Fourth grade

This Week at Westside: May 22-26

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With less than two weeks left in the school year, student’s are working hard on their final projects and presentations for EOL, Spring Flings or Showcases, and also getting out to enjoy the sunshine! Here are a few snapshots from around our community this week.

To see more of what the students have been working on, come check out these events:

Tuesday, May 30
5:30-6:15 p.m. Seventh and Eighth Grade Exhibition of Learning (EOL)
6:30-7:30 p.m. Middle School Showcase

Wednesday, May 31
8:15-9:00a.m. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Coffee in the Gallery
9:00-9:30a.m. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Spring Fling Performance

Thursday, June 1. 
6:30-7:30pm. Lower School Spring Fling Performance


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.


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!

A Wonderland of Talent at Winterfest!

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It wouldn’t be the holidays without our students taking the stage to perform holiday classics, seasonal songs and a showcase of their performing arts work over the last semester!

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Thank you to all of our guests who joined us for an evening of wonderful talent. We wish everyone a very Happy Holidays!



Salmon Animations, Keynote presentations, and digital Fairy Tales!

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One of the goals of the Tech Lit program at Westside School is to integrate with classroom curriculums. Here are some examples of projects students have done this year that incorporate class content and technology skills.

Second grade students have spent the year studying, raising and releasing salmon.  In Tech Lit students applied their understanding of the salmon life cycle to create their own depiction of the cycle using the app, Animator. Click on the links to see the results!

Margie’s Salmon Animations

Laura’s Salmon Animations

Students in third grade spent the last several weeks in Tech Lit learning how to create keynote presentations as part of their genre book studies and social studies curriculum.  Students created keynote book reports and Native American research reports. Click on the links to see the results!

Third grade Jana Native American Reports

Third grade Signe Native American Reports

Throughout the year, fourth grade students have worked on writing in different genres. In Tech Lit students combined their coding and writing skills to create digital fairy tales.  Students spent several weeks storyboarding and using Scratch Jr. to create their stories. Click on the links below to see the results!

Amanda’s Fairy Tales

Judith’s Fairy Tales

Fourth grade students take a swing!

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Singing the Spanish piñata song, “Dale, dale, dale”, Westside School fourth grade students were excited to take turns with the “palo” to hit the piñata! As the dulces landed on the “manta Mexicana” the eager students waited for their turn to gather a fair share of the treats! One piñata, el cerdo gordo, was made by students at Kennedy High School and given to the fourth grade by a Westside School family. The other, el burro colorado, was also a gift from a Westside School family. Muchas gracias!


Fourth grade explores Islandwood

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Last week, Westside School fourth grade students traveled to IslandWood on Bainbridge Island with teachers Amanda, Ryan, Judith and Emily, and Colleen. Students spent the week exploring the forest, marshes, bogs, harbor, and pond.

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They investigated aquatic macro-invertebrate populations, harvested food from the gardens, examined water quality, built shelters large and small, created aviary artwork, braved a 70 foot climb high above the tree canopy, and discovered new mammals during the Crepuscular Crawl. What an exciting week of challenging adventures and new friendships!

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Fourth grade ventures to the Washington State History Museum

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Westside School fourth grade students spent the day in Tacoma at the Washington State History Museum as part of their study of Washington State History and Geography. The students participated in the History Lab portion of the Museum which guided them through a study of the Mt. St. Helens eruption in May 1980 as well as a scavenger hunt of Washington State history.
Before driving home, both classes walked across the bridge from the Washington State History Museum to the Chihuly Museum where they saw the amazing glass creations that are part of the art installation on the bridge as well as having an opportunity to get the wiggles out before the long drive home.