The Current

Anacortes High School's guide to monthly events.

Anacortes High School

1600 20th Street

Anacortes, WA 98221

Phone: (360)503-1300

Principal: Daniel Williams

Assistant Principal: Dr. Erin Duez

Dean of Students: Mike Baribault

Athletic Director: Erik Titus

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Happy Monday & November! It is almost hard to believe that we are already at the beginning of the holiday season. This month, Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving are two major holidays that we will be observing as a school community. As this is the month that we celebrate giving thanks, I want to begin by saying how thankful I am to each of you. I have been afforded the opportunity and privilege to see your young scholars learn, grow, and navigate and negotiate the world of learning each day. In so doing, it is clear that they have incredible partners and parents/caregivers in you. Thank you so much for your partnership, and entrusting us daily with your most precious resource[s], your child(ren). I also wish to extend a sincere thanks to each and every one of the parent chaperones who assisted in chaperoning this year's Homecoming dance. This was our first official dance since the onset of Covid, and it would not have been possible without you.

Additionally, in the vein of giving thanks, I wish to extend a heartfelt thanks to all Veterans within our school community and the Anacortes community at-large. In celebration of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday, we would like to celebrate as many service members as possible within our school community. If you have a family member who has served, or is serving currently, as a member of a branch of military service, and you wish to have them highlighted during our Veterans Day advisory programming, please share with us a photo. This invitation is also extended to parents and caregivers who themselves are currently serving, or who have previously served as, members of a branch of military service. If there are multiple family members that you wish to be recognized, you may submit more than one form. You may access the submission form by visiting the link below. Please be advised that all submissions must be received by 4 pm, Thursday, November, 4th.

Maya Angelou is known for countless quotes, but there is one of which I'm reminded in celebration of all that this month means, that being: "Be present in all things and thankful for all things". In today's manic world, I am thankful for many things, including you; but past that, I'm thankful that I'm here. I hope that you and your loved ones have a bountiful holiday season this month, and I greatly look forward to speaking with you soon.

Very warmly,

Daniel Williams


Anacortes Senior High School

1600 20th Street

Anacortes, WA 98221

P: 360-503-1303


Virtual Graduation Pathways for Seniors Wed, November 3

This webinar will take place on Wednesday, November 3 from 6:00-7:00. It is important for Seniors to attend!

Please Pull all the way Forward in the Drop Off Zones

Parents/Caregivers! When dropping off or picking up a student, please pull all the way forward in the drop off zone to improve traffic flow and reduce cars backing into the street. We appreciate your support!

Virtual Coffee with the Principals on Wednesday, November 10

Come virtually meet Daniel Williams, Principal and Erin Duez, Assistant Principal, the second Wednesday of each month at 9 am. Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 10 at 9 am.

Please use this zoom link or Meeting ID: 836 3446 3263 Passcode: r5dJ4C

ASB Officers

President: Connor Barton

Vice-President: Michael Hanrahan

Secretary: Hazel Tanaka

Business Manager: Eli Hankey

Advisor: Erik Titus/Spencer Andrich

November is Native American Heritage Month

Click here to access information about the National Congress of American Indians, including policy issues, events, initiatives, and news.

The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

November Students of the Month

English: Sarafina Dunlap

Math: Aileen Kim

Science: Dylan Willingham

Social Studies: Abigail Goodwin

World Languages: Hannah Pilon & Michael Tabor

PE: Catherine Griggs for Sports & Conditioning; Myron Johnson for Cardio Core

Fine Arts: Zane Mayhew

CTE: Mica Gold

Most Improved: Alan Cibrian

Attendance: Aaliyah Hall

Attitude: Kirsha Khile

AVID: Tierney Boland

Most Improved Grades: Justin Coffey, Sydney Read, & Kannin Crews

AHS Operational Updates

Peer tutoring

We are happy to announce that we have started peer tutoring, and it is available for all scholars in the library at both lunches Tuesday through Thursday for the subjects of Algebra, Geometry, and Spanish (only first lunch). Scholars should eat lunch for the first 10 minutes and then head over to get some help. If scholars have questions about homework or are in need of a little help, there are peers happy to assist in the library.

Cafeteria Seating

We have been given some good news from the Department of Health! Due to our low COVID numbers, we will be able to have our scholars sit in the commons 3 feet apart from one another during lunches effective immediately. We are happy that this will give our scholars a more normal lunch experience to be with friends outside of classrooms.

Again, we thank you for your patience and understanding while we adjust to changing guidelines. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Mask Compliance

Please be advised that scholars who are asked on more than three occasions to comply with the state mandated mask guidance will be sent home, and asked to return the following school day.

Students, Please Park in Student Parking

Attention, students! It is imperative that you park in the Student parking lot and in designated parking spaces. Parking in unpermitted places can increase risk to staff and peers and interfere with Maintenance's ability to complete work. Students will be towed at their expense.


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.

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

AHS Choir Boosters New Mattress Fundraiser Saturday, November 6

On Saturday, Nov. 6th, we will have a mattress showroom set up right here in the Anacortes High School Commons, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be 30 floor models on display for customers to try. Name brand beds from Simmons Beautyrest, Wellsville, Therapedic, Englander, and more! All models come in all sizes, are made to order, and come with full factory warranties. Pillows, adjustable power bases, sheets, frames, and mattress protectors will also be available.

Delivery and haul away are available. All forms of payment are accepted and there's even financing and a free layaway available. Best of all, prices are less than standard retail and every purchase supports the Anacortes Choir program, and our students.

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AHS Girls B-Ball Fundraiser

AHS Girls basketball is selling wreaths and greenery for the holiday season! Choose from wreaths, swags, garland, and more! This gorgeous greenery is all made fresh and locally grown in Everson, Washington. Place your orders now and have them just in time for the holidays! Orders are due November 15th and will be available for pick up on November 23rd. Checks can be made payable to SABA Girls Basketball or for an easier option, you can Venmo @seahawksathleticboosterassoc.

Please make sure to add your name, order and phone number when placing your order through Venmo. For any questions, please email

All money raised goes directly to the girls basketball program and helps with new uniforms, equipment, team support and more. Thank you for supporting AHS girls basketball!

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High School Musical Auditions on Nov. 18 & 19

High School Musical auditions will occur on November 18 & 19, 2021. This is going to be an historic production and we would love to have a large AHS cast!

Schedule for the Week of Veterans Day

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Schedule for the Week of Conferences

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Fall Conferences on Tue, November 23

Fall Conferences will take place virtually during the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, November 23. Sign ups will be made available to parents/guardians a week prior to conferences. Zoom links will also be provided.
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Counselor's Corner

Alpha breakdown of Counselor Assignments:

In an effort to provide students and families with the best support possible and maintain a balance within our caseloads, we will maintain the following alphabetical divisions in our individual work with all students:

Joyce Binschus: A-G

Kara Fox: H-Pa

Ashlee Poggie: Pe-Z

The Counseling Office hours are from 7:30-3:00. Please email your counselor with any questions. We are so excited to welcome students back, and kick off the year together on campus!

Counseling Center Announcements - November 2021

We know academic workloads, balancing responsibilities, return to full time on-site learning, maintaining jobs/extracurriculars, and all the aspects of our lives in this chapter we find ourselves in as a community, nation, and world can feel overwhelming. Finding a way to manage stress, anxiety, and feeling overwhelmed while developing a healthy balance is vital. Making time for self-care and to practice self-management strategies is crucial.

We want to share a few resources to help you strengthen your own coping mechanisms and response to challenging times:

Post-Secondary Planning and Financial Aid Articles to consider:

Financial aid entails so many different components -- determining estimated family contribution through FAFSA, potentially filling out the CSS Profile, grants, work study, parent and student loans, scholarships. It is all important, but a lot of information to navigate with clear guidance and understanding for each student’s unique post-secondary pathway. We wanted to share some national guidance on financial aid support, questions to ask your college of choice as you plan your financial aid package, and major mistakes many families make on the FAFSA, so you can avoid them. Your Counseling Center team is here to help you!

Think Paying for College, Not FAFSA

Forbes: 12 Financial Aid Questions to Ask Your College

Fastweb: 10 FAFSA Mistakes that Affect Financial Aid

Alternate Post-Secondary Pathways: Apprenticeships

Not every job requires pursuing a 4 year university degree - there are outstanding career opportunities and fields of study that are centered around technical training programs and apprenticeships. Learning hands on, skills-based training while working directly on a job with some yearly classroom based instruction. 94% of apprentices who complete an apprenticeship retain employment, with an average annual salary of $70,000. It is an outstanding opportunity for individuals interested in paid on the job training in an area of interest, that leads to no educational debt, and a streamline introduction into a career ranging from Electricians, Pipefitters, Welders, and Carpenters, to Barbers, Butchers, and Technicians. For those who are interested in a straight pathway towards a career, with minimal educational requirements, but wraparound training and support, this is an incredible opportunity to explore!

US Department of Labor - Apprenticeships

Washington Student Achievement Council - Financial Aid Myths and Support

Think you can’t afford college or training? Financial aid helps many students pay for education beyond high school, and more families in Washington are now eligible. Even if you didn’t qualify before, you might now!

Myth #1: My parents make too much money, so I won’t qualify for financial aid.

Fact: Applying for financial aid is the only way to know for sure whether you qualify. With Washington College Grant, an eligible student from a family of four making up to around $102,000 per year can receive some money for college or training.

Myth #2: Financial aid only pays for universities. That takes four years—I need to start working now.

Fact: Financial aid can be used for many types of full-time or part-time education or training, including career and technical schools, community colleges, some apprenticeships, and yes, universities too. You have options!

Myth #3: I can’t apply for financial aid because I don’t know what I’m going to do after high school.

Fact: You can complete a FAFSA or WASFA financial aid application before applying for college or training. You can make your final choice about whether and where to go later, and you’ll know more about what you can afford.

Applications are now available for fall 2022! Learn more and apply for financial aid on the Washington Student Achievement Council website.

College/Military Virtual Visits

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

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

November 3rd:

2:30-3:00 pm DigiPen Institute of Technology - Michelle Cooper, Host

3:00-3:30 pm Central Washington University - Laura Miyatake, Host

November 10th:

2:30-3:00 Southern Oregon University - Courtney Weaver, Host

3:00-3:30 pm Northern Arizona University - Dani Donaldson, Host

Seniors: If you are planning to attend a 2-Year College/Tech School or 4-Year College you should submit your FAFSA and other required financial aid applications as soon as possible. You may complete the FAFSA now online at

If you have signed up and are eligible for the College Bound Scholarship, the FAFSA is required to access scholarship funds. Reach out to The Counseling team and Mrs. Woodards, our Assessment and Special Projects Coordinator, if you have any questions regarding the FAFSA process. We encourage you not to wait until the last minute, start the process ASAP!

Seniors: All Seniors planning to attend a post-secondary educational pathway are strongly encouraged to check out the Anacortes High School Counseling Center website for up-to-date scholarship information. Take advantage of these resources to help you with your college/career plans after high school graduation!

Seniors: During the month of November Seniors will need to be working on their Senior Experience Proposal form. We will have a lesson in Advisory to support this requirement, and how to fill out the form based on the Senior Experience you plan to pursue, or have already completed. Reminder to be checking the daily bulletin for weekly college virtual visits. There is an upcoming essay workshop and much more! Some colleges also may need you to pre-register for the virtual session so please double check ahead of time.

Snapshot - What Seniors Should Be Working On

  1. Work on FAFSA or WAFSA, if college-bound (Great resources here & here): October

  2. Learn about Senior Experience Proposal in Advisory: End of October

  3. Work on Senior Experience Proposal: November, Proposal Due December 1st

  4. Work on Senior Experience: December, Due January 12th

  5. Find & Apply for Scholarships, if college-bound, here and here: now + ongoing

  6. Review the Advisory Portfolio list below; check items off once completed: now + ongoing

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Important Dates:

November 11-12: Veteran's Day, Staff PD (No School)

November 22, 23, & 24: Half Day (Conferences)

November 24: Afternoon and evening conferences

November 25-26: Thanksgiving Break (No School)

The Rock

AHS Broadcast Club will record Varsity games and make them available for replay. 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 on Download images and order prints online.

Make Sure You Read The Student Handbook

For student information including Dress Code, Attendance, Technology Use, Truancy, Closed Campus, Off Campus Privileges, and Parking, please review the Student Handbook.

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.

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