35th Celebration

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.

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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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. 

Shared by Carmen, Class of 2017

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