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Spring Art Show 2017

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Weitong Shang – AP Art – Nikki Leighton portrait

Check out some of the wonderful examples of artistic expression displayed by our students at the Spring Art Show. Congratulations to Mrs. Witkowski and all of her students for a magnificent job exploring, learning, and creating in all of the Westside art classes this year!

Kylee Wiseman – AP Art – Bird in Flight

Weitong Shang – AP Art – Traditional Chinese Landscape

Elise Reinholtz – Intro to Art – Fierce Face (scratchpad)

Grace Biggs – Advanced Art – Suns Setting

Spring Choir Concert 2017

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2017 OSAA State Champions (again x10)

Westside’s state champion choir was just one of the showcased selections at the Spring Choir Concert this week. All in attendance were treated with a variety of performances over the course of the evening. What a year (yet again!) for the voices in the Westside choir. Also performing during the evening was Westside’s new band. What talented musicians walk these halls here at Westside!

Westside’s championship choir



Creative Writing: Art & Poetry

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The Creative Writing Class has been exploring the intersection between visual art and poetry. As a capstone project for their poetry unit, students broke up into groups and created poems and art pieces that would exemplify those intersections. Their challenge was to integrate all group members’ poetic and artistic voice and use a BOOK as their medium.




Flowering books

Rachael Hahn District Champ!

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Rachael Hahn dominated the singles draw of the District Tournament this week, beating the entire field to be crowned Special District 1 District Champion. After a 1st round bye, earned by being the tournament’s overall # 2 seed, she convincingly beat Haley Ou from Tillamook 6-0,6-0. Then in round number three she took down Vidisha Phalke from OES 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. The semifinals setup a match with # 3 seeded Mia Friedman from OES, where Rachael prevailed in straight sets over her long time friend and club playing partner.

In the District finals Rachael again played an OES foe, squaring off against the # 1 seed in the tournament Kate Keeney. Here Hahn again dispatched her in only two frames, winning 6-3, 6-3. Rachael won all three of her matches in straight sets, on her way to capturing her first ever District Tournament Championship. She will now await seeding for the State Tournament, where her eye will be on an even bigger crown.

Congratulations to Westside’s Rachael Hahn, Special District 1 Champ!

Biome Survival Challenge

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Biology students took part in a biome survival challenge this week. Each small group researched the plants,  animals, and habitat of a different biome of the world and earned survival days for their research. The top three groups then presented their findings to their peers in order to persuade them to vote for their biome. To kick the survival challenge up a notch, groups earned extra days (bonus points) for eating a dehydrated bug. A few students from AP biology also decided to take on the bug challenge just to test out their courage for diverse cuisine.

10 extra survival days for a quick bug bite!

Chaparral pleading their case as the world’s best biome.










Choir State Champs!

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Westside’s Concert Choir captured its 11th consecutive OSAA Oregon State Choir Championship on Thursday, May 4th. The choir received 339 out of a possible 360 points. Amazing! 

Hats off to a group of dedicated choir students and to Mr. Fox! You can see and celebrate with our state championship Concert Choir, the award-winning Soli Deo Gloria, and with our new Concert Band at our Spring Concert and Art Show on Monday, May 15th, at Westside!




Physical Science Fair

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The Science Project is a year long project in Physical Science. It begins with a Background Paper, where the students research a topic of their own choice. Students then write an Investigation Plan. The Investigation Plan is based on an experiment the students design based on their Question (or Problem) and their Hypothesis. 

Following the actual experiment, with clearly defined variables and an experimental group, students complete an Investigation Follow-up Report. In this report, they analyze their data, document trends, discuss their hypothesis, and tie what they learned back to their Background Paper. The last piece is to create a display to show off their work. This year, the senior Bible class served as judges.

Physical Science Project Fair


Kyra Hartigan & Lydia Thompson


Grace Vermillion

Soli’s Sensational Spring!

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Soli Deo Gloria, Westside’s premiere singing group, is enjoying a very successful spring! On March 25th, the group performed on the two Finals shows of the All-Northwest Barbershop Quartet Contest and received standing ovations at both shows! On April 22nd, the group captured first place in its division at the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival, receiving terrific comments from the judges: “Outstanding vocal jazz ensemble! Thanks for your dedicated efforts!” “Great energy.” “Such a fine performance! Great singing and programming!” 

One of the things Mr. Fox loves about the trip to Pleasant Hill is that Soli members stay after the festival concludes to help tear down the venue where the festival is held. From breaking down chairs, to taking down staging and backdrop drapery, the group has served each of the past four years we’ve attended this festival.

Last Friday, April 28th, Soli competed in the Oregon Chamber (Small) Ensemble State Championships at Pacific University. Soli competed against 10 other schools that qualified for the small ensemble championships, most of which are 5A and 6A schools. Soli placed 3rd at the State Championships. The group sang Exsultate Justi, a Renaissance piece, and Norman Luboff’s All My Trials. Two of the judges had Soli scored in second place!

Mr. Fox is very proud of the members of Soli and of their accomplishments. Of course, they comprise only a part of the school’s Concert Choir that will compete this Thursday at the Oregon State Choir Championships at George Fox University’s Bauman Auditorium at 4:20 p.m.

You can hear Soli, our Concert Choir, Westside Voices, our non-auditioned choir, our Inaugural Concert Band, which almost qualified for the state championships in its first year, and some amazing soloists and duets at our Spring Music Concert and Art Show on Monday, May 15th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Westside Christian Gym and Commons. Please join us!

Soli 3rd @ OSCCC

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Soli Deo Gloria recently won its division at the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival, and last week placed 3rd at the Oregon State Chamber Choir Championships! This was against schools of all sizes in our state who qualified for this chamber ensemble state championship. What an impressive performance by our students and school!


Soli Deo Gloria at the Oregon State Chamber Choir Championships

LO Review’s “Amazing Kid”

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Westside’s Jake Mount was nominated and recognized by the Lake Oswego Review as a finalist for their Amazing Kid Award this past week. Jake was acknowledged for the work he has done raising money for the Children’s Cancer Association through a basketball camp he has organized and run for younger children. 

Here is the excerpt from the article noting Jake’s impressive accomplishments: Mount has raised more than $5,000 for the Children’s Cancer Association in the past five years through a basketball camp for younger children (ages 4-12) that he holds during the summer. He organizes the camps in honor of Gage, a close friend who died of cancer on Valentine’s Day in 2011 at age 9. Gage was the only child of Lauren and Trux Dole, said Lauren Dole, who nominated Mount. “Jake wanted to do something to help other kids fighting cancer,” she says. She says what’s impressive is how long Mount has kept up this effort. He never forgot Gage, she says.

Read the full story here: LO Review – Amazing Kid