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.
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
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 learned 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.
Science in the Movies
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 explored how bullets, cannonballs, flying cars, and other projectiles actually move as described by Newtonian physics. Then they compared movie depictions of motion. In what ways do Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, and other films mess with the laws of thermodynamics? Other topics included 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? There were a few earth and climate change science issues added to round out theirstudies. Students engaged in a mix of hands-on activities, lectures, research, and movie clips. Students created storyboards for their own movie scenes that entertained and got the science right. Finally, they closed this June Term by choosing a film that makes for excellent cinema and honors the way our universe works.
This course used a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on exercises. Students explored the basic photographic techniques and artistic concerns involved in making photographs; specifically, candid and portrait work.
The course used 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 were required to have access to a digital camera. For purposes of the course, a digital camera was defined as having the ability to take a high-resolution photo. Cameras could be DSLR or Point and Shoot style, and this did include Cell Phone cameras.
Basketball Diaries was a course for students wanting to learn about the game, get some exercise, and have some fun. The academic component explored the history of the game and its cultural and social significance through film, interviews, documentaries, and music. The physical component involved daily exercise, practicing individual and team skills, and playing basketball. In addition, students were 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, ant students 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, came out and played some basketball!
Visual Grafix – Bringing Art into ALL Your Classwork
In this class, students learned and practiced incorporating ALL THINGS ART into other aspects of their learning and classwork. This included Doodle Note Taking, using WSA’s Google Suite Software to create art and amazing presentations. Students learned about creating visually appealing infographics, including the psychology of color. But wait, there was more! In this class, students painted their favorite tagline or quote on canvas and painted with food. Students had the opportunity to create their own Google Slides Presentation on any topic of their choice.
Junior 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
Intro to Python Coding
This class was an introduction to programming in Python through the context of familiar games such as Guess My Number, Tic-Tac-Toe, and Sudoku. The course emphasized using flowcharts to design their games before writing any code. Beginning coders learned how to work with variables, manage input and output, and control flow with IF-ELSE statements and FOR loops. More experienced coders explored recursion and learned how to create computer opponents that are difficult to beat. The course used CoCalc as their online virtual workspace, so students didn’t need to install any software; they could do everything in their web browsers.
Farm to Family
This June Term was for students who have ever asked themselves what was the work that went into the food on their dinner plate or wondered about the process of spinning the wool in their sweater into yarn, or wanted to know how to knit or crochet that yarn into a sweater. Or asked themselves why sourdough bread has that interesting flavor. In this class, students explored these things and more by connecting with local farmers, artisans, and craftspeople who revealed the magic of their craft. This class was for students who enjoy getting hands-on experiences and witnessing the entire process from beginning to end.
Devised Theatre: A Living Newspaper
Devised Theatre is a way of creating and making original theatre pieces. This June Term created 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. This June Term course was for students interested in current events, social justice, and creating meaningful connections for an audience with theatre.
This class was for students who are passionate about our world and the many struggles it faces, are inventive and creative, and like exploring new ways of fixing problems. In N-Vi-Sci students investigated big current world environmental issues and proposed small scientific innovations to help create solutions. This could 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 a WSA science teacher, students had the opportunity to explore their passions for science and our environment and learn about constructive activism and policy change. Students created experiments and tested their hypotheses in controlled environments, and learned how to present their creations/inventions/solutions back to a community that is also interested in addressing these same world issues!
All Things Frisbee
In this June Term, students learned the rules and skills of playing ultimate frisbee. Students also visited local disc golf courses in the Kitsap area. They learned how to play a completely original game called “Aerobie” invented by Joe and Boaz Adams.
Students also created different disc golf course holes around campus.
2021 June Term Classes – Full-Day
June Tunes is an all-day music ensemble course with the goal of a live performance on June 7. Students considering taking this class needed to have intermediate to advanced experience on at least one instrument. The class worked together as a group to deconstruct and reconstruct music along their own lines of inquiry. Students were actively involved in choosing their song selections and organizing rehearsal time. This class also focused on teaching students about the technical side of live sound and stage design. Space was limited, so enrollment was prioritized by grade level, instrument experience, and the student’s teamwork contributions in prior music elective classes.
2021 Independent June Term Class – Half-Day
Independent 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.