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

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 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.

WCHS Winter Sports Awards

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WCHS athletics’ department celebrated basketball and cheerleading season with a winter awards dinner. Thanks to Debby Mager, Mesina Lunz, Michael Wenger, and Mike and Eve McCarthy the event went smoothly.  My hope in adding the dinners was to provide a time to come together as a community. This event provided an opportunity to thank people who went above and beyond by keeping the score clock or scorebooks, teaching volunteers how to safely use the popcorn machine in the concession stand, driving teams across the state, and helping pick up trash after games.  I am thankful to all those who contributed their time and talents to make an impact on our sports teams.

My very favorite moment of the evening was at 7:20. I invariably grab the nearest person to me and say,  “listen, just listen.” I draw their attention to a community engaging in storytelling, laughing, and smiling. Each table is different, at one table a team of 14 players sitting around a table set for 8 people, longtime friends sitting together who haven’t connected for some time and new friendships that started this season.  This year’s highlight for me was when two women at two different tables, engaged in two different conversations tilt their heads back in laughter at the same time. It was quite a coincidence, but a magical moment for me.

I get nervous before the dinner starts, will anyone show up, will we run out of food (cookies yes, tacos no) and will there be people so stressed they won’t enjoy the evening.  Then I remind myself it is supposed to be fun and I am grateful to be a part of this community. I wait and watch the clock and when 7:20 comes I grab the nearest person to capture the moment with me, and I enjoy the time celebrating our teams!

Thank you WCHS community!

Rob Casteel, Athletic Director

Choir qualifies for State

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Congratulations to Mr. Fox and all of the choir students for their successful District Choir competition at Linfield College on February 20th. The choir received high enough scores from each of the three judges to qualify them to return to State in May. Way to go Eagles!

The choir praying together before the competition.

Drama Department to perform “Godspell,” Feb. 15-17

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Westside Christian High School’s Drama Department will perform a Portlandia version of the 1970s Broadway Musical, Godspell, at Alpenrose Dairy Opera House on February 15-17.

Based on the Book of Matthew, the musical uses both word and song to tell of Biblical truths about the importance and beauty of community through the teachings of Jesus Christ.

With smash hits like “Day by Day”, “By Your Side”, and “Learn Your Lessons Well”, this 2012 revival takes the original production and includes modern day twists, references, and fresh arrangements that will leave you wanting to sing along and dance to these timeless classics.

Dates and showtimes are:

  • Friday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 16, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m.

Godspell was originally written by American playwright John-Michael Tabelak with music composed by Stephen Schwartz, with its first off-Broadway performance in 1971. Numerous tours and shows have been produced since.

Alpenrose ice cream and other refreshments are available during intermission.  

Alpenrose Dairy Opera House is located at 6149 SW Shattuck Rd, Portland.

Admission is $12  for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Thespian Society members with I.D. cards receive $1 off admission. Content is age appropriate for middle school children and up.

Boys Basketball defeat OES

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Friday, February 1st the WCHS Eagles played the OES Aardvarks. As the final home game of the regular season, it was an exciting night in its own right. In the 4th quarter, the Eagles tied-up the game to send it into overtime. The Eagles prevailed and won 60-53. It was the most exciting game of the year and a great way to end on our home court. Congratulations to the coaches and players for an amazing performance!

Eagle Beat Drumline

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Twenty amazing students came together to form this year’s Eagle Beat Drumline. The drumline consists of snare drums, tenor drums, bass drums, cymbals, and additional auxiliary percussion instruments. Our drumline students rehearse and perform intricate cadences and marching patterns. Really, the season has been too short. Mr. Fox says, “Drumline has been a blast to coach. I love the enthusiasm of these students!”

WCHS’ Eagle Beat Drumline performs at a home basketball game.

2018 Concert: The Work of Christmas

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On December 20th, WCHS held its annual Christmas Concert. The concert featured Westside Christian High School’s 12-time State Championship choir and State Championship band. Soli Deo Gloria, our auditioned choir, and Adult Supervision, a barbershop quartetfeaturing three WCHS students and Mr. Fox, also performed some toe-tapping Christmas classics. And special guests, The SenateAires Chorus performed.

This event is always a highlight of the year.  Families, alumni, and community members showed up to support and enjoy WCHS’s growing music programs.

Photo Credit: Peter Van Houten