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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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WSA Theatre Company Presents: Almost Maine, November 30 - December 2

November 08, 2018
By Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson

WSA Presents: Almost Maine, November 30 and December 1 and 2The West Sound Academy Drama Program and Thespian Troupe is proud to present John Cariani’s heartfelt play Almost, Maine on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st. and Sunday, December 2nd. Curtain is at 7:00 PM on Friday and Saturday with the matinee curtain time on Sunday at 2:00 PM. The play will be performed at the WSA Commons Black Box Theatre in the lower level of Baker Hall on West Sound Academy’s campus in Poulsbo.

As the playwright suggests - Welcome to Almost, Maine, a place that’s so far north, it's almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear winter night, as the northern lights hover in the star filled sky above, the residents of Almost, Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend – almost – in this delightful midwinter night’s dream. There will be laughter, and there may also be tears, but there will most definitely be love.        Read more

Posted in Performing Arts

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!

Posted in All School

May, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

April 29, 2018
By Susan Trower

Frodel Hall on the West Sound Academy campus - Mark Gsellman photo May 1:

 

             Admissions
Information Session and Tour

       Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m.

 

Information Sessions introduce our faculty and program to interested families. Visitors have a chance to learn about our academics and extracurricular activities, meet the Head of School and some of the faculty and students, and take a tour of the campus.

Anyone interested in joining us for this Information Session can email Lisa Gsellman at lgsellman@westsoundacademy.org


Go hawks! May 1-4:

 

WSA Spirit Week continues!

 

Monday, April 30: Pajama Day - dress comfy!

Tuesday, May 1: Snazzy Day - wear something snazzy!

Wednesday, May 2: Pacific Northwest Day - plaid shirt, socks & sandals

Thursday: Spirit Day - wear sports team or WSA gear

Friday: Star Wars Day - come as your favorite Star Wars character


Read more about WSA events in May!

Posted in All School

Listen to Your Art’s Friday Sound on April 13th

April 05, 2018
By Quinn Lanning, '18 and Alena Pulhug, '19

Listen to Your Art's Friday Sound on April 13thThree years ago, a group of West Sound Academy students organized the first Listen to Your Art music and arts festival as a benefit for The Trevor Project, the nation’s leading suicide prevention hotline for LGBTQ youth. Since 2014, the three festivals hosted have raised over $20,000 for The Trevor Project. With engagement from local artists, musicians, and public speakers, Listen to Your Art has invited the people of Kitsap to join the conversation surrounding suicide awareness and lift the taboo associated with suicide discussion. With many of our core members graduating and changing the world through their own journeys, the current Listen to Your Art team has made the decision to hold smaller-scale music events, called Friday Sound, at West Sound Academy (WSA).

Friday Sound was an old WSA tradition that was brought back in 2017 as a fundraising effort for Listen to Your Art’s main festival. This event will continue on in future years as a completely student-run direct fundraiser for The Trevor Project. On April 13th, Listen to Your Art will be hosting Friday Sound with bands from WSA and other areas in Kitsap, including The Red Tails, Quinn Lanning, 24-Hour Hug, Lauren Wallach and Zoe Moreton. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the music starts at 6:30 pm. All ages are welcome to come and listen.

Ticket prices are as follows: $5 for students $7 for adults $15 for families of 3 or more.

Thank you for following Listen to Your Art and supporting its goal of alleviating the stigma behind the conversation of suicide and supporting those who struggle with suicidal ideation.

Posted in Special Events

April, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

April 02, 2018
By Susan Trower

 Britannica ImageQuest - Spring LeavesApril 2 - 6:

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

 


 International Baccalaureate OrganizationApril 11:

 

IB Information Meeting for 9th Graders and Parents

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

Read more about WSA events in April!

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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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February, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

February 02, 2018
By Susan Trower

Mud Pie 2017 February 2:

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

    Arts Poetica: Volume Four

 
  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. 
 

Read more

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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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WSA Theatre Company Presents: The Diary of Anne Frank, November 17-19

November 03, 2017
By Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson

The West Sound Academy Theatre Company will present The Diary of Anne Frank November 17, 18 at 7 p.m. and November 19 at 2 p.m. in The Commons at West Sound Academy, Poulsbo, Washington.

The Diary of Anne FrankOriginally written by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich, West Sound Academy will be producing the script that was adapted by Wendy Kesselman and premiered on Broadway in 1997. The story tells the tragic, accurate, and incredible journey of Anne Frank’s life in the Secrete Annex, the place where she and her family along with fellow Jews hid from the outside world that was falling into chaos and Nazi rule. The Diary of Anne Frank closely follows the twists and turns in her life as she recorded them in her diary, Kitty, from close calls with discovery, to living confined in the Annex with her family and others, to her first kiss. Kesselman’s adaptation includes several narrated passages that were originally excised from both the original publication of her diary and hence the play, by her father Otto Frank. In this new adaptation we see a more human and angst driven teen in Anne Frank who is frustrated with her mother, being compared to her “perfect sister” and a young teen who describes, both tenderly and explicitly, her schoolgirl crush on another girl and the awakening of her adolescence.

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Posted in Theatre

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

Posted in All School

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.​​
Posted in All School

June, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

June 01, 2017
By Susan Trower

Days for Girls International June 3:

 
 

Days for Girls (DFG) International helps girls around the world stay in school by providing sustainable feminine hygiene solutions and health education. The DFG hygiene kits are produced with the help of thousands of volunteers - including the ones in Poulsbo's own DFG chapter.

The Poulsbo DFG is hosting a community work party for anyone who is interested on Saturday, June 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at West Sound Academy in the Commons. Parents and students are welcome to drop by anytime during the day to learn more and help out.

You don't need to sew in order to help; there are many non-sewing tasks also. If you do sew, however, please bring your sewing machine or serger and join in the fun. Feel free to bring friends! For more information contact Molly Masker at Poulsbowa@daysforgirls.org.


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

 

       June Term music      

          performances
   for parents and friends

 
Paul Burback, Director
 
Indianola Clubhouse
6:30 p.m.
 
 

 Last day of school before summer vacation, 1954 - Britannica ImageQuestJune 9:

 

      June Term
   Presentations


                    Take place in the Commons
 
 
                   There is EARLY DISMISSAL
                               at 12:00 Noon
 
See Image Galleries for an album of photos from all of the 2017 June Term classes and TRECs!
 

Donation Days for the WSA Rummage Sale - Britannica ImageQuest image June 10-14:

 

     Donation Days

        WSA Rummage Sale

 
       
Place:  The Commons
Time:   9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
Saturday, June 10
Sunday, June 11
Monday, June 12
Tuesday, June 13
Wednesday, June 14
 
             
Please park in the area between the front of Ryan Hall and the back of Baker Hall in order to unload items into the Commons door at the back of Baker Hall (look for signage). Items will be refused if not in “gently used” condition or if they are on the list of items we are not accepting. WSA will be solely in charge of pricing and the donors should not expect any reserve prices or payment for items sold. See WSA Rummage Sale for more information.
      

Cocktail included with $35 ticket to WSA Rummage Rumble on June 16, 7 to 9 p.m. - Britannica ImageQuest image June 16:

 

Early Bird Rummage Rumble

 
 
Friday, June 16, 7 to 9 p.m.
The Commons
$35 per person
 

People purchasing a $35 ticket will receive a voucher for one signature Rummage Rumble cocktail drink (non-alcoholic versions will be available as well), some delicious appetizers and 35% off whatever Rummage Treasure they can fit into a grocery bag and still carry out the door.

Rummage Rumble shoppers will also have first opportunity to purchase items that won't fit into the grocery bag.  WSA will be selling a limit of 75 tickets at the door and each person age 14 and over entering must purchase a ticket. 


 WSA Rummage Sale, June 17, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Vintage Sale Sign, Britannica ImageQuestJune 17:

 

   WSA Rummage Sale

 

Sale Day for the General Public 

Place:  The Commons & quad
Time:   8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Day:  Friday, June 17

The sale area will be in the quad central to all the buildings as well as the Commons in the back of Baker Hall. Volunteers will be assigned to a particular area for sales and will have aprons where they can accept cash and checks. One credit card station will be set up in the Commons. Sold items will be stickered with a volunteer’s signature on it.          


Hiking trail at Mt. Rainier National Park - Britannica ImageQuest June 18 - August 29:

 

       There is

NO SCHOOL

 
 
June 18 - August 29

for Summer Vacation

 

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

Posted in All School

2017 Graduates Told "Set Your Sights on a Vision and Make It Happen"

May 24, 2017
By Susan Trower

The class of 2017 in the staging room before graduation - Mark Gsellman photoWest Sound Academy faculty joined with friends and family of the Class of 2017 at the House of Awakened Culture in Suquamish on May 19 for the school's 16th annual commencement. Head of School Barrie Hillman reminded everyone that the purpose of the evening is to acknowledge the personal achievement of each of the graduates. They had been told to "Set your sights on a vision and make it happen."  She added, "Each one in this class created their own vision of their future and have worked hard to achieve the first of many big steps to bringing it to fruition."

Jim Kolb walking out at the end of his sixteenth West Sound Academy commencement - Mark Gsellman photoHillman added that it's important for graduates to recognize those who have guided them on their journey: the faculty and staff of West Sound. Hillman gave special note to one faculty member, Jim Kolb, Director of Finance and Operations, who is retiring at the end of the school year after serving in a variety of positions, teaching and administrative, since the school's founding in 1998.

Hillman encouraged those in the audience to write Kolb a note about the greatest lesson they've learned from him, then she showed off her own set of many, many notes of appreciation (taped together, accordion-style) for his years of service to West Sound's students, families, and faculty.

WSA band members strike their self-confidence poses during the audience participation part of Bridget Young's speech - Mark Gsellman photoMarisa Lanning, Chair of WSA's Board of Trustees, then introduced Bridget Young, the commencement speaker. Young, a Poulsbo realtor and Kitsap native, has also performed as a stand-up comedian at charity events. She kept the audience laughing while she told of her experiences, at times painful, in high school and college. She challenged the graduates to believe in themselves enough to keep trying until they succeed. She concluded her speech with a moment of audience participation: everyone in the room was asked to stand, put their hands on their hips, and strike a self-affirming pose.

WSA Music Ensemble performing 'Forever Young' with seniors Spencer Drewry, Leanne Gimber, Ryley Mercado, and Ben Silvernale - Mark Gsellman photoThat bit of practice in self-confidence came just in time, since the next part of the program was the "The Last Word".  Hillman introduced each of the graduates as they came to give their senior speeches - a West Sound tradition.  

The WSA Music Ensemble, directed by Paul Burback, performed "Forever Young" by Alphaville, assisted by four members of the senior class giving their last performance as West Sound musicians. Hillman and Lanning then came back to the podium for the highlight of the evening:  the presentation of diplomas.    

Hillman presented the graduates to the community, then led them in the moving of the tassel on their mortarboards from the right to the left.  These newest WSA alumni left the building to the tune of "Tongue Tied" by Group Love, followed by the faculty and guests. Out on the lawn facing the Sound the graduates lined up for the traditional celebration:  the tossing of the caps.  

Congratulations, Class of 2017!

 

Sisi Cao - Mark Gsellman photoSisi Cao is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Course Student. She is the daughter of Feilong Cao and Mingping Tang of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.

Sisi will be attending the University of Washington.  


Spencer Drewry - Mark Gsellman photoSpencer Drewry is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate. He is the son of David and Tiffany Drewry of Port Townsend.

Spencer will be attending California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.


Leanne Gimber - Mark Gsellman photoLeanne Gimber is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate. She is the granddaughter of John and Lori Swendeman of Poulsbo.


Leanne will be attending Grand Canyon University. 


Annika Hald - Mark Gsellman photoAnnika Hald is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Course Student. She is the daughter of Dan and Renee Hald of Poulsbo.

Annika will be attending Central Washington University.  

 

Karsten Hald - Mark Gsellman photoKarsten Hald is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate. He is the son of Dan and Renee Hald of Poulsbo.

Karsten will be attending the University of Washington.  

 

Wai Ching Kwok - Mark Gsellman photoWai Ching Kwok is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Course Student. She is the daughter of Sze Kong Kwok and Pui Yee Flora Yip of Hong Kong, China.

Wai Ching will be attending Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.  


Kaiwen Ma - Mark Gsellman photoKaiwen Ma is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Course Student. She is the daughter of Ming Ma and Hui Liu of Qingdao, Shandong, China.

Kaiwen will be attending Raffles Design Institute at the Raffles College of Higher Education in Singapore.


Ryley Mercado - Mark Gsellman photoRyley Mercado is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Course Student. He is the son of Denis Sieminski of Seattle and Andrea Mercado of Poulsbo.

Ryley will be attending the University of Northern Colorado.

 

Yucong Pan - Mark Gsellman photoYucong Pan is the daughter of Guanghui Pan and Meijun Sun of Qingdao, Shandong, China.

Yucong will be attending Kaplan Singapore.

 

Benjamin Silvernale - Mark Gsellman photoBenjamin Silvernale is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate. He is the son of Chuck Silvernale of Poulsbo and Jennifer David, also of Poulsbo.

Benjamin will be attending the University of Washington.    

 

Madelyn Solly-Tanner - Mark Gsellman photoMadelyn Solly-Tanner is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate. She is the daughter of Bruce Solly and Traci Tanner of Poulsbo.

Madelyn will be attending Washington State University.  

 

Espen Swanson - Mark Gsellman photoEspen Swanson is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate. He is the son of Chris and Kara Swanson of Poulsbo.

Espen will be attending Reed College.   

 

Eleanor Uyyek - Mark Gsellman photoEleanor Uyyek is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate. She is the daughter of Jeff and Kim Uyyek of Poulsbo.

Eleanor will be attending the University of British Columbia. 

 

Alexandra Welch - Mark Gsellman photoAlexandra Welch is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate. She is the daughter of Kiev and Amy Darrington of Poulsbo.

Alexandra will be attending the Evergreen State College.

 

See more of Mark Gsellman's photos in the '2017 Graduation' album in Image Galleries.

The Class of 2017 celebrating their graduation with the tossing of the caps - Mark Gsellman photo

 

Posted in Special Events

May, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

April 30, 2017
By Susan Trower

We Appreciate Our Teachers! - Britannica ImageQuest May 1-5:

 

West Sound Academy families will be letting teachers know how important they are in the lives of their students during:

Teacher Appreciation Week
 
May 1-5
 
WSA teachers will be receiving special treats and surprises all week!
 
 
 

TARDIS - Time and Relative Dimension in Space May 1:


IB Diploma Programme examinations
                  at WSA begin
 
 

            Monday, May 1, 2017

 
 
Examinations take place in the Conference Room in Baker Hall.  The Library will be set up as a special study area for seniors only.
     
 
Final examinations for non-IB seniors will also begin on May 1.

Kitsap Great Give - May 2, 2017  May 2:

 

                         One Day Only!

            A 24-hour online giving event

 

Proceeds will pay for paving of the WSA driveway up to Baker Hall.

Help meet the match! Three generous donors have already committed to matching the funds donated to WSA for the Kitsap Great Give driveway fundraiser up to $5,000 each. That means for every dollar donated, we will receive $3 more!

AND ... every dollar you donate will be proportionally matched by the event sponsors so that West Sound Academy will actually get more money than you give!

On May 2 go to:
https://kitsapgreatgive.org/npo/west-sound-academy


 College pennants of WSA alumni hanging in Parke HallMay 8:

 

    Declaration Day
for the Class of 2017


         Passing of the Class Color

 
 
             Monday Meeting, 2:45 p.m., the Commons
 
Seniors will sign the pennant for the colllege they will be attending in the Fall, and will pass their class color on to the Class of 2022!
 

9th Graders River Gsellman, Alessandro Scott, and Emily Bradford performing at the 2017 Kitsap Youth Rally for Human Rights at Olympic College - Espen Swanson photo May 8, 10, and 11:

 

              West Fest!

 
       West Sound Academy Musicians
                        in Concert
                Paul Burback, Director
 
             
          Monday, May 8:  6th &7th Grade 
Wednesday, May 10: US Music Elective
Thursday, May 11:  9th Grade 
           
         All performances: the Commons, 6:30 p.m.
      

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

 

             Admissions
Information Session and Tour

       Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m.

 

Information Sessions introduce our faculty and program to interested families. Visitors have a chance to learn about our academics and extracurricular activities, meet the Head of School and some of the faculty and students, and take a tour of the campus.

Anyone interested in joining us for this Information Session can email Lisa Gsellman at lgsellman@westsoundacademy.org


Days for Girls International May 13:

 
 

Days for Girls (DFG) International helps girls around the world stay in school by providing sustainable feminine hygiene solutions and health education. The DFG hygiene kits are produced with the help of thousands of volunteers - including the ones in Poulsbo's own DFG chapter.

The Poulsbo DFG is hosting a community work party for anyone who is interested on Saturday, May 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at West Sound Academy in the Commons. Parents and students are welcome to drop by anytime during the day to learn more and help out.

You don't need to sew in order to help; there are many non-sewing tasks also. If you do sew, however, please bring your sewing machine or serger and join in the fun. Feel free to bring friends! For more information contact Molly Masker at Poulsbowa@daysforgirls.org.


 May 15:

 
Final Exams for Grades 6-11 begin Monday, May 15.
 

Final Exams for Grades 6-11, Spring 2017


 University professors in cap and gown - Britannica ImageQuestMay 19:

There is

                NO SCHOOL

            
 

on Friday, May 19 so that WSA teachers can prepare for Commencement

 
 

 WSA Class of 2016 - Mark Gsellman photoMay 19:

 
  West Sound Academy             
             16th Annual
Commencement Exercises
      for the Class of 2017
 

House of Awakened Culture
7235 NE Parkway
Suquamish7 p.m.


New York stenographers on vacation; July 14, 1926 - Britannica ImageQuest May 22:

 

                              There is

                NO SCHOOL

            
 

on Monday, May 22 so that WSA teachers can get ready for June Term

 
 
 
 

June Term 2017 May 23:

 

June Term

 

    begins on

         Tuesday, May 23

 
 
 

Meeting room table and chairs - Britannica ImageQuest May 24:

 
   West Sound Academy              
Board of Trustees meeting 
 

Wednesday, May 24
Conference Room
5:30 p.m.

 

 Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C.; May 30, 2010 - Britannica ImageQuestMay 29:

 

                              There is

                NO SCHOOL

       

         on Monday, May 29 in observance of

                 Memorial Day

Posted in All School

April, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

March 31, 2017
By Susan Trower

 Britannica ImageQuest - Spring LeavesApril 3 - 7:

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

 


 Senior Project PresentationsApril 12 - 13:

 

Presentations of
 Senior Projects

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

 April 14:

 

Friday Sound!

 
Members of the band Tuesday - l to r, Max Metters, River Gsellman, Alessandro Scott, Emily Bradford, and Lucius VigeantDoors open at 6:30 p.m.
Show starts at 7:00 p.m.
 
Come to the Commons for live music by local bands and performers.
 
$5 for students, $7 for adults, $15 for families of 3 or more
 
Friday Sound is a Listen to Your Art program.
 

Days for Girls International April 15:

 

Days for Girls (DFG) International helps girls around the world stay in school by providing sustainable feminine hygiene solutions and health education. The DFG hygiene kits are produced with the help of thousands of volunteers - including the ones in Poulsbo's own DFG chapter.

The Poulsbo DFG is hosting a community work party for anyone who is interested on Saturday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at West Sound Academy in the Commons. Parents and students are welcome to drop by anytime during the day to learn more and help out.

You don't need to sew in order to help; there are many non-sewing tasks also. If you do sew, however, please bring your sewing machine or serger and join in the fun. Feel free to bring friends! For more information contact Molly Masker at Poulsbowa@daysforgirls.org.


 April 20:

 
  ACT10th Graders take the
 

  Practice ACT

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

 Britannica ImageQuest imageApril 22:

 

Saturday, April 22, 2017, is Earth Day
 

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

Posted in All School

March, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

March 02, 2017
By Susan Trower

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

 

West Sound Academy presents:

    Death by Design

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

    

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

WSA Yearbook Photo Contest March 10:

 

         Monthly
Yearbook Contest                  

 
Yearbook Club would love to have your photos of WSA student life!
 
Use the ReplayIt app to upload your pics 
 
                       or
 
email them to Angie at:
 
 
Two winners will be chosen for March!
 
Deadline for this month's entries:
 

March 10

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

 Britannica ImageQuest - Stack of papersMarch 15:

 

     

        The end of the 3rd Quarter

                  for the 2016-2017 academic year

                 is on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

 

 Apple and school books - Britannica ImageQuestMarch 16 and 17:

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

next Washington State Knowledge BowlMarch 19:

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

              Go Hawks!!!

 
 

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

 

ExtendedResearch Project

(ERP)

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

Boardroom - Britannica ImageQuest March 22:

 
     There is a meeting of the
   

West Sound Academy              

   Board of Trustees 

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

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

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

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

 

      Extended
Research Project

         (ERP)

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

Tuesday,  Wednesday, and Thursday
                March 29-31


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

 

There will be NO SCHOOL

 on Friday, March 31, 2017

so that WSA Teachers can complete
3rd Quarter narrative reports.
Posted in All School

December, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

November 30, 2016
By Susan Trower

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

Open House
December 3, 2016
Saturday
10 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Open Houses introduce our faculty and program to interested families.

Visitors will learn about our academics and extracurricular activities, meet the Head of School and some of the faculty and students, and take a tour of the campus. Anyone interested in joining us for an Open House cn email to Lisa Gsellman at lgsellman@westsoundacademy.org.  For a map and driving directions to West Sound Academy, click here.


Hour of CodeDecember 6:

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

              Hour of Code!

 

going through their choice of a selection of programming tutorials.

 
 
 
 

West Sound Academy Hawks!December 8:

             

Knowledge Bowl Competition
        Practice Scrimmage

Fort Worden, Port Townsend

KB team members: 

  • Arrive at school by 7:30 a.m.
  • Leave WSA: 7:45 a.m.
  • Return to WSA: by 3:45 p.m.
  • Bring a lunch and water bottle
 
 
 
 
 

December 9:

 
 

Friday Sound is back!

 
Members of the band Tuesday - l to r, Max Metters, River Gsellman, Alessandro Scott, Emily Bradford, and Lucius VigeantDoors open at 6:30 p.m.
Show starts at 7:00 p.m.
 
Come to the Commons for live music by local bands and performers,
including:
 
Red Tape
Eleventy One
Tuesday
Quinn Lanning
 
$5 for students, $7 for adults, $15 for families of 3 or more
 
Friday Sound is a Listen to Your Art program.
 

Snowflake - Britannica ImageQuestDecember 19 - January 2:

 

       There is

NO SCHOOL

 
 
December 19, 2016 - January 2, 2017

for Winter Break

 
 
 

WSA Yearbook Photo ContestDecember 31:

 

         Monthly
Yearbook Contest                  

 
Yearbook Club would love to have your photos of WSA student life!
 
Use the ReplayIt app to upload your pics 
 
                       or
 
email them to Angie at:
 
 
Two winners will be chosen for December!
 
Deadline for this month's entries:
 

December 31

 
 
 
 

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

Posted in All School

Listen to Your Art 3 Music & Arts Festival - Fundraiser for The Trevor Project - Set for July 9

November 21, 2016
By Susan Trower

Listen to Your Art - July 9, 2017, at Mike Wallace Park in KingstonWest Sound Academy (WSA) students have organized and directed Listen to Your Art music and arts festivals in Port Gamble for the last two summers.  These entirely student-run festivals have raised over $13,000 for The Trevor Project, the nation’s largest suicide prevention hotline specifically geared toward LGBTQ teens.  The three founders graduated from West Sound Academy in June, but now current students are planning for a third Listen to Your Art festival, set for July 9, 2017 at a new location: Mike Wallace Park in Kingston.

Past Listen to Your Art festivals have tackled two goals:  promoting greater awareness to the Kitsap community of the problem of teen suicide, and raising funds for a nationally-recognized organization that is addressing the problem around the country.  "Listen to Your Art is important because it educates people about The Trevor Project, while providing a super fun day of music and festivities," Grace Schmitt, a WSA freshman, explains.

Listen to Your Art 2, August 2016 - Espen Swanson photoLast summer's Listen to Your Art festival in August was very successful, with 300 attendees, around $7,000 raised for The Trevor Project, and involvement of fifteen business sponsors and artists.  Espen Swanson, WSA senior and veteran of the first two festivals, is one of three student co-leaders of this year's Listen to Your Art team, serving as strategic planning manager.  "As we’ve started work on Year 3, one of our biggest challenges has been to figure out how to restructure with new people," he admits.  Swanson is using a web-based project management and collaboration tool to organize students' efforts in marketing, planning, and fund-raising. 

The Art Wall at Listen to Your Art, August, 2016 - Espen Swanson photoThe group is excited about the new location and changes planned for Listen to Your Art 3 on July 9 at Mike Wallace Park in Kingston.  "We will have more bands (two stages), more artists, and more educational opportunities like workshops," Swanson says. "One of our main goals this year is to increase community engagement, so we are looking for educational organizations, such as GLSEN or The Trevor Project, to participate more in the festival," he adds.

Listen to Your Art crowdsourcing page on YouCaringThe students have launched a crowd-sourced funding drive on YouCaring to raise the necessary seed money to stage the festival.  The overall fundraising goal this year is $10,000.  All donations are tax deductible, and all profits will go to benefit either Listen to Your Art programs or The Trevor Project. 


The group's fundraising page is at: 

https://www.youcaring.com/listen-to-your-art-661329


The Art Wall at Listen to Your Art, August, 2016 - Espen Swanson photoAs they work through all of the details of putting on a complex event, student organizers keep in mind their ultimate goal, stated in the Listen to Your Art mission statement: "We hope to overcome the taboo that is assigned to the topic of suicide and create a safe and open space that is willing to discuss and overcome the issue through a day of creative education."  Quinn Lanning, WSA junior and member of the team, says, "Being a part of Listen to Your Art has been an amazing experience. It's expanded my knowledge of event organization and it's brought me closer to my community. As an LGBT person and activist, I love knowing that this festival will benefit many other LGBT youth in need of a voice. "

Annika Nelson at Listen to Your Art, August, 2016 - Espen Swanson photoAnnika Nelson, another WSA junior, sums up the feelings of all of the students involved in planning next summer's festival.  "I've been involved with Listen to Your Art since the beginning. It started with a bunch of high school students wanting to raise awareness about the Trevor project and get people comfortable talking about the subject. Throughout the process, we've grown as a team professionally, as well as gained the opportunity to be advocates for an important cause. I can't wait to see how it all turns out."

 
More information about Listen to Your Art can be found at:
 
 
Listen to Your Art social media include:
 

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

WSA Theatre Company Presents: 12 Angry Jurors on November 11 & 12

October 24, 2016
By Samantha Olson

Twelve Angry JurorsThe West Sound Academy Theatre Company of Poulsbo, Washington, will present the legal rollercoaster 12 Angry Jurors based on the Emmy award-winning television movie by Reginald Rose and adapted by Sherman L. Sergel.  The performances will be November 11th and 12th at the Olympic College Campus Theatre, Bremerton, Washington.  Curtain time is 7:00 p.m.

Set in the 1950s, 12 Angry Jurors is the story of a jury that must decide the fate of a young man accused of killing his father. When the Foreman of the jury calls for a vote of innocent or guilty all but one agree the boy is guilty. Juror 8 proposes that it is possible the young man is innocent. The twelve jurors, stuck in an over-heated room, argue and banter with the moral dilemma that each juror faces which is unique to their life experience.  The play calls into question the values of each very unique juror and provides a sometimes comedic and diverse take on the dilemma of guilty or not guilty.

The acting ensemble includes newcomers Joe Zhou, Grace Schmitt, Phillip Cox, Ben Browning and Delaney Agodon.  Returning members of the West Sound Academy Theatre company include Trinity Pine, Ben Silvernale, Annika Nelson, Jailee Bishop, Audrey Jordan, Ryley Mercado, Wyatt Weber, and Karsten Hald.

This production of 12 Angry Jurors is directed by Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson. The technical director is Jackson Vogt, set and props are designed by Ruby Gsellman, costumes are designed by Ellie Swanson and Alena Pulhug is stage manager.

Tickets are $10 General Admission, $7 for students who show student ID and $5 for Senior Citizens. 

For more information, contact Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson: (360) 598-5954

Posted in Performing Arts

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

Coming Soon! Listen to Your Art: August 6 in Port Gamble

July 26, 2016
By Espen Swanson

Listen to Your Art - August 6, 12 noon to 9 p.m. in Port GambleA certain group of WSA students and recent graduates haven't been taking it easy this summer.  They have been hard at work completing preparations and planning for the Listen to Your Art festival, taking place on August 6, from 12 noon to 9 p.m. at the baseball field in Port Gamble.

The goal for this entirely student-run music and art festival is to raise money and awareness for the Trevor Project, the country's leading crisis intervention and suicide prevention service for youth, with specific assistance for LGBTQ teens.

Listen to Your Art was orignally created and continues to be managed by WSA students.  Last year's event succeeded in raising $6,000 for the Trevor Project. This year the Listen to Your Art team hopes to continue their success, and they have partnered with local bands, artists, and businesses to create a fun day and a meaningful donation to the Trevor Project. 

 

Bands appearing at Listen to Your Art:
 
Isthmusia
Mathew the Animal
House of Blue Leaves
Iffy Comma
Henry Mansfield and the Bearded Scooter Gang
Mt. Lake
Eleventy One
Paul Burback and Derek Burns at Listen to Your Art, August 2015 - Espen Swanson photo


Penguin art at LTYA 2015 - Espen Swanson photoThe festival is for all ages, and will include a full day of music, lawn games, art creation and food. For more information, check out our Facebook pages (one for the organization, one for the event), and feel free to contact us any time at listentoyourartevent@gmail.com. If you’re interested in donating, a link to the GoFundMe page is also included at the bottom.

The Listen to Your Art staff has planned for a lively and entertaining event, and hopes to reach many people on August 6 with the message of the Trevor Project.  

Like the Listen to Your Art Facebook page for more information and updates:

https://www.facebook.com/listentoyourart/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

A page specific to this year’s event can also be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1319359811426405/

GoFundMe Page

https://www.gofundme.com/84quccn8

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

Posted in Special Events

May, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

May 02, 2016
By Susan Trower

TARDISMay 2:


IB Diploma Programme examinations
                  at WSA begin
 
 

            Monday, May 2, 2016

 

       See: May 2016 IB DP Examination Schedule

 
 
 

Kitsap Great Give - May 3, 2016 May 3:

 

           One Day Only!

A 24-hour online giving event

 
Every dollar you donate will be proportionally matched
by the event sponsors so that
West Sound Academy will actually get more money than you donate!
 
 
Proceeds will support the after-school programs in the Technology Access Center, for staffing, tools, materials and software.  See and share our promotional video on the Kitsap Great Give page of the WSA website!

Frodel Hall on the West Sound Academy campusMay 3:

 
 

Open House

Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m.

 
Open Houses introduce our faculty and program to interested families. Visitors have a chance to learn about our academics and extracurricular activities, meet the Head of School and some of the faculty and students, and take a tour of the campus. Anyone interested in joining us for this Open House can email Lisa Gsellman at lgsellman@westsoundacademy.org
 
 

Guitar - Mark Gsellman photoMay 11:

 

         Arts Night

 
             In the Commons:
 
6th, 7th, and 9th Grade Musicians
                    in Concert
         Paul Burback, Director
2012 Arts Night
             
                 On display in Frodel Gallery:
 
                     Work from students in
               Middle School Visual Arts 
      Graphic Design Elective
 
 
 

2015 Jan Term music performance source checkMay 14:

 
              WSA Presents:
 

Upper School Musicians

           in Concert

       Paul Burback, Director
 
Indianola Clubhouse
20446 Indianola Road NE
Indianola  98342
6:30 p.m.
 
 

 TARDISMay 18:

 

                 The last day of
IB Diploma Programme examinations
                       at WSA is

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

 

See: May 2016 IB DP Examination Schedule


 US Spring Formal, April 25, 2015 - Mark Gsellman photoMay 21:

 
     WSA's Social Committee presents:
 

           Upper School

           Spring Formal
 

7 to 10 p.m.
Indianola Clubhouse
20446 Indianola Road NE
Indianola  98342
 
Admission:  $15

Students bringing guests who do not attend WSA must return a complete
                                 Guest Permission Slip
(signed by the guest's parent) to the WSA Front Office by Friday, May 20, 2016 in order for the guest to be admitted to the event.


 Pennies for PatientsMay 26:

 
West Sound Academy will be on a

Friday Schedule for
Monday, May 23, 2016.
 
 Afternoon assembly agenda:
 

Presentation of Awards and
Declaration Day for the Class of 2016

 
 
            Seniors will sign the pennant for the college
                     they will be attending in the Fall!

 Britannica ImageQuest imageMay 27:

 
                    There is
                 NO SCHOOL
 
                        on Friday, May 27
     
so that WSA Teachers can prepare for
        Commencement Exercises
                   that evening
 
 

 Karin Knighton, WSA 2016May 27:

 
West Sound Academy's
 
             15th Annual
Commencement Exercises
      for the Class of 2016
 
House of Awakened Culture
7235 NE Parkway
Suquamish
7 p.m.
 

Still Life with Iris and Roses, Francois Joseph Huygens - Britannica ImageQuestMay 28:

 
West Sound Academy presents:
        the Middle School play
 

    Still Life With Iris

            by Steven Dietz
 
Saturday, May 28
 
Two performances
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
in the Commons
 

 Britannica ImageQuest imageMay 30:

 
                    There is
                 NO SCHOOL
 
                        on Monday, May 30
   
                  in observance of
 
 

          Memorial Day

 
 

May 31:

 
Final Exams for Grades 6-11 begin Tuesday, May 31.
 

Final Exams for Grades 6-11, Spring 2016

Posted in Schedule

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

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

March 27, 2016
By Susan Trower

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted in Special Events

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

March 09, 2016
By Aidan Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Incredible Evening of Music Performances by WSA Jan Term Students Launches Annual Visionary Campaign

January 27, 2016
By Susan Trower

WSA Board members Jeff Johnson and Marisa Lanning, Espen Swanson photoFriday, January 22, 2016:  The last day of Jan Term found West Sound parents, students, staff, and other friends of the school seated in the Olympic College Theater, ready for an evening of music by WSA students.  West Sound music teacher Paul Burback guided his Music Immersion Jan Term ensemble to select and arrange the music for a final performance.  Before the first note was played, two members of the West Sound Academy Board of Trustees, Jeff Johnson and Marisa Lanning, came forward to address the audience, to remind them of the many reasons why they chose West Sound Academy as the school for their children.  

Marisa Lanning spoke of the importance of each family's choice of school for their children, and the need for the entire WSA community to participate in giving to the Annual Visionary Campaign.

"WSA is clearly a game changer for our children, providing them a challenging and supportive environment in which they gain the tools to succeed in life.  This certainly is the case for my own child, Gwynn. In choosing West Sound, each family makes the conscious decision to enter into a partnership. WSA provides the education to move our children and forward and we, in turn, help move West Sound forward."

"As an independent school, West Sound has the freedom to teach creatively and effectively. But as with any freedom there are costs and responsibilities. West Sound does not receive any state or federal money. It is up to us, our families, our friends, the community of West Sound, to make sure our school has the resources to thrive. Twenty years hence we want our children to look back with pride and say “that was where I got the best education and I remember when…”."

Music Immersion Jan Term Performance, January 22, 2016 - Espen Swanson photo"As you know, our tuition does not fully cover the costs to educate our students. This is typical in independent schools. How big is the gap? It’s about $1200 per student. Together we need to close the gap. Some of us are able to pay this amount, others cannot. Some will pay more. Some will pay a portion in cash and the rest in “in kind” donations, volunteering, school work, etc. It is important to me to extend and pay extra because a West Sound education is worth it."

"WSA needs your help today in order to continue providing our kids with amazing:  music, theater, and visual art instruction, exciting STEM learning and leadership, appropriate testing, hands-on science, college level history, international travel, and exposure to a global community and the connections this fosters.  These are the perks and the responsibility of a private school."

Annual Visionary Campaign Hall o' Student Mugs - with LOTS of Espen Swanson photosWest Sound Academy has two goals to achieve in the next four weeks: 100% participation in the Annual Visionary Fund and raising $140,000. 

Already the Board of Trustees and the Faculty and Staff have reached the 100% participation goal. 

The Board has asked the West Sound community to double last year’s donation and give generously, so the school is well on its way to $140,000.  

There is an extra "perk" for WSA parents who donate to the Annual Visionary Campaign:  a very special coffee mug, with an very special photo of their own son or daughter.  

A big thanks goes to WSA junior Espen Swanson for the wonderful photography on all of the mugs.

Posted in Music

Fight Director Joe Bostick to Choreograph Duel in WSA's Winter Production, 'I Hate Hamlet'

January 26, 2016
By Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson

Poulsbo, WA - West Sound Academy Theatre Department will present Paul Rudnick’s raucous comedy I Hate Hamlet as their winter production March 4 and 5 at the Olympic College Theatre, Bremerton, Campus.

1922 Poster for a production of Hamlet starring John BarrymoreThe cast and creative team for this exciting production of I Hate Hamlet are busy putting all the pieces together on this wildly imaginative ghost story, which is set in the Greenwich Village apartment that had once been occupied by John Barrymore in 1917.  A young and successful television actor Andrew Rally relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment. With his television career in limbo, the actor is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage, but there's one problem: He hates Hamlet. His dilemma deepens with the entrance of John Barrymore's ghost, who arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that once was his. The contrast between the two actors, the towering, dissipated Barrymore whose Hamlet was the greatest of his time, and Andrew Rally, hot young television star, leads to a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, television, and yes, the apartment.

I Hate Hamlet calls for speed, comedy and unashamed boulevard comedy while demanding absolute precision and the West Sound Academy theatre students are rising to the occasion.  To give the production the eye-popping, athletic and theatrically dazzling fight scene between stage legend John Barrymore and TV star Andrew Rally, West Sound Academy has invited fight director Joe Bostick, from Toronto, Canada, to choreograph the infamous duel.  Bostick will teach two workshops at West Sound Academy for theatre students - Movement for the Stage and Stage Combat on Friday, January 29, and begin working with the cast of the production through Sunday, January 31 - over a three-day intensive workshop.

Joe BostickBostick has been working as a fight director/actor/teacher since 1982.
His training began with The Society of American Fight Directors and with various Fight Masters in North America. Most recently, he was the Fight Director for the National Theatre of Iceland’s production of The Heart of Robin Hood. Last fall, he also worked on other award winning productions of The Heart of Robin Hood in Winnipeg, Toronto and Boston at A.R.T. Broadway credits include Les Miserables and Ragtime. Three years ago, he was fortunate to work on Andrew Lloyd Weber’s production of The Wizard of Oz. He also choreographed the fights in the North American premiere and 1St U.S. tour of Dirty Dancing. He was the Associate Fight Director for the world premiere production of The Lord of the Rings in Toronto. Joe worked as Assistant Fight Director for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Canada). Some other companies he staged violence for include Drayton Entertainment, The Ron James Show, The Jon Dore Show, The Sean Cullen Show, Nightwood Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Theatre Francais, Theatre by the Bay, Stage West and Young People’s Theatre. He is also a founding member of Fight Director’s Canada and has taught at many Universities and Theatre Schools in Canada and the United States.

I Hate Hamlet features Sam Phillips ’16 as TV Star Andrew Rally, Joey Schmitt ’16 as John Barrymore, Audrey Jordan ’18 as New York realtor Felicia Dantene, Annika Nelson ’18 as Rally’s girlfriend Deirdre McDavey, Angie Mead ’16 as Rally’s NY Agent, Lillian Troy, and Johannes Zodet ‘ 17 as Rally’s LA Producer – Gary Peter Lefkowitz.

The production is directed by Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson with student director Jackson Vogt, fight choreographer Joe Bostick and directing intern Siri Nelson.   The production team is lead by Stage Manager Alena Pulhug and Assistant Stage Manager Wyatt Weber.  The Design team includes Ben Silvernale and Karsten Hald for Set Design; Cornelia Thane and Natalia Harmia for Costume Design; Props and Set Artists are Ben Taylor and Ruby Gsellman.

Tickets are $10 General Admission, $7 for students with ID and $5 for Senior Citizens. 
For more information contact Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson at (360) 598-5954
Posted in Theatre

Mud Pie's Arts Night and Poetry Slam, Arts Poetica: Volume Two, Set for February 19

January 16, 2016
By Aidan Moore and Espen Swanson, Mud Pie student editors

Arts Poetica: Volume TwoMud Pie is proud to announce our second annual arts night and poetry slam. Arts Poetica: Volume Two will be held on Friday, February 19th. Come at 6:30 to view a special assembly of West Sound art pieces and take part in the interactive Art Wall presented by Listen to Your Art. The open mic poetry slam will begin around 7:00. 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. 

Art and concessions will be available for purchase, and will help defray printing costs for Mud Pie 2016 and benefit Listen to Your Art. 

Students and teachers are invited to submit their art for display; simply drop off your titled artwork in Jen’s room by the 18th. You will be able to retrieve your artwork on Monday, February 22nd. 

For anyone intending to perform during the open mic, please be sure to respect the Poetry Slam Guidelines (adapted from Poetry Slam Inc.):
  • Poems may be on any subject and in any style.
  • Readings and performances are not to exceed five minutes
  • Keep your poems PG-13 (No explicit content, language should move the piece forward in a necessary way)

Remember nearly everything is fair game. Jan-Term creations and pieces published in previous Mud Pies make great contributions too! Student authors and artists are encouraged to submit any new work they present at Arts Poetica to the journal as well, and there will be a an area at the event to facilitate this.

Contact us with any questions at mudpie@westsoundacademy.org or find one of our Student Editors at school. We hope to see everyone there!

Posted in Performing Arts

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

December, 2015: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

November 29, 2015
By Susan Trower

next December 4:

 

West Sound Academy hosts a gallery reception for WSA science teacher David Miller on Friday, December 4, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Frodel Gallery Miller's show, 'A Time Machine Exhibition', a selection of assemblage art and stories, is on exhibit through January 15, 2016.  

The show will feature Miller's work along with assemblage art by WSA 10th graders.  The public is invited, and guests will be able to enjoy light refreshments and wine.

David Miller assemblage art

next December 4:

 

WSA's Student Social Committee presents:

Lip-Sync Battle!!!!

 

Challenge your friends!  See who has the best skill and performance lip-synching popular songs! 
Students can sign up at Angie's desk to participate. 

Place:  the Commons
Date:  Friday December 4
Time:  6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Britannica ImageQuest Lip-Sync_Contest

next December 5:

 

Open House
December 5, 2015
Saturday
10 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Open Houses introduce our faculty and program to interested families.

Frodel Hall on the West Sound Academy campus

Visitors will learn about our academics and extracurricular activities, meet the Head of School and some of the faculty and students, and take a tour of the campus. Anyone interested in joining us for an Open House cn email to Lisa Gsellman at lgsellman@westsoundacademy.org.  For a map and driving directions to West Sound Academy, click here.

next December 8:

 

Knowledge Bowl Competition
Practice Scrimmage

OESD 114 offices in Bremerton

KB team members: 
  • Arrive at school by 8:20 a.m.
  • Leave WSA: 8:30 a.m.
  • Return to WSA: by 3:10 p.m.
  • Bring a lunch and water bottle
WSA Hawks

next December 9:

 
WSA Presents:  Middle School Music Class
in Concert
 
Directed by Paul Burback
Place:  the Commons
Date:  Wednesday December 9
Time:  6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Paul Burback's music class - Mark Gsellman photo

next December 11:

 

On December 11, 2015, during the last hour of the school day.... WSA students are doing an

Hour of Code!

 

going through their choice of a selection of tutorials from Code.org

Hour of Code

next December 12:

 
WSA Presents:
Upper School Music Class
in Concert
 

Directed by Paul Burback

Indianola Clubhouse
19876 Indianola Rd NE
Indianola, WA  98342
6:30 p.m.
Ryley Mercado at Winter Rendezvous II concert, February 2016

next December 14-17:

 
Finals Week for Fall Semester is December 14-17, 2015

Finals Week Schedule - Fall 2015

next December 18:

There is

 NO SCHOOL 
 

           on Friday, December 18, 2015


so that WSA Teachers can complete narrative reports

Britannica ImageQuest - French teacher, 1957

next December 21 - January 3:


There is NO SCHOOL

December 21, 2015 through January 3, 2016
for
Winter Break

Britannica ImageQuest - Snowflake

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

Posted in All School

Kay Morgan joins Actor Audience Talk Back Event for The Secret in the Wings

November 06, 2015
By Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson

Poulsbo, WA....West Sound Theatre Company of West Sound Academy is proud to announce that Kay Morgan, psychologist, actor and director, will be the moderator for the Inaugural Actor to Audience Talk Back for The Secret in the Wings after the Sunday, November 15, 2015 matinee at the Olympic College Theatre, Bremerton campus.  Curtain time is 2PM.

Kay Morgan
  Kay Morgan

"The Secret in the Wings" is based on European fairy tales. The title has two meanings, playwright Mary Zimmerman said in an interview from her home in Evanston. "In 'The Seven Swans' story, a father wishes his seven noisy sons could be as quiet as swans, and they are turned into swans.

"Their sister manages to turn them back into boys by remaining silent for seven years, during which she makes jackets. She runs out of time. So one of the jackets has only one sleeve. One of her brothers lives his whole life with a human arm and a swan wing.

"It suggests the way that we all have peculiar experiences when we are young that mark us for life. But when you meet us, you don't know why we are strange in some way."

The other meaning of the title refers to theater itself. People in the audience are never sure what is waiting offstage (in the wings) ready to jump out in front of them. "The sense of surprise is important," Zimmerman says, "especially since these stories really are full of surprises. For one thing, most of them are obscure fairy tales."

West Sound Theatre Company ensemble members have incorporated their personal interpretations of fairytales and adolescent questions through the process and practices of devised theatre.  Devised Theatre incorporates the actors’ personal interpretation and understanding into the work.  The Secret in the Wings was originally a devised work by Mary Zimmerman and company members of The Looking Glass Theatre in Chicago.

 

Who:    West Sound Theatre Company – West Sound Academy Drama Program
When:   Performance Dates
              November 13th & 14th 7:30 p.m.
              November 15th 2:00 p.m.
Where:  Olympic College Theatre
              1264 15th Street (15th Street at Ohio Avenue)
              Bremerton WA
Tickets: $10 Adults, $7 Students, $5 Senior Citizens
Reservations and Information Contact
              Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson at (360) 598-5954

 

Posted in Theatre

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

WSA Auction News, Issue 1: Online Auction and a Diamond Bar!

October 25, 2015
By Jen Dennis

Posted in Special Events

WSA's Fall Production - Mary Zimmerman’s The Secret in the Wings - Opens November 13

October 20, 2015
By Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson

West Sound Academy Theatre Department is pleased to announce their 2015-16 Season.  The fall production will be The Secret in the Wings, to be performed November 13, 14 and 15; their winter production will be Moliere’s Tartuffe, the Richard Wilbur translation, on March 4, 5, 6; and their spring production will be Steven Dietz’s Still Life With Iris.  The fall and winter productions will be performed in cooperation with Olympic College at the Bremerton Campus Theatre.  Still Life With Iris will be performed on the West Sound Academy campus in the WSA Amphitheatre. 

Rehearsal for 'The Secret in the Wings'
Afternoon rehearsal for 'The Secret in the Wings'

Mary Zimmerman’s The Secret in the Wings adapts a group of lesser-known fairy tales to create a theatrical work that sets their dark mystery against her signature wit and humor. The framing story concerns a child and the frightening babysitter with whom her parents leave her. As the babysitter reads from a book, the characters in each of the tales materialize, with each tale breaking off just at its bleakest moment before giving way to the next one.  Following Zimmerman’s style of devising theatre the West Sound Academy drama students will use costumes, props, sets, and lighting to brilliant effect, creating images and feelings that render the fairy tales in all their elemental and enduring power.

The Acting Ensemble for The Secret in The Wings includes: Sam Phillips ’16, Annika Nelson ’18, Trinity Pine ’19, Ryley Mercado ’17, Cornelia Thane ’16, Mubasshira Tabassum ’17, Ben Silvernale ’17, Wyatt Webber ’19, and Audrey Jordan ’16.

Director – Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson
Musical Director – Megan Hall
Original Music Compositions – Gwynn Lanning
Stage Manager – Jackson Vogt
Assistant Stage Manager – Alena Pulhug
Scenic Design – Ben Taylor
Costume Design – Natalia Harmia
When: Performance Dates – November 13th 14th and 15th, 2015
Where:  Olympic College Theatre – 1264 15th Street (15th Street at Ohio Avenue), Bremerton, WA
Who:  West Sound Academy Drama Program
Tickets: $10 Adults $7 Students $5 Senior Citizens

Reservations and Information Contact:  Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson at (360) 598-5954

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