GRIZZ-O-GRAM

January 29th, 2021

Ashland High School

Office Hours 12:00PM - 4:00PM

Note that we have adjusted our hours to limit in-person contact. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment. Knock on the door if you plan to come to the Main Office. To maintain social distancing, we ask that you stay outside.


Attendance Office:

Deb Falk, Attendance Secretary

541-482-8782

Debra.Falk@ashland.k12.or.us


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This week's Grizz...

  • Principal's Update
  • Looking Ahead at February
  • Finals Schedule 2/1 - 2/4
  • No School 2/5
  • Tips for Finals Week
  • Distribution Center open 2/3
  • Potential IN PERSON Club & Activity Opportunities
  • Library Newsletter
  • February Breakfast/ Lunch Menus
  • Sports, Clubs & Activities
  • Counseling Office
  • Community Service Opportunities
  • College & Career Pathways
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Mental Health Counseling

Principal's Update

Hello Grizzlies,


I hope that you are all doing well. I can’t believe that next week brings our first semester to an end. I am deeply thankful to our teachers and staff that have worked so hard and made so many adjustments to make the first half of the year as successful as possible. Big shout out to our students for working so hard every day and hanging in there.


Parents and students, we will have a bond site team meeting with the architects that are helping us with the AHS Bond project. If you're interested in attending please reach out to me so I can supply you with a link. This is a great opportunity to learn about the status of the project and the exciting design upgrades and changes that are in store for our Humanities and Science buildings.


Please remember to check the announcements and calendars below. We have an altered bell schedule for finals week. It's important that you are aware of the changed class times so you don't miss a class/test. Remember to get plenty of sleep Sunday night and eat a nutritious breakfast so you are in top shape to do your best.


We are currently exploring ideas for hybrid instruction in the spring. There are many things to consider and plan for. Please look for a survey from us early next week so that we can gather information on the interest level for a hybrid schedule of some kind. The high school schedule is complex. Nevertheless, we are excited to explore possible in-person opportunities as we assess what is possible. As plans take shape we will be sharing out more information.


Take care,


Benjamin Bell

Reminder: Students must check ASDconnect emails daily!

Your student should be checking their asdconnect email daily. Important announcements and communication with students happens via email.

Looking Ahead at February

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Finals Schedule - February 1-4

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No School - Friday, February 5

TIPS FOR FINALS WEEK

You may be wondering how you can set your student up to feel solid as they move into finals week. Here are some tips you may find helpful:


1. Organize a COVID-safe group study sesh. Students can connect with friends and classmates, while studying for finals. It’s a win-win!


2. Take breaks. Encourage students to be well-rested and not stay up all night cramming for final exams. Being well-rested sets students up to focus more effectively during exams.


3. Practice quizzes. Ask your student to make flash cards and quiz them on material that will be covered on their exam. Not only does this help your student feel more confident in the material… it also allows time for you and your student to connect.


4. Encourage reaching out for support. If your student is feeling anxious or under-prepared, have them reach out to their teacher, educational assistant, and/or counselor. We are here to help.

Material Distribution - Wednesday, February 3

The Distribution center will be open every other Wednesday.


We've got:

  • Textbooks / Library Books
  • Class Notes & Material
  • 2019-2020 Yearbooks (that have been purchased)
  • Whiteboards / Planners


If you need to pick up class materials, please call the Main Office to make arrangements.

If you would like to request a textbook, please email Aimee.Cork@ashland.k12.or.us.

Potential IN PERSON Club & Activity Opportunities

We are exploring ways to offer opportunities for students to come to campus to participate in extracurricular activities in a safe manner so are reaching out to you to gage interest.

If you have an idea that you want to propose, email karl.kemper@ashland.k12.or.us

Some initial questions to consider:

  • Do you believe that your club or activity can be done safely with COVID protocols in person OUTDOORS?

  • Do you believe that offering in person opportunities for students would increase interest and participation for your activity?

  • Do you believe doing the activity in person would improve the quality of the experience for the students involved?

Library Newsletter

Click here to access the library’s monthly newsletter from our librarian Aimee Cork. Featured in this edition are: Anti-Racist Ashland Reading Challenge, New Books & How to Access them, Aimee’s Review, and Spotting Fake news.

February Breakfast & Lunch Menus

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Sports

All sports activities associated with Ashland School District are currently on pause. Any in person club sport activity that may take place in the interim will be off campus and considered unaffiliated with AHS as they operate under the umbrella of the individual clubs’ separate non-profit entity. Please know we are as anxious as you are to get back to place where we can offer in person activity on campus to our students in a safe manner.

Nordic Skiing

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Clubs & Activities

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Among Us Gaming Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting. Passcode: anKp7K

Brain Bowl: Email Alan.Parowski@ashland.k12.or.us for Zoom Link.

Christian Fellowship Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting. Passcode: 456358

Drama Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting. Passcode: 456358

Dungeons and Dragons: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting. Passcode: H30

Key Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting.

Mu Alpha Theta: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting.

National Art Honor Society: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting. Passcode: ahsart2020

Philosophy Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting.

Queer Straight Alliance: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting.

Tap Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting.

Truth to Power: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting.

Writers & Poets Club: Click HERE for the Zoom Meeting.


Wanting to start a club? Let's do it!!! Fill out the Club Application Form below, connect with a staff member who could be an advisor for your club, and email the completed Club Application Form to Karl.Kemper@ashland.k12.or.us or drop it off in the mail box by the Main Office. You do NOT need to get an in person signature from an advisor.

Truth To Power Club Upcoming Events

Truth to Power club is organizing two workshops on how to combat racism in Southern Oregon


We recognize the rampant racism that exists here in our community and the need for white allies to address the issue, educate ourselves, and work towards a community where Black youth experience safety and love. Truth to Power Club calls on students and families to attend the “Dear White Folks” workshops to learn how we can work together to address the racism in our Valley and become better allies to BIPOC in our community. Here are the links to these events:


Sunday, January 31st at 11am, the workshop 'Dear White Folks: Let's Talk About Racism'

Link to register for the zoom: https://tinyurl.com/yyk4gky6

facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/3149091185192349


Sunday, February 7th at 11am, 'Dear White Folks 2: How To Be Anti-Racist'

Link to register for the zoom: https://tinyurl.com/yyk4gky6

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/418287096074269


Both workshops are facilitated by Danielle LoPresti and Akeel Williams

Contact for more info: truthtopowerclub@gmail.com

Brain Bowl!

Q: Where do zombie monkeys live? A: In the BRAIN Forest!


Are you full of strange bits of knowledge and arcane facts? In other words, "DO You Like Trivia (and Brains)?"


Brain Bowl is up and running! To get the pass code and join us on Wednesdays from 11:00 to 11:40 send an email to: Alan.Parowski@ashland.k12.or.us


Five weeks of practice until the online tournament!

AHS Brain Bowl Announcement 1/2021

The Rogue News

The Rogue News staff has just relaunched the official Rogue News website with a fresh new look! Our first few stories are posted and more will be rolling in over the coming weeks. We’re excited to also add some multi-media including podcasts and videos this year. Check it out and spread the word! These student journalists are really amazing!


Theroguenews.com

Student Tutor Center

This year we are offering FREE tutoring online every Wednesday from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Help is available in all subjects, including Canvas navigation! Your student can access the Student Tutor Center through the AHS News & Resources page on Canvas and join the Zoom session there. For the Zoom link, click HERE. If you have questions, please contact Tammy Anderson at tammy.anderson@ashland.k12.or.us.

Counseling Office

High school counselors are educators uniquely trained in child and adolescent development, learning strategies, self-management and social skills who understand and promote success for today’s diverse students. They implement a school counseling program to support students through this important developmental period.


If you need to get in contact with your counselor regarding scheduling, academics, etc., call the counseling office at 541-482-2278 or email your counselors.

Keri Phipps

9th Grade Counselor

541-862-1823

Keri.Phipps@ashland.k12.or.us

Diane Berry

10th-12th Grade Counselor - Last Names A-Ha

541-622-2170

Diane.Berry@ashland.k12.or.us

Bryanna Trevino

10th-12th Grade Counselor - Last names He-N

541-690-8401

Bryanna.Trevino@ashland.k12.or.us

Maurice Monteiro

10th-12th Grade Counselor - Last names O-Z

917-258-0937

Maurice.Monteiro@ashland.k12.or.us

Jen Marsden

College & Career Specialist:

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Jennifer.Marsden@ashland.k12.or.us

Karyn Barats

Scholarship Coordinator:

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Karyn.Barats@ashland.k12.or.us

Community Service

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Wondering how to get community service hours during distance learning? Community service hours are not required this year, but 9th graders and sophomores will need to continue collecting a total of 100 hours by their graduation. Juniors need 25 hours of Community Service. Half of these hours can be paid.


Time to get creative and think outside of the box! Here are some examples of ways you can earn community service hours:


  • www.Recovers.org - A local area email alert for continuous help needed for our Phoenix/Talent Fire Victims
  • www.DoSomething.org - A youth-led movement for good focusing on advocacy work.
  • www.we.org - An organization standing for Human rights & social equality.
  • Making and Donating items to local causes (dog toys, grocery store bags, knitted hats, etc.)
  • Sending letters to seniors at local retirement homes
  • Thank you letters to essential workers
  • Habitat for Humanity

  • Jackson County Fuel Committee
  • And more!


There's a lot of ways you can support your community and earn community service hours. If you have any questions, reach out to your counselor.

Senior Citizens Spring Cards Project

Jackson County Library Services is sponsoring a volunteer opportunity for students. The project is making Spring-themed cards/ messages for Senior Citizens in Jackson County. This very worthwhile project is no-contact, easy to complete, and a library staff member can verify service hours for students who have community service hour requirements. Students would pick up all needed materials at the Medford or Ashland branch libraries, make the cards at home on their own time, and return the completed project to the library in time for delivery to area Seniors.


Contact Nora.godfrey-dismuk@ashland.k12.or.us by mid-February if you're interested in participating.

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College and Career Pathways: Scholarship Season is Here!

Resources for Seniors and their Parents/Guardians

Seniors have been receiving information on scholarship opportunities and have begun work on scholarship applications in their College and Career Readiness (CCR) classes. Jen Marsden, our College and Career Specialist, has been providing support to seniors as they work on completing both the OSAC Scholarship eApp and the AHS Local Scholarships application process. Ms. Marsden is also providing scholarship application support during the optional Senior CCR Advisory on Wednesday mornings and through daily office hours. Seniors (and parents/guardians) are encouraged to reach out to her with questions at jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us. For more information about scholarship opportunities, please see below.

OSAC Scholarships

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 15, 2021

REQUIRED DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2021


The OSAC Scholarship application contains many scholarship opportunities just for AHS seniors and other scholarships for students from Jackson County and Oregon that AHS students can apply for. The majority of OSAC scholarships can be taken out of state. The OSAC Scholarship eApp is completed and submitted online, and the AHS registrar will upload a student’s transcript to their OSAC eApp.

AHS provides OSAC scholarship information sheets (see below) to help students determine which scholarships they may want to apply for. If a scholarship has a code of “auto” that means it is automatically attached to every AHS student’s OSAC eApp and they do not have to specifically apply for it. Students should read through the AHS OSAC scholarship information sheets and use the OSAC scholarship search engine to find other OSAC scholarships they may be eligible for. Students should also complete their FAFSA before the OSAC March 1 deadline to be eligible for all OSAC scholarships.


Important OSAC Links:


For questions or assistance on the OSAC Scholarship application, please call Jen at 541-482-2278 X-2130 or email jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us.

Local Scholarship

DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 22, 2021


Ashland is fortunate to have a large number of local scholarships available to graduating seniors. Every year, over $100,000 is awarded by local service organizations and foundations. Students can get started on these scholarship applications by following the links listed below.


Important Local Scholarship Links:


For questions or assistance on Local Scholarships, please call Karyn at 541-482-2278 or email karyn.barats@ashland.k12.or.us.

Ford Scholarship Program

The Ford Scholars Program, funded by the Ford Family Foundation of Oregon, offers scholarship awards to eligible students in Oregon that cover 90% of a student’s unmet college cost of attendance at an Oregon public or private university. To be eligible for the Ford Scholarship, a student must have a FAFSA EFC of 6000 or below. For more information about the Ford Scholars program and to complete an application (due March 1), please visit the Ford Scholars website. Students can also learn more about the Ford Scholars Program and eligibility requirements here.

Other Helpful Resources...

Other helpful resources include the 2020-21 AHS College Handbook and video recordings of AHS financial aid and college information sessions, which can be found on the AHS Youtube Channel.

ATTENTION SENIORS

For a list of current scholarships and opportunities (other than Local or OSAC scholarships), click here: Current Scholarships & Opportunities. This list is updated every Friday.

FAFSA

All students are encouraged to complete their FAFSA asap! The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) qualifies students to receive the Federal Pell Grant, Oregon Opportunity Grant, Oregon Promise, and government loans. Even if you think your family will not qualify for federal financial aid, it is important that seniors complete the FAFSA. Some colleges will not give a student merit aid unless they have a FAFSA on record. The 2021-2022 FAFSA went live on October 1st and uses tax information from 2019. If students or parents do not have social security numbers, please contact Jen Marsden so she can provide guidance on how to fill out the FAFSA without an SSN and information on ORSAA, an alternative financial aid form.

ACT and SAT Updates

Students planning on applying to four year colleges usually take ACT/SAT tests in spring of junior year and/or fall of senior year. As long as AHS does not have students on campus, we will not be offering the ACT or SAT at our site. Many colleges have adapted their testing requirements due to limited testing opportunities caused by the pandemic. AHS hopes to begin offering these tests again this spring if we can do so safely. Students can register for the ACT and SAT online and those who qualify for free/reduced lunch are eligible for fee waivers for both tests. Please contact karyn.barats@ashland.k12.or.us to obtain a fee waiver. If students register for a test date that we are not able to offer, ACT/SAT will provide the option of switching to the next available test date or receiving a refund. For more information contact jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us.

PSAT Information and Update

The PSAT normally is scheduled for mid-October each year. However, due to the COVID shutdowns, this year’s administration was cancelled. Additionally, further state mandated restrictions have limited other administrations.


Ashland High School is planning on holding a very limited administration January 26, 2021.

We are capable of giving 25 students, in Junior status, an opportunity to take the exam. This is crucial for students who are interested in qualifying for The National Merit Scholarship program, as well as practice for the SAT.


We will be following safety protocols, placing students at least 6 feet apart, and in multiple small groups. Masks will be required during administration and during any time spent on campus. The cost for the exam is $17.00 per student, unless your student has qualified for free and reduced lunch.


If you are interested in taking the exam and wish to register, please contact Maurice Monteiro at: maurice.monteiro@ashland.k12.or.us. Further information will be given upon registration.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

SOUTHERN OREGON LATINO SCHOLARSHIP

The Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund provides opportunities for Latinx students living in the Southern Oregon region to complete their post high school career/degree goals. Each year, the Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund (SOLSF), with the help of generous community sponsors, awards multiple college scholarships to students of Latino heritage.


To be eligible for the Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship, a complete application and required documents must be uploaded to the site indicated in the application by March 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM. This is a change from previous years and we no longer will take hard copy applications. Entering freshmen and continuing college students seeking their first academic degree and students in an accredited technical training program that leads to licensure may apply. For more information, and to download the application, and see past winners, visit: https://www.solsf.org/. Deadline: March 5, 2021

Grange Co-op Scholarships

As a part of Grange Co-op’s GrangeGives initiative, eight $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors. The Rogue Co-ops will award one $2,000 scholarship to a high school senior. Rogue Co-ops is a coalition of Southern Oregon cooperatives including Rogue Credit Union, Medford Food Co-op, Ashland Food Co-op, and Grange Co-op. To qualify for each, students must have a GPA of 3.50 or higher and have participated, during the academic school year, in at least one of these activities: FFA, 4-H, Horticulture, DECA, FBLA, student body leadership, school sports, extracurricular activities, or non-related activities such as work experience. In addition, students must reside in Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Curry, Douglas, Siskiyou, Shasta, Tehama, Del Norte, Modoc, Yuba, Sutter, Colusa, Glenn or Butte counties. To apply, visit www.grangecoop.com/scholarship-opportunities/. Deadline: Between November 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021.

Greenfield Peace Scholarship

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility is excited to announce that the application for our annual Greenfield Peace Scholarship is now open! Please visit oregonpsr.org for the full prompt, guidelines, resources, and application (Spanish language versions of the guidelines and prompt are available on our website). Historically, this has been a writing scholarship open to all Oregon high school juniors and seniors. This year, though, Oregon PSR is asking young Oregonians who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and who are high school juniors or seniors, or the equivalent, to respond to the prompt by creating a work of visual art. Examples of potential applicants who are exploring their future possibilities might include (and are not limited to) someone: 1) applying to a college or university; 2) Applying to a trade school or apprenticeship; 3) with DACA, immigration, citizenship, Visa, etc. fee; 4) enrolling in GED classes, or taking GED tests; 5) embarking on entrepreneurial plans; and 6) applying to volunteer with organizations. We recognize that equity disparities may impact the applicant’s ability to interact with the creative process and to generate a piece of art. Our intention is to examine submissions from a place of understanding and openness. Meaning, the intention and the emotion of the piece will be determinants, rather than expense of materials used in making it. All applications should be submitted electronically.
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Elk Members Legacy Award - Seniors

Legacy Awards – The Legacy Awards program begins on September 1st. Legacy Awards provide $4,000 scholarships for children and grandchildren of dues-paying Elk members. The ENF offers a total of 350 national awards. The application deadline is February 5, 2021 at 11:59 a.m., Central Time. Please visit enf.elks.org/Leg

Mental Health Counseling Services

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These are challenging times that can be even harder on teens. If your teen is experiencing the feelings and/or issues listed below, we’re here to support them - regardless of insurance or ability to pay. Schedule a meet-and-greet or an appointment with AHS Health Center therapist Kimberly Wasserman by calling 541-842-7677.


Somethings to look/listen for are:

• Anxiety, panic or excessive worry

• Grief, loss, disappointment and anger

• Traumatic events including discrimination

• Family conflict

• Depression, apathy or suicidal thoughts

• Isolation, withdrawal, boredom and loneliness

• Substance use or changes in behavior


Please note: If you are having a mental health emergency and are in imminent risk of harm, you should call Jackson County Mental Health at 541-774-8201 or 911 since our services may not be immediately available.

FAQ

Where can I drop off physical paperwork?

You can drop off assignments, sports physicals, or other paperwork, in our lock box right outside of the front office.

Need Technology Support?

Ashland School District Tech Department is here to help if you have questions about a device, PowerSchool, etc.


Click HERE to access Distance Learning Student Portal


For other technical questions, contact our Tech Deparment at:

Email: techhelp@ashland.k12.or.us

Tech Support Helpline: 541-201-2600

Click here to fill out the ASD Tech Support Request Form

Where can I access free internet around town?

See the list of free WiFi locations below. If you would like to request a Hot Spot from our tech department, please call the AHS Main Office at 541-482-8771 for more information.


  • Ashland Public Library - Open 12-4 Mon-Thur
  • Talent Library - Open 12-4 everyday but Fri
  • Phoenix Library - Open Tues 11-5, Wed 1-7, Thur 11-5
  • Medford Library - Open 12-4 everyday but Thur
  • Grace Point Church in Ashland - Contact Church for details
  • Rogue Valley Roasting Co
  • Starbucks
  • Bloomsbury Books
  • Boulevard Coffee
  • Mix Bakeshop
  • Nobel Coffee Roasters
  • HeartSong Nutrition

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