GRIZZ-O-GRAM

April 16th, 2021

Ashland High School

Office Hours 12:00PM - 4:00PM

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.


Attendance Office:

Deb Falk, Attendance Secretary

541-482-8782

Debra.Falk@ashland.k12.or.us


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This week's Grizz...

  • Principal's Message
  • Looking Ahead at April
  • Bell Schedule for Expanded In-Person
  • Hybrid Schedule 4/19 - 4/23
  • Distribution Center
  • Ashland Schools Foundation Donation
  • Sports, Clubs & Activities
  • Senior Corner (Graduation Updates!)
  • Counseling Office
  • Community Service & Involvement Opportunities
  • College & Career Pathways Updates
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Tech Support Info

Principal's Message

Hello Grizzlies,


I hope that you have all received our previous newsletter that discussed our plans for opening for in-person 4 days per week starting 4/26. You can find that newsletter here. In addition, please look for the commitment survey to tell us whether your student will attend in-person or will be in CDL. It should have been sent out again today. We are sending it to both parent and student accounts. In case you have not received it, please check your Spam folder. You can also have your students check their email account for the survey link. We are asking for everyone's response by Monday, April 19.


We are also excited to announce our plans to offer an in-person graduation ceremony (county COVID metrics permitting)! Please see below for more information.


I hope you all find time to enjoy the sunshine this weekend.


Be Well,


Benjamin Bell

Looking Ahead at April

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Bell Schedule for In-Person Learning Beginning April 26th

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Hybrid Schedule & Bell Rotation

We are now back to our Week 1 schedule for Monday and Tuesday. In order for us to bring students back to campus for full school days, we need time to prepare. There will be no school for all students on April 22 and 23 to allow for transition activities at all sites. There will be NO asynchronous work. On April 21, students will meet with their teachers on zoom from 8:30 - 10:30 as usual. However, there will be no groups or asynchronous activities on Wednesday, the 21st.

We will be posting the bell schedule on our AHS Website and our Facebook and Instagram daily so you know which classes you are to attend.

Material Distribution - Wednesday, Apr 28th

The Distribution Center is closed this week. We will be open on 4/28 from 2:30pm-4:30pm at the Theatre Lobby. If you are unable to make it during distribution time, please call the Main Office to make arrangements 541-482-8771.


Distribution Dates:

Apr 28th

May 12th

May 26th


We've got:

  • Textbooks / Library Books
  • Class Notes & Material


If you would like to request a textbook, please email Aimee.Cork@ashland.k12.or.us.

Ashland Schools Foundation

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Student Celebrations

AHS Theatre/Choir sophomore MILA ROBERTSON wins award in SOPRANO VOICE

"Alma del core," written by Antonio Caldara

in the early 18th century sung by AHS Sophomore Mila Robertston.

Mila Robertson achieved the place of First Alternate in the Oregon Music Educators Association's Annual Solo and Ensemble Contest for our district in Southern Oregon, in the category of Soprano Voice.

This is a classical music contest, for which she performed an Italian art song, "Alma del core," written by Antonio Caldara in the early 18th century. This is a very competitive field, and it's a huge accomplishment. If the winner cannot participate in the State level contest next month, then Mila will go!

Thanks to Mila Robertson's work and Christine Williams, her voice teacher and AHS choir Director.

Sports

Traditional sports seasons have flipped around due to COVID considerations. As we wrap up the fall sport season in the coming week, spring sports begin official practice on Monday. You do need to register EVERY school year online. Link to sign up process: http://www.ashland.k12.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=2119

Who to contact for specific information about practice dates, times, and locations is down below.


Click HERE to see the adjusted OSAA sports calendar for the rest of this year.

You are required to register for sports BEFORE you are allowed to begin practice. Click HERE to register.

For specific information about sports you are interested in, contact the coach HERE.

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Check out some of our games on our AHS YouTube channel or head to AHS Athletics for more info! Click below for an updated list of team schedules. These are subject to change.

Academic All State Top 10!

Our AMAZING Grizzlies!!! All of our Varsity teams made Academic All State top 10!


Academic All State Top 10 for 5A

Girls Varsity Cross Country: 10th place with a 3.8 GPA

Boys Varsity Cross Country: 2nd place with a 3.86 GPA

Girls Varsity Soccer: 2nd place with a 3.87 GPA

Boys Varsity Soccer: 2nd place with a 3.61 GPA

Varsity Volleyball: 9th place with a 3.66 GPA

Clubs & Activities

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AHS Art Magazine Club: Meets during NAHS

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!


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Student Tutor Center

*There will be NO STC on Wednesday, April 21st.


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 tammy.anderson@ashland.k12.or.us.

Senior Corner

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Graduation

AHS is planning it's COVID-safe 2021 Graduation Ceremony and we need your input! Please fill out this survey to indicate your participation in Graduation Celebrations.


Graduation Ceremony and Parade Survey


In order to have a safe and efficient celebration, we will have 3 separate ceremonies and car parades, sorted by which elementary school your student attended. If your student didn't attend elementary school locally, please click AMS or AHS.
We are anticipating offering 2 Graduation Ceremony Spectator tickets per student (this is subject to change). Our ceremonies will be live streamed, as well. For the Car Parade, we will allow 1 car per student, driven by a parent/guardian/adult/coach/etc. If a car is not available for you, we will provide alternative transportation.

COMPLETE SURVEY BY APRIL 23RD.


Graduation Ceremonies: June 11th (evening)
Car Parade: June 12th (early afternoon)

Senior Sprint

Seniors!! You are so close to graduating!

Make sure you have all of your credits and are passing your classes so you are able to walk with your senior class at graduation.

Join us for Senior Sprint and get support to make it to the finish line!

WE LOVE OUR SENIORS!!!

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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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541-862-1823

Keri.Phipps@ashland.k12.or.us

Diane Berry

10th-12th Grade Counselor - Last Names A-Ha

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541-622-2170

Diane.Berry@ashland.k12.or.us

Bryanna Trevino

10th-12th Grade Counselor - Last names He-N

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541-690-8401

Bryanna.Trevino@ashland.k12.or.us

Maurice Monteiro

10th-12th Grade Counselor - Last names O-Z

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917-258-0937

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

Community Service

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Wondering how to get community service hours during distance learning? Community service hours are not required this year, but 9th graders and sophomores will need to continue collecting a total of 100 hours by their graduation. Juniors need 25 hours of Community Service. Half of these hours can be paid.


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.

City of Medford Job Fair

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Virtual MedQuest 2021

We are so excited to announce that our Virtual MedQuest Registration and Promotional Video are now LIVE. In lieu of not being able to travel to our Oregon highschools, we need your help. Below is the promotional video and registration link for you to share with your organizations, family and friends. They can be promoted via email and websites or shared on your social media platforms. We hope to reach all the Oregon highschool students who are interested in learning more about a career in healthcare.


Details about camp:

  • This is a Virtual Camp held June 14th through 17th of 2021.
  • Cost: $50.00 (There will be scholarships available for those in need);
  • Students will receive supplies to engage with the content of camp including:
    • A stethoscope and splinting materials.
  • Sites being featured in this years camp:
    • OHSU School of Nursing, La Grande Campus
    • OHSU on the Hill, Portland, Oregon
    • Winding Waters Clinic, Enterprise, Oregon
    • Paragon Orthopedic Center, Grants Pass, Oregon
    • Yellowhawk Tribal Center, Pendleton, Oregon
    • La Grande Fire Department, La Grande, Oregon


Registration for camp will close Monday, May 17th, 2021.

Registration Link Listed Here!


Thanks so much for your help in outreach to the future of Oregon’s Healthcare


Promotional Video: by Grande View Productions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0JSiZVgJec

Summer Camp Opportunities

Summer Camps & Summer work - Registration has begun and opportunities are limited for these Summer Camps and Youth Litter Patrol.

OSU Summer Transportation Institute - July 26-30, 2021 (check out the other three camps on this link!)

Reminders:

  1. 2021 Youth Litter Patrol (YLP) Program (apply now for summer work, see attached flyer)

  1. [oit.edu/GIScamp]Survey/GIS Summer Camp – June 15-17 (apply now – see attached flyer)

Contact those listed on the flyers or websites with your questions.


More Free Summer Camps & Curriculum

Free Summer Transportation Camps for Oregon High Schoolers

We have hosted this annual transportation camp every summer for five years in Oregon. Typically held as a residential camp on the Portland State University campus, we have also had the opportunity to host it on the Oregon Tech campus as well as in a virtual, remote-learning environment. We adapt the structure and curriculum of the camp each year in response to the needs of Oregon's students!

This camp offers any student entering the 9–12 grade an immersive introduction to the workings of the Portland transportation system. We hear from PSU faculty and professionals from ODOT, the FHWA, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, TriMet, the Port of Portland, and various other public and private transportation agencies that operate in the Portland metro area. There are plenty of outdoor field activities to help improve students' awareness and familiarity with infrastructure and data collection.

Historically, these summer camps have been funded by the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration with additional support from our partners at the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Undeterred by the need to quarantine for public health and safety, in 2020 we shifted from a one-week residence camp to a four-week "virtual camp" with online sessions held twice a week. Learn more about our 2020 virtual camps, and stay tuned for announcements of the 2021 camp format and sign up for notifications here!

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Summer Transportation Camp (All Genders)

WHEN: July 19 - 23, 2021
WHERE: In-person on the Portland State campus (day camp for 2021)

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? High school students residing in Oregon, entering 9-12 grade in the fall with at least a 2.0 GPA
COST: Free!

HOW DO I ATTEND: Seats in the camp are limited, and we will be opening applications by May 1, 2021


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Summer Transportation Camp (Girls)

WHEN: August 9 - 13, 2021
WHERE: In-person on the Portland State campus (day camp for 2021)

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Female-identified students residing in Oregon, entering 9-12 grade in the fall with at least a 2.0 GPA
COST: Free!

HOW DO I ATTEND: Seats in the camp are limited, and we will be opening applications by May 1, 2021


Teach Transportation in Your Classroom: K-12 Curriculum

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How Walkable is Your Neighborhood?

Originally designed by TREC staff for our annual summer high school camps, we're now offering this set of four modules "How Walkable is Your Neighborhood?" for any educator to teach in their classroom. No transportation background required!

These modules will provide students with creative ways of observing transportation systems in their neighborhoods through collecting pedestrian data, critically evaluating accessibility, and learning about livable communities. They will gain a deeper understanding of how people move through their community, and whether the transportation in their community is designed with the needs of all people in mind. Students will take this critical lens into their final projects where they will propose a vision for increasing transportation safety, accessibility, and livability in their community.

The four consecutive modules in this toolkit are meant to be facilitated in sequence with 3-5 days in between, as they build upon each other. The modules can be adapted as stand alone lessons if needed. Educator instructions are provided, as well as printable student instructions:

· Module 1: Observations by Foot

· Module 2: Collecting the Data

· Module 3: Crossing at the Intersection

· Module 4: Final Project

· Bonus Optional Activities: Transit Budgeting; Transportation Bingo

· The full curriculum set can be downloaded here.

NITC Library of Curriculum Projects

Through national funding from the U.S DOT, our university consortium NITC funds education grants at six universities. These projects result in creating a library of curriculum that furthers the K-12 body of resources for teaching transportation in the classroom.

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 jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us 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!


Seniors: College & Career Center Spring Update 2021

Juniors: College & Career Center Spring Update 2021

College Visits and Information Sessions Calendar

The 2020-21 AHS College Handbook

The 2020-21 AHS College Handbook is a great resource for all students (and parents/guardians) exploring post high school education options. Topics covered include how to find an education pathway that’s a good fit, information on applying to community colleges and four-year public/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 handbook during materials distribution on designated Wednesdays.

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 karyn.barats@ashland.k12.or.us to obtain a fee waiver.


SAT Dates: May 8 and June 5

ACT Dates: April 17

Aspire at AHS

ASPIRE’s trained volunteer mentors help students explore education and career pathways. 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. Students who want to learn more about ASPIRE or sign up for a mentor can contact jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us.

Scholarships and Opportunities Updates

For a list of other current scholarships and opportunities click here: Current Scholarships & Opportunities. This list is updated every Friday.


For assistance on scholarship applications contact jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

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 karyn.barats@ashland.k12.or.us.

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 Department at:

Tech Support Helpline: 541-201-2600

Email: techhelp@ashland.k12.or.us

Click here to fill out the ASD Tech Support Request Form

Where can I drop off physical paperwork?

You can drop off assignments, sports physicals, or other paperwork, in our lock box right outside of the front office.

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