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August 12, 2017
Mr. Seth Olson



My name is Seth Olson, and I teach AP United States History, Theatre Explore, and Elements of Theatre.

I am excited to start my fourteenth year at VSAA. I look forward to experiencing the energy, creativity, and caring that characterize the students who attend our school. I also look forward to working with parents, finding new ways for you to participate and support your child’s learning. I have some big changes ahead, teaching high school social studies! Thank you for your patience as I adjust, for providing a quiet space for your student to study, and for keeping in touch with their learning and with me on any concerns. Feel free to browse through the syllabi for details on the classes I teach. Together, we can make it a great year!


Miss a class? Lose a worksheet? Need more information on an assignment? Check out the links below to get yourself caught up!


My email contact is:


My office hours are:

Mondays & Thursdays - 8:30 - 9:30am

Tuesdays & Wednesdays - 4:05 - 5:00pm*

I am also available Enrichment A!

*During rehearsals, afternoon times are subject to change. Please contact me ahead of time to ensure I am available.


Here are some links for students in my Theatre Explore class. They can help you solve many of your questions. Check some of them out!

Theatre Explore Syllabus
Click here to view my Theatre Explore syllabus.
Theatre History Timeline
Wonder where theatre came from? Check out this interactive timeline that looks all the way back to the beginnings of theatre in Ancient Greece!
Seven Ages of Man
See the Seven Ages of Man speech from Shakespeare's As You Like It. A beautiful performance by Nicholas Pennell.


Below are forms and links for students in Elements of Theatre: Language & Text. Please feel free to peruse at your leisure!

Elements of Theatre: Language & Text Syllabus
Click here to view my Elements of Theatre: Language & Text syllabus.
Play Reading Journal
Click here for the play reading journal format. Remember, journal entries should be typed in 14 point font, Times New Roman or equivalent, and 1.5 spaced. Submit your final work into Turnitin.com.
Semester 2 Play Reading Journal
Click here see a list of Shakespeare's plays, separated by category, as well as some other options for playwrights if this is your second time in my class.
Tech Hours Form
Click here to get the form for your Tech Hours. If this is your first time in an Elements class, you need 5. If it's your second or third, you need 10.
Modern Theatre Realism
Click on this link to take you to a page with information on Theatre Realism.
Tackling Shakespeare Form
Ready to take on the Bard? Use this form to "translate" the text into something more modern!
Shakespearean Monologues
Looking for a great audition monologue? This site has selections from every play arranged by gender! Check it out today!


Below are links, forms, and other information for students participating in a production or interested in the VSAA Extended Day Theatre Program!

Interested in participating in our 2017 Summer Shakespeare performance? Click the link for more information about auditions and rehearsal!
Attached is the Cast List for "As You Like It". Please read the ENTIRE file for information on rehearsals. Congrats to everyone and see you Monday, July 10th at 9:00AM!

AP United States History

Below are links and assignments from my AP United State History class. Students in either Period 1, 4, or 6 may find these useful!
AP US History Syllabus
Click here to view my syllabus for AP US History. This year (2016-17), we will be studying pre-Columbian North America (1491) through present day.
AP US History Calendar
Click the above link for a calendar of assignments and assessments. This site is still under construction.
AP Central
Click the link to visit the College Board's page on AP United State History. It is a great resource for preparing for the test!
Gilder-Lehrman Website
Check out the Gilder-Lehrman website for video reviews of each time period, further supporting documents, and an interactive timeline of events. It is very helpful in reviewing for the exam.
APUSH Review Website
Having trouble with the chapters? Click the link to watch videos on each chapter, as well as access other helpful materials.
APUSH Exam Reviews
Click on this link for a collection of videos that review the major events of each time period. This site includes a variety of resources.

AP Comparative Government & Politics

Below are links and assignments from my AP Comparative Government & Politics class. Students in either period may find these useful!
AP Comparative Government Summer Assignment
Click here to view the Summer Assignment for AP Comparative Government & Politics. Both activities are DUE Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 (the first day of class). See Mr. Olson for questions.
Ben's Guide to the United States Government
This guide provides a range of information on the United States' government for a variety of age levels.
OWL Purdue Website
The Online Writing Lab can help you with many of your writing queries and conundrums.
A free online dictionary for all of your spelling needs.


Here's a few links on this year's theme and Core. Also take a look at the foundations that make our school an interdisciplinary paradise!

Red Team Core Syllabus
Freshmen and Sophomores, want to see what Core is all about? Click the link above to visit the Red Team Core syllabus.
Red Team Calendar
Want to know what's up with Red Team? Click the link to the Google Calendar of Red Team dates!
2016 Life on the Edge: Liminality Project
Click the link below to view the directions for the second Red Team Core project for 2016-2017.
Liminal Choice Form
Click the link to go to the Google form to share your group's topic for the Life on the Edge project. Be sure to explain WHY your topic is Liminal.
Annotated Works Cited Page
Click on the link for directions on how to make an annotated works cited page for your ballad research. Due: Friday, September 16th!
Life on the Edge: Calendar
Need a blank calendar to plan your time? Click the link and start planning how you will accomplish your art before Spring Break.
Life on the Edge: Progress Check
Click the link to download the Progress Check page. This reflective document is DUE Friday, February 10th, and the following week we will begin one-on-one progress checks.
Life on the Edge: Adult/Peer Feedback Form
Complete the following form by seeking feedback from an Adult AND a Peer who are KNOWLEDGABLE in the art form you used to make your project. This form is DUE Tuesday, February 28th.
Life on the Edge: Portfolio Checklist
Write an artist statement and audience paper, then compile all of your material from the project into a final portfolio. Be sure to include all of the elements on the checklist. Final Portfolios are DUE Friday, March 17th at the END of Core.
Artist Statement & Audience Paper
Not sure how to write an artist statement or an audience paper? Click this link for a page that describes both of these reflective pieces.
Life on the Edge: Final FQs
Following the completion of your project, write these reflective final Fundamental Questions about the project. Final FQs are DUE Friday, March 31st!
Fundamental Questions
Need a refresher on the FQs? Read through this list of questions to jog your memory on the Framework for Inquiry.
Five Voices
Here's another way to think about the Five Voices and how they are interconnected!
The Creative Process
Artist all experience a cyclical process as they create art. Use this diagram to help you know where you are!
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Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, a focused learning community, believes that students learn best when arts and academics are integrated. Through collaboration and inquiry, individuals are challenged to think critically, creatively, and artistically.