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Support For Stoneman Douglas

February 22, 2018 Posted in: School News
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In stark contrast with many other schools, today at noon our upper school students gathered in the gym to join in 17 minutes of prayer for the Stoneman Douglas High School community. What started out as a small circle around the center court quickly grew to a wall of students hand-in-hand around the basketball court perimeter and crowded into corners.
While students in many other schools “walked out” in an attempt to garner the attention of earthly lawmakers, many of our students, faculty, and staff gathered before the throne of the Law Giver.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:4-7

To provide another opportunity to offer support, WA’s Student Government, in partnership with Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, will hold a jeans day for all faculty, staff, and students this Friday, February 23. Jeans and WA spirit shirts may be worn for a $5 donation (WA outerwear only). All proceeds will be given to the victims and families of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting through the Church United Mercy Fund, a component fund of National Christian Foundation.

A Word From Mr. Satterly—February 22, 2018

February 22, 2018 Posted in: Headmaster Messages

Dear WA Community,

Perhaps reading about accreditation last week was instructive, or maybe it was more than you really wanted to know. However, provided that you are interested in Westminster Academy reaching its maximum potential, the accreditation process does matter. As we will host a peer review team (PRT) on our campus in a few weeks, it seems appropriate to share those plans with you.

A PRT consists of four or five educators from sister Christian Schools of Florida institutions who have been trained in the accreditation protocol. They will spend about two days at our school and will focus on standards compliance, school improvement, and performance. While they are here, the team will conduct interviews with groups of parents, faculty, students, administration, and board members. They will review our report and the supporting documents that demonstrate our own assessment to ensure we meet established standards. They will cite practices and results which are commendable and will also offer recommendations. Finally, the team’s input will help identify our next set of school improvement goals.

The extent to which this process fosters school improvement rests on the extent to which both leadership and staff embrace the opportunity. Our faculty and staff have deeply engaged in this process. Our entire faculty has contributed by serving on various work groups and teams, and in turn, have collectively developed our report. It is comprehensive, and it is thorough.

We are looking forward to hosting the peer review team from March 4–6. Please note those days as they will observe arrival and dismissal, tour our facilities on both campuses, and be engaged in various interviews. Please pray for their safe arrival and for their work on our behalf. We will know the official results of this process by the end of April.

Grace and Peace,

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Joel T. Satterly
Headmaster

Re-Enroll Now!—Fee Increases March 1

February 22, 2018 Posted in: School News Tags: , ,

re-enrollmentWe would like to thank the many families who have already completed the re-enrollment process. With the current response to re-enrollment and the significant interest in Westminster Academy by new families, we expect some grade levels to reach capacity quickly.

Therefore, if you have not already done so, please confirm your re-enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year. Starting Thursday, March 1, the re-enrollment fee will see an increase by $100 and will continue to each month thereafter.

Simply log into ParentsWeb and select Family Information, then Enrollment/Re-enrollment. Please ensure that all information is correct and up-to-date (contact information, occupation, church membership, etc.). The current re-enrollment fee is $300 but will increase after next Wednesday, February 28.

You may review the 2018–2019 Tuition ScheduleStudent Activity Fee Schedule, and School Calendar.

Thank you for your ongoing prayers and faithful commitment to scholarly Christian education at Westminster Academy!

 

Eighth-Grade Washington, D.C. Trip

February 22, 2018 Posted in: Academics Tags: ,

DC-Trip-IMG_2142The eighth-grade class visited Washington D.C. last week as part of their United States Civics course curriculum. The trip was a three-day tour of our nation’s capital.

“The ‘ah-ha’ moments shared by so many of our students were priceless!” said Mr. Bryson, the students’ Civics teacher. The students toured countless sites like the Smithsonian museums, National Holocaust Museum, the many memorials, Mt. Vernon, and the U.S. Capitol Building. At the National Archives, they viewed the U.S. Constitution. While the ink of the original document may be fading, the students have learned throughout the school year that the power of that ink remains firm.

At Arlington National Cemetery, the students had the great privilege of being involved in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Andy Brantmeyer and Audrey Whiteman participated in the ceremony and laid the wreath on behalf of Westminster Academy.

On their final day in Washington D.C., the group was approved for a White House tour, visiting the State Room, Green Room, Red Room, President’s Library, China Room, and the East Room. After the self-guided tour, the students gathered in front of the White House and prayed for our nation and leaders.

Overall, the students had the opportunity to have their Civics classroom brought to life, physically seeing and experiencing Washington D.C. brought their civics lessons out of the theoretical and into the tangible.

Purchase Tickets For The Auction Next Friday!

Screen Shot 2018-02-21 at 1.38.15 PMCome Away with WA for our annual dinner auction next Friday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Fellowship Hall at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $40 per guest or $350 for a table of ten. If you are unable to attend, you may register to bid from anywhere. (Live auction and fixed priced items excluded.) Online registration will close next Wednesday, February 28 at 10:00 p.m., so please visit wa.edu/auction today to purchase tickets and preview items! This week’s featured item is a Fox Sports Behind the Scenes Experience!

Our auction theme is Adventure Awaits, so dress for your dream destination, but most importantly be you and be comfortable! Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church is providing on-site childcare available for PK3 through 5th-grade children for $15 (includes dinner). Reservations must be made in advance at crpc.org/auctionchildcare.

We have already raised over $20,000 through corporate sponsors and would like to recognize our Title Sponsor, Freeman Orthodontics, and First Class Sponsors, A2 Events and Tabletop. All proceeds raised at the auction will be designated to fund the complete renovation of the Dr. Kenneth P. Wackes Media Center, benefitting every Lower and Upper School student. For more information, please contact Sarah Hajduk, Director of Development, at hajduks@wa.edu.

Fifth Grade Biscayne Nature Center Visit

February 22, 2018 Posted in: Academics Tags: ,

Biscayne-Nature-CenterEarlier this month, the fifth-grade class ventured off to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center on a seagrass adventure. There the students dragged nets in the seagrass to discover a collection of sea life. There was sea life of all shapes and sizes living in the seagrass. From seahorses to sea urchins, pipefish to starfish, the variety of sea life was an amazing discovery. The naturalist guide then identified each species, making sure everyone got a good look before gently releasing the catch. These seagrass beds are a rich ecosystem, and this was fun for all, as they discovered a net full of God’s creation.

Save The Date: You Can’t Take It With You

February 22, 2018 Posted in: Arts Tags:

You-Cant-Take-it-With-You-LogoSave the dates for this year’s play: You Can’t Take It With You sponsored by HYStat from Hill York. This show is a fast-paced comedic story of a zany family in the late 1930s. This family and their eccentric housemates don’t conform to typical family constructs, marching instead to the off-beat of their own drums. They do everything from collecting snakes to writing outrageous plays, to even making illegal fireworks! However, when their daughter falls in love with the son of a stuck-up business family, the two families and ideologies collide, and hijinks and hilarity ensue.

The show dates and times are as follows:

  • April 6 at 7:00 p.m. (Premiere Seating $25, Regular Seating $15)
  • April 7 at 2:00 p.m. (All Seating $15)
  • April 7 at 7:00 p.m.  (Premiere Seating $25, Regular Seating $15)