Middle School

Without Tuition Assistance ‘Who Will We Be Missing Out On?’

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As part of the program during 35 Years: A Community Celebration & Auction, our community raised their paddle for Tuition Assistance.

Westside School’s Tuition Assistance program provides need-based scholarships to one in four Westside students each year.  The strength of our student body, and who we get to learn beside, affects every student at Westside School. Please take a few minutes to enjoy the video below. The lights on the 2017 Auction have been dimmed, but you too can make a difference!

 

“When I’m in high school…I’ll look back on a school I’m proud of”

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In anticipation of our 35th Celebration, we’ve asked some of our eighth grade students to share their Westside Story. Westside School is what it is today because of 35 years of stories. We’d love to hear yours.

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I began my journey at Westside School nine years ago, and I know it doesn’t matter how long you have been at a school; someone could have been at a school for one year, and that one year could have been the most amazing year of his or her life. To me, being in the same place for so long is something special. You get to know your classmates well, the teachers, and you get to experience a school that will grow along with you. Once I leave, I will know that I will be remembered throughout these halls. I will have left my mark, because Westside has shaped me into someone I can be proud to be. So when I visit next year, when I’m in high school, I can look back on an amazing school that I feel proud of.

Shared by Sydney, Class of 2017

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Eighth grade students Kate and Sophia reflect on their experiences as part of 35th Celebration

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In anticipation of our 35th Celebration, we’ve asked some of our eighth grade students to share their Westside Story. Westside School is what it is today because of 35 years of stories. We’d love to hear yours.

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A favorite part of my Westside School experience has been being able to go on the annual fall and spring Outdoor Education trips.  Although, in the moment, I thought the fifth and sixth grade trips were not fun, I look back on all the memories and friendships I made on those trips. In seventh and eighth grade, I began to appreciate the trips more than I did when I was younger. I began to realize how grateful I am to be able to go to a school that gives students like me the opportunity to go on these trips.

Shared by Kate, Class of 2017

I have been at Westside School for nine years. During that time we have changed buildings twice, just as frequently as I have learned from my mistakes. During that time I have developed a lasting relationship with my planner, just as I have with countless classmates. Over the years a number of lessons have been taught to me by many amazing teachers, who were just as influential to me as the leaders that have been here while I have. During these past nine years I have gained essential and extremely beneficial life skills that will take me through high school. Thank you, Westside School, you have made me a much more grateful, articulate, and (typically) understanding person.

Shared by Sophia, Class of 2017

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Kai C. and Nikhil reflect on growth, friendships, and what’s next

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In anticipation of our 35th Celebration, we’ve asked some of our eighth grade students to share their Westside Story. Westside School is what it is today because of 35 years of stories. We’d love to hear yours.

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My journey at Westside School began when I was five. I started in Marsha’s kindergarten class, where I was pretty shy and quiet. Over the next few years, Westside helped me grow as a learner, through teaching me how to interact and how to learn. Throughout the years, Westside School has continued to help me learn and grow.

Shared by Kai C., Class of 2017

When I came to Westside School in the third grade, it obviously took some time to find my group. I tried out different cliques, different people, and finally found my people in fifth grade. Since I had come to Westside, some of my close friends had followed me. In fifth grade, when the last one came, I started to form a group. I made friends with awesome acquaintances. I got to know someone new. I even made peace with my sworn enemy from last year. We formed a group, bonding over passing interests like Minecraft and comics and the like. In sixth grade, we got our last and final entry into the group, a returning friend. Since then, our group has remained together. It’s going to be hard not hanging out with them as much, but I don’t think heading to high school will end this completely. I think what we’ve built here will survive.

Shared by Nikhil, Class of 2017

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Rockets + Animals = Westside School mid-winter break camp!

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It’s been a fun week at Westside School for students enrolled in mid-winter break camp! Some students hung out and created rockets, tying in some physics, and they checked out animal super powers to tap into biology.

Hope you’ve enjoyed a fantastic break, whatever you’re up to!

Owen reflects on Westside as a part of “most of my life”

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In anticipation of our 35th Celebration, we’ve asked some of our eighth grade students to share their Westside Story. Westside School is what it is today because of 35 years of stories. We’d love to hear yours.

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I have been a Westside School child most of my life. This isn’t accounting for preschool, which doesn’t really need to be talked about. Throughout three different buildings and many different teachers, I have been a Westside kid. Stewart, Rene, Jill, Josh, Judith, Linda, Jeremy, Mosby, Kristel, bai lao shi, wang laoshi, ma laoshi, April, Janet, Jeremy, Glyn, Lauren, Sarah, Jason, Kendra, Margery, Kathy, Alicia Betty, Candice, Darwin, Mike, Donna, Michael and more. So many teachers, all with the same goal: to teach me. I have had friends move away, new friends move in and, still, I have been a Westside boy. Upwards of 28 teachers have been in my life, all teaching me, the Westside School student. I have made so many memories and have had so many experiences all as a Westside student. It has been my home for nine years and throughout all of those years I have been a Westside scholar. When I leave in the summer for high school, it will be as a Westside young man.

Shared by Owen, Class of 2017

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Westside School Humanities teacher pursues Masters in Applied Positive Psychology

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This year sixth grade Humanities teacher, Amanda, is attending the University of Pennsylvania to pursue a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.  

Amanda is learning from leading researchers in Positive Psychology like Martin Seligman, prolific author/researcher, founder of Positive Psychology and former president of the APA, Angela Duckworth, educational researcher and the author of the book, Grit, and a rotating panel of experts in topics like morality (Paul Bloom), physical activity (John Ratey, author of Go Wild), and well-being in the workplace (Barry Schwartz).   

 In the fall, Amanda and her class studied Grit (the unwavering commitment to pursue/achieve goals) and Flow (the state of deep immersion felt when the challenge at hand is well-suited to our particular skills). Amanda would be delighted to share more information with anyone who might be interested in this ground-breaking and exciting field of study.

Amanda discovered Positive Psychology after years of teaching character education and strengths development in schools. She is thrilled to bring her research on goal-setting, motivation, and positive parenting back home to support the students and families at Westside School!