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This week OSAA announced its plan for the 2020-2021 athletic and arts activities. In response to Governor Brown’s latest announcement, the OSAA is shifting their programs to a similar model of our neighboring states - Washington and California. The Winter, Fall, and Spring competitive seasons will each be 8 weeks long. The seasons will begin with Winter sports in January and February, Fall athletic season has been moved to March and April and Spring sports will be in May and June.The OSAA calendar commences on August 31st. We will allow students and coaches to work together in small groups to condition and drill, while maintaining the county’s safety guidelines. As the county opens up, other opportunities may become available.Due to these recent changes the Fall Sports Parent Meeting this upcoming Tuesday has been canceled.If you have any questions, please contact Athletic Director Rob Casteel at 503.697.4711 x1336.
Dear Westside Christian Families:Yesterday, Governor Brown made an announcement with new restrictions regarding the opening of schools for face-to-face instruction. Under these new guidelines, Washington County, and therefore Westside Christian, falls within the area of schools prohibited from opening for in house instruction. I understand that this is an emotional issue with a great many perspectives, but foremost in our minds here at Westside is to honor the name of Jesus Christ and be a positive witness for Him in our community. Therefore, any plan we devise to address the school closure will be made with this in mind. Over the ensuing few weeks, we will be putting together a plan for the start of school should the closure order still be in place five weeks from now.I continue to look at this crisis as a time of great opportunity for Westside Christian. We will continue to not only provide an exceptional educational experience, but will increase our efforts towards intentional discipleship even more. Our small size allows for us to be very creative with how we educate students, and I fully plan on many very safe, face-to-face opportunities with students to be a part of our opening plan. The best part of what makes this a great school will be preserved; the intimate relationships with students and teachers.Please continue to keep this school in your prayers as we forge ahead through this crisis. Nothing is beyond the scope of our great Redeemer and Savior, and I am confident we will emerge even better and stronger than before.In Christ,John HynesHead of School
Westside Christian High School Class of 2020 and families!
We look forward to celebrating graduation with you. As a staff, it has been a priority for us to take time to create a thoughtful and impactful event that will both celebrate and honor our graduating seniors. We appreciate your patience as we have continued to wait for additional information and guidelines from the Washington County.
Earlier this year, we said we would decide by July 10th the format of this event. We wanted to wait, as we hoped that Washington County would have reduced the restrictions of crowd size, and then we could host an event with our senior families on the soccer field that followed social distancing guidelines. Unfortunately, Washington County will unlikely be in Phase II by August 1st, and we need to finalize this event. Therefore, we will be hosting a Drive-through graduation event on August 1st at 1:00pm.
Class of 2020 and families, please check your email and let us know if you plan on attending by Friday, July 17th. We will send out an email with more information and details about the event a week before graduation.
We recognize and join our students and families in the heartbreak they have felt the last half of this year. Our senior class leadership did not go unnoticed in the final months, as they were often the ones leading and participating in our virtual chapels. They continued to host virtual class events and encourage community spirit. We have prayed fervently for you since the first day you walked through our doors. We pray that Westside Christian will always be a special place for you.Blessings,Amanda Howard, Director of MarketingJohn Hynes, Head of SchoolDenise Rose, Student Activities Director
On June 20th, WCHS student, Jonah A., provided and placed new benches and picnic tables on WCHS' campus as part of his Eagle Scout Project.
Jonah chose the project because he wanted to serve Westside Christian and thought this would be a fun way to provide a space for students and give back to the community.
"Scouts from my troop came to help, and we were able to install the tables and benches in 6 hours. It was a little tricky to work out how it would get done amidst the pandemic, but Mr. Casteel was a huge help and was super supportive in executing a plan to keep everyone safe and get the project done," Jonah shared of his experience.
The Westside Christian High School community is very grateful for Jonah's leadership and service. We look forward to seeing students gather together in these new spaces for years to come.
Dear Westside Christian Family:
One year ago this month, my wife and I decided that we would take a respite from the twenty-seven years that I have been in High School education. Knowing I would return to this field, we prayed for the right opportunity and asked the Holy Spirit to make it clear to us where He would want me to serve. One year later, here we are! The path that our Lord paved for me to arrive at Westside as your next Head of School has been joyful, exciting, and even at times miraculous. Imagine being hired at all during these strange times, and to boot, imagine being hired entirely over Zoom, never even having seen the school I was going to lead! None of this was a barrier for God, however, and He made it clear with each and every interview that this was the place He wanted me. I wish to thank the search committee and board members for their exceedingly professional process through these past few months, for their kindness, and of course, for their future friendship.
I come to the Portland area with wide and varied experience in the field of education. After touring the campus last week, and finally meeting real people, I am confident that the Lord has uniquely prepared me as a leader for this school at this time in its illustrious forty-year history. This is a very good school with an extremely dedicated faculty. My goal over the ensuing years will be to help make it a great school, where students are not just treated to an outstanding education, but where they can grow spiritually, emotionally, and socially, as human beings made for service to their King Jesus Christ.
Many of the relationships I am leaving down here in Simi Valley are friendships I have made over the years as Principal at Grace Brethren High School. While it's difficult to leave them, I am excited to forge new relationships with you, my Westside family. In fact, I won’t have it any other way! So, let's do this together Westside, lets usher this school into the next 40 years with excellence and style. I look forward to partnering with you all on this endeavor.Blessings,
Please join us for Westside Christian High School's Virtual Spring Concert and Art Show "YouTube Premiere" next Tuesday, May 26th, at 7:00 pm.
This 75-minute concert will feature Westside Voices, Soli Deo Gloria, Concert Choir, Concert Band, an EagleBeat Drumline performance, and an Ignite (worship team class) presentation. We will also be showcasing select artwork from Westside’s art students.
The music students worked hard this winter and spring developing music for the State Championships, as well as for the Spring Concert and other festivals that were scheduled. It was so hard to lose most of these events and the opportunities to showcase these talented students. Our art students have also been working hard on their projects this spring.
In order to showcase this work, Mr. Fox and Mrs. Wicks have developed a virtual event for our community. This event will be presented online as a YouTube Premiere concert and art show. Follow this link to join the event: YouTube Premiere.
Westside Christian Art students have worked very hard this year on their projects. You can view their work online at the link below https://wicks37.wixsite.com/wchs-artshow. Some of these great works will also be featured tonight during the concert.
We hope to see you there to support these talented and hardworking students. We are so proud of each of them.
Last week we finished the final segment of our facility enhancement for Westside Christian High School's Track and Field program. In the east parking lot is now 70 meters of 4 lanes of track surface, a 30’ x 45’ high jump approach area, and a long jump/triple jump pit. Features of this $45,000 project funded through donations from alumni, alumni parents, current parents, and coaches are:
- 10 competition hurdles
- New high jump mats and crossbars
- A 20-foot long triple jump and long jump pit
In addition to the ability to practice shot put, discus, and javelin already available on our soccer field, this enhancement will allow athletes to practice long jump, triple jump, high jump, 4 x 100 & 4 x 400 relay exchanges, block starts, boys and girls hurdles, and javelin throwing from a competition surface.
In lieu of the annual cultural gala, in which our international students share about their home countries through cuisine, music, sports, clothing and more, WCHS international students hosted April 16th chapel and sharing about the current pandemic as students who live far from home.
This event highlighted four different International students. Roger C. and Nhu L. shared some of their key feelings and memories as international seniors. Vivian H. shared about the love and blessing of her host family in this time, when she is not surrounded by her biological family. Yilin C. interviewed her Dad, a Beijing doctor. He shared about the current situation in China and his feelings as a parent of an International student who is far away from him at this time.
Thank you to all these students and Mr. Westerberg for sharing. We look forward to the future cultural galas.
For more information about our International Student Program, please contact Don Westerberg.
On Thursday, April 9th, Westside Christian High School hosted its first ever virtual live chapel with special guest Thunderstorm Artis. Thunderstorm is a worship leader, youth pastor and current contestant on NBC's The Voice.
More than 200 students, staff, and families gathered to worship and hear Thunderstorm's message. Students asked questions and engaged with our speaker, asked questions. He shared his faith journey and that it is important to keep God at the foundation of your faith.
April 8th UpdateOn April 8th, Governor Kate Brown announced that all school closures will be extended through the end of the academic year. We are willing to take the proactive measures to keep Westside Christian High School's community safe and healthy. However, we are going to miss our students and recognize this is a challenging time for our community.In response to this closure, Westside Christian High School will:
We are continuing to pray for peace and guidance for our students, their families, and the surrounding community.You can stay updated online at https://www.wchsonline.org/community-life/coronavirus.cfm
Keep Westside Christian High School closed through the end of the semester. If students or families need to come to the school for any reason please make an appointment with a teacher or staff member at least 2 days in advance.
Continue to provide education through Digital Learning Days
Continue to offer live and recorded chapels each week
- Follow OSAA guidelines for all activities and cancel all contests for the remainder of the year
Westside Christian's Concert Band captured the Small School Division First Place Trophy at the NW Band Invitational Contest hosted by Clackamas Community College on March 10th.
The band scored the highest point total out of all fourteen bands present. Although due to the number of 6A schools present, Westside Christian High School's score was not comparable. Mr. Fox is very proud of the band members. He gives credit to the growth of the band's youngest players as "they've come a long way this year."
The band placed sixth overall in their sight-reading, but did well as they performed a sight-reading piece above their grade level! The performance judges gave the band 79, 79, and 80, really high scores for an Oregon band contest.
Through this performance, the band has qualified for the Oregon State Band Championships on May 14th! Congratulations to Mr. Fox and the Westside Christian High School Concert Band.
Westside Christian's Concert Choir earned scores of 96, 95, and 90 from the three adjudicators at the Linfield Choir Festival on Wednesday, February 19th, and earned another berth to the Oregon Choir State Championships on May 7th at Oregon State University.
A perfectly sunny day at Linfield College helped make the day even better, as Westside Christian hosted the event which included thirteen other school choirs. Every WCHS student had a job during the event, in addition to singing well in their performance. Jobs included timers, escorts for other choirs, crowd control, reception desk, and couriers for the judges and videographer, etc.
The choir performed five songs in the set. The first piece was a Renaissance piece called Missa Secunda (Kyrie), sung to the Latin text, "Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy." The second piece sung was a contemporary ballad composed by Daniel Gawthrop called Sing Me To Heaven which describes the wish of a dying man. Mangisondele Nkosi Yam was sung next. It is a song composed by South African composer Michael Barrett that features the hymn theme, "Nearer My God to Thee," as it cries out in a rhythmic and fun piece. Next, the choir sang Steven Paulus' The Road Home, featuring a beautiful text of verses calling people back to the path that leads to God. The choir's concluding song was William Dawson's classic, Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit, an upbeat spiritual.
The choir, made up of two different choir classes (Soli Deo Gloria and Westside Voices) will now turn their attention to new music for the spring. Soli will compete at the CCC Vocal Jazz Festival March 12th with an acappella jazz package and will sing and compete as a mixed barbershop chorus at the Evergreen District's Division IV contest on April 18th in Salem. This is the first venture into barbershop music that our choir program has attempted.
The Concert Choir will also attend its Annual Spring Choir Retreat on April 5-6 at Camp Yamhill. It is always a favorite choir activity, filled with fun, hard work and food as the choir preps for the state championships.
Westside Christian High School held its Inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony on Friday, January 10th, 2020.
More than 100 students, staff, alumni, coaches, and families attended the event at Westside Christian High School. Current Bible teacher, Mr. John Flores, emceed the event and Eric Knox, a former OSU basketball player, and current Benson Tech Head Coach was the guest speaker. His team most recently won the 2019 6A championship.Those inducted into the ceremony were:
- 1988 BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM - STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FINALISTS
- BRIAN ROESLER - 1999 STATE CHAMPION 800-METER BOYS TRACK
- BETHANY ADAMS - 2003 STATE CHAMPION 800-METER GIRLS TRACK
- 2006 BOYS GOLF TEAM - STATE CHAMPIONS
- SCOTT BALL - 2016 NATIONAL GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY COACH OF THE YEAR
- LAURA STAROPOLI - 2017 GIRLS SOCCER STATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Each of these recipients was the first to win their award at WCHS. We look forward to the continuation and growth of the Hall of Fame and are proud of our inaugural class and their impact on WCHS athletics.
Congratulations to Ethan Chung, Senior, and David Dugan, Sophomore, who were both selected to the Oregon All-State Symphonic Band. Both boys submitted audition recordings in September and were selected for inclusion in this select band. They have been preparing music since late December that they will rehearse and then play in concert with that band during the Oregon All-State conference on January 17-19.