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February, 2019: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

January 28, 2019
By Susan Trower

West Sound Academy Hawks! February 7:


Knowledge Bowl Competition
  State Tournament Qualifier

Fort Worden, Port Townsend

KB team members: 

  • Arrive at school by 7:45 a.m.
  • Leave WSA: 8:00 a.m.
  • Return to WSA: by 3:45 p.m.
  • Bring a lunch and water bottle

Mud Pie 2018 February 8:

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

    Arts Poetica: Volume Five

  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.  Proceeds benefit Mud Pie 2019, WSA's award-winning arts and literary journal, now in its 21st year!

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WSA Knowledge Bowl Team Wins Summit Award ... and WS1 Comes in 1st Place Again

January 15, 2019
By Susan Trower

Smarty Awards for highest-scoring team, given to WS1 for Written Round #1 and Oral Round #4West Sound Academy's Knowledge Bowl team competed in the second regional competition of the season at Fort Worden on January 10, 2019.  Thirteen schools from the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas and 33 squads were at the day-long event.  WSA came away with the Summit Award for 1B,  with the highest combined two-squad score in that division. WSA's top squad, WS1 (aka "Manifest Westiny") had an outstanding day, earning a total of 113 points: a repeat of their first place finish at the practice competition on November 30 at North Mason High School. WS1 also earned two of the five "Smarty Awards" (certificate plus candy - Smarties®, of course!) given to the highest-scoring squad in each of the five rounds with their 40 points in the Written Round 1 and 21 in Oral Round 4.

WS1 was not the only West Sound team at the competition: West Sound brought 17 students in four squads. WS2 came in 6th overall. WS1, WS2 and WS4 were the three highest scoring teams in Division 1B. WS3, our 9th grade squad, scored 5th in 1B. Practices for the WSA team continue in preparation for the next regional competition on February 7 at Fort Worden. Squads will compete to qualify for the State Tournament, to be held at West Valley High School in Yakima on March 23.


Congratulations to our entire team!


          WS1: Max Morningstar (Captain), Emily Bradford, Max Metters, Aidan Phelan

          WS2: Emma Longworth-Slone (Captain), Nic Cachules, Ben Mauk, Ellie Metters

          WS3: Olivia Morningstar (Captain), Ellie Osburn, Noah Clark, Sam Hopper

          WS4: Bobby Earhart (Captain), Alice Cowie, Rowan Frederickson, Corwin Taylor,
                    Blaire Forbes


WSA 2018-2019 Knowledge Bowl team - Tina Cachules photo

What's That Green Stuff? Seniors Complete Their Independent Biology Experiments.

January 07, 2019
By Karen Mattick

Initial phytoplankton culture for a senior’s Biology project - Karen Mattick photoOf all the experiments running in the Life Science classroom during the seniors’ biology experiments, the bubbling beakers filled with something vividly green received the most attention. That green stuff is Nannochloropsis phytoplankton. The experiment investigated the effects of salinity on the photosynthesis rate of these microscopic plants. The student made use of a dissolved oxygen sensor from our growing collection of electronic sensors in order to measure changing photosynthesis rates.

This experiment is one example of the fifteen student-designed investigations created this year as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program’s Internal Assessments. Read more >>>

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