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A Summer Challenge from the Head of School: Go out and play!

June 07, 2018
By Barrie Hillman

Dear WSA,

The last three weeks have been full of joy and exploration through our June Term classes. The campus has been hopping with creativity and creation. We also are happy to welcome home our June TREC travelers from their trip to France and Spain!

The Maker Playground class with 'The Bunker' that they made for WSA's new adventure playgroundHaving worked so hard all year long on academics, this experiential learning opportunity allows for deeper collaboration, innovation and problem-solving with students of all ages in each group. While the faculty can recognize the achievements of the students, the students often think of it as play. In fact, I am such a huge fan of play that I created the Maker Playground June Term class specifically for the purpose of encouraging more free play that is not sanitized with lots of direction and adult intervention.

Play can stimulate brain activity, relieve stress and build valuable skills and we, adults and kids, simply do not do enough of it. Teens and tweens desperately need more play and we often forget about this as kids grow more autonomous. So my challenge for you all this summer (parents...you need to play too) is to mindfully embrace play. Look for opportunities to create play in unexpected places. Stuck in a ferry line? Create a game out of items you can find in the car. Going on a hike? Find a cool stick to carve. Hanging out with friends? Put down your phones and play cards. Play with electronics is not the same as unstructured play and doesn't reap the same benefits.

At "The Gully," as our maker playground was named, we play with "loose materials" and tools. We hope to have some open sessions this summer and will invite you to come play with us! It was a great school year and to everyone: students, parents, staff, faculty and dogs...job well done and happy summer!

Barrie

June, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

May 30, 2018
By Susan Trower

Quinn, Sparky, and Imane in the Music Ensemble June Term class  June 7:          

 

       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 8:

 

      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 2018 June Term classes and TRECs!
 

Hiking trail at Mt. Rainier National Park - Britannica ImageQuest June 11 - August 28:

 

       There is

NO SCHOOL

 
 
June 11 - August 28

for Summer Vacation

 

See you on Wednesday, August 29 for the first day of school for 2018-2019!

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May, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

April 29, 2018
By Susan Trower

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

 

             Admissions
Information Session and Tour

       Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m.

 

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

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


Go hawks! May 1-4:

 

WSA Spirit Week continues!

 

Monday, April 30: Pajama Day - dress comfy!

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

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

Thursday: Spirit Day - wear sports team or WSA gear

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


Read more about WSA events in May!

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September, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

September 02, 2017
By Susan Trower

Labor DaySeptember 4:

 
 

 

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

Vision - Britannica ImageQuestSeptember 6:

 

                 Auction
          Volunteer Meeting               

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

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

 

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

       Curriculum Night
              6:30 p.m.

 

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

 
 

 Team icon - Britannica ImageQuestSeptember 13:

 

West Sound Academy classes    

  dismiss at 2:00 p.m.

 

for teacher collaborative planning.

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

 June TRECSeptember 14:

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

   Mandatory Planning Meeting

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

 Britannica ImageQuest - Stack of books with appleSeptember 21:

 

            West Sound Academy classes    

                     dismiss at 12:15 p.m.

               on Thursday, September 21

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

 
 
 
 

 Ms. Garvin with EleanorSeptember 22:

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

Whitman CollegeSeptember 25:

 
 

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

Conference Room
Baker Hall
1:00 p.m.
 
 

 Team icon - Britannica ImageQuestSeptember 27:

 

West Sound Academy classes    

  dismiss at 2:00 p.m.

 

for teacher collaborative planning.

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

Britannica ImageQuest - photographerSeptember 27:

 

        Picture Day

         

will take place in the Commons

on Wednesday, September 27

beginning at 9 a.m.

 
 
 
 

Boardroom - Britannica ImageQuestSeptember 27:

 
     There is a meeting of the
   

West Sound Academy              

   Board of Trustees 

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

 College pennants for the Class of 2015September 28:

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

   College Information
             Night

 

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

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

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