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Westminster Fund Participation Update

We issued a challenge to our parents for every family to participate in giving to the Westminster Fund with a friendly competition to encourage engagement. The grade level in each division (Lower, Middle, Upper) with the highest percentage of parent participation as of March 31 will be awarded some special privileges. On April 18, students in the winning grades will get to have a “dress down day” and special treats at recess (for the Lower School) or lunch (for the Middle and Upper Schools).

Current Parent Participation Totals
(as of 3/22/17)

 Kindergarten  43%
 First Grade  36%
 Second Grade  38%
 Third Grade  21%
 Fourth Grade  49%
 Fifth Grade  46%
 Sixth Grade  28%
 Seventh Grade  35%
 Eighth Grade  30%
 Ninth Grade  28%
 Tenth Grade  41%
 Eleventh Grade  28%
 Twelfth Grade  23%

                           Indicates division leaders.

You can keep track of the progress of the grade(s) of your child(ren) by watching the graph on the gate or by checking the website. If you have more than one child, your gift counts toward the participation percentage in each of your children’s grades. Currently, fourth grade, seventh grade and 10th grade are in the lead.

If you have not yet made your donation to the Westminster Fund, please do so now! Every gift matters! You may give online or by check.


Literary Team Wins State!


Congratulations to our literary team for winning the Literary State Competition at Valdosta State University on March 15. Westminster competitors placed in seven out of the eight events. Read the article in The Augusta Chronicle.

With their recent win, Westminster clinches a trifecta of state championships (including one-act and debate), which is a pretty impressive feat. (Read more about Debate and One-Act championships.)

Individual State Awards
Third Place

  • Alyssa Carrad – Spelling
  • Emily Miller – Rhetorical Analysis Essay
  • Elizabeth Carter – Argumentative Essay
  • Eliza Epps – Girls Solo

Second Place (Tie)

  • Kaleigh Anderson and Ellie Lynch – Duo Interpretation

State Champions (First Place)

  • Elizabeth Carter – U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Michael Head – International Extemporaneous Speaking

Summer Camp Junior Counselors Needed

Westminster Summer Programs’ Junior Counselor in Training program provides opportunities for students entering the eighth through twelfth grade that want to develop their leadership skills. All students interested must apply with our Summer Programs department. Junior counselors work as a team, in small groups and individually to learn about organizing and instructing children in a summer camp environment.

The junior counselor program will provide a training day for all accepted applicants on May 17 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Attendance during this training is mandatory. Note that there are a limited number of junior counselor spaces available, and only a select number of junior counselors will be accepted.

This program is an unpaid internship, however, reference letters will be readily provided as requested. Students that want to apply their hours to a service club (Beta and/or NHS) can work with the Summer Programs coordinator to do so.

Click here to download an application to the junior counselor program or for more information, , our Summer Programs coordinator. Applications are due by May 5, and a response will be emailed to the applicant by May 12.


What is SLEW?


Each year, Westminster’s Middle and Upper Schools set aside time to focus hearts and minds specifically on spiritual transformation, both as individuals and as a community. We call this time Spiritual Life Emphasis Week or SLEW. This year’s SLEW will be held March 7-9.

John Kenney, senior pastor of Quest Church, will speak to Upper School students on the topic of Identity. They will meet once each day to hear from Pastor Kenney.

In the Middle School, the focus will be on the the importance of worship in every area of a Christian’s life. On Tuesday they will focus on “Personal Worship Alone with God.” Wednesday will focus on “Worship through Praise and Singing,” and Thursday will focus on “Worship through Service.” There will also be teacher testimonies, time for students to spend alone with the Lord and practical applications for each topic.

Please join us in prayer for SLEW next week.


Update from the Board of Trustees

Westminster’s Board of Trustees has been busy working on many exciting things that I would like to share with you! Our Board had its annual retreat Feb. 11, where we discussed our progress regarding the strategic plan and the future vision for the school. The Board spent several hours discussing our mission and where we would like to see the school in five, 10 and 20 years. It was also agreed that we should better define as a gospel-centered school what an “excellent education” truly means – that “excellence” is beyond the scope of just academics. Fellow Trustee, Dr. Matt Pantsari, will be heading that effort. We hope to be communicating the results in the near future.

As recently communicated in the Wildcat Scratch, our Head of School search committee has been meeting weekly to follow the process outlined by National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) guidelines. This committee, headed by Ashley Roach, consists of trustees, parents and faculty members, and has completed a position description and interview questions. The interview process should begin shortly. We recognize the need to name a permanent Head of School quickly but in a prudent and prayerful manner.

While certainly a work in progress, Westminster has MUCH to be grateful for this year! We have received a million dollar matching gift, the new locker room and Knox Hall are near completion, and our commitment to the gospel has never been stronger. We appreciate your partnership and patience as we endeavor to follow the Lord’s plan for Westminster.

Blessings,
John Phelan
Chair, Board of Trustees

 


Donate Items to the Annual Auction

Auction Item Donation Form
Donate an item to our auction by filling out and returning the 2017 Auction Item Donation Form. You will receive a letter after the event noting your tax-deductible donation.

Amazon Wish List
Are you looking for a quick way to donate an item for the auction? Use our Auction Wish List on amazon.com. The donated items from this list will be delivered directly to the school and bundled to make baskets for our silent auction. You will receive a letter after the event noting your tax-deductible donation.

For more information about the Auction event in April, click here.

 


Invention Convention in Newspaper

The fourth-grade Invention Convention event was featured on the front page of the Metro section in The Augusta Chronicle on Thursday, Feb. 23.

This creative fourth-grade event showcases our students’ ingenuity, and the results are sure to be impressive!

After learning about famous inventors, the students begin to gather problems and determine one for which they’d like to develop a solution. From that point, they work in class to develop possible solutions and inventions. During the evening showcase, students demonstrate their one-of-a-kind inventions to parents and other visitors.

Event Photo Album
2017 Invention Convention


Axel Named STAR Student Finalist

Westminster STAR student, senior Michael Axel, will attend a banquet honoring the 13 Richmond County STAR students. Michael selected Mr. Matt Rich as his STAR teacher. The winner will be announced at the banquet in honor of the finalists on Feb. 27. Read the article in The Augusta Chronicle here.

 


Our Excellent International Student Program

Out of 300 international student agencies in China, the New Oasis program was ranked first. Congratulations to all that dedicate so much time and energy to ensuring our students and host families have a wonderful and trans-formative experience.

Email the local coordinators,  and , if you are open to the experience of “making GLOBAL LOCAL.” We are currently accepting applications this month for the 2017-18 academic year.


Knox Hall Construction Update

Ceilings and Duct Work and Tile! Oh, My!
That’s just some of what is going on in Knox Hall right now! The kitchen floor has been completed and the kitchen ceiling should be finished within days. Those very important middle pieces, including the kitchen sink, will soon be in place. Data lines are being run and painters have begun their work, which means we have walls. The HVAC contractor is busy and the elevator crew made many hearts happy when they began their work on Valentine’s Day.

Rejoice with us over the progress being made in Knox Hall to God’s glory!