GRIZZ-O-GRAM

September 25th, 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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This week's Grizz...

  • Principal's Update
  • Textbook Request and Pick Up
  • Deadline to Add/Drop Classes
  • ASD Distance Learning Expecations
  • Free WiFi Locations
  • AHS Theater Auditions for "Clue"
  • AHS Fire Donation Center CLOSED
  • Counseling Office
  • 9th Grade Parent Connections Night
  • College and Career Pathways
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • FAQ

Principal's Update

Hello Grizzlies!


We successfully got through a full week of school! I hope all of you had a successful first week. The feedback I got from teachers was that they were so happy to work with students again. Our teachers have put in a lot of hard work over the past month in order to be ready to make distance learning as engaging and successful as it can possibly be. It is the opportunity to work with students that makes all the work worth it.


Thank you to our students and families for your patience as we continue to learn how to make this school year as good as it can be. We have plans in the works to make it even better. Look for information regarding virtual clubs in an upcoming Grizz O Gram. Students, thank you for showing up this week with open minds, positive attitudes and a commitment to excellence. Your energy and attitude make all the difference.


This week the donation center at the Mountain Ave Theater is closing up after two very successful weeks. Thank you to everyone that donated items, all the staff that donated time, particularly Trish Dorr and Tia McLean who initially put the whole thing together. The remaining items are being sent to more permanent donation centers. It was amazing to see the way the community rallied together to support those in need.


Attendance Matters!


Even though we are not physically attending classes on campus, good student attendance is still critical to academic success! The best way to get the most out of virtual classes is to attend live (synchronous) class sessions at the appointed time, and please be one time! So far, the vast majority of our students are attending their class sessions and doing a great job. Those that only attend after class-time (asynchronously) or do not attend consistently at all will be getting calls from our Engage Team to figure out how we can help get those students engaged with school again. AHS remains committed to student success!


Students with Work Schedules


We understand that many of our students have jobs. Earning work experience (and a paycheck) while still in high school can be a very positive experience for students. However, we do want to clarify that even with distance learning, school still comes first. Here are some guidelines to remember:

• Students will prioritize attending their live (synchronous) classes when creating work schedules.

• Teachers, counselors and administration will not provide schedule or class accommodations with regards to work schedules.

• Work and related activities should not impede a student’s ability to attend live classes or negatively impact their academic performance.

We recognize and support a student’s right to work. However, we remain committed to the idea that quality education is the gateway to positive opportunities and outcomes in life.


Next Week


I hope that we can build off of the success of this week as we all work to develop our new routine and rhythm in this very unique school year. Students, we are so happy to have you back, even in virtual form. Have a great week!


Sincerely,


Benjamin Bell

Principal

Ashland High School

School Material Distribution - Wednesday, Sept 30 11am-7pm

AHS will be distributing white boards (for ALL students) and requested physical textbooks from 11am-7pm on Wednesday, September 30th. If you need these materials to be delivered to you, please contact Aimee Cork, at Aimee.Cork@ashland.k12.or.us.


If you have any textbooks from last year, please return them on Wednesday.

Textbook Checkout

All textbooks will be made available to students online, but if you would like physical copies of books, please fill out the following survey BY TONIGHT FRIDAY 9/25. Students will be able to pick up these textbooks on Wednesday, September 30th at the bus ramp.


If you are okay using digital copies for now, you do not need to do anything. If you missed the deadline for requesting a textbook, or decide at a later date you would like physical copies, please contact our librarian, Aimee Cork, at Aimee.Cork@ashland.k12.or.us.


Click HERE for the textbook survey.

Deadline to Add/Drop Classes

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Ashland School District Distance Learning Expecations

General Expectations


  • We expect all students to be actively engaged and participating in learning each day of the school week.
  • Students should be connecting with their classroom teacher(s) or other school staff every day to receive instruction and feedback, and to ask questions. Schools will provide multiple opportunities for this throughout the school day.
  • Students should follow a regular daily routine with consistent blocks of time set aside for learning.
  • Make sure to coordinate learning blocks with your family’s schedule, keeping in mind when live teaching and support sessions may be occurring.
  • School expectations apply in a virtual classroom setting.



Digital Etiquette


  • Always use respectful language toward others in the online platform.
  • Arrive early to a scheduled session to be sure that the camera and microphone are working ahead of time and that you have a good connection.
  • Focus on the task or learning at hand. Make sure you are paying attention to instruction and asking questions if there is something you don’t understand.
  • Use the raise hand or chat function if you have a question.
  • Use digital tools appropriately during instructional sessions, avoid using them to distract others.
  • Stay focused on the topic during class or small group discussions. Make sure you are participating, and also that you aren’t dominating the conversation and that you are giving others a chance to speak.
  • Mute your microphone when you are not speaking.
  • Turn on your camera during instructional sessions.
  • Avoid distracting behaviors when on video (making faces, getting too close to the camera, playing with objects in your home, eating, checking your phone). Remember that everyone can see you.
  • Make sure you are dressed (not in pajamas) and sitting up during online sessions. Look into the camera and engage with other participants.
  • Use only programs that are assigned during your school learning blocks.
  • Don’t bring or show items on screen that would not be allowed in a school setting



Creating a Safe Online Environment

In order to create a safe and effective online environment, the following online behaviors are prohibited:


  • Anything that is not Safe, Respectful, or Responsible
  • Cyber-bullying: Cyberbullying is forbidden by the Ashland School District. It is defined as the use of any electronic communication device to convey a message in any form (text, image, audio or video) that defames, intimidates, harasses or is otherwise intended to harm, insult of humiliate another in a deliberate, repeated or hostile and unwanted manner under a person’s true or false identity. Offenders are subject to school discipline.
  • Spam
  • Disruptive content, including but not limited to:

-Profanity or Culturally Insensitive Statements or Images (racism, sexism, misogyny, objectification, homophobia, or any other form of bigotry)

-Trolling: saying something controversial to get a rise out someone.

-Flooding: filling the message board with unwanted or repetitive comments.

-Derailing: throwing a thread in a discussion forum off topic so much so that the original discussion is unable to continue.

-Excessive "signatures" to posts, including anything involving images or web links.

-Otherwise being a nuisance.

Free Internet Access Locations

If you would like to request a Hot Spot from our tech department, please call the AHS Main Office at 541-482-8771 for more information.
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AHS Theater Auditions for "Clue"

AUDITIONS for a 90 min. comic play written as a zoom stay- at -home version directed by OSF Actor Jonathan Luke Stevens.

WE NEED ALL TYPES TO AUDITION.


Audition by phone or camera. Send all three—video, audition sheet, photo (resume optional)

to Betsy.Bishop@ashland.k12.or.us

By Sunday, Sept 27 at 7 p.m.


You can watch the film https://www.amazon.com/Clue-Eileen-Brennan/dp/B000KWLRL4

included in AMAZON prime. Watch for free if you have it.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDDdeHtrxfA

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clue_(film)

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AHS Drama Club

AHS Drama Club Thespian Troupe is on Wednesday from 11:30am-12pm!

OPEN TO ALL AHS STUDENTS whether you like to be on stage or back stage or neither!


Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/99099511746?pwd=UllhT3hKaFhsM1dJREJMc2NVMStrZz09

Meeting ID: 990 9951 1746

Passcode: 456358

AHS Fire Donation Center CLOSED

Big thank you to our community for coming together to set up an amazing donation center for those affected by the Almeda Fire. After being open for about 2 weeks, our donation center will be distributing its supplies to more permanent locations such as Shoppes at 24.


If you want to keep abreast of recovery efforts, including donation sites and United Way updates (including info about applying to FEMA), please take a look at this website: https://roguevalley.recovers.org/

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

9th Grade Parent/Guardian Casual Connection!

9th Grade Parent/Guardian Casual Connection!

October 1, 2020 at 5:30

https://zoom.us/j/99034793154

Agenda: First Week Check-in & Conferences

College and Career Pathways

Resources for Seniors and their Parents/Guardians

Seniors have just started 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.

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. 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.

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

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.

School Websites

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