Update from the Middle

February 5, 2021

Dates to Remember - Conferences

February 15th - Presidents' Day (NO SCHOOL)

February 16th - 17th: Parent Teacher Conferences

Please watch for an email from your student's homeroom teacher to set up a conference time.

AMS Spring Cross Country & Track Season

Planning for a potential Cross Country and Track & Field season is now underway. In order to get approval from our district we must have a student count so that all appropriate OHA guidelines can be met.

Please click on the link below to register:


Thank you for taking the time to register as soon as possible. Please note that this plan is not yet approved by our district and is subject to change.

Message from SOMSAC:

The Southern Oregon Middle School Athletic Conference (SOMSAC) has approved the

Conference’s season calendar to start specific outdoor sports in March 2021. SOMSAC

member schools are committed to following the safety protocols set forth by the Oregon Health Authority in regards to Outdoor Recreation and Outdoor Fitness Establishments under

Executive Order No. 20-66. SOMSAC is committed to providing the safest and most plausible

opportunities for athletic participation for all students in SOMSAC member schools. After

extensive discussion and collaboration, SOMSAC will plan to offer the following athletic

opportunities for middle school students in the spring of 2021:

  • SOMSAC will offer Cross Country from March 29 through May 1, pending regulations and guidance set forth by the Governor’s Office and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

  • SOMSAC will offer Track and Field from April 26 through June 5, pending regulations and guidance set forth by the Governor’s Office and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA)

The SOMSAC member schools will follow OHA’s sector guidance as it applies to Outdoor

Recreation and Outdoor Fitness Establishments (OHA Outdoor) authorized by Executive Order No. 20-66. The SOMSAC conference members will revisit participation for all seasons as a result of updated state guidance or changing risk level metrics as needed, and will communicate changes as necessary.

It is the hope of member schools that by offering these opportunities, students will engage in team sports and competition at the middle school level.


  • In order to be guaranteed a yearbook you must order and pay in advance.
  • The deadline to pre-purchase has been extended to February 5th
  • Cost is $21.00 (Call the office to pay over the phone or mail in your payment.)

This will be a yearbook like no other and will document how it went down…

  • How else will you remember what your teachers and friends looked like …when you only see them on zoom.
  • Photos of students and staff were taken at home (and might include their dog)
  • Historical remembrances of the 2020-21 school year
    • Distance Learning during Covid
    • Almeda Fire
    • Election
  • And celebrations, events and clubs that were held virtually
    • Theatre Club Productions
    • Band Concerts
    • Scavenger Hunt
    • Battle of the Books
    • Student Unions
    • Amazing Art by students

…and so much more

Don’t delay, order today! Call 541-482-1611

Teen Counseling Groups

Join the AMS Counseling Department for structured social-focused counseling groups. These counseling groups are an opportunity for students to meet other students, engage in discussion facilitated by our counseling staff, and build important social connections during virtual times. These counseling groups will explore topics related to coping with stress, managing a new “normal” during COVID times, finding balance in school, life, relationships, and more!

Two group counseling time slots are available:

After School Group

Thursdays 2:50-3:35 (45 minute zoom meeting)

Lunch Time Group

Tuesdays @ Lunch (30 minute zoom meeting)

  • 7/8th Grade lunch group will meet Tuesdays, 10:50-11:20
  • 6th Grade lunch group will meet Tuesdays, 11:30-12:10

Contact Info: Allison.Hass@ashland.k12.or.us

Ashland Public Library

Take & Make: Cat & Dog Toys

Pick up a Take & Make Kit with all the supplies needed to create one cat toy and one dog toy to give to a pet you love this Valentine's Day! If you do not have a cat or dog, you can gift the toys to someone who does have one, or donate them to a local shelter. Kits are available while supplies last.

Pick up Date: 2/14/2021

Time: 12:00PM - 04:00PM

Location: Ashland Public Library

Ashland Family YMCA

2020 Youth Enrichment Programs

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The various programs offered in this email newsletter are distributed to Ashland School District students as a courtesy to parents per board policy. Ashland School District does not endorse or sponsor community activities including any described in this newsletter. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact your student’s principal.

The school district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in matters affecting employment or in providing access to programs and services and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated at our school to handle inquiries and complaints regarding nondiscrimination policies and to coordinate compliance efforts:

Name: Steve Retzlaff Title: Principal
Address: 100 Walker Ave
Telephone: 541-482-1611 ext. 3109
Email: steve.retzlaff@ashland.k12.or.us

Inquiries or complaints may also be directed to the Student Services Office at 885 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland Oregon (phone: 541-482-2811)

Complaints may also be directed to: Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue S.W., Washington D.C. 20202, or by calling (800) 421-3481 or (877) 521-2172 (TTY).