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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!
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!”
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
Students celebrated with spirit this week leading up to their annual Fall Fest at The Maize on Sauvie’s Island.
From dressing up in costumes to wearing all black to cheer on the volleyball team to their victorious win against Riverdale, and donning their flannel for the evening of line dancing, students were in the spirit of Fall.
On Wednesday night, Westside students enjoyed line dancing, walking through the corn maze, painting pumpkins, and enjoying a bonfire together. The Fall Fest King, Kellen Peterson, and Queen, Eva Lammers also received their pumpkin crowns.
We are back! And the school year is off to a great start. Here are some highlights from the first month back at Westside Christian High School.
We welcomed parents’ to our annual Back to School to visit their students’ classes, meet with teachers and connect with coaches and staff. We are so grateful for our families that bring together our community.
Seniors shared with their fellow classmates their theme and verse of the 2018-2019 school year, “Manifold Grace” and their chosen verse. “8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (Peter 4:8-10). They asked their classmates to participate by signing a banner with a colored marker that represented a part of the verse they would live out this year.
On September 26th, WCHS students joined more than3,000,000 students nationwide by gathering around the flag pole for the annual, “See You at the Pole.” They prayed for their friends, family, school, communities and country.
Our WCHS community is feeling energized for the 2018-19 school year! We are looking forward to coming together in our mission to develop the whole person for the Glory of God and living out our seniors theme for the year ahead with manifold grace.
At the end of the school year sophomore biology students went on a field trip to Boiler Bay and got to do some tide pooling – hands on biology! Students found all kinds of marine life including sea urchins, sea anemones, sea stars, barnacles, limpets, crabs, seals, and gumboot chiton! After tide-pooling students grabbed lunch at Mo’s Restaurant and then finished their day at Hatfield Marine Science Center learning about adaptations of various marine invertebrates.
Take a look at more photos here: Biology at the beach!
This summer, my wife and I, along with Leif, our 1-year-old baby boy, will be spending 40 days in Valencia, Spain. I’ve been given the opportunity to complete an international teaching practicum at an English language school located in the heart of this beautiful Mediterranean beach town.
We are so looking forward to our time together there, especially with our boy! In our free time, we will be exploring the old medieval parts of town and sampling the tapas and paellas the city is famous for. Of course, we will seek out the beach as often as possible and spend time swimming in the warm sea and relaxing in the sun.
My wife and I have held Spain as very special to both of us for many years. It’s where we fell in love and where we later honeymooned. It’s where I became fluent in Spanish and where I watched God grow a deep love for the Spaniards within me. We can’t wait to bring our boy into all of this with us.
This time in Spain with be a blessing for my family at home, but I’ve begun to pay attention to the many ways that it will also be a blessing for my Westside family. Among such, I anticipate that my students in the fall will benefit from my reinvigorated passion for Spanish-speaking peoples – a passion which will color our class time together and which may even be passed on to them. In addition, my own language skills will be sharpened and my fluency deepened, enhancing the collection of talents and abilities among the staff at Westside and so also enhancing our prestige as a school.
I look forward to sharing the stories and pictures from our European adventure with my classes in the fall. I’m sure there will also be others with travel stories to share. In sharing, I know that God will work on our hearts to grow them in our capacity for love toward people of other lands and languages – towards peoples that he loves as much as he does the folks in our own communities here at home.
Last week Westside’s seniors traveled (far) east to Washington Family Ranch for a week of fellowship, fun, and reflection in advance of graduation. Senior Trip provides students with a unique opportunity to get away from normal, including cellphone reception, for time together to process all they’ve experienced in life up to this moment in time. Evening sessions provided the chance to consider their past, appreciate the present, and prepare for their future.
Seniors – go well, and please plan to return. The doors are always open.
Our Leadership students put together a video appreciating each and everyone of our seniors in advance of the last chapel of the year. Take a watch below!
Westside students recently completed an Acid / Base Titration Lab in Chemistry. The students were using a 0.2M acid in order to determine the strength of a basic solution made from magnesium hydroxide. This is accomplished with the use of an indicator which changes color when all the base has been neutralized. Ultimately, they will use their results to determine how many moles of stomach acid can be neutralized with one dose of the medicine.
Our students look great in goggles and other assorted lab gear!