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Posted 02/15/2018 08:34PM
February 15, 2018 Dear Villa Community, In the wake of the Florida shooting yesterday, I am asking all of us to pray. No student, teacher, parent, or person should have to go to school/work and worry that something like yesterday could happen. Feelings of concern, sadness, grief, worry, and frustration are obvious emotions for any parent or educator. We want to take this opportunity to assure all of our Villa families of the processes and protocols we have in place to maintain a secure environment and to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff at Villa Joseph Marie High School. These include: - Updated safety response manuals and emergency procedures that are regularly reviewed by local safety experts and law enforcement - All administration, faculty, and staff trained in our various situation protocols (fire drills, shelter in place, lockdown/active shooter, and relocation) - Throughout all buildings on campus, designated administrators and staff who are responsible for upholding the proper protocol during an emergency procedure - Secure entryways with buzzer systems - All doors alarmed throughout campus - Security cameras throughout campus, with updated software as of Fall 2017 - Security resource officer (a Northampton Twp. police officer) visible on campus weekly, and on call as needed - Clearance and background checks for all volunteers - Semiannual meetings with local township law enforcement and emergency personnel - Secured technology to contact emergency personnel as needed - Administration attends offsite emergency training We want to be sensitive to the concerns these tragic events can cause, and continue to stress that your daughter's safety is our utmost priority. Please know that our guidance counselors and additional outside resources, if needed, are available to our students to help them cope with any distress or anxiety they may be feeling. If you have any questions and concerns about our policies, please don't hesitate to contact us. Continued prayers to all, Thomas Kardish, President Lauren Carr, Principal tkardish@vjmhs.org​ lcarr@vjmhs.org
Posted 02/07/2018 10:06AM
The Parents' Guild curriculum meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, February 7, 2018, has been POSTPONED. A rescheduled date will be announced. More information will follow in the next few days, so please watch for website/social media announcements. Thank you!
Posted 02/07/2018 05:52AM
‪Due to inclement weather and the resulting lack of transportation by many of our feeder districts, Villa Joseph Marie will be CLOSED today, Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Please check our website/social media later today for the status of tonight's Parent's Guild meeting.
Posted 02/05/2018 01:32PM
Villa Joseph Marie will be closed on Thursday, February 8, 2018, to allow students and staff to celebrate the Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl victory. Fly, Eagles, Fly!
Posted 02/05/2018 11:10AM
Posted 02/01/2018 11:34AM
Thomas A. Kardish, President of Villa Joseph Marie High School, has announced that the school has been awarded a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Governor Tom Wolf authorized the release of $500,000 to fund the installation of educational spaces in the adjacent St. Joseph's Hall, which formerly housed a nursing home. The grant marks the largest single monetary award ever received by Villa in its 85-year history. St. Joseph's Hall has been gradually developed for classroom use since the St. Joseph Home for the Aged closed in 2002. Roughly two-thirds of the building is already in use, with the most recent expansion completed in December 2017. Villa's enrollment has increased by 6% over the past five years (since the 2012-2013 school year) and is projected to grow in the 2019-2020 school year. The new classrooms and collaborative maker space will provide not only more physical capacity for faculty and students, but also more opportunities for students to develop 21st-century skills. Mr. Kardish remarked, "We are in a wonderful position of experiencing an increase in enrollment at Villa, which has allowed us to plan enhancements that support our students' growth. Specifically, we are adding 21st-century learning spaces with an emphasis on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) education. As the only Catholic all-girls high school in Bucks County, our unique mission is to provide an enriching environment in which every girl can find out who God calls her to be. These improvements will go a long way toward helping us fulfill that mission." Lauren Carr, Principal of Villa Joseph Marie and an alumna of the Class of 2000, added, "The new classrooms being created will have an enormous impact on meeting the needs of our students and teachers. Creating additional learning environments will enable our students to have flexible learning space. Teachers will have updated technology to utilize. It truly is a blessing to be able to have the space to grow and expand our curriculum, as well as our extracurriculars." Mr. Kardish and Mrs. Carr expressed their gratitude to the state legislators who helped steer the grant request through the complex legislative process—State Senator Tommy Tomlinson (PA-6th Dist), State Senator Charles McIlhinney (PA-10th Dist), State Representative Scott Petri (PA-178th Dist), and State Representative Martina White '06 (PA-170th Dist), a Villa alumna of the Class of 2006. RACP funding is intended to provide economic stimulus to the Pennsylvania economy and to assist in the immediate creation of quality, family-sustaining jobs for Pennsylvanians. The school is currently reviewing bids from local contractors for the completion of the work.
Posted 01/29/2018 09:28AM
Posted 01/22/2018 09:54AM
Posted 01/17/2018 05:50AM
Villa will open ON TIME today, Wednesday, January 17, 2018, with limited transportation. Students in districts operating on a delay are urged to find alternate transportation. The school is open for any early dropoffs. Be safe! Note: Any student in an affected district who is unable to find transportation will not be penalized for their absence, and their midterms will be rescheduled.
Posted 01/16/2018 09:48AM
Posted 01/09/2018 05:21AM
Due to icy road conditions, Villa will operate on a 2-hour delay schedule today, Tuesday, January 9, 2018. The building will be open for students who need to be dropped off earlier. School will begin at 10 a.m.
Posted 01/08/2018 11:03AM
‪Due to the inclement weather predicted for this afternoon, Villa will dismiss at 12pm on Monday, January 8, 2018. Buses will begin arriving at 11am. Student drivers will be sent home at 12pm. Pickup of non-drivers/car riders may begin as early as 11am, with signout in the front office by the driver.
Posted 01/08/2018 09:14AM
‪Due to the inclement weather predicted for this afternoon and evening, all afterschool activities, including athletic practices and events, have been canceled on Monday, January 8, 2018.
Posted 01/08/2018 09:42AM
Posted 01/04/2018 05:56PM
Due to hazardous road conditions & dangerously low temperatures, Villa Joseph Marie will be closed on Friday, January 5, 2018. All afterschool activities are also postponed. Students should wait to hear from a coach or moderator with regard to weekend activities. Stay warm & safe!
Posted 01/03/2018 08:54PM
‪Due to the inclement weather predicted for tomorrow, Villa Joseph Marie will be closed on Thursday, January 4, 2018. All athletic events, as well as the Honor Societies Induction Ceremony, are canceled and will be rescheduled. Enjoy the snow day, and stay warm and safe!
Posted 01/03/2018 01:50PM
Posted 12/14/2017 05:23AM
‪Due to road conditions, Villa will operate on a 2-hour delay schedule today, Thursday, 12/14/17. The building will be open earlier, if needed. School will begin at 10 a.m.
Posted 12/11/2017 09:53AM
Posted 12/04/2017 10:26AM
Posted 11/28/2017 12:41PM
Posted 11/16/2017 01:10PM
​Villa Soccer will take on Moon HS at Hersheypark Stadium at 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, in the PIAA State Soccer Final. If you can't make the game, you can catch full coverage of the 2017 PIAA Soccer Championships on Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). PCN is available on Comcast channel 186 and FIOS channel 9, or via live stream to any mobile device at pcntv.com. Live day-of coverage, re-airs, and video-on-demand are also available via the PCN Select app, or you may purchase a copy of the championships as digital downloads, Blu-Rays, and DVDs. LET'S GO, JEMS!!
Posted 11/14/2017 07:14PM
Congratulations to the Villa Soccer Team for its 1-0 win over Lower Dauphin in the semifinal of the State Tournament! Megan O'Neill '18 scored the winning goal. The Jems will head to the PIAA Girls Soccer State Final for the fourth year in a row on Saturday, November 18, 2017. More information about a fan bus and LiveStream of the game will be made available soon. Let's go, Jems!
Posted 11/14/2017 12:52PM
Hey, Villa Soccer Fans! Can't make it to the State Semifinal at Hamburg today? No worries! Catch the live broadcast by WBCB, as the Jems take on Lower Dauphin at 5 p.m., on one of these platforms: Web: http://www.wbcbsports.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wbcbsports/ GO JEMS!
Posted 11/02/2017 10:00AM
Hey, Villa Soccer Fans! Can't make it to the District Final in Methacton today? No worries! Catch the live broadcast by WBCB, as the Jems take on Penncrest at 5 p.m., on one of these platforms: Web: http://www.wbcbsports.com Livesteam: http://bit.ly/WBCBSoccer Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wbcbsports/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBCBSports GO JEMS!

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