Ashland High School-- Oregon

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This week's Grizz...

  • Spring Conferences March 5 & 6
  • Career Day March 4
  • Want to be a Fresh Start Counselor?
  • 2020-2021 AP Class Meetings
  • Information for 8th Graders Coming to AHS
  • Book Donations Needed for Senior Project
  • César E. Chávez Leadership Conference - Friday, March 13
  • Addams Family, Water Polo and more!

Addams Family Musical!

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The Addams Family Musical starts TONIGHT! Come see the wonderful production our cast, crew, and orchestra will be putting on! Shows are Thursday Feb 27, Friday Feb 28, and Saturday Feb 29 at 7pm. Sunday March 1 @ 2pm. Friday Mar 6 and Saturday Mar 7 at 7pm and Sunday March 8 at 2pm. Tickets are $13 for students/ seniors and $18 for adults. See you there!

Tickets available at AHS Main Office, Paddington Station, Tree House Books or Music Coop as well as RESERVED SEATS SOLD ONLY ON

Career Day

Career Day is a great opportunity for students to hear from a variety of community members and learn about the career paths they have taken. Students will attend 4 Career sessions in the morning, followed by meetings with their 9th grade, sophomore, junior, or senior class to discuss important upcoming information.

For more information, visit our website at

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Ashland High School Career and Technical (CTE) Programs - Check it out!

AHS has amazing CTE programs and opportunities for high school students to earn substantial college credit.

Check out this video of the learning opportunities and really cool stuff you can do in our CTE classes.

CTE elective courses focus on real-world practical skills that prepare students for college and career. And they are fun. Kudos to our CTE staff and students for this great introduction to our programs.

AHS CTE Programs Video


Spring Conferences are scheduled March 5 from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM and March 6 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

You can schedule Group Forecasting and Teacher Conferences through PowerSchool.

Returning students will need to attend a small group forecasting schedule with a counselor to request courses for 2020-2021.

9th Grade Parents:

Computer labs: Parents/students officially enter class requests on PowerSchool

Classrooms: Parents and students sign up for individual conferences with teachers

Commons and Shop rooms: CTE and Visual Arts Open House

Thursday, March 5, 11am-7pm

Friday, March 6, 8am-4pm

During Conferences on Thursday and Friday, March 5 and 6, you and your student will need to sign up for a 30-minute group session in one of our computer labs. During this session, you will submit your student’s official class requests for the following year. During these sessions, you will be able modify your student’s elective class choices before uploading requests.

During these same days, you will also be able to sign up for individual 10-15 minute conferences with your student’s teachers.

Current 8th Graders - Welcome to Ashland High School!

March 2nd

8th Grade Parent Meeting at 6:30 to 7:30 in the AHS Theatre

Please join us to learn more about Ashland High School. We will present an overview of our Mission and Values and how we support all students in earning their high school diploma. We will also showcase a few of our many elective opportunities in Career and Technical Education, Music, and the Arts.

March 9th - 13th

Middle School visits from AHS Counselors (please contact your school to know when the AHS Counselors will be at your school.

March 17th

8th Grade Families Forecasting Support in AHS Library 6:00 to 7:30

AHS Counselors will be in the Ashland High School Library to answer questions about your student’s high school schedule next year. If you have any questions about choosing classes or if you want to turn in the green Forecast Sheet to us, please stop by!

March 20th

All 2020-2021 Forecasting (scheduling) sheets are due to AHS

April 22nd & 29th

AHS Campus Tours by the Leadership class from 2:45 to 5:00

April 22nd or 29th TBD

Thoreau Alternative program Open House (watch for final date and time)

August 2020

Fresh Start dates are divided into three, 24-hour meetings (noon to noon) the week before school starts (to be determined)

Want to be a Fresh Start Counselor? Info Meeting - Monday, March 2

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Attention Sophomores & Juniors! Our first Fresh Start Counselor Info meeting was today. If you are interested in being a Fresh Start Counselor this August, there is an additional informational meeting with Jake & Nora on Monday March 2nd during lunch in Mr. Taub’s classroom TH-16. You only need to attend one meeting. Come and learn about the program, what is expected, and get an application!

Seniors, if you have attended Fresh Start as a counselor and are interested in being a Grey Shirt, please attend one of these meetings to learn more and to get an application.

Book Donations Needed for Ashland Asante Community Hospital's Patient Library

Any lightly loved books that are appropriate for senior citizens are welcome! All books will be donated to Ashland Asante Community Hospital’s (AACH) patient library. This book drive is part of one of AHS’s student’s senior projects, the goal of which is to enhance the recovery experience of AACH’s patients, many of whom are largely bedridden. It’s understood that a person’s mental and emotional health has a monumental impact on their physical health, and in the setting of a hospital, their physical recovery. The more that can be done to lift the spirits and occupy the minds of patients -even if it is just a good book- the better.

When: February 17th through March 6th

Where: The drop off box will be in the main office of Ashland High School.

What kinds of books: Those that are in good condition and are appropriate for senior citizens. (Avoid donating children’s books and the sort.)

Water Polo Team Sign Ups

If you have ever had an interest in playing water polo or are just curious about what it is all about, please join the Ashland Boys and Girls Water Polo teams at a demonstration scrimmage at the Ashland YMCA pool on Thursday, March 12th at 7pm. The current players and coaches will be there to give you an intro to the sport and answer any questions you may have including how to get signed up for the spring season. All high school students and their parents are invited. No experience necessary to join. Hope to see you there!

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César E. Chávez Leadership Conference - Friday, March 13

The annual César E. Chávez Leadership Conference will be held on Friday, March 13th at Southern Oregon University from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. This event is an empowering, educational, and fun opportunity for Latino/a/x youth from regional high schools to meet community leaders, take part in leadership and cultural workshops, and learn about college and career pathways. This year AHS is allowed to bring a group of 20 students of all ages. Students interested in attending should contact Jen Marsden in the AHS College and Career Center by Friday, February 21st by dropping in or emailing ( To secure a spot and get their first choice in workshops, students should sign up ASAP! For more information about the event visit:

Exchange Programs Opportunities

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Attention Sophomore Parents - CAMP RYLA 2020


June 20th to 25th

Applications for RYLA are now available!


The Rotary Club of Ashland is sponsoring three sophomore students, and the Rotary Club of Ashland Lithia Springs is sponsoring two sophomore students.

Applications include three components + an in-person interview:

1. Student Application

2. Petition Form – Must be signed by three teachers, as well as the student and parent/guardian.

3. Recommendation from school official

Once we receive each student's application, we will set up a time for an in-person interview. Interviews conducted between March 10 and 13th.

Submit completed applications to Karyn Barats in the counseling office. AHS students and students who live in Ashland who are homeschooled or attending other schools are eligible to apply.

Interested students and/or their parents feel free to contact either of the following rotarians:

1. Sheila Carder via email at, or text 541-778-7356

2. Adrienne Simmons via email at or text 503-307-3595

The camp is a fantastic experience and completely free to the students selected to attend. The Rotary clubs do fundraising to cover the $700 cost per camper. Following camp, usually sometime in September, award winners are expected to provide a presentation to the Rotary club that sponsored them about their experience at camp.

The following links serve as the application packet:

Registration Form:


Letter of Recommendation:

Lost & Found

Has your student lost an item in the last few months? Make sure they stop by the front office to claim their lost item.
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Travel Opportunities

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: 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

College Information Newsletter Winter 2020

Information provided by the AHS College and Career Center (CCC)


Wednesday, March 11th 6:00-7:00 pm, IVC

AHS counseling staff will present college information, specifically geared toward sophomore/junior students and their parents/guardians, on Wednesday, March 11th from 6:00-7:00 pm in the IVC. Counselors will introduce the 2020- 21 AHS College Handbook, which contains useful information for all students planning to pursue post high school education. Topics covered will include the process of applying to both community colleges and four-year universities, and for how to access financial aid/scholarships. After March 11th, copies of the 2020-21 AHS College Handbook can be picked up in the College and Career Center (CCC), or found on the AHS website under Counseling Services – Post High School Education


There are 17 community colleges in Oregon, which offer a large variety of professional training in fields such as Graphic Design, Mechanics, Culinary Arts, Dental Hygiene, Physical Therapy and more. Students can get the skills they need in a year or two, and graduate ready to enter the job market. Students may also complete their general education credits at a community college and then transfer to a four-year university.

Community colleges have open enrollment, meaning there is no minimum high school GPA required for admission. Students planning to attend a community college do not need to take the ACT or SAT, but if they do, test scores may be used at some schools instead of taking a placement test.

Tuition can be significantly less at a community college. In 2015, our state launched the Oregon Promise (OP), offering new high school graduates and GED recipients the opportunity to have all, or the majority of their community college tuition covered by federal and state grants. Currently there is no income cap to qualify for the OP. To be eligible for the OP, students must graduate from an Oregon high school with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), have been an Oregon resident for at least 12 months prior to enrolling in community college, and begin attending college within six months of high school graduation or GED completion. To learn more about grants available through the Oregon Promise, visit


Juniors should take the ACT and/or SAT if they are planning to apply to a four-year college or university. Every college accepts either test. In most cases, students should sign up for the additional essay portions, as many colleges will not accept test scores without them. Some colleges also require SAT Subject Tests. To register for the ACT and/or SAT, complete the online applications at or Students can find more ACT/SAT registration information and practice guides in the AHS College and Career Center (CCC). Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch are eligible for fee waivers for both the ACT and SAT; visit the AHS Counseling Office for more information. Students can also explore test optional schools at

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ASPIRE’s trained volunteer mentors help students explore educational pathways and career options available to them after high school. Mentors assist students in researching colleges, preparing admissions and scholarship applications, understanding the financial aid process, and many other aspects of the road to post-secondary education and careers. To learn more about ASPIRE, or to pick up an application, see Jen Marsden in the College and Career Center (CCC) or email


How should students decide which schools to consider? Thinking about the following questions will help determine which educational pathways may be a good fit:

· What are your academic and/or career goals? Do you know what you want to study? Does the school offer that program or a pathway to reach your goals?

· What kind of school do you want to attend? Liberal Arts, Vocational? Public or Private University? Community College? Why?

· What are the admissions requirements? Do you meet the minimum GPA and required high school classes? Do you need to take the ACT or SAT?

· What size school appeals to you? Big or small? In between? Why? Visit campuses to help you get a feel for what may be right for you.

· Where do you want to be? Close to home or far away? Urban, suburban, rural? Why?

· Can you afford the schools that interest you? What are your financial constraints? Use FAFSA4caster to see if you qualify for federal grants, and net price calculators on college websites to determine your out of pocket costs. Look for “no loan” schools, which make some private schools very affordable!

The way to begin to answer the questions above is to do your research: look at college guides and websites; visit campuses; attend college information events (like the one below); talk to your parents, counselor, friends and current college students; and pick up the AHS College Handbook, which is loaded with information to guide you!


Wednesday, April 8th 6:00-7:00 pm AHS Library

If you’re overwhelmed by the thought of planning for college, you are not alone. Finding an educational pathway that is a good fit for YOU takes some planning. AHS students of all ages (and parents/guardians) are invited to come learn more about the process of planning for education after high school – a process which has the capacity to provide students an opportunity for self-discovery, reflection and growth. Those who take the time to do their research are more likely to find an educational pathway that is a good fit.


How many schools should a senior’s final list include? This varies by individual, as each student will have a different set of criteria, which should include having cost of attendance options. As a general rule, students looking at more selective colleges apply to 4-6 schools, which vary in terms of admissions difficulty, but have the important features desired by the student.

There are no strict rules for the college application process. Some students may apply to just one school if they are sure about the school they want to attend, know they will be accepted, and have determined they can afford the cost of attendance. Most AHS students planning to attend one of Oregon’s public universities directly after high school usually apply to two or three schools, including a community college, to be sure they will have a college pathway that meets both their academic and financial needs. There is a non- refundable application fee ($35-$75) for most schools, except community colleges. Application fee waivers are available for students who qualify for free/reduced lunch. See Jen Marsden in the College and Career Center CCC) or your counselor for more information.

Understanding Financial Aid Awards

Wednesday, April 22nd 6:00-7:00 pm AHS Library

Financial aid offers, also known as award letters, look different at every college and are often confusing to students and families. This workshop will include an activity that allows participants to compare and discuss award letters from four colleges. Students and parents/guardians will gain a better understanding of how to read their own financial aid offers so they can make more informed choices. Finding an educational pathway that is a good “financial fit” takes some planning. Learning more about this aspect of the financial aid process will be especially helpful for juniors, seniors and their families


Many college representatives visit AHS during the school year and some colleges hold regional information sessions. Contact admissions offices and ask them to notify you about opportunities in our area. The following schools visited AHS this school year, and should return in the fall of 2020:

Central Oregon CC, Corban, EOU, Evergreen, Gonzaga, Lewis & Clark, Linfield, Northern Arizona, Northwest Christian, OIT, OSU, OSU-Cascades, PNW College of Art, Pacific, Pomona, PSU, Reed, Rogue CC, Savannah College of Art and Design, Seattle University, SOU, St. Olaf, University of Montana, U of O, University of Portland, University of Puget Sound, US Naval Academy, USC, WOU, Willamette, Whitman, and Whitworth.

Consider visiting college campuses during spring break or over the summer. Check out Oregon Private College Week July 27-31 (, where you can visit multiple campuses and then apply for free!

Cap & Gown Delivery - Thursday, April 30

Time to pick up your cap & gown! On Thursday, April 30th, your cap & gown that you ordered will be in the theater lobby during lunch.

Memory Tassels at $10!

Stop by the front office to purchase one today
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Senior Project Presentations - Friday, May 1

Seniors will present their capstone projects to a panel of community members. (Half day for 9th and 10th graders.)

Cap and Gown Delivery - Monday, May 11

Cap and Gown Orders will be distributed on May 11 during lunch in the theater lobby.

Graduation!!!! - May 29, 2020

Counseling Office

Counselors Are Here To Help

Counselors are here to help your students succeed. Students can drop in at the counseling office during school hours to fill out a counselor reservation form, or email or call 541 482 8771 x2114 to schedule an appointment.

Counselors are assigned by student's last name as follows:

Keri Phipps (All Freshmen)

Diane Berry (Last Names A-He)

Kalli Walker (Last Names Hi-Me)

Jeff Roscher (Last Names Mi-Z)


Attention Seniors: Check out our “Scholarship Opportunities” bulletin board outside the Counseling office. You can also find a complete listing of Local, OSAC and Current Scholarships & Opportunities on the AHS website:

Attention Juniors: There are a couple scholarship opportunities for you as well. If you have questions, please contact Karyn Barats in the Counseling Office, or call 541-482-2278.

College Information Newsletter - Fall 2019


Throughout the school year, college admissions officers visit AHS to talk with students about their respective schools. If a visit is during class, students should get pre-approval from the teacher. College visits, times and locations are listed in the daily announcements and posted in the College and Career Center (CCC). Visits are held in the CCC unless otherwise announced. Currently, the following visits are scheduled, but new schools will be added their visits are scheduled. For more information contact Jen Marsden at

Looking Ahead at March 2020

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Volunteer Opportunities - Earn Community Service Hours

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Ashland Film Festival

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The Ashland Independent Film Festival WANTS YOU to be part of our crew!

Are you interested in film and media? Would you enjoy behind the scenes access? Do you need community service hours? If so, then the Ashland Independent Film Festival, April 16th through 20th, needs you!

Our festival shows over 100 independent films in five days in Ashland at the Varsity Theatre, Historic Ashland Armory and the Ashland Street Cinema.

What do AIFF Volunteers do? Everything from everything from sidewalkers (ticket scanners), rush ticket selling, and crew at Ashland Street Cinema to behind the scenes production (set-up/tear-down) and more

Volunteer Swag includes:

* Special Festival Crew Tee shirt
* Ticket Vouchers for films

* Access to the Volunteer Craft Services (FREE FOOD)

* An exclusive Volunteer Pre Festival Screening Party with a raffle

For more information on all of the different volunteer areas and to fill out a volunteer form, visit

Questions? Email:

ASF Fund Drive Phoning Night - Thursday, April 23

The ASF Fund Drive will be kicking off in April! If you'd like to volunteer, contact Kelly Tygerson at

  • Thursday, April 23 - AHS

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:

Check it out!

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School Websites

Bus Schedule

ASD Transportation 541 482 3174

Click here to see bus routes and times:

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 for parking issues.
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