Sixth grade

Sixth grade soaks up the sun in Vantage

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The sixth grade traveled to Vantage in central Washington for a week of camping, climbing, hiking and studying of geology. The students had the opportunity to visit Dry Falls as well as Lake Lenore Caves.

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Students climbed a variety of routes on basalt rock formations in Vantage and had the opportunity to rappel as a final culminating challenge.

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Each evening the trail groups would meet to reflect on and savor their new experiences. The educational focus of the trip was studying the mega floods of the ice ages that carved the landscape during several catastrophic flood events.

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Student spent the week looking for evidence of the floods, such as hanging valleys and erratic boulders.

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Everyone on the trip returned to Westside sun kissed, full of energy and new memories and feeling closer as a community.  

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

Share your story with us. It just might be featured here!

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!

Sixth grade bravely climbed, rappelled, and explored!

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Last week, the sixth grade traveled to central Washington with the YMCA and Westside School faculty Lauren, Glyn, Jason, and Colleen. The group explored and adventured around Dry Falls, Lenora Caves, Vantage, Frenchman’s Coulee and Ginkgo Petrified Forest. Students were able to witness and experience a unique desert landscape created by the Ice Age Missoula Floods, all the while pushing their limits and comfort zones while camping and climbing!
Brave and strong sixth grade students advanced their knowledge of climbing and belaying, and learned to rappel!

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The community, responsibility, and enthusiasm shown at the climbing wall transferred to camp life as well, where students helped to cook each meal, and practiced the principles of Leave No Trace.
In their down time, students hiked to caves, sand dunes and waterfalls, played games, and relaxed by the Columbia River. A wonderful week was had by all!

Celebrating and analyzing the “Rain”

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As the sixth grade students move through the poetry month of April, they have taken some time to explore one of the most mysterious and intriguing song lyrics from recent decades. With the passing of pop icon Prince on Thursday, students took on an impromptu challenge of finding out what Purple Rain could actually mean.
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The task was set up to establish a hypothesis that could fit within all the verses of the song. The lyrics were put up on the smartboard and the class conducted a lyric analysis. The process displayed some highly insightful critical thinking, and deeper understanding of figurative language.
Some of the findings:
Purple represents a mixture of red (passion) and blue (calm)
Purple represents friendship
Purple Rain is a place: happy, safe, friendly
The “Rain” is ironic – it usually represents sadness but if purple means happiness, then the rain could mean being showered (or saturated) in happiness

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 27:  Musician Prince performs onstage at the 2006 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

I only want to see you saturated in happiness is a beautiful sentiment but maybe doesn’t quite have the same pizzazz or parsimony as the original chorus line!

Sixth grade scientists study earthquake technology

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Over the past few week in science students in sixth grade have been working on the Plate Tectonics unit. They have been studying geologic time, the layers of the earth, volcanoes and earthquakes. This is preparing them for thier study of geology and the evidence of great floods from the ice age in Vantage.

In the pictures students are learning about earthquakes and the technology used to track them by building their own seismographs.

Way to go Wolves!

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Westside School’s regular basketball season wrapped up last Saturday, with all of our sixth through eighth grade teams playing at home in front of a great supporting crowd all day. All seven of our teams played great ball through the year, with lots of individual growth, team improvement, fun, and hard work. Our coaches did a great job and are to be congratulated!

Westside School’s eighth grade boys team played a varsity schedule, and finished 6-1 and in second place. This put them in the playoffs, and the first playoff game will be this Saturday, January 30 at 10:15 a.m., at St. Louise. St. Louise is located at 133 156th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98008. If the team wins, they will play on Sunday, January 31 at Assumption at 3:45 p.m. Assumption is located at 6220 32nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA, 98115.

If the team wins, they will play for the championship the following Saturday, February 6. Here is the tournament link.

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Go Wolves!