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December, 2015: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

November 29, 2015
By Susan Trower

next December 4:


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

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

David Miller assemblage art

next December 4:


WSA's Student Social Committee presents:

Lip-Sync Battle!!!!


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

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

next December 5:


Open House
December 5, 2015
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  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

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


           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
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


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
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


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