ASD Weekly Community Bulletin
News and Events from the Anacortes School District
Update on School Start Times
More than 1,300 students, staff and parents responded to the survey regarding possible later start times in 2019-2020. The school board discussed the results at a recent meeting. Overall, 71 percent said they supported a later start, 24 percent opposed and 5 percent were undecided or neutral. While many supported the proposal, others themes emerged such as:
1. Why can't we just flip elementary and secondary to allow elementary to start at 7:30 or 8 and secondary to start at 8:30 or 9? The challenge with this is transportation and after-school schedules. We need an hour between elementary and secondary start times to accommodate transportation. A 7:30 or 7:45 start would require some children to be picked up before 7, while an 8 am start time for elementary would mean a 9 am to 3:50 pm secondary schedule. Safety and family schedule considerations for elementary students and after-school commitments (athletics, activities, jobs) for secondary students make such a schedule untenable. This is why it's challenging for us to get to the 8:30 start time recommended by the American Pediatric Association for teenagers.
2. How do we support Fidalgo families that rely on the school's earlier start time to accommodate family work schedules? We realize that this is an important consideration for a number of Fidalgo families, and we aim to work with families to address this concern.
In related news, A Seattle Times story last week discussed the impact of Seattle moving to an 8:30 a.m. start for secondary. The research study published in Science Advances journal found that students are getting 34 minutes more sleep on average a night, a 4.5 percent increase in median grades and an improvement in attendance.
All are invited to attend an upcoming community meeting to offer additional feedback or ask questions:
- Thursday, Jan 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Anacortes High School Library - 1600 20th Street
The school board will consider all feedback before making a decision, likely in February or March.
Questions? Contact the Superintendent's Office at 360-503-1211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karl Yost to step down from school board
Anacortes School Board director Karl Yost has announced his resignation from the school board, effective March 21. The board will formally consider Yost’s resignation at their January 24 board meeting. Yost is leaving the board to devote more time to his work and other pursuits. As a water and waste remediation construction consultant, his time and travel commitments with new environmental treatment technologies have grown in recent months. Yost also looks forward to spending more time with his wife Karen, his children and grandchildren.
Yost has served on the board since December 2009, when he was elected to a two-year term to fill the vacancy left by Chris Anderson. He was subsequently re-elected to two additional terms.
“I am extremely grateful to the Anacortes voters for allowing me to serve our students and community these past years,” said Yost. “My work is demanding more attention, and I feel that someone else will want to be of committed cheerful service in the education of our youth. I truly hope that whoever fills the position will do so because they care, but also that they will realize the sense of important purpose and pleasure that I most certainly did. The Anacortes School District has been a wonderful place where I was so fortunately engaged!”
Yost has served as legislative committee representative, WIAA representative, and most recently as the board’s liaison for the high school construction project.
“We have been incredibly lucky and grateful for Karl’s expertise in construction and project management,” said board president Bobbilyn Hogge. “He has helped serve as a conduit of information between the district and the board, helping us all understand the various details of the high school project better.”
Superintendent Mark Wenzel lauded Yost’s focus on children and their well-being.
“Karl is truly a champion for our kids,” he said. “He challenges us to think deeply about who is not being successful in our system, and how we can do things differently to make sure all students meet their potential.”
The board will appoint someone to fill the remainder of Yost’s term, which ends in November, 2019. The board is accepting applications now. Applications can be found online or at the District Office, and are due by February 15. The newly appointed board member will be sworn in at the March 21 school board meeting.
The appointee may or may not choose to run for election in November. Filing week for the November, 2019 election is May 13-17, 2019. More information on local elections can be found on the Skagit County Auditor’s website.
The district and board will hold an informational meeting for anyone interested in applying, or running, for school board on January 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the District Office, 2200 M Avenue.
More information on the appointment process can be found on the district's website.
Questions? Contact the Superintendent’s Office - (360) 503-1211 or email@example.com
AMS Escape Room
Anacortes Middle School
Students, families, and community members are encouraged to attend the middle school's first semester Escape Room. Students have created 8 individually themed Escape Rooms. Sponsored by Anacortes Middle School and Anacortes Schools Foundation.
Signs of Suicide Prevention Program - Info Night
The Anacortes School District will be providing a National, Evidence Based, Suicide Prevention training for all Middle and High School Students beginning the end of January and continuing through February of this year. We have chosen the curriculum called Signs of Suicide that is created through Screening For Mental Health, Inc.
There will be a parent and community information session on January 24th, 2019 in the Anacortes High School Commons from 6 to 7 p.m. This will be facilitated by a certified SOS trainer.
The SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program is the only youth suicide prevention program that has demonstrated an improvement in students' knowledge and adaptive attitudes about suicide risk and depression, as well as a reduction in actual suicide attempts. SOS is a universal, school-based depression awareness and suicide prevention program designed for middle-school and high-school students.
Both the middle and high school programs provide age-appropriate materials for students. There are also materials for staff, parents, and community members that outline the program objectives and prevention efforts. Please see the flyer for more information.
High School Construction Update Meeting
Monday, Jan 28 at 5:30 p.m.
Anacortes High School Library - 1600 20th Street
Join us for an update and Q&A for the latest on the high school construction project, as we continue with the final phase.
Questions? Contact the Superintendent's Office - (360) 503-1211 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Equity Film Series: Gender Revolution
Please join the Anacortes School District and community partners for a special *free* monthly film series featuring current documentaries and great conversations exploring topics of equity and inclusion. Race, gender, disability, displaced families and other complex issues will be our themes as we share in the immersive experience of film and engage in discussion after each documentary. Bring a group of friends and join the conversation!
This month's film:
Gender Revolution - January 31 @ 7:00 pm - AHS Library
A fascinating National Geographic documentary hosted by Katie Couric, Gender Revolution explores the complex science of gender identity and increasing cultural awareness of a gender spectrum. This profoundly important and moving film focuses on real lives and families. Our discussion panel includes school leaders, Skagit PFLAG and Skagit Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services. Gender Revolution is unrated but most suitable for ages 13+. See the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/208852114
For more information, please contact Keiko McCracken, ASD Community Engagement Coordinator, at (360) 503-1208 or email@example.com.
Annual Health Screenings
Annual health screenings for hearing and vision will take place for students in grades K-3, 5, and 7.
The schedule is below:
Monday, February 4th: Mount Erie 9-2 pm
Tuesday, February 5th: Fidalgo 8:15-1:15 pm
Wednesday, February 6th: AMS 8-11 am and Whitney 12-2:30 pm
Thursday, February 7th: Island View 9:05-2:30 pm
If your student does not receive passing results on either screen, you will be contacted by the school nurse with individual results.
Unlike previous years, if your student’s screening results are within normal range you will not receive a notice home. Please note: This screening does not replace a professional examination.
Questions? Contact District Nurse Emily Wade - 360-503-1552.
After School Arts Program - Winter Menu
For more information, contact Tina Franulovich-Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Scholarships/Free and reduced rates available.
Special Education Book Club
The Student Services Department is organizing a book club for parents/guardians of students in the Anacortes School District who would like to meet monthly to discuss books that will specifically address students with special needs.
Our first book will be "Out of My Mind" by Sharon M. Draper
Our first meeting will be on February 4th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in the District Office Conference Room. Attendance will be by RSVP only and we will provide the book and light refreshments.
Please RSVP to Sue Matto (email@example.com) by Friday, January 24th.
High School History Mural Open House
Davis has done extensive research on the history of Anacortes schools and has captured the true spirit of our community in this installation at the high school. Join us to hear more about this fascinating project.
Questions? Contact the Superintendent's Office at (360) 503-1211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anacortes Lacrosse Club: Calling all new and returning lacrosse players! Registration for the Anacortes Lacrosse Club’s Spring 2019 season is now open! We have teams for boys and girls in grades 1-8. We will also have a 4-week clinic for players in grades K-2. No experience necessary. Come join us as we grow the “fastest game on two feet” here in Anacortes! Contact email@example.com with questions and register here: http://anacorteslacrosse.uslaxteams.com/
Anacortes Little League registration is OPEN the 2019 baseball & softball season! Early registration discount of $10 for players signing up in January. Please visit our new website at www.AnacortesLittleLeague.com for more info.
Anacortes Parks and Recreation offering Youth classes during February early release days (Feb. 11-13). For more information and to register CLICK HERE.
Bystander Intervention Training - Jan 17
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 - STARS - Dance for Youth and Teens with Special Needs
Forage Fish in the Southern Salish Sea: Please join us for the first lecture of our annual Winter Lecture Series! Forage fish species are critical strands in the food web of the Salish Sea and support many other species including salmon, seabirds, and marine mammals, Dr. Todd Sandell, PhD, Senior Forage Fish Biologist, WDFW, will discuss recent studies that will help lead to better understanding, protection, and management of these crucial fish species, their habitats, and the species that depend on them. Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. 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 www.skagitbeaches.org
Morrison Gymnastics Academy
Flip on in and check out Morrison Gymnastics Academy. Where kindness, teamwork, and determination follow children into adulthood. Don’t just do it; do it right!
Skagit Parent to Parent January Newsletter
Exciting News! Skagit Valley College Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) will have Full Day (6 ½ hour) classes, 4 days a week next school year 2018-2019. This is a free preschool for 3-5 year olds. Breakfast, lunch, and snack provided. Parent Activities and Educational opportunities. For more information or enrollment, call 360-679-5348.
Here is a copy of our application: https://skagit-my.sharepoint.com/…/EfXQIaAr4CxHnUXCkhN314YB…