ASD Weekly Community Bulletin

News and Events from the Anacortes School District

On the Calendar

Enjoy your summer vacation!

Aug 11: Ready to Learn Fair

Sept 6: 1st day of school (1st-12th)

Sept 11: 1st Kindergarten Day

The District Office is open throughout the summer - M-F, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Closed Fridays in July.

Superintendent receives high marks in evaluation

The Anacortes School Board rated Superintendent Mark Wenzel “distinguished” in his performance evaluation for the 2017-2018 school year. The superintendent’s rating represents an evaluation of district performance in each of five pillars in the strategic plan.

The pillars are: Quality Instruction and Curriculum, Partnerships, Social-Emotional Learning, Equity, and Stewardship. Each pillar includes annual goals for the year that drive and focus the work of the district.

Accomplishments for the 2017-18 school year include:

  • Teacher collaboration and staff development that narrowed student achievement gaps
  • Superb management of the high school construction project that is proceeding on schedule and on budget
  • Successful completion of two elementary roofs in summer 2018
  • The adoption of a social-emotional learning program to be implemented in 2018-2019
  • An increase in technology integration to support deeper learning and student engagement
  • The passage of an operations levy and technology levy with 65 percent voter support, one of the highest totals in the state
  • Substantial, consistent and transparent communications including district publications, social media, videos, community presentations, and student and family surveys
  • Effective hiring of highly qualified staff
  • Clean state audit

Board members commended Wenzel for successfully carrying out the vision of the strategic plan. The vision states: “Anacortes students rise to their fullest potential, embrace the future, and make a difference.”

“This year marked the first year of our new strategic plan, and the district has made great strides toward its goals,” said board president Bobbilyn Hogge. “The plan captures the community’s values and expectations and our district’s commitment to continue to grow in supporting all students over the next several years. Based on positive results in each area, Dr. Wenzel did an excellent job leading the work.”

Wenzel expressed gratitude for the commitment of staff across schools, as well as the community’s support for students.

“We have an outstanding staff who are dedicated to learning and growing as professionals,” he said. “It’s incredibly rewarding to see them in action -- and to see the lengths they go to support kids. We also have unparalleled community support for children. The depth of care and connection between our schools and Anacortes residents is just amazing. It’s what makes this such a special district.”

Wenzel recently completed his fifth year as superintendent in Anacortes. Board directors and the superintendent met July 11 and 12 to review the superintendent's evaluation and set goals for 2018-2019.

Ready to Learn Fair - Aug 11

The Anacortes Ready to Learn Fair will be held Saturday, August 11, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, at AMS. With new fiscal sponsorship from the Anacortes Schools Foundation, the fair provides families in need with new school supplies and other services as well as engagement with many community partners to support family life and student learning. For more information or to volunteer for the fair, please contact Keiko McCracken,

Technology Tips for Parents: Cell Phones

Getting a cell phone has become a milestone for most kids. Common Sense helps parents lay the groundwork for responsible cell phone use and manage the challenges and opportunities they bring. Learn how to decide the right age to get your kid a cell phone, set rules, choose the right phone and service plan, and stay on top of what your kid is doing on his or her phone.

Common Sense Media has more resources on their website:

AmeriCorps in our Schools

Calling all future teachers, leaders and trailblazers! What if you could explore education as a career pathway, build a strong résumé, and earn a substantial financial award toward future college tuition all at the same time? Join the Anacortes School District for the 2018-19 school year as an AmeriCorps Washington ReadingCorps literacy tutor! This full-time (40+ hours/week) 10.5-month national volunteer position will change you, challenge you, and give you the opportunity to strengthen and support the community you love through support for struggling young readers in grades K-4.

For more information, contact ASD Community Engagement Coordinator Keiko McCracken at

Tennis Courts Closed for Repair

Please note that the tennis courts will be closed from July 16 through August 12 for repair and maintenance. The courts will re-open on Monday August 13.
As a courtesy, the Anacortes School District posts information here for non-school related community events and information that benefits students. All notices were submitted by outside organizations to keep your family updated about opportunities; the Anacortes School District does not necessarily endorse or sponsor these activities.

Anacortes Schools Foundation Info and Upcoming Events

Have you heard about ASF? We are proud to play a role in helping students succeed in every grade and at every level. If you love Anacortes students as much as we do, we thought you might be interested in knowing some of the things ASF does for our students….click here for more info!

Boys and Girls Club Summer Food Service Program

  • Anacortes Boys & Girls Club – 904 6th St., Anacortes, WA 98221

    • Lunch will be served from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm, June 18th to September 4th

    • Afternoon snack will be served from 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm, June 18th to September 4th

    • Excludes the July 4th week

    • You may contact Elizabeth Hanna at (360) 588-9045

  • John Storvik Park – 1110 32nd St, Anacortes, WA 98221

    • Lunch will be served from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm, June 18th to September 4th

    • Excludes the week of July 4th week

    • You may contact Manny Smith at (360) 419-5304

The Anacortes Boys and Girls Club is offering #Discover Summer every week of summer break. When you choose to #DiscoverSummer at the Boys & Girls Club, you can rely on purposeful and intentional programs and activities to engage youth of all ages. This year, each week is centered around a theme, from which all elements of engagement begin. The hours are 7 am-6 pm and the cost is $135 a week in addition to membership fees. Each week, other than July 3-7th will also include a field trip. For more information please visit or email Elizabeth Hanna at

Anacortes Community Theater Classes

Anacortes Farmers Market

Markets are every Saturday, 9am-2pm at the Depot. We have fresh produce, baked goods, dairy, meat, cheese, honey, delicious hot food and wonderful local arts and crafts, and so much more. Live music 10am-1pm and frequent kids activities. We accept EBT - ask us about our matching program! Well behaved dogs welcome. See our website for more information at

FIRST Robotics 2018-19 Sign Ups: Anacortes FIRST Robotics is now accepting advance signups for 2018-2019 FLLJr/FLL team information for elementary and middle school teams. FIRST is celebrating its 30th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the first manned mission to the moon with space-themed challenges at all levels. Teams will be starting at the beginning of the school year. Don’t let your child miss out; sign up in advance for team registration information. No obligation or commitment. Send e-mail to with a subject of “Program Announcements” and we will add you to the mailing list.

Anacortes Public Library Summer Reading Program

A-Town Spring & Summer Activities

Looking for something for your kids to do this summer? Check out the City of Anacortes A-town publication at:

Community Aviation Day - July 14

Dogs on Call - Volunteer Opportunity - We need YOU and YOUR PET to help kids in need with Dogs on Call! If you are interested,click on the flyer!

Fidalgo Danceworks Summer Classes

Fidalgo Danceworks - STARS - Dance for Youth and Teens with Special Needs

Fly Fishing Class

Foster Care Family Recruitment -

Friends of the Forest Discovery Program - Summer 2018

Fueling Education Fun Run - Sept 16, 2018

GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math & Science) Academy Registration Open. Scholarships Available!

Hawkeye Youth Wrestling Clinic - July 16-19

Island Art Camp Summer Adventure

Kids R Best Fest - July 14

Lutherwood Camp and Retreat Center: Camp spots still available!

We have many different programs for the summer from traditional to specialty! Come be a part of our 2018 summer, "This Changes Everything!"

Register Online at:

National Night Out - Aug 7 - 6-8 p.m. at Storvik Park

Quaker Cove Events:

Day Camp at Quaker Cove - Week 1: July 30 - August 30; Week 2: August 6 - 10

Day Camp is for kids entering grades 1st - 6th. Campers will investigate and learn about plants, animals, and nature. We will take them into the forest, onto the beach, out to our vegetable garden, and under the open air for sky gazing. Registration is open now at

Riverstone Climbing Gym

Salvation Army - Have you ever wondered what it would take to build a scale model of an aircraft or other vehicle? Join us this summer for our new Model Building class. This free weekly summer class is open to boys and girls ages 8 and up and will be led by a local scale model building expert. Days and times TBD. Email to sign up or for more information. Space is limited.

Secret Harbor - Foster Parent Info

Skagit Kid Insider

Skagit Parent to Parent Events

Exciting News! Skagit Valley College Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) will have Full Day (6 ½ hour) classes, 4 days a week next school year 2018-2019. This is a free preschool for 3-5 year olds. Breakfast, lunch, and snack provided. Parent Activities and Educational opportunities. For more information or enrollment, call 360-679-5348.

Here is a copy of our application:…/EfXQIaAr4CxHnUXCkhN314YB…

Thrive Kids Summer Fitness Sessions

Thunderbird Aquatic Club Summer Activities

Vibes in the Vineyard - July 14

Westminster Presbyterian Church (1300 9th Street) is hosting “X Marks the Spot!” Vacation Bible School August 6-10 from 9:30-12. Please click here to register your child(ren). Space is limited.

We also have a VBS Preschool Program for 4 and 5 year olds who are NOT entering Kindergarten. You MUST register with the church via telephone 293.3880 for the Preschool Program.

Anacortes School District

Anacortes students rise to their fullest potential, embrace the future, and make a difference.