The Current

Anacortes High School's guide to monthly events.

Anacortes High School

1600 20th Street

Anacortes, WA 98221

Phone: (360) 503-1300

Fax: (360) 503-1301

Principal: Kecia Fox

Assistant Principal and Athletic Director: Erik Titus

Dean of Students: Mike Baribault

Principal’s Message - May 2021

Greetings AHS Seahawks,

We just concluded Spring conferences. Thank you to all who attended and continue to reach out to teachers and counselors at any time. This is a challenging year in many ways and we are always here to support student success.

Here are Tips and Tricks from AHS teachers for the final quarter of the school year:

  • “You won’t believe how fast June will be here!”

  • “The 4th quarter is where this whole semester comes together. Try to dig deep and remember your effort from the start of the year.”

  • “When you rest, rest; when you work, work. Follow through with what you need to do.”

  • “Start longer assignments on the day they are assigned. Give yourself time to think about them and do your revisions well in advance of turning it in.”

  • “Have a family member hold your cell phone for you while you do your homework / asynchronous work. The time spent on assignments will be cut in half.”

  • “Come to Wednesday teacher office hours to get personal help from your teacher.”

  • “Email teachers when you turn work in late so they know to look for and grade it.”

  • “We care about you and believe in you!”

It’s been quite a year! Given all the transitions and complexities, let’s work together to finish strong and make the best of this year. There are lessons to learn in all times of life.

Kecia Fox

AHS Principal


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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:

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Thanks to AHS PTSA for funding this reading extravaganza

For all the details and student examples go to:

Green Club Provided Service on Earth Day

Green Club partners with the Samish Nation and Skagit Fisheries Enhancement group to help remove over 1900 lbs of invasive ivy on Samish Island! As part of our Earth Day Celebration. As part of our club's ongoing partnership with local tribes and Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group, we met on Saturday, April 24th and had a great time despite the rain!

ASB Officers

President: Allie Perez

Vice President: Jessica Augustoni

Business Manager: Teja Rasmussen

Secretary: Amy Aggergaard

Advisor: Erik Titus/Spencer Andrich

Congratulations to May Students of the Month

Math: Kai Wallis

Science: Noah Hunter

English: Isabel Shainin

Social Studies: Lauren McClintock

Fine Arts: Emilie Shjarback

CTE: Owen Kamp

PE: Nick Stanforth

World Languages: Colby Carr and Travis Laisure

Most Improved: Chloe Thronson

AVID: Tayah Lieu

Attendance: Colby Carr

Attitude: Alyssa Higgins

Academics: Christian Manangan

Most Improved Grades:

  • Seniors: Kaiden Hayes and Macia Melling
  • Juniors: Logan Hancock and Alexandra Hernandez
  • Sophomores: Makishi Mott and Owen Reeder
  • Freshmen: Makayla Martinez and Corey Johnson

Jostens is Your Official Graduation Supplier


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.

Click here to register with Jostens.

Class of 2021 Grad Night Information

Dear Class of 2021 Parents and Seniors,

It’s hard to believe graduation is just a few months away! Our Grad Night Committee continues to plan for this milestone with the Class of 2021 GRAD NIGHT PARTY!

We are planning a fun, sober and safe celebration for our seniors, however, we are no longer planning to use the Seattle-based Grad Nights Company. Due to this change, we estimate the cost of this event will be kept under $200 per student (vs $225 originally stated). We do not have a final price at this time, but are asking you to secure your spot by mailing us a $50 deposit before April 1, 2021. This deposit is 100% refundable if the event is cancelled due for any reason.

As in past years, we are planning for the celebration to begin immediately after the commencement ceremony. Seniors will board buses and head off for an all-night party which includes food, drinks, music, activities, entertainment and security at a couple of secret and exciting venues.

Our hope is that all members of the Class of 2021 will participate and celebrate together. If you want to participate, but finances are an issue, please contact us as we have a limited number of partial and full confidential scholarships available.

Thank you in advance for your support of this important and fun celebration!


Grad Night 2021 Committee

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Counselor's Corner

Counseling Center

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 to initiate a change.

If you have questions about scholarships or financial aid, please contact Jamie Woodards at or call 360-503-1366 for information.

Alpha breakdown of Counselor Assignments:

Joyce Binschus (formerly Wells), A-G

Maggie Lahey, H-PA

Ashlee Poggie, PE-Z

The Counseling Office hours are from 7:30-3:00. Please email your counselor with any questions.

Counseling Center Announcements - May/June 2021

*In accordance to Washington State guidelines, as of 3/31/21 (Subject to change)

The Class of 2021 Graduation will be held in person at Seahawk Stadium (ticket holders ONLY, two tickets provided to each graduating senior) and live streamed Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 6:00 pm

The following is important information:

Click Here for Cap and Gown Order

Click Here for Graduation Leis Order Form

June 1, 2021 ASF Scholarship Awards

June 8, 2021 6:30 p.m. Senior AVID Celebration

Senior Athletic Awards-TBD

June 14, 2021 Senior Awards

June 15, 2021 4:00 p.m. Graduate Car Parade

Graduate Video/Celebration-TBD

June 16, 2021 8:00 a.m. Graduation Practice on Rice Field

Graduate Elementary Visit-TBD

June 16, 2021 5:00 p.m. Graduates report to AHS Main Gym for staging procession

We are reaching the exciting time of year of post-secondary decision making, with May 1st marking when students finalize their College Decision Day choice!

It is the start of a wonderful new chapter, and we are thrilled to support your seniors as they progress into this next phase of their academic journey.

Colleges and universities are encouraging students to reach out and explore all possible financial aid options, knowing for many that has been a challenging component of this year, and in looking ahead to future planning. The Seattle Times shared a wonderful article framing financial aid support and ways to reach out to inquire about additional opportunities to access.

"You Still Have Time to Ask For More Financial Aid" - Seattle Times

AP Testing

AP testing starts May 6th and ends June 11th. Students know which date they are taking the AP exam, they can find that information on their College Board account. An email will be sent out 1 week prior to your AP test. If you have any questions please ask your AP teacher or email Jamie Woodards,


As spring is upon us, we have reached the exciting time of year where scholarships are aplenty and deadlines are rapidly approaching to apply.

We want to encourage you to continuously check the Counseling department Scholarship and Financial Aid page, as we are updating it with new opportunities and information constantly:

There are scholarship opportunities for all post-secondary plans -- 4 year university, two year community college, technical schools...the community wants to support ALL graduating seniors!

Transcript Requests

If documentation and transcripts are needed from AHS, please address this as soon as possible. The Counseling Center needs a minimum of 48 hours to process transcript requests -- please request it with ample lead time during this busy season in our office!

AHS Transcript Request Form

College/Military Virtual Visits

  • This information can also be found in the Daily Bulletin (emailed daily) and The Current (emailed monthly). The Daily Bulletin and The Current are always accessible on our AHS webpage.

  • Please check Zoom links ahead of time as some webinars require pre-registration

May 5th:

12:00-1:10pm Skagit Valley College - Peter Schlegel, Host

June 2nd:

12:00-1:10pm Skagit Valley College - Peter Schlegel, Host

Northwest Career & Technical Academy Info

Sophomores and Juniors interested in applying to the Northwest Career and Technical Academy for the 2020-21 school year, should reach out to your school counselor about your interest, and complete the online NCTA application as soon as possible at

Running Start

For current tenth and eleventh graders who are planning to apply to Running Start for next year, it is very important that you complete the application process and registration process before the end of this school year.

Resources explaining the program and step by step instructions can be accessed here. AHS held an annual Running Start Information Night back in February. The webinar recording for those who could not attend is also linked below. Please review the resources and available information first, then reach out if you have questions.

Student Guide: Applying to Running Start

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

Please reach out to Jamie Woodards at 360-503-1366 or for additional information.

Please Allow 48 Hours for Transcript Requests

The Counseling Department would like to remind you that if you request an official transcript, please allow 48 hours for completion. Click on the AHS Counseling Center link for more support.



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.

PTSA Home Page

PTSA Officers for 2020-21

President: Shaunie McLeod;

Vice President: Autumn Atterberry;

Secretary: Angie Hamblen;

Treasurer: Jason Waldrop;

Flower Baskets are Available to Pick Up on Saturday, May 8

Saturday, May 8th, 2021 from 3 to 5pm

The perfect gift just in time for Mother’s Day!

Pick up location Anacortes Highschool

Questions? Please call/text – Megan Atterberry (360-391-8297)

Amazon Smile Earns Money for AHS PTSA

Did you know that Amazon Smile is a great way to earn money for AHS PTSA without doing anything extra?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, 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

Going on vacation? On a hunting trip? A college visit? If you are aware that you will be absent in the future for whatever reason, please fill out a Pre-Arranged Absence Form. They may be found online or at the Attendance office.

AHS Athletics

Questions? Contact Activities/Athletic Director Erik Titus at or (360) 503-1305, or Athletic Administrative Assistant Carey South at or (360) 503-1308.

Click the links for the most updated information on start dates, activities/athletic code of conduct, attendance, and SABA.

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Athletics Smore

Click on this link to the Northwest Conference website for information about your favorite teams, schedules, standings, and more!

Please note: All post-season matches require payment for admission, regardless of whether a student has an ASB card.

The Seahawk Journal

Get your news, sports, features, and opinions for students, by students! Subscribe now at

The Rock

AHS Broadcast Club will broadcast segments on current events. Here's the link. Students and parents can subscribe to the YouTube channel and get updates on live events.

SmugMug Photos

New photos of AHS sports, spirit, and performing arts are uploaded daily. Download images and order prints online.

Make Sure You Read The Student Handbook

For student information including Attendance, Technology Use, Truancy, and Virtual Norms, please review the Student Handbook.

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,

Connie Sheridan, Civil Rights, RCW, Title IX Coordinator, (360) 503-1221,

Written complaints to: 2200 M Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221