Western Middle School Principal and Staff to Share Magnet/AVID Information at Greenwich Elementary Schools

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Gordon Beinstein with students at Western Middle School. Photo: Leslie Yager

Western Middle School Principal Gordon Beinstein and his staff will be visiting Greenwich elementary schools in January and February to talk about the school’s magnet program.

Parents of 4th and 5th graders are encouraged to attend to learn about the school’s AVID program, its mission and staff, as well as how Western prepares students for Greenwich High School.

Western Middle School ranked third out of all middle schools in Connecticut, according to data released by the state Dept of Education in 2019 that included metrics measuring growth in Math and ELL, as well as physical fitness and access to arts education.

Beinstein, the 2019 Connecticut Public Schools Middle School Principal of the Year, has said the rise reflects the acknowledgement that one method of teaching doesn’t fit all students. He credits staff for knowing and caring about every child, which is reflected in parent survey results. In May the entire school threw a surprise party for Beinstein to congratulate him on being named Principal of the Year.

During Beinstein’s years leading Western, enrollment has increased partly because fewer elementary school students head off to private schools.

Beinstein is 100% vested in the town of Greenwich, having grown up in Greenwich, and attending Riverside, Eastern Middle School and Greenwich High School. He taught at Central Middle School from 1988-2002 before venturing out of town to serve as assistant principal, then principal in other districts.

Schedule of Visits

Old Greenwich Elementary School
January 13 – 9:00am

Cos Cob Elementary School
January 14 – 7:00pm

North Street Elementary School
January 21 – 9:30am

Parkway Elementary School
January 24 – 9:00am

Riverside Elementary School
January 30 – 9:00am

Julian Curtiss Elementary School
February 4 – 7:00pm

The Greenwich Board of Education offers four magnet elementary schools and one magnet middle school that accept students through an application process.

More information on the district’s magnet schools and applications are available on the district’s website.

See also:

Greenwich Schools Announce Magnet School Open Houses Start Jan 7

Julian Michaca Lujan, Victor Avelar, Gordon Beinstein

Principal Gordon Beinstein visits with students at Western Middle School, Dec 6, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager