Eighth grade

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

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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.

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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!

Eighth grade girls Volleyball team wins Championship game!

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Westside School’s eighth grade girls’ Volleyball team won both games this weekend, beating St. Catherine’s in the semifinals Saturday, and beating Holy Rosary Edmonds in the championship game on Sunday, completing an undefeated season.

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This is only the second team sport championship in Westside School’s history, and the first volleyball championship. The girls showed great skill, spirit, and teamwork, and were great ambassadors of Westside all season. Thank you to everyone from the community who came and supported the team on Sunday.

Eighth grade students tour Bainbridge Island Japanese-American Exclusion Memorial

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This week, eighth grade students traveled to Bainbridge Island in connection with their study of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII. They toured the Bainbridge Island Japanese-American Exclusion Memorial and were lead in small groups with Japanese American docents who were able to provide firsthand experiences with the students of their time in the camps. Additionally, they gained insight into the history of Bainbridge Island at the Historical Museum. It should also be noted they were provided the opportunity to speak with Mary Woodward, the daughter of Walt and Milly Woodward of the Bainbridge Review, who famously protested against the treatment of Japanese Americans during WWII through their newspaper. It was a definitely a memorable day. A huge thank you to all of the parent chaperones who helped facilitate the day’s itinerary!

“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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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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The Amazing Race at Westside!

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With the goal of bringing all Middle School students, grades fifth through eighth, together this afternoon Kendra’s advisory created The Amazing Race! Students were assigned to groups that allowed them the chance to interact with grade levels they might not always see each day.

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With activities like the Caterpillar Game, Tarp Challenge, and Hula Hoop Challenge students were given the opportunity to solve problems, cheer each other on, and get creative on this sunny Friday!

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

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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 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

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