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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...

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...

¡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...

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...

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...

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...

Solving the puzzle in IB Theatre – by leaping in the dark.

Solving the puzzle in IB Theatre – by leaping in the dark.

By Gretchen Nordleaf. During my time at West Sound Academy, I have experienced one of the most exciting and challenging moments in my teaching career. Learning to teach and breathe the IB curriculum has been difficult and energizing all at the same time.  As a...

That Feeling as a Leader When You Have to Disappoint People

That Feeling as a Leader When You Have to Disappoint People

By Barrie Hillman. As a leader and Head of School, I try to say "yes" as much as possible. Even if it is really a no, I work hard to find a mutually beneficial solution that feels like and really is a sort-of yes. However, lately, I have been a disappointing leader. I...

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