February 26th, 2021
Ashland High School
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.
Deb Falk, Attendance Secretary
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This week's Grizz...
- Principal's Message
- Parent/Teacher Conferences 3/1-2
- Scheduling a Conference & Viewing Your Student's Conference Schedule
- How Students Can Get Extra Help During the School Day
- How Students Participate Successfully "Asychronously" When They Have Missed Class
- Distribution Center open 3/3
- Tech Support Info
- Sports, Clubs & Activities
- Counseling Office
- College & Career Pathways Updates
- Scholarship Opportunities
- Mental Health Counseling
I hope that you are all well. There is quite a bit going on at AHS at the moment. First of all, we have our conferences on Monday and Tuesday. Hopefully you have already signed up for your Zoom conference. If not, please see below for instructions on how to do that.
In addition, we have included a step-by-step process for you to locate the Zoom links for each conference that you have signed up for. Please find those steps below as well. On Monday, if you run into any problems, please give the front office a call, 541-482-8771 and someone can help you locate your conference link.
Early next week we will be sending out to all families an email with details about the AHS hybrid plan. Hybrid instruction will begin on March 29. The email will contain information about our slightly altered bell schedule and other important details. Also, we will have a link embedded for a very important survey so that families can tell us if their student will attend classes via hybrid or continue their classes through comprehensive distance learning. This information will be important to us so that we can plan appropriately.
Next week we will also host a Hybrid Information Night via Zoom on Thursday 3/4 from 6:00-6:45 and a Spanish version on Friday 3/5 from 6:00-6:45. This will be a webinar style presentation where we can explain the schedule in more detail and answer some questions. Our goal is to provide good information so that everyone feels confident in knowing what hybrid will look like at AHS this spring. We will provide the link to the Hybrid Information Night via email.
That’s it for now. We will be communicating with you all quite a bit next week.
Parent Teacher Conferences Mar 1st - 2nd - No Classes
Scheduling a Conference
Conferences will be held on Monday March 1 from 11:00am-7:00pm and on Tuesday March 2 8:00am-4:00pm. There will be 15-minute slots available for you to sign up for.
Ashland High School’s Student Conference Scheduler is a tool built into your PowerSchool page and becomes available after teachers have set their conference schedule.
- Login to PowerSchool http://ps.ashland.k12.or.us
- Select your high school student
- Go to the Grades and Attendance screen and click on the Conference Scheduler button at the top of the page.
- Click Schedule Student Conference
Viewing Your Student's Conference Schedule
After you have set your timeslots you can view the schedule for each day by clicking Print Schedule. This will open a PDF schedule for the selected day. Under "Location" a clickable Zoom link will be available for you to access the conference at your scheduled time.
If there are any accommodations that need to be made for the location please contact the AHS Main Office at 541-482-8771.
How Students Can Get Extra Help During the School Day
- ALL students can set up a time to meet with a teacher during Office Hours. Office Hours is Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Friday from 2:50-3:30 and on Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30.
- ALL students may be asked by a teacher or a student can set up a time to meet about class content or assignments on Wednesdays during Applied Learning time from 12:10-2:15.
- Students on IEP's have additional time build into their schedules and are expected to attend Basic Study Skills time to meet directly with their Case Manager and in order to work on their individual goals as well as get help with class assignments. Sometimes it is hard to understand what assignments or classes to prioritize. This is a time your Case Manager can help you get organized and help you initiate contact with other teachers.
- SENIORS do not have an Advisory class on Wednesdays so this is a day that can be used to work on assignments and get extra help during Office Hours (10:30-11:30) and Applied Learning Time (12:10-2:15).
- ALL students have access to math paper packets. Students need to let their math teacher know they need a paper packet which will be available at the next materials pick up. Some teachers have packets or hands-on materials on request. Please connect with your teacher about possible resources.
- The Student Tutor Center is ready to assist! There are usually at least 4 students ready to help a group of students or 1:1. Hours are Wednesdays from 11:30-2:30.
How Students Participate Successfully "Asychronously" When They Have Missed Class
- If you miss class for any reason and want attendance to be marked "Asynch", communicate (email) as soon as possible your teachers that you missed class and what your plan is to make up missed work. Next, look at what was posted on their Canvas page and watch any videos and/or turn in work. Most teachers have a plan/guidance for students who have missed synchronous class. Attendance is marked by 9:30am the following day.
- If lack of good connectivity is a regular occurrence, please contact your internet provider. If the company says the issue may be resolved by getting a hotspot, please contact the Tech Dept. at (541) 201-2600 or call the main office to get a link sent to request a hotspot.
- Reasons for absences:
- Example of an email to send the teacher(s): "Hello Ms. Smith, unfortunately I missed class today because I overslept. I plan on looking at the lesson/module/video/assignment, engaging in the content on Canvas and submitting any work that needs to be completed. Does that sound like a plan? Anything else I need to know?"
- NON-Example of an email to send the teacher(s): "Hello Ms. Smith I will be attending class asynchronously this week. See you next week!"
Material Distribution - Wednesday, Mar 3rd
We have returned to our original every-other-week schedule.
Open between 2:30-4:30 at the Theatre Lobby.
- Textbooks / Library Books
- Class Notes & Material
- 2019-2020 Yearbooks (that have been purchased)
- Whiteboards / Planners
If you need to pick up class materials, please call the Main Office to make arrangements.
If you would like to request a textbook, please email Aimee.Cork@ashland.k12.or.us.
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
Click here to fill out the ASD Tech Support Request Form
Sports Seasons Have Already Begun!
Potential IN PERSON Club & Activity Opportunities
We are exploring ways to offer opportunities for students to come to campus to participate in extracurricular activities in a safe manner so are reaching out to you to gage interest.
If you have an idea that you want to propose, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Some initial questions to consider:
- Do you believe that your club or activity can be done safely with COVID protocols in person OUTDOORS?
- Do you believe that offering in person opportunities for students would increase interest and participation for your activity?
- Do you believe doing the activity in person would improve the quality of the experience for the students involved?
Clubs & Activities
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!
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
Coos Bay Fire Department Student Firefighter Program
College and Career Pathways: Scholarship Season is Here!
Resources for Seniors and their Parents/Guardians
Seniors have been receiving information on scholarship opportunities and have begun work on scholarship applications in their College and Career Readiness (CCR) classes. Jen Marsden, our College and Career Specialist, has been providing support to seniors as they work on completing both the OSAC Scholarship eApp and the AHS Local Scholarships application process. Ms. Marsden is also providing scholarship application support during the optional Senior CCR Advisory on Wednesday mornings and through daily office hours. Seniors (and parents/guardians) are encouraged to reach out to her with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about scholarship opportunities, please see below.
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 from earlier this year.
March 10 - Finding a College Pathway that is a “Good Fit”: Overwhelmed by the thought of planning for college? Finding an educational pathway that is a good fit for YOU takes some planning. AHS students of all ages (and parents/guardians) are invited to come learn more about the process of planning for education after high school - a process which has the capacity to provide an opportunity for self-discovery, reflection and growth. Those who take the time to do their research are more likely to find an educational pathway that is a good fit.
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
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 email@example.com to obtain a fee waiver.
SAT Dates: March 13, May 8, and June 5
ACT Dates: April 17 (TBD)
Aspire at AHS
OSAC Scholarships - Due 3/1
OSAC SCHOLARSHIPS: Due March 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm (Early Bird deadline February 15)
The OSAC Scholarship application contains many scholarship opportunities specifically for AHS seniors, and other scholarships for students from Jackson County and Oregon open to AHS students. The majority of OSAC scholarships can be taken out of state. Learn more about how to complete the OSAC scholarship application and find important links on the AHS website: Oregon Student Aid (OSAC Scholarships).
The Ford Scholars Program offers scholarship awards to eligible students in Oregon that cover 90% of a student’s unmet college cost of attendance at an Oregon public or private university. To be eligible for the Ford Scholarship, a student must have a FAFSA EFC of 6000 or below. For more info and to complete an application visit the Ford Scholars website. Due March 1, 2021.
RCC Foundation Scholarship - Due 3/31
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
JACKSON COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP
SOUTHERN OREGON LATINO SCHOLARSHIP
The Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund provides opportunities for Latinx students living in the Southern Oregon region to complete their post high school career/degree goals. Each year, the Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund (SOLSF), with the help of generous community sponsors, awards multiple college scholarships to students of Latino heritage.
To be eligible for the Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship, a complete application and required documents must be uploaded to the site indicated in the application by March 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM. This is a change from previous years and we no longer will take hard copy applications. Entering freshmen and continuing college students seeking their first academic degree and students in an accredited technical training program that leads to licensure may apply. For more information, and to download the application, and see past winners, visit: https://www.solsf.org/. Deadline: March 5, 2021
Greenfield Peace Scholarship
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 email@example.com.
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
Mental Health Counseling Services
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.
Where can I drop off physical paperwork?
Ashland School District Website
Parent and Student PowerSchool Portal
Check schedules, grades and pay fees via the PowerSchool website and app:
Ashland High School Website