A big Phone-A-Thon THANK YOU!!!

The Phone-a-Thon, held on October 7th & 8th, was awesome! We brought in $42,000 in pledges this year. As they say, “It takes a village!” Thank you to this amazing community! Volunteer students, parents, and educators spent hours at our call center this year. A big thanks to them as well! The generous support of islanders has enabled the organization to continue supporting education on San Juan Island in numerous ways. With these funds, the Public Schools Foundation will help keep our local elementary, middle and high schools in the upper echelon of the state. Some examples of recent Public Schools

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FHHS Art Student Alaina Scheffer wins State Art Competition

Senior Alaina Scheffer (’14) impressed judges at the 41th Annual OSPI Superintendent’s High School Art Show. Alaina’s two art pieces both won accolades, including Judge’s Choice Award and the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Choice Award after winning, overall, the Superintendent’s High School Art Show Competition. This is quite a feat when you consider that the judges are selecting the best work from all of the regional winners from the entire state. Alaina’s submissions, along with artwork by Ellery Von Dassow, were originally selected to represent the Northwest ESD 189 region covering five different counties (16% Washington State’s K-12 public school

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STEM Program continues to grow

In summer 2013,  the Washington State Legislature granted the San Juan Island School District a $1 million dollar capital gift to renovate the vocational/technology building behind Friday Harbor High School. The project is on schedule for a 2015 opening – here’s more about the program: The San Juan Island School District has been named one of five STEM Lighthouse Districts by the State of Washington via a state-wide competition. The Lighthouse designation acknowledges that these districts have developed the best  STEM programs in the State. As a STEM Lighthouse, our mission will be to serve as a resource and example of best

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Hitting the high notes…

In February the Friday Harbor High School Jazz Band participated in the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho. Both the Friday Harbor High School full jazz band and a six-member jazz combo performed for adjudication. 130 schools attended the 4-day event. Over two thousand students participated and 200 soloists were recognized. Among those recognized were three Friday Harbor High School soloists who were awarded “Noteworthy Recognition” designations by the judges: Guthrie Burnett-Tison, for his flute solo in Chick Corea’s Spain; Grace Willows, for her clarinet solo in Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man; and Nelson Wynn, for his guitar

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Where does the money go?

Last year, the Foundation dispersed a little over $104,000 to programs throughout the school district. Wondering where the money was allocated? Here’s a rundown of the Foundation’s efforts to improve the District’s offerings for our students. (Click here for the PDF!)

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