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May, 2017: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

April 30, 2017
By Susan Trower

We Appreciate Our Teachers! - Britannica ImageQuest May 1-5:


West Sound Academy families will be letting teachers know how important they are in the lives of their students during:

Teacher Appreciation Week
May 1-5
WSA teachers will be receiving special treats and surprises all week!

TARDIS - Time and Relative Dimension in Space May 1:

IB Diploma Programme examinations
                  at WSA begin

            Monday, May 1, 2017

Examinations take place in the Conference Room in Baker Hall.  The Library will be set up as a special study area for seniors only.
Final examinations for non-IB seniors will also begin on May 1.

Kitsap Great Give - May 2, 2017  May 2:


                         One Day Only!

            A 24-hour online giving event


Proceeds will pay for paving of the WSA driveway up to Baker Hall.

Help meet the match! Three generous donors have already committed to matching the funds donated to WSA for the Kitsap Great Give driveway fundraiser up to $5,000 each. That means for every dollar donated, we will receive $3 more!

AND ... every dollar you donate will be proportionally matched by the event sponsors so that West Sound Academy will actually get more money than you give!

On May 2 go to:

 College pennants of WSA alumni hanging in Parke HallMay 8:


    Declaration Day
for the Class of 2017

         Passing of the Class Color

             Monday Meeting, 2:45 p.m., the Commons
Seniors will sign the pennant for the colllege they will be attending in the Fall, and will pass their class color on to the Class of 2022!

9th Graders River Gsellman, Alessandro Scott, and Emily Bradford performing at the 2017 Kitsap Youth Rally for Human Rights at Olympic College - Espen Swanson photo May 8, 10, and 11:


              West Fest!

       West Sound Academy Musicians
                        in Concert
                Paul Burback, Director
          Monday, May 8:  6th &7th Grade 
Wednesday, May 10: US Music Elective
Thursday, May 11:  9th Grade 
         All performances: the Commons, 6:30 p.m.

Frodel Hall on the West Sound Academy campus - Mark Gsellman photo May 9:


Information Session and Tour

       Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m.


Information Sessions introduce our faculty and program to interested families. Visitors have a chance to 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 this Information Session can email Lisa Gsellman at

Days for Girls International May 13:


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, May 13 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

 May 15:

Final Exams for Grades 6-11 begin Monday, May 15.

Final Exams for Grades 6-11, Spring 2017

 University professors in cap and gown - Britannica ImageQuestMay 19:

There is

                NO SCHOOL


on Friday, May 19 so that WSA teachers can prepare for Commencement


 WSA Class of 2016 - Mark Gsellman photoMay 19:

  West Sound Academy             
             16th Annual
Commencement Exercises
      for the Class of 2017

House of Awakened Culture
7235 NE Parkway
Suquamish7 p.m.

New York stenographers on vacation; July 14, 1926 - Britannica ImageQuest May 22:


                              There is

                NO SCHOOL


on Monday, May 22 so that WSA teachers can get ready for June Term


June Term 2017 May 23:


June Term


    begins on

         Tuesday, May 23


Meeting room table and chairs - Britannica ImageQuest May 24:

   West Sound Academy              
Board of Trustees meeting 

Wednesday, May 24
Conference Room
5:30 p.m.


 Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C.; May 30, 2010 - Britannica ImageQuestMay 29:


                              There is

                NO SCHOOL


         on Monday, May 29 in observance of

                 Memorial Day

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WSA Accepting Applications for 3-Year Full Tuition Scholarship

April 14, 2017
By Susan Trower

POULSBO, Wash. - April 14, 2017 - West Sound Academy has announced plans for awarding the Ann Marie Frodel Memorial Scholarship, effective for the 2017-2018 school year.  The Ann Marie Frodel Memorial Scholarship honors an outstanding Kitsap educator and community leader.  Ann Marie Frodel was known throughout Kitsap for her hunger for knowledge, her love of music and art, her deep caring for others, and her enthusiasm for new experiences and deep appreciation for diversity.  

Reading Oscar Wilde in 10th Grade English classThe scholarship celebrates her legacy in education and community service by granting full tuition to one student based on merit and need to attend West Sound Academy in the class of 2020 (10th grade in Fall, 2017). The award is renewable each year until the student graduates from West Sound Academy, provided the student maintains good standing with the school and a minimum 3.0 GPA every semester of enrollment.

In order to qualify for the scholarship, an applicant must show evidence of merit and leadership qualities, demonstrate financial need, and be a United States citizen and a resident of Washington State. A non-related adult is required to first nominate an applicant for the scholarship.  After being nominated, students interested in applying for the scholarship need to submit an Ann Marie Frodel Memorial Scholarship application, a West Sound Academy Admissions Application, and a West Sound Academy financial assistance packet.

This scholarship is only available to a student applying to the school after the scholarship effective date of April 1, 2017. Currently enrolled students or applicants prior to April 1 are not eligible.

The school must receive all forms, including the nomination and the scholarship, admissions, and financial assistance application materials, by May 15, 2017.  The scholarship selection committee will review the applications, interview the top five candidates, and announce the award recipient by June 1, 2017.

Interested families can go to the Ann Marie Frodel Scholarship page to learn about the scholarship program and find links to the application materials.

Contact Lisa Gsellman, West Sound Academy's Director of Admissions, at or 360-598-5954 for more information.

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