GRIZZ-O-GRAM

October 23rd, 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
  • No School Oct 29-30
  • Wednesday Distribution Reminder
  • Haunted Drive-by - Oct 27-28
  • Monster Dash Virtual Run
  • Pumpkin Decorating / Costume Contest!
  • Drop-In School Photos - Oct 26-29
  • Sports, Clubs & Activities
  • Counseling Office
  • College & Career Pathways
  • Class of 2021 Info
  • FAQ
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Principal's Update

Hello Grizzlies!


I want to acknowledge and thank our families for their continued support of students during distance learning. I know that distance learning can be stressful on families and students. The support, structure, and encouragement you provide for your student is a key factor to their success. As always, at AHS we stand ready to be partners with our families to ensure that we are doing everything we can to support them and provide pathways to success. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your student’s counselor, teachers and administration. We are happy to help.


Students, thank you to those of you that filled out our School Climate Survey that asked you about your experience so far with distance learning. Your feedback matters! We have already started going through your responses and developing plans of support and thinking about ways that we can adjust to make this year as successful as possible for you.


I know that with school happening in this virtual format, we need a break from our screens. I encourage everyone to find some time this weekend to get outside, put on a jacket and recharge in the brisk autumn air. We all need it!


Thank you to our students, families and staff for everyone’s hard work so far. We are all working together to make 2020 as successful as it can be.


Take care,


Benjamin Bell

No School on Oct. 29 for Conferences

Conferences will be held on Thursday, Oct 29th. There will be no classes.


We regularly review progress and attendance for all our students to ensure that they are on-track academically, their individual needs are being met, and they are making positive behavioral choices.


While we wish we were able to conference with each family, this is not possible this fall. Teachers will reach out to some families to set a conference for 10/29. The goal of this conference is to team with your family to put supports in place for increased success moving forward.


As always, if you have a specific question or concern you would like to discuss with your child’s teacher, please do not hesitate to reach out to them via e-mail or office hours. Please find the updated ASD calendar above.

No School Meals on Oct 29-30

We will not be serving meals from the Ashland school district on October 29th and 30th. Schools will be closed for Parent teacher conferences and In-service day. We will resume serving and delivering meals on Monday November 2nd.

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 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.

WEDNESDAYS ONLY Class Material Distribution Reminder

AHS will hold our textbook and class material distribution on Wednesdays from 2:30pm-4:30pm ONLY at the AHS BUS RAMP off of S. Mountain Ave.


We've got:

  • Textbooks / Library Books
  • Class Notes & Material
  • 2019-2020 Yerabooks (that have been purchased)
  • PE locker contents from Spring
  • Whiteboards / Planners


If you missed Wednesday pick-up, please call the Main Office to make arrangements.

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

Haunted Driveby! - Oct 27th & 28th

AHS Theater & Drama Club presents their Haunted Driveby! Tuesday Oct 27th and Wednesday Oct 28th at from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the AHS Morse St Parking Lot by the gym and football field. Enjoy a safe, COVID-free, ASD Committee Approved & Supervised, Windows-up Halloween Experience! This is a donation fundraiser only and 25% of proceeds will go to Almeda Fire Victims!
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Monster Dash VIRTUAL Run for Education

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Monster Dash VIRTUAL Run for Education

Mile Fun Run ● 5K ● 10K

A benefit for the Ashland Schools & Phoenix Talent Schools

Presented by Lithia 4 Kids, Ashland Schools Foundation, & Ashland Kiwanis

The 12th Annual Monster Dash Run for Education has gone VIRTUAL this year!

What does that mean?

Register for the race of your choice, get your “in the bubble” friends and family together for your own mini-Monster Dash event! Run your own course, at a time of your choosing from Oct 23 to Nov 1.

Online Contests for registrants: Costume Contest for kids and adults – even your pets! Best race or finish line photos, and best video submissions, too. Lots of prizes, and just by uploading your time you’ll be eligible for prize drawings.

Online Auction! Check out the many gift cards and auction packages available for bid at the Monster Dash Online Auction (on event website) – even if you’re not participating in the race! Open Oct 16-31.

Packets at the drive-up Packet Pick-up will include a race bib, crepe paper finish line, and finisher’s medal – plus kid’s packet will include some Halloween activities and a trick-or-treat bag of candy and Halloween toys.

Giveaways: Each youth is eligible to choose a science kit or realistic sea or land creature from Blue Marble! Adults: choose a hat from Sunday Afternoons, while they last.

Check out the website below for more info and ideas!

Register:

  • Online at www.ashlandmonsterdash.com
  • Youth 18 and under cost $10 for any race
    Adult registration fees range from $15-$25 depending on race
  • Race t-shirts may be pre-ordered thru Oct 21

Website: www.AshlandMonsterDash.com

Email: asf@ashland.k12.or.us Phone: 541-482-8197

Pumpkin Decorating and Costume Contest NEXT WEEK!

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Drop-In School Photos - Oct 26 - Oct 29

Mesasge from Bryon DeVore Photograph:


This is a reminder that we are doing DROP-IN SCHOOL PHOTOS this year. Due to school cancellations, I'm offering school photos to all local families on a drop-in basis. Preschool kiddos to home-based college students.Next week is designated for AHS Students, but all are welcome. These tiny, tiny sessions are for all individual children and their siblings. Drop by Glenwood Park, just above SOU, on Ashland Street. No appointment necessary. It will take about two minutes per child. NO SESSION FEE! Just like at school, I'll take a bunch of photos really fast, post them online, and you can order what you want after you see them, no obligation... same school photo prices, as always.


Glenwood Park, just above SOU, on Ashland Street.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 26 - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Check my website HERE if the weather is questionable. I'll have an update prominently on my homepage if we need to cancel for any reason. If the afternoon time doesn't work for you, please get in touch, and we'll try to schedule a morning time.

I will be maintaining 6 feet of social distance while taking the photos. When you arrive at the park, please be respectful of space if there is anyone else waiting their turn, and keep your masks on until we take the photos.

Please get in touch if you have any questions at all. I look forward to seeing you over the next few weeks. Photo@bryondevore.com

Bryon

New Student Hello Celebration during Advisory Oct 28

Students NEW to AHS. You will receive a Zoom link to join Leadership student for a Hello Celebration on Wednesday, October 28th at 11:00 – after Advisory. See you there!

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.

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.

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.

Student Tutor Center

The Student Tutor Center is back!


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.

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 2021 Information!

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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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