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April Stewardship And Development Update

Thank you for supporting Westminster Academy through your prayers and financial gifts! This school year, the purpose of our annual fund is to raise $300,000 for tuition assistance for covenant families who would otherwise be unable to attend our school. As of April 25, we have received nearly $236,000 in donations for the annual fund. Our total giving for this year, including annual fund gifts is $703,648.

Please consider supporting our annual fund for financial assistance or the designated fund of your choice with a gift of any amount by visiting www.wa.edu/donate or mailing a check to our school address. All donations are tax-deductible. Donors who contribute by June 30, 2017, will be listed by giving levels in our annual publication, The PawPrint, mailed to our extended community in the fall of 2017. Please contact Sarah Hajduk, Director of Development, at hajduks@wa.edu or 954.771.4615, ext. 2504 for more information about how you can support WA. Thank you for supporting Westminster Academy this school year with your prayers, time, and financial gifts!

2017 National Merit Scholarship Program Recognition

April 27, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags: ,

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test. Two students in our senior class are among 34,000 Commended Students Nationwide who have shown exceptional Academic promise. Congratulations to Joshua Foldes and Haley Hendrikse for this commendation!

The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. There are approximately 16,000 Semi-finalists. Of those 16,000 semi-finalists around 15,000 move onto the Finalist Scholarship competition. We are excited to share that Collin Renae has moved on to the Finalist competition. Congratulations to Collin for this accomplishment!

This fall, Juniors who took the 2016 PSAT also competed in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Program. Of those students who took the test nationally, we have a student who scored in the top 2.5% of all Hispanic and Latino test takers in the region and is invited to participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program. Congratulations to Alexander Shyne for this accomplishment.

Executive Director of CESA, Dr. Brian D. Kennerly, To Visit WA

April 27, 2017 Posted in: School News

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Westminster Academy is pleased to welcome Dr. Brian D. Kennerly, the Executive Director of the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA), to our campus on Monday, May 1. Dr. Kennerly will be leading the WA School Board in a special Board Training Workshop as well as visiting with the school leadership team to discuss current educational trends and best practices.

Raised in Houston, Texas, Brian graduated from Westchester High School in 1984. Following graduation from Vanderbilt University (BA in Political Science), he went to the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana to teach, coach, and serve as a dormitory parent. In 1989, Brian left his intern year at Culver for The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. At The Westminster Schools, Brian taught both middle school and high school, coached multiples sports, began a student government, and acted as a grade level dean in the high school. He also took a sabbatical during those years to attend Columbia University, in New York City, to earn his Masters of Arts in Private School Leadership through the Klingenstein Institute.

Because of his desire to encourage young people, he devoted many summers to The Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana, serving as the Director of the Boys’ Summer School. As Director, he was responsible for the overall organization of five hundred students and a faculty of two hundred members. While serving as a unit counselor, he was responsible for overseeing the academic, social, emotional, and physical aspects of up to eight junior high and high school students in a boys’ naval company.

In 1997, Brian moved to help open up the high school at Wesleyan School, in Norcross, Georgia, right outside of Atlanta.  He was the founding high school principal and assisted in designing everything from the curriculum to the diplomas. Later, he was appointed as Assistant Headmaster for External Affairs and served in that position for seven years while continuing to coach cross country and leading the school to seven state championships during his 11 years of coaching. As Assistant Headmaster, he oversaw the Communications, Alumni, and Admissions Offices as well as Christian Life, Missions, and Technology. Brian began his doctoral work at Vanderbilt University during this time completing it in May of 2011 with a doctorate of education in organizational leadership and policy.

In 2010, Brian was named the fifth Head of School of Brookstone School and worked at the school until the summer of 2015 when he took on the position of Executive Director of CESA.  He is married to Holle and is a father of two beautiful girls, Sara, and Blaire.

The Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA) serves Christian schools and Christian organizations through leadership services, academic enrichment, programmatic development, professional development, and by providing fellowship and fraternity to those who serve within Christian institutions. Coming alongside schools and organizations, CESA seeks to enable Christian schools with rigorous, objective standards to guide their development, providing schools with the tools necessary to reach such standards and the networks necessary to propel Christian schools with excellence and accountability as their hallmarks.

Athletic Highlights—April 27, 2017

April 27, 2017 Posted in: Athletics
Athletic-HighlightsFriday, April 21
  • Varsity Softball: Won 2-1 vs. Lake Worth Christian
  • Varsity Baseball: Won 10-0 vs. The Sagemont School

Tuesday, April 25

  • Varsity Softball District Semifinals: Won 12-7 vs. Calvary Christian

Wednesday, April 26

  • Varsity Baseball: Won 12-2 vs. Saint John Paul II 

The Lions’ Tale

LionsTaleCurrent families recently received a new publication called The Lion’s TaleThe Lion’s Tale features periodic accolades and announcements to the school community in print form and will then be made available online as a PDF.

It is our desire to help connect you with what happens on campus as we highlight the Westminster Academy experience as God continues to be at work here.

Click to view/download this edition of The Lion’s Tale.

Desserts & Parent Volunteers Needed

April 27, 2017 Posted in: School News Tags: ,

Teacher AppreciationDuring Teacher Appreciation Week on Friday, May 5, the WA Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) is planning a luncheon to honor our teachers. Every year this event is a blessing to our teachers and staff. The luncheon is fully catered except for desserts. If you can bring in a homemade dessert the morning of Friday, May 5, it would be greatly appreciated. PTF Volunteers will be at the Lower School drop-off line to collect all baked goods. Upper School students can bring their baked goods to the office. Specialty desserts or family favorites are preferable.

Please sign-up to bring a dessert or volunteer to serve at this event. Thank you for serving our school community!

Social Media Milestone—10,000 Tweets

April 27, 2017 Posted in: School News Tags: ,

tweetsThis week we reached a milestone on Twitter—10,000 Tweets! Each of those Tweets represents things that God has done in and through Westminster Academy. On Twitter, you will find news articles, athletic event scores, shout-outs, photos, quick announcements, and reminders. If you are only going to connect on one social media platform, you’ll get the most out of following @wacad on Twitter.

With so many exciting things happening at Westminster Academy, it can be challenging to keep up with everything. Below is a list of the Social Media tools we use to communicate what’s happening in our school community.

For both Twitter and Instagram, please use @wacad for mentions and #walions to tag posts to share with others what God is doing within the WA community.

We look forward to what God has planned for this school year and are always looking for ways to enhance our partnership and communications with each member of our school community.