The divisional school supply lists 2016-17 academic year are now available.
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Dear Westminster Community,
Eight years ago, my family and I arrived in Augusta and immersed ourselves in Westminster, a school we have grown to love and cherish. Although I had planned to serve as headmaster during the 2016‐2017 year, Denae and I believe God is calling us to a new assignment. Of course we have a mixture of emotions ranging from great excitement to the sadness that accompanies saying goodbye to so many friends.
Some of you know that Denae and I spent the early years of our marriage, careers and raising a family in Colorado, and we have always dreamed of returning one day. Christian schools and opportunities to lead them are few in Colorado. In March, a position opened, and I have accepted an offer to become their next head of school. Working closely with Westminster’s board of trustees and leadership team, I plan to transition from my current role and will soon begin handing over responsibilities to an interim headmaster who will be appointed by the board of trustees as soon as possible.
Change and transition are never easy for those leaving and those staying, but I’m convinced that Westminster is well positioned to seamlessly navigate this change. With our SAIS-SACS re-accreditation complete, REALIZE 2020 strategic plan in place, Knox Hall opening in early 2017, and fundraising for the project on target and nearing the finish line, Westminster will not miss a beat as it continues its upward trajectory toward a very exciting future.
The Westminster community together has accomplished so much during these last eight years. God has blessed us with a talented board, leadership team, faculty, and staff. And of course without parents, grandparents, students, alumni, friends, and our sponsoring church First Presbyterian, none of this would have been possible.
I’m thankful to so many people! By God’s grace we not only weathered the Great Recession but we thrived despite it. We are financially stronger than even pre-recession levels. During this time, enrollment grew almost 20% and has exceeded 600 students for the last four years. Because of the Westminster community’s generosity, we are months from opening the first major building project since 2000 when Pamplin Hall opened. As well, the four-acre Wheeler Field and the refurbishment of the Middle/Upper School gym were welcome campus enhancements.
There are many other blessings for which I am grateful. The fine arts are thriving, and Westminster continues to establish a culture in which the arts and athletics are valued equally. Our athletic programs continue to demonstrate a level of excellence matching the very best independent schools in the GISA. Our student body better reflects the diversity of heaven’s composition, and our international students have helped add to that beautiful mosaic. Our academic programs couldn’t be stronger with 18 Advanced Placement courses and impressive exam results each year. At the same time we’ve grown our capacity to provide academic support to assist all students in reaching their God-given potential and Westminster’s high academic standards. Perhaps most importantly, I’m proud that Westminster has remained true to its historic mission with an unwavering commitment to excellence with every part of a student’s education for God’s glory and under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. And all of that is being done day in and day out within a community built on loving relationships, most importantly between teachers and their students. With this, the Westminster faculty is absolutely exceptional!
It has been a tremendous privilege to serve Westminster these last eight years and have a role in Westminster’s rich and Kingdom-shaping narrative. There are so many people I’d like to thank, but the most important is my wife, Denae. She has been a terrific partner – mother of our three children (including two Westminster alums), Westminster science teacher and headmaster spouse. I couldn’t have done it without her! As Westminster parents, Denae and I are especially grateful for the extraordinary education our three children have received.
I will continue to work diligently as Westminster’s headmaster and will assist the board of trustees and new leadership to support a smooth transition. As I prepare to pass the headmaster baton, I do so with optimism and confidence that God has new and exciting plans for Westminster’s next chapter.
As our relationships at Westminster and in Augusta run deep, we will miss everyone very much. We hope that many of you will come visit us in Colorado.
Click here to view a follow-up letter from Chairman of the Board John Phelan regarding the search for an interim headmaster.
Below are the documents that parents will need to ensure that students participate in the 2015 summer reading assignments for the 2015-16 academic year. Assignments are available for first- through twelfth-grade students.
- Lower School (First- through Fifth-Grades)
- Middle School (Grades 6 – 8)
- Upper School (Grades 9 – 12)*
*For 2016 Upper School summer work assignments, click here.
At the annual year-end lunch, faculty and staff who are celebrating special work anniversaries are recognized for their years of service. We thank these hard-working employees for all they do for our school and their dedication to excellence.
This year, we also paid a special tribute to Mrs. Julia Joiner, Mrs. Jeannie English and Mrs. Sandy Ham, who all retired at the end of the school year. Mrs. English celebrated 20 years of faithful service to Westminster, Mrs. Ham celebrated 18 years, and Mrs. Joiner celebrated 23 years at Westminster and 34 total years of teaching.
The Westminster Parents’ Association wants to challenge our parents who have not already made a gift to the Westminster Fund to do so today! As an incentive, they will match each gift up to $5,000 if we have 60-percent parent participation by May 27. Currently, 51-percent of our parents have participated.
Join our other families in supporting the programs and mission of our school. Contributions to the Westminster Fund are immediately invested in the people and programs that make Westminster an extraordinary independent school. A strong level of participation also reflects positively when applying for outside funding from corporations and foundations. Your gift, no matter the amount, makes a difference. Last year, gifts between $1 and $100 dollars totaled over $13,000. Your participation does make a difference.
Click here to see testimonies from our teachers about why they support the Westminster Fund. Join them in making a gift today.
There are several ways to participate:
- Make an online donation.
- Write a check to Westminster noted “Westminster Fund” and return with your child to their division office.
Please email Carrie Brigham or call her at 706-731-5260, ext. 2234 if you have any questions.
and double your dollars!
Report cards for Lower School students are to be mailed home on June 8.
Middle & Upper School
Middle and Upper School report cards will be mailed on Wednesday, June 8. Spring exam grades will be shown on the report card.
Please note that report cards and transcripts may be withheld if all financial obligations are not current.
Register students for the upcoming SAT prep course being offered by Layman College Consulting. This course is open to any local high school student. Click the below course title to learn more and register for the program.
This SAT prep course leads up to the SAT on June 4, 2016. Students are strongly encouraged to sit for the June SAT following this course. Note: Registering for this course does not register a student for the official SAT. Please visit the College Board’s website to register for an official SAT.
As a week-long intensive program, this course requires that students spend at least 2 hours per day (in addition to course meeting times) working on SAT prep assignments. Plan accordingly!
- Number of Seniors: 57
- SAT Averages: Critical Reading – 602, Math – 593
- ACT Composite Score Average: 27.4
- Number of Eagle Scouts: 1
- Number of NHS Members: 21
- Number of Beta Club Members: 43
- Number of seniors attending a fine arts institution: 2 – the School of Visual Arts (NY) and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NY)
- Number of future college athletes: 5
- Number of seniors accepted into one or more Top 100 National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges: 36
- Number of seniors who will be attending one or more Top 100 National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges: 22
- Average number of college applications per senior: 4.5
- Number of college acceptances: 187
The majority of the students in the class of 2016 were accepted to their first college choice. Westminster senior acceptances to the top 100 universities and colleges based on U.S. News & World Report rankings included: Boston University, Clemson University, Cornell University, Drexel University, Fordham University, Furman University, George Washington University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, North Carolina State University, Ohio State University, Rhodes College, Rutgers University – New Brunswick, Sewanee – The University of the South, Syracuse University, University of Alabama, University of California – Santa Barbara, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Connecticut, University of Denver, University of Georgia, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, University of Pittsburgh, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Vanderbilt University, Wheaton College (IL), Wofford College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Fifty-six percent of our seniors were accepted to at least one of these colleges or universities. Click here to see a list of their college decisions.
As a college prep school with a strong focus on faith and academics, we are celebrating our seniors and all of their college acceptances. More importantly, we are proud of the success we know they’ll have in college and life because of their hard work and the preparation they received from Westminster.
Due to some changes with the GISA athletic schedule made after we published our Westminster calendar, we made a few changes to our 2016-17 Key event dates. The new dates are below:
- October 6, 7 & 10 | Fall Break
- October 11 | Lower School Teacher Workday (no class for Lower School)
- October 11 | Middle and Upper School Parent-Teacher Conferences (no class for Middle School, half day for Upper School)
- May 13 | Commencement
Westminster Summer Programs’ Junior Counselor in Training program provides opportunities for students entering the eighth, ninth and tenth 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 June 1 from 9:30 to 11 a.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 hired.
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, email Katherine Hamrick, our Summer Programs coordinator. Applications are due by May 6, and a response will be emailed to the applicant by May 13.