At a Special School Board Meeting/Public Hearing on Thursday, May 18, 2017, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors took action to approve the proposed transition of the 6th grade from Friday Harbor Elementary School to Friday Harbor Middle School.
According to Dr. Danna Diaz, Superintendent of Schools, “The sixth grade committee presented to the board in January and provided the rationale of why they support the move up. The District postponed the decision until now due to our legislative session and the education funding formula.”
The Board of Directors was pressed to make a decision even though the legislature is still in special session as school districts have a legal deadline to finish the development of a district-wide budget for 2017-18. Rationale for the move included Increased access to age appropriate resources, such as science materials, access to STEM, library resources, a school counselor, and an intervention specialist. The move would help the two schools to utilize the space more effectively which directly impacts safety, education, and social/emotional well-being.
Moving the 6th grade is in alignment with the San Juan Island School District’s Mission Statement; “Promote excellence, engaging every student, every day, through superior instruction, high expectations and academic content that is both challenging and individually relevant.”
Greetings Teachers, Staff, Parents, Students, and Community Members: On Saturday, June 10, I participated in the graduation ceremony of the Class of 2017. They were rising juniors when I started my position two years ago. The accomplishments of these talented young men and women are obvious and highlighted by the number of scholarships that were distributed by our community organizations. As the superintendent of schools, I am proud of each and every graduate. Congratulations on your success! I would also like to personally thank the community organizations for their dedication by helping finance our students’ college careers. You are amazing! The following are just a few of our accomplishments for the 2016-17 school year:
Friday Harbor High School’s Turnbull Gym Locker Room Remodel
to begin April 12, 2017
April 5, 2017
San Juan Island School District is excited to announce the start of the Turnbull Gym locker room remodel. The demolition and construction phase of the long awaited re-model and refurbishment of the Turnbull Gym locker rooms will officially begin on Wednesday, April 12th. This project is scheduled to be completed by the middle of August so that it does not interfere with next year’s curriculum or sport schedules.
The Turnbull Gym remodel bid was awarded to H.B. Hansen Construction, Inc., from Lynden Washington.
After April 12th gym access will be limited to the weight room area for weight training classes only. Island Rec activities that are usually scheduled for Turnbull Gym will continue in the Friday Harbor High School’s Hall Gym. Middle School and High School PE classes will take place also in Hall Gym or outside during favorable weather. During inclement spring weather, high school Baseball and Fastpitch practice will take place in Hall Gym as well.
Ralph Hahn, SJISD Board Chair, said, “We are looking forward to completing the Turnbull Gym Locker room remodel. The district is very thankful to the community for support for this project through the Capital and Technology Levy.”
Questions may be directed to Garret Holmes, SJISD Facility Manager, (360) 370-7902.