San Juan Island School District

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245 Blair Avenue - P.O. Box 458 - Friday Harbor, WA 98250 - Phone (360) 378-3292 - Fax (360) 378-2211
                                   Principal -  Rick Thompson
                                   Office Manager - Susan Stehn

August 14, 2013  

Dear Griffin Bay Families and Friends

As most of you know by now, our district has made some changes to Griffin Bay School.  I am excited about what the new year will bring.  First, we will have some staff changes.  Mrs. Cowden will be moving to California with her family.  Mrs. Bevens, who took a leave of absence for 2012-13 has resigned her position in the District, part of which was at Griffin Bay. 

Mrs. Stehn will continue to work as the Office Manager.  Mr. Troutman will be working at Griffin Bay and at Friday Harbor High School.  His assignment will be teaching English and Language Arts during periods 1 and 2.  Mr. Cullen, who teaches Math at Friday Harbor High School, will also teach math at Griffin Bay second period.  We are also reviewing the possibility of hiring more teaching staff.  I have been meeting with our staff members and I am excited about the commitment to the school and their dedication to helping all students succeed.  School hours will be 8:15-12:15 Monday through Friday.

The school will be moved about a block away to the former sixth grade wing located at Friday Harbor Middle School.  It is no longer economically feasible to pay for leased space when the District has classroom space that was not being used.  We will use the two rooms nearest the entrance to Griffin Bay on Park Street.  Parking is available on the street by the school.  The middle school is a wonderful facility.   

The format of the school will be much the same.  Students will be able to access online courses, as well as teacher-led courses at the school.  Many students will also take courses at Friday Harbor High School.  We will do our best to meet as many individual needs as possible.  The changes for the 2013-14 are positive and we look forward to working with you all.  I will meet with students and staff as the school year begins.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  I can be reached at 378-4133 and by email at

Best Regards,

Rick Thompson

Griffin Bay Principal/Superintendent