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!

    Academy_freeSession For a limited time only: Windells Academy will be offering a FREE Summer 2017 Session at Windells Camp or High Cascade Summer Snowboard Camp with paid deposit on Fall/Spring enrollment for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    For more information or to schedule a consultation contact us at info@windellsacademy.com or call our front office at 503.622.8931

    Greetings from New Zealand!

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    Kia Ora from New Zealand!

    After a long 27 hours of travel, pit stops in 3 different cities, and a short van ride to the Windells New Zealand campus we made it to our destination. The first day our hostess Sharron took us on a tour of the beautiful Queenstown. We exchanged some money, took a trip to the grocery store, and walked around the historic downtown.

    After arriving Friday afternoon and spending Saturday getting settled and adjusted Sunday was our first day at Cadrona! We loaded up the vans and took the very scenic windy road through the Crown Range and up to the resort. The visibility wasn't the greatest on the first day but the stoke was high and we definitely made the best of what we were given. Most of the first day was spent getting familiar with the features and terrain, as well as getting our legs back underneath us. 

    unknown-jpgAfter that first day the weather has been pretty on point and the park has been prime! Everyone took to their skis quickly and our training sessions have been very productive with people starting right where they left off last season! We have been really focusing on fundamental rail and jump concepts this week, breaking some old habits, and laying a strong foundation on which to build upon.

    After our skiing sessions this week we have gotten to enjoy some of New Zealand's attractions! We spent one evening with a visit to SITE Trampoline Gym (http://www.sitetrampoline.co.nz/)and another with a visit to the Pump track at Lake Hayes park where we skated, barbecued and also got to play a fun game of touch rugby!

    Keep an eye out for updates on the rest of our trip! 

    Best,

    Windells Academy  Staff

    Academy Photo Archive

    Archived photos from one of the many Academy skate trips last year.

    Photos: Austin Everingham

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    Windells Academy Announces New Head Ski and Snowboard Coaches

    MT. HOOD, OREGON, August 22, 2016 – We Are Camp, parent company of Windells Academy, Windells Camp, and High Cascade Snowboard Camp, today announced the hiring of Wynn Berns and Tommie Bennett as the program’s head ski and snowboard coaches, respectively. Working with renowned Olympic coach Bud Keene, the trio is focused on growing Windells Academy into the world’s premier ski and snowboard private school.

    “A huge part of our efforts to redefine our programming include hiring new coaches of exceptional talent,” said Academy President Chris Hargrave.  “I am proud and excited to bring Tommie and Wynn on to our team!  These two bring skill, experience, passion, and desire that will raise our Academy to a whole new level.  Their professionalism and dedication to results are remarkable.   Working together with them to lead our snow programs will ensure that we are able to help athletes of all abilities and desires achieve their dreams!”

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    Berns, a graduate of Plymouth State University, has nearly a decade’s experience coaching athletes in USASA and USSA regional events to World Cups and the X Games. Wynn most recently served as the Freeski Program Director at the Killington Mountain School and was previously a head coach at Waterville Academy and WVBBTS. “I am excited to have the opportunity to join the Windells Academy staff. Windells has been an industry stronghold for over 25 years and has built the best training environment for any athlete to succeed,” said Berns.

    Tommie_Bennett_upRailNew Windells Academy head snowboard coach Tommie Bennett built his decade-long career as a competitor and private coach to Olympic hopefuls.   As well as serving as head coach of Team Summit, a large Colorado based snowboard program. Known as one of the most passionate snowboard coaches in the industry, Tommie thrives on coaching a range of athletes from the newest competitors to Olympic hopefuls. Bennett proclaimed, "I’m proud to be a part of the Windells Academy program and truly believe Windells is the premier academy for snow sports students athletically and academically.”

    "I am so stoked to have the opportunity to work with Wynn, Tommie, and all of the Windells Academy athletes!” said Bud Keene, who founded BKPRO and serves as Director of Performance at Windells Academy. “The future is wide open, and with the quality of our head coaches, the vision we all share, and lots of hard work as a team, we will not look back until we are indisputably the best action sports academy in the world!”

    About Windells Academy

    Nestled below snowy Mt. Hood, Oregon, Windells Academy birthed in 2009 from the infamous Windells and High Cascade Snowboard Camps, world leaders in on and off-snow experiences since 1989. An accredited 7-12 private school with notable alumni such as Olympic medalist Nick Goepper, the mission of Windells Academy is to educate the whole person through four life-defining pillars: academics, athletics, character, and citizenry.

    For more information about Windells Academy scholarships and enrollment criteria, please visit: http://www.windellsacademy.com.  For information or to register for summer or winter camps, please visit http://www.windells.com, http://www.highcascade.com or call 800.765.7669. Windells Academy is part of the We Are Camp, LLC family.

    2016-2017 Program Sneak Peek

    With the 2016 school year a wrap, we want to share what we are working on for next year. Continuing on our quest to educate the whole person, we are filling the school year calendar with a curated mix of academic, athletic, community, cultural, and character-building opportunities. We’re excited about these rich opportunities and believe you will be too. September 9, 2016 kicks off our Week of Welcome when students, families, faculty, and staff will get to know each other, finalize individual student goals, explore the region, and meet the Academy’s newest family member, Olympic gold medal coach, Bud Keene. This partnership with BK PRO has truly set up our snow students to train at the highest levels while being surrounded by a group of focused athletes, all pushing themselves with Bud Keene’s careful eye and coaching style driving them forward. Life changing adventures begin at the end of September when skiers, snowboarders and coaching staff head off to New Zealand for three weeks with Bud Keene to train and experience the fascinating Kiwi and Maori cultures. Once back in the Northern Hemisphere, ski & snowboard students will ride a mix of Mt. Hood with early season travel to pristine park resorts such as Park City, UT and Breckenridge, CO to train with their coaches and Bud Keene at the first BK PRO Progression Camp of the U.S. season. Following the holidays during winter semester, skiers and snowboarders will attend competitions and ride la nina’s ample powder throughout renowned Northwest resorts such as Whistler / Blackcomb, Mt. Baker,Steven’s Pass, and Crystal Mountain. Depending on event schedules and weather, the snow crew will be headed to Tahoe and Mammoth for more powder and park riding then wrapping up the season in Colorado for Nationals and more training. Our skateboard students will also have tremendous travel itinerary beginning with our Second Annual “Skating the National Parks” Camping tour this fall which includes stops at Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, and Moab. Then when the weather turns colder, we’ll be touring the vast Southwest of the United States visiting notorious and exclusive skate spots in places like Phoenix, Houston, San Diego, Los Angeles,or San Francisco. During spring semester our skateboarders will Start their semester off in New Zealand and skateboard in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Academics are integrated throughout all student travel. While at home and travelling students will be exposed to companies as diverse as Boeing and K2, tour myriad colleges and universities, and experience care and compassion through requisite volunteer opportunities. Windells Academy will also be hosting a series of workshops including SAT and ACT prep, college application workshops, as well as a series of creative classes including photography, videography, and graphic design. It’s shaping up to be a tremendous year of life changing experiences for our students! We look forward to reconnecting with our returning students and warmly welcoming our first time students. From fresh hot breakfast each morning to jumping on trampolines and foam pits at night, our aim is to ensure our family is cared for, inspired, and prepared for the future. We are actively accepting applications for enrollment and scholarships now. Contact us soon as space is limited.

    Bud Keene and We Are Camp Announce Partnership

    Bud_Keene We Are Camp and Bud Keene to Announce Partnership; Keene named Director of Perfromance MOUNT HOOD, OREGON, April 11, 2016 - We Are Camp and Bud Keene announced today a new partnership naming Robert “Bud” Keene of BKPRO as Director of Performance for We Are Camp, parent company of Windells Academy, Windells Camp, and High Cascade Snowboard Camp. With nearly 25 years of coaching experience, Keene has lead many of the greatest action sports athletes such as Shaun White, Gus Kenworthy, Hannah Teter and Duncan Adams to achieve global success with X Games, Dew Tour, and Olympic medals. “I am so stoked to be forming this alliance with We Are Camp”, states Keene. “For years I have recognized High Cascade and Windells as industry leaders and marks of excellence within action sports. For BKPRO to now become a part of that family is truly a dream come true.” Bud:Shaun 2010 victory As Director of Performance Coaching at Windells Academy, a private high school for skiers, snowboarders, and skateboarders, Bud will lead all aspects of the student-coaching program. Students will kick off the school year in September working with Bud over the course of several weeks to focus on physical and mental training, goal setting, and creating individual student athlete performance plans for the year. On snow, students and coaches will have sessions with Bud in New Zealand in October, then back to North America for a series of BKPRO Progression Camps and private Academy training sessions and competitions throughout the 2016/17 school year at places such as Mammoth, Mt. Hood, Copper, and Breckenridge. “Any student athlete that is serious about their personal growth needs a supportive family, great coaching, and facilities that give them an advantage to progress faster and minimize risk,” said Academy President, Chris Hargrave. “This partnerships ensures our students will have the best program, hands-down, to achieve their goals and dreams.” BKPRO camps will continue its specialty camps around the US and elsewhere, offering world-class coaching and guidance for athletes of all ages and ability levels; now as part of the We Are Camp family, BKRPO campers will have the option to experience the housing, activities, and supervision for which High Cascade and Windells are known. Keene04 At Mt. Hood this summer, BKPRO will enter its third summer offering BKPRO Progression camps with two sessions each at Windells Ski Camp and High Cascade Snowboard Camp, June 26 – July 3 and July 6-13. The summer camps, which operate June – August on 100% real snow, featuring two high-speed quad chairlifts and exclusive rope tows servicing the camp’s 22’ Olympic-size Super Pipe and BagJump™ along with acres of progressive rail and jump features designed to facilitate the BKPRO and We Are Camp coaching programs. Off snow, the program is strongly supported with nearly 100,000 sf of progressive skate parks, trampolines, foam pits and BagJumps™, making camp the perfect venue to host BKPRO and all levels of performance programs. Hargrave added, “we have always been a company with the perfect people, place, and passion to innovate our industry and empower talented people to take amazing steps and inspire big things.” About We Are Camp We Are Camp is a Mt. Hood, Oregon based private high school and collection of lifestyle camps. With programs formed in the late 1980's, We Are Camp is dedicated to fulfilling its mission of, life improvement through snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, and BMX. For videos and to register for camps, visit HighCascade.com, Windells.com, or To schedule an Academy campus tour and meet the staff, visit WindellsAcademy.com. About BKPRO BKPRO exists to develop and apply the most up-to-date and futuristic tools and techniques to the subject of progression in action sports. BKPRO includes Progression Camps, Competition Management, Coach Training and mentoring, Sport-Specific Software and Training Tool Development, and more. Anything that drives progression means BKPRO.   For more information about BKPRO visit BudKeene.com  

    For more information on Windells Academy or to schedule a visit call us at  503.622.8931 or e-mail us at info@windellsacademy.com 

    Jake Selover Rolling Around the Academy Campus!

    Watch Jake Selover roll around the concrete jungle on the Windells Academy campus on TheBerrics.com

    Hit the Road

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    The Windells Academy students are all heading out this weekend for Northern California.  The skiers and snowboarders are taking advantage of our dear friend, El Niño, and will be in Tahoe for ten days.  Tahoe is having the best season in years and the storms just keep rolling in.  The Academy will be skiing and riding at Northstar, Heavenly, Kirkwood, and Sierra. We would be happy with just one of those resorts, but why not hit them all? We are so lucky, but we are sure to take full advantage of our blessings.  We are so thankful for every rail, pillow line, and powder slash we have had this season, and they just keep coming! So far we have ridden in New Zealand, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, and now we are heading down to ski and ride in California and Nevada.

    The skateboarders are also heading to Northern California where the concrete waves break 24/7.  We will head down to Eugene, through the Redwoods to Sacramento and finally to the city by the bay touring in the van skating parks and street.  Sacramento and San Fransisco are meccas for skateboarding with dozens of parks collectively and a number of legendary street spots.  San Fransisco is such a vibrant city full of hill bombs, good food, and amazing sights to see. Stay tuned for more updates on the Windells Academy Nor Cal Tour.  Be sure to follow us on Instagram and keep checking back for updates because we are going places!