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March 13th, 2020 SPRING BREAK EDITION

Ashland High School-- Oregon

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This week's Grizz...

  • COVID-19 Update - SCHOOL CLOSURE
  • 8th Grade Parents - Note on Forecasting
  • Cafeteria open for lunch and breakfast pick up

  • Postponed Events
  • AP Exams
  • Senior All Night Information
  • Scholarship Opportunities

COVID-19 Updates from Superintendent Raymond

Dear Ashland School District Community,


Update 3/13/2020​​​​​​​


Out of an abundance of caution and in response to Governor Brown's closure of all Oregon Schools, Ashland School District classes are canceled March 16-31, 2020. This includes the already scheduled Spring Break March 23-27. At this time, we expect to resume classes on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.


Please see our District Website for new updates regarding childcare and nutrition services.


Sincerely,

Kelly’s Raymond, Superintendent

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Current 8th Graders - Update to Forecasting Process

Welcome class of 2024. Please note important changes in 8th grade forecasting below.


If you missed 8th Grade Parent Night, or just want to review what we covered, here is the PowerPoint presentation:

Class of 2024 Parent Night PPT.pdf


And here is the video about our exciting

Career and Technical Programs


Forecasting sheets are due Friday, 3/20.


The options for submitting forecasting sheets are:

  1. Electronically by emailing this fillable PDF
  2. Scanning and sending forms to Keri Phipps keri.phipps@ashland.k12.or.us, or emailing a photo from your smart phone, tablet, or device.
  3. Dropping forms off at a box in front of the AHS Main Office during school hours.


March 17th -CANCELLED 8th Grade Families Forecasting Support in AHS Library 6:00 to 7:30

Tuesday’s drop-in event scheduled for 8th grade families only is canceled.


All counselors will be available by work phone from 6:00-7:30 to answer questions for incoming 8th grade students and parents.


CALL US TUESDAY FROM 6:00 – 7:30

DIAL 541-482-8771 and an extension:

  • Keri Phipps, x2211
  • Kalli Walker, x2117
  • Diane Berry, x2115
  • Jeff Roscher, x2118


March 20th - All 2020-2021 Forecasting (scheduling) sheets are due to AHS


April 22nd & 29th

AHS Campus Tours by the Leadership class from 2:45 to 5:00


April 22nd or 29th TBD

Thoreau Alternative program Open House (watch for final date and time)


August 2020

Fresh Start dates are divided into three, 24-hour meetings (noon to noon) the week before school starts (to be determined)

CAFETERIA OPEN FOR LUNCH AND BREAKFAST PICK UP

At this time for next week we will keep all school kitchens open for students to come and get sack lunch and breakfasts. They will be grab and go, not eat on site meals.


11am – 1pm with Grab & Go Lunch (Breakfast for next morning included)


If you know of any students that would not be able to make it to the sites, please email NutritionServices@ashland.k12.or.us


March 17 - 20, 30, 31

Impact of Substance Abuse - Wednesday, March 18 POSTPONED

César E. Chávez Leadership Conference - Friday, March 13 - CANCELLED

The annual César E. Chávez Leadership Conference on Friday, March 13th has been CANCELLED.

Want to be a Fresh Start Counselor?

Attention Sophomores & Juniors! If you are interested in being a Fresh Start Counselor this August, applications are available in the front office. The paper application AND the online application are due April 3rd. Your student will receive a letter after school in June if they have been chosen to be a counselor or not.


Seniors, if you have attended Fresh Start as a counselor and are interested in being a Grey Shirt, you can pick up an application in the front office. These applications are also due by April 3rd.

AP Exam Schedule

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"The Gentle Man" Film Opportunity

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“The Gentle Man” is an international violence prevention film project that will include 10 recorded conversations with young men in disparate communities discussing their purpose and place in the world. The goal of this project is to normalize these types of conversations with boys and young men inside and outside of the home. Their vision is to positively impact society here in the US by creating examples of civil discourse and personal discovery. They are looking for a handful of young men ages 13-19 to be a part of this film. If you are interested, come pick up a questionnaire and more information from the front office.


You can also get more information at www.gentleman-film.com, email info@heartisan.foundation.

Travel Opportunities

Bus Drivers Wanted

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:

www.ashland.k12.or.us/Employment 541-482-3174

Posting 19-130 Bus Driver, Transportation: $15.60 per hour, 4.5 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

Senior All Night!

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Over 240 seniors just started their last semester at Ashland High School before they graduate on May 29th! That means it’s time to dive into planning the annual Senior All Night celebration – a fun drug and alcohol free graduation party for our high school seniors.


It provides a space for the graduates to have a great time celebrating with their friends and then return home safely to their families. The Senior All Night celebration is entirely parent volunteer driven and does not receive any financial support from the school district or Ashland High School.


We rely on our community and parents to make this happen and it takes a minimum of $15,000 to pull it off!

Here’s how YOU can help support the success of Senior All Night 2020!!

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College Information Newsletter Winter 2020


Information provided by the AHS College and Career Center (CCC)


OREGON COMMUNITY COLLEGES

There are 17 community colleges in Oregon, which offer a large variety of professional training in fields such as Graphic Design, Mechanics, Culinary Arts, Dental Hygiene, Physical Therapy and more. Students can get the skills they need in a year or two, and graduate ready to enter the job market. Students may also complete their general education credits at a community college and then transfer to a four-year university.



Community colleges have open enrollment, meaning there is no minimum high school GPA required for admission. Students planning to attend a community college do not need to take the ACT or SAT, but if they do, test scores may be used at some schools instead of taking a placement test.



Tuition can be significantly less at a community college. In 2015, our state launched the Oregon Promise (OP), offering new high school graduates and GED recipients the opportunity to have all, or the majority of their community college tuition covered by federal and state grants. Currently there is no income cap to qualify for the OP. To be eligible for the OP, students must graduate from an Oregon high school with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), have been an Oregon resident for at least 12 months prior to enrolling in community college, and begin attending college within six months of high school graduation or GED completion. To learn more about grants available through the Oregon Promise, visit www.oregonstudentaid.gov.



COLLEGE ENTRANCE TESTS

Juniors should take the ACT and/or SAT if they are planning to apply to a four-year college or university. Every college accepts either test. In most cases, students should sign up for the additional essay portions, as many colleges will not accept test scores without them. Some colleges also require SAT Subject Tests. To register for the ACT and/or SAT, complete the online applications at www.actstudent.org or www.sat.org. Students can find more ACT/SAT registration information and practice guides in the AHS College and Career Center (CCC). Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch are eligible for fee waivers for both the ACT and SAT; visit the AHS Counseling Office for more information. Students can also explore test optional schools at www.fairtest.org.

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ASPIRE COLLEGE AND CAREER MENTORING

ASPIRE’s trained volunteer mentors help students explore educational pathways and career options available to them after high school. Mentors assist students in researching colleges, preparing admissions and scholarship applications, understanding the financial aid process, and many other aspects of the road to post-secondary education and careers. To learn more about ASPIRE, or to pick up an application, see Jen Marsden in the College and Career Center (CCC) or email jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us.



CHOOSING A COLLEGE

How should students decide which schools to consider? Thinking about the following questions will help determine which educational pathways may be a good fit:


· What are your academic and/or career goals? Do you know what you want to study? Does the school offer that program or a pathway to reach your goals?

· What kind of school do you want to attend? Liberal Arts, Vocational? Public or Private University? Community College? Why?

· What are the admissions requirements? Do you meet the minimum GPA and required high school classes? Do you need to take the ACT or SAT?

· What size school appeals to you? Big or small? In between? Why? Visit campuses to help you get a feel for what may be right for you.

· Where do you want to be? Close to home or far away? Urban, suburban, rural? Why?

· Can you afford the schools that interest you? What are your financial constraints? Use FAFSA4caster to see if you qualify for federal grants, and net price calculators on college websites to determine your out of pocket costs. Look for “no loan” schools, which make some private schools very affordable!


The way to begin to answer the questions above is to do your research: look at college guides and websites; visit campuses; attend college information events (like the one below); talk to your parents, counselor, friends and current college students; and pick up the AHS College Handbook, which is loaded with information to guide you!



FINDING A COLLEGE THAT’S A “GOOD FIT”

Wednesday, April 8th 6:00-7:00 pm AHS Library

If you’re overwhelmed by the thought of planning for college, you are not alone. Finding an educational pathway that is a good fit for YOU takes some planning. AHS students of all ages (and parents/guardians) are invited to come learn more about the process of planning for education after high school – a process which has the capacity to provide students an opportunity for self-discovery, reflection and growth. Those who take the time to do their research are more likely to find an educational pathway that is a good fit.



COLLEGE APPLICATIONS: HOW MANY???

How many schools should a senior’s final list include? This varies by individual, as each student will have a different set of criteria, which should include having cost of attendance options. As a general rule, students looking at more selective colleges apply to 4-6 schools, which vary in terms of admissions difficulty, but have the important features desired by the student.


There are no strict rules for the college application process. Some students may apply to just one school if they are sure about the school they want to attend, know they will be accepted, and have determined they can afford the cost of attendance. Most AHS students planning to attend one of Oregon’s public universities directly after high school usually apply to two or three schools, including a community college, to be sure they will have a college pathway that meets both their academic and financial needs. There is a non- refundable application fee ($35-$75) for most schools, except community colleges. Application fee waivers are available for students who qualify for free/reduced lunch. See Jen Marsden in the College and Career Center CCC) or your counselor for more information.



Understanding Financial Aid Awards

Wednesday, April 22nd 6:00-7:00 pm AHS Library

Financial aid offers, also known as award letters, look different at every college and are often confusing to students and families. This workshop will include an activity that allows participants to compare and discuss award letters from four colleges. Students and parents/guardians will gain a better understanding of how to read their own financial aid offers so they can make more informed choices. Finding an educational pathway that is a good “financial fit” takes some planning. Learning more about this aspect of the financial aid process will be especially helpful for juniors, seniors and their families



COLLEGE VISITS

Many college representatives visit AHS during the school year and some colleges hold regional information sessions. Contact admissions offices and ask them to notify you about opportunities in our area. The following schools visited AHS this school year, and should return in the fall of 2020:


Central Oregon CC, Corban, EOU, Evergreen, Gonzaga, Lewis & Clark, Linfield, Northern Arizona, Northwest Christian, OIT, OSU, OSU-Cascades, PNW College of Art, Pacific, Pomona, PSU, Reed, Rogue CC, Savannah College of Art and Design, Seattle University, SOU, St. Olaf, University of Montana, U of O, University of Portland, University of Puget Sound, US Naval Academy, USC, WOU, Willamette, Whitman, and Whitworth.


Consider visiting college campuses during spring break or over the summer. Check out Oregon Private College Week July 27-31 (www.oaicu.org), where you can visit multiple campuses and then apply for free!

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 Karyn.Barats@ashland.k12.or.us or call 541 482 8771 x2114 to schedule an appointment.

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


Keri Phipps (All Freshmen) Keri.Phipps@ashland.k12.or.us

Diane Berry (Last Names A-He) Diane.Berry@ashland.k12.or.us

Kalli Walker (Last Names Hi-Me) Kalli.Walker@ashland.k12.or.us

Jeff Roscher (Last Names Mi-Z) Jeffrey.Roscher@ashland.k12.or.us

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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: www.ashland.k12.or.us/scholarships.

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 VISITS


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 jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us

Ashland Firefighters Scholarship

William S. and Kristine Ann Phillips Scholarship

Ashland Firefighters – Local 1269 – Charitable Fund

Ashland Firefighters Association wants to grant deserving senior applicants who are dedicated to pursuing a career and life in the Fire and EMS field with the assistance to do so.


Scholarships of $500 – 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, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran, marital status, or sensory, mental, or physical disability. As selection panel will evaluate the candidates on:


Preferred Eligibility 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

4. Strong desire to help people in emergency situations


Application Criteria:

1. Complete scholarship application packet (available in the AHS Counseling Office)

2. Complete Community Service Log

3. Transcripts of last 6 semesters

4. Provide two letters of recommendations

5. Submit an essay not to exceed 500 words. Answer the prompts: Why do you wish to pursue a career in the fire and/or EMS service? What do you believe are three characteristics you possess that would make you a great firefighter and/or EMT?

6. Oral interview, date to be scheduled

Upon selection of an applicant, scholarship money is forwarded to the school of choice, upon successful registration.


Application Process:

1. Application deadline is May 1, 2020

2. Oral interview TBA

3. Scholarship awarded June 1, 2020


Incomplete application packets are considered. Application packets should include items one through five under Application Criteria above. Mail completed applications and supporting documents to the following address:


Ashland Firefighters Local 1269

PO Box 1125

Ashland, OR 97520

National Guard Career Event

National Guard is having a high school Career event at the Medford Armory on April 3 for all of Southern Oregon schools to come and see what the guard is. April 4 will be the Ranger Challenge where the students will compete against other schools in different challenges. We would like to get a team of 9 students if possible for the Ranger Challenge. If you are interested, please come to the Main Office for more information.

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Volunteer Opportunities - Earn Community Service Hours

Ashland Independent Film Festival has been POSTPONED

For those who were planning to volunteer on April 16th-20th, please visit their website for updates: https://www.ashlandfilm.org/

Rogue Valley Bike Swap Volunteer Opportunity POSTPONED

For those who were planning to volunteer on April 3rd and 4th, contact Sulaiman Shelton for updates. sulaiman.shelton@ashland.or.us

Lifeguarding Opportunity

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SCIENCEWORKS – HANDS-ON MUSEUM - SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM


NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!

Students (ages 14+) who are interested in science, developing new skills, having fun, and giving back to the community are encouraged to apply!

Accepted students will complete a 100-hour internship with a focus on summer camps or museum programs, OR a 40- or 80-hour internship with a mix of both

camps and programs.

This year students can apply online! Applications will be considered on a rolling basis but must be received by April 24, 2020.

The application can also be found online at the following link at scienceworksmuseum.org/volunteer/.

Paper applications are available in the Counseling Office.

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 Kelly.Tygerson@ashland.k12.or.us


  • 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: ashland.or.us/ASDkids.

Check it out!

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School Websites

Bus Schedule

ASD Transportation 541 482 3174

Stacey.Delgado@ashland.k12.or.us

Click here to see bus routes and times:

https://www.ashland.k12.or.us/SIB/files/2019-2020%20WEB%20ROUTES.pdf

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 Glenna.Stiles@ashland.k12.or.us for parking issues.
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