GRIZZ-O-GRAM

May 22nd, 2020 MEMORIAL DAY EDITION

Ashland High School-- Oregon

Office Hours 7:45-4:15 (closes at 3:15 on Wednesdays)


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This week's Grizz...

  • Principal's Update
  • It's *Still* A Great Day To Be A Grizzly - Staff Video
  • Ashland Fight Song!
  • Senior Commencement Parade Information - May 29
  • Senior Scholarship Awards
  • College & Career Pathways Survey
  • Yearbooks - get one!
  • Grizz Pageant Fundraiser
  • AHAA Summer Enrichment Scholarship
  • And More!

Principal's Update

Grizzly Parents, Guardians and Students –


We’re excited to honor our seniors next week with a commencement parade on Friday, May 29. See details in your email and below in the Grizz.


We also hope to hold a socially distanced Diploma and Senior Yearbook event on Mt. Ashland, July 10, if allowed. Yearbook delivery was delayed this year due to COVID. Grades 9, 10 and 11 will receive yearbooks in the fall.


PLANNING FOR FALL: A Message from the District and AHS
Ashland School District, like all districts in our nation, is working to create a strong and accessible model of K-12 education while facing an unclear future. During these uncertain times, we understand that your sense of comfort and confidence in your student’s educational opportunities relies on knowing what possibilities lie ahead.


Over the next six weeks, our district and school leadership will be working with staff to wrap up the school year and plan for a positive, well-organized reopening of our schools in the fall.


Given the many unknowns related to COVID 19, we will develop plans for a number of safe reopening scenarios. Of course, we are hopeful that students will be able to safely return to campus in some capacity and we will plan for possibilities where students may return with social distancing requirements or a hybrid of classroom and remote learning. In the event students are not able to return to campus, we will be prepared to implement a more consistent and engaging form of Distance Learning.


Moving forward we will be reaching out to teachers, students and parents/guardians for feedback on their experience with Distance Learning to inform our planning. Please watch for these parent/guardian and student surveys so that you may help us understand how we can better serve you and your students. With this feedback, and guidance from the Governor and the Oregon Department of Education, we will finalize and share out our plans for reopening as quickly as possible.


As we finish this school year and look to the Fall, we will be communicating regular updates to you whenever we have new information to share.


There are many questions and many unknowns. One thing we do know: AHS is committed to providing an outstanding learning experience for all of our students.


END OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR

We have refined the schedule for grades 9, 10 and 11, as well as seniors completing dual credit or required classes.


Students have through May 29 to turn in completed work and earn credit.

Special Schedule the week of May 25:

  • MONDAY 5/25/2020 NO SCHOOL HOLIDAY
  • TUESDAY 5/26/2020 AM RED DAY AND PM RED ALTERNATE
  • WEDNESDAY 5/27/2020 AM WHITE DAY AND PM OFFICE HOURS
  • THURSDAY 5/28/2020 AM OFFICE HOURS AND PM WHITE ALTERNATE
  • FRIDAY 5/29/2020 INDEPENDENT STUDY


Finals week is June 1 – 5. Make-up sessions and office hours will follow the usual DL4A Red/White schedule. Check with your teacher to know if make up support is available in both regular and alternate sessions. Dual credit classes may be an exception.


FRESHMAN, SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS PICK-UP/DROP OFF

A curbside locker item pick up, book return and tech return will be scheduled during the week of June 1. Deets soon!


Is your Grizzly in grade 9 10 11 having a hard time staying on track?

Email or call your school counselor for a range of issues. They care about your students and will listen to their needs. Contact info is towards the bottom of the Grizz-O-Gram.


CREDIT RECOVERY FOR INCOMPLETE (I) FINAL GRADES


Students who receive a Final Grade of Incomplete (I) will have a path for credit recovery that will keep them on track for graduation. But if your student can engage now, it is the very best way to prepare for next year’s learning.


Students with an incomplete (I) at the end of the term will have future options to earn credit. Your counselors will help you in formulation a Credit-Earning Assurance Plan (CEAP) that may include:

  • Credit retrieval
  • Summer classes or independent work
    • Summer Credit Retrieval will be from June 22 - July 30.
    • There will be no charge for retrieval classes this summer.
    • Class content will be provided online.
    • Contact your counselor to enroll.
  • Repeating a core class next year
  • Online credit recovery options
  • Or other strategies to progress towards the credits you will need for graduation.


More details on Credit-Earning Assurance Plans are forthcoming.


Check out our Distance Learning For All (DLFA) web page at

http://ashland.k12.or.us/ahs/dlfa for a consolidated place for updates.


I hope each of you enjoys this Memorial Day and join me in reflecting with gratitude on the sacrifice and gifts of our armed service members, veterans and their families.


Let the world know: You're a Grizzly! See you at the parade!


Samuel

Samuel Bogdanove

Interim Principal

Ashland High School

Pronouns: He, Him, His

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It's Still A Great Day To Be A Grizzly Video!

A special video message from your AHS Staff! It's *still a great day to be a Grizzly!
It's *still* a great day to be a grizzly

Go Grizz! A little stay Grizzly strong from AHS Band students...

Ashland Fight Song - Distance Learning Style!

School Events Update!

Graduation Car Parade - May 29


CHECK YOUR EMAILS AND FILL OUT SURVEY


As you may know, large gatherings are restricted through September under Governor Brown’s orders. As a result, we made the difficult decision to cancel the 129th Commencement Ceremony in Lithia Park that was rescheduled for July 10.


Though Ashland High School’s traditional ceremony will not happen as planned, we are more committed than ever to honor and recognize the AHS graduating class of 2020 for the accomplishment of completing 13 years of learning!


Here’s What’s Going On

  • TIMELY ACTION ITEM: Senior Parade Survey - Take It Now!
  • Commencement Parade, May 29
  • Diplomas and Yearbooks: July 10 Socially Distanced Diploma and Yearbook Event on Mt. Ashland (tentative)

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We will be celebrating all graduates with a special Commencement Parade on Friday, May 29.

To help us with planning for a fun and safe event that is accessible to all, please complete the very short SENIOR SURVEY.


Parade Route and Group Times:

Students will be divided into groups by elementary school attended. Each group will meet at the Iowa/Mountain parking lot. From there an Ashland Police Officer will escort the group from Iowa St. to Wightman St. to Siskiyou Blvd. (7-11), where the parade will begin. The parade will proceed along Siskiyou Blvd. to Sherman St (Safeway). From there, the officer will escort the group to the elementary school to be cheered and celebrated by elementary school teachers! Let us know which group you are in by completing the survey above!


ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ATTENDED

ARRIVE AT IOWA/MOUNTAIN LOT


Bellview Elementary - 3:50PM

Willow Wind - 3:50PM

Siskiyou School - 3:50PM

Walker Elementary - 4:50PM

John Muir - 4:50PM

Started attending in middle school - 4:50PM

Helman Elementary - 5:50PM

Started attending in high school - Pick any group


Important Parade Guidelines:

  • The following Ashland Police Department Guidelines must be followed:
    • Vehicles must be driven by a parent/guardian. No student drivers and we encourage immediate family to ride with the graduates!
    • Students must remain in vehicles through the entire parade route. Do not stop and exit vehicle at any time during the parade.
    • All students must ride inside of vehicles. No riding in the backs of trucks or on flatbed trucks!
  • Students Should wear caps & gowns. If you still need a cap & gown, contact Kelly.Tygerson@ashland.k12.or.us
  • Decorate your cars, this is a celebration!
  • In compliance with the Governor’s orders, spectators should practice social distancing along the route and masks are encouraged.


Want to Ride in a School Bus?

Don’t want to have to worry about driving in the parade? No problem! We have school buses that can drive students (10 students to a bus to observe social distancing). Let us know you would like to ride a bus by completing the survey above!


Senior Banners:

To honor our graduates, Lithia Motors has graciously donated personalized senior banners to help decorate vehicles for the parade (and the school busses too!). Banners will be available for pick up in the bus loop in front of AHS during the following pick up times.


Tuesday, May 26 @ 10am-12pm and 4pm-6pm


Senior Yard Signs:

Starting Monday, senior yard signs will be displayed on Siskiyou Blvd. (between Mountain Ave. and Morse St.). The signs will be out all week and can be picked up sometime before the parade as an additional way to decorate vehicles.


Diplomas & Yearbooks:

We are exploring the possibility of holding a diploma/yearbook receiving event for seniors on July 10 at Mt. Ashland. Plans would include provisions for social distancing. We need to know if this is something that seniors are interested in. Please let us know by completing the survey above!

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Senior Scholarship Awards - EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS STARTING TODAY!! Woot!!

Seniors who applied for OSAC and Local Scholarships will be notified by email today if they received a scholarship award! Applicants should be sure to check their school email for a notification from Karyn Barats, AHS Scholarship Coordinator.

AHS Senior College and Career Pathways Survey and Final Transcript Request

SENIORS: If you haven’t already, please complete the AHS Senior College and Career Pathways Survey and Final Transcript Request. This is how we determine where to send your final transcript if you are planning to attend a college or professional training program. The survey will take you less than two minutes! If your plans change after completing the survey, you can contact Jennifer.Marsden@ashland.k12.or.us with an update of where you would like AHS to send your final transcript.

YEARBOOKS - GET ONE!

Want to order a yearbook?


Login to PowerSchool and click on the InTouch button. Pay the Yearbook fee. Email Kris.Prusko@ashland.k12.or.us and let him know you want one.


Can’t afford the cost? Let Kris know.


Can help purchase a yearbook for another? Please email Kris.

Grizz Pageant Fundraiser

No pageant? No problem! AHS Leadership is hosting a Snap! Raise fundraiser in place of our annual Grizz Pageant to continue to raise money and support for Asante Medical Center's NICU. We understand that these are challenging times. If you are able, check out this fundraiser and help support our local NICU!

Make A Wish On A Senior Star

Mrs. Kenfield and other generous donors set up 236 solar lights on Siskiyou Blvd this past week for our 236 seniors! Seniors, you may come to Siskiyou and collect 1 solar light!

Cap & Gown Drive Through High Lights!

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


This date has been extended through June 5th.

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BE THE LIGHT CLASS OF 2020 #BeTheLightOR

Friends of Ashland School District,


We will be turning our stadium lights on Friday nights as a symbol of hope and support for all Ashland students.


We want all of our students to know how important they are to us and that we miss them. We love and care for each of them.


On Friday nights at 20:20 military time (8:20 p.m.) we will light up Walter A. Phillips Field on the AHS campus for 20 minutes. This will start tonight and continue each Friday through May 29th (the scheduled date for graduation). The scoreboard is turned on (see attached picture) and set to honor the class of 2020. This will stay on overnight.


This is modeled after the Be the Light Movement initiated in the Colorado. Click on the link below for more information. Madras High School started it in Oregon and now at least 100 high schools across our state have committed to doing some form of this.


https://chsaanow.com/2020-04-04/friday-night-lights-in-april-schools-light-their-stadiums-for-students/


#bethelightOR


It’s a great day to be a Grizzly!


Karl Kemper

Athletics & Activities Director

Ashland School District

(541)482-2377

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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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Counseling Office

Counselors Are Here To Help

Counselors are here to help your students succeed. (See message below for updated contact information due to COVID-19).


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

Counseling Department Staff Contact Information:


Keri Phipps

9th Grade

keri.phipps@ashland.k12.or.us

541-631-8271


Diane Berry

10th - 12th, A-He

diane.berry@ashland.k12.or.us

541- 625-9397


Kalli Walker

10th - 12th, Hi-Me

Kalli.walker@ashland.k12.or.us

541- 292--0390


Jeff Roscher

10th-12th, Mi-Z

jeffrey.roscher@ashland.k12.or.us

541-625-3763


Jen Marsden

Career and College Specialist

Jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us

541-631-8327


Karyn Barats

Scholarship Coordinator

karyn.barats@ashland.k12.or.us



Counselors are available for video or phone appointments during Counseling Department through Teams.


Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00-12:00 & 1:00-3:00

Please be aware that School Counselors, Jen Marsden, and Karyn Barats do not have access to their office phones and are unable to return missed calls at this time.




AHS Counseling Department

The AHS Counseling Department is committed to providing you with the same kind of support and guidance that we would if we were meeting on campus. We are new to this online format and are working hard to make sure that you receive quality school counseling services in this virtual environment.


We will hold office hours for appointments Monday-Friday 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00. You can make appointments by contacting us through email or by phone. We will ask you to choose a phone or video meeting. Once we have agreed on a time and day, we will send you an invitation to our appointment through our Teams Calendar.


We want to emphasize that appointments are available for routine concerns, and should not be used for mental health emergencies. If you need immediate mental health support or crisis counseling, DO NOT wait to schedule an appointment with one of us. Instead, contact:

  • Jackson County Mental Health: 541-774-8201
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
  • staffed with trained professionals 24/7
  • provides support for people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis



We want you to visit the AHS Counseling, Career and College Support Team page regularly. We will be posting important new guidelines and decisions regarding academic credits, graduation criteria, and college admissions. We will also keep a running list of your questions and concerns and do our best to provide answers or refer you to the appropriate information sites.


Although we will make every effort to protect your privacy, we cannot guarantee confidentiality in an online environment. If we are meeting through video, we encourage you to be thoughtful about your surroundings.


We will respond to questions, concerns, emails, as soon as we are able. Thank you in advance for your patience as we move through this together. As we all work to stay connected, we also encourage you to reach out to your teachers and classmates for support.


AHS College and Career Support

As always, Jen Marsden, our College and Career Specialist, is available to help you navigate the college admissions and financial aid process. We know many of you have questions about how to proceed, especially in light of the many uncertainties we are all facing. Rest assured that colleges are adjusting their expectations and deadlines along with the rest of the world. We are here to support you through your planning and decision-making process, so please reach out with your questions and concerns.

College & Career Center Updates for Seniors

AHS Senior College and Career Pathways Survey and Final Transcript Request

If they haven’t already, all seniors should complete the AHS Senior College & Career Pathways Survey and Final Transcript Request. This is how we determine where to send their final transcript if they are planning to attend a college or professional training program. The survey will take less than two minutes! If a student’s plans change after completing the survey, they can contact Jennifer.Marsden@ashland.k12.or.us with an update. Final transcripts will be sent out after May 29th.

Rogue Community College Information Sessions!!!

Seniors planning on (or considering) attending RCC are invited to participate in one of two RCC information sessions on
May 27th at 2:00 pm or May 28th
at 10:00 am
to learn how to get started at RCC. Nicole Longoria, RCC admissions coach, will discuss what students need to do to begin taking classes in the fall, including how to complete the placement process. Renea Prell, who is with the RCC TRiO Program, will cover financial aid and the Oregon Promise. Attending one of these info sessions is a great opportunity for students to learn about next steps at RCC and to get their questions answered! Remember, to be eligible for the Oregon Promise, students need to complete their Oregon Promise application and FAFSA by June 1st. Applying to RCC is free. Please contact jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us to sign up for one of these Zoom information sessions!

College & Career Center Updates for Juniors

Financial Aid 101 Information Session

If you’d like to learn more about the college financial aid process, Jen Marsden (AHS College & Career Specialist) will give an introduction to what you need to know on Wednesday, May 27th from 5:00-6:00 pm. Topics covered will include the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), which is what most college financial aid revolves around and determines if a student will qualify to receive the federal Pell Grant, Oregon Opportunity and Oregon Promise Grants, government loans and most institutional need based aid. If you’d like to attend this Zoom session, please contact jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us.

Reassurance for Juniors: An Open Letter from a College Dean of Admissions

This article highlights a letter from a Dean of Admissions to juniors, offering them (and their families) a thoughtful and compassionate perspective on the college admissions process in the time of Covid-19.

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.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Attention Seniors: You can find a complete listing of Local, OSAC and Current Scholarships & Opportunities on the AHS website: www.ashland.k12.or.us/scholarships.

AHAA Summer Enrichment Scholarship

Do you know of an AHS student who could use a scholarship for summer enrichment in the arts? The 2020 AHAA Summer Enrichment Scholarship is currently accepting applications via an easy online form, but only until Friday, May 29, 2020! Go to:

http://www.ashlandarts.org/studentscholarships.htm

Volunteer Opportunities - Earn Community Service Hours

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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All school facilities are closed until further notice.

By Executive Order of Governor Kate Brown: “Public schools shall limit school facility operations only to essential functions through June 30, 2020, unless that period is extended or terminated earlier by the Governor.”

Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) Current Policy: “During this moratorium-like cancellation period, there shall be no high school facility usage.”

We are very sorry and look forward to a time in the future when we can re-open our campus to our community.

STAY HOME/SAVE LIVES!