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Anacortes School District News & Events - 4/22/22

Welcome to the district's bi-monthly newsletter! At the bottom of this newsletter, you'll find a link to the Community Bulletin Board.
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  • April 27: Administrative Professionals Day
  • April 28: K-12 Half Day/ 6-12 Afternoon & Evening Conferences
  • April 28: School Board Meeting
  • May 2: National Principals Day
  • May 2-6: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 4: National School Nurse Day

An updated school calendar is on our website. May 31, which was reserved for a snow day, will now be a regular school day.

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District Social Media Pages

The district uses social media pages (mainly Facebook) to post celebrations of students and staff, important information, and district events. We recently made the decision to turn off commenting on most of our posts. Comments on social media pages can often devolve into gossip, rumor-spreading/ speculation, and personal attacks. We encourage our community to follow us on our social media pages for important updates and information, and to reach out directly to district personnel if you have a specific question or comment.

District news is also posted on our website:

Contact info can be found here:

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Online Safety: Parents' Guide to Protecting Children on the Internet

Wednesday, April 27th, 5:30pm

Brodniak Auditorium - 1600 20th Street, Anacortes

Presented by the Anacortes Police Department and the US Department of Homeland Security, this presentation will provide parents and staff with information on the potential dangers of online environments for children and how to keep them safe online. This presentation is not intended for children, and will not be filmed/ broadcast.

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

Nick of Time: Cardiac Arrest Screening

Wednesday May 4, 2022, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Anacortes HS Gymnasium

1600 20th St, Anacortes, WA 98221

Sign up ASAP - slots are filling fast!

This is open to anyone ages 12-24 in our community, not just ASD students.

Nick of Time Foundation in partnership with the UW Center for Sports Cardiology conducts ECG youth heart screenings for adolescents and young adults ages 12-24. Screenings consist of a Heart Health Survey asking about possible signs & symptoms or family history of a heart condition. An ECG is performed that analyzes the electrical signals of the heart and the results are reviewed on site by medical professionals experienced in ECG youth heart screens. A simple ECG can identify certain serious heart conditions that cannot be detected by a stethoscope. Most serious abnormalities have no warning signs.

Student screening forms can be found here, or at AHS.

All students must pre-register for an appointment at: and submit parental consent forms.

Return completed forms to Ms. Morgan in the main office or scan and email to:

Questions please call 425-967-5828

Nominations open for Brodniak Cultural Education Award

Deadline Extended!

Nominations are now being accepted for the Walter A. Brodniak Award for Cultural Education.

The Brodniak Award was created to foster growth of the cultural arts in the school district. Brodniak, Anacortes School District Superintendent from 1973 to 1977, was a staunch believer in the powerful contributions that arts make to our community. Each year, the award is given to a student, faculty member, administrator, school director, community member or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural arts in the Anacortes School District in the past year.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Monday, April 25. Please use the online form to submit your nomination. A selection committee will review the nominations and make a recommendation to the superintendent. The recipient will be recognized at an upcoming School Board Meeting.

If you have questions, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at (360) 503-1211 or

Accepting applications for Student Board Reps

We are currently accepting applications for student board representatives to the Anacortes School Board. Two incoming juniors will serve along two rising seniors. This is a two-year commitment, beginning with the 2022-23 school year.

Student board reps have an opportunity to gain real-life experience serving alongside the elected members of the school board.

To be eligible, you must currently be in your sophomore year in the Anacortes School District and be in good academic standing.

Expectations and Benefits:

  • Student reps are expected to attend all school board meetings and site visits (twice a month)
  • Annual Research Project
  • Attend conferences/ Local speaking engagements
  • Leadership Skills
  • Communications Skills
  • And more!

To apply, please submit an application online by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 29th.
Questions? Contact the Superintendent's Office (360) 503-1211 or

Kindergarten Registration Open

Enrollment is now open for all incoming kindergartners for the 2022-23 school year. Children entering kindergarten must be age 5 on or before August 31, 2022, in order to register. We urge families to enroll early to support our placement process, and help us ensure that siblings can be placed at the same school. Anacortes is a non-boundary district; students are placed following certain criteria and guidelines, per board policy 3131. Priority is given to families who enroll prior to May 15.

More information can be found in our Kindergarten Registration Packet.

Register your student online. (Incripcion en linea) Before you register, you’ll need:

  • Child’s birth certificate, passport, or other age verification document

  • Completed Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) (

  • Child’s Immunization Record

  • If applicable, parenting plan/court order and/or proof of guardianship

Don’t have access to a computer for registration? No problem! Contact the district office to schedule an appointment: (360) 503-1212 or

Placement Overview

Per state law, students must be 5 years of age on or before August 31, 2022 to enter kindergarten. Students must be 6 years of age on or before August 31, 2022 to enter first grade.

We recommend enrolling your student in their age-appropriate grade level, despite any umet learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. The district can help provide screening questions to determine your child’s best developmental placement. If you have questions about your child’s development, please contact our Teaching, Learning and Inclusive Services Department at (360) 503-1212 or

Assignment Timeline

Families will receive their elementary assignment by email in mid-August.

Family Welcome Presentation

Our welcome presentation was held on April 21; a video can be found here:


Contact Anne Berard, Elementary Registrar: (360) 503-1212 or

AHS Principal hiring process

We are partnering with Northwest Leadership Associates to recruit and screen applicants for the AHS principal position. The new principal’s first day will be July 1, 2022. There are multiple opportunities for the community to engage throughout the process. Applications are currently being accepted through April 29.

We gathered survey feedback from our community about the leadership qualities they would like to see in our next AHS principal; this survey is now closed.

Applicant Screening Process

Northwest Leadership Associates will review all applicants and conduct background checks and references. They will support the executive leadership team and the superintendent in choosing 6-8 candidates to interview. We will use feedback from the survey to help identify applicants for interviews.

Interview Process

A staff and student panel will interview selected candidates and choose 2-3 to move forward. The top 2 to 3 candidates will participate in multiple interviews and building tours with staff, students, and administrators and present to the community in a public forum.

Community Forum for all Families, Staff, Students, and Community

Families, staff, students, and community members are invited to a community forum with the top 2-3 candidates on Monday, May 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Brodniak Auditorium. Candidates will present and answer questions from in-person audience members. The forum will also be live-streamed (

Feedback on the candidates will be collected both in-person and electronically, although only in-person audience members will be able to ask questions of the candidates.

Final Interviews

The superintendent will conduct final interviews with the top 2-3 candidates and decide based on feedback from all groups involved, performance throughout the interview process, and background and reference checks.

Thank you for engaging in this important process. We look forward to your participation and feedback about the candidates.

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

AMS principal joining Oak Harbor leadership team

Anacortes Middle School Principal Patrick Harrington has accepted a position with the Oak Harbor School District as Assistant Superintendent, beginning with the 2022-2023 school year.

Harrington has served with the Anacortes School District for nearly 20 years, serving as assistant principal and principal at Anacortes Middle School. Harrington has also served as the district’s safety director for the past five years.

“It has been a tremendous honor to serve the district, its families, and its students for the past two decades,” said Harrington. “It has also been a pleasure serving under Superintendent Irish, as he guided our team through a couple of tough years. Our team is stronger because of his leadership. It was a very tough decision to leave the district.”

Harrington noted he is grateful for the collaborative team at the middle school and district office.

“The opportunity at Oak Harbor is the right step for me, professionally and personally, at this stage in my career, though I will be sad to leave the close friends and colleagues I have here in Anacortes,” said Harrington.

Dr. Justin Irish noted Harrington’s strength in building relationships with his staff, families, and students.

“Patrick’s knowledge of the community, district operations, and past practices has been invaluable to me,” said Irish. “He is truly a team player who will be missed. As sad as I am seeing him leave our district, I am excited for him to have a new opportunity. I fully support him as he advances in his career.”

The district will develop a recruitment plan to hire the next middle school principal, with opportunities for staff and community input.

Questions? Superintendent Justin Irish, (360) 503-1211 or

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Summer Impact - Save the Date

Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2022 through Friday, July 29, 2022 (Monday through Friday)

Times: 8:30AM-11:30AM

Location: Mount Erie Elementary

Who: Students entering K through 5th grade who meet the eligibility requirements

School teams will make recommendations and families will be invited in early May 2022. In the next newsletter, families who are interested but haven’t been invited will have an opportunity to communicate interest and be on a waitlist.

The IMPACT Program is intended for students who qualify or would qualify for Title I or LAP services during the school year and preschool students indicating developmental delays in cognitive and social-emotional domains as evidenced by program assessments. Selection criteria for prioritizing participation:

  • Students exhibiting academic need relative to grade level expectations

  • Students exhibiting social emotional need relative to developmental peers

  • Students who might not otherwise have access to enrichment activities during summer

  • Students exhibiting readiness to benefit from the program

If you have questions call 360-503-1212

Inclusive Services Community Engagement Update

The Inclusive Services department will be conducting Community Engagement Groups beginning in April. The goal of this committee is to share experiences, review current programs, identify hopes of stakeholders, and examine state results indicators. The outcome of these meetings will identify areas of growth and develop partnerships to help all students find successful learning opportunities.

Questions? Contact Director of Inclusive Services, Shannon Gilbert, or (360) 503-1216

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Tech support available in buildings

Does your student need a helping hand with technology? If so, we’ve moved our Tech Support team to each school so that you can connect with them when you next visit. More information about us and our work can be found at For urgent issues, continue to use our hotline at (360) 503-1220. When leaving a message, be sure to leave your name, your student’s name, and a number where you can be reached. We’ll be sure to get back to you within one school day.

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We continue to recruit for paras, subs in all positions, and coaches. Please refer to our HR page for openings:


We anticipate opening our buildings and programs to more volunteers this spring. If you haven't yet been cleared as a volunteer for this school year, please start the process now:

Please contact either Laura Dennis at 360-503-1223, or Shelby VanderKooy at 360-503-1203 in Human Resources with any additional questions, or concerns.

2022-23 School Year

Hard to believe, but the 2022-23 school year is right around the corner! Please note that the 2022-23 school year will begin before Labor Day - on Sept 1, 2022.
Click the link below to find items submitted for our community bulletin board: