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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.

 

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

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.

Museum Madness

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Some impressive 3D designs!

“Museum Madness” in World History! At the completion of the study of the Roman Empire, students presented a 3D image of their given topic, as well as a 1-2 page explanation of the impact and importance it had on Roman society. During their presentation students attempted to convince the class that their exhibit should be a part of the Roman Museum.

World History and their museum exhibits!

Bacteria; it’s everywhere!

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Bacteria sample analysis!

Biology students recently collected bacteria samples from around the school, and even from themselves! After letting the bacteria grow for five days, students analyzed their results.

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.

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!