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La Conner schools, Swinomish Tribe renew vigilance against COVID-19

The current COVID-19 surge has local officials modifying game plans to stem spread of the virus. The La Conner School District has adopted a two-week (Jan. 14-26) pause of spectator attendance at indoor district events, allowing only two family...

 

School board updates included Braves logo contest

The La Conner School Board reviewed the top two submissions in a school district contest to adopt a new Braves logo and were updated on the progress of the district’s auto tech course taught by the transportation department’s Randy Swift during...

 

La Conner student COVID-19 vaccination rate almost 25%

La Conner students are getting their jabs in. Not in terms of any verbal disputes or playground scuffles, but instead when it comes to receiving voluntary vaccinations intended to help protect against the spread of COVID-19. According to school...

 

La Conner residents buy books for elementary school students

It’s one thing to put your money where your mouth is. In La Conner, people often put their money where their hearts are. And the most recent example of a heartfelt investment here, in this case benefiting La Conner elementary students, is one...

 

La Conner School Board stresses equity, anti-bullying policies

Honesty is always the best policy, though two others that figure prominently with La Conner school officials aren’t far behind. School board members have for the past year championed the crafting and adoption of a district equity policy and at...

 

Students wore orange to remember residential schools trauma

Blue and white are the official colors of La Conner Schools – except two weeks ago, on Sept. 30, when orange shirts were worn instead. And, very likely, annually going forward. The change in garb was no mere fashion statement. It was intended...

 

Food for thought: Elementary school moves recess before lunch

After more than a year of remote and hybrid learning, La Conner schools resumed in-person instruction last week by helping students – though still masked and socially distanced due to COVID-19 – get back into a normal campus routine. To...

 

La Conner school district has new budget for new year

La Conner teachers welcome students back to class today, a return to full-time in-person instruction for the first time since March 2020. But planning for the Sept. 1 back to school date has been weeks in the making, including a series of summer...

 

August school board meeting stresses planning for students’ return

The countdown is on for the start of school, meaning numbers are now much on the minds of La Conner students, teachers and administrators. That’s especially the case as the La Conner School District begins developing a new math curriculum during th...

 

Superintendent Will Nelson prepped for new job

New La Conner School Superintendent Will Nelson cannot stress enough the value of doing one’s homework. That goes for him as well as the nearly 600 students he and school district staff will greet this fall as La Conner transitions from on-line...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 28, 2021

School board, tribal senate agree to keep Braves mascot

La Conner High will remain the home of the Braves. The school district’s board of trustees on Monday formally approved a unanimous Swinomish Tribal Senate resolution supporting retention of the Braves name for La Conner athletic and academic...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 28, 2021

School board retreats to look at new academic year

Reflection and projection. Those two apparent opposites intersected seamlessly during a five-hour La Conner School Board retreat session on the district campus July 19. Board members and new Superintendent Will Nelson reflected upon the past school...

 

Tool time: Schools nail down support from building trades group

La Conner High School teacher Daniel Castillo believes in giving his students all the tools they need for success. And thanks to a major building trades organization, he will be able to fill their...

 
 By Ken Stern    School    July 7, 2021

Will Nelson now school superintendent

July 1 started a new month and was the day Will Nelson was sworn in as La Conner’s new school superintendent at a school board meeting called for that purpose. Board chair Susie Deyo called it a...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 7, 2021

La Conner school board student reps were ‘A’ contributors

Recent La Conner High School graduates MacQuaid Hiller and Avery Sloniker enjoyed one last hurrah last week as they closed out their school careers here before taking the next step on their life’s journey. Hiller and Sloniker, graduated June 18 in...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 30, 2021

Gifford joins middle-high school administration

Mikki Gifford is looking forward to her new role with La Conner schools. Make that, roles. Gifford is the new combination middle school-high school assistant principal and athletic director, a dual...

 
 By Anne Basye    School    June 23, 2021

Outdoor commencement shines brightly on La Conner high graduates

It has often been dark and gloomy during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Friday was not one of those times. At least not for members of the La Conner High Class of 2021 and their families and friends. It...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 23, 2021

Rich Stewart gets ‘A’ for La Conner school work

He rode into town, donned a mask and saved the day. The Lone Ranger? No, but in the eyes of many the above aptly describes La Conner School District Superintendent Rich Stewart, who last summer...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 23, 2021

La Conner School District bids farewell to retirees, departing staff

Saying goodbye is never easy. Because of that, La Conner schools softened the departures of those retiring or leaving the district for other jobs with a two-hour farewell celebration heavy on humor at the elementary campus Thursday afternoon....

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 9, 2021

Students dive into marine ecosystem lesson

A La Conner High School student group was to have taken a science field trip to the beach last Tuesday on what would have been a perfect warm and sunny outing. But, as has been the case for more than a year, COVID-19 protocols forced a change in...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 2, 2021

School board adopts new strategic plan

Going on retreat was the best path forward for La Conner schools officials last week. School board members spent their three-hour retreat May 21 applying the finishing touches to the district’s new strategic plan, a process that has been two years...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 19, 2021

School board embraces survey data

La Conner students are daily taught the power of critical thinking. School officials are also embracing that lesson as they begin analyzing data collected from surveys whose input will help shape a draft district strategic plan addressing key...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 19, 2021

La Conner a top U.S. Knowledge Bowl team

The La Conner High School Knowledge program is virtually – and truly – among the best in the country. La Conner’s “Chronically Iliad” team competed earlier this month against...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 5, 2021

Christine Tripp new assistant principal

Homecoming at La Conner schools will be earlier than usual this year. That is true, at least, for the district’s new assistant principal and athletics director. School Board members last week hired La Conner alum Christine Bruffy Tripp, currently...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    April 14, 2021

Native American mascots in schools limited by legislature

State lawmakers have decided the time has long since passed that use by public schools of Native American sports mascots goes unchecked. And on that score La Conner schools, home of the Braves, has already proved ahead of the game. The local school...

 

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