The Island Is Alive With the Sound of Music Music Advocacy Group celebrates 20 years of supporting school music program

Sunday March 5, 3 p.m., Old School Gym — from Sharon Ho — Keeping music education in public school classrooms in today’s school budget climate is as challenging today as it was 20 years ago. That the Orcas Island School District has managed this since 1997 is even more of … Continue reading

Ranker Outdoor Early Learning Pilot Passes Senate

— from Dave Pringle, Senate Democratic Communications — A bill introduced by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, passed the state Senate [Tuesday] with bipartisan support. “This bill will help children get outside at an early age, letting them learn and thrive outdoors while preparing for their future,” Ranker said. “We’re … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Landslide Votes Enough to Run Bond Again An Open Letter to the Orcas Island School Board

— from Randall K. Gaylord — Dear School Board: Please submit the capital facilities bond proposal to the voters again in the next election, without change. Conventional thinking is to make a modification to a proposal before resubmitting it, but in this case that’s not necessary. Here’s why. You have gathered … Continue reading

Ranker on Immigration Rights, Outdoor Preschool, Education Sen. Ranker: Our values demand action to fully fund education

— from Dave Pringle, Senator Ranker’s Office — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released this statement [Monday]: Protecting Immigrants’ Rights Our values tell us to cherish and accept all people and protect the most vulnerable in our state, especially in the face of today’s national climate. Senate Democrats sponsored bills … Continue reading

Music in Every Student’s Reach on Orcas The 20th anniversary concert for school music

Sunday, March 5, 3 p.m., Old School Gym — from Sharon Ho for the Music Advocacy Group — Every first Sunday of March, for twenty straight years, there has been an Orcas Island musical tradition as reliable and affirming as the coming of spring. The annual Music Advocacy Group concert … Continue reading

State Commerce Dept. Awards Grant to Economic Development Council Funds for local marine-trades education program

— from Victoria Compton — The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) is pleased to announce the award of a Washington State Department of Commerce Work Start grant for a county-wide Marine Trades Education program, which will be run in partnership with Commerce, San Juan County, the Town of … Continue reading

Catkin Cafe Hosts Student Chef Winner

— from Ashley Randall — On February 3, Catkin Café hosted Orcas School’s Student Chef Winner, Theo Vaccarella, and six friends for a pasta making class. Theo won first place in the 2016 Student Chef Competition with his healthful and tasty garden meatball soup. Under the direction of Angela Emery, … Continue reading

Inslee Statement on White House Removing Protections for Transgender Students

— from Governor Inslee’s Communications Office — “I strongly oppose the Trump Administration’s reversal of federal protection for transgender students. Washington state will continue to be a place where all children can feel safe from discrimination, harassment or assault based on their gender identity. Our state’s law, the Anderson-Murray Act, passed … Continue reading

Vikings On the Road, and Streaming Locally at White Horse

— from Justin Paulsen, Vikings Booster Club — Vikings Basketball is on the road this weekend, and the Orcas Booster Club wants to make sure you don’t miss any of the action. Thanks to our incredible sponsors,  we are proud to be able to offer live-streaming of the Orcas v. … Continue reading

Education Funding Bill Passes House, Moves to Senate Statement from Governor Inslee

— from Tara Lee, Governor’s Office — Following passage in the state House of HB 1843: “Fulfilling the state’s paramount duty for all children through equitable and responsible investments in the state’s basic education program and reductions to local effort contributions,” Governor Jay Inslee released the following statement: “I appreciate … Continue reading

Under New Bill, Veterans Could Use Post-9/11 Benefits to Cover Higher-Ed Application Fees Reps. introduce bipartisan Reducing Barriers for Veterans Education Act of 2017

— from Erin Schneider, Rep. Larsen’s Office — Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Republican Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) are working to reduce the financial burden on veterans seeking higher education by making application fees eligible under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. “Veterans should not miss out on higher education because of … Continue reading

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