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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!!!

What's Your College Fair Strategy?

October 17, 2018
By Catherine Freeman

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

Here are some tips for preparation:

 

Read more.

Posted in Upper School

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!

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September, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

August 31, 2018
By Susan Trower

Labor DaySeptember 3:

 
 

 

 
There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 3, in observance of Labor Day.
 
 
 

September 5:

 

Auction Volunteer Meeting

 
WSA's 21st Annual Auction - November 3, 2018Anyone interested in helping at West Sound Academy's 21st Annual Auction on November 3 is invited to come to a meeting for auction volunteers.  This year our theme is Game Night!: An Evening of Fun & Festivities in Support of WSA Students. We have small jobs and more complex ones and would love your help!  
 
Conference Room
Baker Hall
5:30 p.m.
 

 WSA art teacher Jen David with parents on Curriculum Night - Mark Gsellman photoSeptember 11:

 

 West Sound Academy parents are invited to come to campus for:

       Curriculum Night
              6:30 p.m.

 

Parents attend all of their child's classes, meet their teachers, and find out what they'll be studying this year!

Read more about WSA events in September!

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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

Graduate Presents Gift of Aloha to Her Classmates at 2018 Commencement

June 03, 2018
By Susan Trower

The class of 2018 in the staging room before graduation - Espen Swanson photoThe West Sound Academy community - faculty, friends and family of the Class of 2018 - came to the House of Awakened Culture in Suquamish on May 25 to celebrate the school's 17th annual commencement. The graduates represented a diverse group: international student graduates from China, Vietnam and France, and some domestic students who had lived in other states before settling in Kitsap: Pennsylvania, Texas, Hawaii. All of these students, representing such different cultures and backgrounds, were thrilled to be at this celebration and acknowledgement of their achievements.

Jenna-lin Tabisola giving leis to her classmates, assisted by WSA Head of School Barrie Hillman - Espen Swanson photoJenna-lin Tabisola, originally from Hawaii, began the evening's ceremonies with a presentation of gifts from her family to each of her fellow classmate: fabric leis, in West Sound Academy's school colors. Tabisola's mother, Jennifer Komatsu, made the leis from "yards and yards of satin"; the entire project took several months to complete. Tabisola explained the significance of the gift.

Jenna-lin Tabisola giving a lei to her classmate, Yanli Zhang - Espen Swanson photo    "The Hawaiian word "Aloha" means love, mercy, compassion, hello and goodbye. It is a word that has to do with deep feelings and emotions. Giving a lei as a gift expresses the same meaning as "Aloha". A lei traditionally shows honor and love and is an extra special gift, as it carries not only a blessing and tangible beauty, but also represents the giving of time. We give these to the graduates to show our feelings of love and appreciation and in recognition for their hard work. Like a ring, a lei has no beginning or end, symbolizing your part of the West Sound experience. [West Sound] is a place you can always call home and a place that will always welcome you back."

Barrie Hillman, West Sound Academy's Head of School, gave assistance as Tabisola gave each of the graduates a lei. Then Randy Komatsu, the graduate's father, came up to the dais carrying his younger daughter Rielly so that the little girl could give a matching lei to her sister.

 

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The Class of 2018 Celebrates College Declaration Day

May 17, 2018
By Susan Trower

WSA Class of 2018Students in the Class of 2018 are celebrating college success!  They were accepted at 44 four-year colleges and universities in the United States and abroad and were offered $1,901,730 in grants, awards and scholarships.

After commencement exercises on May 25 at the House of Awakened Culture in Suquamish, the newly-minted WSA alumni will be going in many different directions as they begin their undergraduate education at schools in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.

On Thursday, May 17 - College Declaration Day at West Sound Academy - the members of the Class of 2018 announced their choices to WSA students and staff and signed the pennants of the colleges where they intend to enroll this fall.

 

College Destinations for the Seniors, or, Where Will They Be Next Fall?    Read more

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May, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

April 29, 2018
By Susan Trower

Frodel Hall on the West Sound Academy campus - Mark Gsellman photo May 1:

 

             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


Go hawks! May 1-4:

 

WSA Spirit Week continues!

 

Monday, April 30: Pajama Day - dress comfy!

Tuesday, May 1: Snazzy Day - wear something snazzy!

Wednesday, May 2: Pacific Northwest Day - plaid shirt, socks & sandals

Thursday: Spirit Day - wear sports team or WSA gear

Friday: Star Wars Day - come as your favorite Star Wars character


Read more about WSA events in May!

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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!

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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

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February, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

February 02, 2018
By Susan Trower

Mud Pie 2017 February 2:

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

    Arts Poetica: Volume Four

 
  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. 
 

Read more

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.

 

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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

September, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

September 02, 2017
By Susan Trower

Labor DaySeptember 4:

 
 

 

 
There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 4, in observance of Labor Day.
 
 
 
 

Vision - Britannica ImageQuestSeptember 6:

 

                 Auction
          Volunteer Meeting               

 
Anyone interested in helping at West Sound Academy's 20th Annual Auction on November 10 is invited to come to a meeting for auction volunteers.  This year our theme, in keeping with our 20-year anniversary, is 20/20 Vision: Celebrating our Past and Shaping our Future. We have small jobs and more complex ones and would love your help!  
 
Conference Room
Baker Hall
5:30 p.m.
 
 

 WSA art teacher Jen David with parents on Curriculum Night - Mark Gsellman photoSeptember 12:

 

 West Sound Academy parents are invited to come to campus for:

       Curriculum Night
              6:30 p.m.

 

Parents attend all of their child's classes, meet their teachers, and find out what they'll be studying this year!

 
 

 Team icon - Britannica ImageQuestSeptember 13:

 

West Sound Academy classes    

  dismiss at 2:00 p.m.

 

for teacher collaborative planning.

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

 June TRECSeptember 14:

 
WSA Parents and students considering going on this year's June TREC trips should come to the:
 

   Mandatory Planning Meeting

 
The two Education First trips this year are to:
Baker Hall
The Commons
6:30 p.m.

 Britannica ImageQuest - Stack of books with appleSeptember 21:

 

            West Sound Academy classes    

                     dismiss at 12:15 p.m.

               on Thursday, September 21

so that teachers can participate in New Student Get-to-Know-You Conferences.

 
 
 
 

 Ms. Garvin with EleanorSeptember 22:

 
                    There is
 
                 NO SCHOOL
 
                        on Friday, September  22
     
so that WSA Teachers can participate in New Student Get-to-Know-You Conferences.
 
 
 

Whitman CollegeSeptember 25:

 
 

West Sound Academy students are invited to come meet with an admissions representative from Whitman College.

Conference Room
Baker Hall
1:00 p.m.
 
 

 Team icon - Britannica ImageQuestSeptember 27:

 

West Sound Academy classes    

  dismiss at 2:00 p.m.

 

for teacher collaborative planning.

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

Britannica ImageQuest - photographerSeptember 27:

 

        Picture Day

         

will take place in the Commons

on Wednesday, September 27

beginning at 9 a.m.

 
 
 
 

Boardroom - Britannica ImageQuestSeptember 27:

 
     There is a meeting of the
   

West Sound Academy              

   Board of Trustees 

 
Wednesday, September 27
Conference Room
5:30 p.m.

 College pennants for the Class of 2015September 28:

 
WSA Parents and students in Grades 9-12 are invited to:
 

   College Information
             Night

 

This informational evening is focused more for juniors and seniors getting ready to launch into the college search and college application process but it never hurts to start learning about these things early so students and parents in grades 9-10 are also invited to attend. 

WSA Head of School Barrie Hillman will be sharing guidance and advice on what steps should be taken for the college search, the process for applications, how and when to visit schools, what questions to ask schools, how to navigate the financial aid process and also how to make the decision of where to apply and where to enroll.  Students are encouraged to attend because you are the ones who will be leading this process!

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2017 Graduates Told "Set Your Sights on a Vision and Make It Happen"

May 24, 2017
By Susan Trower

The class of 2017 in the staging room before graduation - Mark Gsellman photoWest Sound Academy faculty joined with friends and family of the Class of 2017 at the House of Awakened Culture in Suquamish on May 19 for the school's 16th annual commencement. Head of School Barrie Hillman reminded everyone that the purpose of the evening is to acknowledge the personal achievement of each of the graduates. They had been told to "Set your sights on a vision and make it happen."  She added, "Each one in this class created their own vision of their future and have worked hard to achieve the first of many big steps to bringing it to fruition."

Jim Kolb walking out at the end of his sixteenth West Sound Academy commencement - Mark Gsellman photoHillman added that it's important for graduates to recognize those who have guided them on their journey: the faculty and staff of West Sound. Hillman gave special note to one faculty member, Jim Kolb, Director of Finance and Operations, who is retiring at the end of the school year after serving in a variety of positions, teaching and administrative, since the school's founding in 1998.

Hillman encouraged those in the audience to write Kolb a note about the greatest lesson they've learned from him, then she showed off her own set of many, many notes of appreciation (taped together, accordion-style) for his years of service to West Sound's students, families, and faculty.

WSA band members strike their self-confidence poses during the audience participation part of Bridget Young's speech - Mark Gsellman photoMarisa Lanning, Chair of WSA's Board of Trustees, then introduced Bridget Young, the commencement speaker. Young, a Poulsbo realtor and Kitsap native, has also performed as a stand-up comedian at charity events. She kept the audience laughing while she told of her experiences, at times painful, in high school and college. She challenged the graduates to believe in themselves enough to keep trying until they succeed. She concluded her speech with a moment of audience participation: everyone in the room was asked to stand, put their hands on their hips, and strike a self-affirming pose.

WSA Music Ensemble performing 'Forever Young' with seniors Spencer Drewry, Leanne Gimber, Ryley Mercado, and Ben Silvernale - Mark Gsellman photoThat bit of practice in self-confidence came just in time, since the next part of the program was the "The Last Word".  Hillman introduced each of the graduates as they came to give their senior speeches - a West Sound tradition.  

The WSA Music Ensemble, directed by Paul Burback, performed "Forever Young" by Alphaville, assisted by four members of the senior class giving their last performance as West Sound musicians. Hillman and Lanning then came back to the podium for the highlight of the evening:  the presentation of diplomas.    

Hillman presented the graduates to the community, then led them in the moving of the tassel on their mortarboards from the right to the left.  These newest WSA alumni left the building to the tune of "Tongue Tied" by Group Love, followed by the faculty and guests. Out on the lawn facing the Sound the graduates lined up for the traditional celebration:  the tossing of the caps.  

Congratulations, Class of 2017!

 

Sisi Cao - Mark Gsellman photoSisi Cao is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Course Student. She is the daughter of Feilong Cao and Mingping Tang of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.

Sisi will be attending the University of Washington.  


Spencer Drewry - Mark Gsellman photoSpencer Drewry is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate. He is the son of David and Tiffany Drewry of Port Townsend.

Spencer will be attending California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.


Leanne Gimber - Mark Gsellman photoLeanne Gimber is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate. She is the granddaughter of John and Lori Swendeman of Poulsbo.


Leanne will be attending Grand Canyon University. 


Annika Hald - Mark Gsellman photoAnnika Hald is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Course Student. She is the daughter of Dan and Renee Hald of Poulsbo.

Annika will be attending Central Washington University.  

 

Karsten Hald - Mark Gsellman photoKarsten Hald is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate. He is the son of Dan and Renee Hald of Poulsbo.

Karsten will be attending the University of Washington.  

 

Wai Ching Kwok - Mark Gsellman photoWai Ching Kwok is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Course Student. She is the daughter of Sze Kong Kwok and Pui Yee Flora Yip of Hong Kong, China.

Wai Ching will be attending Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.  


Kaiwen Ma - Mark Gsellman photoKaiwen Ma is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Course Student. She is the daughter of Ming Ma and Hui Liu of Qingdao, Shandong, China.

Kaiwen will be attending Raffles Design Institute at the Raffles College of Higher Education in Singapore.


Ryley Mercado - Mark Gsellman photoRyley Mercado is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Course Student. He is the son of Denis Sieminski of Seattle and Andrea Mercado of Poulsbo.

Ryley will be attending the University of Northern Colorado.

 

Yucong Pan - Mark Gsellman photoYucong Pan is the daughter of Guanghui Pan and Meijun Sun of Qingdao, Shandong, China.

Yucong will be attending Kaplan Singapore.

 

Benjamin Silvernale - Mark Gsellman photoBenjamin Silvernale is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate. He is the son of Chuck Silvernale of Poulsbo and Jennifer David, also of Poulsbo.

Benjamin will be attending the University of Washington.    

 

Madelyn Solly-Tanner - Mark Gsellman photoMadelyn Solly-Tanner is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate. She is the daughter of Bruce Solly and Traci Tanner of Poulsbo.

Madelyn will be attending Washington State University.  

 

Espen Swanson - Mark Gsellman photoEspen Swanson is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate. He is the son of Chris and Kara Swanson of Poulsbo.

Espen will be attending Reed College.   

 

Eleanor Uyyek - Mark Gsellman photoEleanor Uyyek is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate. She is the daughter of Jeff and Kim Uyyek of Poulsbo.

Eleanor will be attending the University of British Columbia. 

 

Alexandra Welch - Mark Gsellman photoAlexandra Welch is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate. She is the daughter of Kiev and Amy Darrington of Poulsbo.

Alexandra will be attending the Evergreen State College.

 

See more of Mark Gsellman's photos in the '2017 Graduation' album in Image Galleries.

The Class of 2017 celebrating their graduation with the tossing of the caps - Mark Gsellman photo

 

Posted in Special Events

College Success for WSA Class of 2017

May 19, 2017
By Susan Trower

WSA Class of 2017 - Mark Gsellman photoThe Class of 2017 graduates on May 19, and then they will be heading in many different directions to colleges here in the United States and abroad.  Students and their families spent much time over the last couple years researching, visiting campuses, and consulting with Mrs. Freeman, WSA's College Counselor, then sent off applicaions and essays to colleges and universities last fall.  Some of the eagerly awaited acceptance letters and scholarship offers came in December, but most arrived in letters and email this spring.

On Monday, May 8 - College Declaration Day at WSA - the members of the Class of 2017 announced their choices to WSA students and staff and signed the pennants of the colleges where they intend to enroll this fall.

College Destinations for the Seniors, or, Where Will They Be Next Fall?

 
University of Washington
 
 

Samira Cao - University of Washington

 

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
 
 

Spencer Drewry- California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

 

Grand Canyon University
 
 

Leanne Gimber - Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona

 

Central Washington University
 
 

Annika Hald- Central Washington University

 

University of Washington
 
 

Karsten Hald - University of Washington

 

Sheffield Hallam University
 
 

Wai Ching Kwok - Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

 

Raffles Design Institute / Raffles College of Higher Education, Singapore
 
 

Kaiwen Ma - Raffles Design Institute in Singapore

 

University of Northern Colorado
 
 

Ryley Mercado - University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado

 

Kaplan Singapore
 
 

Yucong Pan - Kaplan Singapore

 

University of Washington
 
 

Ben Silvernale - University of Washington

 

Washington State University
 
 

Maddy Solly-Tanner - Washington State University

 

Reed College
 
 

Espen Swanson - Reed College in Portland, Oregon

 

University of British Columbia
 
 

Eleanor Uyyek - University of British Columbia in Vancouver

 

The Evergreen State College
 
 

Alex Welch - The Evergreen State College

 

 

Students in the Class of 2017 were accepted at 37 four-year colleges and universities in the United State and abroad, including the ones shown below. Congratulations to our seniors - we're proud of you!

Arizona State UniversityChapman UniversityCreighton UniversityJohnson & Wales University, ProvidenceLewis & Clark College

 

 

 

McGill UniversityMontana State UniversityNeumont UniversityNorthern Arizona UniversityPortland State University

 

 

 

Sheffield Hallam University University at Buffalo, The State University of New YorkUniversity of ArizonaUniversity of California, DavisUniversity of California, San Diego

 

 

 

University of California, Santa CruzUniversity of DenverUniversity of East AngliaUniversity of IdahoUniversity of Montana

 

 

 

University of Newcastle Australia University of Puget SoundUniversity of South AustraliaUniversity of the West of England BristolWestern Washington University

 

 

 

Whitman CollegeWillamette University

 

 

 

 

Hey! We're the Class of 2017! - Mark Gsellman photo

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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

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WSA Accepting Applications for 3-Year Full Tuition Scholarship

April 14, 2017
By Susan Trower

POULSBO, Wash. - April 14, 2017 - West Sound Academy has announced plans for awarding the Ann Marie Frodel Memorial Scholarship, effective for the 2017-2018 school year.  The Ann Marie Frodel Memorial Scholarship honors an outstanding Kitsap educator and community leader.  Ann Marie Frodel was known throughout Kitsap for her hunger for knowledge, her love of music and art, her deep caring for others, and her enthusiasm for new experiences and deep appreciation for diversity.  

Reading Oscar Wilde in 10th Grade English classThe scholarship celebrates her legacy in education and community service by granting full tuition to one student based on merit and need to attend West Sound Academy in the class of 2020 (10th grade in Fall, 2017). The award is renewable each year until the student graduates from West Sound Academy, provided the student maintains good standing with the school and a minimum 3.0 GPA every semester of enrollment.

In order to qualify for the scholarship, an applicant must show evidence of merit and leadership qualities, demonstrate financial need, and be a United States citizen and a resident of Washington State. A non-related adult is required to first nominate an applicant for the scholarship.  After being nominated, students interested in applying for the scholarship need to submit an Ann Marie Frodel Memorial Scholarship application, a West Sound Academy Admissions Application, and a West Sound Academy financial assistance packet.

This scholarship is only available to a student applying to the school after the scholarship effective date of April 1, 2017. Currently enrolled students or applicants prior to April 1 are not eligible.

The school must receive all forms, including the nomination and the scholarship, admissions, and financial assistance application materials, by May 15, 2017.  The scholarship selection committee will review the applications, interview the top five candidates, and announce the award recipient by June 1, 2017.

Interested families can go to the Ann Marie Frodel Scholarship page to learn about the scholarship program and find links to the application materials.

Contact Lisa Gsellman, West Sound Academy's Director of Admissions, at lgsellman@westsoundacademy.org or 360-598-5954 for more information.

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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.

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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:

 

         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 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 
              and
              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

(ERP)

 
 
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:

 

      Extended
Research Project

         (ERP)

 
 
    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.
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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

 
 
 
 
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Marinas that keep BOTH boaters & the eels swimming under them happy!

December 01, 2016
By Karen Mattick

6th Graders Obi, Tyler, and Henri admire one of the marina projects in Marine Biology classIn 2001 I read an article in The Seattle Times about the expansion of the Washington State ferry terminal on Whidbey Island, designed to mitigate damage to the eelgrass beds under the proposed dock.  That inspired the Eelgrass Mitigation Project.  This is a culminating project at the end of the 6th grade Marine Biology unit about eelgrass beds.  Students design and build a model of a marina that would provide services to boaters and, at the same time, get adequate light to marine plants, prevent sewage pollution, and clean-up fuel contamination.

6th grader Sofia and one of the marina projects from her Marine Biology classDuring the unit, students learn about the value of eelgrass beds as a nursery for many juvenile sea creatures.  They learn about the adaptions of the many organisms who live in the grass.  They learn about photosynthesis and cellular respiration and about food webs in the eelgrass habitat.  They also design and carried out their own oil spill experiments, testing clean-up materials. Each student also collects water samples from local ponds, creeks, puddles, and beaches and tests for fecal coliform contamination, a possible indicator of sewage pollution. Finally, they used Puget Soundbook, by Jim Kolb, to learn about good boater practices.

Students presented their marina models in class today, and shared the websites, brochures, and slide shows they made to advertise their marinas and educate boaters.

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December, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

November 30, 2016
By Susan Trower

Frodel Hall on the West Sound Academy campus - Mark Gsellman photoDecember 3:

Open House
December 3, 2016
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.


Hour of CodeDecember 6:

On December 16, 2016, during the last hour of the school day.... WSA students are doing an

              Hour of Code!

 

going through their choice of a selection of programming tutorials.

 
 
 
 

West Sound Academy Hawks!December 8:

             

Knowledge Bowl Competition
        Practice Scrimmage

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
 
 
 
 
 

December 9:

 
 

Friday Sound is back!

 
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.
 

Snowflake - Britannica ImageQuestDecember 19 - January 2:

 

       There is

NO SCHOOL

 
 
December 19, 2016 - January 2, 2017

for Winter Break

 
 
 

WSA Yearbook Photo ContestDecember 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:
 

December 31

 
 
 
 

See you back at school on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 for Finals Review Week!

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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

September, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

August 30, 2016
By Susan Trower

Fall Gathering - 2015September 1 - 2:

 

Fall Gathering, West Sound Academy's overnight camping event, takes place on the school campus,               September 1 - 2.  

12:15 noon dismissal on Friday, September 2

          See: Fall Gathering 2016 Information  

 

Kitsap Great Give - May 3, 2016 September 1:

 

             New Parent Social!

 
While students will be at school participating in their first WSA Fall Gathering Thursday, September 1 is a great time for a New Parent Social! Join hosts Marisa and Stan Lanning at their home in Poulsbo for an opportunity to meet other new parents.  Refreshments and appetizers will be provided and the festivities are from 6 to 8 p.m.  Marisa is WSA's current Board Chair and joining her will be some other veteran parents who will answer questions and help you get your bearings. This is a great opportunity for new parents to mingle and get to know one another.
 
Please RSVP to Marisa at marisalanning@hotmail.com.
 
Marisa and Stan Lanning
4241 Lookout Lane
Poulsbo  98370
6 to 8 p.m.
 

Labor DaySeptember 5:

 
 

 

 
There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 5, in observance of Labor Day.
 
 
 
 
 

Britannica ImageQuestSeptember 8:

 

           North Kitsap
       Strategic Planning                  

          Focus Group

 
The purpose of the focus group is for the Strategic Planning committee to meet with families from specific geographic areas and ask them five or six discussion questions for the purpose of information gathering for the committee to use while writing the next strategic plan. Parents can attend the focus group location that best serves their geographic location.
 
West Sound Academy
16571 Creative Drive NE
Poulsbo 98370

6:00 p.m.

 

Britannica ImageQuest - photographerSeptember 9:

 

        Picture Day

         

with Quality School Portraits

will take place in the Commons

on Friday, September 9, 2016

 
 
 

Britannica ImageQuestSeptember 12:

 

   Central and South Kitsap
       Strategic Planning                  

          Focus Group

 
The purpose of the focus group is for the Strategic Planning committee to meet with families from specific geographic areas and ask them five or six discussion questions for the purpose of information gathering for the committee to use while writing the next strategic plan. Parents can attend the focus group location that best serves their geographic location.
 
Silverdale Public Library
3450 NW Carlton St.
Silverdale 98383

6:00 p.m.

 

 WSA parents at Curriculum NightSeptember 13:

 

 West Sound Academy parents are invited to come to campus for:

       Curriculum Night
              6:30 p.m.

Parents attend all of their child's classes, meet their teachers, and find out what they'll be studying this year!

 
 
 

 College pennants for the Class of 2015September 20:

 
WSA Parents and students in Grades 9-12
         are invited to:
 

   College Information Night

 

This informational evening is focused more for juniors and seniors getting ready to launch into the college search and college application process but it never hurts to start learning about these things early so students and parents in grades 9-10 are also invited to attend. 

Mrs. Freeman and Barrie Hillman will be sharing guidance and advice on what steps should be taken for the college search, the process for applications, how and when to visit schools, what questions to ask schools, how to navigate the financial aid process and also how to make the decision of where to apply and where to enroll.  Students are encouraged to attend because you are the ones who will be leading this process!


 Britannica ImageQuest - Stack of books with appleSeptember 22:

 

            West Sound Academy classes    

                     dismiss at 12:15 p.m.

               on Thursday, September 22

so that teachers can participate in New Student Get-to-Know-You Conferences.

 
 
 
 

 Mrs. Freeman and ChingSeptember 23:

 
                    There is
                 NO SCHOOL
 
                        on Friday, September  23
     
so that WSA Teachers can participate in New Student Get-to-Know-You Conferences.
 
 
 
 
 

Britannica ImageQuestSeptember 27:

 

            Bainbridge
       Strategic Planning                  

          Focus Group

 
The purpose of the focus group is for the Strategic Planning committee to meet with families from specific geographic areas and ask them five or six discussion questions for the purpose of information gathering for the committee to use while writing the next strategic plan. Parents can attend the focus group location that best serves their geographic location.
 
Bainbridge Island Commons
402 Bjune Avenue
Bainbridge Island 98110

6:00 p.m.

 

Boardroom - Britannica ImageQuestSeptember 28:

 
     There is a meeting of the
   

West Sound Academy              

   Board of Trustees 

 
Wednesday, September 28
Conference Room
5:30 p.m.
Posted in All School

College Declaration Day for WSA Class of 2016

May 23, 2016
By Susan Trower

WSA Class of 2016 - Espen Swanson photoWest Sound Academy seniors and their families researched colleges, went on campus visits, and consulted with Mrs. Freeman, WSA's College Counselor.  Applications and essays were sent off to colleges and universities during fall and winter of this school year.  Over the past few months the eagerly awaited acceptance letters and scholarship offers have been arriving in letters and email.

Now the choice:  where to attend?  Monday, May 23 was College Declaration Day at WSA, and the members of the Class of 2016 signed the pennants of the colleges where they intend to enroll this fall.

College Destinations for the Seniors, or, Where Will They Be Next Fall?

 
Savannah College of Art and Design
 
 
Xue Guo - Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia

 

 

 
Western Washington University
 
 
Megan Hall - Western Washington University in Bellingham

 

 

 
Oregon State University
 
 
Kwong Wa Lam - Oregon State University in Corvallis

 

 
 
 
Whitman College
 
 
Angie Mead - Whitman College in Walla Walla

 

 
 
Pomona College
 
 
Aidan Moore - Pomona College in Claremont, California

 

 
 
University of Washington
 
 
Liam Near - University of Washington in Seattle
 

 

 
George Mason University
 
 
Yongyao Peng - George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia

 

 

 
Willamette University
 
 
Sam Phillips - Willamette University in Salem, Oregon

 

 
 
University of Colorado, Boulder
 
 
Ce Qiu- University of Colorado in Boulder

 

 
 
Western Washington University
 
 
Joey Schmitt - Western Washington University in Bellingham

 

 

 
University of Oregon
 
 
Peter Silvernale - University of Oregon in Eugene

 

 
 
University of Vermont
 
 
Wenhui Tang - University of Vermont in Burlington

 

 
 
University of Washington
 
 
Ben Taylor - University of Washington in Seattle

 

 
 
Sweden
 
 
Cornelia Thane - returning home to Vasseras, Sweden to complete her final year of high school
 
 
 
 
Montana State University
 
 
Taylor Thornton - Montana State University in Bozeman

 

 
 
Western Washington University
 
 
Conor Ultican - Western Washington University in Bellingham

 

 

 
Oregon State University
 
 
Zhaoyang Zheng - Oregon State University in Corvallis

 

 

 

Students in the Class of 2016 were accepted at 28 four-year colleges and universities, including the ones shown below. Congratulations to our seniors - we're proud of you!

American University of ParisAmherst CollegeAuburn UniversityCentral Washington UniversityDickinson College

 

 

 

Istituto MarangoniLewis & Clark CollegePacific Lutheran UniversityReed CollegeThe Evergreen State College

 

 

 

University of IowaUniversity of MontanaUniversity of PortlandUniversity of Washington, TacomaWesleyan University

 

 

 

One last game of hide and seek! - Espen Swanson photo

Posted in Academics

New Student Blog for WSA Spanish Classes:  ¡Películaridad!, el blog cinéfilo 

May 17, 2016
By Julieta Vitullo

Julieta Vitullo and her Upper School Spanish studentsA lot of the work that I do in my Spanish classes revolves around real cultural artifacts such as songs, poems, news clips and articles. Rather than limiting the learning experience to using artificial and mechanical materials targeted at language learners, I like exposing my students to the actual productions of the cultures whose language they aspire to master. Real materials that connect with students' sensory experiences activate the affective dimension of learning and result in a high retention and absorption of meaningful content. That's why I love using films as a medium to strengthen all four skills--listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing--while developing an appreciation for the traditions, idiosyncrasies, and historical and political processes pertaining different Spanish speaking countries. 

Las lengua de las mariposas por Taylor ThorntonFilms have allowed my students to explore a wide range of topics within the three core topics of the IB--communication and media, global issues and social relationships. Students have had the chance to learn, discuss, understand and produce written texts about the ways in which indigenous populations in Bolivia still suffer the effects of European colonization (También la lluvia), about the story of a Chinese man who lands in Buenos Aires without speaking a word of Spanish only to find a lonely and bitter Argentinian who decides to help him despite himself (Un cuento chino), about the experience of the Spanish Civil War as witnessed through the eyes of a child (La lengua de las mariposas), or about the happiness and hardships experienced by Cuban musicians migrating to New York City during the golden years of Latin jazz (Chico & Rita). Most of the films that we have watched in class explore universal topics such as love and friendship, which allow students to relate to the characters and engage in the language. Since film is a favorite form of entertainment among our students and humor is present in many of these movies, our discussions are not just interesting but fun.

Metagol por Max MorningstarAll of this background information brings me to the topic that I really wanted to present in this post: that the class of 2016 is about to graduate! Yes. It is hard to believe because it was only four years ago that I started teaching at West Sound and these wonderful seniors were starting the 9th grade. So as we are about to send this class off to their next adventure, I decided I wanted to compile some of the best film reviews written by them in our last four years of classes together and have them all in one place for anyone to access and enjoy. The idea was triggered by one of Liam Near's film reviews, in which he invented the name for an imaginary blog called ¡Películaridad!, a word pun based on the Spanish term película (film). After playing with the idea of a blog and asking students to submit revised versions of their highest graded film reviews, I decided I would also ask students in the mid and lower levels to try and write reviews that were worthy of publication. The blog now features reviews and other creative texts written by students in all four levels of Spanish and based on five different films.

The Inkless Link, WSA's site dedicated to student artwork and writing created by my journalism class in 2013, seemed to be the right place to host this blog. This site is in the process of being revived and redesigned to make it more accessible to all teachers and perhaps to clubs as well so they can host their own blogs. One thing that will not be changed in the site is the endearing logo created by Madeleine Bentley (class of 2015) when the site was first launched. Espen Swanson (class of 2017) will be working on revamping the site this summer as part of his CAS project, so talk to him if you have ideas and stay tuned to the upcoming developments.

¡Películaridad!, el blog cinéfio
     ¡Películaridad! logo design by Angie Gangi

So here is the link to ¡Películaridad!, el blog cinéfilo or "the film lovers blog for WSA Spanish classes." May the legacy of the very talented and creative class of 2016 continue and may the current and future classes keep our blog interesting and vibrant! 

 

http://theinklesslink.weebly.com/iexclpeliacutecularidad

Posted in Academics

May, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

May 02, 2016
By Susan Trower

TARDISMay 2:


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 lgsellman@westsoundacademy.org
 
 

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
Suquamish
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

Posted in Schedule

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

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 Awarded 'Book Grant' from the Washington State Library:  Collection of 50 STEM Titles

February 11, 2016
By Susan Trower

Spencer found a book that look's interesting:  The Toaster Project, by Thomas ThwaitesOn February 9 some juniors from Karen Mattick's Biology class came up to the library to help with one of the more fun library tasks - not dusting shelves or putting books in Dewey Decimal order - but unpacking new books.  Lots of new science books (54 to be exact) that came as part of the Washington State Library (WSL) "The Future STEMs from Reading' grant to West Sound Academy.

The grant from the Washington State Library came about as a response to the need for school libraries to update their materials in science, engineering, technology and math (STEM).  An advisory committee of teacher-librarians worked with WSL to put together STEM book collections aimed at elementary, middle, and high school students from lists of award-winning books. The program was funded with support from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science: 50 Experiments for Daring Young Scientists A competive grant cycle was held for the 230 STEM collections available for public and nonprofit private school libraries: 120 for elementary, 55 for middle school, and 55 for high school. West Sound Academy was awarded one of the high school collections, and the boxes of books arrived this week.  

After cataloging and labeling is done, the books will be ready for use in classes or for some recreational nerd-reading.  WSA science teacher Karen Mattick contemplated using one of the books, The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science:  50 Experiments for Daring Young Scientists in her classroom.  "As long as they aren't too catastrophic, this one could work," she ruled.

Posted in Academics

January, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

January 04, 2016
By Susan Trower

next January 5:

 

Jan Term 2016 begins!  In Jan Term, the normal seven period class schedule is suspended and students study two intensive classes for three weeks.  

Not sure where to go?  Check out the
 
 
to see lists of students enrolled in the morning, all day, and afternoon Jan Term classes, and rosters for afternoon IB HL classes

 

Jan Term 2015 Food Art class

next January 13:

 

Knowledge Bowl Competition
Divisional 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
WSA Hawks

next January 18:

 
There is

NO SCHOOL

on
 
Monday, January 18, 2016
 
in observance of the
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

next January 22:


Enrollment contracts
 
            are mailed to current families on
 
          Friday, January 22, 2016

next January 22:

 
Jan Term Presentations
in the Commons
 
 
EARLY DISMISSAL:  11:30 A.M.
Jan Term!!!

next January 22:

West Sound Academy presents:
Jan Term 2016
Performances for family and friends

6:00 p.m. - Refreshments and socializing in the lobby
6:30 p.m.:  Show time!
Jan Term 2015 Music Ensemble Performance
Olympic College Theater
1264 15th Street (15th Street at Ohio Avenue)
Bremerton, WA

next January 25:

There is
 
 NO SCHOOL 
 
           on Monday, January 25, 2016

so that WSA Teachers can clean up after Jan Term and prepare for Spring Semester

Britannica ImageQuest - Teacher Training at the Domestic Arts Training College in Cardiff, 1935

next January 26:

 
Spring Semester begins
 
on
 
           on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Jan Term 2016

next January 30:

 

Open House
January 30, 2016
Saturday
10 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Open Houses introduce our faculty and program to interested families.

Frodel Hall on the West Sound Academy campus

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.

next January 30:

 
WSA's Student Social Committee presents:
 
Winter Formal
 
for WSA students in Grades 8-12 
 
Place:  Indianola Clubhouse
Time:  7 to 10 p.m.
 
Refreshments provided
WSA Dance at Indianola Clubhouse - Mark Gsellman photo
 
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 29, 2016
in order for the guest to be admitted to the dance.
Posted in All School

Let’s answer the question ‘Why?’

December 18, 2015
By Lisa Gsellman

If you know me, you know I love this school. If you meet me, you will find out shortly that I really love this school. But when asked “Why?” Wyatt and Kai asking 'Why?'I sometimes find myself fumbling for words to describe what makes West Sound Academy so….lovable.

What is it that we have here that seems to be working so well? Is it the faculty? Is it the students? Families? IB? The peaceful campus? I find myself asking more questions than answering!

We are an International Baccalaureate School and the IB learner profile fits us like a glove. We are not guided by it but it comes to us organically simply through our own curiosity. We are inquirers. We are open-minded. We are risk takers. We are reflective. We all are caring. That is the sweet spot. That is the ‘why.’

I’d like to share a short and inspiring Ted Talk by Ramsey Mussallam with you about why ‘Why’ is so important in our classrooms.

Students here are transformed by their own curiosity and their search to find the answers. Inspiration flows between teachers and students as they work together exploring solutions. Kindness, encouragement, and inquisitiveness have become the culture of West Sound Academy. When I see those bright smiles from grasping a difficult math concept, or writing a great essay, or nailing a guitar solo, I am absolutely filled up with love and inspiration for this school.

Posted in Academics

December, 2015: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

November 29, 2015
By Susan Trower

next December 4:

 

West Sound Academy hosts a gallery reception for WSA science teacher David Miller on Friday, December 4, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Frodel Gallery Miller's show, 'A Time Machine Exhibition', a selection of assemblage art and stories, is on exhibit through January 15, 2016.  

The show will feature Miller's work along with assemblage art by WSA 10th graders.  The public is invited, and guests will be able to enjoy light refreshments and wine.

David Miller assemblage art

next December 4:

 

WSA's Student Social Committee presents:

Lip-Sync Battle!!!!

 

Challenge your friends!  See who has the best skill and performance lip-synching popular songs! 
Students can sign up at Angie's desk to participate. 

Place:  the Commons
Date:  Friday December 4
Time:  6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Britannica ImageQuest Lip-Sync_Contest

next December 5:

 

Open House
December 5, 2015
Saturday
10 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Open Houses introduce our faculty and program to interested families.

Frodel Hall on the West Sound Academy campus

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.

next December 8:

 

Knowledge Bowl Competition
Practice Scrimmage

OESD 114 offices in Bremerton

KB team members: 
  • Arrive at school by 8:20 a.m.
  • Leave WSA: 8:30 a.m.
  • Return to WSA: by 3:10 p.m.
  • Bring a lunch and water bottle
WSA Hawks

next December 9:

 
WSA Presents:  Middle School Music Class
in Concert
 
Directed by Paul Burback
Place:  the Commons
Date:  Wednesday December 9
Time:  6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Paul Burback's music class - Mark Gsellman photo

next December 11:

 

On December 11, 2015, during the last hour of the school day.... WSA students are doing an

Hour of Code!

 

going through their choice of a selection of tutorials from Code.org

Hour of Code

next December 12:

 
WSA Presents:
Upper School Music Class
in Concert
 

Directed by Paul Burback

Indianola Clubhouse
19876 Indianola Rd NE
Indianola, WA  98342
6:30 p.m.
Ryley Mercado at Winter Rendezvous II concert, February 2016

next December 14-17:

 
Finals Week for Fall Semester is December 14-17, 2015

Finals Week Schedule - Fall 2015

next December 18:

There is

 NO SCHOOL 
 

           on Friday, December 18, 2015


so that WSA Teachers can complete narrative reports

Britannica ImageQuest - French teacher, 1957

next December 21 - January 3:


There is NO SCHOOL

December 21, 2015 through January 3, 2016
for
Winter Break

Britannica ImageQuest - Snowflake

See you back at school on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 for Jan Term!

Posted in All School

Tips for the College-bound Senior

October 16, 2015
By Catherine Freeman

The college admissions process is in full swing at West Sound Academy. Students are working hard to find schools and complete applications. This week alone the school has been visited by representatives from Hampshire College, Whitworth University, The Evergreen State College, and Marlboro College and many students took advantage of  PSAT testing day on October 14 to visit schools on their own.  Here are some suggestions for seniors and their families on important aspects of this journey: the search, the application, the financing, and communication with colleges.

 

Looking for a School:

 

With thousands of options for higher education narrowing the list can be a daunting task. The following websites (listed here in no particular order) can be useful for searching based on grades, scores, location, interests, or other attributes.

 

The Essay:

 

Many schools require a personal statement. Generally one essay can be modified to fit the prompt for most schools however it is imperative that the essay fits the prompt. While a great essay will not guarantee admission, a poor essay can severely decrease your chances. Essays are the student’s opportunity to add his or her personality to all the other information that has been supplied.

The goal is to craft an essay that accurately reflects your qualities and character so it is a smart idea to give your essay to your parents and friends to read so you can make sure it accurately reflects you and your personality.

The following links can be helpful for providing further guidance for the essay:

 

FAFSA:

 

An acronym for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, this application is based on the financial records of parents and becomes available January 1. Using the information provided, the family’s expected contribution is calculated and sent to schools. Aid is given out in a first-come-first-serve manner so completing the FAFSA as close to January 1 is very important.

Here are some FAFSA websites for more information:

Federal Student Aid - https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/

 

Communication with Schools:

Schools want to see students who are capable of navigating through the application process by themselves, without a lot of extra assistance from parents. Calling schools and asking for guidance and information can be very helpful, but it is important to remember that the application is the student’s responsibility. If parents call schools to ask for information and indicate that they are completing the process for their student, the schools are much less likely to be helpful. Parents, if you do need to make the call, consider tempering your role by saying, “Robert and I were working on your application and we have a question…” College admissions offices are staffed by real people and a good deal of charm can go a long way.

 

Other Scholarships:

 

While not always in large sums, there are scholarship opportunities from local organizations such as the North Kitsap Rotary, Lions or Kiwanis. Generally deadlines are in March and most scholarships ask for similar things like an essay, letters of recommendations, and transcripts. Some scholarships require interviews. While not necessarily for large sums of money, they do add up. I will be working to make students aware of any scholarship opportunities to which I am alerted.

 

No Two Searches the Same:

 

This time in the senior year students need to combine self-reflection  with solid research on post-secondary opportunities that match them on a range of factors.  No two college search processes are the same and students should look beyond the latest “ranking” and “name-brand” to find more meaningful measures of college fit.

Schools where WSA's Class of 2015 are enrolled:

The American University of Paris

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Lewis & Clark College

Michigan State University

Mount Holyoke College

Reed College

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of Portland

University of Washington

Whitman College

Willamette University

Posted in Academics

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

What's in a Block?

September 30, 2015
By Barrie Hilllman, Head of School

Blocks have many uses at school but what everyone is talking about at West Sound Academy this week is the new modified block schedule. For the past several years, students have had each class four days per week with one extended block period. After much research and analysis, it was decided that this year classes would be taught three days per week with two extended block periods.

The pedagogy behind this move was primarily to reduce transitions that students and faculty make each day as well as each night when addressing homework. Brain research conducted by Carol Dweck from Stanford University reveals that the time it takes for the brain to fully transition from one area of thinking to another (or in this case subject to subject) is roughly 15 minutes.

maddy s-t leanne-g bunson burner 2015

 It also requires a great deal of executive function to be able to make those same transitions from homework assignment to homework assignment.  Thus with fewer transitions, the brain is working more efficiently.

mark gsellman 03052015 julieta and stuart

Prior to the school year the faculty participated in professional development which included collaboratively reading several books on block teaching as well as meeting with colleagues from Annie Wright Schools who also utilize a block schedule. The developmental differences between middle and upper school students within the block schedule were also discussed.

After the first week, it seems reviews of the modified block schedule are favorable. Students are realizing they have more flexibility on how to arrange their homework time.  Teachers are finding their rhythms with the new pacing requirements of the classes and emphasizing organized plans. Building in more physical movement into the classroom without losing time for engaged learning is being done with subtle and creative methods.  However, everyone anticipates a shakedown period while both students and faculty get their bearings!

Ellie, Sparky, and Leanne working on an outdoor physics lessons

On Mondays students meet with their classes in Periods 1-6 and so this will naturally be a heavier homework due date. Parents can support students by helping them to utilize their time wisely over the course of the week rather than doing assignments the night before they are due. Tackling all or parts of homework on the night it is assigned can help alleviate late Sunday nights.

I am excited to hear more from students, parents and faculty over the course of the year about the effects of the modified block schedule!

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