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¡Hola! ¡Bienvenidos a la fiesta!
¡Hola! ¡Bienvenidos a la fiesta!

By Susan Trower. Students in Jessica Outlaw’s 10th Grade Spanish class have been studying vocabulary related to food, clothing and celebrations during Mod B. Señora Outlaw decided that the best way to assess what students had learned was to have a party – actually, a...

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Solutions, and Other Problems
Solutions, and Other Problems

By Barrie Hillman. I have started and stopped writing a new blog post for almost six weeks now. There is so much going on in the world and in my own life that I was struggling to find focus and meaning in the words I knew wanted to come out and land on the page.  I...

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Using Literature to Recognize Authenticity
Using Literature to Recognize Authenticity

By Georgia Chehade. As an English teacher, there are few things better than watching students read a piece of literature and become inspired about real world issues. In the 8th grade, we started this unusual year by reading Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah. In their...

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Juggling with Jello
Juggling with Jello

By Barrie Hillman. I have been trying to write my school year kick-off blog post for two weeks, and, much like the last six months, writing a compelling, relevant, and upbeat blog has been like trying to juggle Jello.  The Jello represents all the things we want to...

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Announcing! College destinations for the Class of 2020
Announcing! College destinations for the Class of 2020

By Susan Trower. West Sound Academy seniors came back to campus on May 12 - not all at once, of course, but on a staggered schedule so they could maintain social distancing requirements.  Barrie Hillman, WSA Head of School, met each soon-to-be-graduate at the door of...

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Why IB at WSA?
Why IB at WSA?

By Alayna Garvin. At WSA, we strive to prepare learners for the world beyond our classrooms. At all grade levels, we encourage students to improve their thinking, research, social, and communication skills. We want them to get to know their strengths, challenge...

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Open yourself up to be ready to learn…
Open yourself up to be ready to learn…

By Lisa Gsellman On Thursday, December 19th, West Sound Academy Alumni from the Classes of 2018 and 2019 joined our current juniors and seniors for an informal talk on what to expect with their future college life. It is such a joy having them return to us on their...

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Lean Into the Light
Lean Into the Light

By Barrie Hillman. Last week, I had the great privilege of attending the annual TEDWomen conference in Palm Springs. My first intention in going was to help support WSA’s work to host our own TEDx conference this spring, but as soon as I stepped foot into the theater,...

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