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WCHS in Belize!

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Kylee Wiseman, Mrs. Little, Hayley Sprague, Jack Stevens, Susannah Fischer, and Brittney Martin

Mrs. Little and five Westside students (Kylee Wiseman, Jack Stevens, Hayley Sprague, Susannah Fischer, and Brittney Martin) had the opportunity to join students from various states across the US on an 8 day nature field study trip in Belize with a program called “Save the Rainforest”.

Students went on several hikes through the rainforests (including a couple of night hikes) to learn about the diversity of the Belizean flora and fauna. They visited Mayan ruins, went tubing through mangroves, and discovered many bizarre and beautiful creatures. Students also learned about deforestation, habitat destruction, and displacement of animals in Belize. They learned about conservation efforts and sustainable logging practices that a few programs are trying to implement in Belize. Students had a first hand experience with what it means to be good stewards of nature and what results from unsustainable timber and animal trafficking activities.

New little green friends!

WCHS Temple Guards!

Biome Survival Challenge

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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.

10 extra survival days for a quick bug bite!

Chaparral pleading their case as the world’s best biome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Titration Lab

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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!

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Christopher Tento & Clara Adams ‘mixing it up’

 

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Rachel Kline with pink-tinted titration lab flask

 

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Measuring, precisely

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

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

Spanish 1

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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!

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Up…

 

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Behind…

 

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To support…

 

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On top of…

Irresistible Revolution

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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?
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Seniors & Shane via Skype in the library

 

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Motion Labs

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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!

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Jack Carr & Taylor Foglio

 

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Peter, Morris, and Madison motion testing.

 

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Four different friction sources for testing.

 

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Incline motion testing in process.

 

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Testing materials.

 

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Dee Anna Bricker & Rebecca Gurnee excited about their lab write-ups.