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Westchester Lower School First-and-Second-Grade Students Visit Teatown Lake Reservation

On October 26, 2016, Westchester Lower School first-and-second-grade students visited Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining, New York. They participated in the Native Americans: Keepers of the Earth program. 

To support the social studies curriculum, students learned about the daily life of the indigenous people of the lower Hudson Valley.  They explored a full-size wigwam and longhouse. They also discovered how Native Americans relied on the land for food, clothing, and shelter.  Sitting in a circle on logs and animal skins, students listened to stories from long ago.  Students also had the opportunity to participate in daily chores of Native Americans.  

First and second graders particularly enjoyed throwing a corn cob through a hanging target. The students learned this was a children's game played long ago to hone their hunting skills.


In this photo, students sit in a circle on logs and animal skins to listen to stories from long ago.

In this photo, students showcase their wooden sticks used to play a game from hundreds of years ago. In this game, children would throw pieces of wood connected by a string back and forth to their playmate. The playmate would try to catch it using a wooden stick similar to those in the picture.

In this photo, students are throwing a corn cob through a hanging target. They learned that this was a game children played long ago to hone their hunting skills.

Reflecting on the Veterans of Our Country at The Windward School

On Veterans Day, students across all campuses of The Windward School spent a part of their day reflecting on the veterans of our country.


At Westchester and Manhattan lower schools, students learned about Veterans Day in their classes and attended community meetings to learn about the importance of Veterans Day and honoring veterans. They also learned about the significance of the number 11 to Veterans Day (World War I ended on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, in the 11th month of the year 1918).

Veterans Day 2016 at Westchester Lower School


In the Westchester and Manhattan middle schools, academic lessons were designed to teach the history behind Veterans Day, and students participated in reading and writing activities in their classes.


Students at Westchester Middle School write about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 

In this photo, Westchester Middle school students have finished reading an article and are engaged in a writing exercise to describe the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


Photo credit: Lindsay Kennedy


Colonial History Comes Alive: Windward Fifth-Grade Students Learn About Battle of Pell’s Point

On October 13 and 14, 2016, fifth-grade students from Windward’s Westchester and Manhattan campuses took a trip to St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site in Mount Vernon, New York. This trip supplemented their study of the Revolutionary War in Social Studies classes. The beautiful, fall day afforded students the opportunity to learn about the Battle of Pell’s Point, which took place on October 18, 1776. This battle was critical to the success of the Continental Army.


Although the actual conflict took place in what is now Pelham Bay Park in Bronx, New York, St. Paul’s Church in Mount Vernon was used as a military hospital for wounded British soldiers during the skirmish. During their visit, students learned about the battle’s significance in America’s struggle for independence including the fact that it allowed General George Washington and his troops to retreat ahead of the British to White Plains, New York. Students also learned about 18th-century colonial life in New York, witnessed “colonial soldiers” load and fire vintage weapons, heard music from the period, and had the opportunity to play games that children in the 13 colonies would have played with their friends.


About the photos: 

In the first photo, a student helps play "Yankee Doodle Dandy" as his classmates sing along.

In the second photo, students learn from a sailor in the British navy about life at sea.



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                                                White Plains, NY 10605
Westchester Middle School      40 West Red Oak Lane 
                                                White Plains, NY 10604
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                                                New York, NY 10128