Westside Christian High School has a new blog available online! The new Academics Blog provides insight into what is happening within the classrooms at Westside Christian. You will learn more about our exceptional teaching staff, students' academic pursuits, and fun class projects and field trips.
You can read the first blog here: https://www.wchsonline.org/academics/blog.cfm
Westside Christian High School Theatre Department would like to invite you to their fall production this year! Jane Anderson's "Defying Gravity" tells the story of the 1986 Challenger Tragedy and the impact it made on the people who watched it. It is a poignant story of loss, grief, and the undaunted human spirit to reach new heights told from the perspective of a teacher's young daughter and the people she had in her life. Don't miss this beautiful production!
Appropriate for middle school-aged students and up.
Dates: November 1 (7 PM), 2 (2 PM and 7 PM), and 3 (2 PM).
Tickets: $7 students/seniors ($1 off for Thespians and WCHS students), $9 for adults. Tickets sold at the door.
Where: Alpenrose Opera House
Westside Christian High School students put down their books for the day and instead spent
Tuesday, October 15, volunteering at more than 10 different locations in and around Tigard during their annual Serve Day. Numbering over 200, the group weeded, painted, cleaned, sorted clothing, served food, and washed dishes in partnership with neighbors and local nonprofits such as Union Gospel Mission, With Love, and the Salvation Army.
The goal of Westside Christian High School’s Serve Day is for students to learn about stewardship by relating to and supporting their community. Cindy Streimer, Dean of Student
Life and the coordinator for Serve Day, adds,“I love that we consider this a priority and are willing to take a school-day to do this together. Being in these different places and serving in these different roles might be a new thing for our students.”
Mrs. Streimer’s group didn’t have far to go. Their assignment was to serve several of Westside
Christian’s neighbors. “We know them and have a relationship with them, so we asked, ‘Do you have a need?’ And they did, so we picked up leaves, weeded, and swept up for a number of neighbors who aren’t physically able to do so.”
Across town, other Westside Christian students were busy helping at the Good Neighbor Center on Greenburg Rd. in Tigard. The Center provides emergency housing and services for families needing a hand up, not a handout. Outside students raked, pruned, weeded, and swept the driveway and playground. Inside they organized the pantry and freezer. Freshman Peyton
Hatley was tasked with sorting through a giant pile of frozen goods that he cheerfully termed “Mt. St. Biscuits.” The Center’s Outreach Manager, Heidi Guffey, says that volunteers are the backbone of what they do. “Westside is awesome. They’ve been coming every year.”
Volunteering is a long-held tradition at Westside Christian, where Serve Day has been an annual event since 2001. Each student is also encouraged but not required to volunteer for at least 25 hours each academic year, for a total of 100 hours or more by graduation. Many students far exceed that. Later this year, all seniors will complete a Senior Leadership Project that requires them to create and lead a service project that utilizes their passions and abilities to solve a need in the community.
Senior Sean O’Leary is already thinking about his Senior Leadership Project after completing yard work at the Good Neighbor Center. His family has helped the Center before, donating clothing and other items. “It’s cool to help out in a different way today. I want to do this again, maybe as part of my Leadership Project.”
At the end of the school-day, students were a little dirtier and a little more tired than when they began, but they had big smiles on their faces. Junior Julien Yetter explained, “To come work, see what you’ve done, and see the progress – that's making a difference and having fun doing it.”
Back on campus, students recounted the day’s work to their peers. “It was almost like there were 20 different fieldtrips,” said Mrs. Streimer, “so it was powerful to have the kids share what they did and what they learned. There’s a lot to learn by serving.” Junior Jake Wiseman summed up the impact of the day: “It feels good to think of others instead of yourself. It’s easy to forget that, so this gave us an opportunity.”
Westside Christian High School is excited to introduce its newest board members, Melanie Gillingham and Hollie Packman.Melanie Gillingham joined the board last spring. Melanie accepted the invitation to join the board because Westside Christian High School was a special place, both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities, for her two daughters. She is very grateful for their positive high school experience and happy to support the school’s mission to “inspire godly transformation and Christ-like character” in students. A highlight of her experience as a Westside Christian High School parent was that both her daughters participated in choir and performed with Ignite, WCHS’ worship band. She enjoyed going to the concerts and Choir state championships.Melanie is an associate professor at OHSU where she directs the Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition program. She is married to Todd, a family physician in the Bethany area, and they have two daughters who are recent Westside Christian graduates, Abby (2016) and Anna (2018). Abby and Anna are both attending Whitworth University and studying biology. Melanie and Todd attend Sunset Presbyterian Church and volunteer with Family Promise, a homeless organization that hosts families in various churches in the Beaverton area.Hollie Packman is Westside Christian High School’s newest board member. She is a current Westside parent to Sydney (junior) and Maxine (freshman). Hollie and family love the Westside Christian community and are dedicated to seeing our school flourish over the next four years and over the next forty.Hollie founded Packman & Associates, Inc., a leadership and management consulting firm in 2001. Her firm serves companies of all sizes from Fortune 100 to start-ups working to build trust and clarity in their organizations. She has been married to her husband, Daniel, for 21 years. They attend Bridgetown Church and have worked with the poor and homeless for over 20 years.Thank you so much, Melanie and Hollie, for serving on the Westside Christian High School Board of Directors.
Westside Christian High School had the honor of Grace Ministries Thailand staff, Charles Harvey (Co-Director), Yao, and Doi share in Bible classes and chapel this week. Westside Christian High School has partnered with Grace Ministries Thailand since 2006.Grace Ministries has cared for more than 200 girls and boys from the poorest provinces in Thailand and provided aid to impoverished families. Grace Ministries has four houses and a community garden that serve at-risk and vulnerable children and families.Staff, students, and families have served at the youth homes and schools at Grace Ministries for the past 13 years. Most recently, Westside Christian High School students served in June 2018.In the weekly chapel on September 26th, Doi a staff member at the boys' house in Krasang shared his testimony. Doi was abused, abandoned, hungry, and scared. He did understand love or kindness until he met Jesus Christ in his early 20's. He was pumping gas and heard Christian radio for the first time, the radio was speaking about the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. Doi heard that messaged and went to church that following December. He pursued Bible college and then was led to serve at Grace Ministries.Doi is now a leader within the organization and married to Yao, who is the Director of the girls' house in Thailand. Together they have a beautiful 1-year-old daughter.After Doi's testimony, Charles shared about the hope he has for the students at Westside Christian High School. He hopes that they will live their lives as they believe Jesus would live theirs. He challenged the students to be authentic in their faith.
Westside Christian is so grateful for Charles, Doi, and Yao visiting Portland to share their stories and connect with our community. To learn more about Charles and the Grace Ministries Thailand Foundation, visit gmfthailand.org.
Cindy Streimer is grateful for the opportunity and excited to serve as Westside Christian High School's Dean of Student Life. Mrs. Streimer attended Whitworth University, where she met her husband, Steve. For two years, Cindy worked for human services organizations where she provided supervision, counseling, and facilitated programs for at-risk youth. Her strength in connecting with young people led her to become a Director of Youth Ministry at a church. In this role, she oversaw all youth programs while participating in national youth events and mission trips.
Cindy's leadership skills in an office setting and passion for building relationships with students is what has kept her working in Christian education for the past decade. Steve and Cindy have been married for 27 years and have a daughter who graduated from Westside Christian High School in 2016.
We are so excited for Melissa Campbell to join the Westside family as Head Cheer Coach. Coach Campbell cheered for four years at Oregon State University. After college, Melissa was an instructor for the United Spirit Association where she taught cheer camps and clinics around the Pacific Northwest. Melissa gave her life to Jesus in high school at a Young Life camp. After receiving her Master's degree in Theology, Melissa spent 12 years of church planting with her husband. She is currently a writer, speaker, and co-founder of Revive Ministries, a local non-profit women's ministry. Melissa and her husband, Jason, have two daughters, Katelyn and Sarah.
Kayla Wicks is not entirely new to Westside Christian High School. She is WCHS graduate and coached sprints and jumps for Track & Field this past spring.Kayla recently graduated from Whitworth University, where she received her Visual Arts teaching license. She has recently worked as a student-teacher and K-12 substitute teacher.
Kayla is passionate about track and field and competed in the sport for more than 10 years. She will continue to coach in the spring.
She married her husband, Kyle, last summer. She loves photography, sports, and, above all, passionately pursuing Jesus Christ. #newatwestside
Westside Christian High School is excited to introduce the new Varsity Boys head soccer coach, Luke Johnson. Luke was born and raised in the UK, and has played club and high school soccer in the US; participating in State Finals both as a player and USSF referee.
As a qualified coach, he has high school coaching experience and has directed youth soccer camps in Oregon. Luke also attends Rose Church and is a member of Portland College Younglife.
Welcome to the team, Luke! #newatwestside
Westside is excited to introduce Ashley Ames. Ashley is the new English teacher and Girls Soccer coach.
Ashley graduated from Concordia University-Portland and received both her B.A. in secondary education with an English focus and her M.Ed in educational leadership. She recently worked as the Physical Education teacher at Vernon K-8 School in Portland. She was the Graduate Assistant Coach of Women’s Soccer at Concordia University. She is a high school youth leader at Westside: A Jesus Church. Ashley loves to spend time with her blue Weimaraner, Rudy. She enjoys running, dancing, and playing volleyball.
We are happy to introduce new friendly faces joining the Westside Christian High School leadership, faculty, and coaching staff in 2019!
The first introduction is Westside Christian High Schools’ IT Director and technology teacher, Lige Armstrong. Lige attended Oregon State University receiving a B.S. in Theatre Arts, a B.S. in Media Communication with a minor in Business. He completed his Masters of Arts in Teaching, focusing on theatre, math, and general science at George Fox University.
For the past six years, Lige worked in instructional technology at Linfield College. He also has worked at the Beaverton City Library and volunteered at Oregon Episcopal School for LEGO physics & robotics.
He is married to Lisa, a Westside Christian alum, and they have a three-year-old son. Lige enjoys spending time with his family and pursuing his hobbies of building LEGO creations, traveling, playing board games, photography, and being a geek.
Congratulations to the class of 2019! These 47 students join Westside Christian High School’s network of more than 2,000 alumni throughout the world. Westside Christian High School’s 35th commencement ceremony was held on June 8th at Westside Christian High School. The students chose Bible teacher and senior advisor, John Flores, as the commencement speaker. He shared about how he hopes that Westside will be one of their point zeros, wherever they go in life.
Two of the four valedictorians, David Madison and Grant Gardner, also were chosen to provide the Valedictorian address. Seniors Mary Nordlund, Maddie Pringle, Jillian Griffin, Azul Pereya and Annabel Gillingham (valedictorian), along with the 13th consecutive State Championship performed during the ceremony.
Thank you to the class of 2019 for all your contributions during the last four years to Westside Christian High School and the surrounding community. We are excited to see where God takes you.
April has been an outstanding month for the music department at Westside Christian High School. The Concert Choir competed at the OSAA 3A 2019 State Choir Championship at Oregon State University on April 29th. Under the direction of Mr. Will Fox, the choir won its 13th consecutive State Championship. This was a huge win as schools from the coast, southern and eastern Oregon competed. Thank you to all those who went to Corvallis to support these State Champion vocalists.
The Concert Band also qualified for the Oregon State 3A band championships this last month. With their highest qualifying scores to date, the band is positioned well to defend its state championship. Mr. Fox is very proud of the 13 students this year who make up the band-nine horn players and four percussionists. They will compete on Wednesday, May 8th at the LaSells Stewart Center on the campus of Oregon State University.
On April 20th the select ensemble group Soli Deo Gloria performed a rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody at the Ten Grands Concert. Michael Allen Harrison, a local professional pianist and a philanthropist, invited Soli to perform. Soli was honored to sing alongside great pianists such as Jim Brickman, Tom Grant, Michael Allen Harrison, Colleen Adent, Mac and Haley Potts, William Chapman Nyaho, Darrell Grant, Jim Nilson, Monica Ohuchi, Brendan Brewer, along with some other marvelous singers.