Middle School – Thursday, August 23, 6:30 p.m.
Upper School – Thursday, August 30, 6:30 p.m.
IGNite is a must-attend, back-to-school night for parents. Parents are invited to follow their student’s schedule, sit in the classrooms, and briefly get to know each teacher and the class curriculum.
The program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.
During this evening, as you follow your student’s schedule and walk through a mini day at Westminster, you will hear from each of your student’s teachers regarding the 2018-19 academic year.
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.
Be sure to check the calendar, updated throughout the year, for the most up-to-date information.
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 – FinalsView 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
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.
As we work together with families to create lifelong learners, Westminster expects students to continue reading over the summer. View the 2018 summer reading assignments corresponding to students’ 2018-19 grade level.
Dr. Joe White, president of Kanakuk Ministries, will share with students why choosing God’s way of purity is the best way. Dr. White has written more than twenty books, frequently speaks at conferences and on Christian radio, and runs a family of Christian camps that attract 23,000 children from around the world each summer.
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.
Westminster’s math department is excited to announce another resource for students: the Math Center. Alissa Rockney, our Math Center coach, will be available in Room D204 (off the Academic Hub) to meet with students. Alissa holds a master’s degree in mathematics and has extensive experience working with math students as both a teacher and tutor. She will assist students enrolled in our entire curriculum, from Pre-Algebra to AP Calculus, including AP Statistics.
Math Center Hours
Monday: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Girls Volleyball and Boys Soccer –August 17, 20, 21, and 23
All athletes will meet their coaches outside the locker room then be led to their respective practice sites on Monday, August 27, and Tuesday, August 28. Practices run daily from 2:25-3:30 p.m., so please change quickly in the locker room and head directly to your team’s practice sites. No cleats are allowed in the building.
Please remember to have a parent attend the Middle School Athletics Meeting and Meet the Coaches Night (details coming soon). We will begin with an overview of middle school athletics with the athletic department, then break out for team meetings by sport with coaches and parents. Contact Cory Snyder with questions.
For daily practices, all athletes should wear a t-shirt and shorts, unless otherwise indicated. P.E. uniforms are fine. Please bring appropriate footwear (outlined below) and all students should bring a water bottle. Specifics by sport are listed below.
Cross Country – running shoes, athletic clothes, preferably a running watch but not necessary
Field Hockey – cleats, shin guards, tall socks to cover shin guards, mouth guard, goggles, stick
Football – cleats, shorts and a mouth guard
Soccer – cleats, shin guards
Softball – softball glove; bats, helmets, etc., are welcomed but not required. Softball or soccer cleats are also acceptable, but tennis shoes will suffice.
Swim – swimsuit, goggles, and a towel
Girls Tennis – tennis racket and shorts/skirt, preferably with pockets. Hats or visors are optional.
Volleyball – athletic shoes, knee pads, shorts