FHHS Aerospace Design Team – 2nd Place at International Space Settlement Design Competition World Championship

The San Juan Public Schools Foundation wants to congratulate the Friday Harbor High School Aerospace Design Team on their outstanding performance at the International Space Settlement Design Competition World Championship! Partnered with teams from Texas, Colorado, Pakistan, India & the UK they placed 2nd, by a narrow margin between 1st & 2nd. We are so proud to have been a part of their journey. Congratulations Max Mattox, Lucy Urbach, Brandon Payne, Joely Loucks, Evan Foley, Arlo Harold & teacher Daniel Garner. For the full article on the San Juan Update, by Tim Dustrude click here

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Update! FHHS Aerospace Design Team in ISSDC

From the San Juan Island School District: The Friday Harbor High School Aerospace Design Team has passed the 24-hour mark of the 42-hour International Space Settlement Design Competition world championship (ISSDC). Held at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the ISSDC brings in 250 high school students from nine countries to take part in an aerospace industry simulation. Their mission: form multinational teams of 60 in order to design a space settlement for 18,000 residents on the moon. This year, the Friday Harbor team joins forces with teams from Durango, Colorado, Lahore, Pakistan, Kolkata, India, Edinburgh, Scotland, and London, England. Combined, these

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SJPSF Funds Library Book Purchases for Friday Harbor Middle and High Schools

A message from the Library/Media Specialist at Friday Harbor Middle & High Schools: Dear SJPSF Board, Thank you for the most recent set of grants in support of the Friday Harbor Middle-High School library! The photo below shows many of the wonderful books that were purchased with the most recent grant. (Not all would fit in the photo!) These books will greatly enhance our poetry collection, including several award winning free verse novels. Books include such titles as “Earth Verse” (a book of haiku), “World Make Way” (poems inspired by art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art), “Bright Wings” (poems

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The 24th annual Knowledge Bowl was a big success!

The 24th annual Knowledge Bowl was a big success with Brent Snow emceeing the event and a packed audience of students, families, friends and teachers. The Friday Harbor High School Jazz Band opened the event as well as entertained the audience during intermission. And, the Friday Harbor Middle School PTA offered delicious baked goods throughout the evening. Teams made up of middle school and high school students went head to head with the Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary and Soroptimist to answer challenging questions on a wide range of topics.   This year Spring Street International School was invited to participate (and boy

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Another great Knowledge Bowl!

The Annual Knowledge Bowl was awesome! The 23rd Annual Knowledge Bowl was well-attended and always entertains, featuring MC Brent Snow. The participants were members of San Juan Island’s service clubs as well as 8th grade to senior students, who are required to quickly respond to questions ranging from the arts to science and math. This year, we are  happy to announce the junior/senior team WON! with the Rotary Club coming in second. The eight graders were the clear winners for choice of best costume when they raised their arms and revealed their Monarch Butterfly wings.

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Thank you!

Last month’s Phone-A-Thon – and you! – raised $90,000 … here’s more: Dear Community Members, The San Juan Public Schools Foundation acknowledges with gratitude the outpouring of support from local individuals and businesses during our annual Phone-A-Thon in October. Pledges from individuals and businesses through our Business Partnership program totaled over $90,000 for the 2015-2016 school year. All money earned goes directly to our public schools to purchase items that state funds do not cover, including art and music supplies, items for STEM courses, and other educational materials for children in all grades K-12. In an era of reduced state

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Thank you from the First Graders!

The first graders in Mrs. Sandwith’s class enjoyed writing for the first time in their Weekend Journals that was donated by the Foundation. Their job was to write at least three sentences about the weekend and then to illustrate. It will be a learning experience at the end of the year when the children have the opportunity to go back and see how much they have improved. Thank you!

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Graphing Calculators put to use in Friday Harbor High School

A “Thank You” follows from Beth Spaulding at Friday Harbor High School: The set of ten graphing calculators you purchased for the students in my classes are used on a daily basis. I have included two pictures of students using the calculators in Algebra 2. Thank you very much for providing this technology for the students. Your generous support of the students has now provided access to a calculator when needed and required by current math standards. Again – Thank You! Beth Spaulding, Friday Harbor High School

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FHMS ROV Team strikes gold again!

FHMS ROV Team strikes gold again! They took first place, for the second year in a row, in the Scout class at the MATE Pacific Northwest Regionals. Their winning entry was designed to accomplish a two-part mission: 1) Science under the ice and 2) Subsea pipeline inspection and repair. The FHHS team also competed strongly in the Ranger class and placed fourth. You can learn more about this exciting marine technology competition at http://pacificnorthwest.marinetech2.org. Showing off the trophy are Levi Doenges, Justin Ha and Matt McElrath

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