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Listen to Your Art’s Friday Sound on April 13th

April 05, 2018
By Quinn Lanning, '18 and Alena Pulhug, '19

Listen to Your Art's Friday Sound on April 13thThree years ago, a group of West Sound Academy students organized the first Listen to Your Art music and arts festival as a benefit for The Trevor Project, the nation’s leading suicide prevention hotline for LGBTQ youth. Since 2014, the three festivals hosted have raised over $20,000 for The Trevor Project. With engagement from local artists, musicians, and public speakers, Listen to Your Art has invited the people of Kitsap to join the conversation surrounding suicide awareness and lift the taboo associated with suicide discussion. With many of our core members graduating and changing the world through their own journeys, the current Listen to Your Art team has made the decision to hold smaller-scale music events, called Friday Sound, at West Sound Academy (WSA).

Friday Sound was an old WSA tradition that was brought back in 2017 as a fundraising effort for Listen to Your Art’s main festival. This event will continue on in future years as a completely student-run direct fundraiser for The Trevor Project. On April 13th, Listen to Your Art will be hosting Friday Sound with bands from WSA and other areas in Kitsap, including The Red Tails, Quinn Lanning, 24-Hour Hug, Lauren Wallach and Zoe Moreton. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the music starts at 6:30 pm. All ages are welcome to come and listen.

Ticket prices are as follows: $5 for students $7 for adults $15 for families of 3 or more.

Thank you for following Listen to Your Art and supporting its goal of alleviating the stigma behind the conversation of suicide and supporting those who struggle with suicidal ideation.

Posted in Special Events

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

June, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

June 01, 2017
By Susan Trower

Days for Girls International June 3:

 
 

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, June 3 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.


Quinn, Sparky, and Imane in the Music Ensemble June Term class  June 8:          

 

       June Term music      

          performances
   for parents and friends

 
Paul Burback, Director
 
Indianola Clubhouse
6:30 p.m.
 
 

 Last day of school before summer vacation, 1954 - Britannica ImageQuestJune 9:

 

      June Term
   Presentations


                    Take place in the Commons
 
 
                   There is EARLY DISMISSAL
                               at 12:00 Noon
 
See Image Galleries for an album of photos from all of the 2017 June Term classes and TRECs!
 

Donation Days for the WSA Rummage Sale - Britannica ImageQuest image June 10-14:

 

     Donation Days

        WSA Rummage Sale

 
       
Place:  The Commons
Time:   9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
Saturday, June 10
Sunday, June 11
Monday, June 12
Tuesday, June 13
Wednesday, June 14
 
             
Please park in the area between the front of Ryan Hall and the back of Baker Hall in order to unload items into the Commons door at the back of Baker Hall (look for signage). Items will be refused if not in “gently used” condition or if they are on the list of items we are not accepting. WSA will be solely in charge of pricing and the donors should not expect any reserve prices or payment for items sold. See WSA Rummage Sale for more information.
      

Cocktail included with $35 ticket to WSA Rummage Rumble on June 16, 7 to 9 p.m. - Britannica ImageQuest image June 16:

 

Early Bird Rummage Rumble

 
 
Friday, June 16, 7 to 9 p.m.
The Commons
$35 per person
 

People purchasing a $35 ticket will receive a voucher for one signature Rummage Rumble cocktail drink (non-alcoholic versions will be available as well), some delicious appetizers and 35% off whatever Rummage Treasure they can fit into a grocery bag and still carry out the door.

Rummage Rumble shoppers will also have first opportunity to purchase items that won't fit into the grocery bag.  WSA will be selling a limit of 75 tickets at the door and each person age 14 and over entering must purchase a ticket. 


 WSA Rummage Sale, June 17, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Vintage Sale Sign, Britannica ImageQuestJune 17:

 

   WSA Rummage Sale

 

Sale Day for the General Public 

Place:  The Commons & quad
Time:   8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Day:  Friday, June 17

The sale area will be in the quad central to all the buildings as well as the Commons in the back of Baker Hall. Volunteers will be assigned to a particular area for sales and will have aprons where they can accept cash and checks. One credit card station will be set up in the Commons. Sold items will be stickered with a volunteer’s signature on it.          


Hiking trail at Mt. Rainier National Park - Britannica ImageQuest June 18 - August 29:

 

       There is

NO SCHOOL

 
 
June 18 - August 29

for Summer Vacation

 

See you on Wednesday, August 30 for the first day of school for 2017-2018!

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

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

 
 
 
 
Posted in All School

Listen to Your Art 3 Music & Arts Festival - Fundraiser for The Trevor Project - Set for July 9

November 21, 2016
By Susan Trower

Listen to Your Art - July 9, 2017, at Mike Wallace Park in KingstonWest Sound Academy (WSA) students have organized and directed Listen to Your Art music and arts festivals in Port Gamble for the last two summers.  These entirely student-run festivals have raised over $13,000 for The Trevor Project, the nation’s largest suicide prevention hotline specifically geared toward LGBTQ teens.  The three founders graduated from West Sound Academy in June, but now current students are planning for a third Listen to Your Art festival, set for July 9, 2017 at a new location: Mike Wallace Park in Kingston.

Past Listen to Your Art festivals have tackled two goals:  promoting greater awareness to the Kitsap community of the problem of teen suicide, and raising funds for a nationally-recognized organization that is addressing the problem around the country.  "Listen to Your Art is important because it educates people about The Trevor Project, while providing a super fun day of music and festivities," Grace Schmitt, a WSA freshman, explains.

Listen to Your Art 2, August 2016 - Espen Swanson photoLast summer's Listen to Your Art festival in August was very successful, with 300 attendees, around $7,000 raised for The Trevor Project, and involvement of fifteen business sponsors and artists.  Espen Swanson, WSA senior and veteran of the first two festivals, is one of three student co-leaders of this year's Listen to Your Art team, serving as strategic planning manager.  "As we’ve started work on Year 3, one of our biggest challenges has been to figure out how to restructure with new people," he admits.  Swanson is using a web-based project management and collaboration tool to organize students' efforts in marketing, planning, and fund-raising. 

The Art Wall at Listen to Your Art, August, 2016 - Espen Swanson photoThe group is excited about the new location and changes planned for Listen to Your Art 3 on July 9 at Mike Wallace Park in Kingston.  "We will have more bands (two stages), more artists, and more educational opportunities like workshops," Swanson says. "One of our main goals this year is to increase community engagement, so we are looking for educational organizations, such as GLSEN or The Trevor Project, to participate more in the festival," he adds.

Listen to Your Art crowdsourcing page on YouCaringThe students have launched a crowd-sourced funding drive on YouCaring to raise the necessary seed money to stage the festival.  The overall fundraising goal this year is $10,000.  All donations are tax deductible, and all profits will go to benefit either Listen to Your Art programs or The Trevor Project. 


The group's fundraising page is at: 

https://www.youcaring.com/listen-to-your-art-661329


The Art Wall at Listen to Your Art, August, 2016 - Espen Swanson photoAs they work through all of the details of putting on a complex event, student organizers keep in mind their ultimate goal, stated in the Listen to Your Art mission statement: "We hope to overcome the taboo that is assigned to the topic of suicide and create a safe and open space that is willing to discuss and overcome the issue through a day of creative education."  Quinn Lanning, WSA junior and member of the team, says, "Being a part of Listen to Your Art has been an amazing experience. It's expanded my knowledge of event organization and it's brought me closer to my community. As an LGBT person and activist, I love knowing that this festival will benefit many other LGBT youth in need of a voice. "

Annika Nelson at Listen to Your Art, August, 2016 - Espen Swanson photoAnnika Nelson, another WSA junior, sums up the feelings of all of the students involved in planning next summer's festival.  "I've been involved with Listen to Your Art since the beginning. It started with a bunch of high school students wanting to raise awareness about the Trevor project and get people comfortable talking about the subject. Throughout the process, we've grown as a team professionally, as well as gained the opportunity to be advocates for an important cause. I can't wait to see how it all turns out."

 
More information about Listen to Your Art can be found at:
 
 
Listen to Your Art social media include:
 

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

Coming Soon! Listen to Your Art: August 6 in Port Gamble

July 26, 2016
By Espen Swanson

Listen to Your Art - August 6, 12 noon to 9 p.m. in Port GambleA certain group of WSA students and recent graduates haven't been taking it easy this summer.  They have been hard at work completing preparations and planning for the Listen to Your Art festival, taking place on August 6, from 12 noon to 9 p.m. at the baseball field in Port Gamble.

The goal for this entirely student-run music and art festival is to raise money and awareness for the Trevor Project, the country's leading crisis intervention and suicide prevention service for youth, with specific assistance for LGBTQ teens.

Listen to Your Art was orignally created and continues to be managed by WSA students.  Last year's event succeeded in raising $6,000 for the Trevor Project. This year the Listen to Your Art team hopes to continue their success, and they have partnered with local bands, artists, and businesses to create a fun day and a meaningful donation to the Trevor Project. 

 

Bands appearing at Listen to Your Art:
 
Isthmusia
Mathew the Animal
House of Blue Leaves
Iffy Comma
Henry Mansfield and the Bearded Scooter Gang
Mt. Lake
Eleventy One
Paul Burback and Derek Burns at Listen to Your Art, August 2015 - Espen Swanson photo


Penguin art at LTYA 2015 - Espen Swanson photoThe festival is for all ages, and will include a full day of music, lawn games, art creation and food. For more information, check out our Facebook pages (one for the organization, one for the event), and feel free to contact us any time at listentoyourartevent@gmail.com. If you’re interested in donating, a link to the GoFundMe page is also included at the bottom.

The Listen to Your Art staff has planned for a lively and entertaining event, and hopes to reach many people on August 6 with the message of the Trevor Project.  

Like the Listen to Your Art Facebook page for more information and updates:

https://www.facebook.com/listentoyourart/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/1319359811426405/

GoFundMe Page

https://www.gofundme.com/84quccn8

Questions, comments, and vendor inquiries can be made to listentoyourartevent@gmail.com

Posted in Special Events

Pennies for Patients Wrap-Up: A Big (Exclamation Point!) Success

May 12, 2016
By Angie Gangi

Teachers' donation jars for the Pennies for Patients fundraiserWest Sound Academy ended the third year of fundraising for the Pennies for Patients campaign with an exclamation point! For three weeks in April, WSA worked with the Pennies for Patients campaign to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The LLS aids patients through cancer research and the search for a cure to all blood-related cancers.

WSA's goal of raising $3,000 was a high bar that was not only met but crushed as students, faculty and families raised a grand total of $4,889.60!

That's more than $43 per student!

Student fundraising teams were formed by advocacy. Here's a break down of how the funds were raised per team:

A flying' Ryley Mercado pies his advocate, Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson

  • Lionel's Team - $1,177.71
  • Mrs. Freeman's Team - $614.21
  • Jen's Team - $530.57
  • Mr. Miller's Team - $509.23
  • Gretchen's Team - $452.83
  • Ms. Garvin's Team - $384.05
  • Karen's Team - $327.36
  • Lorri's Team - $308.86
  • Brittany's Team - $264.62
  • Kim's Team - $210.54

  After our kick off assembly April 11th, students began to raise money by collecting change and asking family and friends for online donations. Online donations accounted for more than half of the total amount raised.

A BIG donation from the WSA community to help fight blood cancersStudents were excited about the difference their funds would make in the lives of cancer patients after hearing about how far the medical advances have come in the past several years alone. They were also looking forward to earning a few of the WSA exclusive incentive prizes along the way including: candy, popsicles, water play day on the last day of school, staff silliness jars, and the grand prize of egg roulette played by a few brave teachers if we reached our $3,000 goal. Needless to say, the teachers got slimed with dozens of raw eggs to great applause at the big results assembly May 2nd when WSA presented the LLS with a huge check for $4,889.60. The final donation amount went up slightly after the final pennies and checks were deposited. Bonus!

The Pennies for Patients campaign highlights the generosity and spirit of the students and families at WSA, and offers hope to those who have been touched by cancer.

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

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Incredible Evening of Music Performances by WSA Jan Term Students Launches Annual Visionary Campaign

January 27, 2016
By Susan Trower

WSA Board members Jeff Johnson and Marisa Lanning, Espen Swanson photoFriday, January 22, 2016:  The last day of Jan Term found West Sound parents, students, staff, and other friends of the school seated in the Olympic College Theater, ready for an evening of music by WSA students.  West Sound music teacher Paul Burback guided his Music Immersion Jan Term ensemble to select and arrange the music for a final performance.  Before the first note was played, two members of the West Sound Academy Board of Trustees, Jeff Johnson and Marisa Lanning, came forward to address the audience, to remind them of the many reasons why they chose West Sound Academy as the school for their children.  

Marisa Lanning spoke of the importance of each family's choice of school for their children, and the need for the entire WSA community to participate in giving to the Annual Visionary Campaign.

"WSA is clearly a game changer for our children, providing them a challenging and supportive environment in which they gain the tools to succeed in life.  This certainly is the case for my own child, Gwynn. In choosing West Sound, each family makes the conscious decision to enter into a partnership. WSA provides the education to move our children and forward and we, in turn, help move West Sound forward."

"As an independent school, West Sound has the freedom to teach creatively and effectively. But as with any freedom there are costs and responsibilities. West Sound does not receive any state or federal money. It is up to us, our families, our friends, the community of West Sound, to make sure our school has the resources to thrive. Twenty years hence we want our children to look back with pride and say “that was where I got the best education and I remember when…”."

Music Immersion Jan Term Performance, January 22, 2016 - Espen Swanson photo"As you know, our tuition does not fully cover the costs to educate our students. This is typical in independent schools. How big is the gap? It’s about $1200 per student. Together we need to close the gap. Some of us are able to pay this amount, others cannot. Some will pay more. Some will pay a portion in cash and the rest in “in kind” donations, volunteering, school work, etc. It is important to me to extend and pay extra because a West Sound education is worth it."

"WSA needs your help today in order to continue providing our kids with amazing:  music, theater, and visual art instruction, exciting STEM learning and leadership, appropriate testing, hands-on science, college level history, international travel, and exposure to a global community and the connections this fosters.  These are the perks and the responsibility of a private school."

Annual Visionary Campaign Hall o' Student Mugs - with LOTS of Espen Swanson photosWest Sound Academy has two goals to achieve in the next four weeks: 100% participation in the Annual Visionary Fund and raising $140,000. 

Already the Board of Trustees and the Faculty and Staff have reached the 100% participation goal. 

The Board has asked the West Sound community to double last year’s donation and give generously, so the school is well on its way to $140,000.  

There is an extra "perk" for WSA parents who donate to the Annual Visionary Campaign:  a very special coffee mug, with an very special photo of their own son or daughter.  

A big thanks goes to WSA junior Espen Swanson for the wonderful photography on all of the mugs.

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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
Posted in All School

WSA Auction News, Issue 1: Online Auction and a Diamond Bar!

October 25, 2015
By Jen Dennis

Posted in Special Events

18th Annual Auction

September 30, 2015
By Susan Trower

WSA's 18th Annual Auction
"Diamonds in the Rough"

 

 Saturday, November 21, 2015
5:30 p.m.
White Horse Golf Club in Kingston

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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. 

Five ways you can support the gems of West Sound Academy:

 

Live Auction

The Live Auction traditionally offers a select number of items for bid that are creative and often one-of-a-kind.  In the past these have included artwork, travel, entertainment, lodging, restaurants, electronics and outdoor adventures.  Lisa Gregg is the Chair of the Live Auction and can be reached at liveauction@westsoundacademy.org should you or someone you know have an idea for a donation.

Online and Silent Auction

New this fall is WSA's exciting teaser to the big night - the Online Auction!  Featuring wonderful gift items, artwork, services, gift certificates and just-in-time holiday shopping opportunities the online auction is an exciting way for more people to get involved.  Select specialty items will be held in reserve for the Silent Auction and will be available only on the night of the event.  Allyson Metters is the Chair of the Silent Auction.  You can contact her to request information or to make a donation at silentauction@westsoundacademy.org.  

auction helpers november 22 2014

Volunteer

 Volunteerism is also a wonderful way to support the event.  Jennifer Dennis is our Event Chair, and she can help determine how your energy can best support the fun and festivities!  

Jennifer can be reached at auction@westsoundacademy.org.

Business Partnerships

 Businesses sponsor our auction, gaining exposure among guests who appreciate good food, travel, and art.  WSA will promote sponsoring businesses by providing a prominent display of their donations as well as recognition on the night of the auction and in advance publicity.  We will encourage members of our community to shop locally and support those who support the greater community.  For more information please contact Elizabeth Butler at ebutler@westsoundacademy.org.

Attendance

Experience the spirit of West Sound Academy first hand by attending our auction event on November 21, 2015.  Held at the White Horse Golf Club, this celebration includes fine dining, opportunities for holiday shopping and best of all, inspiration from today's young people.  For more information, please contact Elizabeth Butler at ebutler@westsoundacademy.org.

white horse golf club at night

Please plan to RSVP and to have items in the hands of the WSA Auction Committee by October 23, 2015.

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