Topic: Education

Winter Birds Boat Trip

Written on March 1, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

Join Friends of the San Juans and birding experts on a special winter birds boat trip on Saturday, March 10 from 10 am – 2 pm. With just 8 people aboard, this tour will be intimate and informed and provide in-depth knowledge about seasonal wildlife in the San Juans. Peter Cavanagh, NASA researcher, University of Washington professor,  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Class Offered on Chronic Disease Self-Management

Written on February 28, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Islanders will have a unique opportunity starting March 20; to take a six-week course at the Mullis Center designed to help people self-manage living with chronic disease. The course, supported here by the Northwest Regional Council and San Juan County,  Continue Reading

Letter from Dr. Danna Diaz

Written on February 23, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Greetings Students, Teachers, Parents and Community Members: This letter is to provide meaning as to why am I looking to leave the San Juan Island School District. I have reached a time in my life that I feel the need for a change both personally and professionally. I am looking for a new challenge in  Continue Reading

13th Annual Rotary Spelling Bee

Written on February 21, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

The Rotary Club of San Juan Island will hold its 13th annual Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 1st at 3:30 PM at the San Juan Community Theater. Doors open at 3:00 PM. This year’s spellers include students from Friday Harbor Elementary School, Friday Harbor Middle School, and Paideia Classical School. All island schools were invited  Continue Reading

Nourdine Jensen Scholarship Applications Due March 9

Written on February 14, 2018 at 5:25 am, by

OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program is accepting applications from high school sophomores and juniors of OPALCO member households. Up to five scholars will receive a $1,000 scholarship from OPALCO and the family of Nourdine Jensen, as well as an all-expenses paid trip to the Youth Rally, a co-op leadership camp, at the College  Continue Reading

EDC to Offer Free Electrical Basics Training

Written on February 10, 2018 at 5:20 am, by

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will offer free training in electrical basics this spring, funded by the Orcas Island Community Foundation, Orcas Kiwanis,  Islanders Bank and Heritage Bank. The course will be taught at Orcas Island High School by Vocational Instructor Brett McFarland and others.  The training will include core electrician skills,  Continue Reading

Adventures in Boating Class

Written on February 7, 2018 at 5:15 am, by

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the Washington Basic Boater Education Course on San Juan Island at Skagit Valley College, San Juan Center. Everyone wishing to learn or share their safe boating skills and review our local boating regulations is invited to attend. All Washington residents must carry a Boater Education Card while on  Continue Reading

Pilot Ground School for Local Students

Written on January 31, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Monday night eight local students were given the opportunity to take a pilot ground school class compliments of Kathleen Bartholomew, who raised funds from local business people to provide scholarships for the class thru COVE. With the growing shortage of pilots in the country, she feels students should have the opportunity to explore aviation. Students  Continue Reading

Love and Logic Workshop

Written on January 30, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Become a Love and Logic parent. Avoid power struggles with your kids. Make parenting fun and rewarding. This is a FREE six-week workshop being facilitated by Terra Holmgren, Friday Harbor Elementary School Counselor. Workshops will be held each Tuesday from February 27th through April 3rd, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Elementary School. Registration  Continue Reading

Mission Blue

Written on January 29, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival’s “Best of the Fest” presents: “Mission Blue” – a film about legendary oceanographer, Sylvia Earle. She is on a personal mission to save our oceans. Mission Blue is part oceanic road trip, part biography, part action adventure story, and part expose of an eco-disaster. The film deftly weaves her unique personal  Continue Reading

Community Service Projects Wanted

Written on January 29, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Request for Friday Harbor High School Community Service Projects The second semester FHHS Community Service-Learning Class begins January 29th.   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  Continue Reading

Skagit Valley College Announces Academic Honor Roll

Written on January 27, 2018 at 11:16 am, by

In support of student success, Skagit Valley College is pleased to announce that the following students were placed on the Academic Honor Roll for Fall Quarter, 2017. To qualify, students must maintain a 3.75 or higher grade point average while carrying 12 or more credits. “We are very proud of the achievements of our Skagit  Continue Reading

Staycation Gift Basket Raffle

Written on January 26, 2018 at 9:07 am, by

San Juan Island Service Scholarship is raffling off a staycation gift basket at the last four high school basketball games. This basket of goodies could be yours! It includes an overnight stay at Roche Harbor Resort‘s Quarryman Hall and a $100 gift certificate to Duck Soup Restaurant! $5/ticket and sales start TODAY at the Friday  Continue Reading

On An Acre Shy of Eternity

Written on January 26, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Orcas Island author and photographer, Robert Dash, returns to San Juan Island to talk about his his gorgeous book, On An Acre Shy of Eternity, Micro Landscapes at the Edge at the San Juan Island Library on Wednesday, February 7th at 7:00 pm. You’ll get a glimpse of the foray he made into his own  Continue Reading

Request for Friday Harbor High School Community Service Projects

Written on January 25, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

The second semester FHHS Community Service-Learning Class will begin January 29th. 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 community  Continue Reading

Knowledge Bowl 2018

Written on January 23, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

It’s that time of year again! The 24th annual Knowledge Bowl will take place on Monday, February 5th at the San Juan Community Theatre. Sponsored by the San Juan Public Schools Foundation, this family fun event begins at 6:30 PM with the Friday Harbor High School Jazz Band. Teams made up of middle and high  Continue Reading

Free Pruning Workshop at Dancing Seeds Farm

Written on January 23, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Do you have fruit trees or an interest in them? Would you like a better understanding of how to prune and care for them? Join the San Juan Island Grange for a field trip to Dancing Seeds Farm Sunday, January 28th, for a hands on pruning workshop lead by Greg Meyer and Keith Keyser. The  Continue Reading

Intelligent Trees

Written on January 20, 2018 at 9:19 am, by

Did you know that trees talk, know family ties, and care for their young? The San Juan Island Library & The San Juan Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society are presenting the film, Intelligent Trees on Saturday, January 27, 7:00 pm at the Library. Griffin Bay Bookstore will also be on hand to sell Peter  Continue Reading

Yi Renâ Qigong Class at SVC

Written on January 12, 2018 at 11:14 am, by

Islanders looking for an alternative approach to stress reduction and life-long vibrant health will be pleased to hear about the new class at Skagit Valley College (SVC) this Winter 2018 quarter. Randy Martin, SVC Director, is excited to bring in visiting qigong instructor, Jan Weedman, certified by the Institute of Qigong and Integrative Medicine (IQ&IM)  Continue Reading

Letter from Gay Graham

Written on January 12, 2018 at 11:12 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Gay Graham… To the Editor: My husband and I had a wonderful experience Wednesday, January 10th:  we were a part of the SJIMA Art Excursions Program that took us to the Andrew Wyeth exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum.  Kudos are decidedly in  Continue Reading

Island Women’s March

Written on January 11, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Fired Up! Ready to go! Island Women’s March invites all islands to participate in a sidewalk march on January 20th, 2018 in Friday Harbor. We will meet at the Friday Harbor Courthouse on 1st Street, next to the American Legion. Staging time will be at Noon and the march will start at 12:30. The Saturday  Continue Reading

Special School Board Meeting

Written on January 10, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

On Wednesday January 10, 2018, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a Special School Board Meeting at 5:00 pm in the District Office. This is an open public meeting. All public comment, with the exception of public hearings on policy, budget or other specific items, will be heard during the  Continue Reading