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What We’re Reading: World History

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What our freshmen students are reading in World History and AP World History.

World History:  Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy 

Teacher Commentary: Takes place in England and France during the early period of the French Revolution. It is the story of a beautiful French actress who becomes the wife of a wealthy Englishman. The story is filled with the various plots of the Scarellet Pimpernel to free the aristocrats of Paris who are being guillotined daily.

AP World History: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Teacher Commentary: The story focuses on pre- and post-colonial life in late nineteenth century Nigeria. The novel is divided into three parts, with the first describing Okonkwo’s family, personal history, and the customs and society of the Igbo people. The second and third sections introduce the influence of British colonialism and Christian missionaries on the Igbo community.

 

Freshmen Amanda Myers and Joshua Andrews

Freshmen Amanda Myers and Joshua Andrews

What We’re Reading: Government/Economics

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What our senior students are reading in Government (first semester) and Economics (second).

1) Legislating Morality by Norm Geisler and Frank Turek

Teacher Commentary: The authors refute the often used line, You cannot legislate morality. They present the struggle of traditional Christian viewpoints in today’s post modern world.  Abortion, euthanasia and homosexuality are presented from the Left and the Christian Right views. Students should talk about these subjects in a safe environment, while living at home and attending a Christian school, were they can discuss what it means to live out a Biblical worldview.

2) Great Souls by David Aikman

Teacher Commentary: Mini Biographies of 6 famous people who had significant impact on the later 20th and early 21st centuries. These are inspiring people who our students would do well to emulate.

3) The Millionaire Next Door by Stanley and Danko

Teacher Commentary: The authors study affluent people and give insights on how we can learn valuable traits from them to lead a less stressful and more fulfilling life. Our students are daily subjected to clever advertising, and need tools to avoid debt and the discipline to become economically successful.

4) Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt

Teacher Commentary: The author presents conservative answers to today’s economic questions. Students are repeatedly hearing liberal doctrine on economics in colleges today and should read opposing viewpoints as well.

Seniors Christopher Tento, Clara Adams, Susannah Fischer, and Abraham Ahn

Seniors Christopher Tento, Clara Adams, Susannah Fischer, and Abraham Ahn

World Language Conference

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On Monday, February 12th, around 30 World Language Teachers attended a workshop hosted at Westside Christian High School. Mike Peto, a well-known teacher, blogger, and workshop presenter, presented on the Comprehensible Input (CI) strategies he uses in his high school Spanish classes.

Comprehensible Input methodologies focus on presenting language in a compelling and engaging way to increase the ease of language acquisition. Westside’s new library was a perfect place for hosting other language teachers from other schools all across Portland.

Advanced Art: Ceramic Vessels

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Juniors Dylan Maguire & Isaiah McMahan in the creative flow.

Juniors Dylan Maguire & Isaiah McMahan in the creative flow.

Combining applied arts with fine art, Advanced Art students are creatively integrating form and function to design an original ceramic vessel. After reviewing their sketches with the teacher, they proceed to make their bowls, cups, vases, planters, etc.

First, students are busy wedging their clay, which is a prerequisite to all ceramic projects in order to evenly distribute the clay’s consistency as well as eliminate air pockets. They then use hand building techniques such as slab building, draping, molding, and also have the option to throw on the wheel if they so choose to.

In process currently are a few future masterpieces!

Original ceramic vessel work in Advanced Art class.

Original ceramic vessel work in Advanced Art class.

Historical Christmas Sweaters

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Last week AP European History students chose one person or topic that they had studied this year and chose 10 things with which to depict it. These are their historical Christmas sweaters. Quite a festive and historical academic exercise!

Sophomore Kayla Wooten

Sophomore Kayla Wooten

Sophomore Claire Shearer

Sophomore Claire Shearer

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!