GRIZZ-O-GRAM

March 12th, 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
  • Hybrid Schedules & Bell Rotation
  • Looking Ahead at March
  • Grade Level Forecasting (Class Selection) for the 2021/22 School Year Information Sessions
  • Distribution Center Open 3/17
  • Student Parking
  • Sports, Clubs & Activities
  • How to Watch Sporting Events Online
  • Counseling Office
  • College & Career Pathways Updates
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Tech Support Info

Principal's Message

Hello Grizzlies,


Happy Friday! I hope that you are all well. I am excited at the thought of having hybrid classes on campus on March 29! Teachers and staff are all hard at work in preparation. Plus, Spring Break is coming up too! There is a lot to be excited about.


Thank you to everyone that responded to our Hybrid Survey. We are nearly finished in our work sorting students into Groups A and B. We are doing our best to ensure that both groups are roughly equal in size and also to balance the number of students that will physically be attending individual classes in both groups. We expect to be able to share student group assignments with families early next week.


There are still about 180 students that we do not have survey results for. We will be assigning these students to CDL unless we get survey results for these students by early next week. We have sent survey results multiple times to the email addresses we have on file. Make sure to check Spam folders if you haven’t received yours. Please call the office if you need help with getting a survey link.


Next week we will also host campus tours for ninth graders and students new to AHS. Karl Kemper has done a great job organizing this and he has been in communication with these families to set this up. Please only send your student to the tour for their assigned day and time. We look forward to showing them around our campus!


Please see the map below for information on how student drop off/arrival will work once hybrid begins. We are strongly encouraging families follow the suggested drop off areas for each class on the map to give students the most direct route to their class.


We look forward to our new upcoming chapter of the school year. We will communicate more details next week.


Best,


Benjamin Bell

HYBRID STUDENT DROP OFF GUIDELINES

Starting March 29, please follow the map below for student drop offs. The map has color coded drop off areas that correspond to the physical location of teacher classes on campus. The idea is that families will drop their students off at the point designated on the map to give students the shortest and most direct route to their class. Please note, that the recommended drop off area might change depending on the class your student has that day.


DROP OFFS CAN BEGIN AT 1:15. Do not drop off students early.

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Hybrid Schedules & Bell Rotation

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MASKS

Just a reminder that when students return to campus starting March 29th, all students will need to come to school wearing a mask.


Masks must:

-Fully cover the nose and mouth

-Fit snugly around the face

-Conform to AHS dress code policies


Not Acceptable:

-Bandanas

-Gaitors

-Face shields

Looking Ahead at March

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Grade Level Forecasting (Class Selection) for the 2021/22 School Year Information Sessions

All AHS 9th, 10th and 11th Grade Families-Mark Your Calendars!


9th Grade: Monday, March 15 5:30-6:30

Click HERE for Zoom link.


10th Grade: Tuesday, March 16, 5:30-6:30

Click HERE for Zoom link.


11th Grade: Wednesday, March 17, 5:30-6:30

Click HERE for Zoom link.


Over the next two weeks, your student(s) will be completing a digital forecasting form in order to select their classes for next year. To learn more about this process and support your student’s exploration and choice of classes, please join us for one of these sessions.


During these sessions, counselors will cover the following topics:


  • Graduation requirements
  • Understanding transcripts
  • Creating a four-year plan
  • Using the newly updated 2021/22 Course Catalog
  • Knowing elective offerings
  • Completing this year’s digital forecasting form
  • Thinking about post-secondary plans


We look forward to seeing you there!

AHS Counseling Department

Material Distribution - Wednesday, Mar 17th

The Distribution Center is OPEN next week, Wednesday, March 17th from 2:30pm-4:30pm. Please note that our location has moved to 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:

Mar 17th

Mar 31st

Apr 14th

Apr 28th


We've got:

  • Textbooks / Library Books
  • Class Notes & Material
  • 2019-2020 Yearbooks (that have been purchased)
  • Whiteboards / Planners


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

Student Parking

Student parking will be FREE this spring! Yes! FREE!

No passes will be sold and it will be first come first served for student parking. With the hybrid schedule there should be plenty of parking available.

Student parking is in the Lincoln and Lower Mountain Ave lots.


We will still issue warning stickers and the dreaded car boot to students cars that are parked in non designated student spots. Students are NOT allowed to park in the gym lot (Titus Alley), the science lot, humanities lot, or in staff parking spots in the upper Mountain Ave lot.


If you have any questions, please contact Christie.Lawson@ashland.k12.or.us.

Sports


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.

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.

Snowboarding

Our high school snowboarders are doing some awesome things! Check out the video below from their Boardercross race earlier this month.

They've got another Slopestyle competition this Sunday on Mt. Ashland.

(This club is not affiliated with Ashland High School Athletics)

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Clubs & Activities

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AHS Art Magazine Club: Email Kris.Prusko@ashland.k12.or.us for Zoom Link.

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.

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!


Theroguenews.com

Student Tutor Center

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.

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

541-862-1823

Keri.Phipps@ashland.k12.or.us

Diane Berry

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

541-622-2170

Diane.Berry@ashland.k12.or.us

Bryanna Trevino

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

541-690-8401

Bryanna.Trevino@ashland.k12.or.us

Maurice Monteiro

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

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.

Lomakatsi Restoration Project

Lomakatsi Restoration Project is promoting outreach for 10 youth ages 16–24 for the "On Ramp to Forestry Training" by Table Rock Foundation, March 22nd-March 26th. This On Ramp Camp allows youth to acquaint themselves with natural resource careers.


This camp is held during the school districts spring break, but they'd love to get as many 16-18-year-olds signed up who are interested. They are also interested in bringing in Latinx youth and TANF recipients.

Breakfast and lunch are provided.


For more information and to sign up, contact Raul Reyes at raul@lomakatsi.org.

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

Rogue Community College: HOLA Presentation for Latina/o/x AHS Seniors

Arismendi Villa-Saucedo, RCC’s Latinx Outreach Coordinator, will be holding a special info session for AHS seniors on Wednesday, March 17th at 10:30 am, where students and families can learn more about Latina/o/x programs and services at RCC. Meeting zoom link: https://roguecc.zoom.us/j/92184706177?pwd=R281aXZ6b0VYTWpCR0dOcjNiK2ZTQT09&from=addon

Upcoming College and Career Pathways Information Sessions

All sessions will be on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm and can be accessed at the following link: https://asdconnect-org.zoom.us/j/97711618881. The sessions will be recorded and available on the AHS YouTube channel where you can also find info sessions, such as “College Pathways 101” from earlier this year.


April 14: Financial Aid 101

Learn about the pathways to access financial aid and scholarships! We will discuss the process for completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), an online application which qualifies students to receive the Federal Pell Grant, Oregon Opportunity Grant, Oregon Promise Grant, and government loans. Even if you think your family will not qualify for federal financial aid, it is important to complete the FAFSA. Many colleges will not give students merit aid unless they have a FAFSA on record. We will also briefly discuss the CSS Profile, an additional application many private schools use to determine institutional financial aid.


May 12: Community College Opportunities and Pathways (more details to come!)


May 26: Four Year Colleges and Universities Application Process (more details to come!)

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: March 13, May 8, and June 5

ACT Dates: April 17 (TBD)

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.

RCC Foundation Scholarship - Due 3/31

The RCC Foundation has extended their scholarship application deadline to 3/31/21 at 11:59pm.Their intent is to give next year’s RCC students with a 2.5+ GPA ample opportunity to apply. We offer applicants the opportunity to answer questions in our new program, ScholarshipUniverse, and be matched to internal and external scholarship opportunities! By submitting a single internal application, they’ll be considered for as many of the 125 scholarship types they qualify for. The odds of being awarded $1,000-$5,000 for 2021/22 is about 1 in 4! Then, they can keep using ScholarshipUniverse all year long to apply for external scholarships that they are matched to from a database of over 13,000! Students need to already have any RCC account to complete this application. To complete the RCC scholarship application go to https://foundation.roguecc.edu/scholarships. If students do not already have an RCC account, please contact jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us. For questions about the scholarship, contact Anna Manley, RCC’s Scholarship Coordinator, at amanley@roguecc.edu or 541-956-7293.

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. Ms. Marsden will be holding special scholarship support office hours Sunday, February 28th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm for students who would like some help on their scholarship applications or FAFSA. Jen Marsden’s office hours zoom: https://asdconnect-org.zoom.us/j/98747917422

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Greenfield Peace Scholarship

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility is excited to announce that the application for our annual Greenfield Peace Scholarship is now open! Please visit oregonpsr.org for the full prompt, guidelines, resources, and application (Spanish language versions of the guidelines and prompt are available on our website). Historically, this has been a writing scholarship open to all Oregon high school juniors and seniors. This year, though, Oregon PSR is asking young Oregonians who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and who are high school juniors or seniors, or the equivalent, to respond to the prompt by creating a work of visual art. Examples of potential applicants who are exploring their future possibilities might include (and are not limited to) someone: 1) applying to a college or university; 2) Applying to a trade school or apprenticeship; 3) with DACA, immigration, citizenship, Visa, etc. fee; 4) enrolling in GED classes, or taking GED tests; 5) embarking on entrepreneurial plans; and 6) applying to volunteer with organizations. We recognize that equity disparities may impact the applicant’s ability to interact with the creative process and to generate a piece of art. Our intention is to examine submissions from a place of understanding and openness. Meaning, the intention and the emotion of the piece will be determinants, rather than expense of materials used in making it. All applications should be submitted electronically.
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RYLA Leadership Opportunity

Interested in learning more about your leadership qualities and understanding the qualities of others?


Apply for virtual RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) by March 15th.

Virtual RYLA combines interactive challenges, small group participation, and online instruction to: increase self-awareness and respect differences, promote positive verbal and on-verbal communication, improve critical thinking and decision-making, and provide tools for problem-solving and resilience.

Participants will also receive educational materials and various offerings that are helpful as students start college.


When:April 28th-May 2nd. There are two evening sessions on weekdays, a longer session on Saturday and a short concluding session on Sunday.


How to Apply: https://leadernu.com/apply-d5110/


Cost:100% paid for by Rotary


Deadline: March 15


Rotary Contact:

Adrienne Simmons

Adriennesipdx@gmail.com

About eRYLA

RCC Foundation Scholarship

The RCC Foundation has extended their scholarship application deadline to 3/31/21 at 11:59pm. By submitting one online application, students will be considered for as many of the 125 scholarship types they qualify for. The odds of being awarded $1,000-$5,000 for 2021/22 is about 1 in 4! Students need to already have any RCC account to complete this application. To complete the RCC scholarship application go to https://foundation.roguecc.edu/scholarships. If students do not already have an RCC account, they can apply here.


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

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.

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 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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