Middle School

Project Give Well 5K Fun Run

WHAT: An opportunity for the Westminster community to support a great cause!
WHERE: Westminster Christian Academy, 800 Maryville Centre Drive in Town & Country
WHEN: Saturday, April 29 (Registration: 8:15-8:45 a.m. / Start: 9 a.m.)
WHO: People of all ages!
WHY: Proceeds from the event will go to Project Give Well, a student-led organization with the mission to show Christ’s love and compassion to people around the globe.

For the fourth year, Project Give Well is partnering with New City Fellowship Church to provide funding for high school students at Lamb of God School in the Congo. Proceeds from this 5K will ensure that these students have 1) a safe place to learn, 2) access to healthcare, and 3) a good meal each day.

Registration
Cost is $25. Receive a free race t-shirt when you register before April 14! Return this registration form/waiver along with cash or check payment (payable to WCA) to Ashley Woodall in the Student Life Office.

Color Run
This race is a color run, so each participant will be provided a white race t-shirt (if registered before April 14). Runners will have an option to opt out of this if desired.

Bring Your Dog
All dogs are welcome, as long as they are leashed and picked up after the race.

Questions? Contact Ashley Woodall.

National Junior Honor Society Induction

Tuesday, April 4, 7 p.m.
Theatre

Congratulations to the 7th and 8th grade students who were nominated and chosen to be in Westminster’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society! Students should have received a notice in their locker and an email from Mrs. Pfuetze this week. Our Induction Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in the Theatre.

Please wear business casual attire to the ceremony.

  • Boys: a suit, sport coat, dress pants, and a tie are appropriate.
  • Girls: a dress, skirt and top, or nice pantsuit are perfect. (Please ensure that dresses/skirts are an appropriate length, as students will be standing and walking on stage. Also, please no spaghetti straps unless worn under a cardigan or shrug.)

Please contact Middle School Counselor Mollie Pfuetze with any questions. We look forward to celebrating this great academic accomplishment with our new inductees and their families!

Key Dates for 2016-17 

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

2017

SPRING SEMESTER
First Day of Second Semester – Tuesday, January 3
Spring Break – Monday, March 13-Friday, March 17
Easter Break – Friday, April 14-Monday, April 17
Final Exams (Middle School and Upper School) – Tuesday, May 23-Friday, May 26
Last Day of School – Friday, May 26

Independent Reading Lists

7th Grade Reading List | 8th Grade Reading List
An important component of the Middle School English curriculum is independent reading. In addition to assigned class novels, students will also choose several other books to read throughout the year.To help students and parents in selecting appropriate reading choices, the Middle School English Department has compiled a list of books that are widely respected by middle school teachers and librarians. Some of the books listed are considered classics, while others are more recent titles. Some of the recommended books fit easily within a Christian worldview; others are more secular. While not a perfect list, it is a guide to help parents and students wade through the increasingly rough waters of young adult literature.

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).

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.

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
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, February 5-Friday, February 9 – 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

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).

 

Students

Guidance and Counseling

Systematically addressing academic, social, emotional, spiritual, and college/career concerns is the foundation of the department.

 

Girl in Classroom

Student-Parent Handbook

Learn about our academic and athletic policies, health and safety regulations, and other important information.