A Word From Mr. Satterly—February 13, 2020

Dear WA Community,

On Tuesday night, about 175 people gathered in the DeVos Chapel for our February Open House. If I’m honest, my favorite part comes towards the end of the evening when I get to drive the robot during the showcase in the gym.

Nonetheless, it is fun to showcase our school and highlight our students. Talking about recent accomplishments and sharing stories from our rich history is exciting. Last Sunday was WA Sunday at Coral Ridge. Here was another opportunity to share how God is working in our school. In this case, we also had the treat of hearing Christian recording artist and alumna, Kerrie Roberts ’99, sing in worship and exhibit the living vision of our portrait of a graduate. Then, just this morning, Mrs. Alise, who recently lead our eighth-grade students to Washington, D.C., shared a video with me from a guide in the capitol who was extolling the virtues of our academic program and the conduct of our students.

These examples are what Westminster Academy affords. It is a place where students are known and have the opportunity to excel, and it has been so for nearly 50 years. “Devoted to Christ, Dedicated to Excellence” is more than just a slogan—it is our testimony.

In light of all of this, please allow me to remind you of our early re-enrollment. Thank you to those who have already taken the opportunity. We are well ahead of last year’s pace, and our re-enrollment numbers suggest that current families are thrilled with how WA is delivering as a great educational partner. If you have not yet re-enrolled for next year, please note that the registration fee increases after this Saturday, February 15.

As our seniors begin to focus on their next destination, we begin to welcome new families to WA in the fall. However, we will experience these transitions with one fewer member of our leadership team. Austin Elmer, our admissions director, is stepping away to pursue a new business start-up opportunity in the area. Thankfully, this development does mean the Elmers will remain a WA family. Allison Elmer remains in the lower school classroom, and their three children continue as active middle and high school students. So, we will look forward to who God adds to our team.

Metamorphosis means to change into something completely different, by natural or supernatural means. While usually scientific, in a school calendar, we go through a metamorphosis of our own. This time of year is always marked with a form of change and transition. It seems only appropriate that we go through it right around the turn of spring, the season when we celebrate the newness of life.

Grace and Peace,


Joel T. Satterly