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: Jon Ronngren

Vice Principal: Kecia Fox

Dean of Students: Mike Baribault

Athletic Director: Erik Titus

Dec 2019 / Jan 2020

Happy Holidays Seahawk Families

This is a busy time of the year for our students, families and staff. We are preparing for holiday choir and band concerts, winter sports in full swing, and we will soon be preparing for semester finals scheduled for January 22, 23, and 24.

Mark your calendars for Friday, December 13 as this is our 11th annual spirit competition with Burlington Edison High School. The TIGER HAWK CHALLENGE will take place in our beautiful new gymnasium this year with varsity girls and boys basketball teams competing on this special evening – girls at 6:00 pm and boys at 8:00 pm. Schools are judged in the following categories: a) crowd noise, b) organized group cheer, c) drum line performances, d) cheer squad performances, and e) attendance. Always a sellout event, we will pre-sell tickets starting on Monday, December 9. You may purchase tickets from our Athletic window from 7:30 am – 3:00 pm daily. Cost are $6 for adults and students without ASB stickers. $3 for senior citizens, visiting high school students / families and active duty military. We will provide cheer props to our students for the organized student group cheer. The focus of the evening is on positive sportsmanship and school spirit demonstrated throughout the evening. Our goal is to fill the gym with enthusiastic fans wearing PURPLE. Let’s show BEHS that we have positive school spirit, not to mention some outstanding basketball teams. I encourage those who have never attended this event to make this the first of many resolutions within the coming weeks – you will not be disappointed. This event will sell out fast.

Our Holiday Band Concert is scheduled for Monday, December 9 at 6:30 pm in the AMS gymnasium. Our Holiday Choir Concert is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec 17 at 7:00 pm in the AHS Commons. We hope you are able to attend these special holiday events and hear some wonderful sounds of the season!

December is also a time when we welcome back recent AHS graduates and have them speak to their high school classes and experiences that helped prepare them for post-secondary educational endeavors. Graduates from the Class of 2019 will visit with students on Friday, December 20 – always an informative and enlightening time for our students.

Lastly, I wish all of you the Happiest of Holidays and a restful winter break. A special shout out to our our military parents on deployment during this holiday season. We are appreciative of your service to our country.

Happy Holidays and See You in 2020!

In Seahawk Pride!

Jon Ronngren


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ASB Officers

President: Mackenzie Wakefield

Vice-President: Aynslee King

Secretary: Elizabeth Koals

Business Manager: Elizabeth Chambers

Advisor: Erik Titus/Robert Hancock

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The Anacortes Schools Foundation Invites You To Celebrate the Season on December 7, 2019

This year we are "boarding the train" for an evening of fine dining and live entertainment (by ASD students and staff) aboard the "Celebrate Express." As you may have heard, Sam Guzik will be our train Conductor/MC for the evening. Tickets are available at This will be our first time offering two types of seating:

1. General/"Coach" Seating is the same price as last year, $75 per person/$600 for a table of 8.

2. First Class Seating is our All-Inclusive ticket option. This option gives you front-row parking at the port, a table attendant who will be replenishing your complimentary beverage throughout the evening, premium seating by the stage, and first to the dining car. This ticket costs $135 per person/$1000 for a table of 8.

All proceeds benefit the students of the Anacortes School District.

2019 Tiger-Hawk Challenge is on Friday, December 13, 2019

Anacortes High School – Williams Gymnasium

Burlington-Edison @ Anacortes

Girls Varsity Basketball @ 6:00 PM

Boys Varsity Basketball @ 8:00 PM

Winter schedules are up on the Northwest Conference website. Go to, click on the PURPLE “A” and scroll down to look at a specific sport or to find the calendar of activities for the day.

Our Holiday Band Concert is scheduled for Monday, December 9 at 6:30 PM in the AMS gymnasium.

AHS Choir Winter Concert on December 17 at 7:00 PM in the AHS Commons.

Congratulations to December/January Students of the Month

Math: Ayden Swain

English: Robert LaRue

Science: Anna Pruitt

Social Studies: Cyprus Harper

Fine Arts: Garrett Kennedy

CTE: Cooper Schneider

PE: Camryn Kerr

Excellent Work Ethic: Kazuhiko Fitz-Gerald

World Languages: Harleigh Lehmann

Attendance: Kazuhiko Fitz-Gerald

Attitude: Sophie Riley

Academics: Jenny Hanson

AVID: Jack Murphy

Most Improved Grades: Jase Frydenlund

National Honor Society

We have over 130 National Honor Society Members here at Anacortes High School. NHS supports the school's commitment to building character, promoting leadership, service to the community, and scholarships.

Future NHS meetings will be the held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 AM in the school library. Upcoming meetings will occur on 12/4/19 and 1/8/20. Students will also have the opportunity to attend Hawk Talks at different times throughout the year to learn about college and career opportunities.

Please visit the Anacortes HIgh School Website and find the NHS link for more information about our NHS here at Anacortes High School.

Anacortes Performing Arts To Present Two Shows in 2020

Anacortes Performing Arts will be putting on Monty Python's Edukational Show and Band Geeks. Show dates and times TBA!

They are inviting students to audition for the Spring musical Band Geeks on December 5 and 6. A sign up sheet with be on the door outside of Mr. Burnett's room, 005, on Monday, November 25.

Please ask Mr. Burnett or Ms. Leander if you have any questions. If you are interested in playing in the pit, check with Mr. Dyel.

Vape Education at AHS in January 2020

National and statewide outbreaks of lung injury associated with e-cigarettes and vapor products have started to show up in our community health centers. The only commonality among all cases is that patients report the use of e-cigarettes or vapor products. CDC has identified vitamin E acetate as a chemical of concern among people with vaping associated lung injury, but we don’t know enough yet to rule out other possible causes. There's still more research to be done, and there may be more than one cause.

Anacortes High School recognizes the need to educate our community on this important topic and we formally invite you to our school on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Nurse Tammy Akard, a Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist and Leslie Hammonds, a Registered Respiratory Therapist will be present to provide education around the topic of vaping and its related health consequences. We look forward to seeing you in the Anacortes High School Commons on January 15th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

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 at or at the Attendance office.

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. A form can be picked up and returned to the registrar's office.

Alpha breakdown of Counselor Assignments:

Joyce Wells: Class of 2020: A-F. Classes 2021-23 : A-G

Maggie Lahey: Class of 2020: G-M. Classes 2021-23: H-Pa

Ashlee Poggie: Class of 2020: N-Z. Classes 2021-23: Pe-Z

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

Counseling Center Announcements - December 2019

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 during or after 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 website.

Completed Senior Experience Questionnaire Paperwork Due 1/24/20

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

  • The required completion questionnaires can be found in the Class of 20 Google Classroom.

Please speak to your school counselor or Advisory teacher if you have questions about the final completion forms.

Graduation Products

  • Seniors recently attended a graduation products meeting in November. They brought home order information for caps and gowns along with other items that may be purchased for graduation. Please know that the only items required to purchase are the cap, gown and tassel. Feel free to visit the Herff Jones website at


4-Year Course Plan Updates

  • School counselors will be out in ninth through eleventh grade English classrooms during the first two weeks of December to work with students on updating their 4-year course plans.

    • We will also be reviewing graduation and college admission requirements.

  • Parents, please ask your student to login to the Google Classroom for their grade level and show you their 4-year plan if you would like to see it.

ASVAB Testing

Students in grades 10-12 who are interested in taking the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude & Battery) assessment may sign up in the counseling center. The ASVAB will take place on Tuesday, December 10 at 8 A.M. There is no cost to take the ASVAB, which is required for students planning to enlist in the military and is also very helpful as a career assessment tool.

Annual Running Start Info Night - February 19th

Early Notification: Annual Running Start Program Info Night on February 19th at 6 p.m. at AHS.

All tenth and eleventh graders interested in learning more about the Running Start dual high school/college enrollment program, along with your parents/guardians, are strongly encouraged to attend.

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. AHS is a testing site for the SAT on 06/06/20.

SAT registration and dates can be found at

ACT registration and dates can be found at

AHS Visits in December/January


12/3/19: Navy

12/4/19: YMCA Oasis Youth Shelter

12/10/19: USMC

12/17/19: Navy

12/18/19: YMCA Oasis Youth Shelter


1/7/20: Navy

1/14/20: USMC

1/15/20: YMCA Oasis Youth Shelter

1/21/20: Navy

December-June Monthly Visits (subject to change due to holidays/schedule)

  • 1st/3rd Tuesday, US Navy, Commons, Both Lunches

(Note Change: Only here 3rd Tuesday of December)

Last visit for school year: June 2nd

  • 2nd Tuesday, US Marine Corps, Commons, Both Lunches

Last visit for school year: June 9th

  • 1st/3rd Wednesday, YMCA Oasis Youth Shelter, Commons, Both Lunches

Last visit for school year: June 3rd

  • 4th Thursday, US Army, Commons, Both Lunches

(Note Change: 1st Thursday of December 5th & June 4th)

Last visit for school year: June 4th

**Last day for any visits will be June 9th**

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AHS Winter Athletics

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

Winter sports practices will begin on November 18. Stay tuned to receive additional information about times and locations for practice.

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

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

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

The Seahawk Journal

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The Rock

AHS Broadcast Club will record Varsity games and make them available for replay. 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 Dress Code, Attendance, Technology Use, Truancy, Closed Campus, Off Campus Privileges, and Parking, please review the Student Handbook.

PTSA Officers for 2019-20

President: Shaunie McLeod;

Vice President: Autumn Atterberry;

Secretary: Angie Hamblen;

Treasurer: Joyce Anderson;

Grad Night Class of 2020

Included in the link is contact information for Grad Night Party Committee Chairs,Q&A about Grad Night, and payment options for the party.

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.

Volunteering at AHS

Volunteers are essential partners in the success of our schools, and we truly appreciate their gifts of time and talent that fuel so many wonderful opportunities for our students. Individuals from throughout our community serve in variety of volunteer positions, from tutors and mentors to classroom assistants, special project committees, and so much more!

All volunteers must have a yearly application and background check on file with the district office prior to service in our schools.

Clearance is on a one-year basis, and all volunteers must re-apply each school year. The beginning of the school year is an excellent time to complete the process, so that you can be ready to volunteer in the schools or chaperone a field trip.

Click on the link for the application:

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:

K.C. Knudson, Civil Rights Compliance/ RCW Coordinator, (360) 503-1214,
Fran McCarthy, Section 504/ ADA Coordinator, (360) 503-1216,
Connie Sheridan, Title IX Coordinator, (360) 503-1221,

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