Clubs and Programs

Athletics

 

We have a diverse athletic program that runs throughout all seasons during after school.

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.

Summer Enrichment

The summer enrichment programs runs 6 weeks during July-August Monday-Friday from 8:00am to 11:30am.

Overview:

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. 

Guidance

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, Ms. Courtney Chamberlain and Mr. Nathan Schelble 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.

For further information please contact Ms. Chamberlain or Mr. Schelble at 716-816-3450

Making Beautiful Music

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.