Archives for 2017

November Update

Dear families,

I can’t believe we are in the home stretch for the first semester. With Thanksgiving break behind us, the kids have a full schedule of skiing, snowboarding, and skating in Colorado, California, and Arizona before Christmas break, not to mention keeping up with their academics.

Like you, I too, have been feeling the empty nest syndrome. The skies have already left for Colorado and I won’t seem any of them until January since they will be arriving back on campus after it is officially closed for break. They are terrific kids and I am so proud of them. The honeymoon period of the semester has never worn off, and I already miss them.

The snowboard team at Mammoth Mountain, CA.

Campus life is stable. Students have been healthy and focused on their goals. We’ve been fortunate to hire two new life coaches, who are former summer employees, as well as promote another, Donovan Lawler, to Head Life Coach. In the classroom, Maia has been working hard to communicate with every parent on the academic progress of each student.

Second semester begins on January 8th for incoming students. Plan to arrive on January 6th, so your student can settle in on the 7th before school begins. Please email the flight itinerary, or approximate arrival time if driving to ann@windellsacademy.com, if you have not done so.

The skaters during their trip to the Bay Area in CA.

Senior parents, please begin your FAFSA if you have not already done so. This is a critical piece in the application process for their continuing education. I’d also like seniors to take the SAT. The next test date is March 10th with a deadline of February 9th . After that, the test date is May 5th when your student will be home. Please email me if you are interested in having your student take the test so we can arrange to have students take the test at the same location on the same day.

The skiers at Timberline Lodge.

Have a wonderful break with your families this upcoming month, and thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely yours,

Ann Scott, Headmaster

Autumn (and Snow!) Has Arrived at The Academy

Autumn has arrived, along with an early touch of winter. Thanks to the opening of Timberline Lodge a couple of weeks ago, the kids were able to get on the mountain and enjoy the snow. Now they’re gearing up for their first “on snow trip” to take place in a few weeks. As I write this, I hear the snowboard students shout with glee as they practice new tricks on the “Super Tramp”—our large outdoor trampoline. These kids are exceptional!

Academically, we are halfway through the semester. I continue to be impressed by their dedication to their studies. Who goes to school until 6pm? Well, these kids do! When I walk into the classroom, they continue to work feverously through their assignments, setting up good study habits for when they’re on the road.

Jed Waters during the ski team's training trip to the Utah Olympic Park.

I’ll be setting up conferences with each parent, student, Maia, and coach. Look for an email in the next week so we can set up a time that is convenient for everyone. In the mean- time, I am pleased with the progress reports Maia and the coaches are sending out to keep you informed. I can’t impress the importance of communication and feedback. Please let me know if you have any additional concerns.

Students getting a tour of the Skullcandy office in Park City, Utah.

Student voice is also important. Students requested a meeting with the top administrators of Windells, and Maia helped facilitate the process. Students chose student leaders from each sport to represent them, who then met with Kevin, Dan, and myself to discuss their concerns. They were also encouraged to come up with solutions to those concerns to help bring on change. One such change was being able to keep the cafeteria open in the evenings, which we are now doing. So far, it seems to be working out.

Family Dinners are a tradition that Windells has had in the past. We are hoping to have our first on November 6th before students leave for their November trip. We invite a guest speaker, students dress up, and tables are set nicely. Any interested parents are welcome to attend as well. Details to come shortly.

Sincerely,
Ann Scott, Headmaster

More Photos from the Month

Snowboarders Cam, Roya, Evan and Stephan at In n Out in Utah.

The skiers take a tour through the 4FRNT Skis legendary "White Room."

The skateboarders taking the ferry in Seattle, WA.

Jordan Marten at the Utah Olympic Park training facility.

Evan Bowers at the Utah Olympic Park training facility.

The 2018 Academic Year is Off to a Great Start

The seasons are changing here in Oregon, and fall has arrived right on schedule. There is a brisk, morning chill in the air and the students just had their first campfire of the season. An early snow also fell on the mountain last week, creating lots of excitement and foreshadowing their first long-distance trip of the year. This Tuesday, September 26, they departed to train at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah.

Max Daenen and Luke Herbert hanging out on campus.


So far, academics have been going great. I have been impressed with the students, who have been focused and working hard. Our teacher, Maia, is in her fifth year here at Windells and is dedicated to helping them succeed. Mr. Ling, MEWA’s math tutor, also comes in every Monday afternoon to help students learn.

I want to make sure that every parent knows how to access and observe their student’s progress. I have sent individual student email addresses and ID’s to give each parent immediate access to this information, but please don’t hesitate to call, text, or email me if you have any issues logging in.

Mason McDonald at his computer.


Back in their cabins, students are enjoying newly renovated bathrooms. We are currently renovating another cabin, as well, that will be ready for move-in when they return from Utah. This will mean fewer students in each cabin. Also, thanks to feedback from students, parents, and coaches, we have implemented a new, slower paced weekend schedule that incorporates a later breakfast and more campus/study/chore time in the mornings. This schedule may change again once the snow flies, and we’re ready to make that accommodation as well.

I love my job and am working hard to make sure your students’ needs are met. The staff, students, and coaches are all exceptional people, and I am honored to be a part of this family.

-Ann Scott, Headmistress

Academic Update


This year, our Academy students have gotten off to a great start in the classroom. Even though this was the first time many of them have taken online classes, they learned to navigate their MEWA courses with ease and are doing a great job of staying on task and focused in the classroom.

The students are working hard to stay ahead of due dates and have been taking advantage of evening homework time. I have been providing students with one-on-one help in the classroom, and they have the opportunity to work with MEWA teacher, John Ling, one day a week.

So far, I'm amazed at the level of effort and dedication these students have displayed and am looking forward to a great school year!

-Maia Kinigopoulos, Teacher

Skateboard Update


Despite the much needed rain that we've been receiving lately on Mt. Hood, Portland's been nothing but sunshine during our skate visits, so I'd say that so far the skate crew is off to a great start! Having a crew of five skaters plus staff during our scheduled athletic times has made for great sessions filled with the perfect amount of energy.

The Windells skateboard crew.


We've been doing work outs before we skate that mostly consist of light stretching, jump roping and soccer ball juggling— a great and fun way to get the body loose and ready for the day.

We've collectively gone over some goal setting for the year and as much as the students seem to laugh and mock at this, I feel like this is such an important way for them to progress on and off their boards.

Some major goals that they all seem to agree on aside from certain tricks is to eat healthier, stretch more before and after skateboarding, and film a full video part. I'm going to do my best to keep them all on track with this, especially with the eating healthy part, because I think it's easier said than done for us all!

We've also collectively gone over some DREAM travel destinations for the year:

  • #1 Shanghai
  • #2 Barcelona
  • #3 Copenhagen

  • As well as some of our ACTUAL destinations:

  • #1 Colorado
  • #2 Los Angeles
  • #3 Arizona

  • Now, we’re currently on our first trip of the year, taking place in Salt Lake City, Utah and Boise, Idaho. We left on Tuesday the 26th and we will be back on October 6th.

    - Jamie Weller, Head Skate Coach

    Ski Update


    The ski team spent our first official training day of the season by warming up our legs with a hike to one of the cooler parts of Mt. Hood National Forest: Burnt Lake. During this time, we set expectations for the year and worked on goal setting.

    The Windells ski crew.


    The past three weeks have been focused on strength and conditioning, building strength in the legs, core, and back. Strengthening these areas will get the team ready for skiing multiple days in a row as well as prepare them for bigger parks, with bigger features. In addition to building strength, we have also been working on agility and explosiveness through calisthenics and a variety of workouts.

    We have spent the rest of our coaching time training on the trampolines and our airbag jump. We’ve used these to dial-in and perfect some old tricks and make sure everyone has a solid foundation before moving towards learning new tricks. We are very excited to have the opportunity to train on the brand new, state-of-the-art landing airbag when we head to Utah this week, and have high hopes that everyone will walk away from the trip with a few new tricks that will be ready to try on snow this winter!

    Along with our daily training in Utah, we will be taking tours of some ski industry companies located in the Park City and Salt Lake City areas. This will give our athletes a look into the other side of the industry and how these brands operate on a day-to-day basis.

    - Wynn Berns, Head Ski Coach &
    Brian McCarthy, Assistant Ski Coach

    Snowboard Update


    The Windells Academy Snowboard team has something that's truly hard to find for a group of diverse teenagers: Support, drive and passion. Over the past few weeks the team has come together to support and push each other towards their respective goals.

    The Windells snowboard crew.


    While on the Windells Campus the kids have been focusing on reaching these goals and developing their snowboard skills through the use of trampolines, skateboards and airbags. Another large portion of their time has been dedicated to turning them into better athletes through the use of our new, on-site gym facility.

    The year has just started but everyday we are stepping closer to achieving the goals of these awesome individuals.

    -Tommie Bennett, Head Snowboard Coach


    Meet Our New Headmaster: Ann Scott

    August 2017 Dear Staff, Students, Parents, and Friends: It is with great excitement and pleasure that I greet you as the new Headmaster of Windells Academy! This opportunity to work at Windells and serve an exceptional group of students is a dream come true. I have a passion for working with youth and guiding them to become well rounded individuals who are intrinsically motivated to excel at their highest level. I believe each student has a gift, and it is our job as educators, coaches, and administrators to create an environment which nurtures and supports that growth, and am inspired to promote student leadership through action based activities, education, and service. With a strong background in education, fine art, and business, my skill set supports diverse and exceptional students. As an educator and administrator, I served the Columbia Gorge communities of White Salmon and Lyle for the past eleven years. Before that, I served the Hillsboro School District, Hillsboro, OR for five. I hold K/12 Professional Teacher Certifications in Oregon and Washington with with visual arts and special education endorsements, along with my Initial Administrative/Principal Certification. I am a life-long learner who believes through education and discipline, any dream and goal can be attained. My education includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA, a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR, and my Administrative Credentials from Heritage University, Toppenish, WA. Prior to my education career, I was self-employed for nineteen years as a studio jeweler/artisan. My contemporary sculptural jewelry pushed the boundaries of traditional thought, with exposure in national and international art museums. My production line has been sold to galleries, shops, and museum stores in major metropolitan areas throughout the US. I continue to maintain a working studio. The Columbia Gorge is also my summer and winter playground. As an avid windsurfer, I work hard to get on the water when it’s windy. When the wind is down, I paddleboard or kayak. Come winter, I head to the mountain and ski. Growing up on the east coast, I started skiing in third grade where I remember skiing in leather boots, and raced on our high school ski team. I am fortunate to continue my educational career in a school that balances health, sportsmanship, and well-being with academics. Joining a team of passionate individuals who have a record of excellence has been a dream of mine. Working outside the traditional boundaries of a public-school system allows our team to provide opportunities unparalleled to those found on a regional, not to mention on a national level. I am excited and prepared to collaborate with all stakeholders to continue to shape Windells vision for the future. You will find I am open, loving, and firm. I am a hands-on team player who will stand on the front line and do everything necessary to ensure our students have the best experience available, while also creating a structure where high expectations and excellence are the norm. Thank you for trusting in our close-knit family to provide the very best for your student. Not only do our students strive to be tremendous athletes, they need an education which prepares them to become life-long, independent learners that supports their vision for the future, while developing true character. Ethics, integrity, and responsibility are core values that are woven throughout their academics and coaching lessons that lay a solid foundation for success. I promise to hold everyone accountable for their part in educating your student, who becomes our student. I look forward to a partnership with you, as parents and guardians, over the years to come. I am respectfully at your service. Sincerely yours, Ms. Ann Scott, Headmaster  

    Come to Camp for Free this Summer!

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