Second 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


Year-long salmon study concludes!

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The second grade classes culminated their year-long study of salmon by releasing 144 Coho salmon fry into Fauntleroy Creek on Wednesday. 150 salmon eggs arrived at school in early January and the students took care of the salmon as they hatched into alevin and subsequently turned into salmon fry. The second grade students complete scientific observations starting with drawing a diagram of the tank and continuing through the egg-hatching, alevin, and fry stages of the life cycle of the salmon. Students start feeding the salmon blood-worms toward the end of their time with us and observe their changes in behavior. They become much more aggressive as they get ready to enter the wild and, for salmon, that’s a life-sustaining behavior. As the second grade students studied salmon, they also learned about ecology, habitat, and became experts on the life cycle of a salmon.

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Spring is the air!

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Our first and second grade students celebrated the season this week with songs, spring decorations, and spirit during their How Does Your Garden Grow musical performance!

Happy spring everyone!

Second grade celebrates Salmon and Kindergarten creates Hands of Love!

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Second Grade Art Project

Salmon Celebration

Each year, second grade spends time learning about salmon in the Pacific Northwest. In line with their studies, each student wrote a poem about salmon as well as used their artistic skills to create decorative paper fish. Each fish, along with samples of the poems, were placed together to create a beautiful painting celebrating togetherness and the focus of their studies, salmon.

Thank you, Jen Howe and Margery Lamden!

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Kindergarten Art Project

Hands of Love

Kindergarten artists used their drawing skills to contribute unique tiles composed of their favorite colors and mediums. The tiles were then mounted in the shape of “hands of love”, resulting in a beautiful piece about collaboration, peace, and love.

Thank you, Leslie Buckley, Jen Howe and Margery Lamden!

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

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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!



Creative Exploration at Westside School

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Annual giving allows Westside School to invest in core elements of our program that promote creative exploration for all students


Westside School believes creating is an intrinsic part of learning. That’s why all of our classes provide opportunities for inquiry, discovery and expression, from core subjects like math and science, to dedicated classes in technology, and performing and fine arts. Outside of class, enrichment opportunities like robotics, drama, and art allow students to continue creating as they nurture their emerging passions.

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Last year, students connected creativity with math by having some fun with snails. You may have heard an ant can carry something that weighs hundreds of times its own body weight. In pre-algebra, students asked a similar question about snails: How much can a snail pull, relative to its body weight? Each group harnessed a land snail up to a cup, lured it forward with lettuce, and gradually added weight until the snail could no longer pull the cup. They then weighed their snail and how much it was able to pull. Later, students used their knowledge of ratio and percent to determine which snail was the “strongest” relative to its body mass, and figured out how much a human could pull if it had equivalent snail-strength! (Eighth grade algebra students also got to take part in the fun!)

Art Projects


In second grade, students used their creativity to study animals using art. Students went above and beyond in imagining, designing, collaborating, and constructing this artistic and interactive set. Using their knowledge of nocturnal animals, students imagined their own nocturnal creatures and brought them to life in the form of puppets. The second grade students used their gift of storytelling to create backgrounds, scenarios, and puppet show prompts, all included in this set. The ten team-built puppets are housed in an easy to carry and easy to store embellished vintage valise.

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