Guest Column: The Graduation Tradition Continues Islanders welcome graduating seniors with full hearts, scholarships and laughter

— by Kathi Ciskowski — Cheering crowds, 28 elated graduates, music, officials, awards (both monetary and academic), caps and gowns, adoring teachers, and a surprise visit from the recently departed Orcas Island renegade bear, all were present at the Graduation Ceremony for the Orcas Island High School class of 2017 … Continue reading

High School Scholars In Their Own Words Orcas High's Valedictorian and Salutatorians Represent Us

— by Ayn Gailey, updated June 20 at 1:30 p.m. — What better way to send off our top Orcas Island seniors than subjecting them to an island version of the historic Proust Questionnaire? In their own words. . . VALEDICTORIAN: EMMA HEIKKINEN Valedictorian Emma Heikkinen, Editor-in-Chief of The Viking … Continue reading

Upcoming Bond: Needs Over Wants School Board Special Meeting

–by Ayn Gailey — After months of collecting community feedback, the School Board held a special meeting on Wednesday, June 14, to hear more input and make a decision on what to do about the bond that did not pass in February. The Board heard from bond consultant Trevor Carlson, … Continue reading

Grange Project Provides Words For Thirds Free dictionaries for third graders

— by Lin McNulty — Third graders at Salmonberry School and Orcas Christian School were each recently presented with a Scholastic Children’s Dictionary as part of a nationwide Grange project. The Grange Words for Thirds program is in support of The Dictionary Project. The Dictionary Project is a non-profit charitable organization … Continue reading

OASIS Students Graduate on Saturday

Saturday, June 10, 2 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall — from Anne Ha for OASIS Alternative School — Come celebrate the accomplishments of our OASIS Alternative School graduates. This year we recognize local students Adia Dolan, Avigayil Klein, James McCaull, and Robert McCaull, as well as Jameson Cook, Josée Pacheco, … Continue reading

Native Plants Find New Home in School Garden Grant from Garden Club nurtures school garden

— from Ashley Randall — Cascade Penstemon, Flowering Red Currant, Kinnikinnick, Sea Blush.  Do you know the three things all these plants have in common?  Go ahead, read ‘em again and think about it. You got all three? Okay, let’s see if we came up with the same answers: 1. … Continue reading

Democrats and Republicans Each Offer School Funding Plans

— from Washington House Democrats — Democrats and Republicans have endorsed competing plans to fund education and satisfy the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision. Both sides agree additional revenue sources are needed to meet the state’s obligations. But the two plans vary greatly in the total amount of new investments … Continue reading

6th Graders to Join Middle School Adding numbers to Middle School will improve collaboration and integration

Informational Meeting for parents on Wednesday, May 31 at 6 p.m. in the school library — by Margie Doyle — Orcas Island School District administration and teachers are excited at the prospect of the 6th grade class joining the Middle School beginning next September. The new structure has been in … Continue reading

School Board: Progress, Pro-Activity at the Fore New school board candidates Joshua Culp and Diane Boerstler present at May meeting

— by Ayn Gailey — Let’s face it, monthly Orcas Island School District (OISD) board meetings are not the hot ticket on the island. It’s normal to not see any citizens or parents even attend. This month’s meeting on May 25, however, was attended by more citizens than usual, including … Continue reading