Middle School

Middle School Finals

Friday, December 14 & Monday, December 17

 

Middle school finals are a safe training ground for our students, providing an age-appropriate challenge while also assisting them in their transition into Upper School.

Middle school finals will:

  • Train students in test taking and review skills necessary for Upper School and beyond
  • Connect curriculum and themes within a course from one semester to the next
  • Assess student understanding of essential questions and inform further teacher instruction
  • Build student academic confidence and strengthen ownership in learning

7th Grade

1st Semester

  • End-of-unit test
  • Worth a major test grade (or a bit more)
 

2nd Semester

  • Main ideas/more comprehensive exam (with notecard)
  • Worth 10% of semester grade

8th Grade

1st Semester

  • Final exam over 1st semester material (with notecard)
  • Worth 15% of semester grade
 

2nd Semester

 

  • Final exam over 2nd semester material (notecards by PLC choice)
  • Worth 15% of semester grade

To support students as they prepare for finals, teachers will use class time and Advisory each week.

Advisory Dates:

November 28 & 29 – Finals overview and purpose; students will also receive study guides for each final by the end of the week

December 5 & 6 – Students create a finals study plan to share with their Advisor (feel free to ask your student to see their study plan)

December 12 & 13 – Last minute details and reminders for Finals week

In addition, teachers will share and suggest study strategies with students during class and through homework and provide a study guide.

View Fall 2018 finals schedule and additional information

Finals Schedule

Download the full schedule

December 5–11
No tests/projects for classes with finals
English papers due by December 11
World Language Exam: December 5/6, and 7

December 12 & 13
Block day schedule — use to review and study together

Friday, December 14

8–8:30 a.m. Attendance and study time in Advisory
8:30–9:30 a.m. Global Studies/Study Skills 7
9:30–10 a.m. Extended time/Study for next exam
10–10:30 a.m. Locker clean out/Gym time
10:30–11:30 a.m. Math
11:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Extended time
12 p.m. Students dismissed

Monday, December 17

8–8:30 a.m. Attendance and study time in Advisory
8:30–9:30 a.m. Bible 7 or Bible 8/P.E. 8
9:30–10 a.m. Extended time/Study for next exam
10–10:30 a.m. Snack/Locker clean out/Gym time
10:30–11:30 a.m. Science
11:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Extended time
12 p.m. Students dismissed

Tuesday, December 18

8 a.m.–12 p.m. Christmas Party
12:30–3 p.m. Make-up finals

 

What to Bring

(Besides a well-rested, prepared brain and a positive attitude!)

  • study materials for each final (binder, iPad)
  • pencil and eraser
  • calculator (if needed for math or science final)
  • notecard (all 8th grade exams)
  • work to do after test (study for another class or read)

Immunization Requirements for 2018-19

For the 2018-19 school year, Missouri requires all 8th, 9th, and 10th 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 and 8th 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.

 

Key Dates for 2018-19

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

Fall Semester

Tuesday, August 14 – First day of school, 7:55 a.m.

Thursday, August 23 – Middle School IgNite, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, September 3 – No School: Labor Day

Thursday, September 27 – Parent Teacher Conferences (evening)

Friday, September 28 – No School: Parent Teacher Conferences (morning)

Friday, October 5–Saturday, October 6 – Wildcat Weekend/Carnival

Friday, October 19 – No School: Faculty In-Service

Monday, October 22 – No School: Fall break

Monday, November 5–Friday, November 9 – ITSOG (In The Spirit Of Giving)

Wednesday, November 21–Friday, November 23 – No School: Thanksgiving break

Friday, December 14–Tuesday, December 18 – Finals

View Spring Semester

Spring Semester

Wednesday, December 19–Tuesday, January 2 – No School: Christmas break

Monday, January 21 – No School: Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 28–Friday, February 1 – Spirit Week/Taste of Westminster

Monday, February 4 – No School: Academic Support Day

Friday, February 15 – No School: Faculty In-Service Day

Monday, February 18 – No School: Presidents Day

Thursday, February 28 – Parent Teacher Conferences (evening)

Friday, March 1 – No School: Parent Teacher Conferences (morning)

Monday, March 25–Friday, March 29 – No School: Spring Break

Friday, April 19–Monday, April 22 – No School: Easter break

Friday, May 3 – No School: Faculty In-Service

Monday, May 20 – Graduation

Friday, May 24 – Last day of school

Required iPad Apps 2018-19

Please view the list of apps that students in grades 7-9 will use with their iPad. In order to start the year off right away, we ask that students load all the apps listed below (paid and free) on their iPad before the start of the year.

View the list of required iPad apps

 

Student Health Updates

To update each of your student’s health records:

  • Log into Veracross

  • Access the Parent Portal

  • Click “Update My Household Profile”

  • Click “Medical Profile” (top right)

Please review your student’s medical profile, insurance provider and emergency contacts for accuracy. If you need to update specific health information and/or insurance, please submit changes via Add a Change/Request, and our Health Services Coordinator will update your student’s profile accordingly.

You can directly edit your student’s emergency contacts under Household Profile-Household Contacts>Contacts for (your student’s name). Please ensure that we have one alternate emergency contact in addition to a parent or guardian. As a reminder, if your student will need medication during the school day, other than what you have authorized online, please refer to Section 5 of the Student Parent Handbook for Westminster’s medication policy.

Math Center

Hours

Monday: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Westminster100LogoWestminster 100

The Westminster 100 is a six-year program that will require participating students to read 100 great books over the course of their time here. Students will be required to read 25 core books and select 75 other books from the offered list. Books are divided into recommended grade levels to allow students to select age-appropriate books according to both content and reading level. Faculty members will act as mentors for participating students by offering support and guidance along the way.

View the 2018-19 list.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do students begin?

After selecting a book, students will check in with the book’s sponsor to start the conversation.

How will students select which books to read?

Each book is categorized by grade level. Level 1 is recommended for grades 7 and 8. Level 2 is recommended for 9 and 10, and Level 3 is recommended for 11 and 12. All families are encouraged to research titles for content and subject matter before selecting books.

How will student reading be tracked?

Each book on the Westminster 100 will have a faculty sponsor’s name beside it. To begin, students will notify the sponsor of their selected book, at which time the sponsor will provide 2-3 guided questions for students to focus on as they read. Students are encouraged to check in with faculty sponsors at various points throughout the reading of each book. Finally, students will meet with the book sponsor after reading each selected book, at which time the sponsor will sign off on that specific title. If a book appears on both the Westminster 100 list and the school’s curriculum, the instructor of the course can act as the sponsor and will sign off on that title for each participating student in his or her class. A running log of completed titles will be kept for each student.

Is any written work required to complete the Westminster 100?

No written work is required.

Given that the Westminster 100 is designed as a six-year program, is there a way for students who do not enter Westminster at the 7th-grade level or who decide to participate after 7th grade to take part?

Yes. To complete the program, students will be required to read 17 books (four from the core list) each year they are at Westminster.

  •      12th-grade entry: 13 choice/4 core
  •      11th-grade entry: 26 choice/8 core
  •      10th-grade entry: 39 choice/12 core
  •      9th-grade entry: 52 choice/16 core
  •      8th-grade entry: 65 choice/20 core
  •      7th-grade entry: 75 choice/25 core

What do students receive upon completion of the program?

This is a program that students can take part in at no extra cost, so there is no “carrot” dangling in front of them to motivate them to participate or finish. In addition to providing students and faculty members the opportunity to build stronger and deeper relationships, we believe the main value and reward for this program is that it encourages students to become more well-read, and in doing so, to be more well-rounded thinkers and engagers of culture.

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.

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

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 during 4th quarter of 7th grade and 2nd quarter for new 8th grade students. Students will be required to complete an application and an essay.

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.