San Juan County Scholars Shine at Regional Co-op Leadership Camp

— from Krista Bouchey for OPALCO — Six San Juan County high-school students attended the Co-op Youth Rally at The College of Idaho as part of OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program. During the week-long leadership camp in July, four of the six students earned top scholarships ranging from … Continue reading

LEGO Mindstorm Kits to Teach Robotics at Library Learn to make robots move and perform

Fridays, July 21 – August 18, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Orcas Island Public Library — from Nita Couchman for Orcas Island Public Library — Orcas Island Public Library will be offering a program for youth patrons using the popular LEGO Mindstorms kit. The five-week program will give youth patrons the … Continue reading

Summer in the School Garden Farm to Cafeteria Program

— by Ashley Randall — The Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria program invites you to join us in the school garden this summer for Calendula salve making workshops and work-trade Wednesdays! Our first salve making workshop of the season is Saturday, July 15th at 11 am in the public school … Continue reading

School District Holds Public Hearing on State Education Budget How new formulae will affect local school still to be determined

— by Margie Doyle — Orcas Island School District Business Manager Keith Whitaker presented his initial analysis of the recent State Budget and its provisions for funding “Basic Education” in compliance with the McLeary Decision, in a written report at the Board’s Special Meeting on Tuesday, July 11. He responded … Continue reading

Inslee Signs Bill to Improve Basic Education Funding Fully funds education, but work is not over

— from Tara Lee, Office of the Governor — Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Thursday to create more equitable education opportunities for students in K-12 public schools, including changes to the way local districts fund their schools. The changes are in response to the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision, … Continue reading

Orcas School Board Ups Lunch Prices, Hears from Juvenile Court Rep. District receives nearly $63,000 in grant funding

— by Ayn Gailey — [Note: This article has been updated to clarify the school lunch price increase.]* Classes and graduation ceremonies may have wrapped, but the OISD School Board, none of whom take compensation for their services, keeps on working. At the June 22 regular board meeting, Principal Kyle … Continue reading

Orcas Man Paddles His Way To Alaska, Alone, On A Standup Paddleboard Karl Kruger treks solo 750 miles from Port Townsend to Ketchikan

— from Northwest Public Radio — Here’s what your sporty friends should be talking about today. An Orcas Island, Washington, man is the first person to complete the Race to Alaska on a standup paddleboard. He stroked 750 miles solo from Port Townsend up the Inside Passage, crossing the finish … Continue reading

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

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