On October 11th, the annual PTA sponsored the annual carnival and fun run took place at Westside. Westside students and their families were able to participate in a fun run in the morning, and afterward with carnival games and treats. Teachers and PTA volunteers, manned the various games and stations.
On Tuesday, October 14th, Westside sixth-grade students had the opportunity to go to the Discovery Space Center in Pleasant Grove Utah. Here, students were challenged to work as a team to complete their mission on a simulator. They were also required to make group presentations on child slavery, how it is wrong, and what the effects of it are in the world. Part of the field trip involved the star lab, where students were able to learn where different stars and constellations can be located in the night sky.
Last week, the student council and many of the students at Westside wrote birthday cards for Rhett. Rhett is 8 years old and has Down syndrome. Over the past few years some of his Facebook friends and family have joined in in sending him Birthday cards. This year, however, Rhett wanted 999 cards!
For the first part of the school year, sixth grade students at Westside have been learning about how microorganisms are everywhere, and how they affect us both in negative and positive ways. Students had the opportunity to swab areas around the school to see which areas are most germ-ridden. They also simulated the reproduction of bacterial cells with beans. This experiment helped students visualize what happens to one bacterial cell after a few hours.
Westside sixth-grade students were recently given a demonstration of various orchestral instruments. The purpose of this presentation was to motivate students to join the orchestra program that is offered through the school district. Many students signed up for the program, which involves them coming to school two-three times per week throughout the school year. Mandy Bartholomew is the orchestra instructor.