Topic: Education

Art For Fun

Written on October 2, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

The next Art for Fun Paint Party will be held at SJI Museum of Art on October 24th. Instructor Kristen Abramson will lead folks step-by-step to the completion of the painting “Poppies by the Sea”, a view of poppies on the west side of the San Juan Island. Time is 6:00 to 8:00 pm and  Continue Reading

Marimba Lessons

Written on September 29, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Island Marimba Studio is once again gearing up to start our Fall Session of marimba lessons. The beginning class will be on Wednesday evenings from 5:00-6:30. The time can be changed to suit the group. The Fall session will begin on October 10 and last 10 weeks for a cost of $120. My studio is  Continue Reading

Grow a Gardener

Written on September 28, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Kids of all ages LOVE to get in the dirt, for gardens are magical, fun, and full of surprises. It’s often where children first experience the wonders of science and the natural world. And beyond science and math, gardens teach patience, cooperation, the joy of learning, responsibility, respect for where we live, and that vegetables taste  Continue Reading

Farmer/Rancher Workshops

Written on September 28, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Farmers and ranchers! It’s time to sharpen your pencil and write that business plan to market your harvest! Washington State University San Juan County Extension and Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC) will host two free day long workshops covering key components of market and business feasibility analyses, as well as how to develop an award  Continue Reading

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

Written on September 27, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

A comprehensive insight into true holistic health of mind, body and spirit. Living life to the fullest: Come and learn about the intricate relationship between breath, movement, nutrition and a sound immune system. Consider your health as your most priceless asset: A gem for health conscious people who wish to take charge of their health  Continue Reading

From the Update Mailbag…

Written on September 23, 2017 at 5:02 am, by

Today we received a letter from Ruth McKenna about the school board meeting next Wednesday. Ruth is a candidate for San Juan Island School District Director No. 1… September 22, 2017 Dear Editor, At the San Juan Island School District Board Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27, the Board will receive a report from the Center for  Continue Reading

Berries for Dessert!

Written on September 21, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Have you decided against growing berries because you think your garden isn’t big enough? Surprisingly, a relatively small area can yield plenty of strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries for delicious preserves and desserts.  Join Dr. Lisa DeVetter, WSU Assistant Professor of Small Fruit Horticulture, at the San Juan County Master Gardeners Annual Gardening Workshop to learn  Continue Reading


Written on September 19, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Lynn Danaher of the Friday Harbor Film Festival shares some news and updates… John Hopkins, director of Bluefin is attending the FHFF and doing a Q & A. He says, “It looks to be just a great festival. I heard many good things about it from my screening in Saltspring Island Fest. And I think  Continue Reading

Coast Guard Auxiliary Completes 47 Free Vessel Safety Inspections

Written on September 15, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

Volunteers from The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary 13th Coast Guard District, Flotilla 11 San Juan Islands Detachment provided 47 boaters free vessel safety examinations on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Roche Harbor Marina on San Juan Island. The free vessel safety examinations were conducted on a rainy Saturday during the annual Ranger Tug Rendezvous at  Continue Reading

Stuff the Bus

Written on September 15, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Dr. Danna Diaz extends her appreciation to Michelle Morton, Islanders Bank Services Manager, for her enthusiasm in spearheading this annual drive, and thanks the community for supporting public school students. “Our students will benefit greatly from receiving these classroom supplies.”

Dance for Charity

Written on September 13, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Dance Workshop 2 “Dance for Charity” 8 Week Beginning Ballet Program FREE for Teens and Adults Lina Downes, Director of Dance Workshop 2 and strong supporter of World Vision, a nondenominational Washington based charity aid organization, is combining her passion for teaching with her commitment to service by offering a program to teens and adults  Continue Reading

Is Your Dirt Healthy and Happy?

Written on September 13, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Did you know there are over 30 different soil types in San Juan County? Soils can differ over even a small landscape in physical, chemical, and biological properties, impacting what, when, and how we grow, and whether our efforts are successful. Fortunately, we can alter many soil properties to our benefit. Knowing what’s in your  Continue Reading

SVC Offers US history course

Written on September 13, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College offers US history course Could there be a more interesting course to take than one covering the recent US history of the 20th and 21st centuries?? Study the events in history that lead right up to our doorstep of current headlines. The title of the course is: History  Continue Reading

Budget Workshop/Public Hearing

Written on September 13, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Notice of Special School Board Meeting – Budget Workshop/Public Hearing All interested parties are cordially invited to the budget overview and SJISD financial condition workshop on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at 5:00 pm, at the high school library.  This board meeting will be held in a public hearing format. Thank you for your interest in  Continue Reading

“Tripping the light fantastic” for a Teacher

Written on September 6, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

It’s time for the September edition of the SJ Historical Society’s History Column… With school back in session, we’re thinking of teachers and students from times past, as well. Mark Rosler’s sweet note, pictured here, was found written inside a textbook now preserved in the San Juan Historical Society & Museum’s archives. Mark wrote this  Continue Reading

School District Reaches Tentative Agreement With Teachers Association

Written on September 5, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

From The San Juan Island School District… The San Juan Island School District and the San Juan Education Association reached a tentative agreement at 6:14 pm Monday, September 4, 2017. The teachers’ association ratified the proposed agreement this evening and the school board is expected to approve this tentative agreement at a special board meeting  Continue Reading

Teachers Strike

Written on September 1, 2017 at 11:29 am, by

San Juan Island teachers are on strike today. According to one of the teachers who prefers to remain anonymous, this is the last chance they have to negotiate locally – because of recent state legislation, the state will take control starting next year and give out 3% pay increases based on current pay. They feel the  Continue Reading

Junior Ranger’s Club for kids this fall!

Written on August 28, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Registration begins on Monday, August 28 at 10 AM at the Library for the Junior Ranger’s Club sponsored by the San Juan Island National Historical Park Service, San Juan Island Library and San Juan Island Family Nature Club. Call 360-378-2798 or stop by the San Juan Island Library to register. What is this club? For students  Continue Reading

Request for Friday Harbor High School Community Service Projects

Written on August 28, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

The first semester FHHS Community Service-Learning Class will begin August 31st. This class utilizes committed adult mentors who will guide students through the completion of a service project related to community improvement – both locally and globally. This is a great opportunity for a “win-win” partnership between students and local organizations. If you have a  Continue Reading

An Evening with Mike Cohen

Written on August 28, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

(Re)Connecting with Nature: An Evening with Mike Cohen How can we cultivate connection with nature in a time when we’ve never been so separated?  How can we work to re-unify humanity with the life of the Earth? Mike Cohen- scientist, counselor, applied ecopsychologist, traditional musician, and naturalist- believes it can be done through the conscientious  Continue Reading

Letter from the Superintendent

Written on August 25, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

Greetings Students, Parents and Community Members: One of the many aspects that I love about being an educator is the fact that we get to have a new start each academic year. Perhaps one of my favorite events is joining Team SJISD at our convocation on Monday, August 28 at 7:45 am, Friday Harbor High  Continue Reading

SVC is Open Again

Written on August 24, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Skagit Valley College San Juan Center is now open after the summer break. Regular hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Fall Quarter starts September 18th and there is still time to register! It’s not too late. Interested students can call or stop by the Center for more information and for  Continue Reading