ASD Weekly Community Bulletin

News and Events from the Anacortes School District

On the Calendar

May 24: K-12 Early Release

May 27: No School - Memorial Day

May 28: Regular School Day (was snow day)

Superintendent announces plans for final year in Anacortes

Superintendent Mark Wenzel recently announced plans to make 2019-2020 his final year in Anacortes. Wenzel plans to move to Singapore in summer 2020 to take a superintendent position at an international school.

In a communication to parents, Wenzel wrote:

"It was not an easy decision, as Anacortes offers such an amazing quality of life and community connectedness. At the same time, we saw it as an opportunity to take on a new adventure and share the world with our children.

The early notification gives the board time to develop a thoughtful superintendent search process. It also gives me time to savor a final year with our amazing staff and families, as we work together to help Anacortes students thrive."

Questions? Please contact the Superintendent's Office at (360) 503-1211 or

Veterans Memorial Plaza Open for Memorial Day

We invite the community to visit Veterans Memorial Plaza this Memorial Day, and pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

The plaza will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, May 27. No events are planned; rather we invite the community in for reflection and tribute. The plaza is comprised of a memorial designed by local architect Brooks Middleton, with input from the Veterans Memorial Committee, as well as a display honoring two Medal of Honor recipients with local connections.

Questions, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at (360) 503-1211.

Sizzlin' Summer Art Camp

ASD SIZZLIN' SUMMER ART CAMP is now taking registrations for summer session!

Classes are July 15-19

Registration due by July 8. Classes fill up fast - register now!

Classes offered: Sculpture Madness, Storytime Yoga, Kidz Culinary Camp, World Music, The Art of a Horse and Summer Fun Desserts. Classes are for students in grades K-6.

Scholarships are available.

The registration form is on our website or available at the District Office (2200 M Avenue).

Questions? Contact Tina Franulovich-Martin at

New student reps sworn in to school board

AHS Sophomores Jaida Mason and Cooper Nichols were sworn in as student board representatives to the Anacortes School Board on Thursday, May 16.

Student board representatives serve a two-year commitment during their junior and senior years. They are expected to attend all regular board meetings and site visits, occasional special events and conferences, and also have opportunities to meet other leaders and elected officials throughout their term. While the student representatives don’t have official voting authority, student voice is an important and an integral part of the board’s deliberations.

“Our student representatives help us better understand how our decisions directly impact our students,” said Bobbilyn Hogge, school board president. “Their input is invaluable, and we appreciate the time and commitment they bring to their role.”

Both students expressed an interest in representing student voice and learning different perspectives. Mason is involved in Track & Field and the National Honors Society. Nichols is on the swim team and involved with the Anacortes Mountain Bike Racing program.

Mason and Nichols join continuing student representatives Grace Hill and Carson Lindholm. Graduating seniors Rafka Daou and Alyssa Watson are completing their two-year terms.

Innovation Expo

May 29 - 5-7 p.m. at Anacortes Middle School

The Innovation Expo is an opportunity for families, the community, and industry partners to take a peek at the work being done in ASD classrooms. The Anacortes School District would like to show the community how their continued support has allowed students access to high quality learning experiences every day.

Free admission and all are welcome! ASD’s food services will provide baked goods during the event to showcase their scratch cooking and partnership with Viva Farms and Cairnsprings Mills.

Questions? Contact Amy Colburn (360) 503-1223 or

RFP available to lease space for early learning

The Anacortes School District is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) to lease space at the Whitney Early Childhood Education Center with a preference given to programming that supports early learning for children ages 3-5.

Earlier this spring, the district made the difficult decision to end its district-run, tuition-based preschool program due to budget constraints. Since that time, several groups have shown interest in taking over the program.

“The RFP process allows us to fairly evaluate all proposals and choose the one that makes the most fiscal sense for the district and best serves our future students,” said Superintendent Mark Wenzel.

The complete RFP is posted on the district’s website: Proposals are due by noon on Thursday, May 30, addressed to: Anacortes School District, Attention Fran McCarthy, 2200 M Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221.

Questions? Contact Fran McCarthy, Executive Director of Student Support Services, (360) 503-1216 or

District moves to “early-release” Wednesdays

Based on feedback from staff, students, and families, the district will switch to “early-release” Wednesdays rather than “late-start” Wednesdays starting with the 2019-20 school year. Overall feedback from recent surveys was positive (see compiled survey feedback here). Several of our community partners, including the YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, and Fidalgo DanceWorks, said they could accommodate the extra time in their after-school programming.

The exact schedule will be worked out in the coming weeks, and available before the end of the school year. On these days, while staff are meeting in their Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), we will provide study areas or possible tutorial support for students until after-school athletics and activities can start at the middle and high school. We will also offer a supervised space for students to meet at the elementary schools.

Many students noted that they liked being able to sleep in on Wednesdays; with the shift to later school start times each day next year, we believe we can achieve a balance of more sleep for students and more collaboration time for our staff.

The 2019-20 school year starts on Thursday, Sept. 5. An updated calendar is posted on our website:

Questions? Contact the Superintendent’s Office - 360-503-1211 or

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.

The Summer edition of the Anacortes A-Town Publication will be mailed out this week. Also, it is available online HERE. This publication has activities and events that are happening over the next several months.

Visit the Anacortes Farmers Market - fresh produce, great food, crafts, live music, and more. Every Saturday starting May 4th, 9AM to 2PM at the Depot (7th St and R Ave) - Family friendly!

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 Hawkeyes Wrestling Camp - July 15-18

The AHS Volleyball program is putting on a youth volleyball camp for all kids who are going into 3rd-6th grade next year. Below is the link to sign up or you can also call the APRD office at 360-293-1918.

The camp is a 3 days Monday- Wednesday June 10-12, 4:30-6 p.m. at the Middle School Gym. Cost is $40 and you get a camp t-shirt.

Anacortes Schools Foundation Newsletter

Anacortes Sister Cities Wild Waves Fundraiser - The Anacortes Sister Cites Association (ASCA is sending ten AMS students to Japan and has discount Wild Waves tickets available for $15.99 ($9 off per ticket) between now and until June 16th and $25.99 ($19 off per ticket) between June 17th and September 7th. Season Passes are also available for a discount. Each ticket or season pass sold directly benefits ASCA fund raising needed to pay for the trip. Please buy online at and thank you for your support!

The Anacortes Sister Cities Association Japan Exchange program is having a yard sale fundraiser on June 1st from 8am to 2pm in the Anacortes Middle School Commons. There will be a wide assortment of items from many different families including clothing, books, sports equipment, furniture, electronics, and more! Please come out and support the kids going to Japan.

Anacortes Waterfront Festival - June 1-2

Boys & Girls Club Member Info

Cap Sante PTSO Discount Card Fundraiser

Chess Club - After School at Mt Erie

Chess Club - After School at Fidalgo

Classical Music Events

Click Arts Camp - Aug 18-23

CrossFit Anacortes

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!

Fidalgo Danceworks Summer Programs

Fidalgo Danceworks Summer Camps for kids

First Tee Link Program

Learn life skills, the 9 core values, how to play golf and have fun with The First Tee at the Swinomish Golf links. Youth 7 - 18 are welcome and you can join at any time. Check out our flyer and visit our website:

Fly Fishing Class - July 2019

Your high schooler can earn volunteer hours by hosting a French exchange student!

When: June 30-July 20

Who: Girls and boys ages 14-16

Why: This 3 week program gives the French students the experience of being a teen in America! They're very excited to be a part of your family and use their English skills.

Where: They are coming to Anacortes to be a part of our community, and they will also go on two full-day excursions including a Mariner's game, The Seattle ferris wheel and a trip out to the San Juans.

What a fantastic opportunity to show your child the joy of experiencing another culture in the comfort of your own home.

Please contact Stacy O'Hagan for more information.

360-899-2046 (call/text)

Friends of the Forest Family Hikes

Foster Care Family Recruitment

Girl Scouts in Anacortes

Guardstart - Junior Lifeguarding Program

Healthy Students Healthy Communities Newsletter

Island Adventure Art Camp - Summer 2019

Marathon March Point Walk and Run - June 22

NAS Whidbey Open House - June 22

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - Safety Tips

National Night Out - Tuesday, August 6 - 6-8 p.m. at Storvik Park

Nike Volleyball Camp is coming to Anacortes June 15 & 16. The camp is designed for players entering 6th-8th grade. Directed by Seattle University Head Volleyball Coach, James Finley, this Washington volleyball camp at Anacortes Middle School teaches boys and girls the proper fundamentals and mechanics of volleyball. Using a variety of games, drills and scrimmaging, this skill development camp will help campers improve their game and build confidence on the court. The goal of this summer volleyball camp in Skagit County is to provide players with an impactful and rewarding weekend of volleyball, where they are challenged to improve in a fun and safe environment.


  • Instruction from Seattle University (DI) Coach and his expert staff
  • 4-5 hours of daily training
  • 1:10 staff to camper ratio
  • All campers receive a Nike Volleyball Camps t-shirt and prizes!

To register:

Park Aide Employment/ Volunteer Opportunities

Public Works Open House - May 30

Quaker Cove Events:

Kids' Culinary Camp

1st-2nd Grade: 9 - 11 AM, June 24, 26, & 28

3rd-5th Grade: 12 - 3 PM, June 24, 26, & 28

Middle & High School: 10 AM - 1 PM June 25 & 27

1st-5th Grade: July 1-3, 9 AM - 12 PM

July 1-3, 2 - 5 PM

Do you know a young chef in the making who jumps at the chance to learn new skills in the kitchen? Kids' Culinary Camp is just the thing for them. Camp Director Karl is a professionally trained chef, and he'll teach kids about ingredients, recipes, and prepare a meal together. Adults will oversee the kitchen. Dishes and skills will be tailored to age appropriate levels. Check out our website to register your budding chef.

Day Camp at Quaker Cove - Week 1: July 29 - August 2

Week 2: August 5 - 9

Week 3: August 12 - 16

Day Camp is for kids entering grades 1st - 6th. Campers will investigate and learn about plants, animals, and nature. We will take them into the forest, onto the beach, out to our vegetable garden, and under the open air for sky gazing. Registration is open now.

Relay for Life - June 22 - The Anacortes Relay For Life Team Rally is Thursday, May 23rd from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Anacortes Christian Church on M Ave and 12th St. Everyone is welcome to join in this fun and informative event. This is a great time to get your questions answered. Come and join in the fight against cancer. For more information call Chris at 360 293-1650 or visit

Riverstone Climbing Gym

SABA Sports Physicals - May 29

SABA Swim and Dive Clothing Drive - collecting used clothes, linens, shoes, textiles for a fundraiser May 16 - May 31. There will be a trailer at Fidalgo pool open from 7am -8 pm daily for donations. Funds earned are used for their team t-shirts, banquet, swimsuit scholarships, etc. Please contact Lissa Snowman at 206-234-5510 or with any questions.

Secret Harbor - Foster Parent Info

Seahawks Youth Football Camp - June 24-25

Skagit Kid Insider

STEM Camp for Middle Schoolers - Aug 5-8

Teen Yoga Classes - May 7-30

VBS - Westminster Presbyterian Church - Aug 5-9

WSDOT Art Competition

Register now for Western Washington University summer Youth Programs, held at Shannon Point Marine Center.

Western’s Youth Programs foster academic growth through enrichment and recreational activities. Offerings available this summer in Anacortes include:

Grandparents U: Marine Animal Adaptations

Create memories to last a lifetime during this unique intergenerational program for grandparents and grandchildren. Does your child wonder why crabs have claws and sea stars have no bones? We dive into the how’s and why’s of different marine animal characteristics and investigate the tops of kelp forests and deep ocean canyons to discover how marine habitats influence species diversity.

Grades: 1 - 8

Dates: Monday, July 22 - Tuesday, July 23

Times: Monday, 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Location: Shannon Point Marine Center

Cost: $260 per grandparent/grandchild pair

Odyssey of Science and Arts: Adventures of a Marine Scientist

Dive into investigating science and arts. Does your child have an interest in marine science? In this program they have the opportunity to engage with marine scientists at Shannon Point Marine Center. Through hands-on activities, participants apply the principals of the scientific method to discover unique aspects of the marine world.

Grades: 3 - 6

Dates: Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2

Times: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.

Location: Shannon Point Marine Center

Cost: $173 (if registered before May 14)

To learn more and register, visit

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

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