Congratulations to Aisha and Emilio, the Westside School Athletes of the Week! The 8th/7th girls basketball team finished a great year in style on Saturday. Westside played a triple header to start the day Saturday morning, with the 6th grade boys, 8/7 girls, and 8/7 boys playing back to back to back at the new Westside School campus. Our girls played a scrappy St. Al/John team, and put on a clinic. The team started five 8th graders (Isabele, Anna, Lily, Ella, and Lucie,) and they finished the game on the floor together. The 7th graders were mixed in the middle though, and Aisha had her best game of the year. Aisha is lightning quick, and has really been working hard and improving on her layups, but she also hit a few jumpers on Saturday, and was not afraid to shoot the ball. Aisha played good defense, ran the floor and saw the court well, and hit her shots. The team had really balanced scoring, but Aisha led the way with eight in the 36-17 win.
The Westside School 8th/7th boys basketball team followed the emotional game our girls played right before, and did not disappoint. The team has been working hard in practices and games on ball movement on offense, and applying ball pressure on defense. Both elements were on display, as they cruised to a 31-18 win over St. Pius, finishing the year with a 7-1 record, and in a tie for first place in the JV division. 8th graders Owen and John both played very good games, and John got his first bucket, which was a very exciting moment; but the standout was Emilio. He has always had good shooting form, and can knock down open shots, but in this game, he really played hard and good defense, and consistently hit the boards, which is something we’ve been working on with him all year. Emilio had eight points, and a handful of offensive rebounds. We’re looking forward to watching Emilio’s continued improvement next year! Congratulations to both Emilio and Aisha!
Girls on the Run is an organization designed so every girl can recognize her inner strength! The curriculum inspires girls to talk to their peers about what is important to them and encourages positive emotional, social, and physical development. Physical activity is woven in to motivate an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. Toward the end, the girls will participate in a 5K and feel confident for not only completing the run, but accomplishing their goals!
If your daughter is in third through fifth grade and would like to participate, sign up will start Friday, January 31 after school. We will be doing everything electronically, so if your daughter is interested please sign up by emailing Lorin Skinner, Westside Fourth Grade Assistant, at email@example.com before February 6 with your daughter’s name and grade. It is first come, first serve – in other words, the first 15 to email Lorin will be on the team!
Practices will be held after school at Westside on Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. This spring, our coaches will be the esteemed Kindergarten assistants, Ildi Strieker and Jennifer Cortez.
If this sounds like something you or your daughter would be interested in, please email Lorin. We are going to have a great season and look forward to hearing from you! For more information: Girls on the Run.
One of the National Foreign Language Standards is Culture. An important part of Chinese Culture is celebration of the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year. During the Spring Festival Chinese everywhere display auspicious Chinese characters written in attractive calligraphy. Calligraphy is one of the most respected arts in the Chinese Culture. Museums all over the world exhibit the work of famous Chinese calligraphers.
Well-educated Chinese, no matter what their occupation, are expected to be good calligraphers. Westside School middle school students taking Chinese have had the opportunity to improve their calligraphy skills writing lucky characters as part of their celebration of the Spring Festival. They learned about the materials and techniques of writing calligraphy. Due to their hard work writing many Chinese characters, they were able to write nice FU characters to bring them “Good Fortune” in the Year of the Horse, and deepen their understanding of this important aspect of Chinese Culture. Su-Chen Wang lao shi 王 老师
We had a great time creating mini-biomes this week in third grade! All of our donated two liter water bottles were put to good use as we explored what makes a biome survive in a very tangible way. Table groups created their own biomes which include terrestrial and aquatic plant and animal life. Our biomes will be living in the hallway outside of our classroom. Make sure to stop by to check out the incredible little worlds inside!
Check out what’s happening in fifth grade math class lately! The students have been learning a variety of skills during the month of January, including how to add and subtract fractions from other fractions and whole numbers. They have also learned about probability and how to show the outcome of an event in fraction and percentage form. They have done a great job learning how to multiply and divide by multi-digit numbers! Coming up in February – the chance to explore the relationship between fractions, decimals, and percents, introducing exponents and square roots, as well as continuing to master measurements as they apply to parts of a whole.
5th grade science classes have just finished a massive weather unit. In the past month students learned how different heat transfers help to fuel the water cycle, and cloud formation. Check out the photo above of some student work from this project. They have studied tornadoes and hurricanes and the reason they are so destructive. Additionally, students have learned about air pressure, air masses, fronts, and the jet stream in order to predict wind speed, direction, and why we have stormy weather in specific places.
Up next: connecting our understanding of weather to how it affects our landscapes. We will focus on erosion, deposition, and a bit of engineering/problem solving in the form of controlling different forms of erosion. Stay tuned!