Eighth Grade

Confident, Capable, Empathic, and Compassionate Human Beings

8th grade is a year of preparation as students get ready for the transition to high school. Students think critically and delve deeper into their world-view as they evolve from an observer of the world to a participant. As leaders of Westside’s Middle School, students focus on self-reflection, empathy, connection to one another, and legacy. Students are stretched to look inward in order to identify and pursue their passions and to explore many subjects that will shape who they are.

Students engage in transformational experiences in the classroom and in the community in order to grapple with tough problems, learn through service, and apply what they have experienced to create real-world solutions now and in the future. Also pushed to look outward, students explore questions like “how can I come to embrace, not just tolerate, what makes others different from me?”, “how can I lift others up, and make their experience a better one?,” and “how can I critically question the world around me?” The end result is graduates that are confident, capable, empathic, and compassionate human beings.

WHY WESTSIDE?

"As the world became chaotic for all of us, our experience with Westside never faltered. They made it clear our child would be known and heard, that she would be empowered to be a critical thinker in person or virtually, and that they would hold dear what our family discovered these past years... that emotional health is paramount to unlocking the door to not just learning, but to understanding the world around us.” -Westside Parent
An 8th grade girl pointing to a presentation she created for the science fair

8TH GRADE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Propaganda Projects
  • Shakespeare Festival
  • Chinese Night Market

LEARNING AT WESTSIDE

SPECIALISTS

8TH GRADE TEAM

Leslie Blair

Leslie Blair

7th & 8th Grade Math Teacher
Eric Claesson

Eric Claesson

7th & 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher
Helen Clydesdale

Helen Clydesdale

Middle School Spanish Teacher
Natasha Knorr

Natasha Knorr

7th & 8th grade Language Arts Teacher
Simon Mangiaracina

Simon Mangiaracina

7th & 8th Grade Math Teacher
Lauren Salazar

Lauren Salazar

7th & 8th Grade Science Teacher
Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith

Middle School Mandarin Teacher