3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Special School Board Meeting - District Office, 285 Blair Ave
Greetings Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members: As 2017 comes to a close, I am excited to share some of the amazing things happening in our district. The implementation of the Balanced Literacy program at the elementary school is in full swing, the Turnbull Gym locker room remodel is complete and we have started our budget reduction process. The San Juan Island Public School Foundation had a successful Phone-a-Thon and we are all looking forward to the SJPSF sponsored Knowledge Bowl in the New Year. At our last board meeting, we welcomed two new board members; Sarah Werling Sandwith and Barbara Bevens. We also said farewell to Director Brent Snow. Brent served eight years on the school board and he will be missed. Please help me welcome Sarah and Barbara. Did you know...
On December 4, it was announced publicly at the District One meeting that our Athletic Director, Rod Turnbull, was awarded the District 1 Athletic Director of the Year Award by his District One colleagues. Rod has been an athletic director for fourteen years.
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) is split into 9 Districts. All high schools from the Shoreline School District North to the Canadian Border represent District One.
The Washington Secondary School Athletic Administrators Association (WSSAAA) conference will be held on April 24 in Spokane and the district and state awards will be awarded.
FHHS Principal, Fred Woods commented, "Rod consistently displays leadership roles in his association and is an advocate for rural school districts. He manages island athletics very well while keeping the focus on academics." There are a number of people writing recommendations letters to support Rod for the state award. Congratulations, Rod!
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: http://www.nbpts.org/
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!”
Photo left to right: Zach Fincher, LEO Club, BJ Brandli, Lions club, Karen Meenan, SJPSF, Rich Meenan, SJPSF, Darlene Clark, FHES Teacher, Diane Ball FHES Principal
The LEO Club, a youth service club affiliated with the San Juan Island Lions Club presented two donation checks to the San Juan Public School Foundation (SJPSF) in support of literacy at the Friday Harbor Elementary School and art at the Friday Harbor High School.
The San Juan Public Schools Foundation helps supplement state and federal funding to provide a quality education for our island’s children through supporting the public schools with materials and supplies.
On December 4th, the LEO Club surprised SJIPS President Rich Meenan with a targeted donation of $600.00 in support of a mini-grant request submitted to the SJIPSF by the 2nd grade teachers. This mini-grant was for the purchase of leveled reading books for grades K-2 at Friday Harbor Elementary School. In addition, a check for $350.00 was presented by the LEOs for on-going art supply needs at the high school.
The LEO's gift came from a discussion between San Juan Island Public School Foundation member Krista Mattox, and Lions Club member BJ Brandli. When Mrs. Brandli heard about this funding need, she passed the information to the LEO Club.
LEO Club President Zach Fincher pounced on the opportunity. Every year in May the LEOs hold a “Golf Scramble” as a fundraiser at the San Juan Golf and Tennis Club for the money to address local needs. This coming May will be their 12th year ‘scrambling” for philanthropy. “LEO” stands for Leadership, Equality, and Opportunity.
LEO Co-advisors BJ Brandli and John Bostrom are delighted with their young pride. Leos members include President Zach Fincher (Sr.), Vice President Finoula Bourne (Soph.), Secretary Kiana Woods (Sr.), and Treasurer Lucy Urbach (Jr.). in all, there are currently 31 high school members of the LEOS club,
According to Ms. Brandli, “Doing good things is what the LEO Club is all about. We contribute time, labor, and money to our community. In short, we fulfill our motto: We Serve.”
SJIPSF President Rich Meenan stated, “The LEO Club is a great example of local students serving their community. Their generous donations will help our 2nd graders learn to read as well as advance the school arts program. We thank the LEO Club for their contributions and applaud them for their community spirit!”