Topic: Education

Free Plumbing Basics Training

Written on January 15, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

EDC to offer free Plumbing Basics training at Friday Harbor High School [Editor’s note: Please see the corrected dates in Bold type below] The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will offer free training in plumbing basics this January, sponsored by the Washington State Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund and by the Washington State Department  Continue Reading

Letter from the Superintendent of Schools

Written on January 15, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Dear Fabulous Community Members, Happy 2019! This school year, all of our schools have been working to increase consistent and systemic protective factors for our students so that regardless of whatever else may be happening in a student’s life, ALL students find school a safe place to learn, with practices they can count on, and  Continue Reading

Kids’ Classes at SJCT

Written on January 11, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre has two brand new classes for kids coming up in February! Acting is Fun: students will play theatre games, learn about creating an ensemble, explore character development using voice and movement, and develop scenes or a short play for a final show for parents. For kids in grades 4 & 5.  Continue Reading

Student Art at SJIMA Amazes Visitors

Written on January 10, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

The students of the Spring Street International School (SSIS) are exhibiting selected works in their show Creative Diversity at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) during January. Responses from visitors include: “Are you telling me this is High School art?” “These pieces are so imaginative and sophisticated.” “Each student has such a strong  Continue Reading

Community Dinner

Written on January 9, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Join us in the FHHS Commons for the first Community Dinner of 2019 on Wednesday, January 16th from 5:00-7:30! *earlier start time* Also, you are invited to watch the students’ Community Project Presentations in the classrooms. Dinner is $15 for adults, $7 for kids under 12 years old. Proceeds support the Food for Thought Program  Continue Reading

SVC News

Written on January 5, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Skagit Valley College’s Automotive Technology program selected as the number one training program in Washington Skagit Valley College is pleased to announce that SVC’s Automotive Technology program has been recognized by Auto Mechanics School, an organization that serves as a resource for aspiring and existing automotive professionals Part of Auto Mechanics School’s mission is  Continue Reading

Shamanic Style Qigong

Written on January 4, 2019 at 11:17 am, by

Subject: New Class in Town – Shamanic Style Qigong Qigong is an ancient Chinese mind/body technique to enhance the body’s bio-energy system for greater health, vitality, and self-awareness. It is fast becoming a recognized effective method of self-healing and self-care. Join Certified Qigong Instructor Stephanie Prima in a traditional Shamanic Style Qigong class, bringing you  Continue Reading

Skagit Valley College News

Written on January 4, 2019 at 11:04 am, by

Skagit Valley College’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management priority application kick off Skagit Valley College’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management (BASAM) is pleased to announce that the priority applications are now being accepted for the 2019-21 program, which begins in Fall 2019. The program has its own admissions process and applications  Continue Reading

Celebrating the 40 Year History of The Whale Museum

Written on January 2, 2019 at 5:51 am, by

It’s time for this month’s history column from The San Juan Historical Society and Museum… The big picture for a place’s history is more than its people, events, and institutions. The big picture includes the history of such things as its geology, weather, and wildlife — its natural history. The Whale Museum has been in the  Continue Reading

Inside the Killer Whale Matriarchy

Written on December 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm, by

The Center for Whale Research is excited to announce the release of a wonderful 5-minute animation that tells the incredible story of the importance of grandmothers in the Southern Resident orca community. Click the image above to view it. Thank you TED-ED, Darren Croft and Michael Weiss.

Community Classes at SVC

Written on December 12, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

The San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College offers two life-long learning courses this winter. As the weather chases us indoors for January, February and March, sign up for a community class at the San Juan Center. Pass the winter days enjoying good books and engaging discussions and lectures at the San Juan Center of  Continue Reading

School Board Meeting

Written on December 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm, by

On Wednesday Dec 12, 2018, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a Special School Board Meeting at 5:00 pm in the high school library. This is a Budget Informational Meeting. The community is invited to attend. Please see attached notice. All public comment, with the exception of public hearings on  Continue Reading

Plumbing Basics Training

Written on December 6, 2018 at 8:32 am, by

EDC to offer free Plumbing Basics training at Orcas Island High School The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will offer free training in plumbing basics this January, sponsored by Walt Corbin, the Orcas Island Community Foundation, and the Orcas Island Kiwanis Club. The course will be taught at Orcas Island High School by  Continue Reading

Skagit Valley College Earns National Honors

Written on November 29, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Skagit Valley College (SVC) is pleased to announce that it has received national recognition as one of the best community colleges in the nation. Washington Monthly magazine published its ranking of the Top 100 Best Two-Year Colleges for Adult Learners and SVC was named #38. This year’s recognition is the fourth national honor for SVC  Continue Reading

Island Rec Lego Camp

Written on November 28, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Ratchet up your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO parts! Build engineer-designed winter wonderland projects such as ski slopes, gondolas, snowmobiles, and bobsled tracks – let your imagination rule! Kids get to design and build as never before and explore physics, engineering, and architecture in a supportive environment. An instructor from Seattle’s Play-Well TEKnologies  Continue Reading

Craft and Flea Market

Written on November 28, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Getting antsy about the Winter Flea & Craft Market at the Fairgrounds? Be sure to mark your calendars for December 1st and buzz over to the Fairgrounds this Saturday from 9am-1pm!  The American Legion Auxiliary will have a booth serving breakfast and lunch from 8:30am to 1:00pm with proceeds going towards their scholarship fund, which  Continue Reading

Island Rec Yoga Class with Katerina Wen

Written on November 19, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

A new yoga class – Start your day with a joyful practice! Beginners welcome. The poses are easy to learn, and our easy-to-follow morning flows will expand your breath and uplift your spirit! This class is both uplifting and educational. When you take this class, you will receive priceless tips on how to take care  Continue Reading

First Aid and CPR

Written on November 16, 2018 at 7:30 am, by

Added class – If you missed out on the September session of First Aid and CPR, Island Rec and EMS were able to add another class in December. Upon successful completion of this class you will walk away with life-saving skills and a First Aid certification from the American Heart Association that is valid for  Continue Reading


Written on November 15, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

EDC presents Datapalooza! – a statistics and demographics event for San Juan County Need more data and information to make knowledgeable decisions about your business or as a community legislator or leader?   Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) for their second annual Datapalooza! event, two hours of in-depth data and analysis of  Continue Reading

Scouting in San Juan County

Written on November 14, 2018 at 8:27 am, by

In recent months the Boy Scouts of America, has made several radical changes.  Scouting (BSA) as it is now called, has changed from a program only for boys to one for that includes both boys and girls. In San Juan County, there are currently two active programs, Troop 4090 (ages 10-18) and Sea Scout Ship  Continue Reading

Not Just Cows and Sows

Written on November 7, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

More often than not, interested families say that they might like to try 4-H, but they really don’t want to have an animal. The good news is that 4-H is for all young people between the ages of 5 and 18 (by October 1st). We teach kids from kindergarten until they leave for college how  Continue Reading

Dictionaries for Students

Written on November 7, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

This story submitted by Carla Wright, Publicity officer for Rotary Club of San Juan Islands… The Rotary Club of San Juan Islands recently visited the Friday Harbor Elementary School for its annual distribution of dictionaries to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Pictured above are the 3rd grade students of Noel Harvey, Kim Warin, and  Continue Reading