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October, 2019: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

September 30, 2019
By Susan Trower

 College pennants for the Class of 2019October 1:

WSA Parents and students in Grades 9-11 are invited to:

   College Information


This informational evening is open to any parents and/or 9th-11th grade students who are interested in learning more about the college search, finance and application process.

Barrie Hillman, WSA Head of School, and Catherine Freeman, Associate Head of School and WSA College Counselor, will be sharing guidance and advice on what steps should be taken for the college search, the process for applications, how and when to visit schools, what questions to ask schools, how to navigate the financial aid process and also how to make the decision of where to apply and where to enroll. Students are encouraged to attend because they are the ones who will be leading this process!

Photographer - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 8:


             Picture Retake Day!


The photographer will be on campus at 8:20 a.m.

This is for retake and absentee make-up student photos.


2:00 PM Early Release for Collaborative PlanningOctober 9 and 23



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 11:

Friday, October 11 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. 

College Board - PSAT/NMSQTOctober 16:


All students in Grades 8 - 11 will take the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) on Wednesday, October 16.  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 the 11th grade a chance to enter National Merit scholarship programs.  

  • There will be an 11:45 a.m. DISMISSAL on that day.
  • Students in Grades 6 and 7 will have a half-day field trip.
  • Seniors who have pre-registered with Mrs. Freeman have the option to take the SAT on October 16. Seniors who are not taking the SAT have NO SCHOOL and may use it as a study day.

Days for Girls International October 19:


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, October 19 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 Shirley Wilder at or find Days for Girls on Facebook.

WSA HawksOctober 21 - 25:


It's School Spirit Week!


Scary pumpkin - Britannica ImageQuestOctober 25:

WSA Student Council & Thespian Troupe #8175
present an:

   All-School Halloween Dance

Come for:
  • Dancing
  • Games
  • Festive snacks
  • Ghoulish fun!
Place: The Commons
Time:  7 to 9 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 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 Form to school by October 25 in order to be admitted to the event.

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