Topic: Schools

Where we’re at with the Skills Center…

Written on July 13, 2009 at 12:18 pm, by

For years now, the Island (and the County, which is all the islands) has been trying to figure out how to provide chances to educate folks in the skills they need to compete in the work world. Earlier this spring, FHHS’s Larry Wight spearheaded a survey to see what residents thought of the notion that  Continue Reading

Where we're at with the Skills Center…

Written on July 13, 2009 at 12:18 pm, by

For years now, the Island (and the County, which is all the islands) has been trying to figure out how to provide chances to educate folks in the skills they need to compete in the work world. Earlier this spring, FHHS’s Larry Wight spearheaded a survey to see what residents thought of the notion that  Continue Reading

The Class of ’79 Reunion…this weekend!

Written on July 3, 2009 at 7:33 am, by

The reunion starts today…. Things kick off at Friday’s Crabhouse tonight at 6:00, with potluck tomorrow night at 5:00pm at the American Legion Basement. Contact: (360) 336 5683 for more information. For a much bigger picture, click here!

The Class of '79 Reunion…this weekend!

Written on July 3, 2009 at 7:33 am, by

The reunion starts today…. Things kick off at Friday’s Crabhouse tonight at 6:00, with potluck tomorrow night at 5:00pm at the American Legion Basement. Contact: (360) 336 5683 for more information. For a much bigger picture, click here!

Great show! (And my nose isn’t growing!)

Written on July 1, 2009 at 3:04 pm, by

The Missoula Children’s Theatre folks came rolling into town last week, cast “Pinocchio,” and put on a heck of a show, I hear. Concepia’s John Sinclair shot some 75 photos during dress rehearsal, and I think it’s cool he asked me to share them with you – they’re fun! (Click here for the gallery). And…Jan  Continue Reading

Great show! (And my nose isn't growing!)

Written on July 1, 2009 at 3:04 pm, by

The Missoula Children’s Theatre folks came rolling into town last week, cast “Pinocchio,” and put on a heck of a show, I hear. Concepia’s John Sinclair shot some 75 photos during dress rehearsal, and I think it’s cool he asked me to share them with you – they’re fun! (Click here for the gallery). And…Jan  Continue Reading

Happy trails….Michael heads for Vashon

Written on June 28, 2009 at 9:48 pm, by

While everyone’s happy he’s heading down to be with his kids, we’re going to be missing superintendent Michael Soltman around here. He put the district on a sound financial footing when he arrived with sound accounting practices, got alternative school practices set up, passed levies, and helped guide the district through the last couple of  Continue Reading

Rich & Ry go All-State

Written on June 28, 2009 at 5:58 pm, by

Pretty cool – Friday Harbor High’s WSU-bound pitcher Richie Ochoa & catcher Ryan Aylward were named to the 1A All-State team – wahoo! Here’s the posting, in the Yakima paper. -oo-

Rich & Ry go All-State

Written on June 28, 2009 at 5:58 pm, by

Pretty cool – Friday Harbor High’s WSU-bound pitcher Richie Ochoa & catcher Ryan Aylward were named to the 1A All-State team – wahoo! Here’s the posting, in the Yakima paper. -oo-

Jessica graduates – wahoo!

Written on June 24, 2009 at 6:37 am, by

In this graduation season, it’s great to hear from far & wide about the cool stuff former FHHS students are doing…here’s the word from proud mom Nan Simpson whose smile is on high-beams these days: Graduation Announcement:  Jessica Hollis Simpson Jessica Hollis Simpson, daughter of Nan and Steve Simpson of Friday Harbor and Ron and  Continue Reading

Jump-kelp instead of jump-rope….

Written on June 17, 2009 at 12:01 am, by

Just got this picture from Debbi Fincher as the kids had an end-of-year trip to South Beach: Hi Ian! I thought this was pretty cool – today some of the 3rd graders made their own “jump rope” out of bull kelp which had washed up with the tide. Some parents enjoyed an upper body work  Continue Reading

FHES kids give to the Nature Institute…

Written on June 16, 2009 at 11:55 pm, by

Fiona Noris from the San Juan Nature Institute announces: Friday Harbor Elementary School Supports Young Naturalists: The Student Council at Friday Harbor Elementary School organized a fundraising drive to support San Juan Nature Institute’s Young Naturalist Classes. They sold environmentally friendly aluminum water bottles and raised more than $1,000. At the awards ceremony this morning  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor High graduates 48 Saturday night…

Written on June 16, 2009 at 1:21 pm, by

Click here to see photos from the night…. Part of the deal is…we know each other so well. Two thirds of the Class of 2009 at Friday Harbor High School started kindergarten here on the island together, so we’ve all been around each other for a long time. Valedictorian Albert Strasser shared his five things  Continue Reading

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