Update from the Middle

March 8, 2019

No School Days

March 11th: Teacher In-Service

March 25th-29th: Spring Break

April 1st: Reserved Snow Day Make-Up (Not Needed)

AMS All School Party TODAY!

End of Trimester Party for all AMS Students!
March 8th @ 3:15-4:30

  • Open Gym
  • Concessions for Sale
  • Dance Space
  • Bingo with Prizes

Admission is free for open gym, dance space, face painting, Bingo, and a board game station. Concessions will be for sale. Students are to stay inside the supervised event. When they leave the event, it is expected they leave campus as no re-entry will be allowed. Thank you for quick pickups at 4:30.

Class of 2023 Parent Presentation

March 12th

6:30-8:00 p.m.

AHS Theatre

Calling all 8th grade parents! High school is just around the corner. Come to a presentation where you will learn everything there is to know about the transition from AMS to AHS.

AMS is Alive with Music!

7th & 8th Grade Band Concert

March 19th @ 7:00 p.m.

AMS Large Gym

AMS Parent Nights

Where: Ashland Middle School Library
When: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Sorry, childcare is not provided.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - Learn about your benefits as a Jackson Care Connect Member

Nancy McKinnis & Darin Dale, Jackson Care Connect

TBD - Making Smart Choices—The Brain at this Age

Diane Berry, Ashland High School

Track Season Help

Volunteers needed for HOME track meets! In order to put on quality track meets here at the middle school we need your help. Don’t worry you don’t need experience, we will train you.

Please make sure you have turned in a volunteer application for this school year. Dates for home meets are: April 18th, April 25th and 6th Grade Districts on May 1st.

The following is a list of volunteer jobs:

  • Timers-Be at the finish line for all races. It’s useful to have prior experience, but not necessary.
  • Recorder-Record the places and times of each race at the finish line.
  • Scorekeeper-Process the results for race and field events, keep track of times/finishes, provide current team scores.
  • Announcer-Announce all of the upcoming events so that athletes can be on time.
  • Starter-Start each race. Previous experience is helpful.
  • Long Jump Official-Measure and record jump attempts, rake the sand back into place between attempts.
  • Discus Official-Assure they made legal throws. Measure and record their discus throws.
  • High Jump Official-Set the high jump bar, determine if jumper clears the bar. Measure and record their heights.
  • Shot Put Official– Assure they made legal throws. Measure and record their shot put throws.

Thanks so much for considering to help our track team this season. Please email Jim Hageman if you can help us out.

AHS Drama Workshop Grade 6-8

Monday, March 11, 2019—Have fun with us!!

The First 30 to register are guaranteed a spot - Attach check for $25 and return to AHS office no later than Wednesday, March 6 at 3 pm. Waiting List will be contacted.

Registration Form

Location: AHS-- 201 S. Mountain Avenue Theatre

Instructors: Ashland High School Thespian society members
Chaperones: One Certified teacher and 1 Thespian parent

Supervisor: Mrs. Bishop 6:00 -9:00 p.m. Cost $25.
Healthy snack will be provided: If students have a special diet, please include some snacks as well.

AHS London Trip 2020

AMS Current 8th Graders Welcome

Your high school student (in 2020) is invited to join a once-in-a-lifetime international travel experience with their peers during the summer of 2020 to LONDON!

Please come to hear all the details including the destinations, itinerary, and cost of this trip as well as the official opening of enrollment!

This meeting will be held on Tuesday MARCH 12th at 6:00 p.m. in the Rose Studio. There are limited spots left on this tour. I would love to have you attend this meeting to learn more about this exciting opportunity!

Please click here https://rsvp.eftours.com/pj7u656 to RSVP by the end of the day Monday March 11, 2019 to confirm your spot at the meeting. Please note that you MUST RSVP in order to attend the mandatory informational meeting.


The AMS Students are invited to join the Co-Ed Rowing Team this spring sports season. Welcoming new rowers now, no experience necessary.

The Development Team meets, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 4:15-6:15.

There is a Racing Team also available for middle school students.

CONTACT US : Coach Jonathan Crist: jonathan@roguerowing.org, 412-607-0253
Website/more info: www.roguerowing.org/junior-rowing/


Rogue Rowing also offers Summer Youth Camps for ages 6-18

1-Week Session Offered in June & July - Flyer

For more Information Visit: www.roguerowing.org/lessons

PGA JR. League Golf is Here!

Save your Summer for Team Golf

Oak Knoll G.C. is the newest location for PGA JLG. - Flyer

PGA JLG is a developmental golf instruction program for boys and girls ages 7-13.

Weekly “team practices” sessions (60 mins) with coaching by Patrick
2019 Registration Opens February 1, 2019
2019 Schedule: May 13 - June 13
Team practices/tryouts will begin on Monday, May 13th. Practices will happen twice during the week. Matches are typically on Saturday or Sunday.

For more information: email: patrick.oropallo@ashland.or.us or call: 541.482.4311

Try Water Polo For A Week!

Middle Schoolers are welcome to join water polo this spring!

NO tryouts or experience necessary!
Spring water polo is open to boys and girls in grades 6-12 and the season begins on April 1. The first week of practice is completely free and an opportunity for new or interested players to get in the water and see what it is all about!

Visit www.ashlandh2opolo.com for more information!

Youth Conservation Corps Program

Ashland Parks is offering an opportunity for the youth of the Rogue Valley to participate in restoration and riparian work in Ashland parks and trails during our summer Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Program. Incoming 8th-12th graders will earn 25 hours of community service per four-day session: June 10-13, June 24-27 and July 8-11.

Registration is now open at www.ashland.or.us/youthcorps or contact Lori Ainsworth, 541.499.8798 (cell) lori.ainsworth@ashland.or.us

Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon

Winter 2019 Concert

Sunday, March 10

3:00 p.m.

Oregon Center for the Arts

Music Recital Hall @ SOU, Ashland

Tickets: $10 Adult, $5 Students w/ID

Spring is Fun at the Ashland Family YMCA


Saturday, March 16 • 10a-12p

$40 Y-Members/ $50 Community
Healthy Hands Cooking presents, The Mystery Box Cooking Class. Students will create an entire dish as well as dessert using mystery ingredients and standard pantry ingredients.

Volleyball grades 1-6 • April 3 - May 2 • T/TH 4:00-5:00p

$60 Y-members/$70 Community (before March 4)
$70 Y-members/$80 Community (after March 4)

Have fun, make friends, learn new skills, gain confidence, and be physically active in Y sports. Coed and age-appropriate teams.Registration is open until March 17

Soccer Academy grades 2-6March 18 - June 1
Registration is open until March 17
$70 Y-members/$85 Community

Academy Sports serve as a tool for higher learning that will foster the development and improvement of skills and knowledge integral to playing the game.

FAMILY NIGHT • Friday, April 12 • 6:30p-8:30p

FREE Community Event!
Awaken summer imagination with a night of fun at the Y! Summer is the time for kids to get up, get out and grow. Bring the family to the Y to experience all the Y has to offer your kids this summer! Activities include: STEM tables, sports, bounce house, swimming (with our new large water obstacle course), crafts, Community Partners AND so much more!

After School Lacrosse

Join The SOU Lacrosse Club!

Ages: 7-14

Day: Wed & Fri

Session 3: Apr 3 - Apr 26

Time: 3:30-5 p.m.

Place: AMS Middle Soccer Field

Cost: $40 (8 classes)

Pre-Register at: ashland.or.us/register

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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 district office at 885 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland Oregon (phone: 541-482-2811) by contacting:

  • Director of Student Services (for student inquiries): Samuel Bogdanove

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).