Topic: Education

Carlos Ojeda Jr. to Speak at Superintendent’s Open House

Written on August 23, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

San Juan Island School District Superintendent Danna Diaz will hold her Second Annual Open House on Monday August 28, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Friday Harbor Middle School Commons. Dr. Diaz’s guest this year is renowned motivational speaker Carlos Ojeda Jr. Mr. Ojeda’s enthusiastic message is about empowering students to succeed.  Continue Reading

Walking and Drawing Workshop

Written on August 23, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

A rare opportunity to take a workshop with the talented and incomparable Joe Miller is being offered by the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA). Four Forests: Walking and Drawing will be offered in four sessions on Tuesdays: September 12 – October 3, from 1p.m. – 4p.m. The students may use any medium or  Continue Reading

August 21 Deadline to Apply for EDC Training in Construction Tech

Written on August 13, 2017 at 5:20 am, by

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will offer free training in construction tech this fall, in partnership with Skagit Valley College and the Northwest Career & Technical Academy, and funded in part by San Juan County, the Orcas Island Community Foundation, the Town of Friday Harbor, Islanders Bank and local donors. Courses will  Continue Reading

Pies o’ Plenty

Written on August 2, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Who Loves Pie? Calling All Pie Bakers! Bake your favorite fruit pie! Not a baker? Help serve slices at the Fair! The BRAND NEW FHES PTO Pie Booth debuts at the County Fair, August 16 – 19, and we need pies o’ plenty to sell and people to sell them! There are two ways you can help: Bake  Continue Reading

Eclipse Pinhole Projector

Written on August 2, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Make Pinhole Projectors for Viewing the Solar Eclipse The San Juan Island Library and the National Park Service are hosting a Solar Eclipse Prep Afternoon this Thursday, August 3 in the Library Meeting Room with drop-in hours from 2-4 PM. All materials will be provided to make your very own pinhole projector for viewing the  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Women’s Fund awards $8,000 to local nonprofits

Written on August 1, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

The San Juan Island Women’s Fund is a pooled donor-advised fund managed by the San Juan Island Community Foundation. Together, the members are making a difference for local nonprofits by awarding grants to support critical projects that enrich our island community. In late June, three proposals were selected for funding by vote of the Women’s  Continue Reading

School Board Meeting

Written on July 24, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

On Tuesday July 25, 2017, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a regular school board meeting at 5:00 pm at the high school library. 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  Continue Reading

Letter from Ruth McKenna

Written on July 21, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we have a letter from Ruth McKenna, Candidate for SJI School Board… Vote for Ruth McKenna– San Juan Island Schools Director 1 Dear Editor, The schools on San Juan Island have been the center of the community for over a century. The district teaches over 800 students, employs  Continue Reading

Summer Sailing Classes

Written on July 5, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Island Rec sailing classes happen every summer in cooperation with the San Juan Sailing Foundation. Introduction, Basic, Intermediate, and Double Handed Sloop happen at Percich Pond on Wold Road, and Jackson Beach. Participants will learn to rig, tack, jibe, recover from a capsize and other basic skills while sailing solo in El Toros and Lasers.  Continue Reading

3 School Board Meetings Today!

Written on June 28, 2017 at 10:48 am, by

On Wednesday June 28, 2017, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold three meetings: Special School Board Meeting at 2:00 pm for a Board Communication Workshop, school district office, 285 Blair Ave, open public meeting Special School Board meeting at 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, EXECUTIVE SESSION ONLY, RCW 42.30.110(g) to  Continue Reading

Stuart Island Field Trip

Written on June 22, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

Special Free Boat Adventure for 9-12 Graders: Exploring Stuart Island July 19, 2017, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Leaving from Friday Harbor (timed with the inter-island ferry) Students in grades 9-12 are invited to join Friends of the San Juans on this free, fun and informative boat trip (students entering 9th grade in the fall  Continue Reading

Letter from the Superintendent

Written on June 21, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Greetings Teachers, Staff, Parents, Students, and Community Members: On Saturday, June 10, I participated in the graduation ceremony of the Class of 2017. They were rising juniors when I started my position two years ago. The accomplishments of these talented young men and women are obvious and highlighted by the number of scholarships that were  Continue Reading


Written on June 17, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Twelve graduating seniors from Friday Harbor High School and one graduating senior from Spring Street International School were awarded scholarships for the 2017/2018 academic year from two different funds held at the San Juan Island Community Foundation. Inskeep Legacy Scholarship Fund Isabella Brown                       Santa Clara University                                 $3,000 Eli Cooper-West                   University of Washington                           $3,000  Continue Reading

Shifting Shorelines Workshops

Written on June 16, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Shifting Shorelines Sea Level Rise Workshops – June 29-30 The San Juan Islands are one of the most beautiful places in the world. And increasingly vulnerable to more frequent and extreme storms that will affect the waterfront. But with good planning, we can protect the people and places we love. Attend a workshop near you  Continue Reading

FHFF Does Waimea

Written on June 15, 2017 at 8:37 am, by

Lynn Danaher, Executive Director of the Friday Harbor Film Festival shares this report on the recent event in Hawaii… I am happy to report we had moderately successful one day film festival on Kauai yesterday! Best of the FHFF “Stories of the Pacific” We had 84 attendees, Karen and Susan both attended and spent some  Continue Reading

Journey to Prevention

Written on June 15, 2017 at 8:35 am, by

Rock Solid Youth Group chosen as Grand Prize Winners at Washington State Prevention-Spring Youth Forum 2017. Zach Fincher shares a little information about his Community Project at FHES and how it led to their opportunity to present at the State level in Prevention… “Last year, at the Washington State Prevention Summit, we learned about Tucker  Continue Reading

SVC Commencement

Written on June 8, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College Commencement 2017 The San Juan Center invites our island communities to attend the San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College Commencement on June 14, at 1:00pm at  Brickworks (150 Nichols Street) in Friday Harbor. This year the San Juan Center will have the honor of celebrating the achievement  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Music and Your Brain

Written on June 2, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

By Peggy Sue McRae – Music is good for your brain. Most of us have experienced hearing a piece of music and being transported in time. Play me the Rolling Stones, Jumping Jack Flash, and its summer, and I’m a teenager. That is because when we hear music, unlike other activities that are located in  Continue Reading

Painting in Pastels

Written on June 2, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

The San Juan Island Museum of Art is offering a 3 day pastel workshop, this summer: Introduction to Plein Air Landscape Painting in Pastels Steve Hill is returning to San Juan Island to teach a 3 day Plein Air Pastel Workshop.  He is an International Award winning pastel artist and workshop instructor from Lopez Island, WA.   Continue Reading

Lily Honored in CTY Talent Search

Written on May 24, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

Top students celebrated for academic excellence by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth BALTIMORE, Spring, 2017 — Lily Compton from Friday Harbor, Washington, was honored as one of the brightest young students in the world at a recent awards ceremony sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY). Lily, a participant in the  Continue Reading

6th Grade Transition

Written on May 20, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

San Juan Island School District Board of Directors Decision to Transition 6th grade from Friday Harbor Elementary School to Friday Harbor Middle School At a Special School Board Meeting/Public Hearing on Thursday May 18, 2017, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors took action to approve the proposed transition of the 6th grade  Continue Reading

Evaluators Needed For Community Projects

Written on May 18, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

The Community Service-Learning Projects class at Friday Harbor High School is a chance for juniors to explore their passions and strengths by designing a project with a community partner that addresses a need in the community. By designing and completing a meaningful project it is hoped that students will leave a lasting legacy for the  Continue Reading