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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.

Read more about WSA events in May!

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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:



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.

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Read more about WSA events in April!

WSA Team Wins 2nd Place at WA State Knowledge Bowl XXXVII

March 28, 2019
By Susan Trower

West Sound Academy's team of top academic competitors, aka Manifest Westiny, won 2nd Place in Division 1B at the Washington State Tournament XXXVII at West Valley High School in Yakima on March 23, 2019.  WSA's squad joined 95 other teams from public, private and parochial schools from all over the state at the event, competing for honors and trophies in the six divisions: 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A, 2B, and 1B.  All of these teams earned the right to be at the annual tournament at their respective regional competitions sponsored by Washington's nine ESDs (Educational Service Districts.)  WSA's squad won first place for Division 1B, and the right to go to State, at the Olympic ESD 114 regional competition at Fort Worden on February 7.  

WSA's State KB team with their 2nd Place trophy, Left to right, Nic Cachules, Aidan Phelan, Max Morningstar (captain), Max Metters, Emily Bradford, and Emma Longworth-SloneWSA's State team,
  Manifest Westiny:

Nic Cachules, '21
Aidan Phelan, '20
Max Morningstar, '19, Captain
Max Metters, '20
Emily Bradford, '20
Emma Longworth-Slone, '21

Team Manifest Westiny at the buzzer bar for an oral round at the Knowledge Bowl tournamentThe day of the tournament was a long one, beginning with check-in at West Valley High School at 7:30 a.m.  After an assembly, all teams began the first round of the morning, a 50-question multiple-choice test.  Then came four oral rounds, 50, short-answer questions in each, starting at 9:15 a.m. and ending around 12:30 p.m.  Only the top six Division 1B teams are allowed to go on to the Semi-Final and Championship rounds in the afternoon, so each round is important.  WSA finished the morning in fourth place, meaning they would face off against third-place Pope John Paul II High School in the Semi-Final round.

After five rounds, the team was ready for lunch. Then came the semi-final game with Pope John Paul II - a definitive win for WSA, 20 - 11.  Now the winners of the semi-final matches were set off to compete for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies:  WSA, Valley Christian School from Spokane Valley and Riverside Christian School from Yakima.

Lily Trower with WSA's newest trophy.  To give an idea of scale on the trophy, Lily is a 65-pound short-legged Golden Retriever. Just kidding. Lily is a 9-pound mini-dachshund.Riverside Christian had a very strong team, and they came away with the win.  The final scores were Riverside Christian 17 points, WSA 11, and Valley Christian 7.  WSA coach Lionel Pummell was very happy with the final outcome.  The team had the long drive back to Poulsbo to relax their brains after a day of 350 really hard questions.  The trophy had a special place in the van: wedged between two seats, resting on a can of Pringles!

The State Knowledge Bowl State Tournament marks the end of the season, but lunchtime practices will continue through mid-May.  Practices for the  2019-2020 WSA Knowledge Bowl team begin on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, and are open to students in Grades 9-12. 

Congratulations goes to our WSA team for their strong showing at State and ...



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