Topic: Education

Decision on Sixth Grade Transition Postponed

Written on February 9, 2017 at 4:54 pm, by

Decision on Sixth Grade Transition Postponed until March 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 March 29,  Continue Reading

Forest Stewardship Course

Written on February 9, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

WSU Extension Forestry offers class for Woodland Owners Woodland owners can build skills for caring for their trees by taking Washington State University Extension Forestry’s Forest Stewardship Coached Planning course. This course teaches owners of wooded property how to assess their trees, avoid insect and disease problems, enhance wildlife habitat, improve wood quality, reduce fire  Continue Reading

Miracle Swimming for Susan

Written on February 8, 2017 at 2:14 pm, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this afternoon we find this letter from Amy Wynn… For a mighty long time Susan Williamson has been the go-to person for teaching children how to swim. She’s coached youth through their sailing float tests, gently nudged reluctant youngsters into loving the water, encouraged our swim team kids, and reached out to bring swimming  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit 2017

Written on February 7, 2017 at 1:35 pm, by

A dynamic opportunity for networking and learning about farming & food systems Orcas Island, February 10 – 12 Join fellow farmers, regional experts, and local food and farm advocates this February 10th through 12th for two-and-a-half days of education, inspiration, and camaraderie at beautiful YMCA Camp Orkila on Orcas Island. The theme for this year’s  Continue Reading

Trades Education Program

Written on February 6, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will present a program with Victoria Compton, director of the county Economic Development Council, speaking about the establishment of the Trades Education Program in the county. This meeting will take place on Monday, February 13th at 12:00 noon in the library conference room at the San  Continue Reading

Workshop on Cybersecurity

Written on January 31, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

EDC offers free workshop on Cybersecurity for Business Cybersecurity is not just for large businesses: Small and mid-sized businesses are targeted just as frequently by cyber-crooks. Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council for a FREE workshop on the topic of Cybersecurity for Business, on February 8th from 9:15-10:15 a.m. on Orcas Island, sponsored  Continue Reading

Letter from the Superintendent

Written on January 30, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Greetings Teachers, Staff, Parents, Students and Community Members: Happy Chinese New Year! I love the word new because of its meaning. A new year, new beginnings, new semester, and new knowledge. In 2017, we are starting off the year with new learnings!! In January, we launched ParentLink. The District has partnered with Blackboard (Education and  Continue Reading

Rusty Pilot Program

Written on January 25, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

Get Back in the Left Seat – Once a pilot, always a pilot…but feeling a little rusty? Join fellow lapsed pilots for a *Free Rusty Pilots program. Join us at Westwind Aviation to learn about the latest topics including medical reform, flight briefing, weather, runway incursion, airspace and communications. Credit towards ground training for Biennial  Continue Reading

Knowledge Bowl 2017

Written on January 23, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

The 23rd annual Knowledge Bowl will be held on Monday, February 6, at the Community Theatre. Our fabulous Friday Harbor Jazz Band will begin performing at 6:30 and the FH High School PTA will be offering baked treats in the lobby before and during the event. The competition begins at 7 PM. Teams consist of the  Continue Reading

Bits & Spurs Says Thanks!

Written on January 20, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Nancy Ballman shares this news from the local 4-H horse club “Bits & Spurs”… Thanks to a generous donation from Islanders Bank and the helpful assistance of Alexandra Sherlock, Bits & Spurs was able to purchase new 4-H club hoodies which you will be able to see them wearing when they ride at the fair.  Continue Reading

America’s Boating Course

Written on January 11, 2017 at 3:47 pm, by

Mark your calendar now for the FREE boating course coming up in February. The Friday Harbor Power Squadron will be offering instruction for this class for Free – the only cost is for  the course materials. Get your Boater Education Card (required to operate any boat with an engine of 15hp or more. What is  Continue Reading

FHL Tide Bites

Written on January 10, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

This is January’s edition of the UW Labs’ Tide Bites, written by Andrea Dingeldein… When you have a question about something you see in nature, a research scientist provides you with an answer in words. My explanation, on the other hand, comes in the form of an image. My name is Andrea Dingeldein, and when people  Continue Reading

Women’s Business Boot Camp

Written on January 7, 2017 at 5:34 am, by

EDC Offers Women’s Business Boot Camp Women entrepreneurs are invited to attend the EDC’s Women’s Business Boot Camp, a half-day workshop specifically designed to tune up existing businesses and to start new ones, on January 19th on Orcas Island. Participants will learn how to write or revamp a business plan, find funding, learn about marketing and  Continue Reading

Apply Now for Soroptimist Educational Award Before January Deadline

Written on January 3, 2017 at 8:37 am, by

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor is now accepting applications for two of its major awards. The “Educational Opportunity Award” is given to a woman who is a resident of San Juan County, enrolled in an undergraduate or vocational degree program of study. This $2,000 award was created to help women overcome financial difficulties and better their  Continue Reading

Skagit Valley College

SVC Scholarship Application Available

Written on January 3, 2017 at 8:20 am, by

Skagit Valley College Foundation Scholarship application is now available Just in time for the financial aid application season, Skagit Valley College announces that the SVC Foundation and Financial Aid Office have launched the 2017-18 SVC Foundation Scholarship application.  The SVC Foundation offers a wide variety of scholarships each year to eligible students. Nearly half a  Continue Reading

Cool School Challenge

Written on December 23, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

San Juan County Students are Saving Energy to Combat Climate Change Extreme weather events, rising sea levels, melting glacier – oh my! While climate change is an overwhelming issue, there is certainly hope, especially in the collective power of individual actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the underlying principle of the Cool School Challenge  Continue Reading

Welcome Daniel Schwartz

Written on December 22, 2016 at 9:39 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we have this announcement from Loren DeShon at Westwind… Westwind Aviation adds new San Juan resident to staff Westwind is pleased to announce that Daniel Schwartz has joined our staff. Dan and his wife Kathy recently moved to San Juan Island from the Seattle area where he was a flight  Continue Reading

Wintery Days and Good Books

Written on December 14, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

For those cold indoor months, join a literature class in the warmth of the San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College studying three different works and the formal strategies of novels and shorter fictional stories. Books that will be read and discussed are: The Great Gatsby, Jane Eyre & If on a Winters Night a  Continue Reading

Community Survey

Written on December 13, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

The SJI Prevention Coalition is asking for more responses to their community survey. Here they are with more… We need to move our Community Survey response rate up by December 30th! The annual Community Survey provides valuable information to the coalition as we work to prevent and reduce youth substance use and abuse! As a component  Continue Reading

Skagit Valley College

SVC Open Enrollment

Written on December 13, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Skagit Valley College Open Enrollment is going on now for Winter Quarter Open Enrollment is going on now for Winter Quarter!  Classes begin January 4th. Step into a new career or upgrade your job skills! Our High demand areas include: Culinary Environmental Conservation Manufacturing Sustainable Agriculture Fire Protection Also SVC’s Bachelor of Applied Science in  Continue Reading

Reaching the Summit, Now the Real Work Begins

Written on December 12, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

A group of local teens, their adult team advisors and chaperones made the annual trip to Yakima for the Washington State Prevention Summit. Our youth teams from San Juan Island are sponsored with grants through the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition. Our teams are Rock Solid and H.O.T.S., Jr (Helping Out Teens Society at Friday  Continue Reading

“Art for Fun” Program at SJIMA

Written on December 5, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) introduces a new art program called Art for Fun, a “paint and sip” party for adults of all skill levels. The first party is set for December 22 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and the cost is only $35.00. In keeping with the trend that is  Continue Reading