Hanna reflects on ten years at Westside School

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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 education at Westside School when I was three years old. At that time, Westside was still sharing space with Explorer West, and the pre-school was in a portable. My teacher was the sweet, caring, Nancy. I remember everything clearly. My first day at Westside School surpassed my expectations. I was so nervous, but as soon as I walked in, I knew I did not have to be scared. The environment was filled with laughter, and I was so excited to finally have a cubby. There were so many cool toys! I have been at Westside for over ten years. It’s all I have ever known, and I am still not quite ready to leave. I will always smile when I think of my experiences here.

Shared by Hanna, Class of 2017

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Francesca reflects on friendships,pre-kindergarten, and the Westside School tradition of Reading Buddies

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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 journey at Westside School when I was four years old. At that time the school was much smaller than it is now; there was no Middle School, and we were located at the building we shared with Explorer West. When I started at Westside I was in pre-kindergarten and my teacher was Claudia; she still teaches pre-kindergarten today, too! I loved that year because we got to play dress up a lot, learn about numbers, and my favorite part was being able to have reading buddies. I liked being able to hang out with the older kids because it made me feel special and sometimes I would even get the chance to try to read the books. Being able to be with other students in different grades is really important because you get to make new friends with people who are a different age than you and bond with them. I love how Westside School is very inclusive and they like to mix together different grades in some of the classes, especially in Middle School.

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35 Years of Westside Stories…a look back at river rafting, teacher relationships, and a community of friends

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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 favorite part of Westside School since coming here in seventh grade are the trips. During the spring of our seventh grade year, we went river rafting. For me, that was my first time going rafting, and I was definitely nervous. During the first time in the river our raft group had lots of fun. On the raft there were people I hadn’t really hung out with during the school year. While on the raft, we went through some rapids that were pretty scary, but we worked together to get through them. At one point during our rafting we created a story where we had one person ride in the front of the boat and we re-created George Washington crossing the Delaware. Our story brought everyone on the raft closer. It wasn’t just the story that brought us together, though, at one point we started singing, and if I remember correctly it was the song, “Watch Me”, a popular dance during that time. We sang as we worked together to move our raft, and being the ones in the front while racing another raft made us work even harder. At the end of the day I think we all got closer to each other than we were before. Maybe we didn’t become close friends, but we did become closer classmates. That day I felt glad to have come to Westside and experience that bond.

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I began my time at Westside School when I was ten years old. At that time, it was a very different place and it has been interesting to see it change and evolve into the school it is today. I feel as though every camping trip has brought new experiences and skills to the class, and I have loved my time here. I found the community was very friendly and supportive when I arrived as a new student. It was more academically challenging compared to my old school and this pushed me into working harder. I am thankful to have been able to attend Westside School for almost five years.

Shared by Emma, Class of 2017

I have been at Westside School  for nine years. During that time, I have met so many people. One thing I like is how everyone knows each other. Some people I have known for almost ten years, so it will be hard to leave everyone when I graduate. I also like how well the teachers know us. It helps to know the teachers well because they can tell you specifically what you should do. I am happy with the community at Westside School, and I will be sad to leave it.

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35 Years of Westside Stories…Clayton recalls ten years of Spirit

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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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Claudia, Stuart, Margie, Laura, Josh, Linda, Jillian, Michael, Jason, Darwin. Ten years, ten teachers. At four years old, I joined the Westside School community in pre-kindergarten, and I don’t remember much of anything from back then. There is one thing I do remember all the way through those ten years, and that is Westside School Spirit Wear & Pizza Day. I remember eating pizza all the way back to the portable outside the building that is now inhabited by Explorer West. My mom was the room parent back then so she was always in charge of ordering and bringing the pizza in. I remember she would bring my little brother in to meet everybody and all my friends would fawn over him, and I would get so mad because I wasn’t the center of attention, but looking back, those are some of my fondest memories. Westside School Spirit Wear & Pizza Day is the thing that has never changed, and it is a good representation of my time at Westside School!

Shared by Clayton, Class of 2017

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35 Years of Westside Stories…Carmen, Class of 2017

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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 since pre-kindergarten. At the time, our building was at Explorer West. I have been a part of Westside for several of our building moves; the first one at Explorer West, the second was at E.C. Hughes, and now this one. One of my favorite parts of going to school here is the student-faculty ratio. Since the classes are approximately 20 students, we get the opportunity to have one- on-one time with a teacher. Another benefit of this is the faculty really know you as a person and get to understand your learning style quickly. I’m glad my parents enrolled me at Westside School early on, because I’ve known the people in my grade for close to a decade. Westside gives students the chance to bond with teachers and classmates. Since our school moved to its permanent home, the building is brand new. The classrooms are airy, and I love being to work in an open environment. The student-faculty ratio, close bonds with classmates, and our wonderful building are what I like most about Westside School. 

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Westside School Fund A Wish rolls onto campus!

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They say, good things come to those who wait! It was with great anticipation and excitement our three new buses – our 2016 Spirit Auction Fund A Wish – drove onto campus this week.

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These brand new, state-of-the-art, 14 passenger buses will be taking students on field trips, to service learning projects, athletic events and more – in style – for years to come. Thank you to everyone who made this Fund A Wish possible – now we truly are going places!

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Middle School celebrates World Language Exhibition of Learning

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Middle School students celebrated their study of World Languages last night in the World Language Exhibition of Learning! Fifth through eighth grade Spanish and Mandarin students welcomed guests, including family and friends, to a Mercado and a Yè shì – a traditional Spanish and Chinese Night market.

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The merchants were well-prepared, friendly, and ready to deal! Students were exceptionally disciplined about using their Mandarin or Spanish description before switching to English for guests who did not speak the language. They had created translation sheets to help guests understand the offerings for sale.

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Guests attended the Yè shì and Mercado with a bag full of pesos (the Spanish dollar) and 钱 (Chinese money) and bargained with merchants for a fair price. Goodies included pot stickers, noodles, churros, tamales, and crafts including drawings, paper sculptures, and other great pieces designed by students. Thank you to all who attended, and congratulations to our Middle School students for putting on such a wonderful evening!