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Fourth Grade Everglades Field Trip

November 6, 2017 Posted in: School News Tags: ,

IMG_3415.jpgOn Friday, November 3, the fourth-grade students took a field trip to the Everglades, along with a very special guest, Mr. Satterly! The students enjoyed learning about Seminole traditions and culture at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum and Festival where they even got see an alligator wrestling show. Afterward, they went to Billie Swamp Safari for an exciting afternoon. Students got to ride on airboats and swamp buggies through the Big Cypress Swamp in the Everglades and saw a number of animals in the wild while learning about the Everglades ecosystem! They also saw a snake show and got up close and personal with a skunk, alligator, armadillo, and more at a critter show. This was a fun-filled day of adventure for all. Thank you to Mr. Satterly for joining on this trip and to the wonderful parent chaperones who volunteered their time!

Biology Students Visit Wakodahatchee Wetlands

October 10, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags: , ,

nature-walkWestminster Academy students went beyond the classroom and ventured into the Wakodahatchee Wetlands with biology teacher, Mr. Raborn this past weekend. With notebooks in hand, this “walk and talk” allowed students to explore various ecosystems in one of Florida’s most prominent—and beautiful—wetlands. Wakodahatchee Wetlands is located in Delay Beach and features a three-quarter mile boardwalk with interpretive signage, gazebos, and benches throughout. After the walk, Mr. Raborn finished by answering questions and sharing a devotional.

First Grade Salt Water Studies Field Trip

October 4, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags: ,

IMG_0143This past Monday, the first grade went to John U. Lloyd State Park in Dania Beach for the culmination of their Ocean Unit to search for the character of God in His Creation. It was a windy day, and the students learned that even for sea creatures God is our Rock, our Hiding Place, and our Protector.

Eighth Grade Junior Achievement Finance Park Trip

April 20, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags: ,

IMG_0682Eighth-grade students participated in an exciting Junior Achievement program called JA Finance Park. It encompassed important educational lessons about financial literacy and career awareness. As a culminating part of the program, students spent the day at a hands-on, experiential JA Finance Park site located at Broward College in Coconut Creek. This visit provided students with an opportunity to apply, in a realistic setting, what they have learned in the classroom. Students were responsible for planning a budget for themselves and their fictional family.

The goal was to help students see how classroom learning connects to real-world actions and events. Students acquired knowledge through hands-on classroom activities and discussions and then sought relevance between their new learning and their future lives.

Middle School Life Science & Engineering Field Trip

March 30, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags: , ,

IMG_0005On Wednesday, March 29, our Middle School Life Science and Engineering classes, led by Mrs. Coury, went on an educational field trip they are unlikely to forget! Hosted by Dr. Floralba Arbelo-Marrero, Amy Ellis, Ph.D., and Jaime Picanol, Psy.D., of Carlos Albizu University, our students and chaperons were welcomed with refreshments, then they split into two groups and taken to see one of the presentations.

Our Life Science students began by sitting in with Dr. Amy Ellis to discuss biology, life sciences, scientific observations, mental health, and careers in psychology. She was able to conduct psychology experiments using simple materials and discuss the scientific method in psychology experiments. Dr. Ellis taught the students about mental health awareness by having interactive discussions with them while they took notes, observed, and reported back on the types of behaviors identified. She was also able to present and discuss the careers in psychology.

Our Engineering students began in the Exhibit with Dr. Picanol, where he focused on forensic psychology, neuropsychology, and Criminal Justice. Dr. Picanol went over learning, memory, and cognition in psychology. He demonstrated the scientific method using the laboratory mice and mazes, and a discussion related to his students’ science projects allowing for a question and answer period.

Once the presentations were completed the classes switched to get a chance to hear from both professors.

Students, chaperones, and parents alike were impressed by the information shared and were thrilled to see everything the professors were teaching them. The Carlos Albizu University was an amazing host, and our students are extremely thankful to have been given this opportunity.

Concert Band Travels To Grand Bahama Island

March 14, 2017 Posted in: Arts Tags: ,

IMG_20170305_203312510The High School Concert Band, under the direction of Mr. Jeff Carroll, traveled to Grand Bahama Island on Thursday, March 2, for what should have been a 4-day, 3-night performance trip. However, due to rough seas and the cancellation of their return ferry, the band had to extend their stay by and an additional day.

While on the island the band performed at:

  • The Lucaya Children’s Home where they were an encouragement to children who have been removed from their families
  • The Lucaya International School where they encouraged their school to start their own band program
  • The Lucaya Presbyterian Church as the main entertainment at a fundraiser for hurricane relief
  • The Lucaya Market Square entertaining shoppers and diners in and around the square
  • The Viva Fortuna Beach Resort Theater before the resort’s nightly show

Each performance was truly outstanding, and our students had a lot of fun with their audiences. In addition to their five performances that band the opportunity to visit the abandoned set to Pirates of the Caribbean, the Lucaya National Park and Caves, enjoy the amenities at the Viva Fortuna Beach Resort and of course do some shopping.

The band is thankful for those who prayed for them. They truly enjoyed representing WA and sharing their music with those on Grand Bahama Island. To view some photos from the trip, please visit the WA Facebook Page.

Harvard Model Congress

March 2, 2017 Posted in: School News Tags: ,

16831864_1514835348556630_2666981231755892825_nOn February 23, more than 1,500 high school students from across the country came together to discuss the issues of our day. This year, Westminster Academy brought a delegation of 11 students.

These 11 represented seated members of Congress from across the country. We also had two students argue cases on the Supreme Court regarding voter rights, police profiling, and corporate rights of privacy. Two students sat on the National Security Council and dealt with Russian aggression and interrogation techniques at Guantanamo Bay. Some of the issues our Congressional delegates debated were refugees and national security, patent reform, guns on college campuses, and agricultural imports from Cuba.

Harvard Model Congress (HMC) is a great opportunity for our students to learn how government works. It also exposes students to the issues Congress is currently debating and teaches them how to listen to and consider differing points of view. To attend HMC, students must participate in the American and International Political Systems course as either a junior or senior. This course touches on political theory, and process, with a large focus on current events. We are very proud of our delegation this year and are looking forward to participating again in the future.