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Live Salted Breakfast

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On Saturday (2/18) A Jesus Youth held a breakfast that Westside’s Student Body President Kate Pitcher organized for middle and high school aged girls. Krista Hengesh and Brooklyn Wagner from Live Salted Ministries came and spoke to over 70 young women about their identity and value in the Kingdom of God. After the guest speakers shared, the girls were led through a response time and activity about realizing their identity in Jesus, and then given the opportunity to discuss. The impact for all of the girls was pronounced, and it was a great time of creating new friendships and encouraging one another in faith.



Kate Pitcher and crew.



Talk time together.

All State Athletes

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A number of Westside athletes received All State recognition for their outstanding contributions on the pitch and court this fall. Congratulations exceptional Eagles!

Laura Staropoli

Junior – Captain – Forward/attacking mid

27 goals (8 game winning) & 16 assists

1st team All League (third consecutive year)

1st Team All State (third consecutive year)

Lilie de la Motte

Senior – Captain – Attacking/holding mid

17 goals & 10 assists this year

1st team All League (second consecutive year)

1st Team All State

Jonathan Palau

Senior – Captain – Centermid

2nd team All State

Chloe Brown

Volleyball – Captain – Outside hitter

514 kills and 423 digs this year

1st Team All State

All State

Left to right: Chloe Brown, Lilie de la Motte, Laura Staropoli, Jonathan Palau

Irresistible Revolution

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Last week Josh Reid’s senior Bible class connected with Shane Claiborne via Skype. During their 90 minutes together, students asked questions they had written out in advance of the Skype date. Students began reading Claiborne’s Irresistible Revolution before Christmas break, and just recently finished. Shane Claiborne is a Christian author, speaker, and activist, and founding member of The Simple Way, a community of Christians living in community in North Philadelphia.

A few thoughtful questions for our Westside seniors:

  • How do you reconcile the Old Testament passages of God’s people going to war in His name, and the New Testament commands to love our enemies?
  • When is it okay for disruptive protesting? When is it not?
  • What responsibilities do Christians have regarding the environment?
  • How can we distinguish God’s voice from our own? How can we turn our hearing to properly hear God’s instructions?

Seniors & Shane via Skype in the library





State Slalom Championships

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After a strong Top 10 showing in her last race, sophomore Haley Anderson will compete in the Oregon State Slalom Championships in early March. Haley represents Westside, and competes in the Three Rivers League with other large schools like Lakeridge, Lake Oswego, Lincoln and West Linn, as well as small schools like Riverdale, Central Catholic and LaSalle. There are approximately 160 racers, 80 boys and 80 girls.  The season is a mix of six races, 3 in Slalom (SL) and 3 in Giant Slalom (GS), held at Mt. Hood Meadows and Ski Bowl.

Last year as a freshman, Haley qualified as an individual to go to the State Championships in both GS and SL. Finishing 11th in GS and 24th in SL, she was 16th overall. After finishing 7th in her last race, Haley will represent Westside Christian in the State Slalom race against other racers from around Oregon. The Championships will be held March 1-3 at Mt. Hood Meadows.

Attached are a couple pictures from the last Giant Slalom race at Mt. Hood Meadows Feb 4th.

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Starting gates of the Giant Slalom


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The Millionaire Next Door

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Westside seniors are currently reading and taking notes on The Millionaire Next Door in Economics to learn the art of accurate budgeting, informed saving, and wisely planning for their retirement years. Here’s to the WCHS Class of 2017 being fiscally responsible graduates at the conclusion of their high school years!



Motion Labs

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This week freshmen Physical Science students measured static friction (the friction of the object resting on the surface) and the kinetic friction (when the object is moving over the surface) with different masses of objects over varying surface textures. Then students measured the force necessary to lift a block vertically and how that force is reduced when the object is lifted on an incline plane at three different angles. Before doing these activities, students learned all the various ways friction is part of our lives: gravel on icy roads, our fingerprints, the friction between our shoes and the ground…

Science in action!


Jack Carr & Taylor Foglio



Peter, Morris, and Madison motion testing.



Four different friction sources for testing.



Incline motion testing in process.



Testing materials.



Dee Anna Bricker & Rebecca Gurnee excited about their lab write-ups.

Margaux Meganck

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Margaux Meganck, a Portland author and illustrator, came to Miss Tosti’s Digital Design class to speak about how she uses Photoshop in her daily work.  She is a published children’s book illustrator, and walked the students through her design, development, and the publishing process, step by step.

Margaux lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in painting/drawing from the University of Oregon’s Robert D. Clark Honors College in 2008. After graduation she attended two consecutive summers at The Illustration Academy. She worked for two years as a children’s art teacher before making the decision to freelance full time. She works in a variety of media including traditional (watercolor, ink, gouache, pastel, graphite), and digital (adobe illustrator, indesign, and photoshop). She loves sunny walks and rainy sleeps, bottomless teacups, and playing for keeps. She spends her days painting, drawing, writing, and gallivanting.

See Margaux’s work on here website at:


Margaux demonstrating illustration techniques.



Margaux’s work broadcast, in real time, up on the JTouch.



Students and Photoshop in action.



Artwork from Susannah Fischer.!

Space, courtesy of Simon Griffin.



Ethan Cupper’s underwater world.

Bible Debate

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Mr. Reid & Mr. Westerberg engaged in a stimulating debate on either side of the pacifism / just war discussion in Bible 12 this week. Over the course of 90 minutes students heard two esteemed teachers discuss, from two different perspectives, their understanding of what the Bible says regarding just war / pacifism while looking at the Noahic covenant in Geneis 9:6, Paul’s instructions from Romans 12-13, and the personal implications of the life and teachings of Jesus.

What an opportunity to have two learned biblical scholars debate with humility, civility, and the earnest desire to know God’s heart on such an important issue.


Mr. Reid & Mr. Westerberg

Lincoln-Douglas Debates

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Students in AP Language and Speech classes have been exercising their argumentative skills through Lincoln-Douglas debates. They’ve been spending weeks researching and writing arguments on topics that are fundamentally VALUE driven. Such topics include juvenile delinquents and the justice system, socialism vs capitalism, compulsory immunizations, and more! They are required to debate within the confines of a given resolution and be able to articulate the foundational values that drive their stances. They are quite an impressive lot!


Bailey McKay and Catalina Gillis



Andrew McCormick and Simon Griffin



Will Geib and Ali Mills



Chris Kaetzel and Anna Laporte