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Even as a fifth-grader, Cy McLeod is already well on his way to becoming quite the tennis champion. Last month, he competed in a southern region tennis tournament, losing in the semifinals, but making his family, friends and school very proud of his accomplishment. With many years of tennis-playing ahead of him, Cy is sure to make waves throughout the city and the southeast.
According to his father, Cy has been playing tennis for as long as he can remember. When he’s not at school or playing basketball and baseball, Cy can typically be found playing tennis at the Augusta Country Club, the Club at Rae’s Creek or wherever there is a tennis court.
When asked his favorite thing about playing tennis, Cy responded, “Practicing with my dad, going to tournaments and making new friends.”
So what’s in store for this future tennis star? “Hopefully playing in a father/son national championship, in college and at the U.S. Open,” said Cy.
We live in a world surrounded by technology. Information, commerce, communication and entertainment all rely on computers. But only a tiny fraction of us learn computer science, the basics of how computers work, or how to create software, apps, or web sites. Computer science provides a foundation for virtually any career and everybody can benefit from learning the basics.
Did you know:
- Software jobs outnumber students 3-to-1. The gap is one million jobs over 10 years- and these are some of the highest paying jobs.
- 90 percent of schools in the U.S. do not teach computer science.
- In many countries, it’s required (China, Vietnam, Estonia. Soon UK, Australia)
- The basics can be learned by anybody, starting in elementary school. But fewer than 10 percent of students try. Only two percent are women. One percent are students of color.
Programming literacy is going to be key to your child’s future. And this year we’re joining a massive campaign to prepare students for the 21st century during Computer Science Education Week (December 9-15).
The Hour of Code campaign has an audacious goal: to introduce 10 million students to one hour of computer science. While your Middle and Upper School children will have the opportunity to participate at school, I encourage you to participate, in two ways:
1) As a student – set aside an hour in December to learn the basics yourself either at home or work.
2) In your community – the Hour of Code campaign isn’t only for students, and you can help introduce others in your community to computer science, whether in an after-school club, a church, a veterans group, etc.
Click here for details. Sign up to participate!
Mr. Craig Ham
MS/US Computer Science Teacher
Now every time you shop at Amazon – for books, toys, even textbooks – Westminster earns four to eight percent on purchases made through the amazon.com link on our website. If you shop directly at Amazon, Westminster does not receive any funds.
Click on the image below to go to Amazon’s store. If you have trouble remembering the link, please bookmark this page as amazon.com. Each time you click on the bookmark it will take you to the Westminster Affiliate Program page, click on the link below and all your purchases will earn money for our school! For more general information on the Amazon affiliate program, click here.
Do you know an outstanding eighth-grade student that should attend 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.
Click here to print and fill out a nomination form. Forms may be turned in to Westminster’s Admissions office.
To purchase a yearbook, you may either order online or print and return the yearbook order form with payment to one of the division offices. Checks should be made out to Westminster Schools of Augusta.
- Seniors will receive a yearbook at no cost as a gift from Westminster (for information on purchasing a recognition ad for your senior, click here).
- Lower School students will be given time during the day to sign yearbooks.
2013-14 Yearbook Order Deadlines
By Feb. 2: $60
By Feb. 6: $65 (last day to purchase a yearbook – no extra copies will be ordered!)
Minutes from the Parent Forum are now posted on the Parent Plus portal under “School Links and Files.” Thanks to all who came out and submitted questions.
Pre-K, TK and Kindergarten students will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m. and grades 1-5 will be dismissed at noon on the following dates:
- Thursday, December 12
- Tuesday, December 17
- Friday, December 20
Upper School English Teacher and Academic Support Coordinator
Click the photo above to see more from Mrs. Franklin’s trip.
“Who calls me beautiful?” It’s a powerful question that many women around the world ask themselves daily and begs a second question – “what is God’s ideal of beauty?”
Upper School teacher Regina Franklin has been helping answer these questions and more through her book “Who Calls Me Beautiful?” which she published in 2004. Since then, she has gone on a book tour with her publisher, RBC Ministries, to encourage women to embrace the spiritual and biblical values of beauty rather than the world’s ideals.
Last month, Mrs. Franklin again had the opportunity to speak to a large gathering of women, this time at a two-day church conference in Curitiba, Brazil. The conference, intended for both believers and non-believers, focused on women’s health and wellness issues. As one of the headline speakers, Mrs. Franklin spoke one night about the importance of finding one’s beauty and identity in Christ. The next night, she spoke to a group of youth about how the desire for love and belonging can lead to ungodly behaviors if acceptance is sought from the world instead of from God. For both of these talks, she used an interpreter to share her message to the attendees.
In addition to speaking at the conference, Mrs. Franklin visited the local office of RBC Ministries, which is responsible for translating all of the company’s publications into the many languages present in South America. She was also able to personally meet the translators who converted her book into Portuguese and who currently translate her monthly devotions into the same language.
Mrs. Franklin said, “It takes many months for the devotions I write in English to eventually be translated into Portuguese. Seeing the South American people reading and responding to these devotions months and years after I’ve first written them is a powerful testimony to the timelessness of God’s Word.”
Before heading back home, Mrs. Franklin spoke to an RBC reporter for a television interview and visited Iguazu Falls on the Brazil/Argentina border.
To read Mrs. Franklin’s monthly devotions, click here.
To read more about Mrs. Franklin’s books, click the following links: Who Calls Me Beautiful? | Designed by God
Congratulations to the newest members of the Agape Chapter of the National Honor Society who were inducted on Nov. 19!
Click the photo above to view a gallery from the induction ceremony.