Topic: Education

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

From the Mailbag

Written on March 30, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Bob & Shannon Wilson… Vote YES for our schools! This year, more than ever it is so important that we vote YES on the school levy. It is NOT a new tax, but a renewal of the one that has existed for many  Continue Reading

Letter from Dr. Diaz

Written on March 30, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Greetings Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members: When we hear news of school-related tragedies, we, as a school district, become ever more resolved in our commitment to student safety. San Juan Island School District principals and school staff have been working hard to create a safer environment for our students. One year ago the school  Continue Reading

Student Flight Class

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

Loren DeShon shares this update on the recent flight class… Island students completed eight 3-hour introductory classes at Westwind Aviation over the last two months and the last night all in attendance got to take a flying tour of the islands, landing at Orcas, Roche and Friday Harbor. The class covered introduction to aerodynamics, navigation,  Continue Reading

Growing a Revolution

Written on March 27, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore & The San Juan Island Library present Growing A Revolution – Bringing Our Soil Back To Life by David R. Montgomery, Saturday, April 7th at 7:00 pm at the library. David R. Montgomery returns to San Juan Island just in time for gardeners and farmers who are busy preparing their soil for  Continue Reading

Know Your Islanders Talks

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

Two Grandparents and a 13-Year-Old: Self-Driving the Back Roads of Namibia Join Val and Leslie Veirs as they recount their 2-week trip to Namibia with their 13-year-old grandson, Liam Reese. Driving over a thousand kilometers, they encountered the oldest and highest sand dunes in the world, mobs of southern fur seals, ancient petroglyphs of giraffes,  Continue Reading

Skagit Valley College Earns National Honors

Written on March 24, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

SVC Named among the Top 100 community colleges for Adult Learners 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  Continue Reading

Upcoming School Board Meetings

Written on March 24, 2018 at 5:08 am, by

On Wednesday March 28, 2018, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a Special School Board Meeting at 3:00 pm in the School District Office.  This is an open public meeting. On Wednesday March 28, 2018, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular School Board  Continue Reading

EDC presents Mission: Advertising workshop

Written on March 23, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Business owners are invited to join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) for Mission: Advertising, a free workshop on advertising and marketing for small businesses, on Wednesday, March 28th from 9 a.m. until noon.  Participants will learn the effective techniques and media they can use to build their businesses using print media, social  Continue Reading

Adam Says Vote “YES”

Written on March 23, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find a letter from Adam Eltinge… On April 24th, join me in voting Yes for the San Juan Island School District’s levy renewal. This levy represents vital funding that the school district needs in order to continue offering the programs and services that we currently have. The  Continue Reading

Early Childfind

Written on March 22, 2018 at 5:40 am, by

Do you have a child who may need special help in speech, motor skills or other developmental areas? San Juan Island School District is having a free screening clinic for children aged three to five years to screen development in motor, communication, or adaptive skills, where there may be a concern. Date: Wednesday, March 28,  Continue Reading

Middle School PTA Fundraiser

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

Friday Harbor Middle School PTA Spring Fundraiser Kick’s Off Thursday Night! The Friday Harbor Middle School PTA is kicking off its Spring Basket Fundraiser at the this week’s FH Middle School Players’ performances of “The Humor Games,” running Thursday, March 22 through Sunday, March 25 at San Juan Community Theatre. Raffle tickets will be sold  Continue Reading