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Seventh grade spends week rafting, hiking, and growing

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The class of 2018 rafted for two days and hiked 7.8 miles along the Clackamas River on a five day trip at Milo McIver State Park in Estacada, OR. One of the main focuses of the trip was communication and cooperation; students worked together through team building activities and learning to raft together. Each evening students met by the campfire to review and reflect upon their day and acknowledge each other. The week culminated in a day long rafting experience with class three and four rapids with names such as Hole in the Wall, Box of Fluffy Kittens, and Toilet Bowl. All in all, the trip was an amazing experience for all involved! The seventh grade class was able to mature and grow, and they are now ready to step into the role of being the leaders of Westside School Middle School.

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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