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Atom Particle Lab

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Charged particles making the tinsel move!

In Intro to Chemistry freshmen students learned that they can strip the outermost particles of an atom (electrons) from one substance (hair and a piece of fake fur) simply by friction and observe the effect of those charged particles on other items. In the images below, you can see they made the tinsel move toward the acrylic rod.

They also made a soda can follow a balloon and bits of confetti jump onto a comb!

Jr. Scientists in action.

WCHS Band

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Belting out some fall tunes!

The Westside Christian High School Concert Band is entering it’s second year of existence and has already nearly doubled in size. Band members are currently working on a mix of fall and Christmas music, as well as exercises promoting a well balanced and precise instrumental ensemble.

Students in these pictures are playing Jazzy Holidays, an upbeat medley of Christmas tunes arranged in a jazz style. This chart will be featured at the Christmas Concert on Monday, December 11th, in the Westside Christian High School Gymnasium. Mark your calendars and plan to attend!

WCHS Concert Band

US Government Survey Project

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Survey topic review and selection.

US Government is starting a survey (public polling) project where students create background questions about the respondents and issue questions on their topic. Examples are raising minimum wage, gov’t health care, euthanasia, Native American names for sports teams, should hospitals have to publish their fees?, etc.  The students go door-to-door to get 20 responses, tally them, analyze for similarities and differences and speculate as to why people might respond differently.

Serious research!

Rosh Shashana: To A Sweet Year!

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Apples with bit of sweet honey.

Apples with bit of sweet honey.

Last week Mr. Westerberg and some of our brand new international students used a Hebrew Rosh Hashana tradition of apples dipped in honey to express a blessing on each other to have a sweet new year. We have 34 international students from 8 different countries as part of our student body.

Here’s wishing them all a sweet new year in their new home!

Enjoying a sweet treat!

Enjoying a sweet treat!

Mr. Westerberg enjoying some of the same!

Mr. Westerberg enjoying some of the same!

AP World Egypt Projects

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Luke Jun, Jonah Adams, Evan McReynolds, Noah Lammers

Luke Jun, Jonah Adams, Evan McReynolds, Noah Lammers

AP World History students did a project concentrating on a different aspect of Egyptian culture.  These included the pyramids, hieroglyphics, Rosetta stone, the geography of Egypt, the construction of a model shadoof (an ancient Egyptian irrigation tool) and the Egyptian Shadow Clock.

 

Some impressive Egyptian mini-models!

Some impressive Egyptian mini-models!

Welcome Jason Normansen

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Jason Normansen

Jason Normansen

Mr. Normansen will be teaching French (1 & 2) and Spanish (1 & 2).

My name is Jason Normansen, and I’m from Eugene, OR but have lived in Portland for the last 7 years. I am married to my wonderful wife, Kristin, and we love being the parents of a new baby boy named Leif, who was born in June.

For hobbies, I enjoy reading, cooking, and playing guitar and piano. I also really enjoy languages, and can often be overheard asking someone how to say something in their native langue. As a family, we also like going to the river and the beach as often as we can. One of my favorite Bible verses is 1 Peter 4:8: “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins.”

Senior Bible Leadership Project: Yejin Han

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Yejin Han - Senior Leadership Project

Yejin Han – Senior Leadership Project

Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

“I worked with the organization CHAP (Children’s Healing Art Project) after looking into the purpose and meaning behind art therapy. They serve kids with disabilities and those with parents who are undergoing medical treatments, both who often have a hard time feeling in control of themselves and being a part of society. When kids come into CHAP, they are not judged by their disease or disability, they are acknowledged for their creativity. I helped prepare for the hospital program, outreach program and art clubs. I came up with art activity ideas for kids, where I focused on being interactive and creative with the program participants.”

Welcome Janell Galloway

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Janell & Scott Galloway, in Paris!

Janell & Scott Galloway, in Paris!

Mrs. Galloway will be teaching Physical Science, Conceptual Physics, and Chemistry.

I’ve been married to Scott for 35 years. We have two sons, and our oldest son lives not too far away and is married with a three year-old and another on the way!  Our youngest son is in Washington and just got engaged!  Blessings poured out, pressed down and overflowing!

My husband enjoys fishing and hunting, I enjoy teaching 🙂 and we both enjoy traveling.  I have a few verses that I like to remember:

  • James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
  • Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three gather in My name, there am I with them.”
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in your weakness.”
  • Ephesians 3:20 “All glory to God who is able to do far more than all we can ask or imagine, according to His power at work within us.”

Welcome Hannah Koh

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Hannah Koh

Hannah Koh

Hannah will be joining the WCHS team and teaching Intro to Art, Advanced Art, AP Studio Art, Digital Design, and Yearbook.

I have been teaching high school for 7 years, and love it! I have my BA in Bible and Theology from Biola, my teaching license for Art from UCLA, and am currently working on my MA in Bible and Theology at Western Seminary in Portland. I love teaching at a Christian school because it allows the unique freedom to teach and create art with joy, purpose and meaning as artists ourselves created in God’s image.

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