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Tucker Blackmon, Upper School English Teacher
Coming to us from Hiawassee, Georgia, Mr. Blackmon will be equipping our Upper School students for excellence in the realm of English. He received a Bachelor of Arts in telecommunications and a Master of Arts in education from Lee University, where he was a full scholarship varsity letterman for the men’s soccer team. He has taught English and coached boys and girls high school soccer for the past 10 years at schools in Georgia and Tennessee. In addition to joining the Upper School English department, Mr. Blackmon will also serve as our head girls varsity soccer coach and advise the Upper School yearbook staff.
Kendra Sue Finch (’94), Educational Technology Innovation Coordinator and Upper School Spanish Teacher
Mrs. Finch is certainly no stranger to Westminster, having graduated from our fine institution as well as previously taught and coached at both the Middle and Upper School levels. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Augusta State University and a master’s in educational leadership from Kennesaw State University. She returns to her alma mater from The Lovett School in Atlanta and is excited to take on the newly created role of educational technology innovation coordinator. In this position, she will join our current technology support team and help provide the vision, leadership, planning, technical support and instructional support for Westminster’s future technological development. Additionally, Mrs. Finch will be teaching several Spanish classes and will serve as our new head varsity cheerleading coach.
Adam Kraft, Upper School Science Teacher
Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, Mr. Kraft will be joining the Upper School science department in the fall to teach chemistry and advanced physical science. He attended Clemson University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and a minor in history. He went on to attend Purdue University, where he earned his Master of Science in chemistry education. With extensive experience at the collegiate level as a researcher and teaching assistant, Mr. Kraft is passionate about helping students learn and appreciate the role that science plays in their lives. He now joins us from Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he has taught physical science and chemistry for the past two years.
Carlee Van Duzer, Lower School Music Teacher
Originally from Duluth, Georgia, but coming to us from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Miss Van Duzer will be joining the Lower School faculty in the fall and is happy to be returning to her warm southern roots. She attended the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minnesota, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education. Miss Van Duzer has been teaching prekindergarten through 12th grade at Maranatha Christian Academy in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, since 2012. She has been a worship guitarist, pianist, vocalist and ensemble member in churches around the Twin Cities and is also a private voice instructor.
Faculty and Staff Changes
Mrs. Jenica Crotts will be moving from the Upper School to the Middle School to teach eighth-grade English.
Mr. Craig Johnson will continue his current duties as academic dean for prekindergarten through 12th grade and will also serve as interim Upper School principal.
Mrs. Ashley Shaw is moving from the Lower School to the Middle School to teach math.
New Office Locations
With the demolition of Building 300, the school administrative offices as well as the Upper School office have moved. Please make note of these new locations or follow the updated campus signage.
The administrative offices are now located on the ground floor of Pamplin Hall. Please use the double doors located on the far right side of Pamplin Hall to visit the headmaster, the executive assistant to the headmaster and the finanance, marketing, development and human resource departments.
The Upper School office is now located in Building 500 (formerly the ARC). Faculty/staff located in this building include the Upper School principal and the assistant to the Upper School principal, the assistant registrar, the director of student life, the director of college counseling, the international student program coordinator and the Upper School academic support coordinator.
By now, Westminster parents should have received our 2015 Summer Mailing. Registration for our new dining program and information regarding our new Middle/Upper School carpool procedures will be posted on this page and emailed to parents prior to the beginning of school. For more information about the beginning of the school year, check out some of the online resources below:
We are proud to introduce Flik Independent School Dining as our new dining service provider for the 2015-16 school year. Flik focuses solely on developing dining programs for independent schools, including many in Georgia. Their management team is a dedicated group of school food and nutrition professionals devoted entirely to developing customized solutions for independent schools.
Please take a few minutes to get acquainted with Flik by reading their philosophy statement at the end of this letter. Be sure to also check out their social media sites on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Their website is undergoing an update at this time.
You will receive detailed payment instructions in the near future. Participants will go online to choose their preferred lunch plan and payment option. Cash will not be accepted for payment. There are cost savings choosing the annual plan, but semester plans and daily options are also available.
Annual Plan $750 per year
Semester Plan $420 per semester
A Daily Meal $5.50
Annual Plan $850 per year
Semester Plan $460 per semester
A Daily Meal $6.00
A meal will include a choice of entrée, two sides, a beverage and a dessert.
A la carte items will be available for purchase to complement a purchased meal or a lunch from home.
We are also excited to offer a morning breakfast/snack option. The morning service will offer students grab-and-go beverages, breakfast sandwiches, fruit, yogurt and other items. These would be paid for a la carte via declining balance accounts similar to the lunch payment process.
We are excited about Flik and the anticipated improvements in our dining program. Thank you for your patience and flexibility during the process. You will be hearing more about the program this summer.
If you have questions regarding the dining program, feel free to email me.
Director of Finance and Operations
A Word from Flik
Nourishing your students is more than our business. Whether you call it a mission, a philosophy or a passion, it’s hard to sum up in a word. So we used three: Eat. Learn. Live.
Eat. Nourish the Body.
We know that mealtime is an important part of the private/independent school experience. To energize your on-the-go students, we create a fun and innovative dining experience unique to your campus and provide wholesome foods so they can easily make healthful choices.
Learn. Stimulate the Mind.
We understand the connection between healthy, balanced meals and achieving peak academic and athletic performance. To help your students make wise choices, we provide engaging and interactive nutrition education opportunities in the dining room, classroom and beyond.
Live. Enhance Quality of Life.
We realize we can make a difference in your students’ lives beyond the dining room. Through a variety of socially-minded programs and initiatives, we seek to reduce waste, practice sustainability and be an active participant in supporting and improving your school’s community.
Are you still looking for the perfect summer activity for your child? Look no further! Westminster Schools of Augusta is now offering Westminster Day Camp.
How is this camp different from Camp Wildcat or our other offerings? Westminster Day Camp is a fun and safe environment where students will play, grow and learn together. This camp runs in a similar manner to our current After School Care (ASC) program. There are no themes for the week and no take-home projects.
Due to the low supply cost, we are able to offer this camp to any child, Westminster family or not, for a low price. We must have 10 campers per week in order to run this camp.
To register for our new day camp, email Sarah Merten, Summer Programs Coordinator. You may also call her at 706-731-5260, ext. 2219 or 706-834-2726 (mobile).
Below are the dress code guidelines for the 2015-16 school year. Please note that the Lower School dress code has been updated.
The divisional school supply lists 2015-16 academic year are now available.
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.
Please email the Lower, Middle or Upper School office with questions.
*For 2015 Upper School summer work assignments, click here.
At the annual year-end breakfast, 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. Sara Lawson, who will is retiring after 22 years of faithful service to Westminster. We thank and appreciate her for all she has done for our Lower School music program!
View more photos from this fun morning by clicking here.
22 Years of Service (Retiring): Sara Lawson
20 Years of Service: Ramona Story & Leisa Tebbs
15 Years of Service: Paul Owen & Matt Rich
10 Years of Service: Aimee Lynch & Dwight Redick (not pictured)
5 Years of Service: Missy Smith, Destiny Pippin, Kelly Hitchcock, Dawn McCraith, Sandy Buchanan, Brad Joiner, Andrew Bryan, Lulu Johnson & Larry Albea (not pictured)
During the summer, our administrative offices observe abbreviated hours. From May 26 – July 31, our offices will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
During the week of June 29 – July 3, our offices will be closed.
We will resume regular office hours (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.), on Monday, August 3.
Our talented Middle and Upper School students were busy this academic year doing some impressive things. Click the links below to read more about our outstanding scholars, athletes and artists.