An International Baccalaureate World School for Grades 6-12

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How the West Sound Academy Pandemic Theatre was born
How the West Sound Academy Pandemic Theatre was born

By Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson. On March 16th of 2020 the COVID-19 Lockdown hit West Sound Academy, classes were moved into the virtual classroom indefinitely.  The after-school theatre program was producing their first musical, Once Upon A Mattress.  We had no choice –...

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Put down your Comfort Goggles
Put down your Comfort Goggles

By Barrie Hillman. In 2020 most humans are seeking comfort or seeking to comfort others especially as we a face a grim winter of COVID-19 statistics.  Recently, a friend posted an oldie but goodie graphic on Facebook about the comfort zone seen here to the right.  I...

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WSA is Breaking Through Barriers
WSA is Breaking Through Barriers

By Barrie Hillman. One of WSA’s greatest assets is its campus with 20 beautiful acres of fields, huge trees, and four charming buildings. Before March 2020, no one would have ever imagined we would not be able to use our own classrooms.  One of the most significant...

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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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