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February, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

January 31, 2017
By Susan Trower

Mud Pie 2015 February 3:

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

    Arts Poetica: Volume Three

  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. 

next February 4:

Late afternoon sun shining on the WSA campus - Mark Gsellman photoFounders' Scholarship Day
                 is on
Saturday, February 4, 2017
                 8:30 to 12:00 noon

Eligible students are those entering Grades 6 through 12 in Fall, 2017, and not currently attending West Sound Academy.

For more information, email Lisa Gsellman at

next February 8:


2016 Commencement, front row - Mark Gsellman photoAs of February 8, 2017, WSA's senior class has just 100 days left until graduation on May 19 at the House of Awakened Culture in Suquamish!

WSA Head of School Barrie Hillman meets with parents of seniors on February 8, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.,  to discuss commencement and other matters of special concern to seniors and their families.

Wednesday, February 8
6:30 p.m.
Conference Room in Baker Hall

next February 20 and 21:


Abraham Lincoln - Britannica ImageQuestBritannica ImageQuest - George Washington

There is
Monday, February 20, 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
for the Presidents' Day break

 February 22:

International Baccalaureate Organization

There will be NO SCHOOL

 on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

so that faculty and staff can work on tasks required for re-certification of West Sound Academy as an IB World School


West Sound Academy Hawks! February 23:


Knowledge Bowl Competition
  State Tournament 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

next February 24:

Signing of contract - Britannica ImageQuest

Enrollment contracts
financial aid applications
            for current families are DUE
          Friday, February 24, 2017


Days for Girls International February 25:


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, February 25 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

WSA Yearbook Photo Contest February 28:


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 February!
Deadline for this month's entries:

February 28

Posted in All School

WSA Theatre Company Presents: Death by Design on March 10 & 11

January 27, 2017
By Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson

The West Sound Academy Theatre Company of Poulsbo, Washington, will present Death by Design, an outrageous comedy and murder mystery, as their winter show on March 10 and 11, 2017, at the Olympic College Theatre, Bremerton Campus. Curtain time is at 7:30 PM.

Gunshot shadowgraph - Britannica ImageQuestDeath by Design is the brilliantly written story of a more than eventful weekend spent in Cookham at the home of playwright Edward Bennett and actress Sorel Bennett. Already bantering due to their failing marriage and a horrible opening night, the two are greeted by unexpected guests inviting themselves to their home. As the play develops, the cast for the country weekend includes: a more than disliked politician, a socialist, a naïve stranger, and a kooky bohemian. As though the weekend wasn’t crazy enough, it is left to Bridgit, an Irish maid with a taste for murder mysteries, to solve the murder of one of the guests in the house. Death by Design is a classic whodunit with wit and charm sure to captivate any audience.

The acting ensemble includes: Audrey Jordan as Bridgit the Irish maid, Grace Schmitt as Sorel Bennett, an actress and wife of playwright Edward Bennett, Annika Nelson as Bohemian socialite Victoria VanRoth, Delaney Agodon as Alice the some time girlfriend of the chauffuer, Wyatt Weber as Jack the cockney chauffuer, Ryley Mercado as playwright Edward Bennett, Ben Browning as parliamentarian Walter Pearce, and Alessandro Scott as socialist Eric. The production crew includes: Ben Silvernale – producer/technical director, Alena Pulhug – stage manager, Jailee Bishop – assistant stage manager, Ruby Gsellman – scenic designer, Wyatt Rosenthal and Julie Hillman – prop masters, River Gsellman and Savannah Pulhug – lighting and sound design, Olivia Bentley and Ellie Swanson – costume design, Sam Olson and Jenna Tabisola – publicity and marketing. This production of Death by Design is directed by Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson.

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

Tags: CAS, drama, theatre
Posted in Theatre

January, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

January 06, 2017
By Susan Trower

January 6:


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,
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.

January 9-12:

Final Exams for Grades 6-11 begin Monday, January 9. On Thursday, January 12, there is an 11:00 a.m. dismissal.

Final Exams for Grades 6-11, Fall Semester 2016

West Sound Academy Hawks!January 12:


Knowledge Bowl Competition
        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

January 12:

The Founders Fund                       
The Annual Visionary Campaign Kickoff takes place at the
 Upper School 1st Semester Music Performance
 Indianola Clubhouse
 7:00 p.m.

Donations made to the Annual Visionary Campaign directly support students today in WSA's current programs and also serve to pay forward the support and effort of those who have come before us.  

Donations can be made in cash, check or credit card including a convenient monthly auto-pay option.  Contributors may also donate online.

100% participation by families, faculty and the Board of Trustees is paramount to the overall success of the school's philanthropic efforts. 

For more information about the Annual Visionary Campaign please contact Board Member, Marisa Lanning at  Thank you for your support! 

2015 Jan Term music performance source checkJanuary 12:

              WSA Presents:

Upper School Musicians

           in Concert

       Paul Burback, Director
Indianola Clubhouse
20446 Indianola Road NE
Indianola  98342
7:00 p.m.

January 13:

Teachers snow dancing - Britannica ImageQuest

There will be NO SCHOOL

 on Friday, January 13, 2017

so that WSA Teachers can prepare for the beginning of Spring Semester next week


January 16:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
           There is
         NO SCHOOL
on Monday, January 16, 2017
        in observance of
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 17:


Jan Term 2016Spring Semester

       begins on

 January 17, 2017

January 17:

Symbol of man - Britannica ImageQuestSymbol of woman - Britannica ImageQuest
Parent Class for
9th Grade Human Sexuality Seminar
The Commons
6:30 p.m.
Barrie Hillman, Jim Kolb, and Bainbridge counselor Kathie McCarthy are leading a class for parents of students enrolled in WSA's 5-hour human sexuality seminar for 9th graders.  

next January 20:

Lollipop - Britannica ImageQuestWSA's Student Social Committee presents:
Winter Formal Dance
for WSA students in Grades 8-12 
Place:  Indianola Clubhouse
Time:  7 to 10 p.m.
Theme:  Candyland
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 20, 2017 in order for the guest to be admitted to the dance.

January 21:

Frodel Hall on the West Sound Academy campus - Mark Gsellman photo
Open House
January 21, 2017
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.

Boardroom - Britannica ImageQuestJanuary 25:

     There is a meeting of the

West Sound Academy              

   Board of Trustees 

Wednesday, January 25
Conference Room
5:30 p.m.

January 27:

Enrollment contracts
      are mailed
to current families on
January 27, 2017

WSA Yearbook Photo ContestJanuary 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:

January 31

Posted in All School


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