Mt. St. Helen’s
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.
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!
The eighth grade students had a fun and successful spring trip last week, their final Outdoor Education experience with Westside School! Each student 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.
It’s that time of year again – spring trips (and spring weather!!!) are on their way! This spring, each of the Middle School grade level groups will be headed out on a great adventure. As always, if your family has any outgrown items to donate to our student gear closet (rain and winter jackets and pants, synthetic clothing, backpacks, sleeping bags, and other miscellaneous gear are all welcome – we especially need larger sizes!), please drop it off in Sarah Harper-Smith’s room (142).
Trip letters and gear lists will be coming soon, but it’s not too early to start getting excited for the next great adventure!
Fifth grade – Olympic Peninsula Ecology and History
The fifth grade class will travel across the Olympic Peninsula, with a focus on the Elwha river (and dam removal), Makah history and culture (in and around the town of Neah Bay, WA), and coastal and marine ecology. This trip includes a one-night backpacking trip to the coast.
Leaders: Jeremy, Kristel, Marc, Mary and expert Field Instructors
Sixth grade – Central Washington Rocks!
The sixth grade will spend the week exploring the rocks of central Washington, building on their studies of land forms, plate tectonics, and geology in science class, as well as continuing to improve the rock climbing skills developed in the fall. Primary destinations include Dry Falls State Park and rock climbing sites near Vantage, WA.
Leaders: Lauren, Glyn, Mike, Michelle, and expert Field Instructors
Seventh grade – Grande Ronde River Adventure
The seventh grade class will venture out of Washington and into northeastern Oregon for a rafting adventure on the Grande Ronde river – students will paddle, float, explore, and play their way 40 miles through the river canyons, starting near Minam, OR and ending up just south of the Washington border.
Leaders: Susannah, Michael, and expert Field Instructors
Eighth grade – Mt. St. Helens Adventure and Retreat
On this capstone eighth grade adventure, the week will be broken into two parts: (1) the first half of the week adventuring and exploring at Mt. St. Helens, studying the impacts and recovery from the 1981 eruption, as well as utilizing the outdoor skills students have gained throughout Middle School to take on the Survival Challenge, and (2) the second half of the week will be focused on looking back at Middle School and forward to High School – a time for reflecting, sharing, and enjoying one another’s company at Anderson Lodge, just south of Mt. St. Helens.
Leaders: Sarah, Don, Kate, and an expert Field Instructor