Update from the Middle

September 6, 2019

Picture Day

September 12th

To Pre-order:

  1. Visit mylifetouch.com
  2. Enter your Picture Day ID - FO919105Y0
  3. Order using your student's preferred name

Washington D.C. & New York City

Have you heard about the educational travel opportunity to Washington D.C. and New York City for your student at the end of their 8th grade year? Come to an informational meeting on Thursday, October 3rd at 6pm in the AMS library to learn more!


When: June 11-18th, 2020 (current 8th graders), June 2021 (7th graders), and June 2022 (6th graders)
Where: Washington, D.C., Charlottesville, Williamsburg, New York City!
Why: The trip is an incredible opportunity for students to travel to the East Coast for historical learning outside of the classroom and to have a lot of fun!

In the past, this trip was offered every-other-year. However, the program is growing and we are changing it to be an 8th grade only trip, and offered each year, starting 2020. Learn about the travel company we use (ETSI out of Portland) by visiting www.etsi.ws. Create an account and use trip code #2L50 to register!

For more information, please contact Austin Wallace, 7/8th grade language arts teacher and trip leader. 541.482.1611 x3224. Paper registration available in room 304.

AMS parents and Friends Club (PFC)

Dear AMS Parents and Friends, please consider joining the AMS Parents and Friends Club (PFC for short). This is our second year as an open group of AMS Parents, Staff, and Friends who have a similar interest in being involved with the AMS community. Last year, we collaborated several times with Jamie Haden to help with out with school events like Spirit Week and selling concessions at school events. We are open to ideas like fundraising and other fun school events. Membership is free with no requirements and simply involves volunteering for a few activities throughout the year.

A little info about me: I am Amy Merwin and I have an 8th grader at AMS and I teach music at Helman School. Please email me if you have any questions at amymerwin@yahoo.com

Please check this Facebook page for upcoming events and messages.

We will only meet as necessary and our first one will be Tuesday, September 17th at 6pm at Noble Coffee in Ashland (subject to change). Thank you for your support!

Ashland Schools Foundation

Mark you calendars now!

Every 1st Friday is PERK UP for Students

One of Ashland's coffeehouses supports ASF each first Friday by donating 10% of the day's sales for grants in the schools.

  • Sept 6 - Rogue Valley Roasting Co
  • Oct 4 - Mix Bake Shop
  • Nov 1 - Boulevard Coffee

ASF Day at Northwest Pizza & Pasta

The first Wednesday of every month, Northwest Pizza and Pasta donates 10% of the days sales to the Ashland Schools Foundation! Plan a fun dinner out with friends and save yourself from cooking a mid-week meal!

Ashland Tennis & Fitness Club

Little Challengers (ages 7-10) Orange Ball

Mondays & Wednesdays 4:15pm-5:15pm

Cost: *Members $14, Non Members $19 (* Member Package $98, Non Member Package $133)

Beginner (ages 11 and up) Green Ball
Mondays & Wednesdays 5:15pm-6:15pm

Cost: *Members $14, Non Members $19 (* Member Package $98, Non Member Package $133)

Intermediate (ages 11 and up)

Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:15pm-7:45pm

Cost: *Members $21, Non Members $26 (* Member Package $147, Non Member Package $182)

Advanced (ages 11 and up) - Invitation Only

Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:15pm-6:15pm

Cost: *Members $28, Non Members $33 (* Member Package $196, Non Member Package $231)

For more information: Call 541-482-4073 or email frontdesk.atfc@mind.net

Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission

The APRC 2019 Fall PlayGuide is out and we have many opportunities for kids and families, all of which are listed at ashland.or.us/ASDkids.

Ashland Teen Library Events

Queer Coffee House at the Library
Time:01:00PM - 03:00PM

Teen Video Game Tournament
Time:04:30PM - 06:30PM

Teen Workshop: Creating Comics with James Art Ville
Time:01:00PM - 03:00PM

Teen Crafternoon: Magnets
Time:04:30PM - 06:30PM

Board Game Afternoon, 8+ YRS
Time:01:00PM - 04:00PM

Improve the Teen Space at Ashland Library by brainstorming ideas for teen programs, displays, and more while enjoying some delicious treats. The meeting will be held in the Teen Space.
Time:04:30PM - 05:30PM

Teen Maker Day
Time:01:00PM - 03:00PM

Scouts BSA Troop for Girls

Join the first Scouts BSA Troop for Girls in Southern Oregon!

Membership Information Meeting

Calling all girls age 11-18 who are interested in participating in fun adventures, going on camp-outs, developing leadership skills, making great friends, and earning merit badges with the opportunity to advance to the Eagle Scout rank. We are welcoming new girls to Troop 211 this fall.

Informational meeting: Please join us on Sept 10, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00pm at the Ashland YMCA Outdoor Pavilion for information, fun scouting activities, campfire, and food.

Contact Us: scoutsbsatroop211@gmail.com

Follow Us on Facebook: @ScoutMeInAshlandOregon

Annual membership fee $45 plus optional activity fees

Newsletter Translation

This newsletter can be translated into many different languages. To use this feature please click on the link below. Then, scroll to the bottom of the newsletter and click on "Translate". You will then be able to select the language of your choice.


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) by contacting:

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).