February 14th, 2020 BLACK HISTORY EDITION

Ashland High School-- Oregon

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This week's Grizz...

  • Black History Month
  • Boujee Rouge - THANK YOU!
  • 2020-2021 AP Class Meetings
  • Spring Conferences March 5 & 6
  • Book Donations Needed for Senior Project
  • Exchange Porgam Opportunities, Camp RYLA for Sophomores, Sports Info and more!

Black History Month!

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In honor of black history month our AHS staff has committed to supporting the #BlackLivesMatters movement. We will be wearing these shirts every Friday during Black History month and once a month throughout the year.

“In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.”
—Thurgood Marshall


The Winter Formal “Boujee Rouge” was a HUGE success last Saturday at the Ashland Hills Hotel.

The venue was a little cozy as there were more than 200 tickets sold over prior years, bringing the total number of tickets this year to around 600.


We wish to extend a big ‘thank you’ to the National Honor Society (NHS) student coordinators that planned the dance and the student allies that volunteered at the dance to support a positive experience.

A major ‘thank you’ to the 30 parent/guardian volunteer chaperons and 21 high school staff – you each made a spectacular contribution.

Raffle prizes were awesome thanks to the generosity of the following donors: Escape Ashland, Great American Pizza Company, and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory!

And a final thanks to our NHS advisor, Nora Godfrey, for her inspiring leadership.


2020-2021 AP Classes Meetings This Month

All sophomores and juniors interested in taking Advanced Placement Courses next year should attend the upcoming lunch informational sessions for the classes they are interested in. Learning about these classes before selecting them is critical to making good decisions about your schedule and life balance. During these sessions students will learn about the content, format and homework expectations of the class. By earning strong grades or high scores on the AP exams, students can earn college credits with these classes.

The following is a list of upcoming AP class lunchtime informational meetings. If you cannot hear these, the list will be posted on the counseling office near the door.

AP French with Madame Lee: Tuesday, February 18 in H-23

AP Spanish Literature and AP Spanish Language and Communication with Senor Atanes: Wednesday, February 19 in H-28

AP Composition with Ms. Martin: Thursday, February 20 in EN-1

AP Macroeconomics with Ms. Roscher: Friday, February 21 in 213

AP Government with Mr. Bolling: Monday, February 24 in the IVC

AP Calculus with Ms. Anderson: Tuesday, February 25 in H-25

AP Psychology with Mr. Roscher: Wednesday, February 26 in 205

AP Literature with Mr. Abrams: Friday, February 28: in 203

All 9th grade students interested in taking AP US History with Mr. Huard should plan on attending an informational meeting with him on Monday, March 2 in the IVC.

AP US History with Mr. Huard: Monday, March 2 in the IVC


Spring Conferences are scheduled March 5 from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM and March 6 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Information on scheduling with individual teachers will be available soon.

Returning students will need to attend a small group forecasting schedule with a counselor to request courses for 2020-2021.

More details coming – stay tuned!

Book Donations Needed for Ashland Asante Community Hospital's Patient Library

Any lightly loved books that are appropriate for senior citizens are welcome! All books will be donated to Ashland Asante Community Hospital’s (AACH) patient library. This book drive is part of one of AHS’s student’s senior projects, the goal of which is to enhance the recovery experience of AACH’s patients, many of whom are largely bedridden. It’s understood that a person’s mental and emotional health has a monumental impact on their physical health, and in the setting of a hospital, their physical recovery. The more that can be done to lift the spirits and occupy the minds of patients -even if it is just a good book- the better.

When: February 17th through March 6th

Where: The drop off box will be in the main office of Ashland High School.

What kinds of books: Those that are in good condition and are appropriate for senior citizens. (Avoid donating children’s books and the sort.)

Exchange Programs Opportunities

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Attention Sophomore Parents - CAMP RYLA 2020


June 20th to 25th

Applications for RYLA are now available!


The Rotary Club of Ashland is sponsoring three sophomore students, and the Rotary Club of Ashland Lithia Springs is sponsoring two sophomore students.

Applications include three components + an in-person interview:

1. Student Application

2. Petition Form – Must be signed by three teachers, as well as the student and parent/guardian.

3. Recommendation from school official

Once we receive each student's application, we will set up a time for an in-person interview. Interviews conducted between March 10 and 13th.

Submit completed applications to Karyn Barats in the counseling office. AHS students and students who live in Ashland who are homeschooled or attending other schools are eligible to apply.

Interested students and/or their parents feel free to contact either of the following rotarians:

1. Sheila Carder via email at, or text 541-778-7356

2. Adrienne Simmons via email at or text 503-307-3595

The camp is a fantastic experience and completely free to the students selected to attend. The Rotary clubs do fundraising to cover the $700 cost per camper. Following camp, usually sometime in September, award winners are expected to provide a presentation to the Rotary club that sponsored them about their experience at camp.

Attached are the three forms that serve as the application packet, as well as the following links to the forms:

Registration Form:


Letter of Recommendation:


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Ultimate Frisbee Co-Ed Sign ups!

Did you know AHS has an Ultimate Frisbee Team and it's an official club sport at the school? We have fun and practice hard and compete against the best teams in the state! We're practicing now and are taking new players and it's a great time to start to get ready for the spring season. And it’s a co-ed sport! Ask Marg in the athletic office to get information and sign up! We will also be tabling during lunch on the quad on Wednesday February 12th!

Southern Oregon Junior Cycling Team

For girls and boys, ages 14-18, who want to be part of a junior cycling team focusing on road, mountain bike, and cyclocross training and racing.

  • No fees to join or for coaching.
  • Athletes will need bicycles, shoes, and clothing.
  • Training will include daily workout plans focusing on race preparation for competition through the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA).
  • Coaching will be provided by a team of adult experienced cyclists.


Jenny Slawta, Ph.D. (Exercise Physiology)

· Professor, SOU (Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, Sports Nutrition)

· Cycling Experience:

o USA Cycling Masters Road Nationals: Bronze (2012), Silver (2014), Bronze (2019)

o UCI Masters World Road Championships: Silver (2011), 4th (2013)

o U.S. National Masters Hill Climb: Gold (2018, 2019)

o Mt Hood (Oregon State Championship Hill Climb) and Mt Ashland: Overall women’s record holder

o Mt Evans: Overall women’s winner (2009)

Tim Turk, MAT

· Middle school cross country coach (10 years)

· Middle school track coach (2 years)

·High school cycling push bike coach (2 years)

·Mountain bike and cyclocross coach

For more information, call Jenny at 541-535-8315 or email at

César E. Chávez Leadership Conference - Friday, March 13

The annual César E. Chávez Leadership Conference will be held on Friday, March 13th at Southern Oregon University from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. This event is an empowering, educational, and fun opportunity for Latino/a/x youth from regional high schools to meet community leaders, take part in leadership and cultural workshops, and learn about college and career pathways. This year AHS is allowed to bring a group of 20 students of all ages. Students interested in attending should contact Jen Marsden in the AHS College and Career Center by Friday, February 21st by dropping in or emailing ( To secure a spot and get their first choice in workshops, students should sign up ASAP! For more information about the event visit:

This Week's Highlights!

Travel Opportunities

Bus Drivers Wanted

Do you want to make a difference in a child’s life? Come join our team of dedicated school bus drivers with the Ashland School District! No CDL? No problem! We offer on-site job training for your Class B CDL. You must be able to pass criminal / driving background checks and a drug test. If you’re interested in Good Pay, Benefits, and driving Good Equipment, see our job postings or call for more information: 541-482-3174

Posting 19-93 Bus Driver, Transportation: $15.60 per hour, 4.2 hours per day, benefitted position

Posting 16-122 Substitute Bus Driver, Ashland School District: hours vary depending on need, salary based on Classified Salary Schedule

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Senior News

Cap & Gown Delivery - Thursday, April 30

Time to pick up your cap & gown! On Thursday, April 30th, your cap & gown that you ordered will be in the theater lobby during lunch.

Memory Tassels at $10!

Stop by the front office to purchase one today
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Senior Project Presentations - Friday, May 1

Seniors will present their capstone projects to a panel of community members. (Half day for 9th and 10th graders.)

Cap and Gown Delivery - Monday, May 11

Cap and Gown Orders will be distributed on May 11 during lunch in the theater lobby.

Graduation!!!! - May 29, 2020

Counseling Office

Counselors Are Here To Help

Counselors are here to help your students succeed. Students can drop in at the counseling office during school hours to fill out a counselor reservation form, or email or call 541 482 8771 x2114 to schedule an appointment.

Counselors are assigned by student's last name as follows:

Keri Phipps (All Freshmen)

Diane Berry (Last Names A-He)

Kalli Walker (Last Names Hi-Me)

Jeff Roscher (Last Names Mi-Z)

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Attention Seniors: Check out our “Scholarship Opportunities” bulletin board outside the Counseling office. You can also find a complete listing of Local, OSAC and Current Scholarships & Opportunities on the AHS website:

Attention Juniors: There are a couple scholarship opportunities for you as well. If you have questions, please contact Karyn Barats in the Counseling Office, or call 541-482-2278.

College Information Newsletter - Fall 2019


Throughout the school year, college admissions officers visit AHS to talk with students about their respective schools. If a visit is during class, students should get pre-approval from the teacher. College visits, times and locations are listed in the daily announcements and posted in the College and Career Center (CCC). Visits are held in the CCC unless otherwise announced. Currently, the following visits are scheduled, but new schools will be added their visits are scheduled. For more information contact Jen Marsden at

Looking Ahead at February 2020

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Volunteer Opportunities - Earn Community Service Hours

Ashland Public Library "Teen Crafternoon: Cat & Dog Toys" - Saturday, February 8

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In the spirit of Valentine's Day, share your love with homeless dogs and cats at the Jackson County Animal Shelter by creating toys to be donated to the shelter!

Join us Saturday February 8th from 1pm-3pm at the Ashland Public Library!

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ASF Fund Drive Phoning Night - Thursday, April 23

The ASF Fund Drive will be kicking off in April! If you'd like to volunteer, contact Kelly Tygerson at

  • Thursday, April 23 - AHS

Ashland Parks and Recreation

The Ashland Parks and Recreation WinterSpring PlayGuide is out and have many opportunities for kids and families, all of which are listed here:

Check it out!

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School Websites

Bus Schedule

ASD Transportation 541 482 3174

Click here to see bus routes and times:

Students riding a bus to any location other than their designated bus stop must have parental permission and obtain a BUS PASS from the front office.

Student Parking

Parking is now enforced in all lots. All vehicles parked on student lots must display a parking pass. Parking passes may be purchased in the main office for $20 per year. Parking violations of any kind will receive a warning sticker for the first offense, a tire boot for the second offense and third offenses will be towed. Please contact for parking issues.
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