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Welcome Rob Casteel

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Rob & his '65 Chevy

Rob & his ’65 Chevy

 

Rob Casteel joins Westside after most recently being Westview High School’s Athletic Director. Welcome aboard Rob!

I have been married 33 years to Lori Casteel. We met as first year teachers at Cedar Park Junior High, and for the past 13 years we worked together at Westview High School. We have three children, Amanda (28) who is married to Randy Sinner and lives and teaches in LA. Robert (26), who works for Amazon in Seattle. Our youngest, Eli (24) is working on his masters at Taylor University but more importantly is engaged to Kirin Foster and will be married next July.

I have recently retired from public education after 34 years. Two gifts I have enjoyed this summer are a tour of Slovenia, Croatia,  Bosnia and driving a new to me but old ’65 Chevy pickup. 

Rob & Lori

Rob & Lori

In my coaching career, I have always been involved with high school football in some capacity, but this fall, for the first time in 33 years, I have booked a weekend trip for Lori and I at the Oregon Coast. I am truly looking forward to my new experience at Westside Christian as a teacher and athletic director.

Favorite scripture John 11: 44 – Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him loose.” I have always taken this as a reminder that only Jesus gives life but He lets us participate in setting other people free in their new life!

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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Welcome Michael Wenger

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Mr. Wenger & wife Cindy

Mr. Wenger & wife Cindy

Mr. Wenger is joining Westside as our new Head of School, a bit about him below!

I met my wife Cindy while attending Biola University. My graduate study was completed at Talbot School of Theology, Oregon State University, and Trinity Theological Seminary. We have three children and they are all married. We have three granddaughters and two grandsons. I enjoy praying and walking with my wife. I also enjoy fishing, hiking, running, reading and gardening. I was born in Corvallis, Oregon and graduated from West Albany High School.

Welcome Carrie Adams

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Below a bit about Carrie Adams, our new Bible 9 & 12 teacher. Welcome Carrie!

Carrie Adams is a local girl whose explorations led her back to the place that she started from: she grew up in Beaverton, Oregon and graduated from Hope Christian in Aloha. Dr. Debbie Miller was her English teacher and profoundly influenced Carrie, remaining in her memory as the first teacher who really spoke into her life.

Carrie’s mother, Gwyn Pitts, works at West Hills as an Educational Tutor. Carrie’s younger sisters, Aimee and Shauna Pitts, graduated from Westside in ‘98 and ‘01. Carrie is married to Jeff Adams and they have two children: Gabriel, 8, Isabelle, 5. Gabriel loves soccer; Isabelle loves gymnastics; Jeff loves the Oregon Ducks. Carrie and Jeff met after Carrie attended the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) School of Biblical Studies in Lakeside, MT where she inductively studied the entire Bible for nine months.

Together Jeff and Carrie traveled to English L’Abri in 2008, living in Hampshire for six months before joining the ministry of L’Abri Fellowship on Bowen Island, Canada. L’Abri is a ministry of hospitality which offers spiritual prodigals a place to come and stay and learn. It functions as a study center, offering lectures, tutoring, film discussions, and engagement on all matters of faith and culture in a context of apologetics. Upon returning home from this mission field with two young children, Carrie returned to teaching, taking a position in Newberg, Oregon. She loves the Word of God, loves teaching, loves high schoolers, and loves learning. She plans to have completed her Masters of Christian Leadership (MACL) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2021.

Isabelle, Jeff, Carrie, and Gabriel

Isabelle, Jeff, Carrie, and Gabriel

Westside in Hawaii

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Dani, Lydia & Ms. T in Hawaii

Lydia Povolny and Dani Hillenbrand came to Oahu, HI for their Senior Trip, and were fortunate enough to be on the island at the same time as Ms. T! The three of them spent the afternoon in Ms. Tagayuna’s home town of Waialua and Haleiwa, swimming and snorkeling at the infamous Waimea Bay, eating Ted’s Bakery’s chocolate haupia pie (chocolate and coconut custard), and having dinner with Dani’s family at sunset.

How cool for two of our recent graduates to be invited into a slice of Mr. T’s Hawaii paradise with them!

Haupia pie from Ted’s Bakery!

Soli 3rd @ OSCCC

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Soli Deo Gloria recently won its division at the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival, and last week placed 3rd at the Oregon State Chamber Choir Championships! This was against schools of all sizes in our state who qualified for this chamber ensemble state championship. What an impressive performance by our students and school!

 

Soli Deo Gloria at the Oregon State Chamber Choir Championships

LO Review’s “Amazing Kid”

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Westside’s Jake Mount was nominated and recognized by the Lake Oswego Review as a finalist for their Amazing Kid Award this past week. Jake was acknowledged for the work he has done raising money for the Children’s Cancer Association through a basketball camp he has organized and run for younger children. 

Here is the excerpt from the article noting Jake’s impressive accomplishments: Mount has raised more than $5,000 for the Children’s Cancer Association in the past five years through a basketball camp for younger children (ages 4-12) that he holds during the summer. He organizes the camps in honor of Gage, a close friend who died of cancer on Valentine’s Day in 2011 at age 9. Gage was the only child of Lauren and Trux Dole, said Lauren Dole, who nominated Mount. “Jake wanted to do something to help other kids fighting cancer,” she says. She says what’s impressive is how long Mount has kept up this effort. He never forgot Gage, she says.

Read the full story here: LO Review – Amazing Kid

 

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

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Don’t miss out on Westside’s “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” playing Friday (7pm), Saturday (2pm & 7pm), and Sunday (2pm).

Westside Christian High School’s theatre program is excited to present its spring musical: “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” Celebrating its 50th anniversary, this broadway musical hit is based on Charles M Schulz’s famous comic strip, “Peanuts.” Come see a day in the life of that lovable “round-headed kid” and his quirky group of friends as they navigate school, baseball music practices, and the everyday complexities of childhood. You won’t want to miss this!

Location:

Alpenrose Opera House

Cost:

$8 for students and seniors

* $1 off for Westside students and Thespians (I.D. required)

$10 for adults

Beethoven Day!

Charlie Brown & Snoopy

Charlie Brown

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Westside Christian High School’s theatre program is excited to present its spring musical: “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” Celebrating its 50th anniversary, this broadway musical hit is based on Charles M Schulz’s famous comic strip, “Peanuts.” Come see a day in the life of that lovable “round-headed kid” and his quirky group of friends as they navigate school, baseball music practices, and the everyday complexities of childhood. You won’t want to miss this!

Charlie Brown

Dates:

April 28 at 7pm

April 29 at 2pm and 7pm

April 30 at 2pm

Location:

Alpenrose Opera House

Cost:

$8 for students and seniors

* $1 off for Westside students and Thespians (I.D. required)

$10 for adults