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Summer Programs of the Week

June 9-12 | 9 a.m.-noon
For rising fifth- through eighth-graders

In this NXT-based space adventure, campers will design, build and program their robots to work through light, touch, ultrasonic and sound sensors using the NXT line of Lego Robotics. This robotic feat will lead campers on a mechanical endeavor that reveals how exciting math, science and technology can be. At the end of the week, campers will apply their robotic skills to complete training missions on the moons surrounding the ¬fictional planet Pantheon. (Min. 4/ Max. 8)

Fee: $175
Instructor: Craig Ham, Westminster Computer Science and Technology Coordinator

July 14-25 (Two weeks)  | 10 a.m.-noon
For rising eighth- and ninth-grade students

This academic class is designed for students who need some extra help or review with grammatical concepts. Rising eighth- or ninth-graders who took the class but need a refresher, rising ninth-graders who did not get the chance to take this course or students who are new to Westminster may take this class. This course helps to provide a grammatical foundation for all students who take Latin, French or Spanish. The class covers language structure, including parts of speech, parts of the sentence and verb conjugations. Please note that this class will involve homework. (Min. 5/Max. 12)

Fee: $225
Instructor: Cindy Bramhall, Westminster Foreign Language Prep. Teacher

July 8-11 (4-day camp) | 9 a.m.-noon
For rising first- through eighth-graders

Join us for a fun week of skill development, team building and game play. Players will learn the fundamentals of blocking, tackling, positional play and team offensive/defensive concepts in a safe and fun environment. (Min. 10/Max. 20)

Fee: $110
Instructor: Andrew Bryan, Westminster Head Football Coach

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 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 take this class?
The ACT course is ideal for the student who is sitting for the February ACT and the SAT course is ideal for the student who is sitting for the March SAT. 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. Two of her students were named STAR students for their schools in Richmond County. Her average score increase with complete private SAT tutoring is 209 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.

Click here to download the course information flyer.

Seniors Win Latin Awards

Congratulations to seniors Amy Chan and Caleb Lively for winning awards for their outstanding performance on the Latin Sight Translation Exam sponsored by the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS). Caleb received a book award, and Amy received a letter of commendation, both of which are some of the most prestigious awards available to high school students in classics.

Out of the hundreds of students who took the exam across the country, only 20 students were awarded book prizes, and only 30 were awarded letters of commendation. Westminster has again proven that it is one of the first-class Latin programs in the country, and our students have been identified as some of the best Latin students in North America.

Congratulations to Caleb, Amy and Mr. Nichols!

WPA Coffee Fellowship for Lower School Moms

The WPA (Westminster Parents’ Association) would like to invite all Lower School mothers to fellowship over coffee. Join us for an encouraging time to connect with old and meet new friends before summer arrives.

There are options for morning or evening meetings:
Tuesday, April 22 from 8:15-9:15 a.m. – or -
Tuesday, April 29 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

  • Moms of Pre-K through first-grade students will meet at Panera Bread
  • Moms of second- through fifth-grade students will meet at Atlanta Bread

Please email Kimberly Lindman, the WPA Lower School Coordinator, for more information.

Faculty Spotlight | Denae O’Neil

Denae O'Neil 2014Middle School Science Teacher

Mrs. Denae O’Neil has recently been accepted to participate in an exciting new project on science, faith, and education. The Faith and Science Teaching (FAST) project will be led by David I. Smith, director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning, and Michael Gulker, president of The Colossian Forum, and will involve a range of expert consultants. The 12 members selected to be a part of the FAST team represent a range of particular skills and interests in secondary science and religion education. This team will work together to build a major new online resource for teachers, offering models of fruitful teaching and learning practices at the intersection of Christian faith and natural science. This three-year project has the potential for significant impact in school classrooms nationally and internationally.

“This project is important because it is an extremely difficult thing to do in our classrooms and there are, frankly, not very many helpful resources for Christian teachers on this topic,” said Mrs. O’Neil. “I became interested in this topic as we were searching for this very thing to use in seventh-grade science as we broached the topic of the age of the earth. I am hoping that being involved in this project will help me to become a better teacher and that it will inspire my students to grow in their faiths and understanding even while grappling with tough topics.”

The FAST project will focus on the educational skills, practices, and virtues necessary to enable students to connect well with faith and science questions. Rather than articulating particular scientific/theological answers, the project will focus on how teachers can make the most fruitful pedagogical choices when helping students to engage with ideas arising from the existing literature on faith and science.

“It is always a challenge to integrate faith and learning.  The two are completely intertwined in my own mind but it is a whole other thing to translate that world view to my students,” said Mrs. O’Neil. “I am always looking for more help in this area and I am hoping that involvement in this program will yet provide another way for me be able to share God’s glory in science.  I have to admit, I am also greatly looking forward to collaborating with other science and religion teachers, and I always love to think and dialogue about tough topics that challenge my current views.”

Summer Programs of the Week

To register for any of our Westminster Summer Programs, please click here. Spaces fill up quickly, so don’t delay!

Highlighted Camp of the Week
June 16-20 | 9 a.m.-noon
For rising first- through fifth-grade students

This camp is a production you won’t want to miss! Campers will plan a movie plot, design and build their sets and take pictures for their very own and one-of-a-kind stop-motion animation movie! All campers’ movies will be combined to one DVD that they will receive after camp along with other cool take-home gifts! Click here to learn more about the Bricks 4 Kidz company and instructors. Min. 8/Max. 15.

Fee: $140
Instructor: Bricks 4 Kidz Instructor
Click here to register.

Highlighted Academic Program of the Week
SUMMER CERAMICS AND SCULPTURE (*.25 Upper School Fine Arts Credit)
June 2-13 (2 weeks) | 12:30-3:30 p.m.
For rising sixth- through 12th-graders

Summer Ceramics and Sculpture is an intense and fun two-week program where students will learn advanced techniques in 3D art making, create completed works of clay art and learn about the history of sculpture. Campers will create pottery by throwing on the kick wheel (reserved exclusively for our summer classes). Off-campus ­field trips will take students to meet with a local artist and explore local art. Price includes the materials fee. Upper School students will earn a quarter of ­one arts credit for completing this summer session. Min. 7/Max. 12.

Fee: $330 (includes the $25 supply fee)
Instructor: Vivian Hornsby, Westminster Middle & Upper School Art Teacher
Click here to register.

Highlighted Athletics Program of the Week
July 14-18 l 9 a.m.-noon
For rising first- through fifth-grade students

Go Wildcats! Join us for a fun week of skill development and team building. Coaches will focus on motions, tumbling, stunting and jumping along with a variety of fun games and special activities. These cheerleaders will spend a week learning material that will be showcased at an end-of-the-week performance. Min. 10/Max. 20.

Fee: $135
Click here to register.

Student Spotlight: Jarred Hanner | 12th Grade

Jarred Hanner Casual 2014Senior Jarred Hanner is making the most of his last year in high school by taking the fine arts community by storm. Many may recognize him for the roles he’s played on the Westminster stage over the years, but you may have also spotted him in one of the most recent performances of the Augusta Players at the Imperial Theatre. Les Miserables, A Christmas Carol, Spamalot…Jarred’s been in them all. He even played the popular role of Willard in the Augusta Junior Players’ performance of Footloose last summer.

Jarred has also been earning quite the accolades for his vocal performances, with big wins at the state literary competition this week. In his spare time, he also sings with the Augusta Youth Chorale.

And if that’s not enough, this talented performer even excels in the visual arts, having recently had one of his AP art pieces selected to be on display at the Georgia state capitol during Capitol Youth Art Month in February.

“[Performing in fine arts activities] is an outlet to get away from the routine of everyday high school life,” said Jarred. With plans to go to the University of Georgia and major in biology on his way to becoming a dentist, Jarred intends to make time for arts activities at the college level as well. “I plan to audition for the a capella group and will most likely minor in music,” he said.

Jarred’s last performance with Westminster will be as Cosmo Brown in this year’s Spring Musical, “Singin’ in the Rain,” March 27-29. With much to look forward to in playing this lead role, Jarred says, “[I’m most excited] to see everyone have fun and to see the Lower School students blossom.”

For more information about the Spring Musical next week, click here.

Les MisCommunity Fine Arts Accolades:

  • Augusta Players: Les Miserables, A Christmas Carol, Spamelot
  • Augusta Junior Players: Footloose
  • Performance in a quartet with professional musicians at a local Christmas concert
  • Augusta Youth Chorale

Westminster Fine Arts Accolades:

  • Artwork chosen to be displayed at Georgia state capitol for month of FebruaryJarred Hanner artwork picture for scratch 3-2014
  • Fine Arts Classes: AP Art, AP Music Theory (scored a 5 on College Board exam and currently taking Music Theory class equivalent to college sophomore level)
  • Spring Musical: playing lead role of Cosmo Brown in “Singin’ in the Rain”
  • All-State Chorus: selected from competitive audition two years in a row
  • Literary: State vocal second place for boys’ solo, member of state champion quartet, second place for dramatic interpretationState Literary Boys Quartet 2014
  • Forensics: first place for poetry/prose at Grovetown Tournament

Literary Team Places Second at State


Click photo to view event gallery

The Westminster literary team placed second overall at the state tournament on March 18. It was a narrow loss to Mount De Sales, by only three points!

Here are the full results:

  • Second Overall (state runner-up): Westminster
  • State Champions: Lawson Powers, Jarred Hanner, Nathan Vital, Grant Hall - Boys Quartet
  • State Champion: Amy Chan – Spelling
  • State Champion: Ivan Syritsyn - International Extemporaneous Speaking
  • State Runner-Up: Jarred Hanner - Boys Solo
  • State Runner-Up: Jarred Hanner - Dramatic Interpretation
  • Third Place: Lawson Powers - Humorous Interpretation
  • Third Place: Grace Goodell and Lawson Powers - Duo Interpretation

Congrats to our team!

Middle School Wins National FBI Award


Click the photo above to view a gallery from the award presentation.

Our Middle School has earned the FBI-SOS (Safe Online Surfing) Internet Challenge’s National Award for October 2013 in the small group (five to 50 students) “Starfish” category. Westminster students posted the best scores in the country to claim the highly coveted national award.

As FBI-SOS Internet Challenge National Champions for October 2013, Westminster received the FBI-SOS National Trophy and a visit from the FBI during community time on March 10.

Under the guidance of Mr. Craig Ham, the students produced the top cumulative results on the FBI-SOS Internet Challenge post-quiz. The FBI-SOS is an Internet safety program developed and administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

On the SOS website, students learn key cyber security concepts through interactive content and games. The topics—designed to meet state and federal Internet safety mandates—include cyber bullying, how to protect personal information, online predators, instant messaging, copyright and fair use, reporting, social networking, cell phone safety, and gaming safety. The program is open to public and private schools and is designed to meet state and federal Internet safety mandates.

The goal of the program is to provide students with knowledge about how to avoid dangerous situations on the Internet, specifically Internet predators. Each month students from registered schools learn about Internet safety as they participate in online games and activities. Upon completion, the students take an online quiz to test their knowledge. At the end of each month, three trophies (one for each school size category) are awarded to the schools with the highest scoring students on the FBI-SOS post-quiz.

‘Cats Basketball Reaches Final Four

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Click to view/download tournament bracket

Click to view/download tournament bracket

Our boys varsity basketball team is off to the GISA State Final Four after defeating Loganville on Saturday 45-39!

We play Augusta Prep on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Mercer University in Macon. Admission to the game is $8 per person, regardless of age. Order your fan bus tickets and ride with other fans to the game!

Click here to find the Directions to Opponents page of our website.