New math and rocketry teacher Dan Perahya was hired with a mandate to grow the Westridge rocketry program. After approximately five years of increased student interest and some great success in the Team America Rocketry Competition (TARC) program, the school wants to create opportunities for students to go deeper in the actual science of rocket science, and Perahya is ready to take students there.
We asked our teachers how they have recognized the culture, history, and contributions of Hispanic Americans during Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month in their classrooms. Classes in Lower and Middle School from arts to technology have linked curriculum to the observance of the month, September 15-October 15, and to the celebration of Día de los Muertos, which takes place November 1-2.
Speech and debate season is off and running and Westridge middle and upper school students made a strong showing at two top competitions in recent weeks—the Yale Tournament and the Jack Howe Tournament.
This assignment was inspired by the book Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg, which teaches creative problem solving by looking at blobs, spills, messes, and ripped corners as opportunities for something beautiful.
This week, our Big and Little Families had their first activity of the year—a challenge that asked them to depict what Westridge means to them in Lego form!
Congratulations to Grace N. '22 who was selected as a finalist for the Tournament of Roses Royal Court this week! Finalists were selected based on academic achievement, community and school involvement, public speaking ability, and demonstrated leadership.
This year, Middle School students are stepping up to the plate to lead their peers during new student-led activity mornings, better known as “SLAM.”
Our 9th and 10th grade retreats kicked off this week with an action-packed day filled with outdoor team bonding activities led by the Wilderness Outdoor Leadership Foundation (W.O.L.F.).
Congratulations to our five Westridge seniors who were announced as semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program this year: Clara K., Grace K., Claire S., Guilia W., and Charlotte Z.!