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Last Chance to Buy a Yearbook | Orders Due Feb. 28

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Last chance to order your 2014-15 yearbook!

To ensure you receive a copy of the 2014-15 yearbook, all orders must be placed by February 28. You will not be guaranteed to be able to purchase one after this date. The price is currently $65.

Note: Seniors will receive a complimentary yearbook as a gift from the school.

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. Pick up an order form from one of the school offices and return it to the office with your payment.

Questions? E-mail Caki May, yearbook adviser.

2015 Westminster STAR Student and Teacher

2015 STAR Student and Teacher (from Steve O'Neil)Congratulations to senior Aaron Reynolds for being named the 2015 STAR student from Westminster Schools of Augusta. He has selected Upper School science teacher Susan Smith as his STAR teacher. Aaron and Mrs. Smith were honored by the Augusta Kiwanis Club at a meeting on Feb. 9 at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church.

The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia’s outstanding high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. Since its creation in 1958 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the STAR Program has honored nearly 25,000 high school seniors who have in turn chosen their STAR Teachers to share in this recognition.

To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on one test date on the three-part SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average. Nominees’ SAT scores must be equal to or higher than the latest available national average on the math, critical reading and writing sections.

Upcoming Parent Workshops

Westminster parents are invited to attend the following events.

The Birds and the Bees: How to Begin an Ongoing Conversation with Your Kids
Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Lower School Media Center
Join local pediatrician and Westminster dad Dr. Aaron Hanna for an enlightening discussion on how to approach this all-important conversation with your kids of all ages.

Westminster Moms Conference
Feb. 28 at 9 a.m. in the Lower School Media Center
Come hear Westminster teacher and author Regina Franklin, who has sweet encouragement for moms regarding the messages we get from the world, the ways we deal with our own brokenness and the importance of passing down Truth to our children.

Both of these events are hosted by the WPA (Westminster Parents’ Association).

Raffles | Ticket for Tuition & Windsor Certificate

Auction Raffle Items – Ticket for Tuition & a $1,000 Windsor Certificate

Buy your tickets now! Ticket for Tuition raffle tickets are $35 each, or two for $60, and provide a chance to win a $5,000 credit toward tuition for the 2015-16 school year.

RECENTLY ADDED – Raffle tickets for the $1,000 Windsor gift certificate are now available for $30.

The drawings will be held at the auction. You do not need to be present to win, and you may purchase an unlimited number of tickets. Raffle and auction event tickets may be purchased on your invitation reply card and/or at the Lower School reception desk.

Invitations for Kindergarten Readiness Seminar

Are you aware of families looking for an extraordinary kindergarten program?

Please invite them to our special Kindergarten Readiness seminar, which will be held in our Lower School Media Center on Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Invitations can be picked up in Westminster’s Admissions office to be hand delivered to those interested.

Update on 2015-16 Campus Food Service

We want to keep everyone in the loop regarding food service for the 2015-16 school year.

As you know, we were able to keep the tuition increase low by removing the cost of lunch from tuition and giving families the choice to purchase a lunch or bring one from home. This will also give families more control over future food choices.

A committee made up of parents, teachers and students has been formed and has already narrowed down possible school lunch options. The committee hopes to have a decision made in the next few weeks at which time you’ll receive a communication about the lunch program and its costs. For those desiring the school lunch option, Westminster will do its very best to provide nutritious lunches at reasonable prices.

If you have any suggestions, please feel free to email Jane Brown, director of finance and operations.

News from the School Nurse

Westminster continues to monitor the occurrence of measles across the United States. If there is a reported case of measles in the Augusta community, the school will follow the recommendations of the Department of Public Health for Richmond County.

Alumni Letter-Writing Campaign

After the holidays, interested alumni volunteers will be assigned a Westminster senior to write a letter of encouragement, congratulations, or to welcome the student to the Alumni Association. These letters will be given to the seniors during the New Alumni luncheon, held in May 2015. Interested alumni should email Laura Turrentine.

The purpose of the Westminster alumni letter-writing campaign is to welcome our seniors into the Westminster alumni family and to give them words of encouragement as they embark on a new life away from Westminster. We want to encourage them to remember their Westminster family by coming back to our alumni events, volunteering with the school and mentoring current students. We need to let current seniors know what Westminster means long-term to graduated as we look back upon our experience. College can be a rude awakening, so it is important to let these new alumni know that there is a community of Westminster alumni that they can turn to in this big life transition.

Alumni can send a handwritten note or they can email their letter to Laura. All handwritten letters will need to be mailed to Westminster by Friday, Apr. 17, 2015.

All volunteers will be emailed the following:

  • Introductory letter (with specific directions)
  • Fact sheet about your senior student
  • Sample Letters
  • Westminster Alumni Association letterhead

If you have any questions, please email Laura Turrentine.

Nominate a Student for Our Honors Scholarship

Do you know an outstanding eighth-grade student that you would like to see at Westminster for their high school years?

Consider nominating this student for the Westminster Honors Scholarship. The Westminster Honors Scholarship seeks to attract the best and brightest from the CSRA to Westminster for our top notch academic program. This scholarship can cover from half to full tuition for all four years at our Upper School, provided that the student maintains an 85-percent academic average.

To be eligible for scholarship consideration, a student must:

  • be a new student to Westminster.
  • be currently enrolled in eighth grade.
  • be nominated by an adult outside the student’s family (i.e., a current or former teacher, school principal or guidance counselor, pastor, family friend, or Westminster alumnus/a).
  • submit a complete application for admission.
  • complete an on-campus interview and group testing.

Click here to print and fill out a nomination form. Forms may be turned in to Westminster’s Admissions office.

Principal and Pastor Presented with Awards

Sue Ames Distinguished Service Award 2014During Thanksgiving Chapel on Nov. 25, Mrs. Sue Ames and Dr. George Robertson were presented with awards honoring their years of dedicated service to Westminster and independent school education.

Lower School principal Sue Ames was recognized by the Georgia Independent School Association with the Distinguished Service Award for 25 years of service to independent school education. For the past 25 years, Mrs. Ames has served Westminster as a pre-k and TK teacher, parent volunteer coordinator, college counselor and for the last eight years as Lower School principal.

George Robertson Award 2014Dr. George Robertson, senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Augusta, was presented with the Fulton Buntain Award for Leadership in recognition of his commitment to the highest standards of professional and personal example as pastor in support of Westminster Schools of Augusta. This award, accepted by Headmaster Steve O’Neil on his behalf, was given out at a national gathering of Christian school leaders in Chicago. For almost 10 years, Dr. Robertson has chaired and served on the board of trustees at Westminster, has faithfully and passionately loved Westminster and promotes Christian schooling locally and nationally.

The Westminster community is pleased to congratulate Mrs. Ames and Dr. Robertson on these prestigious awards.