Topic: Education

Dental Therapy on the Swinomish Reservation

Written on October 8, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Asiah Gonzalez, a dental therapist, shares her views on the advantages of dental therapy. Growing up on the Swinomish reservation, I never imagined that I could have a career in medicine. I tried hard in school, but I never saw dentists or doctors who looked like the people I grew up with. That all changed  Continue Reading

Larsen Hosts Virtual Discussion on Education

Written on October 6, 2020 at 4:45 am, by

From 2-3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) will host a live virtual discussion via Facebook Live on resources available to Northwest Washington’s students, teachers and families for the 2020-21 school year. Click here to view the live stream. This event is open to the public. The discussion will highlight resources available to  Continue Reading

County Council Candidates Youth Forum

Written on October 2, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

County Council Candidates Youth Forum on October 12, 2020 The Environmental Systems class at Spring Street International School will be holding a Youth Forum on October 12th from 1-2pm. They will ask the County Council candidates from Orcas and San Juan Islands questions about the environment and climate change. All are welcome to join this  Continue Reading

School Board Zoom Meeting

Written on September 29, 2020 at 10:40 am, by

On Wednesday,Sep 30, 2020, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a regular School Board Meeting at 5:00 pm as a Zoom meeting.     https://sjisd.zoom.us/s/83455678355 Or join webinar with the following methods Phone one-tap Phone one-tap: US: +12532158782,,83455678355# or +16699006833,,83455678355# Join by Telephone For higher quality, dial a number based on your current location. Dial: US : +1 253 215 8782 or +1 669 900  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Virtual Film Festival Coming October 15 – 25

Written on September 28, 2020 at 10:23 am, by

  The Friday Harbor Film Festival is going virtual this year, featuring award-winning documentaries, short films, and student-made films, as well as daily livestreamed Q&As with filmmakers. All films will be available on demand for 10 days, October 15-25. Q&As will be recorded for those who can’t participate via livestream. Read about this year’s lineup  Continue Reading

Community letter from SJISD School Superintendent Fred Woods

Written on September 25, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Dear Friday Harbor community, I have always loved the month of September. Many years ago, when I decided to make education a life-long career I saw an opportunity to broaden my world, allowing me to extend beyond the limits of the little town where I was raised. Choosing education as a career eventually led me  Continue Reading

Skagit Valley College Continuing and Community Education is online for Fall

Written on September 25, 2020 at 5:40 am, by

Skagit Valley College’s Continuing and Community Education program (CCE) is pleased to announce new online workshops for Fall Quarter. CCE allows you to engage, connect, learn, and grow from the comfort of your home in short-term, non-credit courses. Visit the CCE Fall 2020 Course Catalog for more information. Courses are designed for people who would like to  Continue Reading

Spring Street says “Thanks!”

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

Spring Street International School would like to thank the San Juan Island Community Foundation for hosting, coordinating, and including us in the SJICF Fair Matching Grant Program. The Fair Matching Grant Program helped us raise $4,605 that went towards preparing our school to open up safely this fall and provide our students with an innovative  Continue Reading

Zoom Talk: True Animal Stories with Author Clare Hodgson Meeker

Written on September 22, 2020 at 5:40 am, by

San Juan Island Library announces that renowned regional author Clare Hodgson Meeker will host a Zoom talk on Friday, October 2, at 7:00 p.m. Meeker’s latest book, Growing Up Gorilla: How a Zoo Baby Brought Her Family Together, is a 2020 Washington State Book Award Finalist for Young Readers. Meeker will discuss writing Growing Up  Continue Reading

Island Rec – Fall Virtual Lego Camps

Written on September 18, 2020 at 5:41 am, by

Island Rec has 2 Great LEGO camp options for you this season! The first, tap into your imagination from the comfort of your own home with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor and simple pieces from your own LEGO collection – all while connecting virtually with other young LEGO engineers. Students will explore their  Continue Reading

Food for Thought

Written on September 10, 2020 at 7:12 pm, by

The San Juan Island School District’s Food for Thought Program is back at it! Though most of the staff was furloughed, Chef Andy, Ashley Spendiff and Kerri Starr are working hard to provide healthful FROM SCRATCH meals to all children in San Juan County ages 1-18 FOR FREE. Check out the school website for current  Continue Reading

Outdoor Kid Pods Forming at Alchemy Art Center

Written on September 10, 2020 at 8:12 am, by

Alchemy’s Kid Pods are perfect for children and young people who want to learn, explore, and be creative- outdoors and in person!   Alchemy is signing up groups of 4-5 kids on a rolling basis for personalized outdoor creative programming that includes ceramics, printmaking, drawing, t-shirt decoration, games, nature exploration, and more.   Classes take place once  Continue Reading

SVC is Here for You

Written on September 9, 2020 at 10:44 am, by

Skagit Valley College’s Worker Retraining program covers tuition, books, and school-related fees to help those who are Unemployed. Skagit Valley College is pleased to announce that we are offering you new options for Fall Quarter taught by our trained, experienced online instructors. Classes start Tuesday, September 22 and registration is going on now. Are you  Continue Reading

Soroptimists Give $10,000 in Educational Awards

Written on September 1, 2020 at 2:34 pm, by

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce its 2020 educational award winners.    The Live Your Dream Award, a worldwide signature Soroptimist program, is given to a woman who is the primary wage earner in her household and enrolled in an undergraduate degree or vocational skills program.  This year’s recipient is Maricela Lomeli. Maricela  Continue Reading

Salish Sea Ballet Reopening For Classes September 8

Written on August 27, 2020 at 10:55 am, by

It’s time to register for fall dance classes! Salish Sea Ballet is offering small group in-person classes as well as virtual classes on Zoom. Our studio is spacious, well-ventilated, and follows COVID-19 protocols for safety and sanitization. We are excited to offer classes for dancers ages 3 and up. Check out our class schedule online,  Continue Reading

The Whale Museum Reopens

Written on August 26, 2020 at 8:49 am, by

From The Whale Museum… After over 5 months of being closed, we got word that the Governor is allowing museums to open in Phase 2 (8-2020)! The Exhibit Hall and Gift Shop are open daily 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  We are diligently following every rule put in place by the Health Department and Washington  Continue Reading

Griffin Bay School Virtual Fair Grant Opportunity

Written on August 14, 2020 at 10:28 am, by

San Juan Island School District would like to thank the San Juan Community Foundation for the annual “Fair matching grant” in support of our community!  We are grateful to be included in this year’s “line up” of worthy causes that help our community stay strong and healthy. SJISD is asking for support for the K-12  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #29: Guidelines for Parents Considering Home Based Group Learning

Written on August 13, 2020 at 1:14 pm, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders As we head into the second half of August, local public and private schools are pursuing a range of options for the start of the school year. This article will not be addressing the specifics of school reopening plans-that will come directly  Continue Reading

Alchemy Art Center Joins Virtual Fair Fundraiser

Written on August 12, 2020 at 1:59 pm, by

This 2020 Fair season, Alchemy Art Center is grateful to be featured in the San Juan Island Community Foundation’s Matching Grant Program!  We are raising funds for the free kids arts programming we are currently offering in partnership with Island Rec and the Family Resource Center, as well as for the Kid Pod Classes we  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Public Schools Fall Re-opening Plan

Written on August 7, 2020 at 10:33 am, by

At last evening’s special board meeting, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors approved a fall reopening plan for schools.  After several months of planning with the district workgroups and steering committee, Superintendent Fred Woods recommended to the Board that the San Juan Island public schools begin the 2020-2021 school year under a  Continue Reading

SJISD School Board To Hold Open Public Meeting Tonight, Aug 6, Via Zoom

Written on August 6, 2020 at 12:16 pm, by

We hear from Maude at the School District… The San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a Special School Board Meeting on Thursday August 6, 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 electronic Board Agenda, or call the  Continue Reading

New School Reopening Guidance Announced Today

Written on August 5, 2020 at 6:19 pm, by

Governor Inslee announces education recommendations for 2020-2021 school year… San Juan County is among 5 counties in Washington State that are considered “Low Risk” for COVID-19. Plans regarding school reopening are made by the local health jurisdiction and school district. Gov. Jay Inslee, Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal and DOH’s state health officer, Dr.  Continue Reading