April 2nd, 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
- Hybrid Guidelines, Schedules & Bell Rotation
- Late Slip Pick-Up
- Student Parking
- Homecoming Spirit Week 4/5-4/9
- Friday Night Movie Night 4/9
- Distribution Center
- April Lunch Menus
- Sports, Clubs & Activities
- Activity Opportunities
- Counseling Office
- College & Career Pathways Updates
- Scholarship Opportunities
- Mental Health Counseling
- Tech Support Info
It has been so great to see students back on campus this week! Students have been so cooperative, open minded and just a pleasure to work with so far. Speaking for myself, it has been energizing to be able to work directly with students again, I know the rest of our staff feels the same.
We know there have been glitches with attendance and we are working those out. We apologize for any mistaken attendance calls that your household may have received this week. We are working through a very different attendance system and there is clearly a learning curve. Things should work smoother next week as we are all more familiar with it and because of the hard work of our IT department and the troubleshooting they have done.
Many of you are are probably already aware that state guidance around hybrid instruction has changed yet again. Social distancing in schools has been reduced from 6 feet to 3 feet and there is now changed guidance around cohorting. Next week, we will be looking closely at the guidance and determining what additional in-person opportunities may be available at AHS.
Remember, next week, our class periods will rotate. Please pay close attention to our schedule. We will also continue to post our daily schedule on our website here.
I look forward to seeing you next week.
Clarification for our At Home Students
Many teachers are currently providing asynchronous lessons for students that are learning from home during the hybrid class of the day. That just means the teacher provided an assignment or activity that is not required to be completed during the time that class is being conducted and that at-home, or CDL, students are not required to attend a live Zoom session that day. Students must turn in that work by early the next day - or - reach out to their teacher and have a two way conversation in order to have positive attendance for the day.
We also have some teachers that are providing synchronous instruction during hybrid classes. This means the teacher is conducting class live via Zoom from the classroom for at home learners while there is also a group of students physically in the classroom. If you are an at home learner for a class being conducted like this, please make sure you follow your teacher's directions and attend your Zoom class on time so you get counted for attendance and don't miss out on important/fun instruction.
For all classes that are scheduled during the CDL blocks of the day (the first two classes of the day) all students are expected to attend their Zoom classes on time and fully participate just as they have done all year.
Looking Ahead at April
Hybrid Schedule & Bell Rotation
HYBRID STUDENT DROP OFF GUIDELINES
Please follow the map below for student drop offs. The map has color coded drop off areas that correspond to the physical location of teacher classes on campus. The idea is that families will drop their students off at the point designated on the map to give students the shortest and most direct route to their class. Please note, that the recommended drop off area might change depending on the class your student has that day.
DROP OFFS CAN BEGIN AT 1:15. Do not drop off students early. Students, when you arrive go directly to your classroom lineup area.
DISMISSAL: Please note that we will have a staggered dismissal so that we don't release all students at one time. Students will be released in 3 minute increments starting at 3:30 and ending at 3:36. Please see the times and buildings listed on the campus map below.
Just a reminder that when students return to campus starting March 29th, all students will need to come to school wearing a mask.
-Fully cover the nose and mouth
-Fit snugly around the face
-Conform to AHS dress code policies
Late for your hybrid class?
Student parking will be FREE this spring! Yes! FREE!
No passes will be sold and it will be first come first served for student parking. With the hybrid schedule there should be plenty of parking available.
Student parking is in the Lincoln and Lower Mountain Ave lots.
We will still issue warning stickers and the dreaded car boot to students cars that are parked in non designated student spots. Students are NOT allowed to park in the gym lot (Titus Alley), the science lot, humanities lot, or in staff parking spots in the upper Mountain Ave lot.
If you have any questions, please contact Christie.Lawson@ashland.k12.or.us.
AHS SPRING HOMECOMING WEEK: April 5th - 9th
Your 20-21 Leadership class has been working hard to put together a fun, non-traditional, homecoming week for you!
Spirit Week Theme Days
(Dress code does apply)
Tropical Day 4/5: Dress for a day at the beach or on a pirate ship! Think sunshine.
Blue Day 4/6: Don’t be Blue, Wear Blue!
Spirit Day 4/7: Show your Grizzly Pride!
Mystical Forest Day 4/8: Are you a camper, bigfoot chaser, fairy or nymph? Do you speak for the trees?
Whacky Day 4/9: Close your eyes and just grab. Let you’re a sibling or Aunt Edna pick out your clothes, do your hair or make-up.. Make it a family affair!
Spirit Assembly & Royalty Court Winners
Be sure tune in to Advisory on time on Wednesday so you don’t miss out on a little student-staff competition and also to find out who your Spring Homecoming Royalty Court Winners are!
If you haven’t seen this week’s Video Announcements with each nominees plug for court, then check it out here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvHDHVRv2Yg
Due to some technical difficulties during Advisory on Wednesday, Leadership is extending the voting period for the top 3 seniors on homecoming court until 8 pm on Sunday!
Click HERE for the voting form.
Movie Under the Stars! - Friday, Apr 9th
All safety prototols will be followed at this event. Masks are mandatory, screenings will take place before entry.
Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) has an uncanny skill at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one last duck-out before graduation, Ferris calls in sick, "borrows" a Ferrari, and embarks on a one-day journey through the streets of Chicago. On Ferris' trail is high school principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), determined to catch him in the act. Rated PG-13. 1986. Comedy/Romance. 1h 43m
Date: Friday, April 9th
Who: AHS Students ONLY
Cost: FREE, includes slice of pizza, popcorn and either a beverage. Donations accepted.
Where: AHS Sports Stadium
Arrival Time: 7:30, 7:40 & 7:50. Arrival time will be assigned at registration. Does not determine seat.
Showtime: Sundown (8:00pm-ish)
Bring a blanket and dress for a cool night. NO Backpacks or be willing to have them searched before entry.
Reservation link will be available after Advisory on Wednesday.
Material Distribution - Wednesday, Apr 14th
The Distribution Center is closed next week. It will be open on Wednesday, April 14th from 2:30pm-4:30pm. Please note that our location has moved to 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
- 2019-2020 Yearbooks (that have been purchased)
- Whiteboards / Planners
If you would like to request a textbook, please email Aimee.Cork@ashland.k12.or.us.
April Lunch Menus
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.
Whether you’re an avid golfer or just want to try a new sport, have your own clubs or need to use a team set, we invite you to join the golf team! Practice and tournaments are Monday through Friday so you have your weekends free! Sign up and get cleared through the athletic office ASAP because the first day of practice is April 5th.
Clubs & Activities
AHS Art Magazine Club: Email Kris.Prusko@ashland.k12.or.us for Zoom Link.
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.
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
This year we are offering FREE tutoring online every Wednesday from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Help is available in all subjects, including Canvas navigation! 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. If you have questions, please contact Tammy Anderson at email@example.com.
4-Way Test Speech Contest
1. THE PURPOSE of the speech contest is to help youth, Rotarians and the community-at-large to more completely understand, encourage, and foster the principles of ethical behavior, Rotary and the objects of “Service Above Self.”
2. ELIGIBILITY—Contestants may be a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior in public, private or homeschooling high school.
3. THE CONTEST is sponsored by your local Rotary club.
4. ENTRY FORM: (see attachment) To qualify for the contest, entry forms must be received by the Rotary Club of Ashland chairperson no later than Sunday, April 11, 2021.
2021 Cash Prizes at District: 1st Prize: $3,500 2nd Prize: $2,000 3rd Prize: $1,500
2021 Cash Prizes at Rotary Club of Ashland (April 29, 2021): 1st Prize: $150; 2nd Prize: $100; 3rd Prize: $50.00
Additional Information please contact
Judy Newton | firstname.lastname@example.org | 541-941-9577
Please see the attachment below for additional information.
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.
Forecasting Info Session Videos
You can find other important videos on our Youtube Channel under the Counseling Office and Parent Night Webinars playlists.
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.
Paid Student Leadership Opportunity with Partners for Sustainable Schools
Be a leader — Have fun — Get paid
Join the “Our Future - Student Leadership Advisory Team” with Partners for Sustainable Schools!
Partners for Sustainable Schools (PSS) seeks two students from 10th or 11th grade to represent your school on the Our Future - Student Leadership Advisory Team this spring. The Our Future program is a statewide network of high school students who are actively working to change the world by promoting sustainability and justice, starting with their own schools and communities.
We created the Student Leadership Advisory Team because we need YOUR ADVICE on how to grow the network in Southern Oregon and even possibly start a group at your school.
Weekly Virtual Meetings | April 6th to May 6th, 2021, 4-6pm Tuesdays OR Thursdays
Plus 2-3 hours a week working on projects
Stipend: $12 per hour (approx. 20 hours total)
Open to students in grades 10 and 11
Students from under-represented groups are highly encouraged to apply
Learn more about the Our Future program at ourfutureoregon.org
If you have any questions, please contact Dana Utroske, the Southern Oregon Organize at email@example.com
Our Climate Youth Lobby Week
Our Climate mobilizes and empowers young people to educate the public and elected officials about science-based, equitable climate policy solutions that build a livable world. We're planning and hosting a Youth Lobby Week on April 12th-14th to give students from around the state a chance to speak with lawmakers and urge them to fight for equitable climate policy this legislative session in Oregon.
The 2021 legislative session in the Oregon government is crucial for climate justice, and it is vital to get youth voices heard. Students can fill out the form HERE and will be contacted about the Lobby Week.
Click HERE to view the info sheet with the schedule for the event and the five policies we'll be lobbying for.
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!
Oregon Public Universities Virtual Event
Learn about Oregon’s seven public universities and attend individual college info sessions! This is a great opportunity for AHS students and their families to get more information about the opportunities available at Eastern Oregon University, Oregon State University, Oregon Tech (OIT), Portland State University, Southern Oregon University, University of Oregon and Western Oregon University. The event will start with an introductory session where admissions representatives will share highlights of each college and then participants will be able to attend breakout sessions with the schools that most interest them. Below are the three scheduled times participants can choose to attend:
Tuesday, April 6: 4:00 pm
Wednesday, April 7: 1:00 pm
Wednesday, April 7: 6:00 pm
To learn more and register for one of these OPU virtual events visit: https://sites.google.com/view/oputour2021/welcome?authuser=0
Upcoming College and Career Pathways Information Sessions
All sessions will be on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm and can be accessed at the following link: https://asdconnect-org.zoom.us/j/97711618881. The sessions will be recorded and available on the AHS YouTube channel where you can also find info sessions, such as “College Pathways 101” from earlier this year.
April 14: Financial Aid 101
Learn about the pathways to access financial aid and scholarships! We will discuss the process for completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), an online application which qualifies students to receive the Federal Pell Grant, Oregon Opportunity Grant, Oregon Promise Grant, and government loans. Even if you think your family will not qualify for federal financial aid, it is important to complete the FAFSA. Many colleges will not give students merit aid unless they have a FAFSA on record. We will also briefly discuss the CSS Profile, an additional application many private schools use to determine institutional financial aid.
May 12: Community College Opportunities and Pathways (more details to come!)
May 26: Four Year Colleges and Universities Application Process (more details to come!)
The 2020-21 AHS College Handbook
ACT and SAT Updates
Students planning on applying to four year colleges usually take ACT/SAT tests in spring of junior year and/or fall of senior year. AHS will begin offering these tests again in March 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 ACT and 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
ACT Dates: April 17
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.
Mental Health Counseling Services
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.
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