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May, 2019: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

May 01, 2019
By Susan Trower

Go hawks! May 1-3:


WSA Spirit Week continues!


Monday, April 29: Pajama Day & Hugs

Tuesday, April 30: Snazzy Day & High Fives

Wednesday, May 1: Snazzy Day & International Salutations

Thursday, May 2: Mustache Day & Compliments

Friday, May 3: Decades Day & Handwritten Notes

 May 3:


Middle School Game Night & BBQ - May 3, 2019WSA's Student Council presents: 

     Middle School                      Game Night and BBQ

Place:  The Commons
Time:   6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Burgers & Hot Dogs: will be served!
Tickets: $5 per person
Interested?  Get your ticket at the Front Desk!

 May 4:

Tower Garden, Hampton Court Flower Show, 2004 - Britannica ImageQuest

Upper School
Spring Formal

"Enchanted Garden"
Saturday, May 7
Indianola Clubhouse
7 to 9:30 p.m. - $15 per person
Students bringing guests who do not attend WSA must return a completed Guest Permission Slip (first signed by WSA Head of School and then signed by the guest's parent) to the WSA Front Office by Friday, May 3, 2019 in order for the guest to be admitted to the event.

Read more about WSA events in May!

Posted in All School

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 ( 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!


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      

   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

                    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


June 11 - August 28

for Summer Vacation


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

Posted in All School

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:


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

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!

Posted in All School

September, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

September 02, 2017
By Susan Trower

Labor DaySeptember 4:



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

Vision - Britannica ImageQuestSeptember 6:


          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


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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