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

December 03, 2018
By Susan Trower

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

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

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

WSA Theatre Company Presents: Almost Maine, November 30 - December 2

November 08, 2018
By Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson

WSA Presents: Almost Maine, November 30 and December 1 and 2The West Sound Academy Drama Program and Thespian Troupe is proud to present John Cariani’s heartfelt play Almost, Maine on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st. and Sunday, December 2nd. Curtain is at 7:00 PM on Friday and Saturday with the matinee curtain time on Sunday at 2:00 PM. The play will be performed at the WSA Commons Black Box Theatre in the lower level of Baker Hall on West Sound Academy’s campus in Poulsbo.

As the playwright suggests - Welcome to Almost, Maine, a place that’s so far north, it's almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear winter night, as the northern lights hover in the star filled sky above, the residents of Almost, Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend – almost – in this delightful midwinter night’s dream. There will be laughter, and there may also be tears, but there will most definitely be love.        Read more

Posted in Performing Arts

November, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

October 31, 2018
By Susan Trower

WSA's 21st Annual Auction at Kiana Lodge, November 3, 2018November 10:

 

WSA 21st Annual Auction

 
 
      Saturday, November 3
                  5:30 p.m.
 
 
               Kiana Lodge
114976 Sandy Hood Road NE, Poulsbo
 
 
Help make West Sound Academy's successful college-preparatory programs possible by participating in our Annual Auction as a donor and attendee.
 
For directions to Kiana Lodge click here. 
 

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C. - Britannica ImageQuestNovember 12:

 
             There is
 

    NO SCHOOL 

 
   on Monday, November 12
 
        in observance of
 

    Veterans Day

 
 
 
 
 
 

Read more about WSA events in November!

Posted in All School

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

March 19, 2018
By Susan Trower

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

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

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

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

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

March, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

February 28, 2018
By Susan Trower

Team icon - Britannica ImageQuest March 7:

 

2:00 PM DISMISSAL

for teacher collaborative planning

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

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

 

West Sound Academy presents:

 The Curious Savage

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

    

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

Read more about WSA events in March

Posted in All School

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.

 

Read more

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

November 03, 2017
By Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson

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

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

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Posted in Theatre

November, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

November 02, 2017
By Susan Trower

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C. - Britannica ImageQuestNovember 10:

 
             There is
 

    NO SCHOOL 

 
   on Friday, November 10
 
        in observance of
 

    Veterans Day

 
 
 
 
 

WSA's 20th Annual Auction at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino ResortNovember 10:

 

WSA 20th Annual Auction

 
 
      Friday, November 10
                  6:00 p.m.
 
 
            Canoe Ballroom
       Suquamish Clearwater
             Casino Resort
 
Help make West Sound Academy's successful college-preparatory programs possible by participating in our Annual Auction as a donor and attendee.
 
For directions to the resort click here. 
 

Read more

Posted in All School

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

May, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

April 30, 2017
By Susan Trower

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

 

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

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

TARDIS - Time and Relative Dimension in Space May 1:


IB Diploma Programme examinations
                  at WSA begin
 
 

            Monday, May 1, 2017

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

Kitsap Great Give - May 2, 2017  May 2:

 

                         One Day Only!

            A 24-hour online giving event

 

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

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

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

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


 College pennants of WSA alumni hanging in Parke HallMay 8:

 

    Declaration Day
for the Class of 2017


         Passing of the Class Color

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

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

 

              West Fest!

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

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

 

             Admissions
Information Session and Tour

       Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m.

 

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

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


Days for Girls International May 13:

 
 

Days for Girls (DFG) International helps girls around the world stay in school by providing sustainable feminine hygiene solutions and health education. The DFG hygiene kits are produced with the help of thousands of volunteers - including the ones in Poulsbo's own DFG chapter.

The Poulsbo DFG is hosting a community work party for anyone who is interested on Saturday, May 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at West Sound Academy in the Commons. Parents and students are welcome to drop by anytime during the day to learn more and help out.

You don't need to sew in order to help; there are many non-sewing tasks also. If you do sew, however, please bring your sewing machine or serger and join in the fun. Feel free to bring friends! For more information contact Molly Masker at Poulsbowa@daysforgirls.org.


 May 15:

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

Final Exams for Grades 6-11, Spring 2017


 University professors in cap and gown - Britannica ImageQuestMay 19:

There is

                NO SCHOOL

            
 

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

 
 

 WSA Class of 2016 - Mark Gsellman photoMay 19:

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

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


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

 

                              There is

                NO SCHOOL

            
 

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

 
 
 
 

June Term 2017 May 23:

 

June Term

 

    begins on

         Tuesday, May 23

 
 
 

Meeting room table and chairs - Britannica ImageQuest May 24:

 
   West Sound Academy              
Board of Trustees meeting 
 

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

 

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

 

                              There is

                NO SCHOOL

       

         on Monday, May 29 in observance of

                 Memorial Day

Posted in All School

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

March 19, 2017
By Susan Trower

West Sound Academy's team of top academic competitors won 2nd Place in Division 1B at the Washington State Knowledge Bowl Tournament XXXV at Arlington High School on March 18, 2017.  WSA's squad joined 101 other teams from public, private and parochial schools from all over the state at the event, competing for honors and trophies in the six divisions: 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A, 2B, and 1B.  All of these teams earned the right to be at the annual tournament at their respective regional competitions sponsored by Washington's nine ESDs (Educational Service Districts.)  WSA's squad won first place for Division 1B, and the right to go to State, at the Olympic ESD 114 regional competition at Fort Worden on February 23.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GO WSA!!!

February, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

January 31, 2017
By Susan Trower

Mud Pie 2015 February 3:

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

    Arts Poetica: Volume Three

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

next February 4:

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

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

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


next February 8:

 

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

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

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

next February 20 and 21:

 

Abraham Lincoln - Britannica ImageQuestBritannica ImageQuest - George Washington

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

 February 22:

International Baccalaureate Organization

There will be NO SCHOOL

 on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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

 
 
 

West Sound Academy Hawks! February 23:

             

Knowledge Bowl Competition
  State Tournament Qualifier

Fort Worden, Port Townsend

KB team members: 

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

next February 24:

Signing of contract - Britannica ImageQuest


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

 


Days for Girls International February 25:

 

Days for Girls (DFG) International helps girls around the world stay in school by providing sustainable feminine hygiene solutions and health education. The DFG hygiene kits are produced with the help of thousands of volunteers - including the ones in Poulsbo's own DFG chapter.

The Poulsbo DFG is hosting a community work party for anyone who is interested on Saturday, February 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at West Sound Academy in the Commons. Parents and students are welcome to drop by anytime during the day to learn more and help out.

You don't need to sew in order to help; there are many non-sewing tasks also. If you do sew, however, please bring your sewing machine or serger and join in the fun. Feel free to bring friends! For more information contact Molly Masker at Poulsbowa@daysforgirls.org.


WSA Yearbook Photo Contest February 28:

 

         Monthly
Yearbook Contest                  

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

February 28

 
 
 
 
Posted in All School

November, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

November 01, 2016
By Susan Trower

WSA Hawks!November 1-4:

WSA's Student Council announced October 31 through November 4 as school-wide Spirit Week. We started off the week with Monday, October 31:  Halloween - with students and staff in their costumes.

Tuesday, November 1: PAJAMA DAY! Come to school in pajamas or comfortable clothes (i.e. sweatpants), adhering to the WSA dress code.

Wednesday, November 2: CAREER DAY! Come as your dream job! This day can double as pajama day if your job allows you to work from home ;)

Thursday, November 3: TWIN DAY! Come dressed as a notorious set of twins, with another classmate or teacher! 

Friday, November 4: COLOR/SPIRIT DAY! Will you wear one color, or the rainbow? Also feel free to come decked out in West Sound gear to show that school spirit!


The Evergreen State CollegeNovember 9:

 
 

West Sound Academy students are invited to come meet with an admissions representative from The Evergreen State College in the Library at 12:30 p.m.

 

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C. - Britannica ImageQuestNovember 11:

 
             There is
 

    NO SCHOOL 

 
   on Friday, November 11
 
        in observance of
 

    Veterans Day

 
 
 
 
 

Twelve Angry JurorsNovember 11 and 12:

 
 
 West Sound Academy presents:
 

Twelve Angry Jurors 

 

Adapted by Sherman L. Sergel and based on the Emmy award-winning television movie by Reginald Rose.

Olympic College Theater

 
Friday, November 11:  7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 12: 7:00 p.m.
 
Tickets: $10 Adults $7 Students
     $5 Senior Citizens

Reservations and Information Contact:
     Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson at
     (360) 598-5954
 
A young man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. "He doesn't stand a chance," mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. It looks like an open-and-shut case—until one of the jurors begins opening the others' eyes to the facts.
 

WSA's 19th Annual Auction at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino ResortNovember 19:

 

WSA 19th Annual Auction

 
 
      Saturday, November 19
                  5:30 p.m.
 
 
            Canoe Ballroom
       Suquamish Clearwater
             Casino Resort
 
Help make West Sound Academy's successful college-preparatory programs possible by participating in our Annual Auction as a donor and attendee.
 
For directions to the resort click here. 
 

Thanksgiving turkey - Britannica ImageQuestNovember 24 and 25:

 
 
               There is
 

    NO SCHOOL 

 
Thursday, November 24 and
      Friday, November 25
 
        in observance of
 

Thanksgiving Day

 
 
 

Boardroom - Britannica ImageQuestNovember 30:

 
     There is a meeting of the
   

West Sound Academy              

   Board of Trustees 

 
Wednesday, November 30
Conference Room
5:30 p.m.

WSA Yearbook Photo ContestNovember 30:

 

         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 November!
 
Deadline for this month's entries:
 

November 30

Posted in All School

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

October 24, 2016
By Samantha Olson

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted in Performing Arts

October, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

October 04, 2016
By Susan Trower

WSA Thespian Troupe #8175 - Food drive for NK FishlineOctober 3 - 31:

 

The West Sound Academy Drama Club and Thespian Troupe #8175 will be collecting nonperishable food donations for Fishline as part of the Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat food drive - part of the International Thespian Society’s annual nationwide community service initiative. 

Bring food donations to the orange bins in Frodel and Baker Halls throughout the month of October.

          For more information, see:  Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat

 

Photographer - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 6:

 

             Picture Retake Day!

 

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

Whitworth UniversityOctober 11:

 
 

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

 

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

 
Friday, October 14 is Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) In-Service Day, so there is NO SCHOOL.  
 
This is a day when NWAIS teachers participate in workshops, collaborative planning, and professional development. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Reed CollegeOctober 17:

 
 

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

 
 
 
 

College Board - PSAT/NMSQTOctober 19:

 

All students in Grades 8 - 11 will take the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) on Wednesday, October 19.  This is a program co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 

It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT. It also gives students in 11th grade a chance to enter National Merit scholarship programs.  

  • There will be a 12:00 NOON DISMISSAL on that day.
  • Students in Grades 6 and 7 will have a half-day field trip.
  • Seniors have NO SCHOOL on October 19, and may use it as a study day.

Reed CollegeOctober 19:

 
 

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

 
 
 
 

Scary pumpkin - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 21:

 

   All-School Halloween Dance
       

Come for:
  • Murder in the Dark game
  • Prizes at a fishing pond
  • Makeup station
  • Fortune teller
Place: The Commons
Time:  6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Dress:  Costumes, of course!  (No inappropriate or excessively gory costumes, please)
Cost:  $8 without food, $7 with one can, $6 with two, $5 with three or more

Food collected will go to WSA Thespian Troupe's Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat food drive.

Note:  Non-WSA students will need to bring a completed WSA Guest Permission Slip  to school by October 21 in order to be admitted to the event.


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

 

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

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

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

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


 NACAC National College FairOctober 22:

 
Meet face-to-face with representatives from hundreds of schools at the Seattle National College Fair.
 
Register for free online to easily share your information with colleges.
 
Washington State Convention Center
Hall 4E, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA 98101
 
Need more information?:
E-mail collegefairs@nacacnet.org or info@nacacnet.org​ ​or call: 703/299-6856.​​

 Britannica ImageQuest - Stack of papersOctober 25:

 

     

        The end of the 1st Quarter

                  for the 2016-2017 academic year

                 is on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

 
 
 

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

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

WSA Yearbook Photo ContestOctober 31:

 

         Monthly
Yearbook Contest                  

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

         October 31

 
 
 
Posted in All School

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

March 27, 2016
By Susan Trower

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted in Special Events

WSA's Knowledge Bowl Team Takes 5th in State to Finish the Season

March 20, 2016
By Susan Trower
WA State Knowledge Bowl Tournament XXXIV - March 19, 2016West Sound Academy's varsity squad took 5th place in Division 1B at the Washington State Knowledge Bowl Tournament XXXIV at Arlington High School on March 19.  WSA's team joined over 600 students from 102 teams from public, parochial and private schools from all over the state who came to Arlington for a day of academic competition.  Judges posed questions on topics ranging from geography to geology, literature to law, biography to biology.  Anything that can be considered as part of a high school curriculum is fair game in Knowledge Bowl.
 
The WSA team members's brains got a real workout: 50 multiple-choice questions in the beginning written round, 350 short-answer questions in six oral rounds, and a naill-biting 10-question tie-breaker with Almira-Coulee-Hartline that decided the 4th- and 5th-place finishers.
 
WSA KB team, 5th in State at the 2016 TournamentCongratulations goes to the entire squad for a hard-fought competition:  
  • Peter Silvernale, '16, Captain
  • Karsten Hald, '17
  • Ben Silvernale, '17
  • Eleanor Uyyek, '17
  • Alex Welch, '17
  • Delaney Agodon, '18

Division 1B, 5th in Stateand to WSA staff members and Knowledge Bowl coaches Susan Trower, Catherine Freeman, and Lionel Pummell.  Thanks also goes to WSA parents and KB Boosters Jeff and Kim Uyyek and Rose and Kelli Agodon for their help with transportation and care and feeding of brain-weary teenagers!  Jonah Uyyek, WSA '15, home on break from UC Santa Cruz was also in Arlington to lend his support to the team.

The season is over for now, but West Sound Academy Knowledge Bowl practices will start up again in September, preparing the team for 2016-2017:  WSA's 9th season of competition.  

GO HAWKS!!!

March, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

March 03, 2016
By Susan Trower

next March 3:

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

next March 4:

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

next March 4 and 5:

West Sound Academy presents:
I Hate Hamlet
by Paul Rudnick

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

 

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

next March 14 - 18:

 

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

Teacher Appreciation Week
 
March 14-18
 
WSA parents!

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

next March 19:

 

Washington State
Knowledge Bowl Tournament XXXIV

Arlington High School

Good luck to our State-bound team!
 

Go Hawks!!!

Washington State Knowledge Bowl Tournament XXXIV

next March 22:

ExtendedResearch Project

(ERP)

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

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

next March 25:

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

next March 25:

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

 

next March 26:

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

next March 28:

 
On Monday, March 28, there will be special schedule

Special Schedule for March 28, 2016

next March 29 - 31:

Extended
Research Project

(ERP)

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

Tuesday,  Wednesday, and Thursday
March 29-31

1:15 p.m. Dismissal on Thursday

Extended Research Project (ERP) Presentations

Posted in Schedule

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

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

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

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

GO HAWKS!!!

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

February, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

February 01, 2016
By Susan Trower

next February 2:

 

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

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

next February 5:

 

Musical Theater Club

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

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

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

next February 6:

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

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

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

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

next February 12 and 16:

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

next February 19:


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

next February 19:

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

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

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

next February 24:

 

Knowledge Bowl Competition
State Spot Qualifier

Fort Worden, Port Townsend

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

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

January 20, 2016
By Lionel Pummell

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kay Morgan joins Actor Audience Talk Back Event for The Secret in the Wings

November 06, 2015
By Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson

Poulsbo, WA....West Sound Theatre Company of West Sound Academy is proud to announce that Kay Morgan, psychologist, actor and director, will be the moderator for the Inaugural Actor to Audience Talk Back for The Secret in the Wings after the Sunday, November 15, 2015 matinee at the Olympic College Theatre, Bremerton campus.  Curtain time is 2PM.

Kay Morgan
  Kay Morgan

"The Secret in the Wings" is based on European fairy tales. The title has two meanings, playwright Mary Zimmerman said in an interview from her home in Evanston. "In 'The Seven Swans' story, a father wishes his seven noisy sons could be as quiet as swans, and they are turned into swans.

"Their sister manages to turn them back into boys by remaining silent for seven years, during which she makes jackets. She runs out of time. So one of the jackets has only one sleeve. One of her brothers lives his whole life with a human arm and a swan wing.

"It suggests the way that we all have peculiar experiences when we are young that mark us for life. But when you meet us, you don't know why we are strange in some way."

The other meaning of the title refers to theater itself. People in the audience are never sure what is waiting offstage (in the wings) ready to jump out in front of them. "The sense of surprise is important," Zimmerman says, "especially since these stories really are full of surprises. For one thing, most of them are obscure fairy tales."

West Sound Theatre Company ensemble members have incorporated their personal interpretations of fairytales and adolescent questions through the process and practices of devised theatre.  Devised Theatre incorporates the actors’ personal interpretation and understanding into the work.  The Secret in the Wings was originally a devised work by Mary Zimmerman and company members of The Looking Glass Theatre in Chicago.

 

Who:    West Sound Theatre Company – West Sound Academy Drama Program
When:   Performance Dates
              November 13th & 14th 7:30 p.m.
              November 15th 2:00 p.m.
Where:  Olympic College Theatre
              1264 15th Street (15th Street at Ohio Avenue)
              Bremerton WA
Tickets: $10 Adults, $7 Students, $5 Senior Citizens
Reservations and Information Contact
              Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson at (360) 598-5954

 

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November, 2015: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

November 03, 2015
By Susan Trower

next November 2 - 6:

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

next November 2 - 18:

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

Online Auction site

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

next November 9:

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

8:20 to 10:00 - Period 4
10:05 to 11:45 - Period 5
11:45 to 12:15 - Lunch 
12:20 to 2:00 - Period 6
2:05 to 3:10 - Period 7 
Britannica ImageQuest Science Photo Library

next November 11:

 
There is

NO SCHOOL

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

next November 13, 14, and 15:

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

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

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

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

next November 16 - 20:

 
International Education Week!

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

International Education Week 2015

See IEW Week Schedule

next November 21:

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

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

next November 26 and 27:

 
There is

NO SCHOOL

Thursday, November 26
and Friday, November 27
 
in observance of 
Thanksgiving Day 
Britannica ImageQuest
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WSA Theatre Arts Program Granted Thespian Troupe Charter

October 07, 2015
By Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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