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Archives - December 2018

Embrace Idleness.

December 18, 2018
By Eric Bright

WSA History teacher Eric Bright at Fall Gathering - August 30, 2018It seems only recently that we were having fun and catching up with each other at Fall Gathering after a long summer vacation. But the sunny warm days of September have given way to gray rainy ones of December, and here we are near the end of yet another semester of school. Winter break at WSA lasts from December 19 thru January 6. It is a well-earned and deserved rest for middle- and upper-school students and staff who have been working hard over the past three and half months.

WSA prides itself on providing a challenging and rigorous educational experience to our students but recognizes the value and importance of periods of repose with no obligations and stress. We strongly encourage students and their families, therefore, to completely detach themselves from academic matters even though final exams and long-term projects have yet to be completed. Winter break is a time for relaxing, reconnecting with friends and families, and revitalization. It is a rare opportunity to embrace unstructured time and simply enjoy living without the demands and pressures of our workday lives.

So please resist the temptation to worry about school work and enjoy your break! Review week will provide sufficient opportunity to reconnect with the content of class, prepare for final exams, and complete unfinished projects.

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WSA Robotics Team is Headed to State Championship in February

December 17, 2018
By Lionel Pummell

WSA Robotics team at work in the pits - December 15, 2018WSA’s Robotics team competed in the Feynman Interleague championship event of the FIRST Tech Challenge on December 15 at the Amazon Doppler building in Seattle. Thirty-seven schools from the Puget Sound area competed in the event. After a long day of intense competition WSA’s team made it into the semi-finals finishing second in qualifying points. Robotics competition arena - December 15, 2018Team captain Aidan Phelan then choose two teams to ally with, the Spartabots from Skyline High School and the Titanium Talons from Woodinville High School. WSA along with their allies won their semi-final match moving on to the finals. After a tough series of matches WSA's alliance was defeated by the alliance lead by the CPR Eagles from Cedar Park Christian School. Having earned enough qualifying points and placing well in the competition did earn WSA Robotics a spot in the upcoming state championship.  Next up: WSA Robotics will be competing in the State Championship event on February 10 at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

Congratulations to our team, and ... GO HAWKS!!!

The 2018-2019 WSA Robotics team

The WSA Robotics team (left to right):Catherine Zhang, Adam Tucker, Gwen Moritz, Aidan Phelan (captain), Emma Longworth-Slone, Pau López (holding team robot), Noah Moosmiller, Corwin Taylor, Caleb Phelan (holding team trophy), Sam Hopper, and Michael Gao.

Two Teams, Two First Place Finishes: WSA Robotics and Knowledge Bowl

December 03, 2018
By Susan Trower

WSA Robotics team at work - December 2, 2018WSA's Robotics team competed in their second interleague qualifier event of the FIRST Tech Challenge season on December 2 at Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma. Thirteen schools from around the Olympic Peninsula and Tacoma are in the Maxwell League of Washington State's FIRST Tech Challenge and competed in the event. WSA's team won all five of their matches to take first place! Thank you to our sponsors!Coaches Spencer Tryba, Jen David, and Lionel Pummell were very pleased with the terrific effort from the team. Next up: WSA Robotics will be going to the interleague championship event on December 15 at the Amazon Doppler Building in Seattle. 

2018-2019 WSA KB team - Tina Cachules photoA couple days earlier, on November 30, WSA's Knowledge Bowl team competed in the first regional competition of the season at North Mason High School in Belfair.  Teams came from schools throughout the Olympic Educational Service District area, from Port Townsend to Olympia. West Sound's top squad, WS1 (also known as "Team Manifest Westiny"), took first place with 103 points for the day, 16 points higher than the second place team. Coaches Catherine Freeman and Lionel Pummell were very happy with the day's scores. The next regional competition for is January 10, followed by the State qualifier on February 7.

Congratulations to our Robotics and Knowledge Bowl teams! ...and GO HAWKS!!!

December, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

December 03, 2018
By Susan Trower

Hour of CodeDecember 4:

On December 4, 2018, 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.


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

Admissions Information
     Session and Tour

December 9, 2018
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Admissions Information Sessions 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 Admissions Information Session can send an email to Lisa Gsellman at  For a map and driving directions to West Sound Academy, click here.


Read more about WSA events in December!

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