Dear Villa Community,

We extend warm Easter greetings to you and your family. In preparation for this beautiful time of year, our students and faculty experienced a Lenten season that focused on generosity and compassion.  With a spirit enriched by the Benedictine traditions of scholarship, service, and hospitality, we remain committed to serving others.

Our school year continues to be one of joy and excitement.  We hosted successful open house events, celebrated holiday traditions, joined together in prayer, competed in academic and athletic events and, most recently, celebrated the Feast of St. Benedict.  The enrollment process is going well as we register current students for the new school year and welcome students new to Villa who are excited to join us.

As we move forward in planning for our future, Villa’s five-year Strategic Plan is the foundation for such endeavors.  As a result, we implemented two new committees:  Marketing and Enrollment and Academic Programs. These committees join the existing committees of Governance, Institutional Advancement, Finance, and Buildings and Grounds and are composed of Board members, administrators, faculty, and parents.  All are actively planning and implementing ideas and strategies.

Villa’s Feasibility Study is complete, and we appreciated working with Johnson Grossnickle and Associates.  The purpose of the study was to assess interest and support of projects we may possibly include in a future capital campaign, and those main projects are identified as renovation of the Center Building and of the high school/junior high science labs/classrooms in the Main Building.  In addition, the roof on our main mid-century building will need to be replaced.   Recently, we interviewed architect firms and will make a decision on the firm with whom we wish to proceed.  Additional updates will be provided as we approach the end of the school year.

May you enjoy this Easter season.  Pope Francis reminded us to “allow ourselves to be surprised by this new dawn, to allow the love of Christ to guide our steps.”  Today, and always, we recall the words we share with our seniors on graduation day:   See the beauty in the world and love life -because that is Villa.  We are Villa.

God’s Peace,

Mrs. Pamela McQueen

Executive Director/High School-Junior High Principal