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Archives - November 2016

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
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  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,
Red Tape
Eleventy One
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


December 19, 2016 - January 2, 2017

for Winter Break


WSA Yearbook Photo ContestDecember 31:


Yearbook Contest                  

Yearbook Club would love to have your photos of WSA student life!
Use the ReplayIt app to upload your pics 
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:

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


   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


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:


Yearbook Contest                  

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

November 30

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