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December, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

December 03, 2018
By Susan Trower

Hour of CodeDecember 4:

On December 4, 2018, 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.

 
 
 

Frodel Hall on the West Sound Academy campus - Mark Gsellman photoDecember 9:

Admissions Information
     Session and Tour

December 9, 2018
Sunday
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Admissions Information Sessions 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 Admissions Information Session can send an email to Lisa Gsellman at lgsellman@westsoundacademy.org.  For a map and driving directions to West Sound Academy, click here.

 

Read more about WSA events in December!

Posted in All School

Graduate Presents Gift of Aloha to Her Classmates at 2018 Commencement

June 03, 2018
By Susan Trower

The class of 2018 in the staging room before graduation - Espen Swanson photoThe West Sound Academy community - faculty, friends and family of the Class of 2018 - came to the House of Awakened Culture in Suquamish on May 25 to celebrate the school's 17th annual commencement. The graduates represented a diverse group: international student graduates from China, Vietnam and France, and some domestic students who had lived in other states before settling in Kitsap: Pennsylvania, Texas, Hawaii. All of these students, representing such different cultures and backgrounds, were thrilled to be at this celebration and acknowledgement of their achievements.

Jenna-lin Tabisola giving leis to her classmates, assisted by WSA Head of School Barrie Hillman - Espen Swanson photoJenna-lin Tabisola, originally from Hawaii, began the evening's ceremonies with a presentation of gifts from her family to each of her fellow classmate: fabric leis, in West Sound Academy's school colors. Tabisola's mother, Jennifer Komatsu, made the leis from "yards and yards of satin"; the entire project took several months to complete. Tabisola explained the significance of the gift.

Jenna-lin Tabisola giving a lei to her classmate, Yanli Zhang - Espen Swanson photo    "The Hawaiian word "Aloha" means love, mercy, compassion, hello and goodbye. It is a word that has to do with deep feelings and emotions. Giving a lei as a gift expresses the same meaning as "Aloha". A lei traditionally shows honor and love and is an extra special gift, as it carries not only a blessing and tangible beauty, but also represents the giving of time. We give these to the graduates to show our feelings of love and appreciation and in recognition for their hard work. Like a ring, a lei has no beginning or end, symbolizing your part of the West Sound experience. [West Sound] is a place you can always call home and a place that will always welcome you back."

Barrie Hillman, West Sound Academy's Head of School, gave assistance as Tabisola gave each of the graduates a lei. Then Randy Komatsu, the graduate's father, came up to the dais carrying his younger daughter Rielly so that the little girl could give a matching lei to her sister.

 

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Posted in Special Events

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!

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:

 

             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!

Posted in All School

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

April, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

April 02, 2018
By Susan Trower

 Britannica ImageQuest - Spring LeavesApril 2 - 6:

 
West Sound Academy is
 
         CLOSED
            FOR
    SPRING BREAK
 
                  April 2 - 6, 2018

 


 International Baccalaureate OrganizationApril 11:

 

IB Information Meeting for 9th Graders and Parents

 
      Barrie Hillman, Head of School
                        and
             Catherine Freeman,
              Director of Studies
 
                    give an overview of the
 
      International Baccalaureate
        Programme
            
            for 9th Graders and their parents
                  in the Conference Room
  April 11, 6:30 p.m.
 
 
 

Read more about WSA events in April!

Posted in All School

March, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

February 28, 2018
By Susan Trower

Team icon - Britannica ImageQuest March 7:

 

2:00 PM DISMISSAL

for teacher collaborative planning

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

WSA Presents: The Curious Savage, March 9 & 10, at the Commons, WSA Campus March 9 and 10:

 

West Sound Academy presents:

 The Curious Savage

A Comedy by John Patrick
 
              Directed by
 Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson 
 
Friday, March 9:  7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 10:  7:00 p.m.

    

Tickets: $10 Adults
               $7 Students
 
For ticket reservations, go to:
 
The Curious Savage - Tickets
              
The Commons 
West Sound Academy
16571 Creative Dr NE,, Poulsbo
 

Read more about WSA events in March

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

April, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

March 31, 2017
By Susan Trower

 Britannica ImageQuest - Spring LeavesApril 3 - 7:

 
West Sound Academy is
 
         CLOSED
            FOR
    SPRING BREAK
 
                  April 3 - 7, 2017

 


 Senior Project PresentationsApril 12 - 13:

 

Presentations of
 Senior Projects

 
      will be made to the
 
               Senior Project panel
                 on April 12 and 13
            in the Conference Room
 
Wednesday, April 12
  • 2:05 p.m. -  Ching WokFrank Gehry
  • 2:30 p.m. - Miranda Ma, The Kangaroo of Australia
  • 2:55 p.m. - Ryley MercadoMichael Jackson
Thursday, April 13
  • 2:05 p.m. -  Sherry Pan, Hans Christian Andersen Fairytales
  • 2:30 p.m. - Annika HaldThe Effect of Childhood Trauma on Adult Life
  • 2:55 p.m. - Samira Cao, The Effect of Heavy Metals on the Human Body

 April 14:

 

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.
 
$5 for students, $7 for adults, $15 for families of 3 or more
 
Friday Sound is a Listen to Your Art program.
 

Days for Girls International April 15:

 

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, April 15 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.


 April 20:

 
  ACT10th Graders take the
 

  Practice ACT

 
 Mrs. Freeman's Room
           Parke 4
  8:20 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 Britannica ImageQuest imageApril 22:

 

Saturday, April 22, 2017, is Earth Day
 

Earth Day is a voluntary service day for West Sound Academy students and staff.

Posted in All School

March, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

March 02, 2017
By Susan Trower

WSA Presents: Death By Design, March 10 & 11, at OC Theater March 10 and 11:

 

West Sound Academy presents:

    Death by Design

   A Comedy with Murder
           
             by Rob Urbinati
 
Friday, March 10:  7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 11:  7:00 p.m.

    

Tickets: $10 Adults
               $7 Students
 
Reservations and Information
 
                (360) 598-5954
 
Olympic College Theater
1264 15th Street (15th Street at Ohio Avenue)
Bremerton, WA
 
 
 

WSA Yearbook Photo Contest March 10:

 

         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 March!
 
Deadline for this month's entries:
 

March 10

 
This is the last month for submitting photos for the yearbook contest!
 

 Britannica ImageQuest - Stack of papersMarch 15:

 

     

        The end of the 3rd Quarter

                  for the 2016-2017 academic year

                 is on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

 

 Apple and school books - Britannica ImageQuestMarch 16 and 17:

 
                     There is
                NO SCHOOL on
 
                        
   Thursday, March 16 
              and
              Friday, March 17
     
so that WSA Teachers can participate in Parent-Teacher Conferences.
 
 

next Washington State Knowledge BowlMarch 19:

 
 
             Washington State
Knowledge Bowl Tournament XXXV
       
           Arlington High School
 
Good luck to our State-bound team!
 

              Go Hawks!!!

 
 

next 6th & 7th Grade Extended Research Project (ERP) PresentationsMarch 21:

 

ExtendedResearch Project

(ERP)

 
 
Presentations for
6th and 7th Grades
 
 
The Commons
Baker Hall
6:30 p.m.
 
 

Boardroom - Britannica ImageQuest March 22:

 
     There is a meeting of the
   

West Sound Academy              

   Board of Trustees 

 
Wednesday, March 22
Conference Room
5:30 p.m.
 

next 2017 Kitsap Youth Rally theme: Why fit in when you were born to stand out?March 24:

 
Kitsap Youth Rally
for Human Rights
 
On March 24, 2017 over 325 junior and senior high school students from the Kitsap Peninsula will gather at Olympic College to educate one another and celebrate the human rights of all students.
 
WSA music students will perform for the opening and closing ceremonies, and the Listen to Your Art team will present a breakout session: Student Activism 101.
 
WSA delegation:
     37 students and staff!
 

next Extended Research Project (ERP) PresentationsMarch 28 - 30:

 

      Extended
Research Project

         (ERP)

 
 
    Presentations for
8th, 9th, and 10th Grades
 
 
    The Commons
       Baker Hall
 

Tuesday,  Wednesday, and Thursday
                March 29-31


Teacher in a village school in Vieulaine (France) working at his desk, 1957 - Britannica ImageQuest March 31:

 

There will be NO SCHOOL

 on Friday, March 31, 2017

so that WSA Teachers can complete
3rd Quarter narrative reports.
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

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
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.


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,
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.
 

Snowflake - Britannica ImageQuestDecember 19 - January 2:

 

       There is

NO SCHOOL

 
 
December 19, 2016 - January 2, 2017

for Winter Break

 
 
 

WSA Yearbook Photo ContestDecember 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:
 

December 31

 
 
 
 

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

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:
 

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

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

Posted in Schedule

Art, Poetry, WSA Music Energize & Inspire Over 300 students at Kitsap Youth Rally for Human Rights

March 27, 2016
By Susan Trower

Cornelia Thane '16, Audrey Jordan '18, Angie Mead '16, and Liam Near '16 performing at the Youth Rally - Espen Swanson photoOlympic College was the meeting place on Friday, March 25 for the 22nd annual Kitsap Youth Rally for Human Rights.  Sponsored by Kitsap Safe Schools Network, Kitsap County Council for Human Rights , Olympic College (OC) and Kitsap Peninsula schools, the event is an opportunity for junior and senior high students to gather and inform one another on a variety of issues of human rights.  Plus...it's a chance to celebrate and have a lot of fun!

Area school districts rotate the annual responsibility of being the 'host school' - in charge of planning the theme, the Rally logo for the t-shirts, and the opening and closing ceremonies in the OC gym at the Bremer Student Center.  This year was West Sound Academy's turn to host, and the QSA @ WSA club took charge. 

QSA @ WSA and Listen to Your Art organizers Ben Taylor '16, Aidan Moore '16, and Megan Hall '16 serving as MC's at the Welcoming Ceremonies at the Youth Rally - Espen Swanson photoAs students arrived at OC for the Rally, teachers and club advisors handed out t-shirts to all.  This year's Rally theme - Listen to Your Art - was an extension of last summer's Listen to Your Art festival, and Ben Taylor, '16 designed the logo that was happily worn by students and adults at the Rally.

In the time leading up to the opening ceremonies, students had plenty to do - create art for the WSA Art Wall, view the exhibit of paintings from WSA's Jan Term class, and visit information tables from a number of non-profits that serve youth in the area.   Ben Taylor, Aidan Moore, and Megan Hall staffed the Listen to Your Art 2 booth, encouraging everyone to come to the music festival in Port Gamble on August 6

These same three WSA seniors shared MC duties for the Welcoming Ceremonies, and the WSA Music Ensemble class, Paul Burback directing, amazed the crowd with their performance.  Everyone knew they were part of something special when the stands in the OC gym emptied out as students rushed to the floor to start dancing to the music! 

WSA Music Ensemble in the OC gym at the Youth Rally - Espen Swanson photoRally participants then left the gym and attended their choice of two breakout sessions, planned and presented by student clubs.  The Central Kitsap High Drama Department staged two performances of The Laramie Project.  Audience members were moved by this play about the reaction of Laramie town residents to the murder of University of Wyoming gay student Matthew Shepard.

And then it was time to go back to the Bremer Center for the sack lunches provided by Rally organizers.  WSA seniors Joey Schmitt and Liam Near served as the MCs for the open mic time, helping to boost the courage of students to get up and read their poems or sing their songs.

2016 Kitsap Youth Rally for Human Rights - Listen to Your ArtThe closing ceremonies were a time for poetry, thank-you's to volunteers and Olympic College, and more music from WSA's Music Ensemble class.  Students left the gym, newly energized and inspired to live up to the day's theme.

Listen to...Pay attention to your own unique character, and to the humanity and fundamental rights of others.

Your Art...Use creative means to communicate what's important to you.

Posted in Special Events

Listen to Your Art Year Two Set for August 6 in Port Gamble

March 09, 2016
By Aidan Moore

Listen to Your Art Two - August 6, 2016 in Port GambleAfter the success of Listen to Your Art 2015, this year’s team is excited to announce the official date of the second year of the arts and music festival. Listen to Your Art Year Two will take place on August 6th in Port Gamble from 12-9pm. The event will showcase eight local bands along with a showing from a variety of local artists and restaurants. Other events include a raffle and an interactive art wall--where everyone is invited to create and buy art.Angie and Gwynn at Listen to Your Art, August 22, 2015 - Espen Swanson photo

Listen to Your Art was founded in 2015 by Ben Taylor, Megan Hall, and Aidan Moore as a way to raise money and awareness for the Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is the nation’s leading organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ teens and young adults.Listen to Your Art, August 22, 2015 - Espen Swanson photo

Listen to Your Art has and will continue to be completely student-run and organized. Each member of the team is committed to eliminating the taboo that is associated with the topic of suicide. The purpose of Listen to Your Art is to foster the creation of a safe and open community that is willing to discuss and overcome the issue through a day of creative education and interaction.

The Listen to Your Art team, August 22, 2015 - Espen Swanson photoAfter shattering all expectations last year by donating $6,000 to the Trevor Project, the LTYA staff has high hopes for this year’s event.

Like the Listen to Your Art Facebook page for more information and updates:  https://www.facebook.com/listentoyourart/

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

February, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

February 01, 2016
By Susan Trower

next February 2:

 

As of February 2, 2016, WSA's senior class has just 115 days left until graduation!

WSA Head of School Barrie Hillman will meet with seniors and their parents to discuss commencement and other matters of special concern to seniors and their families:
 
Tuesday, February 2
6:30 p.m.
Conference Room in Baker Hall
 
14th Annual Commencement, May 28,2015 - Mark Gsellman photo

next February 5:

 

Musical Theater Club

 
invites you to our presentation
of eight solo performances 
from the musicals
 

Wicked", “Chicago", "Little Shop of Horrors", “Newsies”, “Cabaret”, "Alice in Wonderland" and more!

When: Feb. 5th from 6:30 - 7:30pm/ Doors at 6:10.
Where: West Sound Commons
 
Come out to support our performers!
Britannica ImageQuest - Cabaret, 1972, directed by Bob Fosse

next February 6:

 
Founders' Scholarship Day
                 is on
 
Saturday, February 6, 2016
                 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Eligible students are those entering Grades 6 through 12 in Fall, 2016, and not currently attending West Sound Academy

For more information, email Lisa Gsellman at lgsellman@westsoundacademy.org.

Founders' Scholarship Day
Frodel Hall on the West Sound Academy campus

next February 12 and 16:

 
There is
NO SCHOOL
on
 
Friday, February 12, 2016
and
Monday, February 16, 2016
 
for the Presidents' Day break
Britannica ImageQuest - George WashingtonBritannica ImageQuest - Abraham Lincoln

next February 19:


Enrollment contracts and
Financial Aid applications
 
            for current families are DUE
 
          Friday, February 19, 2016

next February 19:

Mud Pie is proud to announce our second annual arts night and poetry slam. Arts Poetica: Volume Two will be held on Friday, February 19 in the WSA Commons.

 Everyone is invited to share original pieces, or your favorite poems and stories from other published authors (maybe from your favorite edition of Mud Pie…). The open mic is not limited to students, and we welcome involvement from teachers, parents, and others in the WSA community. 

Mud Pie presents: Arts Poetica Volume Two
6:30 p.m. - West Sound art show in the Commons
                   Interactive Art Wall - Listen to Your Art
7:00 p.m.:  Open mic poetry slam!
 
For more information, see:

next February 24:

 

Knowledge Bowl Competition
State Spot Qualifier

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
WSA Hawks
Posted in All School

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.

Posted in Music

January, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

January 04, 2016
By Susan Trower

next January 5:

 

Jan Term 2016 begins!  In Jan Term, the normal seven period class schedule is suspended and students study two intensive classes for three weeks.  

Not sure where to go?  Check out the
 
 
to see lists of students enrolled in the morning, all day, and afternoon Jan Term classes, and rosters for afternoon IB HL classes

 

Jan Term 2015 Food Art class

next January 13:

 

Knowledge Bowl Competition
Divisional 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
WSA Hawks

next January 18:

 
There is

NO SCHOOL

on
 
Monday, January 18, 2016
 
in observance of the
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

next January 22:


Enrollment contracts
 
            are mailed to current families on
 
          Friday, January 22, 2016

next January 22:

 
Jan Term Presentations
in the Commons
 
 
EARLY DISMISSAL:  11:30 A.M.
Jan Term!!!

next January 22:

West Sound Academy presents:
Jan Term 2016
Performances for family and friends

6:00 p.m. - Refreshments and socializing in the lobby
6:30 p.m.:  Show time!
Jan Term 2015 Music Ensemble Performance
Olympic College Theater
1264 15th Street (15th Street at Ohio Avenue)
Bremerton, WA

next January 25:

There is
 
 NO SCHOOL 
 
           on Monday, January 25, 2016

so that WSA Teachers can clean up after Jan Term and prepare for Spring Semester

Britannica ImageQuest - Teacher Training at the Domestic Arts Training College in Cardiff, 1935

next January 26:

 
Spring Semester begins
 
on
 
           on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Jan Term 2016

next January 30:

 

Open House
January 30, 2016
Saturday
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 lgsellman@westsoundacademy.org.  For a map and driving directions to West Sound Academy, click here.

next January 30:

 
WSA's Student Social Committee presents:
 
Winter Formal
 
for WSA students in Grades 8-12 
 
Place:  Indianola Clubhouse
Time:  7 to 10 p.m.
 
Refreshments provided
WSA Dance at Indianola Clubhouse - Mark Gsellman photo
 
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 29, 2016
in order for the guest to be admitted to the dance.
Posted in All School

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.

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WSA Announces Robert Burback Memorial Music Scholarship for Students in Grades 8-11

December 09, 2015
By Susan Trower

Poulsbo, WA - December 9, 2015 - West Sound Academy (WSA) is announcing a new scholarship designed to foster interest and engagement with the study, composition and performance of music. This scholarship has been set up by The Charles and Margaret Burback Charitable Foundation to honor the memory of long-time Poulsbo resident Robert Burback. 

A welder by trade and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard retiree, Robert Burback had many interests and talents: sailing, woodworking, amateur radio, cooking, gardening, among others.  His friends knew him as "the guy who could fix anything".  He loved helping people, whether it was to do a much-needed welding job or to give away a huge bowl of his favorite zucchini soup.  His lifelong passion was music, and he played the organ every day of his life from when he first learned music as a young child.

Robert A. Burback, 1937 - 2015
Robert A. Burback, 1937 - 2015
Robert and Paul Burback, 1974
Robert and Paul Burback, 1974

Robert Burback was the father of West Sound Academy music teacher Paul Burback, and the son has carried on his father's musical legacy.  Paul Burback has taught music classes at WSA for over eight years and has developed a program that fosters creativity, diversity and collaboration among his students. The new scholarship will make this program more readily available to deserving WSA music students.

The Robert Burback Memorial Music Scholarship will be awarded to two currently enrolled WSA students in grades 8-11 who are nominated for consideration by the school’s scholarship committee. Each scholarship recipient will be awarded a total of $5,000 each to be applied directly to the cost of tuition and divided evenly over the remaining years of enrollment until graduation.  A student must have already been enrolled at WSA for a minimum of one semester and taken at least one Upper School music ensemble elective class at WSA to be eligible. 

The first nominations will be made in early January 2016, and the award recipients will be announced about a month later in early February.

Paul Burback and Upper School music students
Paul Burback and his Upper School music ensemble students
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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
Saturday
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 lgsellman@westsoundacademy.org.  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 Code.org

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

 NO SCHOOL 
 

           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
for
Winter Break

Britannica ImageQuest - Snowflake

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

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