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WCHS 5th Quarter!

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Come join others from the Westside community at Pizza Caboose after the basketball games on Friday night!

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Sunday Choir Concert

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You are invited to come hear Westside Christian High School’s Concert Choir perform a free, 30-minute Preview Concert Sunday evening, January 8th, 6:30 p.m., at Calvin Presbyterian Church at 10445 SW Canterbury Ln. in Tigard.

This Preview Concert will follow a special rehearsal that afternoon with two choral clinicians as the choir continues its preparation for a special Guest Performance on January 13th at the Oregon Music Educators Association (OMEA) Annual Conference in Eugene. That concert will be held at 4:00 p.m. in Beall Hall on the campus of the University of Oregon.

The concert on Sunday, January 8th, will feature the same song set that the choir will perform at OMEA. Please join us!

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Choir Performing at OMEA

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Concert Choir Invited to Prestigious Guest Performance at OMEA

Westside Christian High School’s Concert Choir has received a prestigious invitation to be a Guest Performance choir at the Oregon Music Educators Association annual conference and All-State Weekend in Eugene in January 12-15, 2017. The choir will perform on the 4:00 p.m. Concert Hour on Friday, January 13th, at Beall Hall on the University of Oregon campus. The choir was selected from an audition sample that included song recordings of the last three years of choirs at Westside. We have our choir alumni, including some in this year’s current choir, to thank for helping us to be selected for this honor.

Check out this YouTube Link to Soli singing this powerful Christmas song: World for Christmas

Here is the bio for Mr. Fox and for the Concert Choir which will be in the OMEA program next month as the choir performs!

Will Fox is in his seventh year as director of choirs at Westside Christian High School in Tigard, Oregon. In addition to two choir classes and the combined Concert Choir, Will teaches a performing worship team class called Ignite, and he started a Concert Band program at Westside this past fall. He owns a private music studio where he teaches voice, piano, and guitar. Will worked as an Associate and Music Pastor for twenty years prior to his teaching at Westside.

Fox serves as one of the High School Repertoire and Resource Chairs for Oregon ACDA and is a certified choral adjudicator in Oregon. He is the Associate Director of the Oregon SenateAires Barbershop Chorus, one of the finest choruses of its kind in the country. He sings Lead in One Man Short, a champion barbershop quartet. He spent the past four years singing with the Marylhurst Choral Union and two years with the Marylhurst Chamber Choir.

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The Westside Christian High School Concert Choir is a 50-voice choir from a 3A, private high school located in Tigard, OR, with a population of 240 students. Westside does not have a graded choir program; it simply welcomes any student who has a desire to sing. The choir consists of students in grades 9-12. An auditioned class of fourteen singers (Soli Deo Gloria) and a non-auditioned class of thirty-six singers (Westside Voices) meets four days per week in separate classes, preparing music for each ensemble, as well as for the combined Concert Choir. The Concert Choir, joining those two ensembles, only meets together on select Thursday mornings for an hour about fifteen times per year and has a fall and spring retreat. Despite these limitations, the choir program has enjoyed numerous awards and honors.

Under Fox’s leadership, the Concert Choir has won the OSAA 3A Choir State Championship the past six consecutive years and Soli has won several jazz festivals in its division. Westside’s choral program strives to reach three goals: Glorify God, Share the Love of Christ with Others, and Sing with Excellence. The Performing Arts department at Westside Christian consistently exhibits excellence in its vocal and technical development of students who possess varied singing abilities and experience. Westside regularly receives comments on its broad and varied programming, in its presentation of various musical styles, in its commitment to excellence in musicianship, and in the growing character of its students.

Mr. Fox and the choir are deeply honored and humbled by the invitation to perform today for OMEA. Thank you!

Congratulations to Westside’s choir students, past and current, for their pursuit of excellence and for their opportunity to be used by God to minister in music.

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WCHS Choir

 

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Choir Director Mr. Fox

 

Lip Sync Battles

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Last week at Westside’s Pep Assembly, each class sent out a select group of students for a lip sync battle. The junior team comprised of Laura Staropoli, Brittney Martin, Grace Roach, and Catalina Gillis were crowned Lip Sync Champions.

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WCHS learning some new cheers

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High flyin’

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Freshmen Noah Pratt, Becca Gurney, and Davis Raz (Claire Shearer not pictured)

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Sophomores Hannah Gouge and Annabel Gillingham (Madelyn Pringle & Kellen Petersen not pictured)

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Junior (Champions) Laura Staropoli, Brittney Martin, Grace Roach, and Catalina Gillis

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Seniors Jacob Bloomfeldt, Lydia Povolny, Mia Cywinski, Christopher Cervetto, and Elisabeth Stefan

 

Snow Day(s)!!!

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Westside student’s didn’t sit around idle with school canceled yesterday and today. Check out some of their creative snowman creations!

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Voice for Voiceless Theatre: Elf Jr.

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Voice for Voiceless Theatre is a small group of community leaders that sponsor and promote community-based plays with a strong emphasis on youth productions. All net proceeds are given to non-profits or community organizations that are doing the meaningful work to strengthen individuals and families.

The current youth production, “Elf Junior” will benefit Love INC and Safe Families. The kids performing in the play not only gain the experience of acting in a great musical, they learn the importance of giving to help those in need. Everyone who purchases a ticket to attend the play is enjoying great family entertainment, and supporting these two worthy organizations as well.

The play productions are scheduled to be performed at the Sherwood Performing Arts Center on December 15 and 17. Additional information or to purchase tickets can be found by clicking here: http://voiceforvoicelesstheatre.brownpapertickets.com/

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Leadership Retreat

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Last week 48 Westside students attended a staff led Leadership Retreat at Jonah Ministries in Washington. Dr. Miller opened the weekend by asking students to search through selected passages of scripture to understand what the Bible says about leadership. The rain stayed away on Thursday, perfect for the outdoor challenges the Jonah Ministries staff helped our students work through in the afternoon hours. Thursday evening a number of barriers to leadership (peer pressure, apathy, communication, cultural expectations, and team dynamics) were explained and explored in small groups. The events of the evening closed with a ‘headlamp and helmet required’ adventure through the Mt. Adams lava caves.

On Friday morning all were asked to summarize what they’d learned, reflect on the weekend, and in closing, compose and share a personal mission statement.

The inaugural Westside Leadership Retreat was certainly a success. We look forward to building on this foundation at future Leadership Retreats in subsequent years!

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Scenic group planning.

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All-on-the-log.

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Swing time.

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Left, right, left, right, left…

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Group shot.

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Soteria on the swing!

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Helping hands.

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Teamwork on the ropes.

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Ropes and stilts.

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Team debrief.

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Enjoying some serene scenery.

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Sun soaked skies.

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The setting sun.

Veterans Day Chapel Speaker: Gary Stubbs

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Gary Stubbs, a highly decorated retired US Navy officer, spoke with Westside students in chapel day in honor of Veteran’s Day. He focused on humility, with Micah 6:8 (He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?) anchoring his message

Three weeks after graduating from Duke University in 1968, Gary reported to Pensacola to begin flight training with the US NAVY. During the ensuing 28 years, he deployed to every corner of the world, mostly involved in flying the A-6 Intruder carrier-based attack aircraft.  He was the Commanding Officer of Attack Squadron 176 and later Attack Squadron 128, the A-6 training squadron on the west coast. Later he received orders as Commanding Officer of the USS Guam, an amphibious assault ship and then was the Commander of Amphibious Squadron Five, commanding up to 10 ships during the evacuation of United Nations forces from Mogadishu, Somalia in 1995. After his retirement from the Navy, he and his wife Chris served with the English Language Institute/ China where they taught English in the University system of the Peoples’ Republic of China and then taught US History at Westside Christian High School here for 5 years.

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Shaking hand’s with WCHS’s President.

 

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Chuck & Officer Stubbs

 

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Post message gratitude from some Westside students.

Westside’s First Friday

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On the first Friday of the school year, all Westside students travel to four different destinations with students from their grade to engage in some team building, picnic lunch, and afternoon fun. Below see some pics from the festivities enjoyed by the sophomore class.

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Sophomores working on ‘stepping strategies.’

 

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Elise Reinholtz, Hannah Gouge & Alyson Larson all smiles.

 

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Joshua Ramirez & David Madison (photobomb: Jake Mager)

 

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Smile (Mary Nodlund) Serious (Kayla Nguyen) & Flex (Parker Griffiths)

 

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On your mark…

 

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Forward movement.

 

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A sophomore face-off.

 

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Mason Lunz believes he can fly.

 

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Cassie Stere & Moriah Reid (hanging loose)


All School BBQ: Aug 30th at 6pm!

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Come join the Westside community for our Back to School BBQ tonight (Tuesday August 30th) at 6pm! PTF is providing all the food (hot dogs and hamburgers) and some planned fun, all your family needs to do is show up!

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