December 7, 2018

A Message from Principal Bare

Dear AHS Community,

There are so many exciting things happening in the AHS community in the next few weeks. I hope you are able to check out the amazing student talent on display at the talent show TONIGHT (Friday, December 7th) raising money to support children in need. Next Friday, come check out the Winter Fine Arts Festival, celebrating our student's amazing performing and fine arts and raising money for our fine arts programs. This is such a busy time of year, I am looking forward to taking a break to enjoy both of these events and celebrate the tremendous talent at Ashland High School. I hope to see you there!

I am also looking forward to Coffee and Donuts with 9th grade parents on the 13th. The 9th grade counselor, Keri Phipps, and I will be discussing ways to support your student and plan for the future. This is also a great opportunity to meet some fellow 9th grade parents. There is more information about this later in the newsletter.

I hope you all stay healthy and warm during this winter season.

All the best,


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Talent Show TONIGHT 7pm

AHS's Annual Talent Show is Tonight! Grizzlies of all grades will be showing off their skills in a fun and exciting show on December 7th at 7 pm in the AHS Theater. While our students are always looking for ways to give back, they want to give 100% of the proceeds made from ticket sales to students in need in our community. Tickets are $10 at the door. There will be a 50/50 raffle as well as a donation box to donate lightly used toys or clothes. Come and support our talented Grizzlies!

What to Say to your Teenager about Drugs

Parenting a teenager presents lots of opportunities for difficult conversations! If you are caught unaware or have not thought through the various ways you can address issues like drug and alcohol use with your teen, you can find yourself struggling for the right words or approach. The attached has some tips and tricks for addressing some common scenarios you may face with your teenager. I hope you find it useful! What to Say to your Teenager about Drugs.

Sparrow Club

The Sparrow Club is an educational charity whose mission is to set the stage for simple yet heroic acts of kindness in schools and youth culture by utilizing the concept of kids helping kids in medical need. Through service and fundraising activities, individual schools are matched with a qualified local child (birth through 17 years of age) who benefits greatly from the financial & moral support of students. Perhaps more profoundly, young people experience the joy and life-long lessons of compassion, generosity, and integrity as they give of themselves for others.

Bradda Chamberlin is AHS's Sparrow Club 2018-19 Senior Project representative.

Bradda will work closely with AHS Sparrow, Ayazi, this year. This club was generously sponsored by TC Chevy Ashland OR

He is very thankful and excited to start this amazing journey with Ayazi and her family.
#sparrowclubs #thenextgeneration #seniorproject @bradda.chamberlin

Bradda is involved in Leadership, Key Club, and has attended Camp Ukandu. He also serves in various ways at Bellview Elementary School.

AHS Students can support this project by volunteering for community service projects. Each volunteer hour is converted into a financial donation by TC Chevy Ashland.

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9th Grade Success: Parent Q & A

Thursday, Dec. 13th, 8:45-9:30am

Ashland High School

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Winter Fine Arts Festival Friday, December 14th

AHAA presents the 27th Annual AHS Winter Fine Arts Festival on Friday, Dec. 14, highlighting AHS visual, musical, & performance arts. AHS alum Preston Mead will be the MC! This is the only showcase of all the arts at Ashland High School each year, including theater, music, photography, digital arts, textiles, fine art, woodworking, and culinary arts. Join us in the AHS Commons and Theatre for exhibits and dinner at 5:30 PM, followed by the show from 7:30 to 8:30 PM. Tickets are $15 per person (children 4 and under are free) and available at the door. All proceeds benefit AHS high school arts programs. For more info see

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Writing and Literature Workshop

Ms. Heckman’s Writing and Literature students had the good fortune to be able to participate in a workshop with internationally published author James Anderson, author of "Lullaby Road" and "The Never Open Desert Diner." Mr. Anderson shared his writing process with students along with anecdotes of his meetings with writers such as Stephen King, and his experiences in publishing. Students participated in a group writing assignment and then were able to receive feedback from Anderson. It was a richly rewarding experience.
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Flu Shots available in the Health Center

If you would like to have your student immunized against the flu this year, the vaccine is available at the AHS Health Center. Have your student stop by the Health Center and pick up a form to take home for completion and signature. Contact the Health Center for more information 541 842 7677.

Silent Auction and Live Music Saturday, December 15

The Ashland High School Peace Club is hosting a silent auction with live music at the Ashland Armory Upstairs Lounge on the 15th of December from 6-9pm. Peace to Thailand Club is planning a trip to build shelters for families in Thailand that are lacking an adequate form of housing. The trip is partnered with Habitat for Humanity.

Enjoy an evening of fine music, give the gift of shelter, and find a gift from a local business in the auction!

~ The Ashland High School Jazz Quartet and other local artists will be performing.

~The lounge is upstairs in the downtown Ashland Armory located at 208 Oak St, Ashland, OR.

Scholarship and Grant Information

ATTENTION JUNIORS: There are a few scholarships available just for Juniors! Visit the Counseling Department and check out the Current Scholarships board for scholarship opportunities!

ATTENTION SENIORS: For information on local and current scholarship opportunities, visit Under “Local Scholarships,” you will find scholarship descriptions and applications. Local Scholarship deadline is February 19, 2019. Under “Current Scholarships & Opportunities,” you will find current listings of many obscure-type scholarship opportunities with varying deadlines. If you have any questions, please visit the Counseling Department.

Marines ROTC Scholarship

Seniors: the application deadline for the Marines ROTC scholarship is December 31st.

Upcoming Events

Looking Ahead

Dec 7 – Talent Show

Dec 11 – Site Council Meeting

Dec 13 - 9th Grade Success Parent Q & A

Dec 14 – Winter Fine Arts Festival

Dec 15 – Grizzly Speech & Debate Tournament

Dec 16 – Grizzly Speech & Debate Tournament

Dec 24 – Winter Break – No Classes

Dec 25 – Winter Break – No Classes

Dec 26 – Winter Break – No Classes

Dec 27 – Winter Break – No Classes

Dec 28 – Winter Break – No Classes

Dec 28 – 25th Annual OSF – AHS Partnership

Dec 31 – Winter Break – No Classes

Jan 1 – Winter Break – No Classes

Jan 2 – Winter Break – No Classes

Jan 3 – Winter Break – No Classes

Jan 4 – Winter Break – No Classes

Jan 7 – Classes Resume

Jan 15-- 18 Semester Finals

The AHS 2018-19 Events Calendar is available on SharePoint AHS Event Calendar

Semester 1 Final Exam Schedule


* Indicates that teachers are available in their classrooms

Tuesday, January 15

8:30 – 10:00AM Review and Study Session*

10:00 – 10:30AM Break

10:30 – 12:00PM 1st Period Exam

12:00 – 1:00PM Lunch

1:00 – 2:30PM 3rd Period Exam

2:30 – 4:00PM Teacher Grading Time

Wednesday, January 16

8:30 – 10:00AM Review and Study Session*

10:00 – 10:30AM Break

10:30 – 12:00PM 5th Period Exam

12:00 – 1:00PM Lunch

1:00 – 2:30PM 7th Period Exam

2:30 – 4:00PM Teacher Grading Time

Thursday, January 17

8:30 – 10:00AM Review and Study Session*

10:00 – 10:30AM Break

10:30 – 12:00PM 2nd Period Exam

12:00 – 1:00PM Lunch

1:00 – 2:30PM 4th Period Exam

2:30 – 4:00PM Teacher Grading Time

Friday, January 18

8:30 – 10:00AM Review and Study Session*

10:00 – 10:30AM Break

10:30 – 12:00PM 6th Period Exam

12:00 – 1:00PM Lunch

1:00 – 2:30PM 8th Period Exam

2:30 – 4:00PM Teacher Grading Time

Community Service Opportunities

Canned Food Drive Extended

The Global Citizens Corps canned food drive is ON!! From now until December 14th, bring your canned food to your English class. The winning English class will receive a prize!

Site Council Meeting: Tuesday, December 11th


English Staff Lounge

Don't leave personal items unattended

Students, please do not leave skateboards or bikes overnight on AHS campus. We are experiencing a number of items being stolen. With that said it does not mean that AHS students are responsible for the thefts due to the open nature of our campus layout.

Senior Class of 2019

Graduation May 31, 2019

6:30 at Lithia Park Band Shell

Senior Projects Presentations

Early Bird Senior Project presentations will be held on Wednesday, January 9th.

Spring Presentations will be held on Wednesday, May 1st.

Senior Projects are an important opportunity for AHS Seniors to explore subjects and interests in ways that challenge them and encourage them to go above and beyond anything they have done before. Senior Projects also teach students the importance of giving back to their community and sharing their knowledge and experiences with a wider audience. These projects are shared in a formal presentation setting where students have a chance to discuss not only what they accomplished but also their journey over the last four years of high school. PLEASE NOTE THAT WINTER PRESENTATIONS ARE ON THE FIRST WEDNESDAY AFTER BREAK.

Full handbook is available on the AHS website:

Discount Deadline for Senior Cap & Gown

Senior Class of 2019! The discount deadline for ordering your cap, gown and graduation supplies is quickly approaching. December 14th is the deadline for Early Ordering, so please get your order form in the mail or your order placed ASAP at Call 1-800-442-4696 with questions.

Senior All Night Fundraiser

The Senior All Night committee is selling $20 Louie's gift cards. Louie's generously donated $10 for each card sold! Text or email Lindsay Gates to purchase cards. 541-951-5911 or They make great holiday gifts! Also, Senior parents are needed to help sell Louie's cards.