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WSA Theatre Company Presents: Almost Maine, November 30 - December 2

November 08, 2018
By Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson

WSA Presents: Almost Maine, November 30 and December 1 and 2The West Sound Academy Drama Program and Thespian Troupe is proud to present John Cariani’s heartfelt play Almost, Maine on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st. and Sunday, December 2nd. Curtain is at 7:00 PM on Friday and Saturday with the matinee curtain time on Sunday at 2:00 PM. The play will be performed at the WSA Commons Black Box Theatre in the lower level of Baker Hall on West Sound Academy’s campus in Poulsbo.

As the playwright suggests - Welcome to Almost, Maine, a place that’s so far north, it's almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear winter night, as the northern lights hover in the star filled sky above, the residents of Almost, Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend – almost – in this delightful midwinter night’s dream. There will be laughter, and there may also be tears, but there will most definitely be love.        Read more

Posted in Performing Arts

November, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

October 31, 2018
By Susan Trower

WSA's 21st Annual Auction at Kiana Lodge, November 3, 2018November 10:


WSA 21st Annual Auction

      Saturday, November 3
                  5:30 p.m.
               Kiana Lodge
114976 Sandy Hood Road NE, Poulsbo
Help make West Sound Academy's successful college-preparatory programs possible by participating in our Annual Auction as a donor and attendee.
For directions to Kiana Lodge click here. 

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C. - Britannica ImageQuestNovember 12:

             There is


   on Monday, November 12
        in observance of

    Veterans Day


Read more about WSA events in November!

Posted in All School

What's Your College Fair Strategy?

October 17, 2018
By Catherine Freeman

Curve ahead roadsigns in British Columbia, Canada - Britannica ImageQuestThe first weekend in November, representatives from hundreds of colleges will be at the Seattle National College Fair. Attending the fair is an amazing opportunity to connect with various colleges and universities all in one place. However, with so many representatives and attendees, college fairs can easily be overwhelming. Arriving prepared will let you take full advantage of the fair.

Here are some tips for preparation:


Read more.

Posted in Upper School

Embracing Empathy

October 11, 2018
By Barrie Hillman

Embracing Empathy - Fall Gathering 2018During Fall Gathering, the idea of embracing empathy stood at the center of our work. Empathy was defined as the ability to step into the shoes of another person, aiming to understand their feelings and perspectives, and to use that understanding to guide our actions. As mammals that naturally gravitate toward living and working in packs, empathy has long been a core element to our ability to thrive. It is through empathy that we protect each other, share our bounty, nurture our young, respect and care for our elders and continually seek improvement and innovation.

Factfulness, by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling RönnlundStudents and faculty learned and played together during the retreat, embracing empathy. We had a purposeful and mindful intent to keep reminding ourselves that people are inherently good and caring despite the endless stream of sound bites and media clips that sensationalize non-empathetic behavior.

One of the resources I used during the Fall Gathering came from the book, Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund. This book came recommended to me by a parent and I found it to be an excellent reminder that based on data, humans can and have overcome so much and continually thrive and improve. The authors developed an amazing website as well that includes a visual time lapse of the growth and improvement of the human condition here: Gapminder. To me, this ability of the human race to overcome challenges and still continually improve can be attributed to empathy. And it is especially important to mindfully embrace empathy as we are faced with people who don't demonstrate very much of it. The exponential effect of paying empathy forward is a real thing...what good you put forth in the world can make a difference.

Posted in All School


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