Topic: Education

Letter from Dr. Diaz

Written on June 11, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s a letter to you from Dr. Danna Diaz… (This reflects a correction to what was posted earlier) June 8, 2018 Dear Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members: I am proud of my time in San Juan Island and there’s no one single accomplishment I can point to, because there are so many. Our student  Continue Reading

SVC Commencement Dates

Written on June 4, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Skagit Valley College will conduct the College’s 91st Annual Commencement in June. Family and friends are invited to attend; tickets are not required. The dates, times, and locations are as follows: San Juan Center Wednesday, June 13; 1:00 pm The Brickworks in Friday Harbor Mount Vernon Campus Friday, June 15 Dave DuVall Pavilion (gym); 6:30  Continue Reading

School District News

Written on May 25, 2018 at 7:13 am, by

Superintendent/School Board Communique from the May 16th Special Board Meeting The San Juan Island School District School Board meeting on May 16th may have been the shortest one this year! Special Education Director Theresa Jimenez provided an updated on this year’s Special Ed programming, successes and challenges. In addition, she presented examples of art and  Continue Reading

FHHS Wins at “Imagine Tomorrow”

Written on May 23, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

FHHS Team wins ‘Best Project from a Newly Competing Team’ at WSU’s Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow science fair competition Over the weekend of May 18th – 20th, two teams from Friday Harbor High School (FHHS) competed in the Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow Science Fair at Washington State University. The competition challenges 9th – 12th graders  Continue Reading

SVC Honor Roll

Written on May 21, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Skagit Valley College announces academic Honor Roll for Winter Quarter In support of student success, Skagit Valley College is pleased to announce that the following students were placed on the Academic Honor Roll for Winter Quarter, 2018. To qualify, students must maintain a 3.75 or higher grade point average while carrying 12 or more credits.  Continue Reading

Letter from the School District

Written on May 21, 2018 at 5:40 am, by

Dear Editor, San Juan Island School Board Director Ralph Hahn announced his resignation from the school board on April 30, 2018. The school board accepted his resignation at the May 16, 2018 special board meeting. San Juan Island School District is currently seeking persons interested in public education to fill this unexpired term as a  Continue Reading

Scholarship Awarded to Zach Fincher

Written on May 8, 2018 at 5:36 pm, by

The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce that Zachariah (Zach) Fincher of Friday Harbor High School has been awarded a scholarship from the Association of Washington Cities Center for Quality Communities. Zach was the Town’s 2018 nominee for the award following a recommendation from Gordy Waite, Friday Harbor High School Guidance Counselor and  Continue Reading

Mural Artist Wanted

Written on May 8, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Skagit Valley College Whidbey Island Campus seeking artists for outdoor mural project Are you a muralist looking for a new and exciting local mural project? Skagit Valley College Whidbey Island Campus is currently seeking artists to design and paint an outdoor mural project on an exterior wall of Hayes Hall, located at 1900 SE Pioneer  Continue Reading

Publishing Workshop

Written on May 7, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Staring at that thick manuscript on your writing desk, wondering what’s the next step? Here’s an opportunity for you. The San Juan Island Library will be hosting a “Publishing Workshop” on Saturday, May 19th, from 1-4 pm, in the Community Meeting Room. A panel of experts, moderated by Alice Acheson, book marketing/publishing consultant, will discuss  Continue Reading

SJIMA sponsors Art Classes for Vets

Written on May 2, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Artist and instructor, Steven Hill is teaching an Introduction to the Pastel Medium for Veterans on May 19 and 20 at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) in Friday Harbor. This workshop will focus on all the basics that Hill teaches in his regular pastel workshops. Of his teaching, one former students says,  Continue Reading

SJISD Communique

Written on May 2, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

San Juan Island School District Superintendent and Board of Directors Communique News from the April 25, 2018 Board of Directors meeting May 7 – 11 is Professional Educators Appreciation Week. The San Juan Island School District is honored to work with all of our staff every week. This would be a good week to personally  Continue Reading

FHHS Island Orbital Technologies Wins Design Competition

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

Friday Harbor High School’s Island Orbital Technologies Wins Northwest Semi-Finals of the International Space Settlement Design Competition (ISSDC) Over the weekend of April 28-29, the Friday Harbor Aerospace Design Team, known as Island Orbital Technologies, competed in and won the first ever Northwest Semi-Finals of the International Space Settlement Design Competition (ISSDC). This event, held  Continue Reading

VR Boat Simulator

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

The Friday Harbor Power Squadron will offer free instruction on boat handling on May 4th and 5th from 10am to 4 pm. Practice boat handling in Virtual Reality using the Boat Simulator Virtual Trainer – (no danger of getting wet or hitting anything!) The training simulator will be located at the Port office in the  Continue Reading

Vegetation Workshops for Waterfront Property Owners

Written on April 28, 2018 at 5:53 am, by

The shorelines of San Juan County are part of a beautiful, complex and increasingly fragile marine ecosystem. Healthy coastal trees and shrubs help stabilize banks, provide for views, and support fish and wildlife. Attend a free workshop hosted by Friends of the San Juans to learn about cost effective and natural approaches to protecting waterfront  Continue Reading

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Art for Fun

Written on April 25, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Celebrate Mother’s Day with family and friends on May 9 at an “Art for Fun” painting class at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) from 5:45pm-8:00pm. Artist and instructor, Kristen Abramson will guide folks through the process of creating a simple painting of a vase of flowers, titled “Picasso’s Bouquet.” “Art for Fun”  Continue Reading

Love and Logic Program

Written on April 24, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Friday Harbor Grange #225 and Community Treasures have sponsored a 6-week Love and Logic program at Friday Harbor Elementary School. In addition, the Grange has provided weekly dinners and babysitting for up to 41 parents and 15 children. A big thank you goes to Friday Harbor Elementary School Counselor, Terra Holmgren, for volunteering to facilitate  Continue Reading

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age

Written on April 20, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

The San Juan Island Library and the San Juan Island Family Resource Center are hosting a free screening on Friday, April 20th at 7:00 PM, of the acclaimed documentary Screenagers. The documentary is an investigative look at how parents and teens are dealing with the digital age and how unlimited screen time impacts our nation’s  Continue Reading

SJIMA Quilting Workshop

Written on April 20, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

A fun Improvisational Quilting Workshop June 24 with noted author and instructor, Katie Pedersen extends the design and quilting skills of any quilter and designer. Katie is an outstanding and innovative instructor. This class is part of the many activities around the exhibition Conversations With Gee’s Bend at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) opening Memorial  Continue Reading

Cycling’s Benefits For Parkinson’s Disease Patients

Written on April 17, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

The following is a guest article written by Rebecca Evans, a Registered Nurse and Health Writer… While there is still a great deal more not known about Parkinson’s than is known, one of the areas of research in which much progress is being made is that of exercise’s effects on Parkinson’s. While this was once  Continue Reading

San Juan Island School District Community Budget Workshop

Written on April 17, 2018 at 5:40 am, by

A San Juan Island School District community budget workshop was held by the Board of Directors on March 15, 2018 to review the district current budget status and to identify budget parameters for the upcoming year. Implications of the Educational Programs and Operations Levy (formerly the M&O levy) were also discussed. The goal for the workshop was a  Continue Reading

Inner Journey Collage Workshop

Written on April 2, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Deb Langhans shares this information on her upcoming workshop… Have you ever pondered how challenging (& sometimes counterproductive) it can be to try formulating new year resolutions during the darkest, most depressing time of year?  It seems to me such a worthy goal would be better timed with Mother Nature’s own modeling of regeneration–when Spring  Continue Reading

Portrait of Imogen

Written on March 30, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Meg Partridge, cinematographer, director and producer is presenting her Academy Award nominated film Portrait of Imogen on April 7. She will share personal memories of life with her iconic grandmother, photographer Imogen Cunningham. The event, part of the Art As A Voice series will be held at the San Juan Grange on First Street in  Continue Reading