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WSA Knowledge Bowl Team Takes 1st in Division; Headed to State

February 25, 2016
By Susan Trower
West Sound Academy is sending a team to the
WA Knowledge Bowl XXXIV

in Arlington on March 19, 2016.  The WS1 squad, captained by WSA senior Peter Silvernale, took first place in Division 1B, and so earned a spot at the annual tournament.  Last year's event featured 102 teams from all over the State, competing for 1st through 6th place in all divisions.

Congratulations to all of our West Sound quick-witted masters of the buzzer.  Good luck at State, and 


WSA Knowledge Bowl Team - February 24, 2016
WSA's 2015-2016 Knowledge Bowl Team: Back row, l to r: Delaney Agodon, Ben Silvernale, Karsten Hald, Coach Lionel Pummell;
Middle row: Coach Catherine Freeman, Callay Boire-Shedd, Eleanor Uyyek, Pudge, Nolan Gregg; Front row: Peter Silvernale, Alex Welch, Coach Susan Trower, Graeme Forbes.

WSA Awarded 'Book Grant' from the Washington State Library:  Collection of 50 STEM Titles

February 11, 2016
By Susan Trower

Spencer found a book that look's interesting:  The Toaster Project, by Thomas ThwaitesOn February 9 some juniors from Karen Mattick's Biology class came up to the library to help with one of the more fun library tasks - not dusting shelves or putting books in Dewey Decimal order - but unpacking new books.  Lots of new science books (54 to be exact) that came as part of the Washington State Library (WSL) "The Future STEMs from Reading' grant to West Sound Academy.

The grant from the Washington State Library came about as a response to the need for school libraries to update their materials in science, engineering, technology and math (STEM).  An advisory committee of teacher-librarians worked with WSL to put together STEM book collections aimed at elementary, middle, and high school students from lists of award-winning books. The program was funded with support from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science: 50 Experiments for Daring Young Scientists A competive grant cycle was held for the 230 STEM collections available for public and nonprofit private school libraries: 120 for elementary, 55 for middle school, and 55 for high school. West Sound Academy was awarded one of the high school collections, and the boxes of books arrived this week.  

After cataloging and labeling is done, the books will be ready for use in classes or for some recreational nerd-reading.  WSA science teacher Karen Mattick contemplated using one of the books, The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science:  50 Experiments for Daring Young Scientists in her classroom.  "As long as they aren't too catastrophic, this one could work," she ruled.

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February, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

February 01, 2016
By Susan Trower

next February 2:


As of February 2, 2016, WSA's senior class has just 115 days left until graduation!

WSA Head of School Barrie Hillman will meet with seniors and their parents to discuss commencement and other matters of special concern to seniors and their families:
Tuesday, February 2
6:30 p.m.
Conference Room in Baker Hall
14th Annual Commencement, May 28,2015 - Mark Gsellman photo

next February 5:


Musical Theater Club

invites you to our presentation
of eight solo performances 
from the musicals

Wicked", “Chicago", "Little Shop of Horrors", “Newsies”, “Cabaret”, "Alice in Wonderland" and more!

When: Feb. 5th from 6:30 - 7:30pm/ Doors at 6:10.
Where: West Sound Commons
Come out to support our performers!
Britannica ImageQuest - Cabaret, 1972, directed by Bob Fosse

next February 6:

Founders' Scholarship Day
                 is on
Saturday, February 6, 2016
                 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Eligible students are those entering Grades 6 through 12 in Fall, 2016, and not currently attending West Sound Academy

For more information, email Lisa Gsellman at

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

next February 12 and 16:

There is
Friday, February 12, 2016
Monday, February 16, 2016
for the Presidents' Day break
Britannica ImageQuest - George WashingtonBritannica ImageQuest - Abraham Lincoln

next February 19:

Enrollment contracts and
Financial Aid applications
            for current families are DUE
          Friday, February 19, 2016

next February 19:

Mud Pie is proud to announce our second annual arts night and poetry slam. Arts Poetica: Volume Two will be held on Friday, February 19 in the WSA Commons.

 Everyone is invited to share original pieces, or your favorite poems and stories from other published authors (maybe from your favorite edition of Mud Pie…). The open mic is not limited to students, and we welcome involvement from teachers, parents, and others in the WSA community. 

Mud Pie presents: Arts Poetica Volume Two
6:30 p.m. - West Sound art show in the Commons
                   Interactive Art Wall - Listen to Your Art
7:00 p.m.:  Open mic poetry slam!
For more information, see:

next February 24:


Knowledge Bowl Competition
State Spot Qualifier

Fort Worden, Port Townsend

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