Even with a week off for spring break in the middle of the month, March has truly been “madness” (in the best way) at Westbury Christian School this year. And I’m not just referring to the tornado warning — our second this semester alone — that required all of our faculty, staff, teachers and campus guests to assume their shelter-in-place positions — in an orderly, respectful manner, I might add — in the first-floor interior hallways for about 30 minutes this morning.
There is so much news to report, I couldn’t summarize it sufficiently in a single email even if I wanted to, so we’re going to try something different this time.
I would like to strongly encourage you to follow the WCS pages on Facebook — www.facebook.com/WestburyChristian — and Twitter — twitter.com/WCS_Houston — if you aren’t already. They are a relatively quick and easy way to stay up-to-date on campus news and to see photos of our Wildcats in all kinds of endeavors. Here are just a few of the Facebook posts from this last month that you’ll want to check out for yourself:
We had a great turnout — including a videographer from KPRC Channel 2 — on campus for our 4th Grade’s “I Am…” Living Museum in celebration of Black History Month.
Get ready to do some coin collecting, WCS family. Mr. Hawley’s 7th period class and our 3rd graders got the first look at the new bottles we’ll be using this spring to collect money to benefit Christian orphanages in Honduras (Mission Lazarus Inc.) and Haiti (Hope for Haiti’s Children).
Mr. White unveiled a new display board to honor Dr. David M. Lacey, co-founder and namesake of the school’s rigorous Dr. David M. Lacey AP Program, and the more than 120 former students who have earned AP Scholar awards since the program’s inception in 2001. The board will be updated each year as new graduates earn AP Scholar awards for their success on AP exams in the up to 19 subject areas in which the school offers AP courses.
Our Thespians are celebrating Theatre In Our Schools (TIOS) throughout the month of March. TIOS is a campaign designed to raise public awareness — within the school walls and with leaders, influencers, policymakers and all community members — of the impact of theatre education and draw attention to the need for more access to quality programs for all students. #TIOS17 #WCSTheatre #troupe5951
Handful of upperclass-women and English teacher Miss Burton are letting their “Wildcat Wanderlust” guide them on spring break tour of London, Paris, Rome and more. twitter.com/WildcatWanderer
While we were on spring break, Wildcat Aya Wen received a 3D Premium award — and $2,500! — from the RodeoHouston School Art Contest. Her sculpture was on display in a special section of the Hayloft Gallery on the first floor of NRG Center throughout the Rodeo’s run in March.
STEM teacher Colleen Leeson is proud of students Garett Leeson, Lizeth Robinson and Connor White, who competed alongside aerospace industry professionals in the highly rigorous Space Settlement Design Competition at NASA’s Johnson Space Center this weekend. All of the student teams worked hard, with no spare time and little sleep as the competition ran continuously from Friday night through Sunday night, but Lizeth’s team came out on top as the competition winner.
The News section of the WCS web site is another great place to learn more about what’s happening at WCS, and here are some of the highlights since my last monthly email:
I’d also like to encourage you to take a look at the new “commercial” for our high school that premiered at the Winter Jam concert at the Toyota Center on March 3. Please share this with anyone you know who might be looking for a great private school experience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yor2TyCRpYQ
Before I close, I want to remind you that this Friday, March 31, is the annual Funathon fundraising event. I hope you have been receiving the emails about the event in the past few weeks. We still have a ways to go to reach our goal for this year, so please help us finish strong by making a final push with your family and friends — or getting your student’s fundraising started — today! We can accept donations through Friday, April 7, so there is still plenty of time for us to meet — or even exceed — our $40,000 goal for interactive classroom projectors. In case it helps (sure hope it doesn’t hurt), one student participant who has raised at least $500 will win a backyard barbecue at my house for him/her and nine other friends (and another will win an indoor skydiving party for five at iFly). Six students have already qualified for the grand prize drawing, so the odds are looking pretty good right now, but we would love to have many more names in the hat, so to speak.
And finally, if you haven’t already, please consider registering your 3-12 year old student for — and letting your friends and neighbors with students in that age range know about — the new Summer ASAP! camp we will be hosting from May 22-August 4. Online registration is now open, and space is limited, so the sooner you get your student(s) registered, the better.
See what I meant about this being a good kind of “madness.” And we still have almost two full action-packed months of school still ahead of us. I’m excited. I hope you and your student(s) are too.
Michael D. White
Head of School