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2019 Commencement Speaker Shares Advice from Graduates

June 04, 2019
By Susan Trower

2019 Commencement Speaker Shares the Wise Advice He Received from the Graduates

 

The class of 2019 in the staging room before graduation - Mark Gsellman photoWest Sound Academy's Class of 2019 came to the House of Awakened Culture in Suquamish on May 24 for an evening of graduation and celebration - the school's 18th annual commencement. School faculty and staff and many family, friends, and fellow students came to share the evening with the graduates. Head of School Barrie Hillman reminded everyone that the purpose of commencement was to acknowledge the personal achievements of each of the graduates - these seventeen individual journeys coming together for this celebration.

The graduates come marching in - Mark Gsellman photoMargaret Johnson, Chair of West Sound Academy's Board of Trustees, then introduced John Boyd, the commencement speaker. Boyd is superintendent of Quincy School District in Quincy, Washington, and is in his twenty-seventh year as an educator, working in a variety of settings. A few weeks before commencement Boyd came to West Sound to meet with members of the Class of 2019 to get to know them, then asked each of them this question, "What advice do you have for me when giving this speech?”

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Announcing! College Destinations for the Class of 2019

May 23, 2019
By Susan Trower

College Declaration Day for the Class of 2019

 

Tina Peng, '19,  declaring for University of ConnecticutCongratulations are in order for students in the Class of 2019 as they celebrate college success.  They were accepted at 40 four-year colleges and universities in the United States and Canada and were offered $2,191,802 in grants, awards and scholarships.

Following commencement exercises on May 24 at the House of Awakened Culture in Suquamish, these newest WSA alumni will be going in many different directions as they begin their undergraduate education at schools in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Colorado, and the East Coast. Max Morningstar declaring for Tufts University

On Thursday, May 23 - College Declaration Day at West Sound Academy - the members of the Class of 2019 announced their decisions to WSA students and staff and signed the pennants of the colleges where they intend to enroll. Others in the class have decided to do a gap year or apprenticeship first, and there were special pennants for them to sign as well.  The banners will hang in Parke Hall, serving as inspiration for future WSA students.

 

Where WILL our seniors be heading once they leave WSA?    Read more >>>

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May, 2019: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

May 01, 2019
By Susan Trower

Go hawks! May 1-3:

 

WSA Spirit Week continues!

 

Monday, April 29: Pajama Day & Hugs

Tuesday, April 30: Snazzy Day & High Fives

Wednesday, May 1: Snazzy Day & International Salutations

Thursday, May 2: Mustache Day & Compliments

Friday, May 3: Decades Day & Handwritten Notes


 May 3:

                       

Middle School Game Night & BBQ - May 3, 2019WSA's Student Council presents: 
 

     Middle School                      Game Night and BBQ

 
Place:  The Commons
Time:   6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Burgers & Hot Dogs: will be served!
 
Tickets: $5 per person
 
Interested?  Get your ticket at the Front Desk!
 

 May 4:

Tower Garden, Hampton Court Flower Show, 2004 - Britannica ImageQuest
 

Upper School
Spring Formal

"Enchanted Garden"
 
 
Saturday, May 7
Indianola Clubhouse
7 to 9:30 p.m. - $15 per person
 
 
 
 
Students bringing guests who do not attend WSA must return a completed Guest Permission Slip (first signed by WSA Head of School and then signed by the guest's parent) to the WSA Front Office by Friday, May 3, 2019 in order for the guest to be admitted to the event.
 
 

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April, 2019: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

April 01, 2019
By Susan Trower

 IB Extended EssayApril 9-12:

 

Extended Essay Café for Juniors

 
Juniors who are planning to submit an Extended Essay (EE) to the International Baccalaureate Organization in their senior year will give a slide presentation on their research and writing plans to an audience of EE Supervisors and fellow EE writers.

Place: Conference Room

Dates and Times
   April 9, 2:05 - 3:10: Max M., Noah M., Chaidie P.
   April 10, 2:00 - 3:00: Lucius V., River G., Julie H., Grace C.R.S.
   April 11, 12:20 - 2:00: Emily B., Boaz A., Paige J., Phillip C., Jaime L.
   April 12, 12:20 - 2:00: Sam A., Elliott D.,Grace A.S., Dylan B.


2 PM Release for Collaborative Planning April 10:

 

2:00 PM DISMISSAL

for teacher collaborative planning

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

 Earth Day 2019 - Protect Our SpeciesApril 22:

 

Monday, April 22, 2018, is Earth Day

 
WSA students and staff will leave campus at 1:30 p.m. and travel by advocacies to designated clean-up routes throughout Poulsbo.

Students will make their way from the start of their route to Poulsbo's Waterfront Park for pick up at the park at 3:10 p.m.


 Kitsap Great Give - April 23, 2019April 23:

 

One day only: a 24-hour online giving event!

 
WSA uses the Kitsap Great Give to raise funds for a specific item that supports the students of the school. In 2019, WSA is quite literally attempting to support the students by raising funds for some desperately needed communal space furniture. Learning happens all over our campus and the common areas have no seating for small group work, socializing or teacher consultations. In an age when too many of us our looking at screens instead of at each other's faces, this seating is especially critical to foster both planned and impromptu face to face engagement.

On April 23 go to: https://kitsapgreatgive.org/profile/s/west-sound-academy

 

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