San Juan Island School District

Dear FHES Families,                                                                                                 August 21, 2013


I am excited and honored to introduce myself as the new principal of Friday Harbor Elementary School.  My experiences teaching in the small community of Conway and serving as assistant principal in the large and diverse community of Marysville have provided me with a wide range of experiences and opportunities that have prepared me to serve as the Friday Harbor Elementary School Principal. 


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 received professional development in the areas of developing learning targets as influenced by the SIOP Model and training using the 6+Traits Writing program.  Staff will also be working with the new Teacher and Principal Evaluation Program (TPEP) throughout the year. 


Be sure to check out the new siding, windows, and student restroom (main hall) installed over the summer, they look great!


Important dates to note are:

August 28                    Open House for all grades from 2:00PM-3:00PM

August 29                    First Day of School

September 2               Labor Day Holiday

September 10             Back-To-School Night for Grades 5 and 6 from 6:00PM-7:00PM

September 12             Picture Day

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

September 17             Back-To-School Night for Grades K-2 from 6:00PM-7:00PM


I am grateful for this opportunity to get to know and 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