Be Involved - Work Hard - Be Kind
January 2021
Monthly Eagle Family Newsletter
Your Monthly Message from Principal Fish...
Happy New Year Eagle Families,

I hope you had a wonderful, relaxing break from what has been our most challenging year we've faced as a community. For the first time in my 9 years as a high school principal, I took the entire break off. I needed it. I hope you found some quality down time too. As we look back on 2020 and into 2021, we have much to be proud of (we've accomplished more than most believed possible) and we're staring directly at a calendar year with a true sense of hope that 2021 will be the year we see all of our students back on campus at Arlington High School. Precisely when that will be? Let's not speculate, nor dwell on that. Instead, let's focus on the positive steps APS is taking later this month as Grades 2 and 3 are added to our hybrid approach. Soon after, the remaining elementary students will join, then secondary will begin and before you know it, AHS will too! It will truly be amazing to once again make those face-to-face connections with our students we crave as educators. And our kids need to be around us and their peers more than ever too, we know this. I can see it in my mind's eye and I hope that vision for you fuels each day of this new year too as we work together to get AHS back to in-person teaching and learning as soon as we can. Take it one day at a time like we have been so far and we will get there - we've got this Eagle Families!

With the final 3 weeks of Semester 1 upon us, it is time to make that final push to ensure your student is on-track to pass each of his or her courses. Be sure to log into Skyward Family Access (here's the link), check for missing assignments and reach out to teachers where a plan is needed to ensure your student's success in Semester 1. If you need your login information to Skyward, reach out to our Counseling Center at 360-618-6307. It's our goal at AHS to ensure Every Eagle is on-track for graduation and in a 24 credit environment, this means passing all courses each semester. While our goals are challenging and even more so due to Distance Learning, they're not impossible - especially if we function well as a complete team with our kids and families. You have our word that we're doing all we can and we love partnering with you for your student's success! 

To all of you, 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 these unprecedented times. As always, I am available to answer questions or support in any way that I can - reach out if you need anything.

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

Duane Fish
Principal AHS
Parent Quick-Access Resources
January 15 - 31
Yearbooks will be on sale Jan 15-31 for $65. You may purchase online or on campus with cash/check during this time. We are working hard to deliver your student a great book to commemorate this historic year. We pledge to have only ONE Zoom screenshot--the yearbook staff photo. We are covering the year differently because ...we have to, but I think you will be pleased with it! The book will be at least 288 pages, just like last year's!

Don't wait to purchase . . . the price goes up to $70 in June at distribution with limited quantities of overs. This is the last chance you have to guarantee a 2021 book for your student. 


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
Knowledge Bowl
As the Knowledge Bowl program in the region continues to refine its "virtual" techniques, another pre-season on-screen competition was held on December 9th, involving teams from Kamiak, Glacier Peak, Monroe, Marysville-Getchell, LaConner, Sultan, Snohomish, Lake Stevens, Archbishop Murphy, Stanwood and, of course, Arlington. There were 2 rounds of 50 questions each and the moderators used Zoom breakout rooms, a program called Discord and the website to conduct the competition. Arlington fielded two teams: Team 1 included juniors Montan Copenhaver, Braden Dahlgren and sophomore Shayne Shelton. The second team were all newcomers to Knowledge Bowl this year: Alyssa Acosta, Haley Morlock and Elizabeth Marsh. Captain Copenhaver led his team to a win in the first round, but the Eagles fell in a close match in the second round to Kamiak, Glacier Peak and LaConner. The 3 girls on Team 2 acquitted themselves well - they're learning on the job!
Again, 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. Here is a sample of some of the questions that are asked
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
Let's Finish First Semester Strong!
Ending First Semester Strong
It is hard for many students not to feel burnt-out at the end of a semester, even when we are not in a virtual learning environment. Here are some tips to help your student finish strong this semester:
1) Set goals with your student. Ask them why they want to accomplish these goals and write down the answers together. 
2) Visualize. Ask your student what it will look like when they achieve these goals.
3) Start small. Build smaller daily goals that will lead up to success at the end of the semester.
4) Start with the hard stuff. If easier or more fun assignments are what they start the day with, then it is that much harder to get the tough assignments done later in the day. Have your student start with the hard assignments and then move to the easier ones. As a result, it is much more likely that more assignments will get done in a day.
5) Ask for help. Schedule a time for your student to visit teacher office hours, have them reach out via email or on google classroom. All of us at Arlington High School are here to help you be successful and we care about you.

Our #1 Goal for Every Eagle
We are here to help your student graduate college and career ready with 21st Century skills that will make them diverse, happy and valued community members. Part of achieving this goal is to earn 24 credits. With 6 class periods in a day, over four years, that equals out to 24 credit opportunities. There is no room in your student's schedule to accept a sustained failing effort. With your partnership, we need to teach your student to plan his or her path well and to excel at it. We are all in this together!
As we continue to work on this goal through a distance learning model, the #1 tip remains the same: Students need to check their school email EVERY DAY and ENGAGE in every class.
The key to success is daily attendance and engagement. Remind your student that Friday Advisory periods are equally important as they are used to help students plan for their future and to improve student-life readiness. 
We cannot wait to welcome your student back into the building in the near future, we miss all of our Eagles!

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


Application Start & Open House (virtual) : 
January 14: 5/5:30-7:30 

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
PSAT Exams!
Attention 11th graders!!

We are moving forward with the test administration of the PSAT/NMSQT exam for Juniors only who would like to opt in to testing. The PSAT is a “practice” exam for the SAT, a common college entrance exam. Juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT and earn qualifying scores may be eligible for National Merit Scholarships. We will only be offering this optional test to Juniors this year, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Here are the details:
TEST DATE: Tuesday, January 26, 2021
TEST FEE: $19, nonrefundable, payable through Family Access (parent account): 
  • Log into Family Access with a parent password
  • Select your student
  • Go to "Fee Management"
  • Select "Add a Fee"
  • Add the item "PSAT"
  • Select "Back"
  • Select "Make a Payment". As you do this, you leave Skyward and are transferred to RevTrak.
  • Add to cart, then check out
After paying the exam fee, you will receive an email within two days confirming your registration for the PSAT exam.
***Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch do not need to pay a test fee, email Mrs. Bennett directly to register for the exam:**
***Students must provide their own transportation to and from AHS on exam day, transportation WILL NOT be provided***
We will be following strict COVID-19 guidelines on exam day to include:

-Staggered check in times for students the morning of the exam
-Temperature checks and health attestations will be completed during check in
-Small groups of students per classroom assigned to one proctor
-Students and staff will be required to wear masks for the duration of their time on campus
There is limited testing space available, so register ASAP!

For students who are unable to come on campus for the PSAT test date in January, there is FREE access to online SAT test prep resources at the following link, including 8 full length SAT practice tests:

QUESTIONS??? Email Allison Bennett at
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) - You can begin creating your profile at any time, but ADFS does not need your transcript uploaded until after semester 1 concludes. 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)
Mark your calendars!!
Mark Your Calendars:
The counselors will be hosting a VIRTUAL Options Night on Tuesday, January 12 at 6pm. The zoom link will be emailed out to 10th and 11th grade families as we approach closer to that date. We will be discussing dual credit options available for AHS students, to include Sno-Isle Tech, Running Start, College in the High School, AP (Advanced Placement), and more! Please join us on zoom for an informative evening with your AHS counselors.
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...
Walking Trash Pick-Up!

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! We know we have a lot of families out there walking our neighborhoods right now, so let's make Arlington more beautiful than it already is - 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!
January is Kindness Month with Character Strong!
"Inspiring all students to act as responsible, productive citizens who embrace lifelong learning."
Here is the month coming at you!
January is School Board Recognition Month.
Thanks to the Arlington School Board for your dedication to students!

Dec 21 - Jan 04
Winter Break!
Jan 12
Virtual options night for 10th & 1th graders & parents
Jan 18
No School -MLK day
Jan 22
Martin Luther King Jr virtual assembly
End of 1st Semester
Jan 25
No School - Teacher Inservice
On The Horizon

Feb 15 - No School - President's Day