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December, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

November 30, 2016
By Susan Trower

Frodel Hall on the West Sound Academy campus - Mark Gsellman photoDecember 3:

Open House
December 3, 2016
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  For a map and driving directions to West Sound Academy, click here.

Hour of CodeDecember 6:

On December 16, 2016, during the last hour of the school day.... WSA students are doing an

              Hour of Code!


going through their choice of a selection of programming tutorials.


West Sound Academy Hawks!December 8:


Knowledge Bowl Competition
        Practice Scrimmage

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

December 9:


Friday Sound is back!

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,
Red Tape
Eleventy One
Quinn Lanning
$5 for students, $7 for adults, $15 for families of 3 or more
Friday Sound is a Listen to Your Art program.

Snowflake - Britannica ImageQuestDecember 19 - January 2:


       There is


December 19, 2016 - January 2, 2017

for Winter Break


WSA Yearbook Photo ContestDecember 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 December!
Deadline for this month's entries:

December 31


See you back at school on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 for Finals Review Week!

Posted in All School

WSA Awarded 'Book Grant' from the Washington State Library:  Collection of 50 STEM Titles

February 11, 2016
By Susan Trower

Spencer found a book that look's interesting:  The Toaster Project, by Thomas ThwaitesOn February 9 some juniors from Karen Mattick's Biology class came up to the library to help with one of the more fun library tasks - not dusting shelves or putting books in Dewey Decimal order - but unpacking new books.  Lots of new science books (54 to be exact) that came as part of the Washington State Library (WSL) "The Future STEMs from Reading' grant to West Sound Academy.

The grant from the Washington State Library came about as a response to the need for school libraries to update their materials in science, engineering, technology and math (STEM).  An advisory committee of teacher-librarians worked with WSL to put together STEM book collections aimed at elementary, middle, and high school students from lists of award-winning books. The program was funded with support from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science: 50 Experiments for Daring Young Scientists A competive grant cycle was held for the 230 STEM collections available for public and nonprofit private school libraries: 120 for elementary, 55 for middle school, and 55 for high school. West Sound Academy was awarded one of the high school collections, and the boxes of books arrived this week.  

After cataloging and labeling is done, the books will be ready for use in classes or for some recreational nerd-reading.  WSA science teacher Karen Mattick contemplated using one of the books, The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science:  50 Experiments for Daring Young Scientists in her classroom.  "As long as they aren't too catastrophic, this one could work," she ruled.

Posted in Academics

Let’s answer the question ‘Why?’

December 18, 2015
By Lisa Gsellman

If you know me, you know I love this school. If you meet me, you will find out shortly that I really love this school. But when asked “Why?” Wyatt and Kai asking 'Why?'I sometimes find myself fumbling for words to describe what makes West Sound Academy so….lovable.

What is it that we have here that seems to be working so well? Is it the faculty? Is it the students? Families? IB? The peaceful campus? I find myself asking more questions than answering!

We are an International Baccalaureate School and the IB learner profile fits us like a glove. We are not guided by it but it comes to us organically simply through our own curiosity. We are inquirers. We are open-minded. We are risk takers. We are reflective. We all are caring. That is the sweet spot. That is the ‘why.’

I’d like to share a short and inspiring Ted Talk by Ramsey Mussallam with you about why ‘Why’ is so important in our classrooms.

Students here are transformed by their own curiosity and their search to find the answers. Inspiration flows between teachers and students as they work together exploring solutions. Kindness, encouragement, and inquisitiveness have become the culture of West Sound Academy. When I see those bright smiles from grasping a difficult math concept, or writing a great essay, or nailing a guitar solo, I am absolutely filled up with love and inspiration for this school.

Posted in Academics


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