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  • 1Westminster Christian AcademyMay 2012

    W e s t m i n s t e r C h r i s t i a n A c a d e m y V o l u m e X I s s u e I S e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 2

    800 Maryville Centre Drive, Town and Country, MO 63017 www.thewildcatroar.com

    Snowballs fell from the sky, Andy Thomas, junior slid by on his back and a dozen others struggled with the dual threats of sunburn and frostbite.

    The junior Summer Seminar

    group shared this and many other interesting experiences while getting to know each other on a much deeper level on their trip this summer. Eighteen juniors and five teachers journeyed to the West for their voyage, starting out in Colorado and making their way through Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington.

    I liked the trip because it was a chance to get to know the students and teachers on a deeper level. There were a lot of experiences

    that we couldnt have had at home that really bonded us! Also, having the mountains of Montana as a classroom was a fun way to learn, said Olivia Harre, junior.

    Although they covered lots of ground, which meant spending extended periods of time in mini vans, the bonding time during the long car rides added to the excitement of the trip.

    We liked to make Call Me Maybe videos during the five hour car rides between campsites, said Claire Kopsky, junior.

    One of the places that the group visited was where the Battle of Little Bighorn took place.

    The biggest thing I took away from the trip was learning about all the ways leadership could go wrong. We all witnessed this by learning about Custer and the Battle of Little Bighorn, said Jonny Kinney, junior.

    The point of the trip from a teachers perspective was to teach

    the students about the importance of leadership and their new roles in the school as rising juniors. These students went through an application process like most of the other Summer Seminar trips.

    Our goal as teachers was to help the students to understand the effects that their decisions, ethics, and morals have on their ability to lead, said Scott Vonder Bruegge, upper school journalism and history teacher who went on the trip as a chaperone.

    Jim Butz, upper school drama and Bible teacher, Scott Holley, academic dean, and Chris Knerr, upper school history teacher, periodically led core discussions that centered around the topic of leadership.

    One thing that I was challenged with was thinking about how people will see me in 20 years from now. Will I regret my past or think I was successful? said Emma Bailey, junior.

    The students on the trip not only learned a lot about leadership, but also bonded through the trips unique activities and the interesting experiences they shared.

    We all have so many inside jokes now after spending that much time together. The whole group bonded so well. We also didnt shower for seven whole days. And we saw a baby moose, said Bailey.

    But not everything on the trip was just a smooth walk in the wilderness, thanks to injuries, tough hikes, and dogs being mistaken for bears.

    On the first day of actual hiking, I fell and cut my leg, and it was a really deep cut. I was having trouble with the weight of my backpack, and everyone volunteered to take weight out! I felt so loved, said Harre.

    The first day when we started the hike, we all thought it would be only six miles and they told us it

    was super flat. That was definitely wrong. It was extremely uphill and for 8-10 miles. It was ridiculous. And we had to go over a ton of logs on the hike, and every single time we did, the person behind me had to push my bag forward because otherwise I fell backwards. It was hysterical and we all helped each other out, said Bailey.

    After the trip, the group had a couple reunions that included a breakfast together, swimming, and a movie night.

    The day we got back from the trip, we were so sad that we werent with each other 24/7 so we all got back together and met at First Watch. We have also gone to Castlewood and Steak n Shake, said Bailey.

    Despite her wounds, Harre hopes to go on a Summer Seminar trip when she is a senior.

    Im definitely looking forward to go on another trip next year, said Harre.

    Lead, Slide or Get out of the WayCaleb Krumseig, junior, slides down the snow during the Montana Summer Seminar groups spontaneous sledding adventure. The students used trash bags, Crazy Creek chairs and their stomachs to aided them in their descent. Photo by: Scott Vonder Bruegge

    Eighteen juniors and ve teachers ventured to the West this summer on one of the Summer Seminar trips to learn about the effects that their decisions have on their ability to lead.

    State Champs page 11

    Inside the Issue

    New teachersP. 3

    SummerActivities P. 6-7

    Fall Sports P. 10

  • 2Westminster Christian Academy September 2012

    C O M M U N I T Y

    Out with the old and in with the new, yet again for Westminster. This time, though, the changes are on a much smaller scale compared to moving to a new campus.

    Last year, students would get cold in class and would slip on their

    nice blue baseball or swimming jackets and then find themselves with a pink slip in their hand.

    The administration has added team hoodies and sweatshirts and WCA items purchased in the bookstore to the dress code. Though that has been added, the girls khaki and navy skorts have been taken away because the lengths were not appropriate. All of the standardized dress skirts now cannot be any shorter than three inches above the knee.

    I love being able to wear team jackets and sweatshirts from the bookstore. I think it is better this year because more people are buying WCA apparel from the bookstore and it is a great way to represent your team, said Megan Johnson, sophomore.

    In addition to dress code changes, the food policy has become less strict for this year. Teachers in the past heard students complaining about how hungry they were in all of their classes before lunch and would have to stop the students from eating.

    Though the administration has good intentions trying to keep the new school clean and well kept, they came to a compromise with the students. Students are allowed to drink in the library as long as it has a lid and can eat in the commons as long as those areas stay picked up.

    Many of the changes apply to a students school day, but they will also be affected by a change in their sports after school. Each sports team is required and has time set aside in the weight room to do strength and agility workouts. The intent is to keep athletes in good shape and on the road to reach the goals they been working towards in the off-season.

    I think that it definitely will be nice for the teams to work out in the weight room because it will keep each athlete in good shape, especially if you are not in a fitness

    class during school. It will allow you to work on certain muscle groups that you use for the particular sport you play. Ultimately, it should make you better and stronger as a well- rounded athlete, said Ben Huffman, junior.

    Also, there is a new tardy and excused absences policy for the students this year. The administration feels that students should be responsible enough to make it to class on time. Students are allowed to have two tardies per quarter before there are consequences. On the third tardy, the teacher will notify the students parents. On the fourth and all subsequent tardies, students will automatically get a conduct detention.

    When it comes to excused absences, students can have five excused absences per class per quarter before there will be consequence of a conduct detention. Any unexcused absences will result in a percentage point being taken off the students grade.

    Not only are the high school students experiencing some tweaks to the system, but so are the middle school students.

    Middle school students are required to take a semester long STEM course. After a semester of STEM, students take a required semester long physical education class.

    Teachers are also working toward getting better use out of the time set aside for Academic Advisory. A weekly academic check- up for students every Wednesday before seventh hour, where the students academic progress is tracked is intended to help teachers help students get the most from the advisory time. Plans are made accordingly so that students can perform their best and

    be successful.In the middle school the notion of

    setting time aside during the school day for teachers to help students has also gotten traction.Thus, Academic Connect time, which is four days a week and provides a flexible model for academic and instructional support has been built into the Middle School schedule.

    During these times many things will be occurring under the direction and supervision of our grade- level teaching teams: re-teaching stations, conferencing, test preparation centers, recovery work, independent study sessions, project completion, on-line tutorials in mathematics or typing skills, etc., said Steve Hall, middle school principal.

    In addition to the new programs, lunchtime has been moved closer to the noon hour and every core teacher in the middle school was given an iPad 2.

    Not only are the teachers getting more technologically advanced, but two iPad carts have been purchased for student use in the middle school. Teachers are asked to assess the iPads impact and potential benefit to the Middle School.

    Though there are many changes during the school day, there has been a drastic change to the athletic program in the middle school. Athletic practices begin at 2:25 p.m. for all of the students participating in a sport. If students are not playing a sport then they will go to Academic Connect. Students do not receive a g