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Introducing Luke Johnson, WCHS’ Varsity Boys Head Soccer Coach

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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

Welcome Ashley Ames, English Teacher & Girls Soccer Coach

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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.

Introducing WCHS’ IT Director, Lige Armstrong

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We are happy to introduce new friendly faces of Westside Christian High School. Every Wednesday, we will share new staff joining our community 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 WCHS class of 2019

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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.

Choir wins 13th consecutive OSAA State Championship

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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.

 

Parenting Seminar Series Spring 2019

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We are so excited to share that Westside Christian will host a Parent Seminar Series this month. Two speakers will be at our campus to share their expertise on current topics that are relevant to teens. This came from a survey we conducted this past fall. Based on WCHS parent feedback we have picked two topics this year and hope to grow the program next year to continue to offer relevant resources to our community. Please join us to hear these speakers for 40-minute presentations followed by Q&A forum discussions in our library. We hope to see you there!

DATING AND SEXUALITY – TUESDAY, APRIL 16th, 7:00-8:00 p.m. 

Micah Rydmark is the Director of The Reality Project for First Image. The Reality Project teaches sexual education units at schools in the Pacific Northwest, including WCHS. This event coincides with the week Micah will be at WCHS sharing with students in health class. Micah will be sharing how to define sex and the impact of sexual behavior and pornographic content. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn how to discuss sex with your teens. Micah is a former youth pastor and holds his Bachelors in Church Leadership and a Bachelors in Youth Ministry from Multnomah University.

GAMING AND TECHNOLOGY – TUESDAY, APRIL 30th, 7:00-8:00 p.m. 

Jamie Harris is the CEO and Founder and Dylan Juran is the Parental Education Advisor of Satellite Gaming, a nonprofit that works with local schools and communities to create positive, bully-free, shoulder to shoulder gaming experiences. Jamie and Dylan hope to use gaming as a missional opportunity to introduce teens to Jesus Christ. They will be sharing with our families about the topic of technology and gaming and will be discussing topics such as monitoring screen time, language and content on the internet, and how to supervise teenage technological use.

There is no cost to attend these events. These seminars are for Christian parents and guardians of teens and pre-teens. Please feel free to extend the invite to your friends, neighbors, and church community. Please RSVP to one or both of these events by clicking here! 

Soli Deo Gloria wins 1st place

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Soli Deo Gloria, Westside Christian’s smaller vocal ensemble group, won 1st place in their division at the 36th Clackamas Community College Jazz Festival. This is another great accomplishment for our choir programs as they competed against other local youth vocalists! Congratulations to these talented vocalists and Mr. Fox!

You can see Soli live this spring. As they plan will be partnering with professional pianist/composer Michael Allen Harrison in his arrangement of Bohemian Rhapsody for the Ten Grand Pianos and vocals. Tickets are available at https://www.tengrands.com.

Biola President, Dr. Barry Corey

Last Thursday, Dr. Barry H. Corey, the President of Biola University, spoke to our community during Chapel on the topic of “Kindness.” Dr. Corey is the eighth President of Biola University and author of the book Love Kindness: Discover the Power of a Forgotten Christian Virtue. Dr. Corey also hosted a meet and greet with WCHS students interested in more information about Biola University during lunch and our administrative team spent some time with our Biola guests to discuss the hopes and challenges of Christian education. We are grateful for Dr. Corey and his team to visit and share with our community.

 

Dr. Paul Louis Metzger

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Last Thursday, WCHS hosted Dr. Paul Louis Metzger as the chapel speaker. Dr. Metzger is a Professor of Theology & Culture at Multnomah University & Seminary, Director of Multnomah University’s Institute for Cultural Engagement: New Wine, New Wineskins, and Editor of Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the theology of Culture. Dr. Metger challenged the student body to live out the Beatitudes, that he said are not platitudes. “Those who have been changed from the inside out should welcome those on the outside in.” His recent book “Beatitudes, Not Platitudes”  is available now.

You can watch the trailer for Dr. Metzger’s book here.

Host an International Student

International students and their families select Westside Christian High School for a number of reasons.  They value Westside Christian’s academic excellence, small class size, extracurricular opportunities, faith, facility, and location.

This month is when international students and agencies begin contacting us, filling out applications, and undergoing Skype or on-site interviews. They are anxious about knowing where they will live and with whom.  We are looking for host families who have current students attending Westside Christian or alumni families.

Sometimes there are mid-year needs that come up and we look for families who would be willing to take a student for the second semester to finish out the year.  It can be a good way to get a shorter trial run, to see if you would want to commit to an entire year of hosting.  We are also looking for hosts for the whole duration of the 2019-2020 school year.

In the spring, we will host a preview evening that highlights the joys and challenges of being a host to an international student at Westside Christian.  We have a panel of current and past Westside host families who share their experience and field your questions.  In addition, we usually have a group of current international students who share how they have been blessed by their host families.

If you have any questions concerning how to initiate the process for being considered as a host family, please contact Don Westerberg, International Student Director, at Westerberg@wchsonline.org or call him at (503) 697-4711, ext. 1232.

Note: A monthly stipend of $700/month is given to the host family to provide for room, board, and transportation for the duration of the 10 months/year.