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April 17th, 2020 DISTANCE LEARNING FOR ALL 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: CLASS OF 2020 and GRADES 9 10 11
  • 3D Printer & Face Masks
  • Be the Light #bethelightOR CLASS of 2020
  • Book Drive Success
  • College & Career Resources Update
  • Scholarship Updates
  • And More!

Principal's Update

Grizz Parents, Guardians and Students

It has been a busy week of online learning for everyone. We are continuing to refine and standardize our practices across classes each week to keep students connected, supported and learning. I want to say thank you to everyone and especially parents and guardians who are juggling learning at home with all the other demands of family life. You are appreciated.


The Oregon Department of Education came out with new guidance Wednesday, April 15, for grades 9, 10 and 11.


We also have some Updates for Seniors this week. We've taken previous updates and consolidated them to a single document - SENIORS CLASS OF 2020 CLICK HERE . Sections highlighted in YELLOW include updates.


Both of the above documents will move to our AHS website next week. We'll send out a link when it's ready.


Have a restful and restorative weekend and catch some socially distanced sunshine if you can.


It is a great day to be a Grizzly.


Samuel Bogdanove

Interim Principal

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


March 17 - April 28

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3D Printers and Face Masks

Have a 3D Printer? You can help!

Have a 3D printer? Want to help fight Covid19? AHS staff, students and mentors are printing face masks and shields with Talent Maker City’s Skunkworks. This is a great opportunity to help your community and earn volunteer hours. Please email Alex Roscher at Alexandra.roscher@ashland.k12.or.us and sign-up at https://www.talentmakercity.org/covid

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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March Book Drive Follow-Up


At the end of February and the beginning of March I held a book drive in the main office of the high school. The book drive is a part of my senior project in which I will be donating the books to Asante Ashland Community Hospital’s patient library, with the goal of improving the time spent in recovery for Asante’s patients. I would like to say thank you so very much to everyone who participated in what was a very successful book drive! Regardless of how Covid-19 affects the school year I will finish the project over the summer, once we’re all back to business as usual. Again thank you so much to all that brought in books, I hope you are all safe and healthy in these disconcerting times!

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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Senior News

Senior All Night!

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With so much uncertainty about what impact the spread of COVID-19 will have on our daily lives on May 29, the Senior All Night 2020 planning committee has made the hard decision to put fundraising and planning on hold for the time being. We will be reassessing throughout the month of April and will update parents/guardians as soon as we know more about how we will be able celebrate the graduating class of 2020.

Cap & Gown Deliveries (Previously Scheduled for April 30)

Message from Herff Jones:



"As we all continue to navigate this rapidly evolving situation, please know that we share your concerns. We greatly appreciate your patience as we maneuver through this unique graduation season together.

Herff Jones is made up of representatives across the country. We are one of those representatives. We are a small business, run by a local family that has been doing this for over 40 years. We work together with our high schools to facilitate both the ordering and delivery of all graduation products to celebrate your achievement.

At this time, we want you to know that our primary goal remains the same. We are here to ensure that every student who has earned the right to proudly wear a cap and gown, has their time to shine and be celebrated. All of the products that have been ordered, produced and labeled with your names on them, are still scheduled to deliver to you as soon as it is possible. Our company model delivers products through distribution events at each high school approximately five weeks prior to graduation. Because our high schools are currently closed, deliveries are just going to look a little different this year. We know that celebrations will happen, and it is our goal to be ready for whatever version of graduation transpires.

At this time, we are referring to our return policy that has been in place all along. Refund requests are for non-graduates only. All refund requests must be submitted in writing by July 1st, 2020, and personalized items are non-refundable. We trust that there is still plenty of reason to celebrate and that celebrations will happen. It is our hope that this slight shift in tradition on exactly how we celebrate our graduates this year does not deter you from celebrating this amazing accomplishment.

Things will undoubtedly continue to change as we navigate these next few weeks with our high schools. Please bear with us as we do this. We are in this together.

Thank you,

Royal-T Papers/Herff Jones"

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 though 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

Resources on College and Career Pathways for Seniors and Families

Resources on College and Career Pathways for Seniors and Families

As always, Jen Marsden, our College and Career Specialist, is available to help you navigate the college admissions process. Many seniors and parents/guardians have questions about how to proceed, especially in light of the uncertainties we are all facing. Rest assured that colleges are adjusting their expectations and deadlines along with the rest of the world. In addition, a few of you may be considering some new criteria as you work on finding an educational or career pathway that is going to be a good fit for you this coming fall. Ms. Marsden is here to support you through your planning and decision-making process, so please reach out to her with your questions and concerns at jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us. She will also be happy to schedule a time to talk with you on the phone.


You can find answers to common questions on the topics below along with links to helpful resources at: http://ashland.k12.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=3140. This page will be updated in the coming weeks as more information becomes available.


· Financial Aid Award Information

· Oregon Promise Grant

· Updates from Colleges in Oregon

· Applying to Rogue Community College

· Applying to Southern Oregon University

· Job Corps Update

· General FAFSA Information

Spring 2020: Resources on College and Career Pathways for Juniors and their Parents/Guardians

Jen Marsden, our College and Career Specialist, is available to help students explore educational and career pathways, and to assist in navigating the college admissions process. Many juniors have questions about how to proceed, especially in light of the uncertainties we are all facing. Rest assured that colleges are adjusting their admissions expectations for the Class of 2021. Ms. Marsden is here to offer support as juniors (and their parents/guardians) explore post high school options, so please reach out to her with questions at jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us and check out the helpful resources below!

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.

Oregon Community Colleges, Public and Private Universities

Most colleges around the country are now offering virtual tours and live online information sessions. Check out these websites for links to tours/info sessions at Oregon schools and other helpful resources: Oregon College Updates Oregon Goes to College Spring 2020 Updates. In addition, Oregon’s public universities recently announced they will no longer require ACT/SAT scores for admission. Read more about this decision here.

Virtual College Exploration Week

During Virtual College Exploration Week April 20-23, juniors can choose from over 90 zoom information sessions hosted by college admissions professionals from around the country (and world)! Listed sessions cover general admissions topics to information on specific schools and majors. Juniors can explore the schedule and register for sessions that interest them. This a great resource for juniors who would like more college information. Due to limited capacity, students are encouraged to register early.

ACT and SAT Updates

Juniors planning to apply to four year colleges usually take ACT/SAT tests in spring of junior year. Colleges know testing is not available this spring and many are adjusting their admissions requirements. Check Spring 2020 ACT Updates and Spring 2020 SAT Updates for current information about ACT /SAT testing, and check college websites for any changes in admissions guidelines.

SCOIR

Now is a good time for juniors to continue exploring resources in SCOIR, our new career and college platform. To access their SCOIR account, students use their school email and password. When logged into SCOIR, students can go to “My Profile” and scroll down to find the YouScience link. Once they’ve finished their YouScience assessments, students can explore careers, programs of study, and colleges based on their individual aptitudes and interests.

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.

Attention Juniors: There are a couple scholarship opportunities for you as well. If you have questions, please contact Karyn Barats in the Counseling Office.

The Splinter Group Scholarship

The Splinter Group is a building professional peer group with members in the construction, real estate, engineering, and design professions. We serve the Ashland building and design community through the education and support of local industry professionals and homeowners.


This year, the Splinter Group is offering two (2) $500 scholarships/mentorships to seniors at Ashland High School who are interested in pursuing careers in the building trades or design profession. We hope to engage and encourage a new generation of trades people and design/construction professionals by providing financial support and mentorship.


Please visit or click here http://www.ashland.k12.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=2325 to access the AHS website. Scroll down to the “The Splinter Group Scholarship” to find the application. This is a fillable Word document (enable editing), or you may print and hand write the application.


Email completed applications to: reverbmark@gmail.com by April 17, 2020. If you have questions, please email: karyn.barats@ashland.k12.or.us.

Ashland Firefighters Scholarship

WILLIAM S. AND KRISTINE ANN PHILLIPS SCHOLARSHIP

Ashland Firefighters – Local 1269 – Charitable Fund

Ashland Firefighters Association wants to grant deserving senior applicants who are dedicated to pursuing a career and life in the Fire and EMS field with the assistance to do so.


Scholarships of $500 – 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, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran, marital status, or sensory, mental, or physical disability. As selection panel will evaluate the candidates on:


Preferred Eligibility 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

4. Strong desire to help people in emergency situations


Application Criteria:

1. Complete scholarship application packet

2. Complete Community Service Log

3. Transcripts of last 6 semesters

4. Provide two letters of recommendations

5. Submit an essay not to exceed 500 words. Answer the prompts: Why do you wish to pursue a

career in the fire and/or EMS service? What do you believe are three characteristics that you

possess that would make you a great firefighter and/or EMT?

6. Oral interview, date to be scheduled

7. Upon selection of an applicant, scholarship money is forwarded to the school of choice, upon

successful registration.


Application Process:

1. Visit or click here to access the AHS website: http://www.ashland.k12.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=2325

Scroll down and click on the scholarship name to find the Cover Letter, Application and Service

Log to complete and submit your application.

2. Application Deadline: May 1, 2020

3. Oral interview TBA

4. Scholarship awarded June 1, 2020

5. If you have any questions, please email: karyn.barats@ashland.k12.or.us


Incomplete application packets are considered. Application packets should include items one through five under Application Criteria above. Mail completed applications and supporting documents to the following address:


Ashland Firefighters Local 1269

PO Box 1125

Ashland, OR 97520

Volunteer Opportunities - Earn Community Service Hours

ASF Fund Drive Phoning Night - April 23 POSTPONED

Given the economic uncertainty our community is facing, ASF will be postponing our Annual Fund Drive, usually held this month, until this difficult time has passed. The Foundation is fully operational and we continue to work on organizational goals and to provide financial support to the school district to meet emerging needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While we are not conducting our normal fundraising operations at this time, if you want to donate, contributions are always welcome and will be put to good use in our schools. For now we see our mission as one of support to the Ashland School District as it navigates the new challenges related to conducting operations online. You can donate or learn more about ASF at www.ashlandschoolsfoundation.org

In Community,

Ashland Schools Foundation

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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