If you and your family braved the inclement weather and attended the Back to School Picnic on Friday, August 10, we want to hear from you! Please take two minutes to answer eight questions about the event. Your input is valuable to us and will help shape school events in the future.
Celebrate with us as we break ground on the new site for the highly anticipated WorldWonder Program on Wed., Aug. 22,2018, at 3 PM. The brief ceremony will take place just east of the Gutierrez Family Field, on the southeast corner of campus. All WCS families are encouraged to attend!
WCS has been selected to join an elite group of 40 school nationwide that are designated as Microsoft Showcase Schools for 2018. Showcase schools exemplify leadership, modern teaching and learning, inclusivity, and innovative thinking in the development and deployment of technology for students.
WCS hosted nearly 50 students in 3rd-5th grade at their VEX IQ Robotics Camp. Campers learned ROBOTC programming using the Carnegie Mellon curriculum, built cars and catapults to take home, and built and programmed robots that participated in an in-house competition using the Vex IQ Next Level challenge.
The MS Warrior Robotics team hosted a VEX EDR camp where students learned to build and code virtual robots using the metal VEX equipment. Campers competed using their physical robots for the honor of being named "Robot Skills Champion." The title of "Programming Skills Champion" was battled for online through the programming of virtual robots.
Students taking Westminster's "Introduction to Engineering Design" course learn how to use Autodesk Inventor and to obtain industry-standard certification. This certification demonstrates that students take their skills development seriously and gives them a competitive edge for selective jobs and colleges. The following high school engineering students have passed the Autodesk Certified User certification exam this year at Westminster Christian School:
We are pleased to announce that Donna Underwood has accepted the position of Fine Arts Director, effective July 1, 2018. Underwood has taught art for 16 years at Westminster Christian School where her students have been juried into and won awards in Scholastic and numerous prestigious art shows. The Dade Art Educator Association awarded her the Jackie Hinchy-Sipes Art Advocacy Award in 2010 and the Skevy Ralis High School Art Education Award of Honor in 2017.
WCS Junior Arielle Fedee was selected to be one of six students representing South Florida at The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Her project focused on the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease. She induced Alzheimer’s disease into Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies) and then tested the effect of turmeric upon the progression of the disease. We are so proud of all that Arielle has accomplished so far. An MIT professor has asked to work with her on this topic. We are excited to see what next year’s project will hold!
In honor of the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday, the father of seventh grader Gael Cardenas, Dr. Ernesto Cardenas, a U.S. Army Major, and the uncle of seventh grader Amanda Andreus, Jason Reyes, a U.S. Army Major in the Special Forces, shared in Middle School Chapel about their experiences in the military.
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 the Operation Pedro Pan. As part of their study of the text, they invited Fernando Munilla, Sabrina Chirino's grandfather; and, Tere Cuesta and Magda Rodriguez, Brian Casiano's aunts, to share their personal accounts of coming to the U.S. through the Pedro Pan Airlift Operation.
Eight seventh grade students received State Recognition from Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program) for their outstanding SAT or ACT scores. They are: Arnold Bomnim, Matthew Bracci, Daniela Corradine, Anthony Mirabal, Caleb Quentel, Isabella Rodriguez-Sanchez, Angel Sajous, and Camila Valdes.
WCS CIO/CTO/IT Director Omar Valerio has been selected to speak at the TechMentor 2018 Technology Conference at the Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, WA. Recognized as an innovator and leader in educational technology, this year Valerio will present on technology infrastructure, and Cyber Security " Network Sustainability and Cyber Security Measures."
Congratulations to the following students who were elected to Student Council for the 2018-2019 school year: Camila Valdes, President; Matthew Bracci, Vice President; Alex Elejabarrieta, Treasurer; Isabella Gonzalez, Secretary; and, Isabella Galbis, Chaplain.
Congratulations to seventh grade students who received high honors in the Scholastic Art & Writing Contest. Camilla Valdes won a gold key, the highest honor; and, Sabrina Chirinos, Ella Gomez, and Ariel Brown Ogha won silver keys.
Congratulations to "Warrior Way," the MS newspaper, for earning second place in the Annual Newspaper Review Contest, for the middle schools under 500 students category, by the American Scholastic Press Association.
The Class of 2020, led by the Sophomore class student council and leadership students, successfully collected, organized and packaged 95 complete bags of groceries containing about two week's worth of food that will be distributed to the 40-50 families who benefit from the Feed Miami pantries each week.
After competing in the Florida States History Fair, Westminster students went to the Capitol and had a private audience in The Florida House of Representatives with Rep. Ausley (center). Our students kept her on her toes for an hour and a half with questions about policy making and its effects on Floridians. Mr. Williams was very proud of our students!
Ashley Diaz '16, a sophomore at Emory University, earned a 2018 Goldwater Scholarship, the nation’s premier undergraduate award in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering, for her research related to bacterial resistance. Diaz was one of only 211 scholarships chosen from 1,280 applicants nationwide.
Seventh grade student Valentina Nicolini earned her Girl Scout Silver Award last week, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. She exceeded the award requirement by working 76 hours on her project to bring awareness to the role of service dogs by partnering with South Florida Guide Dogs.
The Warriorette Dance Teams (HS & MS) will hold auditions for the '18-'19 school year on Thurs., May 17 from 3:30 PM to 5 PM (HS) and 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (MS) in the Auditorium. Sign up will begin 30 minutes prior to the audition time.
Congratulations to senior Diamond Taylor, Thomas Brigham (8th grade) and Justin Sanchez (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 the ES Robotics Teams prepare to compete at the 2018 VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky at the end of the month, we wanted to thank our corporate sponsors who have generously supported the program and this trip: FPL, Yachting Experts, United Technologies, Metric Engineering and Media Relations Group.
Congratulations to sophomore Luciana Solorzano and 8th graders Cai Li Frankenwich and Margaret Miao for being selected to exhibit their Fairchild Challenge art work at the Blick Miami Art Exhibit from April 13 to April 27.
Heartstrings, Westminster Christian School's orchestra club recently played at Eastridge Retirement Home. The residents enjoyed an afternoon filled with classical music and afterwards each student spoke a bit about themselves and how long they had been playing their instrument. Heartstrings is planning a return engagement to Eastridge in May. Thank you to Club President Amanda Maier for organizing this community service project.
During the third quarter, WCS ES students had the opportunity to participate in CLUB Y.E.S. (Young Entrepreneurs Showcase). Students brainstormed business ideas, developed a product or service, and wrote business plans. They also learned about branding, marketing, and finances. To bring everything they learned full circle, these students will be participating in the 2nd Annual Young Entrepreneurs Showcase on Sat., May 19, from 11 AM to 4 PM, at Dadeland Mall. At this one-day marketplace, students are responsible for the setup, sales, and interacting with customers. The event will include students from a variety of schools that will showcase their talents as bakers, artists, fashion designers, philanthropists, authors, jewelry creators, chefs, photographers, candle makers and more.
The Cafecito Club spent Spring Break bringing Jesus' love and their hearts of service to the children of the Dominican Republic. Read club founder Kayla Dumas' '21 first-hand account of this life-changing trip.
The Cafecito in the Dominican Republic Mission Trip will always be an unforgettable experience for me, and the orphans at Fundacion Red De Misericordia, in Santiago De Los Caballeros, stole my heart. Although the thought of what they suffered through in their past made my heart ache, the joy and love for Jesus these children had was more than just alleviating, it was restoring.
Congratulations to senior Brejah Upton on her acceptances to both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The private universities are listed fifth and tenth, respectively, in the 2018 U.S. News & World report ranking of National Colleges. We are proud of you, Brejah, for these outstanding accomplishments!
It is with sadness we inform you of the passing of Dan DeLange, Sr., who passed away on March 21, 2018. Dan was highly-regarded and admired at WCS, as he held many influential positions over the years. He was Westminster Christian School’s first Principal and a strong influence in the development of the school during his tenure.
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Students in Nica Crew 2018, once again glorified our Lord and Savior. A group of sixteen high school students, from freshmen to seniors, walked into an impoverished neighborhood of Managua, Nicaragua to be Jesus. God used them as His hands and feet who carried the gospel to a family and a neighborhood. During the day, our students would swap between playing with neighborhood kids to making cement for a house. Or muscles ached, our faces were dirty and our bodies screamed for home meals; yet our hearts were bursting with love and awareness of God.
The HS student body gathered today to pray and honor the 17 victims who lost their lives at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School one month ago. HS Students led the group in a devotional, and paid special tribute to the victims and the MSD community through prayer and song. WCS also placed and dedicated an orchid in MSD maroon on a large oak tree with an inscribed bible verse in remembrance of this tragic event.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 24 percent of teenagers have experimented with or are currently using some form of e-cigarette. What makes it hard to detect is that 1) newer devices resemble a Sharpie pen or computer flash drives, 2) they can produce vapor odors that mimic fruit juices or peppermint, and 3) they are easily concealed in pockets, purses and backpacks. Student can power them up in their computers during class (like a flash drive) and then take a few puffs between classes.
Alumna Dacia (Chaffin) Wiegandt '97 is a Warrior through and through. Her Westminster experience as a student, alumna, and now parent have positively impacted her life personally, professionally, and spiritually. She is an outstanding testament to how a Westminder education can change your life for the better! Read her story in her own words HERE.
Another great showing for our MS Boys Varsity Basketball Team this past weekend at Miami Country Day School. The Warriors defeated Florida Christian (39-24) and Miami Country Day (41-21) in tournament play. The 45-38 victory over Florida Christian in the Championship Game earned the Warriors first place and a trophy. Go Warriors!
This past weekend, Max Milian '18 traveled with the South Florida Youth Consortium Orchestra (SFYCO) to New York City where he performed on tympani in Carnegie Hall. Milian has been a percussionist and principle tympanist with the Miami Dade College Symphonic Orchestra for the past three years through a dual enrollment Fine Arts program, which lead to this opportunity with SFYCO.
WCS students spent countless hours preparing their projects for the Regional Fair. Their projects ranged from the fields of microbiology to animal and plant sciences, and as a result of their efforts, Carolina Gonzalez, Sara Fernandez, Madison Precht, Hannah Sprinkle, Tyler Hannon, Anthony Pastrana, and Kayla Dumas earned superiors; Bjorn Garrido, Arielle Fedee, Katrina Bobson, Elisabeth Campbell, and Nashali Vescovacci were awarded excellents; and Abigail Bell earned an honorable mention. More than 25,000 students from all over the county competed at the Regional fair.
Eighth grade students Noah Lopez-Calleja, Tommy Brigham, and Alex Gambrell, and seventh grader Carolina Gentzschein represented WCS at the History Bee Regional Finals. This year, 75 WCS MS students qualified for the Regional History Bee based on their scores on a 20-minute, 50 multiple choice question test. Students with the top scores represented their school at Regional Finals. Lopez-Calleja's performance at the Regional Final qualified him to attend and compete in the National History Bee in Atlanta in June.
UPDATE 2/20/18: All ES Warrior Robotics teams have earned a ticket to the World Championship. The Fourth and Fifth Grade teams earned their bids this weekend while competing at States. In addition, the Fifth Grade team won the State Excellence Award, and the Fourth Grade Boys Team won the Think Award. -------------- Congratulations to the Fourth Grade Girls Robotics Team who earned both the STEM Research Project Award and the Design Award this past weekend at the Second Annual RoboSlam Miami, earning them two bids to Vex IQ Robotics World Championship in Louisville, KY from April 29 to May 1. Team members are: Gaby Gonzalez, Sara Espitia, Reva Eikenberg, Ilysa Hilliard, Gigi Artiles, Gabriella Martin, Zoe De Varona, and Kaitlyn Walker.
Congratulations to Brejah Upton ’18 on being named a Finalist in the prestigious 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition. This designation is reserved for top performing students with high potential for future academic accomplishment. We are proud of you!
Two WCS Middle School VEX Robotics teams earned an invitation to the State Championship! In their first year, students had to overcome learning to build and program the VEX Robotics System and competing against mostly high school teams. The WCS teams consistently finished in the top half of each competition and were always one of the top middle school teams at each event.
After making numerous appearances with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, Grammy award-winning John Easterlin '80, is back home in Miami making his Florida Grand Opera debut in Salome at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Back stage following a standing ovation performance, there was a happy Westminster Christian School mini reunion with WCS alum (as pictured L to R): Linda Blackburn Brown '80, John Easterlin '80, Scott McDuff '80, Kelly Cochran McDuff '81, Beverley McLellan Barrios '79, and Rebecca Barrios '13.
Kipper, the piglet, was excited to meet our WCS preschoolers! Kipper lives in the Barn where students were able to feed and pet him. The highlight, however, was when the students each had a turn to run around the field with him and Mr. Heetderks. They learned many facts about pigs, which they have been excited to share with family and friends.
Merrett Fay ’15 still finds time to explore his talents and passion around the world even as a sophomore enrolled in the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications Innovation Academy.
Amanda Maier '19 is the WCS Ambassador for HIS House, a local organization that provides residential care for at-risk children in a campus home-like setting and foster homes in the community. In this capacity, she has raised nearly $900 to benefit the children helped by this organization. She has used the funds to purchase gifts for 21 children during the Holiday season. In addition, she hosted a Halloween party for the children where they enjoyed candy, pizza, drinks and a movie. She's grateful to her fellow WCS friends and families who have generously donated to this cause and made these events possible.
Alumnae Alexa Mora '13 and Rebecca Barrios '13 are living the dream. They are working for Compassion International and traveling the country helping over 3,000 children find sponsors. They were partnered on road together for five weeks and got to explore the country together. California, Tennessee, Idaho, and Ohio are some of the states that they have visited.
Olivia de Olazarra '18 and her skipper, Tucker Weed, won the C420 US National Championship in Cape Cod this summer. Sailing against 150 teams from across the United States and Canada, they were consistent through the 3 days of racing to take the title by 10 points.
Should we give our kids incentives to boost academic performance? Some would say, “It works!” Yes…but:
• When “it works,” does the higher grade indicate a positive shift in values and priorities? • Does an uptick in the GPA translate into a life-skill that will remain stable over time – on into college, a career, or life in general? • By what means was this better grade obtained?
Mrs. Castano's HS Creative Writing students completed a collaborative writing project with students in Mrs. Forjan's second grade class. Each HS student worked with two or three second grade students to write an original fairy tale, creating a book complete with illustrations.
High School students in the Principles of Engineering class traveled to Homestead’s City Hall to view master plans for the downtown renovation project. They visited the construction site of the upcoming Homestead Station, which will house the world’s first Cybrary. Each student experienced the technology behind the Cybrary’s leading attraction: the virtual reality cube. Additionally, students were able to talk to the mayor of Homestead, members of city council, city planners, and IT specialists.
Congratulations to Emily Silva ’18 for being selected as a Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Recipient. This program recognizes high school seniors for their commitment to community service, academics and demonstrated leadership.