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: Kecia Fox

Assistant Principal and Athletic Director: Erik Titus

Dean of Students: Mike Baribault

Principal’s Message - October 2020

Greetings Seahawk Families,

As September comes to an end and we settle in for the fall, staff and students remain committed to our school’s mission, even in these times of remote learning. Our mission is to empower our students to be successful, confident and passionate in an ever-changing world by encouraging positive relationships, honoring student voice, and supporting individual excellence. We strive to do this for each and every student through our ongoing improvement work and aligned to our school district’s equity policy.

To achieve these goals, we focus on high quality teaching and learning, social emotional learning, and student voice and leadership. Our professional and knowledgeable staff engaged in significant work prior to this school year to prepare for remote teaching and learning. Despite a few challenges, I have been impressed with our strong start to the year. Staff and students are positive and committed to the important work of learning!

Also, we continue to implement the social emotional learning program Character Strong. This work supports our emphasis on developing character traits such as kindness and empathy. Students also develop self awareness and responsible decision making. Development of strong social emotional skills correlates to academic success.

Third, we value student voice and leadership. Student leaders add value to our school community in many ways. We are inspired by their passion and creativity and look forward to working with them this year to strengthen our school community, especially while we are learning remotely.

The first week of October brings the first academic progress report for your student. You have 24-7 access to your student’s academic progress and attendance via web-based Family Access. Please go to and click on the For Families tab. Click on the Family Access and enter your login and password. Select Home and then Gradebook. You will see current grades for your student. We do not send home individual progress reports. Please contact your student’s teachers directly if you have questions about classroom performance and grades. You may email them directly via Family Access.

We value your engagement and partnership in your child’s education. Each and every student is deserving of a high quality education. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.

Kecia Fox

AHS Principal


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Social Emotional Learning at AHS

This year at AHS we are continuing the Character Strong program. Our Character, like any other muscle in our body, can get stronger with intentional, consistent practice. Our goal is to help students forge meaningful relationships, build positive community, focus on social-emotional learning, and develop character.

At school, students and teachers have Character Dares. If you want to try this at home, we have Family Character Dares intended to support positive family communication, acts of kindness, recreation and rest, and expressions of love. Here is this month’s Family Dare:

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Library Curbside Pickup Begins on Wednesday, October 7

The Library will begin curbside pickup of print library books at AHS on Wednesday, October 7. This will continue every Wednesday. Please contact Ms. John with any questions.

Click the link to learn how to place a book on hold at your library.

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ASB Officers

President: Allie Perez

Vice President: Jessica Augustoni

Business Manager: Teja Rasmussen

Secretary: Amy Aggergaard

Advisor: Erik Titus/Spencer Andrich

Congratulations to October Students of the Month

English: Kyle Danielsen

Social Studies: Teja Rasmussen

Fine Arts: Noah Dunham

CTE: Khadija Haidara

PE: Connor Barton

World Languages: Patrick Quinn

Attendance: Kenji Birch

Attitude: Annabella Isaacson

Academics: Hunter Berard

Senior Week: October 5-October 11


It is time to place your order for your required cap/gown unit, and all the graduation items you will need to be prepared for the Ceremony and Celebrate this wonderful accomplishment. Jostens is our High School’s official graduation supplier.

  • Free shipping on all products.
  • Receive a $20 savings on your cap and gown; savings reflected on the website.
  • Receive a free cap, gown, and tassel when ordering your ring.
  • Be guaranteed the official graduation announcement.

Click here to register with Jostens.

National Honor Society

The National Honor Society supports the school's commitment to building character, promoting leadership, service to the community, and scholarships.

Letters to Anacortes High School National Honor Society (NHS) candidates will be sent in October with details about a parent meeting, NHS requirements, community service opportunities, and the NHS meeting schedule. Students will also have the opportunity to attend Hawk Talks at different times throughout the year to learn about college and career opportunities.

National Honor Society Officers 2020/2021 School Year

President: Connor Barton

Vice President: Lauren McClintock

Secretary: Abigail Schnabel

Business Manager: Megan McKenna

Historian: Gabriella Snowman

Mark Your Calendars

October 13: Financial Aid Night

October 20: Senior Parent Night

October 20: Photo Retakes

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. Please contact registrar Carol Kirkpatrick at to initiate a change.

Alpha breakdown of Counselor Assignments:

Joyce Binschus (formerly Wells), A-G

Maggie Lahey, H-PA

Ashlee Poggie, PE-Z

The Counseling Office hours are from 7:30-4:00. Please email your counselor with any questions.

Counseling Center Announcements - October of 2020

Financial Aid 101 / Information Night - Tuesday, October 13th

  • Please join us at 6 pm for a Zoom webinar (link to be shared soon)

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

  • Please join us for vital information about the FAFSA and financial aid planning

  • The presentation will be hosted by Jamie Woodards, our AHS Assessment/Special Projects Coordinator

Senior Parent Night - Tuesday, October 20th

  • Please join us at 6 p.m. for a Zoom webinar (link to be shared soon)

  • Senior parents and guardians are invited to attend

  • The presentation will be hosted by the AHS Counseling team

  • Hear about important information regarding senior year!

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 13th!

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.

SAT registration and dates can be found at

ACT registration and dates can be found at

We are working to reschedule tests that were cancelled this spring and fall due to COVID. More information will follow once we have updated testing plans.

Important PTSA Updates for October of 2020


It's never too late to help support our students and staff by joining the AHS PTSA.

Our mission is to help families, students, and schools succeed through better communication and support programs.

The AHS PTSA is known for: working with the school to provide student programs and assemblies, sponsor the Reflection Art Program, provide funds for AHS Link Crew t-shirts, provide annual financial grants to graduating Seniors, teacher grants to enrich instruction, hospitality to students and staff, along with creating and maintaining a positive relations with teachers and staff.

Also knowing that becoming a AHS PTSA Member DOES NOT sign you up for any volunteering; it is just an easy way to show your support.


Click on the link for order forms for merchandise, poinsettias, leis, flower baskets, and to sign up for the PTSA.

PTSA Home Page

First PTSA Meeting on October 5, 2020

Please join the PTSA for their first meeting on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 5:30. Zoom link to follow!

PTSA Annual Poinsettia Sale from October 1-November 2, 2020

The annual AHS Poinsettia Sale is on NOW! Please click here to access the order form.

PTSA Officers for 2020-21

President: Shaunie McLeod;

Vice President: Autumn Atterberry;

Secretary: Angie Hamblen;

Treasurer: Jason Waldrop;

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.

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 or at the Attendance office.

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.

Athletics website

Athletics Smore

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: Purchasing and Senior Photo/Ad Deadlines

The yearbook has extended the Senior Portrait deadline to Friday, Oct 30. Any submissions after that will be charged a $20 late fee and no portraits will be accepted after Nov. 13th.

The Senior Ad deadline is Nov 30th.

Click here for additional information and to buy your yearbook for the 2020-21 school year!

Please remember to purchase your copy of The Rhododendron at the ASB/Athletics window from Mrs. South or online.

The Seahawk Journal

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The Rock

AHS Broadcast Club will broadcast segments on current events. 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.

Make Sure You Read The Student Handbook

For student information including Attendance, Technology Use, Truancy, and Virtual Norms, please review the Student Handbook.

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:

Shannon Gilbert, Section 504/ ADA Coordinator, (360) 503-1433,

Connie Sheridan, Civil Rights, RCW, Title IX Coordinator, (360) 503-1221,

Written complaints to: 2200 M Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221