As part of the social studies curriculum, sixth graders learn about the middle ages. As part of this unit, students learn about catapults and trebuchets. Given some various household items, students in Mrs. Bair's class constructed their own catapults to lauch marshmallows. Students had to first design their catapult, and then make any adjustments necessary after trying them out.
Students in the third grade recently performed their grade-level program. The program revolves around the third grade social studies curriculum about community and the world.
Fifth grade students participated in the wax museum recently at Westside. Students chose an influential person in history, and learned about them. On the day of the wax museum, they dressed as that person dressed.
Recently, several students from sixth grade versed their teachers in a game of basketball. Unfortunately for the students, the teachers were able to maintain their winning streak against the students.
Recently author Scott Savage, author of the Far World book series, visited a group of upper-grade students. Scott talked about how he comes up with ideas for his stories, and helped students understand the writing process.
Students in the sixth grade were privileged to have a representative from Clarke Planetarium come and talk about various aspects of astronomy from why we have seasons to the vast distances in space. Students were even able to hold an meteorite in their hands.
Students in several classes in fifth and sixth grade tied several blankets to be sent to Primary Children's Medical Center. These classes wanted to do something special for Valentines' day, and through the generous donations of teachers and parents, were able to provide comfort to many patients.
Recently, students and parents were privileged to see what 4-H students have been up to in their after-school 4-H classes. Students participated in a variety of classes from basketball, to crocheting.
During the week of Valentines' Day, students, parents and teachers at Westside had the opportunity to send 'valentine' cards to their friends. Along with the card, a tasty treat was provided.
Representatives from grades four through six recently competed in the school spelling bee.