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March 1, 2018 


Dear Jersey City Community,

There is obviously much going on in Jersey City Public Schools these days, but the passing of Dr. Winds put that on the back burner.  Dr. Winds’ passing also puts it all in perspective. 

His life and legacy can serve as a guide to how we should approach our work, in times of joy and in times of crises.  Whether he was your classmate, your teacher, your principal, your Director or your colleague, there are lessons to remember.

Dr. Winds was the consummate professional.  He held on to the “old school” values of respect, honesty, and trust.  He understood that he was a role model, for children and adults, and he took that responsibility to heart.  He cared deeply for all children, but was passionate in his desire to address the needs of young Black men.  He was a quiet, reflective soldier in the battle for equity, knowing his own blessings, and wanting to give back.  We once shared the line, “There but for the grace of God…”

He was much more: a father, an athlete, a coach, a mentor, a peacemaker, but for today, I will probably most remember his courage.  He was a true fighter.  He would not allow himself to be under siege, and through his sheer will he defied expectations.  He always believed he could “make it right”, whether dealing with parents, teachers, administrators or his health.  He believed it would all work out.  He believed in himself and the goodness of others.  That’s a powerful lesson for all as we face our current challenges.

Last night I thought of the quote, “Today I will behave as though this is the day for which I will be remembered.”  That is how Dr. Winds lived each day, and he will be remembered and missed by legions.


Marcia V. Lyles, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Jersey City Public Schools

Envision Excellence and Equity Everywhere



 Archived Superintendent's Messages 2017-2018

Message on Teacher contract negotiations

Remembering Dr. Michael Winds

Letter on School Safety, Feb 20, 2018

Superintendent's Report on High Schools

Supt New Year Message 01-01-18

Holiday Message 2017

Thanksgiving message 2017

Message on tragic death of students

Back to School Message 2017

Hispanic Heritage Month Message 2017

Archived Superintendent's Messages 2016-2017



Black History Month 17 

Thanksgiving Message 

Report on PARCC Results, 2016

Welcome Back 2016-17

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Focus and Priority Update

Community Forum June 2015

District PARCC Results Year 1


Archived Superintendent's Messages 2015 - 2016


Dr. Patricia Bryant

Christmas Message

Better Times Ahead


Welcome Back 2015

Excellence and Equity October 2015

We Remember

Summer Message

Archived Superintendent's Messages 2014 - 2015  

Superintendent's CCSS Message

5000 Parents Speak - 2014-15 Parent Survey

Letter to the Community

Delayed or Closing Information - 1/26

New Term Message to the Community - January 30, 2015

Thanksgiving Message

Our Biggest Strength is Diversity (NJTV Video)

Hispanic Heritage Month

Destination District - Board Presentation 10/14

Facility Tour 2014

Freedom Isn't Free

Welcome Back

Destination District Powerpoint Presentation, August 2014

Archived Superintendent's Messages 2013 - 2014

Teacher Appreciation Day 

Mind the Gap (Board Presentation) 10/13
Patriot Day - 9/11
Archived Superintendent's Messages 2012                       



Mind the Gap

Hurricane Sandy

Mission and Mandate

Thanksgiving Message

Letter to Jersey City Community

Holiday Message


Black History Month

Our Expectations

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!

Last Day of School

Summer Message

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