AHS Principal's Newsletter
March 7, 2022
Dear AHS Families,
Spring is near! We are on the verge of a season of excitement at AHS. Although March can feel like a long month, it's also one that is full of activity at AHS. We have started the course registration process for the 22-23 school year, we'll begin MCAS testing, spring sports are starting up, and many student groups are planning for events - the musical, prom, the arts show, and so much more! So yes, March is long, but from here it flies.
Since returning from the February break, students and staff seem regenerated and ready for this second act. I look forward to all of the smiles (that I can finally see!) and all of the special moments on the horizon!
Principal's Coffee Hour
Guidance Department Updates
Students are now beginning course registration for the 22-23 school year! Teachers are making recommendation for core classes, then the Aspen portal will open for students to select their electives and alternatives. Counselors will be holding meetings with students during advisory, then 1:1 follow ups in April before the vacation. Don't forget to review the Program of Studies with your child.
The Amesbury Guidance department has launched an Instagram where they're sharing important SEL resources and other guidance related information. Follow them @amsby_guidance
Stressed and anxious? Ms. Sullivan, one of our school adjustment counselors, is offering an art-based anxiety management group for third quarter. The group is offered on Tuesdays during 1st lunch and Thursdays during 2nd lunch in the Bank Room. Bring your lunch and leave behind your stress.
Info for Senior Families
SAVE THE DATE
Save the Date for our mandatory Senior-Parent/Guardian Meeting!
Wednesday, April 27th
All seniors and a parent/guardian are required to attend. We will review expectations leading into senior week and families will have the opportunity to learn about the events.
Grad Night is the overnight experience for seniors after they graduate. Learn more here:
It's Tournament Time!
Boys Basketball @ Randolph - Tuesday 3/8 - 6:30 pm
*Note: This game is being played at Holbrook HS - 245 S. Franklin St. Holbrook
Girls Basketball v. Frontier - Tuesday 3/8 - 5:30 pm
Amesbury High School
Congratulations to Boys Ice Hockey on a great season and a return to state tournament play! Also, congrats to Lucas Welling (Whittier Wrestling) and Julia Losee (Newburyport Hockey) who have concluded their very successful seasons!
MIAA Round of 16 and beyond - TICKETS CAN ONLY BE PURCHASED ONLINE:
Spring Sports Sign Up!
FamilyID online registration is now open for parents to sign up their student/athletes, please go to the AHS website (under Athletics) or click on the link below. Important participation information can be found on the registration page. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Amesbury High School Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Glen Gearin or Lisa Wile, Athletic Secretary. Lisa.Wile@amesburyma.org
PACT Parent Focus Group
All attendees will receive a $10 gift card.
Sign up Here: https://forms.gle/Cu6cA6ghCeXsDtmS8
APD's furry friend, Whit, got to be princiPAWl for a bit! He decided he likes his own job better!
Jim Sullivan of the Newburyport Daily News interviewed a few smiling students about the lifting of the mask mandate.
Basketball player Cam Keliher joined the elite 1000 point club!
Melissa Pouliot received a proclamation from Mayor Gove for her 22nd birthday as she celebrated her last day at Amesbury High School and a part of our post-graduate AC3 program.
Both students and staff enjoyed our second annual Winter Carnival sponsored by SAC and their advisor Ms. Leary. What started as an effort to bring students together during remote learning will hopefully become a new AHS tradition.
The AHS Student Council Polar Plunged to raise nearly $3000 for the Special Olympics! Read the Daily News article here.
Mr. Jackson demonstrates some printmaking.
Amelia Kirby shares her final print inspired by a photo she took.
Mr. Galante's students put some finishing touches on their woodworking projects.
As a reminder, the School Committee followed Superintendent McAndrews’ recommendation and unanimously voted to go mask optional at Amesbury High School. This went into effect on 2/16/22.
Please note that masks will continue to be required in our health office, and for students returning from a positive COVID case during days 6-10. The new DESE policy strongly recommends that unvaccinated individuals continue to wear masks.
Above all, it is important to remember that AHS is now mask optional. Barring the situations described above, masking will be an individual choice, and it is my expectation that those individual choices - to mask or not - are supported throughout our building by both staff and students.
As a reminder, students/families can still opt into our at-home testing program. You can read more about the program and complete a form to opt in here. We will also be continuing with symptomatic testing in our nursing office for both students and staff.
If you have any other questions, please contact our school nurse, Ms. Liz Shorter (email@example.com).
Check out our weekly bulletin for upcoming meetings, events, and other important information.