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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!

Posted in All School

The Class of 2018 Celebrates College Declaration Day

May 17, 2018
By Susan Trower

WSA Class of 2018Students in the Class of 2018 are celebrating college success!  They were accepted at 44 four-year colleges and universities in the United States and abroad and were offered $1,901,730 in grants, awards and scholarships.

After commencement exercises on May 25 at the House of Awakened Culture in Suquamish, the newly-minted WSA alumni will be going in many different directions as they begin their undergraduate education at schools in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.

On Thursday, May 17 - College Declaration Day at West Sound Academy - the members of the Class of 2018 announced their choices to WSA students and staff and signed the pennants of the colleges where they intend to enroll this fall.


College Destinations for the Seniors, or, Where Will They Be Next Fall?    Read more

Posted in Academics

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:



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 or​ ​or call: 703/299-6856.​​
Posted in All School

WSA Accepting Applications for 3-Year Full Tuition Scholarship

April 14, 2017
By Susan Trower

POULSBO, Wash. - April 14, 2017 - West Sound Academy has announced plans for awarding the Ann Marie Frodel Memorial Scholarship, effective for the 2017-2018 school year.  The Ann Marie Frodel Memorial Scholarship honors an outstanding Kitsap educator and community leader.  Ann Marie Frodel was known throughout Kitsap for her hunger for knowledge, her love of music and art, her deep caring for others, and her enthusiasm for new experiences and deep appreciation for diversity.  

Reading Oscar Wilde in 10th Grade English classThe scholarship celebrates her legacy in education and community service by granting full tuition to one student based on merit and need to attend West Sound Academy in the class of 2020 (10th grade in Fall, 2017). The award is renewable each year until the student graduates from West Sound Academy, provided the student maintains good standing with the school and a minimum 3.0 GPA every semester of enrollment.

In order to qualify for the scholarship, an applicant must show evidence of merit and leadership qualities, demonstrate financial need, and be a United States citizen and a resident of Washington State. A non-related adult is required to first nominate an applicant for the scholarship.  After being nominated, students interested in applying for the scholarship need to submit an Ann Marie Frodel Memorial Scholarship application, a West Sound Academy Admissions Application, and a West Sound Academy financial assistance packet.

This scholarship is only available to a student applying to the school after the scholarship effective date of April 1, 2017. Currently enrolled students or applicants prior to April 1 are not eligible.

The school must receive all forms, including the nomination and the scholarship, admissions, and financial assistance application materials, by May 15, 2017.  The scholarship selection committee will review the applications, interview the top five candidates, and announce the award recipient by June 1, 2017.

Interested families can go to the Ann Marie Frodel Scholarship page to learn about the scholarship program and find links to the application materials.

Contact Lisa Gsellman, West Sound Academy's Director of Admissions, at or 360-598-5954 for more information.

Posted in Academics

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

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

next February 12 and 16:

There is
Friday, February 12, 2016
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

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
Posted in Music


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