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What We’re Reading: World History

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What our freshmen students are reading in World History and AP World History.

World History:  Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy 

Teacher Commentary: Takes place in England and France during the early period of the French Revolution. It is the story of a beautiful French actress who becomes the wife of a wealthy Englishman. The story is filled with the various plots of the Scarellet Pimpernel to free the aristocrats of Paris who are being guillotined daily.

AP World History: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Teacher Commentary: The story focuses on pre- and post-colonial life in late nineteenth century Nigeria. The novel is divided into three parts, with the first describing Okonkwo’s family, personal history, and the customs and society of the Igbo people. The second and third sections introduce the influence of British colonialism and Christian missionaries on the Igbo community.

 

Freshmen Amanda Myers and Joshua Andrews

Freshmen Amanda Myers and Joshua Andrews

School Closed: Wed Feb 21

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Due to inclement weather, school will be closed Wednesday, February 21st. All afternoon and evening activities have also been cancelled.

Lunar New Year

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Last Friday night a number of our international students gathered together to celebrate the Spring Festival/Lunar New Year with a variety of Asian foods and games. This is one of the major holidays through the year that they miss while studying in the United States, so we decided to bring a little bit of “home” to Westside.

Thanks to all who made this event such a roaring success. Happy New Year!

The Lunar New Year's fine cuisine

The Lunar New Year’s fine cuisine

What We’re Reading: Government/Economics

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What our senior students are reading in Government (first semester) and Economics (second).

1) Legislating Morality by Norm Geisler and Frank Turek

Teacher Commentary: The authors refute the often used line, You cannot legislate morality. They present the struggle of traditional Christian viewpoints in today’s post modern world.  Abortion, euthanasia and homosexuality are presented from the Left and the Christian Right views. Students should talk about these subjects in a safe environment, while living at home and attending a Christian school, were they can discuss what it means to live out a Biblical worldview.

2) Great Souls by David Aikman

Teacher Commentary: Mini Biographies of 6 famous people who had significant impact on the later 20th and early 21st centuries. These are inspiring people who our students would do well to emulate.

3) The Millionaire Next Door by Stanley and Danko

Teacher Commentary: The authors study affluent people and give insights on how we can learn valuable traits from them to lead a less stressful and more fulfilling life. Our students are daily subjected to clever advertising, and need tools to avoid debt and the discipline to become economically successful.

4) Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt

Teacher Commentary: The author presents conservative answers to today’s economic questions. Students are repeatedly hearing liberal doctrine on economics in colleges today and should read opposing viewpoints as well.

Seniors Christopher Tento, Clara Adams, Susannah Fischer, and Abraham Ahn

Seniors Christopher Tento, Clara Adams, Susannah Fischer, and Abraham Ahn

Chapel: Dr. Rebekah Josberger

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Dr. Rebekah Josberger, Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Multnomah University

Dr. Rebekah Josberger, Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Multnomah University

Dr. Rebekah Josberger, Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Multnomah University, was our chapel speaker today. She led us through an audience interactive study of the Book of Exodus, bringing us to the practical conclusion that God loves to dwell in the midst of His people.

World Language Conference

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On Monday, February 12th, around 30 World Language Teachers attended a workshop hosted at Westside Christian High School. Mike Peto, a well-known teacher, blogger, and workshop presenter, presented on the Comprehensible Input (CI) strategies he uses in his high school Spanish classes.

Comprehensible Input methodologies focus on presenting language in a compelling and engaging way to increase the ease of language acquisition. Westside’s new library was a perfect place for hosting other language teachers from other schools all across Portland.

Laura Staropoli: Letter of Intent

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Senior Laura Staropoli will play soccer for The College of Idaho “Yotes” beginning fall 2018. On Wednesday, which was National Letter of Intent Day, Laura formally committed, accepting the offer extended to her by the College of Idaho. The school is a liberal arts college in the Boise area with a beautiful campus and a large number of athletic programs. The Yotes, an NAIA program, compete in the highly competitive Cascade Collegiate Conference against schools from throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

Laura Staropoli with Head of School Michael Wenger and Athletic Director Rob Casteel

Laura Staropoli with Head of School Michael Wenger and Athletic Director Rob Casteel

The College of Idaho offers a unique curriculum model called “PEAK,” which requires students to meet goals in four areas: the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and a professional field. Students who follow the PEAK model complete a major and three selected minors in four years. Laura, with a weighted 4.06 GPA, will focus her academic efforts on Health Sciences as she intends to pursue a course of study that will allow her to follow in her mother’s footsteps as a nurse.

FC Portland Club

FC Portland Club

One of a number of talented athletes at Westside Christian High School, Laura, who plays competitive club soccer for FC Portland on their ECNL platform (photo to right), experienced a fantastic run with the Eagles. A four-year starter and team captain, she enjoyed the rare privilege of being named 3A/2A/1A Girls’ Soccer First Team All State each of her four years. During that time she helped lead the Eagles to 4 State Quarterfinal appearances, 2 Semifinals and 1 Championship contest. She ended her high school career as the second leading all time scorer in Oregon girls’ high school soccer history (second only to former Olympian and National Team player Tiffeny Milbrett).  Laura tallied 117 goals along with 53 assists during her Westside career. All of this was capped with her being named the Oregon 3A/2A/1A Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year this past fall.

We share with Laura and her family the excitement of seeing her move into the next phase of her education and athletics. We praise God and we rejoice in the legacy that she and many others have created at Westside Christian High School, as they have worked hard and sought to achieve excellence in all aspects of student life.

Field Update: February 2018

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Work on the new soccer field continues with everyone excited about the dry weather this week! A few construction updates:

  • The field is fully installed, and the associated sitework and drainage systems are now complete.
  • Concrete bleachers and stairs were finished last week.
  • Support for future street lights, scoreboard, and fencing are all installed.

 

WCHS field bleacher completion

This week, crews will continue work on the upper field concrete plaza, planting / landscaping, and fencing. The first official soccer match is scheduled for this Saturday, February 10th! Financial update: Westside just received an incredibly generous gift of $40,300 towards project completion, and now have a balance of only $109,700 to turn on the lights!

Praise be to God for His provision, and great gratitude to our community for their continued generosity.

Oregon Thespians Northwest

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Sarah Moshofsky and Ashlyn Carlisle at Oregon Thespians Northwest Regionals

Sarah Moshofsky and Ashlyn Carlisle at Oregon Thespians Northwest Regionals

On February 3rd, students Sarah Moshofsky and Ashlyn Carlisle competed against 500+ other theatre students in the Oregon Thespians Northwest Regionals competition. Both girls did well in the categories of Technical Theatre: Costume Design and Solo Musical Theatre.

Congratulations girls on a job well done!

Chapel: Josh White

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Josh White from Door of Hope

Josh White from Door of Hope

In chapel today Josh White, Lead Pastor of Door of Hope in downtown Portland, sang and spoke to the Westside community about grace. Speaking from Psalm 139 Josh talked about how God’s grace means that He is with us (Immanuel), He knows us, and His spirit gives us the power to change.

A wonderful reminder of how great a gift God’s grace truly is!