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March, 2019: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

February 26, 2019
By Susan Trower

2 PM Release for Collaborative Planning March 6:



for teacher collaborative planning

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

Mud Pie 2018 March 8:

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

Arts Poetica: Volume Five

  The Commons  
  6:30 to 8:00 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! 
$5 suggested donation at the door - proceeds help support Mud Pie, WSA's annual art and literary magazine.

Read more about WSA events in March

Posted in All School

March, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

February 28, 2018
By Susan Trower

Team icon - Britannica ImageQuest March 7:



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

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March, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

March 02, 2017
By Susan Trower

WSA Presents: Death By Design, March 10 & 11, at OC Theater March 10 and 11:


West Sound Academy presents:

    Death by Design

   A Comedy with Murder
             by Rob Urbinati
Friday, March 10:  7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 11:  7:00 p.m.


Tickets: $10 Adults
               $7 Students
Reservations and Information
                (360) 598-5954
Olympic College Theater
1264 15th Street (15th Street at Ohio Avenue)
Bremerton, WA

WSA Yearbook Photo Contest March 10:


Yearbook Contest                  

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

March 10

This is the last month for submitting photos for the yearbook contest!

 Britannica ImageQuest - Stack of papersMarch 15:



        The end of the 3rd Quarter

                  for the 2016-2017 academic year

                 is on Wednesday, March 15, 2017


 Apple and school books - Britannica ImageQuestMarch 16 and 17:

                     There is
                NO SCHOOL on
   Thursday, March 16 
              Friday, March 17
so that WSA Teachers can participate in Parent-Teacher Conferences.

next Washington State Knowledge BowlMarch 19:

             Washington State
Knowledge Bowl Tournament XXXV
           Arlington High School
Good luck to our State-bound team!

              Go Hawks!!!


next 6th & 7th Grade Extended Research Project (ERP) PresentationsMarch 21:


ExtendedResearch Project


Presentations for
6th and 7th Grades
The Commons
Baker Hall
6:30 p.m.

Boardroom - Britannica ImageQuest March 22:

     There is a meeting of the

West Sound Academy              

   Board of Trustees 

Wednesday, March 22
Conference Room
5:30 p.m.

next 2017 Kitsap Youth Rally theme: Why fit in when you were born to stand out?March 24:

Kitsap Youth Rally
for Human Rights
On March 24, 2017 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.
WSA music students will perform for the opening and closing ceremonies, and the Listen to Your Art team will present a breakout session: Student Activism 101.
WSA delegation:
     37 students and staff!

next Extended Research Project (ERP) PresentationsMarch 28 - 30:


Research Project


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

Tuesday,  Wednesday, and Thursday
                March 29-31

Teacher in a village school in Vieulaine (France) working at his desk, 1957 - Britannica ImageQuest March 31:


There will be NO SCHOOL

 on Friday, March 31, 2017

so that WSA Teachers can complete
3rd Quarter narrative reports.
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:

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:

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:
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 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:

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

GoFundMe Page

Questions, comments, and vendor inquiries can be made to

Posted in Special Events

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.'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.

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