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While our students ended the school day early this Wednesday, our faculty became students during an afternoon of professional development. This break in our schedule is the fourth time our faculty focused on learning, rather than teaching.

Yesterday, the emphasis was on the classroom. While middle school faculty gave their full attention to Curriculum Trak, lower elementary teachers concentrated on guided reading training. Meanwhile, high school faculty met with our Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Mrs. Mary Lou Capan. She addressed effective instructional strategies in the classroom and gave them an opportunity to hone their skills. Middle school faculty had the pleasure of this training last month, and lower school faculty will have the same opportunity to meet with her later in the school year.

Mrs. Capan has a Master of Education from Covenant College in Educational Leadership and completed post‐graduate coursework in curriculum and instruction at Gardner‐Webb University. With over 20 years of experience, she served as head of school in Pennsylvania and Florida. For nearly two years, Mrs. Capan has served WA with a focus on curriculum design, teacher evaluation, and professional development. She is a gifted school leader and has a robust faith.

This mid‐week break in our schedule is an important investment in our teachers professionally.

The Lions’ Parent Association invites you to join us for a Florida Panthers Hockey Game! The WA community will gather on Saturday, March 23, at 7:00 p.m. at the BB&T Center in Sunrise for WA Family Night. The Panthers will face‐off with the Boston Bruins. In addition, our WA band will be playing before the game from 6:10–6:30 p.m. on the tarmac. We will end the night with a group photo on the ice to commemorate the event.

Because of the generosity of an alumni family, we are able to offer tickets at a reduced cost to our families for only $15 each, which also includes parking! Click here to purchase tickets now. Plan to join us for this fun evening to connect with friends and make new ones!

re-enrollmentWe would like to thank the many families who have already completed the re‐enrollment process. With the current response to re‐enrollment and the significant interest in Westminster Academy by new families, we expect some grade levels to reach capacity quickly.

Therefore, if you have not already done so, please confirm your re‐enrollment for the 2019–2020 school year. Starting Friday, March 1, the re‐enrollment fee will increase by $100 and will continue to each month thereafter.

Simply log into ParentsWeb (use district code WEST‐FL, if needed) and select Apply/Enroll, then Enrollment/Re‐enrollment. Please ensure that all information is correct and up‐to‐date (contact information, occupation, church membership, etc.). The current re‐enrollment fee is $300 but will increase after Thursday, February 28.

You may review the 2019–2020 Tuition ScheduleStudent Activity Fee Schedule, and School Calendar.

Thank you for your ongoing prayers and faithful commitment to scholarly Christian education at Westminster Academy!

 

Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church invites WA moms to join them next week for Coral Ridge Moms. Inspired by Deuteronomy 6:6–7, this gathering is a group of women in every season of motherhood.

Next week on Thursday, March 7, the women will gather to hear from a special guest speaker, Dr. Heather Clark. Because parenting has its challenges, Dr. Clark will address “Thriving in the Inevitable Stress and Anxiety of Parenting.” In addition to being a clinical psychologist and Christian counselor, Heather is also a WA mom!

Childcare is provided. This event is from 8:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the DeVos Chapel and childcare is available for those who confirm in advance. Please email Kim Harden, Director of Little Ridge, with the names and ages of children requiring childcare. Please park and bring your children with you to the DeVos Chapel Lobby.

Written by Hunter Kreizinger ’21 and Kayla Williams ’21 (Harvard Model Congress Media)

This past week, Mrs. Gianino took twenty‐three students to Boston, Massachusetts, for the 34th Annual Harvard Model Congress.

Harvard Model Congress (HMC) is a program hosted by Harvard in which high school students from across the country have a chance to spend four days as members of the United States government. Students are assigned committees and deal with real political issues going on today.

In their committees, students from schools across the nation write, debate, and pass bills. Students from Westminster Academy delegation also participated in the Presidential Cabinet, National Economic Council, National Security Council, Supreme Court, and the historical Constitutional Convention Committee. HMC introduces students into politics and government, giving them the opportunity to see what government is all about. More so, students can talk with current or former Harvard students about their experience with college and other helpful tips.

At the end of the conference, three students from our school were recognized for their hard work. Clara Harms and Jennea Katic received honorable mentions for their work done on the HMC trip. Sierra Sollars received a best in committee award, the highest award given for committee work.

The writers of this article, Hunter Kreizinger and Kayla Williams, participated in HMC Media, a special committee, in which several articles were written.  You can find these articles here. Search using our names in the search area in the link.

We would also like to recognize Christine Kamm. This was her third and final year participating in HMC. She will be greatly missed as part of our delegation.

As participants in this years delegation, we highly recommend that students consider participating in next years delegation. Some students return year after year. It is an experience you will not regret, and it is a great addition to your college application résumé.