Upper 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 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!

 

Trip to Hillsdale College

Interested in taking a college trip to Hillsdale College?

Join Mr. Jacob Mohler and Mrs. Lori West February 15-17 for this on-site college adventure. The trip will leave from Westminster on Wednesday, February 15, at approximately 1:15 p.m. to travel to Michigan. The group will leave Hillsdale Friday morning after breakfast and arrive at Westminster by 6 p.m. Students will be housed on campus and attend classes* on Thursday. There will be many opportunities to meet current students and faculty and plenty of discussion time.

Approximate cost is $100-$125** plus two meals on the road and personal spending money.

Space is very limited! We have room for 8 students. Juniors or seniors only.

Deadline to sign up is Wednesday, February 8. Please bring the following items by February 8 to Mrs. West in the Counseling Office:

*Student interest will be considered when scheduling class observations at Hillsdale. Mrs. West will help coordinate.
**Final cost is dependent on the number of participants.

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

Upper School Attendance Improvements

Absence / Illness
Please 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). Leave a brief, clear message with the student’s name and current date.

If your student has missed five or more days in any class, please review the Attendance Policy in the Student/Parent Handbook (p. 8-10).

Early Dismissal
Please notify us in one of the following ways:

  1. Use the attendance email.
  2. Send a note with your student, preferably in the morning. A student should bring the note to the Welcome Desk in the Grand Entry prior to the class he/she will be leaving.

Should there be unforeseen circumstances in which case you do not know about the dismissal before school, please call us at 314.997.2900 before coming to pick up your student.

First-Hour Excused Tardy
Please notify us in one of the following ways:

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

We want to extend grace on those days when you or your student may be running late due to traffic or other unforeseen reasons. Excused tardies are limited to three per quarter; any additional tardies will be counted as unexcused. You can review the tardy policy in the Student/Parent Handbook (p. 9-10).

Dismissal for Medical Reasons
If your student contacts you during school hours to report that he/she is not feeling well, please advise him/her to go to the nurse. The nurse will then contact you, as necessary. If your student is leaving school due to illness, we expect that you will pick him/her up unless we are notified otherwise.

 

For questions regarding attendance, please email Jenny Rockwood or Deana Vandegriff.

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

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College & Career Counseling

Parents and students should visit Westminster’s College and Career Counseling page for a wealth of college resources.

Junior/Senior Privilege

If you are a parent of a junior or senior who has a study hall and you wish to give him/her permission to experience junior/senior privilege during the first semester, please complete the appropriate form and return it to the Student Services Office (juniors) or the Upper School Office (seniors).

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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Student-Parent Handbook

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