The Current

Anacortes High School's guide to monthly events.

Anacortes High School

1600 20th Street

Anacortes, WA 98221

Phone: (360)503-1300

Principal: Jon Ronngren

Vice Principal: Kecia Fox

Dean of Students: Mike Baribault

Athletic Director: Erik Titus

October 2019

Greetings Seahawk Families,

As September comes to an end and we settle in for the fall, staff and students remain committed to our Mission of empowering our students to be successful, confident and passionate in an ever-changing world. We continue our emphasis on school attendance this fall and appreciate your support in reinforcing the importance of attendance as a major factor in academic success. We appreciate appointments and vacations scheduled outside the school calendar whenever possible.

Homecoming 2019 activities start on Thursday, Oct 3 with Murals in the commons followed by a week of events Oct 7 – 11. The week culminates with our Homecoming football game on Friday, Oct 11 and dance on Saturday, Oct 12 in the commons. We are asking parents / guardians attending assemblies on Monday, Oct 7 and Friday, Oct 11 to sign in the Main Office before proceeding to Rice Field. We will have a parent section roped off on the north end of the bleachers – bring sunglasses as Mr. Titus is guaranteeing sunny skies.

We will be administering the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) test on Saturday, October 19. As part of our ongoing efforts and commitment to preparing students for college success, we will be offering this assessment free of charge to students in grade 10. The PSAT is an important high school milestone as students begin planning for their post-secondary education opportunities. We encourage students to begin thinking about life after high school early on in their high school career and participation in college testing is an integral part of their planning. Students participating in PSAT testing should arrive no later than 7:30 am on Saturday, Oct. 19 at AHS and expect to be dismissed no sooner than noon. Students will enter through our Main Entrance on the west side of the building.

The first week of October brings the first academic progress report on your student. This is a reminder, as we do not mail home quarterly progress reports, that you have 24-7 access to your student’s academic progress and attendance via web-based Family Access. Please go to and click on For Parents drop down banner located at the top of the AHS webpage, then click on the Family Access. Enter your login and password. Under Home in the left-hand column, select Gradebook. You will current grades for your student. If we do not have your email address, if you have changed your email address, or if you have questions about your Family Access account; please contact registrar Carol Kirkpatrick at or 503-1364. We will continue to mail home progress reports to families who do not have an active email account on file with us. Please contact your student’s teachers directly should you have questions about classroom performance and grades. You may email them directly via Family Access.

As of today, we plan to administer a Student Voice survey on Wednesday, Oct 9 in Advisory. The purpose of the survey is to measure conditions that affect student voice, aspirations, and academic motivations, as well as assessing student perceptions of their personal voice as a student at Anacortes High School.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns at or (360) 503-1303.

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

Homecoming Week 2019

Homecoming Week Activities October 3 through October 12, 2019

The Theme of Anacortes High School Homecoming 2019 is SEASONS

Seniors: Winter

Juniors: Summer

Sophomores: Fall

Freshmen: Spring

ATTENTION: All non-AHS students (parents/guardians, family, community members) MUST check in at the AHS front office prior to attending an assembly at Rice Field.

Thursday, October 3: Murals from 3:00 to 6:00 in the AHS Commons

Monday, October 7

Homecoming Week Kickoff Assembly @ 1:55 at Rice Field.

LIP SYNC from 6:30 to 8:30; Various Locations TBD

Football vs. Sedro Woolley at 5:30

Boys Tennis: Varsity vs. Bellingham at 4:00

Tuesday, October 8

LIP SYNC from 6:30 to 8:30; Various Locations TBD

VB vs. Sedro Woolley: C/JV @ 5:40; Varsity @ 7:00

Soccer vs. Sedro Woolley: JV @ 5:00; Varsity @ 7:00

Wednesday, October 9

FIELD NIGHT/eSports from 6:00 to 8:00 at Rice Field/AHS Commons

HS XC Meet @ 4:00pm

Thursday, October 10

FLOAT BUILDING from 3:00 to 7:00 at the Lower Parking Lot

LIP SYNC from 6:30 to 8:30; Various Locations TBD

Swim vs. Squalicum @ 2:55pm

Friday, October 11

Homecoming Week Culminating Assembly @ 1:55 at Rice Field

Homecoming PARADE @ 3:30

FB vs. Bellingham @ 7:00pm

Saturday, October 12

Homecoming DANCE from 9:00 to 12:00 at AHS Commons

STUDENTS: Please make sure that you have signed the DANCE CONTRACT for 2019!

AHS Athletics

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

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!

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 - October 2019

Senior Parent Night 10/1/19

  • Senior parents and guardians are invited to Senior Parent Night on Tuesday, October 1st at

6 p.m. in the AHS Commons.

  • Hear about important information regarding senior year

Financial Aid 101 / Information Night

  • Wednesday, October 9th @ 6:30 pm in the AHS Commons

  • Seniors and senior parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to attend

  • The presentation will be hosted by Rose Hill, from the Financial Aid Office at Skagit Valley College

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Seniors applying to any technical, 2-year or 4-year colleges for next fall can begin completing the FAFSA on October 1st.

  • Completing the FAFSA as early as possible is recommended to ensure that students are considered for the maximum amount of financial aid possible.

  • Bring your FAFSA questions to Financial Aid Night on October 9th!

Senior Manual

  • The Senior Year Resource Manual is now available in the Class of 2020 Google Classroom and will soon be added to the Counseling Center website.

  • School counselors will be reviewing key information with seniors in English classes during the first two weeks of October.

Senior Experience

  • The Senior Experience graduation requirement was introduced to seniors last April.

  • Seniors can access the information and instructions via the Class of 2020 Google Classroom.

  • The Senior Experience Proposal is due no later than 12/04/19 to Advisory teachers.

  • The fully completed Senior Experience Final Questionnaire is due no later than 01/22/20 to Advisory teachers.

    • Both the Proposal and Final Questionnaire should be uploaded to each student’s Xello Portfolio.


  • AHS will administer the PSAT on Saturday, October 19th beginning at 8:00 am. Students must report no later than 7:30 am. All students must bring a current and valid school- or government-issued photo ID on testing day.

  • All AHS 10th graders are automatically registered to take the PSAT. 9th and 11th graders and non-AHS students can pick up registration forms in the Counseling Office and pay $20 at the ASB window no later than Wednesday, September 18th.

  • Student guides and test day information were distributed in 10th grade English classes.

Current Upcoming College/Military Visits

  • October 1 - University of Alaska, CCR Room @ 2:45

  • October 1 - University of Washington Bothell, Commons, A Lunch only

  • October 10 - US Air Force Academy, CCR Room @ 2:45

  • October 11 - Central Washington University, Commons, Both Lunches

  • October 21 - Seattle Pacific University, Commons, B Lunch only

  • October 23 - Skagit Valley College, Commons, Both Lunches

*please note these are current scheduled visits, others may be added*

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

Important Dates for Seniors in October:

  • Senior Parent Night: October 1st from 6-7pm in the AHS Commons
  • Skagit Valley College presentation regarding Financial Aid: October 9th from 6:30-7:30 pm in the AHS Commons
  • FASFA opening date: October 1st
  • PSAT Testing: October 19th

We will be updating the Senior Manual, which will be accessible online through the counseling center department.

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 Portraits Due by Friday, October 18.

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.

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 on 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.

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:

PTSA Officers for 2019-20

President: Shaunie McLeod

Vice President: Autumn Atterberry

Secretary: Angie Hamblen

Treasurer: Joyce Anderson

October 7: PTSA General Meeting from 5:00-6:00

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.

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.

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