Class of 2025 Information

Welcome, Class of 2025!

Congratulations! We are thrilled to officially welcome each of you into the Villa Maria family and sisterhood! We have thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and your families during the admissions process, and look forward to seeing you grow personally, spiritually, and intellectually over the next four years.

Parents: Please review the important information below and ensure all required forms are completed prior to the start of the 2021-2022 school year. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Warm Regards,

Mrs. Jennifer Gentleman Rose
Mrs. Kelly Broadway
Mrs. Jessica Siso

Welcome from the Principal

Dear Class of 2025,

I am confident that, like our students, you have experienced a very different school year since last August. However, despite the disappointment over what could not or did not happen, I hope that you will be able to find joy in what did happen—you have completed middle school and are ready to be a freshman in high school! Congratulations!

At Villa Maria Academy, we are very busy preparing for your arrival in August and are anxious to help you become an integral part of the Villa sisterhood—a unique and special group of young women! If I could summarize the culture of Villa in one word it would be “care.” You will soon be part of our “Villa” community which runs on CARE, supported by collaboration, communication, companionship, comfortableness. These “C” words are important because they only work if all our members share their own personal gifts and talents to enhance all of us. Personally, I cannot wait to experience the gifts that each of you will bring to make Villa even better! I hope you are as excited to share these gifts as I am!

I congratulate you on your graduation from middle school and I hope that you can enjoy the summer break; however, it plays out. Take advantage of the down time to enrich yourself with good reading and companionship of family and friends.

Wishing you and your families God’s blessings of health and happiness.

Sincerely yours,
Sister Regina J. Ryan, I.H.M., Ed.D.

Freshman Checklist

Please make sure the following items are completed as soon as possible by clicking on each link. You can also download a PDF of the Freshman Checklist.

Counseling

The Black Rock Retreat Permission Form should be scanned and emailed to Madeleine Harkins, Director of Activities, at mharkins@vmahs.org.

Class Shirt

  • Let us know your freshman shirt size via this Google Form by August 1. Shirts will be distributed before the first pep rally.

Uniforms and Spirit Wear

  • Order your uniform from the FlynnO’Hara website, by phone at 800-441-4122, or at the Exton or Broomall FlynnO’Hara stores.
  • Order your required gym uniform online from Ewing Sports and should be ordered as soon as possible to ensure delivery by the fall. Please note that all students will need a gym uniform, regardless of if they are registered for a phys. ed. class, because it is also required for seasonal pep rallies.
  • Optional: Order spirit wear from the Villa School Store or online via Ewing Sports.

School ID Photo

  • Submit a headshot wearing your blue summer uniform shirt for your school ID. The picture should be saved with the student’s name as the file name, and uploaded by July 15.

If you do not have access to Google, please email the picture to Laurie Scaggs at lscaggs@vmahs.org.

Medical Forms

Please note: The PIAA physical form will not be accepted as the freshman physical form. The PIAA form is an additional form if your daughter plans to participate in a VMA sport.

All medical forms should be uploaded directly to our SNAP Health Portal. Please view the directions to upload your forms directly to this portal.

Should you have any health form related questions, please contact Pierina Antonello, School Nurse, at pantonello@vmahs.org. If you have SNAP Health Portal questions, please contact Linda Schweitzer at lschweitzer@vmahs.org.

Fall Sports

As you prepare to become a Hurricane, please fill out this Class of 2025 Athletic Interest Survey. We are looking for information on which sports you have an interest in participating.

Music Department

Mission and Ministry

VMA Parents’ Association

Important Contacts List

Please see below for a list of Villa’s Important Contacts. You can also download a PDF of the Important Contacts List.

Sister Regina Ryan, I.H.M., Ed.D.
Principal
srryan@vmahs.org

Pierina Antonello
School Nurse
pantonello@vmahs.org

Linda Henderson
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
lhenderson@vmahs.org

Brittany Sim
Dean of Students
bsim@vmahs.org

Madeleine Harkins
Director of Activities
mharkins@vmahs.org

Cindy Flores
Director of Counseling Services
cflores@vmahs.org

Michael Connelly
Director of Technology
mconnelly@vmahs.org

Maria Faragalli
SIS Manager (PowerSchool)
mfaragalli@vmahs.org

Kara Bielli
Director of Service and Social Justice
kbielli@vmahs.org

Stephanie Taylor
Director of Athletics
staylor@vmahs.org

Dr. Anthony Mosakowski
Director of Fine Arts
mosakowski@vmahs.org

Kathy McCartney
Director of Advancement
kmccartney@vmahs.org

Maria Yacovelli
President of Parents’ Association
mariay2746@gmail.com

Save the Date: Fall Events and School Calendar

Save the date for the following events! You can also download a PDF of the 2021-22 School Calendar.

August 16: Fall Sports Tryouts (PIAA Physical Form and Family Form due before tryouts)

August 25 & August 26: Class of 2025 Orientation Days 

August 26: New Parent Welcome, 5:45 p.m.

August 27: All Students Report/Blue and White Field Day

September 12: Back to School Day

September 25: Fall Ball

October 9: Homecoming 2021

A Year of Orientation with VMA Counseling

Welcome from VMA Counseling! We like to call freshman year a “year of orientation.” What can you expect during your freshman year at Villa? Here are some of the highlights:

  • Anchor Day: An experience packed with team-building activities to help you get to know your new classmates. (Please complete the Black Rock Retreat Permission Form by August 1, and then scan and email it to Madeleine Harkins at mharkins@vmahs.org.)
  • Freshman Seminar: Hate feeling out of the loop? We have you covered! In Freshman Seminar, we will teach you about Villa traditions, how to get involved, and making Villa your best 4 years.
  • Lunch Buddies: Worried about which lunch table to choose? Don’t be! We have a plan for you to get to know all your freshman Villa sisters.
  • Support System: Our school counselors are available to provide ongoing, individualized support from day one through graduation.
  • The Most Magical Place on Earth: Start visualizing yourself standing in line at Disney for the most epic ride with some of your soon-to-be discovered friends!

Please be sure to fill out our Counseling Questionnaire so that we can get to know you before August!

Dress Code

Students are expected to present a polished and professional appearance at all times. Students must wear the regulation school uniform purchased from the school’s designated supplier. Skirts should be no shorter than approximately 3″ above the knee. Uniforms should be cleaned, in good condition, and properly hemmed when necessary. Read more about the general principles for uniforms and dress code.

Ordering Uniforms

You may order your uniforms:

Your required gym uniform can be ordered online from Ewing Sports and should be ordered as soon as possible to ensure delivery by the fall. Please note that all students will need a gym uniform, regardless of if they are registered for a phys. ed. class, because it is also required for seasonal pep rallies.

Summer Uniform

  • Regulation light blue cord skirt
  • Regulation navy blue knit shirt with school emblem – no substitute permitted (T-shirts may not be worn under the school shirt)
  • VMA navy blue socks (tights are not permitted; no logos other than VMA)
  • Optional: Navy blue crew neck or V-neck monogrammed sweater. Fabric may be cotton or acrylic.
  • Optional: Regulation blue VMA outerwear
  • Navy blue blazer – required for liturgies and assemblies (names are to be placed in blazers).

Winter Uniform

  • Regulation plaid skirt
  • Appropriately-sized blue or white oxford cloth shirt; school monogram on collar is optional. No non-Villa logos or emblems are permitted. (T-shirts may not be worn under the school shirt.)
  • Navy blue blazer – required for assemblies and liturgies (names are to be placed in blazers)
  • Optional: Navy blue crew neck or V-neck monogrammed sweater. Fabric may be cotton or acrylic.
  • Optional: Regulation blue VMA outerwear
  • Navy blue opaque stockings or regulation navy leggings with navy crew socks

Shoes

  • Shoes are to be in a loafer, saddle, or “boat shoe” style. They should be brown (any shade of brown is acceptable). There should no decorations such as prints, glitter, and so forth. View examples.

Gym Uniform

  • VMA navy gym sweatshirt, sweatpants, navy shorts and shirt. Your required gym uniform can be ordered online from Ewing Sports and should be ordered as soon as possible to ensure delivery by the fall. Please note that all students will need a gym uniform, regardless of if they are registered for a phys. ed. class, because it is also required for seasonal pep rallies.

Outerwear During School Hours

  • Students are permitted to wear any BLUE Villa Maria logo outerwear on campus. Non-Villa Maria logos, including college logos, are not permitted. There are designated special days when non-blue Villa gear will be allowed. When necessary, acceptable outerwear may be worn to travel between buildings. However, jackets or sweatshirts with offensive logos are not permitted on the VMA campus.

Freshman Medical & Health Forms

Please take note of the important medical requirements for all incoming freshmen. All forms are due by August 1.

  • Freshman physical exam form, including current immunizations (standard, non-athletic) by August 1. Examinations done within the year 2021 are acceptable You may use the VMA physical form or a physical form from your doctor’s office. Immunization requirements are listed on the Health Services webpage. Please note: The PIAA physical form will not be accepted as the freshman physical form. The PIAA form is an additional form if your daughter plans to participate in a VMA sport.

Action Plans are required for your daughter if she has any life-threatening allergies, asthma, seizures, or other medical conditions. She may need to carry an asthma inhaler or an Epi-pen. If so, the Self-Carry Medication Form must be completed by a healthcare professional. Your child may need to take a medication during the school day; the Authorization to Give Medication at School form will need to be completed by a healthcare professional.

Complete the following forms as applicable:

All medical forms should be uploaded directly to our SNAP Health Portal. Please view the directions to upload your forms directly to this portal.

Should you have any health form related questions, please contact Pierina Antonello, School Nurse, at pantonello@vmahs.org. If you have SNAP Health Portal questions, please contact Linda Schweitzer at lschweitzer@vmahs.org.

Mission & Ministry

The mission and ministry of Villa Maria is rooted in her oldest and best loved tradition: The Children of Mary. This tradition calls all students to a way of life that is characterized by prayer, devotion to Mary, and service. Participation in Campus Ministry, Service Learning, Social Justice initiatives, and Outreach invites students to deepen their identity as daughters of God the Father, sisters of Jesus our Redeemer, and children of Mary, our Mother.

Please be sure to fill out the Mission and Ministry Questionnaire by August 1!

Questions? Please contact Kara Bielli, Director of Service and Social Justice, at kbielli@vmahs.org.


iPads at Villa Maria

iPad Use at Villa Maria

It is the vision of Villa Maria Academy HS that all students and staff will have access to appropriate and effective technologies and will use new and emerging technologies to inspire them to be lifelong learners while gaining essential skills that will enable them to become successful in their future college and career, and become contributing members of the community. iPads are required for daily use by all students and faculty at VMA. Learn more, including the recommended models and accessories.

Cafeteria, Store, and Activities Payment Accounts

My Payments Plus

Villa Maria parents use a system called My Payments Plus (MPP) to put money in a payment account for students to use in the cafeteria. The accounts will also be used to pay for school store food purchases, school trips, and events.

All families are REQUIRED to set up an MPP account at the start of their daughter’s academic year, and there is NO feed to add money to an account electronically. You will need to link a bank account or credit card to move money onto the student’s account for Cafeteria and school purchases. (This works similar to E-Z Pass.) You may also set a notification for low balance and replenishment of funds. Learn more.

FACTS Tuition Management

FACTS Tuition Management

Enrollment in the FACTS Management Tuition Program is necessary to complete your daughter’s registration at Villa Maria Academy High School. All Tuition & School Fees and all incidental fees will be payable through the FACTS Management Company. Please visit the FACTS Tuition Management webpage to set up your FACTS account.

Summer Assignments

Summer Assignment Information

Information for Summer 2021 reading lists and summer assignments will be posted on the Summer Information web page as it becomes available.

Clubs & Activities

Which clubs will YOU choose?

At Villa Maria, education extends beyond the classroom as our students are encouraged to develop their talents and discover their passions in every area of their lives. Whether they are playing a sport, performing in a concert, writing an article, creating a piece of art, or volunteering their time, our students encounter countless opportunities for growth. Students are encouraged to embrace new experiences, take some risks, and discover new passions.

We offer 35+ clubs and activities and innumerous leadership opportunities! Students can sign up for clubs during the Activities Fair in the fall.

Social Events & VMA Traditions

Villa Maria offers a full range of social events and VMA traditions throughout the school year. Some, like the traditional Daisy Chain and Senior Sing for graduating seniors, are events girls look forward to throughout their time at Villa Maria. Others, like dances and pep rallies, provide fun for everyone. Learn more about Villa’s social events and traditions!

Athletics

Like all things at Villa Maria, our athletic teams are rooted in the IHM charism of fidelity, creative hope, and love. Villa Maria is dedicated to the full growth of the whole person, and athletics can play a significant role in this growth.

As you prepare to become a Hurricane, please fill out this short survey. We are looking for information on which sports you have an interest in participating. Next, if you intend to try out for a fall sport, please mark your calendar for Monday, August 16, 2021. This is the first day of tryouts, and it is necessary that you are present for all sessions of tryouts. The fall coaches will be in touch with you with more information. In order to try out, you will need to (1) register on Family ID, and (2) have a completed PIAA physical form signed by your doctor and dated after June 1, 2021. You will find the links to Family ID and the PIAA Physical Form on the Fall Sports webpage.

We are so excited for you to become part of Hurricane Athletics!

Villa Maria is also offering summer sports camps for basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, and rowing. Learn more and register!


Music Department

Villa Maria’s unique music program includes classes in music theory, history, composition, and technology. It also offers opportunities for solo and group performance as well as weekly private instruction in piano, voice, guitar, and all orchestral/band instruments during the school day.

Courses offered:

  • Music Instruction (weekly private lessons)
  • Music Theory
  • Advanced Topics in Music Theory
  • AP Music Theory
  • Music Composition
  • Music Technology
  • Ear Training
  • Music Appreciation
  • Madrigal Singers
  • String Ensemble

It’s not too late to register for weekly private music lessons! If interested, please complete the private music instruction form and return it to Leah Kim-Tomilson at lkim@vmahs.org.

Villa Maria Academy Parents' Association

On behalf of The Parents’ Association, welcome to the Villa Maria community! We are thrilled that you have chosen Villa Maria for your daughters.

The mission of the Parents’ Association is to support the school and to serve as a representative body of the parents of the VMA students. We do this in a number of ways, but specifically by supporting and promoting the educational interests of the school, fostering communication among the parents, faculty and administration, and promoting activities that enhance a strong school community through fundraising and spiritual events.

We cannot stress enough the importance of volunteering your time and talent to support the VMAPA. When you volunteer at any event, it enables you to meet other parents, work side by side with the faculty and staff and ultimately helps to build our community at Villa Maria Academy. Helping to support the VMAPA will enhance the high school experience for you, as well as your daughter. The VMAPA hosts many events throughout the school year, both in the evening and during the day. We encourage you to get involved. Meet new people! Stay informed! Your participation will enrich your Villa experience and bless you with friendships that you will cherish long after your daughter leaves the halls of Villa Maria.

Please know that we are here for you should you have any questions. We encourage you to reach out to anyone on the board as we are here to serve and happy to help.