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!

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.

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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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Westside celebrates 35 years of leaders

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Westside School founders, Docia Reed and Claudia Ross-Weston, and Board President Conrad Wesselhoeft

Last Thursday, Westside School kicked off it’s 35th Anniversary celebrations by inviting former Westside leaders to the school. From having three founders, Docia Reed, Melodie Rodgers and Claudia in our permanent home, to Westside Board Members of 15, 10, 5 years ago come together, it was truly a celebration of who we are, where we’re from, and what our future holds.

Understanding and honoring our roots feels especially important at this moment, as we are thinking about both the excellence of our program and the long-term vibrancy of the school. We look forward to continuing these celebrations in the upcoming months.

Eighth grade student Kai reflects on the ways Westside has prepared him for the next chapter…

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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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When I first started at Westside School, I was a young pre-school student. I can’t remember much of that time, but I do remember loving my teacher, Nancy. My parents also loved Nancy, and we grew to become friends with Nancy’s daughter, Andrea. She was a nanny to both my sister and me for two years. I feel like every teacher I have had, I have had the chance to get to know them personally, and view them as someone I can always count on. As I have grown up I have realized how well Westside School has treated me. I am growing up with a great understanding of who I want to be morally and how I want others to view me. I feel like I am ready for the next chapter in my life, and wherever I go I will have these skills and understandings that will help me.

Shared by Kai M., Class of 2017

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Kindergarten students weave fabric studies and snuffle mats into a service project for Seattle Humane Society

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Westside School’s kindergarten classes have been studying fabric in science. When we heard the Seattle Humane Society needed some fabric mats, we decided to team up for an adorable service project! The kids spent the last two weeks weaving snuffle mats designed to help eliminate boredom for the shelter dogs. Together we created ten mats for the dogs, and were fortunate to have some extra visitors come to campus when the Seattle Humane Society came to pick up the mats.

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Zelda, a trained therapy dog, as well as several adoptable cats came to meet the students and interact for a fun filled afternoon. Kindergarten students had the chance to learn about safe interactions with animals, and how to approach an unfamiliar animal. The students loved getting to pet the animals, and see some of Zelda’s many talents.

Congratulations to the kindergarten classes and teaching team for doing something wonderful for the animals!

Westside School students & faculty participate in Service Saturday at the Nature Consortium

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Ten students and three faculty members joined the Nature Consortium work party this past Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m. Working behind Pathfinder School in the Duwaymish Greenbelt, they planted native species and worked hard removing invasive species such as blackberries. Members of the Westside School Student Council organized the event and had a great time giving back to their community and playing in nature together. Nature Consortium holds a work party every Saturday in the Greenbelt and is always looking for volunteers!

Eighth grade student Jonathan reflects on a positive Middle School experience at Westside

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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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I have been at Westside School for four years, starting in fifth grade. That may not seem like much, but I have matured a lot as a person at Westside over those four years. I was new from my local public school at the time. I was confused. Now I feel like a part of the community that has been here for as long as anybody. This may come from the many people who joined in the coming years, but I can remember at the beginning of my time here I already knew some of the people here, and I felt like part of the community from the beginning. This is one of the most meaningful things I think of when I think of my fifth grade year, how everybody accepted me into the community.

Shared by Jonathan, Class of 2017

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