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The Gospel of Matthew

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Gospel of Matthew skits in action!

Gospel of Matthew skits in action!

Sophomore Bible is currently studying through the Gospel of Matthew. Split into groups, each set of students was assigned five chapters, and they had to perform basic inductive Bible study skills to make observations, interpretations, and applications. They also had to present this material using Prezi, and as a group perform a skit to help the information sink in. At the end of the presentation they led the class in a Kahoot quiz to see what stuck!

This was a big project that the students put a lot of work into, with great results! It is the Word of God that shapes the whole person at Westside Christian High School. What a joy to be a part of raising up this next generation of believers!


Prezi time.

Prezi time.

Kylee Wiseman & American Birding

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American Birding Association: October 2017 Kylee Wiseman (

American Birding Association: October 2017 Kylee Wiseman (

Artwork from 2017 Westside grad Kylee Wiseman was recently highlighted (on the cover!) of one of the premier birding magazines, American Birding. An incredible artist, and herself an avid birder, what an honor for Kylee’s work to be a feature of their October 2017 issue.

Congratulations Kylee!


Starling Female Durland Kylee Wiseman (

Starling Female Kylee Wiseman (


Starling Male Kylee Wiseman (

Starling Male Kylee Wiseman (

Christian Foundations

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In Apologetics and Evangelism the Juniors have been discussing foundational abstract concepts in Christianity. Why? Because Dallas Willard said that without a proper foundation in these core truths we won’t be good apologists. What are these core truths? Loving God Completely, Loving Self Accurately, and Loving Others Compassionately. These are also mere abstract ideas if we don’t act out on them. They are simply confessional statements that may sound good in theory but if not acted on remain an ethereal truth statement.

Our Juniors were challenged to think outside the ‘rubric’ box and do this assignment not simply for a grade. The projects that we submitted show that Westside students really do understand what it means to love God, self, and others in very unique ways.

Aly Larson

Zach Hendrix

Radium Girls

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Come see the dramatic, historical production of Radium Girls, November 3-5 at Alpenrose Dairy Opera House, presented by students of Westside Christian High School.

Inspired by a true story, the play depicts the lives of working class women in the 1920s who, by painting the dials of “glow-in-the-dark” wristwatches, begin to fall mysteriously and fatally ill due to the radioactive paint they handled. This intriguing story prompts viewers to consider both past and present labor and worker safety issues,  scientific discovery, and consumerism in America.

Dates and showtimes are: Friday, Nov. 3, 7 pm; Saturday, Nov. 4, 2 pm and 7 pm; and Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 pm.

Admission is $6 for students and seniors, $8 for adults.  Tickets can be purchased at the door  at Alpenrose Dairy Opera House, 6149 SW Shattuck Rd, Portland.

Radium Girls was written by D. W. Gregory and first published in 2003.

WCHS into the State Quarterfinals

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Lauren Demaris

Lauren Demaris

The Westside Christian High School girls soccer team heads into the quarterfinals of the state playoffs for the 4th consecutive year. The team finished the regular season ranked #3 in state and thereby secured a bye into the quarters.

Last Friday, the Eagles beat Riverdale 1 nil in a Special District #1 playoff.  The goal came courtesy of sophomore Lauren Demaris, who made a far post run and headed home a left footed inswinging corner taken by senior Laura Staropoli.

The win ran the Westside girls’ record to 13 wins and 2 losses.  Those 2 losses came at the hands of league opponents OES and Catlin Gabel, who ended the regular season ranked #1 and #2 in the state.

Westside will take on the winner of the Tuesday contest between Santiam Christian and Lakeview. The Westside quarterfinal match will be played this coming Saturday Nov. 4th at Tonkin field in Hillsboro, kickoff time TBD.

Autopsy of an Empire

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A Mauyran "Empire Autopsy"

A Mauyran “Empire Autopsy”

AP World History is divided into six time periods, and students recently finished Period 2.  Each group designed an “Autopsy of an Empire” on Mayan, Gupta, Mauyran, Hellenistic, Qin / Han China, Roman and Greek-city state cultures.

Each body part represented a different aspect of the Empire. For example, the head was the significant leaders and major accomplishments of the given empire. All the way down the feet were the trade routes, currencies, animal transport and goods traded.

Empire dissection(s) complete!

Hellenistic society, drawing dissected.

Hellenistic society, drawing dissected.

Boys Soccer Finishes Strong

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After a slow start to the season, the Westside Christian Boys Soccer team wrapped up the year on a 6-game unbeaten streak, punctuated by a 2-1 victory over No. 4 De La Salle North on Friday. That victory capped off a week in which the Eagles defeated No. 14 Gervais and tied No. 9 OES to bring their overall season record to 6-6-1.

“We’re a young team, with only one senior this season, so I think with a bunch of guys adjusting to new and bigger roles, it took us a while to get going,” head coach Jeff Spiegel said. “But I know that at this point in the season, after the way we finished, there’s not a team in the state that would have wanted to see us in the playoffs next week.”

Unfortunately, despite the strong finish, the Eagles will just miss out on the playoffs as a result of playing in one of the toughest leagues in the state. As it stands, Special District 1 boasts 4 of the top 15 teams in the state, leaving the No. 22 Eagles on the outside looking in.

Junior Nain Emery

In Friday’s game against De La Salle, the Eagles were motivated by Josiah Vermillion — the team’s lone senior — who was playing in his final game on senior night. With a newfound confidence as a result of recent success, the Eagles came out strong and got on the board early thanks to a brilliant free kick play from about 30-yards out on the left side. With juniors Nain Emery and Mason Lunz standing over the ball, Emery faked taking the kick and sprinted to the corner, where Lunz found him wide open with a through ball. After one quick touch, Emery placed a perfect left-footed cross to the back post — just over the goalkeepers hands — where junior Grant Gardner overpowered his defender to knock the ball into the back of the net.

Heading into halftime with just a one goal lead, the Eagles knew they needed to maintain the pressure in order to keep the Knights (23 goals in their previous 4 games) in check. About 10 minutes into the second half, the Eagles struck again — on another free kick, as Lunz lasered a ball from 30 yards out into the corner of the net, just off the hands of the opposing keeper.

The Knights would get one back with 10 minutes remaining in the game on a penalty kick to cut the lead to 2-1, but from that point forward, the Eagles were able to shut them down and preserve the victory.

“This was such a great win for our program,” Spiegel said. “Just for these sophomores and juniors to know heading into next season that they’re capable of playing with — and beating — the best teams in the state is huge for us.”

Goal to Goal: Kellen Petersen

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Goal to Goal is a video series with our Athletic Director Rob Casteel, where he intends to show the human side of the athletic program. Video interviews will highlight different contributors (coaches, student athletes and parents) to the athletic program.

In Goal to Goal we hope to convey the passion and enthusiasm these people have for Westside and its athletic program.

Rob is with Junior Cross Country runner Kellen Petersen below.

Go Eagles!


Museum Madness

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Some impressive 3D designs!

“Museum Madness” in World History! At the completion of the study of the Roman Empire, students presented a 3D image of their given topic, as well as a 1-2 page explanation of the impact and importance it had on Roman society. During their presentation students attempted to convince the class that their exhibit should be a part of the Roman Museum.

World History and their museum exhibits!

Bacteria; it’s everywhere!

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Bacteria sample analysis!

Biology students recently collected bacteria samples from around the school, and even from themselves! After letting the bacteria grow for five days, students analyzed their results.