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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!

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November, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

October 31, 2018
By Susan Trower

WSA's 21st Annual Auction at Kiana Lodge, November 3, 2018November 10:

 

WSA 21st Annual Auction

 
 
      Saturday, November 3
                  5:30 p.m.
 
 
               Kiana Lodge
114976 Sandy Hood Road NE, Poulsbo
 
 
Help make West Sound Academy's successful college-preparatory programs possible by participating in our Annual Auction as a donor and attendee.
 
For directions to Kiana Lodge click here. 
 

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C. - Britannica ImageQuestNovember 12:

 
             There is
 

    NO SCHOOL 

 
   on Monday, November 12
 
        in observance of
 

    Veterans Day

 
 
 
 
 
 

Read more about WSA events in November!

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October, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

October 01, 2018
By Susan Trower

Golden retriever catching a frisbee in mid-air - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 1, 8, and 15:

 

   Pick-up Ultimate Frisbee
            on Mondays!

Herbert Gundran, a volunteer from Kitsap Ultimate, is hosting three Ultimate Frisbee pick-up games this Octoberl. The games are open to all students and take place on WSA's field from 3:20 to 4:20 p.m. Students should sign up at the front desk. 

Please note: dogs are NOT allowed to participate - only humans!


Photographer - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 2:

 

             Picture Retake Day!

 

The photographer will be on campus at 9 a.m.

This is for retake and absentee make-up student photos.

If you missed the first picture day, you can bring an order form in with you and have your picture taken. 

 

Read more about WSA events in October!

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September, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

August 31, 2018
By Susan Trower

Labor DaySeptember 3:

 
 

 

 
There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 3, in observance of Labor Day.
 
 
 

September 5:

 

Auction Volunteer Meeting

 
WSA's 21st Annual Auction - November 3, 2018Anyone interested in helping at West Sound Academy's 21st Annual Auction on November 3 is invited to come to a meeting for auction volunteers.  This year our theme is Game Night!: An Evening of Fun & Festivities in Support of WSA Students. 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 11:

 

 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!

Read more about WSA events in September!

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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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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

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January, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

December 31, 2017
By Susan Trower

 January 2:

 
Studying at university - Britannica ImageQuest  School resumes with
 

Finals Review Week

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Days for Girls International January 6:

 
 

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, January 6 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.

 

Read more

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November, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

November 02, 2017
By Susan Trower

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C. - Britannica ImageQuestNovember 10:

 
             There is
 

    NO SCHOOL 

 
   on Friday, November 10
 
        in observance of
 

    Veterans Day

 
 
 
 
 

WSA's 20th Annual Auction at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino ResortNovember 10:

 

WSA 20th Annual Auction

 
 
      Friday, November 10
                  6:00 p.m.
 
 
            Canoe Ballroom
       Suquamish Clearwater
             Casino Resort
 
Help make West Sound Academy's successful college-preparatory programs possible by participating in our Annual Auction as a donor and attendee.
 
For directions to the resort click here. 
 

Read more

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October, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

October 01, 2017
By Susan Trower

WSA Thespian Troupe #8175 - Food drive for NK FishlineOctober 2 - 31:

 

The West Sound Academy Drama Club and Thespian Troupe #8175 will be collecting nonperishable food donations for Fishline as part of the Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat food drive - part of the International Thespian Society’s annual nationwide community service initiative. 

Bring food donations to the orange bins in Frodel and Baker Halls throughout the month of October.

          For more information, see:  Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat


Willamette UniversityOctober 2:

 
 

West Sound Academy students are invited to come meet with an admissions representative from Willamette University:  Conference Room, Baker Hall, at 9:15 a.m.

 
 
 
 

Reed CollegeOctober 4:

 
 

West Sound Academy students are invited to come meet with an admissions representative from Reed College:  Conference Room, Baker Hall, at 9:15 a.m.

 
 
 
 

Pacific Lutheran UniversityOctober 5:

 
 

West Sound Academy students are invited to come meet with an admissions representative from Pacific Lutheran University:  Library, Baker Hall, at 9:15 a.m.

 
 
 
 

Whitworth UniversityOctober 10:

 
 

West Sound Academy students are invited to come meet with an admissions representative from Whitworth University:  Conference Room, Baker Hall, at 9:30 a.m.

 
 
 
 

Cornish College of the ArtsOctober 11:

 
 

West Sound Academy students are invited to come meet with an admissions representative from Cornish College of the Arts:  Frodel Gallery, at 9:30 a.m.

 
 
 
 

Team icon - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 11:

 

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
 

Teachers in Hanoi French School, ca. 1920 - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 13:

 
Friday, October 13 is Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) In-Service Day, so there is NO SCHOOL.  
 
This is a day when NWAIS teachers participate in workshops, collaborative planning, and professional development. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Photographer - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 18:

 

             Picture Retake Day!

 

The photographer will be on campus at 9 a.m.

This is for retake and absen make-up student photos.

If you missed the first picture day, you can bring an order form in with you and have your picture taken. 

 
 
 
 
 

Scary pumpkin - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 20:

 

   All-School Halloween Dance
       

Come for:
  • Dancing
  • Games
  • Festive snacks
  • Ghoulish fun!
Place: The Commons
Time:  6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Dress:  Costumes, of course!  (No inappropriate or excessively gory costumes, please)
Cost:  $8 without food, $7 with one can, $6 with two, $5 with three or more

Food collected will go to WSA Thespian Troupe's Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat food drive.

Note:  Non-WSA students will need to bring a completed WSA Guest Permission Slip  to school by October 20 in order to be admitted to the event.


Oregon State UniversityOctober 23:

 
 

West Sound Academy students are invited to come meet with an admissions representative from Oregon State University:  Library, Baker Hall, at 9:15 a.m.

 
 
 
 

 Apple and school books - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 24 and 25:

 
       Tuesday, October 24, is a normal school day, followed by:
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 25, has a 11:30 a.m. dismissal (for Grades 6-11) and NO SCHOOL for Grade 12, followed by:
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
               
 
 
 
 

College Board - PSAT/NMSQTOctober 25:

 

All students in Grades 8 - 11 will take the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) on Wednesday, October 25.  This is a program co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 

It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT. It also gives students in 11th grade a chance to enter National Merit scholarship programs.  

  • There will be a 11:30 AM DISMISSAL on that day.
  • Students in Grades 6 and 7 will have a half-day field trip.
  • Seniors have NO SCHOOL on October 25, and may use it as a study day.

 Apple and school books - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 26 and 27:

 
                          There is
                     NO SCHOOL on
 
               
   Thursday, October 26 and
              Friday, October 27
     
so that WSA Teachers can participate in Parent-Teacher Conferences.
 
 
 
 
 

 Britannica ImageQuest - Stack of papersOctober 27:

 

     

        The end of the 1st Quarter

                  for the 2017-2018 academic year

                 is on Friday, October 27, 2017

 
 
 

 NACAC National College FairOctober 27-28:

 
Meet face-to-face with representatives from hundreds of schools at the Seattle National College Fair.
 
Register for free online to easily share your information with colleges.
 
Washington State Convention Center
Hall 4E, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA 98101
 
Need more information?:
E-mail collegefairs@nacacnet.org or info@nacacnet.org​ ​or call: 703/299-6856.​​
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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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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!

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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

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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

February, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

January 31, 2017
By Susan Trower

Mud Pie 2015 February 3:

 
The staff of Mud Pie is proud to present their third annual arts night and poetry slam:
 

    Arts Poetica: Volume Three

 
  The Commons  
  6:30 p.m.
 
The evening is a sharing of artwork, poetry and music in an open-mic format. Students, parents and community members are encouraged to bring in written work to read--either original or a favorite poem!
 
Sit down at the Art Wall and create art right on the spot that evening! 
 
There is a $5 suggested donation per attendee and Mud Pie will donate 50% of all profits to Listen to Your Art. 
 

next February 4:

 
Late afternoon sun shining on the WSA campus - Mark Gsellman photoFounders' Scholarship Day
                 is on
 
Saturday, February 4, 2017
                 8:30 to 12:00 noon

Eligible students are those entering Grades 6 through 12 in Fall, 2017, and not currently attending West Sound Academy.

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


next February 8:

 

2016 Commencement, front row - Mark Gsellman photoAs of February 8, 2017, WSA's senior class has just 100 days left until graduation on May 19 at the House of Awakened Culture in Suquamish!

WSA Head of School Barrie Hillman meets with parents of seniors on February 8, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.,  to discuss commencement and other matters of special concern to seniors and their families.

Wednesday, February 8
6:30 p.m.
Conference Room in Baker Hall
 

next February 20 and 21:

 

Abraham Lincoln - Britannica ImageQuestBritannica ImageQuest - George Washington

There is
NO SCHOOL
on
 
Monday, February 20, 2017
 
and
 
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
 
for the Presidents' Day break
 
 

 February 22:

International Baccalaureate Organization

There will be NO SCHOOL

 on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

so that faculty and staff can work on tasks required for re-certification of West Sound Academy as an IB World School

 
 
 

West Sound Academy Hawks! February 23:

             

Knowledge Bowl Competition
  State Tournament 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
 

next February 24:

Signing of contract - Britannica ImageQuest


Enrollment contracts
 
and
 
financial aid applications
 
            for current families are DUE
 
          Friday, February 24, 2017

 


Days for Girls International February 25:

 

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, February 25 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.


WSA Yearbook Photo Contest February 28:

 

         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 February!
 
Deadline for this month's entries:
 

February 28

 
 
 
 
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

November, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

November 01, 2016
By Susan Trower

WSA Hawks!November 1-4:

WSA's Student Council announced October 31 through November 4 as school-wide Spirit Week. We started off the week with Monday, October 31:  Halloween - with students and staff in their costumes.

Tuesday, November 1: PAJAMA DAY! Come to school in pajamas or comfortable clothes (i.e. sweatpants), adhering to the WSA dress code.

Wednesday, November 2: CAREER DAY! Come as your dream job! This day can double as pajama day if your job allows you to work from home ;)

Thursday, November 3: TWIN DAY! Come dressed as a notorious set of twins, with another classmate or teacher! 

Friday, November 4: COLOR/SPIRIT DAY! Will you wear one color, or the rainbow? Also feel free to come decked out in West Sound gear to show that school spirit!


The Evergreen State CollegeNovember 9:

 
 

West Sound Academy students are invited to come meet with an admissions representative from The Evergreen State College in the Library at 12:30 p.m.

 

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C. - Britannica ImageQuestNovember 11:

 
             There is
 

    NO SCHOOL 

 
   on Friday, November 11
 
        in observance of
 

    Veterans Day

 
 
 
 
 

Twelve Angry JurorsNovember 11 and 12:

 
 
 West Sound Academy presents:
 

Twelve Angry Jurors 

 

Adapted by Sherman L. Sergel and based on the Emmy award-winning television movie by Reginald Rose.

Olympic College Theater

 
Friday, November 11:  7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 12: 7:00 p.m.
 
Tickets: $10 Adults $7 Students
     $5 Senior Citizens

Reservations and Information Contact:
     Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson at
     (360) 598-5954
 
A young man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. "He doesn't stand a chance," mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. It looks like an open-and-shut case—until one of the jurors begins opening the others' eyes to the facts.
 

WSA's 19th Annual Auction at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino ResortNovember 19:

 

WSA 19th Annual Auction

 
 
      Saturday, November 19
                  5:30 p.m.
 
 
            Canoe Ballroom
       Suquamish Clearwater
             Casino Resort
 
Help make West Sound Academy's successful college-preparatory programs possible by participating in our Annual Auction as a donor and attendee.
 
For directions to the resort click here. 
 

Thanksgiving turkey - Britannica ImageQuestNovember 24 and 25:

 
 
               There is
 

    NO SCHOOL 

 
Thursday, November 24 and
      Friday, November 25
 
        in observance of
 

Thanksgiving Day

 
 
 

Boardroom - Britannica ImageQuestNovember 30:

 
     There is a meeting of the
   

West Sound Academy              

   Board of Trustees 

 
Wednesday, November 30
Conference Room
5:30 p.m.

WSA Yearbook Photo ContestNovember 30:

 

         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 November!
 
Deadline for this month's entries:
 

November 30

Posted in All School

October, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

October 04, 2016
By Susan Trower

WSA Thespian Troupe #8175 - Food drive for NK FishlineOctober 3 - 31:

 

The West Sound Academy Drama Club and Thespian Troupe #8175 will be collecting nonperishable food donations for Fishline as part of the Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat food drive - part of the International Thespian Society’s annual nationwide community service initiative. 

Bring food donations to the orange bins in Frodel and Baker Halls throughout the month of October.

          For more information, see:  Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat

 

Photographer - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 6:

 

             Picture Retake Day!

 

The photographers will be on campus at 9 a.m.

Bring in your picture packages if you purchased the first round of pictures and would like new ones taken.

If you missed the first picture day, you can bring an order form in with you and have your picture taken. 

 
 
 
 

Whitworth UniversityOctober 11:

 
 

West Sound Academy students are invited to come meet with an admissions representative from Whitworth University:  Mrs. Freeman's room, Parke 4, at 9:45 a.m.

 

Teachers in Hanoi French School, ca. 1920 - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 14:

 
Friday, October 14 is Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) In-Service Day, so there is NO SCHOOL.  
 
This is a day when NWAIS teachers participate in workshops, collaborative planning, and professional development. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Reed CollegeOctober 17:

 
 

West Sound Academy students are invited to come meet with an admissions representative from Reed College:  Mrs. Freeman's room, Parke 4, at 9:15 a.m.

 
 
 
 

College Board - PSAT/NMSQTOctober 19:

 

All students in Grades 8 - 11 will take the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) on Wednesday, October 19.  This is a program co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 

It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT. It also gives students in 11th grade a chance to enter National Merit scholarship programs.  

  • There will be a 12:00 NOON DISMISSAL on that day.
  • Students in Grades 6 and 7 will have a half-day field trip.
  • Seniors have NO SCHOOL on October 19, and may use it as a study day.

Reed CollegeOctober 19:

 
 

West Sound Academy students are invited to come meet with an admissions representative from Hampshire College:  Mrs. Freeman's room, Parke 4, at 1:00 p.m.

 
 
 
 

Scary pumpkin - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 21:

 

   All-School Halloween Dance
       

Come for:
  • Murder in the Dark game
  • Prizes at a fishing pond
  • Makeup station
  • Fortune teller
Place: The Commons
Time:  6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Dress:  Costumes, of course!  (No inappropriate or excessively gory costumes, please)
Cost:  $8 without food, $7 with one can, $6 with two, $5 with three or more

Food collected will go to WSA Thespian Troupe's Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat food drive.

Note:  Non-WSA students will need to bring a completed WSA Guest Permission Slip  to school by October 21 in order to be admitted to the event.


 Jeff Olson, Archipelago, acrylic on canvas, 2016October 21:

 

West Sound Academy's Frodel Gallery presents paintings by Jeff Olson, on exhibit through the month of October.

Gallery Reception for Jeff Olson
                Frodel Gallery
              6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

The public is invited to the reception for Olson,  and guests will be able to enjoy light refreshments and wine.

See more of Jeff Olson's work at his website, jeffolsonart.com.


 NACAC National College FairOctober 22:

 
Meet face-to-face with representatives from hundreds of schools at the Seattle National College Fair.
 
Register for free online to easily share your information with colleges.
 
Washington State Convention Center
Hall 4E, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA 98101
 
Need more information?:
E-mail collegefairs@nacacnet.org or info@nacacnet.org​ ​or call: 703/299-6856.​​

 Britannica ImageQuest - Stack of papersOctober 25:

 

     

        The end of the 1st Quarter

                  for the 2016-2017 academic year

                 is on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

 
 
 

 Apple and school books - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 26, 27, and 28:

 
                          There is
                     NO SCHOOL on
 
                        Wednesday, October  26,
   Thursday, October 27, and
              Friday, October 28
     
so that WSA Teachers can participate in Parent-Teacher Conferences.
 
 
 
 
 

WSA Yearbook Photo ContestOctober 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 October!
 
Deadline for this month's entries:
 

         October 31

 
 
 
Posted in All School

September, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

August 30, 2016
By Susan Trower

Fall Gathering - 2015September 1 - 2:

 

Fall Gathering, West Sound Academy's overnight camping event, takes place on the school campus,               September 1 - 2.  

12:15 noon dismissal on Friday, September 2

          See: Fall Gathering 2016 Information  

 

Kitsap Great Give - May 3, 2016 September 1:

 

             New Parent Social!

 
While students will be at school participating in their first WSA Fall Gathering Thursday, September 1 is a great time for a New Parent Social! Join hosts Marisa and Stan Lanning at their home in Poulsbo for an opportunity to meet other new parents.  Refreshments and appetizers will be provided and the festivities are from 6 to 8 p.m.  Marisa is WSA's current Board Chair and joining her will be some other veteran parents who will answer questions and help you get your bearings. This is a great opportunity for new parents to mingle and get to know one another.
 
Please RSVP to Marisa at marisalanning@hotmail.com.
 
Marisa and Stan Lanning
4241 Lookout Lane
Poulsbo  98370
6 to 8 p.m.
 

Labor DaySeptember 5:

 
 

 

 
There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 5, in observance of Labor Day.
 
 
 
 
 

Britannica ImageQuestSeptember 8:

 

           North Kitsap
       Strategic Planning                  

          Focus Group

 
The purpose of the focus group is for the Strategic Planning committee to meet with families from specific geographic areas and ask them five or six discussion questions for the purpose of information gathering for the committee to use while writing the next strategic plan. Parents can attend the focus group location that best serves their geographic location.
 
West Sound Academy
16571 Creative Drive NE
Poulsbo 98370

6:00 p.m.

 

Britannica ImageQuest - photographerSeptember 9:

 

        Picture Day

         

with Quality School Portraits

will take place in the Commons

on Friday, September 9, 2016

 
 
 

Britannica ImageQuestSeptember 12:

 

   Central and South Kitsap
       Strategic Planning                  

          Focus Group

 
The purpose of the focus group is for the Strategic Planning committee to meet with families from specific geographic areas and ask them five or six discussion questions for the purpose of information gathering for the committee to use while writing the next strategic plan. Parents can attend the focus group location that best serves their geographic location.
 
Silverdale Public Library
3450 NW Carlton St.
Silverdale 98383

6:00 p.m.

 

 WSA parents at Curriculum NightSeptember 13:

 

 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!

 
 
 

 College pennants for the Class of 2015September 20:

 
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. 

Mrs. Freeman and 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!


 Britannica ImageQuest - Stack of books with appleSeptember 22:

 

            West Sound Academy classes    

                     dismiss at 12:15 p.m.

               on Thursday, September 22

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

 
 
 
 

 Mrs. Freeman and ChingSeptember 23:

 
                    There is
                 NO SCHOOL
 
                        on Friday, September  23
     
so that WSA Teachers can participate in New Student Get-to-Know-You Conferences.
 
 
 
 
 

Britannica ImageQuestSeptember 27:

 

            Bainbridge
       Strategic Planning                  

          Focus Group

 
The purpose of the focus group is for the Strategic Planning committee to meet with families from specific geographic areas and ask them five or six discussion questions for the purpose of information gathering for the committee to use while writing the next strategic plan. Parents can attend the focus group location that best serves their geographic location.
 
Bainbridge Island Commons
402 Bjune Avenue
Bainbridge Island 98110

6:00 p.m.

 

Boardroom - Britannica ImageQuestSeptember 28:

 
     There is a meeting of the
   

West Sound Academy              

   Board of Trustees 

 
Wednesday, September 28
Conference Room
5:30 p.m.
Posted in All School

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

April, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

April 01, 2016
By Susan Trower

 Britannica ImageQuest imageApril 1:

 
    No fooling!  There is
NO SCHOOL
 
             on Friday, April 1, 2016
     
     so that WSA Teachers
           can complete
3rd Quarter narrative reports
 
 

 Britannica ImageQuest - Spring LeavesApril 4 - 8:

 
West Sound Academy is
 
         CLOSED
            FOR
    SPRING BREAK
 
                  April 4 - 8, 2016

 


 Pennies for PatientsApril 11:

 
                    The
                fund drive
 
      begins Monday, April 11
                  and 
         ends Friday, April 29
 
           Funds raised will go
              to support the
Leukemia & Lymphona Society's 
   efforts to fight blood cancers
 
 

Hatter M series, by Frank BeddorArch Enemy, The Looking Glass Wars, vol. 3, by Frank BeddorSeeing Redd, by Frank Beddor, volume 2 in The Looking Glass War series April 11:

 
Straight from Comicon!
       Two authors coming to WSA
   during lunch, 11:55 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.
       
                Frank Beddor
     
         Author of
       The Looking Glass Wars
          and the 
             Hatter M series
#Static, by Eric Laster#Static, by Eric Laster#Static, by Eric Laster 
                      and       
 
                Eric Laster
              
            Author of #Static
           
      Attendees get CAS credit
                    AND
               a free comic!

 April 13 - 14:

 

Presentations of
 Senior Projects

 
      will be made to the
 
               Senior Board panel
                 on April 13 and 14
            in the Conference Room
 
Wednesday, April 13
  • 2:05 p.m. -  Megan HallThe Effects of Music on Human Emotion
  • 2:30 p.m. - Conor Ultican, A Review of Music in the 1960's
  • 2:55 p.m. - Liam NearAmerica’s Music: How Jazz and its Culture both Epitomizes and Transcends National Identity
Thursday, April 14
  • 2:05 p.m. -  Taylor Thornton
  • 2:30 p.m. - Ben Taylor
  • 2:55 p.m. - Sam PhillipsCommunism and the Collective

 April 21:

 
  ACT10th Graders take the
 

  Practice ACT

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

 Britannica ImageQuest imageApril 22:

 

Friday, April 22, 2016, is Earth Day
 

A special schedule will be in effect for Friday, April 22, to allow time for WSA's all-school service project.

WSA students and staff will leave campus at 1:30 p.m. and travel by advocacies to designated clean-up routes throughout Poulsbo.

Students will make their way from the start of their route to Poulsbo's Waterfront Park for pick up at the park at 3 p.m.

Students in 7th Grade will be at Poulsbo's Raab Park, and can be picked up there at 3 p.m.

Posted in All School

March, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

March 03, 2016
By Susan Trower

next March 3:

NO SCHOOL on Thursday, March 3:  Parent Teacher Conferences.

next March 4:

NO SCHOOL on Friday, March 4:  Parent Teacher Conferences.

next March 4 and 5:

West Sound Academy presents:
I Hate Hamlet
by Paul Rudnick

Friday, March 4:  7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 5  7:30 p.m.
 
 
Tickets: $10 Adults
               $7 Students
               $5 Senior Citizens
 
 
Reservations and Information
 
Contact:
(360) 598-5954

 

Olympic College Theater
1264 15th Street (15th Street at Ohio Avenue)
Bremerton, WA
I Hate Hamlet

next March 14 - 18:

 

 Let our teachers know how important they are in the lives of our students!

Teacher Appreciation Week
 
March 14-18
 
WSA parents!

Sign up to bring in treatson Wednesday, March 16!
We Appreciate Our Teachers! - Britannica ImageQuest

next March 19:

 

Washington State
Knowledge Bowl Tournament XXXIV

Arlington High School

Good luck to our State-bound team!
 

Go Hawks!!!

Washington State Knowledge Bowl Tournament XXXIV

next March 22:

ExtendedResearch Project

(ERP)

 
 
Presentations for
6th and 7th Grades
 
 
The Commons
Baker Hall
 
 
Tuesday, March 22

6th & 7th Grade Extended Research Project (ERP) Presentations

next March 25:

End of 3rd Quarter is on Friday, March 25.

next March 25:

 
Kitsap Youth Rally
for Human Rights
 
On March 25, 2016 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
 
2016 Host School:
   West Sound Academy
 
WSA delegation:
     41 students and staff!
Design by Ben Taylor, WSA '16

 

next March 26:

 
Jim and Tina Cachules, together with West Sound Academy's Board of Trustees and Visionary Collective, invite WSA parents to their home for the annual
 
Visionary Collective Social 
 
Cocktails and Appetizers
6 to 8 p.m.
 
Meet other WSA parents, socialize, and make connections! 
     To RSVP go here
Annual visionary Collective Social

next March 28:

 
On Monday, March 28, there will be special schedule

Special Schedule for March 28, 2016

next March 29 - 31:

Extended
Research Project

(ERP)

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

Tuesday,  Wednesday, and Thursday
March 29-31

1:15 p.m. Dismissal on Thursday

Extended Research Project (ERP) Presentations

Posted in Schedule

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

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

November, 2015: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

November 03, 2015
By Susan Trower

next November 2 - 6:

 
WSA's Thespian Troupe #8175 and Drama Club
are collecting food for
 
Kitsap Fishline
all week, November 2-6!
 
Bring your donations  of non-perishable food items to
the Baker lobby in front of the cow
Trick Or Treat So Kids Can Eat

next November 2 - 18:

 
West Sound Academy's Online Auction is open for bidding!  Go to our
 

Online Auction site

 
to see the amazing items that are available.
 
Bidding closes 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on November 18
West Sound Academy's 18th Annual Auction

next November 9:

Classes will be on a "Wednesday Schedule"  on Monday, November 9.

8:20 to 10:00 - Period 4
10:05 to 11:45 - Period 5
11:45 to 12:15 - Lunch 
12:20 to 2:00 - Period 6
2:05 to 3:10 - Period 7 
Britannica ImageQuest Science Photo Library

next November 11:

 
There is

NO SCHOOL

on
 
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
 
in observance of
Veterans Day

next November 13, 14, and 15:

West Sound Academy presents:
The Secret in the Wings
by Mary Zimmerman

Friday, November 13:  7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 14:  7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 15:  2:00 p.m.
with 'talk back ' with cast
The Secret in the Wings

Tickets: $10 Adults $7 Students $5 Senior Citizens
Reservations and Information Contact: Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson at (360) 598-5954

Olympic College Theater
1264 15th Street (15th Street at Ohio Avenue)
Bremerton, WA

next November 16 - 20:

 
International Education Week!

WSA international students from Bangladesh, Finland, Germany, and Sweden will be giving presentations about their home countries at all-school morning meetings Tuesday through Friday, November 17-20, at 10 a.m.

International Education Week 2015

See IEW Week Schedule

next November 21:

 
West Sound Academy's
18th Annual Auction
 
 Saturday
November 21, 2015
5:30 p.m.
 
 

Help make West Sound Academy's successful college-preparatory programs possible by participating in our Annual Auction as a donor and attendee.  Embracing the tremendous growth our students achieve each year, the 2015 auction theme is "Diamonds in the Rough" celebrating the potential to shine that each student carries within.

next November 26 and 27:

 
There is

NO SCHOOL

Thursday, November 26
and Friday, November 27
 
in observance of 
Thanksgiving Day 
Britannica ImageQuest
Posted in All School

October, 2015: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

September 30, 2015
By Susan Trower

next October 6:

Come to the Technology Access Center Grand Opening and Community Open House on Tuesday, October 6.

The WSA community and the public are invited for a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Poulsbo mayor Becky Erickson, tech demonstrations, and tours of the TAC and the West Sound campus.  Light refreshments will be served.

Place: TAC, Ryan Hall, West Sound Academy

Time:  4:30 to 6:00 p.m. 

Technology Access Center

next October 7:

WSA Seniors and their parents are invited to College Q & A Night on Wednesday, October 7, hosted by Catherine Freeman, College Counselor, and Barrie Hillman, Head of School.

Come and get your questions answered on college applications, financial aid and anything related to this important step in the educational journey.

West Sound Academy parent Steve Bentley will be available  to answer questions specifically about the financial aid process - he has just recently completed it and has some lessons learned for parents new to the process.

Class of 2015 college pennants

Seniors and parents with specific questions are asked to email them ahead of time directly to Ms. Freeman at  cfreeman@westsoundacademy.org  - so that she can be sure to have all the answers!

Place: Conference Room, Baker Hall

Time:  6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

next October 9:

Friday, October 9 is Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) In-Service Day, so there is NO SCHOOL.  This is a day when NWAIS teachers participate in workshops, collaborative planning, and professional development.  

britannica image quest teachers in hanoi french school ca1920

next October 12:

Classes will be on a "Wednesday Schedule"  on Monday, October 12.

8:20 to 10:00 - Period 4

10:05 to 11:45 - Period 5

11:45 to 12:15 - Lunch 

12:20 to 2:00 - Period 6

2:05 to 3:10 - Period 7 

Britannica ImageQuest Science Photo Library

next October 14:

All students in Grades 8 - 11 will take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) on Wednesday, October 14.

This is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT. It also gives students in 11th grade a chance to enter National Merit scholarship programs.  

PSAT NMSQT

There will be a 11:45 DISMISSAL on that day.

Jen Silvernale will take the 6th and 7th graders to do winterizing of the Raab Park Youth Garden in Poulsbo.

Seniors have NO SCHOOL on October 14, and may use it as a study day.

next October 16:

WSA's Social Committee is hosting the first Student Social Event of the year on Friday, October 16 - an all-school Halloween dance!

Place: The Commons

Time:  7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Cost:  Regular admission at the door is $5.

Note:  Non-WSA students will need to bring a completed WSA Guest Permission Slip to school by October 16 in order to be admitted to the event.

Refreshments:   Beverages available for purchase...

PLUS:  a selection of free snacks and candy!

 Britannica ImageQuest - Scary Pumpkin

Dress:  Costumes, of course!  (No inappropriate or excessively gory costumes, please)

next October 19:

Monday, October 19 is Makeup Picture Day.  The photographers will be on campus at 9 a.m. Bring in your picture packages if you purchased the first round of pictures and would like new ones taken. If you missed the first picture day, you can bring an order form in with you and have your picture taken. 

Britannica ImageQuest - school boyBritannica ImageQuest - girl on first day of school

next October 19:

Seniors are required to submit their preliminary drafts for Extended Essays and Senior Projects on Monday, October 19.

Extended Essays:  Complete draft (2 printed copies and an emailed digital copy) due to Susan Trower by 3:00 p.m. 

Extended Essay

Senior Projects:  Complete draft (2 printed copies and an emailed digital copy) due to Barrie Hillman by 3:00 p.m.

next October 27:

End of 1st Quarter on Tuesday, October 27.

next October 28:

NO SCHOOL on Wednesday, October 28:  Parent Teacher Conferences.

next October 29:

NO SCHOOL on Thursday, October 29:  Parent Teacher Conferences.

next October 30:

NO SCHOOL on Friday, October 30:  Parent Teacher Conferences.

Posted in All School

What's in a Block?

September 30, 2015
By Barrie Hilllman, Head of School

Blocks have many uses at school but what everyone is talking about at West Sound Academy this week is the new modified block schedule. For the past several years, students have had each class four days per week with one extended block period. After much research and analysis, it was decided that this year classes would be taught three days per week with two extended block periods.

The pedagogy behind this move was primarily to reduce transitions that students and faculty make each day as well as each night when addressing homework. Brain research conducted by Carol Dweck from Stanford University reveals that the time it takes for the brain to fully transition from one area of thinking to another (or in this case subject to subject) is roughly 15 minutes.

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 It also requires a great deal of executive function to be able to make those same transitions from homework assignment to homework assignment.  Thus with fewer transitions, the brain is working more efficiently.

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Prior to the school year the faculty participated in professional development which included collaboratively reading several books on block teaching as well as meeting with colleagues from Annie Wright Schools who also utilize a block schedule. The developmental differences between middle and upper school students within the block schedule were also discussed.

After the first week, it seems reviews of the modified block schedule are favorable. Students are realizing they have more flexibility on how to arrange their homework time.  Teachers are finding their rhythms with the new pacing requirements of the classes and emphasizing organized plans. Building in more physical movement into the classroom without losing time for engaged learning is being done with subtle and creative methods.  However, everyone anticipates a shakedown period while both students and faculty get their bearings!

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On Mondays students meet with their classes in Periods 1-6 and so this will naturally be a heavier homework due date. Parents can support students by helping them to utilize their time wisely over the course of the week rather than doing assignments the night before they are due. Tackling all or parts of homework on the night it is assigned can help alleviate late Sunday nights.

I am excited to hear more from students, parents and faculty over the course of the year about the effects of the modified block schedule!

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