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Miami Herald Spelling Bee

March 16, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags: ,

IMG_69291On March 14, fifth-grade student, Gabrielle Cammarata represented the Westminster Academy Lower School, and Jade Klacko represented the Westminster Academy Upper School in the Miami Herald Spelling Bee.

The spelling bee was held in Davie where more than 375 public and private school students attended. In addition to improving students’ spelling skills and increasing their vocabularies, spelling bee participation provides valuable experience in developing poise – a necessary skill for success in public speaking, performing arts and athletics. We are thankful for Jade and Gabrielle’s hard work and in representing Westminster Academy.

Orlando Regional Robotics Competition

March 14, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags: , ,

IMG_1530Congratulations and thanks to all who participated and supported our high school robotics team in the competition this weekend. Following the most difficult build season in the history of our team, we were surely tested on the competition field. Thanks to the mentors who assisted in renovating our robot and to our drive team, pit crew, and programming team, for their flexibility and hard work. Their efforts resulted in a very competitive robot.

After a very difficult day of practice rounds, we ended two days of qualification matches in second place, winning 7 of 8 matches, earning our way to the semifinal rounds.

The team was awarded the Judges Award for the first time in our 16 year history. It was earned for our work in securing State funding for all FIRST high school robotics teams. Each team in Florida received $2,000 in state sponsorship due to the efforts of our legislative group and state representatives and senators sympathetic to our cause. The text of our award read in part:

This team has gone beyond local mentoring, community service, and school activities to include spreading FIRST all the way to Tallahassee. We would like to acknowledge the STEMbassadors for attacking the legislative process, procuring funds for all FIRST Florida Teams. Congratulations Team 744, Shark Attack

The next competition will be the Smoky Mountains Regional, on Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25. We covet your prayers as we seek to glorify God & qualify for the World Championship in this our final regional competition in 2017.

Go Shark Attack!

Lower School Faculty Member Meets With Textbook Publisher

March 11, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags:

From Wednesday, March 1, to Friday, March 3, fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Dana Perkins, traveled to New York City to represent Westminster Academy as a panel member of the McGraw-Hill Achievement Summit featuring Open Court Reading. During this time, she participated in a two-day conference on early reading intervention, the Science of Learning, and the new strides Open Court has made in offering their textbook series for fourth and fifth grades premiering in July 2017.

“I was fortunate to meet not only the president of McGraw-Hill and take part in her incredible workshop, Leading from the Middle, but also to discuss the science of reading education and the new Open Court offerings with the actual authors of the series, Dr. Marsha Roit, and Dr. Stephen Graham. Speaking with them and learning from them brought innovative ideas that I look forward to applying to our curricular goals, and reinforced the importance of structure, planning, and a readiness to embrace change in order to help our students rise above the pack and strive for excellence in Christ’s name. Attending this summit was an incredible opportunity and one that I will hold dear for years to come as it truly brought a renewed excitement and passion for our elementary program to help our students soar to new heights in both their educational goals and their reading and writing skills.”—Mrs. Dana Perkins.

We look forward to pioneering and applying best practices in all aspects of academic life at Westminster Academy.

Robotics Build Season Complete

February 23, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags:

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FRC Team 744—Shark Attack, our WA High School Robotics Team, completed the construction of their robot on Tuesday night at 11:57 p.m.  The robot was bagged and tagged and can’t be touched again until competition. The team is now busy building a practice robot that will allow them to refine robot autonomous and control functions. It will also allow our drivers much-needed practice time.

Shark Attack is preparing to compete at the FIRST Orlando Regional Robotics Competition on March 10 & 11 and at the FIRST Smoky Mountain Regional Robotics Competition March 24 & 25.

FTC Team 11204—Shark A-Tech

February 2, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags: , ,

IMG_2933On Saturday, January 21, the middle school robotics team, Shark A-Tech, participated in the FTC South Florida League’s Judgment Day. Representatives from the team gave a presentation about Shark A-Tech to one panel of judges and then demonstrated the robot’s abilities to a second panel. This was the first phase in the League’s Championship competition. The second and final phase, the actual competition, was held on Saturday, January 28, at Western High School in Davie from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Phase two was a long, exciting, and tumultuous day. We finished sixth out of 18 and were able to compete in the semi-finals against the best of the South Florida FTC League teams. After a morning hit, the team went from ranking second to 15th, but God gave them calm and able minds allowing them to win the rest of the matches securing sixth place.

Special thanks to all of our mentors for their investment in the students over the last few months. Together we are better.

Robotics Team Promotes STEM To Senator Rubio’s Office

January 25, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags: , , , ,

DSC00281On Monday, January 23, members of WA’s robotics team (FIRST Robotics Competition Team 744 – Shark Attack) met with Senator Marco Rubio’s Regional Director and staff to discuss the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and FIRST Robotics. They encouraged Senator Rubio to support the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act which would benefit FIRST Robotics financially. They also discussed the importance of STEM and the effectiveness of the FIRST Robotics program in introducing and training students in STEM. Eighty-three percent of all students involved in the FIRST Robotics program are interested in becoming a scientist or engineer and many discover their passion for applied science as a direct result of their involvement in FIRST Robotics.

Our team made several proposals to Senator Rubio’s staff for funding of FIRST Robotics, funding for STEM, and educational support for teachers in STEM. The final legislative initiative discussed was our plan to create collaboration among college students pursuing science education and engineering majors, robotics mentors, and students and teachers on high school FIRST Robotics teams. We are lobbying to make internships with FIRST Robotics teams a requirement for all students pursuing a science education degree and that all engineering students would be offered credit for internships with FIRST Robotics teams. It is our hope that some engineers will decide to teach and that some teachers will become more fluent in the applied sciences. FRC Team 744 believes that STEM education must be a priority as we re-industrialize the United States of America.

Our presentation team thanked Senator Marco Rubio and his staff for their support of Christian values and for their gracious attention to our STEM proposals. 

Thanks to WA robotics students Rachel Karsner and Sebastian Molina and to mentors Cathy Stolley, Lauren Cooley, and Kent Stolley for their work on this project.

WA Robotics—Shark Byte Competition Season

January 25, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags: , ,

Shark Byte FLL Team 23808 had a great day on Saturday, January 21. They successfully completed all 3 robot tasks that they planned to do, had positive results in their judging sessions and won the Rising Star Award!

All in all a great day and great end to the competition season. Go WA Robotics!