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

SchoolMessenger Provides Safe, Secure Messages to Students’ Families Communications system funded by Orcas Island Educational Foundation (OIEF)

— by Eric Webb, Orcas Island School District (OISD) — If you are an Orcas Island School District parent, you may recall hearing a lot from me (Superintendent Webb) back in February and March thanks to Orcas Island Education Foundation’s funding of the implementation of the SchoolMessenger grant! School Messenger … Continue reading

Thursday Evenings with School Music Free admission to all events

— from Sharon Ho — Awards and Festival honors have been lauded on our hardworking student Strings and Band groups at many off-island performances and competitions. Over the coming three Thursdays, from May 18, the music-loving Orcas community will enjoy the musical talent your support has created. These are wonderful … Continue reading

Leadership San Juan Islands Graduates 13th Class

— from Liz Illg — Leadership San Juan Islands is proud to announce there are eighteen new graduates of the five-month professional development course. Program Director Jennifer Rice and Board Chair Jim Hooper presided over the graduation exercise and potluck for well-wishers on May 5th. Dr. Danna Diaz, Superintendent of … Continue reading

School Board Sets Minimum Education Program Reductions in Staff modified by role re-assignments

–by Ayn Gailey —   The OISD School Board held a special meeting last week to adopt a “Minimum Educational Program” for 2017-2018 in response to the anticipated revenue decreases from the state. Resolution #2017-05 was created to address the fact, according to OISD, that: “Orcas Island School District does … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Lancaster Declines to Run Again for School Board May 19 Deadline for filing for School Board positions

— from Scott Lancaster — With much consideration and fretting, I have decided it best for family and health to not seek reelection. It has been a wonderful and rewarding experience serving the children and taxpayers of our community for the last 12 years. I especially want to thank my … Continue reading

Orcas Center Looking for Summer Intern

— from Susannah Weaver for Orcas Center — Marketing/Advertising Internship Opportunity Over the course of this internship, the Marketing/Advertising Intern will learn how various marketing channels including, print and electronic advertising, direct mail, website and social media can expand the audience of an arts organization. By working with the Marketing … Continue reading

Chamber Music Festival Welcomes Monique Mead Violin Professor to teach May 15-19; community master class on May 16

— from Linda Slone for Chamber Music Festival — Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival brings Carnegie Mellon University music professor Monique Mead to Orcas Island as Musician-in-Residence May 15 through 19. She will work with string players of all ages in the public school music program and at an Advanced … Continue reading

Inslee Signs Ranker’s Outdoor Preschool Pilot Bill

— from Dave Pringle for Senate Democratic Communications — Sen. Kevin Ranker’s bill to allow for outdoor preschools was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee today with supporters, teachers, and children in attendance. “I am very excited to create this opportunity to license full-time outdoor preschools, allowing children to learn and … Continue reading