GRIZZ-O-GRAM

September 18th, 2020

Ashland High School

Office Hours 8:00AM - 4:00PM

Please call ahead to schedule an appointment. Knock on the door, or ring the bell, 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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Past Grizz-O-Grams: https://www.smore.com/u/ahs

This week's Grizz...

  • Principal's Update
  • Monday 9/21-9/22 Half Day Bell Schedule
  • Wednesday-Friday Bell Schedule
  • Textbooks Available Online
  • Drama Club
  • Counseling Office
  • College and Career Pathways
  • FAQ

Principal's Update

Hello Grizzlies,


I hope this week’s Grizz O’Gram finds you safe and cared for. I continue to be amazed by the degree of support that our community has shown for those that have been impacted by the recent fires. I have been happy to have our campus host the donation center that teachers, Trish Dorr and Tia McLean, have organized with the help of many other staff, students and community members. It has been tremendously successful with so many donations. Thank you to all that donated time and to those that donated items to support our community. It has been truly inspiring!


I also want to recognize the support that Ashland Schools Foundation has provided to our staff and students. They have provided thousands of dollars worth of donated gift cards for our families in the district that lost homes and also provided monetary support to staff that lost homes. Truly amazing!


As you all know by now, we are starting school again on Monday, September 21st. Students will need to check their emails this weekend for a link from their Advisory teacher. Seniors will have a link and time sent to them separately, since 12th graders do not have Advisory class. On Monday, all students will be trained on how to use Canvas. Please refer to the schedule here in the Grizz O’Gram for Monday and Tuesday’s bell schedules. Both will be minimum days. The schedules are also posted on the website.


Students, we look forward to welcoming you back. We have missed you. AHS stands ready to make the most out of this year and provide you a strong education and as many opportunities as we possibly can.


Sincerely,


Ben Bell

Principal

Ashland High School


Half Day Schedules & Zoom Information

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Seniors Monday 1/2 Day Schedule

Seniors will be attending a Zoom session with Alex Roscher and Aimee Cork to get intructions on Canvas. Seniors will start this session at 9:30am.

CHECK STUDENT EMAILS FOR ZOOM LINKS

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STUDENTS - Please monitor your email and Canvas for Zoom links from your teachers to access the first two days of instruction.

Textbooks Available Online

All textbooks will be made available to students online, but if you would like physical copies of books, please fill out the following survey. Our librarian, Aimee Cork, will be reaching out to you in the next week to schedule a pick up time. If you are okay using digital copies for now, you do not need to do anything. If you decide at a later date you would like physical copies, Aimee Cork is your contact and she can arrange for that to happen.


Click HERE for the textbook survey.

Drama Club Starting Wednesday

DRAMA CLUB AND THESPIAN TROUPE MEMBERS! And all new students to AHS Theatre.

We want to meet you! Please join us!! We will meet you and talk about our plans this year!

Your are welcome to join in, even if you are not a drama student, even if you don't want to sing, dance or act..or even work backstage.

WE WELCOME ALL STUDENTS!


Meeting EVERY Wednesday from 11:30am-12pm


Click HERE for Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 990 9951 1746

Passcode: 456358

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 will soon be starting 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.

Financial Aid Information Session: Wednesday, September 23rd, 5:00-6:00pm

On Wednesday, September 23rd from 5:00-6:00 pm, AHS counseling staff will discuss the process for completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is an online application which qualifies students to receive the Federal Pell Grant, the Oregon Opportunity Grant, the Oregon Promise, and government loans. This meeting is important if your student plans to attend a private/public university, community college or vocational school. Even if you think your family will not qualify for federal financial aid, it is important that you complete the FAFSA. Some schools will not give students merit aid unless they have a FAFSA on record. We will also briefly discuss the CSS Profile, a separate online application many private schools use to determine institutional financial aid. To join this zoom info session, click here. The meeting will be recorded for those who can’t attend.

College Information Session: Wednesday, September 30th, 6:00-7:00pm

On Wednesday, September 30th from 5:00-6:00 pm, seniors and their parents/guardians are invited to a college information session. AHS counselors will discuss and answer questions about how to apply to community and 4-year public/private colleges, financial aid and scholarships, and many other aspects of the road to higher education. To join this zoom session, click here. The meeting will be recorded for those who can’t attend.

General FAFSA Info

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 through the end of October. If students are allowed back on campus later in the fall, AHS will possibly open as a test site in November and/or December. 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.

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.


• 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

Schedule a meet-and-greet or an appointment with AHS Health Center therapist Kimberly Wasserman by calling 541-842-7677.


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

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

My student can't log into their Student Accounts!

ASD IT Department has reset all student account passwords. All information regarding student log ins and account passwords were sent to parent/guardian emails on the morning of Friday 9/4. Check your email for this information. If you did not receive one, call the main office at 541-482-8771.

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.

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