Class of 2017

The Class of 2017 culminates Westside years with final Outdoor Ed trip

Posted on

The Class of 2017 had a fun and successful final Westside School Outdoor Education trip! Students did a great job of helping to make the trip happen – starting with the planning process at school, and culminating with cooking meals, setting up camp and engaging in activities and discussions throughout the week.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The first destination was the Hummocks Loop Trail, where students saw firsthand the recovery of the Toutle River valley since the 1980 eruption, and enjoyed beautiful views of Mt. St. Helens. While it was raining throughout the hike, everyone still enjoyed beautiful scenery, and appreciated the group of students who taught the rest of the group about the origin of the Hummocks.

There was time for great reflection, games and community time, as well as traditional s’mores around the campfire!

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

Posted on

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.

35-years-of-ws-stories-logo

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

Share your story with us. It just might be featured here!

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

Posted on

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.

35-years-of-ws-stories-logo

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

Share your story with us. It just might be featured here!

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

Posted on

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.

35-years-of-ws-stories-logo

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

Share your story with us. It just might be featured here!

Lukas and Masha express gratitude for the welcoming community at Westside as new students

Posted on Updated on

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.

35-years-of-ws-stories-logo

I began my time at Westside School at twelve years of age. During this, the school was beginning in a new location. My favorite part of Westside is the friendly student population. A favorite memory of mine at Westside School is the ‘Mercado’ project from seventh grade, as there were several different ideas for topics for the project.

Shared by Lukas, Class of 2017

One of the most memorable times I can think of at Westside is making pyramids with friends at recess in third or fourth grade. I remember this because that day I really felt like I connected with the people I was with, and was enjoying myself and developing friendships with new people. Another memory is the first day I came to Westside School. I was in Jill’s second grade class. When I came in, the teacher introduced me to the class, and gave me a worksheet to work on that my mom helped me with; I didn’t completely understand, and was very nervous and confused. She also asked the same of my fellow newbie, Talia, and I was happy to see I wasn’t alone. All the kids were very nice and welcoming, but I still didn’t feel like this was the right place for me, until one student started talking to me, and making this feel like the school for me, and made me feel welcome.

Shared by Masha, Class of 2017

Share your story with us. It just might be featured here!

Eighth grade student Kai reflects on the ways Westside has prepared him for the next chapter…

Posted on Updated on

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.

35-years-of-ws-stories-logo

When I first started at Westside School, I was a young pre-school student. I can’t remember much of that time, but I do remember loving my teacher, Nancy. My parents also loved Nancy, and we grew to become friends with Nancy’s daughter, Andrea. She was a nanny to both my sister and me for two years. I feel like every teacher I have had, I have had the chance to get to know them personally, and view them as someone I can always count on. As I have grown up I have realized how well Westside School has treated me. I am growing up with a great understanding of who I want to be morally and how I want others to view me. I feel like I am ready for the next chapter in my life, and wherever I go I will have these skills and understandings that will help me.

Shared by Kai M., Class of 2017

Share your story with us. It just might be featured here!

Eighth grade student Jonathan reflects on a positive Middle School experience at Westside

Posted on

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.

35-years-of-ws-stories-logo

I have been at Westside School for four years, starting in fifth grade. That may not seem like much, but I have matured a lot as a person at Westside over those four years. I was new from my local public school at the time. I was confused. Now I feel like a part of the community that has been here for as long as anybody. This may come from the many people who joined in the coming years, but I can remember at the beginning of my time here I already knew some of the people here, and I felt like part of the community from the beginning. This is one of the most meaningful things I think of when I think of my fifth grade year, how everybody accepted me into the community.

Shared by Jonathan, Class of 2017

Share your story with us. It just might be featured here!