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Not just playing: La Conner students take theater seriously

There's plenty of drama going on at La Conner Schools these days. Which is just fine, especially when blended in equal measure with comedy, stage craft and set construction. Theater arts, which...

 

The award is even larger

THE AWARD IS EVEN LARGER – La Conner Schools' Andy Wheeler, director of special programs, left, and ceramic arts teacher Steve DeLeon accept a $4,500 check, a gift from Epting Foundation Trustee...

 

Epting Foundation funds La Conner Schools' new kiln

La Conner Schools officials are fired up about the district’s arts program’s newest addition. It is, after all, a kiln for students to use to fire pottery. The acquisition is made possible by a $2,500 donation from the Anacortes-based Rick...

 

Girls' locker room named for coach Marble

She's already in the state coaches' Hall of Fame. Now Suzanne Marble is having her name affixed to a space closer to home, off the corridors of Landy James Gym, where she has guided the school's...

 

Splinters from the school board

At its meeting Oct. 24, the La Conner School board heard reports from middle school and high school students who attended Cispus Leadership Camp in Randle, near the base of Mount Rainier, last summer. The students reported enjoying the experience,...

 

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...

 

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...

 
 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    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 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...

 
 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 Bill Reynolds    School    May 31, 2022

School Board learns of 60 graduating seniors plans

La Conner School Board members dealt with topics from A to Z during their two-hour hybrid meeting May 23. During public comments, a series of speakers stressed the value of preschool instruction being accessible to all children. They said it helps...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 24, 2022

Fab Five celebrated at college signing day

Passage of national Title IX legislation 50 years ago began leveling the playing field for female athletes. Now, five La Conner High School senior girls have signed letters of intent to compete for...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 10, 2022

Declining student enrollment forcing La Conner Schools budget cuts

The La Conner School District’s population has increased over the past decade but projected declines in student enrollment this fall is forcing tough budget personnel cuts ahead of the 2022-2023 academic year. La Conner School Board members dealt w...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 3, 2022

La Conner schools adopt new math programs

The La Conner School Board has chosen the right formula – they hope – to raise student math test scores and provide instructional programs featuring more hands-on problem-solving and critical thinking skills. At their hybrid meeting...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 19, 2022

School board special session studies new math program options

Math was the primary subject of study for La Conner School District board members at their April 11 study session. District librarian Beth Clothier made a presentation on two new math curricula being considered for adoption next year at the nearly...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 5, 2022

New app helps students learn Lushootseed language

La Conner School District board members met March 28 in a hybrid meeting to discuss changes coming to the school and even a new app. The board anticipates extending its high school Lushootseed language education program to the eighth grade. To help...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 5, 2022

Elementary school salmon project spawns interest across curriculum

La Conner fifth graders did some old school livestreaming at Hansen Creek near Sedro-Woolley last week. The students released into the upper Skagit River tributary the salmon they have been raising...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 29, 2022

Decision near for new curriculum

La Conner Schools are looking to adopt a new math curriculum intended to better match student learning styles, emphasize development of problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and improve standardized achievement test scores. District...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 23, 2022

School board proposes new signage and math curriculum

Town officials plan to focus on signage this year, and La Conner School Board members intend to follow suit. Board president Susie Gardner Deyo and Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Executive Director Mick Hoffman conferred on...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 16, 2022

Principals report to the board

The La Conner School Board accepted a donation of 900 COVID-19 rapid tests from the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community valued at $7,000 at its Feb. 28 meeting. “This is a huge deal,” Board President Susie Deyo said. “We really want to thank the...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    March 2, 2022

School, Town policies lifting mask mandate

On again, off again. That’s the way it has been for the past two years in terms of indoor mask mandates designed to help stop spread of the coronavirus. In Washington state, the off button will be pushed March 12 instead of March 21, a decision...

 

School board evaluates new superintendent

La Conner School District Superintendent Will Nelson was like a student facing a big exam Monday. The administrator, hired last spring and at the helm since July 1, underwent his initial job evaluation during a one-hour executive session at the end...

 

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