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Middle & Upper School Parking Reminder

Parents and visitors, please remember to park in visitor or non-numbered spaces when you visit the Middle or Upper School during the school day. Numbered spaces are reserved for faculty, staff and students who were assigned or purchased a parking permit for a specific space.

2014 Westminster AP Scholars Named

Class of 2015 AP Scholars

Class of 2015 AP Scholars

Forty-one Westminster students have received recognition as AP Scholars from the College Board, the organization that governs the Advanced Placement (AP) initiative.

Westminster students took 171 AP exams in 16 different subjects this past spring and achieved an 84-percent pass rate.

“Because of its commitment to excellence, Westminster regularly reevaluates its AP course offerings to ensure students are the most prepared for college,” said Academic Dean Craig Johnson. “Since the AP program was introduced at Westminster in 1988, the program has continued to grow more challenging and offer some of the highest level of preparation under the AP umbrella.”

The AP Program offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams.

Westminster students named AP Scholars (those who earned scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams) are:

Bryce Barinowski (’15)
Palmer Brigham (’15)
Katy Brock (’14)
Joseph Coleman (’14)
Jacob Criss (’15)
Jon Gibbs (’15)
Connor Hearon (’14)
Cecilia Li (’14)
Nora Lu (’14)
Sibley McCallie (’15)
Sam McCartney (’15)
Michael McCraith (’15)
Donnyell Miller (’15)
Caitlyn Newbrey (’14)
Sam Paulk (’14)
Anna Plunkett (’15)
Aaron Reynolds (’15)
Brielle Smith (’15)
Ivan Syritsyn (’15)
Nathan Vital (’14)
Josh Willis (’14)

Westminster students named AP Scholars with Honor (those who earned scores of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams) are:

Caleb Herrin (’14)
Matt Kuhn (’14)
Lauren McGahee (’14)
Erin Nye (’14)
Josiah Smith (’14)

Westminster students named AP Scholars with Distinction (those who earned scores of at least 3.5 on all AP exams, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams) are:

Caroline Cain (’14)
Amy Chan (’14)
Brenton Durkee (’14)
Grace Goodell (’14)
Anna Grimm (’14)
Jarred Hanner (’14)
Chandler Holgate (’14)
Leila Knox (’14)
Caleb Lively (’14)
Will Newton (’14)
Caroline Page (’14)
Lawson Powers (’14)
Mallory Walters (’14)
Ben Whitlow (’14)
Claire Zecha (’14)

Westminster students named National Scholars (those who earned scores of at least 4 on all AP exams, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams) are:

Mallory Walters (’14)

2014-15 Yearbooks Now on Sale


The 2014-15 yearbook is now on sale!

Purchase your yearbook and receive a FREE online Time Capsule! Save $10 if you order by October 12.

Note: Seniors will receive a complimentary yearbook as a gift from the school.

NOW – October 12 = $55
October 13 – February 1 = $60
February 2 – May 31 = $65

Two payment options are available:

1) Purchase online and pay for your yearbook in three equal payments with no interest.

2) Pay with cash or check made payable to Westminster Schools of Augusta. Download an order form and return it with your payment to one of the school offices.

Questions? E-mail Caki May, yearbook adviser.


2014 Green-Orr Award Recipients

2014 Green-Orr Awards

L to R: Debbie Corbin, Matt Rich and Peggy Green

Since 2005, one Lower and one Middle/Upper School teacher have been recognized for excellence in their field with the Green-Orr Award. The award has helped celebrate the achievements of our faculty and aided in honoring the memory of Juanita and Charlie Green and Roberta and Harry Orr, parents of Peggy and Charlie Green.

This year, the Green-Orr Award was presented to Debbie Corbin and Matt Rich.

Both Mrs. Corbin and Mr. Rich meet and exceed the criteria for the award, which includes: showing clear evidence of consistent support and advancement of Westminster’s mission; demonstrating significant impact on students through regular contact via teaching, coaching and/or mentoring; providing a positive Christian role model and having completed at least five years on the faculty at Westminster.

Each teacher’s nomination describes why they are worthy of recognition, and excerpts of those nominations are included below:

Debbie Corbin (Transitional Kindergarten)

  • Debbie helps her students understand the gospel and live out their faith.
  • Consistently teaches and loves her students well in all settings and situations.
  • Excellent Christian role model for her students and colleagues.
  • Her colleagues are better teachers because of her.
  • She’s calm, positive, hard working, encouraging, gentle and loving.
  • In 2010, her transitional kindergarten program was commended as innovative and exemplary by the SAIS-SACS accreditation visiting team.

Matt Rich (Upper School Math)

  • Gets results from his students and the data shows it. AP Calculus results are always impressive.
  • Serves Westminster through roles outside the classroom, like class dean and Prom; invests in students’ lives.
  • Exceptional teacher making complex math concepts understandable.
  • Beloved by students and alumni as having both prepared them well for college and express how much he cared for them. Star Teacher recipient.
  • His sense of humor in the classroom connects students to math and him.

Congratulations to you both! Thank you for caring deeply for our students’ hearts and working tirelessly to ensure their education is exemplary.

Student Spotlight: Isabel Willis | 8th Grade

Click the photo to see more from Isabel's British adventures.

Click the photo to see more from Isabel’s British adventures.

Summer is usually a time where students lounge around the house, relax by the pool and take a break from the rigors of the classroom. Eighth-grader Isabel Willis, however, had a different idea of how she wanted to spend her summer break. She spent a month in St. Bees, England, where she attended a 430-year-old private day school and immersed herself in British culture.

“I decided to go to a British school on my summer break because it was an amazing opportunity for me to experience another culture and meet new friends,” said Isabel. “Also we have great friends that live there, and their kids go to the school.”

In addition to meeting students from all over the world, Isabel studied 15 different subjects, including French, Latin, physics, religious studies, art, and many more.

We asked Isabel a few other questions about her unique summer experience:

  • What was your favorite part about living in England?

My favorite part of living in England was that I got to experience something different compared to what I do everyday here in America. I met so many people from all over the world, and that was really neat. It is also a very beautiful part of the country, and there are sheep everywhere. I also enjoyed the youth group at church.

  • What other things did you do in England while you were there?

While I was in England I did tons of different things. I lived on the coast, so we walked to the beach (the Irish Sea) almost everyday. We also did amazing hikes. I went to Wales for a weekend. I also had a field trip every other Monday. On the field trips (adventure training), we hiked into the woods and had to find our way out, or we jumped off of bridges into rivers. For sports, I played rounders, football(soccer), track and javelin. Rounders is softball with totally different rules, but it is the same idea. The last three days we went to London, which is totally different from the little village of St. Bees.

  • How did this experience impact your life?

I saw that there were many people that were oblivious to the Bible and the stories of the Lord that I’ve been told my entire life. But I also met some really cool Christians in my youth group who I am still in contact with.

  • What was the biggest difference between school in England and school in America? 

There really is no comparison other than the fact that you are learning. Everything was different. We went to school from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and all of our sports were included in that time. We couldn’t address the teachers by their name, but rather we had to use “Ms.” and “Sir.” We also had to be in uniform at all times, which I don’t recommend.

  • What was the biggest difference in general between living in England and living in America?

The biggest difference in a British school and an American school is…everything. Although we somewhat speak the same language, words mean different things. Their culture is totally different. Where I lived, it was chilly all summer, and there wasn’t much sun.

  • Anything else you’d like to add?

I loved England, and I loved the family that I lived with. I would walk to school every day and walk home during the day if I forgot something or had a break. The food at the school was amazing. I also took a cooking class as part of my electives every week. We had sports day, which is similar to field day here in America.

Lower School Parent Night Rescheduled | Aug. 18

Lower School Parent Night is rescheduled for Monday, August 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lower School gym. This program is for parents of students in grades first through fifth only, as the PK/TK/kindergarten program already took place.

The popsicle party for PreK, TK and kindergarten has been rescheduled for August 25. More information to come.

Please direct any questions to Dawn McCraith by email or by calling 706-731-5260, ext. 2202.

Student Health Forms Due

Completed student health forms are due by Friday, Aug. 22. Parents can turn these in to the corresponding division office.

Forms can be accessed and downloaded here.

Family Directory Update

Our administrative team is working closely to make sure that the 2014-15 Westminster Family Directory will be available, via the Parent Portal online, as soon as possible. In the meantime, the 2013-14 directory is available on the portal currently as a resource for parents until the time the updated version becomes available.

All enrolled families should have received login information to the online portal. Please contact your division office with questions about this feature.

Thank You for Helping Us Reach our Goal!

2014WFundThermometerBlueGoalThank you for helping us reach our Westminster Fund goal for the 2013-14 fiscal year! Our school relies on the generosity of our faithful givers as we equip students to live extraordinary lives for Jesus Christ, so THANK YOU!

If you would like to get a jump start on making your gift to the 2014-15 Westminster Fund, click here.

SAT/ACT/PSAT Prep Courses for 2014-15

The ACT, SAT and PSAT can be daunting tests, and a little preparation can go a long way in making students more comfortable on test day. 

What does this course have that others don’t?

  • Use of real College Board and ACT materials, not materials created by a third party
  • Instruction by a known, proven instructor, Elease Layman (see below for more information about Elease), who has a relationship with the Augusta community, not an unknown instructor who may have as little as 35 hours of training
  • Interactive homework Q & A sessions, where students can get more personalized attention
  • Great savings for Westminster students

Who should come to these courses?
Group classes are most effective when the student is motivated to improve, has an engaged classroom presence, and commits to complete work outside of the classroom.

Who is Elease Layman?
Elease is a 2002 graduate and valedictorian of Westminster Schools of Augusta and a 2006 graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in Classics and in Religious Studies. She spent nearly 6 years (2006-2012) working as a tutor and director at Georgetown Learning Centers, a prestigious tutoring and test prep company based in McLean, Virginia. In 2011, she began an independent partnership with Westminster to offer online private test prep and support for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT. Since that time, she has worked with students from Westminster, Augusta Prep, Academy of Richmond County, Aquinas, and other schools across the country and internationally. Three of her students were named STAR students for their schools in Richmond County. Her average score increase with complete private SAT tutoring is 188 points (2400-point scale) and with complete private ACT tutoring is 2.4 points (36-point scale).

Registration closes according to the dates on the registration form*, or when course is full. Contact Elease Layman with questions at 301-767-6848 or by email.

*You will find the registration form links at the top of this news post.