ASD Weekly Community Bulletin

News and Events from the Anacortes School District

On the Calendar

April 30: High School Construction Update Meeting - 5:30 at AHS Commons

May 2: School Board Site Visit - Cap Sante High School - 8-10:30 a.m.

May 16: School Board Study Session and Evening Business Meeting

May 24: K-12 Early Release

May 27: No School - Memorial Day

May 28: Regular School Day (was snow day)

Updated Calendar - New Start and End Dates for 2019-20

We have updated start and end dates for the 2019-2020 school year due to an error in the previously approved calendar. We apologize for the change.

The first day of school for the 2019-2020 school year will be Thursday, Sept 5, 2019. The last day of school will be Thursday, June 18th, 2020. AHS Graduation remains on Wednesday, June 17th.

An updated calendar is available on our website. Questions? Contact the Superintendent's Office - (360) 503-1211 or

Applications open for Student School Board Reps

Deadline today! We are currently accepting applications for our next Student Board Representatives. Two students serve during their junior and senior years alongside the board and provide student voice to important board decisions. The deadline for applications is April 26th.

If you know of any sophomores who might be interested, please encourage them to apply:…/student_school_board_rep_application

Dedicate a bench in new AHS plaza

Want a chance to own a piece of Anacortes history? We are offering community members the opportunity to purchase and dedicate a bench to be a part of the new AHS plaza, opening in fall 2019. Only 6 benches remain!

Benches will be custom made with re-finished glu-lam beams from Brodniak Auditorium. Dedications will be affixed to the benches. Individuals, families, classes, service clubs or business can purchase a bench. Total cost is $5,000.

More information, including a link to apply to purchase a bench, is on our website:…/facilit…/a_h_s_custom_bench_purchase

Questions? Contact the Superintendent's Office at (360) 503-1211 or

District announces new principal assignments

As the Anacortes School District faces a significant budget shortfall for the 2019-20 school year, the administration plans to re-assign three principals to help offset costs and achieve greater efficiencies throughout the district.

Anacortes Middle School

Ryan Pike, current Whitney Early Childhood Education Center and Cap Sante High School principal, will become co-principal with current AMS principal Patrick Harrington. Pike is a former middle school principal who has extensive teaching and administrative experience. Harrington, meanwhile, is a successful veteran principal with 11 years at the helm of AMS. The co-principal model is research-based and has proven successful in other districts. In addition to their co-principal duties, Pike will maintain his role as the district’s secondary assessment coordinator and Harrington will direct student safety across the district. The retirement of long-time assistant principal Mark Perkins allowed the district to consolidate administration to achieve cost savings.

Cap Sante High School

Kecia Fox, current assistant principal at Anacortes High School, will resume duties as the Cap Sante principal. Fox served in this role for three years prior to the 2018-19 school year. She will retain many of her duties at Anacortes High School, while focusing on supporting the team at Cap Sante as they prepare to move into a new building and complete work on a strategic vision.

Whitney Early Childhood Education Center

Shannon Gilbert, assistant principal at Island View Elementary, will assume the role of principal at Whitney. Gilbert is a capable leader with experience supporting all students, including those with special needs. She will maintain some duties at Island View, including assessment and support for special education.

“We have a very capable and collaborative team of leaders,” said Superintendent Mark Wenzel. “I appreciate their flexibility in taking on these new roles and I believe these changes will best serve our students and staff, while facing the reality of our budget shortfall.”

The district faces a shortfall of a least $1 million with a $40 million budget for the 2019-20 school year. This is the result of the Legislature capping local levies as part of the "McCleary fix" last year. As a result, ASD was not able to collect about $1 million of voter-approved funds. Legislative fixes may help address the problem in future years, but changes need to be made now to offset costs for next year. The district also faces declining student enrollment which is a key driver of state revenue.

The school board has set guiding principles to address the deficit in our operational funds:

  • Try to avoid cuts that will negatively impact classroom learning

  • Maintain school safety and security

  • Keep a positive focus on kids

  • Maintain co-curricular programming

  • Preserve the integrity of the strategic plan and our strategic initiatives in quality instruction, social-emotional learning, equity, partnerships and stewardship

Additional budget cuts

The district has taken other steps to reduce costs, including:

  • Elimination of the district’s community engagement coordinator position. Keiko McCracken will transition to an open position in the Student Support Services Department due to the retirement of long-time district employee Sue Matto.

  • Reducing staff at the district office.

  • Identifying community-based alternatives to the district's tuition pre-school. Pre-school is not funded by the state and our program has been heavily subsidized by the local levy. While we place great value on the outstanding work of our pre-school staff, we are looking at other pre-school models not funded by the district.

  • Consolidating support staff at the high school. To align with the prototypical school model, we have consolidated administrative support at the high school.

  • Achieving cost savings through attrition. We plan not to replace 2-3 teaching positions across schools. Our lower enrollment helps absorb these cuts.

“We still need to identify additional areas for cost savings,” said Wenzel. “We’re committed to doing so deliberately in alignment with the school board’s guiding principles.”

Questions? Contact the Superintendent's Office at (360) 503-1211 or

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Groups

Did you know that we offer Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Groups? These free groups help families and their young children - birth to 5 - prepare for success in school and life.
At a Kaleidoscope group, children have fun participating in activities and being around their peers.

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn group will be offered at Fidalgo DanceWorks Annex, located at 909 3rd St., Anacortes.

The program is free of charge and will be held on Tuesdays 11:00-12:15, March 5 through May 21, 2019 (no meeting on April 2). For more information, contact Nicole Mortimer:

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As a courtesy, the Anacortes School District posts information here for non-school related community events and information that benefits students. The district does not necessarily endorse or sponsor any of these activities.

The Summer edition of the Anacortes A-Town Publication will be mailed out this week. Also, it is available online HERE. This publication has activities and events that are happening over the next several months.

Visit the Anacortes Farmers Market - fresh produce, great food, crafts, live music, and more. Every Saturday starting May 4th, 9AM to 2PM at the Depot (7th St and R Ave) - Family friendly!

Anacortes Food to Go - This is a weekend backpack food program for Anacortes students. If you are in need, please contact Food to Go - (360) 708-3037 or

Is your child interested in trying lacrosse? Anacortes Lacrosse Club is offering its annual Spring Clinic on 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, and 5/10 from 5:00pm-6:00pm at Smiley's Bottom fields near the High School. The Clinic is for players in grades K-2nd. Cost is $50 and no experience or equipment is required (except for a mouthguard). Come out and learn all about this fun team sport! Register here:

Anacortes Little League Challenger Division

Announcing the inaugural season of the Challenger Division for 2019! The Little League Challenger Division is an adaptive baseball program for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges. This is the first year that Anacortes will offer this program and we can’t wait to share our love of baseball with this fantastic group of kids! This team is open to children age 4 to 18: or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school. For more information, please email or register online at

Anacortes Parks & Recreation Youth Track and Field Program

Put on those running shoes, warm-up your throwing arm, and get ready to have some fun. Boys and girls in grades 1st-6th are eligible to participate in a fun and exciting program. Kids will have the opportunity to learn the basic FUNdamentals of sprinting, mid-distance and distance running, long jump, high jump, shot-put, discus, and safety javelin. Participants will also have the opportunity to test their skills in an organized track meet on the last day of the program, and ribbons will be handed out to all competitors. The details are as follows.

Mondays, April 15 – May 13

5:30-6:45 pm

Rice Field (Track and field area behind the AHS)

Cost is $15

Registration is currently open you can register by CLICKING HERE

Anacortes Sister Cities Wild Waves Fundraiser - The Anacortes Sister Cites Association (ASCA is sending ten AMS students to Japan and has discount Wild Waves tickets available for $15.99 ($9 off per ticket) between now and until June 16th and $25.99 ($19 off per ticket) between June 17th and September 7th. Season Passes are also available for a discount. Each ticket or season pass sold directly benefits ASCA fund raising needed to pay for the trip. Please buy online at and thank you for your support!

Anacortes Youth Football and Cheer Sign Ups

Ages: 7-14 years old

When: April 13th & May 4th (Both Saturdays)

Where: Village Pizza (upstairs)

Time: 9:30 - 11:00

Questions Contact: Brandon Spitali - Football 360-391-0133 Evenings

Lindy Evans - Cheer leading 360-298-2270 Evenings

Boys & Girls Club Member Info

Cap Sante PTSO Spring Fundraiser

Chess Club - After School at Mt Erie

Chess Club - After School at Fidalgo

Click Arts Camp - Aug 18-23

CrossFit Anacortes

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!

Emotion Coaching - Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child

Fidalgo Danceworks Summer Programs

First Tee Link Program

Learn life skills, the 9 core values, how to play golf and have fun with The First Tee at the Swinomish Golf links. Youth 7 - 18 are welcome and you can join at any time. Check out our flyer and visit our website:

Fly Fishing Class - July 2019

2019 Forest Discovery Day Camp

Plan ahead for summer - register online starting April 2nd!

What: The Forest Discovery Program is an activity oriented summer day camp for boys and girls ages 7-12. Each day we explore a different area of our community forest lands. As we hike, play games, make nature journals and experiment, we learn about wild animals, native plants and different habitats.

Where: Forest Discovery will meet at a different trailhead each day. More detailed instructions, maps & directions will be sent to you prior to your session. The trails are all within the Anacortes City limits.

When: There will be 2 sessions offered. Each session will meet Tuesday through Thursday. Your child may attend only one session. Please do not sign your child up if you do not plan to attend all three days. Dates and times are as follows:

Session 1: July 23rd, 24th, & 25th

Session 2: August 6th, 7th, & 8th

10-12 year olds from 9 am to 11:30 am daily

7-9 year olds from 1 pm to 3:30 pm daily

*Registration is required in advance. Each session is limited to 12 participants. Sign up early! Now introducing online registration!

Register online today at

Questions ? Please contact 360-293-3725 or email:

Foster Care Awareness Month - May

Your high schooler can earn volunteer hours by hosting a French exchange student!

When: June 30-July 20

Who: Girls and boys ages 14-16

Why: This 3 week program gives the French students the experience of being a teen in America! They're very excited to be a part of your family and use their English skills.

Where: They are coming to Anacortes to be a part of our community, and they will also go on two full-day excursions including a Mariner's game, The Seattle ferris wheel and a trip out to the San Juans.

What a fantastic opportunity to show your child the joy of experiencing another culture in the comfort of your own home.

Please contact Stacy O'Hagan for more information.

360-899-2046 (call/text)

Foster Care Family Recruitment

Girl Scouts in Anacortes

Guardstart - Junior Lifeguarding Program

Healthy Students Healthy Communities Newsletter

Island Adventure Art Camp - Summer 2019

Marathon March Point Walk and Run - June 22

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - Safety Tips

Nike Volleyball Camp is coming to Anacortes June 15 & 16. The camp is designed for players entering 6th-8th grade. Directed by Seattle University Head Volleyball Coach, James Finley, this Washington volleyball camp at Anacortes Middle School teaches boys and girls the proper fundamentals and mechanics of volleyball. Using a variety of games, drills and scrimmaging, this skill development camp will help campers improve their game and build confidence on the court. The goal of this summer volleyball camp in Skagit County is to provide players with an impactful and rewarding weekend of volleyball, where they are challenged to improve in a fun and safe environment.


  • Instruction from Seattle University (DI) Coach and his expert staff
  • 4-5 hours of daily training
  • 1:10 staff to camper ratio
  • All campers receive a Nike Volleyball Camps t-shirt and prizes!

To register:

Parent/ Child Clay Workshop - May 1

Park Aide Employment/ Volunteer Opportunities

Public Works Open House - May 30

Quaker Cove Events:

Kids' Culinary Camp

1st-2nd Grade: 9 - 11 AM, June 24, 26, & 28

3rd-5th Grade: 12 - 3 PM, June 24, 26, & 28

Middle & High School: 10 AM - 1 PM June 25 & 27

1st-5th Grade: July 1-3, 9 AM - 12 PM

July 1-3, 2 - 5 PM

Do you know a young chef in the making who jumps at the chance to learn new skills in the kitchen? Kids' Culinary Camp is just the thing for them. Camp Director Karl is a professionally trained chef, and he'll teach kids about ingredients, recipes, and prepare a meal together. Adults will oversee the kitchen. Dishes and skills will be tailored to age appropriate levels. Check out our website to register your budding chef.

Day Camp at Quaker Cove - Week 1: July 29 - August 2

Week 2: August 5 - 9

Week 3: August 12 - 16

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.

Relay for Life - June 22

Riverstone Climbing Gym

Secret Harbor - Foster Parent Info

Skagit Financial People Project Volunteer Educator Workshop

Skagit Parent to Parent April Newsletter

Skagit Kid Insider

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…

Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group Events

Teen Film Fest - Anacortes Museum - May 4

Register now for Western Washington University summer Youth Programs, held at Shannon Point Marine Center.

Western’s Youth Programs foster academic growth through enrichment and recreational activities. Offerings available this summer in Anacortes include:

Grandparents U: Marine Animal Adaptations

Create memories to last a lifetime during this unique intergenerational program for grandparents and grandchildren. Does your child wonder why crabs have claws and sea stars have no bones? We dive into the how’s and why’s of different marine animal characteristics and investigate the tops of kelp forests and deep ocean canyons to discover how marine habitats influence species diversity.

Grades: 1 - 8

Dates: Monday, July 22 - Tuesday, July 23

Times: Monday, 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Location: Shannon Point Marine Center

Cost: $260 per grandparent/grandchild pair

Odyssey of Science and Arts: Adventures of a Marine Scientist

Dive into investigating science and arts. Does your child have an interest in marine science? In this program they have the opportunity to engage with marine scientists at Shannon Point Marine Center. Through hands-on activities, participants apply the principals of the scientific method to discover unique aspects of the marine world.

Grades: 3 - 6

Dates: Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2

Times: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.

Location: Shannon Point Marine Center

Cost: $173 (if registered before May 14)

To learn more and register, visit

This School District does not sponsor, endorse, or recommend any of the organizations, services or activities described in this information. This information is provided solely for the convenience of our students and parents to assist in their review of the safety and suitability of such organizations, services and activities. All School Districts shall be held harmless from any cause of action, claim or petition filed in any court or administrative tribunal arising out of the distribution of these materials including attorney’s fees and judgments or awards.

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

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