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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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More Than 1200 Windward Students, Faculty, and Staff Thank Dr. Russell at Special First School-wide Community Meeting

The entire Windward community of more than 900 students and nearly 350 faculty and staff members came together for the first-ever school-wide community meeting on May 31 to formally thank Dr. Russell for his tenure as head of The Windward School. The surprise presentation featured a video from students from each division sharing their well-wishes for Dr. Russell on his next chapter as executive director of The Windward Institute. Watch the video here.

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Vietnam Veteran Don Weigand Visits WMS Grade 8 Students

On May 15, eighth-grade students at Westchester Middle School had the opportunity to hear from Don Weigand, a Vietnam War veteran from the United States Army’s 1st Infantry Division and a member of the Valhalla American Legion Post 1038 veterans’ chapter. Westchester Middle School Teacher Mr. Caccopola invited Mr. Weigand to Windward to give students the opportunity to hear firsthand about the Vietnam War, complementing their learning in their social studies classes.

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Kate Sullivan Named 2019 Sandi Galst Scholar Award Recipient

Determined by the head of school on an annual basis, the Sandi Galst Scholar Award recognizes an outstanding Windward reading teacher. The faculty member is provided with financial assistance through the Sandi Galst Faculty Education Fund to further his/her education through academic course work or other professional experiences related to The Windward School.

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Roberta Plotycia Named 2019 Stone Master Teacher Award Recipient

In honor of The Windward School’s founder, Isabel Greenbaum Stone, the Stone Master Teacher Award is given at the end of each school year to an outstanding faculty member that has been at Windward for four years or more. The award serves as a reaffirmation of the importance Ms. Stone placed on exemplary instruction that meets the individual needs of students. 

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Celebrating 13 Years as Head of School and Looking Forward to The Windward Institute

More than 200 Windward parents, alumni, alumni parents, trustees, faculty and staff members, and friends joined The Windward School’s Board President Ellen Bowman in honoring Head of School Dr. John J. Russell at Guastavino’s under the Queensboro Bridge on the evening of May 4. The event was held to celebrate Dr. Russell’s 13 years leading Windward and to congratulate him in his next role as the inaugural executive director of The Windward Institute beginning July 1.  

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