San Juan Island School District

Dear FHES Families,                                                                                        August 25, 2014


I am excited to return as your elementary school principal for another year of learning and growing together.  Based upon my observations and interactions with the staff at FHES, I can sincerely say that your children are in the hands of the best professionals for receiving a high quality, individualized, and compassionate education. 


Foundational beliefs from which I base decisions include:

  • Every student possesses yet to be discovered talents,
  • All students want to learn and think at rigorous and challenging levels,
  • We need to provide each student with a vision of his or her best self,
  • Teacher skills and enthusiasm are the most important influences of student achievement,
  • The power of presuming positive intent,
  • Demonstrating respect for all members of the learning community,
  • Patience and humor are critical attributes to work successfully with others,
  • It is up to the building leader to set the tone for a respectful, trusting climate, and
  • Trust is fundamental to the success of all organizations.


In preparation of this new school year, your children’s teachers have participated in professional development with the Common Core State Standards in math and English language arts, and the new Teacher and Principal Evaluation Program (TPEP) with a focus on differentiating instruction to accelerate the learning of every student. 


Our teachers have been preparing their classrooms to welcome your children to an engaging, energizing, and exciting new year! Thank you to Bob Carroll and Kelly Schmidt for all their work preparing our facility.  Please stop by the office to meet our new office manager, Kristie Jacoby, and see the reconfiguration of office staff workstations designed to promote an open, welcoming environment to FHES. 


Important dates to note are:

August 27                    Open House for all grades from 2:00PM-3:00PM

August 28                    First Day of School

September 1               Labor Day Holiday

September 9               Back-To-School Night for Grades 5 and 6 from 6:00PM-7:00PM

September 11             Back-To-School Night for Grades 2/3 Split, 3 and 4 from 6:00PM-7:00PM

September 16             Back-To-School Night for Grades K-2 from 6:00PM-7:00PM

September 23             Picture Day: K-3


September 24             Picture Day: 4-6



I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the staff, students and families of Friday Harbor Elementary School.  Please feel free to contact me at 370-7309 or email




Diane Ball