VillaVoice_Summer_2020 FINAL - Page 3

Principal Duplace Retires After Nine Years of Service Principal Polly Duplace’s educational and administrative career concludes after nine years of dedicated service to St. Ursula Villa. Ms. Duplace’s tenure included many accomplishments, most notably the transformation of the Villa’s campus, expansion of Early Childhood offerings, and creation of Service Learning, Outdoor Education and STEM programs. Ms. Duplace recalls, “Within days of starting my new role as St. Ursula Villa’s principal, I attended my first Foundations for a Lifetime campaign planning meeting. I met the dedicated group of people working to improve St. Ursula Villa’s facilities and learned about the scope and goals of the project. It was such a rewarding experience to participate in the project’s early planning, lead the school through the construction phase, and witness the many ways the new buildings have impacted the Villa’s growth and success.” At the Manor House, the project returned the former Chapel space to its historic use, created a classroom to accommodate a new Toddler offering, and constructed an Early Childhood addition with six new classrooms. These changes addressed Manor House facility issues and allowed strategic growth in the Early Childhood Program. Improvements to the Main School enhanced educational spaces by renovating and enlarging K-6 classroom spaces and building a Junior High wing to facilitate student collaborative experiences and project-based learning. “The highlight of my St. Ursula Villa career was the successful completion of this building project. It is so exciting to see the beautiful preschool classrooms and the amazing Junior High wing. It was all a lot of hard work – doing fundraising, managing the school during construction, and implementing all the changes – but seeing it all come together is a huge feeling of accomplishment and pride.” Ms. Duplace launched several new and innovative programs such as Service Learning, Outdoor Education, and STEM, saying “I always wanted to make the school better, to try new, different things and keep moving forward.” Former Villa Board Chair Matt Iacobucci shares, “Principal Duplace served St. Ursula Villa with dedication and passion for nine years and we are grateful for her leadership and commitment to our school. The entire St. Ursula Villa community wishes her every happiness as she enjoys a much-deserved retirement and begins a new chapter.” “I have loved the many wonderful students, parents and co-workers that create the Villa family. St. Ursula Villa has a way of becoming ingrained in you ... I will truly miss being a part of this extraordinary school.” PRINCIPAL POLLY DUPLACE Ms. Duplace reflects, “I have loved the many wonderful students, parents and co-workers that create the Villa family. St. Ursula Villa has a way of becoming ingrained in you. Our graduates and their families leave here with special memories that will last a lifetime. The Villa has been a very big part of my life and my career here has been busy and fulfilling. I look forward to having more time to cook, entertain, read, travel, see my grandchildren, and needlepoint - but I will truly miss being a part of this extraordinary school.” 2