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We have a diverse athletic program that runs throughout all seasons during after school.
Our afterschool programs runs during the year which entails a variety of academic support along with several clubs and activities.
Goal of the Program:
To give our students the support needed to be successful in the classroom, grow socially, support the teachers and support staff, and raise test scores across all grade levels at Westminster.
The program will run Monday-Wednesday from 3:30-5:30, and Thursday and Friday from 2:30-5:30. Regardless of the day of the week all students will dismiss at 3:30 or 5:00 each day. On Monday-Wednesday the tutors will provide support to the teacher by ensuring that all homework is completed and checked for student accuracy and understanding. Following the students homework the tutors will have the opportunity to teach in three different topic areas including health and nutrition, great world leaders and graphic organizers and study strategies. Tutors will also be having a read aloud when time allows. On Thursdays and Fridays the tutors will ensure the homework is complete and checked, as well as teach a lesson in one of the aforementioned topic areas. The tutors in each room will be taking attendance each day, and taking a snack count each day that will be returned to Mr. Lynch on a daily basis.
Dr. Yvonne S. Minor Ragan Library
The shut-down Kensington Public Library next door to Westminster was purchased with the support of M&T Bank. The building was upgraded and converted into a thriving school library and recently named after former principal, Dr. YvonneS. Minor-Ragan. Westminster's library is a learner oriented and designed environment with a goal to provide students,staff, as well as the surrounding community, with equitable access to print and electronic materials. Students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade visit the library for library curriculum, technology projects, research, and reading materials, presented by a certified library media specialist. Westminster's materials collection includes new and classic texts from all genres; ensuring students have access to relevant and engaging material. The library is a place of education as well as enjoyment.
Westminster strives to allow students to become information literate with technology resources. We provide access to technology of various types in our library; it has become a virtual classroom. Students use the upgraded computer resource lab to complete research and assignments. Lessons for library class are often presented on a Promethean interactive whiteboard. This allows the students to become engaged with and contribute to the lessons. library media specialist teacher page offers links to electronic databases, research and reference sites, as well as author and book interactive programs. For more information please call the library media specialist at (716) 816-3450. The Library hours are Monday-Friday 8:15am-3:30pm.
The summer enrichment programs runs 6 weeks during July-August Monday-Friday from 8:00am to 11:30am.
The purpose of our YMCA Summer Day Camp is to provide a nurturing place for our students to grow socially, academically and emotionally throughout the summer. We will provide enrichment opportunities for all students in the areas of reading, health and wellness and character education.
The program will runs for a half day for the first four weeks (beginning after summer school at 11:30), with a fifth week of full day camp. The final week of day camp was our week of field trips. Our students went to Evangola State Park Beach, Fort Niagara State Park outdoor pool and water area, New Skateland and Bowling. Lunches are provided daily by our WCCS Chef,Mary Ruth Rera, in the Robert G. Wilmers Dining Hall. Students will be scheduled throughout the day in various activities outside and inside the building including, but not limited to, sports, reading, character education, drama, physical education,and art. Students will put on an end of summer drama presentation and create team flags to display for all visitors. We will be teaching the four core concepts of the YMCA: responsibility, honesty, caring, and respect, as well as teamwork and conflict resolution. The students will be going swimming at least twice a week, and they will have various field trips throughout the five week program.To apply for the afterschool tutor position please use the following Afterschool Employment Form and submit to the main office. For further questions, please contact Mr. Lynch at (716) 816-3450.
The Westminster Community Charter School Counseling department's mission is to educate all students in academic, career, and social competencies which will enhance student achievement and advance them in becoming responsible members of society. The counselors here at Westminster Community Charter School, Mr. Marck Abraham and Ms. Deborah Copper implement the American School Counselor's Association National Model of School Counseling. This approach consists of a system of elements that are interrelated and interdependent.
The school counseling program reaches every student and focuses on the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for successful academic achievement, career development, and personal/social growth. The counselor's time is spent in a way that maximizes the benefits that every student is able to receive from the program. Most importantly, the school counseling program is comprehensive in scope, preventative in design, and developmental in nature.
Westminster's performing arts groups continue to receive praise and honors. Once again, the two choirs competed in Darien Lake Theme Park Resort's annual Music Fest. One brought home first place in their division, and the other finished second. For the first time, one student performed in the solo competition and won first prize. The Jazz Band also performed and won first place.
The school choir presented a holiday concert at City Hall in December. After the governor's aide made a special request, they were asked to stay and perform for the Mayor of Buffalo and the Governor of New York.