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April 24th, 2020 CELEBRATIONS EDITION

Ashland High School-- Oregon

Office Hours 7:45-4:15 (closes at 3:15 on Wednesdays)


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This week's Grizz...

  • Principal's Update
  • Prom - May 9
  • Cap & Gown Pick Up -May 15
  • Graduation Parade - May 29
  • School Facilities Closure through June 30
  • Be the Light #bethelightOR CLASS of 2020
  • AHS Senior College and Career Pathways Survey and Final Transcript Request
  • And More!

Principal's Update

Grizz Parents, Guardians and Students,


Thank you for being Grizzlies!


Read below about the exciting plans underway from our staff and Leadership Students for Prom and Senior Celebrations.


Notices of Graduation Status will go out to Seniors Monday by your school and guardian email. Congratulations to the class of 2020!


Final grades for Second Semester, Quarter 3 (Q3) are available viewing now in PowerSchool. Paper report cards will not be mailed this term but may be requested.



Seniors - your final grades for Semester 2 are listed under Quarter 3 (Q3). You received a full credit and a grade of Pass (P) or Incomplete (I) for each class. If you received an (I) grade on a credit requirement, you have through August 31 to complete any work needed to graduate with the Class of 2020. Call you school counselor to find out how we can help.


Grades 9, 10 and 11 earned a half credit for work completed prior to the closure (Q3). Students have the opportunity to earn an additional half credit Second Semester 4th Quarter (Q4) by completing distance learning assignments and staying engaged in Microsoft Teams classes.



We are also still working on details for Locker Item pick-up and textbook and library book returns and will have details to you soon.


Yearbook delivery has been delayed. We will have more details soon. If you haven't ordered a yearbook, login to PowerSchool parent and go to Insight where you may pay for a yearbook online. Send an email to Kris.Prusko@ashland.k12.or.us and let him know you want one!


Need help with the cost of a yearbook? Let Kris know!

Able to help by purchasing a yearbook for a student? Let Kris know!


Stay respectful, stay positive, stay awesome! You are a Gizzly!


Samuel

Samuel Bogdanove

Interim Principal

Ashland High School

Pronouns: He, Him, His

School Events Update!

VIP Prom! - Saturday, May 9th

Dear Juniors and Seniors,


Prom is an important part of one's high school experience and we are sad that we will not be able to host a dance this year. However, a team of dedicated staff members is working on making May 9th a special night!


Music!

Our DJ will be hosting a live stream set from the platform Twitch! Tune in to listen to your favorite tunes and even see some pictures from this past year! Send in some of your memories with your friends from school, events, games, etc to be featured! Email pictures Nora.godfrey-dismuk@ashland.k12.or.us.

More info and links to come!


Zooms!

Since y'all can't get to ready and go out to dinner with your Prom Group, get your best Prom attire on and invite your group to a Zoom hang out! Listen to the DJ together, dance around in your dresses & tuxes, and take creative and collaborative screenshots of your Zoom party! Send in your screenshots to Nora Godfrey & the most creative screenshots have a chance to win a prize!



SENIORS VIP PROM (Virtual Including PIZZA!)

We want to make sure Prom Night is a night to remember. On the evening of May 9th, AHS Staff will be delivering Pizzas and flowers to you!

Make sure you check your emails & the Senior Teams page next week for a form that let's us know your location & any dietary restrictions you might have. Even if you don't want a Prom Delivery, please let us know in the form, as well.


Mark your calendars, get your Zoom meetings scheduled, and your fancy Prom clothes! We will see you "at" Prom!

SENIORS - Cap & Gown Drive Through - Friday, May 15

Caps & Gowns are on their way!

On Friday May 15th between 5:30pm-7:30pm, Caps & Gowns will be ready for pick up in the Titus Alley parking lot off of Morse St.


Returning Library Books: this is the time to do so! Bring any school books/textbooks you still have. We will have a drop off when you pick up your cap & gown.


You will receive a notice of remaining fees via your school email and your guardian email.


INDIVIDUAL TIMES AND GUIDELINES FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING ARE COMING SOON>

CHECK EMAILS FOR MORE INFORMATION LATER NEXT WEEK.


More details to come!

Graduation Car Parade - Friday, May 29th

Although we have postponed Graduation to July 10th, we still want to celebrate you on May 29th! AHS will be hosting a 2020 Graduation Car Parade on the evening on May 29th and invite you and your family to attend.


Dress in your caps & gowns!

Decorate your car!

Get your household family in your car!


The parade will begin at the Band Shell & will proceed through town, ending at AHS.


With social distancing regulations in mind, you must remain in your car at all times. We will provide more information in the next coming weeks about arrival location & other guidelines.


If you do not have a vehicle to drive in the parade, please contact Nora Godfrey & we will find find a chill ride for you & your family.


Mark your calendars!

School Facilities Closure Through June 30

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CAFETERIA OPEN FOR LUNCH AND BREAKFAST PICK UP

At this time for next week we will keep all school kitchens open for students to come and get sack lunch and breakfasts. They will be grab and go, not eat on site meals.


11am – 1pm with Grab & Go Lunch (Breakfast for next morning included)


If you know of any students that would not be able to make it to the sites, please email NutritionServices@ashland.k12.or.us


This date has been extended through June 5th.

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BE THE LIGHT CLASS OF 2020 #BeTheLightOR

Friends of Ashland School District,


We will be turning our stadium lights on Friday nights as a symbol of hope and support for all Ashland students.


We want all of our students to know how important they are to us and that we miss them. We love and care for each of them.


On Friday nights at 20:20 military time (8:20 p.m.) we will light up Walter A. Phillips Field on the AHS campus for 20 minutes. This will start tonight and continue each Friday through May 29th (the scheduled date for graduation). The scoreboard is turned on (see attached picture) and set to honor the class of 2020. This will stay on overnight.


This is modeled after the Be the Light Movement initiated in the Colorado. Click on the link below for more information. Madras High School started it in Oregon and now at least 100 high schools across our state have committed to doing some form of this.


https://chsaanow.com/2020-04-04/friday-night-lights-in-april-schools-light-their-stadiums-for-students/


#bethelightOR


It’s a great day to be a Grizzly!


Karl Kemper

Athletics & Activities Director

Ashland School District

(541)482-2377

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Bus Drivers Wanted

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:

www.ashland.k12.or.us/Employment 541-482-3174

Posting 19-130 Bus Driver, Transportation: $15.60 per hour, 4.5 hours per day, benefitted position.

Posting 16-122 Substitute Bus Driver, Ashland School District: hours vary depending on need, salary based on Classified Salary Schedule.

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Senior News

Senior All Night!

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With so much uncertainty about what impact the spread of COVID-19 will have on our daily lives on May 29, the Senior All Night 2020 planning committee has made the hard decision to put fundraising and planning on hold for the time being. We will be reassessing throughout the month of April and will update parents/guardians as soon as we know more about how we will be able celebrate the graduating class of 2020.

Counseling Office

Counselors Are Here To Help

Counselors are here to help your students succeed. (See message below for updated contact information due to COVID-19).


Keri Phipps (All Freshmen) Keri.Phipps@ashland.k12.or.us

Diane Berry (Last Names A-He) Diane.Berry@ashland.k12.or.us

Kalli Walker (Last Names Hi-Me) Kalli.Walker@ashland.k12.or.us

Jeff Roscher (Last Names Mi-Z) Jeffrey.Roscher@ashland.k12.or.us

Counseling Department Staff Contact Information:


Keri Phipps

9th Grade

keri.phipps@ashland.k12.or.us

541-631-8271


Diane Berry

10th - 12th, A-He

diane.berry@ashland.k12.or.us

541- 625-9397


Kalli Walker

10th - 12th, Hi-Me

Kalli.walker@ashland.k12.or.us

541- 292--0390


Jeff Roscher

10th-12th, Mi-Z

jeffrey.roscher@ashland.k12.or.us

541-625-3763


Jen Marsden

Career and College Specialist

Jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us

541-631-8327


Karyn Barats

Scholarship Coordinator

karyn.barats@ashland.k12.or.us



Counselors are available for video or phone appointments during Counseling Department through Teams.


Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00-12:00 & 1:00-3:00

Please be aware that School Counselors, Jen Marsden, and Karyn Barats do not have access to their office phones and are unable to return missed calls at this time.




AHS Counseling Department

The AHS Counseling Department is committed to providing you with the same kind of support and guidance that we would if we were meeting on campus. We are new to this online format and are working hard to make sure that you receive quality school counseling services in this virtual environment.


We will hold office hours for appointments Monday-Friday 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00. You can make appointments by contacting us through email or by phone. We will ask you to choose a phone or video meeting. Once we have agreed on a time and day, we will send you an invitation to our appointment through our Teams Calendar.


We want to emphasize that appointments are available for routine concerns, and should not be used for mental health emergencies. If you need immediate mental health support or crisis counseling, DO NOT wait to schedule an appointment with one of us. Instead, contact:

  • Jackson County Mental Health: 541-774-8201
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
  • staffed with trained professionals 24/7
  • provides support for people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis



We want you to visit the AHS Counseling, Career and College Support Team page regularly. We will be posting important new guidelines and decisions regarding academic credits, graduation criteria, and college admissions. We will also keep a running list of your questions and concerns and do our best to provide answers or refer you to the appropriate information sites.


Although we will make every effort to protect your privacy, we cannot guarantee confidentiality in an online environment. If we are meeting through video, we encourage you to be thoughtful about your surroundings.


We will respond to questions, concerns, emails, as soon as we are able. Thank you in advance for your patience as we move through this together. As we all work to stay connected, we also encourage you to reach out to your teachers and classmates for support.


AHS College and Career Support

As always, Jen Marsden, our College and Career Specialist, is available to help you navigate the college admissions and financial aid process. We know many of you have questions about how to proceed, especially in light of the many uncertainties we are all facing. Rest assured that colleges are adjusting their expectations and deadlines along with the rest of the world. We are here to support you through your planning and decision-making process, so please reach out with your questions and concerns.

College & Career Center Updates

AHS Senior College and Career Pathways Survey and Final Transcript Request

AHS Senior College and Career Pathways Survey and Final Transcript Request

Due to our unprecedented circumstances, we know many AHS seniors are still unsure of their post high school plans. To get a better sense of the support our seniors may need in navigating their next steps, we have asked them to complete this short survey. If seniors are planning to attend a college, professional trade school or vocational program, we use this survey to determine where to send their final transcript. Thanks so much for encouraging all AHS seniors to complete this quick survey today:

AHS Senior College and Career Pathways Survey and Final Transcript Request

If a senior’s plan change (or they are still undecided), they can take this survey again at a later date or contact Jen Marsden (jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us) to provide an update.

Spring 2020 Updates: College and Career Pathways

As always, Jen Marsden, our College and Career Specialist, is available to help students explore educational and career pathways, and to assist in navigating the college admissions process. Many juniors and seniors have questions about how to proceed, especially in light of the uncertainties we are all facing. Rest assured that colleges are adjusting their admissions expectations for the Class of 2020 and 2021. Ms. Marsden is here to offer support to students (and their parents/guardians) as they explore post high school options, so please reach out to her with questions at jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us and check out the helpful resources for senior and juniors below!


Seniors can find answers to common questions on the topics below along with links to helpful resources on the AHS website AHS College and Career Center: Spring 2020 Update.

  • Financial Aid Award Information
  • Oregon Promise Grant
  • Updates from Colleges in Oregon
  • Applying to Rogue Community College
  • Applying to Southern Oregon University
  • Job Corps Update
  • General FAFSA Information


Below are resources that will be especially helpful to juniors (and sophomores!) who are ready to investigate post high school education pathways:

Reassurance for Juniors: An Open Letter from a College Dean of Admissions

Visit our website to see an article that highlights a letter from a Dean of Admissions to juniors, offering them (and their families) a thoughtful and compassionate perspective on the college admissions process in the time of Covid-19.

AHS College Handbook

Explore the 2020-21 AHS College Handbook, which contains useful information for all students planning to pursue post high school education. Topics covered include how to find an educational pathway that’s a good fit, information on applying to community colleges and four-year public and private universities, ACT/SAT information, how to access financial aid and scholarships, and other useful information.

Oregon Community Colleges, Public and Private Universities

Most colleges around the country are now offering virtual tours and live online information sessions. Check out these websites for links to tours/info sessions at Oregon schools and other helpful resources: Oregon College Updates Oregon Goes to College Spring 2020 Updates. In addition, Oregon’s public universities recently announced they will no longer require ACT/SAT scores for admission. Read more about this decision here.

Virtual College Exploration Week

During Virtual College Exploration Week April 20-23, juniors could choose from over 90 information sessions hosted by college admissions professionals from around the country (and world)! Strive Scan is extending their virtual college exploration through May 8th. Listed sessions cover general admissions topics to information on specific schools and majors. Students can explore the scheduled sessions and register for those that interest them. This a great resource for juniors (and sophomores) who would like more college information. Due to limited capacity, students are encouraged to register early.

ACT and SAT Updates

Juniors planning to apply to four year colleges usually take ACT/SAT tests in spring of junior year. Colleges know testing is not available this spring and many are adjusting their admissions requirements. Check Spring 2020 ACT Updates and Spring 2020 SAT Updates for current information about ACT /SAT testing, and check college websites for any changes in admissions guidelines.


For qualifying students who need a fee waiver, please contact Karyn Barats at karyn.barats@ashland.k12.or.us to request a waiver code.

SCOIR

Now is a good time for juniors to continue exploring resources in SCOIR, our new career and college platform. To access their SCOIR account, students use their school email and password. When logged into SCOIR, students can go to “My Profile” and scroll down to find the YouScience link. Once they’ve finished their YouScience assessments, students can explore careers, programs of study, and colleges based on their individual aptitudes and interests.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Attention Seniors: You can find a complete listing of Local, OSAC and Current Scholarships & Opportunities on the AHS website: www.ashland.k12.or.us/scholarships.

Ashland Firefighters Scholarship

WILLIAM S. AND KRISTINE ANN PHILLIPS SCHOLARSHIP

Ashland Firefighters – Local 1269 – Charitable Fund

Ashland Firefighters Association wants to grant deserving senior applicants who are dedicated to pursuing a career and life in the Fire and EMS field with the assistance to do so.


Scholarships of $500 – Used for tuition, books and lab fees incurred while pursuing education beyond high school. Award recipients must attend an accredited program in Fire Science or Emergency Medical Services.


There are no restrictions for scholarship recipients as to race, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran, marital status, or sensory, mental, or physical disability. As selection panel will evaluate the candidates on:


Preferred Eligibility Requirements:

1. GPA of 2.50 or better

2. Have completed a minimum 50 hours or more of community service

3. Demonstrated leadership in school and community activities

4. Strong desire to help people in emergency situations


Application Criteria:

1. Complete scholarship application packet

2. Complete Community Service Log

3. Transcripts of last 6 semesters

4. Provide two letters of recommendations

5. Submit an essay not to exceed 500 words. Answer the prompts: Why do you wish to pursue a

career in the fire and/or EMS service? What do you believe are three characteristics that you

possess that would make you a great firefighter and/or EMT?

6. Oral interview, date to be scheduled

7. Upon selection of an applicant, scholarship money is forwarded to the school of choice, upon

successful registration.


Application Process:

1. Visit or click here to access the AHS website: http://www.ashland.k12.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=2325

Scroll down and click on the scholarship name to find the Cover Letter, Application and Service

Log to complete and submit your application.

2. Application Deadline: May 1, 2020

3. Oral interview TBA

4. Scholarship awarded June 1, 2020

5. If you have any questions, please email: karyn.barats@ashland.k12.or.us


Incomplete application packets are considered. Application packets should include items one through five under Application Criteria above. Mail completed applications and supporting documents to the following address:


Ashland Firefighters Local 1269

PO Box 1125

Ashland, OR 97520

Volunteer Opportunities - Earn Community Service Hours

ASF Fund Drive Phoning Night - April 23 POSTPONED

Given the economic uncertainty our community is facing, ASF will be postponing our Annual Fund Drive, usually held this month, until this difficult time has passed. The Foundation is fully operational and we continue to work on organizational goals and to provide financial support to the school district to meet emerging needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While we are not conducting our normal fundraising operations at this time, if you want to donate, contributions are always welcome and will be put to good use in our schools. For now we see our mission as one of support to the Ashland School District as it navigates the new challenges related to conducting operations online. You can donate or learn more about ASF at www.ashlandschoolsfoundation.org

In Community,

Ashland Schools Foundation

Ashland Parks and Recreation

The Ashland Parks and Recreation WinterSpring PlayGuide is out and have many opportunities for kids and families, all of which are listed here: ashland.or.us/ASDkids.

Check it out!

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School Websites

Bus Schedule

ASD Transportation 541 482 3174

Stacey.Delgado@ashland.k12.or.us

Click here to see bus routes and times:

https://www.ashland.k12.or.us/SIB/files/2019-2020%20WEB%20ROUTES.pdf

Students riding a bus to any location other than their designated bus stop must have parental permission and obtain a BUS PASS from the front office.

Student Parking

Parking is now enforced in all lots. All vehicles parked on student lots must display a parking pass. Parking passes may be purchased in the main office for $20 per year. Parking violations of any kind will receive a warning sticker for the first offense, a tire boot for the second offense and third offenses will be towed. Please contact Glenna.Stiles@ashland.k12.or.us for parking issues.
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All school facilities are closed until further notice.

By Executive Order of Governor Kate Brown: “Public schools shall limit school facility operations only to essential functions through June 30, 2020, unless that period is extended or terminated earlier by the Governor.”

Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) Current Policy: “During this moratorium-like cancellation period, there shall be no high school facility usage.”

We are very sorry and look forward to a time in the future when we can re-open our campus to our community.

STAY HOME/SAVE LIVES!