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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...

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...

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...

Seniors reflect on their experiences at WSA – en español.

Seniors reflect on their experiences at WSA – en español.

By Jessica Outlaw. Last week WSA seniors in IB Spanish showcased their language skills and reflected on their time as students at this school. Their presentations were heartwarming, funny, and very memorable. They shared pictures, videos, and stories about their...

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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