Topic: Schools

School Board & Superintendent Communique

Written on December 27, 2017 at 9:31 am, by

November and December, 2017 – This is the first of a regular installment of San Juan Island School District School Board school board meeting recaps. Highlights of the November 29, 2017 School District Board of Directors regular meeting: The district celebrated Brent Snow’s eight years of service to our schools. Former School Board Director Boyd  Continue Reading

Letter from the Superintendent

Written on December 8, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Greetings Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members: As 2017 comes to a close, I am excited to share some of the amazing things happening in our district. The implementation of the Balanced Literacy program at the elementary school is in full swing, the Turnbull Gym locker room remodel is complete and we have started our  Continue Reading

Bouncing Back

Written on December 6, 2017 at 9:46 am, by

Here is this month’s history column from the San Juan Historical Society and Museum… Bouncing back to 1947-48 Friday Harbor Basketball This gem of a sports photo is especially prized for its identification of each person in the Friday Harbor High School Boys Basketball team portrait from 70 years ago. Who do you recognize in  Continue Reading

Winter Classes at SVC

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

Join a winter class at the San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College The quiet months of winter are a perfect time for reflection and self-awareness classes. Join one or both of the classes below to improve connection to yourself and the world around you. Call the San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College, (360)  Continue Reading

SVC Champions of Diversity Awards

Written on December 2, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Skagit Valley College to Host the 18th Annual Champions of Diversity Awards Ceremony Skagit Valley College and Washington’s public universities are pleased to recognize young multicultural leaders from Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties at the 18th Annual Champions of Diversity awards ceremony. The celebration will take place on Wednesday December 6th from 6:30 to  Continue Reading

Tip Off Classic Tournament

Written on November 30, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

This Friday kicks off the 4th Annual Friday Harbor High School Basketball “Tip Off Classic” Tournament!  Purple and Gold will be selling concessions.  Be sure to come grab a hot dog or popcorn and watch some exciting basketball this weekend!  The tournament schedule is below. GO WOLVERINES!! Schedule: Friday December 1st  (Home team in Whites  Continue Reading

Open Registration at SVC

Written on November 22, 2017 at 8:54 am, by

Open Registration is going on now for Winter Quarter at Skagit Valley College. Classes begin January 3rd. Trending programs include: Arts Basic Education for Adults Basic Law Enforcement Reserve Academy Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Conservation Composites Engineering STEM Sustainable Agriculture Also, Business direct transfer (at Whidbey Island Campus) Or, if you would like  Continue Reading

Rotary Distributes Dictionaries

Written on November 15, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

The Rotary Club of San Juan Island recently visited the Friday Harbor Elementary School for its annual distribution of dictionaries to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Pictured are 4th grade students of Ms. Hull and Mrs. Raichlen.

Thank a Vet!

Written on November 10, 2017 at 9:57 am, by

Marie DiCristina shares this report on Veteran’s Day assemblies at the schools… Thursday morning Friday Harbor Elementary School and Friday Harbor High School held assemblies honoring Veterans and Veterans Day. Several local vets attended. The High School band provided wonderful musical tributes including playing the anthems of the various military branches. The delightful children of  Continue Reading

Per Takes 13th Place in the Nation

Written on November 8, 2017 at 5:56 am, by

Perham Black Takes 13th Place in the Nation at The Cressy Cup On October 28th and 29th, San Juan County’s Perham “Per” Black, a senior at Spring Street International School competed in the Cressy Cup, considered the United States high school national championships for Laser full rig sailing. The national sailing races were held at  Continue Reading

Happy Halloween

Written on October 31, 2017 at 3:46 pm, by

Stillpoint School shares this photo and wishes everyone a Happy Halloween! Thanks for sharing!

Wolverine Fall Playoff Update

Written on October 31, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

Rod Turnbull, Athletic Director at the high school shares this playoff update… Fall Season is again winding down, and it is time for those teams that qualified to make their post-season runs. This year we have the potential for all four of our Fall teams to advance to post season. Below is an outline of  Continue Reading

Mike Martin Talks Football

Written on October 26, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Sometimes in life a life is larger than life itself Mike Martin shares this perspective on FHHS Wolverine Football… As the FHHS Wolverines football team heads into their final regular season game the team finds themselves backed into a corner on the road against the LaConner Braves in a must-win game: win and they advance  Continue Reading

Community Dinner

Written on October 23, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

It’s finally here! The first Community Dinner of the school year will be on Wednesday, October 25th from 5:30 – 7:30 in the High School Commons. It has been an exciting year so far with some great changes to the program. The Food for Thought Program has now taken over the classroom! Liz Varvaro is  Continue Reading

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