Topic: Education

SJI Young Musicians Showcase

Written on April 19, 2017 at 5:54 am, by

Come Listen to Emerging Island Talent at the SJI Young Musicians Showcase What sounds are the next generation crafting under the radar? Join us at The San Juan Island Grange on Thursday, April 27th and hear for yourself! The kids are alright! Music teachers at Spring Street International School and Friday Harbor High School have  Continue Reading

Island Senior: No Age Limit To Creative Expression

Written on April 19, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

By Peggy Sue McRae – If you are an athlete your career may end before you reach 40, other careers may offer retirement at 50 or 60, but if you are an artist, you may be hitting your stride at 80. Michelangelo, Monet, and Matisse created some of their greatest works when they were in their  Continue Reading

Kids and Canoes

Written on April 18, 2017 at 5:58 am, by

Kids and Canoes: Build-Paddle-Share, Kick-off and Open House April 21, 6 p.m., Friday Harbor High School STEM Building Community organizations on San Juan Island have developed a pilot project with Lummi Nation member and Master Canoe builder, Dean Washington, to build Coast Salish style cedar strip canoes in the San Juan Islands with students in  Continue Reading

Writing for Business

Written on April 18, 2017 at 5:24 am, by

EDC offers free workshop on Advanced Writing for Business Effective business writing is not only a key tool, it defines one’s image as a business person or entrepreneur. Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council for a FREE workshop on the topic of Advanced Writing for Business, on Wednesday, May 10th from 10-11 a.m.  Continue Reading

Brown Bag Lunch Seminars

Written on April 17, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

The Northwest Workforce Council Career Center is hosting a series of free Brown Bag lunch seminars. On April 20 Budget, Finance and More is presented by Islander’s Bank. The seminar assists with managing your budget, snowballing debt pay off and planning for future expenses. On April 27 it’s: Ace the Interview – Get the Job Are you able to  Continue Reading

Zach and John

Written on April 10, 2017 at 5:25 am, by

Jane Burton-Bell shares this story with you… Hello SJI, I wanted to tell you a great story. Here on San Juan Island, a local man who volunteers in the STEM class at the local high school has created a fantastic opportunity for a local boy. Zach, who has cerebral palsy resulting in severe physical disabilities  Continue Reading

SVC Commencement

Written on April 9, 2017 at 9:32 pm, by

Skagit Valley College Commencement 2017 is quickly approaching! Celebrate with your family and friends! It’s your time to shine! San Juan Center Wednesday, June 14; 1:30 pm The Brickworks Mount Vernon Campus Thursday, June 15 Dave DuVall Pavilion (gym); 6:30 pm Whidbey Island Campus Friday, June 16 Oak Harbor High School; 6:30 pm The deadline to  Continue Reading

Sailing Foundation Fundraiser

Written on April 7, 2017 at 5:25 am, by

Debbi Fincher writes in support of the Youth Sailing Club… The annual San Juan Island Sailing Foundation Fundraiser which supports our Youth Sailing Programs – both Island Rec Summer Sailing classes on Percich Pond and Teen Sailing Team out on the water at Jackson’s Beach – is coming up on May 4th at the SJI Yacht Club.  Continue Reading

Library Love and Fun Factoids

Written on April 5, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

The San Juan Historical Society and Museum shares the April 2017 edition of their History Column… This month we salute the San Juan Island Library in recognition of National Library Week, which will be April 9-15. This year’s theme is “Libraries Transform” and we can certainly say that’s true on an island. Recently, a detailed history  Continue Reading

Another Aviation Field Trip

Written on April 4, 2017 at 4:47 pm, by

Mari Peterson, Assistant Chief Pilot at Westwind Aviation shares this with you… Hi San Juan Update, Took my students on another class trip on Sunday the 2nd, this time to the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station! Here’s the run down: Myself (in Westwind Aviation’s Cessna 172, donated by Westwind Aviation) and four volunteer pilots (Bob Tauscher  Continue Reading

Find Your Calm

Written on April 4, 2017 at 5:29 am, by

Here’s a message from Stephanie Prima… You’re working in a stressful job, taking care of kids, aging parents, or all of the above. You’re helping out a few non-profits here and there, and fighting your unsettling anxiety and frustration with our country’s current political mess. It seems like you’re getting less and less done, feeling  Continue Reading

Spotted Wing Drosophila Workshop

Written on April 4, 2017 at 5:26 am, by

Spotted Wing Drosophila is a new pest threat to Blueberries, Strawberries, Cherries and Plumbs in the San Juan Islands. Drosophila suzukii, commonly known as Spotted Wing Drosophila or SWD, is of concern to home gardeners and commercial producers. SWD is unique because it lays eggs inside ripening fruit. The maggots hatch from these eggs and feed inside fruit  Continue Reading


Written on April 3, 2017 at 5:26 am, by

EDC offers free workshop on communication skills using SuperConnectivity™ Effective and powerful communication can help build companies and careers. It’s a critical component of enduring success in today’s competitive business world. Whether a face-to-face conversation or well-written e-mail, a meaningful and well delivered message establishes a connection that creates a powerful impression with customers and colleagues.   Continue Reading

Garden Club Excursion to Evergreen Arboretum

Written on April 3, 2017 at 5:22 am, by

What is a Nativar? Join us and learn about the latest craze in gardening – Nativars- improved cultivars of native plants. Breeders have taken natives and tweaked them to bloom longer, grow tidier, have more colorful foliage and be more disease resistant. Date: April 15, 2017 Location: Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens Time: Eastbound 8:00AM ferry Westbound 8:20 PM ferry Cost:  Continue Reading

SSIS Scholarship Dinner & Auction

Written on April 3, 2017 at 5:18 am, by

Scholarship dinner and auction for Spring Street International School on Friday, May 5 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at Friday Harbor House, 130 West Street, Friday Harbor.  The evening will feature a gourmet dinner of locally sourced ingredients by Friday Harbor House Executive Chef Jason Aldous. Come experience why local families choose Spring Street International School. Space is limited  Continue Reading

Taylor 2 Dance Troupe

Written on March 30, 2017 at 5:20 am, by

The Taylor 2 dance troupe arrives in Friday Harbor Sunday, April 2 for both a free master dance class for all ages (2:00 pm) and an evening performance (7:30 pm) at San Juan Community Theatre. One of the “grandfathers” of American modern dance, choreographer Paul Taylor established Taylor 2 in 1993 to ensure that his  Continue Reading

Letter from Lavendera

Written on March 24, 2017 at 5:32 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning, we have this letter from Richard Davenport at Lavendera School of Massage… Hello SJ Update, Time to check in. The Friday Harbor School of Massage is about to complete the first year in three weeks. All four students that attended will graduate. In the next two weeks we  Continue Reading

6th Grade Decision Postponed

Written on March 22, 2017 at 11:48 am, by

Decision on Sixth Grade Transition Postponed until April Board Meeting The decision by the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors on whether or not to move the sixth grade from the Friday Harbor Elementary School to Friday Harbor Middle School will be postponed until the regular school board meeting scheduled for April 26,  Continue Reading

Scholastic Book Fair

Written on March 20, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

The Friday Harbor Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (FHES PTO) is hosting our annual Scholastic Book Fair March 22-25 at the FHES library! There will be a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please come shop for the readers in your life and support your Friday Harbor Eagles! Wednesday (3/22)  Continue Reading

Adults in Transition at SVC

Written on March 17, 2017 at 5:28 am, by

The San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College is offering a course, “Adults in Transition” This free three-week course will assist individuals who need to make major changes in their lives and seek new opportunities for education in developing self-confidence, exploring educational and career options and job search techniques for training or employment, developing skills in  Continue Reading

Kids and Canoes

Written on March 16, 2017 at 6:31 pm, by

Kids and Canoes – A Place Based Curriculum during the week of April 21-28 San Juan Island youth (grades 5-12) will work with one of the world’s top canoe builders from Lummi Nation, Dean Washington, to build 2 Coast Salish Canoes and their paddles in one week. These canoes will be part of a fleet  Continue Reading

Running Start

Written on March 16, 2017 at 5:41 am, by

Skagit Valley College will be offering a Running Start Information Session for students who want a jump start on a four-year degree. “Working on my Associate in Arts degree while finishing my high school requirements at Skagit Valley College was one of the best choices I’ve made,” says Alex Hayes. Alex, a current junior at Western  Continue Reading