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Finding Joy and Why Every School Needs a TIE Fighter

October 15, 2017
By Barrie Hillman

TIE FighterBack in September, the school kicked off the Fall Gathering with the theme of "Let Joy Be Your Compass." Finding and spreading joy has been a bit like fighting off the temptations of the Dark Side lately. Just when we think things are settling down or we have gotten past one challenge...a great big new challenge lands in our laps. Just when the Rebels think they have finally crippled the Empire, another new evil force pops up on the other side of the universe. It is not a new thing for the human race to have to overcome great adversity but it is a relatively new thing to have such immediate access to information about such adversity both trustworthy and not. All these circumstances do is suck the joy out of our days. However, being naturally contrarian...I am a strong proponent of being mindful of seeking out joy every day. So when someone offers you a free-if-you-haul one-quarter size Star Wars TIE Fighter, you say "Yes! I need that TIE Fighter!" Because it is awesome. It is fun. It is joyful. It makes absolutely no practical sense to have a TIE fighter of this size but it makes so much sense in order to seek out joy.

The TIE fighter will find a semi-permanent home on a gravel pad just outside Lower Ryan both to bring attention to our STEAM program and to serve as a joyful reminder to everyone who passes by it. And it will spark imagination. I can see that TIE fighter starring in some movies, photos, and stories. Yes, we have captured a piece of the Dark Side and the Dark Side is no match for our creativity, innovation and imagination.

Seeking out joy is a mindful exercise. We have to consciously and actively look for it. But when you do, small things come into focus such as trees turning fall colors, a certain smiling dog running with glee through the fields, or a great game of Ga-ga. Joy is out there if you look for it. Look every day.

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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:



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 or​ ​or call: 703/299-6856.​​
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