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

November 2019

Greetings Seahawk Families,

We are nearing the end of our three-year journey with construction at AHS! We look forward to having our band, choir, and CTE students back on campus and out of the rainy weather experienced during their daily commute to AMS. Our students have done an outstanding job navigating the ups and downs of an active construction project and for this I am extremely appreciative.

Our fall sports season is winding down and winter coaches are starting to prepare for another season of Seahawk Swim/Dive, Wrestling, Cheerleading, and Basketball. Winter sports start on Monday, November 18. Please ensure that you and your student athlete have completed the online registration process via Final Forms no later than Friday, November 15 and that you have paid all associated fees. Contact Carey South in our Athletics office if you have questions.


  • Wednesday, Nov 6: AHS Veteran’s Day Observance

  • Friday, Nov 8: Teacher Work day- NO SCHOOL

  • Monday, Nov 11: Veteran’s Day – NO SCHOOL

  • Wednesday, Nov 13: Midterm Grades in Skyward Family Access

  • Monday, Nov 25: Early Release 11:20 am.

  • Tuesday, Nov 26: Early Release 11:20 am.

    • Afternoon Conferences: 12:25 pm – 3:05 pm

    • Evening Conferences: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  • Wednesday, Nov 27: Early Release 10:45 am

  • Thursday, Nov 28: NO SCHOOL

  • Friday, Nov 29: NO SCHOOL

Attention parents of students who qualify for our free/reduced lunch program - Please ensure that you have submitted the 2019-20 Free/Reduced lunch form that qualifies your student for reduced Advanced Placement registration fees. Contact Juanita Maltsberger in Food Services at (360) 503-1377 if you have questions.

We have so much to be thankful for at Anacortes High School – great students, ongoing family and community support and a staff committed to all students finding success both in and out of the classroom. I hope that you and your student are able to take some much deserved time off over the Thanksgiving holiday break. Lastly, I would like to thank our family members serving in our Armed Forces and wish those deployed a very Happy Thanksgiving!

In Seahawk Pride,

Jon Ronngren


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Changes to Graduation Requirements in Effect Starting with the Class of 2020

In the 2019 session, the Washington State Legislature made significant changes to high school graduation requirements, beginning with the Class of 2020. Most of these changes relate to how students are allowed to demonstrate they are ready for the next steps after high school. Through the graduating Class of 2019, students were required to pass state assessments or meet one of the state approved assessment alternatives to be eligible for a high school diploma.

These alternatives included:

  • Established scores on college admissions tests, Advanced Placement exams, or International Baccalaureate exams.

  • Comparison of a student’s grade point average in two credits of English and/or Math with the grade point average of students who took those same courses and passed the state test in English Language Arts and/or Math.

  • Earn college credit in a dual credit course in English Language Arts or Mathematics.

With the passage of House Bill 1599, these alternatives to the state tests have been expanded to include:

  • High school transition courses in English Language Arts and math

  • Sequence of career and technical education (CTE) courses, including completing a Core Plus branded program

  • Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

Note: With the passing of House Bill 1599 students are not required to pass the Washington Comprehensive Science Assessment (WCAS) to graduate. Juniors are required to participate in WCAS testing to satisfy state and federal accountability requirements.

The State Board of Education is currently working to adopt rules for each of these pathways and other changes in the law to provide additional clarity. Once these rules are adopted, we will inform students and families.

ASB Officers

President: Mackenzie Wakefield

Vice-President: Aynslee King

Secretary: Elizabeth Koals

Business Manager: Elizabeth Chambers

Advisor: Erik Titus/Robert Hancock

Homecoming Week this year was very fun-filled! Here are some highlights from the week:

- Over 2000 cans of food were collected for the Salvation Army

- Approximately 100 students participated in floats

- 50 students participated in murals

- Freshman ended up winning homecoming

Congratulations to November's Students of the Month

Math: Caleb Nelson

English: Lauren McClintock

Science: Kai Wallis

Social Studies: Heidi VanDyk

Fine Arts: Sadie Rich

CTE: Riley A. Riley King

PE: Maya Marshall

Excellent Work Ethic: Sarafina Dunlap

World Languages: Alizee Hargrove

Attendance: Blake Martens

Attitude: Isabella Douglas

Academics: Abigail Hylton

AVID: Megan Jackson

Most Improved Grades: Amanda Elling

The SAT will be administered here at AHS on Saturday, November 2

REMINDER: All SAT test-takers, please make sure that you have photo ID with you on test day. Doors will open at 7:30, and you must be in your assigned classroom by 8:00.

Seahawks Choir Booster 5th Annual Mattress Fundraiser

The fundraiser will occur on Saturday, November 2 from 10:00 to 5:00. The event takes place at Anacortes Middle School. Click the link for more details.

Blood Drive at AHS on Tuesday, November 5

The Bloodmobile will be at Anacortes High School from 8:00-2:00. This event is only open to AHS students.

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 - November 2019

Seniors: Senior Experience Proposal due Wednesday, December 4th in your Advisory Class. All Senior Experience paperwork may be found in your Xello Portfolio under assignments. Please remember to print your proposal and have your Advisory Teacher or School Counselor review and sign off on your Proposal prior to November 14th. The signed proposal should then be uploaded to your Xello Portfolio.

Seniors: There will be a Senior Graduation Products Meeting on Wednesday, November 13th during Advisory Period in the commons area.

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. Stop by the Counseling Center 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.

ASVAB TEST @ AHS Tuesday, December 10th from 8:05am – 11:05am: All students Interested in a military career are encouraged to sign up NOW in the Counseling Center to take the ASVAB TEST. ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is one of the most widely used, multiple-aptitude tests in the world, developed and maintained by the Department of Defense. The test measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military and the general workforce. Please see Mrs. Woodards in the Counseling Center if you would like 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. AHS is a testing site for the SAT on 11/02/19 and 06/06/20.

SAT registration and dates can be found at

ACT registration and dates can be found at

AHS Visits in November

  • November 5: US Navy, Commons, both lunches

  • November 5: Washington State University, Commons, both lunches

  • November 6: YMCA Oasis Youth Shelter, Commons, both lunches

  • November 12: US Marine Corps, Commons, both lunches

  • November 13: Oregon State University, CCR Room - B Lunch Only

  • November 14: Quest University of Canada, Commons - B Lunch Only

  • November 20: YMCA Oasis Youth Shelter, Commons, both lunches

  • 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: AHS Yearbook News For 2020 Seniors

    It’s finally here!. Class of 2020, it is your senior year at AHS! If you haven’t ordered a yearbook yet, please do so soon. The Rhododendron can be purchased in the ASB/Athletics window from Mrs. South before Thanksgiving for $50. In the spring, the price increases to $70.

    Senior Ads Due by Tuesday, November 26.

    Please click on the attached link for additional information regarding due dates for Senior Portraits and Ads, and cost per ad.

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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.

    The Anacortes Schools Foundation Invites You To Celebrate the Season

    The Family Holiday Fair and Holiday Dinner will occur at the Port of Anacortes. Proceeds benefit Anacortes Students. Click the link for additional information.

    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.

    2019 Poinsettia Fundraiser

    Please click the attached link for order forms, description of arrangements, pricing, and contact information. You may designate which class receives the proceeds from your order.

    2019 Spirit Wear Fundraiser

    It is the time of the year to order Seahawk Spirit Wear! Click on the link for the order form. Orders and money are to be submitted to the PTSA box in the Main Office.

    Class of 2020 Tumbler and Lanyard Fundraiser

    Click on the link for an order form. Turn in checks and order forms to the front office.

    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