Students Treated to Private “Hidden Figures” Viewing

— by Lin McNulty — Orcas Middle and High School students were treated to a private showing of the new film “Hidden Figures” on Friday afternoon at Sea View Theatre. The movie reveals an incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at … Continue reading

Local Students Explore … Edible Insects

— from Russel Barsh — Are easily-grown insects such as crickets the sustainable food of the future? The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) thinks so, and promotes international research identifying edible insects and ways of raising them. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently granted hundreds of thousands … Continue reading

School Board Will Convene Special Monthly Meet on Thursday

Thursday, February 23, 4:30 p.m., School Library — from Cathy Ferran — Orcas Island School District Eastsound WA 98245 Notice of a Special (Monthly) Meeting Thursday, February 23, 2017 Agenda 4:30 PM CALL TO ORDER – REGULAR MEETING – School Library 1. Pledge of Allegiance *2. Approve Agenda *3. Approve … Continue reading

OPALCO Doubles Scholarship Amount Applications due March 31

— from Suzanne Olson — Applications are now being accepted for OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program. Thanks to the generosity of the family of Nourdine Jensen on San Juan Island, the OPALCO scholarship amount is doubled in 2017 to $1,000. In addition, Nourdine Jensen Scholars spend an all-expenses … Continue reading

Votes Favor Passage of School Bond and Add’l Fire Commissioner Still a "nail-biter" for School District

— by Margie Doyle — As of 8 p.m. on Feb. 14 Election Day, both the School District’s $8M bond measure and the Orcas Fire District’s increase in commissioners measure were favored by Orcas voters. However, the Orcas School District bond requires 60 percent approval; as of last night’s tally, … Continue reading

Pending Legislation to Create Health, Safety Rules for Outdoor Based Early Learning

— from Andrew Youngren — A Bipartisan Bill, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island), SB 5357, will develop health and safety rules for the growing number of outdoor preschools in Washington. If passed by the legislature, the Department of Early Learning will manage a pilot project to license outdoor preschools, … Continue reading

Farm to Cafeteria Program December-January 2017

— by Ashley Randall — K-5th grade Farm to Classroom: During the month of December, we practiced our cooking skills and discussed the importance of winter wellness. To start out the month, we made fresh applesauce from Orcas grown apples and pumpkin bread using pumpkins from our school garden. After … Continue reading

Schools Closed for Snow Day All school events cancelled for Orcas Island Public Schools

Eric Webb, Superintendent of Orcas Island School District announced this morning, Feb. 7, “Due to additional snow and ice overnight and unsafe road conditions, ALL schools will be closed today Tuesday, February 7, 2017 and all school events are cancelled both today and tonight.” Salmonberry School has also cancelled classes … Continue reading