This summer, Westminster's Associate Director of the CCC Ethel Ricardo was invited to attend the Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions. The weeklong program, hosted by Harvard faculty and admission staff, discussed issues and trends in U.S. college admissions, the impact of College Board policies on admission decisions, how to highlight students in the application process, and how admission decisions are made. Faculty and deans of admission from Harvard, Brown, UVA, Princeton, Northeastern, UMass, Michigan, Columbia, UT Austin, Stanford, and UPenn, and staff from the College Board shared valuable insights.
Congratulations to the WCS employees who are celebrating years of service anniversaries at the close of the 2018-2019 school year. Thank you for your commitment and service to the Westminster community. They are:
The WCS Board of Trustees spent three days in mid-October on a retreat in rural central Missouri working on team-building, and fully embracing and understanding their roles as board members. As part of that experience, the Board worked together to build the "trust table."
Lindsey Burroughs ‘21, president of the WCS Miracle League Club, organized a day of service with Miami Dade Parks Disability Services. The club spent the day helping special needs children with arts and craft projects and building friendships.
Students enrolled in Introduction to Engineering Design learn how to use Autodesk Inventor and are given the opportunity to take an industry certified exam. Certification on a resume or on a college application demonstrates that students take their skills development seriously, and gives them an edge in the competitive college application process and future job market. The following students passed this year's Autodesk Certified User certification exam:
I am Mother, a film written and co-produced by WCS alum Michael Lloyd Green ’01, was released on Netflix on June 7. Set in the wake of humanity’s extinction, the movie tells the story of a teenage girl who is raised by a robot designed to repopulate the earth. The cast includes Hilary Swank, Rose Byrne and Clara Rugaard. Watch the Trailer
Mrs. Forbes' seventh grade history students learned how to properly fold an American flag and to recite the Gettysburg Address. Students will be sharing these new skills at the Memorial Day Chapel on Thurs., May 9 at 11 AM. Be sure to join us!
Mr. Chenet's seventh grade English class read "90 Miles to Havana," by Enrique Flores-Galbis, a historical fiction novel about three boys sent to Miami from Cuba as part of Operation Pedro Pan. This account came to life for students when they heard from five Cuban immigrants who came to this country through Operation Pedro Pan.
Westminster Christian School Teams 6855B and 6855C of the Warrior Robotics Elementary Division were one of only three schools in the nation that earned two or more awards at the 2019 VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky in late April. During the regular season, over 5,000 teams from around the world competed.
Microsoft has selected Westminster Christian School as the Showcase School of the Month. Westminster Christian School is part of a global community of schools engaged in innovative change to improve teaching and learning using Microsoft's K-12 Education Transformation Framework.
The Ocala.com Sports website listed the following Varsity Boys Basketball players as members of Florida's Class 5A All-State team. Congratulations to Senior, Marcus Montalvo for being selected to Third Team. Marcus is the only athlete from Miami-Dade County.
Athletic physicals will be administered in the Westminster Christian Gym on Sat., July 27 from 9 AM to 2 PM. These physicals will provide medical clearance for the entire 2019-2020 school year, for rising 5th through 12th grade students. Without a physical on file, students will not be permitted to tryout nor participate in athletics at Westminster Christian. The cost is $10.
Preschoolers collaborated with HS art students to make pots as gifts for their Mother's Day project. Students from Mrs Loveless’ and Miss Milian’s PK4 class worked with students from Mrs. Sharp’s Art 3D-1 to mold their special gifts. The high school students led the activity and helpted guide the design process. Once the pots are fired, the pairs will come back together to paint their creations.
Both the MS and HS string orchestras, under the direction of Adrian Gordon, earned Superior ratings at the annual FOA District 16 Music Performance Assessments. Congratulations go to these outstanding members of the Orchestra:
The CCC team and our WCS students have been busy on the first day of the Florida College Tour. The first stop was breakfast and a tour of Florida Atlantic University. Then they caught up with WCS alumni Tamara Kurt '18 and Derek Van Hook '16 for lunch and a tour of University of Central Florida. Then they enjoyed a sunset tour at University of North Florida followed by dinner & dessert on campus.
The Elementary School celebrated Earth Week with a special visit from thousands of ladybugs, and Village Mayor Cunningham and Councilmember Fiore. Students learned about the importance of conservation and how ladybugs help the environment.
This week, students on the Elementary campus are starting each morning with a special assembly to learn more about Easter during Spiritual Emphasis Week. Students gather by grade in Hub 1 and 2, are visited by Bible characters (teachers and students actors), and learn about the most special holiday of our Christian faith. We are blessed to learn in a community where Christian values are shared!
Congratulations to senior Elizabeth Figg, Carolina Borges (8th grade) and Sophia Medina (5th grade) for being selected as STAR students. These students were recognized at an awards luncheon hosted by Independent Schools of South Florida (ISSF) for their achievements in academics, community service, and as role models.
As a reading incentive for the third quarter, the library challenged middle school students to read from a list of sixteen books in “A Tournament of Books” Contest. Twenty-three students participated in the contest and read a total of over 17,000 pages.
Parents are invited to attend the WCS Spring Association Meeting on Tues., Apr. 23 at 5:30 PM in the Guarch Family Auditorium.The WCS Board of Trustees and school administrators will be updating you on the school finances, the strategic planning process, and proposed improvements to the bylaws. In addition, you will have the opportunity to vote for two new members of the WCS Board of Trustees.
Congratulations to alumni Christian Sanchez '09 and Nicole Perez '09 on their marriage. The wedding ceremony took place in the Dominican Republic on March 2, 2019. Many alumni were in attendance to watch the couple of eight years tie the knot. Christian and Nicole plan to live in Miami for the time being.
All nine of Westminster’s Warrior Robotics teams earned bids to the State competition this past weekend at The VEX VRC and VEX IQ South Florida State competition. Three WCS teams competed In the VRC High School challenge on Sat., Mar. 2. Team 503A finished in 14th place among 49 schools earning a spot in the finals match. Team members included Aria Upton, Dante Martinez, Anthony Pastrana, George Sprinkle, Landon Glavach, Seizin Dieleman, and William Battle. The High School teams are coached by Brianna Upton.
On Sun., Mar. 3, the elementary and middle school teams competed. In the Elementary Division, Team 6855C won the Teamwork Champion Award as well as the Excellence Award. Team 6855 B won the Design award. These three awards are the top awards presented at any robotics competition and each includes an invitation to the World Vex IQ Robotics competition which will be held in Louisville, Kentucky in April 2019.
The HS Choir enjoyed a productive performance tour in Hawaii in February. They performed at the largest outdoor mall in the world, Ala Moana, had a choir exchange with Kalani High School in Honolulu, and had a workshop at the University of Hawaii with Ms. Nola Nahulu. When they weren't singing, they were hiking Diamond Head Mountain, experiencing the Pearl Harbor Memorial, snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, learning how to make traditional leis, or learning more about traditional cultures at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
The HS mission trip to Costa Rica was an amazing experience for students. WCS students served at a local school, assisting with the English class and provided school supplies that they had shopped for while in Costa Rica. They also visited a local church and held a time of devotion. In addition to serving in the local community, they immersed themselves in the culture and learned about Costa Rica's rich environment.
The WCS High School Symphonic Band had the honor and privilege to perform at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, HI on Fri., Feb. 15. Their program included special, patriotic-themed music: God Bless America, In Honor of the Fallen, Eternal Father Strong to Save, and the Marches of the Armed Forces. In addition to their Pearl Harbor performance, Mr. Carlson and the HS Symphonic Band also performed on the Center Stage at the Ala Moana Mall, toured the island of Oahu and visited many beautiful locations including Diamond Head, Hanuama Bay, and the North Shore. The students enjoyed many activities including surfing, snorkeling, zip-lining, sailing, biking, and parasailing.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, more than 175 WCS alumni in college received care packages from WCS. This annual initiative by the PR/Alumni Office reminds our alumni how much they are loved and missed on campus. To receive a package, alumni just had to respond to an email from the school with their current mailing address or send a message to a school account on social media where the initiative was widely publicized.
For the fourth year in a row, WCS high school students walked away with the majority of the awards at the Miami-Dade County History Fair held at the History Miami Museum on Sat., Feb. 9. Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding research projects:
Westminster's Science Research Program students had an another excellent showing in this year’s 65th Annual South Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair, held at Miami Dade College North Campus on January 26th. Melanie Deville and Dante Martinez will advance to the State of Florida Science and Engineering Fair in March, representing South Florida and Westminster. Carolina Gonzalez and Katrina Bobson will serve as alternates.
Recently, the 7th graders visited the Pine Rocklands across the street at Deering Estate. They had a photo scavenger hunt, which culminated in a photo contest for those students that chose to participate. The HS Photography students served as the judging panel and selected:
Following their performance at the ACSP Robotics Qualifier, all Westminster Christian School Robotic Teams have earned bids to the State Competition in March. WCS Team 6855A won their bid by earning the Design Award for their Engineering Journal.
WCS Head of School Scott Jones stopped by for a visit to Mrs. Loveless’ & Ms. Milian’s PK4 classroom. He stayed awhile to play with the students and to get to know them a little better. The students were thrilled to show him around their classroom home.
The middle school students met the library’s 150,000 Page Reading Challenge by reading over 195,000 pages! Students enjoyed ice cream sundaes served to them by the library staff. The top ten readers won certificates and prizes for their reading accomplishments.
The French Club celebrated La Chandeleur (fête des chandelles), a French holiday also known as the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus and the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a Christian Holy Day commemorating the presentation of Jesus at the Temple, based on the account of the presentation of Jesus in Luke 2:22-40. In keeping with French traditions, The French Club members celebrated by having les crêpes in Mme. Dubovik's classroom during lunch.
WCS celebrated the construction of its new performing arts center, The Lighthouse, with a construction tour for donors, school families, and Palmetto Bay officials. Head of School Scott Jones, WCS Board of Trustees’ President Dr. Alex Trujillo, and school administrators updated attendees on the project, and fine arts students provided entertainment for the occasion.
Westminster Christian School had one of the largest representations at the District 20 Honor Band with eight high school and seven middle school student participants. The Honor Bands were comprised of the district's top band students from eight local schools.
Parents, please plan on attending the Fri., Feb. 1 meeting of the WCS Parent Organizations at 8 AM in the SAC where Gary Alan Taylor from AXIS will be presenting, "Faith As Resistance to Pop Culture." He will be sharing a parent's guide on how pop culture, technology, and media are influencing your child while equipping you to start biblically-based conversations.
Please join us for a Construction Tour of The Lighthouse, a Place for Praise and Performance, on Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, at 8:30 AM. To help us plan for your attendance, please RSVP to email@example.com, or by calling 305-233-2030, ext. 1448.
Seventh grade students participated in a Digital Citizenship presentation, led by Media Specialist Kathy Ramirez, and MS Counselor Yeni Dumas. During Bible time, students engaged in discussions that allowed them to understand the constant social nature of digital media and its impact on their lives. Students were asked to explore their digital life by considering the amount of time they spend on digital media and write a simile describing their digital life. During the course of the lesson, students were encouraged to act responsibly when maintaining relationships over digital media.
Congratulations to CJ Heck '14 on his marriage to Hannah Frankl in late December, 2018. CJ recently graduated from Wheaton College in May, 2018, where he studied Psychology. CJ is the son of Mr. Heck, who has been teaching 6th grade social studies at WCS for many years.