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Lower School

Power Hour began with great excitement on Tuesday, September 18, in Lower School. Starting this week, the last hour of the school day on Tuesdays will be devoted to fun math projects. Unlike the usual classroom routine, students from kindergarten to fifth grade intermingle based on their math RIT score. The RIT scale accurately measures what students know, regardless of their grade level. Therefore, Power Hour divides up students based on how they performed in earlier MAP testing. Music and Mrs. Wood’s announcement, “It’s Power Hour!” over the loudspeaker was the signal for everyone to change classrooms. Teachers received a new...

This past Friday the Lower School took to the polls! Students in the third, fourth, and fifth grades listened to their class representatives running for office, and then later voted for the best candidates. Fourteen students in the Student Council had the option of running for treasurer, secretary, vice president, or president. Each student campaigned the entire week leading up to the speeches, and all did a wonderful job. Every student who ran during the election will have a seat with the Student Council and be involved for the entire 2018–2019 school year. Treasurer DJ Pierce (Fourth Grade) and re-elected! Secretary Lawrence Parker (Fourth...

Every year, Westminster Academy strives for our community to be “All In” with a gift to the Annual Fund. A high level of participation is sought from the school board, faculty, staff, current families, alumni, alumni families, grandparents, and friends of the school. The distinctive qualities that a Christian, private school education provides require a combination of tuition and charitable donations. Our 2018–19 goal is to raise $550,000 for the Annual Fund to: Invest in people (tuition assistance, professional development, and benevolence fund) Strengthen programs (academic/technology enhancements and student activities support) Enhance places (21st Century classrooms and Athletic Complex scoreboards) Unrestricted...

The “need to read” was a call to action many lower school students took seriously this summer. While the media center started construction, Mrs. White, the Lower School Media Specialist, themed the summer challenge a construction theme as well. The only tools required for this job were books and time, and the response was great! To receive a bronze medal this year, students had to read a total of at least 1,000 minutes this summer. Many students read above that and received a silver or gold medal for all their hard work. To celebrate, students were invited to a pool party...

Our Middle School Back-To-School Night was a great success. We are looking forward to our Lower and High School Back-To-School Nights and hope you can make it. An evening in the classroom provides the opportunity to learn more about our classes and student expectations. Please note that due to a scheduling conflict, the Lower School and High School Back-To-School Nights switched dates. The correct dates are below: Lower School Back-To-School Night Thursday, August 30 6:30–8:30 p.m. High School Back-To-School Night Tuesday, September 4 6:30–8:30 p.m. As much as we love your children, this evening is designed to be informative and is for parents only. We are not able to provide childcare. Refreshments will be provided by...