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 - November 2020

Greetings Seahawk Families,

As I write to you, our ASB student leaders are organizing a week of fall festivities for students. Their partnership and commitment contribute to a thriving, positive, and inclusive school culture. We have many active clubs and athletics as well. One of our goals is supporting overall student well being, which is especially important during remote learning. We are cautious and diligent in following all health and safety guidelines.

We are now finishing the first quarter of the school year. Please check Schoology and/or Family Access to view students’ grades. If your child is struggling academically, you can reach out to their teachers for support. School counselors are also available for academic, college and career advising, as well as solution focused problem solving around personal struggles and challenges.

As a reminder to families and students in the AHS Hybrid program, the school day begins at 8:00 and ends at 3:00 Monday - Friday. Our schedule has time built in for synchronous and asynchronous learning. Teachers are available for additional student support each morning at 7:30, as well as Tuesday and Friday afternoons and Wednesdays. Time management is an important life skill and one that young adults often need coaching on. We are here to help and encourage students to make good use of their school day and time for additional teacher support.

Take care of yourselves and others.

Kecia Fox

AHS Principal


Veterans Day is November 11, 2020

Veterans Day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace, although it's largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices.

Did you know: It was originally called Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I. On June 1, 1954, at the urging of veterans service organizations, Congress amended the commemoration by changing the word “armistice” to “veterans” so the day would honor American veterans of all wars.

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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

November 4: Parents/Guardians Virtual Coffee with the Principals.

November 11: Veterans Day (no school)

November 23, 24, & 25: Early release. Click here for the schedule.

November 26 & 27: Thanksgiving Break (no school)

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 November Students of the Month

Math: Aleena Aipperspach

Science: Jillian Levine

English: Samantha Dziminowicz

Social Studies: Harleigh Lehmann

Fine Arts: Henry Ermi

CTE: Ethan Harris

PE: Serena Beckwith for Cardio Core and Michael Hanrahan for Sports/Conditioning.

World Languages: Olivia Turnage

Most Improved: Rebecca Robertson

AVID: Caleb Nelson

Attendance: Cooper Barton

Attitude: Catherine Gallardo

Academics: Brendan Hodgson and Shantaya Akers

Most Improved Grades: Izayiah Powell and Rosario Bonilla

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.


Required Cap and Gown only $49.00

Lowest price


Order your Graduation Ring or Custom Jewelry before or during Senior Week and receive a Promo Code for Credit on your Cap, Gown, and Tassel

Discounts on orders have been extended through November 21, 2020.

Click here to register with Jostens.

GSA Meets Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00

The Gay and Straight 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 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, and 12/16. All are welcome. Please email Ms. Pullen at for the Zoom link.

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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 - November of 2020

We know academic workloads, balancing responsibilities, being home and learning remotely, maintaining a job, and all the aspects of our lives in this chapter we find ourselves in as a community, nation, and world can feel stressful. Finding a way to manage stress, feeling overwhelmed, and develop a healthy balance is vital. Making time for self-care and to practice self-management strategies is crucial. We want to share a few resources to help you strengthen your own coping mechanisms and response to challenging times:

Seniors: If you are planning to attend a 2-Year College/Tech School or 4-Year College you should submit your FAFSA and other required financial aid applications as soon as possible. You may complete the FAFSA now online at If you have signed up and are eligible for the College Bound Scholarship, the FAFSA is required to access scholarship funds. Reach out to The Counseling team and Mrs. Woodards, our Assessment and Special Projects Coordinator, if you have any questions regarding the FAFSA process. Don’t wait until the last minute, start the process ASAP!

Seniors: All Seniors planning to attend a 2-Year College/Tech School or 4-Year College are strongly encouraged to check out the Anacortes High School Counseling Center website for up-to-date scholarship information. Take advantage of these resources to help you with your college/career plans after high school graduation

Seniors:Reminder to be checking the daily bulletin for weekly college virtual visits. There is an upcoming essay workshop and much more! Some colleges also may need you to pre-register for the virtual session.

College Visits for the Month of November

PLU is Hosting Students of Color Online

PLU is hosting 3 virtual sessions, Student of Color Online, facilitated by staff, faculty and students of color at PLU who want to talk about what it is like to go to college at a predominantly white institution.

This session is open to anyone who is nervous about applying or going to college, who wants to think about how to navigate this process with others, or who just wants to think about or envision being a college student.

REGISTER for one day, one session or more:

Thursday November 12th - OWN YOUR COLLEGE SEARCH - 3:30pm PST

  • Senior Year Timeline/Milestones
  • Haik - Who are you?
  • Social Identities & Your College Essay
  • Student Panel - Advice from current first-year college students

Friday, November 13th - ACADEMIC EXPLORATION - 3:30pm PST

  • Mock Lecture on Zombies!?! What's a college class like?
  • Bringing your identities to a college classroom and campus
  • Student Panel - Being a student of color in a predominantly white classroom

Saturday, November 14th - ENGAGE WITH STUDENT LIFE - 10:30am PST

  • Dive into the dCenter (Diversity Center)
  • Living with different cultures
  • Speed Friending
  • Student Panel - Finding your people

Meet some of the facilitators here:

253 PLU Bound Full Tuition Scholarship

PLU offers a scholarship for students who are College Bound eligible, attend a high school in Washington state, and have a 3.30 or higher weighted cumulative GPA. Students who qualify will be awarded full tuition for their four years at PLU through a combination of federal, state, PLU grants and scholarships, and the College Bound Scholarship. Click here for more information.

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 for November of 2020


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 Annual Poinsettia Sale Ends November 2, 2020

The annual AHS Poinsettia Sale is on NOW! Please click here to access the order form.

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 Rhododendron: Purchasing and Senior Photo/Ad Deadlines

Senior Portrait submissions after October 30 will be charged a $20 late fee and no portraits will be accepted after Nov. 13th.

The Senior Ad deadline is Nov 30th.

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

Please remember to purchase your copy of The Rhododendron at the ASB/Athletics window from Mrs. South or online.

The Seahawk Journal

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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