Topic: Schools

Crumb rubber revisited… the stuff is pretty crummy…

Written on June 15, 2009 at 3:18 pm, by

You remember last year all the hoo-rah about the crumb rubber the new play structure had…well, it has since been removed (yay!) and replaced with wood chips. It looks like we’re not the only ones who were concerned…here’s more from the AP, in an article passed along by Michael Buckley. -00-

Signup for fall football!

Written on June 15, 2009 at 3:02 pm, by

Cassie from the Friday Harbor Athletics reports that practice starts on August 3rd, so you need to sign up now, kids: Boys and Girls ages 6-14, print a registration below and mail to FHAA, PO Box 692 or drop off at San Juan Storage office located at 479 Ellsworth Ave one block down from post  Continue Reading

Skagit Valley College graduates Class of 2009

Written on June 11, 2009 at 2:58 pm, by

Thursday afternoon the San Juan Center extension of Skagit Valley College graduated seven students as its Class of 2009. With graduation remarks by teacher Catherine Barnhart and class speaker Laura Chorba (who sang it, like you knew she would), the ceremony was heartfelt & warm & a testimony to the energy the students put into  Continue Reading

Assembly at the elementary school this week…

Written on June 10, 2009 at 11:09 am, by

Debbi Fincher reports: With the whales returning to the area, it’s the perfect time to have this inspiring, engaging and thought-provoking storytelling presentation and then the field-based science break-out sessions for some of the classes. Jeff Hogan of Killer Whale Tales has donated his time and expertise to offer his last program of the school  Continue Reading

Sam does Seattle….

Written on June 9, 2009 at 11:15 am, by

You’ll remember that I told you (here’s the story) about how Sam Asher was selected as a nominee for the category “Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Non-Singing Role” for his work in Grease here last January, by the 5th Avenue Theater. The awards ceremony was last night, and Sam didn’t win,  Continue Reading

Community Dinner – tonight!

Written on June 9, 2009 at 12:02 am, by

I went by the Market Chef & was reminded – today’s the Community Dinner at the high school. Ditch whatever plans you HAD & get yourself over for some good food, and more, starting at 5:30pm. I love what Laurie & Tim do at the Market Chef, and love it that they are such big  Continue Reading

Kings offers $50K to help schools…

Written on June 8, 2009 at 2:25 pm, by

The following statement is a bit of a hybrid press release with really cool news. The first part tells of a generous grant for the schools; the second part details why it’s needed and where it would be directed. The “challenge” part is key – that’s where you & I come in: Kings Market Softens  Continue Reading

Second graders learn more about whales…

Written on June 8, 2009 at 8:02 am, by

You know, it helps that we live by the ocean. It helps that we got great kids who love orcas. It helps that the elementary school knows this is important, and makes sure the kids have time to get outside & dig where we live. And you know, it helps that former FHES teacher Nan  Continue Reading

Spring Street International School graduates 15 last Saturday….

Written on June 8, 2009 at 7:22 am, by

Graduation season got underway last this past weekend as Spring Street International School conferred diplomas on 15 seniors at the Community Theatre. There was laughter and a few tears as teachers & Head of School Louis O’Prussack led the ceremony through remarks, advice, memories, a slide show, and finally, graduation from school. And, in the  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor High Graduation – it's 6pm on Saturday

Written on June 6, 2009 at 3:00 pm, by

I know you’ll be there, because the rest of the island will be, too… it’s one of the gathering of the tribe things we do around here. Fifty seniors will walk the stage in the ceremony which begins at 6pm at Turnbull Gym. Trip down memory lane: Here are galleries of the last two graduations  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor High Graduation – it’s 6pm on Saturday

Written on June 6, 2009 at 3:00 pm, by

I know you’ll be there, because the rest of the island will be, too… it’s one of the gathering of the tribe things we do around here. Fifty seniors will walk the stage in the ceremony which begins at 6pm at Turnbull Gym. Trip down memory lane: Here are galleries of the last two graduations  Continue Reading

Guilty, guilty, guilty…

Written on June 4, 2009 at 6:19 am, by

One of the highlights of the school year (and a great way to end it) is the mock trials, put on by Jim McNairy’s government classes. The ones I’ve seen are presided over by a real judge, Carla Higginson (judge pro-tem), who also explains the finer legal points to the kids as they go along.  Continue Reading

Beautiful day for a Carnival…

Written on June 1, 2009 at 5:48 am, by

It was great to get out in the sun on Saturday with approximately seven million smiling kids at the PTA’s Carnival, behind the elementary school. There was face painting, fortune telling, dunk tanking, that bouncy thing the kids (and some mamas & papas) climb all over, food, and a lot of happy faces.

History with the fourth graders…

Written on June 1, 2009 at 12:01 am, by

Remember when you were in school, and history went something like this: TEACHER: Maria, go to the map and find North America .. MARIA: Here it  is. TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America ? CLASS: Maria. Well, it’s even better now. Amy Hull is teaching the FHES music classes this year, and have they  Continue Reading

Writing contest winners announced…

Written on May 29, 2009 at 5:29 am, by

Last night at the Library, the winners of the 2009 Teen Writing Contest were announced. Stories & poems were read, prizes were awarded, and overall it was cool to have all that literary talent in one spot. This is the seventh year of the program, and with 61 entries this year, it looks like it’s  Continue Reading

It’s the Carnival at the elementary school on Saturday!

Written on May 28, 2009 at 9:00 am, by

The PTA folks at FHES wanted you to know (this is a great way to spend Saturday, by the way!): Carnival Time for Friday Harbor! Saturday, May 30 Get your cotton candy! Go karaoke! Throw those darts and race with those eggs and spoons!  Friday Harbor Elementary School’s community carnival is full of fun on  Continue Reading

It's the Carnival at the elementary school on Saturday!

Written on May 28, 2009 at 9:00 am, by

The PTA folks at FHES wanted you to know (this is a great way to spend Saturday, by the way!): Carnival Time for Friday Harbor! Saturday, May 30 Get your cotton candy! Go karaoke! Throw those darts and race with those eggs and spoons!  Friday Harbor Elementary School’s community carnival is full of fun on  Continue Reading

Every 15 minutes…the video is posted…

Written on May 28, 2009 at 4:27 am, by

Last month, San Juan Emergency Services’ Lainey Volk orchestrated a two-day presentation using students from FHHS and Spring Street International School  that pointed up the terrrible cost & pain that drinking alcohol & driving exacts from people, from friends, and from the community. The program is called “Every Fifteen Minutes,” because in the US someone  Continue Reading

Sports update…

Written on May 26, 2009 at 6:17 am, by

In a weekend of close calls & close finishes, the Wolverines did the island proud. Here’s where the playoffs ended up (and some keep going!): Baseball: Our top-10 ranked baseball guys gave Kalama a game of it, as Richie Ochoa brought two home with a single late in the game. The ump called senior Michael  Continue Reading

What Kids Can Do: The Experience Food Project

Written on May 22, 2009 at 8:04 am, by

My friend Ruthie Paull at FHHS mentioned to me that there’s an awesome writeup about our school district’s Experience Food Project online at What Kids Can Do….click here to check it out! It’ll make you proud you live here…

Sam gets noticed – wow!

Written on May 22, 2009 at 5:55 am, by

You saw Grease last winter, so you know the FHHS drama department put on a monster hit of a show. People are still talking about…I thought one of the standout parts of the show was the job Sam Asher did with his portrayal of Coach Calhoun. Shoot, people are still talking about THAT – including  Continue Reading

First grade in Friday Harbor in 1957…. and the reunion.

Written on May 20, 2009 at 7:53 pm, by

The FHHS Class of 1969 is pulling together their reunion this year for July 18th. For information, call Wendy Fairweather Picinich at 360-378-4819 (sjtophy@rockisland.com)  or Jeri Jensen Ahrenius at 360-378-2420 (jeri@jensenshipyard.com). Wendy passed on the photo above (click here to see a much bigger one!) and tells me that’s the first grade photo for the  Continue Reading