GRIZZ-O-GRAM

November 6th, 2020

Ashland High School

Office Hours 8:00AM - 4:00PM

Please call ahead to schedule an appointment. Knock on the door if you plan to come to the Main Office. To maintain social distancing, we ask that you stay outside.


Attendance Office: 541-482-8782

Deb Falk, Attendance Secretary


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This week's Grizz...

  • Principal's Update
  • November Calendar
  • Class Material Distribution Thursday 11/12
  • Holiday Ornament Drive through 11/20
  • AHS Theatre Presents: Clue
  • Sports, Clubs & Activities
  • Counseling Office
  • College & Career Pathways
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Class of 2021 Info
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • FAQ

Principal's Update

Hello Grizzlies!


Happy November to you! We continue to miss having our students on campus. But it was nice to see so many of you drive through our Haunted Drive By last week for some scares. The support from the community was great to see and of course our wonderful zombie actors did a fantastic job. I look forward to our virtual production of Clue later this month. We hope that you will join us for that as well.


On Tuesday of next week, we will have a Site Council meeting. We will be working to establish our goals for this school year. Thanks to those that have already volunteered to take part as members of the council. If you are still interested in serving, please let me know.


Thanks to all of our students for the dedication and effort so many of you are showing this school year. We know that distance learning is not easy. We have combed through the data from the survey so many of you answered for us recently. We will be using it to share with teachers and see how we can improve. Please continue to do your best. Together we will continue to make this year as good as it can be.


Until next time,


Benjamin Bell

Looking Ahead at November

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NO SCHOOL - Wednesday, November 11th

No school meals will be served on Wednesday, November 11th.

NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break, November 25th-27th

No school meals will be served during Thanksgiving break on November 25th-27th.

Class Material Distribution - THURSDAY, November 12th

We do not have school on Wednesday, November 11th. Our Class Material Distribution Center will be open on Thursday, November 12th from 2:30pm-4:30pm at the end of the AHS BUS RAMP off of S. Mountain Ave.


The Distribution Center will be back to its regularly scheduled time on Wednesday, November 18th from 2:30pm-4:30pm.


We've got:

  • Textbooks / Library Books
  • Class Notes & Material
  • 2019-2020 Yearbooks (that have been purchased)
  • Whiteboards / Planners


If you missed the Distribution time, please call the Main Office ahead of time to make arrangements.

If you would like to request a textbook, please email Aimee.Cork@ashland.k12.or.us.

Purchased 19-20 Yearbooks Need To Be Picked Up!

There are still a lot of 2019-2020 Yearbooks that were purchased last year and have not been picked up. Yearbooks are available for pick up during Class Material Distribution. If you can't make it during that time, you can call the office and make arrangements to pick up your yearbook. If you aren't sure if you purchased one, you can call the main office and confirm.


We are unable to sell any more yearbooks at this time.

AMS Holiday Ornament Drive for Almeda Fire Families

The holidays are coming soon, and AMS would like to help make the holidays bright for our community members and our neighbors in Talent and Phoenix who lost their homes.

They will need ALL things HOLIDAY!


  • Fake Trees
  • Holiday Lights
  • Ornaments
  • Stockings
  • Menorahs
  • Nativities
  • Garland
  • Wreathes
  • and more!


Donations boxes will be located at AMS (100 Walker Avenue) AND In front of the Ashland High School Main Office (201 S Mountain Ave) from now until Friday November 20th!

AHS Theatre Presents: Clue

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Ashland High School Theatre proudly presents

Clue

High School Edition: Stay-At-Home Version

LIVE on Zoom

Friday and Saturday,

November 20 & 21 at 7:30 p.m.

One Matinee Sunday afternoon 2 p.m.


Written by Sandy Rustin

Directed by Jonathan Luke Stevens

Sarah Daley – Virtual Stage Manager

Kristen Samek - Virtual Technical Director


A comedy based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by Wadsworth the butler, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up. Clue is the comedy whodunit that will leave both cult fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out... WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT?

Sports

We have started some limited in person athletic training. Make sure you REGISTER on Family ID before participation.

Click HERE to register.

Check the coach list below to contact the person with information about your sport for details.

Snowboard Team Parent Night - Nov 18th

Attention all Riders and families! The Snowboard Team is going to be holding an informational session the evening of November 18th from 7:00 – 8:00pm. We’ll run through the structure of the team for the 20/21 season, review some proposed dates and answer questions.

Click HERE to register!


For general team sign up please visit: https://tinyurl.com/snowboardteamsignup2020. Forms and dues due by December 1 – info on sign up form. But don’t delay signing up now so you can get going selling wreaths to help pay for your dues. Deadline to turn in wreath orders is Nov. 9. Questions? Email us @ ashlandhighsnowboardteam@gmail.com

Non Competative Swim Team through YMCA

This program is not officially affiliated with Ashland School District
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Clubs & Activities

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Drama Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting. Passcode: 456358

Key Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting.

Mu Alpha Theta: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting.

National Art Honor Society: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting. Passcode: ahsart2020

Philosophy Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting.

Tap Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting.

Truth to Power: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting.

Writers & Poets Club: Click HERE for the Zoom Meeting.


Wanting to start up a club? Let's do it!!! Fill out the Club Application Form below, connect with a staff member who could be an advisor for your club, and email the completed Club Application Form to Karl.Kemper@ashland.k12.or.us or drop it off in the mail box by the Main Office. You do NOT need to get an in person signature from an advisor.

Robotics Club Survey

If you are interested in joining the Robotics Clubs, please fill out the survey HERE.

The Rogue News

The Rogue News staff has just relaunched the official Rogue News website with a fresh new look! Our first few stories are posted and more will be rolling in over the coming weeks. We’re excited to also add some multi-media including podcasts and videos this year. Check it out and spread the word! These student journalists are really amazing!


Theroguenews.com

Student Tutor Center

This year we are offering FREE tutoring online every Wednesday from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

Your student can access the Student Tutor Center through the AHS News & Resources page on Canvas and join the Zoom session there. For the Zoom link, click HERE.


Help is available in all subjects, including Canvas navigation! If you have questions, please contact Tammy Anderson at tammy.anderson@ashland.k12.or.us. Once you join the STC you will be assigned a Breakout Room with at least one Student Tutor. Students may also request to be in a Breakout room with a group of study buddies in addition to the Student Tutor.

OREGON Youth and Government A National YMCA Program

A fun and exciting way to learn about government!

The Oregon YMCA Youth & Government Program enhances development of the American democratic process for young people through participatory training in the theory and practice of the Oregon state government.

Teens in the program learn about the legislative process, how to write and research bills, and how to participate in elections. Their work culminates in teens serving as delegates at a state conference, debating bills on the floor of the legislature. Some teens have actually made bills into laws! While this year's program will be held virtually, the experience will mirror that of the actual state legislative process.

The Youth and Government program seeks to build, encourage and strengthen life assets and character traits that will help teens become involved and responsible adults. All activities are designed with the following goals in mind:

· To provide training and experience in understanding the legislative process

· To develop critical thinking and analytical abilities

· To provide active participation in the legislative process

· To develop interpersonal communication skills

· To provide awareness of social issues and their possible solutions

· To provide opportunities to hear and respect varying viewpoints

· To encourage active participation in political and public affairs

Thanks to a generous grant from the Oregon Health Authority, funds are available to cover most of the costs of participation as well as chromebooks and hotspots for teens in the program. More details can be found online at https://www.oregonymcas.org/youth-government or by emailing the State Director at executive@oregonymcas.org.


Marisa Fink, Ed.D.

Executive Director

Oregon Alliance of YMCAs

P: 541-530-3472

W: oregonymcas.org

Facebook: Oregon Alliance of YMCAs

OR YMCA Youth and Government: https://oregonyouthandgovernment.wildapricot.org/

The Y: We're for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Oregon YMCA Youth & Government
75th Anniversary Legislative Session

"Democracy must be learned by each generation."

Counseling Office

High school counselors are educators uniquely trained in child and adolescent development, learning strategies, self-management and social skills who understand and promote success for today’s diverse students. They implement a school counseling program to support students through this important developmental period.


If you need to get in contact with your counselor regarding scheduling, academics, etc., call the counseling office at 541-482-2278 or email your counselors.

Keri Phipps

9th Grade Counselor

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Keri.Phipps@ashland.k12.or.us

Diane Berry

10th-12th Grade Counselor - Last Names A-Ha

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Diane.Berry@ashland.k12.or.us

Bryanna Trevino

10th-12th Grade Counselor - Last names He-N

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Bryanna.Trevino@ashland.k12.or.us

Maurice Monteiro

10th-12th Grade Counselor - Last names O-Z

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Maurice.Monteiro@ashland.k12.or.us

Jen Marsden

College & Career Specialist:

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Jennifer.Marsden@ashland.k12.or.us

Karyn Barats

Scholarship Coordinator:

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Karyn.Barats@ashland.k12.or.us

College and Career Pathways

Resources for Seniors and their Parents/Guardians

Seniors have just started their AHS College and Career Readiness (CCR) classes, where they will be getting extensive support and guidance on finding a post high school education and/or career pathway that is a good fit for them. Jen Marsden, our College and Career Specialist, is also available to help students explore their interests/options, and to assist in navigating the college admissions and financial aid process. Ms. Marsden will be providing college and career planning curriculum in CCR classes, during CCR Advisory on Wednesday mornings, and through daily office hours. Seniors (and parents/guardians) are encouraged to reach out to her with questions at jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us. She is also happy to schedule a phone or zoom appointment and can be reached at 541-482-8771 x2130. Please take some time to check out the helpful resources and upcoming information sessions for parents/guardians that are listed below.

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. You can also pick up a hard copy of the AHS College Handbook, which is available in a box by the door to the AHS Main Office.

General FAFSA Info

On September 23rd AHS counseling staff held a Financial Aid 101 information session, which covered all the basics of the financial aid process, including how to complete the FAFSA. You can find a recording of this session HERE. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is an online application which qualifies students to receive the Federal Pell Grant, the Oregon Opportunity Grant, the Oregon Promise, and government loans. Even if you think your family will not qualify for federal financial aid, it is important that seniors complete the FAFSA. Some schools will not give students merit aid unless they have a FAFSA on record. The info session also briefly covers the CSS Profile, a separate online application many private schools use to determine institutional financial aid.


The 2021-22 FAFSA goes live on October 1st and will use tax information from 2019. Students planning to start college in fall of 2021 should complete the 2021-22 FAFSA. Before October 1st, both the student and one parent can create an FSA ID. Students will get support signing up for their FSA ID in their CCR classes. The FSA ID is the Federal Student Aid Identification students and parents use to sign and verify information on their FAFSA and federal student loans. It is important that students sign up for their own FSA ID. Prior to filling out the FAFSA, families can also complete the FAFSA4Caster to see if they will likely be eligible for government financial aid.

ACT and SAT Updates

Due to Covid restrictions, Ashland High School will NOT be administering the ACT or SAT until March 2021. Check 2020 ACT Updates and 2020 SAT Updates for the most current information about ACT /SAT testing. The majority of colleges that usually require ACT/SAT scores as part of the admissions process, have waived that requirement for the Class of 2021 as they know many seniors have been unable to test. Please check individual colleges to see their updated policies.


Students who still want to attempt to test this year can register for the ACT and SAT online, and those who qualify for free/reduced lunch are eligible for fee waivers for both tests.

Please contact karyn.barats@ashland.k12.or.us to obtain a fee waiver.

Missed a Parent Night or other school webinars?

AHS now has an official Youtube Channel where we will be uploading Parent Night meetings, webinars, and other announcement videos. Check it out!

Class of 2022 Community Service Requirement

For the Class of 2022, the community service hours requirement will be in effect, but the total number of hours needed to earn credit towards graduation is 25. Please see your counselor if you have any questions.

Scholarship Opportunities

The Elks National Foundation (ENF) 2021 Scholarship - Seniors

Most Valuable Student (MVS) Contest:

The 2021 MVS application is now open. Applications can be found online at enf.elks.org/MVS. The application deadline is November 15th.

The Elks National Foundation (ENF) awards 500 four-year scholarships based on academics, leadership, and financial need. National awards range from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year. The national awards will be announced in April 2021.The local Harrison Fund Scholarship winner is a separate scholarship but requires students to complete the same application. Those students may differ from the MVS students as our local committee puts a stronger emphasis on need and candidate interviews.

MVS scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), at a U.S. college or university next school year. Some important applicant details include:

« Current high school seniors (or equivalent) who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.

« Applicants do not have to be related to a member of the Elks.

« Male and female students compete separately.

Ashland High School students must select the Ashland Elks Lodge #944 as their sponsoring Lodge. Complete details can be found at enf.elks.org/MVS.


Legacy Awards – The Legacy Awards program begins on September 1st. Legacy Awards provide $4,000 scholarships for children and grandchildren of dues-paying Elk members. The ENF offers a total of 350 national awards. The application deadline is February 5, 2021 at 11:59 a.m., Central Time. Please visit enf.elks.org/Leg

The Collidge Scholarship - Juniors

The 2021 Coolidge Scholarship application is now live and we hope that you will consider this opportunity for interested high school juniors.

As a quick refresher, the Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2022 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (current high school seniors are not eligible to apply).

Coolidge Scholars are selected based primarily on academic excellence. Secondary criteria include: an interest in public policy, an appreciation for the values President Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service. Today’s competitive academic culture regrettably sometimes drives students to hype their accomplishments and pursue ambitious efforts merely to attain credentials. The Coolidge Scholarship pushes back on this trend. Successful candidates are indeed accomplished, but exhibit humility with respect to their achievements and pursue things of genuine interest to them regardless of the perceived prestige associated with the activity. A complete description of the scholarship’s criteria is available here.

The competition for the Coolidge Scholarship is indeed significant -- but even students who do not win have reported to us they are glad they went through the application process because it helps prepare them for college applications later on. Furthermore, the Coolidge Foundation invites 100 of the top applicants to participate in its Coolidge Senators Program, which includes an all-expenses-paid Summit Weekend in Washington, D.C and a one-time $1,000 scholarship. Applicants who make it to the finalist level, but do not ultimately win the full scholarship, also receive a modest one-time finalist scholarship.

Alert: the application requires that applicants read President Coolidge’s Autobiography and complete a few other reading assignments. While the book is not overly long, we encourage applicants to begin the application early so that they have plenty of time. Candidates who begin the application at the last minute are unlikely to be successful. The submission deadline is 5:00 PM EST, Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

We hope you will share this opportunity with outstanding high school juniors at your school. The scholarship application, along with additional information, can be accessed on our scholarship site: www.coolidgescholars.org. Please note If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, the Coolidge Scholars Program can be reached by email at coolidgescholars@coolidgefoundation.org or by phone at (202) 827-4291.

Class of 2021 Information!

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Class of 2021 Reminders

Hello seniors! Just a reminder that for this year due to the unique nature of this school year the following graduation requirements have been waived for you:

-Senior Project

-Community Service Hours (if you already have 75 or more hours, you may still be eligible for your credit)

-Essential Skills (the state of Oregon has waived this requirement for this year only)

If you have any questions, please reach out to your counselor.

Class of 2021 Senior Grad Attire Ordering Info

Ashland High School Class of 2021

*****Time to order your Cap & Gown and Senior Apparel! *****

CLICK HERE for a link directly to your Senior Meeting!

CLICK HERE to place your order!


Why order now?

  • LOWEST PRICES – Receive bulk discounts by ordering with the rest of the Class of 2021. Only $60.00 down payment required to place your order.

  • EARLY DELIVERY – All of the items that you want now will be delivered right away (see image below).


Graduation Product Timeline for Ashland High School

  • October 22nd – Early Delivery Items available for pick up at Ashland High School. If you or your student ordered any items, they are ready for pick up in the Main Office.
  • March 1st – Final payment due.
  • Spring – Delivery of Graduation Announcements and Cap & Gown.


Do not hesitate to reach out to us at Royal-T / Herff Jones anytime for assistance at 360-254-7870 or through email at info@royaltpapers.com. CLICK HERE to place your order today!!!

Mental Health Counseling Services

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These are challenging times that can be even harder on teens. If your teen is experiencing the feelings and/or issues listed below, we’re here to support them - regardless of insurance or ability to pay. Schedule a meet-and-greet or an appointment with AHS Health Center therapist Kimberly Wasserman by calling 541-842-7677.


Somethings to look/listen for are:

• Anxiety, panic or excessive worry

• Grief, loss, disappointment and anger

• Traumatic events including discrimination

• Family conflict

• Depression, apathy or suicidal thoughts

• Isolation, withdrawal, boredom and loneliness

• Substance use or changes in behavior


Please note: If you are having a mental health emergency and are in imminent risk of harm, you should call Jackson County Mental Health at 541-774-8201 or 911 since our services may not be immediately available.

FAQ

Where can I drop off physical assignment?

You can drop off assignments, or other paperwork, in our lock box right outside of the front office.

Need Technology Support?

Ashland School District Tech Department is here to help if you have questions about a device, PowerSchool, etc.


Click HERE to access Distance Learning Student Portal


For other technical questions, contact our Tech Deparment at:

Email: techhelp@ashland.k12.or.us

Tech Support Helpline: 541-201-2600

Click here to fill out the ASD Tech Support Request Form

Where can I access free internet around town?

See the list of free WiFi locations below. If you would like to request a Hot Spot from our tech department, please call the AHS Main Office at 541-482-8771 for more information.


  • Ashland Public Library - Open 12-4 Mon-Thur
  • Talent Library - Open 12-4 everyday but Fri
  • Phoenix Library - Open Tues 11-5, Wed 1-7, Thur 11-5
  • Medford Library - Open 12-4 everyday but Thur
  • Grace Point Church in Ashland - Contact Church for details
  • Rogue Valley Roasting Co
  • Starbucks
  • Bloomsbury Books
  • Boulevard Coffee
  • Mix Bakeshop
  • Nobel Coffee Roasters
  • HeartSong Nutrition

School Websites

Social Media

Ashland High School Campus Map

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