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November 2020
Monthly Eagle Family Newsletter
Your Monthly Message from Principal Fish...
Hello Eagle Families,

We are reaching the end of the first quarter of school and are working tirelessly to engage students in learning. We are aware of the numerous challenges and barriers that so many of our students and families are facing. We greatly appreciate the feedback and insights so many families are sharing with us. As a staff, we are committed to continuous learning and development on how we can best serve the needs of each student in the current distance learning model. Please support us by encouraging communication from your student to his or her teachers when they are unable to attend via Zoom. Parents are encouraged to call the attendance office as well or you can excuse a student's absence via Family Access I've linked here for you. The direct line to report an absence is 360-618-6301. The best way to ensure success in this model is consistent attendance and engagement via Zoom sessions. We also have many opportunities for support directly with your student's teachers from 800a to 900a daily, after school from 230p to 330p each day, as well as every Friday as arranged with each teacher. If your student is struggling with the academic content, please email or call your student's teachers directly to arrange for the help he or she needs. Skyward Family Access is also where you can view your student’s grades and again, we encourage you to reach out to any teacher to collaborate on plans for additional support. If you have any questions on access, please call the counseling office at 360-618-6307 and we can walk you through it.

We also know there is an ever-increasing need for students to connect with with peers. We are excited to be launching small group CTE lab work sessions, small group athletic training for sports teams in the low and moderate risk groups, as well as some additional opportunities for ASB clubs to begin small group work - all in compliance with current Snohomish Health Department expectations for safe school re-opening. Slowly, we are doing all we can to get back to some forms of in person teaching and learning. We will get there!

For our recognition of Veteran’s Day this year, we will have a pre-recorded presentation that will be scheduled for students to watch during Advisory on Friday, November 13th at 10am. We will put the link out on our AHS Social Medial channels on Veteran's Day, Weds Nov 11 as well for families to see.

Additionally, the day after the holiday break (no school on Weds, Nov 11 to observe Veteran's Day), we will be turning our end of quarter one academic focus to a day of Review, Revise and Recover! All 6 periods will be meeting on Thursday, Nov 12 for 45 mins each. Below is the schedule for the day. This is an intentional opportunity for students to build plans with the teachers of courses they're currently struggling to earn credit. We want to see the success of Every Eagle in every course - so please review your student's grades, missing assignments, etc and make plans for your student to work closely with teachers he or she needs to make up ground with. By working together, we can do this!
Here is the schedule - and yes, students are required to attend all courses on Thurs, Nov 12:

AHS Zoom "Bell" Schedule for Nov 12, 2020
0 Period 8:10-8:55 (very few have this)
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 (very few have this)

Lastly, we have a plan for the half day scheduled annually for the day before Thanksgiving. On Wednesday, November 25, we will run our Advisory Schedule usually held on each Friday. All students are familiar with this 10a Zoom time already. Students can also use the day to coordinate support time with any teacher starting at 8am until Advisory at 10am. These windows for support can help drive success!

Thank you so much for your continued communication and support. Our staff appreciates all of the family involvement and support as we navigate this unprecedented time. As always, I am available to answer questions or support in any way that I can.

Here's to another safe and healthy month at AHS!
Parent Quick-Access Resources
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!
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:
Nov 14: Arlington Boys Basketball clothing & food drive with bake sale @ Stilly Athletic Club
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:
AHS Driver's Ed. is up and running online. 
2nd Quarter Driver's Ed. starts Nov. 16th.

3rd Quarter Driver's Ed. starts Feb. 1st.

If you are interested, applications are available at AHS and on the website or email Mr. Brooke and he will email you back an application. Also email him if you have any questions:  
Knowledge Bowl
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).
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.
School Pictures
We have two days scheduled to take student pictures coming up in November. Students will be able to receive their student ID cards and purchase ASB cards at that time. The fee for ASB has been reduced to $35.00 this year and is still required for participation in clubs and sports.
If you are the parent of a freshman, sophomore, or junior, you should have received your picture order packet in the mail. Seniors, please swing by AHS if you need a picture order packet--however, these will not be necessary for getting your student ID and ASB card. Seniors must get their photo taken – even if submitting a separate senior photo for yearbook

Thursday, November 19th 3:30pm - 6:30pm
photo schedule for Freshman


Friday, November 20th 11am-6:30pm
photo schedule for
Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors

Seniors                     Juniors                   Sophomores
11:00--A-B                1:15--A-B                 4:00--A-Bi
11:15--C-Da             1:30--C-Da               4:15--Bl-Ch
11:30--De-Go           1:45--De-Fe             4:30--Cl-E
11:45--Gr-Kh            2:30--Fi-Ha              4:45--F-Ha
12:00--Ki-Ma            2:45--He-Ke             5:00--He-Kl
12:15--Mc-Pe           3:00--Kh-Me            5:15--Kn-Mc
12:30--Ph-Sa           3:15--Mi-Q                5:30--Me-O
12:45--Sc-To            3:30--R-S                5:45--P-R
1:00--Tr-Z                  3:45--T-Z                 6:00--S

Students will be required to follow all COVID safety protocols while on campus. 
Look for more communication from Arlington High School as we get nearer to picture days. 

We want to recognize your Veteran!
AFJROTC is asking all AHS students, staff, and families to put their loved one(s) in a Veterans Day presentation that AFJROTC is creating. Please complete the google doc attached. This information will be shared on social media and in Every Eagle Advisory.

For our recognition of Veteran’s Day this year, we will have a pre-recorded presentation that will be scheduled for students to watch during Advisory on Friday, November 13th at 10am. We will put the link out on our AHS Social Medial channels on Veteran's Day, Weds Nov 11 as well for families to see.  

Josten's has extended their Senior Week pricing until Nov 21st. Free shipping no longer applies.

Congratulations seniors class of 2021! Early graduation startup will begin the week of October 5- October 12, 2020. Jostens has many offers to help families with all your graduation needs, please watch this video and follow their link to start your order and verify the spelling of your name for your diploma.

Be sure to stay current on important Senior happenings by checking our Senior page on our website frequently!

It's Yearbook time! Senior Grad Ads may also be purchased October 17-November 1 for $55. They are available online using Family Access or in person at the AHS Office. Once you purchase the space, you will receive an email with a link to upload your images and message. PLEASE make sure the email on Family Access is accurate. 
Work Hard

If your student is absent, please call the Attendance Office, 360-618-6301, or email, or go into Family Access to excuse. 

Did your student receive a grade of
 "Incomplete" for a class in the Spring of 2020?

Arlington High School will follow OSPI recommendations and backfill grades and credit for Spring 2020 Incompletes with the grades that your student earns this semester (Fall 2020) in the next course in their pathway for the content area affected. For example, if your student received an incomplete for English 9 in the Spring of 2020, but earns a passing grade this Fall in their English 10 class, they will receive the same grade for both courses. So, if they earn a B this semester in English 10, they will receive a B for their English class this past Spring!

The majority of incomplete classes from the spring can be backfilled in this way. It is imperative that your student is present daily in their zoom meetings and keeping on track with their google classroom work so that we can utilize the opportunity to backfill grades as well as see academic success for your student this semester. 

For questions, please reach out to your student's counselor. 

AP Exams
AP Exams (Advanced Placement): The deadline to register for AP Exam(s) is FRIDAY, November 6! The registration involves a two-step process for students:
 1.) Join their AP course online using the join code provided by the AP teacher and indicate "Yes" for their exam decision: 
2.) Pay the $95 exam fee through RevTrac for the appropriate AP exam(s): Exams will not be ordered for students who have not paid their exam fee(s) in RevTrac by November 6.
FOR STUDENTS WHO QUALIFY FOR FREE OR REDUCED LUNCH: There is no exam fee for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. These students do not do anything through RevTrac. Please have these students email me directly to register for their AP exams: If they do not email me they will not be registered for an exam.
 Any student wanting to register for an AP exam after November 6 must email me directly for instructions. After November 13, all additional exam orders incur a $40 late fee in addition to the $95 exam fee. If you have questions about an AP exam, ask your AP teacher, your counselor, or the AP Coordinator, Mrs. Bennett:
Financial Aid information
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.
Free and Reduced
While all students may be provided free meals through the end of December, it is still critical that eligible families complete the application this fall.
School districts across the state are able to provide free meals to all children aged 0–18, or older if enrolled in the K–12 school system, through the end of December 2020, thanks to waivers granted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). However, once the funds run out at the end of the calendar year, many students will still need access to free or reduced-price meals from their school.
Families are strongly encouraged to complete a School Meal Application now, which determines a student’s eligibility for free and reduced-price meals.
The application process is simple and confidential. There are no citizenship requirements for participation, and immigration status is not requested or disclosed.
Information obtained from meal applications is used to determine student eligibility for a number of additional school programs.
Arlington Public Schools has made the meal applications available electronically.


Application review and determinations are made within 10 operating days of receipt of the application. Households denied eligibility can appeal the decision by contacting their school.
Households that experience a change in income due to job loss or other circumstances are encouraged to apply at any time throughout the year.
Library Books
Be Kind
Character Strong - It Takes All of US!
The Family Character Dare of the Month is...
Family Volunteer Day!

This dare is perfectly in line with our Character Strong In Action challenge to help the Arlington Community Food Bank! Reach out. It's simple, but helps us all connect to one another better - some time for just US... Try it and encourage Every Eagle!

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!
November is Humility Month with Character Strong!
"Inspiring all students to act as responsible, productive citizens who embrace lifelong learning."
Nurse's Notes
Click image to the left to be able to bring up links and see what's happening!
Face masks from the Transitions program!
The Arlington Transitions program is making masks to sell!

They are at all the schools and they are working on local businesses. Masks are rotated in the school baskets weekly. They will bring their completed box of masks for people to personally select from or if they have a specific motif desired, they can pull all those that are matching for viewing. All are natural fiber (cotton, linen, etc.) in silky, flannel, smooth weaves.

Contact Cheryl Burkhead for more information on how to get a mask:
Here is the month coming at you!
Weds, Nov 11
No School - Veteran's Day

Thu, Nov 12
Review, Revise and Recover day!
Students will attend all 6, shortened periods. See above for schedule
Thu, Nov 19
3:30p-6:30p - Freshmen pictures
3:30--A-Bo               5:00--Ma-Mo
3:45--Br-Co             5:15--Mu-P
4:00--Cr-Fo              5:30--R-Sa
4:15--Fr-Ha              5:45--Sc-Sz
4:30--He-Ke            6:00--T-Wh
4:45--Ki-Lu              6:15--Wi-Z
Fri, Nov 20
12:30p-6:30p - Senior, Junior and Sophomore pictures

Seniors                     Juniors                   Sophomores
11:00--A-B                1:15--A-B                  4:00--A-Bi
11:15--C-Da             1:30--C-Da               4:15--Bl-Ch
11:30--De-Go           1:45--De-Fe              4:30--Cl-E
11:45--Gr-Kh            2:30--Fi-Ha               4:45--F-Ha
12:00--Ki-Ma            2:45--He-Ke             5:00--He-Kl
12:15--Mc-Pe           3:00--Kh-Me             5:15--Kn-Mc
12:30--Ph-Sa           3:15--Mi-Q                5:30--Me-O
12:45--Sc-To            3:30--R-S                  5:45--P-R
1:00--Tr-Z                  3:45--T-Z                  6:00--S
Wed, Nov 25
10:00a - Every Eagle Advisory Day (moved from Friday to Wed due to Thanksgiving - enjoy the holiday with no school on 11/26 and 11/27!)
Thu, Nov 26 & Fri Nov, 27
No School
November is Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month. Starting as a week-long celebration in 1986, the celebration of Native Americans has expanded until the year 1995 saw November as a month to honor and celebrate the Native American peoples. Today, November is a time for us all to celebrate the culture, accomplishments, and important contributions of people who were the first inhabitants here in the United States. 

Through dance, family traditions, and music, the stories of Native Americans show the diversity and long history of Indigenous peoples. Heritage Month is also a time that many tribes work to educate the general public about the tribes, raise general awareness of the unique challenges Native people have faced historically and presently, and show the ways that tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges. 
On The Horizon

Holiday Break!

December 21 - January 04