On Thursday, May 25th, all of Windmill’s staff and students, from grades TK through 8, gathered on the blacktop to participate in Jump Rope for Heart. A tradition at Windmill Springs since 1986, students gather pledges before the event to raise money for research to help treat heart disease. This year, students raised over $2000!
The following week, on Wednesday, May 31st, qualified students from each grade level participated in the mile run. Students in grades 3-5 ran first, followed by students in TK-grade 2. The race concluded with our oldest students in grades 6-8. The TK-2 race was new to this year’s mile run. Even a 3-year-old sibling of one of our kindergarten students participated. First, second, and third place boys and girls in each race received certificates and ribbons.
That afternoon, the school gathered on the field for the annual memorial staff vs. 8th grade student softball game. Teacher Emily Choo and two former teachers, Phuong and Leona, used to attend baseball games together. Leona passed away after a battle with cancer, having continued teaching despite not feeling well. The year after she passed, Emily and Phuong thought it would be a great idea to play a softball game against the 8th graders in remembrance of Leona and as a way to say goodbye to the 8th grade students. The game has been played ever since. This year's game began with the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem. Play was excellent on both sides, but the teachers prevailed in the end, winning by 1 point.
Friday, June 2nd, saw Windmill Springs School’s first annual career day. With professionals from LinkedIn, NFAC, VTA, MMA, Dopler Labs, the fire and police departments, State Farm, and more, students learned about a variety of careers and companies, gaining valuable knowledge to assist them as they consider their own future careers. At the conclusion of the formal presentations, presenters gathered in the cafeteria for a Q&A session with 6th-8th grade students. We look forward to continuing this new tradition.