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!

Find more Oktoberfest photos on Facebook>>

July 27, 2016

It's Really Going to Happen!

Head of School, John Milroy, updated the Villa Community on construction of Villa's new Multipurpose Field.
 
Says Milroy, "I, along with Villa Board Member and Building & Grounds Chair, Scott Smith, will be working with our vendors to create a construction schedule for the late spring and summer of 2017. Thanks to Scott and to Bassetti Architects, Ohno Construction, and DA Hogan & Associates for their expertise in moving our plans forward." With a smile, he added, "It's really going to happen!"

July 15, 2016

Mid-Summer Pledges Help Us Reach 88% of Our Goal

Joan Hudson, Villa's Director of Institutional Advancement, reports that mid-summer pledges have increased overall giving to $3,668,000. "We've announced that the community phase of our campaign will begin in the fall, and it's exciting to have already reached 88% of our goal, thanks to the generosity of so many leadership supporters."

June 10, 2016

Breaking Ground on Our New Multipurpose Field

June 2016 Groundbreaking Ceremony for 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 jhudson@thevilla.org

Campaign Cabinet

Tim Dunley & Lexi Picard Dunley,
Campaign Chairs

Chris & Kate Allen
Randy Bannecker '78
Mark '84 & Krissy Grey
Jennifer Higgins
Tim Porter
Christopher & Jennifer Roberts
Sunil & Didi Saluja
Aaron '85 & Kelsey '87 Singleton
Brian Vath