Windham is a village in Windham, Ohio in Portage County. It is formed with parts of Windham Township and has a population of about 2,000 people. In 1942, Windham was chosen as a site for an army camp for workers at the Ravenna Arsenal, which is over 21,000 acres. During World War II, the Arsenal employed over 14,000 employees. Since Windham housed many of the employees and families, the area experienced a historical population boom during the 1950s.
The district is made up of two buildings: Katherine Thomas Elementary (Grades PreK-4) and Windham Junior and Senior School (Grades 5-12) with an enrollment of around 500 students. The district is led by Superintendent Aireane Curtis. The mascot for the district is the Bomber Airplane ("Bombers" is the district's nickname), which directly correlates to the rich military history.
The district's mission is to provide a technologically advanced learning environment that inspires student achievement. Teaching and learning will have a foundation built on effective instructional strategies and the availability to technology resources that allow for optimal learning both in and beyond the classroom.
The vision is to prepare students for college and career readiness by:
- Providing access to resources that meet the demands of each student’s individual needs.
- Authenticating real world learning experiences will ensure development of higher order thinking skills.
- Implementing technology within the student centered learning environment.
Ohio's New Learning Standards are the foundation for teaching and curricular decisions. The frameworks that have been adopted by the district involve intense, hands-on, individualized learning. The literacy framework, Literacy Collaborative, was adopted to show the strong commitment the district has to reshaping literacy at Windham. This framework is for grades K-6 and is through a partnership with The Ohio State University. It involves intense professional development for the staff and provides the skills needed in order for students to become life-long readers and writers. The literacy framework for grades 7-12 involves a reading/writing workshop curriculum where students learn to develop the importance of choice and personalized learning. Students are fully immersed in reading and writing throughout their literacy journeys at Windham.
Like the literacy frameworks, the district has adopted specific math curriculum to continue to align the students' learning pathways. Students in grades K-5 follow Number Corner and Investigations math curriculum. Once students enter grade 6, they still follow Number Corner but switch to the CPM Math curriculum. The CPM Math curriculum is for students in grades 6-10. The curriculum was created by math teachers specifically to help students work in teams, understand the importance of collaboration and responsibility, and continue apply math to real world situations. All of the math frameworks that the district has adopted present a conceptualized based approach to math teaching and learning.
The district focuses on creating 21st Century Learners; therefore, it provides the staff with opportunities to be a part of the "technology cohort." This cohort is a year-long program comprised of teachers who participate in professional development to learn how to blend technology into their curriculum in an effective, challenging manner. Students are often seen emersed in technology and creating projects with various apps and programs.
STEM is offered to students, starting in kindergarten! The STEM program follows the Project Lead the Way and Inventor Cloud curriculum. The JR/SR High School has two 3-D printers where students can see their creations come to life! Students at the upper level can take various courses such as: Forensics, Women in Stem, Architecture, and Robotics. The STEM program took first place in the Mars Rover Challenge at NASA Glen in 2018! The team had to create a wheel that would function on the Mars terrain, and their presentation and design process was chosen as the best! The STEM program is expanding even more by joining a robotics league with area high schools.
The elementary school is under the leadership of Melissa Malone and the Junior/Senior High School is under the guidance of Principal Justin Christopher and Assistant Principal Zack Burns. The Junior/Senior High offers many sports for students to participate in. Fall sports include: football, cheerleading, golf, and girls' volleyball. In the winter, the school offers girls' and boys' basketball. During the spring season, students can participate in track, softball, or baseball. Windham is a part of the Northeastern Athletic Conference (NAC) along with: Kinsman Badger, Orwell Grand Valley, Cortland Maplewood, Vienna Mathews, and Andover Pymatuning Valley. The district follows the PBIS framework of Bomber PRIDE: Prepared, Respectful, Integrity, Demonstrate Safety, and Excellence. The students strive to show their Bomber PRIDE through every thing they accomplish.
Other than athletics, there are numerous other academic clubs/societies students can participate in during their middle and high school years at Windham. Band and Junior and Senior High School Choir are offered for those interested in being a part of the Fine and Performing Arts. Art classes such as Ceramics, Illustration, and Photography are offered to students. National Honor Society is available to middle and high school students who carry a 3.2 grade point average and display the pillars of the society: Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Service. Student Council, Ski Club, Art Club, Drama Club, and History Club are other clubs students have the opportunity to join.
For further information on the district, you can find the most current local state report card here: State Report Card