Update from the Middle

May 3, 2019

AHS 8th Grade Tours

Wednesday, May 15th

AHS Theater Lobby

Tours start at 2:15 and run about every half hour.
The last tour starts at 4:30.

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6th-10th: Schedule/Teacher Invite

Our teachers make a world of difference! To show our appreciation the Classified Staff and Leadership have special things planned for every day next week. Our theme is "Thanks from Around the World."

If you love to cook and would like to drop off your favorite dish, for either of the days listed below, please let us know by responding to this email.

  • Wednesday, 5/8: Sweet Treats from Many Lands
  • Friday, 5/10: It's a Melting Pot - Our Favorite Cultural Dishes

Drop off your contribution when you drop off your student for school.

8th Grade End of Year Info

  • 15 May: Student Auditions for Farewell Ceremony @ 2:00pm (pre-registration required)
  • 6 June: Yearbook Day. — All fees and fines must be paid and all book and uniforms must be turned in before students will receive their yearbook.
  • 6 June: 8th Farewell Party @ 7pm
  • 7 June: 8:40am 8th Grade Students arrive to school for rehearsal. The Farewell Ceremony is 11:00am—12:15pm in the large gym.

High School Musical Jr.

May 30th & 31st

7:00 p.m.

AMS Commons

General Admission Tickets $7.00

Book by: David Simpatico

Based on a Disney Channel Original Movie Written by Peter Barsocchini

Songs by: Matthew Gerrard & Robbie Nevil; Ray Cham, Greg Cham & Andrew Seeley; Randy Petersen & Kevin Quinn; Andy Dodd & Adam Watts; Bryan Louiselle; David N.Lawrence & Faye Greenberg; Jamie Houston

Music Adapted, Arranged and Produced by Bryan Louiselle

Smarter Balanced Assessments

Our school’s assessment windows this year are:

7th/8th Grade Language Arts: April 4 – 19
6th Grade Language Arts: April 22 - 26
7th/8th Grade Math: May 8 - 17
6th Grade Math: May 20 - 24
8th Grade Science: May 20 - 24

AMS Parent Nights

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

Sorry, childcare is not provided.


TBD - Making Smart Choices—The Brain at this Age

Diane Berry, Ashland High School

Proposed New Science Curriculum Review

Ashland School District Parents are invited to review proposed new science curriculum for 4th - 12th grade at all district schools.

Two remaining opportunities to review: Flyer

  • May 9, from 5 - 6:30pm
  • May 16, from 5:30 - 7:00pm

District Office Board Room, 885 Siskiyou Blvd

Participants will:

  • See samples of hands-on materials for grades 5-8
  • Interact with online curriculum for grades 4-8
  • View hard copies of the textbooks for grades 9-12
  • View the rubrics used to evaluate the curriculum for both academic purposes and equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Committee members will be there to answer questions and hear any comments or concerns

Ultimate Frisbee

Grades 6th-8th: Tuesday Co-Ed middle school ultimate frisbee has had a great turnout so far! May 7, 14, 21, 28, and June 4. 3:30-5pm at AMS upper fields. Waivers available at the fields. No experience needed, free! Fun, skills and drills, and games. Snacks and water provided. Bring a friend! stay tuned for news on our summer camp and fall middle School league!

Graduating 8th graders: Consider playing ultimate Frisbee with Ashland high school's new official club sport! We have a great core of players and are looking to start a JV team next year as well. We play in the fall and the spring. Fall is our learning and conditioning season, spring is our competitive season.

For more information contact James.ys.yang@gmail.com

Future Grizz Clinics • Last One Tomorrow

Current 1st-8th Grade Boys & Girls Basketball Players

Where: Ashland High School Mountain Ave. Gym

When: Saturdays April 13th-May 4th

1st-5th Grade: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

6th-8th Grade : 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Clinics led by Coaches:
Sam Osofsky, AHS Head Boys Basketball Coach
Antione Perry, AHS Head Girls Basketball Coach

HOW TO SIGN UP! - Registration Form
Register for Future Grizz Saturdays by sending the registration form and $15 for ONE, $35 for Three, or $45 for all 4 clinics to the address below. Make checks payable to AHS Basketball!


Ashland High School
Attn: Sam Osofsky
201 S. Mountain Ave.
Ashland, OR 97520

Cultural Opportunity

Two Ashland Homestay Families Needed for Japanese Middle Schoolers

When: July 21 to August 2, 2019 - Host Families will meet the Japanese students July 21st at the Ashland Hills Hotel.

Who: Two Japanese middle school students from Tokunoshima, Japan accompanied by a Japanese teacher/chaperone for the entire visit.

Needed: Two Ashland families, preferable with middle school-aged children, as Host Families.

Check out the flyer for more information, or email Ken Kempner.

ScienceWorks Summer Camps

6th-8th Grade Camps - Brochure

  • JUNE 10–14: The Sounds of Space
  • JUNE 17-21: Ecoworks
  • JUNE 24–28: EcoWorks
  • JULY 8–12: The World of Wizarding
  • JULY 15–19: To the Moon & Beyond
  • JULY 22–26: Camp Gomphidius
  • JULY 29–AUGUST 2: Crazy Chemistry
  • AUGUST 5–9: Dr. Frankenstein’s Lab
  • AUGUST12–16: CSI: ScienceWorks
  • AUGUST 19–23: Maker Sound Camp

Jr. Golf Membership


  • $99 Unlimited Golf
  • 2 Tokens Each Day
  • All June, July & August
  • 1 Free Golf Lesson

Come Learn to Row

Rogue Rowing offers Summer Youth Camps for ages 6-18

1-Week Session Offered in June & July - Flyer

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

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

Ashland Tennis & Fitness Club Summer Camps


Weekly Summer Camps

8 Weeks

June 25th-August 15th

(ATFC membership not required)

SOU Summer Day Camps and Classes! Register Now

Summer Better Than Others offers tremendous summer learning opportunities for middle school youth. Check out our full line up for ages 6-14 on their website.

inside.sou.edu/youth/summer (541) 552-6452

Ashland Library Teen Events

May 11: Teen & Family Maker Day • Noon-3:00 p.m.

May 13: Teen Video Games • 3:30--5:00 p.m.

May 18: Library Board Games • Noon-4:00 p.m.

May 20: Teen Movie (Aquaman) • 3:30-6:00 p.m.

The Ashland Police Department Wants Your Input!

A new community survey was released by the Ashland Police Department (APD). In partnership with the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission and BetaGov, the brief, 10-item survey does not collect identifying information so that responses can be honest and accurate. The survey seeks input on APD relationships and engagement with the community.

All members of the community including students and parents are encouraged to participate in this survey, which can be found at the links below. Hard copies of the survey can also be picked up and turned in at the police department located at 1155 E. Main Street.

Take the survey now:

The survey closes the second week of June – let your voice be heard!

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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).