Extra Curricular Activities
After the dismissal bell rings each day, you’ll still find students in the building taking part in a variety of extra-curricular activities. There is something for everyone at VME, and this helps us continue our mission of 'Nurturing the Whole Child'. We encourage all of our students to get involved in at least one of our many extra-curricular activities.
Students in grades 5 through 8 have an opportunity to learn leadership skills, parliamentary procedure, and help the community as part of the Student Council. Elections are held early in the school year. Students in 7th and 8th grades are eligible to run for an executive position. After being nominated, there is a week of campaigning and speeches by the candidates. Whether it be organizing dances or raising money to help our community, the VME Student Council consistently achieves and gives our students an early look at what being a valuable citizen is.
Check out the Student Council webpage at http://vmestudentcouncil.shutterfly.com/
The Villa Volunteers encompass a group of 5th through 8th graders actively involved in service to the community and school. The Volunteers sponsor dress down days to benefit charitable causes throughout the area. They participate in collections of art supplies, foods and paper goods, and personal items for the needy. We encourage all of our students to help out and be a volunteer! All you need is a loving heart!
The Scouting program at VME allows students to enjoy the outdoors in a fun and constructive way. Scouting is a nationwide program of infor ma l education with an emphasis on practical outdoor activities, including camping, woodcraft, aquatics, hiking, backpacking, and sport s.
When the final bell rings at the end of our day, many students take advantage of our esteemed music program and what is has to offer. Here at VME, we offer lessons in band, chorus, piano, harp, and guitar. Aside from fostering their musical talents, many of our students choose to participate in our Musical Theater program where they recieve valuable experience in acting, improve their music skills, and enjoy themselves all the while.
VME has developed a partnership with Lake Erie Ballet, enabling classes to be held here on campus. We offer preschool dance classes during the school day, and some preschool and elementary school dance classes after school. Please contact the Director of Lake Erie Ballet, Lea Bodine, at (814) 871-4356 to sign up your child for dance classes today.
The VME Quiz Bowl program allows students to excercise their brain in a fun and exciting way. The Quiz Bowl program is an opportunity for students to show off their academic knowledge in a competitive manner by having them play against each other, or even against students from other schools!
Math Counts is similar to the Quiz Bowl program in that it also adds in the element of competition. Students are incredibly motivated when there is competition involved, and that is no more true when it comes to the Math Counts program. The nationwide Math Counts program itself was started in 1982, and is still a popular method of encouraging students to learn and compete at the same time.
All VME seventh and eighth grade students participate in the state-wide science fair called the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science program. In PJAS, students compete for a range of different awards, and are even given the opportunity to recieve one of a number of different scholarship money awards. In the 2010-2011 school year, we took 23 students to the PJAS science fair, where 15 of them recieved First Awards, 8 recieved Second Awards, 3 Special Awards, and one student did well enough to recieve a Perfect Score!
Stock Market Game
The Stock Market Game introduces students to the exciting world of stock trading. In the Stock Market Game, students work with actual real-time stocks and get an inside look at what it's like on Wall Street! Of course, the students aren't actually using real money, but the concept is what is important.
Earth Action engages young people to be active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future. Through Earth Action young people get hands-on, real-world opportunities to practice civic skills, acquire and understand environmental knowledge, and develop the skills and motivation to become life-long leaders in addressing environmental issues.