ASD Weekly Community Bulletin
News and Events from the Anacortes School District
On the calendar
- March 8-12: Education Support Professionals Week
- March 18: School Board Meeting
- April 5-9: Spring Break
Daniel Williams named as next AHS principal
Daniel Williams will take the helm at Anacortes High School as principal effective July 1, 2021. Williams most recently served as assistant principal at New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities in Queens, N.Y.
After an extensive and exhaustive hiring and vetting process, Williams was clearly ready and the right choice to lead the Seahawks. Williams was chosen for his depth and breadth of experience in both public and charter school settings. Williams has a strong and proven record as an instructional leader using data to drive decisions. Most recently, Williams created a systematic approach for student-intervention. Williams is a dynamic leader who develops strong relationships and buy-in with staff to promote engagement and willingness to transform the system. Williams has a proven commitment to promoting equitable outcomes for all students. This is just a small window into Williams’s leadership and the contributions he will bring to the high school, district and community.
The district conducted a nation-wide search that resulted in a very highly qualified pool of candidates. The interview process engaged multiple stakeholders including staff, students, parents, and other district administrators.
“I am excited for the vision and experience that Mr. Williams will bring to the high school and our district,” said Superintendent Justin Irish. “Mr. Williams’s focus on high student achievement, collaborative staff development, and equity made him a standout candidate. He also had excellent references. As with any search, we reached out to both formal and informal references. Everyone had glowing comments about Mr. Williams.”
Williams has also served as chair of the English Language Arts department, middle school social studies teacher, and humanities chair in other districts. He has a B.A in Corporate Communication and Justice Studies from New York University, and two Masters degrees: one in Evaluation and Measurement from Western Governors University and one in Public School Building Organization and Leadership from Columbia University.
“I am thrilled for this opportunity,” said Williams. “I believe deeply in supporting all students and developing a culture of high expectations, respect, and engagement. I have intentionally stayed away from social media throughout my professional life, so I look forward to getting to know you all in person.”
Williams will lead a staff of approximately 80 certificated and classified employees and a student body of approximately 700 students. The high school has been recognized in the past for its high graduation rates, and achievement of students in academics, arts, and extracurricular activities. The principal serves on the District’s Leadership Team and helps guide the district’s focus on equitable outcomes for all students, as well as the academic, extracurricular, and social-emotional learning programs at the high school.
ASD announces programmatic and leadership changes for next school year
The district will be closing its ASD@home program for the 2021-22 school year. In addition to the hybrid model, ASD@home is a learning option that supports students and families this year in response to coronavirus pandemic. This learning option has been a fully remote program that allowed students to engage in their learning off-campus. A recent survey of families and community members showed a high preference for a return to in-person school (98 percent of respondents). In comparison, 10 percent of respondents expressed interest in a long-term, online type program.
"We know that this full-time remote program provided families a much-needed option during the pandemic," said Superintendent Justin Irish. "However, based on the cost of the program, responses from the survey, and feedback gathered throughout the year, we have decided not to offer the program moving forward."
The district will continue to explore cost-effective options for families who prefer to keep their students in a remote-learning program. Our priority is to identify a program that will provide students with an at home learning option while at the same time sustaining strong connections with and continuing to be a member of the school district. This will meet the needs of students and families while maintaining critical state funding it receives for each student.
Current elementary ASD@Home families will be sent a survey in the coming weeks to select their elementary preference for next year. Secondary families will be contacted by school counselors. If the district can provide a contracted, virtual model, we will announce that later this spring and offer families the opportunity to transfer.
As a result of closing the ASD@Home program, Principal Ryan Pike will return to his previous Teaching & Learning Programs Director-research, assessment, and evaluation. Pike initially held this position two years ago and served as Whitney's principal and Cap Sante's principal. Pike served last year as co-principal at Anacortes Middle School.
"Ryan has served many functions at the district, and we feel his qualifications best fit the district's needs to work alongside staff and community to enhance data gathering processes, testing requirements, and school improvement processes," said Irish. "He will be able to support student growth in this role and provide needed analysis to make system-wide changes to support teachers, staff, and student learning."
Currently serving as interim principal at Anacortes High School, Kecia Fox will resume her role as assistant principal at AHS and principal at Cap Sante. The district will search for a new assistant principal at Anacortes Middle School.
"I want to thank Kecia for stepping in to fill a critical leadership role at the high school this year," said Irish. "She helped navigate the staff and students to a successful return to in-person learning, and her leadership has been invaluable."
In an announcement to high school staff, Fox expressed appreciation for the opportunity to lead the high school through a challenging year.
“I have enjoyed working with our high school staff, students, and families this year,” said Fox. “I have been pursuing my doctorate as well, so made the difficult decision to not apply for the high school principal position. I am focused on pursuing opportunities aligned with my passion for equity in education. While I’m interested in pursuing district level leadership, I look forward to continuing to serve our community at both AHS and Cap Sante, as well as supporting the successful transition of Daniel Williams as our next high school principal.”
All changes will take effect for the 2021-22 school year.
Highly Capable Program - referrals open soon
The Spring Highly Capable Referral Window will open from March 15 to April 2. Identification of students, including teacher/parent recommendations, will take place at this time. Referrals can be made by any adult familiar with the child. Specific instructions for referring students will be shared in next week's district communications.
Contact Angie Miller, Director of Teaching and Learning, with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-503-1224.
Nominations open for Brodniak Cultural Education Award
Nominations are now being accepted for the Walter A. Brodniak Award for Cultural Education.
The Brodniak Award was created to foster growth of the cultural arts in the school district. Brodniak, Anacortes School District Superintendent from 1973 to 1977, was a staunch believer in the powerful contributions that arts make to our community. Each year, the award is given to a student, faculty member, administrator, school director, community member or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural arts in the Anacortes School District in the past year.
Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2021. Please use the online form to submit your nomination. A selection committee will review the nominations and make a recommendation to the superintendent. The recipient will be recognized at the May 20th school board meeting.
If you have questions, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at (360) 503-1211 or email@example.com.
Events may have changed or been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please check with organizers before attending or registering.
Washington Exposure Notifications - WA Notify
Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series – Online!
Hood Canal Bridge Ecosystem Impact Assessment: Impacts of a floating bridge on juvenile steelhead migration. Friday, March 19, 2021. Our presenter will be Iris Kemp, Senior Project Manager at Long Live the Kings (LLTK). While spending over two years collecting research data, the LLTK Hood Canal Bridge Assessment Team tagged and tracked migration routes and mortality of nearly 500 juvenile steelhead. They collected data on light, noise, fish density, predators, and water quality. This team discovered that up to 50% of the juvenile fish don’t make it past the Bridge! Come hear the stunning results of this research and how LLTK is working to develop mitigation strategies to help the steelhead. All lectures are on Friday eves., 7pm-8pm. Details for Zoom link will be on our website. www.skagitbeaches.org Check into the website one week before the lecture date for the Zoom Link. Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salish Sea School
Community Service & Senior Experience Opportunities: High School Students - The Salish Sea School is located in Anacortes and has monthly marine conservation focused community service opportunities for high school students. Students can also earn volunteer hours by joining our Student Leadership Team which asks students to meet (virtually) monthly and help come up with the aforementioned monthly events, program ideas, and curriculum. We also provide Senior Experience Opportunities focused on marine biology and conservation. Please get in touch with Amy Eberling at email@example.com. Masks are required and group size is limited for CV19 safety as we follow Washington State's Outdoor Activity requirements.
The Salish Sea School's Summer Program: Ages 10-17 - Join us this summer! We combined our three pillars of influence to create an incredible student summer program! Guardians of the Sea is a four-day summer program for students who are passionate about protecting the orcas and the ecosystems they depend on. Each day includes fun boat-based and local island-based adventures on the Salish Sea and throughout the San Juan Islands. Student participants experience a vast amount of environmental richness as they look at all levels of ecosystem health, from water quality to whales! Each day includes a different research project requiring active student participation for data collection to help monitor ecosystem health. This is great exposure to marine scientific inquiry, marine research equipment, survey methodologies, long term data sets, quantitative analysis, field research. We are so proud to also include discussions and suggestions of personal action steps each student can take to continue improving ecosystem health every day. Masks are required and group size is limited for CV19 safety as we follow Washington State's Outdoor Activity requirements. SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE. ENROLL HERE.
At-Home Bird Activity: ALL AGES - Learn about Fidalgo Island's local and migratory birds, complete our activity, earn a special Salish Sea School Reward! No printer access? Get in touch and we will mail you an ID guide! Learn more here!
Anacortes Boys & Girls Club Enrollment Info
Anacortes Community theatre is having a garage sale of its props and decorations at the ACT Annex at 1020 11th street, on Saturday March 6th from 10am - 5 pm. Below is the link to the flyer for the garage sale.
Anacortes Community Theatre is now accepting applications for our High School Senior College Scholarship. This is a $500 scholarship for any high school senior that has been involved with Anacortes Community Theatre. The deadline for application submissions is May 15th. Below is a link to the application.
Anacortes Family Center - Mentor Program
We are looking for mentors who might be interested in working with kids either one on one or in small groups (under 5 people). This might look like: taking a walk, riding bikes, shooting baskets or playing catch, playing games, playing video games, doing art projects or hanging out here onsite. We think this would be invaluable to our residents and especially the kids. This is an ongoing need for us and the time commitment would be variable. Contact Karen Yost -- firstname.lastname@example.org or 360 293-2993 ext 112.
Anacortes Lacrosse Club- Registration Open
Registration for the 2021 Lacrosse season is now open for all. As we have in the past, we will attempt to offer youth teams for boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 8th. And as previously advertised, we are attempting to offer high school programs this season as well. The season start dates for our teams are projected for March and April with all end dates in June.
For more info:
Anacortes Waterfront Alliance is the organization that runs a number of learn to sail and competitive sailing programs in Anacortes. We operate the Spring and Fall High School Sailing Team, the Learn to Sail program at Seafarer's Memorial Park in the summer, and the Open Sail at the Seafarer's park from June through September. Open Sail offers anyone the opportunity to safely hop on a paddleboard for an hour or, with qualification, rent a small sailboat. We employ high school students to coach and operate the waterfront livery.
Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County for iClubhouse!
Could your child use some fun and a chance to socialize? Register them for iClubhouse where they can try their hand at being an artist, a scientist, a dancer, or a world traveler while connecting with staff and other members in real-time via Zoom. It is available for anyone grades 1st-12th. We have members joining from as far as Arizona. It's free for current Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County members, and new members only need to pay a $5 application processing fee. Register your child at www.iclubhouse.org
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!
All fourth graders are eligible to see America’s natural wonders and historic sites for free through the Every Kid Outdoors Program! This program provides fourth graders and their families access to public lands (NATIONAL PARKS, FORESTS, WILDLIFE AREAS, BLM, ETC.) for one year. Passes can be printed and brought with the child on their park visit. Encourage fellow educators, parents and friends with fourth graders to download their Every Kid Outdoors pass today!
For the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, U.S. fifth graders can bring their families to national parks, wildlife refuges and other Department of the Interior managed public lands and waters for free!
Reading tutor available in Anacortes. Can work with grades 1st and up. I have taken children's literacy classes and am currently working toward a BA in Elementary Education. Can provide references upon request. Call or text Tia Austin at 360-982-9170
Skagit Parent to Parent: Support for families of children with developmental disabilities and ongoing mental health needs.
The Whidbey Roost Chapter of the Association of Old Crows (AOC) is again offering a $1500 scholarship to a deserving Anacortes High School graduating senior seeking college-level studies in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The scholarship is renewable for three additional years for a total of $6000! Additional details and the application form are available at https://www.whidbeyroost.org/scholarship.html. Deadline is April 15, 2021.
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, email@example.com
Connie Sheridan, Civil Rights, RCW, Title IX Coordinator, (360) 503-1221, firstname.lastname@example.org
Written complaints to: 2200 M Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221
The Anacortes School District provides interpretation services upon request as needed. Please contact the Student Support Services Department for more information: (360) 503-1216.