Education Insider

Anacortes School District News & Events - 5/6/22

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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  • May 8: Mother's Day
  • May 19: School Board Meeting
  • May 27: K-12 Half Day
  • May 30: Memorial Day/ No School

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

2022-23 School Year

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.

AHS Principal Community Forum

Monday, May 23rd, 5:30pm

1600 20th Street

Anacortes, WA

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 AHS's 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.

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

May Recognition

Join us in celebrating and recognizing the following causes for the month of May:

- Mental Health Awareness Month

- Asian/ Pacific American Heritage Month

- Better Speech and Hearing Month

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District reaches agreement with AHS principal

The Anacortes School District has reached an agreement with Daniel Williams, principal at Anacortes High School. Williams was hired as principal on July 1, 2021. The district’s insurance provider will cover the costs of the settlement.

The district denies any of the allegations made in Williams’ claims. Both parties acknowledge that the agreement is not, and will not be construed as an admission of wrongdoing, liability or a violation of any duty, contract, law or regulation. Mr. Williams is no longer serving as principal at Anacortes High School.

The district will continue to support the high school staff and students, especially through busy year-end activities. Families, students, and staff should reach out to Dr. Erin Duez if they have questions or need additional support. Superintendent Irish, Assistant Superintendent Becky Clifford, and other members of the district’s leadership team will continue to provide support as needed.

Field Trips are back!

We are resuming field trips at last! Field trips will now be allowed to take place, depending on building needs, schedules, and funding.

Field trip volunteers also must be cleared through our annual volunteer clearance process. If you haven't been cleared yet, please start the process:

Successful Nick of Time Event

Thank you to all the organizers of this week's Nick of Time cardiac screening event! We especially want to thank Island Health, the Island Hospital Foundation, the Nick of Time Foundation, and the Seahawk Athletic Booster Association for their work organizing this event, as well as our high school staff!

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, May 13th

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


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

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Subs Needed!

We are hiring for subs in all areas: bus drivers, custodians, paras, and more!

Custodial substitutes can earn at least $25/hour.

Please refer to our HR page for openings:


We are now allowing more volunteers in our buildings! 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.

Click the link below to find items submitted for our community bulletin board: