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Knowledge Bowl – March 6th!

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Attention, Islanders!

It’s time for the 23rd Annual Knowledge Bowl! Think island-style Jeopardy! Fun, laughs, root for your favorite team! Will it be the Lions, 8th and 9th graders, Kiwanis, 10th graders, Rotary, 12th graders, or the Soroptimists? Come enjoy the bake sale by the FHHS PTO while they battle it out! 

Monday, March 6th – doors open at 6:30 ! Tickets at the door-$5 adults, $3 under 18, with 6 and under free – all proceeds go to support your schools!  Fun for the whole family!

 

San Juans STEM Center: an update

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Instructors thoroughly went through Dr. Bruce Nyden’s Tesla with three classes of students.

This update was prepared for SJPSF by Derek Smith

The San Juan Island School District’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program is wrapping up its 2015-16 academic year. We’re already planning for the coming years after many successes from the K-12 students, including teams competing in the state-wide Orca Bowl at UW and others demonstrating their underwater vehicles at FHL’s annual Open House.

Formal classes offered in the first year have included: Materials Engineering using 3D printers and industry-standard Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software; Robotics using Vex, Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), and quadcopters to cover land, air, and sea; Digital Photography using DSLR still and video cameras as well as Photoshop and FinalCut Pro editing software; Video Game Design and Programming using Unity platform to create novel games, and Automotive Foundations spanning generations of 1960s, 70s, and 80s combustible engines to hybrid vehicles and even the all-electric Tesla and Nissan Leaf.

The high school students enrolled in these courses have been exposed to high-level academic concepts and principles and participated in engaging and innovative experiential learning opportunities.

Although the STEM Center was designed to facilitate regular school day classes for Friday Harbor High School (FHHS) students across all grades, we strive to engage K-12 students in all San Juan Island schools in after-school programs and independent study opportunities every day. FHHS students recently competed for the 16th year in the regional National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) competition held at the Aquatic and Fishery Science department at the University of Washington. The Navigator Class ROV team competed in the regional Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) competition in May, led by two-time MATE champion and Spring Street International School student Matthew McElrath.

We’ve also formed an independent mobile application coding team and are preparing to build our first District app across all mobile operating platforms. Friday Harbor Elementary and Middle School students are currently involved in after-school Robotics Club, Arduino programming, and designing and building ROVs and competing in the MATE competition in the Scout Class. They’ve even partnered with Switch Vehicles in California to build a full-size, street legal, all-electric vehicle with 25 middle school students, the island’s first electric vehicle design and build team, including students from Paideia Classical School.

The passing of the recent island levy also means we’ve already started planning the new Elementary School STEM Center, a sister facility to the current STEM facility at Friday Harbor High School. The addition of this amazing resource will lead to our vision of true K-12 vertical alignment across all disciplines.

In addition to offering the same courses for the coming 2016-17 academic year, we’re also excited to add a Marine Biology course which will build the foundation for an after-school Scientific Diving Course in partnership with Friday Harbor Laboratories and the Diving Safety Program at the University of Washington, an Aquaculture course highlighting oyster cultures in partnership with the Westcott Bay Shellfish Company, and a Renewable Resources course including alternative energy design and production and the latest in wearable technologies.

It’s a very exciting time for our island K-12 students! If you’d like to get involved, feel free to drop by the STEM Center anytime!

Time for the Phone-A-Thon! October 17th & 18th!

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The San Juan Public Schools Foundation will hold its annual Phone-A-Thon on Monday, October17th, and Tuesday October 18th, from 4 to 8:00 pm. During this time, volunteer students, parents, faculty and members of the community will be calling to ask for your support.

CALLERS ARE NEEDED! If you would like to volunteer at the Phone-A-Thon, please call Nancy at 317-1755 for information.

The Foundation is a group of volunteer parents, educators, business leaders, and community sponsors who raise money to make a difference in the classrooms of our school children. They work year-round on projects that put 100% of the proceeds from the Phone-A-Thon, the Knowledge Bowl, the Business Partnership Program and other activities back into the classrooms at our public elementary, middle and high schools.

Science comes alive, with this ROV vehicle, constructed by STEM students, supported by SJPSF funds!

Science comes alive, with this ROV vehicle, constructed by STEM students, supported by SJPSF funds!

We hope that the community will respond generously again for our kids. Quality education is everybody’s business.Our schools been recognized in the areas of marine science, robotics, athletics, drama and art, through awards, competitions and highly acclaimed performances. The students’ continued excellence in AP testing has also been acknowledged.

The new STEM Center will promote science, technology, engineering and math education.

Anyone wanting to support our program can send a donation to the San Juan Public Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 1452, Friday Harbor, WA 98250.

Volunteers are needed to help with calling - sign up today!

Volunteers are needed to help with calling – sign up today!

Here comes the Knowledge Bowl!

The teams gather to tackle the tricky questions...

The teams gather to tackle the tricky questions…

The 22nd annual Knowledge Bowl will be held on Monday, February 8, at the Community Theatre. Our fabulous Friday Harbor Jazz Band will begin performing at 6:30 and the FH Middle School PTA will be offering baked treats in the lobby before and during the event. There will be raffle items during intermission as well.

The competition begins at 7 PM. Teams consist of the 8 graders, a team of freshmen/sophomores, and one of 11th and 12th graders, going head to head with 4 local service group teams: Kiwanis, Soroptimists, Lions, and Rotary. Groups will match wits to answer tricky questions on a range of topics. The event is emceed this year again by Brent Snow, School Board member, with entertainment during intermission by the Jazz Band.

The Knowledge Bowl is presented each year by the San Juan Public Schools Foundation. Through its main fundraising events, the Phone-a-Thon and Business Partnership Program in the school directory, the Foundation this year has donated over $100,000 to supplement our local public education needs!

Tickets for this fun family event are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for kids, and are available at the door the night of the event. Come and cheer on your favorite team!

SJPS Foundation receives $25,000 STEM Grant

ig_Honeywells-001The San Juan Public Schools Foundation has received a substantial grant for equipment, curriculum and professional development for the new STEM Building at FHHS. The grant comes from The Honeywell Charitable Fund of The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region in Virginia. Dave and Nancy Honeywell, directors of the Fund and residents of San Juan Island, came from the Fredericksburg area of Virginia.

SJPSF Treasurer Jim Skoog and past President Nancy Young wrote the grant for consideration by the Honeywells and their Community Foundation. Working closely with SJISD Superintendent Danna Diaz, FHHS/FHMS Principal Fred Woods as well as District staff, a list of important equipment needs as well as some new curriculum were developed and incorporated into the grant.

The STEM facility opened its doors in March 2015, with the first STEM classes already underway – a video game design and coding class that will pave the way for intermediate and advanced coding and design classes to include mobile app development across multiple platforms and devices. Frameworks were developed for submission to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for a new series of STEM classes that have begun this Fall Semester.

These classes include: Materials Engineering, using 3D printers and other computer-controlled manufacturing techniques; Robotics Foundations, including designing and building aerial drones and remotely-operated underwater vehicles; Automotive Foundations, a course providing insights into classic combustion engines through to hybrid and electric vehicle design; Digital Photography, using everything from iPhone cameras to professional DSLRs; Social Media Marketing, to highlight personal and organizational branding of the amazing opportunities the STEM program will create.

The STEM program promises to be a wonderful creative laboratory where the students can bring their wildest dreams to life and help provide solutions to our local, regional, and national communities.

With these funds the Public Schools Foundation will help keep our elementary, middle and high schools in the upper echelon of the state rankings. We have been granting to the San Juan Island School District for twenty years with more grants to come as our educators find there are many needs beyond existing funding by State and Federal sources. Some examples of recent Public Schools Foundation grants include support for math, social studies and art programs.

Purchasing textbooks, supplies and other crucial educational materials are what your donations make possible. You will hear about some of these success stories at the annual Knowledge Bowl to be held early next year. Please come and help us all celebrate excellence in the classroom here on San Juan Island.

Thank you!

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Last month’s Phone-A-Thon – and you! – raised $90,000 … here’s more:

Dear Community Members,

The San Juan Public Schools Foundation acknowledges with gratitude the outpouring of support from local individuals and businesses during our annual Phone-A-Thon in October. Pledges from individuals and businesses through our Business Partnership program totaled over $90,000 for the 2015-2016 school year.

All money earned goes directly to our public schools to purchase items that state funds do not cover, including art and music supplies, items for STEM courses, and other educational materials for children in all grades K-12. In an era of reduced state funding, community support is critical to the ability of our public schools to sustain their pursuit of excellence. Once again, our community has risen to the occasion, and our children thank you for your support.

Most sincerely,

Your San Juan Public Schools Foundation

The Phone-A-Thon: October 12th & 13th

The phones are ringing next week & it's a chance for the School District to offer more to its students...

The phones are ringing next week & it’s a chance for the School District to offer more to its students…

It’s that time of year again! SJPSF needs you!!!!

The San Juan Public Schools Foundation will hold its annual Phone-A-Thon on Monday, October 12th, and Tuesday, October 13th, from 4 to 8:00 pm. During this time, volunteer students, parents, faculty and members of the community will be calling to ask for your support. Click “going” to show your support!

CALLERS ARE NEEDED! If you would like to volunteer at the Phone-A-Thon, please call Nancy at 317-1755 for information.

The Foundation is a group of volunteer parents, educators, business leaders, and community sponsors who raise money to make a difference in the classrooms of our school children. They work year-round on projects that put 100% of the proceeds from the Phone-A-Thon, the Knowledge Bowl, the Business Partnership Program and other activities back into the classrooms at our public elementary, middle and high schools.

We hope that the community will respond generously again for our kids. Quality education is everybody’s business. FHHS has recently been recognized in the areas of marine science, robotics, athletics, drama and art, through awards, competitions and highly acclaimed performances. The students continued excellence in AP testing has also been acknowledged.

The new STEM Center will promote science, technology, engineering and math education. This year’s phon-a-thon will seek funds to equip the new computer lab, in addition to many other initiatives in the elementary and middle schools.

Anyone wanting to support our program can send a donation to the San Juan Public Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 1452, Friday Harbor, WA 98250.

Thank you from the First Graders!

The first graders in Mrs. Sandwith’s class enjoyed writing for the first time in their Weekend Journals that was donated by the Foundation.

Thank you from the First Graders for the Weekend Journals

Thank you from the First Graders for the Weekend Journals

Their job was to write at least three sentences about the weekend and then to illustrate.

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It will be a learning experience at the end of the year when the children have the opportunity to go back and see how much they have improved.

Thank you!

Graphing Calculators put to use in Friday Harbor High School

 

Students using the new graphing calculators at the Friday Harbor High School

Students using the new graphing calculators at the Friday Harbor High School

Graphing Calculators

A “Thank You” follows from Beth Spaulding at Friday Harbor High School:

The set of ten graphing calculators you purchased for the students in my classes are used on a daily basis.

I have included two pictures of students using the calculators in Algebra 2. Thank you very much for providing this technology for the students. Your generous support of the students has now provided access to a calculator when needed and required by current math standards. 

Again – Thank You!
Beth Spaulding, Friday Harbor High School