Be Involved - Work Hard - Be Kind
February 2021
Monthly Eagle Family Newsletter
Your Monthly Message from Principal Fish...
Hello Eagle Families,

This February brings so much hope to our campus and community. At the start of the year, we had Dr. John Gaines share his story with our staff to help us fuel our Character Strong approach with Every Eagle. And with our commitment to celebrate the heritage and history of Every Eagle, here we are at the start of Black History Month and Dr. Gaines recently shared his message of hope, love and unity at the City of Tacoma's annual MLK Day celebration. Dr. Gaines is an amazing person with an inspiring message; I encourage you to take ten minutes of your day to listen to it here. With the vaccine roll-out in our community picking up speed every day and the reality that a return to in-person learning through a Hybrid model at AHS later this spring is becoming more likely, we are filled with hope. Over these next couple months we will be sharing more and more about our plans for the AA/BB Hybrid model at AHS (you can learn more at the Reopening Arlington Schools landing page on the APS Website). All we can truly say right now is that we're beyond excited about the prospect of having kids with us once again at Arlington High School. My message to our families and kids is this: we've made it this far and we're going to make it back to in-person learning soon - that's my goal and my greatest hope for Every Eagle.
Lastly, Semester 1 is in the books and we've started S2. As report cards are posted in Skyward soon, please know that we're working hard as a team to support Every Eagle toward on-time graduation status. Our data shows that 75% of our students were successful in earning credit for every course on his or her schedule, while 25% will be in some for of recovery mode entering S2 and into summer school. Please work with your student's school counselor, assigned administrator and teachers about recovering S1 within S2 if your student was close to passing the course but simply ran out of time at the start of the new marking period. Recovery of S1 within S2 is an intervention we've actively supported for the last 4 years. It's effective in getting students back on track when they work hard to do so. We're here to help and our team is ready to help guide Every Eagle toward success and an on-time graduation from Arlington High School.

Here's to another safe and healthy month at AHS!

Duane Fish
Principal AHS
Parent Quick-Access Resources
AHS Drama presents....
AHS Drama is BACK!!!

AHS Drama has just completed filming "The War of the Worlds" and are in post-production mode editing the film, adding graphics and getting ready for our big debut on THE BIG SCREEN.

Through an arrangement with Playscripts, Inc., we are pleased to announce that our newest film project (filmed with COVID protocols in place) will be shown in the AHS Student parking lot as a Drive-In Movie March 5,6, 12th and 13th at 7:00pm. Tickets will be going on sale at 
later this month with limited parking available. Make plans now and we will see you at the Drive In!!!!
Neobots Robotics Club
Hey AHS, Neobots Robotics Club is starting to meet in person on campus each Friday. In this club, you can learn about designing, building, wiring, programming and driving robots.  We are a great club, and would be even better with you!  Interested? 
Join the Neobot Google Classroom code= reduwgf  

We are working to make sure all meetings follow health guidance, and all participants must be approved by the nurse 48 hours before each meeting. To be approved to join us on Friday at 5PM, please fill out the pre-meeting form in the classroom by Wednesday of the week you are attending. Still have questions? Email Mr Hollis at
Knowledge Bowl

Students who are interested in taking part in Knowledge Bowl should contact Mr. Mendro or Mr. Duskin. We've got plenty of room for more.
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
Starting Second Semester Strong
Starting Second Semester Strong
As we wait to welcome your Eagles back into AHS for in-person learning, virtual learning has become an all-too-familiar norm. Maybe, like many of us, you never thought we would still be out of the building at this point in the school year. 

As we look to gear up for the start of second semester, we are looking to off-set that exhaustion that comes from constantly being plugged in. You are probably seeing the struggles your teen is having with e-learning, or digital, fatigue. Many teens are using technology for school, for entertainment, and for social connections. Much of their day is digital. 

Here are some ways that you can help your teen make e-learning a source of enrichment rather than burnout: 
1) Have your teen limit their screen time to school work as much as possible--there may need to be some compromises, but digital learning needs to take priority. Create a schedule to help them balance digital time. 
2) Remind them to interact and participate in all lessons--the more they interact, the more they will be invested in the lesson.
3) Help your student innovate--have your student think of online learning as a way to grow, help them change negative mindsets. There are many skills that can be gained from this foray into online learning, including: communication, organization, the ability to meet deadlines, computer skills, time management, and the ability to be a self-starter. Help them see the benefits that can come from online learning.
4) Add in more breaks and physical activity--send them out to walk the dog around the block in between classes or set up 
5) Create a schedule with your teen--talk about what worked first semester and what didn't...What can you partner and come up with to help balance time this semester?
6) Evaluate your space--look at where your teen typically does school, make sure it is comfortable and conducive to learning. Make sure there is a place where the computer can be at eye-level and there are no easy distractions.

As a parent, make sure you are familiar with the digital platforms your student is using and keep in regular contact with teachers. 

We are looking forward to seeing our Eagles soar into second semester strong!
2021-22 Class courses requests are happening NOW!

Next year's course request process is well underway for 8th through 11th-grade students. All students must complete the course request process. Parents/Guardians can help out by checking in with their students and asking them about their course selection for next year. I would highly encourage you to have the student show you their 4-year Plan in their High School and Beyond Plan. If your student hasn't started their's yet, I would sit down with them and visit the webpage below. The "Course Request Process" page is here to help your student walk through the process in short videos. Always remember the counseling department is here to help. Feel free to contact them through email or phone at (360) 618-6307. 

Presidents' Day
We will have no school on Monday 2/15 in honor of Presidents' Day.

Here is the AHS Bell schedule for when we come back on Tuesday the 16th:

0 Period 8:10 - 8:55
Period 1 9:00-9:45
Period 2 9:50-10:35
Period 3 10:40-11:25
Lunch - 11:30-12:00
Period 4 12:05-12:50
Period 5 12:55-1:40
Period 6 1:45-2:30
7th Period 2:35-3:20

Wednesday February 17th -
Regular virtual learning periods 1,3,5

Thursday February 18th -
Regular Virtual learning periods 2,4,6

Friday February 19th -
Regular intervention and Every Eagle Advisory @ 10:00


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.
Apply for Sno-Isle Skills Center soon!

Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center will start accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year on January14th. For more information go to
Sno-Isle offers 22 programs in 5 pathways. Check them out in this short video


Priority Application Deadline:
February 5

February 24 & 25

Notification of Decision:              
April 1          
What can interested students do now? 

If you are new to Sno-Isle, you first need to create an account in Survey Monkey. When the application opens, you will use this account to apply for a class. 

Register to attend our open house
Transcripts and Scholarships
If you need a transcript for any reason, including college applications, use the Parchment Order Records link on our website or click here . Remember if you have college application deadlines you will need to request your transcript at least two school day in advance.

Arlington Dollars for Scholars (ADFS) - Scholarships open up February 1st. You will follow ADFS instructions on how to add your transcript request to your application and it will be uploaded to your account in mid February. If you are applying to any national Scholarship America scholarships, you will need to notify Mrs. Nelson that you need a transcript uploaded to your account earlier. Email at
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
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)
Options Night
If you missed the counselors virtual Options night on January 12th, click the pictures above to see what it was all about!
Nurse's Notes

Click image to the right to be able to bring up links and see what's happening!

Click here for a video from Dr. Spitters
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 $14,000 raised in just two months! 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:
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...
Sweet Surprise!

This dare gets to the heart of what we talk about all the time at AHS... Action vs Words. It's one thing to say we're Character Strong, but it's a completely different thing to show it! Be intentional and show someone you're thinking of them - 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!
February is Respect Month with Character Strong!
"Inspiring all students to act as responsible, productive citizens who embrace lifelong learning."

February is also Black History Month! To learn more about resources shared with our teachers, visit this link to Edutopia.
Here is the month coming at you!
Febrauary 15
No School - Presidents Day
February 16 - Tuesday
AHS Bell schedule for Tuesday February 16th:

0 Period 8:10 - 8:55
Period 1 9:00-9:45
Period 2 9:50-10:35
Period 3 10:40-11:25
Lunch - 11:30-12:00
Period 4 12:05-12:50
Period 5 12:55-1:40
Period 6 1:45-2:30
7th Period 2:35-3:20
Fututre Freshman night!
This annual event is for all incoming freshmen students and families starting at Arlington High School next school year (both in district and new to the district). We will be discussing what students and families need to get started and be successful at AHS.
Future Freshman Night - February 16, 2021, at 6:00 PM Zoom link here →
Future Freshman Information - You can find a great deal of information about requesting courses.
On The Horizon
March 5, 6, 12 & 13 - Drama Drive in production of War of the Worlds