April 23rd, 2021
Ashland High School
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.
Deb Falk, Attendance Secretary
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This week's Grizz...
- Principal's Message
- Bell Schedule for Expanded In-Person
- Distribution Center 4/28
- Free COVID Vaccines for 16 years and older
- Important Food Service Announcements
- Fire Prevention Info
- Sports, Clubs & Activities
- National Honor Society Application 5/7
- Truth to Power Virtual Gala 5/7
- Senior Corner (Graduation Updates!)
- Senior Spring
- Counseling Office
- College & Career Pathways Updates
- Scholarship Opportunities
- Community Service & Involvement Opportunities
- Tech Support Info
We look forward to seeing many of you on Monday, April 26th! We have been working hard to prep and be ready for expanded in-person classes. Teachers have also been hard at work on preparing their CDL lessons to make sure we continue to serve our at-home learners as well. We are all Grizzlies whether we are learning on campus or from home.
We hope that you have all had the opportunity to review the videos on the expectations that all students need to follow while one campus. In case you missed them, we have included the videos below. You can find our new bell schedule in this newsletter. In addition, we have included the videos as well as other helpful information regarding in-person learning and expectations for our CDL students on our website.
For our bus riders, you can find information about bus stops and routes on the district transportation page here.
For CDL students, regardless of the method of instruction your teacher is using, please be prepared to access their Zoom links for a live check in with your teacher during class time. Please reach out to your teachers directly if you have questions. Some teachers will be using Edgenuity, an online courseware system, to support students in CDL. Teachers received training this week on Edgenuity and will be reaching out directly to students with directions about onboarding students and getting them logged in next week.
For our in-person students, we are very excited to welcome you back to campus! Please remember to always wear your mask, wash your hands or use sanitizer frequently and to stay socially distanced 3ft in classrooms and 6ft during passing periods and lunch. Those are the biggest things you can do to keep yourself and the school community safe. Also, please plan on bringing a device, such as a laptop or tablet, to school. If you don’t have a device to bring, please let your teacher know and we will have a limited supply of devices to check out to you in the library. We also have more on order.
Together, we will make this a successful transition!
Bell Schedule for In-Person Learning Beginning April 26th
Material Distribution - Wednesday, Apr 28th
The Distribution Center is open next week from 2:30pm-4:30pm at the Theatre Lobby. If you are unable to make it during distribution time, please call the Main Office to make arrangements 541-482-8771.
- Textbooks / Library Books
- Class Notes & Material
If you would like to request a textbook, please email Aimee.Cork@ashland.k12.or.us.
Food Services Announcements
No Home Deliveries
Free Food For All Children Under 18
Good news for children all across the United states. The waiver to feed children ages 1-18 has been extended through June 2022.
What this means for students and families in the Ashland school district:
- All students attending in-person classes will be able to get a breakfast and lunch free of charge onsite.
- Any children that are doing CDL or that are not enrolled in the school district but live within our school district boundaries, may also receive free breakfast and lunches from a pick-up site listed on our website.
- There are no income requirements to receive meals
Please note: We will still need families to fill out free and reduced forms for the new school year. Starting on July 1 2021, you will need to fill out an application for the 21/22 School year. Although the children eat for free regardless, the approval of these applications is necessary for fines, fees and tuition waivers, scholarships for after school events. Some local businesses give reduction in fees, such as phone, electric, internet companies, and YMCA to name a few. It is also very important information for funding purposes for the Ashland school district. Even if you never use the meal benefits, it is extremely important that you fill out an application any way. If you are enrolled in AHS, AMS, Bellview, Walker, Helman, JMOS or Willow Wind, please fill out an application anytime after July 1, 2021. There will be a link to this application available during the online registration process.
Director of Nutrition services
PHONE: 541-482-2811 x1116
Free and reduced meal applications:
No student ID number is needed to apply for benefits only. PowerSchool number is needed to set up online payments.
Plan to Save Ashland from Almeda Fire
Traditional sports seasons have flipped around due to COVID considerations. As we wrap up the fall sport season in the coming week, spring sports begin official practice on Monday. You do need to register EVERY school year online. Link to sign up process: http://www.ashland.k12.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=2119
Who to contact for specific information about practice dates, times, and locations is down below.
Click HERE to see the adjusted OSAA sports calendar for the rest of this year.
You are required to register for sports BEFORE you are allowed to begin practice. Click HERE to register.
For specific information about sports you are interested in, contact the coach HERE.
The YMCA has an upcoming Lifeguard Training. This is a great skill for high schoolers (and not just the swim team or water polo team) to get a great summer job and for post high school, it also includes a potential reimbursement incentive. The training course begins May 11 and registration is limited.
Clubs & Activities
Among Us Gaming Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting. Passcode: anKp7K
Brain Bowl: Email Alan.Parowski@ashland.k12.or.us for Zoom Link.
Christian Fellowship Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting. Passcode: 456358
Drama Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting. Passcode: 456358
Dungeons and Dragons: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting. Passcode: H30
Key Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting. Passcode: hello
Mu Alpha Theta: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting.
National Art Honor Society: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting. Passcode: ahsart2020
Philosophy Club: Currently paused until in person learning.
Queer Straight Alliance: 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.
More info about clubs can be found on the AHS News & Resources page on Canvas.
Wanting to start 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.
National Honor Society 2021-2022 Applications - Due 5/7
Attention current sophomores and juniors! If you have a 3.5 or higher, you are eligible to apply for National Honor Society for the 21-22 school year! NHS is an academic recognition organization for juniors & seniors that honors member’s commitment to academic rigor, scholarship, leadership, and community service. You can pick up an application in the main office or download it from the link below. Please return your completed application to the main office or email it to Nora Godfrey.
If you have any questions, contact Nora.email@example.com.
Truth to Power Virtual Gala - 5/7
Break out that bowtie and join Truth to Power for a virtual gala! We’re celebrating our new podcast episode on the symbiosis between OSF and the Ashland community by getting fancy and going “out” to the theater.
The event is Friday, May 7th, at 6:00pm via Zoom. At 6:45pm, we will stream* OSF’s Snow in Midsummer for guests – for free!
* Attendees with reasonable tech savvy will be able to stream in HD on their own devices instead of watching through Zoom. The play will be available for you to stream at your convenience through 5/29.
Register in advance! http://tinyurl.com/vems52at
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!
Student Tutor Center
Graduation - SURVEY DUE TODAY 4/23
In order to have a safe and efficient celebration, we will have 3 separate ceremonies and car parades, sorted by which elementary school your student attended. If your student didn't attend elementary school locally, please click AMS or AHS.
We are anticipating offering 2 Graduation Ceremony Spectator tickets per student (this is subject to change). Our ceremonies will be live streamed, as well. For the Car Parade, we will allow 1 car per student, driven by a parent/guardian/adult/coach/etc. If a car is not available for you, we will provide alternative transportation.
COMPLETE SURVEY BY APRIL 23RD.
Graduation Ceremonies: June 11th (evening)
Car Parade: June 12th (early afternoon)
Seniors!! You are so close to graduating!
Make sure you have all of your credits and are passing your classes so you are able to walk with your senior class at graduation.
Join us for Senior Sprint and get support to make it to the finish line!
WE LOVE OUR SENIORS!!!
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.
College and Career Pathways
Jen Marsden, our College and Career Specialist, is available to help students in all grades explore post high school education and career pathways, and to assist in navigating the college admissions and financial aid process. Students and their families are encouraged to reach out to her with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or to schedule a zoom appointment. Please check out the helpful resources below, where you can find the AHS College Handbook, ACT/SAT updates and more!
The 2020-21 AHS College Handbook
Students planning on applying to four year colleges usually take SAT tests in spring of junior year and/or fall of senior year. AHS will begin offering these tests with safety guidelines in place, including a limited number of available seats to allow for appropriate distancing. If AHS has no more seat availability, students can look for open testing sites in Medford and Grants Pass.
Many colleges are now “test optional” and Oregon’s public universities no longer require ACT/SAT test results for admission, but some do for eligibility for honors colleges or merit scholarships. Check individual universities for what is currently required or optional.
Students can register for the SAT online and those who qualify for free/reduced lunch are eligible for fee waivers for both tests. Please contact email@example.com to obtain a fee waiver.
SAT Dates: May 8 and June 5
Aspire at AHS
Other Scholarship Opportunities
ATTENTION SENIORS - William S and Kristine Ann Phillips Scholarship
Are you interested in the Fire and EMS field?
If so, this $1,000 scholarship may be just right for you!
Ashland Firefighters Association wants to grant deserving applicants who are dedicated to pursuing a career and life in the Fire and EMS field with the assistance to do so.
Scholarships of $1,000 may be used for tuition, books and lab fees incurred while pursuing education beyond high school. Award recipients must attend an accredited program in Fire Science or Emergency Medical Services.
There are no restrictions for scholarship recipients as to race, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran, marital status, or sensory, mental, or physical disability. A selection panel will evaluate the candidates on following requirements:
1) GPA of 2.50 or better;
2) Have completed a minimum 50 hours or more of community service;
3) Demonstrated leadership in school and community activities; and
4) Strong desire to help people in emergency situations
If you meet the above requirements, click here Ashland Firefighters Scholarship to obtain the cover page, instructions and the application. Please Note: If you have already completed the AHS Common Application for local scholarships, they will accept that application, as opposed to their own. Find details at the link above.
DEADLINE: MAY 7, 2021
For questions or assistance, please contact Karyn Barats at 541-482-2278 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Service & Involvement Opportunities
Time to get creative and think outside of the box! Here are some examples of ways you can earn community service hours:
- www.Recovers.org - A local area email alert for continuous help needed for our Phoenix/Talent Fire Victims
- www.DoSomething.org - A youth-led movement for good focusing on advocacy work.
- www.we.org - An organization standing for Human rights & social equality.
- Making and Donating items to local causes (dog toys, grocery store bags, knitted hats, etc.)
- Sending letters to seniors at local retirement homes
- Thank you letters to essential workers
Habitat for Humanity
- Jackson County Fuel Committee
- And more!
There's a lot of ways you can support your community and earn community service hours. If you have any questions, reach out to your counselor.
Klamath Bird Observatory Internship
City of Medford Job Fair
Medford Rogues Job Opportunities
For more information email: email@example.com
Virtual MedQuest 2021
We are so excited to announce that our Virtual MedQuest Registration and Promotional Video are now LIVE. In lieu of not being able to travel to our Oregon highschools, we need your help. Below is the promotional video and registration link for you to share with your organizations, family and friends. They can be promoted via email and websites or shared on your social media platforms. We hope to reach all the Oregon highschool students who are interested in learning more about a career in healthcare.
Details about camp:
- This is a Virtual Camp held June 14th through 17th of 2021.
- Cost: $50.00 (There will be scholarships available for those in need);
- Students will receive supplies to engage with the content of camp including:
- A stethoscope and splinting materials.
- Sites being featured in this years camp:
- OHSU School of Nursing, La Grande Campus
- OHSU on the Hill, Portland, Oregon
- Winding Waters Clinic, Enterprise, Oregon
- Paragon Orthopedic Center, Grants Pass, Oregon
- Yellowhawk Tribal Center, Pendleton, Oregon
- La Grande Fire Department, La Grande, Oregon
Registration for camp will close Monday, May 17th, 2021.
Thanks so much for your help in outreach to the future of Oregon’s Healthcare
Promotional Video: by Grande View Productions.
Summer Camp Opportunities
Summer Camps & Summer work - Registration has begun and opportunities are limited for these Summer Camps and Youth Litter Patrol.
OSU Summer Transportation Institute - July 26-30, 2021 (check out the other three camps on this link!)
- 2021 Youth Litter Patrol (YLP) Program (apply now for summer work, see attached flyer)
- [oit.edu/GIScamp]Survey/GIS Summer Camp – June 15-17 (apply now – see attached flyer)
Contact those listed on the flyers or websites with your questions.
More Free Summer Camps & Curriculum
We have hosted this annual transportation camp every summer for five years in Oregon. Typically held as a residential camp on the Portland State University campus, we have also had the opportunity to host it on the Oregon Tech campus as well as in a virtual, remote-learning environment. We adapt the structure and curriculum of the camp each year in response to the needs of Oregon's students!
This camp offers any student entering the 9–12 grade an immersive introduction to the workings of the Portland transportation system. We hear from PSU faculty and professionals from ODOT, the FHWA, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, TriMet, the Port of Portland, and various other public and private transportation agencies that operate in the Portland metro area. There are plenty of outdoor field activities to help improve students' awareness and familiarity with infrastructure and data collection.
Historically, these summer camps have been funded by the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration with additional support from our partners at the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).
Undeterred by the need to quarantine for public health and safety, in 2020 we shifted from a one-week residence camp to a four-week "virtual camp" with online sessions held twice a week. Learn more about our 2020 virtual camps, and stay tuned for announcements of the 2021 camp format and sign up for notifications here!
Summer Transportation Camp (All Genders)
WHEN: July 19 - 23, 2021
WHERE: In-person on the Portland State campus (day camp for 2021)
WHO IS ELIGIBLE? High school students residing in Oregon, entering 9-12 grade in the fall with at least a 2.0 GPA
HOW DO I ATTEND: Seats in the camp are limited, and we will be opening applications by May 1, 2021
Summer Transportation Camp (Girls)
WHEN: August 9 - 13, 2021
WHERE: In-person on the Portland State campus (day camp for 2021)
WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Female-identified students residing in Oregon, entering 9-12 grade in the fall with at least a 2.0 GPA
HOW DO I ATTEND: Seats in the camp are limited, and we will be opening applications by May 1, 2021
Teach Transportation in Your Classroom: K-12 Curriculum
How Walkable is Your Neighborhood?
Originally designed by TREC staff for our annual summer high school camps, we're now offering this set of four modules "How Walkable is Your Neighborhood?" for any educator to teach in their classroom. No transportation background required!
These modules will provide students with creative ways of observing transportation systems in their neighborhoods through collecting pedestrian data, critically evaluating accessibility, and learning about livable communities. They will gain a deeper understanding of how people move through their community, and whether the transportation in their community is designed with the needs of all people in mind. Students will take this critical lens into their final projects where they will propose a vision for increasing transportation safety, accessibility, and livability in their community.
The four consecutive modules in this toolkit are meant to be facilitated in sequence with 3-5 days in between, as they build upon each other. The modules can be adapted as stand alone lessons if needed. Educator instructions are provided, as well as printable student instructions:
· Module 1: Observations by Foot
· Module 2: Collecting the Data
· Module 3: Crossing at the Intersection
· Module 4: Final Project
· Bonus Optional Activities: Transit Budgeting; Transportation Bingo
NITC Library of Curriculum Projects
Through national funding from the U.S DOT, our university consortium NITC funds education grants at six universities. These projects result in creating a library of curriculum that furthers the K-12 body of resources for teaching transportation in the classroom.
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 Department at:
Tech Support Helpline: 541-201-2600
Click here to fill out the ASD Tech Support Request Form
Where can I drop off physical paperwork?
Ashland School District Website
Parent and Student PowerSchool Portal
Check schedules, grades and pay fees via the PowerSchool website and app:
Ashland High School Website