Dear Vista Meridian Family,
I am proud to serve as the Founding Principal of Vista Meridian Global Academy. As a new high school, Vista Meridian will set the stage for what transformational learning is all about.
At Vista Meridian Global Academy, we will provide our students with rigorous and relevant instruction and authentic educational opportunities. We will focus on individual student mastery, using a holistic approach through our partnership with the Mastery Transcript Consortium. We will deeply engage students in challenging academic tasks through the use of Kagan Structures and Project-Based Learning. We will build trusting, meaningful relationships through our nurturing, family atmosphere and through our practice of Way of Council. We will prepare our students for the jobs of tomorrow - jobs that don’t even exist yet - through our innovative STEAM focus, utilizing Project Lead the Way and other state-of-the-art technologies. We will prepare our students for success in college through our dual enrollment and concurrent enrollment college partnerships and Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways. Finally, we will teach our students to be globally competent citizens of the world, ready to make an impact and become future leaders through our global education framework and partnership with the International Studies Schools Network.
I am going to take a page from the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) playbook when it comes to our motto for the 2021-22 school year, “ALL Means ALL.” This motto will ring true on multiple levels. ALL students will receive a first-class educational experience that meets their individual academic and socio-emotional needs. ALL students will learn how to show empathy and how to be respectful of everyone around them. ALL students will know that there are multiple staff members at Vista that care for them, love them, and will go above and beyond to make sure they feel safe, comfortable, and ready to learn. ALL staff will commit to being the best possible educators every single day, serving every single student with the highest quality, as if it were their own child. ALL staff will learn continuously and grow professionally, modeling a growth mindset. Finally, ALL parents will be welcomed with open arms as valued members of our Vista Family. Together, when “ALL Means ALL,” we will transform the school experience and we will transform the lives of our students!
This school year is very exciting for a number of reasons: 1) This is the first year for Vista Meridian Global Academy, and this is our opportunity to have the blank slate to build the school of our dreams; the school we always wished that we could have attended when growing up. 2) We are able to return to full in-person instruction after the COVID Pandemic forced schools around the world to move to distance and hybrid learning, and 3) We get to debut our newly completed building! We have brand new classrooms, offices, cafeterias, gymnasium, innovation lab, flexible learning spaces and more!
It is a distinct honor to serve this magnificent community; one that I don’t take lightly. This community deserves nothing but the best, and that is my commitment to the entire Vista Family. You will get my best every single day and I expect the same from you, because everyday is an opportunity to learn and work toward reaching our goals. Let’s have a great year!
Dr. Collin Felch
Vista Meridian Global Academy