ASD Weekly Community Bulletin

News and Events from the Anacortes School District

On the calendar

  • Feb 22: Superintendent Candidate Preliminary Interviews - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Anacortes High School Library
  • Feb 25, 26, 27: Superintendent Finalist Presentations - 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Anacortes High School Library
  • March 5: School Board Site Visit, Anacortes Middle School (8-10:30 a.m.)
  • *March 13 is a regular school day
  • March 24: School Board Site Visit, Anacortes High School (1-2:45 p.m.) and Business Meeting (3:15 p.m.)

Board selects semi-finalist candidates for Superintendent interviews

The Anacortes School Board plans to interview seven candidates for superintendent on Saturday, February 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Anacortes High School library, 1600 20th Street.

The preliminary interviews, which are open to the public, will help the board narrow down the field to three finalists. The board received 22 applications from candidates around the country.

“The board is pleased that we had such a positive response with strong candidates. It was difficult to narrow the list down,” said board president Bobbilyn Hogge. “The high level of interest shows the strength and positive reputation of our district and community.”

The schedule for preliminary interviews on Saturday, Feb. 22 is as follows:

  • 8 a.m. - Brian Hanrahan, Principal, Anacortes School District

  • 9 a.m. - John Harrison, Executive Director of Schools, Bellevue School District

  • 10 a.m. - Dr. Justin Irish, Assistant Superintendent, Edmonds School District

  • 11 a.m. - Dr. Jane Pryne, Educational Leadership Consultant, Northshore School District

(Break from noon - 1 p.m.)

  • 1 p.m. - Patrick Hegarty, Executive Director of Secondary Education, Mukilteo School District

  • 2 p.m. - David Forsythe, Assistant Superintendent, Northwest Educational Service District 189

  • 3 p.m.- Dr. Jared Hoadley, Assistant Superintendent, Mead School District

Staff, students, and community members are invited to attend the preliminary interviews. Observers will be asked to provide written feedback. At the conclusion of the preliminary interviews, the board will meet in executive session to determine the three finalists for the position. Those three finalists will tour school district buildings on February 25, 26, and 27, and will hold public forum meetings at 6:30 p.m. each night at the Anacortes High School library.

The superintendent oversees the day-to-day operations of the Anacortes School District, including management of its $40 million budget, approximately 400 employees, seven schools, and numerous programs and partnerships. The new superintendent, expected to be announced on February 28, will take over on July 1 from Dr. Mark Wenzel who has accepted a position directing an international school in Singapore after seven years leading Anacortes schools.

More information about the search process can be found on the district website:

Questions? Contact Bobbilyn Hogge,, (360) 708-9128, or Torhil Ramsay,, (360) 503-1211

New Pride is here

Check out the latest issue of the Anacortes Pride -- the district's quarterly newspaper that is mailed to all Anacortes households.

In this issue:
- Celebrating high school construction completion
- Digital media at the middle school
- Reading tips for kids
- and more!

If you would like extra copies of the Pride, please contact the Superintendent's Office - (360) 503-1211 or

Now Hiring: Bus Drivers

Join our team of bus drivers! Hiring subs now. No experience necessary, we will train. Flexible schedules and a work schedule that matches your child's school schedule.

Apply online:

Questions? Contact Transportation at (360) 503-1155 or Human Resources (360) 503-1197

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As a courtesy, the Anacortes School District posts information here for non-school related community events and information that benefits students. The district does not necessarily endorse or sponsor any of these activities.
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Ski/Snowboard Bus Info

The Anacortes/Burlington Mt. Baker Winter Ride Program is open to all students in 6-12 grade.
-8 week program starting January 4th 2020 (Saturdays only)
- No experience necessary
-Ski/snowboard equipment rental available
-Lessons available & optional
-Transportation is provided by a private charter bus
-Restroom facilities available during travel

Sign ups will run through December 15th and are in a first come first serve basis. All weekly trips are chaperoned.

Please join the Facebook page “Anacortes Winter Ride” for more details or contact: Stacy Doyle - (360) 840-5133

After School Arts Classes for Kids - new days!

After School Spanish Classes for Kids - new days!

Anacortes Blackhawks Baseball - Team Search

Anacortes Boys & Girls Club Enrollment Info

Anacortes Food to Go - This is a weekend backpack food program for Anacortes students. If you are in need, please contact Food to Go - (360) 708-3037 or

Anacortes Little League: Sign up now for Anacortes Little League! Rookie, T-Ball and Challenger divisions are open for registration until early March. Learn more and register today at Play ball!

Anacortes Parks & Rec Programs:

There are many more APRD recreation opportunities listed in our Winter A-Town Publication which can be found online HERE. The Spring/Summer edition of the A-Town will be available at the end of April. Registration for Spring/Summer programs and events will take place at that time.

Anacortes Parks & Recreation Youth Track and Field Program

Put on those running shoes, warm-up your throwing arm, and get ready to have some fun. Boys and girls in grades 1st-6th are eligible to participate in a fun and exciting program. Kids will have the opportunity to learn the basic FUNdamentals of sprinting, mid-distance and distance running, long jump, high jump, shot-put, discus, and safety javelin. Participants will also have the opportunity to test their skills in an organized track meet on the last day of the program, and ribbons will be handed out to all competitors. The details are as follows.

Mondays, April 13 – May 4


Rice Field (Track and field area behind the AHS)

Cost is $20

Registration is currently open you can register by CLICK HERE

Anacortes Public Library February Calendar
Anacortes Public Library March Calendar

Anacortes Public Library Jazz at the Library

Anacortes Robotics Booster Club (ARBC)

We sponsor robotics teams within the FIRST progression of programs at all grade levels (K-12). Visit the ARBC website to learn more, or e-mail us at with questions. Each program level has its own calendar of important dates for team formation, meetings, and tournaments.

ABRC FIRST Lego League JR Boomtown Build

ABRC FIRST Lego League City Shaper

Arbor Day Educator Materials

Class Act - K - 2nd: Born To Be Wild


April 17th -- May 22nd

4:15 – 5:30 pm


Breaking news! The jungle animals are electing a new King of The Jungle! Which animal will tell a story that results in them winning the election? In this class, each student will create a unique personality for a jungle animal character to help tell this story. This play will be performed on the last day of class. Each day of class, students will also have the chance to play fun theatre games and work on their acting skills. or call 360-293-6829

CrossFit Kids & Teens

Winter CSA Opportunity in Anacortes

Boldly Grown Farm is a certified organic farm in Skagit Valley. Our family farm grows fall & winter vegetables to feed our community during the typical off-season. Our Winter CSA (community supported agriculture) program has expanded to Anacortes this season! We are excited to partner with the Island Hospital Health Resource Center as a drop site.

With our CSA share, you can look forward to:

  • 12 bountiful, biweekly veggie boxes from late October through early April
  • High-quality, certified organic produce, from staples to specialty items
  • Value-added products like kraut, chili powder and more
  • Produce storage tips and recipes from your food-loving farmers
  • Convenient drop sites in Seattle, Skagit Valley and Bellingham

All the details are on our website, so head on over to learn more about our CSA program and sign up to get your share at Island Hospital. We hope you'll consider joining us for a winter of local, sustainable—and of course, delicious!—eating.

Chess Tournament - March 28

Deception Pass Fun Run - March 29

Dogs on Call - Volunteer Opportunity - We need YOU and YOUR PET to help kids in need with Dogs on Call! If you are interested, click on the flyer!

Elks National Hope Shoot Free Throw Contest

All fourth graders are eligible to see America’s natural wonders and historic sites for free through the Every Kid Outdoors Program! This program provides fourth graders and their families access to public lands (NATIONAL PARKS, FORESTS, WILDLIFE AREAS, BLM, ETC.) for one year. Passes can be printed and brought with the child on their park visit. Encourage fellow educators, parents and friends with fourth graders to download their Every Kid Outdoors pass today!

Fidalgo DanceWorks is now accepting new students of all ages! Ballet, jazz, tap, modern and many more classes are currently enrolling for September. Please see our full schedule at Classes are filling fast!

Friends of Skagit Beaches Winter Lecture Series : Saltwater Beavers: Engineers in the Tidal Marsh: Dr. W. Gregory Hood, senior research scientist, Skagit River System Cooperative, will discuss how beavers are thriving in tidal marshes from Alaska to Oregon. These resourceful critters are constructing valuable low-tide habitats that protect juvenile salmon and other small fish. Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Northwest Ed. Services District Bldg., 1601 R Ave., Anacortes, WA. 7:00pm – 8:30pm. Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches. Lectures are free and open to all ages. (Donations are welcome). For more information about this and other upcoming Lecture Series topics please visit

Foster Care Family Recruitment

Girl Scouts in Anacortes

Good News Club

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Classes

History Day- Interested in good news about young people?

If you have a few minutes to explore what History Day is about, you can find information about the national program at and information about Washington History Day as a program of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at

The Washington State Historical Society provides supporting information at

In addition to explanations of what History Day is and what its value is to participating students, you will see examples of good student work.

Time commitment can be as little as one Saturday morning (7March20) or a few hours on your own time at your computer whenever you like in February.

Anacortes Middle School students will be among the participants for the third time in school history. One group of students took their work all the way to the national contest at the University of Maryland in June of 2018.

Randy Schnabel, Coordinator

Northwest Region History Day


Learn Celtic Music

Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner:

NAMI Family to Family Course - Register by March 2

Pacific Storm Tae Kwon Do

Riverstone Climbing Gym

Salish Sea School: This summer, learn how students can help the endangered orcas!

Join us for four fun days where we explore the Salish Sea's ecosystem connection from water quality to whales.

Enrollment is open today for "Guardians of the Sea" at

Space is limited (5 students max per session).

Guardians of the Sea Jr (10-12 year olds)

Guardians of the Sea I (13-17 year olds)

We have 5 student scholarships left!

Secret Harbor - Foster Parent Info

Skagit Conservation District Poster Contest

Skagit Kid Insider

Skagit Parent 2 Parent February Newsletter

WWU Youth Programs want you! – to come join us and explore our marine science programs.

Western Washington University Youth Program is offering several opportunities for school age students in 2020 at Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes.

Coming this winter/spring:

Friday March 13th, 6-9pm: Kids Night Out @ Western – Anacortes: Students in grades K-5 join us for an evening of hands on marine science activities and learning.

Learn more and register on our website:

Registration ends March 8th, 2020

Find out more about other programs in Anacortes and Bellingham at our website:

This School District does not sponsor, endorse, or recommend any of the organizations, services or activities described in this information. This information is provided solely for the convenience of our students and parents to assist in their review of the safety and suitability of such organizations, services and activities. All School Districts shall be held harmless from any cause of action, claim or petition filed in any court or administrative tribunal arising out of the distribution of these materials including attorney’s fees and judgments or awards.

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

The Anacortes School District provides interpretation services upon request as needed. Please contact the Student Support Services Department for more information: (360) 503-1216.

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