Update from the Middle

September 20, 2019

Washington D.C. & New York City

Have you heard about the educational travel opportunity to Washington D.C. and New York City for your student at the end of their 8th grade year? Come to an informational meeting on Thursday, October 3rd at 6pm in the AMS library to learn more!


When: June 11-18th, 2020 (current 8th graders), June 2021 (7th graders), and June 2022 (6th graders)
Where: Washington, D.C., Charlottesville, Williamsburg, New York City!
Why: The trip is an incredible opportunity for students to travel to the East Coast for historical learning outside of the classroom and to have a lot of fun!

In the past, this trip was offered every-other-year. However, the program is growing and we are changing it to be an 8th grade only trip, and offered each year, starting 2020. Learn about the travel company we use (ETSI out of Portland) by visiting www.etsi.ws. Create an account and use trip code #2L50 to register!

For more information, please contact Austin Wallace, 7/8th grade language arts teacher and trip leader. 541.482.1611 x3224. Paper registration available in room 304.

AMS Parent Nights

Rule Out Panel

October 8, 2019

Join Sheriff Nate Sickler, DA Ruby Heriott, ARC counselor Jeff Brown and Judge Kelly Ravassipour as they discuss the issues that teenagers face in our community. Topics will include issues and laws around social media, drug abuse prevention, and signs and symptoms of substance use to look out for.

Making Smart Choices: The Brain at This Age

October 22, 2019

Every wonder what is going on in the brain of an adolescent? Ashland High School Counselor Diane Berry will be speaking on the neuroscience of the teenage brain. Diane will discuss adolescent brain development and how to support teens as they progress through these formative years.

Adolescent Safety with APD

November 12, 2019

Join Sgt. Perrone and Officer Vanderlip from the Ashland Police Department as they share information on how to protect your child against online victimization. Sgt. Perrone and Officer Vanderlip have many years of first-hand experience working with child victims of digital media crimes and will be sharing with parents how to safeguard their children against potential online risks. *Note: The material in this presentation is sensitive in nature. This is an adults-only presentation, please no children.

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

January 14th, 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 11th, 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.

Picture Retake Day

Thursday, October 17th

To Pre-order:

  1. Visit mylifetouch.com
  2. Enter your Picture Day ID - FO919105Y1
  3. Order using your student's preferred name

Costume/Prop Sale

The AMS Theater Department is having a costume/prop sale.

Saturday, October 19th

Monster Ball & Monster Dash



Friday, October 25


5pm-8pm @Historic Ashland Armory

A family-friendly Halloween party benefitting the Ashland Schools! Community members are welcome, in or out of costume. Costume Contest 6:30pm on stage, Pasta Dinner, Beer/Wine cash bar, Silent Auction, Kid Activities, Prizes. Tickets available on website or at the door for additional cost.

  • $8 ages 3-18 (Presale); $10 at the door
  • $12 ages 19 & older (Presale); $14 at the door
  • *ages 2 and under are free

Saturday, October 26


In Lithia Park, Ashland

10:00 am 1-mile run/walk
10:45 am 5K run/walk & 10K run

11th annual Monster Dash in Lithia Park! Cash prizes for top male and female, plus gift card prizes from local merchants for age group winners in all races. All events chip-timed, costumes encouraged. Finishers medals for all. After the Dash come to the official After Party at Brickroom!

Info on website or to register online. Questions? Call 541-482-8197. Flyers at Ashland schools or downtown sponsors by Oct 1. Profits support core educational needs in the Ashland public schools.

$15-$30/adult depending on when you register

$10/youth 18 or under

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.

  • Oct 4 - Mix Bake Shop
  • Nov 1 - Boulevard Coffee

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!

Ashland Girls Basketball Club

If you and your daughter are interested in participating in Club Basketball this year, please follow this link and fill out the questionnaire below:

Ashland Girls Basketball Club - Parent and Student Contact Form 2019

Ashland Tennis & Fitness Club

Little Challengers (ages 7-10) Orange Ball

Mondays & Wednesdays 4:15pm-5:15pm

Cost: *Members $14, Non Members $19 (* Member Package $98, Non Member Package $133)

Beginner (ages 11 and up) Green Ball
Mondays & Wednesdays 5:15pm-6:15pm

Cost: *Members $14, Non Members $19 (* Member Package $98, Non Member Package $133)

Intermediate (ages 11 and up)

Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:15pm-7:45pm

Cost: *Members $21, Non Members $26 (* Member Package $147, Non Member Package $182)

Advanced (ages 11 and up) - Invitation Only

Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:15pm-6:15pm

Cost: *Members $28, Non Members $33 (* Member Package $196, Non Member Package $231)

For more information: Call 541-482-4073 or email frontdesk.atfc@mind.net

Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission

The APRC 2019 Fall PlayGuide is out and we have many opportunities for kids and families, all of which are listed at ashland.or.us/ASDkids.

Ashland Teen Library Events

Board Game Afternoon, 8+ YRS
Time:01:00PM - 04:00PM

Improve the Teen Space at Ashland Library by brainstorming ideas for teen programs, displays, and more while enjoying some delicious treats. The meeting will be held in the Teen Space.
Time:04:30PM - 05:30PM

Teen Maker Day
Time:01:00PM - 03:00PM

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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).