March 19th, 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...
- Spring Break Mar 22-26
- Principal's Message
- Hybrid Guidelines, Schedules & Bell Rotation
- Student Parking
- Missed Last Week's Forecasting Info Sessions?
- Distribution Center Open 3/31
- Homecoming Spirit Week 4/5-4/9
- Sports, Clubs & Activities
- Activity Opportunities
- Counseling Office
- College & Career Pathways Updates
- Scholarship Opportunities
- Mental Health Counseling
- Tech Support Info
Spring Break Mar 22nd - Mar 26th
Hello Grizzly Families,
We finally made it to Spring Break! I’m sure that everyone will agree, this break feels well-earned! When we come back to school on Monday 3/29 we will be ready to welcome our hybrid students back to campus. At this point all families should have received notification as to which group their students has been assigned to, or whether their student is remaining in CDL. Please be aware, the front office will be closed during Spring Break, so we will be unable to respond to questions or concerns during that time. We will get back to you as soon as possible when we return from break.
I hope that everyone is able to take this time off to refresh, reset and recharge. I am going to explore the beautiful natural spots around the valley with my family. I look outside everyday and am continually amazed and what a beautiful area we all get to call home.
Hybrid Schedule & Bell Rotation
HYBRID STUDENT DROP OFF GUIDELINES
Starting March 29, 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
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.
Forecasting Info Session Videos
You can find other important videos on our Youtube Channel under the Counseling Office and Parent Night Webinars playlists.
Material Distribution - Wednesday, Mar 31st
The Distribution Center is open the week after spring break, Wednesday, March 17th 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.
Homecoming Spirit Week Apr 5 - Apr 9!!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 | email@example.com | 541-941-9577
Please see the attachment below for additional information.
Global Peace Training
The Global Spring School is on March 22-26 on the topics of peace, international relations, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The conference is for juniors and seniors in high school and. There is no cost to attend and all the sessions will be in English. Our Rotary EClub will have several Rotary Peace Fellows speaking in the "international speaker" spots. This is a unique opportunity to connect youth internationally, even during this pandemic.
To register, click HERE.
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.
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.
Lomakatsi Restoration Project
Lomakatsi Restoration Project is promoting outreach for 10 youth ages 16–24 for the "On Ramp to Forestry Training" by Table Rock Foundation, March 22nd-March 26th. This On Ramp Camp allows youth to acquaint themselves with natural resource careers.
This camp is held during the school districts spring break, but they'd love to get as many 16-18-year-olds signed up who are interested. They are also interested in bringing in Latinx youth and TANF recipients.
Breakfast and lunch are provided.
For more information and to sign up, contact Raul Reyes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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!
Rogue Community College: HOLA Presentation for Latina/o/x AHS Seniors
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a fee waiver.
SAT Dates: March 13, May 8, and June 5
ACT Dates: April 17 (TBD)
Aspire at AHS
RCC Foundation Scholarship - Due 3/31
Other Scholarship Opportunities
RCC Foundation Scholarship
The RCC Foundation has extended their scholarship application deadline to 3/31/21 at 11:59pm. By submitting one online application, students will be considered for as many of the 125 scholarship types they qualify for. The odds of being awarded $1,000-$5,000 for 2021/22 is about 1 in 4! Students need to already have any RCC account to complete this application. To complete the RCC scholarship application go to https://foundation.roguecc.edu/scholarships. If students do not already have an RCC account, they can apply here.
For a list of other current scholarships and opportunities click here: Current Scholarships & Opportunities. This list is updated every Friday.
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 email@example.com.
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