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Biology students took part in a biome survival challenge this week. Each small group researched the plants, animals, and habitat of a different biome of the world and earned survival days for their research. The top three groups then presented their findings to their peers in order to persuade them to vote for their biome. To kick the survival challenge up a notch, groups earned extra days (bonus points) for eating a dehydrated bug. A few students from AP biology also decided to take on the bug challenge just to test out their courage for diverse cuisine.
In Mrs. Ivans’ chemistry class, students had some hands on experience with titration of acids and bases, take a look at some action shots below!
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!
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!
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.
In Ms. Tosti’s Spanish 1 class, learning vocabulary terms (up, above, under, next to, behind, etc.) turned into a fun kinesthetic class activity. When reviewing vocabulary on a Monday morning, movement is a must!
AP Biology students were asked to research how proteins travel in and around a cell and creatively show their understanding. Period 3 students decided on a cell rap battle. Check out their impressive results (and lyrical rhymes) below!
Last week Josh Reid’s senior Bible class connected with Shane Claiborne via Skype. During their 90 minutes together, students asked questions they had written out in advance of the Skype date. Students began reading Claiborne’s Irresistible Revolution before Christmas break, and just recently finished. Shane Claiborne is a Christian author, speaker, and activist, and founding member of The Simple Way, a community of Christians living in community in North Philadelphia.
A few thoughtful questions for our Westside seniors:
- How do you reconcile the Old Testament passages of God’s people going to war in His name, and the New Testament commands to love our enemies?
- When is it okay for disruptive protesting? When is it not?
- What responsibilities do Christians have regarding the environment?
- How can we distinguish God’s voice from our own? How can we turn our hearing to properly hear God’s instructions?
This week freshmen Physical Science students measured static friction (the friction of the object resting on the surface) and the kinetic friction (when the object is moving over the surface) with different masses of objects over varying surface textures. Then students measured the force necessary to lift a block vertically and how that force is reduced when the object is lifted on an incline plane at three different angles. Before doing these activities, students learned all the various ways friction is part of our lives: gravel on icy roads, our fingerprints, the friction between our shoes and the ground…
Science in action!
Margaux Meganck, a Portland author and illustrator, came to Miss Tosti’s Digital Design class to speak about how she uses Photoshop in her daily work. She is a published children’s book illustrator, and walked the students through her design, development, and the publishing process, step by step.
Margaux lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in painting/drawing from the University of Oregon’s Robert D. Clark Honors College in 2008. After graduation she attended two consecutive summers at The Illustration Academy. She worked for two years as a children’s art teacher before making the decision to freelance full time. She works in a variety of media including traditional (watercolor, ink, gouache, pastel, graphite), and digital (adobe illustrator, indesign, and photoshop). She loves sunny walks and rainy sleeps, bottomless teacups, and playing for keeps. She spends her days painting, drawing, writing, and gallivanting.
See Margaux’s work on here website at: margauxmeganck.com