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Collaborating and Strategizing: WSA Robotics Meets Up with Girl Scout Team

October 16, 2019
By Jen David

WSA Robotics and SAFIRE PHOENIX Girl Scouts Robotics in the WSA TAC Room - October 12, 2019October is a busy time for First Tech Robotics teams all around the country as they race to build and program a robot that can execute challenging maneuver and build requirements prior to regional competitions starting the first week of November. Last Saturday the WSA Robotics club invited the SAFIRE PHOENIX Girl Scouts Robotics team to West Sound Academy to test out their robot on our competition field and to discuss strategy and build options for this year’s robot.

Led by our team co-captains, Aidan Phelan, '20 and Emma Longworth-Slone, '21, and SAFIRE lead coach, Tina Lindner, members shared what strategies they had for completing the challenge. Our WSA Hawks team, led by coach Lionel Pummell, demonstrated how our “bot” moves and our arm-extension plan. The two-hour meeting sped by so quickly, that we arranged for another team collaboration for Saturday, October 26th to strategize with more refined robot construction and programming.

Tags: CAS, clubs, Robotics, steam, TAC

WSA Robotics Team is Headed to State Championship in February

December 17, 2018
By Lionel Pummell

WSA Robotics team at work in the pits - December 15, 2018WSA’s Robotics team competed in the Feynman Interleague championship event of the FIRST Tech Challenge on December 15 at the Amazon Doppler building in Seattle. Thirty-seven schools from the Puget Sound area competed in the event. After a long day of intense competition WSA’s team made it into the semi-finals finishing second in qualifying points. Robotics competition arena - December 15, 2018Team captain Aidan Phelan then choose two teams to ally with, the Spartabots from Skyline High School and the Titanium Talons from Woodinville High School. WSA along with their allies won their semi-final match moving on to the finals. After a tough series of matches WSA's alliance was defeated by the alliance lead by the CPR Eagles from Cedar Park Christian School. Having earned enough qualifying points and placing well in the competition did earn WSA Robotics a spot in the upcoming state championship.  Next up: WSA Robotics will be competing in the State Championship event on February 10 at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

Congratulations to our team, and ... GO HAWKS!!!

The 2018-2019 WSA Robotics team

The WSA Robotics team (left to right):Catherine Zhang, Adam Tucker, Gwen Moritz, Aidan Phelan (captain), Emma Longworth-Slone, Pau López (holding team robot), Noah Moosmiller, Corwin Taylor, Caleb Phelan (holding team trophy), Sam Hopper, and Michael Gao.

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!!!

May, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

May 02, 2016
By Susan Trower


IB Diploma Programme examinations
                  at WSA begin

            Monday, May 2, 2016


       See: May 2016 IB DP Examination Schedule


Kitsap Great Give - May 3, 2016 May 3:


           One Day Only!

A 24-hour online giving event

Every dollar you donate will be proportionally matched
by the event sponsors so that
West Sound Academy will actually get more money than you donate!
Proceeds will support the after-school programs in the Technology Access Center, for staffing, tools, materials and software.  See and share our promotional video on the Kitsap Great Give page of the WSA website!

Frodel Hall on the West Sound Academy campusMay 3:


Open House

Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m.

Open Houses 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 Open House can email Lisa Gsellman at

Guitar - Mark Gsellman photoMay 11:


         Arts Night

             In the Commons:
6th, 7th, and 9th Grade Musicians
                    in Concert
         Paul Burback, Director
2012 Arts Night
                 On display in Frodel Gallery:
                     Work from students in
               Middle School Visual Arts 
      Graphic Design Elective

2015 Jan Term music performance source checkMay 14:

              WSA Presents:

Upper School Musicians

           in Concert

       Paul Burback, Director
Indianola Clubhouse
20446 Indianola Road NE
Indianola  98342
6:30 p.m.

 TARDISMay 18:


                 The last day of
IB Diploma Programme examinations
                       at WSA is


Wednesday, May 18, 2016


See: May 2016 IB DP Examination Schedule

 US Spring Formal, April 25, 2015 - Mark Gsellman photoMay 21:

     WSA's Social Committee presents:

           Upper School

           Spring Formal

7 to 10 p.m.
Indianola Clubhouse
20446 Indianola Road NE
Indianola  98342
Admission:  $15

Students bringing guests who do not attend WSA must return a complete
                                 Guest Permission Slip
(signed by the guest's parent) to the WSA Front Office by Friday, May 20, 2016 in order for the guest to be admitted to the event.

 Pennies for PatientsMay 26:

West Sound Academy will be on a

Friday Schedule for
Monday, May 23, 2016.
 Afternoon assembly agenda:

Presentation of Awards and
Declaration Day for the Class of 2016

            Seniors will sign the pennant for the college
                     they will be attending in the Fall!

 Britannica ImageQuest imageMay 27:

                    There is
                 NO SCHOOL
                        on Friday, May 27
so that WSA Teachers can prepare for
        Commencement Exercises
                   that evening

 Karin Knighton, WSA 2016May 27:

West Sound Academy's
             15th Annual
Commencement Exercises
      for the Class of 2016
House of Awakened Culture
7235 NE Parkway
7 p.m.

Still Life with Iris and Roses, Francois Joseph Huygens - Britannica ImageQuestMay 28:

West Sound Academy presents:
        the Middle School play

    Still Life With Iris

            by Steven Dietz
Saturday, May 28
Two performances
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
in the Commons

 Britannica ImageQuest imageMay 30:

                    There is
                 NO SCHOOL
                        on Monday, May 30
                  in observance of

          Memorial Day


May 31:

Final Exams for Grades 6-11 begin Tuesday, May 31.

Final Exams for Grades 6-11, Spring 2016

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Full STEAM Ahead at WSA Technology Access Center Grand Opening

October 07, 2015
By Susan Trower

West Sound Academy's Technology Access Center (TAC) received a proper grand opening on October 6, 2015, complete with ribbon-cutting and tours.

Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson, with help from some WSA students, cut a ribbon with a pair of sharp giant scissors, allowing the assembled group of students, parents, and community members to come take a look at the "TAC Room" inside of Ryan Hall.

Mayor Becky Erickson gets some help from 6th grader Matt Thornell
Espen Swanson photo

The new facility has WSA's students and teachers eager to proceed "full STEAM ahead" with the school's STEAM curriculum initiative, combining the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with Art and Design.  

7th Grader Chase Van Derrick demonstrating his skills in the Alice programming language
Espen Swanson photo

Students enrolled in 6th Grade Introduction to Technology, 7th Grade Computer Language and Logic, and 8th-12th Grade Robotics elective classes were on hand to show off all of the new gear.  

The TAC has 16 PC work stations (plus a teacher work station) equipped with 3D design software that allows students to work with the Cubify 3D printer and scanner.

WSA Science and Technology teacher David Miller had his Robotics and Introduction to Technology students show visitors what they've been working on during the first month of school.  Teams from the Robotics class demonstrated the capabilities of the LEGO EV3 robots to navigate obstacle courses, follow along walls, and use the gyro-sensor to be self-balancing.  The 3D printer was running, printing out a design created using Blender, the 3D program used by the 6th graders. 

Seventh graders were stationed at the PCs, showing off their coding skill.  The Computer Language and Logic class taught by WSA Director of Technology Lionel Pummell focuses on Alice, but some in the class have jumped ahead to learning Java.

8th Grade Robotics student Sam Abraham with his robot going around a wall of math books
Espen Swanson photo

James Kolb, West Sound Academy's Director of Finance and Operations, was part of the team of school administrators and community members that helped make the 'TAC Room' a reality.  Kolb is happy to see students benefiting from the TAC, and he's looking forward to the future potential for the school's new resource, and not just for WSA students.

8th Grade robotics student Elliott Drewry
Espen Swanson photo

The school is in the application process to be a testing center for the Educational Testing Service's TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).  A TOEFL center in Poulsbo would be a tremendous service to any international students on the Kitsap or Olympic Peninsulas seeking admission to American colleges, since the test is required for all non-English speakers. 

West Sound Academy is also hoping to partner with Kitsap Regional Library and Poulsbo Parks and Recreation to make the TAC available after school for use for classes offered by those organizations.  "This has long been a dream at WSA, so we’re very excited about the Technology Access Center," says Kolb.  "It’s an important step in our STEAM Initiative and gives us another way to welcome the wider community to our campus. "

Posted in Special Events

October, 2015: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

September 30, 2015
By Susan Trower

next October 6:

Come to the Technology Access Center Grand Opening and Community Open House on Tuesday, October 6.

The WSA community and the public are invited for a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Poulsbo mayor Becky Erickson, tech demonstrations, and tours of the TAC and the West Sound campus.  Light refreshments will be served.

Place: TAC, Ryan Hall, West Sound Academy

Time:  4:30 to 6:00 p.m. 

Technology Access Center

next October 7:

WSA Seniors and their parents are invited to College Q & A Night on Wednesday, October 7, hosted by Catherine Freeman, College Counselor, and Barrie Hillman, Head of School.

Come and get your questions answered on college applications, financial aid and anything related to this important step in the educational journey.

West Sound Academy parent Steve Bentley will be available  to answer questions specifically about the financial aid process - he has just recently completed it and has some lessons learned for parents new to the process.

Class of 2015 college pennants

Seniors and parents with specific questions are asked to email them ahead of time directly to Ms. Freeman at  - so that she can be sure to have all the answers!

Place: Conference Room, Baker Hall

Time:  6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

next October 9:

Friday, October 9 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.  

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next October 12:

Classes will be on a "Wednesday Schedule"  on Monday, October 12.

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 October 14:

All students in Grades 8 - 11 will take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) on Wednesday, October 14.

This is a program cosponsored 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 11:45 DISMISSAL on that day.

Jen Silvernale will take the 6th and 7th graders to do winterizing of the Raab Park Youth Garden in Poulsbo.

Seniors have NO SCHOOL on October 14, and may use it as a study day.

next October 16:

WSA's Social Committee is hosting the first Student Social Event of the year on Friday, October 16 - an all-school Halloween dance!

Place: The Commons

Time:  7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Cost:  Regular admission at the door is $5.

Note:  Non-WSA students will need to bring a completed WSA Guest Permission Slip to school by October 16 in order to be admitted to the event.

Refreshments:   Beverages available for purchase...

PLUS:  a selection of free snacks and candy!

 Britannica ImageQuest - Scary Pumpkin

Dress:  Costumes, of course!  (No inappropriate or excessively gory costumes, please)

next October 19:

Monday, October 19 is Makeup Picture 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. 

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next October 19:

Seniors are required to submit their preliminary drafts for Extended Essays and Senior Projects on Monday, October 19.

Extended Essays:  Complete draft (2 printed copies and an emailed digital copy) due to Susan Trower by 3:00 p.m. 

Extended Essay

Senior Projects:  Complete draft (2 printed copies and an emailed digital copy) due to Barrie Hillman by 3:00 p.m.

next October 27:

End of 1st Quarter on Tuesday, October 27.

next October 28:

NO SCHOOL on Wednesday, October 28:  Parent Teacher Conferences.

next October 29:

NO SCHOOL on Thursday, October 29:  Parent Teacher Conferences.

next October 30:

NO SCHOOL on Friday, October 30:  Parent Teacher Conferences.

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