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Westchester Campuses
phone: (914) 949-6968

 

 

Jackie Britt-Friedman

Dr. Jackie Britt-Friedman
Lower School Psychologist

ext. 2242

 

 

Ms. julie Liebman

Julie Liebman
Dean of Student Support

ext. 1239

 

 

 

Hanby

Nicole Hanby
Guidance Counselor

ext. 1127

 

 

Amy Hughes

Amy Hughes
Guidance Counselor

ext. 1105

 

 

 

 

Windward Manhattan
phone: (212) 222-8628

 

 

Siwek

Dr. Ania Siwek
Psychologist

 

 

 

Amy Anselmo

Amy Anselmo
Guidance Counselor

 

 

 

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The Guidance Corner

The Windward School understands that achieving academic competence alone is not enough for our students. To help prepare them to return to mainstream education, we also provide them with opportunities for social and emotional growth. Windward offers special programs for Lower and Middle School students that are specifically designed to help them.

  • understand and manage their emotions
  • develop friendships and manage social situations
  • develop empathy for others
  • understand their own learning styles
  • learn how to advocate for themselves
  • boost their self-confidence and build self-esteem
  • succeed socially and academically in a mainstream environment

 


Westchester Lower School

Dr. Jackie Britt-Friedman
Psychologist

 

At the Lower School, the psychologist works collaboratively with and acts as a resource for faculty. In helping to promote a positive school climate, teachers are supported in incorporating components of the Responsive Classroom approach. A great deal of effort and focus is devoted to prosocial behaviors and character development. In addition, consultation to teachers is provided to give faculty members the strategies necessary to help students develop social and emotional skills through repeated practice, modeling and reinforcement. Also, by engaging in ongoing discussions with teachers and conducting classroom observations when necessary, the team provides teachers with recommendations about how to best support each individual student.

The guidance program also includes the following:

  • New student transition support
  • Coordination with outside providers
  • Introductory unit on learning disabilities and dyslexia for 4th graders
  • Lunch groups for students who would benefit from additional practice of social skills in a small setting
  • Staff development and trainings based on research and professional practice
  • Short-term counseling and/or crisis intervention when necessary

 


Westchester Middle School

Julie Liebman
Dean of Student Support Services, Guidance Counselor for students in grade 5

Amy Hughes
Guidance Counselor – Students whose last names begin w/ letters A-L.

Nicole Hanby 
Guidance Counselor – Students whose last names begin w/ letters M-Z.

 

Middle School guidance includes individual, short term, solution based counseling on an as-needed basis in addition to Bi-weekly group guidance in grades 5-7 and weekly in grade 8. Topics are as follows:

  • Grade 5: Demystifying learning differences; self-esteem building, friendship making and communication skills; bullying and teasing prevention; social media etiquette and cyber safety
  • Grade 6: Bullying and teasing prevention; conflict resolution skills; communication and social skills; diversity and tolerance; social media etiquette and cyber safety
  • Grade 7: Bullying and teasing prevention; problem solving; stress management and mindfulness; social media etiquette and cyber safety; diversity and tolerance; healthy decision making and drug, alcohol and tobacco education
  • Grade 8: GAINS (Getting Ahead In School) – A full-year course focused on self-advocacy skills as students prepare for outplacement. Includes units on stress reduction and mindfulness; drug & alcohol education; diversity and tolerance and high school transition.

Grade 9 guidance: Students participate in a high school advisory period in order to discuss academic and social concerns appropriate to their developmental level.  In addition, 9th grade students have an opportunity to participate in grade wide community service projects. 

 


Windward Manhattan

Dr. Ania Siwek
Psychologist

Amy Anselmo
Guidance Counselor

For Lower School students, the school psychologist and the guidance counselor work collaboratively with the teachers to promote a positive school climate with an emphasis on prosocial behaviors and character development.  This includes, teachers being supported in incorporating components of the Responsive Classroom approach.  Additionally, faculty members are trained in the strategies necessary to help students develop social and emotional skills through repeated practice, modeling and reinforcement.  When necessary, classroom observations are conducted and teachers are provided with recommendations about how to best support each individual student.

The lower school guidance program also includes the following: 

  • New student transition support
  • Coordination with outside providers
  • Introductory unit on learning disabilities and dyslexia for 4th graders
  • Lunch groups for students who would benefit from additional practice of social skills in a small setting
  • Staff development and trainings based on research and professional practice
  • Short-term solution based counseling when necessary
  • Crisis intervention when necessary

 

Middle school students receive individual, short term, solution based counseling on an as-needed basis, in addition to scheduled group guidance lessons.  Topics covered are as follows:

  • Grade 5: demystifying learning disabilities; self-esteem building, friendship making skills; bullying and teasing prevention, social media etiquette/cyber safety
  • Grade 6: bullying and teasing prevention; conflict resolution skills; communication and social skills, diversity/tolerance, social media etiquette/cyber safety
  • Grade 7: Bullying and teasing prevention; problem solving; stress management and mindfulness; social media etiquette and cyber safety; diversity and tolerance; healthy decision making and drug, alcohol and tobacco education

 

 
 
 
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Locations

Westchester Lower School      13 Windward Avenue 
                                                White Plains, NY 10605
Westchester Middle School      40 West Red Oak Lane 
                                                White Plains, NY 10604
Windward Manhattan               212 East 93rd Street 
                                                New York, NY 10128