April 9, 2019
With our move to our new campus on Jones Road just months away when we will have a new campus name and a sleek 21st century look, we are fully immersed in the season of “lasts.” We’re in our last nine-week mini-mester as Windfern School of Choice since the school’s opening in the fall of 1995. Recently, we enjoyed record fundraising at our last annual spring Windfern Chili Cook-off that benefits graduates with scholarship opportunities. April 1st we took our last faculty and staff picture in our last new t-shirts bearing the Windfern name. (Check it out!) April 12th we welcomed educators from our home campuses and our Instructional Support Center for our last Windfern Lighting the Way Staff and Student Luncheon. Later in the month, we’ll have our last schoolwide Windfern Easter egg hunt. Most importantly, on May 29th, we’ll celebrate our last Windfern graduation.
Please understand though…we do not intend to abandon these Windfern traditions. They are an integral part of Windfern’s culture. As the principal of Windfern since 2001, it is all-important to me that we seamlessly transfer the campus culture we have evolved since the school’s opening in 1995 to our new campus on Jones Road. Our school community culture is pivotal to student success and our schoolwide events are a significant contributor because they always put students in the limelight. We want students to have an educational experience at Windfern that feels different and therefore, draws them into the mainstream of the school’s lifeblood. We want students to feel a sense of belonging to our campus, no matter what its name is. We want students to feel a gravitational pull towards the center of our campus and to want and even need to come to school.
So as we approach the close of our 2018-19 school year, we say our farewells to some of our Windfern “lasts” but look forward to our “firsts” at our gorgeous new campus! Take care, one and all, in our Windfern school family and CFISD community!