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New, new and more new!

August 19, 2019
By Barrie Hillman

West Sound Academy logoIt's a new school year and WSA is kicking it off with lots of new things! The most exciting change is our new logo, designed by our very own Front Desk Coordinator, Brandie Robbins.   The logo captures the essence of a student's experience as a student. The logo explained:

The mountain is a powerful metaphor for the many pinnacles that WSA teachers curate for students to approach and ascend, ultimately leading to their next journey after high school. The W is deliberately free-form to symbolize that children are the center of our focus but also reminiscent of two arms creating a safety net of sorts as students climb to their pinnacles. The faculty and staff hold out their arms in order to demonstrate support during the risk-taking that students must embrace in order to find greater achievement.

In tandem with a new logo will be the launch of a new website that shares information for the school in a clean and contemporary visual manner. Keep an eye out for the new "Hawk's Nest"  link on the website where parents and students will be able to easily find all the relevant day-to-day information needed in one easy to find place. The website should be launched in late  October in order to allow us time to learn the various processes involved in site management.

Last spring, WSA was able to raise money through the Kitsap Great Give to purchase new furniture for the entry areas of our buildings as well as a few pieces outside too. Each lobby has new seating or standing tables that allow for easy collaboration and socializing. Charging stations are also available in the classroom buildings and both Ryan and Parke now have printers accessible in the lobbies. Additionally, thanks to a grant from the Seattle Foundation, we also have stylish and comfy new "working" chairs in the library and for our in-house school counselor to use for meetings.

Down, Lily!  These new library chairs are only for people!Thanks to the hard work of Josh Pippinger and Mark Henry, father and grandfather of Ethan Henry-Pippinger, our unpaved driveway areas have gotten a new gravel and smooth grade. While the bulldozer was on site, a new "flat spot" was created just behind the PE shed for recess and outdoor play. Finally, Josh created a looped trail in the pastures above and below the soccer field to allow for even more outdoor adventures.

Joe was busy all summer making old things new again! He installed new vinyl flooring in Ryan 1 so sixth and seventh graders can more easily work on projects. He rearranged locker configurations and painted an accent wall in Karen's classroom. He re-painted the gallery and added new magnetic sheets to create easy options for hanging artwork. Joe also re-built the ga-ga pit with recycled fencing and a dash of creativity.

Making something new out of something old, Sam Abraham '20 and Noah Moosmiller '20 along with some extra help from parent, Jason Moosmiller, constructed a stage at the amphitheater from old materials once used for the Listen To Your Art stage as their CAS project. Another CAS project led by Julie Hillman '20 was to re-organize the prop closet used for WSA Theatre productions. With the help of Emily Bradford '20, these two seniors are also creating a digital catalog of the major costumes.

Gradelink Student Information SystemAs indicated in the Registration Meetings Barrie conducted this summer, the school year will be launched with a new School Information System called Gradelink, replacing RenWeb/FACTS which should allow for some added capability. We will have a new lunch ordering system through Google Forms. This will start as a weekly process until we get the hang of it and will then, hopefully, advance to monthly orders. Related to assessment, there is a new Parent-Teacher-Student Conference format as well, starting with goal-setting conferences in September.

We have a new teacher too! Please welcome Anna Solovyev. And, of course, we welcomed a new future WSA student this summer: Thomas Freeman, born to Associate Head of School, Catherine Freeman in July.

Despite all the new, what remains a constant at WSA is our commitment to our students to provide a school where they are known as individuals and experience meaningful learning opportunities and purposeful engagement with the world around them.

Posted in All School

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,

 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 or​ ​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:


Yearbook Contest                  

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

         October 31

Posted in All School

May, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

May 02, 2016
By Susan Trower


IB Diploma Programme examinations
                  at WSA begin

            Monday, May 2, 2016


       See: May 2016 IB DP Examination Schedule


Kitsap Great Give - May 3, 2016 May 3:


           One Day Only!

A 24-hour online giving event

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

Frodel Hall on the West Sound Academy campusMay 3:


Open House

Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m.

Open Houses introduce our faculty and program to interested families. Visitors have a chance to learn about our academics and extracurricular activities, meet the Head of School and some of the faculty and students, and take a tour of the campus. Anyone interested in joining us for this Open House can email Lisa Gsellman at

Guitar - Mark Gsellman photoMay 11:


         Arts Night

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

2015 Jan Term music performance source checkMay 14:

              WSA Presents:

Upper School Musicians

           in Concert

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

 TARDISMay 18:


                 The last day of
IB Diploma Programme examinations
                       at WSA is


Wednesday, May 18, 2016


See: May 2016 IB DP Examination Schedule

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

     WSA's Social Committee presents:

           Upper School

           Spring Formal

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

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

 Pennies for PatientsMay 26:

West Sound Academy will be on a

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

Presentation of Awards and
Declaration Day for the Class of 2016

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

 Britannica ImageQuest imageMay 27:

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

 Karin Knighton, WSA 2016May 27:

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

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

West Sound Academy presents:
        the Middle School play

    Still Life With Iris

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

 Britannica ImageQuest imageMay 30:

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

          Memorial Day


May 31:

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

Final Exams for Grades 6-11, Spring 2016

Posted in Schedule

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
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  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

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


           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
Winter Break

Britannica ImageQuest - Snowflake

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

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