Middle School

Black History Month & Night of the Arts

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As the highlight of Black History Month, we will once again host Night of the Arts on Tuesday, February 28 featuring performances from all of our performing arts groups (choir, band, jazz band, orchestra, and drama) as well as from the varsity dance team and alumnus David Alexander ’10.

We hope that everyone in our community joins us at this event and continues to build relationships with one another!

6:15-7 p.m. – Soul Food Sampler and Dynamic Living Museum (Grand Entry)
7-8:15 p.m. – Program (Theatre)

At the reception, Campus Cuisine by Hollyberry will provide a soul food sampler complete with fried chicken, greens, yams, cornbread, and lemon meringue pie. Night of the Arts will be a wonderful night of unity, community, and celebration!  

Spirit Week: Middle School Student Participation

Monday, January 30-Friday, February 3, 2017

Spirit Week is an annual weeklong, community-building experience where students compete between grade levels in many creative ways. This week provides opportunities for students to work together, serve one another, and build relationships. Everyone can find a way to be involved and cheer on their grade level!

Participation Opportunities

  • Students will support their class by dressing up each day according to the daily theme and cheering their classmates on at the daily pep rally.
  • Students may sign up to participate in games during the daily pep rallies. These games require no practice or planning.
  • Students may sign up to participate in one of the Big Three events. These events require significant commitments to practice and plan during the weeks leading up to Spirit Week.

The “Big Three” Events

*Practices have been scheduled around middle school sports practices and games.

Art Board (Boys and Girls)
With the help of a parent leader, students work in teams to design and construct an Art Board based on a selected theme.
Time commitment: up to 30 hours (decoration begins on January 17 and occur on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and/or Saturdays)
Supplies cost: $10 (due at first meeting)

Boys Poms (Boys only)
Under the direction of a parent leader, the boys practice and perform a dance routine that is judged on cleverness of costume, synchronization, and entertainment value.
Time commitment: 18 hours (practices begin January 18 and occur on some Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays)
Costume cost: $20 (due at first practice)

Lip Sync (Boys and Girls)
Under the direction of a parent leader, students practice and perform a musical routine that is judged on appropriate acting, synchronization, and entertainment value.
Time commitment: 18 hours (practices begin on January 17 and occur on mostly Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays)
Costume cost: $20 (due at first practice)


Spirit Week Performance Times

Students will perform twice. Performances are a required part of a student’s Spirit Week commitment.

Thursday, February 2

  • Boys Poms will perform at the pep rally during school
  • Community Night – Boys Poms and Lip Sync will perform

Friday, February 3

  • Lip Sync will perform at the pep rally during school
  • Big Night – the top grade level winners (from grades 7-12) of each event will perform at the varsity basketball game

Spirit Week Video


Video Order Form

Keep those fun memories alive and order your video today! Also, remember to check out our Facebook page for a huge album of photos from the week’s events!

 

STEM Seminar: Dr. Otha Myles

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Freshman/Sophomore Commons
*This seminar will be the last STEM Seminar for the 2016-17 school year

Dr. Otha Myles, MD, was born and raised in Homestown, Missouri. He graduated from Howard University, received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, and completed residency training in Internal Medicine and fellowship training in Infectious Diseases at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is the father of Westminster’s own Haley Myles, currently a junior at Westminster.

Dr. Myles has over a decade of experience in HIV/AIDS research and clinical treatment of patients. As a professor, he has helped train future doctors to care for and treat homeless and indigent HIV-positive individuals living in the city of Baltimore. Dr. Myles’ research on HIV/AIDS has been cited in multiple peer-reviewed journals, and he has been a local and national speaker on the topic of HIV/AIDS.

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In 2013, Dr. Myles returned to Missouri to start the Infectious Disease Clinic at Mercy Hospital. Since then, he has created his own medical consulting company (Myles Medical Consulting, LLC), and completed the Community Fellows Research Training Program at Washington University-St. Louis. In addition, he launched a Community Case Conference Series on HIV/AIDS and initiated the Brother 2 Brother Program at Roosevelt High School. He is a supporter of community programs such as Doorways: Interfaith AIDS Housing and Services, St. Louis Effort for AIDS, Williams & Associates, and the 100 Black Men of Metropolitan St. Louis.

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.

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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.

 

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