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The Book of Mark Art

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The Gospel of Mark is such a unique book in the Bible! It is a quick tour through the life of Christ. We have been using this text in Sophomore Bible as a way to find out more about Christ and hopefully begin to let His life change our own.

We have been reading the text, summarizing the text, acting it out, and yes, even drawing it! Local scholar Tim Mackie from The Bible Project says that drawing the Scriptures is a great way to remember the Scriptures. So as we have been reading through Mark’s Gospel I have asked the students to draw what they are learning. Here is the fruit of their labor!

Sophomore students reading, studying, and then acting it out!

Sophomore students reading, studying, and then acting it out!

 

Some impressive artistic profiles of student drawings from Mark.

Some impressive artistic profiles of student drawings from Mark.

 

Girls XC # 1 in State

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Each season the OSAA recognizes those teams with the highest GPA in the state. This year that distinguished honor goes to the Westside Christian High School Girls Cross Country team! The GPA is based on the previous semester (spring 2017) and all of our returning runners had a 4.0 last term. There were only 5 other school in the entire state (and none in 3A) that also had a team comprised completely of 4.0 students.

Congratulations to our outstanding cross country scholar athletes!

2017 Girls Cross Country

2017 Girls Cross Country

Jane Eyre Art

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Ashlyn Carlisle

Ashlyn Carlisle

In a creative choice project, a handful of AP Lit students used art as their medium after reading Jane Eyre. As a culminating project, students chose to create a work of art, write character journals, write and perform original songs or poems, or ‘teach’ about a modern theme from the novel through a Ted Talk and presentation.

Take a look as some of the impressive artwork from our seniors below!

 

 

 

Bailey McKay

Bailey McKay

Kaley Cross

Kaley Cross

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Moshofsky

Sarah Moshofsky

Abbie Nieuwstraten

Abbie Nieuwstraten

 

Junior Bible: Socratic Seminar

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Junior Bible recently participated in a Socratic Seminar. The topic? Moral Relativism. Over the past few weeks we have discussed various arguments for the existence of God. This led to a fruitful conversation where we were able to share ideas and our own personal convictions. We discussed all sorts of ethical conundrums to see the major difference between the Christian worldview and the Atheist worldview. We are learning that presenting the Truth can be challenging in a world where morals are relative.

In contrast to Moral Relativism strongly stands The Moralistic Argument. This argument actually functioned as one of the reasons why C.S. Lewis became a believer. He said, “My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?”

Where do objective moral standards come from? This is a question we have been seeking to understand better as Christ followers in 2017.

Bible Class Bonding

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Today the Bible classes experienced the fun of putting together puzzles and acting out Christmas movies while bonding with classmates from different grades. The object lessons and activities invited students to consider how God fits all the pieces of our lives together for our good and his purpose, as well as how our lives are to imitate Christ in humility.

Fun was had by all!

 

Strawberry DNA

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Sophomore Biology students recently isolated DNA from some strawberries. Take a look at some sweet in action pictures below!

Olivia Stevens & Sophie Collins

Strawberry DNA & Jenna Ellis

AP Geo at PDX Art Museum

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Westside’s AP Human Geography class traveled to the Portland Art Museum to observe and analyze the cultural influences exhibited there. Students practiced discerning cultural influences such as folk/popular, language, ethnicity, religion, etc.

Many amazing cultural influences to be found at the Portland Art Museum!

AP Human Geography

AP Human Geography

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.

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

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.