Vista Meadows Academy

April 2020

Dear VMA Families,

On April 2, 2020 Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-35 (COVID-19), a comprehensive order that effectively closes all K-12 Michigan schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. While this is a necessary step to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of our community, we know that it is a heartbreaking loss for our students, our families and our staff, and particularly for our seniors, who looked forward to the many traditions and celebrations associated with graduation.

While there are still many more questions than there are answers at this point in time, please know that we are committed to working together with our students, our families and our staff to acknowledge our grief, support one another, and figure out ways to redefine, reschedule and/or celebrate milestones in different ways.

We are in the process of further developing our Distance Learning Instruction Plan, taking into account stakeholder feedback, and the input of our instructional staff. We are also reviewing the directives outlined in the Executive Order, which includes a requirement to submit a district Continuity of Learning – COVID -19 Response Plan to our board of directors & authorizer for approval prior to implementation. The template for this requirement was made available from the Michigan Department of Education on April 3, 2020, and can be submitted for approval beginning on April 8, 2020, with implementation required by April 28, 2020. It is our goal to continue to support the continuation of learning for students when we return from spring break!

Students can continue completing the work packets that were mailed out to each family the week of April 6-10, 2020, our scheduled Spring Break. Please note that teachers will be preparing for the launch of our Distance Learning Instruction Plan, and therefore will not be doing calls, posts or check-ins with students over Spring Break.

We ask that each family complete the survey located in this newsletter so that we can obtain valuable feedback as we develop our Distance Learning Instruction Plan. You will also find resources.

As we thoroughly review the impact of the comprehensive Executive Order 2020-39, we will continue to communicate in as timely a manner as possible. Stay tuned to our website, social media, and blasts. If you have questions, you can call the school phone number or forward your questions to your child's seminar teacher, or myself.

Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to navigate unprecedented times, significant change and uncertainty in a few short weeks. Despite the challenges, I am heartened by the ways in which our students, our staff, and our families have already come together to support one another.

Finally, please continue to follow the Stay Safe. Stay Home. and social distancing guidance that has been issued by our governmental officials, and monitor/encourage all family members to do the same.

Take care & be well,

Dr. Ticheal Jones (interim school leader)

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Meet Dr. Ticheal Jones

Dr. Ticheal Jones is not new to Vista Meadows Academy. She has been working and supporting the school since January 2019 as the Director of School Leadership with the management company that oversees the academy. She worked directly with the previous leader Dr. Harrison and the teachers providing support, training, and overseeing the operation of the academy. Many of the students will find her a familiar face as she spent time in the school weekly.

Dr. Jones is temporarily serving as the interim school leader while we seek out a permanent leader. She has over 22 years of educational experience ranging from being a Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Executive Director, and Superintendent. There has already been a couple rounds of interviews of very capable candidates and their references have been checked. We are in the final stages of the selection process, so stay tuned for a formal announcement in the near future.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to her email directly at

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Vista Meadows Academy is a 9-12 public school academy located in Dearborn Heights, Michigan serving less than 200 students. The small high school setting for Detroit area students provides support for student achievement by offering after school programs, college readiness assessments, and extensive summer opportunities.

The school is located on the campus of Vista Maria and features five important characteristics, which are small class sizes, large beautiful campus, extensive after-school programming, free credit recovery, and college readiness assessments. Their goal is to create a positive learning community that teaches students how to participate in making decisions, fosters strong work ethic and outstanding academic performance.