The ES teams have submitted five entries in the hope of earning an invitation to the Vex IQ World Competition in Louisville, KY in April. The votes combined with the judges scores will determine the winners. Voting closes on Fri., Jan. 27 at 2:00 pm. Please feel free to share with family and friends. We need votes to have a chance at winning! Thank you!
'15 Alumna Sighting at Choral All-State Performance Weekend
WCS Orchestra Director Dr. Mark Schuppener ran into WCS Orchestra alumna Gigi Figueroa '15 and sister, current WCS Orchestra member, Mia at Choral All-State performance weekend in Tampa, FL, (Jan. 2017).
The sisters were attending the choral concert in which brother Evan performed a solo piece. Evan, one of 65 tenors in the 330 student All-State Mixed Concert choir, was selected as soloist! #impressive
Parent Book Club: 12 Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid
Join your fellow WCS parents for the upcoming book club series, "12 Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid," beginning on Mon., Feb. 6, at 8:15 AM, in the SAC. Books are available for $10 each. For more information, contact Jane Ash, MS Counselor or Kim Brigham, PS/ES Counselor.
The College Admission Office Perspective: See Your Application Through the Eyes of an Admission Counselor
Parents and students (Grades 8-11) are invited to attend, "The College Admission Office Perspective: See Your Application Through the Eyes of an Admission Counselor," on Wed., Feb. 22 from 6:30 PM to 8 PM in the WCS Auditorium to hear directly from admission counselors. Representatives in attendance will be from: Dartmouth College, Vanderbilt University, U of Maryland-College Park, Universty of Miami, University of Alabama, Barry University and the University of Florida.
Students in last semester's MS Automation and Robotics class were asked to select a unique project from the "Project Lead the Way" (PLTW) assignment list. The students, under the guidance of Mr. Bouwsma, got to work designing automated solutions, building their design, and demonstrating its functionality.
Sixty high school students from Mrs. Swindoll, Mrs. Corpas, Mrs. Underwood and Mrs. Chilson's art classes qued up with 1,000 students from Miami-Dade County on Friday, December 2, to tour Art Basel at the Miami Beach Convention Center during Art Week Miami. In addition to exploring a myriad of contemporary artwork for sale, the students were especially excited to rub elbows with David and Victoria Beckham.
Congratulations to senior Sofia Forwood on being selected as a 2017 Coca-Cola Scholar semifinalist! She is one of 1,914 students who were selected from nearly 86,000 applicants from across the country to continue through the selection process.
Garcia Receives Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship
Congratulations to senior Emily Garcia for being selected as a recipient of a Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Emily has been a student at WCS since preschool and currently serves on the HS Leadership Council and as Yearbook Editor-in-Chief.
Currently the tympanist in Miami Dade College's Film Scoring Orchestra, Max Milian '18 has the honor of performing with many professional guest musicians at concerts, including the recent Video Game Concert. The group was thrilled to learn that the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences had not only nominated the Video Game Concert for an Emmy in the category of Special Event Coverage, but that they had actually won the award! At the opening class of the Spring semester, his professor brought the Emmy statue to the class to share with the members of the orchestra.
HS - Ashley Castano was awarded 2nd place for her painting titled, Saw Palmetto. MS - Marla Fay was awarded 2nd place in photography for her entry, On Top Of The World. MS - Daniela Corradine's photo, Dinner For Two, was juried into the prestigious showcase.
Senior Alysssa Kreps Spearheads Relief Efforts for Haiti
Senior Alyssa Kreps recognized that the need in Haiti would only grow after being hit by Hurricane Matthew, and she knew that she could help. Her church, Old Cutler Presbyterian, supports El Shaddai, a ministry in Jeremie, Haiti, which cares for some 400 orphans in the area, and meets the needs of area churches. Alyssa spearheaded a drive to collect goods that would be packed into a bus the ministry had already purchased and was being shipped to Jeremie. So began the “Fill the Haiti Bus” campaign.
Congratulations to Senior Class President Ian Poveda who was named a Posse Foundation Scholar, earning him a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to Pomona College in Claremont, CA, one of the nation's top ten liberal arts colleges.
Learning Accelerator Helps Students Earn Higher Grades
Mr. David Bouwsma, HS Faculty
As the quarter came to a close, Law students Diego Cardenal and Luciana Solorzano earned an impressive GPA using "Mastery," a copyrighted learning accelerator, that was created right here at WCS. Business Law, the class Solorzano and Cardenal ripped through, is packed with legal terms, Latin phrases, court decisions and technicalities, followed up with weekly case studies, in which the students put their knowledge to work for a grade. Despite all obstacles, both Solorzano and Cardenal carry an A+ average, and have finished assignments that have not even been assigned yet.
WCS Places Record Number of Choral Musicians at All-State
The results of the challenging All-State testing for choirs have been announced and Westminster is proud to have placed 21 students in all seven All-State Choirs with a record high of 15 MS students qualifing this year. To be selected, students took a theory test, a sight-reading test, and a vocal quality test on their ability to sing the required repertoire. The results of these three tests are averaged and students are ranked statewide according to their choir and voice part. Those with the highest scores in each voice part are selected for membership in this year's All-State Choirs.
Baseball Players and Orchestra Spread Christmas Cheer
Members of the varsity baseball team and high school orchestra collaborated on spreading a little holiday cheer to our elementary parents during drop-off. The students served up holiday cheer with music, hot cocoa and donuts. What a great way to start the day!
Middle School Photographers Recognized in Zoolens Competition
It was an award winning night for two talented middle school student photographers. Kayley Dolan (left) received a semi-finalist award for her 'Chomp Chomp' photo and Daniela Corradine was awarded Honorable Mention for her photo titled, 'Dinner For Two' in the Zoolens Photography Competition.
Valerio to Speak at 2017 Future of Education Technology Conference
WCS CIO/CTO/IT Director Omar Valerio has been selected to speak at the 2017 Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando for the third time. Recognized as an innovator and leader in educational technology, this year Valerio will present on technology infrastructure, "A-Z: How to Implement a Successful 1:1 Program from start to end."
Additionally, Mr. Valerio has been selected as one of the top Ed Tech Experts that will be giving advice along with other current innovators at the collaborative FETC Future of IT Summit event.
Who Knew the Ancient Art Process of Batik Could Taste So Good?
The dynamic duo team of Mrs. Donna Underwood and Mrs. Debra Chilson keep inspiration alive in the high school art program. This week, high school visual arts students created their own ice cream still life designs to paint in batik, the ancient process of sealing dyes on fabric with wax.
Alum Featured for Carrying Out Uncle's Wish to Help Others
WCS Class of 1985 alumnus Dean Wellinghoff was recently featured on a local TV station for honoring his uncle's wishes by helping those in need in the community. A sergeant in the Coral Gables Police Department, Wellinghoff purchased thousands of dollars in Publix gift cards at the request of his uncle, a 95 year-old WWII veteran in hospice.
I know the feeling of being the new student, transitioning into a new atmosphere and making new friends. The summer after seventh grade my parents told my siblings and me that we were moving to Miami. I attended Palmetto Middle School in eighth grade, but once my mom started teaching at Westminster, I was eager to transfer. I took my entrance exam and was accepted.