School Blog and News

Finding Joy and Why Every School Needs a TIE Fighter

October 15, 2017
By Barrie Hillman

TIE FighterBack in September, the school kicked off the Fall Gathering with the theme of "Let Joy Be Your Compass." Finding and spreading joy has been a bit like fighting off the temptations of the Dark Side lately. Just when we think things are settling down or we have gotten past one challenge...a great big new challenge lands in our laps. Just when the Rebels think they have finally crippled the Empire, another new evil force pops up on the other side of the universe. It is not a new thing for the human race to have to overcome great adversity but it is a relatively new thing to have such immediate access to information about such adversity both trustworthy and not. All these circumstances do is suck the joy out of our days. However, being naturally contrarian...I am a strong proponent of being mindful of seeking out joy every day. So when someone offers you a free-if-you-haul one-quarter size Star Wars TIE Fighter, you say "Yes! I need that TIE Fighter!" Because it is awesome. It is fun. It is joyful. It makes absolutely no practical sense to have a TIE fighter of this size but it makes so much sense in order to seek out joy.

The TIE fighter will find a semi-permanent home on a gravel pad just outside Lower Ryan both to bring attention to our STEAM program and to serve as a joyful reminder to everyone who passes by it. And it will spark imagination. I can see that TIE fighter starring in some movies, photos, and stories. Yes, we have captured a piece of the Dark Side and the Dark Side is no match for our creativity, innovation and imagination.

Seeking out joy is a mindful exercise. We have to consciously and actively look for it. But when you do, small things come into focus such as trees turning fall colors, a certain smiling dog running with glee through the fields, or a great game of Ga-ga. Joy is out there if you look for it. Look every day.

Posted in All School

October, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

October 01, 2017
By Susan Trower

WSA Thespian Troupe #8175 - Food drive for NK FishlineOctober 2 - 31:


The West Sound Academy Drama Club and Thespian Troupe #8175 will be collecting nonperishable food donations for Fishline as part of the Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat food drive - part of the International Thespian Society’s annual nationwide community service initiative. 

Bring food donations to the orange bins in Frodel and Baker Halls throughout the month of October.

          For more information, see:  Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat

Willamette UniversityOctober 2:


West Sound Academy students are invited to come meet with an admissions representative from Willamette University:  Conference Room, Baker Hall, at 9:15 a.m.


Reed CollegeOctober 4:


West Sound Academy students are invited to come meet with an admissions representative from Reed College:  Conference Room, Baker Hall, at 9:15 a.m.


Pacific Lutheran UniversityOctober 5:


West Sound Academy students are invited to come meet with an admissions representative from Pacific Lutheran University:  Library, Baker Hall, at 9:15 a.m.


Whitworth UniversityOctober 10:


West Sound Academy students are invited to come meet with an admissions representative from Whitworth University:  Conference Room, Baker Hall, at 9:30 a.m.


Cornish College of the ArtsOctober 11:


West Sound Academy students are invited to come meet with an admissions representative from Cornish College of the Arts:  Frodel Gallery, at 9:30 a.m.


Team icon - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 11:



for teacher collaborative planning

2:05 - 3:10 p.m. 
  • Optional study hall for grades 11-12
  • Homework café available for grades 6-10

Teachers in Hanoi French School, ca. 1920 - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 13:

Friday, October 13 is Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) In-Service Day, so there is NO SCHOOL.  
This is a day when NWAIS teachers participate in workshops, collaborative planning, and professional development. 

Photographer - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 18:


             Picture Retake Day!


The photographer will be on campus at 9 a.m.

This is for retake and absen make-up student photos.

If you missed the first picture day, you can bring an order form in with you and have your picture taken. 


Scary pumpkin - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 20:


   All-School Halloween Dance

Come for:
  • Dancing
  • Games
  • Festive snacks
  • Ghoulish fun!
Place: The Commons
Time:  6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Dress:  Costumes, of course!  (No inappropriate or excessively gory costumes, please)
Cost:  $8 without food, $7 with one can, $6 with two, $5 with three or more

Food collected will go to WSA Thespian Troupe's Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat food drive.

Note:  Non-WSA students will need to bring a completed WSA Guest Permission Slip  to school by October 20 in order to be admitted to the event.

Oregon State UniversityOctober 23:


West Sound Academy students are invited to come meet with an admissions representative from Oregon State University:  Library, Baker Hall, at 9:15 a.m.


 Apple and school books - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 24 and 25:

       Tuesday, October 24, is a normal school day, followed by:
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 25, has a 11:30 a.m. dismissal (for Grades 6-11) and NO SCHOOL for Grade 12, followed by:
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

College Board - PSAT/NMSQTOctober 25:


All students in Grades 8 - 11 will take the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) on Wednesday, October 25.  This is a program co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 

It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT. It also gives students in 11th grade a chance to enter National Merit scholarship programs.  

  • There will be a 11:30 AM DISMISSAL on that day.
  • Students in Grades 6 and 7 will have a half-day field trip.
  • Seniors have NO SCHOOL on October 25, and may use it as a study day.

 Apple and school books - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 26 and 27:

                          There is
                     NO SCHOOL on
   Thursday, October 26 and
              Friday, October 27
so that WSA Teachers can participate in Parent-Teacher Conferences.

 Britannica ImageQuest - Stack of papersOctober 27:



        The end of the 1st Quarter

                  for the 2017-2018 academic year

                 is on Friday, October 27, 2017


 NACAC National College FairOctober 27-28:

Meet face-to-face with representatives from hundreds of schools at the Seattle National College Fair.
Register for free online to easily share your information with colleges.
Washington State Convention Center
Hall 4E, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA 98101
Need more information?:
E-mail or​ ​or call: 703/299-6856.​​
Posted in All School

September, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

September 02, 2017
By Susan Trower

Labor DaySeptember 4:



There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 4, in observance of Labor Day.

Vision - Britannica ImageQuestSeptember 6:


          Volunteer Meeting               

Anyone interested in helping at West Sound Academy's 20th Annual Auction on November 10 is invited to come to a meeting for auction volunteers.  This year our theme, in keeping with our 20-year anniversary, is 20/20 Vision: Celebrating our Past and Shaping our Future. We have small jobs and more complex ones and would love your help!  
Conference Room
Baker Hall
5:30 p.m.

 WSA art teacher Jen David with parents on Curriculum Night - Mark Gsellman photoSeptember 12:


 West Sound Academy parents are invited to come to campus for:

       Curriculum Night
              6:30 p.m.


Parents attend all of their child's classes, meet their teachers, and find out what they'll be studying this year!


 Team icon - Britannica ImageQuestSeptember 13:


West Sound Academy classes    

  dismiss at 2:00 p.m.


for teacher collaborative planning.

From 2:05 to 3:10 p.m.:
- Optional study hall for grades 11-12
 - Homework café available for grades 6-10

 June TRECSeptember 14:

WSA Parents and students considering going on this year's June TREC trips should come to the:

   Mandatory Planning Meeting

The two Education First trips this year are to:
Baker Hall
The Commons
6:30 p.m.

 Britannica ImageQuest - Stack of books with appleSeptember 21:


            West Sound Academy classes    

                     dismiss at 12:15 p.m.

               on Thursday, September 21

so that teachers can participate in New Student Get-to-Know-You Conferences.


 Ms. Garvin with EleanorSeptember 22:

                    There is
                 NO SCHOOL
                        on Friday, September  22
so that WSA Teachers can participate in New Student Get-to-Know-You Conferences.

Whitman CollegeSeptember 25:


West Sound Academy students are invited to come meet with an admissions representative from Whitman College.

Conference Room
Baker Hall
1:00 p.m.

 Team icon - Britannica ImageQuestSeptember 27:


West Sound Academy classes    

  dismiss at 2:00 p.m.


for teacher collaborative planning.

From 2:05 to 3:10 p.m.:
- Optional study hall for grades 11-12
 - Homework café available for grades 6-10

Britannica ImageQuest - photographerSeptember 27:


        Picture Day


will take place in the Commons

on Wednesday, September 27

beginning at 9 a.m.


Boardroom - Britannica ImageQuestSeptember 27:

     There is a meeting of the

West Sound Academy              

   Board of Trustees 

Wednesday, September 27
Conference Room
5:30 p.m.

 College pennants for the Class of 2015September 28:

WSA Parents and students in Grades 9-12 are invited to:

   College Information


This informational evening is focused more for juniors and seniors getting ready to launch into the college search and college application process but it never hurts to start learning about these things early so students and parents in grades 9-10 are also invited to attend. 

WSA Head of School Barrie Hillman will be sharing guidance and advice on what steps should be taken for the college search, the process for applications, how and when to visit schools, what questions to ask schools, how to navigate the financial aid process and also how to make the decision of where to apply and where to enroll.  Students are encouraged to attend because you are the ones who will be leading this process!

Posted in All School

June, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

June 01, 2017
By Susan Trower

Days for Girls International June 3:


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 Poulsbo's own DFG chapter.

The Poulsbo DFG is hosting a community work party for anyone who is interested on Saturday, June 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at West Sound Academy in the Commons. Parents and students are welcome to drop by anytime during the day to learn more and help out.

You don't need to sew in order to help; there are many non-sewing tasks also. If you do sew, however, please bring your sewing machine or serger and join in the fun. Feel free to bring friends! For more information contact Molly Masker at

Quinn, Sparky, and Imane in the Music Ensemble June Term class  June 8:          


       June Term music      

   for parents and friends

Paul Burback, Director
Indianola Clubhouse
6:30 p.m.

 Last day of school before summer vacation, 1954 - Britannica ImageQuestJune 9:


      June Term

                    Take place in the Commons
                   There is EARLY DISMISSAL
                               at 12:00 Noon
See Image Galleries for an album of photos from all of the 2017 June Term classes and TRECs!

Donation Days for the WSA Rummage Sale - Britannica ImageQuest image June 10-14:


     Donation Days

        WSA Rummage Sale

Place:  The Commons
Time:   9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, June 10
Sunday, June 11
Monday, June 12
Tuesday, June 13
Wednesday, June 14
Please park in the area between the front of Ryan Hall and the back of Baker Hall in order to unload items into the Commons door at the back of Baker Hall (look for signage). Items will be refused if not in “gently used” condition or if they are on the list of items we are not accepting. WSA will be solely in charge of pricing and the donors should not expect any reserve prices or payment for items sold. See WSA Rummage Sale for more information.

Cocktail included with $35 ticket to WSA Rummage Rumble on June 16, 7 to 9 p.m. - Britannica ImageQuest image June 16:


Early Bird Rummage Rumble

Friday, June 16, 7 to 9 p.m.
The Commons
$35 per person

People purchasing a $35 ticket will receive a voucher for one signature Rummage Rumble cocktail drink (non-alcoholic versions will be available as well), some delicious appetizers and 35% off whatever Rummage Treasure they can fit into a grocery bag and still carry out the door.

Rummage Rumble shoppers will also have first opportunity to purchase items that won't fit into the grocery bag.  WSA will be selling a limit of 75 tickets at the door and each person age 14 and over entering must purchase a ticket. 

 WSA Rummage Sale, June 17, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Vintage Sale Sign, Britannica ImageQuestJune 17:


   WSA Rummage Sale


Sale Day for the General Public 

Place:  The Commons & quad
Time:   8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Day:  Friday, June 17

The sale area will be in the quad central to all the buildings as well as the Commons in the back of Baker Hall. Volunteers will be assigned to a particular area for sales and will have aprons where they can accept cash and checks. One credit card station will be set up in the Commons. Sold items will be stickered with a volunteer’s signature on it.          

Hiking trail at Mt. Rainier National Park - Britannica ImageQuest June 18 - August 29:


       There is


June 18 - August 29

for Summer Vacation


See you on Wednesday, August 30 for the first day of school for 2017-2018!

Posted in All School


Search by Keyword(s):
(separate multiples with a comma)

Recent Posts

10/15/17 - By Barrie Hillman
10/1/17 - By Susan Trower
9/2/17 - By Susan Trower
6/1/17 - By Susan Trower
5/24/17 - By Susan Trower
5/19/17 - By Susan Trower


Tag Cloud