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Superintendent's Letter

  • Spring 2019

    Dear Fabulous Community Members, It is so nice to see that spring has finally arrived with warmer weather and flowers blooming. In the schools, lots of blooming has been happening, too. To start, our arts programs both Band and Fine Arts have had stellar accomplishments. Our Art students placed four of the eight winning entrants in the Northwest ESD regional competition and two of eight at the State level competition. Band programs earned Superior ratings in their concert competitions. Although the students created these wins, special kudos must go out to their teachers, Andy Anderson and Cart Nelsen for the inspiring instruction and mentorship that led both groups to such high honors. Truly amazing work from our small high school!

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What's Happening at SJISD?

  • FHHS Aerospace Team Invited to World Finals for International Space Settlement Design

    May 16, 2019

    Aerospace Team


    The Friday Harbor High School Aerospace Design Team has just received results from the qualifying round of the International Space Settlement Design Competition. Based on the judges' evaluation of our work, Friday Harbor produced one of the top four design proposals in North America and are now invited to the World Finals held at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in late July.


    Over two months this winter, The FHHS Aerospace Team (known as Island Orbital Technologies, or IOTech) labored over a forty-page design proposal of a space settlement capable of capturing and adjusting the orbit of an asteroid. The design team was lead by returning team members Lucy Urbach, Joely Loucks, Arlo Harold, Brandon Payne, and Evan Foley among others.


    I am extremely proud of the focus, determination, and time poured into this proposal. FHHS students put thousands of work-hours into this project and now look forward to presenting their work to the public as well as preparing to compete for a world championship title at NASA.


    We are grateful to the FHHS Aerospace Design class for their combined contributions as well as the critical evaluation and technical expertise of Mike Loucks, Wade Guidry, Ross Lockwood, and John Carrier. Furthermore, we also grateful for the past support of San Juan Island School District, The Public Schools Foundation, San Juan Island Rotary, and the Lions and Leos clubs of Friday Harbor, without whose support we would not be where we are today.


    This year’s proposal design would not have been possible without following students:

    Systems Engineering: Lucy Urbach (also publication layout)

    Structural Engineering: Arlo Harold, Nick Herko, Evan Foley, Julian Brown, Jonah Strasbourger, Bailee Lambright

    Operations and Infrastructure: Brandon Payne, Emma Mughal, Henry Duke, Aidan Shannon, Emmett Carrier, Satchel Pieples, Ryker Mattox

    Human Factors: Hannah VanEvery, Sander VanHamersfeld, Nick Copley, Weston Swirtz, Nate Clarke

    Automations Engineering: Joely Loucks, Hank Erickson, Darcy Ayers, Liz Cruz, Gavin Flaum, Luke Waite

    Business and Marketing: Ally Pauls, Payton Malloy, Keegan Bailey, Jaden Jones, Octavio Olvera

    Imaging: Aida Must, Tori Polda, Keegan Bailey

    Aerospace Literature and Design is taught and coached by Daniel Garner.


    FHHS Principal Fred Woods said, “This is the second year in a row our aerospace team has made it to the world finals. This says much about the quality of our students as well as the dedication of our teacher, Dan Garner. Congratulations to all!”     


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    FHHS Visual Art Students Win Big at the NWESD Regional High School Art Competition and Scholastics Arts and Writing Awards

     Friday Harbor High School Art Awards


    Friday Harbor High School art students dominated Northwest Educational Service District 189 Regional Art Competition in Anacortes. During the awards ceremony on Friday March 15th our students won 4 out of the 8 top awards, and earned $4,000 in art scholarships. Winning half of the total awards in our district is impressive considering our students have to compete against 4A schools who are much larger and allowed to enter more pieces.


    (Directly from OSPI’s website) The Superintendent's High School Art Show is an annual event co-hosted by OSPI and the Washington Art Education Association (WAEA). High school students from all nine of the state's educational service districts (ESDs) participate in this artistic celebration each year. The finalists from these regional ESD shows are invited to participate in the Superintendent's High School Art Show.


    Out of the four students who entered artwork three students were awarded scholarships. Soma Andrews received $2,000, and Annamarie Thomas and Lucas Chevalier both received $1,000 scholarships. Their work moves onto The Superintendent’s High School Art Show in Olympia were they will compete against the regional winners from the entire state.


    In addition to the NWESD Regional High School Art Competition two FHHS students won Silver Awards at the Washington State’s Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. Soma Andrews and Katie Place attended the awards ceremony with their families at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Their art was on display in the gallery along with other award winning pieces.     


    Andrew Anderson, FHHS Visual Art instructor, stated “I’m extremely proud of our young artists and the amazing images they create. Their hard work and dedication has earned them the distinction of being among the top high school artists in Washington State. I am confident they will do well at the state competition in Olympia.” 



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