June Term

West Sound Academy’s academic semesters end mid-May, so all West Sound Academy students participate in June Term during the last three weeks of the school year. June Term also provides students an opportunity to opt-in to an international or domestic experiential learning trip called a June TREC (Travel, Rethink, Explore, Connect). *

During June Term, students study one or two intensive classes for three weeks. June Term provides a forum where students put the academic skills they have been building into practical application. Students enroll in either a morning and afternoon June Term class or an all-day June Term class. Students are graded and earn 0.25 elective credits for a half day June Term class or 0.5 elective credits for an all-day June Term class.

*There are no June TREC trips scheduled for 2021 due to COVID-related travel restrictions.

Independent June Term

An upper school student intending to propose an Independent June Term course of study can choose between half day or full day. The student must indicate their intention on the selection form and submit a written proposal. All independent June Term course proposals must include a designated adult supervisor or mentor who is not a parent. Only domestic upper school students are eligible for an independent June Term unless otherwise arranged with the Head of School.

2021 June Term Classes – Half-Day Morning

Screening of HBO Documentary Film, Me@the Zoo, 2012 - Britannica ImageQuestDocumentary Filmmaking – Jessica Outlaw

Want to make your own documentary? We live in a time where non-professional photographers or video makers can easily capture moments using their cell phones. Students in this June term class will learn how to use basic video editing software to create a short documentary film about a topic they are passionate about. Step behind the camera and show us a new perspective.



Spider-Man, with Tobey Macguire, 2004 - Britannica ImageQuestScience in the Movies – Karen Mattick

If you have been around the WSA community for a while, you remember the epically laughable made-for-tv movie 10.5. What other films has Hollywood created that get the science so wrong? This June Term will explore how bullets, cannonballs, flying cars, and other projectiles actually move as described by Newtonian physics. Then we will compare movie depictions of motion. In what ways do Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, and other films mess with the laws of thermodynamics? Other topics might include explosions, such as nuclear bombs that sometimes make for a terrible day and at other times save the day. Does Hollywood get the biological world right? What happens when one scales up a gorilla to King Kong? Could natural selection lead to X-Men? We will throw in some earth and climate change science to round out our studies. Students will engage in a mix of hands-on activities, lectures, research, and movie clips. Students will create storyboards for their own movie scenes that entertain and get the science right. Finally, we will close this June Term by choosing a film that makes for excellent cinema and honors the way our universe works.


Meerkat investigating a camera in Botswana - Britannica ImageQuestPhotography – Lionel Pummell

This course will use a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on exercises. We will explore the basic photographic techniques and artistic concerns involved in making photographs; specifically, candid and portrait work will be the focus.

We will use digital photography to teach the basics of composition, effective use of light, file management, digital image manipulation, and developing a photographic esthetic. Students entering the course are required to have access to a digital camera. For our purposes, a digital camera is defined as having the ability to take a high-resolution photo. Cameras may be DSLR or Point and Shoot style, and this does include Cell Phone cameras.


Basketball dunk shot - October 2021Basketball Diaries – Eric Bright

Basketball Diaries is a course for students wanting to learn about the game, get some exercise, and have some fun. The academic component will explore the history of the game and its cultural and social significance through film, interviews, documentaries, and music. The physical component will involve daily exercise, practicing individual and team skills, and playing basketball. In addition, students will be given responsibility for working in teams, developing daily regimens and strategies, and setting individual and team goals to be achieved by the end of the term. So, if you are looking to get out of the classroom and run around, learn a new sport, teach others about a sport you love, and engage in a little friendly competition, please come out and play some basketball!


Website source code visualization - Britannica ImageQuestVisual Grafix – Bringing Art into ALL Your Classwork – Sara Adams

In this class, you will learn and practice incorporating ALL THINGS ART into other aspects of your learning and classwork. This will include Doodle Note Taking, using our Google Suite Software to create art and amazing presentations. Learn about creating visually appealing infographics, including the psychology of color. But wait, there’s more!  We will be painting our favorite tagline or quote on canvas. We will be doing a painting with food. You will get the opportunity to create your own Google Slides Presentation on any topic of your choice.


Laptop, 2008, John Holcroft - Britannica ImageQuestJunior Workshop (REQUIRED FOR JUNIORS) – Alayna Garvin and others

Members of the junior class are required to devote the morning session to IB work dividing the time between Extended Essay, Language and Literature, and Theory of Knowledge Assessments. We will also make plans for college applications. Get a jump start on this work now, and your load will be lighter this fall.


2021 June Term Classes – Half-Day Afternoon

Python logoIntro to Python Coding – Ben Owen

This class is an introduction to programming in Python through the context of familiar games such as Guess My Number, Tic-Tac-Toe, and Sudoku. We will emphasize using flowcharts to design our games before writing any code. Beginning coders will learn how to work with variables, manage input and output, and control flow with IF-ELSE statements and FOR loops. More experienced coders will explore recursion and learn how to create computer opponents that are difficult to beat. We will use CoCalc as our online virtual workspace, so you don’t need to install any software; you can do everything in your web browser.


Organic vegetables - Britannica ImageQuestFarm to Family – Georgia Chehade

Have you ever sat and pondered the work that went into the food on your dinner plate? Wondered about the process of spinning the wool in your sweater into yarn? Wanted to know how to knit or crochet that yarn into a sweater? Asked yourself why sourdough bread has that interesting flavor? In this June Term, we will be exploring these things and more by connecting with local farmers, artisans, and craftspeople who will reveal the magic of their craft with us. This is for students who enjoy getting hands-on experiences and witnessing the entire process from beginning to end.


Snowman Performance Against Global Warming, Berlin, 2010 - Britannica ImageQuestDevised Theatre: A Living Newspaper – Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson

Devised Theatre is a way of creating and making original theatre pieces. This June Term we will be creating a “Living Newspaper”. This style of theatre refers to the use of live performance as a means of presenting audiences with factual information surrounding current events. Historically Living Newspaper performances have been intended as a form of political theatre with the purpose of inciting social action. Living Newspaper performances typically reject traditional theatre conventions such as the idea of a fourth wall. Instead, more direct, experimental techniques are used, and often multimedia devices are employed in the telling of a story. If you are interested in current events, social justice, and creating meaningful connections for an audience with theatre – this is the June Term course for you!


Water Shortage - Britannica ImageQuestN-VI-SCI – Katelyn Stevens

If you are passionate about our world and the many struggles it faces, are inventive and creative, and like exploring new ways of fixing problems – this is the class for you! In N-Vi-Sci we will be investigating big current world environmental issues and proposing small scientific innovations to help create solutions. This can be starting as small as creating ways to help purify or transport water for struggling communities and ideas as big as proposing solutions to saving diminishing glaciers! Under the guidance of your science teacher, you will have the opportunity to explore your passions for science and our environment and learn about constructive activism and policy change. You will create experiments and test your hypotheses in controlled environments, and you will learn how to present your creations/inventions/solutions back to a community that is also interested in addressing these same world issues!


A dog catches a frisbee - Britannica ImageQuestAll Things Frisbee – Joe & Otto Adams

In this June Term, students will learn the rules and skills of playing ultimate frisbee. Students will also go visit local disc golf courses in the Kitsap area. They will learn a complete original game called “Aerobie” invented by Joe and Boaz.

Students will also create different disc golf course holes around campus.


2021 June Term Classes – Full-Day

Tune Term - 2019 June TermJune Tunes – Paul Burback

June Tunes is an all-day music ensemble course with the goal of a live performance on June 7. Students who are considering taking this class should have intermediate to advanced experience on at least one instrument. The class will work together as a group to deconstruct and reconstruct music along their own lines of inquiry. Students will be actively involved in choosing their song selections and organizing rehearsal time. This class will also focus on teaching students about the technical side of live sound and stage design. Space is limited, and enrollment is prioritized by grade level, instrument experience, and the student’s teamwork contributions in prior music elective classes.


2021 Independent June Term Class – Half-Day

Compass - Britannica ImageQuestIndependent June Term – Half-Day

An upper school student can propose an Independent June Term course of study for half the day. The student must indicate their intention in the form below and in an Independent June Term course proposal – available on our website on the June Term page. All independent June Term course proposals must include a designated adult supervisor or mentor. Only upper school students are eligible for an independent June Term unless otherwise arranged with the Head of School. Please submit an Independent June Term form even if you have already communicated verbally about your plan to the Head of School. The individual student’s family is responsible for any associated costs.