WSA students who share a common interest or who want to work with others towards a common goal (a competition or performance) meet in clubs after school. Other clubs meet during the lunch hour to facilitate projects or to meet the objectives of the club.
The WSA club is the local Amnesty International chapter for North Kitsap and was founded in 2014. Its goal is to change the world through peaceful protests, letter drives and petitions. Our Amnesty International club meets during lunch on Thursdays with faculty advisor Julieta Vitullo.
The Chamber Music Ensemble meets weekly on Mondays after school, 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. in the WSA Music Room in Frodel Hall. Participants bring their instruments and join with friends to play some of the world's greatest music. Club Advisor is WSA parent and Board member Crystal Thornell.
Days for Girls Club
Days for Girls (DFG) International helps girls around the world stay in school by providing sustainable feminine hygiene solutions and health education. The DFG hygiene kits are produced with the help of thousands of volunteers - including the ones in West Sound Academy's own DFG club. The club meets monthly to do all the work involved in putting together the DFG hygiene kits: sewing, cutting, ironing, and threading ribbons. There are lots of jobs for everyone whether you sew or not! Club advisor is WSA alumni parent Jennifer Hunter.
Drama Club and International Thespian Society, Troupe #8175
The Thespian Troupe and corresponding drama club (active members not yet at thespian status) are very involved in the production of the three annual theatrical presentations at West Sound Academy: the fall drama, the winter comedy, and the spring middle school play. The Troupe also coordinates service learning activities and theatre field trips over the course of the year. When students are involved in a play production there is a production fee ranging from $50-$75 per production
Thespian Officer meetings are every Monday during lunch and Drama Club meetings are every other Wednesday after school until 3:45pm. Each spring there is an awards ceremony where new thespians are inducted. The faculty advisor is Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson.
Knowledge Bowl Team
Any WSA Upper School student can participate on our Knowledge Bowl Team. Knowledge Bowl is an academic competition for high school students in Washington State where each team has the opportunity to answer questions in a variety of categories. Our KB team meets for practices twice a week during lunch, and travels to Fort Worden Historical State Park in Port Townsend for regional competitions.
WSA's KB team has advanced to the state tournament every year since 2009 - and brought back hardware every time. Check out the trophy shelves in Baker Hall! Team members who meet practice and competition requirements can letter in Knowledge Bowl. See: Knowledge Bowl FAQs for more information. Coaches: Susan Trower, Catherine Freeman, Lionel Pummell.
Listen to Your Art
Listen to Your Art (LTYA) is an entirely student-run organization that stages annual arts and music festivals to benefit The Trevor Project, the nation's largest suicide prevention hotline specifically geared towards LGBTQ teens. The WSA students who organize this event state their goal "is to provide our community with greater awareness and to raise money for a nationally recognized resource to help prevent suicidal thoughts and actions. We hope to overcome the taboo that is associated with suicide and create a safe and open space where people can discuss and overcome the issue through a day of creative education."
The West Sound Academy LTYA team is planning their third festival, set to take place at Kingston's Mike Wallace Park on July 9, 2017. They meet weekly (on weekends) throughout the school year to organize this event. The first two festivals, held in the summers of 2015 and 2016, each had a turnout of 300 people, and have raised a total of $13,000 for The Trevor Project. Read about LTYA in the Kitsap Sun: Students raise thousands for suicide prevention
QSA @ WSA
WSA's Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA) is a club made up of students – queer and straight – who think that anti-LGBTQ bullying, harassment, and discrimination is wrong. Members of West Sound Academy's QSA @ WSA meet weekly during lunch, and work together to make sure our school is a safe, supportive environment for all students. Club projects include Ally Week, Day of Silence, and participation in the Kitsap Youth Rally for Human Rights. See: QSA @ WSA - 2016-2017. Club advisor: Susan Trower.
The Middle School and Upper School students on WSA's Social Committee work hard so that everyone in our community can have some fun! This dedicated group plans and executes a number of events each school year: Spirit Week, occasional Friday evening movie nights and dances, and the Spring Formal. Meetings are on Mondays during lunch. Club advisor: Lisa Gsellman.
Strategy Gaming Club
WSA’s Strategy Gaming Club is a club devoted to the playing of all types of games. This club's goal is to provide a supervised environment where like-minded students can have fun learning and playing many different types of strategy games. Club members play games based on real historical events and eras as well as games based on the fictional world like fantasy, science fiction, and historical fiction. All types of games are explored, including board games, card games, role-playing games, and the occasional video game. Meeting are on Wednesdays after school. Club advisor: Lionel Pummell. See: WSA Strategy Gaming Club.
The WSA Student Council is made up of elected officers, grade-level representatives and one representative for international students, and works under the guidance of faculty advisor Kim Uyyek.
Meetings are held on Fridays during lunch. The Council's Mission Statement:
The WSA Student Council strives to create a dialog between the school and its students, a platform to launch and support student action, and a forum for an evolving discussion of student identity.
Every spring since 1999, West Sound Academy has published Mud Pie—our annual journal of arts and literature.
The journal is produced entirely by students participating in the year-long Mud Pie club, working under the guidance of WSA English teacher and faculty advisor, Lorri Britto.
West Sound Academy's Mud Pie has won four awards from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) annual Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM): a rank of Excellent for Mud Pie 2011, and the Highest Award for issues from 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Read more about WSA's award-winning Mud Pie here.
The Inkless Link
The Inkless Link is West Sound Academy’s site dedicated to student artwork and writing. This site was created by WSA’s journalism class in autumn of 2013.
The Inkless Link continues to live on as a forum for students to share their work with the school community.
Yearbook is an extracurricular activity open to all WSA students. Each year returning staff look for eager, talented, younger students to join Yearbook to help with this important publication and 'learn the ropes'. The Yearbook staff meets weekly after school every Wednesday and works with their faculty advisor Angie Gangi, putting together photos and text to chronicle the year at WSA. The finished product is submitted to the publisher by the end-of-February deadline.
The yearbook crew run a monthly contest to help collect all the photos needed to meet their goal of showing each person at WSA, student, staff, or teacher, at least five times. Photo entries are submitted by email to the club advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org or uploaded using the ReplayIt app.
Students use an online editing interface that makes organization and design simple and fun, and they earn CAS credit for Service and Creativity.