Anacortes High School's guide to monthly events.
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 ahs.asd103.org 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.
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:
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
ATTENTION SENIORS AND PARENTS:
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
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 email@example.com to initiate a change.
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
AHS PTSA MEMEBERSHIP
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.
First PTSA Meeting on October 5, 2020
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.
Amazon Smile Earns Money for AHS PTSA
On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), 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
Click the links for the most updated information on start dates, activities/athletic code of conduct, attendance, and SABA.
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Connie Sheridan, Civil Rights, RCW, Title IX Coordinator, (360) 503-1221, email@example.com
Written complaints to: 2200 M Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221