Four heads of school — Harold Wade (1988-1991), Greg Glenn (2007-2014), Robert McCloy (1991-2007) and Michael White (current) — cut giant lemon birthday cakes to serve the approximately 300 attendees — including alumni and former students; former and current board members, administrators, faculty and staff; and current students and their families — who gathered at the Westbury Christian School campus on Saturday afternoon, February 7, to celebrate the school’s 40th anniversary.
In addition to the cake and other party food, guests were treated to performances by the Wildcat band and cheerleaders, high school choir, selected theater students, and the high school ballet class. They also heard the heads of school discuss their past experiences and future vision for the school in a roundtable-style format. The school’s CATaclysm robotics team and middle school engineering class demonstrated their crafts as well. Attendees were also given the opportunity to board a bus for a tour of the WCS West Campus, the former Westland YMCA facility on Fondren being converted into the school’s Wildcat Athletic Complex.
Just prior to the cake cutting, John Greer, an elder of the Westbury Church of Christ, from which the school was spawned and with which it continues to share a physical campus and maintain a beneficial working relationship, presented White with a check for $25,000 to support the current and future work of the school and its dedication to Kingdom education.
“I want to thank all who came out to help us celebrate the 40th anniversary of Westbury Christian School,” said White, current head of school, who has worked in various classroom and administrative roles at WCS since 1997. “We had a great afternoon connecting our history with our present and future. I am blessed to work with some amazing people.”
Westbury Christian Names Michael D. White as Head of School (12/16/14)
At its last meeting on Monday, December 1, the board of trustees of Westbury Christian School voted unanimously to name Michael D. White the new head of school. The announcement was made during the annual Board Christmas Party for WCS faculty and staff on Monday, December 15. White – who has advanced through roles as a teacher, counselor and administrator since first coming to WCS in 1997 – has been serving as interim head of school since June 2014, while the board considered candidates to replace former Head of School Greg Glenn, who moved to Nashville at the end of the 2013-2014 school year to assume the head of school position at Lipscomb Academy.
“Mike White is the right fit for WCS because he exhibits a strong personal faith and a dedication to both the mission of the school and kingdom education in general,” said Rosemary Martin, president of the WCS board of trustees. “His character, integrity and humble leadership qualities have already benefited the school in so many ways, and the board looks forward to partnering with Mike and his administrative team as we move forward with our strategic vision for the future of WCS.
In adition to his 17 years of service to WCS, White is a deacon at the adjacent Westbury Church of Christ, where he leads singing, teaches Bible classes, and works with the youth and children’s ministries. He and his wife Jennifer, the lower school principal at WCS, are also active parents of two Wildcats of their own, seventh grader Madison and fourth grader Drew.
Since coming to WCS, White has continued his higher education, earning a Master of Education from Texas Southern University. He is also currently a member of the Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Leadership Forum and was inducted into the Rotary Club of Bellaire/SW Houston earlier this month.
Madison Academy Mustangs Win 3rd Straight State Title (12/15/14)
Madison Academy jumped to a 21-0 lead in the first six minutes of the first quarter, and finished the season with a 70-34 victory over previously undefeated Dale County in the 3-A State Championship game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, AL. Madison Academy star and Auburn commitment Kerryon Johnson, who was named the Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year just hours before the game, set a Super 7 record with six touchdowns. He ran for 178 yards and four touchdowns on just eight carries, scored on a 66-yard catch-and-run, and recorded a pick-6.
Top-ranked Madison Academy (14-1) set a Super 7 record for points scored by a team and tied the record for points in a quarter with 28 in the first.
In the Mustangs only loss of the year, they fell to top-ranked 4A Leeds in the season opener in a game that was nationally televised on ESPN. Even with the loss, the school considered the national exposure to be a huge win.