Chelsea Leaves the School Garden for Adventure and Education

Colleen Stewart steps into her boots — by Madie Murray – We are saddened by Chelsea Cates leaving us, but so excited about the future she is planning for herself. She will soon be hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with her partner, Evan Allred, then returning to school to study … Continue reading

Guest Column: Coping with Dementia

— by Didier Gincig — Last Saturday, March 14th, Shelly Zylstra, from the Northwest Regional Council, visited the Orcas Island Senior Center to offer a wealth of information and insight to members of the Orcas community for a training about coping with dementia. There were thirty-four people in attendance during … Continue reading

Cardboard Camp for Grown Ups

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Saturday-Sunday, March 28-29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Make a cardboard portrait like this one for Clint Eastwood with artist and instructor Brook Meinhardt in a two-day workshop with cardboard (“Ordinary Material — Extraordinary Versatility”) as the medium in making portrait illustrations. The workshop will take place at Orcas Art Studios. Brook … Continue reading

ECE Initiative: Orcas Preschools Report Early Successes

 — by Margie Doyle – The first of many steps in establishing well-qualified preschool education for all Orcas children has been taken through the Early Childhood Education Initiative. In recent interviews, Orcas’ preschool directors and some parents talked about the first year of the three-year pilot project, the Early Childhood … Continue reading

Local Student Participating in Museum of Flight’s Aerospace Scholars Program

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– from Museum of Flight – Washington Aerospace Scholars Program provides opportunities for high school students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. Now in its ninth year, the Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) program is pleased to announce that the following student(s) from the Orcas Island School District are participating … Continue reading

Let’s Hear It for the Musical Marshmellows, Radioactive Pandas, and Candy Crushers!

– from Kristen Wilson – Two busloads of Orcas Island fifth through eighth grade music students returned from a regional music contest in Bellingham on February 7 with lots to be proud about. On the heels of Orcas High School’s outstanding performance at the regional contest in Bellingham, the younger … Continue reading

More than 100 Musicians Will Perform to Support School Music

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Sunday, March 1, 3 p.m., Orcas School’s Old Gym – from Kristen Wilson for MAG – The Music Advocacy Group’s (MAG) 18th annual benefit concert will bring adult and student Orcas Island musicians together in support of school music on Sunday, March 1, at 3 p.m. It is the single … Continue reading

Phase I Done! on School Bond Construction Project

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 — by Margie Doyle – Now that the crowbars and sledgehammers are demolishing the old Orcas Island School District’s middle school-cafeteria building, islanders can really see that  work is well underway on the reconstruction of the campus, approved with an $11.9 M bond vote in 2012. However, insiders — including … Continue reading

Orcas Kids Plant for the Planet

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– by Cara Russell and Margie Doyle – Twenty-three students from Orcas Island, Kirkland, Enumclaw and Seattle gathered with adult volunteers at Orcas Island School District on Saturday to “Plant for the Planet” and to learn about and become climate change “ambassadors.” After a brief slideshow presentation created by then … Continue reading