Anacortes High School's guide to monthly events.
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!
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 asfkids.org/celebrate. 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 www.nwcathletics.com, 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
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
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:
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.
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 highschool.herffjones.com.
Remember to check the Counseling Center Scholarship web page regularly for new scholarship opportunities.
Students who have taken the PSAT and/or SAT already have a Collegeboard account and can use it to save scholarship searches and results.
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.
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
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**
AHS Winter Athletics
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.
Please note: All post-season matches require payment for admission, regardless of whether a student has an ASB card.
The Seahawk Journal
AHS Broadcast Club will record Varsity games and make them available for replay. Here's the link: www.youtube.com/ahslive. Students and parents can subscribe to the YouTube channel and get updates on live events.
Make Sure You Read The Student Handbook
Grad Night Class of 2020
Amazon Smile Earns Money for AHS PTSA
On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), 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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fran McCarthy, Section 504/ ADA Coordinator, (360) 503-1216, email@example.com
Connie Sheridan, Title IX Coordinator, (360) 503-1221, firstname.lastname@example.org
Written complaints to: 2200 M Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221