3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Special School Board Meeting - District Office, 285 Blair Ave
The Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor, in collaboration with the Friday Harbor Film Festival, San Juan Island School District, and the San Juan Community Theatre are pleased to announce the screening of “Dolores”, the autobiographical documentary of Dolores Huerta, on January 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the San Juan Community Theatre. The film is directed by Peter Bratt and produced by Carlos Santana. This is a FREE community event, with limited seating available on a first come first served basis. The film will be followed by a Q&A session with Ms. Huerta.
Ms. Huerta was an equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers union with Cesar Chavez, and a life-long advocate for the rights of others. Dolores Huerta is among one of the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. Her contributions have gone largely
unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez. At the age of 87, she continues to advocate for social justice and human rights to this day. The Dolores Huerta Foundation is a grass-roots community organization dedicated to creating networks of healthy, organized communities pursuing social justice. The DHF creates leadership opportunities for community organizing, leadership development, civic engagement, and policy advocacy. For more information about the DHF, go to http://doloreshuerta.org/
Mayor Farhad Ghatan and the Town of Friday Harbor will issue a proclamation designating January 29, 2018 as “Dolores Huerta Day”, to coincide with Ms. Huerta’s visit to Friday Harbor.
The organizing committee also gives special thanks to sponsors Kenmore Air and San Juan Inn Island Collection for underwriting a portion of the travel expenses for Ms. Huerta.
Review the trailer of Dolores the Movie
January 4, 2017
By proclamation of the governor, January is School Board Recognition Month. It’s a great time to recognize our elected community members who selflessly give their time and energy in support of high-quality public schooling for our youth. School board members in San Juan Island School District are entrusted by this community with responsibility for an annual budget of $11 million, 768 students, 112 employees and 7 buildings.
School boards are charged with making decisions that can sometimes be quite difficult, or require sifting through a great deal of information. They also bear responsibility for developing a vision that will guide the school district for years to come. Through collaboration as a team, and with school district staff, their governance and advocacy are building the future of education in Washington state.
This January, we’re encouraging all members of the community to thank a board member. Please thank them for volunteering their time and playing a critical civic role that helps form the bedrock of our democracy - public education. As a crucial bridge between the local community and the school district, their efforts are instrumental in helping all of us realize the hopes and dreams we have for the children of our community.
The men and women serving the San Juan Island School District and their years of service are:
Sarah Werling Sandwith, Position #1, elected November 2017
Barbara Bevens, Position #2, elected November 2017
Ralph Hahn, Position #3, six years of service
John Kurtz, Position #4, two years of service
Jack McKenna, Position #5, six years of service
For more information about the San Juan Island School District School Board, visit www.sjisd.wednet.edu/domain/331
Thank you for your support.
Danna Diaz, Ph.D.
San Juan Island School District
November and December 2017
This is the first of a regular installment of San Juan Island School District School Board school board meeting recaps.
Highlights of the November 29, 2017 School District Board of Directors regular meeting:
Highlights of the December 6, 2017 School District Board of Directors special meeting:
Highlights of the December 20, 2017 School District Board of Directors regular meeting:
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!
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...
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!”