The westside staff and faculty are excited to welcome you!
We understand the start of a new school year can be hectic. Here, we hope to provide some useful information and resources that will assist you in navigating the beginning of the school year.
Our goal is for each student to be successful and to learn, grow, and inspire together. We want students and their families to feel the excitement and anticipation of the year before it begins and to be active and engaged in the learning taking place. This is going to be a great year, Westside!
- Know your child’s timetable – post it somewhere visible.
- Access the school website and read the newsletters to receive information.
- Encourage your child to participate in school events, clubs and activities.
- If you want to better understand something you hear from your child, call their teacher to check it out.
- Resist the urge to rescue your child when they have a challenge. Support your child’s learning, don’t do their school work for them. If the challenge is a social situation, listen and let them find solutions with your guidance.
- Encourage them to talk to their teacher, guidance counsellor, student success teacher, or Principal when they need help.
- Hold high expectations for your child and show them in your words and through your behavior that you know they can succeed.
- Celebrate your child’s hard work and achievement of any kind.
- No matter how old they get or how busy you get – ask about their day – talk about their day – celebrate their day!
Scroll down to find more information about the following:
- Dates and Events to Remember
- Athletic Information
- Placement Assessments
- Key Contacts
- Bell Schedule
- Carpool Map
- Ways to get Involved
- New Student Tips
- Quick Links
Let's Have a Great Year!
Dates and Events to Remember
July 23-29: OSAA Moratorium Week - all facilities are closed for the week.
Monday, August 14th | Fall Sports Begin
- Boys Soccer → Jason Housley | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Girls Soccer → Greg Pfleger | email@example.com
- Cross Country → Scott Ball | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Volleyball → Kristina Thom | email@example.com
- Cheer → Christie Wilson | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, August 22nd | Freshmen Meet & Greet
- The Freshman Meet & Greet is on Tuesday, August 22nd from 6:30-7:30pm. This is a great time for incoming freshmen to get to know their classmates and learn more about the school. Ice cream bars and cookies will be served. Freshmen will hear from the Student Council soon with more details.
Textbook & Chromebook Check Out
- Tuesday, August 22nd (9th Grade ONLY) → 7:30 to 8:30 pm
- Tuesday, August 29th (all grades) → 4 to 6 pm
- Thursday, August 31 (all grades) → 12 to 3 pm
Tuesday, August 29th - 6 to 7 pm | Back to School BBQ
- Our Back to School BBQ is Tuesday, August 29th, from 6:00 to 7:00pm! Join us for delicious food and community as we enter into the excitement of this coming school year. Burgers and hot dogs will be served. If you have any dietary restrictions, please plan accordingly.
Tuesday, August 29th - 7:00 - 8:30 pm | New Student Orientation and Parent Orientation
- Following the Back to School BBQ on Tuesday, August 29th, our New Student Orientation (on the field) and Parent Orientation (in the auditorium) will begin at 7:00 and end at 8:30pm.
Tuesday, August 29th - 7:00 - 8:00 pm | Senior Project Parent Meeting
- Following the Back to School BBQ on Tuesday, August 29th, the Senior Project Parent Meeting will begin at 7:00 and end at 8:00pm. This meeting will be in the library and will provide helpful information on the Senior Project your students will be doing this coming year.
First Day of School | Tuesday, September 5th
Assessments are available for incoming 9th grade students and new student transfers.
Students who want to take any of the following classes need to come to Westside and take a 30-60 minute placement assessment.
- Spanish 2
- Any Math class beyond Algebra 1
- AP World History
- English 9 Honors
To schedule, please contact Scott Ball at email@example.com or 503.697.4711 x1222.
*We are excited to announce Westside's Summer Math Camp. This will be an in person opportunity for students to get a head start on their high school math. To learn more and to register, click here.
Scott Ball, Assistant Principal for Academics
Mr. Ball creates each student's academic schedule. He should be your students' first point of contact with any questions regarding scheduling, such as adding or dropping a class. Mr. Ball also hosts our annual "Going to College" seminars for parents.
Our WCHS Carpool Map is live! Each year, Westside produces a carpool map for our families. This allows you to find families in similar areas to provide carpool opportunities.
You can find our 2023-24 Carpool Map on our website through RenWeb (Family Portal, which is the graduation cap icon). Once in the family portal, click "School" in the drop down menu and then "Resource Documents". You should be able to find the map there.
Shortcut: Family Portal > School > Resource Documents > 2023-24 Carpool Map
Our District Code is WS-OR.
Ways to Get Involved
Student Council (STUCO)
There will be two students from each grade elected to represent their class each year. If you are interested in STUCO and serving your class by providing input into student activities, this is for you. Elections will be held in the second week of school. All three school events are planned by STUCO: Fall Fest, Sadie Hawkins, and Prom. They also host two to three class parties each year with activities such as snow tubing, Bullwinkle parties, bowling, movie nights, game nights, karaoke and more.
Student Ministry Team (SMT)
This team focuses on the spiritual life of the student body. If you would like to make an impact for Christ among the students, this is a way to foster discipleship among your peers. You will be able to use the talents the Lord has given you to work at events like Community nights and Chapels.
SMT is an amazing opportunity to serve the Westside community through spiritual life and student leadership. If you are at all interested in joining this team, please look over the job description and fill out an application (click here for more info).
These students are selected to represent WCHS at a variety of events, which include Open Houses, Back to School nights, and guides for new students and other outreach to the community. If you are outgoing and love to meet new people, this is a great opportunity for you.
You can be a student ambassador by contacting Mr. Housley.
Electives and Extracurriculars
Westside Christian's award-winning music program is the best in the state for Choir and Band. There are four different music classes for Westside students: Westside Voices, Concert Band, Soli Deo Gloria, and Ignite Worship Team. Westside hosts two concerts each year highlighting all Westside music students. Westside's band and choir compete in statewide competitions for the 3A level.
Contact Mr. Fox, Westside's Music Director, with any questions.
Westside offers 12 sports programs that compete at OSAA's 3A level. Westside Christian strongly encourages each student to be involved at WCHS, which allows our students to try new things and actively participate in the community.
You can learn more about the programs outlined below by contacting our Athletic Director Mr. Henry.
Westside offers many different art classes for students at all levels and of all interests in art. Students can participate in 2D design classes starting at intro to art and work through advanced art, up to AP studio art and 3D design, in which students develop portfolios. Students can also take Digital Design and learn the skills of Photoshop and Illustrator. Lastly, Westside offers a yearbook class that provides students an opportunity to represent their year at Westside.
If you have questions about our art program, contact Ms. Sprague.
Westside started a theatre program in 1987. Students have the opportunity to participate in straight plays, one acts, and musicals each year. It is an extracurricular opportunity that allows students to act, produce, set-design, costume, and provide technological support. Theatre is a great way to get involved in a community and try something new.
If you have questions about our theatre program, contact Ms. Pringle.