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US History Term Papers

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Jack Stevens

Today all US History students, which includes nearly every Westside scholar in the 11th grade,
turned in their Term Papers they have been meticulously drafting, crafting, and editing these last few weeks. Students were tasked with analyzing a historical issue and defending one side from a biblical point of view. DSC_7221

Hayley Sprague

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Clara Adams

 

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William Zheng

 

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Chloe Brown

Band @ Districts

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The Westside Concert Band had a great debut at its first District Competition last week. Westside’s brand new Concert Band played at the state-qualifying festival at Clatskanie High School on Wednesday, April 12th. The band played very well, with scores of 66, 66, and 76, and thoroughly impressed their judges. A few judge comments: “You are of the most musical groups of the the day. Well done! What a fantastic group! I enjoyed every second of your performance. Wow!” “Bravo!” “Absolutely a great start! (knowing we’re a first year band). Really enjoyed your playing. Hope you are proud of yourselves!”

Mr. Fox and the boys are excited! Already, the band is close to qualifying for the state championships, in its very first year!

Consider taking band next year and helping us become an even better and stronger program!​

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Biology @ Boiler Bay

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Little treasures

This past Friday biology students went to Boiler Bay near Lincoln City to do some tide-pooling.  Several students spotted starfish, a promising sign after seeing the population of starfish nearly die off a couple years ago from a starfish blight. Students also visited Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport to learn about coastal animal adaptations. This hands-on lab allowed students to hold some critters they may not have experienced before: ghost shrimp, leather sea stars, shore crabs, and more!

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Amongst the pools

 

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Marine life observation

 

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Marine ocean creatures

 

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Taking a closer look


AP Biology Bacteria Plates

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AP Biology students successfully inserted a jellyfish gene (green fluorescent protein) into E. coli bacteria, which caused the colonies to glow in the dark. Students below gather around the dark bacteria plates glowing in the dark!

 

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Green fluorescent protein injected into E. coli bacteria

 

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Glow in the dark; sweet!

Advanced Art Ceramics

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Students in the Advanced Art class have been working on some ceramics in recent weeks. Take a look at some impressive pencil holders, bowls, and watering troughs below!

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Alyssa Molony & Gabriela Sears

 

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Polar Bear & pink bowl

 

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Kaley Cross & Eva Lammers

Oregon Robotics Champions

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Christian Hahn has been competing with the Lake Oswego Robotics FTC (First Tech Challenge) team this year. Recently, the team advanced from the Oregon State Championship to the West Super Regionals (US Championship), where they will be competing for the chance to be one of the twelve teams representing the U.S. in international competition.

What an honor it would be for Westside to have a representative at the World Championships!

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Lake Oswego Robotics Team

 

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Building cool stuff!

Stock Market Challenge

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Thirteen Westside seniors from all three Economics classes competed in Junior Achievement’s Stock Market Challenge on Thursday 3/9.  Westside students were one of 67 teams, with a total of 375 other Oregon and SW Washington high school participants.

Junior Achievement’s website describes the event as:

An exciting, hands-on simulation that puts participants into the fast-paced world of the stock market….teams start with $ 500,000 in fictitious funds to buy stock in 26 mock companies. Once the opening bell rings on the stock market trading floor, the market opens and every 90 seconds represents a complete trading day. Over the course of two hours, participants must think on their feet and compete for the attention of floor traders as they make trades in real time. The team with the highest net worth portfolio at the end of 60 trading days will be crowned the Stock Market Challenge Champion.

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Nat Gurnee, Mckenzie Turner, Yejin Han

 

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Alannah Carr, Ruben Vila, Zachary Bishop, Laura Madison

Soli Qualifies for State

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Westside’s Soli Deo Gloria qualified for the Oregon State Small Ensemble Championships last weekend. Soli is embarking on a busy spring! The group performed at the Solo and Ensemble contest and received a 97/100 score and qualified for the Oregon State Small Ensemble Championships on Friday, April 28th, at Pacific University!

Soli will also be featured on the 71st Annual All Northwest Barbershop Quartet Contest Finals shows at 2:00pm and 7:00pm on Saturday, March 25th. For tickets visit: www.balladtownusa.com.

Congratulations Soli!

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Pre-performance warm up

Officer Rinnell at WCHS

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Officer Rinnell is the School Resource Officer for all Tigard and Tualatin schools (public and private) and this week is speaking with Westside students about her experience as an SRO for the last 10 years. She is presenting in all of the Health classes about how teens can avoid using substances, and why they should. During her time with our Westside students she will share from her experience in teen substance abuse and addiction, how to tell if a friend is using substances and/or under the influence, and who to talk to if you are concerned about a friend and need more information.

 

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Westside’s Student Resource Officer

 

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First period Health

 

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