Freshmen Kate Lynch and Christina Brown placed first in Georgia at the National History Day (NHD) competition with their documentary regarding Grace Abbott. They will go on to compete at the national level in June! 29 Westminster students from our Upper School competed along with approximately 600 middle and high school students on April 22 at the Georgia State Competition at Mercer University. We had four NHD projects place third in their categories.
Results First Place*
Kate Lynch & Christina Brown – Grace Abbott (Group Documentary)
*Qualified for National Contest for National History Day at University of Maryland, June 11-15
Genevieve Waller & Abigail Griner – Sophie Scholl and the White Rose (Group Exhibit)
Jack Baker – Standing Fast: Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Historical Paper)
Caroline Vickery – Preserving Beauty (Individual Exhibit)
**Qualified as first alternate for national contest
New Oasis International Education, our partner for International Students is offering our school a host family referral bonus of $300. After a family has been referred and approved, New Oasis will send you the $300 promotion bonus. Please email referrals to or .
The Westminster Parents Association (WPA) is offering a way to order Lower School supply kits for the 2017-18 school year. Kits may be ordered online through May 5. When ordering, use school code: 64379.
Saturday, April 29 is sure to be a memory maker because of Westminster Night at the GreenJackets Game! All students will be allowed on the field to run the bases after the game, followed by a firework show!
Fifth-grade students are practicing now and will be singing the “National Anthem” and “Take Me out to the Ball Game!”
Discounted tickets are only $7! Order forms came home last week in Lower School book bags, but you may download a form here and send it to your child’s division office. For questions, .
ORDER YOUR TICKETS NOW! The price at the gate is $9.
On Monday, April 17, the Westminster Schools of Augusta Board of Trustees announced that Mr. Brian Case has accepted the call to be the next Head of School at Westminster Schools of Augusta.
“On behalf of the entire board, I want to say how pleased we are with the thorough work of the search committee and with their recommendation of Brian Case,” said Board of Trustees Chair John Phelan. “We continue to be moved by his passion for gospel-focused education, his desire to honor God in all things and his servant leadership. We are excited to see how the Lord will work through him as a blessing to Westminster.”
Mr. Case’s 23-year career in education allowed him to serve in various capacities, including: teacher, coach and athletic director, before coming to Westminster in 2012 to fill the then newly-created position of middle school principal. As Middle School Principal, he grew enrollment, initiated a grace-based discipline program, and instituted a growth and development faculty evaluation system. The Board of Trustees asked him to step in as Interim Head of School last summer. In this capacity, he expanded the grace-based discipline program to the Upper School, assisted in the launch of an impressive technology initiative in the Middle School called 1:World, and saw the school’s $1M capital campaign challenge to a successful completion.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in History from Furman University and his master’s degree from Georgia State University. Mr. Case is currently pursuing an Education Specialist degree in Leadership from Gordon College. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church. He and his wife Jamie have three children who attend Westminster.
“When our family first set foot in Augusta five years ago, we were embraced by the vibrant community and impressed by the excellent faculty and staff at Westminster,” Mr. Case said concerning his transition to Westminster. “Our love and appreciation for this school has only grown. I am now humbled and honored to lead Westminster in this next phase of growth and development. I am excited to accept the call to assist Westminster in living out its strong mission to glorify God by providing an excellent education that equips students to live extraordinary lives for Jesus Christ.”
We issued a challenge to our parents for every family to participate in giving to the Westminster Fund with a friendly competition to encourage engagement in March. The grade level in each division (Lower, Middle, Upper) with the highest percentage of parent participation earned some special privileges. On April 18, students in the winning grades (the fourth-, eighth- and 10th-grade classes) will have a “dress down day” and special treats at recess (for the Lower School) or lunch (for the Middle and Upper Schools).
Every gift to the Westminster Fund is important and appreciated. If you have not yet made your donation to the Westminster Fund, please do so now! You may give online or by check.
Is your student planning to take the June SAT or ACT but doesn’t want to add test prep to an already-full May calendar? Check out two intensive test prep courses Layman College Consulting is offering at Westminster after school is out:
If you could not attend the live auction, you may still participate in the silent auction fun by registering for online bidding. Silent auction bidding opened to the public on the morning of Friday, April 21 and will continue for the following week, culminating with our “19th Hole” at the annual All-School Picnic after Field Day on Friday, April 28.
All parents are invited to join us at the “19th hole” for lunch and the conclusion of this exciting fundraiser. Reservations for the complimentary box lunch for parents are closed but you are still welcome to join us. Celebrate Field Day, place your final Silent Auction bids and take a peek at Knox Hall as we officially close our 10th Annual Auction at noon.
Parents who did not order complimentary lunches may bring their own, but we would appreciate an RSVP via the registration link below, either way.
Many exciting things are happening at Westminster! Our capital campaign has been fulfilled, we have received our $1M grant and Knox Hall is almost complete. We look forward to the keys to Knox Hall being given to the school and the celebrations that will follow in the coming weeks. The community’s sacrificial giving has made this milestone a reality, and Knox Hall will be an enduring legacy for Westminster.
Another point to celebrate is the way the school is actively integrating the use of technology in our academic curriculum. The 1:World program is taking shape and the board, faculty and staff are very excited about its implementation next year. We look forward to partnering with parents to make this program successful.
Your board of trustees is also in the middle of a very thorough selection process for our next Head of School. After compiling the results of the surveys completed by the faculty, parents and board in January, a detailed job description has been developed. This description serves as the base on which the entire search rests. Candidates will have to demonstrate that their abilities align with the goals and objectives of the school. The board feels confident our school will find the right person equipped to handle the many challenges and opportunities our school faces. Please join us in prayer that the Lord will continue to lead us as the search continues to unfold. The board speaks with one voice when we thank Mr. Brian Case for his outstanding leadership in serving as our Interim Head of School as we continue the search process.
At the annual board retreat, we focused on the mission statement, “Westminster seeks to glorify God by providing an excellent education that equips students to live extraordinary lives for Jesus Christ.” More specifically, we spent time defining what we mean by an “excellent education.” Education takes many forms: academics, arts and athletics, and the goal should be to have each of these grounded in the Gospel Truth. ”Excellent education” also means getting our children ready for college and providing them an education that is the best in the CSRA. We are working with the Interim Head as we seek to find the right balance to address the concerns that surround this concept.
We hope that everyone has a safe and restful spring break and we look forward to finishing the school year well.