Update from the Middle

November 22, 2019

Thanksgiving Break

November 27th - 29th


Safe travels!

AMS Presents: The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza & Dinner Theater

AMS Commons • 100 Walker Road, Ashland

Friday, November 22nd • Flyer

6pm (doors open at 5pm)

$5 per person or $10 per family

Dinner Theater Night – Saturday, Nov. 23rd • Dinner SOLD OUT

Greek Dinner Provided by: The AMS Culinary Club

Dinner is at 5pm and the show starts at 6pm

Presented with support from the Ashland Schools Foundation.

AMS Parent Nights

Ashland Middle School Library

7-8 p.m.

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

January 14, 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!

Tech Values: Cyber Boundaries Within Your Family Cyber Values and Your Family
February 11, 2020
Join Karen O’Dougherty from Body Basics and Beyond as she guides parents through a conversation on Tech Values. The internet and social media have found their way into our homes and our children’s hands. (And if they haven’t yet, the likelihood is there that they will someday. The internet and social media may not be in your home, but what about when your youth visits other homes?) As parents we need to develop and hold cyber values for our children, much like we do with other values we hold in life, in order for our youth to be safe and to learn how to manage cyber tools. What are your cyber values and how do you hold them? Let’s share and develop a quality list together for you to draw upon and discuss how to hold them in the face of enormous social and peer pressure.

The Teen Brain: What parents should know to support their students for success during high school and beyond.
February 25th, 2020
Ashland High School Counselor Diane Berry will be speaking on the next chapter of your 8th grader’s academic life: high school! Diane will discuss what to expect in the next four years and how families can manage what is to come.

Wrestling and Girls Basketball

Wrestling and Girls Basketball starts January 6th, right after winter break.

Make sure you are cleared to play.

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Help AMS replace our outdated basketball uniforms.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.

Ski & Snowboard Program



Parent Volunteers Needed

Contact: ssipes@mtashland.com


Wednesday, December 11th & Thursday, December 12th
6:00-8:00 PM

AMS cafeteria

Middle schools:
Thursday nights
1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6

Launch Your Story and Watch Your Film Take Flight

We are looking for storytellers for the Launch Student Film Competition with short films that are innovative, inventive, creative, original, inspiring, relevant, compelling, entertaining, thought-provoking, funny, and unique.

Do you have a great story to share? Here’s what you need to know:
  • No entry fee—it’s FREE!
  • Films need to be 5 minutes or under.
  • Genres include animation, claymation, documentary, or narrative—it’s up to you!
  • Four categories: grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12, and college undergrads.
  • Winners in each of the four categories listed above receive CASH prizes!
  • Students must live in Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine or Klamath counties in OR; Del Norte or Siskiyou counties in CA.
  • Fill out the Launch Entry Form today!
  • Have a question? Check out our Launch FAQs, or contact us at entries@ashlandfilm.org.
  • Launch winning films from past festivals can be viewed on our website.
  • The deadline to submit is January 17, 2020.
  • Filmmaker will be notified if they made it into the film festival on February 12, 2020.

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.

  • Dec 6 - Noble Coffee Roasting

  • Jan 10 - Case Coffee *Note - this is the SECOND Friday due to school vacation!

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!

Community Youth Choir


The Art Center is offering a really great vocal music program for kids 8-13 years old. The instructors are just amazing and there is NO cost to the participants. There is room for twenty kids.

Rehearsals start Dec 15 from 2-4 p.m.

Ashland Teen Library Events

Teen Maker Day
Date: 11/23/2019
Time: 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Teen Crafternoon: Knit Coffee Cup Cozy
Date: 11/25/2019
Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM

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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).