The Current

Anacortes High School's guide to monthly events.

Anacortes High School

1600 20th Street

Anacortes, WA 98221

Phone: (360) 503-1300

Fax: (360) 503-1301

Principal: Kecia Fox

Assistant Principal and Athletic Director: Erik Titus

Dean of Students: Mike Baribault

Principal’s Message - December 2020-January 2021

Greetings AHS Seahawk Families,

In this season of gratitude, I want to express sincere appreciation to all our families who are working so hard to manage remote learning and support their children’s education. This is a huge change for everyone and we know how challenging it is to have children learning from home. Thank you for all you are doing to maintain a consistent school schedule, help with homework, and navigate social emotional learning all while juggling the many other responsibilities of family life. We are in this together and we will get through it.

As we enter the 2nd quarter of the school year, remember we have many resources to support students academically, socially, and emotionally. Let us know how we can collaborate to support students. This week in Advisory, students are reviewing how to check their grades in Schoology and learning how to effectively write emails to their teachers. Teachers, counselors, support staff, and administrators can assist with any related questions you may have.

Finally, Erik Titus and I are hosting a monthly virtual Coffee with the Principals. Families can join us on the first Wednesday of each month at 10:00 for an informal get together. Follow this link to access our Zoom meeting. We look forward to seeing you.

Take care of yourselves, your family, and our community~

Kecia Fox

AHS Principal


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Social Emotional Learning at AHS

This year at AHS we are continuing the Character Strong program. Our Character, like any other muscle in our body, can get stronger with intentional, consistent practice. Our goal is to help students forge meaningful relationships, build positive community, focus on social-emotional learning, and develop character.

At school, students and teachers have Character Dares. If you want to try this at home, we have Family Character Dares intended to support positive family communication, acts of kindness, recreation and rest, and expressions of love. Here is this month’s Family Dare:

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Free Internet is Available Through Anacortes School District

Would your family benefit from having higher speed internet access? Click HERE for the link to the Free Internet Access page on the ASD website. At the site, you will find three programs managed by the State of Washington (Xfinity, Presidio, and Ziply) as well as our own homegrown hotspot checkout program.

Mark Your Calendars

December 2: Parents/Guardians Virtual Coffee with the Principals.

December 12: Celebrate the Season Virtual Holiday Event, hosted by the Anacortes Schools Foundation.

December 21-January 1, 2021: Winter Break.

January 6: Parents/Guardians Virtual Coffee with the Principals.

January 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No school.

Check The Daily Bulletin for Wednesday club meetings and other events.

Library Curbside Pickup Every Wednesday

The Library has begun curbside pickup of print library books at AHS. This will continue every Wednesday. Please contact Ms. John with any questions.

Click the link to learn how to place a book on hold at your library.

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ASB Officers

President: Allie Perez

Vice President: Jessica Augustoni

Business Manager: Teja Rasmussen

Secretary: Amy Aggergaard

Advisor: Erik Titus/Spencer Andrich

Congratulations to Decemer/January Students of the Month

Math: Ashleigh Merrill

Science: Lauren Rudge

English: Ashley Millegan

Social Studies: Cooper Schneider

Fine Arts: Nathan Thomas

Most Improved: Dylan Duncan

World Languages: Noah Dunham

CTE: Bailey Wills

PE: Matthew Lujan

AVID: Joseph Chonka

Attendance: Jonah Umayam

Attitude: Kassidy Rostorfer

Jostens is Your Official Graduation Supplier


It is time to place your order for your required cap/gown unit, and all the graduation items you will need to be prepared for the Ceremony and Celebrate this wonderful accomplishment. Jostens is our High School’s official graduation supplier.

Click here to register with Jostens.

Senior Ad Deadline Has Been Extended Through Friday, December 4

Click here for additional information and to buy your yearbook for the 2020-21 school year!

Senior Ads have been extended through Friday, December 4, 2020.

Senior Ads: These are available for any parent, family member or friend, or even a group of seniors may purchase an ad. These ads vary in design and may include several photos.

Please send pictures to

Payment for Senior Ads can be made online at

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AHS Hawk Stop Partners with Moka Joe for Fundraiser

During the holiday season the Hawk Stop is working with Moka Joe Coffee to sell our "AHS Hawk Stop Roast." As you shop for the holidays, please consider supporting the Student Store and Moka Joe Coffee in these unusual times.

Coffee is available as whole beans and a variety of different grinds. It will be picked up at the Moka Joe Drive Through on South March Point Road.

Click the link to order now!

National Honor Society Meetings for December and January

Our Anacortes High School National Honor Society will be holding monthly member meetings the first Monday of each month at 7:30 am via zoom. Meetings will be between 30 to 40 minutes long.

The December meeting will be held on December 7th at 7:30am.

The January meeting will be held on January 4th at 7:30 am.

Zoom meeting link:

Please contact Mrs. Kaltenbach, NHS Advisor,, with questions or concerns.

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GSA Meets Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00

The Gender Sexuality Alliance Club is a student-run organization to unite LGBTQ+ and allied youth, build community, and organize around issues impacting us in school and the community. Our goal is to form an inclusive space for positive conversation. We will provide opportunities to forward social change for gender, racial, and educational justice.

Upcoming GSA meeting time and dates:

Meetings will be held Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 on 12/2, and 12/16. All are welcome. Please email Ms. Pullen at for the Zoom link.

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Our next couple weeks of meetings are Monday/Wednesday/Friday 4-6pm. We hope to see you there!
Click here to access the Robotics Zoom meeting.

Meeting ID: 896 2657 6646 Passcode: FTC7198

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*Coats for Kids. Every year, Island Hospital organizes a coat drive for ASD students in need of a winter coat. If you are in need of a winter coat, please complete this survey by 12/4: Coats for Kids

*Christmas Fund. The Skagit Valley Herald Christmas Fund provides toys, books, and a holiday meal to families who are eligible and register. For more information, and to either register as a recipient or sponsor a family, please go here: Christmas Fund. If you are registering as a recipient, use the online registration form.

Counselor's Corner

Counseling Center

Check out the link to the Counseling Center, where you will be provided a comprehensive and engaging school counseling curriculum that encourages active participation in social-emotional, academic, and career development. Meet your counselor and access great resources!

To all parents: please remember to keep the school updated on all demographic changes such as addresses, physicians, name changes, and any legal issues. Please contact registrar Carol Kirkpatrick at to initiate a change.

Alpha breakdown of Counselor Assignments:

Joyce Binschus (formerly Wells), A-G

Maggie Lahey, H-PA

Ashlee Poggie, PE-Z

The Counseling Office hours are from 7:30-4:00. Please email your counselor with any questions.

Counseling Center Announcements - December/January

Counseling Center Corner - December/January

We know remote learning has been challenging for many students and families, as we navigate a vastly different approach to learning, and develop new routines and systems in our homes. We want to share some strategies and ideas that may help support our student learners and families during this unique chapter of the high school journey.

Important Reminder for Seniors

College Application Deadlines

  • Seniors, please make sure to speak to your School Counselor right away if you have any Common Application deadlines coming up in early January or during winter break.

  • Counselors need three weeks advance notice to ensure that the required Secondary School Report can be completed in time.

  • Please remember to give all staff members at least three weeks notice when inquiring about a possible letter of recommendation.

Financial Aid Deadlines for College

  • If you are going on to a Technical, Two-Year or Four-Year College after graduation, be sure to complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) ASAP if you have not already done so via the FAFSA.GOV Student Aid website.

Completed Senior Experience Proposal DUE January, 13, 2020

  • Winter break is an excellent time to finish your Senior Experience proposal

  • The required proposal form is available to access in Google Classroom - Class of 2021

Please speak to your School Counselor or Advisory teacher if you have questions about completing and uploading your School Experience Proposal form!

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4-Year Course Plan Updates

  • School Counselors will be holding a Zoom Webinar with 9th - 11th grade students during weekly Advisory meetings in December and January to work on revising and updating their 4-year course plans. The 4-year course plan is a component of the state mandated High School and Beyond Plan, which all students must complete towards their high school diploma/graduation requirements.

    • We will also be reviewing graduation and college admission requirements with students during these sessions.

  • Parents, please ask your student to login to Google Classroom for their grade level and show you their 4-year plan if you would like to review it together. All 9th-11th grade plans will be complete after mid-January, when we have finished meeting with all students.

Annual Running Start Info Night - February 17th

Early Notification: Our annual Running Start Information Night will be held on February 17th at 6 p.m. via a Zoom Webinar. All 10th and 11th grade students interested in learning more about the Running Start dual high school/college enrollment program, along with your parents/guardians, are strongly encouraged to attend!

College Virtual Visits

  • This information can also be found in the Daily Bulletin and is updated weekly

  • Please check Zoom links ahead of time as some colleges require pre-registration

College Visits for the Month of December

SAT or ACT Testing

Most four year colleges require applicants to submit scores from either the SAT of the ACT. Four year college-bound students are encouraged to take it more than once. This will give students a chance to use the higher of the test scores. Colleges in WA State will accept either the SAT or the ACT.

For out-of-state schools, please check the Admissions page for the college(s) you are interested in attending to verify their admissions test requirements.

SAT registration and dates can be found at

ACT registration and dates can be found at

We are working to reschedule tests that were cancelled due to COVID. More information will follow once we have updated testing plans.

Important PTSA Updates


It's never too late to help support our students and staff by joining the AHS PTSA.

Our mission is to help families, students, and schools succeed through better communication and support programs.

The AHS PTSA is known for: working with the school to provide student programs and assemblies, sponsor the Reflection Art Program, provide funds for AHS Link Crew t-shirts, provide annual financial grants to graduating Seniors, teacher grants to enrich instruction, hospitality to students and staff, along with creating and maintaining a positive relations with teachers and staff.

Also knowing that becoming a AHS PTSA Member DOES NOT sign you up for any volunteering; it is just an easy way to show your support.


Click on the link for order forms for merchandise, poinsettias, leis, flower baskets, and to sign up for the PTSA.

PTSA Home Page

PTSA Officers for 2020-21

President: Shaunie McLeod;

Vice President: Autumn Atterberry;

Secretary: Angie Hamblen;

Treasurer: Jason Waldrop;

Amazon Smile Earns Money for AHS PTSA

Did you know that Amazon Smile is a great way to earn money for AHS PTSA without doing anything extra?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, you are prompted to select a charitable organization from our list of eligible organizations. You can change your selection at any time.

From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.

Reminder About the Pre-Arranged Absence Form

Going on vacation? On a hunting trip? A college visit? If you are aware that you will be absent in the future for whatever reason, please fill out a Pre-Arranged Absence Form. They may be found online or at the Attendance office.

AHS Athletics

Questions? Contact Activities/Athletic Director Erik Titus at or (360) 503-1305, or Athletic Administrative Assistant Carey South at or (360) 503-1308.

Click the links for the most updated information on start dates, activities/athletic code of conduct, attendance, and SABA.

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Athletics Smore

Click on this link to the Northwest Conference website for information about your favorite teams, schedules, standings, and more!

Please note: All post-season matches require payment for admission, regardless of whether a student has an ASB card.

The Seahawk Journal

Get your news, sports, features, and opinions for students, by students! Subscribe now at

The Rock

AHS Broadcast Club will broadcast segments on current events. Here's the link. Students and parents can subscribe to the YouTube channel and get updates on live events.

SmugMug Photos

New photos of AHS sports, spirit, and performing arts are uploaded daily. Download images and order prints online.

Make Sure You Read The Student Handbook

For student information including Attendance, Technology Use, Truancy, and Virtual Norms, please review the Student Handbook.

Title IX Compliance Notice

Nondiscrimination: The Anacortes School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Shannon Gilbert, Section 504/ ADA Coordinator, (360) 503-1433,

Connie Sheridan, Civil Rights, RCW, Title IX Coordinator, (360) 503-1221,

Written complaints to: 2200 M Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221