Be Involved - Work Hard - Be Kind
December 2020
Monthly Eagle Family Newsletter
Your Monthly Message from Principal Fish...
Hello Eagle Families,

Positivity and Optimism. We need those in heavy doses right now, that's for sure! Distance Learning is challenging for all of us and I couldn't be more impressed with the effort Arlington High School is collectively putting in right now. Most students are attending and engaging - thank you! Our kids are trying their best and so are our teachers and staff. We don't always have control over what happens to us, but we do always have control over our response to what happens to us. And so far, our kids, teachers and families have responded as well as anyone could have hoped we would. While we know that we're not perfect, we are clearly doing our best and that's all we can ask. If your family or student(s) are struggling, please remember that support is available. Every day in the schedule we have 8a to 9a and 230p to 330p where your student can reach out to any of his or her teachers for academic help. That's in addition to the 80 min blocks each day where synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning are happening too. We also have our National Honor Society Virtual Peer Tutoring Program where kids can find a peer to help via online. This peer tutoring is arranged through our counseling secretary, Mrs. Robin Knutson - email her directly if your student would like some assistance ( or simply call the Counseling Office at 360-618-6307. You can also request other supports via your student's counselor or their assigned assistant principal. Contact information is available on our website (

With news of vaccines beginning to receive approval for healthcare workers and first responders in these next couple weeks, it's my hope that we will be able to have more students and staff coming to campus in late winter / early spring. I am also holding out hope that we will end this school year far closer to normal than we've been since March when the pandemic hit. I truly do believe face-to-face instruction and a return to normal is coming in 2021 - and for this principal, the sooner the better! Until then, please know that I too feel every missed event of this school year right along with our Senior Class of 2021. You have my word that we will do all we can to ensure their senior year will be all it possibly can be given the circumstances we find ourselves in today. Although I've been a principal for 9 years now, this graduating class will be my first that I've had the pleasure to serve for all four years of their high school experience. In 2017, we all walked through the front doors of Arlington High School together and come June, I want nothing more than to see them physically walking out those same doors on their final day of high school too!

So believe me when I say this - I don't particularly like this online format either. I wasn't built for this, but I will always do my best for our kids - you have my word on that. I want us to be learning together - on campus, with Every Eagle, every day! Working directly with young people on their preparation for life beyond AHS is what all educators signed up for and I'm no different. What keeps me going through all of this closure stuff is simply this: our first day back on this campus is going to be AMAZING and I can see it on the horizon, we're almost there! I cannot wait for the return of the collective energy our kids bring to the high school experience each day. I want this campus to come back to life and in 2021 I truly believe it will! The joy, the laughter, the smiles, the high fives, the fist bumps, and yes - even the drama too (what would high school be without that?) - I miss it all. It's not the same around here without YOU! This graduating class has a special place in my heart and I will forever remember the goals we set together to improve our campus culture from day 1. Together, we brought in Character Strong and we found ways to seamlessly weave our three things of Be Involved, Work Hard and Be Kind into all we do together here are AHS. The Class of 2021 is far from done on this campus, but their impact is already so clear! From our banners and consistent messaging about kindness, hard work, clubs, activities and so much more - they've helped us shape who we are and what we're all about. Student leaders from this class have also been instrumental in helping us become more inclusive by launching our Diversity Council too! We are more welcoming at AHS than ever before and I will always remember the impact this class played in this council's development. There's a lot more of this school year left and our work is far from done. Our journey together continues and I am so proud of how the Class of 2021 has responded to our challenges this past year as they lead the way for Every Eagle as they role model resilience and perseverance. To every senior, I want to encourage you now to keep working hard and preparing for graduation in June. Our goal is for EVERY senior to walk across that stage - and nothing can stop us, not even a pandemic.

To all of our Eagle Families, thank you so much for your continued support. Our staff truly appreciates all of the family involvement and commitment to success for Every Eagle as we navigate this unprecedented time. As always, I am available to answer questions or support in any way that I can - reach out if you need anything.

Happy Holidays and here's to another safe and healthy month at AHS!

Duane Fish
Principal AHS
Parent Quick-Access Resources
Virtual Concert!
Blue Moon Boy, aka Mr. Ben Ballew, will be in concert . . . LIVE on YouTube on December 10! The link to the 6:30pm concert will be available on the Eagle Student News Media website. 
Click here for access to the link and more!
AHS's Flight Drive in Concert!!
Click here to get your tickets now! You are NOT going to want to miss this awesomely unique performance!
All performances start at 7pm and are drive-in style in the student parking lot of Arlington High School!

Friday, December 11
Saturday, December 12
Thursday, December 17
Friday, December 18

·  The performances are located in the AHS Student Parking Lot
· Gates close for entry at 6:45pm for safety reasons and the show starts promptly at 7pm
·  Cost $20.00 per car or $5.00 per person.  One transaction per vehicle (limit 5 per vehicle)
· We encourage same household vehicles. Please do not attend with someone outside your immediate household
· Oversized vehicles will be parked toward the back
· One hour performance with no intermission, so bring snacks! We also respectfully request attendees remain in vehicles

Tickets MUST be purchased in advance, no tickets will be available at the gate.

All students interested in 3rd Quarter Driver's Ed. All students from the Arlington School District and from the Arlington Community are welcome to join our program. 

Classes start Feb. 1st at 3:30-5:00pm. An application is attached here if you are interested.

 If you have any questions email Mr. Brooke at
Art Club
Hey Eagles!

Art Club is raising money to eventually take a trip and are donating a portion of sales to the graduating class, by selling handmade ornaments with such themes as Star wars, Disney, Harry Potter, Nightmare before Christmas, Arlington Eagles 2021, and more! 

All ornaments will be $8.50 or $10 for a custom design.

For more information or to place orders please contact Funk at
( Please have all orders placed by December 15th)
Knowledge Bowl
The Knowledge Bowl program in ESD 189 has been experimenting with various formats for conducting remote competitions, and has managed to come up with a fairly successful solution. We have now done two preseason virtual “jamborees” via Zoom, Discord and, that have gone really well and been met with enthusiasm by students around the area. In our most recent event, on Friday (11/20), Arlington won one mini-round against Monroe and Glacier Peak. The captain and president of the Club/Team is junior Sheamin Kim. Sophomores Shayne Shelton, Alyssa Acosta and Kaden Carroll also competed, as well as junior Braden Dahlgren.  

Any students that might be interested in taking part in Knowledge Bowl, which is a sort of Jeopardy!-style academic trivia competition, should contact Mr. Mendro ( or Mr. Duskin ( This year's competition will likely be informal and virtual, and may be done through Kahoots. We plan to try and start up with some Zoom sessions this month (November).
Join FBLA!
Future Business Leaders of America

Are your students looking to get involved in a student club or organization at AHS? If yes, FBLA may be something to look into! We are looking for students who would like to become involved. Click here for a flier with some basic details about FBLA. Please reach out if you have any questions or are interested!
LGBT+ Club

Are you a member or ally of the LGBTQ+ community? Would you like to meet other members of this community in a safe space, hang out, make friends, and talk about LGBTQ+ issues, learn about LGBTQ+ culture and history, and advocate for and support LGBTQ+ students at Arlington High School--with snacks?!  

If your answer is yes, then email AHS' LGBTQ+ Club Advisor Mr. Ford at to receive more information about the LGBT+ Club's weekly Zoom meetings.
Work Hard

If your student is absent, please call the Attendance Office, 360-618-6301, or email, or go into Family Access to excuse. 
Student struggling with Classes?
Are you struggling in classes and think a peer tutor could help you? Please sign up with Robin Knutson ( in the counseling office today. National honor society students are here to help you through difficult concepts in all subject areas. Your success matters and we are here to help you connect during this difficult time.
PSAT Exams!
Attention 11th graders!!

PSAT/NMSQT Exam: We are moving forward with the January 26 test date but will only be able to offer the exam to current 11th grade AHS students. There will be a limited number of exams available to ensure social distancing procedures are followed. The PSAT is a practice exam for the SAT, but 11th graders who score high enough may qualify for National Merit Scholarships. For 11th graders who opt not to register for the PSAT (or 10th graders who would like some at-home practice now), there is FREE SAT exam test prep available on CollegeBoard, including 8 full length online practice tests:
11th grade families will be receiving information via email with instructions on registering for the PSAT exam soon, including information on how to pay the $19 exam fee online.
Winter Weather
As winter approaches, severe weather or other emergencies (snow, flooding, power outages, etc.) can cause changes to the school day.
Should the district have to close schools due to adverse weather or other emergency, all on-site learning (including hybrid, special education, connectivity stations, etc.) will transition to DISTANCE LEARNING for that day(s).
When it is necessary to close school due to extreme weather conditions, announcements will be made on local radio and TV stations early in the morning through the FlashAlert Newswire notification system (see below for additional information on FlashAlert and how to register for these notifications). This information will also be posted on the district website and social media sites.

FlashAlert Newswire Notifications
Arlington Public Schools uses FlashAlert Newswire to alert the media and community about school delays and closures. Parents, staff and community members can sign up for these notifications for free by going to this link:

FlashAlert will send out email and/or text notices to you. Please note that you will need to log into your FlashAlert account at least once per year to keep it active. Reminder notifications will be sent to you before the account is closed.

Limited Transportation
In adverse weather, bus routes may be limited to main roads. We will provide notification to the community if we must use limited transportation routes. Limited transportation routes can be found on our website.
Severe weather or other emergencies may cause changes to the school day. Please ensure that your child’s school has your family’s current emergency contact information.
We understand that decisions about school and bus route changes have an impact on our families. We appreciate your patience during these situations. Typically, decisions regarding changes are made in the early morning before school. This allows for the most current weather information to factor into the decision. This information is generally posted by 5:30 a.m.
Thank you.

Gary Sabol
Director of Communications
Arlington Public Schools
Financial Aid information
FAFSA/WAFSA Virtual Information night!
Our new School-to-Work Coordinator, Chris Peters, will be hosting a FAFSA / WAFSA Virtual Information Night on December 9th from 6:00 to 7:00 PM and December 10th from 6:00 to 7:00 PM (Each night is the same 75 person limit each night). The night will entail basic information about financial aid and how to get started. There will be time for general questions at the end. Counselors will be inviting students and their parents individually if they can.
For more information or to get the zoom invite, please email Chris Peters at or Brian Long at
Dear Parents & Guardians:

We wanted to reach out to all of you and give you some Post-Secondary Educational Financial Aid resources. If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact your counselor through e-mail or make a virtual appointment their contact information is below.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Overview of the Financial Aid Process:
Types of Federal Student Aid:
How to Create Your FSA ID:
FAFSA and FSA ID Tips for Parents:
How to Fill Out the FAFSA:
After the FAFSA: What Happens Next:

EvCC Financial Aid Nights 
All are welcome to attend. Enrollment at EvCC no required or expected.

Students can attend one of the following info sessions to learn more about the Financial Aid process nationwide, FAFSA, WASFA, the FSA ID, College Bound Scholarship, and more! We'll explain what you need to know to apply for Financial Aid and help with common questions students may have.

Students should pre-register for one of the sessions below at
  • Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 6:30PM
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2020 | 6:30PM
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020 | 6:30PM
All sessions are presented in English and Spanish.
Todas las sesiones se presentan en inglés y español.

WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid)

State Financial Aid for Undocumented Individuals and Other Select Applicants
Washington State offers financial aid programs to students who cannot file, or do not wish to file, a federal FAFSA financial aid application for various reasons:
  • Immigration status/undocumented
  • Defaulted federal loans
  • Repayments owed on federal grants
  • Unable to provide selective service confirmation
  • U.S. citizen applicants with undocumented parents/family members who do not wish to file a FAFSA

Counselor Contact Information
Counseling assignments are based on student last name as follows:
If you need to talk with a counselor call (360) 618-6307 to make arrangements.
Library Books
Be Kind
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Phone: (360) 618-6307 Fax: (360) 618-6311
Location: A200, Student Services - 2nd Floor

Counseling assignments are based on student last name as follows:
If you need to talk with a counselor call
(360) 618-6307 to make arrangements.

A - C Elizabeth (Lisa) Sullivan (206) 629-8704 (Text)
D - Hi Mary Hawksley (206) 659-7606 (Text)
Ho - Me Cheyenne Hanshaw (206) 659-9476 (Text)
Mi - Sa Shanna Crookes (484) 531-7034 (Text)
Sc- Z Allison Bennett (206) 659-9224 (Text)
Nurse's Notes

Click image to the right to be able to bring up links and see what's happening!
Character Strong - It Takes All of US!
Click on truck to be directed to donation page

Here is a concept truck . . . it is provided for a visual reference only. It is NOT the exact truck we are aiming for. 
See our Character Strong in Action!
Help us buy a food truck for the Arlington Food Bank!
We are up to nearly $10,000 raised in just one month! Way to go AHS Families! Keep going, we can do this! Arlington High School ASB is focusing their energies on raising money to purchase a food truck for the Arlington Community Food Bank. This truck would allow food insecure residents without reliable transportation to shop a food truck in their neighborhoods. We are wanting to involve as many clubs and teams as possible, and we are having a class competition to see which graduating class can raise the most money. 

For more information on the Food Bank and the AHS activities, go to:

Follow us on Twitter: @TheAHSEagle and @Arlington_ASB

Events on the Horizon for our Food Bank Fundraisers:
Dec 10: Virtual Children's Concert/Album Release Party with Ben Ballew (stay tuned for more info)
TBD: Video Gaming tournament & Drama production streaming fundraiser (stay tuned for more info)

Questions or suggestions? Email Julie Martin:
The Family Character Dare of the Month is...
The Power of Why!

This dare gets to the heart of what we talk about all the time at AHS... our WHY. It's deeper than the superficial routines we often find ourselves stuck in. Peel back the layers, connect more and really listen to one another. A simple "Why?" gets to the the heart of the matter - give it a try!

For the kids, our Weekly Character Dare is generally posted in the Commons, but we also share it on social media via @AHSFlyEaglesFly (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) where we have over 6,000 subscribers who can be view these dares daily (just not during No Tech Time - lol). By working on these dares together and talking about them, we grow closer and more connected. The kids get this opportunity together in Friday's Every Eagle Advisory. The Staff have Weekly Dares too! The more WE do as adults, the more THEY do as kids. Family Dares simply tie it all together... here's Character Strong's C.A.R.E approach! It's a fun, simple approach to building Every Eagle's Commitment, Patience, Humility, Selflessness, Kindness, Respect, Honesty and Forgiveness - traits that lead to success beyond AHS. Enjoy your monthly Family Dares!
December is Selflessness Month with Character Strong!
"Inspiring all students to act as responsible, productive citizens who embrace lifelong learning."
Here is the month coming at you!
Thu, Dec 10
Blue Moon Boy Virtual Concert @ 6:30pm

Flight's Christmas Spectacular
Fri Dec 11 @ 7pm
Sat Dec 12 @ 7pm
Thu Dec 17 @ 7pm
Fri Dec 18 @ 7pm

Flight's Drive in Christmas show!
Click here for tickets and more information
Dec 21 - Jan1 -
Winter Break!
On The Horizon

January 18 - No School - MLK

January 22 - End of 1st Semester

January 25 - No School - Teacher Inservice