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Save the Date | Westminster Veterans Day Program

IMG_3672Mark your calendars for our third annual Veterans Day program on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 9:40 – 10:25 a.m. in the Middle/Upper School gym. Veterans Day provides an opportunity for our school community to honor those from the U.S. Armed Forces who are serving or have served our nation. All students (pre-k – 12) will gather together, and all parents, grandparents, alumni and friends of Westminster are invited to attend.

Our distinguished guest speaker will be Mr. Doug Cates, former Westminster parent and board trustee, managing partner at Cherry Bekaert in Augusta and board president of Boy Scouts of America, Georgia-Carolina Council. Mr. Cates will lead us in paying tribute to America’s heroes. Col. Samuel G. Anderson, Ft. Gordon garrison commander, will give the opening remarks.

We especially want to welcome parents, grandparents, alumni and friends who have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and encourage them to attend in uniform. We desire to have these guests of honor RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 30, so that we can appropriately plan for our time together. We will later correspond with those veterans who RSVP.

Our Veterans Day program will recognize our community’s veterans and provide our students with a powerful reminder of their civic responsibilities to their country and their need to respect and thank the men and women who have sacrificed so much so that we may enjoy freedoms like no other nation in the world. Please join us for what will be a memorable and patriotic event!

National Achievement Scholarship Program Award

Donnyell Miller 2013Senior Donnyell Miller has been named one of 3,100 Outstanding Participants in the National Achievement Scholarship Program being referred to U.S. colleges and universities. These students scored in the top three percent of more than 160,000 Black Americans who requested consideration in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program when they took the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). A roster of these students’ names, high schools and tentative college major choices is being sent to about 1,500 colleges and universities.

The National Achievement Scholarship Program was initiated in 1964 specifically to honor academically promising Black American high school students. The scholarship competition is conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which also conducts the National Merit Scholarship Program that is open to all U.S. high school students.

National Merit Scholarship Commended Student

Jacob CrissUpper School Principal Joey Menendez announced today that senior Jacob Criss has been named a Commended Student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2015 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

ASC Open on Conference Days

  • On Thursday, Oct. 30, ASC (After School Care) will be open until 5:30 p.m.
  • On Friday, Oct. 31, ASC will be open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

If you are interested in utilizing ASC but your child does not regularly attend, please be sure to register in advance. Email Peggy Dixon for more information.

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.

“Mindset” Book Discussion Prep

Headmaster O’Neil will be hosting book discussions for parents to attend in November. We encourage parents to get a copy now, read through it, review the discussion questions and plan to join the discussion in November.

2014-15 Yearbooks on Sale | Fall Price Ends Oct. 12


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.


Student Spotlight | Middle School Model UN

Middle School Model UN 2014For the first time at Westminster, our Middle School is participating in the Model United Nations program. Led by Mrs. Tracy Lutz, the team of 10 students will be participating in their first event on Wednesday, October 8, at Georgia Regents University. We caught up with Mrs. Lutz to learn more about the program and her goals for the team.

What is the purpose of a Model UN team?

The purpose is for students to learn more about other cultures, study current events and think about issues from a different perspective. It not only involves young people in the study and discussion of global issues, but also encourages the development of skills that will be useful to them throughout their lives, such as research, public speaking, problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution and compromise and cooperation.

What do the teams do when they meet?

Students work together in pairs, each representing a different country. We meet after school on Wednesdays, during club period and sometimes during lunch. Preparation for the Model UN event includes learning as much as possible about a country, keeping up with current events, learning about the topics to be discussed and writing speeches about a country’s stance on a particular resolution.

What is a Model UN event like?

It is a simulation of the United Nations General Assembly, where students will debate two issues: Migration and human rights and terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. They will speak from the point of view of their assigned country.

During the simulation, students will gain a greater understanding of international relations and diplomacy as well as the complications encountered when global leaders come together to address global issues. Throughout the conference, students will be given the opportunity to give speeches to the General Assembly, build coalitions during informal caucusing and vote on proposed resolutions, all while adhering to parliamentary procedure.

Why did you decide to put a team together this year?

Model UN helps to develop many skills that we focus on in Middle School such as critical thinking, public speaking, analyzing and researching. There are not many Model UN programs for the middle school level, so when we learned that there was going to be an event locally, we thought it would be wise to take advantage of it.

Who are the team members this year?

Sarah Margaret Farr (8th grade) / Caroline Campbell (8th grade) – Israel
Kylie Smith (7th grade) / Benjamin Bayliss (6th grade) – Romania
Mary Grace Apostol (6th grade) / Amberlee Cook (6th grade) – South Africa
Ruth Ann Case (6th grade) / Elizabeth Rucker (6th grade) – Ireland
Sam Williamson (6th grade) / Jack Williford (6th grade) – Germany

What do you hope the students will gain from this experience?

I want the students to enjoy themselves, as many of them will be out of their comfort zones. I hope they gain an appreciation for other cultures and the complexities of dealing with serious world issues. Many of them are nervous about public speaking, so I hope this experience will help them to grow in this area, as well. Much of the simulation will require them to think on their feet, which will be really challenging for them.

I am so proud of these students. This has been extra work for them and the event is a little intimidating, but they have worked hard and had great attitudes.


2014 BP-GOAL Scholarship Recipient

BP GOAL Scholarship 2014Eighth-grader Tyron Wright, son of Mrs. Tycee Wright, of Augusta, has been awarded a BP-GOAL Scholarship to attend Westminster Schools of Augusta for the 2014-2015 school year. He was recognized during a special assembly on Monday, Sept. 29.

The Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program’s BP-GOAL Scholars Fund awarded 46 scholarships, enabling qualifying students to attend Georgia private schools for the 2014-2015 academic year. BP and its Castrol subsidiary, longtime education supporters, initiated this scholarship program in connection with Georgia GOAL in 2012, to provide Georgia parents with more options for the education of their children. In its three years of existence, 91 BP-GOAL Scholarships have been awarded.

Each award amount is based on the tuition rate at the student’s chosen private school and his/her family’s demonstrated need. BP-GOAL scholars must reapply each year for the continuation of these awards, which if awarded over the next four years could result in a cumulative total of $1,280,332 being awarded to all scholarship recipients. To be eligible to apply, applicants had to be enrolled in a Georgia public school, have income no more than two times the poverty guideline and have been accepted and sponsored by a qualified Georgia private school.

This year’s BP-GOAL scholarship recipients are from areas in Georgia where BP and its subsidiary Castrol do business. Additionally, the scholarship recipients demonstrate drive, motivation and strengths in math, science and technologies important to the energy industry.

Lisa Kelly, Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program president said, “The BP-GOAL Scholars Fund has quickly become well-known for providing tremendous opportunities to Georgia families, allowing them to seek the best education they can find for their 7th through 12th grade children. It is important for students to have the option of a private school that fits their needs if they can’t achieve their full potential in their local public school. The Georgia legislature created this opportunity to improve educational outcomes and to allow families to put their children on paths to success. BP is helping to bring this vision to life, by investing in Georgia students!”

Kelly explained that Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. is the state’s leading student scholarship organization. Providing children throughout the Peach State with Greater Opportunities for Access to Learning (“GOAL”), the program has awarded more than 12,500 scholarships totaling more than $47.6 million since 2008.

BP Products North America Inc. markets BP high quality fuels through its locally owned and operated distributor network of over 675 BP retail gasoline stations located throughout Georgia. BP Lubricants USA Inc. markets Castrol-branded lubricants and business-building programs to independent quick lube operators, service providers, new car dealers and leading retailers throughout Georgia in conjunction with its locally-based distributors.

2014-15 Family Directory Available

The 2014-15 Family Directory is now available for parents and guardians to view on the Parent Portal. After logging in, navigate to the “School Links and Files” section on the bottom right-hand side of your dashboard (portal homepage).

If you need direction on how to access your account please email our tech support team.