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  • Promote excellence, engaging every student, every day, through superior instruction, high expectations and academic content that is both challenging and individually relevant.

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  • FHHS Team Receives High Honors at Imagine Tomorrow Science Fair

    FHHS Team for Imagine Tomorrow

    Friday Harbor High School Team wins ‘Best Project from a Newly Competing Team’ at Washington State University’s Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow science fair competition.
    Over the weekend of May 18th – 20th, two teams from Friday Harbor High School competed in the Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow Science Fair at Washington State University. The Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow challenges 9th through 12th graders to seek new ways to support the transition to sustainability. Students research complex topics related to sustainability, then innovate technologies, designs, or plans to mobilize behavior. They forge connections in their communities and create positive change. In this competition, as in life, solutions are limited only by imagination.
    The two teams brought projects based on making Friday Harbor a better place in terms of food, energy, water and resources. Sander Van Hamersfeld, Emmett Carrier and Charlie Zehner developed a project looking at the possibilities of using computer controlled micro-farms to reduce the amount of produce that San Juan Island needed to import. Ayla Ridwan, Kai Di Bona and Raylee Miniken developed a project, with the help of Katie Flemming and Friends of San Juan as part of a Cool School Challenge through Opalco, that looked at how to make the high school and elementary school staff and students more energy conscious. Each group spent all day on Saturday presenting to engineers, managers, directors and other staff from Alaska Airlines, Boeing, Intron, Puget Sound Energy and other industry leaders. At the end of the day Ayla, Kai and Raylee’s work on energy use in Friday Harbor was selected as the “Best Project From a Newly Participating School’ in our congressional district. These students showed an amazing ability to communicate their idea, it’s importance and how it might impact our community. Students from the winning teams were awarded a cash prize, certificates of achievement and high praise from the judges on their projects.
    This is the 11th and final year of the competition at Washington State University and the students performed so well that both teams have expressed interest in developing their ideas further and bringing them to the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair next March as a qualifier for the Intel Science and Engineering Fair in 2019.
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  • Zach Crichton Shares His Poetry


    Zach Crichton, a sophomore at FHHS, has been writing poetry in his Creative Writing class. Zach is also a rabid Seahawks fan, and when he discovered that a player, Tyler Lockett is a spoken word poet, as well as an incredible athlete, he wrote this poem in response to Tyler’s 'Fly High’.


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  • SJIslanders' Tech Academy is OPEN!

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  • Special Education Newsletter

    Take a peek at the new Special Education Newsletter. The Spring edition is live now! 

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  • 2018-19 Academic Calendar Released

    The 2018-19 Academic calendar has been released. You can find it here to download and help with your planning for the next school year.

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  • Two SJISD Teachers Receive National Board Certification

    San Juan Island School District would like to recognize the recent success of two of our high achieving teachers, Friday Harbor Elementary School Teacher Diane Heller and Friday Harbor High School Teacher Kevin Cullen.  After the completion of a rigorous course of study, Ms. Heller and Mr. Cullen have each been awarded National Board Certification.


    Diane Heller has been certified as an Early Childhood Generalist and Kevin Cullen in Adolescent and Young Adult Mathematics.  These two well-respected teachers join Sam Garson (FHHS), Erin Bristow (FHMS) and Beth Spaulding (FHHS) as National Board Certified Teachers in the San Juan Island School District.


    National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide.  It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.


    The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards was launched in 1987. The goal is to create standards for high-quality teaching and to professionalize teaching through licensure, following the lead of fields like medicine, engineering, and architecture.   A decade of research shows Board-certified teachers positively impact student learning. For more information, please see their website:


    According to SJISD Superintendent Danna Diaz, “Congratulations to our new National Board certified teachers! You are joining over 112,000 National Board certified teachers who are transforming teaching and learning across the map in a myriad of methods! We are proud of your accomplishments!”


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