The Winslow Coyne Reitnouer Excellence in Teaching Award honors teachers who are on the leading edge of best practices that help students with print disabilities succeed in the mainstream classroom. This award is given by Learning Ally, a national non-profit dedicated to helping blind, visually impaired and dyslexic students succeed in education.
In addition to choosing the top two national awards, Learning Ally’s award selection committee identified several teachers who receive “Special Honors” recognition, including our own Mrs. Susan Kious, the Lower School academic support coordinator! She is featured on the award webpage with the other honorees and award winners.
Learning Ally shared this inspiring quote from Mrs. Kious on their website:
“People often ask me what I do. What a joy to be able to tell them I am part of a wonderful team whose job it is to make learning to read a possibility for every child. Because our school recognizes that each child is created uniquely, we have been able to develop an Academic Support Program where children are able to be seen individually during their school day, with varying amounts of support depending on their individual needs. Blessed also by an administration that strives always for excellence, we have been able to attend numerous dyslexia workshops and visit with other professionals in an effort to continually stay abreast of ways we can best help our students.”
The International Student Program is in need of Respite Homes for teenage boys and girls. A Respite Home is a temporary host family that is willing to take a student for an average of 2-4 days. Occasionally, situations arise for the permanent host parents where an emergency calls them away.
This can be for work, family sickness or a scheduled getaway the student cannot attend due to their school schedule. Compensation will be provided for the student’s meals and activities while they are residing in your home.
If you feel your family would like to be a Respite Home please email or .
The Westminster Parents’ Association (WPA) coordinated an event to show appreciation for Westminster faculty and staff on Tuesday, Oct. 11, during the teacher workday/parent teacher conferences. The WPA Teacher Appreciation committee provided a soup lunch for the teachers in each division.
Due to potential weather concerns related to Hurricane Matthew, the AWAY varsity football game against Augusta Prep has been rescheduled for Thursday night, October 6. The game time will remain the same (7:30 p.m.)
There will be no football game or practice on Friday, October 7.
This game is televised on WJBF/Me-TV(6-2) over the air and available on most local cable providers. The game will also stream live at wjbf.com.
On Sept. 20, Academic Support Coordinator and Reading Specialist Mrs. Susan Kious spoke to a group of Westminster parents about selecting books for our children to read that will aid in fostering their character development. She discussed how the books our children read can impact their developing a proper sense of good, right vs. wrong, prudence and virtue.
Mrs. Kious provided a resource list for young readers (ages 4-8) and older readers (8-12), however, adults will enjoy these books as well. You may click the below links to download the PDF lists. These recommended books may be found in the book entitled “Books that Build Character,” by William Kilpatrick and Greg & Suzanne Wolfe.
Students will have individual pictures taken on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Please see the Lower, Middle and Upper School calendars for division-specific directions.
The picture proof will be sent home four weeks following picture day.
If a student is absent on Sept. 27, the absentee makeup day is Oct. 3. Additional requests for retakes will be handled after portrait “orders” are fulfilled and sent home. They will occur in the Carter Koenig studio on a weekday afternoon.
The 2016-17 online parent directory is now available through the ParentPlus portal. You may access it through the Parent Login feature located at the upper right-hand side of any page of wsa.net. See the above image for reference.
All families who will be using the directory for the first time this year should have received an email with login information. Should you need that information sent again, please email
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 Jordan Lambert and Caroline Whitcomb.
Mrs. Lambert and Mrs. Whitcomb were selected for the award based on a vote from fellow members of faculty. They each 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 she is worthy of recognition and excerpts of those nominations are included below:
She is constantly growing professionally through real-life experiences and graduate work.
She continues to challenge her students with exposure to other cultures while passionately leading and reviving a program that has been dropped from other school curriculums.
Her students are prompted to refine their skills. They are pursuing more French study in college and perform very well on national assessments, including the National French Exam and the French Advanced Placement Exam.
She initiated and fostered the development of our exchange program with St. Denis School in France.
Her knowledge of and energy for the French language and strong teaching relationship with students has distinguished her as a strong, mission-driven educator at Westminster.
She models Christ and mentors students so that they are known, challenged and loved.
She has a passion for her students, the outdoors and all living things, and she shares that daily with her students in fun, creative and engaging activities that build the foundation for life-long learning.
Her students are provided multiple hands-on opportunities to steward God’s creation– from Douglas the classroom gerbil to lessons in the garden as they plant seeds, pull weeds, wrestle with hoses, and harvest as well as taste the fruit of their labor.
She challenges students to see a big world and is innovative and developmentally appropriate.
Each day her students observe, experiment, journal and explore the world, fully immersed in life and active learning in the PK4 classroom.
She models the love of Christ in her work with children and strives for a student-centered learning environment so that her students will be equipped for higher learning and will aspire to uncover the goodness of God’s love for them.
It is a great privilege to welcome all of you back to this special place in a couple of weeks when we will begin the 44th year of Westminster Schools of Augusta. I want to offer a warm welcome to almost 600 students and families, both new and returning. My hope is that this community of teachers, coaches and families is a place where each child is known, each child is challenged and each child’s potential is realized.
As the summer has progressed, so has the Realize 2020 strategic plan, with the commitment to teach and learn through technology, as well as the ongoing construction of Knox Hall. Faculty received new laptop computers in the spring and have been training on them to apply technology and teach 21st-century skills to our students. In addition, Knox Hall will allow for enhanced experiences for both the Middle and Upper School students and is slated for completion in early 2017.
I look forward with great anticipation to seeing students soon and walking with them through this year as the purposes of God are revealed in each of them. With great honor and renewed commitment, I am privileged to help lead and serve Westminster as we provide an excellent college preparatory education taught from a biblical worldview. In this year of transition and change, please share how I can serve your family well.
Brian Case Interim Head of School
This year, the 2016-17 Summer Mailing was converted to an email newsletter,
connecting parents with the below information.
For more information about the beginning of the 2016-17 school year,
view the online resources below:
Online Calendar – includes all the dates and times for student orientations, early-release days and other important schedule details. (For details on how to merge our school calendar with your personal calendar, see our Sync Instructions.)
Parent Portal – if you do not yet have a password, one will be emailed to you shortly