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Schools observe Orange Shirt Day Friday

La Conner School District colors have long been blue and white. But on Friday, Sept. 29 students will add orange to the color scheme. La Conner Schools is among the first districts in Washington State to embrace Orange Shirt Day, which in Canada is...

 

Fall sports kick off busy schedules

After suffering successive losses to open the season, the La Conner High School girls' soccer team got on the board in a 10-2 non-conference home loss to Oak Harbor Sept. 9. Still, an asterisk is in...

 

La Conner volleyball defeats Anacortes in season debut

The roster is different, but the result was the same. The defending state 2B champion La Conner High School volleyball team opened its 2022 season with an impressive triumph over 2A Anacortes at...

 

Lady Braves soccer team big on enthusiasm

Christian Warman is rarely at a loss for words but the veteran La Conner High School girls’ soccer coach says he cannot say enough about the players on this year’s roster. “I could say something about all of them,” he told the Weekly News...

 

Braves open against Forks Saturday

The La Conner High School football team has its season debut against Forks at Whittaker Field Saturday, Sept. 10. Second-year mentor Charlie Edwards’ team will spread the field and rely on speed and athleticism. The home team will be looking to...

 

School district has monthly community meetings

La Conner Schools leaders want to meet you and hear your questions, concerns and suggestions starting Sept. 15 at 7 a.m. at Stompin’ Grounds Coffee, on Morris Street. Join Superintendent Will Nelson, Director of Special Programs Andy Wheeler,...

 

New La Conner Schools administrator has open door policy

New La Conner Schools administrator Tanya Houle is fond of hats. Good thing, too, since she will be wearing several in her dual role as La Conner Middle and High School assistant principal and career...

 

La Conner volleyball team banks on rich state title tradition

Great Expectations. It is not just a famous Charles Dickens novel. It is also the mantra of the La Conner High School volleyball program, winner of six state crowns in the past 20 years, including 2019 and 2021. Only the pandemic stood in the way of...

 

School Board hears program, sports updates

Data was the name of the game – along with a fall sports update – when the La Conner School Board met Aug. 22 in a 90-minute hybrid session on campus. Director of Special Programs Andy Wheeler and Teacher and Learning Director Beth Clothier took...

 

La Conner High School football eyes next step in program rebuilding project

Less than two years ago Charlie Edwards was the architect of a stout defense that helped La Conner High School clinch a league football title. That was during a shortened, conference-only season...

 

Braves soccer team revamps attack to offset graduation losses

The roster has changed and so has the game plan for the La Conner High School boys' soccer team. The Braves opened preseason workouts Monday minus key players who graduated from last year's club that...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 27, 2022

School Board adopts leaner budget

Faced with a projected drop in student enrollment, La Conner school board members on Monday unanimously approved a $13.8 million dollar budget that includes forced staff reductions in the new academic year. The amount is only down slightly from last...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 19, 2022

School board takes long view at retreat

La Conner School board members went on retreat Monday to plan a path forward for the 2022-23 academic year, addressing a wide range of discussion topics – from finances and goal setting to maintenance priorities and student enrollment–...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 13, 2022

Dustin Swanson is new Stanwood basketball coach

Dustin Swanson is the new head coach of the Stanwood High School girls’ basketball team. Swanson was the La Conner High School assistant basketball coach. Swanson, from a pioneer La Conner family,...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 5, 2022

Schools forecast smaller enrollment, budget for fall

Fifteen years ago, 650 students attended grades K-12 at La Conner Schools. But this fall only 530 are projected, an enrollment drop that will have a direct impact on the school district’s 2022-23...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 5, 2022

Basketball Coach C.J. Woods takes on school district athletics director role

C.J. Woods has been named the La Conner School District’s new director of athletics after his first year as a teacher and boys’ head basketball coach. The district has been splitting the assistant principal/athletics director position. Woods...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 21, 2022

Preschool returning to La Conner for year trial

Preschool is coming back to the La Conner campus by popular demand. The La Conner School Board on June 13 approved the return of a district preschool program this fall on a one-year trial basis after members were assured it would be supported by...

 
 By Ken Stern    School    June 21, 2022

La Conner Schools enrollment by director districts

School’s out for summer. The next La Conner School District board director elections are in 2023, but this spring the district’s school board made slight adjustments to the five director district...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 15, 2022

La Conner High School senior class graduates

The La Conner High School graduating class had to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic and then one last time Friday evening. The 128th annual commencement exercises were moved from Whittaker Field to...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 15, 2022

Indispensible Shegay Vanderpool retires from elementary school

Few have shown the can-do spirit on a sustained basis as well as Shegay Vanderpool. The career educator, after all, has proved since the early 1970s that she can do just about anything in the...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 15, 2022

School district honors retirees and volunteers

The school district honored its volunteers – a vital group of more than 70 strong – along with retirees and colleagues not returning here in the fall with a reception and awards program at the middle school gym June 7. The 90-minute event...

 

2022 La Conner High School Graduating Class

La Conner high school's graduating class. Graduation Friday, June 10 at 5 p.m....

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 7, 2022

High school graduation at Whittaker Field on Friday

La Conner High School has held annual commencements for more than a century but the 5 p.m. June 10 graduation at Whittaker Field will offer something new. Those attending will be officially welcomed i...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 7, 2022

Clothier and Hiller recognized at alumni banquet

Ryan Hiller and Beth Clothier were instrumental in helping La Conner schools navigate uncharted waters posed by a global pandemic. The couple, members of the La Conner High School Class of 1987, were...

 
 By Aurelien Ali    School    June 7, 2022

‘America became my new home,’ Italian exchange student said

Even though Eleonora Libé got sick her first days here after what seemed to her an endless flight, she is living her dream since then over the last nine months. The senior exchange student at...

 

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