Topic: Education

A Note from Skagit Valley College

Written on May 21, 2020 at 7:18 am, by

We’re Online with You! Skagit Valley College announces Summer Quarter will be offered mostly online Yes, Skagit Valley College is open! We’re just doing things a little differently. Our key focus is to meet you where you are right now. We’ve adapted our instruction, services, and resources to meet your needs and support the health  Continue Reading

Skagit Valley College to Remain Online Summer Quarter – Cancels June Commencement Activities

Written on May 16, 2020 at 7:17 am, by

In support of the Governor’s Stay Home Stay Healthy directive to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, Skagit Valley College announces that it will continue to operate online for Summer Quarter. In addition to the decision to remain online through the summer, the College has made the difficult decision to cancel its 2020 Commencement activities  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Elementary School STEM Team is 2020 First Place National Winner in Toshiba/NSTA Exploravision Competition

Written on May 13, 2020 at 4:12 pm, by

Last week, the national winners of the Exploravision Competition were announced and the first place-winning project was Get Away! Bacteriophage, submitted by Friday Harbor Elementary School (FHES) students Jodie Wehner, 2nd grade, Ava Youngsman 2nd grade, and Nancy Wehner, 1st grade. Earlier this spring, three FHES STEM teams had received regional and honorable mention recognition  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor High School Teacher Awarded Research Grant

Written on May 8, 2020 at 2:57 pm, by

A $19,000 grant was awarded to Friday Harbor High School (FHHS) Science Teacher Sam Garson to support a minimum 2-year partnership between the high school science department and Friday Harbor Labs in effort to get more students involved with high-level scientific research. This grant was awarded through a competitive process in the Partners in Science  Continue Reading

Special School Board Meeting

Written on May 8, 2020 at 6:49 am, by

The San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a Special School Board Meeting on Monday May 11, at 5:00 pm as a Zoom meeting.  This meeting is open to the public. To access the Zoom meeting, please click on “Video” within the Board Agenda, or call the number listed on the agenda for audio only. Viewers will  Continue Reading

Boomerang to the San Juans

Written on May 6, 2020 at 9:36 am, by

This May 2020 edition of Tide Bites was written by Alyssa Scott… As the tides of life have ebbed and flowed, I’ve continually found myself on the shores of FHL [Friday Harbor Labs]. My first encounter with the Labs was via a two-week research sailing expedition through the San Juan Islands with Deep Green Wilderness.  Continue Reading

Medicare 101

Written on April 30, 2020 at 8:58 am, by

Do you find Medicare a mystery? Are you unsure which Medicare plan is best for you? Join SHIBA online for a virtual Medicare 101 class where we will cover the “A, B, C, Ds” of Medicare. Our certified SHIBA volunteers will be available to answer all of your questions. SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors)  Continue Reading

A Note from the Library

Written on April 27, 2020 at 9:01 am, by

Library staff are working hard, albeit remotely, to serve the community in new ways to meet your changing needs.   We’ve heard that many of you miss our Staff Picks book recommendations in the Library; these are now available online in our new and improved Reading Room.   Staff members have answered questions about reading interests and are  Continue Reading

“Running Start” Online

Written on April 24, 2020 at 12:11 pm, by

Skagit Valley College’s San Juan Center Hosts Online “Running Start” Info Nights Via Zoom If you are an academically motivated high school junior or senior, Running Start may be of interest to you and your family! Registration for fall quarter 2020 starts very soon!  The Running Start program at Skagit Valley College of San Juan  Continue Reading

Grow with Google

Written on April 23, 2020 at 1:31 pm, by

The Grow with Google team will be hosting a live, virtual event on May 6, 2020 at 9AM PT. As a Grow with Google Partner, the San Juan Island Library, the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce and the San Juan Islands Economic Development Council would like to invite you to tune in to a  Continue Reading

Skagit Valley College Continuing and Community Education announces new online programming

Written on April 16, 2020 at 10:53 am, by

Skagit Valley College’s Continuing and Community Education department (CCE) is pleased to announce new online workshop programming that is starting at the end of April. The new format is called eCCE and is designed for people who would like to enjoy online non-credit workshops outside of the traditional classroom setting while they build career skills,  Continue Reading

Letter from the Superintendent

Written on April 8, 2020 at 8:32 am, by

Dear Staff, Parents and Community, Yesterday afternoon, Governor Inslee announced that all schools were to remain physically closed until the end of the school year. For San Juan Island school District, this means June 12th.   Although this does not come as a surprise, the finality is a little emotionally laden. However, because of great teleschooling  Continue Reading

New Middle School/High School Principal

Written on April 6, 2020 at 3:13 pm, by

San Juan Island School District is pleased to announce the selection of the new middle school/high school principal to begin in July in time for next school year. Principal Martin Yablonovsky and his family will be moving to the island from Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Yablonovsky has served for the past fourteen years as  Continue Reading

SeaDoc Society Launches Marine Science Homeschool Resource

Written on March 21, 2020 at 5:55 am, by

  Today we launched a resource called HOMESCHOOL that will allow homebound students to explore the Salish Sea during this period of self-isolation. These videos and activities can be easily deployed amid the chaos of the current moment. Also, they’re fun!    We’ll continue to add content to this page, so keep an eye out and share  Continue Reading

Grafting Fruit Trees: Workshop & Exchange

Written on March 21, 2020 at 5:07 am, by

Please join us Outside for Grafting Fruit Trees: Workshop & Exchange  Limit of 10; first come, first served. Saturday, April 11. Workshop (1-2 pm), Scion and seed exchange (2-4 pm). Please do not attend if you are sick in any way or there’s a chance you’ve been exposed! Join Greg Meyer of Dancing Seeds Farm and friends to  Continue Reading

A “Hot Topic” From The County: Testing and Rumor Control

Written on March 15, 2020 at 11:15 am, by

HOT TOPIC #1: March 15th Testing and Rumor Control COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders. TESTING A lot of people have questions about testing.  We want to highlight a few key things: First off, if you’re on Orcas or Lopez, read this excellent article from Anne Presson of the Lopez  Continue Reading

Letter to the Community From the San Juan Island School District Board

Written on March 14, 2020 at 3:44 pm, by

Much has been done in the very short time that our school district first learned about the coronavirus pandemic. The Superintendent and staff have been working tirelessly to develop a plan to serve our students in a tele-schooling model for at least the next six weeks. Most districts are expecting an extended loss of learning  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Elementary School STEM Teams win Competitive Science Awards

Written on March 13, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Congratulations to Friday Harbor students! Fostering a scientific competitive spirit is well underway at Friday Harbor Elementary School!  Three elementary school STEM Teams have received recognition for their work at the national level through Exploravision, sponsored by the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) and the Toshiba Company. These three elementary school teams started projects in  Continue Reading

OPALCO Now Accepting Applications for Youth Scholarships

Written on March 3, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

APPLY NOW: College Scholarships up to $2,100 Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Applications Due April 10 OPALCO’s is accepting scholarship applications from high school sophomores and juniors. Three scholars will receive a $1,000 scholarship from OPALCO and the family of Nourdine Jensen. Part of the scholarship includes an all-expenses paid trip to the Youth Rally,  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor High School Seniors win Competitive Art Competition Awards

Written on February 27, 2020 at 7:44 am, by

The Scholastics Art Competition is the largest national art competition in the country averaging nearly 340,000 student entries a year. The only two students from Friday Harbor High School who entered the Scholastics Art Competition, both received awards and recognition in the Western Region-at-Large. Senior Katie Place was awarded the Silver Key Individual Award and  Continue Reading

Emergency Preparedness for Business

Written on February 26, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

The San Juan County/Town of Friday Harbor Department of Emergency Management is hosting a no-cost, 8 hour training for island businesses to learn more about how to prepare for emergencies and disruption to their business. When: Tuesday March 31st, 8:30am – 5:00pm Where: Friday Harbor (exact location is to be determined) To Register: CLICK HERE  Continue Reading

School Board Meetings

Written on February 23, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

On Wednesday, February 26, 2020, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold an Executive Session (closed meeting) from 3:00 pm – 4:50 pm at the school district office, and a regular School Board Meeting (open to the public) at 5:00 pm in the high school library.    The Executive Session is in accordance with RCW 42.30.110(g), to evaluate the qualifications of  Continue Reading