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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 ( 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, 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

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


       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 9:


      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 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


June 18 - August 29

for Summer Vacation


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

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Have Used Markers?  Color Cycle Them!

September 30, 2015
By Susan Trower

A recycling Color Cycle bin for 'dead' markers (AKA 'marker graveyard') has been set up in the Conference Room in Baker Hall. 

Have a marker that no longer works?  Bring it to the Color Cycle bin!  Any type of marker can be recycled:  highlighter, Sharpy, washable, fabric, dry-erase, etc.

Thanks go to Valerie Allen-Keane, WSA's Director of Residential Life, for setting this program up for us.  She will collect the markers when the bin is full and ship them off to Crayola for recycling.  The markers will be turned into diesel and other liquid fuels that don't need refinement.  A welcome green addition to the WSA campus!

marker recycling bin


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