Update from the Middle

February 21, 2020

Dates to Remember

February 21st: Conference Scheduling Form Due

February 24th: First Day of Trimester 3

March 4th-6th: Parent Teacher Conferences (NO SCHOOL)

7/8 Standard Conference Form

Siskiyous Conference Form

Cascades Conference Form

AMS Parent Nights

Ashland Middle School Library

7-8 p.m.

The Teen Brain: What parents should know to support their students for success during high school and beyond.

February 25, 2020
In Diane’s presentation, Teen Brains, Today’s Science, A Brighter Future, she will be discussing recent science on the adolescent brain and what you need to support your student through middle and high school!

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

March 10, 2020

Do you find it challenging to talk with your teen(s)? If so, come hear Joanne Lescher’s simple 4 step process in Nonviolent Communication to help you listen so kids will talk! It’ll be a fun exploration with time for all of your questions!

Let's Talk.... About The Talk(s)

JC SART presents • Let's talk ... about The Talk(s)

How to be an Askable Adult

March 3, 2020 @ 6:30 pm

Ashland Middle School Library


An open conversation with JC SART about the many different challenging "talks", we have with the children in our lives. Bring your questions and ideas!

  • Consent
  • Social media
  • Relationships
  • Bullying (on and offline)

Refreshments and child care will be provided.

AMS Track and Field

A track informational meeting will be March 12th after school in the middle gym. Practices start March 17th, 3:15-4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday. Please make sure your student is cleared to play.


Mark your calendars for GRIZZLY CTE Open House

When: Thursday March 5th (5-7pm), start in the AHS Commons
Tour all the CTE classrooms and workshops, talk with current AHS students and teachers, and learn about all of the CTE electives available for you!

What is CTE?

Follow this link/address to see a short video clip explaining the power of CTE- https://youtu.be/-1WMemcavqE

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Help AMS replace our outdated basketball uniforms.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.

Southern Oregon Junior Cycling Team

For girls and boys, ages 14-18, who want to be part of a junior cycling team focusing on road, mountain bike, and cyclocross training and racing.

  • No fees to join or for coaching.
  • Athletes will need bicycles, shoes, and clothing.
  • Training will include daily workout plans focusing on race preparation for competition through the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA).
  • Coaching will be provided by a team of adult experienced cyclists.


Jenny Slawta, Ph.D. (Exercise Physiology)

Tim Turk, MAT

For more information, call Jenny at 541-535-8315 or email at slawta@sou.edu

Ashland High School presents the THE ADDAMS FAMILY, the MUSICAL for All


Ashland High School Performing Arts proudly presents a creeepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky THE ADDAMS FAMILY: THE MUSICAL. The AHS cast and crew of 40 is directed by Peter Alzado. The eight performances will be fun for the whole family! Friday- Saturday, Feb 28 and 29 @7:30; ThursSaturday, March 5-7 @7:30 and Sunday matinees on March 1 and 8 @ 2 p.m. One discounted preview is Thurs Feb 27 @7:30 p.m.

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.

  • Mar 6 - Griffin Creek Coffee Cafe / Manna Bakery

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!

Rogue Rowing

Open to grades 5th-8th


Rogue Rowing is gearing up for their spring practice season, February through May. Sign up now, no experience necessary

1 session per month

$100 Per Session

Contact Jonathan Crist



Ashland Teen Library Events

Teen Movie: Pikachu
Date: 02/22/2020
Time: 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Ashland Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G.), 12-18 YRS
Date: 02/24/2020
Time: 4:30PM - 5:30PM

Teen Art Display Reception
Time: 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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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).