News & Media

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!


Why Support the Westminster Fund?

By now you have already heard about how the Westminster Fund is essential to bridge the gap between what tuition covers and the actual cost of a Westminster education. We hope you have already read the letter sent by Rhonda Barinowski to your home address last week and are prayerfully considering your level of support for this year.

In addition to benefiting general education for each child, this year’s fund will provide money for some special projects. In athletics, the Fund will assist in the completion of new locker room and restroom facilities behind the Middle and Upper School gym. The Fine Arts Department will receive additional musical instruments and the Fund will assist in the purchase of a prop trailer for our drama and music departments to use. The Fund will also help us develop the technology infrastructure for our 1:World program.

Your tax-deductible gift will have an immediate impact. Our entire school community – 100% of our students – will benefit from gifts to the Westminster Fund. Every gift, no matter the size, is important.

Many foundations examine parent participation levels as they consider making gifts to our school. Please make your gift to the Westminster Fund today. You may give online or via the envelope mailed to you. In the next few weeks, each family will hear about specific ways to participate from a Westminster Fund Team Leader. For information about other ways to give, feel free to email or .

Thank you for your support of our school.


PK4 Teacher Featured in Newspaper

Click image to read full, digital-version of the article.

PK4 teacher Caroline Whitcomb was featured in The Augusta Chronicle for her teaching strategy with our young students that encourages learning through ample time spent outdoors. We are grateful for the way she gives life to her classroom in innovative and creative ways.


Head of School Search | Update

Update (2/1/17)
The search committee has met twice and is now in the process of compiling the results from the surveys. This information is being used to write the position description for the Head of School. We will keep you updated on our progress.
_____________

Original Post (1/12/17)
We hope that everyone had a restful Christmas break and we look forward to seeing all of you in the New Year.

The board has been working diligently to meet the goals of our strategic plan. We are very thankful that we were able to raise the money needed to attain the $1,000,000 gift!

Our next endeavor is the Head of School selection. At last month’s meeting, the board appointed me to lead a Head of School search committee comprised of board members, faculty and parents. Based on NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) guidelines, the search committee will be sending out a survey to a representative sample of parents, faculty and staff. The survey assesses the community’s opinions as to what the priorities for the Head of School should be in the immediate future and over the next five years. The answers to these questions will be used to compile a position description for the candidates. If you receive one of these surveys, please complete it and return it as soon as possible.

We recognize the importance of establishing a permanent Head of School as quickly, but prudently as possible. We greatly appreciate your partnership and patience in this. Thank you for everything you do.

Ashley Roach, Chair
Head of School Search Committee


Barinowski to Lead Westminster Fund Campaign

We are grateful to announce that Rhonda Barinowski has agreed to lead our Westminster Fund Campaign for the 2016-17 school year. Rhonda is a parent of three recent Westminster graduates, has served on the Westminster Board of Trustees and has worked tirelessly with the Booster Club for many years. She will now bring her energy, expertise and enthusiasm to the Westminster Fund Campaign.

The Westminster Fund supports your child’s experience at school by supplementing the funding for our high-quality programs. Rhonda will be introducing some very exciting initiatives that will directly benefit our technology, fine arts and athletic programs. You can look forward to hearing from Rhonda and your grade-level chairman soon for ways you can be involved in this vital program.

For more information on the Westminster Fund, click here.


Westminster Wins State Debate Championship

Bronson Tharpe, Elizabeth Carter, John McCraith and Michael Head (left to right)

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, Westminster Schools of Augusta’s team of Elizabeth Carter and Michael Head was named 2017 GISA Public Forum Debate State Champions at Mercer University. This win marks Westminster’s second consecutive Debate Team State Championship and reflects the school’s long tradition of developing strong debaters. Elizabeth was also awarded the first place GISA State Debate Speaker Award, and Michael the second place GISA State Debate Speaker Award.

Bronson Tharpe and John McCraith also represented Westminster at the State Tournament. John McCraith was recognized with the sixth place GISA State Debate Speaker Award. Academic Dean Craig Johnson serves as the debate team coach.

The Public Forum debate focuses on topics (resolutions) of national importance. The format includes short speeches and emphasizes the “crossfires” questioning components. Resolutions change each month. Each two-person debate team should communicate in a matter persuasive to the non-specialist or citizen judge. Debaters should display solid logic, lucid reasoning, and depth of analysis; utilize evidence without being driven by it; present a clash of ideas by countering/refuting arguments of the opposing team (rebuttal); and communicate ideas with clarity, organization, eloquence and professional decorum.

Read the news coverage for the debate wins on augustachronicle.com.


Re-enrollment is in Full Swing

The re-enrollment and priority sibling application period continues through Wednesday, February 1. After February 1, remaining spaces begin to be filled with newly-accepted students. Be sure to take advantage of this time during which our current students’ spaces are reserved for their return.

If you have any difficulty with the re-enrollment process, please email either:

  • for the first step (Smart Tuition account activation), or
  • for the second step (student database update).

Dads’ Breakfast Deadline Extended | Jan. 17

Reservation deadline for the WPA Dads’ Breakfast has been extended until Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Don’t delay! Send in your form and payment.