Topic: Schools

Schools Foundation Phone-A-Thon

Written on October 16, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today, it’s Barbara Bevens writing to urge you to donate to the Public Schools Foundation… Please give generously when the Public Schools Foundation calls you. Every penny counts toward books, supplies and classroom items that aren’t normally covered by school district funds. As you all know money is tight since  Continue Reading

What’s Happening

Written on October 13, 2017 at 6:56 pm, by

Here are a few things going on around town… News from the Port: The Port of Friday Harbor is soliciting proposals from qualified parties to lease and operate a shipyard in part or whole. For more information please view the full RFP on the Port of Friday Harbor’s website at From the Hospital District:  Continue Reading

Paideia Says Thanks!

Written on October 11, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

Paideia Classical School’s Board of Directors, Staff, Students & Families would like to thank The Honeywell Charitable Fund of The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region for their generous donation to our Scholarship Fund and Teacher Professional Development Program. Paideia is a private school in Friday Harbor offering an excellent classical education for Kindergarten  Continue Reading

From the Update Mailbag…

Written on September 23, 2017 at 5:02 am, by

Today we received a letter from Ruth McKenna about the school board meeting next Wednesday. Ruth is a candidate for San Juan Island School District Director No. 1… September 22, 2017 Dear Editor, At the San Juan Island School District Board Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27, the Board will receive a report from the Center for  Continue Reading

Stuff the Bus

Written on September 15, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Dr. Danna Diaz extends her appreciation to Michelle Morton, Islanders Bank Services Manager, for her enthusiasm in spearheading this annual drive, and thanks the community for supporting public school students. “Our students will benefit greatly from receiving these classroom supplies.”

SVC Offers US history course

Written on September 13, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College offers US history course Could there be a more interesting course to take than one covering the recent US history of the 20th and 21st centuries?? Study the events in history that lead right up to our doorstep of current headlines. The title of the course is: History  Continue Reading

Budget Workshop/Public Hearing

Written on September 13, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Notice of Special School Board Meeting – Budget Workshop/Public Hearing All interested parties are cordially invited to the budget overview and SJISD financial condition workshop on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at 5:00 pm, at the high school library.  This board meeting will be held in a public hearing format. Thank you for your interest in  Continue Reading

“Tripping the light fantastic” for a Teacher

Written on September 6, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

It’s time for the September edition of the SJ Historical Society’s History Column… With school back in session, we’re thinking of teachers and students from times past, as well. Mark Rosler’s sweet note, pictured here, was found written inside a textbook now preserved in the San Juan Historical Society & Museum’s archives. Mark wrote this  Continue Reading

School District Reaches Tentative Agreement With Teachers Association

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

From The San Juan Island School District… The San Juan Island School District and the San Juan Education Association reached a tentative agreement at 6:14 pm Monday, September 4, 2017. The teachers’ association ratified the proposed agreement this evening and the school board is expected to approve this tentative agreement at a special board meeting  Continue Reading

Teachers Strike

Written on September 1, 2017 at 11:29 am, by

San Juan Island teachers are on strike today. According to one of the teachers who prefers to remain anonymous, this is the last chance they have to negotiate locally – because of recent state legislation, the state will take control starting next year and give out 3% pay increases based on current pay. They feel the  Continue Reading

Special School Board Meeting

Written on September 1, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

On Friday September 1, 2017, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a Special School Board meeting Executive Session, then an Open Public Meeting. The purpose of the special meeting is to conduct an executive session to discuss potential litigation with legal counsel pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(i), and then in an  Continue Reading

No School Friday

Written on August 31, 2017 at 7:44 pm, by

San Juan Island School District and San Juan Education Association reach impasse in Collective Bargaining At 6:20 pm on Thursday August 31, 2017, the San Juan Education Association (SJEA) informed the San Juan Island School District that the SJEA will hold a strike on Friday, September 1, 2017. Schools will remain closed (San Juan Island  Continue Reading

Wolverine Football Cancelled

Written on August 30, 2017 at 7:14 pm, by

Just got this notice from Rod Turnbull, Athletic Director at FHHS… Due to injuries and ineligible players, we would only be able to suit up 12 players for our first football game this Saturday and that would not be safe. So we have cancelled this Saturday’s football game with Seton Catholic. Please let me know  Continue Reading

Request for Friday Harbor High School Community Service Projects

Written on August 28, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

The first semester FHHS Community Service-Learning Class will begin August 31st. This class utilizes committed adult mentors who will guide students through the completion of a service project related to community improvement – both locally and globally. This is a great opportunity for a “win-win” partnership between students and local organizations. If you have a  Continue Reading

Letter from the Superintendent

Written on August 25, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

Greetings Students, Parents and Community Members: One of the many aspects that I love about being an educator is the fact that we get to have a new start each academic year. Perhaps one of my favorite events is joining Team SJISD at our convocation on Monday, August 28 at 7:45 am, Friday Harbor High  Continue Reading

SVC is Open Again

Written on August 24, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Skagit Valley College San Juan Center is now open after the summer break. Regular hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Fall Quarter starts September 18th and there is still time to register! It’s not too late. Interested students can call or stop by the Center for more information and for  Continue Reading

Gaia the Octopus

Written on August 23, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

Researcher Dominic Sivitilli from the University of Washington, has been studying a rare Giant Pacific Octopus that he found in the waters just off San Juan County Park on July 2nd. Her name is Gaia, and Dominic transported her to Friday Harbor Labs to study for the last month and a half. With degrees in  Continue Reading

Carlos Ojeda Jr. to Speak at Superintendent’s Open House

Written on August 23, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

San Juan Island School District Superintendent Danna Diaz will hold her Second Annual Open House on Monday August 28, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Friday Harbor Middle School Commons. Dr. Diaz’s guest this year is renowned motivational speaker Carlos Ojeda Jr. Mr. Ojeda’s enthusiastic message is about empowering students to succeed.  Continue Reading

FHES Summer Academy 2017

Written on August 21, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

On behalf of the student participants, faculty and staff of the Friday Harbor Elementary School Summer Academy 2017, we wish to thank the Community Foundation of San Juan Island and the Women’s Fund for their grant support of our program. The three-week session enabled our incoming 2017-2018 (first through fourth grade) children to be prepared  Continue Reading

Results of the August 1 Primary to be determined August 14

Written on August 10, 2017 at 5:35 am, by

A message from County Auditor, F. Milene Henley… The San Juan County Canvassing Board will convene Monday, August 14, at 8:30 a.m. for the purpose of canvassing challenged ballots cast in the August 1 primary. In order to protect the secrecy of the voters, all ballots cleared by the Canvassing Board for processing, as well  Continue Reading

Pies o’ Plenty

Written on August 2, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Who Loves Pie? Calling All Pie Bakers! Bake your favorite fruit pie! Not a baker? Help serve slices at the Fair! The BRAND NEW FHES PTO Pie Booth debuts at the County Fair, August 16 – 19, and we need pies o’ plenty to sell and people to sell them! There are two ways you can help: Bake  Continue Reading

School Board Meeting

Written on July 24, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

On Tuesday July 25, 2017, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a regular school board meeting at 5:00 pm at the high school library. This is an open public meeting. All public comment, with the exception of public hearings on policy, budget or other specific items, will be heard during  Continue Reading