Topic: Schools

Letter of Gratitude from San Juan Island School District Superintendent

Written on March 18, 2020 at 1:14 pm, by

Dear Staff, Parents and Community, I am writing today to express GRATITUDE.  During this time of the Coronavirus pandemic, I am extremely grateful that to date, our island has no known cases.  I am grateful for a community that overwhelmingly supports our students by passing levies.  It is our Capital and Technology levy that has  Continue Reading

San Juan Island School District Food Service during Teleschooling

Written on March 18, 2020 at 9:50 am, by

The San Juan Island School District recognizes that the pandemic related school closure for teleschooling will impact some of our families and their access to nutrition.  To help support our families, the School District’s food service will resume Friday March 20, 2020 in the form of grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches.  Beginning Friday, the San Juan  Continue Reading

From San Juan County – Hot Topic: School Is Closed, Now What?

Written on March 16, 2020 at 2:24 pm, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders. How isolated do we have to keep our kids now that schools are closed? For this Hot Topic, we reach out to Dr. Frank James, San Juan County Health Officer (and parent!). A few key points from Dr. James: First off, I  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

Coronavirus Update From San Juan Island School District

Written on March 9, 2020 at 9:42 am, by

I wanted to give you all a more detailed update on our School District planning if our island experiences the Coronavirus.  Please know that currently WE HAVE NO KNOWN CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS IN SAN JUAN ISLAND. Our County Department of Health is not suggesting that schools should be closed down now…but they are advising  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

Wolverine Winter Playoff Update

Written on February 28, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

Brock Hauck checks in with an Update on the Wolverines… Winter Sports Post Season has begun. Below is an update on the post season opportunities for our winter sports teams. First Wrestling, then Girls Basketball, and finally Boys Basketball:

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

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

New Telescope for Loan at the San Juan Island Library

Written on February 21, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Community Projects Press Release Are you interested in astronomy? Do you love exploring the wonders that space has to offer? Well, here at the Library we do! And, thanks to the admirable Community Project fundraising efforts of two of our Friday Harbor High School students, Allie and Tyler Fleming, the San Juan Island Library is  Continue Reading

San Juan Public Schools Foundation Annual Knowledge Bowl is on March 2

Written on February 16, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

It’s the time of year to celebrate knowledge with our entire community! The 2020 Knowledge Bowl will be held on March 2 at 6:30 pm at the San Juan Community Theatre. A cross between Jeopardy and the old college quiz bowls, teams compete to answer questions on geography, history, pop culture, local fare, and more.  Continue Reading

Thank You!

Written on February 15, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Dear Community, Thank you, thank you! San Juan Island School District continues to be humbled by the amazing and overwhelming turnout to support our schools and most importantly our students. Because of your support on this week’s vote to reauthorize our capital and technology levy, we will be able to ensure safe and modernized buildings,  Continue Reading

FHHS Students Promote Tardigrade

Written on February 10, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Do you know what a tardigrade is? If not, it’s time to find out! It could soon become Washington State’s official micro-animal thanks to a partnership between students at Friday Harbor High School, Riverday School in Spokane, Jefferson Middle School in Olympia, along with Lynn Bahrych from the San Juan Islands Conservation District, and Katie  Continue Reading


Written on February 4, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

In the mailbag this morning we find this letter from Martha Alvarado… Dear editor- On February 11th our community will be voting on a replacement capitol & technology levy for our schools. Vote YES for our schools! This is NOT a new tax, but a renewal of the one that has existed for many years.  Continue Reading

Rummage Sale for FHHS Senior Class 2020 Grad Night

Written on February 3, 2020 at 12:20 pm, by

Now is your chance to pass along some of your lightly used treasures, and maybe find some new ones, as well! Drop off is Friday, 2/7 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. in the High School Commons. We welcome your quality donations; nothing the local thrift store would reject, please! Sale is Saturday, 2/8 –  Continue Reading

Open House at Spring Street International School

Written on January 29, 2020 at 5:41 am, by

Spring Street International School is hosting an Open House this Wednesday, January 29th from 5:30 – 7:00pm. As the priority application deadline approaches, we want to give families and prospective students the opportunity to tour our campus and learn more about our income-based tuition. Current students will offer tours and there will be different information  Continue Reading


Written on January 24, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find a letter to you from Summer Clark… On February 11th our community will be voting on a replacement capitol & technology levy for our schools. Vote YES for our schools! This is NOT a new tax, but a renewal of the one that has existed for  Continue Reading

School Schedule Adjustment

Written on January 20, 2020 at 7:26 am, by

To make up for the January 15th snow day, the SJISD school calendar will be adjusted as follows: Wednesday January 22nd will be a full school day. Thursday January 23rd will be a half day. Friday January 24th will be a half day.

Opening Tonight at SJCT

Written on January 16, 2020 at 8:22 am, by

Here’s a reminder from Debbi Fincher about this show at San Juan Community Theatre… Little Shop of Horrors opens tonight (Thursday, January 16th) with a Pay What You Can Show at 7:30pm. The show runs this Thursday-Sunday with matinees on BOTH Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. One weekend only! These teen thespians have been in  Continue Reading

Snow Routes

Written on January 15, 2020 at 8:34 pm, by

For Thursday January 16, 2020 – Schools will be on a two hour delayed start schedule due to road conditions. Buses will be on “Snow Routes”. Please make safe decisions.

No School Wednesday

Written on January 15, 2020 at 7:03 am, by

Wednesday Jan 15:  Schools will be closed due to inclement weather. The high school community dinner and the Community Projects presentations are also cancelled.  Be safe, we will see you on Thursday!