Education Insider

Anacortes School District News & Events - 3/18/22

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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Second chance for Skyward Updates

The Skyward Family Access "Student Information Update" is back open! If you didn't take the opportunity to complete it in the fall, we ask that you please do so now during this "second-chance" open period. In addition to basic demographic information, this is where important health, housing & attendance forms are gathered in order to better serve the students in our district. Please login to your Skyward Family Access account and select the Annual Student Information Update alert link !. (If you don't see the ! in your account, you don't need to take action.)

*Accounts that aren't updated run the risk of causing various errors related to your student's enrollment.*

Questions? Please contact your student(s) school office:

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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High School Musical! Final Weekend

Anacortes High School Performing Arts Department, Anacortes Community Theater, and Fidalgo Dance Works are pleased to invite you to Disney's High School Musical, the first live theater production in Anacortes in two long years. This is an historic collaboration in celebration of our community's special support of the arts. We have over 50 students involved and lots of community members helping out. Please take a break from the stress and routine of life and sit and enjoy some live music/theater.

High School Musical runs March 17-20. All shows start at 7:00 except for the Sunday matinees which begin at 2:00. Adult tickets are $17 and student tickets (5+) are $7:00. Tickets are being sold on the Anacortes Community Theatre website (, or at the door. The ticket window will open 30 minutes before the show. Masks will be required for the audience during all shows, until the mandate is lifted on March 12.

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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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Anacortes Public Library Partnership

Thanks to a partnership with the Anacortes Public Library (APL), all Anacortes School District students and staff have access to the public library and their services. To make it as easy as possible for students to use the library, previous student library accounts have been changed to match ASD student ID numbers. Since elementary students do not have student ID cards from school, library cards have been passed out this week during parent-teacher conferences along with informational bookmarks.

School library staff will be collaborating with APL staff during the month of March to provide information about all the services available with an APL card. We hope students are able to take advantage of this exciting partnership and visit the Anacortes Public Library soon. For more information and to see virtual library tours, see here for elementary students or middle school/high school students.

Highly Capable Services

The Anacortes School District provides a variety of services for the most highly capable students in grades K-12. Students eligible for highly capable services are those who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments. Outstanding abilities are seen with students' general intellectual aptitude, specific academic ability, or creative thinking productivities within a specific domain. Students who are eligible for highly capable services typically rank in the top one to five percent of students as measured on standardized aptitude and achievement assessments.

During the month of March, the Anacortes School District will be conducting universal screening for all second-grade and fifth-grade students. Those showing potential for eligibility will be further assessed in April after communication with families/caregivers.

A Spring highly capable referral window will also be open to all ASD children from March 21-April 1. Referrals can be made by any adult familiar with the child using the High Capable Referral Form. (open on March 21) All students referred will be assessed in April.

A multidisciplinary selection committee meets to select eligible students for highly capable services. The spring meeting will take place in May, and communication about decisions will be sent to families/caregivers by the beginning of June.

If you would like more information about Highly Capable services in the Anacortes School District, you can join an informational parent Zoom meeting on Tuesday, March 22nd from 6:00-7:00 or contact Angie Miller, Director of Teaching and Learning, at or 360-503-1224.

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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Test To Stay Program

Following the updated guidance from the Washington State Department of Health, Anacortes Schools will ensure access to timely diagnostic COVID testing for students and staff.

COVID Testing is available at Anacortes High School Monday-Friday, 8:15 am - 9:00 am. Additionally, at home tests are available upon request.

Before testing at the High School we request you do the following:

  1. Contact the Covid Coordinator, Dianne Szerlong, to make arrangements: 360-503-1217 or

  2. Fill out a consent form and email it to Dianne Szerlong: Consent form

  3. Register for reporting of test results:

*You only have to fill out a consent form and register at SimpleReports once.

To avoid disruptions to the High School and to keep everyone safe, do not enter the High School for testing. Instead, look for signs that lead to a door on the west side of the main entrance to the High School.

Does your child have COVID symptoms? Check out the updated flow chart for next steps: flow chart

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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: