Topic: Education

School Board Meeting

Written on August 23, 2021 at 5:29 am, by

On Wednesday, August 25, 2021, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a regular (open) School Board Meeting at 5:00 pm as a Zoom meeting with an option for in-person attendance.   All in-person attendees must register before 4:00 pm on Tuesday August 24 to provide contact tracing information. Social distancing and the use of face masks will be expected. Non-compliance  Continue Reading

Skagit Valley College announces fall quarter COVID-19 safety requirements for in-person courses and activities

Written on August 16, 2021 at 5:35 am, by

Skagit Valley College will require employees and students that attend courses or other activities in-person to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or request an exemption based on medical, religious, or philosophical reasons prior to the start of Fall Quarter 2021. The college will continue to require everyone to wear face coverings inside all college buildings at each of its campuses and centers regardless of vaccination status.     Continue Reading

SJICF to Repeat Virtual County Fair Matching Grant Program

Written on August 12, 2021 at 5:53 am, by

In 2020, the San Juan Island Community Foundation quickly adapted to a “virtual” San Juan County Fair by taking their popular annual matching grant event online. Nearly $140k was donated by hundreds of generous community members during the 4 days of the fair. After matching grants by SJICF were added, more than $170k was granted  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor High School Joins e4usa for 2021-22 Academic Year

Written on August 10, 2021 at 5:42 am, by

Engineering for US All (e4usa), a national initiative to bring engineering courses to high school students, is expanding its reach for the 2021-2022 academic year. Two years ago, e4usa launched a novel engineering curriculum in high schools across the United States. This multi-institutional effort was initiated by five universities: Arizona State University, University of Maryland,  Continue Reading

San Juan Community Theatre to Host Fall Classes for All Ages and Reduced Tuition

Written on August 9, 2021 at 5:47 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre will finally be open to the public this fall. In addition to touring artist performances and the fall musical, Mamma Mia, SJCT will also be hosting multiple classes for all ages throughout the fall season. Regular classes are available for ages three and older.  SJCT will also be hosting Drama Club Nights for families, middle school students, and adults.  Continue Reading

UW Friday Harbor Labs Tide Bite #96

Written on August 7, 2021 at 7:46 am, by

Kairos & the Ghost of FHL: Writing in the Moment, by Holly Shelton Dr. Holly Shelton holds a PhD from the University of Washington in language and rhetoric along with MA degrees in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She has taught in Chile, Turkey, Canada, Kazakhstan, and the US; received  Continue Reading

Conversation with Beckwith & Fisher

Written on August 5, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

Get your tickets now! The world-famous photographers, Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher, land in Friday Harbor on August 22 to share their spellbinding adventures in Africa. The talk is brought to town by the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) and presenting sponsors Glen Moreno and Marilee Wood. The renowned trailblazing photographers share their  Continue Reading

Update for School Year 2021-2022 from SJISD Superintendent Fred Woods

Written on August 5, 2021 at 5:48 am, by

At the beginning of June, our school staff was able to celebrate the graduation of seniors from both Friday Harbor School and Griffin Bay School outside on the football field. Seeing the faces of those students and sharing in their joy was priceless.  The 2020-2021 school year seemed to last forever as we all navigated  Continue Reading

Learn Medicare Basics in Free Virtual Presentation Thursday

Written on July 27, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

By Pegi Groundwater, San Juan County SHIBA Volunteer Coordinator Are you joining Medicare this year? If so, there’s a lot to learn.   Medicare has its own vocabulary and rules. There are deadlines to meet and penalties (some lasting a lifetime) for not doing things at the right time.  SHIBA volunteers are here to make  Continue Reading

Browne’s Offers DIY Classes through August

Written on July 26, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

  From Browne’s Home Center   We’re excited to be hosting DIY classes again!   Browne’s Home Center’s first kids DIY class of the year will be a chalkboard toolbox. Kids will be able to build and paint their own toolbox so they can help fix things around the house, or at least keep all  Continue Reading

Join Lecture on ‘Race, Activism, Poetry’ at San Juan Islands Museum of Art

Written on July 10, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Islands Museum of Art Join the San Juan Islands Museum of Art while nationally known educator, author and counselor Dr. Kellie Kirksey shares her stories and poetry. With passion and dedication, Kirksey advocates for peace, wellness, and equality. This is a shared event with the support of the health and social justice  Continue Reading

Learn about Marine, Land Environment by Kayaking the San Juans with Skagit Valley College

Written on June 29, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Skagit Valley College Skagit Valley College is enrolling now for a unique Sea Kayak Exploration class in the Salish Sea and the San Juan Islands. If you love the salt air and exploring the beautiful Salish Sea and the San Juan Islands, you’ll want to enroll now in this unique Skagit Valley College summer  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Soroptimists Award $7,000 in Scholarships

Written on June 25, 2021 at 7:30 am, by

From Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor The Soroptimist high school scholarship program was able to award $7,000 to three graduating seniors this year. Soroptimists awarded two $2,000 awards and one $3,000 award. The award winners are Felicitas (Magaly) Aguayo, Trinity Cullen and Ayla Ridwan. Magaly is studying early childhood education at Whatcom Community College and  Continue Reading

‘The Perfume Collector’ is the Next Mullis Center Book Club Read

Written on June 23, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the San Juan Island Library Read and Discuss “The Perfume Collector” by Kathleen Tessaro 1:15 p.m. July 12 over Zoom with the San Juan Island Library as part of the Mullis Center’s book club. Contact Beth Helstien at for the Zoom meeting link. Newlywed Grace Monroe doesn’t fit anyone’s expectations of a successful  Continue Reading

Attend Free, Online Class on Construction Contracts

Written on June 18, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County Economic Development Council Islanders seeking to make their construction businesses thrive are invited to an online class on contracts for contractors. The event is 3-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 23 over Zoom, with Jim McAdam, EA at Island Tax Service Inc. Builders will learn how to make sure everyone involved understands the  Continue Reading

Board Appoints New Friday Harbor Elementary School Principal

Written on June 17, 2021 at 7:34 am, by

From San Juan Island School District Wednesday the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors approved the hiring of Holly Wehner as the acting principal of Friday Harbor Elementary School for the 2021-22 school year. After graduating from Washington State University in 2000, Holly worked as a teacher in Salt Lake City, Utah, Issaquah  Continue Reading

Next Vacation Rental Forum Thursday on ‘Workable Solutions’

Written on June 16, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan Islands Community Network The first of three forums addressing vacation rentals in the San Juan Islands was held June 9 to a Zoom audience of about 150 interested persons. Sponsored by the San Juan Islands Community Network, the forum “Discovery” was the first to address the much-discussed issue. Register for the second  Continue Reading

San Juan Library Summer Reading Program Kicks off June 18

Written on June 15, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan Island Library San Juan Island Library’s Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program kicks off June 18 with in-person and online programs for children, tweens and teens. Starting June 18,  free Summer Reading Program Starter Kits will be ready for pick up during the library’s open service hours from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays,  Continue Reading

Learn Woodworking from San Juan Island Cabinetmakers

Written on June 14, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

Class Intended to Create Jobs   From the San Juan County Economic Development Council Islanders seeking new careers are invited to learn woodworking basics in a free class offered by the San Juan County Economic Development Council. This course is intended to help people gain job skills and obtain economic stability. Jean Shearer and Nicholas  Continue Reading

Learn How to be a Construction Trainer In Free, Online Class

Written on June 13, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the San Juan County Economic Development Council Tradespeople seeking a second career are invited to an online seminar called Work as a Construction Trainer offered by the Economic Development Council. Rich Jones, co-owner and training director of South Sound Residential LLC, and Al Audette, education and workforce development director at the BIAW, will speak  Continue Reading

Enroll in Skagit Valley College Summer and Fall Classes

Written on June 13, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

Unemployment Could Cover Worker Retraining   From Skagit Valley College Did you know you can register now for summer and fall quarters at Skagit Valley College? Summer classes begin July 6 and fall classes begin Sept. 21, offering online, hybrid and in-person options. Applied Bachelors Earn a bachelor of applied science in environmental conservation, and  Continue Reading

Pandemic School Year Ends with Friday Harbor Graduation Celebration

Written on June 11, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

By Fred Woods, superintendent, San Juan Island School District It is hard to believe we are nearing the end of the school year, my first as the San Juan Island School District Superintendent. I doubt any of us thought the pandemic that shook this world in March of 2020 would last this long. After a  Continue Reading