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

Farm to Cafeteria participates in “Taste Washington Day” Local farms provide daily sustenance at school

— by Ashley Randall — On October 5th, the WSDA Farm to School and the Washington School Nutrition Association partnered to sponsor “Taste Washington Day,” an annual celebration of Washington grown foods served in school meals. The Orcas Island School District was one of forty districts signed up to participate … Continue reading

Orcas Public School’s Farm to Cafeteria Program in September

— by Ashley Randall — During our first week back to Farm to Classroom (K-5th), we tasted and painted with beets! We gathered around a large bed of beets, and examined the vegetable’s leaves and colorful stalks. Upon harvesting the root vegetable, we identified the three varieties and examined the … Continue reading

School Music Program Supporters Have Their Say at Board Meeting School finances in good shape; teachers retained; gift policies discussed

— by Margie Doyle — Members of the community spoke of the need and benefits of an adequate classroom to accommodate the growing School Strings Music Program, at the regular Orcas Island School District (OISD) board meeting on Thursday, Aug. 25. Before nearly a dozen people made their comments, School … Continue reading

Entering Phase III: School District Starts Community Discussions Meetings on Aug. 15 and 16: presentation, discussion, tour, discussion. More meetings planned

— by Margie Doyle, updated Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. — Should the Orcas Island School District (OISD) ask the community to support a bond for improvements? But before deciding, what improvements are we talking about? The public was presented with a beginning draft of eight projects that might be … Continue reading

Phase III School Bond Discussion Meeting in School Cafeteria Monday & Tuesday to discuss modernization

— from the Orcas Island School District — Modernization: Phase III, August 15th and 16th, 2016 Schedule: 9 a.m. – Introductions and Welcome (School Cafeteria) Goals o Community Input o Create Schedule o Create Project Needs History of Work: Phase II Scope Overview of work just completed: o Middle School … Continue reading

A Mediterranean Meal in the School Cafeteria

— by Ashley Randall — Last Wednesday in the public school’s cafeteria, over 300 plates went from full to empty throughout the lunch hour. Rosario Resort’s Executive Chef Raymond Southern acted as our third and final Celebrity Chef of the school year. Wearing a clean chef coat and a smile, … Continue reading

Orcas School Board: from Montessori to Football

Vikings foresee fielding football this fall — by Margie Doyle– At the Orcas Island School District (OISD) meeting on  Feb. 25,  a charming duo of elementary Montessori students thanked the school board. One, Scarlett Coffey said that she valued her Montessori public school education because “I understand the way the … Continue reading

F2C Program Visited by Cascade Culinary Students

 — by Madie Murray, Farm to Cafeteria Committee — We had the honor of being visited by nine students from the Cascade Culinary Institute located in Bend, Oregon recently. The group was led by Chef Julian Darwin who put together the journey that also included visits to The Willows on … Continue reading