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Welcome Rob Casteel

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Rob & his '65 Chevy

Rob & his ’65 Chevy

 

Rob Casteel joins Westside after most recently being Westview High School’s Athletic Director. Welcome aboard Rob!

I have been married 33 years to Lori Casteel. We met as first year teachers at Cedar Park Junior High, and for the past 13 years we worked together at Westview High School. We have three children, Amanda (28) who is married to Randy Sinner and lives and teaches in LA. Robert (26), who works for Amazon in Seattle. Our youngest, Eli (24) is working on his masters at Taylor University but more importantly is engaged to Kirin Foster and will be married next July.

I have recently retired from public education after 34 years. Two gifts I have enjoyed this summer are a tour of Slovenia, Croatia,  Bosnia and driving a new to me but old ’65 Chevy pickup. 

Rob & Lori

Rob & Lori

In my coaching career, I have always been involved with high school football in some capacity, but this fall, for the first time in 33 years, I have booked a weekend trip for Lori and I at the Oregon Coast. I am truly looking forward to my new experience at Westside Christian as a teacher and athletic director.

Favorite scripture John 11: 44 – Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him loose.” I have always taken this as a reminder that only Jesus gives life but He lets us participate in setting other people free in their new life!

Alumni Profile: Anna Reiff

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Anna Reiff graduated Summa Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, then went on to pursue a Masters of Nursing degree from Vanderbilt in order to become a nurse practitioner. She specialized in Psychiatry/Mental Health and is now working as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for a community mental health center in Nashville, TN called Mental Health Cooperative. MHC is a provider of medication management, case management and counseling services to low income individuals struggling with a mental illness.

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Stephen, Katie, and Anna Reiff; a trio of Westside grads!

In a typical day, Anna will see 10-18 patients for appointments and adjust psychiatric medications as needed for patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and co-occurring substance use disorders. She enjoys working as part of an interdisciplinary team composed of therapists, case managers, and other nurses.

 

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Stephen, Anna, and Katie

Welcome Hannah Koh

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Hannah Koh

Hannah Koh

Hannah will be joining the WCHS team and teaching Intro to Art, Advanced Art, AP Studio Art, Digital Design, and Yearbook.

I have been teaching high school for 7 years, and love it! I have my BA in Bible and Theology from Biola, my teaching license for Art from UCLA, and am currently working on my MA in Bible and Theology at Western Seminary in Portland. I love teaching at a Christian school because it allows the unique freedom to teach and create art with joy, purpose and meaning as artists ourselves created in God’s image.

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Welcome Michael Wenger

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Mr. Wenger & wife Cindy

Mr. Wenger & wife Cindy

Mr. Wenger is joining Westside as our new Head of School, a bit about him below!

I met my wife Cindy while attending Biola University. My graduate study was completed at Talbot School of Theology, Oregon State University, and Trinity Theological Seminary. We have three children and they are all married. We have three granddaughters and two grandsons. I enjoy praying and walking with my wife. I also enjoy fishing, hiking, running, reading and gardening. I was born in Corvallis, Oregon and graduated from West Albany High School.

Welcome Carrie Adams

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Below a bit about Carrie Adams, our new Bible 9 & 12 teacher. Welcome Carrie!

Carrie Adams is a local girl whose explorations led her back to the place that she started from: she grew up in Beaverton, Oregon and graduated from Hope Christian in Aloha. Dr. Debbie Miller was her English teacher and profoundly influenced Carrie, remaining in her memory as the first teacher who really spoke into her life.

Carrie’s mother, Gwyn Pitts, works at West Hills as an Educational Tutor. Carrie’s younger sisters, Aimee and Shauna Pitts, graduated from Westside in ‘98 and ‘01. Carrie is married to Jeff Adams and they have two children: Gabriel, 8, Isabelle, 5. Gabriel loves soccer; Isabelle loves gymnastics; Jeff loves the Oregon Ducks. Carrie and Jeff met after Carrie attended the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) School of Biblical Studies in Lakeside, MT where she inductively studied the entire Bible for nine months.

Together Jeff and Carrie traveled to English L’Abri in 2008, living in Hampshire for six months before joining the ministry of L’Abri Fellowship on Bowen Island, Canada. L’Abri is a ministry of hospitality which offers spiritual prodigals a place to come and stay and learn. It functions as a study center, offering lectures, tutoring, film discussions, and engagement on all matters of faith and culture in a context of apologetics. Upon returning home from this mission field with two young children, Carrie returned to teaching, taking a position in Newberg, Oregon. She loves the Word of God, loves teaching, loves high schoolers, and loves learning. She plans to have completed her Masters of Christian Leadership (MACL) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2021.

Isabelle, Jeff, Carrie, and Gabriel

Isabelle, Jeff, Carrie, and Gabriel

Soccer at Triple Falls

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A Wilderness Trek

A Wilderness Trek

Westside Girls Soccer is off to a fun start this summer.

August began with “Guest Coaches Camp,” with some fantastic sessions run by three different former players, each of whom played top level college soccer, and now each coach the beautiful game. Then, more spirited training sessions last week and on Thursday, a team bonding event as the girls donned their hiking gear and headed up the gorge.

First, the girls hiked up and in about 2 miles to the pristine “Triple Falls.”  No surprise but several players “attacked” the trail like it was a competition to see who could work the hardest and get there first. Back down to the trailhead and followed by a short walk up the road and then it was time to negotiate the large log debris pile that blocks the way into Oneonta Falls and the pool at the base of the falls that offered swimming and minor rock jumping. The water was brisk, but after a couple of hours hiking in the heat, it was a well earned cool down.

Treats on the drive home, including an ice cream concoction featuring Pineapple, made for an enjoyable end to a memorable outing.

The team begins formal tryouts and training this week with the first preseason match just 12 days away.

Go Eagles!

The Summit!

The Summit!

 

Creek cool down

Creek cool down

Senior Bible Leadership Project: Lilie de la Motte

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Lilie de la Motte – Senior Leadership Project

Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

For my senior project, I helped improve the music ministry within my youth group at church. My goal was to help volunteering student musicians grow in relationships (with each other and the Father), grow technically (regarding their specific instrument), and grow theologically (asking the questions of ‘what is worship?’). All three of these things were accomplished through a bi-monthly group called Youth Worship Community, where I held meetings, musical workshops, and meals together for those involved within the music ministry!

Alumni Profile: Alex Rettmann

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Alex attended George Fox University and earned his degree in Christian Ministries. In addition to mission work with African New Life Ministries, he also studied abroad in Bolivia for four months. While there he served in a local orphanage and lived with a Bolivian family. Alex is currently the College Director at Bridgetown Church.

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“I learned a ton about community at WCHS. Then during my college years I became even more aware of how important it is to be part of a smaller community of people who hold you accountable. This is especially true in a culture that has become more and more segregated and individualized, especially among those who are introverted. Jesus said, ‘People will know me because of our love for one another.’ At Westside I was able to be a part of a community of believers who loved God and loved one another.”

“I am also thankful for Westside staff members who invested in me and showed they cared for me as a person – well beyond the time in class. Their mentoring really helped me become a man who loves and lives for Jesus.”

 

 

NBC Basketball Camp

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WCHS team time

The Westside boys basketball team recently attended the NBC Team Camp in La Grande, OR at Eastern Oregon University. WCHS brought 13 students, split into two teams.

Soon to be senior Jordan Jun was selected as a camp All Star, a compilation of the top 12 players from the whole camp. Camp All Stars play in a college coach showcase at the end of the week. Sophomore Jack Carr and Freshmen Luke Jun were selected to the honorary All Star squad, an impressive honor for two of Westside’s underclassmen.

Both teams had a great week on the court, but the major areas of growth were off of the hardwood. Team bonding exercises, activities, and time together strengthened relationships amongst everyone in the WCHS basketball program. NBC’s commitment to have Christian values and teaching permeate all aspects of their programming also provided time for personal spiritual reflection.

Dribbling drills

Dribbling drills

Training kicks

Training kicks

Senior Bible Leadership Project: Mia Cywinski

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Mia Cywinski – Senior Leadership Project

Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

“For my senior project, I sought to alleviate elderly loneliness by meeting weekly with an elderly lady named Antoinette. During our visits, I would help her with household chores like vacuuming and mopping, and then we would chat. Antoinette doesn’t have many visitors because she lives alone in a small mobile home, and her family is very busy. The purpose of my project was to create a genuine friendship with her so that she would feel important and valued, instead of feeling forgotten.”