Education Insider

Anacortes School District News & Events - 4/1/22

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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Dear ASD families:

I hope you all have a wonderful Spring Break! As we focus on these last few months of school, please know that we continue to attend to students’ social-emotional well-being as much as their academic growth.

We met recently with the Island Health administration to discuss the rising need for mental health support and continue to work with our staff and community partners to meet the growing needs of students. If you have any questions or need support, please reach out to your student’s counselor, principal, or me. We are here for you.

Enjoy your break!


Superintendent Justin Irish

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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, April 29th.
Questions? Contact the Superintendent's Office (360) 503-1211 or

Nominations open for Brodniak Cultural Education Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Walter A. Brodniak Award for Cultural Education.

The Brodniak Award was created to foster growth of the cultural arts in the school district. Brodniak, Anacortes School District Superintendent from 1973 to 1977, was a staunch believer in the powerful contributions that arts make to our community. Each year, the award is given to a student, faculty member, administrator, school director, community member or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural arts in the Anacortes School District in the past year.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 22. Please use the online form to submit your nomination. A selection committee will review the nominations and make a recommendation to the superintendent. The recipient will be recognized at an upcoming School Board Meeting.

If you have questions, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at (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

Important upcoming dates:

Don’t have access to a computer for registration? No problem! Contact the district office to schedule an appointment: (360) 503-1212 or

Placement Overview

Per state law, students must be 5 years of age on or before August 31, 2022 to enter kindergarten. Students must be 6 years of age on or before August 31, 2022 to enter first grade.

We recommend enrolling your student in their age-appropriate grade level, despite any umet learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. The district can help provide screening questions to determine your child’s best developmental placement. If you have questions about your child’s development, please contact our Teaching, Learning and Inclusive Services Department at (360) 503-1212 or

Assignment Timeline

Families will receive their elementary assignment by email in mid-August.


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

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Nick of Time: Cardiac Arrest Screening

Wednesday May 4, 2022, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Anacortes HS Gymnasium

1600 20th St, Anacortes, WA 98221

Nick of Time Foundation in partnership with the UW Center for Sports Cardiology conducts ECG youth heart screenings for adolescents and young adults ages 12-24. Screenings consist of a Heart Health Survey asking about possible signs & symptoms or family history of a heart condition. An ECG is performed that analyzes the electrical signals of the heart and the results are reviewed on site by medical professionals experienced in ECG youth heart screens. A simple ECG can identify certain serious heart conditions that cannot be detected by a stethoscope. Most serious abnormalities have no warning signs.

Student screening forms can be found here, or at AHS.

All students must pre-register for an appointment at: and submit parental consent forms.

Return completed forms to Ms. Morgan in the main office or scan and email to:

Questions please call 425-967-5828

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Inclusive Services Community Engagement Update

The Inclusive Services department will be conducting Community Engagement Groups beginning in April. The goal of this committee is to share experiences, review current programs, identify hopes of stakeholders, and examine state results indicators. The outcome of these meetings will identify areas of growth and develop partnerships to help all students find successful learning opportunities.

Questions? Contact Director of Inclusive Services, Shannon Gilbert, or (360) 503-1216

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Tech support available in buildings

Does your student need a helping hand with technology? If so, we’ve moved our Tech Support team to each school so that you can connect with them when you next visit. More information about us and our work can be found at For urgent issues, continue to use our hotline at (360) 503-1220. When leaving a message, be sure to leave your name, your student’s name, and a number where you can be reached. We’ll be sure to get back to you within one school day.

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We continue to recruit for paras, subs in all positions, and coaches. Please refer to our HR page for openings:


We anticipate opening our buildings and programs to more volunteers this spring. 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.

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  • April 4-8 Spring Break
  • April 28: K-12 Half Day/ 6-12 Conferences
  • April 28: School Board Meeting

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

Hard to believe, but 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.
Click the link below to find items submitted for our community bulletin board: