Welcome Letter to the VPE Community From Principal Kolquist

Hello, VPE Community!

I can’t tell you how incredibly excited I am to begin my journey with each and every one of you. In the short time I have been at Vista Peak Exploratory, I have experienced first-hand the warmth, caring, and commitment to students that this community shares. It is thrilling to see how dedicated each person I have had the chance to meet and work with is to VPE. They strive to ensure that our students receive not just the best education possible, but the best environment in which to prosper and grow as a person.

Reflecting on the shared passion to meet the needs of the whole student, our leadership conversations continue to center around the idea of how we collectively build on the strengths of our community.

Community - defined by Merriam Webster as  a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society. That is where the strength of this community lies;  our common interest of ensuring that each of our students has the best possible future available to them. In spite of any other differences we may have, the desire for our students to learn brings us together.

Taking this to an even closer bond, we begin to look at Merriam Webster’s definition of family: a group of people united by certain convictions.

We might have varying convictions or beliefs in other areas, but our conviction that our students, each individual unique student, deserves a safe place to learn and grow, is united.

Creating a culture of  collective responsibility and respect in which each individual has the space and support to succeed  requires a call to action from all of us. While community is created on the strengths and talents of individuals, it is our collective mindset towards this vision that creates its reality.

As we begin this school year, the recognition that each one of us, be it staff member, student or parent, is a part of this VPE community, brings a huge sense of excitement. Without one of us, our community will be a little bit less, and through each of us, we will become something even bigger and brighter than we already are.

Our students deserve a school that cherishes them, challenges them, invigorates their mind, excites their passions and teaches them the accountability that empowers them to be a responsible and contributing member of our community. We know that they deserve to become thinkers and problem solvers and artists and athletes and that every single one of them is capable of fulfilling their dreams. Most importantly, we know that collectively, we can make this happen.

This is how we step into the  2018-19 school year – together - guided by our mantra: We are community, we are culture, we are family, we are unique, WE ARE VPE!

I look forward to a wonderful year with all of you.


Amy Kolquist
Principal, VPE

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