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Two Teams, Two First Place Finishes: WSA Robotics and Knowledge Bowl

December 03, 2018
By Susan Trower

WSA Robotics team at work - December 2, 2018WSA's Robotics team competed in their second interleague qualifier event of the FIRST Tech Challenge season on December 2 at Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma. Thirteen schools from around the Olympic Peninsula and Tacoma are in the Maxwell League of Washington State's FIRST Tech Challenge and competed in the event. WSA's team won all five of their matches to take first place! Thank you to our sponsors!Coaches Spencer Tryba, Jen David, and Lionel Pummell were very pleased with the terrific effort from the team. Next up: WSA Robotics will be going to the interleague championship event on December 15 at the Amazon Doppler Building in Seattle. 

2018-2019 WSA KB team - Tina Cachules photoA couple days earlier, on November 30, WSA's Knowledge Bowl team competed in the first regional competition of the season at North Mason High School in Belfair.  Teams came from schools throughout the Olympic Educational Service District area, from Port Townsend to Olympia. West Sound's top squad, WS1 (also known as "Team Manifest Westiny"), took first place with 103 points for the day, 16 points higher than the second place team. Coaches Catherine Freeman and Lionel Pummell were very happy with the day's scores. The next regional competition for is January 10, followed by the State qualifier on February 7.

Congratulations to our Robotics and Knowledge Bowl teams! ...and GO HAWKS!!!

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

October, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

October 01, 2018
By Susan Trower

Golden retriever catching a frisbee in mid-air - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 1, 8, and 15:

 

   Pick-up Ultimate Frisbee
            on Mondays!

Herbert Gundran, a volunteer from Kitsap Ultimate, is hosting three Ultimate Frisbee pick-up games this Octoberl. The games are open to all students and take place on WSA's field from 3:20 to 4:20 p.m. Students should sign up at the front desk. 

Please note: dogs are NOT allowed to participate - only humans!


Photographer - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 2:

 

             Picture Retake Day!

 

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

This is for retake and absentee 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. 

 

Read more about WSA events in October!

Posted in All School

WSA Seniors Offering Art Camp this Summer

June 21, 2018
By Jailee Bishop, Maizy Goerlitz and Trinity Pine

Student painting a picture in art class - Britannica ImageQuestHello!

We are a group of students at West Sound Academy who love creating art. We’ve planned a four-day summer camp to teach children about expressing themselves through art. We wish to help each child develop their own interests and abilities in art, and support them in finding the mediums that interest them the most. We will explore acrylic painting, collages, self-portraits and drawing people, and children will have a free day to use any of the materials they enjoy.

We’ve had experience with children before and we really enjoy showing what we’ve learned through our own experiences in the world of art. The camp takes place August 6 – 9, Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, and is for children 6 to 12 years of age.  The fee for the class is $30. 

Middle School art student working on self-portrait - Britannica ImageQuestTo enroll, please complete the Art Camp Registration Form and email it to ebutler@westsoundacademy.org.  The registration deadline is August 1, 2018.

We're looking forward to having a lot of creative fun!

Jailee Bishop          Maizy Goerlitz          Trinity Pine

Posted in Visual Arts

A Summer Challenge from the Head of School: Go out and play!

June 07, 2018
By Barrie Hillman

Dear WSA,

The last three weeks have been full of joy and exploration through our June Term classes. The campus has been hopping with creativity and creation. We also are happy to welcome home our June TREC travelers from their trip to France and Spain!

The Maker Playground class with 'The Bunker' that they made for WSA's new adventure playgroundHaving worked so hard all year long on academics, this experiential learning opportunity allows for deeper collaboration, innovation and problem-solving with students of all ages in each group. While the faculty can recognize the achievements of the students, the students often think of it as play. In fact, I am such a huge fan of play that I created the Maker Playground June Term class specifically for the purpose of encouraging more free play that is not sanitized with lots of direction and adult intervention.

Play can stimulate brain activity, relieve stress and build valuable skills and we, adults and kids, simply do not do enough of it. Teens and tweens desperately need more play and we often forget about this as kids grow more autonomous. So my challenge for you all this summer (parents...you need to play too) is to mindfully embrace play. Look for opportunities to create play in unexpected places. Stuck in a ferry line? Create a game out of items you can find in the car. Going on a hike? Find a cool stick to carve. Hanging out with friends? Put down your phones and play cards. Play with electronics is not the same as unstructured play and doesn't reap the same benefits.

At "The Gully," as our maker playground was named, we play with "loose materials" and tools. We hope to have some open sessions this summer and will invite you to come play with us! It was a great school year and to everyone: students, parents, staff, faculty and dogs...job well done and happy summer!

Barrie

Listen to Your Art’s Friday Sound on April 13th

April 05, 2018
By Quinn Lanning, '18 and Alena Pulhug, '19

Listen to Your Art's Friday Sound on April 13thThree years ago, a group of West Sound Academy students organized the first Listen to Your Art music and arts festival as a benefit for The Trevor Project, the nation’s leading suicide prevention hotline for LGBTQ youth. Since 2014, the three festivals hosted have raised over $20,000 for The Trevor Project. With engagement from local artists, musicians, and public speakers, Listen to Your Art has invited the people of Kitsap to join the conversation surrounding suicide awareness and lift the taboo associated with suicide discussion. With many of our core members graduating and changing the world through their own journeys, the current Listen to Your Art team has made the decision to hold smaller-scale music events, called Friday Sound, at West Sound Academy (WSA).

Friday Sound was an old WSA tradition that was brought back in 2017 as a fundraising effort for Listen to Your Art’s main festival. This event will continue on in future years as a completely student-run direct fundraiser for The Trevor Project. On April 13th, Listen to Your Art will be hosting Friday Sound with bands from WSA and other areas in Kitsap, including The Red Tails, Quinn Lanning, 24-Hour Hug, Lauren Wallach and Zoe Moreton. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the music starts at 6:30 pm. All ages are welcome to come and listen.

Ticket prices are as follows: $5 for students $7 for adults $15 for families of 3 or more.

Thank you for following Listen to Your Art and supporting its goal of alleviating the stigma behind the conversation of suicide and supporting those who struggle with suicidal ideation.

Posted in Special Events

April, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

April 02, 2018
By Susan Trower

 Britannica ImageQuest - Spring LeavesApril 2 - 6:

 
West Sound Academy is
 
         CLOSED
            FOR
    SPRING BREAK
 
                  April 2 - 6, 2018

 


 International Baccalaureate OrganizationApril 11:

 

IB Information Meeting for 9th Graders and Parents

 
      Barrie Hillman, Head of School
                        and
             Catherine Freeman,
              Director of Studies
 
                    give an overview of the
 
      International Baccalaureate
        Programme
            
            for 9th Graders and their parents
                  in the Conference Room
  April 11, 6:30 p.m.
 
 
 

Read more about WSA events in April!

Posted in All School

WSA Knowledge Bowl Takes 1st Place in 1B at State Tournament

March 19, 2018
By Susan Trower

WSA KB team, L to R: Emily Bradford, Aidan Phelan, Max Morningstar, Anneke Taylor, Delaney Agodon, Ruby GsellmanWest Sound Academy's Knowledge Bowl team prevailed at the State tournament  in Arlington on March 17 to take 1st place in Division 1B.  The WSA squad (aka 'Team Lobster Hut'*) started the morning with a written round of fifty questions Multiple-choice), then four oral rounds of fifty questions (short answer) each, pitted against other Division 1B teams from around the State. At the end of the preliminary rounds, WSA was in first place. 

The 1st Place trophy comes home to WSA!The WSA squad then faced off against the sixth-place team from Waitsburg in the semi-final  round. WSA's win here earned them a place in the championship round against Riverside Christian and Pope John Paul II.  The lead went back and forth between Riverside and WSA, and after 50 questions the two squads were tied at 15 points each for first and second place. The Reader/Judge read a tie-breaker round of ten questions, which WSA won  4-0, giving them the win. Coaches Susan Trower and Lionel Pummell were thrilled with the win - WSA's first first-place finish in ten years of competition in Washington State Knowledge Bowl.

Congratulations to the winners of the Division 1B 1st place trophy and individual medals!
 
Delaney Agodon, '18, captain
Ruby Gsellman, '18
Anneke Taylor, '18
Max Morningstar, '19
Emily Bradford, '20
Aidan Phelan, '20
 

Video of WSA Knowledge Bowl team receiving 1st place trophy at 2018 State Tournament

* Yes, those are lobster claws on the heads of Team Lobster Hut.  WSA team members felt the claws were instrumental in their success at the tournament; those and the many, many practices held during lunch and lots of time spent learning obscure, and not so obscure, facts!

WSA Theatre Company Presents: The Curious Savage, March 9-10

February 28, 2018
By Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson

WSA Presents: The Curious Savage, March 9 and 10West Sound Academy Theatre Department presents John Patrick’s poignant comedy The Curious Savage as their winter production March 9 and 10, 2018 at The Commons, West Sound Academy, 16571 Creative Drive NE in Poulsbo. Curtain is at 7 p.m. for each night.

West Sound Academy’s actors and creative team are excited to present the high comedy of The Curious Savage, which centers on the predicament of Ethel Savage, an elderly woman who is placed in a sanatorium by her greedy stepchildren after inheriting ten million dollars from her late husband. The story takes place in the homey living room of “The Cloisters” sanatorium in a small town in Massachusetts. Here Ethel meets and befriends a quirky set of misfits who prove to be more worthy and sane than the outside world. While her ruthless stepchildren scheme to steal her fortune, Ethel finds solidarity with her friends at The Cloisters. The chaos that ensues shows how sanity can be found in the “craziest" of places.

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Tags: CAS, drama, theatre
Posted in Theatre

March, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

February 28, 2018
By Susan Trower

Team icon - Britannica ImageQuest March 7:

 

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
 

WSA Presents: The Curious Savage, March 9 & 10, at the Commons, WSA Campus March 9 and 10:

 

West Sound Academy presents:

 The Curious Savage

A Comedy by John Patrick
 
              Directed by
 Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson 
 
Friday, March 9:  7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 10:  7:00 p.m.

    

Tickets: $10 Adults
               $7 Students
 
For ticket reservations, go to:
 
The Curious Savage - Tickets
              
The Commons 
West Sound Academy
16571 Creative Dr NE,, Poulsbo
 

Read more about WSA events in March

Posted in All School

January, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

December 31, 2017
By Susan Trower

 January 2:

 
Studying at university - Britannica ImageQuest  School resumes with
 

Finals Review Week

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Days for Girls International January 6:

 
 

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, January 6 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.

 

Read more

Posted in All School

WSA Theatre Company Presents: The Diary of Anne Frank, November 17-19

November 03, 2017
By Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson

The West Sound Academy Theatre Company will present The Diary of Anne Frank November 17, 18 at 7 p.m. and November 19 at 2 p.m. in The Commons at West Sound Academy, Poulsbo, Washington.

The Diary of Anne FrankOriginally written by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich, West Sound Academy will be producing the script that was adapted by Wendy Kesselman and premiered on Broadway in 1997. The story tells the tragic, accurate, and incredible journey of Anne Frank’s life in the Secrete Annex, the place where she and her family along with fellow Jews hid from the outside world that was falling into chaos and Nazi rule. The Diary of Anne Frank closely follows the twists and turns in her life as she recorded them in her diary, Kitty, from close calls with discovery, to living confined in the Annex with her family and others, to her first kiss. Kesselman’s adaptation includes several narrated passages that were originally excised from both the original publication of her diary and hence the play, by her father Otto Frank. In this new adaptation we see a more human and angst driven teen in Anne Frank who is frustrated with her mother, being compared to her “perfect sister” and a young teen who describes, both tenderly and explicitly, her schoolgirl crush on another girl and the awakening of her adolescence.

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Posted in Theatre

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:

 

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
 

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 collegefairs@nacacnet.org or info@nacacnet.org​ ​or call: 703/299-6856.​​
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 Poulsbowa@daysforgirls.org.


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

 

       June Term music      

          performances
   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
   Presentations


                    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

NO SCHOOL

 
 
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

May, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

April 30, 2017
By Susan Trower

We Appreciate Our Teachers! - Britannica ImageQuest May 1-5:

 

West Sound Academy families will be letting teachers know how important they are in the lives of their students during:

Teacher Appreciation Week
 
May 1-5
 
WSA teachers will be receiving special treats and surprises all week!
 
 
 

TARDIS - Time and Relative Dimension in Space May 1:


IB Diploma Programme examinations
                  at WSA begin
 
 

            Monday, May 1, 2017

 
 
Examinations take place in the Conference Room in Baker Hall.  The Library will be set up as a special study area for seniors only.
     
 
Final examinations for non-IB seniors will also begin on May 1.

Kitsap Great Give - May 2, 2017  May 2:

 

                         One Day Only!

            A 24-hour online giving event

 

Proceeds will pay for paving of the WSA driveway up to Baker Hall.

Help meet the match! Three generous donors have already committed to matching the funds donated to WSA for the Kitsap Great Give driveway fundraiser up to $5,000 each. That means for every dollar donated, we will receive $3 more!

AND ... every dollar you donate will be proportionally matched by the event sponsors so that West Sound Academy will actually get more money than you give!

On May 2 go to:
https://kitsapgreatgive.org/npo/west-sound-academy


 College pennants of WSA alumni hanging in Parke HallMay 8:

 

    Declaration Day
for the Class of 2017


         Passing of the Class Color

 
 
             Monday Meeting, 2:45 p.m., the Commons
 
Seniors will sign the pennant for the colllege they will be attending in the Fall, and will pass their class color on to the Class of 2022!
 

9th Graders River Gsellman, Alessandro Scott, and Emily Bradford performing at the 2017 Kitsap Youth Rally for Human Rights at Olympic College - Espen Swanson photo May 8, 10, and 11:

 

              West Fest!

 
       West Sound Academy Musicians
                        in Concert
                Paul Burback, Director
 
             
          Monday, May 8:  6th &7th Grade 
Wednesday, May 10: US Music Elective
Thursday, May 11:  9th Grade 
           
         All performances: the Commons, 6:30 p.m.
      

Frodel Hall on the West Sound Academy campus - Mark Gsellman photo May 9:

 

             Admissions
Information Session and Tour

       Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m.

 

Information Sessions introduce our faculty and program to interested families. Visitors have a chance to learn about our academics and extracurricular activities, meet the Head of School and some of the faculty and students, and take a tour of the campus.

Anyone interested in joining us for this Information Session can email Lisa Gsellman at lgsellman@westsoundacademy.org


Days for Girls International May 13:

 
 

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, May 13 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 Poulsbowa@daysforgirls.org.


 May 15:

 
Final Exams for Grades 6-11 begin Monday, May 15.
 

Final Exams for Grades 6-11, Spring 2017


 University professors in cap and gown - Britannica ImageQuestMay 19:

There is

                NO SCHOOL

            
 

on Friday, May 19 so that WSA teachers can prepare for Commencement

 
 

 WSA Class of 2016 - Mark Gsellman photoMay 19:

 
  West Sound Academy             
             16th Annual
Commencement Exercises
      for the Class of 2017
 

House of Awakened Culture
7235 NE Parkway
Suquamish7 p.m.


New York stenographers on vacation; July 14, 1926 - Britannica ImageQuest May 22:

 

                              There is

                NO SCHOOL

            
 

on Monday, May 22 so that WSA teachers can get ready for June Term

 
 
 
 

June Term 2017 May 23:

 

June Term

 

    begins on

         Tuesday, May 23

 
 
 

Meeting room table and chairs - Britannica ImageQuest May 24:

 
   West Sound Academy              
Board of Trustees meeting 
 

Wednesday, May 24
Conference Room
5:30 p.m.

 

 Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C.; May 30, 2010 - Britannica ImageQuestMay 29:

 

                              There is

                NO SCHOOL

       

         on Monday, May 29 in observance of

                 Memorial Day

Posted in All School

April, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

March 31, 2017
By Susan Trower

 Britannica ImageQuest - Spring LeavesApril 3 - 7:

 
West Sound Academy is
 
         CLOSED
            FOR
    SPRING BREAK
 
                  April 3 - 7, 2017

 


 Senior Project PresentationsApril 12 - 13:

 

Presentations of
 Senior Projects

 
      will be made to the
 
               Senior Project panel
                 on April 12 and 13
            in the Conference Room
 
Wednesday, April 12
  • 2:05 p.m. -  Ching WokFrank Gehry
  • 2:30 p.m. - Miranda Ma, The Kangaroo of Australia
  • 2:55 p.m. - Ryley MercadoMichael Jackson
Thursday, April 13
  • 2:05 p.m. -  Sherry Pan, Hans Christian Andersen Fairytales
  • 2:30 p.m. - Annika HaldThe Effect of Childhood Trauma on Adult Life
  • 2:55 p.m. - Samira Cao, The Effect of Heavy Metals on the Human Body

 April 14:

 

Friday Sound!

 
Members of the band Tuesday - l to r, Max Metters, River Gsellman, Alessandro Scott, Emily Bradford, and Lucius VigeantDoors open at 6:30 p.m.
Show starts at 7:00 p.m.
 
Come to the Commons for live music by local bands and performers.
 
$5 for students, $7 for adults, $15 for families of 3 or more
 
Friday Sound is a Listen to Your Art program.
 

Days for Girls International April 15:

 

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, April 15 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 Poulsbowa@daysforgirls.org.


 April 20:

 
  ACT10th Graders take the
 

  Practice ACT

 
 Mrs. Freeman's Room
           Parke 4
  8:20 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 Britannica ImageQuest imageApril 22:

 

Saturday, April 22, 2017, is Earth Day
 

Earth Day is a voluntary service day for West Sound Academy students and staff.

Posted in All School

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

March 19, 2017
By Susan Trower

West Sound Academy's team of top academic competitors won 2nd Place in Division 1B at the Washington State Knowledge Bowl Tournament XXXV at Arlington High School on March 18, 2017.  WSA's squad joined 101 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 23.  

WSA's State KB team with their 2nd Place trophy, Left to right, Callay Boire-Shedd, Eleanor Uyyek, Graeme Forbes, Max Morningstar (captain), Anneke Taylor, and Nolan GreggWSA's State team members:

 
Callay Boire-Shedd, '19
 
Eleanor Uyyek, '17
 
Graeme Forbes, '19
 
Max Morningstar, '19, Captain
 
Anneke Taylor, '18
 
Nolan Gregg, '19
 
 

The day of the tournament was a long one, beginning with check-in at Arlington High School at 7:30 a.m.  Next came an assembly in the gym, with hundreds of Knowledge Bowl players, coaches, parents, and friends.  In the middle of the gym was a table with a display of all the trophies for all six divisions - plenty of incentive for everyone!  At 8:30 a.m., all teams began the first round of the morning, a 50-question multiple-choice test.  Each team worked collaboratively for 35 minutes to choose the correct answers to each question, then submitted their Scantron sheet for grading.

Scorekeeper's wall at State Knowledge Bowl tournamentThen came four oral rounds, 50, short-answer questions in each, starting at 9:15 a.m. and ending around 12:30 p.m.  The stakes were high:  only the top six of the Division 1B teams at the State Tournament would be allowed to go on to the Semi-Final and Championship rounds in the afternoon. WSA's team started strong, with the second-highest written round score in the Division, then winning decisive victories in all four morning oral rounds.  WSA finished the morning in second place, meaning they would face off against fifth-place Odessa High School in the Semi-Final round.

After a well-deserved lunch break that began with Girl Scout cookies and ended with delicious take-out teriyaki brought in by WSA parents, the team was ready to go another round.  The semi-final game with Odessa turned out to be another definitive win for WSA, 18 - 7.  Now the winners of the semi-final matches were set off to compete for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies:  WSA, Pope John Paul II High School, and Waitsburg High School.

Wally Trower guarding WSA's new trophy at his home until it can be brought to school for permanent displayAll three teams scored points, with the lead bouncing back and forth between WSA and Pope John Paul II.  The finish was very close, with Pope John Paul II scoring 12 points, WSA 11, and Waitsburg 7.  WSA coaches Catherine Freeman, Susan Trower, and Lionel Pummell were extremely pleased with the outcome.  WSA's five newcomers to State, and their one returning senior, came very close to taking it all!  Many, many photos were taken of the team - now 350 questions more tired than they were at 7:30 that morning when they first arrived at Arlington High School - then everyone dispersed to enjoy the rest of a (hopefully) relatively question-free weekend.

The State Knowledge Bowl State Tournament marks the end of the season, but plans are already underway for next year.  Lunchtime practices for the 2017-2018 WSA Knowledge Bowl team will resume on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, and are open to students in Grades 9-12. 

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

GO WSA!!!

February, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

January 31, 2017
By Susan Trower

Mud Pie 2015 February 3:

 
The staff of Mud Pie is proud to present their third annual arts night and poetry slam:
 

    Arts Poetica: Volume Three

 
  The Commons  
  6:30 p.m.
 
The evening is a sharing of artwork, poetry and music in an open-mic format. Students, parents and community members are encouraged to bring in written work to read--either original or a favorite poem!
 
Sit down at the Art Wall and create art right on the spot that evening! 
 
There is a $5 suggested donation per attendee and Mud Pie will donate 50% of all profits to Listen to Your Art. 
 

next February 4:

 
Late afternoon sun shining on the WSA campus - Mark Gsellman photoFounders' Scholarship Day
                 is on
 
Saturday, February 4, 2017
                 8:30 to 12:00 noon

Eligible students are those entering Grades 6 through 12 in Fall, 2017, and not currently attending West Sound Academy.

For more information, email Lisa Gsellman at lgsellman@westsoundacademy.org.


next February 8:

 

2016 Commencement, front row - Mark Gsellman photoAs of February 8, 2017, WSA's senior class has just 100 days left until graduation on May 19 at the House of Awakened Culture in Suquamish!

WSA Head of School Barrie Hillman meets with parents of seniors on February 8, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.,  to discuss commencement and other matters of special concern to seniors and their families.

Wednesday, February 8
6:30 p.m.
Conference Room in Baker Hall
 

next February 20 and 21:

 

Abraham Lincoln - Britannica ImageQuestBritannica ImageQuest - George Washington

There is
NO SCHOOL
on
 
Monday, February 20, 2017
 
and
 
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
 
for the Presidents' Day break
 
 

 February 22:

International Baccalaureate Organization

There will be NO SCHOOL

 on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

so that faculty and staff can work on tasks required for re-certification of West Sound Academy as an IB World School

 
 
 

West Sound Academy Hawks! February 23:

             

Knowledge Bowl Competition
  State Tournament Qualifier

Fort Worden, Port Townsend

KB team members: 

  • Arrive at school by 7:30 a.m.
  • Leave WSA: 7:45 a.m.
  • Return to WSA: by 3:45 p.m.
  • Bring a lunch and water bottle
 

next February 24:

Signing of contract - Britannica ImageQuest


Enrollment contracts
 
and
 
financial aid applications
 
            for current families are DUE
 
          Friday, February 24, 2017

 


Days for Girls International February 25:

 

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, February 25 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 Poulsbowa@daysforgirls.org.


WSA Yearbook Photo Contest February 28:

 

         Monthly
Yearbook Contest                  

 
Yearbook Club would love to have your photos of WSA student life!
 
Use the ReplayIt app to upload your pics 
 
                       or
 
email them to Angie at:
 
 
Two winners will be chosen for February!
 
Deadline for this month's entries:
 

February 28

 
 
 
 
Posted in All School

WSA Theatre Company Presents: Death by Design on March 10 & 11

January 27, 2017
By Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson

The West Sound Academy Theatre Company of Poulsbo, Washington, will present Death by Design, an outrageous comedy and murder mystery, as their winter show on March 10 and 11, 2017, at the Olympic College Theatre, Bremerton Campus. Curtain time is at 7:30 PM.

Gunshot shadowgraph - Britannica ImageQuestDeath by Design is the brilliantly written story of a more than eventful weekend spent in Cookham at the home of playwright Edward Bennett and actress Sorel Bennett. Already bantering due to their failing marriage and a horrible opening night, the two are greeted by unexpected guests inviting themselves to their home. As the play develops, the cast for the country weekend includes: a more than disliked politician, a socialist, a naïve stranger, and a kooky bohemian. As though the weekend wasn’t crazy enough, it is left to Bridgit, an Irish maid with a taste for murder mysteries, to solve the murder of one of the guests in the house. Death by Design is a classic whodunit with wit and charm sure to captivate any audience.

The acting ensemble includes: Audrey Jordan as Bridgit the Irish maid, Grace Schmitt as Sorel Bennett, an actress and wife of playwright Edward Bennett, Annika Nelson as Bohemian socialite Victoria VanRoth, Delaney Agodon as Alice the some time girlfriend of the chauffuer, Wyatt Weber as Jack the cockney chauffuer, Ryley Mercado as playwright Edward Bennett, Ben Browning as parliamentarian Walter Pearce, and Alessandro Scott as socialist Eric. The production crew includes: Ben Silvernale – producer/technical director, Alena Pulhug – stage manager, Jailee Bishop – assistant stage manager, Ruby Gsellman – scenic designer, Wyatt Rosenthal and Julie Hillman – prop masters, River Gsellman and Savannah Pulhug – lighting and sound design, Olivia Bentley and Ellie Swanson – costume design, Sam Olson and Jenna Tabisola – publicity and marketing. This production of Death by Design is directed by Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson.

Tickets are $10 General Admission, $7 for students who show student ID and $5 for Senior Citizens.

For more information, contact Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson: (360) 598-5954

Tags: CAS, drama, theatre
Posted in Theatre

January, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

January 06, 2017
By Susan Trower

January 6:

 

Friday Sound!

 
Members of the band Tuesday - l to r, Max Metters, River Gsellman, Alessandro Scott, Emily Bradford, and Lucius VigeantDoors open at 6:30 p.m.
Show starts at 7:00 p.m.
 
Come to the Commons for live music by local bands and performers,
including:
 
Red Tape
Eleventy One
Tuesday
Quinn Lanning
 
$5 for students, $7 for adults, $15 for families of 3 or more
 
Friday Sound is a Listen to Your Art program.
 

January 9-12:

 
Final Exams for Grades 6-11 begin Monday, January 9. On Thursday, January 12, there is an 11:00 a.m. dismissal.
 

Final Exams for Grades 6-11, Fall Semester 2016


West Sound Academy Hawks!January 12:

             

Knowledge Bowl Competition
        Summit Award

Fort Worden, Port Townsend

KB team members: 

  • Arrive at school by 7:30 a.m.
  • Leave WSA: 7:45 a.m.
  • Return to WSA: by 3:45 p.m.
  • Bring a lunch and water bottle
 

January 12:

The Founders Fund                       
The Annual Visionary Campaign Kickoff takes place at the
 Upper School 1st Semester Music Performance
 
 Indianola Clubhouse
 7:00 p.m.

Donations made to the Annual Visionary Campaign directly support students today in WSA's current programs and also serve to pay forward the support and effort of those who have come before us.  

Donations can be made in cash, check or credit card including a convenient monthly auto-pay option.  Contributors may also donate online.

100% participation by families, faculty and the Board of Trustees is paramount to the overall success of the school's philanthropic efforts. 

For more information about the Annual Visionary Campaign please contact Board Member, Marisa Lanning at marisalanning@hotmail.com.  Thank you for your support! 


2015 Jan Term music performance source checkJanuary 12:

 
              WSA Presents:
 

Upper School Musicians

           in Concert

       Paul Burback, Director
 
Indianola Clubhouse
20446 Indianola Road NE
Indianola  98342
7:00 p.m.
 
 
 

January 13:

Teachers snow dancing - Britannica ImageQuest

There will be NO SCHOOL

 on Friday, January 13, 2017

so that WSA Teachers can prepare for the beginning of Spring Semester next week

 
 
 
 

January 16:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
           There is
 
         NO SCHOOL
 
on Monday, January 16, 2017
 
        in observance of
 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
 
 
 

January 17:

 

Jan Term 2016Spring Semester

       begins on

       Tuesday
 January 17, 2017
 
 
 
 

January 17:

Symbol of man - Britannica ImageQuestSymbol of woman - Britannica ImageQuest
 
Parent Class for
9th Grade Human Sexuality Seminar
The Commons
6:30 p.m.
 
Barrie Hillman, Jim Kolb, and Bainbridge counselor Kathie McCarthy are leading a class for parents of students enrolled in WSA's 5-hour human sexuality seminar for 9th graders.  
 

next January 20:

 
Lollipop - Britannica ImageQuestWSA's Student Social Committee presents:
 
Winter Formal Dance
 
for WSA students in Grades 8-12 
 
Place:  Indianola Clubhouse
Time:  7 to 10 p.m.
 
Theme:  Candyland
 
 
Students bringing guests who do not attend WSA must return a completed Guest Permission Slip (signed by the guest's parent) to the WSA Front Office by Friday, January 20, 2017 in order for the guest to be admitted to the dance.
 

January 21:

Frodel Hall on the West Sound Academy campus - Mark Gsellman photo
 
Open House
January 21, 2017
Saturday
10 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Open Houses introduce our faculty and program to interested families.

Visitors will learn about our academics and extracurricular activities, meet the Head of School and some of the faculty and students, and take a tour of the campus. Anyone interested in joining us for an Open House cn email to Lisa Gsellman at lgsellman@westsoundacademy.org.  For a map and driving directions to West Sound Academy, click here.
 
 

Boardroom - Britannica ImageQuestJanuary 25:

 
     There is a meeting of the
   

West Sound Academy              

   Board of Trustees 

 
Wednesday, January 25
Conference Room
5:30 p.m.
 

January 27:

   
Enrollment contracts
      
      are mailed
to current families on
     
       Friday
January 27, 2017
 
 

WSA Yearbook Photo ContestJanuary 31:

 

         Monthly
Yearbook Contest                  

 
Yearbook Club would love to have your photos of WSA student life!
 
Use the ReplayIt app to upload your pics 
 
                       or
 
email them to Angie at:
 
 
Two winners will be chosen for December!
 
Deadline for this month's entries:
 

January 31

 
 
 
 
Posted in All School

Listen to Your Art 3 Music & Arts Festival - Fundraiser for The Trevor Project - Set for July 9

November 21, 2016
By Susan Trower

Listen to Your Art - July 9, 2017, at Mike Wallace Park in KingstonWest Sound Academy (WSA) students have organized and directed Listen to Your Art music and arts festivals in Port Gamble for the last two summers.  These entirely student-run festivals have raised over $13,000 for The Trevor Project, the nation’s largest suicide prevention hotline specifically geared toward LGBTQ teens.  The three founders graduated from West Sound Academy in June, but now current students are planning for a third Listen to Your Art festival, set for July 9, 2017 at a new location: Mike Wallace Park in Kingston.

Past Listen to Your Art festivals have tackled two goals:  promoting greater awareness to the Kitsap community of the problem of teen suicide, and raising funds for a nationally-recognized organization that is addressing the problem around the country.  "Listen to Your Art is important because it educates people about The Trevor Project, while providing a super fun day of music and festivities," Grace Schmitt, a WSA freshman, explains.

Listen to Your Art 2, August 2016 - Espen Swanson photoLast summer's Listen to Your Art festival in August was very successful, with 300 attendees, around $7,000 raised for The Trevor Project, and involvement of fifteen business sponsors and artists.  Espen Swanson, WSA senior and veteran of the first two festivals, is one of three student co-leaders of this year's Listen to Your Art team, serving as strategic planning manager.  "As we’ve started work on Year 3, one of our biggest challenges has been to figure out how to restructure with new people," he admits.  Swanson is using a web-based project management and collaboration tool to organize students' efforts in marketing, planning, and fund-raising. 

The Art Wall at Listen to Your Art, August, 2016 - Espen Swanson photoThe group is excited about the new location and changes planned for Listen to Your Art 3 on July 9 at Mike Wallace Park in Kingston.  "We will have more bands (two stages), more artists, and more educational opportunities like workshops," Swanson says. "One of our main goals this year is to increase community engagement, so we are looking for educational organizations, such as GLSEN or The Trevor Project, to participate more in the festival," he adds.

Listen to Your Art crowdsourcing page on YouCaringThe students have launched a crowd-sourced funding drive on YouCaring to raise the necessary seed money to stage the festival.  The overall fundraising goal this year is $10,000.  All donations are tax deductible, and all profits will go to benefit either Listen to Your Art programs or The Trevor Project. 


The group's fundraising page is at: 

https://www.youcaring.com/listen-to-your-art-661329


The Art Wall at Listen to Your Art, August, 2016 - Espen Swanson photoAs they work through all of the details of putting on a complex event, student organizers keep in mind their ultimate goal, stated in the Listen to Your Art mission statement: "We hope to overcome the taboo that is assigned to the topic of suicide and create a safe and open space that is willing to discuss and overcome the issue through a day of creative education."  Quinn Lanning, WSA junior and member of the team, says, "Being a part of Listen to Your Art has been an amazing experience. It's expanded my knowledge of event organization and it's brought me closer to my community. As an LGBT person and activist, I love knowing that this festival will benefit many other LGBT youth in need of a voice. "

Annika Nelson at Listen to Your Art, August, 2016 - Espen Swanson photoAnnika Nelson, another WSA junior, sums up the feelings of all of the students involved in planning next summer's festival.  "I've been involved with Listen to Your Art since the beginning. It started with a bunch of high school students wanting to raise awareness about the Trevor project and get people comfortable talking about the subject. Throughout the process, we've grown as a team professionally, as well as gained the opportunity to be advocates for an important cause. I can't wait to see how it all turns out."

 
More information about Listen to Your Art can be found at:
 
 
Listen to Your Art social media include:
 

WSA Theatre Company Presents: 12 Angry Jurors on November 11 & 12

October 24, 2016
By Samantha Olson

Twelve Angry JurorsThe West Sound Academy Theatre Company of Poulsbo, Washington, will present the legal rollercoaster 12 Angry Jurors based on the Emmy award-winning television movie by Reginald Rose and adapted by Sherman L. Sergel.  The performances will be November 11th and 12th at the Olympic College Campus Theatre, Bremerton, Washington.  Curtain time is 7:00 p.m.

Set in the 1950s, 12 Angry Jurors is the story of a jury that must decide the fate of a young man accused of killing his father. When the Foreman of the jury calls for a vote of innocent or guilty all but one agree the boy is guilty. Juror 8 proposes that it is possible the young man is innocent. The twelve jurors, stuck in an over-heated room, argue and banter with the moral dilemma that each juror faces which is unique to their life experience.  The play calls into question the values of each very unique juror and provides a sometimes comedic and diverse take on the dilemma of guilty or not guilty.

The acting ensemble includes newcomers Joe Zhou, Grace Schmitt, Phillip Cox, Ben Browning and Delaney Agodon.  Returning members of the West Sound Academy Theatre company include Trinity Pine, Ben Silvernale, Annika Nelson, Jailee Bishop, Audrey Jordan, Ryley Mercado, Wyatt Weber, and Karsten Hald.

This production of 12 Angry Jurors is directed by Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson. The technical director is Jackson Vogt, set and props are designed by Ruby Gsellman, costumes are designed by Ellie Swanson and Alena Pulhug is stage manager.

Tickets are $10 General Admission, $7 for students who show student ID and $5 for Senior Citizens. 

For more information, contact Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson: (360) 598-5954

Posted in Performing Arts

October, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

October 04, 2016
By Susan Trower

WSA Thespian Troupe #8175 - Food drive for NK FishlineOctober 3 - 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

 

Photographer - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 6:

 

             Picture Retake Day!

 

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

Bring in your picture packages if you purchased the first round of pictures and would like new ones taken.

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

 
 
 
 

Whitworth UniversityOctober 11:

 
 

West Sound Academy students are invited to come meet with an admissions representative from Whitworth University:  Mrs. Freeman's room, Parke 4, at 9:45 a.m.

 

Teachers in Hanoi French School, ca. 1920 - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 14:

 
Friday, October 14 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. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Reed CollegeOctober 17:

 
 

West Sound Academy students are invited to come meet with an admissions representative from Reed College:  Mrs. Freeman's room, Parke 4, at 9:15 a.m.

 
 
 
 

College Board - PSAT/NMSQTOctober 19:

 

All students in Grades 8 - 11 will take the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) on Wednesday, October 19.  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 12:00 NOON DISMISSAL on that day.
  • Students in Grades 6 and 7 will have a half-day field trip.
  • Seniors have NO SCHOOL on October 19, and may use it as a study day.

Reed CollegeOctober 19:

 
 

West Sound Academy students are invited to come meet with an admissions representative from Hampshire College:  Mrs. Freeman's room, Parke 4, at 1:00 p.m.

 
 
 
 

Scary pumpkin - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 21:

 

   All-School Halloween Dance
       

Come for:
  • Murder in the Dark game
  • Prizes at a fishing pond
  • Makeup station
  • Fortune teller
Place: The Commons
Time:  6:30 to 9:30 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 21 in order to be admitted to the event.


 Jeff Olson, Archipelago, acrylic on canvas, 2016October 21:

 

West Sound Academy's Frodel Gallery presents paintings by Jeff Olson, on exhibit through the month of October.

Gallery Reception for Jeff Olson
                Frodel Gallery
              6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

The public is invited to the reception for Olson,  and guests will be able to enjoy light refreshments and wine.

See more of Jeff Olson's work at his website, jeffolsonart.com.


 NACAC National College FairOctober 22:

 
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 collegefairs@nacacnet.org or info@nacacnet.org​ ​or call: 703/299-6856.​​

 Britannica ImageQuest - Stack of papersOctober 25:

 

     

        The end of the 1st Quarter

                  for the 2016-2017 academic year

                 is on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

 
 
 

 Apple and school books - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 26, 27, and 28:

 
                          There is
                     NO SCHOOL on
 
                        Wednesday, October  26,
   Thursday, October 27, and
              Friday, October 28
     
so that WSA Teachers can participate in Parent-Teacher Conferences.
 
 
 
 
 

WSA Yearbook Photo ContestOctober 31:

 

         Monthly
Yearbook Contest                  

 
Yearbook Club would love to have your photos of WSA student life!
 
Use the ReplayIt app to upload your pics 
 
                       or
 
email them to Angie at:
 
 
Two winners will be chosen for October!
 
Deadline for this month's entries:
 

         October 31

 
 
 
Posted in All School

Coming Soon! Listen to Your Art: August 6 in Port Gamble

July 26, 2016
By Espen Swanson

Listen to Your Art - August 6, 12 noon to 9 p.m. in Port GambleA certain group of WSA students and recent graduates haven't been taking it easy this summer.  They have been hard at work completing preparations and planning for the Listen to Your Art festival, taking place on August 6, from 12 noon to 9 p.m. at the baseball field in Port Gamble.

The goal for this entirely student-run music and art festival is to raise money and awareness for the Trevor Project, the country's leading crisis intervention and suicide prevention service for youth, with specific assistance for LGBTQ teens.

Listen to Your Art was orignally created and continues to be managed by WSA students.  Last year's event succeeded in raising $6,000 for the Trevor Project. This year the Listen to Your Art team hopes to continue their success, and they have partnered with local bands, artists, and businesses to create a fun day and a meaningful donation to the Trevor Project. 

 

Bands appearing at Listen to Your Art:
 
Isthmusia
Mathew the Animal
House of Blue Leaves
Iffy Comma
Henry Mansfield and the Bearded Scooter Gang
Mt. Lake
Eleventy One
Paul Burback and Derek Burns at Listen to Your Art, August 2015 - Espen Swanson photo


Penguin art at LTYA 2015 - Espen Swanson photoThe festival is for all ages, and will include a full day of music, lawn games, art creation and food. For more information, check out our Facebook pages (one for the organization, one for the event), and feel free to contact us any time at listentoyourartevent@gmail.com. If you’re interested in donating, a link to the GoFundMe page is also included at the bottom.

The Listen to Your Art staff has planned for a lively and entertaining event, and hopes to reach many people on August 6 with the message of the Trevor Project.  

Like the Listen to Your Art Facebook page for more information and updates:

https://www.facebook.com/listentoyourart/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

A page specific to this year’s event can also be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1319359811426405/

GoFundMe Page

https://www.gofundme.com/84quccn8

Questions, comments, and vendor inquiries can be made to listentoyourartevent@gmail.com

Posted in Special Events

Taking the Initiative Doesn't Mean Inventing

June 22, 2016
By Barrie Hillman

Barrie's pressure washer at work on the front steps to Baker HallIt is Week Two of summer vacation and I bet that some students are already getting a little bored. Summer is a great time to get a jump start on Creative, Active & Service Learning (CAS) for the 2016-17 school year. However, just doing these types of activities is not enough to "count for CAS". Students must also reflect on their activities and account for meeting any of the seven CAS Learning Outcomes.

One of the trickier Learning Outcomes is to initiate an activity. Students will often equate initiating with inventing making their CAS projects more complex and challenging than they need to be. Initiating is not inventing. Initiating is being someone who reaches out to start an activity rather than waiting to be asked. For example, summer is a time of clean-up and maintenance at WSA. Railing on the back of Ryan Hall - BEFORE pressure washingWe always have projects underway in summer that more often than not are done by WSA staff.

In fact just today Lisa remarked, "Boy, you sure like power tools," just as I was firing up my gas-powered pressure washer to work on the front entrance.

Railing on the back of Ryan Hall - AFTER pressure washing

See the cool "before and after" picture that shows just how much gunk gets built up on our stairs. That gunk is no match for my awesome pressure washer. A student can meet the initiating learning outcome by simply emailing me and saying, "I want to spend some time helping to make WSA a beautiful place this summer and how can I help?"  And just like that, you have initiated yourself into a fun and rewarding project such as helping me to restore the railings on the back stairs.

Railing on the back of Ryan Hall - BEFORE pressure washingLook at the amazing difference between what the Ryan railings looked like before the treatment and after. All this benefit from a safe non-toxic process that just requires some scrubbing muscles. If scrubbing isn't your thing, perhaps flooring can provide some reward.

The floor in Gretchen's classroom has been floating for two years now and it isn't meant to be a floating floor! We need to pull up the old tiles and make way for the flooring installer to put down a new floor product.

Railing on the back of Ryan Hall - AFTER pressure washing

Yes, we have a plethora of activities waiting to be initiated by you! For more information, just initiate an email conversation with me at

bhillman@westsoundacademy.org

Pennies for Patients Wrap-Up: A Big (Exclamation Point!) Success

May 12, 2016
By Angie Gangi

Teachers' donation jars for the Pennies for Patients fundraiserWest Sound Academy ended the third year of fundraising for the Pennies for Patients campaign with an exclamation point! For three weeks in April, WSA worked with the Pennies for Patients campaign to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The LLS aids patients through cancer research and the search for a cure to all blood-related cancers.

WSA's goal of raising $3,000 was a high bar that was not only met but crushed as students, faculty and families raised a grand total of $4,889.60!

That's more than $43 per student!

Student fundraising teams were formed by advocacy. Here's a break down of how the funds were raised per team:

A flying' Ryley Mercado pies his advocate, Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson

  • Lionel's Team - $1,177.71
  • Mrs. Freeman's Team - $614.21
  • Jen's Team - $530.57
  • Mr. Miller's Team - $509.23
  • Gretchen's Team - $452.83
  • Ms. Garvin's Team - $384.05
  • Karen's Team - $327.36
  • Lorri's Team - $308.86
  • Brittany's Team - $264.62
  • Kim's Team - $210.54

  After our kick off assembly April 11th, students began to raise money by collecting change and asking family and friends for online donations. Online donations accounted for more than half of the total amount raised.

A BIG donation from the WSA community to help fight blood cancersStudents were excited about the difference their funds would make in the lives of cancer patients after hearing about how far the medical advances have come in the past several years alone. They were also looking forward to earning a few of the WSA exclusive incentive prizes along the way including: candy, popsicles, water play day on the last day of school, staff silliness jars, and the grand prize of egg roulette played by a few brave teachers if we reached our $3,000 goal. Needless to say, the teachers got slimed with dozens of raw eggs to great applause at the big results assembly May 2nd when WSA presented the LLS with a huge check for $4,889.60. The final donation amount went up slightly after the final pennies and checks were deposited. Bonus!

The Pennies for Patients campaign highlights the generosity and spirit of the students and families at WSA, and offers hope to those who have been touched by cancer.

April, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

April 01, 2016
By Susan Trower

 Britannica ImageQuest imageApril 1:

 
    No fooling!  There is
NO SCHOOL
 
             on Friday, April 1, 2016
     
     so that WSA Teachers
           can complete
3rd Quarter narrative reports
 
 

 Britannica ImageQuest - Spring LeavesApril 4 - 8:

 
West Sound Academy is
 
         CLOSED
            FOR
    SPRING BREAK
 
                  April 4 - 8, 2016

 


 Pennies for PatientsApril 11:

 
                    The
                fund drive
 
      begins Monday, April 11
                  and 
         ends Friday, April 29
 
           Funds raised will go
              to support the
Leukemia & Lymphona Society's 
   efforts to fight blood cancers
 
 

Hatter M series, by Frank BeddorArch Enemy, The Looking Glass Wars, vol. 3, by Frank BeddorSeeing Redd, by Frank Beddor, volume 2 in The Looking Glass War series April 11:

 
Straight from Comicon!
       Two authors coming to WSA
   during lunch, 11:55 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.
       
                Frank Beddor
     
         Author of
       The Looking Glass Wars
          and the 
             Hatter M series
#Static, by Eric Laster#Static, by Eric Laster#Static, by Eric Laster 
                      and       
 
                Eric Laster
              
            Author of #Static
           
      Attendees get CAS credit
                    AND
               a free comic!

 April 13 - 14:

 

Presentations of
 Senior Projects

 
      will be made to the
 
               Senior Board panel
                 on April 13 and 14
            in the Conference Room
 
Wednesday, April 13
  • 2:05 p.m. -  Megan HallThe Effects of Music on Human Emotion
  • 2:30 p.m. - Conor Ultican, A Review of Music in the 1960's
  • 2:55 p.m. - Liam NearAmerica’s Music: How Jazz and its Culture both Epitomizes and Transcends National Identity
Thursday, April 14
  • 2:05 p.m. -  Taylor Thornton
  • 2:30 p.m. - Ben Taylor
  • 2:55 p.m. - Sam PhillipsCommunism and the Collective

 April 21:

 
  ACT10th Graders take the
 

  Practice ACT

 
 Mrs. Freeman's Room
           Parke 4
  8:20 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 Britannica ImageQuest imageApril 22:

 

Friday, April 22, 2016, is Earth Day
 

A special schedule will be in effect for Friday, April 22, to allow time for WSA's all-school service project.

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 p.m.

Students in 7th Grade will be at Poulsbo's Raab Park, and can be picked up there at 3 p.m.

Posted in All School

Art, Poetry, WSA Music Energize & Inspire Over 300 students at Kitsap Youth Rally for Human Rights

March 27, 2016
By Susan Trower

Cornelia Thane '16, Audrey Jordan '18, Angie Mead '16, and Liam Near '16 performing at the Youth Rally - Espen Swanson photoOlympic College was the meeting place on Friday, March 25 for the 22nd annual Kitsap Youth Rally for Human Rights.  Sponsored by Kitsap Safe Schools Network, Kitsap County Council for Human Rights , Olympic College (OC) and Kitsap Peninsula schools, the event is an opportunity for junior and senior high students to gather and inform one another on a variety of issues of human rights.  Plus...it's a chance to celebrate and have a lot of fun!

Area school districts rotate the annual responsibility of being the 'host school' - in charge of planning the theme, the Rally logo for the t-shirts, and the opening and closing ceremonies in the OC gym at the Bremer Student Center.  This year was West Sound Academy's turn to host, and the QSA @ WSA club took charge. 

QSA @ WSA and Listen to Your Art organizers Ben Taylor '16, Aidan Moore '16, and Megan Hall '16 serving as MC's at the Welcoming Ceremonies at the Youth Rally - Espen Swanson photoAs students arrived at OC for the Rally, teachers and club advisors handed out t-shirts to all.  This year's Rally theme - Listen to Your Art - was an extension of last summer's Listen to Your Art festival, and Ben Taylor, '16 designed the logo that was happily worn by students and adults at the Rally.

In the time leading up to the opening ceremonies, students had plenty to do - create art for the WSA Art Wall, view the exhibit of paintings from WSA's Jan Term class, and visit information tables from a number of non-profits that serve youth in the area.   Ben Taylor, Aidan Moore, and Megan Hall staffed the Listen to Your Art 2 booth, encouraging everyone to come to the music festival in Port Gamble on August 6

These same three WSA seniors shared MC duties for the Welcoming Ceremonies, and the WSA Music Ensemble class, Paul Burback directing, amazed the crowd with their performance.  Everyone knew they were part of something special when the stands in the OC gym emptied out as students rushed to the floor to start dancing to the music! 

WSA Music Ensemble in the OC gym at the Youth Rally - Espen Swanson photoRally participants then left the gym and attended their choice of two breakout sessions, planned and presented by student clubs.  The Central Kitsap High Drama Department staged two performances of The Laramie Project.  Audience members were moved by this play about the reaction of Laramie town residents to the murder of University of Wyoming gay student Matthew Shepard.

And then it was time to go back to the Bremer Center for the sack lunches provided by Rally organizers.  WSA seniors Joey Schmitt and Liam Near served as the MCs for the open mic time, helping to boost the courage of students to get up and read their poems or sing their songs.

2016 Kitsap Youth Rally for Human Rights - Listen to Your ArtThe closing ceremonies were a time for poetry, thank-you's to volunteers and Olympic College, and more music from WSA's Music Ensemble class.  Students left the gym, newly energized and inspired to live up to the day's theme.

Listen to...Pay attention to your own unique character, and to the humanity and fundamental rights of others.

Your Art...Use creative means to communicate what's important to you.

Posted in Special Events

Listen to Your Art Year Two Set for August 6 in Port Gamble

March 09, 2016
By Aidan Moore

Listen to Your Art Two - August 6, 2016 in Port GambleAfter the success of Listen to Your Art 2015, this year’s team is excited to announce the official date of the second year of the arts and music festival. Listen to Your Art Year Two will take place on August 6th in Port Gamble from 12-9pm. The event will showcase eight local bands along with a showing from a variety of local artists and restaurants. Other events include a raffle and an interactive art wall--where everyone is invited to create and buy art.Angie and Gwynn at Listen to Your Art, August 22, 2015 - Espen Swanson photo

Listen to Your Art was founded in 2015 by Ben Taylor, Megan Hall, and Aidan Moore as a way to raise money and awareness for the Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is the nation’s leading organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ teens and young adults.Listen to Your Art, August 22, 2015 - Espen Swanson photo

Listen to Your Art has and will continue to be completely student-run and organized. Each member of the team is committed to eliminating the taboo that is associated with the topic of suicide. The purpose of Listen to Your Art is to foster the creation of a safe and open community that is willing to discuss and overcome the issue through a day of creative education and interaction.

The Listen to Your Art team, August 22, 2015 - Espen Swanson photoAfter shattering all expectations last year by donating $6,000 to the Trevor Project, the LTYA staff has high hopes for this year’s event.

Like the Listen to Your Art Facebook page for more information and updates:  https://www.facebook.com/listentoyourart/

Questions, comments, and vendor inquiries can be made to listentoyourartevent@gmail.com

March, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

March 03, 2016
By Susan Trower

next March 3:

NO SCHOOL on Thursday, March 3:  Parent Teacher Conferences.

next March 4:

NO SCHOOL on Friday, March 4:  Parent Teacher Conferences.

next March 4 and 5:

West Sound Academy presents:
I Hate Hamlet
by Paul Rudnick

Friday, March 4:  7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 5  7:30 p.m.
 
 
Tickets: $10 Adults
               $7 Students
               $5 Senior Citizens
 
 
Reservations and Information
 
Contact:
(360) 598-5954

 

Olympic College Theater
1264 15th Street (15th Street at Ohio Avenue)
Bremerton, WA
I Hate Hamlet

next March 14 - 18:

 

 Let our teachers know how important they are in the lives of our students!

Teacher Appreciation Week
 
March 14-18
 
WSA parents!

Sign up to bring in treatson Wednesday, March 16!
We Appreciate Our Teachers! - Britannica ImageQuest

next March 19:

 

Washington State
Knowledge Bowl Tournament XXXIV

Arlington High School

Good luck to our State-bound team!
 

Go Hawks!!!

Washington State Knowledge Bowl Tournament XXXIV

next March 22:

ExtendedResearch Project

(ERP)

 
 
Presentations for
6th and 7th Grades
 
 
The Commons
Baker Hall
 
 
Tuesday, March 22

6th & 7th Grade Extended Research Project (ERP) Presentations

next March 25:

End of 3rd Quarter is on Friday, March 25.

next March 25:

 
Kitsap Youth Rally
for Human Rights
 
On March 25, 2016 over 325 junior and senior high school students from the Kitsap Peninsula will gather at Olympic College to educate one another and celebrate the human rights of all students
 
2016 Host School:
   West Sound Academy
 
WSA delegation:
     41 students and staff!
Design by Ben Taylor, WSA '16

 

next March 26:

 
Jim and Tina Cachules, together with West Sound Academy's Board of Trustees and Visionary Collective, invite WSA parents to their home for the annual
 
Visionary Collective Social 
 
Cocktails and Appetizers
6 to 8 p.m.
 
Meet other WSA parents, socialize, and make connections! 
     To RSVP go here
Annual visionary Collective Social

next March 28:

 
On Monday, March 28, there will be special schedule

Special Schedule for March 28, 2016

next March 29 - 31:

Extended
Research Project

(ERP)

 
 
Presentations for
8th, 9th, and 10th Grades
 
 
The Commons
Baker Hall
 

Tuesday,  Wednesday, and Thursday
March 29-31

1:15 p.m. Dismissal on Thursday

Extended Research Project (ERP) Presentations

Posted in Schedule

WSA Knowledge Bowl Team Takes 1st in Division; Headed to State

February 25, 2016
By Susan Trower
West Sound Academy is sending a team to the
 
WA Knowledge Bowl XXXIV
 

in Arlington on March 19, 2016.  The WS1 squad, captained by WSA senior Peter Silvernale, took first place in Division 1B, and so earned a spot at the annual tournament.  Last year's event featured 102 teams from all over the State, competing for 1st through 6th place in all divisions.

Congratulations to all of our West Sound quick-witted masters of the buzzer.  Good luck at State, and 

GO HAWKS!!!

 
WSA Knowledge Bowl Team - February 24, 2016
WSA's 2015-2016 Knowledge Bowl Team: Back row, l to r: Delaney Agodon, Ben Silvernale, Karsten Hald, Coach Lionel Pummell;
Middle row: Coach Catherine Freeman, Callay Boire-Shedd, Eleanor Uyyek, Pudge, Nolan Gregg; Front row: Peter Silvernale, Alex Welch, Coach Susan Trower, Graeme Forbes.

February, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

February 01, 2016
By Susan Trower

next February 2:

 

As of February 2, 2016, WSA's senior class has just 115 days left until graduation!

WSA Head of School Barrie Hillman will meet with seniors and their parents to discuss commencement and other matters of special concern to seniors and their families:
 
Tuesday, February 2
6:30 p.m.
Conference Room in Baker Hall
 
14th Annual Commencement, May 28,2015 - Mark Gsellman photo

next February 5:

 

Musical Theater Club

 
invites you to our presentation
of eight solo performances 
from the musicals
 

Wicked", “Chicago", "Little Shop of Horrors", “Newsies”, “Cabaret”, "Alice in Wonderland" and more!

When: Feb. 5th from 6:30 - 7:30pm/ Doors at 6:10.
Where: West Sound Commons
 
Come out to support our performers!
Britannica ImageQuest - Cabaret, 1972, directed by Bob Fosse

next February 6:

 
Founders' Scholarship Day
                 is on
 
Saturday, February 6, 2016
                 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Eligible students are those entering Grades 6 through 12 in Fall, 2016, and not currently attending West Sound Academy

For more information, email Lisa Gsellman at lgsellman@westsoundacademy.org.

Founders' Scholarship Day
Frodel Hall on the West Sound Academy campus

next February 12 and 16:

 
There is
NO SCHOOL
on
 
Friday, February 12, 2016
and
Monday, February 16, 2016
 
for the Presidents' Day break
Britannica ImageQuest - George WashingtonBritannica ImageQuest - Abraham Lincoln

next February 19:


Enrollment contracts and
Financial Aid applications
 
            for current families are DUE
 
          Friday, February 19, 2016

next February 19:

Mud Pie is proud to announce our second annual arts night and poetry slam. Arts Poetica: Volume Two will be held on Friday, February 19 in the WSA Commons.

 Everyone is invited to share original pieces, or your favorite poems and stories from other published authors (maybe from your favorite edition of Mud Pie…). The open mic is not limited to students, and we welcome involvement from teachers, parents, and others in the WSA community. 

Mud Pie presents: Arts Poetica Volume Two
6:30 p.m. - West Sound art show in the Commons
                   Interactive Art Wall - Listen to Your Art
7:00 p.m.:  Open mic poetry slam!
 
For more information, see:

next February 24:

 

Knowledge Bowl Competition
State Spot Qualifier

Fort Worden, Port Townsend

KB team members: 
  • Arrive at school by 7:30 a.m.
  • Leave WSA: 7:45 a.m.
  • Return to WSA: by 3:45 p.m.
  • Bring a lunch and water bottle
WSA Hawks
Posted in All School

Fight Director Joe Bostick to Choreograph Duel in WSA's Winter Production, 'I Hate Hamlet'

January 26, 2016
By Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson

Poulsbo, WA - West Sound Academy Theatre Department will present Paul Rudnick’s raucous comedy I Hate Hamlet as their winter production March 4 and 5 at the Olympic College Theatre, Bremerton, Campus.

1922 Poster for a production of Hamlet starring John BarrymoreThe cast and creative team for this exciting production of I Hate Hamlet are busy putting all the pieces together on this wildly imaginative ghost story, which is set in the Greenwich Village apartment that had once been occupied by John Barrymore in 1917.  A young and successful television actor Andrew Rally relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment. With his television career in limbo, the actor is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage, but there's one problem: He hates Hamlet. His dilemma deepens with the entrance of John Barrymore's ghost, who arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that once was his. The contrast between the two actors, the towering, dissipated Barrymore whose Hamlet was the greatest of his time, and Andrew Rally, hot young television star, leads to a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, television, and yes, the apartment.

I Hate Hamlet calls for speed, comedy and unashamed boulevard comedy while demanding absolute precision and the West Sound Academy theatre students are rising to the occasion.  To give the production the eye-popping, athletic and theatrically dazzling fight scene between stage legend John Barrymore and TV star Andrew Rally, West Sound Academy has invited fight director Joe Bostick, from Toronto, Canada, to choreograph the infamous duel.  Bostick will teach two workshops at West Sound Academy for theatre students - Movement for the Stage and Stage Combat on Friday, January 29, and begin working with the cast of the production through Sunday, January 31 - over a three-day intensive workshop.

Joe BostickBostick has been working as a fight director/actor/teacher since 1982.
His training began with The Society of American Fight Directors and with various Fight Masters in North America. Most recently, he was the Fight Director for the National Theatre of Iceland’s production of The Heart of Robin Hood. Last fall, he also worked on other award winning productions of The Heart of Robin Hood in Winnipeg, Toronto and Boston at A.R.T. Broadway credits include Les Miserables and Ragtime. Three years ago, he was fortunate to work on Andrew Lloyd Weber’s production of The Wizard of Oz. He also choreographed the fights in the North American premiere and 1St U.S. tour of Dirty Dancing. He was the Associate Fight Director for the world premiere production of The Lord of the Rings in Toronto. Joe worked as Assistant Fight Director for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Canada). Some other companies he staged violence for include Drayton Entertainment, The Ron James Show, The Jon Dore Show, The Sean Cullen Show, Nightwood Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Theatre Francais, Theatre by the Bay, Stage West and Young People’s Theatre. He is also a founding member of Fight Director’s Canada and has taught at many Universities and Theatre Schools in Canada and the United States.

I Hate Hamlet features Sam Phillips ’16 as TV Star Andrew Rally, Joey Schmitt ’16 as John Barrymore, Audrey Jordan ’18 as New York realtor Felicia Dantene, Annika Nelson ’18 as Rally’s girlfriend Deirdre McDavey, Angie Mead ’16 as Rally’s NY Agent, Lillian Troy, and Johannes Zodet ‘ 17 as Rally’s LA Producer – Gary Peter Lefkowitz.

The production is directed by Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson with student director Jackson Vogt, fight choreographer Joe Bostick and directing intern Siri Nelson.   The production team is lead by Stage Manager Alena Pulhug and Assistant Stage Manager Wyatt Weber.  The Design team includes Ben Silvernale and Karsten Hald for Set Design; Cornelia Thane and Natalia Harmia for Costume Design; Props and Set Artists are Ben Taylor and Ruby Gsellman.

Tickets are $10 General Admission, $7 for students with ID and $5 for Senior Citizens. 
For more information contact Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson at (360) 598-5954
Posted in Theatre

WSA's Chess Masters Visit Silverwood School to Teach (and Play) the Game of Kings

January 20, 2016
By Lionel Pummell

Katie Komar, WSA 8th Grader, supervising a beginner's chess matchChess anyone? West Sound Academy’s Strategy Gaming Club took a field trip to Silverwood School last Thursday with the goal of teaching chess to elementary school students. Silverwood - an independent school for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade - had a group of students waiting, ready to learn how to play the classic game.

WSA's faculty advisor for the Gaming Club, Lionel Pummell, in coordination with Silverwood’s Business Manager Sara Adams, set up this opportunity for students from the two schools to come together. The common area at Silverwood was alive with thoughtful energy and intense concentration during the meeting. West Sound Academy’s students taught chess strategy to the younger children while the classic pawns, rooks, and knights were maneuvered around many boards.

River Gsellman, WSA 8th Grader, giving advice to two young game-playersJon Torgerson, Silverwood's Head of School, was happy to welcome the WSA group. “Silverwood School is honored to partner up with the students at West Sound Academy in offering our students an opportunity to learn and fine tune the game of chess.  I find that any time schools are able to collaborate in a natural and authentic way it is always a benefit for the students.  It was delightful to see the focus and fun that happened on Thursday afternoon,”  he said.

Twenty students, both from Silverwood and local homeschool families, came to learn and play. West Sound Academy sent eleven volunteers to the event: Peter Silvernale, Stuart Parkington, Aidan Phelan, Boaz Adams, Emily Bradford, Katie Komar, Lucius Vigeant, River Gsellman, Chase VanDerek, Micah Adams and Matt Thornell.

With the success of this first experience with mentoring and learning, Lionel and Sara are planning to have the visit of the WSA chess masters be a monthly event.

Mud Pie's Arts Night and Poetry Slam, Arts Poetica: Volume Two, Set for February 19

January 16, 2016
By Aidan Moore and Espen Swanson, Mud Pie student editors

Arts Poetica: Volume TwoMud Pie is proud to announce our second annual arts night and poetry slam. Arts Poetica: Volume Two will be held on Friday, February 19th. Come at 6:30 to view a special assembly of West Sound art pieces and take part in the interactive Art Wall presented by Listen to Your Art. The open mic poetry slam will begin around 7:00. Everyone is invited to share original pieces, or your favorite poems and stories from other published authors (maybe from your favorite edition of Mud Pie…). The open mic is not limited to students, and we welcome involvement from teachers, parents, and others in the WSA community. 

Art and concessions will be available for purchase, and will help defray printing costs for Mud Pie 2016 and benefit Listen to Your Art. 

Students and teachers are invited to submit their art for display; simply drop off your titled artwork in Jen’s room by the 18th. You will be able to retrieve your artwork on Monday, February 22nd. 

For anyone intending to perform during the open mic, please be sure to respect the Poetry Slam Guidelines (adapted from Poetry Slam Inc.):
  • Poems may be on any subject and in any style.
  • Readings and performances are not to exceed five minutes
  • Keep your poems PG-13 (No explicit content, language should move the piece forward in a necessary way)

Remember nearly everything is fair game. Jan-Term creations and pieces published in previous Mud Pies make great contributions too! Student authors and artists are encouraged to submit any new work they present at Arts Poetica to the journal as well, and there will be a an area at the event to facilitate this.

Contact us with any questions at mudpie@westsoundacademy.org or find one of our Student Editors at school. We hope to see everyone there!

Posted in Performing Arts

November, 2015: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

November 03, 2015
By Susan Trower

next November 2 - 6:

 
WSA's Thespian Troupe #8175 and Drama Club
are collecting food for
 
Kitsap Fishline
all week, November 2-6!
 
Bring your donations  of non-perishable food items to
the Baker lobby in front of the cow
Trick Or Treat So Kids Can Eat

next November 2 - 18:

 
West Sound Academy's Online Auction is open for bidding!  Go to our
 

Online Auction site

 
to see the amazing items that are available.
 
Bidding closes 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on November 18
West Sound Academy's 18th Annual Auction

next November 9:

Classes will be on a "Wednesday Schedule"  on Monday, November 9.

8:20 to 10:00 - Period 4
10:05 to 11:45 - Period 5
11:45 to 12:15 - Lunch 
12:20 to 2:00 - Period 6
2:05 to 3:10 - Period 7 
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next November 11:

 
There is

NO SCHOOL

on
 
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
 
in observance of
Veterans Day

next November 13, 14, and 15:

West Sound Academy presents:
The Secret in the Wings
by Mary Zimmerman

Friday, November 13:  7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 14:  7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 15:  2:00 p.m.
with 'talk back ' with cast
The Secret in the Wings

Tickets: $10 Adults $7 Students $5 Senior Citizens
Reservations and Information Contact: Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson at (360) 598-5954

Olympic College Theater
1264 15th Street (15th Street at Ohio Avenue)
Bremerton, WA

next November 16 - 20:

 
International Education Week!

WSA international students from Bangladesh, Finland, Germany, and Sweden will be giving presentations about their home countries at all-school morning meetings Tuesday through Friday, November 17-20, at 10 a.m.

International Education Week 2015

See IEW Week Schedule

next November 21:

 
West Sound Academy's
18th Annual Auction
 
 Saturday
November 21, 2015
5:30 p.m.
 
 

Help make West Sound Academy's successful college-preparatory programs possible by participating in our Annual Auction as a donor and attendee.  Embracing the tremendous growth our students achieve each year, the 2015 auction theme is "Diamonds in the Rough" celebrating the potential to shine that each student carries within.

next November 26 and 27:

 
There is

NO SCHOOL

Thursday, November 26
and Friday, November 27
 
in observance of 
Thanksgiving Day 
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Posted in All School

WSA Theatre Arts Program Granted Thespian Troupe Charter

October 07, 2015
By Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson

In August of 2015 West Sound Academy Theatre Department petitioned the International Thespian Society, the student honorary division of the Educational Theatre Association, for the privilege of chartering a Thespian troupe. The theatre arts program of West Sound Academy has been determined to meet the standards required by the board of directors of the Educational Theatre Association, and their application has been accepted. We are now the proud home of Thespian Troupe #8175!

Membership in this international organization is not only a reward for the fine work West Sound Academy theatre students have done, but further evidence of their desire to continue to work in this specialized field. As a troupe, they work will contribute to the growth of better theatre in this community, our country, and throughout the world.

Annika Nelson and Sam Phillips in a scene from 'Anatomy of Gray', WSA's Fall 2014 play
International Thespian Society

The International Thespian Society has as its aim the advancement of excellence in educational theatre and the continuing enrichment of theatre arts and their appreciation worldwide.

The official troupe Charter Ceremony and Induction of Thespians will be held on Sunday, November 15, 2015, at the Olympic College Campus Theatre.  Washington State Thespian Board Members will attend to officiate the ceremony. 

The election of officers of Troupe #8175 took place upon receiving the charter and they are the following West Sound Academy students:

Sam Phillips ’16, President
Annika Nelson ’18, Vice-President
Ben Taylor ’16, Dramaturge
Megan Hall ’16, Secretary
Ben Silvernale ’17, Treasurer
Jackson Vogt ’17, Historian
Who is going to be Lenny? - scene from 'Rumors', the Spring 2015 play
Posted in Theatre

Have Used Markers?  Color Cycle Them!

September 30, 2015
By Susan Trower

A recycling Color Cycle bin for 'dead' markers (AKA 'marker graveyard') has been set up in the Conference Room in Baker Hall. 

Have a marker that no longer works?  Bring it to the Color Cycle bin!  Any type of marker can be recycled:  highlighter, Sharpy, washable, fabric, dry-erase, etc.

Thanks go to Valerie Allen-Keane, WSA's Director of Residential Life, for setting this program up for us.  She will collect the markers when the bin is full and ship them off to Crayola for recycling.  The markers will be turned into diesel and other liquid fuels that don't need refinement.  A welcome green addition to the WSA campus!

marker recycling bin

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