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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!
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!
Anatomy & Physiology students were (gloved) hands on in a recent dissection lab. Students were dissecting pig hearts, and during the process, were instructed how and then proceeded to, inflate the lung.
Take a look at the short video of our school scientists below!
In a Battle of the Beaks exercise sophomore Biology students recently learned how animals better adapted to take advantage of available foods fare better than the less adapted, and thus live to pass on their genes to the next generation.
Bird beaks were represented by chopsticks, a spoon, tweezers, and a staple remover. Students needed to use their beak implement to pickup various items representing different foods. Thirty seconds were given to collect as much of one food type as possible, before repeating the activity with different types of food.
At the conclusion of the exercise, students were asked to answer what they noticed about their feeding abilities, and reflect on what would happen if a natural disaster caused a certain food type to disappear.
Last week a group of Westside students participated in Junior Achievement’s Stock Market Challenge, with one of the three Westside teams, comprised of Chris Tento, Will Geib, Abbie Nieuwstraten, Wyatt Lewis, and Reece Hupfer, capturing 1st place. This is the 2nd time in 4 years that a Westside team has won the event.
Junior Achievement explains their Stock Market Challenge as “an opportunity for students to learn valuable lessons in personal finance and investments. At the JA Stock Market Challenge, teams of four to five students start with $1,000,000 in fictitious funds to buy stock in mock companies. Once the opening bell rings on our Stock Market trading floor, the market opens and every 90 seconds represents a complete trading day. Over the next two hours (representing 60 trading days), students must work together and think on their feet, applying the concepts they learned in the classroom, as they compete to build the highest net worth portfolio. Teams must determine the effect market occurrences and current trading will have on stock prices, compete for the attention of floor traders, and track the performance of their stocks on three jumbo screens. The team with the highest Net Worth Portfolio at the end of 60 “trading days” will be crowned the Stock Market Champion.”
There were 64 total teams who participated, and all three Westside groups beat all other high schools by 25 %. The members of the two other teams were: Brittney Martin, Ali Mills, Danielle Simmons, Rachel Kline, Taylor Ranslow, Simon Griffin, Abe Ahn, Joe Zhao and Yuke Li.
Great work Eagle traders!
Last week AP European History students chose one person or topic that they had studied this year and chose 10 things with which to depict it. These are their historical Christmas sweaters. Quite a festive and historical academic exercise!
The Gospel of Mark is such a unique book in the Bible! It is a quick tour through the life of Christ. We have been using this text in Sophomore Bible as a way to find out more about Christ and hopefully begin to let His life change our own.
We have been reading the text, summarizing the text, acting it out, and yes, even drawing it! Local scholar Tim Mackie from The Bible Project says that drawing the Scriptures is a great way to remember the Scriptures. So as we have been reading through Mark’s Gospel I have asked the students to draw what they are learning. Here is the fruit of their labor!
Junior Bible recently participated in a Socratic Seminar. The topic? Moral Relativism. Over the past few weeks we have discussed various arguments for the existence of God. This led to a fruitful conversation where we were able to share ideas and our own personal convictions. We discussed all sorts of ethical conundrums to see the major difference between the Christian worldview and the Atheist worldview. We are learning that presenting the Truth can be challenging in a world where morals are relative.
In contrast to Moral Relativism strongly stands The Moralistic Argument. This argument actually functioned as one of the reasons why C.S. Lewis became a believer. He said, “My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?”
Where do objective moral standards come from? This is a question we have been seeking to understand better as Christ followers in 2017.
Today the Bible classes experienced the fun of putting together puzzles and acting out Christmas movies while bonding with classmates from different grades. The object lessons and activities invited students to consider how God fits all the pieces of our lives together for our good and his purpose, as well as how our lives are to imitate Christ in humility.
Fun was had by all!
Sophomore Biology students recently isolated DNA from some strawberries. Take a look at some sweet in action pictures below!