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Introducing Windward's New Head of School

On July 1, 2019, Jamie Williamson assumed the role as head of The Windward School. Please join us in welcoming Mr. Williamson, his wife Krista, and their two children, Isaac and Etta, to our community.

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A Letter from Dr. Russell to the Windward Community

Dear Windward Community Members,

On June 30 after 13 years as Head of The Windward School, I will be retiring from that position to become Executive Director of The Windward Institute. 

Over the course of my tenure as Head of School, the Board of Trustees, faculty and administration, with support from the entire Windward School community, have accomplished what many said was impossible. Inspired by our credo “Save more children and protect the sacred,” The Windward School is now educating over 900 deserving students while remaining one school with one mission, delivering a research-based program expertly and consistently across 3 campuses.

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State-of-the-Art EEG Labs and Research at The Windward School to Help Global Literacy Outcomes

State-of-the-art, custom electroencephalography, or EEG labs, are now installed at the Manhattan and Westchester campuses of The Windward School in preparation for the start of the first research study of the Windward/Haskins Collaborative Project. As a key educational partner of the Haskins Global Literacy Hub, an international and interdisciplinary collaborative that brings together researchers, practitioners, educators, and education technology specialists, Windward’s participation has the potential to improve language and literacy outcomes for children at risk for reading difficulties locally and globally.

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Dr. John J. Russell Named a Distinguished Leader in Education by Education Update

The Windward School’s Head of School John J. Russell was named one of seven Distinguished Leaders in Education in 2019 by Education Update. He received his award on June 19, 2019, at the Harvard Club in New York City, as Education Update recognizes Outstanding Educators of the Year at its 17th annual awards program.

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The Ninth Annual Windward Classic Raises Nearly $90,000 for Teacher Training

On June 3, the Quaker Ridge Golf Club hosted the ninth annual Windward Classic, which featured 18 holes of golf, a round robin tennis tournament, and a silent auction. Thanks to the Golf Committee, including Co-Chairs Mitch Katz and Nick Finn, and the Tennis Committee Co-Chairs Amerika Williamson and Susan Petrie-Badertscher, The Windward Classic raised $88,510.67 to support Windward teacher training.

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Annual MMS/WMS Grades 8-9 Overnight Trip to Washington, DC

Every year in early June, the eighth-grade and ninth-grade students from both Manhattan Middle School and Westchester Middle School join together for an overnight trip to visit various sites in the nation’s capital. This year, the students and accompanying faculty toured the Newseum and witnessed the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery before stopping at a few of the iconic landmarks of DC, such as the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. 

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