Update from the Middle

October 18, 2019

Conference Days

October 30th - November 1st: Conference Days (NO SCHOOL)

Boys & Girls Basketball Uniform Fundraiser

Help AMS replace our outdated basketball uniforms. We have approximately 120 students that participate in girls and boys basketball each year and we are in desperate need of new uniforms.

This summer we got a head start raising funds by participating in a golf tournament that the Rogue Valley Referee Association held, which resulted in raising $3,150.00. We need your help with the remaining $7,650.00.

Please donate today by following this link.

AMS Costume Sale

Ashland Middle School – Commons
Saturday, October 19th from 1-5pm

Costumes! Wigs! Shoes! Swords! Hats! Dresses!

Get ready for Halloween while supporting the Ashland Middle School Theater Department!

Bring in a twin-sized flat bedsheet (any color or pattern – the sillier the better) and we will give you a coupon for $5 off your purchase!

AMS Parent Nights

Ashland Middle School Library

7-8 p.m.

Adolescent Safety with APD

November 12, 2019

Join Sgt. Perrone and Officer Vanderlip from the Ashland Police Department as they share information on how to protect your child against online victimization. Sgt. Perrone and Officer Vanderlip have many years of first-hand experience working with child victims of digital media crimes and will be sharing with parents how to safeguard their children against potential online risks. *Note: The material in this presentation is sensitive in nature. This is an adults-only presentation, please no children.

Making Smart Choices: The Brain at This Age

December 3, 2019 (Originally scheduled for October 22nd)

What’s That? How to Keep the Lines of Communication Open

January 14th, 2020

Tech Values: Cyber Boundaries Within Your Family Cyber Values and Your Family

February 11th, 2020

AMS Boys Basketball

Boys basketball starts at the end of this month. The first practice is on the 28th. Make sure you are cleared to play.

AMS Lost & Found

As many of you know, the Lost and Found at AMS is a resting place for hundreds of student items each month. Water bottles, lunch bags, helmets, sweatshirts, coats, shirts, pants(?) seem to make their way here every day, and we’d love to have these items find their way back to their rightful owners as soon as possible. The Lost and Found at Ashland Middle School accumulates throughout the month. Then, during the last week of the month, we include a reminder to students to check the Lost and Found before we pack it up on the 1st. We encourage parents to stop by anytime to look for lost items.

Monster Ball & Monster Dash



The Monster Dash is next weekend! Looking for volunteer opportunities? Visit the links below to volunteer for the Monster Ball and Monster Dash and help raise money for Ashland schools! Please note: There are multiple tabs on each page so you can select the volunteer opportunity that is right for you.

Monster Ball (Friday, October 25):

Monster Dash (Saturday, October 26):

Friday, October 25


5pm-8pm @Historic Ashland Armory

A family-friendly Halloween party benefitting the Ashland Schools! Community members are welcome, in or out of costume. Costume Contest 6:30pm on stage, Pasta Dinner, Beer/Wine cash bar, Silent Auction, Kid Activities, Prizes. Tickets available on website or at the door for additional cost.

  • $8 ages 3-18 (Presale); $10 at the door
  • $12 ages 19 & older (Presale); $14 at the door
  • *ages 2 and under are free

Saturday, October 26


In Lithia Park, Ashland

10:00 am 1-mile run/walk
10:45 am 5K run/walk & 10K run

11th annual Monster Dash in Lithia Park! Cash prizes for top male and female, plus gift card prizes from local merchants for age group winners in all races. All events chip-timed, costumes encouraged. Finisher medals for ALL. After the Dash come to the official After Party at Brickroom!

Info on website or to register online. Questions? Call 541-482-8197. Profits support core educational needs in the Ashland public schools.


$10/youth 18 or under

Future Grizz Clinics

Where: Ashland High School Mountain Ave. Gym

When: Saturdays October 26th- November 16th

1st-5th Grade Boys/Girls 10:00-11:00am

6th-8th Grade Boys/Girls 11:30am-12:30pm

Clinics led by Coaches:

Sam Osofsky, AHS Head Boys Basketball Coach

Antione Perry, AHS Head Girls Basketball Coach


Registration Form

Register for Future Grizz Saturdays by sending the registration form and $15 for ONE, $35 for Three, or $45 for all Four clinics to the address below. Make checks payable to AHS Basketball!



Ashland High School

Attn: Sam Osofsky

201 S. Mountain Ave.

Ashland OR, 97520

Ashland Volleyball Club.

Signups are now open for the 2020 season for the Ashland Volleyball Club.

The Ashland Volleyball Club operates teams at the 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U level. Tryouts will be held at SOU on Nov. 12 for 12U and 14U and Nov. 17 for 16U and 18U teams.

To register for the club. go to the following link (https://forms.gle/UTnGBvDYf2wyx8uT9).

The season runs January through the end of February and the club works with those who are also playing middle school basketball - we encourage girls to play multiple sports. Practices will be twice a week in the evenings at AMS and teams will play 5-6 tournaments on weekends.

For more information, email info@ashlandvolleyballclub.org

Ashland Girls Basketball Club

If you and your daughter are interested in participating in Club Basketball this year, please follow this link and fill out the questionnaire below:

Ashland Girls Basketball Club - Parent and Student Contact Form 2019

Bus Drivers Wanted

Do you want to make a difference in a child’s life? Come join our team of dedicated school bus drivers with the Ashland School District! No CDL? No problem! We offer on-site job training for your Class B CDL. You must be able to pass criminal / driving background checks and a drug test. If you’re interested in good pay, benefits, and driving good equipment, see our job postings or call for more information:



Ashland Schools Foundation

Every 1st Friday is PERK UP for Students

One of Ashland's coffeehouses supports ASF each first Friday by donating 10% of the day's sales for grants in the schools.

  • Nov 1 - Boulevard Coffee

ASF Day at Northwest Pizza & Pasta

The first Wednesday of every month, Northwest Pizza and Pasta donates 10% of the days sales to the Ashland Schools Foundation! Plan a fun dinner out with friends and save yourself from cooking a mid-week meal!

Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission

The APRC 2019 Fall PlayGuide is out and there are many opportunities for kids and families, all of which are listed at ashland.or.us/ASDkids.

Ashland Teen Library Events

Board Game Afternoon, 8+ YRS
Time: 1:00PM - 4:00PM

Ashland Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G.), 12-18 YRS
Time: 4:30PM - 5:30PM

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The various programs offered in this email newsletter are distributed to Ashland School District students as a courtesy to parents per board policy. Ashland School District does not endorse or sponsor community activities including any described in this newsletter. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact your student’s principal.

The school district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in matters affecting employment or in providing access to programs and services and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated at our school to handle inquiries and complaints regarding nondiscrimination policies and to coordinate compliance efforts:

Name: Steve Retzlaff Title: Principal
Address: 100 Walker Ave
Telephone: 541-482-1611 ext. 3109
Email: steve.retzlaff@ashland.k12.or.us

Inquiries or complaints may also be directed to the Student Services Office at 885 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland Oregon (phone: 541-482-2811)

Complaints may also be directed to: Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue S.W., Washington D.C. 20202, or by calling (800) 421-3481 or (877) 521-2172 (TTY).