New Student Orientation

Wednesday, August 9, 7 p.m.

If you are a new Westminster family or have one or more new students at Westminster this year, please mark your calendar for New Student Orientation on Wednesday, August 9. The orientation will provide students and parents an opportunity to become acclimated to the school building and meet other new students and families; it can also ease the nervousness that sometimes comes with the first day of classes. If you have questions, please email Katie Boggs in the Admissions Office.

2016-17 Report Cards

Please remember to print and/or digitally save your student’s report card for the 2016-17 academic year. On July 1, our Veracross database will roll over to the 2017-18 school year, and old report cards will not be accessible.

Key Dates for 2017-18

Be sure to check the calendar, updated throughout the year, for the most up-to-date information.

View Dates

2017

Fall Semester
Tuesday, August 15 – First Day of School
Monday, September 4 – Labor Day (no school)
Thursday, September 28 (school) and Friday, September 29 (no school) – Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences
Wildcat Weekend & Alumni Homecoming – Saturday, October 7
Thursday, October 19 – End of First Quarter
Friday, October 20 – Faculty In-Service Day (no school for students)
Monday, October 23 –  Fall Break (no school)
Wednesday, November 22-Friday, November 24 – Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, December 13-Friday, December 15 – Final Exams
Monday, December 18-Tuesday, January 2 – Christmas Break

2018

Spring Semester
Wednesday, January 3 – First Day of Second Semester
Monday, January 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (no school)
Monday, January 29 – Friday, February 2 – Spirit Week
Friday, February 16 – Faculty In-Service Day (no school for students)
Monday, February 19 – Presidents Day (no school)
Thursday, March 1 (no school) and Friday, March 2 (no school) – Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences
Friday, March 9 – End of Third Quarter
Friday, March 23-Monday, April 2 – Spring Break (including Easter Break)
Friday, April 27 – Faculty In-Service Day (no school for students)
Friday, May 11 – Last Day for Seniors
Monday, May 21 – Graduation
Wednesday, May 23-Friday, May 25 – Final Exams

Important iPad Update (Grades 7-9)

Last fall, we sent a survey to parents and teachers asking for feedback about Westminster’s iPad Initiative. Based on the results we received, the initiative received a B+ rating. We consider this a huge success and a demonstration of the invaluable partnership between our families and faculty. Over the past three years, the iPad initiative has enhanced student engagement, improved daily organization, and allowed for greater innovation. Why did the initiative not receive an A? One concern consistently raised by parents and teachers is that of distractibility.

Parents ask, “When my student is home, how do I know he/she is completing homework and not playing a game?” This a valid concern and one we view as our responsibility. We recognize that social media and interactive games create a temptation for distraction. Moving forward, we plan to increase student focus by limiting apps downloaded on iPads to apps recommended by Westminster. If a student would like to access social media apps or play a game, those apps should be loaded on a non-school device (e.g. cell phone) so students are not a distracted in the classroom or while completing homework. We are confident this change will further improve learning and help neutralize the concerns raised in the survey.

Student Bookstore/Café Accounts – Balance Limits

Due to recent questions regarding account balance limits for student Bookstore/Café accounts, we’d like to clarify our policy.

Is it true that students are allowed to charge items to their Bookstore/Café account even when there are no funds in the account?

Yes. We do allow students to charge items to their account even when there are not sufficient funds available. We do this because, in most cases, when a student doesn’t have funds in his/her account, it is because the parents are not regularly monitoring the account.

Why do you allow this?

We believe that we would not be serving our families well by denying a student the opportunity to purchase lunch, an after-school snack, a book, or a supply that is needed for class.

Do we limit purchases in the Bookstore?

If students are overdrawn more than $15, they can only make school-related product purchases. We ask that families keep their accounts current to make purchases in the Bookstore.

I don’t want my child to have this option. What can I do?

We’ll be happy to deactivate your student’s account. If you would like to do this, please email Diane Miller. You’ll need to inform your child that his/her account is deactivated so he/she won’t be surprised after going through the lunch line. Students would still be able to make cash purchases.

How can I track my child’s account balance?  

You can view your student’s account balance and recent activity online. In addition to this, parents of accounts with a negative balance greater than $25 will receive a reminder email on the 15th of each month.

Is there a limit on how large my child’s balance can grow? 

Yes. Beginning in August, accounts with balances greater than $75 at the end of the month will automatically be deactivated. The account balance will be transferred to your tuition account and a $25 transfer fee will be assessed. In order to reactivate the account, you’ll need to pay the balance and fee in full.

Summer Reading 2017

As we work together with families to create lifelong learners, Westminster expects students to continue reading over the summer. View the 2017 summer reading assignments corresponding to students’ 2017-18 grade level.

If you have any questions regarding summer reading, contact Heather Marsee (incoming 7th-8th grade students) or Micah Gall (incoming 9th-12th grade students).

7th Grade  ·  8th Grade  ·  9th Grade  ·  10th Grade  ·  11th Grade  ·  12th Grade

Immunization Requirements for 2017-18

For the 2017-18 school year, Missouri requires all 8th and 9th grade students to have one dose of MCV (meningococcal vaccine) and all 12th grade students to have two doses of MCV (unless the first dose was given after age 16). In addition, all 7th grade students must have documented two doses of Varicella (chicken pox vaccine). Per state law, documentation of up-to-date immunization status, including month, day, and year, must be on file with the school prior to attendance. Students will be excluded if non-compliant.

If you are unsure as to your child’s immunization status, please contact his/her physician for further clarification, documentation, and/or to schedule an appointment. Immunizations may also be obtained at select pharmacies, urgent care clinics, and your local health department, but we recommend you call ahead to confirm vaccine availability.

In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding these requirements, please do not hesitate to contact Sue Haverstick, Health Services Coordinator.

 

Middle School Attendance Policy Improvements

Only one attendance policy change applies for middle school as well as upper school. First-hour tardies may now be excused up to three times per quarter when parents notify us in one of the following ways:

  1. Use the attendance email: attendance@wcastl.org.
  2. Call the attendance hotline at 314.997.2901 (press 2).
  3. Send a note with your student.

Review the tardy policy in the Student/Parent Handbook (p. 9-10).

Advance Book Sale

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Thursday, August 3, 5-8 p.m.
Friday, August 4, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Monday, August 7, 5-8 p.m.
Tuesday, August 8, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Advance Book Sale is the only time prior to the beginning of the school year that you can purchase from the Westminster Bookstore. At the sale, you will be able to purchase books and supplies for the first semester.

  • Books, supplies, and all other items for sale at the Bookstore are tax-free and competitively priced with big-box stores.
  • Only cash and check will be accepted.
  • The items sold at the sale and at the Bookstore year-round are competitively priced with local office supply stores and online stores.
  • Spirit wear, P.E. clothing, and other merchandise will be available for purchase.
  • If you are available to volunteer at the sale, email Diane Miller.

Book & Supply Lists

Be prepared with the required books and supplies for the first semester.

Middle School Book List 2017-18
Middle School Supply List 2017-18
Upper School Book List 2017-18
Upper School Supply List 2017-18

Student Leadership

At Westminster, student leadership is servant leadership. In the spring, student leaders will be chosen through a process that includes an application, recommendation, and interview. Student leaders are expected to work closely with the faculty leaders to guide the meetings and events planned by the groups.

Leadership Opportunities

Middle School & Upper School Programs

Middle School

To provide a seamless transition to our Upper School Leadership Program, 8th grade students will be given the opportunity to join the Middle School Leadership Team. The application process will take place in September. Students will be required to complete an application and an essay. Membership is not limited to a certain number of students in middle school due to the fact that these students will filter into many leadership opportunities in upper school.

Upper School

The Student Leadership Team is a multi-grade level group of upper school students who work together to build community and practice hands-on leadership in the planning and executing of school-wide activities. These students will work closely with grade-level faculty leaders and the Director of Student Services to plan class and school-wide activities. Eight to ten leaders will be chosen for each upper school grade.

Other upper school leadership opportunities in Student Life include senior peer counselors and PC juniors (mentor small groups of middle school students throughout the school year); fresh connectors (seniors who meet with 9th graders who are new to the Westminster community); chapel band and chapel leadership team (assist with planning and implementing chapel); ambassadors (assist the Admissions Department with open houses, community events, and school visits); and club leaders (work alongside the club sponsors to plan and carry out club events throughout the school year).